Category Archives: Health

Not Feeling Good

some days are worse than others, this is one of those days

Well, today isn’t going so well, it’s been lashing it down with rain, I’m suffering from insomnia, and I’d really rather not be trapped in my garret all day. On the other hand, there isn’t really anywhere to go any more, because I still can’t see my friends, travel is still very difficult, and going anywhere risks being placed in self-isolation, possibly in an expensive hotel.

I need to make the best of things, and lot let myself become depressed.

Hopefully you guys are all doing better than I am.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the sea is angry today

 

 

The Covid Prison

England is now a vast concentration camp

I am not a number, I am a free man

There is an insidious cloud hanging over England, a pernicious prison created by our own government’s spineless belief in a bunch of discredited scientists and health officials.  This has been a year-and-a-half of chaos for the British People extended to August the 14th by inexplicable ‘test-and-trace’ and self-isolation rules.  It’s all been a total waste of time and treasure.

Theoretically I am free to go almost anywhere in the UK and most of Europe, but should I find myself anywhere near anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus then I will be required by the government to go into strict self-quarantine for 10 or 14 days ~ despite the fact that I have been vaccinated and more than likely would never test positive for the coronavirus.  And, because of the £37 billion thrown away on the pointless ‘test and trace’ system this grossly inept government will make damn certain that I follow it’s stupid covid laws, regulations, and rules.

Let me give you an example of how insane this all is.  All of France is now off-limits to we English because there has been an ‘outbreak’ of the coronavirus on Reunion Island, which is a tiny scrap of land, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, 6,000 miles from Paris.  The population of the island is some 860,000, of which some 3,000 have tested positive for the virus.  It’s lunatic madness.

If I go into a bar or restaurant here I am supposed to scan my smartphone so that if anyone connected with the place tests positive for the virus, then the government can tell me to self-isolate.  I can’t sensibly book a flight to anywhere because it could be cancelled at short notice, and anywhere I go might be put onto the no-go list at the drop of a hat.

Last week the government here told 1,500,000 people that they must self-isolate.  No wonder Boris Johnson is pushing to be the most unpopular Prime Minister ever.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

It looks like I will not be visiting my American friend any time soon

Is Covid Over?

eventually even the Spanish Flu burned itself out

welcome to a return of airport chaos

Here in England, mask wearing seems to be a thing of the past, except perhaps for the costume party kind, and a good thing too.  Surgical-type masks offer no protection against catching the coronavirus, as well as being unhygienic if they are worn more than once.

The government here is backing the dropping of quarantine rules for fully-vaccinated travellers from the European Union and the USA, as well as for British nationals who have been vaccinated overseas.

Hospitalisations here are falling as the number of cases plunge, as are the number of vaccinations and covid tests being given.

People who actually want to go to work are deleting the stupid ‘track and trace app’ from the cell phones.

Life in Europe seems to be returning to something like normal.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

but Australia is likely to be in lockdown until Christmas

 

 

Funereal Depression

in the midst of life I am in a mess

I am still suffering from the after-effects of attending my uncles funeral.  Something about it affected me very badly, so badly that I lost myself in alcohol for a couple of days.  I am still not certain what about that event hurt me so much, but no doubt I’ll figure it out eventually.

Hopefully, all you are well out there.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

tomorrow is a new day

Lockdown ~ It Isn’t Black and White

England expects an end to coronavirus chaos

scenes of covid chaos at Heathrow airport

It’s lockdown day 483, and today, Monday 19th of July is supposed to be our Freedom Day.  Except it isn’t because Bumbling Boris Johnson seems to think it’s funny to be the Prime Minister of a country stumbling from one farcical situation to another.

There are still a hell of a lot of covid restrictions in place, principally surrounding overseas travel, and what happens if you’re unlucky enough to have found yourself anywhere near someone who has tested positive for the ‘Indian Influenza’ or ‘South African Variant’.

If you have been near someone who has tested positive, then you are supposed to go into 10 days of strict self-isolation ~ and I mean the conditions around that are eye-wateringly onerous.  And, just in case you didn’t know you’d possibly been exposed to covid, your cell phone will alert you because it will have been near the cell phone of someone on the lurgy list.  Or the NHS test and trace system will finger you, or a neighbour, or your workplace, or your kids school…..

Of course, it was predictable that Boris and his cronies would try to exempt themselves from all the illogical and draconian rules and regulations they’ve put in place after Health Minister Sajid Javid tested positive.  But, the furore when it was announced that Boris was above the law has persuaded the bumbling buffoon that he’d better stick by the rules after all.

