The Corona Diaries – Day 215

I walked up my hill today under leaden skies. I was wrapped in my scarf and gloves. There was a cold wind. I shuffled through fallen leaves and looked out over a landscape that looked drab in the twilight of midday. I stood and thought back through the preceding months, of the scorching sun and cool breeze, the gaily dressed fields with nodding poppies. The scudding cotton clouds. Life is change.

Already the land was shutting down.

My long walks are give me time to think. My walking is mechanical, my mind introspectively trawling through thoughts, memories and feelings. I often return with ideas, poems and new understanding. I’ve soaked in the beauty of nature and been refreshed. It is good.

Looking ahead to the future – things will improve.

Trump is on his way out. We will no longer have the division, the bolstering of hate, the empowering of the Neo-Nazis, or the war on nature. With Biden the UN and WHO will be funded, allies will be given precedence over tyrants, global warming and pollution will be addressed and science will be properly recognised. The world will not be guided by superstition and conspiracy propaganda, it will be a better place.

Johnson and Bolsonaro will follow. The Amazon will not be burnt down for profit. Britain might get a half decent leader. The clown will be gone.

We will start putting the world back together, going to green energy, putting a halt to the destruction of forests and healing the damage. We can and will restore nature. The animals need a chance!!

Brexit will be over. It will cost us a fortune and many will lose their jobs, life will be harder, but we can put it behind us and start healing that media and politician driven division.

Given a little longer we can ditch this incompetent callous bunch of Tories and get a government that cares about the people.

By next summer there should be a vaccine and life can begin to get back to some kind of normality. We will pick ourselves up, rebuild, and start to live again. Music will return. We will meet up with friends and family and we will hug, eat, drink, watch films, go to gigs, go to the theatre and laugh a lot.

Looking ahead – it is all going to be better!

Just stay safe until then!

The Corona Diaries – Day 214

It was cold today. I retrieved my scarf and gloves for the first time since last Spring. It drizzled on us as we went up our hill.

I collected some of the last conkers. We’re seeing two of our grandchildren this weekend. I taught them how to play conkers. We’ve got marbles, jacks and flicksies still to go!

Back home I’ve been playing a bit of Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson and writing my Harper book. All good stuff.

Out in Coronaland the knives are being sharpened. The majority now believe the government has done a shoddy job with the virus and a big majority of 70% believe that Brexit was a mistake. I think Johnson will (rightly) get the blame. All his world-beating and oven-ready bullshit will come home to roost. He’s a cheerleader who is not on the ball. He’s out of his depth.

As he dithers about we go from bad to worse. There are reported to be another 21,238 new cases yesterday – but they estimate the real number is 35,200 new cases. With the R value between 1.2 and 1.4 that means that every ten people who get it pass it on to 12 or 14 others.

Meanwhile, our world-beating Track and Trace system falls below 60% and is deemed useless!

Johnson is in trouble.

In the USA it’s even worse for Trump. He’s badly behind in the polls and the virus is soaring – more than 75,040 new cases yesterday with 828 deaths.

His poor example is killing people!!

In Brazil it’s the same – another 24,858 new cases with 497 deaths.

The three CHUMPS have killed more people than all the recent wars put together!

Vietnam – 4 new cases and 0 deaths – shows what can be achieved.

Stay safe!!

The Corona Diaries – Day 212

I’m feeling crap today, no energy, listless and fed-up. I’ve got a bit of a cold and upset stomach.

It didn’t stop me doing my walk. I went up on my hill. It was cool and murky, overcast and misty. The air felt dank. But even so it was good to be out there in nature. That is revitalising.

Back home I’ve been working on my Harper book and playing a bit of Al Stewart. That takes me back fifty years!!

Life is very short. Make the most of it.

Out here in Coronaland the picture is looking grim. we’ve surged up to 21,330 new cases and 241 deaths. I can’t see Johnson’s tiers doing the job. I think we’re in for a lot of deaths.

The stupidity is scary. The Tories really don’t seem to care about the North. They don’t mind if businesses go under and people starve. Why aren’t they supporting people properly?

They have just brought in testing at the airports. Doors, horse and bolted come to mind. It’s Oct 21st. Surely that should have happened in March???

They are doing trials on a vaccine – they are deliberately infecting people to see if it works. (I think the government is secretly doing a big trial in the North of England). I hope it works I’m getting sick of all this. A bit of normality would be good.

