So regular readers will know I’m not a big animal fan. Actually that’s nowhere near correct. I’m just someone who doesn’t like the concept of pets and having animals in the home. I love animals in their natural habitat and can live with animals being farmed for our consumption provided it is done respectfully. I don’t like zoos. But I appreciate the conservation work. I confess, I am a bit of a protectionist when it comes to animal care and I abhor the harm that comes to some poor creatures especially deliberately. But sometimes, indeed often, animals become harmed by their environment. And there are clusters of people who are there to care for animals who became hurt. I couldn’t do it personally but I applaud them. Continue reading
Yesterday was a little bit of a special day. You see I’m a big sports fan and yesterday afternoon I found myself watching the F1 GP qualifying sessions and between times catching up with England’s progress in the Test match v the W Indies. And then I checked into Sky’s Soccer Saturday and gorged on Jeff Stelling and the footie all afternoon. For the last 3 months we haven’t been able to do any of that of course and it felt decadent and good at the same time. Ah welcome back top level sport that we are pretty darn good at. Do you ever wonder what it must be like doing that if you’re say Scottish or Welsh? Ha! Cheap joke sorry. And not that funny. And a bit offensive. Sorry again. Well slightly amusing.
So I’ve not been posting for a while. I always admit that this thing comes and goes like our bloody weather. But I’ve had an excuse as I’ve been under the weather a tad. I posted a few weeks ago about a painful back/chest condition which necessitated a visit to my local A&E where I was diagnosed with something called costochondritis – an inflammation of the breastbone area. It was nothing too serious and I was prescribed with painkillers and ibuprofen. But after 3 weeks I felt no better, in fact the pain was worse. In the meantime I received a letter from Chelsea And Westminster Hospital Trust, who handled all my cancer surgery and chemo treatment and follow up, that due to a change in Trust guidelines, my colonoscopy procedure scheduled for 20121 had been cancelled. Nothing more than that other than if I had issues I should take it up with my GP. Oh, thank you and good night.
Well after 100 days the Premiership resumed last night. As Jack Bruce once sang, I’m so glad. But it was a strange experience wasn’t it without spectators? Yet another thing this bloody crisis has shown the true value of is the humble fan. Without them turning up in there 1000’s at quite ridiculous costs, the spectacle just isn’t the same. The skill and artistry is all there but the critical ingredient in making the event exciting is not the sodding tv coverage after all but the passionate fans. Maybe now the clubs will appreciate them more. Nay cherish them. Nah it’s not going to happen is it? Continue reading
I think you known I’m not afraid to speak out if I see any failings or injustices. It’s just in my nature. But I should also admit that my recent postings have been quite gently-themed. I do get annoyed by stuff and rant about it but always fear that too many highly-opinionated postings will categorise me as a narrow-minded reactionary. So I’ve tuned back on the political commentary of late. But one news item has landed recently which has troubled me enormously; the death of George Floyd. It was an awful, awful situation. And it has generated some extreme commentary, not all of it helpful.
There must be something in the local water because I’ve now come across the Town Clerk of nearby Buckingham giving us his own Fb morris dance to welcome in May Day, whilst carefully observing social distancing (of course). Enjoy my namesake’s performance too…
Well time’s marching on and we’re into May now. Boy I’ll be glad when this is all over and we can visit people again and talk to each other without a plastic screen between us. Hey ho. It’s another showery day which does nothing for my mood as you know. But I had to smile when I came across this Facebook posting from a local Brackley chappie celebrating May Day. He must have been out very early into our local market square as it was posted at 5.45am. Wow. He’s obviously a cheerier soul than me. I pass no judgement other than to say enjoy Neil’s performance!
So it appeared from yesterday’s briefing that the number of daily tests went up from just over 50,000 on 28th to more than 80,000 on 29th. Blimey that’s an astonishing 60% increase in a single day, a huge jump, but I didn’t catch a single note of comment on it. That’s a massive leap forward in achieving Mr Hancock’s target. But not one bit of hoopla. Odd? I just hope they aren’t doing tests for the sake of delivering a number such as compulsory testing for all army personnel. I’m not saying army people aren’t important (and I just made that idea up of course for the sake of context ) but let’s just pray these new tests are being carried out on people who are in greatest need of them – frontline staff, new admissions, key workers and their families, recent victims previously untested etc. Continue reading