Luckily for him that he’s probably got someone to explain all the rules and regulations for him, because there’s bugger all chance of the general public understanding them.

I predict that Boris’ days are numbered.  The buffoon has shown himself to be utterly out of kilter with public opinion far too many times for his party to go on standing by him.  Old Etonian and Oxford University arrogance may well spell the death knell of his prime ministerial tenure ~ eventually.

But it’s not all black and white.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

covid queues are longer than the flights

Food on Friday ~ Snack Tax

don’t do as I do, do as I say

eat algae instead of traditional roast beef

Here in roast beef and Yorkshire pudding scoffing England, where a salad is something you feed to your pet rabbit, the woke government has come up with the brilliant idea that they should stop us from consuming so much sugar and salt.  So; the gluttonous, obtuse, lazy, deceitful, slothful, self-important, public school and Oxford educated Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked one of his old school chums to write a report justifying a new set of taxes on fat people.

The fat and self-important, Old Etonian Henry Dimbleby was appointed Government Food Advisor.  His National Food Strategy calls for a new tax of £6 a kilo on salt and £3 a kilo on sugar, (a kilo is 2.2 lbs in real money).  Lots of sugar and salt go into snacks, canned food, cakes, bread, biscuits, cookies, pizzas, prepared meals, burgers, candy, and junk food.  (Coincidentally Dimbleby owns the ultra woke incredibly green Leon fast food chain, which serves unhealthy very expensive very fashionable crap.)

These new taxes would cost the average English family an extra £250 a year on food.  For example, I don’t eat Nutella, but if I did a jar would go up from about £4.75 to about £6.00.  FFS!

A couple of fat Dimbleby’s other ideas are that we poor should eat algae-based foods and that exercise is a waste of time.

Unsurprisingly these ideas have not attracted much approval ~ in fact the popular press has been condemnatory in their derision.

Unsurprisingly fat Boris has distanced himself from the whole mess.

For the time being the idea of taxing the less well-off for wanting to eat tasty food has been kicked into the long grass.

But, given this left-liberal government’s rabid desire to interfere in the lives of everybody, I expect all of these taxes and regulations to sneak back by stealth.  In the not too distant future.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

no salt please, we’re English

Chronic Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

many of the casualties from the coronavirus will be from preventable chronic stress

the torment of chronic stress can kill you

It’s very difficult for me to write this.  I’m confused, fatigued, and fearful.  Who would know that 475 days of enforced isolation could do this to an otherwise healthy person?

For more than a year I’ve been prevented from seeing my friends, going anywhere, or enjoying myself in a normal human manner.  For more than a year I’ve angry, anxious, and distressed, and for most of the time I wouldn’t admit that to myself or to another person.

Although I knew I wasn’t ‘right’ nor ‘healthy’, I didn’t know just how bad it was until I booked a (perfectly permissible), short break in the Mediterranean sunshine of Gibraltar.  Just booking the trip filled me with apprehension, but then it got worse.  I had a severe panic attack; insomnia, nausea, confusion, sweating, headaches, and memory loss.

All of those and more physical symptoms can be attributed to chronic low-level stress and anxiety.  What I had done in merely booking a short trip to get me out of this place was to allow my mind to write a cheque my body wouldn’t cash.

I need help to recover, and I know that with some support I can get over this whole coronavirus insanity.

Of course, if I tell our National Health Service any of this I will be instructed to go into strict self-isolation for 10 days.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

it’s Catch-22

you are damned in you do

and damned if you don’t

Scenes on Sunday ~ Happier Days

long-term isolation creates severe anxiety and depression

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

long road trip though California, Nevada, and Utah

Songs on Saturday ~ Dock of the Bay

When you’re locked inside the outside seems wonderful

I’d like to be sitting on the dock of the bay, but I’ll be in self-isolation for another 8 days.

Please listen with sympathy.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Covid Quarantine

Kafkaesque Health Care

The health service here has told me to completely isolate at home for 10 days because I have been identified as being near to someone with the coronavirus.

Because of that I will miss my trip to the Mediterranean sunshine which was due to fly out today.

There’s a good chance that I will not get the coronavirus because I have been properly vaccinated.  But I am feeling very unwell, for lots of reasons.  60% of the people here hospitalised with covid don’t have the illness at all.  It’s crazy, and now I am going crazy.

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jack collier

jackcollier7’talktalk.net

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