Meanwhile there are only two weeks to go in the US election. I so hope that Trump gets dumped and the Republicans taught a lesson. Their attitude is brazenly corrupt. 4 more years of environmental damage and bitter division. Doesn’t bear thinking about.

In Brazil there were another 23,227 new cases and 661 deaths. I hope Bolsonaro is proud?

Stay safe everybody – the worst is yet to come!!

The Corona Diaries – Day 210

Today got off to a bad start. I had yet another visit from a BT engineer to attempt to fix my internet (slow and intermittent). I think this is the eighth or ninth. It’s still not fixed. It seems that I need a new router now. It’s endless!

So while he was working away I played some John Martyn and then went for a walk. It was cloudy, a little breezy, with a chill in the air.

I worked on my Harper book.

Out there in Coronaland temperatures are rising, hate crime is on the increase. People are stressed and taking it out on other. A bit of good news it that the virus may have peaked in the university towns! But in general it is still rampant. Another 18,804 new cases today with 80 deaths. They have allowed it to get out of control – should not have lifted the lockdown in the North at the same time as the South. They are now predicting that Manchester intensive care will be swamped in a few weeks time. Not looking good.

The government is still not giving adequate compensation to the people kicked out of jobs by forced closures. Mayors are asking for proof that places like gyms are spreading the disease.

In the USA there was another 47,601 new cases and 368 deaths. I’m sure Trump thinks this is pretty good – world-beating.

In Brazil it is another 10,982 new cases with 230 deaths.

Let me see now – New Zealand – new cases 3 and deaths 0.

What do you put that down to then?

I know what I think.

Stay safe!!

The Corona Diaries – Day 209

We went for a long walk today. Out in nature nothing changes. The coronavirus means nothing to the rest of life on this planet. It is refreshing. But it is also sobering. Nature doesn’t need us. We are far too big for our boots. We are dispensible. For all our arrogance, for all our impact, we are nothing more than just another species of life. We are of nature and part of nature but not in control of nature or more important than nature.

As I walked I found myself thinking that one day we will be gone. Nature will not miss us. It will regenerate. Our cities and artefacts will decay. We’ll be a thin layer in the rocks – a strata of self-importance. One day a virus will do for us all. Nature will shrug and move on.

Good riddance. We were too stupid and too clever, too destructive and thoughtless. We don’t deserve to be here.

Back home I was playing some Alexis Korner and thinking that at our best we can be so good. Why are we so bad?

I wrote my harper book and was despondent.

This virus is a warning. We need to change our ways or bow out.

All around me the incompetence shines.

In the UK – 16,171 new cases with 150 deaths

In the USA – 52,774 new cases with 679 deaths

In Brazil – 24,062 new cases with 461 deaths

In New Zealand – 3 new cases and no deaths

Some people are obviously messing up and some are doing it right!

It’s the same with inequality, poverty, violence, rights and working conditions, racism, sexism and justice. Some are not delivering – and it’s the same bunch of dumbasses.

But there is hope. Jacinda Ardern was elected with a landslide. What she said in her speech filled me with optimism. We can be competent, compassionate, empathetic and caring if we try. We just need to stop electing this unpleasant narcissistic sociopaths!! It can be done!

Today’s Music to keep me SssSSSsAaaAaaNNNnnnEEeeeE in Isolation – Alexis Korner

There is always something special about being the first and Alexis was the father of British Blues. in 1960 he teamed up with Cyril Davies and started playing Blues. They went on to form Blues Incorporated in 1961. That band was seminal. Everybody appeared in it – most of the Stones and Cream, Graham Bond, Dick Heckstall-Smith. It was a breeding ground for people who went on to do great stuff. Without Alexis it might never have happened.

The Corona Diaries – Day 208

Today was grey but not too cold. I walked up my hill and surveyed the landscape – a patchwork of fields, some crows and big heavy clouds. The leaves are changing colour and starting to fall. On the way home I kicked my way through them like a big kid.

I played some Who and did some work on my Harper book.

Truth is that I’m feeling a bit despondent. I was trying to remember what it was like 208 days ago before all the isolation started – the friends, gigs, theatre, cinema, meals, family, writing group. Life was really full. It was all go.

That has gone.

