The Corona Diaries – Day 586

Followed the same pattern as yesterday – dreary drizzly morning and brightened up at lunchtime. Quite cool at 10 degrees but OK.

I’ve been in all morning working on my Beefheart book and took my walk in the afternoon. Playing the Edgar Broughton along with the Beefheart seemed to work well.

It was gorgeous in the afternoon autumn sunshine. When I reached the top of the hill I noticed a dozen goldfinches all gathered sitting on the telegraph wire looking as if they were basking in the sunshine. The other side of the hill a flock of around a hundred starlings took off into the air, landing on the telegraph wires and twittering. It looked as if they were gathering to have a good natter before heading off to roost for the day.

Ain’t nature wonderful!!

Meanwhile, out in Coronaland, I was confronted with the headline in my paper saying ‘If Glasgow fails, then the whole thing fails’. Strewth – it’s come to this. The world teeters on the brink of catastrophe and who have we got leading us out of this mess?? Boris bloody Johnson! The incompetent nincompoop who has made a complete cock-up of everything he touches. The twit who is responsible for Nazarene Zaghari Ratcliffe still be locked up in Iran, for the disaster of Brexit, the devastation of Covid, the sleaze and corruption, the lies and inequality. This is the twerp who has sent the country spiralling into debt, who spent billions like pennies, who is stoking up division and inequality and hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing. This is the person we all now depend on – the saviour of the world.

If past record is anything to go by we might as well all slit our wrists now. The only hope is that some sane, responsible adult, like Jacinda Ardern, steps in to guide us. We can only hope.

So while our shambling wreck of a sham leader talks green with one side of his mouth he’s busy opening coal mines, cheapening flights, building motorways and HS2 and drilling for more oil and gas with the other. He doesn’t know how to tell the truth.

I suspect that greed will continue to rule. As Greta Thunberg says – it’s all Blah Blah Blah and no action. Until we’re all underwater or burnt to death nobody is going to change. The wealthy are so enormously selfish they don’t give a fuck.

So, yesterday there were another 37,667 new cases of covid with 74 deaths. That’s a bit lower – but it was the weekend and most schools go back today. We may be over the peak but I’ll reserve judgement until later in the week. Currently, there are thought to be 1.28 million people harbouring the virus. That’s a lot. Until I’ve had my booster and numbers come down I shall continue to wear a mask and socially distance – and I’m avoiding indoor venues as much as poss. There are 1 in 4 people not complying with isolation. They’re everywhere.

The world passed 5 million dead yesterday. I reckon that’s a big underestimate.

The government response is to open walk-in centres for people to get jabbed. The latest statistics show that unjabbed people are 32 times more likely to die of covid than jabbed people. I don’t know why so many are taken in by the phoney antivaxxer garbage on the internet. But then a lot of people voted for the likes of Trump, Johnson and Bolsonaro. There’s not a lot of intelligence out there!!

Stay safe!! The fate of the world will be decided in the next couple of weeks!! Chipperfields is in town!

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