The Singers Tale. A Virus- Covid-19

THE SINGERS TALE. A VIRUS- COVID-19

An introduction to a series of blogs about my experience during the pandemic of 2020.

I am a 76 year old single woman. I moved from my home town, London, in 2010. It has not been easy. I have learned that old, old lesson. People, my adult children and friends are the more important in my life than possessions or location, location.  Oh and Location.  

Coronavirus / Covid -19

My thoughts are in italics.

2019 into 2020 

Words, words, words and more words. Repeating and repeating. Endlessly.

Daily briefings.

 Gushing from the mouths of the people who line up behind the  brown lecturns.  

‘Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’

19 March, 

Boris Johnson 

..said ..

 ‘In 12 weeks  we can turn the tide.’

and.. 

‘I am absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing.’

We sit between the dangerous Orange Devil over the Pond and a shower of shits and Toxic Toffs on our side. Between the Devil and the deep blue sea.

“Brexit means Brexit” and “Leave means Leave”

In 2019 we were drowning in Brexit No-deal Brexit. Remainer 

Take back control.

Get Brexit done.

No deal is better than a bad deal.  

The will of the people..

Flummery & Fiddlesticks

FF Sake

Bombarded by words.

Coronavirus  Covid -19

As the year slid into February the word Coronavirus began to be on the lips,  the screen, the radio, the print, online, everywhere. Clouds full of words. I planted potatoes.

 Unprecedented

Smoke & mirrors. Bull shit and fibs – lies.

Key workers

Unskilled workers?  

Underlying health conditions.

Stay home Protect lives The NHS

Lockdown

I am De- Socialised

 I have been alone in this flat since the second week in March.

I am not speaking. Thinking too much. But I have my beloved cats.

Afraid. Scared. Alone.

A prisoner in my own home. 

I want to talk – I do. When I am in a conversation, on the phone or a zoom, 

I  feel lost for words. Am I saying the right thing?

The talking muscles are fading..

Hot, hot, hot.  No rain for over a month.

Protective ring, protective shield’ 

Isolation 

Shielding

I have had several Pneumonia bouts in the last decade, that and asthma, eye problems, Tinnitus and and and… I am over 70, so I am told, ‘don’t go out.

Ella Louis and Theo who visits ..a lot’

More words.

Front line

Herd immunity

Wash your hands while singing happy birthday, twice.’ 

Breaking news we hope to get more sanitiser

Yea right- 

And they will rise again in a cave in the Cotswolds?

Prince Charles shaking hundreds of hands 

Boris clustering around the speakers chair with his cronies.

Shaking hands in Hospitals any where he can get his photo opportunity.

When will he walk on water, is he holier than thou?

Chrissakes!  

Boris says the government ‘have their arms around us?’

Treasury

 All boasting 

NHS   

Lip service, they ran it down over decades. Hypocrites.  

January into February… March.

Mind and body low

Swimming against the tide

Waving waving no one there to extend a hand

My light had been turned off

Walking in quick sand 

Dragging my shredded confidence in a bag

I could see the fear and wariness in some people’s eyes. 

In others, the body language and yes proclaimed a complete distain and disregard for any rules, what so ever.

How close are we? Is it the 2 metres? 

 Pandemic.

Matt Hancock

Following the science

WFH (working from home) 

May 8th

He told the Education Select Committee the date for opening would depend on scientific advice – but schools would get “as much notice as possible”.

But not all schools have reopened..

 Some parents have chosen not to send their children back.

It is not currently compulsory to send children to school.

Exactly, a plan without a plan, go back to work before we are prepared… walk from the suburbs into city centres, or clog up the roads once more, or… risk infection on Public transport. Send 5-year-old kids to school and tell them to play 2 meters apart!!! ???? The teachers, cleaners, food providers? Advice face masks but stocks are low or make one? and Be a LERT. Damian Green? WTF?

Matt Hancock.

 Confirming the move, he told MPs he wanted all children back to school in September and that “exams will take place next year”.

The education secretary told the House of Commons that there was a “cautious, phased return” to school – but that would no longer mean all primary year groups going back before the end of term.

Mr Williamson said that if schools had the capacity they could take more pupils if they chose.

Go to school don’t go to school, wear face masks don’t wear facemasks..

Matt Hancock 

Coronavirus Covid -19

‘..made the right decisions at the right time” on implementing the coronavirus lockdown.’

Data Analytics

New normal 

 Covidiot

Covideo party

Covexit

And the..

‘.. use of Masks should be the new normal.’ 

 Social distancing 

2 metre distancing rule 

Furloughed

Quarantine  

Death Toll

29 April 2020

The reopening of schools in England is expected to take place in a “phased manner”, says the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

He told the Education Select Committee the date for opening would depend on scientific advice – but schools would get “as much notice as possible”.

In England, some nursery and pre-school children – plus pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 June 1st

Exactly, a plan without a plan, go back to work before we are prepared… walk from the suburbs into city centres, or clog up the roads once more, or… risk infection on Public transport.Send 5-year-old kids to school and tell them to play 2 meters apart!!! ???? The teachers, cleaners, food providers? Advice face masks but stocks are low or make one? and be a LERT. Damian Green? WTF?

Boris Johnson 

Called Covid-19 a ‘..an invisible mugger”, 

and 

It is not currently compulsory to send children to school.

And..

“It is your civic duty,”    

‘.. the Government had met its target to carry out 100,000 tests a day  ..’

Matt Hancock

‘This will be voluntary at first because we trust everyone to do the right thing, but we can quickly make it mandatory if that’s what it takes.’

.. passed through the peak’  

 ‘ .. I knew that it was an audacious goal, but we needed an audacious goal, because testing is so important for getting Britain back on her feet.’

A health minister has hailed the UK’s approval of an immunity test for coronavirus as a game changer that could allow more people to go to work with confidence, although the government has not yet managed to buy any of the tests.

The rains came eventually. My garden was happy. Counting my blessings. 

Easing the lockdown 

R factor

Second wave

Ramping up

ZOOM

Bubbles.

World beating Test and trace.

Trump  

said 

“.. when the looting starts, the shooting starts”.

“I can’t breathe.”

Cambodia, Rwanda, East Timor, Armenians, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia) Darfur, forces under the command of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, on and bloody on. Slavery. 

Genocide before and after the Holocaust. Imperial colonisation. Native AMERICANS. Australia, New Zealand, Brazil on and on we have pillaged, raped and committed genocide. Yes, we need to keep it all alive. Lest we forget? When we ever learn?

I cannot speak without difficulty. The tears fall

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  1. THE SINGERS TALE. A VIRUS- COVID-19
    An introduction to a series of blogs about my experience during the pandemic of 2020.
    I am a 76 year old single woman. I moved from my home town, London, in 2010. It has not been easy. I have learned that old, old lesson. People, my adult children and friends are the more important in my life than possessions or location, location.

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