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WWDFD Mar 23

Over here in the US, a lot of us ask ourselves WWDFD - What Would Dr. Fauci Do? That's Dr. Stanley Fauci, who's one of the world's leading immunologists, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He's one of only a couple of intelligent adults on the podium in the White House Briefing Room, and acts as a public fact-checker correcting the President. He wasn't present for today's press briefing, and he's not e... See more
Over here in the US, a lot of us ask ourselves WWDFD - What Would Dr. Fauci Do? That's Dr. Stanley Fauci, who's one of the world's leading immunologists, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He's one of only a couple of intelligent adults on the podium in the White House Briefing Room, and acts as a public fact-checker correcting the President. He wasn't present for today's press briefing, and he's not exactly POTUS's favourite person. I've heard him correct POTUS, calling him "Don", for example. But many Americans listen carefully to every word he says.

For the UK, I'm tempted to suggest the government is guided by WWDAD - What Would Dad's Army Do? They don't seem to have understood that "muddling through" is a prime example of ironic British self-criticism, not a proven policy guideline. It all reminds me rather of Robin Williams's categorisation of British cops in the recording of his first live stage show: "Stop! Or I'll say 'Stop' again!"
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Tuesday 24 March Mar 24

Chris S asked a while ago whether there were snitches and police out and about in rural areas …

Thursday 19 March, San José, was a holiday in a few regions, including this one, Euskadi. Many Basques have a seaside home down the road in villages such as Laredo and Noja, in the region of Cantabria, and they saw a long weekend coming up. In Cantabria they’d be faced with the same lockdown, of course, but most of those pieds à terre have an upstairs and a downstairs, a terrace to
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Chris S asked a while ago whether there were snitches and police out and about in rural areas …

Thursday 19 March, San José, was a holiday in a few regions, including this one, Euskadi. Many Basques have a seaside home down the road in villages such as Laredo and Noja, in the region of Cantabria, and they saw a long weekend coming up. In Cantabria they’d be faced with the same lockdown, of course, but most of those pieds à terre have an upstairs and a downstairs, a terrace to relax on and a small garden, with a lot more room than in the city. Confinement can be so, well, confining. So a goodly number of them hopped into their cars with the kids, the dog, the cat, the goldfish and whatnot, and off to Cantabria for a few days.

Well, not quite in the end. The police were streets ahead of them, waiting just outside the city limits. Anybody who didn't have a reasonable explanation for being out and about in a car full of people was turned right round, and back to Bilbao. San José is also Father's Day. A lot of fuming daddies driving back home on Thursday.

Down to get the paper. Nobody about. The administrators have also put the notice of our local infection on the lift. You never hear the lift going up and down now just outside here, because no one uses it any more. Bloody hell. No news around that isn't coronavirus. The 9 pm news has been transformed into the Coronavirus Update. Even the 3K I have left now to translate is the call to a general meeting, dotted with warnings not to attend in person even if the confinement restrictions have been lifted before the actual date of the meeting.
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Dr. Fauci should stay at home, he is 79 Mar 24

RobinB wrote:

Over here in the US, a lot of us ask ourselves WWDFD - What Would Dr. Fauci Do? That's Dr. Stanley Fauci, who's one of the world's leading immunologists, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He's one of only a couple of intelligent adults on the podium in the White House Briefing Room, and acts as a public fact-checker correcting the President. He wasn't present for today's press briefing, and he's not exactly POTUS's favourite person. I've heard him correct POTUS, calling him "Don", for example. But many Americans listen carefully to every word he says.

For the UK, I'm tempted to suggest the government is guided by WWDAD - What Would Dad's Army Do? They don't seem to have understood that "muddling through" is a prime example of ironic British self-criticism, not a proven policy guideline. It all reminds me rather of Robin Williams's categorisation of British cops in the recording of his first live stage show: "Stop! Or I'll say 'Stop' again!"


This time I tend to agree with Mr. Trump. Is is not a good idea to ruin the economy to save people from covid-19-virus. Here in the North countries like Denmark, Norway and Finland closed schools and restrict everything, Sweden closed only gymnasia but does not restrict people's movement.
I would thing let us old ones (I'm 71) stay home but let the young ones do as usual and acquire immunity as soon as possible. Closing will need to be lifted once, and then the second wave will spread anyway.


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... Mar 24

Heinrich Pesch wrote:
Is is not a good idea to ruin the economy to save people from covid-19-virus.


Make sure you make your sentiments known to the health worker who has to decide whether to put you or the other guy on the ventilator.


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Kudos to you Heinrich Pesch Mar 24

"I would thing let us old ones (I'm 71) stay home but let the young ones do as usual and acquire immunity as soon as possible. Closing will need to be lifted once, and then the second wave will spread anyway".

Well said Heinrich, you are a man who can see reality beyond his own situation, some countries in Africa don't have any ventilators at all.


