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Margie is right. I keep popping in to see how you all are. Thankyou all so much for your posts.   I'm afraid we are not very well the pair of us. This must be the 'Long Covid' that we hear a

I really wish that more people were afraid. For their own safety.    I don't think anyone who hasn't witnessed in reality a person down on their hands and knees gasping  with a chest full of

Am in total dismay at the human race. It's becoming more like Mad Max at the moment.        This me me society we have created cares only about themselves: I'm alright Jack, the rest of you can f

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Hi Nonna hope your family stay safe and well .   

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Hope everyone is staying safe and well

 

Here in South Australia we are slowly relaxing the lockdown and hopefully coming out of the grip of this virus.

We have had 13 straight days without any new cases of Covid 19 being reported. There are only 5 active cases and only 2 people remain in hospital, none are in ICU.

As of Monday it is thought that intrastate travel will be opened up and restrictions on the number of people attending funerals removed, however they say that the names and contact details of people will need to be recorded just in case.

They are working on plans for social distancing in offices and industry as they re-awaken the economy.

 

Stunned shock over the news from the USA that a store security guard at a shopping centre has been shot dead for asking a shopper to wear a mask.

Is there a strain of this virus that only attacks d!ck heads? I think we need one!

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It doesn't take much in the U.S for the minority of idiots to reveal themselves.

 

Within days of the emergency orders coming into place there was a court case brought by a group of civil rights lawyers in Pennsylvania trying to rule the Disaster Emergency order illegal and wanting it overturned on the grounds that "Pandemic or Viruses" were not listed as reasons in that state's legislation for bringing in such a the Order.

Hurricane, flooding, civil unrest etc were.

 

The Judge delayed the hearing till later in the year and prohibited any appeal.

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3 minutes ago, Stuart.C said:

It doesn't take much in the U.S for the minority of idiots to reveal themselves.

 

Clearly a minority.. but a large and very persistent one viewed from here.

 

Morons armed with Assault Rifles storming Govt. buildings to demand their 'freedom'.

 

Yep, freedom to die of or spread a deadly virus.

Freedom to shoot each other and others to death.

Freedom to use threats of violence to defend their pathetic, ignorant, distorted concept of 'freedom'.

Freedom to prove that in demanding their rights and denying their responsibilities.. they are actually operating on the mental level of adolescents.. not adults.

 

I've joked before.. "who's up for knocking on the door of the Whitehouse and enquiring ' Is there a grown up I could speak to?' ".

 

Seems less of a joke as time passes...

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......although we have our own resident loony in the shape of David Icke who has been blocked from Youtube, Facebook and other websites for putting forward dangerous 'information' about CV.

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Whilst I agree Icke is deluded and possibly has an agenda we don't know about I'm not entirely comfortable with seeing him banned from spouting his rubbish.

I believe we are on a slippery slope when media start deciding what we can see, what we can read and what we should be thinking. 

 

Suggesting 5G is in some way responsible for Covid is not, to my mind, anywhere near as dangerous as the suggestion that "injecting or somehow getting cleaning/disinfecting products  inside the body", is a good idea.

One was on an obscure media channel, the other went viral around the globe.

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Saw this on fb and thought it summed up the unfolding situation very clearly...

 

"The end of stay-at-homer orders doesn't mean the pandemic is over.  It means there's currently a bed available for you in ICU"

 

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How true Margie. I think most of us are a bit wary of going out after so long.

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57 minutes ago, jonab said:

I'm wondering if the term "going viral" is appropriate in these times:mellow:

I did think of that after I wrote it...

 

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I hope that you are all OK, and especially for Nonnab, who I feel for. Hope all the relatives are OK. I know how tight the Italians see family.

 

As many of you know, my wife is Russian and is currently stranded in Russia. Her visa expires at the end of June and we will have the palaver of getting another one, instead of renewing it in London. It is likely that I will not see her until September at least. 

 

I am somewhat used to being parted from a loved one as I was in the army and I am treating this like a tour. She is not doing so well, her mental health is suffering. She is terrified that I am going to die alone. She hears the news from Moscow (not good) and worries for her son, my beloved step son, who has recently been to work in Moscow. Moscow can be compared to London in that it has a very packed underground system and very busy, with many poor areas, with cramped apartments. The peak is yet to hit Moscow. The Russian Prime Minister (not Putin who is President) has become ill with the virus. Because the country is vast, the virus is taking a while to get to the outlying areas, but it will. She is safe at the moment, infection rate is slow, but they live in fear of this virus, and Marina being of a nervous disposition, is frightened. It is warm in southern Russia, and many people from Moscow have villas there, so the infection is getting there. It seems that the people in her town are not really obeying lockdown at all, seems like business as usual. It wont last. 

