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Well, would you just look at that!! Just over 24 hours to go (UK time) and we say goodbye to 2020. I can hardly believe it.

Not that the new year, 2021 is going to start off very well at all with now 8 in 10 people in the UK going into tier 4 and virtual lockdown. Although 2020 didn’t do too well at all, 2021 is not going to get off to a very good start.

To say I’m peeved at our useless government would be an understatement because tomorrow brings the double whammy of the final twist of the Brexit knife and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic to really give this year a bad name. And do I believe our feckless PM when he spouts out his nonsense about having got a good deal?? No. I do not.

Meanwhile I, like millions of others, am trying desperately to keep my head and not fall into the pit of despair at the way life seems to be spiralling out of control. To that end I’m not watching the news nor reading the papers and still off Facebook. I am however spending quality time with my family and walking….walking and walking. I’m also grateful to still have work.

Although I only started in April, having the Conqueror virtual challenges has been a bit of a life saver really because keeping up with my targets gets me out, and the walking, which I love, keeps me sane.

I’m nearly at the end of the 2020 challenge and yesterday I completed the Mt. Fuji challenge after a fantastic walk from Margate to Herne Bay 22.18 kms. Although it was bloody freezing, I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and was not only surprised at how quickly I walked the distance, but also at how easy it was.

I’ve long wanted to walk from Broadstairs to Reculver after visiting the Roman site a few years ago, so it was absolutely thrilling to finally make the journey, albeit only from Margate. Except for one very short section, there is a promenade/footpath and the sea the whole way. The final section to Herne Bay was a breeze…literally and figuratively. I nearly froze ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ it was so darn cold – at one stage I was sucking my thumb just to get some warmth back into it.

Fortunately the cafeteria at Reculver was open so I stopped for 15 minutes to rest my feet and warm up with a hot chocolate and a yummy caramel fudge brownie…delicious.

Herne Bay is a fascinating place with so much history, not all of it good. But they do have some fantastic fish and chips shops….๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I have to give a shout out to Gary of EKS Office Equipment in Herne Bay for not only agreeing to charge my phone (for free) but also allowed me to sit in a corner of the showroom to eat my chips while I waited. It was very much appreciated.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the walk, despite the cold, the saddest sight was the vast amount of plastic pollution that quite literally lined the whole 22kms….I could have filled 50 black bags and still not cleared it all. Its terribly painful to see all that pollution.

So as the year comes to an end, I have one final day of walking to do to finish my 2020 km challenge. Its been a most satisfying pastime and I must thank my daughter for introducing me to the Conqueror Virtual Challenges….thanks to that I have improved my fitness levels, walked extensively in areas I would likely have not except for wanting to meet the challenge of the challenges ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I’ve inadvertently accumulated way more medals than I had planned. Its been a fairly expensive hobby, but so much fun.

I’ve started on the Alps to Ocean, NZ challenge and hopefully tomorrow I’ll complete another decent distance as my final walk for 2020.

Other than that, I have finally found a suitable place to rent. Went to look at a room last night….and as Goldilocks said “it’s just right ” and I’m saying “It’ll do Pooh” ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ It’s not a huge room, but it’s on the top floor, its spacious, it has cupboards, and a bed, and a skylight for summer nights, and a desk for my books and computer and MOST importantly, the landlord said Jamie can visit. So HOORAH!!! after 18months I’ll have a place to go ‘home’ to. I’m feeling quite emotional. It means I can get my clothes out of storage, and my books and Jamie’s toys and my amazing South African mattress. I can brighten it up with my own bed linen and pictures and bits and bobs.

Today we had a photoshoot done. The fab photographer of @createdwithlightphotography on Instagram did the shoot for me with my gorgeous grandson. We had lots of fun and then had hot chocolate to warm up, because of course it was freezing on the beach. โ˜ƒ๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ

Me and my boobee ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

Tomorrow, weather depending I’ll walk from Ramsgate to Margate one last time before I tackle the next section of my own challenge….to walk the whole of the English coast within next 5 years.

