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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

When You Know You’re Ill But Don’t Know Why

today is ideal for those who wish to make it so

to see a fine sunrise would make my day

I know I’m poorly, but I don’t really know why.  Here in England we can only have an on-line of telephone doctor’s appointment, but we have a National Health Service help line, and they play it safe, call them and the chances are they will say you most likely have the coronavirus….. there is no chance of being tested for COVID-19 unless you are a ‘key worker’.

They have told me that I need to self-isolate for another week, which is fine because just going down the 56 steps to the street door is difficult.  Climbing back up again needs to be done in stages because I’m so breathless.

The symptoms I have make no sense, neither do the antibiotics I’ve been given ~ a placebo perhaps.  I believe that the vitamin supplements are doing me more good; A, B, C, D, E, magnesium and zinc, iron, and cod liver oil.  Being isolated and alone is most likely what is wrong with me.  Solitary confinement is a cruel and unusual punishment, and I’ve had about 53 days of that.

I really, really, desperately want to be fit and well again.

Some say that illness is all in the mind.  And that you are just as healthy as you want to be.  All I know is that I’ve had some very bad days since my birthday on March 23rd.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

at least I have a friend to keep me company

Sick Again

an illness that comes and goes is bad

I have been feeling very poorly again, whatever I’ve got comes and goes, making me feel exhausted.  Can’t sleep, can’t eat, can’t stop coughing.

I just wish it would go away and leave me alone.  I feel as though I am letting everyone down.

Hopefully I will be better soon.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

just a nice picture to cheer me up.

Virus Testing in England

across the UK there is no effective testing programme for the voronavirus

Yesterday a friend of mine was told to go to a COVID-19 testing centre in a hospital car park about an hour’s drive away.  After she had struggled to get there, queued in line in the car park for another hour, she was told there were no testing kits left and sent home in tears.

My friend Pam is in a high risk group because of her chronic asthma, and is extremely worried about this pandemic.

Personally, I have been very ill on-and-off since my birthday over a month ago.  I haven’t been tested, haven’t been in hospital, and have no support at home ~ other than my friend Pam who buys groceries for me and leaves them outside my building’s street door.  I am officially quarantined.

The UK has the third highest COVID-19 death rate after the USA and Italy.  Some 27,000 have died here from the coronavirus.

Doesn’t look like we will be getting out of lockdown any time soon.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

happier days with Marmaduke

Things To Do During Lockdown

the devil finds work for idle hands

If you are unlucky enough to find yourself in lockdown / quarantine / self-isolation, then you will know just how boring, enervating, and soul-destroying the long, long days can be.  Unless you are so ill that all you want to do is sleep, you will probably be tempted to do three things; drink too much, eat too much junk food, watch too much mindless TV.  If you are so inclined you may also be tempted to smoke too many cigarettes, and over-indulge in your other drugs of choice.

None of the above activities are such a good idea.  May I make some alternative suggestions;

  1. Make a plan.  With your partner, friend, long-distance friend(s) make a plan for how you are going to survive and thrive during this present coronavirus crisis.  Make a plan for what you are going to do after lockdown is over.  Make a plan for what you are going to do with the rest of this year / next year / next 3 years.  Me, as soon as air travel is allowed I’m flying to the USA to visit a friend, and we are going to take a long road trip.
  2. If you are well enough take yourself for a walk in the fresh air and sunshine.  Just stay at least 6 feet away from any other people you may meet.  Take your dog if you have one.
  3. Exercise at home.  There are hundreds of exercise sites on the internet.  If you’re not feeling so good then try learning yoga, which is an excellent form of exercise.  If you’re not well enough for that then look for exercises you can do sitting down.
  4. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, get out there and get your hands dirty.
  5. If you aren’t well enough for that, then sit on your balcony, in your garden, outside your apartment.  Take no notice of any officious neighbours, and assume that the police are too busy to be jerks on your behalf.
  6. If your mind is working well enough, then read something challenging, preferably while you are sitting out of doors.
  7. Even if you don’t feel much like eating, then just make yourself cook something you will eat.  Use whatever ingredients you have in the larder, refrigerator, freezer.  Or find a recipe and go to the store, and that will also get you out of your place.  (or order on-line, or get a friend to go to the store for you)
  8. If you’ve been very unwell then you probably look like hell.  Get yourself clean and tidy, put on some cool clothes, and launder all the dirty stuff.  Change your bedding and launder that too.
  9. If you’re anything like me, not doing anything much for 10 days or so, then your place is most likely a hell of a mess.  Clean it all, including your kitchen and bathroom ~ and I mean really clean it.  Me, I did the garret in half-hour stints, because after a half hour I had to sit down and rest a while.
  10. Work on your relationships.  If you live with a partner, then give them some TLC.  If you live with your kids then find some fun things for them to do with you.  Repair any damage you may have done when you were depressed, angry, and insane.
  11. If, like me, you have long-distance relationships, then use the internet and telephone.  Or even write your to your friend(s) in an old-fashioned pen and ink letter or card.
  12. Learn something new.  There are innumerable on-line courses.  A friend of mine is studying Late Medieval Devotional Art through a free Harvard course.  Me?  I’ve reading all about how to survive the end of the world….

