The Corona Diaries Day 76.

Another gorgeous day in Coronaland. We have been incredibly lucky with the weather over the last ten weeks. That has made it much more bearable. We’ve been able to get out for a walk in pleasant sunshine nearly every day. That makes such a difference.

Today I’ve been outside painting the art installation in the garden. It was quite time-consuming. Consequently I have done very little writing and not much reading.

I’m reading Olaf Stapledon – a Sci-fi novel written in 1930 given to me by my friend Tony. Interesting stuff.

I have been playing Buffy St Marie today. Some of her songs about the treatment of Native Americans is extremely sad and anger producing. She is one of my favourite female singers.

My walk took me up to the top of my favourite hill again. Ambling in the sunshine listening to birdsong is extremely relaxing and invigorating.

Talking to Paul, a man I met on the way, was harrowing. He told me of a very fit friend of his, a 5-a-side footballer and cyclist, who died of covid at the age of 52 years old.

Cummings is still in post! I don’t think Johnson can cope without him. Brexit is looming and they’ve still got to explain why we have performed the worst in Europe over covid.

Emily Maitliss seems to still be employed. I bet the public reaction sent a few tremors through the BBC board.

So we reach the end of another day. This lockdown is proving difficult – but next week we can see family in the park and in a few weeks time we’ll have football on TV!! Things are picking up!!

Let us hope we do not get another surge and that Johnson manages to organise sufficient testing and follow-up. Other countries are streets ahead!!

Stay safe!!

Today’s Music to keep me SANE in Isolation – Buffy St Marie

Buffy a full-blooded Native American Indian who came out of the New York Folk scene. She has recorded in a variety of styles though.

She has produced some of the strongest lyrics I have ever read – lyrics concerning the genocide of the Native Americans and their present-day plight. She is so passionate and forceful

I think ‘My country ’tis of thy people you’re dying’ is one of the strongest songs ever written.

I’m still angry over Cummings, Maitliss and Johnson’s incompetence. I’ll play Buffy and seethe.

The Corona Diaries – Day 75

Today left me fuming – the Tory governors on the BBC sacking Emily Maitliss for daring to question a Tory minister over Dominic Cummings. It just shows you what bias there is in the BBC.

So fuming away I’ve been playing my angriest Phil Ochs all day.

Cummings is still in post. It seems that elitism is well. The Tories have no morality!

Johnson has admitted that they were unprepared (despite having a pandemic enquiry a good year before that showed them woefully inadequate – plus the knowledge that they knew pandemics came round regularly – SARS, MERS, EBOLA, Swine Flu, Bird Flu – only a matter of time). Complacency and Brexit have cost thousands of lives!!

I went for a walk up my hill. A hot day with blue skies. It is so beautiful. Yesterday a young fox with reddy/brown fur walked up the road to about five feet away from me. We both looked at each other then he went off. It was a lovely experience. I love nature.

On the way up the hill I composed a couple of poems about Tories and their undermining of democracy.

Yet the Tories are still leading in the polls!!! People are both gullible and stupid!!

When I came back I painted our art installation and bird feeder in bright reds, greens, blues and yellow. That brightened it up.

It looks like the lockdown is about to be relaxed more. I think I’m ready for it. It would be nice to see friends and family!! Schools are going back. The roads are clogged – return to normality.  But we still had over 300 deaths and 400 new cases. The virus is still around. But, at last, today they are bringing in the testing and follow up! About bloody time!! (In order to distract from Dominic Cummings and his ludicrous explanations!). We’ll see if they can manage to contain it this time or if we get a second wave!

Meanwhile the USA is still recording 2000 new cases a day and has topped 100,000 deaths and Brazil is surging away with 20,000 cases a day too. It’s a wonder these arrogant populist cretins have any credibility with anyone!

Still – I suppose the good news is that we’ve been in isolation and have not gone down with the disease!! Another day is coming to an end!!

Stay safe everyone – I’m off to cook dinner – a nice Thai curry!!

Today’s Music to keep me ANGRY in Lockdown – Phil Ochs

Today I’m so angry at the blatant Tory propaganda machine and its strangling of democracy via control of the press and BBC that I wanted something that reflected that.

I wanted something overtly political.

I thought about Gang of Four, then Buffy St Marie. I thought of Billy Bragg but I’ve already had him (as well as Stiff Little Fingers). I’ve had Dylan and Bob Marley and Roy Harper. I’ve had Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

So today I’m going for Phil Ochs. I need a big slice of his anger and political idealism!!

Here’s to you Phil!! Your music lives on!! Your sentiments are even more important now!!

Where are the new generation of angry poet rebels??

The Corona Diaries – Day 74

This is beginning to get tedious. Two thousand and four new cases in the UK today. That does not sound very many spread over the whole of the UK. I wonder how many are skulking in my area?

Of course, one has to remember that firstly these are only the reported cases, the real number might be a lot higher, and secondly that there is up to two weeks gestation period – so an unknown number of people may be asymptomatic and spreading it.

Even so, I am wondering if the risk isn’t small enough to warrant meeting up with family and grandchildren and friends – at least outside??

It would seem to me that it is the loonies who are meeting up in big groups who are the ones most at risk – but then there is rarely any justice, is there?

Meanwhile the States is chugging along at 16,700 new cases with States opening up. Are they heading for a big second wave in a week or two? There seem to be a lot of people disregarding all precautions and social distancing.

Cummings, who has made a lot of enemies, including half the British population who despise his lies over Brexit, is still hanging on despite his ludicrous, risible justification for his illegal flaunting of the regulations he brought in. He needs to resign. On the other hand he is clearly demonstrating the arrogance of the Tories, their elitism and the way they take the electorate for fools – perhaps it will wake a lot of people up?