Cheers folks, thanks for reading along with me. In case I don’t get to write a post tomorrow, although I probably will, I wish you all a VERY safe, healthy and wonderful New Year.

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May I start by saying…..

This government is absolutely totally and utterly fcking useless….I mean the bloody PM.

Tier 4!!!! Less than a week before Christmas when day after day that useless ‘I can’t even think of a suitable curse’ supposed prime minister has been saying that people CAN go ahead and plan for Christmas. Have a merry little Christmas!!! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 

They KNEW about the mutant variant over a week ago and they didn’t take action immediately!! September is when they identified it, and just recently they said its spreading fast. Why not shut down immediately.

As usual they bloody wait and dither and obsficate and kick their heels, just like he did in January, February March.

I’m fed up with his dithering ffs.

We know and understand the need for lockdown, for taking action and making hard decisions, but WHY does he always dither and obsficate?

I need a cup of tea

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I recently read a very very interesting article by/about virologist; Nathan Wolfe. He published a book in 2011 – The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age.

Whilst I know a few of my friends are Covid-19 deniers, it’s a very real thing, and not going to be the last viral pandemic we face. In the past few decades (and earlier- think HIV) we’ve had multiple outbreaks of deadly viruses: Ebola, SARS, avian flu: H7 & H9, Zika, Mers….and these are but a few that some of us have heard of (e.g. registered on our radar), and yes, the oft declared ‘winter flu’.


Covid-19 is not going to be the last major pandemic. Of course a lot of people will deny this and say its doom-mongering,ย doesn’t exist etc etc, but the reality is that we are cutting down the jungles (Think palm oil, cattle, soya etc.) at an unprecedented rate in the last 30 years+ and these viruses are going to affect us.
Deny it if you will, and mostly people who haven’t yet been affected are the most likely to, but these viruses are very real. And of course we have all the gurus with their videos etc etc. But, Covid-19 had the potential to kill many more than have died, and as annoying as it is, lockdown is the reason it didn’t. Yes, its been catastrophic for the economy (estimated cost to the worldwide economy according to Dr Wolfe is $8trillion) but what’s the balance? Would you have been okay with the virus running rampant and killing more people? Your family? Friends?

The UK government dilly-dallied and considered going that route, but fortunately (or not) they finally got their act together and 23.03.20 we got lockdown. If only a couple of hundred people died in your country, be grateful. As you likely know, the UK hasn’t been that fortunate.

As more people are affected by climate change (yeah, yeah to the deniers…whatever) and starvation in Africa, and India, Indonesia, we’re going to see more economic migrants seeking food and water….and on the flip side of the coin, we have the rapacious west gobbling up resources, living more consumeristic lifestyles, demanding the latest and best of everything; creating more billionaires who get wealthy on our demands and create more destruction, cut down more jungle (Bolsenaro) and as our populations grow and grow creating more demand for cheap cheap cheap everything; food, clothes, houses, cars, fuel, TVs, phones, holidays, flights….
But what do the experts know?
(And this doesn’t even take into account the devastation we are causing with our throw-away plastic).
We are the architects of our own destruction.

And as the world is now experiencing a 2nd wave of infections, and a mutant strain of Covid-19 has started spreading in the UK, I wonder where we’ll be a year from now, and how effective are the vaccines going to be?

I’m going to have to order the book.

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This is a piece I’m sharing from another blogger. Its incredibly poignant and shares a glimpse into the lives of people during this awful pandemic. I’d recommend clicking through to her blog to see the whole piece it’s so beautiful, albeit really emotional.

I left this comment onthe writers article…..”Wow, what an incredible piece, so poignant and emotional. I’m in tears. As a Granny myself, the image of the grandmother hugging her granddaughter really tugged at my heart. I’d have been devastated if unable to see my grandson. As it is I didn’t see him for 7 weeks during the 1st lockdown. I also so felt for the young man watching his grandmother’s funeral.”

