The Corona Diaries – Day 322

It rained all morning but the afternoon was sunny so that’s when I took my walk!

In the morning I did some final read-through editing of the Roy Harper book before sending it off and played some Led Zeppelin. All very productive.

It’s now a year since we came back from Brazil. What a strange year that has been. Shortly after we got back home the virus struck and we were in lockdown. Since then the world has turned upside down. The ship we went to Brazil in is now on a beach in India being stripped down and scrapped. Sad. Trump has gone. Not sad. Brexit has happened. Sad. Johnson has balls everything up apart from the vaccination. Sad. We’ve hardly seen friends and family for over a year. Very sad.

We’ve decorated the entire house. I’ve written a few books and read a number . We’ve walked hundreds of miles, sorted lots of photos, watched lots of dramas and generally kept ourselves extremely busy. It’s all getting beyond a joke!!

What I would like to see from this government is a clear plan and strategy. I know, that’s asking a bit much from this bunch of tossers!!

But surely it is not too difficult???

When the level of infections gets down to this level we aim to open schools, at this level we open pubs and restaurants for outside, at this level all entertainment inside.

We’ll monitor closely, use testing, track and isolate to keep on top of it.

When the vaccine has been rolled out to this level we removed all restrictions.

This is how we deal with new strains. This is what we are doing for foreign travel. This is what we are doing at our borders.

It could be simple and coherent and everybody would know where they are.

Instead we have a bunch of fools dithering away, acting behind the curve and confusing everybody.

I think it is the colonial arrogance coming to the fore. We’ve seen it all the way through. ‘This is what the bally Asians are doing with their facemasks, borders and tests. We don’t want to be like them do we?? We’re bally British!! We can handle a bloody virus!!’

Then, a year later, when it’s far too late, we’re told to wear masks, our borders are finally shut and we’re doing what we should have done at the beginning!!

At least the levels of infection are coming down and the vaccination is rolling out. I can see the light!!

Stay safe!! The NHS is coming to the rescue!!

The Corona Diaries – Day 322

We’ve had some snow in Yorkshire. It laid a thin coating over everything that made the place look picturesque.

I went for a walk up my hill and took my camera. At times the sun came out at others we were caught in a blowing blizzard. I enjoyed it. I’ll put up a few photos when I’ve sorted them.

Back home I’ve been editing the Roy Harper book and listening to Traffic. My they were good.

Out in Coronaland we’re back to more panic. There are reports about the AstraZeneca vaccine being ineffective against the South African strain. That’s a worry but, so far, no reports about the effectiveness of the Pfizer on that we’ve had.

It seems that the AstraZeneca one might not stop people becoming ill but it will stop them getting severely ill. I’ll settle for that!

There were 147 cases of the South African variant reported but I bet there’s a lot more than that around. Even so it is not going to be the dominant variety – at least for a while!

The hope is that they get on top of it quickly! Some hope huh? This bunch are hardly renowned for speedy action are they? Descended from slugs – what do you expect?

Dido Harding has not get a record for efficiency – except when donating to Tory funds or spending tax payers money.

Vietnam and New Zealand are still showing us how – even though we are continuing to ignore them. New Zealand have only had 34 new cases in the last two weeks. We had 15,845 yesterday! They have had no deaths for months. We had another 373 yesterday.

Vietnam had a mini outbreak but is is under control. They only had 16 new cases yesterday and haven’t had any deaths for months.

Makes you sick doesn’t it?

The good news is that cases in the UK and USA are both coming down quite fast. The vaccine roll out (given to the NHS) is doing a great job. Public services are showing the private sector how to do things!!

They are talking of a booster in the autumn to pick up the variants!

With any luck we will be back to some kind of normality by summer and, with a boost, be back to normal next year!

When the shops open we’ll see how much damage has been done!

Stay safe!! We’re over the hump!!