Tag: COVID 19

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James Explains The Mask Situation In The UK

It is officially mandatory to wear face-masks in some places in the UK as of today. It was already mandatory to wear them on public transport but previously it was not necessary to wear them in shops. According to ‘man of the people’ Michael Gove, it was basic good manners to wear them in shops,…

James Explains Independence Day

Happy 4th July everyone! Today is officially Independence Day in the UK! What’s that? July 4th is Independence Day in the United States? No, that can’t be right. Unless you mean the time that Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum saved the world from aliens in 1996? Because I’m pretty sure that was a movie. And…

An Homage To The Now Departed Daily Briefing

Hello and welcome to today’s update We haven’t got anything new to say Nothing’s really changed since yesterday But it’s important, nonetheless That we update you anyway Otherwise you’ll realise That we haven’t got any idea what we’re doing We’d rather give the impression That we do know what we’re doing Even though we don’t…

Renaissance

It has been a difficult time For everyone And the world might have changed now Beyond all recognition It is more than possible That things will never be the same And as a species we will have to adjust To adapt, to reframe, to reflect But out of the ashes of despair Opportunity rises like…

Welcome To The New Normal

Welcome to the new normal It’s a bit like the old normal But with a smidgen less freedom A tiny bit less choice And quite a lot less fun On the plus side though There are more queues And more joggers A lot more joggers And there is more than enough fear for everyone And…

James Interrogates ‘The Science’

Like many people I’ve been slightly perplexed by the way the British government has handled the ongoing pandemic. It’s not that I fundamentally disagree with anything the government is doing. I would like to disagree, but while I lack any remote understanding of what they are doing, I’m not sure I can disagree. Because to…

James Explains The Easing Of Lockdown

There were one or two suggestions after my post on Tuesday that I was somehow advocating irresponsible drinking with large numbers of other people in the park. So, I should probably clarify that that is not in line with current government advice. Current government advice is that you can get drunk anywhere you like, as…

James Explains ‘Common Sense’

As lockdown restrictions ease in England, despite an apparent lack of clear guidance on…well anything much, the British government has made it clear, on multiple occasions that people should use their ‘Common Sense’. But what it this thing they call ‘Common Sense’? And do we all have it? Or is it a bit like ‘The…

May The Soon Be With You

Without a shadow of a doubt, life on lockdown has hit other people harder than me. I am, under the circumstances, relatively lucky. I have a job that still needs me to work (I mean the work bit is mildly irritating but in the current climate, gainful employment seems to be a definite asset), I…

Positively Pessimistic

Restriction to your home is not The worst kind of jail You can still pretend to work If you can access your email But it’s easy to find reasons To not be very cheerful When it seems that you’re increasingly Encouraged to be fearful It’s appears that times are dark And possibly quite bleak It’s…

Cautionary Tales

As the parent of a small child, I’m not unfamiliar with a children’s story or two. My daughter has a voracious appetite for literature. I mean quite literally, as I’ll often find her nibbling on a book. Although she does appear to be growing out of that phase and enjoying books for their content too.…

Pandemical Positives

No-one loves a pandemic more than me. Then again, no-one loves a pandemic less than me. Because, presumably, no-one loves a pandemic. Except possibly toilet-paper manufacturers. But, on the whole, it’s fair to say that this whole pandemic malarkey is pretty bad news. Nevertheless, if you can shake off the never-ending panic and crippling fear…

Pandemically Proverbial

Home is where the heart is Which is useful because it’s also where the rest of me is All the time now And I like to be where my heart is I need my heart To stay alive Indeed I’m not quite sure how I managed to cope When I was allowed to leave my…

Acrosticly Viral

Commuting no more Online now the new norm Rapid spread of infection Outbreak causing a storm New rules for living Avoiding socialisation Virtually interacting Indoor isolation Rarely outdoors Under lockdown now Swearing out loud at the lack of loo roll

Don’t Panic!

In these unusual times, you do start to reassess your values and priorities and begin to focus on what’s really important. And for the people of Britain, what’s really important appears to be toilet paper. It’s one of the cornerstones of our national identity apparently. I had eschewed the supermarkets in recent days but ventured…

‘Working’ From Home

When last I blogged, I did so from my office in a very much still open, though poorly attended, school. That same day the government decided to close schools, although they did give us the remainder of the week to keep things ticking over, which was nice of them. It was not at all challenging…

Becoming The Hero I Was Born To Be

Despite the fact that we’re now all living in a world that is eerily reminiscent of the beginning of every Zombie movie ever, it’s nice to see that we British are displaying our usual ‘Dunkirk’ spirit. Obviously I wasn’t around at the time of Dunkirk, and my historical knowledge may be a little sketchy here,…

Issues With Tissues (And Other Toiletries)

The world has gone mad and I, apparently, have joined them. For today I visited no less than nine supermarkets in a bid to get supplies for the seemingly inevitable period of self-isolation that awaits me. I have no symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of writing, and indeed know of no-one personally who does.…