I have previously written an article to talk about an exhibition depicting lockdown experiences in Britian. These pictures from the online Hold Still exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery provide a very touching narrative of the lockdown. I wrote an article setting out my favourite pictures from the exhibition. In this article, I have selected [โ€ฆ]

The Narratives Behind the Pictures

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Usurping the US election news (thank you thank you thank you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป) is the latest news of a Covid-19 vaccine; an apparently successful vaccine.

In terms of timing and according to previous reports, a vaccine usually takes years to develop, test and have approved.

So whilst the market shares have shot โฌ†๏ธโฌ†๏ธโฌ†๏ธ I’m somewhat sceptical, especially as it comes from a pharmaceutical company of a particular name.

Conspiracy theories aside, and I am a bit of a theorist myself, I am not that enthralled by the news. These companies are all about making money and being the ‘first’ to find a successful vaccine is going to make them a whole ton of money (I was going to resort to my South African roots and say shitload of money but that would be rude ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜).

Meanwhile time will tell if it is indeed that effective.

My question is this: would you have the vaccine?

Personally, I had a flu vaccine in my first year in the UK and it made me horribly ill for nearly 2 weeks. I have since declined any further flu vaccines. So for me it’s a no.

Now, I know this virus is not a flu, or a type of flu and is something quite out of the ordinary, and in general I believe in being vaccinated against diseases…..as children in South Africa we were all vaccinated as a matter of course, my daughter had all her vaccinations in the 80s and 90s and my grandson (born in the UK) has so far had all his required vaccinations.

However, these are all long-term, tried and tested vaccines and despite the ‘conspiracy theories’ ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰ on the whole are very successful.

But I worry that the competition to be first to produce a vaccine for Covid-19 is more about the money than any form of altruism or care for the wellbeing of humanity.

The next question is: who do they vaccinate first? My thoughts are that it should first be provided to the 30-60 age group (I’m 65). But I’m sure everyone has a different opinion on that…out of 65 million people if they’re (the UK government) buying just 10 million by Christmas, who is going to benefit? If it is indeed a benefit? 10.11.20 *correction – its 100 million vaccines the government are ordering *.

Supply it for free, and then we can look at it from a different aspect. These pharmaceutical companies are mega-wealthy, growing obscenely rich on the unwellness of their target audiences, they can absolutely afford to provide the vaccine for free for the benefit of humanity….

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This is a bit of a rant, so if you’re not in the mood for someone else’s rant….๐Ÿ˜‰

One of the people I follow on Instagram shared these two images today and frankly it just made me mad ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 

Warning???? Seriously???
DON’T ruin it for everyone else?? Seriously??

That’s a bit much!! That’s assuming that everyone who sees this is responsible for the spread of the virus, and let’s the government off the hook. I replied….

Wrong. Its entirely the fault of the government: slow to act, slow to make responsible decisions and they defy their own rules.

Lets consider for example: Boris Johnson back in March ” I shook hands with everyone” …..in a Covid-19 ward!!! No surprise, he got the virus AND  passed it on. His top adviser, that sneak Dominic Cummings, defied the lockdown and the government rules to drive up country WHILE ILL with Covid-19 and then drove to Barnard Castle to test his eyes???

Seriously???. Then we have a top scientist who defied the rules and had his mistress over for tea (?)…at least he had the grace and decency to resign. Unlike Johnson and Cummings.

Then a couple of months and a lot of pain later, we have a Scottish MP also breaking the rules, travelling with full knowledge of her positive test results and when found out, refusing to resign.

The masks are ineffective for preventing the virus. At least the majority of masks worn are ineffective ….there’s been more than enough evidence, and they haven’t stopped the spread of the virus. Besides which, if the virus is that contagious then why don’t we have biohazard bins for disposal?

Yes, (some) of the public are feckless, yes, many don’t believe there is a virus, refuse to follow the rules and that its dangerous, but look at their leaders….stupid and criminally feckless. Brilliant leadership….

To post such inflammatory memes, and blame the general public (whoever reads it) for the spread of the virus is incorrect. The buck stops with the government with their lies, mixed messages, lack of action,  destruction of the NHS with their drastic funding cuts…yet they can afford to pay their pals ยฃ9billion for a test and trace system that doesn’t even work.