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Really feel for you MD.

 

I'm trying to see the fact that I can't hug my  Kids or Grandkids as being pretty much the same as if they lived a long way away.. or even in a different country.  In normal circumstances I'd deal with that.

 

However. your situation is in a different league.  I wish you all well.

 

There are so many aspects to this horrible virus:

 

These two stories, neither subject is 'hard up' in the real sense.. but both have had their plans shattered... at least for now.

 

1. I have a good friend who.. after a very unhappy marriage and divorce, met a beautiful Czech girl and married her.  She was working in a car factory ''on the lines' here in the UK.  He has a Web Design business.    He had a small terraced house, but rented it and bought a better house with his new wife.  Her Dad gave her a flat in Prague, so they decided that she would take redundancy from her car making job, they would sell their larger house here, get rid of the tenants from the smaller house (They are wrecking it anyway) and then they could live between Prague and the small house here.  Both could see family etc., and all would be good.

Then CV hit and everything stops.  She can't even get home to see her family and my mate can't get the tenants out of his smaller house.. or sell the bigger one.. due to CV.

 

2. Mrs Col's nephew was a joiner until he fell off some first floor scaffolding and shattered his legs.  He had a long held interest in flying.. (No irony intended) so got lessons and over a period of years worked incredibly hard from a relatively low base of academic qualifications.. to get himself a Commercial Pilot's Licence.  This year.. he started on a course with an airline.. training up to fly medium haul jets in the  A320 or similar league. The first step on his 'dream come true'.  Then CV...

 

There must be millions of similar stories.. and these people are in many ways the 'better off'.

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MD , What can you say when you are away from the one you love and you cannot see them, give them a hug or a shoulder to cry on. I've put myself in both of your shoes and I can't grasp who is the worst affected or who feels the distance more. You both are devastated by the distance between you and you can't reassure your wife that " things will get better" as you do with a child. ( We all do it) I'm so sorry that she's not coping very well but she should try to think positively. I know it's hard but I'm sure with her Russian blood she will be stronger. We don't hear much about Russia but everytime I do hear my mind goes straight to her and hope she's ok. Give her my regards and I send her a hug. You take care.

The problem is the same here with people having second houses. They're mostly from Milan where there an extremely high percentage of Chinese citizens. They live in apartments and crave the countryside at the weekends. We have a lot of Milanese in our village, one couple have their 2nd house just down the road. Fortunately at the moment they are still not allowed to move from Milan.

Keep safe and tell your wife to try not to worry too much.

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Thank you all for kind comments. I could probably tell you more about Russia and coronavirus than the BBC!  The death rate is low, and genuinely so. about 2500. Most in Moscow. 

 

One problem is that it is a national holiday in Russia. 9 Mai... one day after our VE day. We have forgotten that anniversary, for the Russians, its big. Once saw the tanks going into Red Square (from the roof of a cafe in Alexandrovsky Park, me and my step son just climbed up there!) What has happened is that the big parade is cancelled, and many Muscovites have headed south to their villas, sanatoria and in general the warmer climate of the south, where my wife is. 28C in Pyatigorsk today. My wife's father died in 1993. He served in the Great Patriotic War (WW2 to us) and would have been 100 years old yesterday. He was a tank sergeant against the Germans. Not an easy job. 

 

Each day I call her on Skype for an hour. At the end of the call, I quote Capt Tom... the clouds will go away. Tomorrow will be a good day. She did ask who said those words, and I showed her. She said something that I am going to take a while to fully understand. She said it is a very English thing to make a hero of a 100 year old man. 

 

 

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I have words to describe the unholy, catastrophic incompetent and and cynical way in which our Govt have so far handled this disaster... but I don't want to use them in polite company..

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/06/the-uk-governments-changing-coronavirus-strategy

 

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MD.  I've been pondering on the '100 Year Old Man' thing.  Maybe she is alluding to our unfortunate habit of invoking past glories when faced with present problems? We Brits love our heroes.. King Arthur, Nelson, Wellington, Gordon, Churchill..  I've nothing but admiration for Capt. Tom.. but sadly all the wrong people with all the wrong motivations are only too glad to tap into his tale and use it for their own ends.

Throughout the whole Brexit fiasco we had endless stuff from people who weren't even born in 1945 going on about how 'we' won two World wars.

We now have people using the 75th Anniversary of VE day, trying to tie that up with the British public's general approach to Covid-19.  Don't get me wrong here.. we should celebrate VE Day.. but it is nothing to do with Coronavirus.