The thing is you can be utterly depressed and miserable during this period of enforced self-isolation.  Or, you can make the most of this time so that you emerge from lockdown a better, fitter, healthier, more grounded person than you were in March this year.  I know which one I’ve chosen.  I’ve tried the insane misery route, trust me, it doesn’t work.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

all of the above applies if you’re working from home

Lockdown Breakdown

the English do not like being told what to do

The ‘National Lockdown’ already seems to be falling apart here in England, as I strongly suspected it would.

As it’s a reasonably nice day here I took myself out for a long stroll, (which is kind of not allowed).  For a Saturday morning; there were an average number of cars on the road, people were strolling in groups of 3 or more, and there were passengers on the buses.  Of the three supermarkets I passed, there was only a small queue outside one of them.  This is not what lockdown is supposed to look like.  We are all supposed to be isolated in our own home, or standing in line for an hour or so just to shop for ‘essential items’.

Of course it does not help that Mr Plod the Policeman has been seen behaving in his usual crass, overly officious manner when it comes to telling people they can’t sit on the beach, or let their children play in their own front yard, or do solitary yoga in the park.  I think the killer when it comes to police stupidity was when some senior police officers said they would be checking shopping carts to ensure that people were only buying ‘essential items’.  FFS!  The police have no authority to enforce a lockdown.  But people in uniform like telling the public what to do.

Neither does it help when government officials and ministers are seen to be utterly ignoring their own rules.  Nor when the BBC is pumping out a continuous stream of propaganda about staying at home, keeping safe, and protecting the NHS.

It seems that few English people believe this mendacious coronavirus crap any more.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I should be there, and not here

if there were still airlines flying

Go Shopping? Stand In Line

we may ask you to wait outside the store

This morning I decided to break the coronavirus lockdown, and take a stroll via the post office and one of the local supermarkets.

The post office wasn’t much of a problem, but the supermarket was another matter.  The queue outside the store, of people waiting to get in, stretched 450 yards around the parking lot.  I know it was 450 yards because there were helpful markings painted six feet apart on the tarmac, (blacktop).

Conveniently for my sense of rightness it took me exactly 45 minutes to get into the store.  You know what, if I didn’t really, really need some fresh fruit and vegetables I would have just given up and gone home.  But, it’s also Easter Weekend so all the stores are closed tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday, so if I didn’t get some fresh food today I’d be eating out of cans all over the holiday.

Inside the store was empty, so WTF was making everyone stand in line outside all about?  I’m beginning to think that the government, health officials, doctors, police, and big business are making life as difficult as possible for the ordinary man and woman in the street ~ just to prove that they can.

One can’t even go to the pub to complain and drown one’s sorrows, because all the pubs and bars are shut.

Cynicism is beginning in me.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I have a new plan;

Fuck It

Getting Better Now

let your hopes, not your hurts shape your future

one day I will see sights like this again

It’s not the cough that kills you ~ it just feels like it might.

I still have the cough / difficulty breathing , the headache, and the temperature / sweating, but I am so much better than I was a few days ago.  At the beginning of the week I only wanted to be asleep, and my sleep patterns were very disrupted.  It isn’t normal to be awake all night, then sleeping most of the day in front of the TV instead. I had no appetite, forgot to take my cold medication and vitamin pills, and could only drink Lucozade, (an energy drink for the sick), mixed 50-50 with water.

Until yesterday the idea of showering, shaving, washing my hair was just an impossibility.

But yesterday I got myself clean, cooked a hot meal, (tomato soup out of a can), and even ate most of it.  This morning I made coffee, and made some plans for today.

I don’t think I’ve left the garret since I got sick, which I think was on my birthday, March 23rd, so today I’m going out, as far as the store…..

Recovering from this virus needs to be the same as when I was recovering from pneumonia, pleurisy, and the 5 broken ribs that went along with that.;

  • Take it easy
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep
  • Do something to exercise my mind
  • Have a little exercise and get some fresh air
  • Eat properly, drink plenty of fluids, take my vitamins

The number of fatalities here in England is still going up, and our Prime Minister is in hospital with COVID-19.  It looks as though the current lockdown in England is going to continue for a while yet, maybe to the end of April.  So, I have plenty of time to recover properly before I’m tempted to do very much, or go anywhere.

Take it easy everyone, take care, don’t worry, try to be happy.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

stay in touch with family and friends

 

Random Jottings #13

premature death most often results from human stupidity

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I was happy when I was having deliriums

because I didn’t know what the hell was going on

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the trouble with being very ill is that there is no background music

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eventually, everyone comes face to face with infinity

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you know that you’re in trouble when you can’t see the future

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

never listen when you’re arguing with yourself

Prime Minister in Intensive Care

hospital isn’t for fun, especially not now

Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is now in intensive care after his coronavirus condition worsened.  It’s only 11 days since he tested positive for the deadly disease, and no he is no longer leading the government.  Mr Johnson was looking decidedly unwell the last time he was seen on TV.  I know what this virus feels like, and let me tell you, one does feel very unwell if you contract this nasty disease.

Here in the UK we don’t have an official second in line of succession, so Mr Johnson has temporarily delegated his responsibilities to the Foreign Secretary, Mr Dominic Raab.

No doubt the Prime Minister has only been taken into the critical care unit at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital as a precaution, but with this virus one never knows.  We can only wish him well.

The British death toll from the coronavirus now stands at 5,372, with the number of patients officially tested as positive is 51,608.  This means the mortality rate here is something over 10%.

I trust that we will all stay safe during this critical time.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Great Britain is somewhat rudderless today.

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