No, the responsibility lies right in the hands of Johnson and his ministers. You can’t be the leader of a country and then wash your hands of any responsibility when things go wrong. The buck stops at the top. And like his twin in the USA, he loves to fling blame at any target he can rather than take responsibility for his own actions.

To blame the public is too easy and lets the government off the hook. The majority of the public obey the rules, do their very best in a very bad situation, self-isolate and in many many cases have little or no contact with another human being or watch helpless from the sidelines as their loved ones die, and our children and grandchildren are going to carry the cost of this for decades to come.

Even this latest lockdown – in the words of our ‘esteemed’ (?) PM “we must take immediate action, starting next week Thursday” – 5 days hence.

What part of ‘now’ did we misunderstand??

….ffs!!

I’m willing to bet, that as it was in March and April’s lockdown, there are planes and trains and foreign vehicles still entering the UK…..

Lockdown???? ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ’ฉ

Update: 21:12 I saw this news article https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/coronavirus-news-covid-second-lockdown-rules-uk-cases-england/ have a look at 6.31pm…..what lockdown? Those businesses represent thousands of people, and while I understand that there are necessary businesses, there are a number that are not essential services.

Copyright Telegraph

And this evening I learned that I had lost my next job due to the new lockdown. Amongst thousands of others. I’m not in any category for financial relief from the government, amongst thousands of others.

Still, I’m not as badly off, I have savings, and there is still the possibility I ‘may’ get another job, being self-employed in an essential services industry, there is a possibility, but the reality is that the jobs are few and far between and I may end up having to draw down my savings; savings for my retirement which is right on the horizon.

So I’m unimpressed with the government, not that I had any respect or regard for them prior to the virus….when you have a clown in office….

Update 04.11.2020 15:00

Forgive me while I ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ hilariously. Latest government U-Turn ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Pubs, bars and restaurants will be permitted to sell takeaway alcohol during Englandโ€™s second national lockdown if it is pre-ordered online, or via phone or post, according to proposed regulations.

Post??? Is

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I really really need to finish working soon…..I woke up this morning straight into a full-blown panic attack. Scary. I struggled to breathe and my heart felt like it was going to jump out my chest. I’m not sure why!! Is it because I’m beginning to feel really closed in (despite being able to get out for walks), or is it my underlying stress of travelling next week? I don’t know. Or is it because the true reality that life post-lockdown is never ever going to be the same again, is starting to sink in.

Frankly, I’m really glad the planet is getting a chance to recover, that pollution levels are down, and the skies, rivers and seas are benefiting from less traffic, and animals are enjoying the freedom of less humans. But it’s the underlying fear of being in contact with ‘other’ people who may or may not have been exposed to the virus, the fear of inadvertently coming into contact with a smidgen of the virus left by someone else on a bus rail, supermarket trolley, underground escalators and so on. My grandson, although he doesn’t know it yet, is going to grow up in a world where hugging and playing with his school mates is going to be fraught with anxiety, a world where he will be wearing a mask….the most sinister aspect of this whole scenario (besides the virus itself), the worry of hugging my daughter and son-in-law when I visit – the inherent possibility of inadvertently passing the virus on, of entering someone else’s house….are they as hygienic as what I am? Do we still hug family when we see them again? Do we allow anyone to kiss us…even on the cheek? Being tactile could be the death of them or me!! Fortunately I’m not a very sociable person anyway and seldom go to places of high-density gatherings anymore, but there are still times when BC-19 we could just freely and easily mingle….especially the many wonderful London events I used to attend. Will all the amazing historical events go by the board? The annual traditional events around the country? Will I ever get on a plane again? All of these thoughts jumble around in my head…day after day. I leave here next week. I know I’ve been absolutely militant about keeping the house as uncontaminated as I possibly can (even upsetting the district nurses as I’ve said before), but I’ve got to work again…a new client, at new premises….has that environment been kept sterile? And then there’s the fortnightly travel from ‘home’ to work. I feel like just decamping to a remote island ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

