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Suffering Quarantine

suffering quite badly from lockdown now

only an attractive sunset picture 

I first entered lockdown on March 23rd, since then I have only been out for 2 weeks, when I went out walking on my own, for miles and miles.  The weather was good, and so was the exercise.  But now I have been told I have to go into quarantine for another two weeks.

Since March 23rd I have not talked to anyone, except on the telephone and internet chat.  I haven’t talked with anyone in person at all, and I’m getting quite lonely and distressed.  I will be able to go out again on June 6th, and I am really looking forward to that day.

My internet isn’t working so well, right now, but then nothing is really working here right now.  It’s all very depressing.

I am really looking forward to seeing my friends.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Just a nice picture to cheer myself up

Lockdown New Laws

Civil liberties are being destroyed here in England

We have  new regulations here in England.  Our cell phones are being monitored, it’s called track and trace, and if we go anywhere near somdone with the COVID-19 virus we are instructed to go home immediately, and stay in quarantine for 2  weeks.

I am now in lockdown until next Friday.  I can’t go out at all.

I have had no internet for 3 days.  Nothing is working here.

It’s very miserable time for everyone.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk. net

 

I feel like I am in a dungeon.

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Texas

there are wide open spaces, and then there’s Texas

Maybe I haven’t seen much of the lone star state, but then it’s bigger than most countries.

I don’t think they do English  there.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

big wide open spaces

Lockdown Discredited

you shouId always trust a man, just as far as you must

Two months, 63 days lost, for nothing.

Took my usual walk by the sea today, utterly in contravention of the laws, rules, and guidelines surrounding the lockdown for the supposed COVID-19 crisis.

There were the usual amount of cyclists, dog walkers, joggers, and people out and about enjoying the warm May sunshine.  There is no sign whatsoever that self-isolation, lockdown, quarantine means anything here any more.  Hardly surprising considering that nobody in or close to government believes in it anyway.

Nobody here trusts the prime minister, government, health officials, nor the BBC.  Not since Nazi Germany has such a shit load of lies and propaganda been shovelled onto a people as the British government trying to feed us now.

And nobody believes any of it.

Boris Johnson’s career is over.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Finished, discredited, a footnote in history

Monochrome Monday ~ Sexy

I may be cooler than her, but she’s much hotter than me

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

some think smoking is sexy

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Liars, Cheats, and Thieves

you can tell when a politician is lying, it’s every time they say something

All Ministers, Politicians, Government Spokespeople, and Officials routinely dissemble, obfuscate, and downright lie.  During the current COVID-19 crisis they have also been constantly cheating on the health guidelines, rules, laws, their wives, husbands, families, you, me, and basically everybody.  Right now I wouldn’t trust any of them as far as I could throw a truck, and I will never, ever believe anything any of them say at any time in the future.

They have also been stealing some very precious things from us; our freedom, our jobs, our education, our childrens’ futures, our physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being, our very lives.

There is very strong evidence that ‘those in authority’ knew all about this coronavirus at least as far back as January this year, and they did nothing.  There is compelling evidence that the health services in the UK knew there should be a large scale testing programme, but that idea was abandoned in March because health officials thought the outbreak was already too big.  It was also dragged out of Public Health England that out of the 719,000 home test kits sent out half have not been returned.  Public Health England have also refused to turn over some of its scientific papers to Members of Parliament.   ‘Something is rotten in the state…..’

Hardly any doctors, nurses, and other health workers have yet been tested.  The much vaunted Track-and-Trace mobile phone app is a fiasco.  The returning of children to schools on June 1st is a fiasco.  The 2 metre social-distancing rule we have here is unnecessary and based on very fragile evidence.  The deliberate policy of moving elderly patients positive for COVID-19 from hospitals to care homes should be treated as manslaughter.

The worst fiasco in governments handling of the coronavirus pandemic is that the whole lockdown thing is a waste of time, (according to Nobel Laureate Professor Michael Levitt, and a team at JP Morgan), and was nothing more than a panic knee-jerk reaction from governments desperate to be seen to be ‘doing something’.  Given that the lockdown has destroyed modern society, then somebody should be locked up.  Maybe start with that other piece of philandering scum Ferguson, who’s deeply flawed, inadequate computer model wrongly predicted a half-million UK deaths if lockdown wasn’t imposed.

