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WE’RE FAILING BADLY

By Pete Moore On March 22nd, 2020 at 6:07 pm

The weather’s been nice this weekend, unfortunately. London’s parks are rammed. The seaside towns are jammed. The national parks have reported record visitor numbers. The National Trust announced free entry to its open spaces this week. Yesterday it closed those open spaces because too many people were turning up. This was the Columbia Road flower market in London today –

We’re not talking about the thickos here. As far as I can tell, the less educated are slobbed out in front of the telly. Their dream lifestyle is now reality, urged on by the government. But the selfish middle classes are badly letting us down and guaranteeing that avoidable deaths will not be avoided. FFS, why are markets and shopping centres still open?!

The idea of a total lockdown disgusts me. It goes against all my instincts, but that’s what we need right now. We need it to get off the same path that Italy walked a fortnight ago, if we still can. We are right where they were two weeks ago, and two weeks ago tomorrow Italy went into total lockdown.

Crank it up……

By Patrick Van Roy On March 22nd, 2020 at 5:25 pm

Nature loves her little surprises 

Fact Check

By Patrick Van Roy On March 22nd, 2020 at 5:19 pm

TELL THE ELDERLY

By Pete Moore On March 21st, 2020 at 6:36 pm

Sainsbury’s (a large supermarket chain, for those in the colonies) will restrict shopping on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 9am. At these times only the elderly, disabled, vulnerable, NHS and care staff can shop.

It’s needed.

I had to nip into Sainsbury’s this morning so I can make my lunches this week. People are still not giving each other enough space. Before I went in I gave the trolley handle a good disinfectant spray. I imagined a six-foot bubble around me which I couldn’t let anyone enter. It made progress a bit of a zig-zag up and down the aisles. There was a bit of reversing too. But no-one was allowed in the bubble. I noticed that many others are still not doing this, and it was really worrying to see. I think that’s my last such trip for a while.

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

By Pete Moore On March 21st, 2020 at 6:22 pm

The NHS has struck a deal with private hospitals to acquire thousands of extra beds, ventilators and medical staff to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

An extra 8,000 hospital beds across England, nearly 1,200 ventilators and almost 20,000 fully qualified staff will be available from next week.

It comes as the number of people in the UK to die with coronavirus rose to 233.

The agreement will see the private sector reallocate almost its entire national hospital capacity to the NHS.

This is quite a deal and all done extremely quickly. That’s the good news. The bad news is it indicates that the NHS will be overwhelmed.

SOME PEOPLE HAVE NO SELF-AWARENESS

By Pete Moore On March 21st, 2020 at 6:17 pm

Easyjet will go ahead with a £174 million dividend payout to shareholders despite appealing for taxpayer support.

The airline said that it might need lines of credit or loans from the government to cope with the coronavirus crisis. It insisted last night, however, that this would not affect the payout, £60 million of which will go to its founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

Easyjet gave no indication that it would ask those investors to help the business.

In addition, Easyjet has asked employees to take three months unpaid leave and told crew that they will no longer be provided with food.

By my reckoning, if the dividend payment is made, the decision on taxpayer support is an easy one.

Kenny Rogers Leaves Us

By Phantom On March 21st, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Kenny Rogers has left us.

He had a long history as a performer, with the First Edition, then as a solo artist.

I like a number of his songs including this one. Beautiful in a terribly sad way, from a time when Vietnam was not over.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On March 20th, 2020 at 6:45 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night, and some things must remain the same.

I don’t know if I’ve posted this Willie before. Who cares now? Enjoy it again if I have. I like it and we’re all entitled to enjoy the little things now more than ever.

Have a good weekend whatever you’re up to. Let’s hope the interweb doesn’t go down or we’re all stuffed. As always, feel free to post your favorite sounds down below –

DON’T GO STIR CRAZY OUT THERE

By Pete Moore On March 20th, 2020 at 6:28 pm

I just found out that I’m a “key worker”. I’ve been delivering food to supermarkets for months. We’re doing hospitals too now. That’s my working year sorted. The irony is that I must have delivered thousands of bananas this week, and when I finally get to do some shopping … no bananas left. Gee, thanks. I have a couple of bananas every day. They keep you going. Leave a few for me too.

I love my music and I’m a readerholic, so that’s unlimited distraction in my time off. And I live in the countryside, which I love to ramble over. So I’ll be alright. It’s other people I’m thinking of. A lot of people can’t sit still or don’t have many interests. Some will be going stir crazy already. This year’s going to drag for them. There’ll be a spike in births around Christmas and a spike in divorces when these lockdowns are lifted.

I hope everyone out there has got plenty to do, or a shed to hide in.

EVERYWHERE IS CLOSED

By Pete Moore On March 20th, 2020 at 5:58 pm

The British government just closed all the pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms and leisure centres. It will pay 80 per cent of salaries of those at risk of being laid off. The shelves are still bare. Thanks to the Chinese disease we’ve become a socialist republic in a matter of weeks.

I see that California and New York have social lockdowns. Did I hear something on the wireless about New Yorkers not going to work now? There are too many shut downs and lockdowns to list, frankly.

I say again, there must be a reckoning with the Chinese communists when this is all over. Coronavirus isn’t the first such thing they’ve incubated. If they want to play in the 21st-Century they cannot be allowed to continue with primitive diets and hygiene standards.