The fact that the UK’s death toll is now the highest in Europe doesn’t help either. And I’m not even sure we can trust that the government is giving us the full picture. They did a sneaky job of not reporting the care home deaths in the first few weeks, leading us to believe its less than it was….I’d rather it was less, much less, but to under report the true situation is just dishonest.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-coronavirus-death-toll-highest-europe-cases-covid-19-italy-spain-a9499181.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1588669521

After all the misinformation and inconsistencies he has made so far in relation to the true number of deaths (under-reported) and the correct number of tests done by 30th April (over-stated), I for one will treat this statement with the suspicion it deserves: “Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there is “high privacy” in the coronavirus contact-tracing app.” So no go app… https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-uk-now-highest-coronavirus-21975258

I won’t be downloading it. I simply do not trust anything they say, anymore.

Anyway……

I didn’t go out today, decided to have a sleep instead….either read or sleep in times of trouble ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ and afterwards I had a marvellous facetime call with my little family again….my grandson, albeit only 15 months old, is very astute. Normally either my daughter or son-in-law will give me a call and the boo will be with them or running around….but today Mummy was in the bath when she called and added Daddy and the boo to the call….he found it absolutely hilarious that he could see her in the bath and on the phone…..he immediately picked up the absurdity of the situation and went into gales of laughter. At one stage he closed the door between himself and the bathroom as if to say “I’m not getting involved in this silliness “. He’s such a divine child. We laughed so much at his reaction.

I’ve been watching the BBC1 programme ‘Life and Birth’ ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ its so extraordinary watching those babies being born, I cry each and every time. It truly is a miracle. Each time I see that little life come into the world, I’m reminded of the extraordinary day my grandson was born….being there to watch him make his way into the world, was an experience beyond all others. Truly we are blessed.

And that’s it really…a relatively quiet day…..cooking, cleaning, preparing cups of coffee and….et al. I love routine, but its beginning to wear on me now….5.5 days…

As a matter of interest, if you have the time, I’d be interested to know whether or not you would download this new app they’re talking about?

Take care folks and be safe.

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Never in my wildest imagination did I think that when I started blogging my Lockdown mullings and meanderings, that 6 WEEKS later we’d still be in lockdown! And as yet no definitive date for easing.

My ‘work’ lockdown ends next Monday and once again, despite looking soooo very much forward to my family, I’m approaching the date with trepidation. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

I finished 2 projects today ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ 1 small and 1 large.

I walked all the streets, roads and closes on the west side of the village during my break today- hoorah

Which brings me up to 24% of my Hadrian’s Wall challenge completed.

Anddd finally after 38 hours of knitting, spread over 16 months ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ, I finished the baby blanket my daughter ordered in 2018…..its been a huge undertaking and I didn’t realise just how much time it would take. I could have finished it months ago, but as it got bigger, so it got more and more heavy and my hands would ache after a few rows. The pattern rows took 8 minutes to knit from one end to the other, and the plain rows 5 minutes. But now its done and I’m so proud of it. It looks amazing… different perhaps to what was expected, but I added my own little twist by using up the oddments of wool I had left over from all the little cardigans I so lovingly knitted for my grandson’s layette. I’m not sure that people who don’t knit can really appreciate just how much goes into a hand-knitted item. It was a labour of love. I’ll post a photo of the full blanket once my daughter has seen it.

Knitted with so much love

And talking of birth and babies….I just love love this story ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ https://www.channel4.com/news/wild-stork-chicks-to-hatch-in-uk-for-first-time-in-over-600-years

I chatted to my sister and brother-in-law in Cape Town this afternoon. He’s making steady and good progress recovering from the heart-attack he had last month. Although considered a mild attack, its still knocked them for six and they are both in recovery….

I told my client today that I would be leaving next Monday and she’s quite upset. Bless her, she thought I’d be here till after lockdown is lifted…and at least 5 or 6 times today she’s asked me “what day is it you’re leaving?” and when I remind her, she says the same thing “that’s awful, I’m really sorry you’re leaving I’ve really enjoyed having you here. ” Its really interesting, but she has absolutely no recollection of the first 5 days….I’m still traumatized ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ But I’m glad its all worked out well in the end. I try to never leave on a bad note, although that does sometimes happen…mostly cause I don’t tolerate abuse….regardless of the situation, and sometimes it isn’t even the client but the family who are the nightmare. Thankfully not in this instance.

