Steve Braunias resumes – or possibly ends – his series on preparing for Doomsday with a contemplation on his, and the planet's, mortality.

The trouble with preparing for the end of the world is that your own world is more likely to be the first to end. This was the second of two notions that occurred to me after crossing the street in my neighbourhood one winter's morning, and suddenly experiencing an acute physical distress which gave me the idea I was about to keel over and die. No one shall know the time of their demise but I felt