But it is the little things that get to me – the casual interaction. Brushing past people, shaking hands, giving a hug, being close – all without thinking. Now there is a constant risk calculation – am I too close? Facemasks? Did I touch? Sanitise? Everything poses a danger. I think that is what wears you down.

I think people, in general have become fatigued. Some are complacent, some fatalistic. Some don’t give a knack anymore.

There is confusion about what we are meant to be doing, who we can see and where we can go. There is a reluctance on many to comply. They are becoming very rebellious.

People know that this bunch of clowns are hopeless.

I think the local tier system would work if there were a number of issues sorted:

a. There were clear criteria that applied to everyone equally

b. The measures were strong enough to make a difference

c. There was adequate compensation for those affected

d. It was done in consultation rather than imposed

e. There was clear communication on why, how and the science

i don’t think these idiots are doing any of it properly.

I notice there is a vaccine hope for before Christmas (but with a limited supply so only the vulnerable would get it).

In the meantime the virus is starting to go berserk in the UK – 15,635 new cases reported yeserday and deaths are beginning to shoot up – 136 yesterday.

In the USA it is bad news for Trump with another big jump to almost record levels – 70,435 new cases and back to 909 deaths. It’s still out of control and Trump doesn’t have a clue.

Same in Brazil – up to 30,914 new cases again and deaths surge back up to 754.

The three populist stooges have unleashed a nightmare.

I think we’re heading for a lockdown, No Deal Brexit and economic devastation!!

I think it’s down to us!! Stay Safe!!

The Corona Diaries – Day 206

Son number 2 came over this morning to join me for a walk up my hill. We had a great walk and chat. Like me he’s a teacher. All a bit worrying in the classroom. He knows that the protection is scant. The new rules are largely cosmetic. If one of the kids brings Covid-19 in it will spread.

The school has its one-way, its bubbles, its facemasks in corridors, its hygiene – but as soon as the kids are out they are mingling as normal, on busses and not distancing. It’s a joke.

Back home I’ve been playing Buffy St Marie.

The long-term problem with my internet persists. The football wouldn’t play last night and the internet was on slow. I had an engineer in but he was booked for the wrong thing and left. That’s the sixth one and it’s still not fixed. This has been going on since March. I listen to these BT adverts and it’s a joke!

Meanwhile in Coronaland everything is going horribly wrong for Johnson.

the Covid-19 cases are going berserk – up to 19,724 new cases and hospitals are back stuffed with cases as the death toll lags behind but has jumped to 137.

His tiers are not adequate to control the disease – even his own scientists say it won’t work.

Labour is backing the scientists and calling for a circuit break of two-three weeks.

The Local Mayors in the North are revolting and saying they will not enforce the measures. They want a circuit break with compensation for those put out of work.

The unemployment numbers are beginning to go through the roof as the furlough scheme ends.

His backbenchers want him to completely open up the economy and go for herd immunity.

The WHO says that herd immunity is immoral and means mass deaths.

The Brexit talks (remember the oven-ready easiest deal ever) have stalled and it looks like we’re going to crash out with a huge hit to the economy, tariffs, red-tape, massive costs, lorry parks, price rises, exodus of businesses, job losses and economic carnage.

Trump is going down and so is the American deal.

The people are rebelling and refusing to comply.

His poll ratings are through the floor.

The long knives are out and Rishi Sunak is the new leader in waiting.

As soon as he delivers Brexit (and they can make their millions) they’ll slash him to bits and he knows it. He’s beginning to look like a scared and beaten man – all the bluster and bravado, the optimistic crap, cheerleading and balderdash has evaporated. He looks like the clown he is and has always been. A leader???? No way!! A lazy chancer!!

Johnson is done for!

Meanwhile, Trump continues to strut – looking more and more like Mussolini – throw taunts and fuel the divide, instead of dealing with the virus. The numbers are shooting up again – 59,751 new cases with over a thousand deaths yesterday. Horrendous – and still he holds rallies without distancing or masks. The man’s an arrogant fool!

In Brazil the virus is on the increase again – another 27,235 cases and 745 deaths.

We’re getting blasé aren’t we? We throw these numbers about. A thousand deaths a day. It doesn’t mean anything. In the twin Towers there were 2,977 deaths. That is a three-day total for Covid-19. That was enough to invade countries and go to war! Now it’s shrugged off.

I’m going back to writing my book – stay safe everyone!