I’ll miss village and the quiet easy days in the countryside, although I suspect that once lockdown is lifted, its not going to be quite as ‘sleepy’ as it has been the last 6 weeks. Already there’s been an increase in traffic and the nights are not as quiet as before. The neighbours have been lovely too, and today one of the ladies dropped off some lovely cupcakes

But on the upside, I’ll be seeing my family, and that overrides everything else ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

I saw some beautiful flowers on my walk again today and got to wondering which flower has the smallest petal …..I did some research and found this “The world’s smallest flowering plant, the Wolffia Globosa, has come in to bloom at the Tsukuba botanical garden in Japan. The plant, more commonly known as Asian watermeal, is so small that to the naked eye it is impossible to tell if it has flowered” – not quite the smallest petal, but the blooms weigh the same as 2 grains of salt. Wowww

One thing I am looking forward to as well is breakfast at our favourite cafe; Beaches in Broadstairs….

Meanwhile: Couldn’t agree more!!! Support small local businesses. I refuse to support Amazon as a matter of principle, but I’m going to double my efforts to support local businesses going forward

I’ve been following some really interesting articles about Covid-19 and our not so esteemed government. Hmmm. The fan is beginning to spin and the spin is not working too well…

“The countries that moved fast have curtailed the epidemic. The countries that delayed have not. It’s as simple as that.”

Dr Richard Horton, editor in chief of The Lancet medical journal, is even more damning: “The handling of the COVID-19 crisis in the UK is the most serious science policy failure in a generation.” https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/biggest-failure-in-a-generation-where-did-britain-go-wrong-20200428-p54o2d.html

“In the past 24 hours, ministers said just under 76,500 tests were carried out, a drop of more than a third on the 122,000 tests carried out on 30 April.” – let us consider that Hancock didn’t promise to continue with 100,000 tests a day AFTER 30th Aprilโ€ฆ.especially consider that they bumped up the number of tests done, with tests sent out but not yet confirmedโ€ฆa typical ‘pull the wool over your eyes’ strategyโ€ฆa one trick pony. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52522936

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/04/rival-sage-group-covid-19-policy-clarified-david-king?CMP=share_btn_fb

https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/coronavirus-government-complains-to-bbc-boss-over-panorama-show-about-ppe

In closing…. point #1 especially

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Okay so perhaps the term should be changed from lockdown to lockup…

Okayyyyyy. Time to call the men in white coats. 1 slice toastโ€ฆ.half marmite, half marmalade. So eating the first halfโ€ฆexpecting marmalade, but kept thinking hmmm it tastes so much like marmite? Had a closer lookโ€ฆseems I smothered the marmite half with marmalade ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช we had a place in South Africa called Taraโ€ฆ.if you’re looking for me, that’s where I am ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

Happy 100th Birthday Captain Tom ๐ŸŽˆ

It’s so cool the the Post Office has recognised Capt. Tom with his own blue post box. Reminds me of the Olympic 2012 gold post boxes…I hope he gets out to see it.

“We are celebrating Captain Thomas Mooreโ€™s 100th birthday with a special postbox in honour of his incredible efforts to raise money for the NHS. The postbox is painted โ€˜NHS blueโ€™ and includes a golden balloon and birthday greetings in honour of Captain Tomโ€™s 100th birthday. The special postbox is located on Bedford Road, MK43 0LA in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire close to where Captain Tom lives.”

