Album Part 2

Just to let you know I’ve updated the Album posting with a bit more detail on why I made the particular selections. Check it out by following this linkĀ or pressing the previous button at the top of the page. I hope this helps turn it into more of a story rather than just a selection box and encourages you to let me know of one or two of your own favourite LPs and why. The hills are alive folks and what else are you doing eh?

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Albums

You’ve probably seen the thing going around Facebook asking you to share one image per day of the covers of the 10 albums that defined your musical tastes. My lovely sister Hel nominated me and ordinarily I don’t do this sort of chain letter shit. But because it was her I responded but lumped them all together as I knew I wouldn’t be arsed doing one album cover at a time. Continue reading

May Day

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!

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Test data

 

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

Politicians

I’ve been browsing around Facebook and other social media and been pleasantly surprised by the number of postings from folks who are generally very supportive of what people are doing in the current pandemic. I don’t just mean praise for NHS front line and care workers, support staff, supermarket people, refuse workers, lorry drivers and all the many folks who are keeping essential things going for us all. I’m also talking about the large number of postings in praise of what our Government is doing in the face of this dreadful virus. Wow.

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Downcast

Well how long have we been cooped up now? It feels like around 6 weeks since the Gov’t imposed a non-essential travel ban and asked us to stay indoors except for critical needs, and if outside to stay apart from others by 2m and to wash hands thoroughly and regularly. And we’ve sadly lost over 20,000 people in that time. There are some signs that we’ve passed a peak in cases of the coronavirus but we’re looking at several more weeks of this aren’t we, if we’re honest?

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Cynical, who me?

Well I watched the daily cv-19 briefing at 5pm and noted that the Government are talking confidently about achieving the Health Secretary’s target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of the month. Hurrah! Except it’s not exactly in terms of actual tests, instead they are now tweaking it to say that they’ll have the capacity to test that number. Ahh. So they’ll have 100,000 cotton buds in stock to take swabs but nowhere near enough nurses and the other medically-trained people to take the tests and process them. It’s not quite the same thing is it?

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