Furguson’s model was a buggy mess that looks more like a bowl of angel hair pasta than a finely tuned piece of programming.  ~  Dave Richards co-founder of WANdisco

Some say that Boris Johnson is being a loyal friend in trying to save Dominic Cummings job as a government advisor.  And that the scum’s three trips up and down the country are all-right because ‘it wasn’t like he was visiting a lover…..’  All I know is that some people should learn when to keep their big mouth shut.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

people are heartily sick of standing in line outside supermarkets

Songs on Saturday ~ Lighthouse Family

no matter how badly your heart is broken,
the world doesn’t stop for your grief

Unlucky are they who have never suffered a broken heart, for only those who have had their life torn asunder by faithless love can know what true love really means.

I guess every one reading this has known a broken heart.  I guess everyone reading this knows that it will get better, in time, eventually……  But a broken heart can never really be put back together again, not completely…..

I hope we have all found that very special person who can help us to mend our broken heart.

Please listen reflectively.

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Storm wave

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

hope for a guiding light, a safe harbour, and a solid foundation for the love you feel

Songs on Saturday ~ Gerry Rafferty

when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life

The very first time I heard this song I was staying in an hotel on Baker Street, which runs from North to South right through the heart of London.  For a naive North of England boy it was a very strange place.  The allyways and byways just off Baker Street are even stranger.  (Writing this brought back some very peculiar interpersonal relationship memories of that time.)

Back then 221B Baker Street was part of the offices of the Pearl Life Assurance Company, now it’s kind of a kitsch Sherlock Holmes store.

Please listen thinking about the bright lights, and not the damp Victorian London smog.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Holmes never did catch Springheeled Jack

Food on Friday ~ Scallops

you can keep your oysters, but give me Scottish Scallops

Just around the corner from the garret is a fantastic old-fashioned fishmonger ~ well this is an old-fashioned fishing harbour, although because of the European Union we don’t do that much fishing from here at present.  But, this fishmonger is the real deal, they have fresh fish and shellfish you just wouldn’t get at the fish counter in your local supermarket.  They may be slightly pricier, but you get what you pay for, and do these guys know their fish…..

So, this weekend I have a fancy for scallops, and I know the fishmongers usually has great Scottish King Scallops, (a.k.a. great scallop, clam, Couquille St. Jaques).

Now all I need is a great recipe.

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has a really nice recipe for pan seared scallops pasta carbonara.  I know this recipe is very fast and very easy, as well as being something you could serve at a posh dinner party.  I love this.

Pan Seared Scallops Pasta Carbonara

Now, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest I can offer you these honey butter blackened scallops with herby polenta.  I love that these scallops are just seared in a hot pan with spices, honey, and butter.  Perfect if you just happen to have a skillet in you pan drawer.  Simple, easy, perfect.

Honey Butter Blackened Scallops with Herby Polenta

Next up is Chungah from Damn Delicious with her garlic butter scallop bowls ~ I love the cilantro lime rice and pico de gallo too.  Now that summer is with us, (even here in England), this is a perfect dish for an alfresco luncheon.

Garlic Butter Scallop Bowls

Another dish from Chungah at Damn Delicious; bacon scallops with garlic butter sauce.  I just had to include this recipe because of it’s 3 great components; scallops, bacon, and garlic butter.  What’s not to like?

Bacon Scallops with Garlic Butter Sauce

From Petra at Food Eat Love we have this delicate dish of scallops with mango and spring onion salsa.  Perfect to serve with drinks, and so very, very easy.

Scallops with Mango and Spring Onion Salsa

Last for this week is a collection of 18 scallop recipes from Delicious Magazine.  I’ve chosen to feature this warm salad of pear, scallop, and chorizo.  I think the disparate flavours in this dish will go well together, and you should be able to have it ready in under half-an-hour.

Warm Salad of Pear, Scallop, and Chorizo

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I don’t think they’re after scallops

Random Jottings #18

the fire inside isn’t something to share lightly

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but who knows what he’s thinking about?

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nothing makes a log fire so good as a storm outside

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there is something about really bad weather that makes inside a good place to be

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the worst thing about very bad weather in England is that we insist on talking about it

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life as a cat is mostly about things that go squeek crunch in the night

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a storm outside, a wood burner, a rug, and a lover

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