Although it was quite overcast and misty today, I pushed myself out the door and went for a lovely walk around the village…I decided that since all the country paths would likely be a muddy quagmire after the rain…I’d walk around the village and along every street, road and close on the east side…I can say for sure, some people are definitely not in the same boat…crikey some of the houses ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ and they have the audacity to include the word ‘cottage’ in the name….๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช I didn’t photograph the houses, but I did capture some colourful flowers….can you imagine such colours and just how tiny some petals are. I loved the caterpillar face. I got in just over 3ย  kms and that makes me a ‘trail blazer’ on the Hadrian’s Wall challenge๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The tone of the Covid-19 stories are starting to become more accusatory. Started off with the general tone of confusion and dismay, then informative and riven with horror as the number of deaths and infections escalated, and now…slowly they’re becoming increasingly questioning and accusatory…. Covid-19 has laid bare the longterm failure of our collective governments to build a secure economy and future that is fair for everyone.

Two sides of the same coin…different headlines, different stories….same difference….look at who our countries are run by!!

When Covid hit, the United States was also among the vulnerable, and the virus has exposed so many of its long-term ailments – its income disparities, racial inequality, democratic sickliness, inoperative government, toxic polarisation, decline of reason, the downgrading of science, the lessening of its global influence, the absence of global leadership.

Britain has not been exceptional in much, except in its refusal to inform and debate with the public over lockdown. It has behaved like an old-fashioned centralist bureaucracy, with ministers and officials mouthing slogans and giving orders. What is the matter with the government? Why canโ€™t we sit on a bench?”

And on the subject of PPE – I do hope that there will one day be a time of reckoning – I will sign every single petition that calls for a public enquiry .

Ending on a more positive note – how cute is this : helping hedgehogs.

Again today we caught up on facetime and it was a party…I finally figured out how to capture a screenshot…so here’s the blur kissing Mummy

Now to sort out my expression ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช

Take care folks. There’s talk of UK schools opening on 1st June. Way too soon in my humble opinion, and from the comments on Facebook, many parents feel exactly the same. The 2020 school year should just be written off…let the schools open on 1st September and start over. All that’s going to happen is an increase in stress, fear and unhappiness….and children who are already emotionally affected by the whole situation are now going to be pushed to catch up, causing even more stress. Its mad.

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I’m getting tired now. After almost 6 weeks of working I’m tired. I nearly broke my big toe this evening walking up the stairs to the bedroom…I misjudged the height and whacked it good and solid. Ouch. 8.5 days to go…

On the meal preparation front, I outdid myself with tonight’s supper…a sweet and sour fish curry. OMG. I wasn’t really in the mood for cooking and just chucked all the ingredients into the pan….and if was delicious. Fortunately I made a huge batch of the curry sauce, so tomorrow night we’ll have it with Quorn mince. Yum.

So today I continued compiling my post-lockdown travel list:

Lavender Farm
Thames Rib Experience
Visit Hungarian family
Zip line in Wales
Finish the Pilgrim’s Way
Walk St Cuthberts Way
Walk the Two Saints Way
Walk Hadrian’s Wall
Start walking the South Coast Route
And enroute Walk around The Isle of Wight
Walk the coast of Wales
Visit Skye
Visit the Lake District

Except for one, all local. The international trip I’m planning to do by train and have already been looking at routes. It’ll take much longer, but I want to avoid air travel as much as possible, and besides which, the scenery would be amazing. I may even take an extended trip back and stop off in different countries enroute.

I didn’t get out for a walk today instead I spent a good half hour facetime with my grandson ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š He’s so cute. Then I had a snooze and continued reading the latest book: The Pure in Heart by Susan Hill that I started yesterday. Its actually the book before the one I read already, but I’m still enjoying it…

I watched a nature programme on BBC2 earlier, about different apes. They featured macaques and oh my gosh, they are so like humans its extraordinary.

I barely watched the news today, I just cannot bring myself to listen to the lies and fabrications anymore. Learning that the testing targets were reached by inflating the numbers and including tests sent out but not yet returned and checked is beyond sickening. The Tories are playing politics with people’s lives. The litany of errors and missed opportunities due to incompetence or arrogance is astounding.

If it wasn’t for our NHS staff who are working tirelessly, we would be in a more serious situation. K saw this beautiful image on Facebook today, and although it depicts the Australian medical profession, I think it can apply to any country

Thank you ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

I hope you are all well and keeping safe. All the best…

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