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.
but Australia is likely to be in lockdown until Christmas
there are lies
there are damn lies
and then there are government statistics
totally unused Covid testing station
Governments, at least in western civilised countries, are not supposed to lie. However, that does not stop them from being economical with the truth. Based on the evidence of my own eyes I firmly believe that my government is not only being économique avec la vérité, but is not averse to telling the odd untruth.
Lots of lockdown restrictions are supposed to be lifted tomorrow, Monday July 19th, and in the run-up to that there is growing alarmist talk from 10 Downing Street, (the seat of English government). Allegedly the number of new covid cases is now running at some 50,000 a day, with 740 patients hospitalised. (There are about 115,385 hospital admissions a week in England, for all reasons.)
Even if these numbers were real, that means that only about 0.075% of the UK population are testing positive for the coronavirus and only 0.055% of those are being sent to hospital ~ with covid, not necessarily for covid. There is NO new covid pandemic here in England, despite all the government’s lies, misinformation, and black propaganda would have us believe.
I also treat the ‘testing positive’ numbers as suspect. Here in the North East of England I am supposed to be right in the middle of a covid hot-spot, and to prove it there is a huge walk-in, drive-in testing station just the other side of the Marina from me. In a week I have seen nobody going in there to be tested, and nobody coming out again after being tested, positive of not. Where are all the ‘positive for covid’ numbers coming from?
The most common test for covid here is called the rapid lateral flow test, which is so useless that any schoolboy knows how to make it give a false positive. No doubt our new health secretary Sajid Javid knows how to make a lateral flow test read positive, and if he doesn’t, he should.
Governments and their health advisors have created a monster with all the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, laws, regulations, and restrictions ~ and now their monster is out of control.
Maybe none of them are intelligent enough to have ever read Mary Shelley or Robert Louis Stevenson.
it only looks impressive
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.
a litany of mistakes, fudges, and cock-ups
Ford Edsel, not a big hit either
The British Government has just announced a new list of places they will kindly allow us mere mortals to travel to on vacation. It’s called the Green List and consists of; Anguila, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Balearic Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Is, Dominica, Falkland Is, Faroe Is, Gibraltar, Grenada, Iceland, Israel, Maderia, Malta, Monserrat, New Zealand, Pitcairn Is, South Georgia, Saint Helena, Turks and Caicos Is.
And thank you very much for bugger all. Neither Australia nor New Zealand will admit tourists, half of the list are remote islands in the middle of empty oceans, (Napoleon was exiled to St. Helena) ~ getting flights to these places is difficult verging on impossible, and most of the rest have stringent entry requirements. Maybe I could go to Gibraltar, or perhaps Madeira. BTW, it’s not a good idea to travel to the Caribbean in June, July, August, or September.
This list is about as well thought out as was the Ford Edsel and pleases nobody at all, except maybe Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, and several times disgraced adulterer Grant Schapps, (Minister for Transport). Travellers are warned that the Green List is subject to change with no notice whatsoever, meaning that wherever you are you may need to get back to the UK pretty damn quickly. What Fun.
Maybe the country is in such a complete mess because government ministers, bureaucrats, and health officials are too busy boffing their assistants, aides, and mistresses to do their job properly. The latest culprit is the ‘fucking useless’ Health Minister Matt Hancock, (married with 3 children), who is having an affair with his ‘advisor’ Gina Coladangelo, (also married with 3 children). Who can blame him when his Prime Minister Boris Johnson is himself a serial adulterer.
I have it on very good authority, from a very close friend, that no sane woman would find either man remotely attractive. Personally, I wouldn’t trust either of them to flip burgers at a truck stop on the I-15.
You couldn’t make it up.
Matt & Gina
not an elegant couple
the summer solstice
day 455 of coronavirus house arrest
Today, June 21st 2021, was supposed to be the end of lockdown, the day on which all Covid-19 restrictions were to have been removed and we English would be free to live normal lives again. Instead, our imprisonment stretches into the future, with a new release date set for the 19th of July, perhaps, maybe, if you can believe Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which I don’t because he’s a proven philandering, lying, cheat.
Why is lockdown set to go on and on and on when it’s all a gross perversion of the natural duties of doctors, politicians, and government officials? The whole sorry saga provides a chilling example of how a taste of almost unlimited power and prestige, wielded through secret committees, can distort the judgement of supposedly moral and intelligent people.
Those now in power justify their needlessly cruel rules, regulations and laws as necessary to help mankind at large, and specifically to protect our National Health Service. In reality they are feeding their own egos and pockets at the expense of the people.
There is no one with sufficient courage and morals to let go of the power they have stolen over us ~ besides they like it too much. They have all sat there too long for any good they have been doing. They will not likely be forgiven, if ever. The people are angry.
another angry day in the dungeon of my own home
order, counter order, disorder, fucking shambles
The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in England has reached about 11,000 a day, which is less than 1% of all those tested in a day.
The most common covid test is the ‘lateral flow’ which gives a false positive in 60% of cases.
The allegedly more accurate PCR test gives a false positive a third of the time.
The estimate of possible deaths by covid used by the UK government to justify lockdown is known to be hopelessly inaccurate, inflating the numbers by 90%.
Vaccination against the virus has been found to be 96% effective, but the government is willfully ignoring these numbers when deciding on testing, lockdown, travel, and quarantine regulations.
Coronavirus Testing in schools will be axed due to the mass disruption it’s causing.
It could be August before English tourists are free to return to the UK without testing and quarantine. But back among ‘them, the elite’ all those attending the G7 summit in Cornwall suffered no inconveniences at all, and thousands of soccer officials with their hangers-on will be allowed into England without quarantine to attend a couple of football matches.
The former head of the pointless, inefficient, useless, wasteful, vastly expensive, (£37 billion), covid Test and Trace programme, Baroness Dido Harding, wants to be the next boss of the National Health Service. She is a ‘friend’ of our pointless, inefficient, useless, wasteful, vastly expensive Prime Minister Boris Johnson, so she could get the job.
Meanwhile, the current head of our £201 billion a year Nation Health Service, Simon Stevens, has revealed himself to be a smug, smarmy, self-satisfied git in a televised interview by Sky News political editor Beth Rigby. It seems that this wassock thinks he’s a government minister and not just some over-paid bureaucrat. Stevens makes a good foil for that other wassock Health Minister Matt Hancock.
You Couldn’t Make It Up.
England’s very own
Mutt & Jeff