Certainly the ineptitude and complacency is apparent for all to see! Hang in there Dominic. You’re doing a great job of showing the Tories up for the privileged arrogant twerps they really are.

“Should have gone to Barnard Castle instead of Specsavers.”

Apparently Dominic Cummings is a very slow driver. He drove 260 miles and it took the contagious.

Hearing rumours that Dominic Cummings only travelled to see family in Durham because he’d been rejected by his family in Oxford and Cambridge

I’m not allowed to see my mum so I’m going to visit Dominic Cummings parents in Durham instead.
Apparently that’s fine.

Dominic Cummings blags his way on to a lifeboat ‘I have a child.’

The jokes go on – but behind them is real loathing of the arrogant creep and his hypocrisy and lying. I wrote to my MP on the basis that if they get enough mail they have to take action!!

The real reason why he can’t be sacked is that Johnson is too lazy to do the work himself – without Cummings he’d sink.

So anyway, I cheered myself up today by playing the Fugs – Wide Wide River. It seemed appropriate.

It was a great day so I walked up to the top of my hill as my daily exercise. This Spring goes on and on giving warmth and sunshine.

Then I edited another chapter of the Roy Harper book. All going well.

Hopefully I have sorted out the problems on my two new Sci-fi novels – Green and Star. We’ll see. They should be available soon!!

Thus endeth another day! Stay Safe everyone.

Today’s Music to keep me INSANE in Isolation – The Fugs.

Playing the Velvets yesterday made me think of that other band from New York that captured my imagination. While not being musically brilliant their mad anarchy and sense of theatre was always entertaining and thought provoking.

The Fugs were a law unto themselves!! Sexual politics, political politics, madness, poetry, theatre, costume and a clear anti-establishment stance. Protopunks and precursors of the Dead Kennedy’s.

One of my favourites. I shall enjoy playing them today!! Let’s get out there and kill for peace!!

The Corona Diaries – Day 73

I can feel the whole lockdown beginning to relax. The number of new cases and deaths are both coming down. There is a different feel around. People are out, cars are about. Up here they are social distancing – not sure that is the case everywhere though!

That slimy Cummings still has not resigned. The pressure is building!! This is the lying, conniving mastermind behind Brexit who deviously spent his time spinning, lying and spreading propaganda. He’s the one who has boosted Johnson into being elevated above his competence! He needs to go!

One rule for everybody!!! No elitist spin!!

Today a friend of mine dropped in for a socially distanced walk. That was great – a good time to have a good natter. I’ve missed that.

We walked up to the top of my hill (I have now claimed it). Very pleasant day again!

I have had kindle report problems with the covers of both my new books – Star and Green. Seemingly the writing is wrong on the cover is wrong. Not sure how I can put that right. It’s an automatic process? We’ll see. Nothing in life is straightforward.

I’ve been working on my new Ron Forsythe website and blog. Hoping to get it up and running tomorrow. An important step for me. I’m useless at these things.

I’ve been playing a lot of Velvet Underground and Nico. I find her voice so haunting.

A bit of a mixed day!!

Still not ill – so you all stay safe!!

Today’s Music to keep me SANE during Isolation – Velvet Underground

The Velvets were a strange combination of forces – John Cale’s avant garde viola and droning sounds, Lou Reed’s experimental garage guitar, Sterling’s R&B, Nico’s lilting heavily accented voice and Moe’s steady drums, but it worked!

Those first couple of albums were groundbreaking. I remember playing them back in the 60s. They were like an East Coast dose of hard drugs and sexual fetish to counter the Acid Rock of the West Coast.

Straight out of Andy Warhol’s factory as a protopunk extravaganza. I used to play those albums a lot. The range was incredible – from soft and lilting to hard and raw.

So today I’m digging them out and giving them an outing. I might even pull out a Nico album or two!!

What part of the instructions did you not understand Mr Cummings???

What part of the instructions did you not understand Mr Cummings???

If anyone in the household displays symptoms (like your wife):

  • Everyone in the household should stay at home for 14 days.
  • That means, if possible, you should not go out even to buy food or essentials.
  • You must stay at home.
  • You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.

I can’t see anything in those guidelines that suggests you can drive 250 miles, with a sick wife displaying symptoms, to visit your grandparents and set up a new home next door. Neither does it suggest that you can pop out for the day to visit castles even if it is a birthday!!

My son and his wife had covid symptoms with three young children in the house. They live the other side of the country. Would it have been OK for them to drive over to us? He’s a nurse – not some useless lying cretin – but he followed the rules.

So Mr Cummings – what part of the rules (that you helped put together) did you not understand??? Or was it that you thought they applied to everyone else but not yourself??

Mr Johnson – does that mean we can all interpret the rules how we like???

Where does this leave all the people who have been fined for breaking the rules (or who have lost their jobs)??

The Corona Diaries Day 72

Following the Cummings interpretation it appears that we didn’t need to be locked down at all! We could have driven all over the country and met up with our grandchildren (even if we had symptoms)! We could even have visited castles for a day out!

What a fiasco!

So now we are looking to meet up with friends – obeying social distancing – as the virus is in retreat. I’ll just say Dominic said it was alright. Next stop – meeting up with grandchildren and family!

Anyway, right now it is a beautiful day. I’ve been playing Eels and had a walk up my hill. Yesterday the wind was blowing a gale and it was overcast. Today was blue skies and warm. Nature has relented.

I finally published my book Star – a rewrite of Intergalactic Rockstar – a book I wrote twenty years ago. Thanks to Matthias Krueger for the cover photo!! Excellent!!

My rewrite of Green is now available in paperback!

Chapter 21 of the Roy Harper book is now edited.

On the writing font it has been a great day!!

I finished the day off (apart from chores) with a nice read in the garden!!

So stay safe everyone!! Until tomorrow!!