 
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Diary March 24 Mar 24

- Woke up to see 3 meters of white powder in front of my house. After four months of winter without a trace a snow, I see this two days after March 21st, the official spring arrival day. Took out my snow boots and warm merino clothing and went out for a walk while avoiding people. Saw a long line in front of local convenience store with people freezing outdoor in line under heavy snow waiting to buy groceries (only two people at a time allowed inside the store).
- Got invitation from a f
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- Woke up to see 3 meters of white powder in front of my house. After four months of winter without a trace a snow, I see this two days after March 21st, the official spring arrival day. Took out my snow boots and warm merino clothing and went out for a walk while avoiding people. Saw a long line in front of local convenience store with people freezing outdoor in line under heavy snow waiting to buy groceries (only two people at a time allowed inside the store).
- Got invitation from a friend for Zoom meeting which will be her online birthday party with about 20 people. Not sure what to think of it really.
- In the first week of quarantine I kind of started empathizing with prisoners and paranoid mental health patients, but don’t feel it anymore. It seems the frog has already been boiled?


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Golden shower Mar 24

Nice story Mervyn. Can't wait for the next episode.

 

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Supermarket Mar 24

Down to the supermarket, where, even if you are wearing gloves like I was, at the entrance they insist on (a) popping another pair of their own thin common-or-garden plastic gloves over them or (b) coating your gloves with gel. I went for (a), because (b) seemed vaguely pornographic, gelling up the latex.

Supermarkets are dodgy places, they say. And the logistics are frightening. When you get home you have to throw away any plastic bags you may have acquired, plus the packaging, plu
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Down to the supermarket, where, even if you are wearing gloves like I was, at the entrance they insist on (a) popping another pair of their own thin common-or-garden plastic gloves over them or (b) coating your gloves with gel. I went for (a), because (b) seemed vaguely pornographic, gelling up the latex.

Supermarkets are dodgy places, they say. And the logistics are frightening. When you get home you have to throw away any plastic bags you may have acquired, plus the packaging, plus just about anything at all, AND wash any of the products AND wash yourself too. But I think this is overdoing things. Plus, what do I do with the euro notes and coins I'm given? I handle them with gloves, but do I have to wash the notes or what? On one of my trips yonks ago to N Ireland, I saw that Bank of Ireland or Ulster Bank or someone had issued a plastic fiver you could actually wash. Totally washable and, er, submergeable. It wasn't in circulation long. Bit of an Irish joke.

They say there are supply problems, but I don't see much of that yet. I do notice that people have been stocking up on bleach, with the current craze of cleaning anything and everything thoroughly. And, since people aren't getting out to the bars, not so much of a selection of beers left. They didn't have any of my favourite Alhambra 1925, only the "red" beer variety. Conversely, there hadn't been much of a run on another erstwhile popular brand ... Corona.
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LOL yes, all sorts of funny situations encountered. Mar 24

I was buying some supplies in pharmacy the other day and they have a 2 meter distance rule between buyers but also between the buyer and the pharmacist/seller. I had to hand her my credit card at the end of the purchase, was thinking about stepping 2 meters away and throwing it toward her like a frisbee.

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@Lingua 5B Mar 24

- Woke up to see 3 meters of white powder in front of my house.

I must tell you this, Lingua 5B. I read your first sentence on the mobile phone, in bad light, and mistakenly read it as "... in front of my nose", and thought, Wow, that's one huge snort!


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LOL Mar 24

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

- Woke up to see 3 meters of white powder in front of my house.

I must tell you this, Lingua 5B. I read your first sentence on the mobile phone, in bad light, and mistakenly read it as "... in front of my nose", and thought, Wow, that's one huge snort!


You have vivid imagination which is good for all the stories you create here.


 

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The Arts Council to the rescue (not) Mar 24

Coronavirus: Arts Council England launches £160m emergency package.

The arts being made up of 95% freelancers, is to receive the above generous boon. There are only a couple of problems;
1. You will only receive money if you are already in receipt of Arts council funding.
2. It will take up to six weeks.

SIX WEEKS.!!!
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Coronavirus: Arts Council England launches £160m emergency package.

The arts being made up of 95% freelancers, is to receive the above generous boon. There are only a couple of problems;
1. You will only receive money if you are already in receipt of Arts council funding.
2. It will take up to six weeks.

SIX WEEKS.!!! No wonder arts industry workers including classical musicians who have never been far from the money, are forced to go cap in hand to the Universal Credit system. That was until the universal credit identity portal just crashed, from over use.
Like I said, if the virus doesn't kill us, the starvation surely will.
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It can be worse... Mar 24

Dear colleagues, it can always get worse. Imagine… quarantine accompanied by earthquakes- three days in a row. Greetings from Zagreb, Croatia.

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Plastic Mar 24

All bank notes in the UK are plastic and washable now, Mervyn. No joke.

Don’t you do contactless and ApplePay type stuff in Spain? It’s definitely the way to go right now and was already getting fairly standard over here. I rarely carry cash any more, and I’m out in the boondocks where life is largely unchanged from the 1970s. We even say hello to strangers.

Well, maybe not now. I did my regulation one form of daily exercise today and most people I passed pretty
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All bank notes in the UK are plastic and washable now, Mervyn. No joke.

Don’t you do contactless and ApplePay type stuff in Spain? It’s definitely the way to go right now and was already getting fairly standard over here. I rarely carry cash any more, and I’m out in the boondocks where life is largely unchanged from the 1970s. We even say hello to strangers.

Well, maybe not now. I did my regulation one form of daily exercise today and most people I passed pretty much ran away. Even more so than usual. Either my sexual allure is finally waning or people are beginning to get scared.

Southwest Wales is only at 27 known cases across a population of 400,000, though, so we’re doing pretty well so far.
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