Worse, we have clear attempts by the BBC to run the two stories as somehow  'parallel' tales.. when in fact the only commom element is the long suffering of the great British public.

Worse still.. we have Johnson being portrayed as somehow a Churchillian figure in all this.   Let's be straight here.  Churchill was extremely flawed, but just by chance happened to be the right man in the right place at the right time.  Johnson ispossible even more flawed..and the exact opposite.

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3 hours ago, DJ360 said:

Churchill was extremely flawed, but just by chance happened to be the right man in the right place at the right time.  Johnson ispossible even more flawed..and the exact opposite.

 

As with Churchill, only time will tell whether Johnson deserves our praise or your invective. 

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Churchill was our hero during the War years,,,and deservedly so.....but he was soon cast aside by the working man once the War was over,,,,Coming from a very Socialist background...council estate lad.....Grandad a Union leader for 30 years......i remember following a Labour loudspeaker Van with dozens of other lads chanting for the labour candidate in the 1950 or 51 general election along Leybourne drive Bestwood estate and we were passing a house with Pictures of Churchill in the window........and we all started Booing,,,,i was 5 or 6 and it was the first time i became aware of Politics....

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MD. On our news yesterday they said Russia had 5,800 deaths in 24 hrs. Truth or fake? We don't know who to believe anymore.

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7 hours ago, Brew said:

As with Churchill, only time will tell whether Johnson deserves our praise or your invective. 

 

 

Brew, Johnson has already earned my invective, but he's done absolutely nothing to change my opinion of him.  He has already presided over the highest CV death toll in Europe.  I'm not going into detail over the Political decisions he made which in large part led to this. I've posted links elsewhere. He has already proven himself to be a serial liar and a bully. Most of his own family have disowned him, or distanced themselves from his politics. Yet somehow some people seem to think that  having experienced the Virus and the NHS, he is suddenly a reformed character.  I seriously doubt it.

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We have had our first reported case of Covid 19 in fourteen days. 

What is disturbing about this case is that the gentleman returned from the UK and landed in Australia on March 20th He did the right thing and  self quarantined on arrival and developed very mild symptoms including loss of taste and smell on 24th March. He sought a test on 5th May and found to be positive to the virus. I wish him, the other active case and the two in hospital speedy recoveries.

According to SA Health there are only five close contacts none of whom have symptoms. He has had this virus for six weeks and it was only found by testing. This reinforces the need for continual and ongoing testing.

By way of reference South Australia has a population of 1.7 million of which Adelaide itself has 1.3 million has had a total 439 cases of Covid 19 with only 4 deaths

Nottinghamshire has a population of around 788,000 and has had 1708 confirmed cases with 448 deaths

To me it shows either that the UK government did not react fast enough, soon enough or aggressively enough when they first became aware or that the strain of Covid 19 in the UK is more prone to result in death, or both

Keep safe and well everyone 

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As is being constantly said, direct comparisons between countries is not easily possible.

 

Size of Nottinghamshire is 2160km sq.

Size of South Australia is 983482km sq., roughly 455 times larger, so the risk of contact between individuals is far less.

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48 minutes ago, nonnaB said:

MD. On our news yesterday they said Russia had 5,800 deaths in 24 hrs. Truth or fake? We don't know who to believe anymore.

The most reliable news is from the Russian newspapers I read, across whole spetrum of political views, and also Johns Hopkins from the USA. As of this morning, there were 1700 confirmed deaths, another 1000 suspected (probably community based rather than hospital) 

 

Just 88 people died yesterday in Russia. It has however tested 4.5 million people. 

 

This is what I think is reliable. 

 

Interesting that the Putin has now the lowest approval rating since he became President. 

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Well I’ve had my second trip of the lock down today. To Lowdham to collect a prescription. That was legitimate. Next to Gonalston farm shop for provisions but there was an enormous queue so we moved on to Southwell to get cans of petrol for grass cutting. Is cutting grass allowable? The filling station was closed so that meant a trip to Newark Waitrose where the queue for the store was about 300 yards long but no wait for fuel. Then Fiskerton shop on the way back for provisions. No problems there, shop was empty and well stocked. All together a trip of 27 miles but it gave my car a much needed blow out. Whether the trip was bona fide I don’t know nor care. The problem with living out here is that everywhere is a long distance away so we get a trip through the countryside which is looking magnificent at the moment. Locally made chicken and leek pie tonight! Strangely enough we’ve managed to book a delivery slot from Morrison’s on Saturday so that’s something else to relieve the boredom.

Bleasby is resplendent with scarecrows now. Someone’s putting up more to dance round the maypole on the glebe field. Lots of bunting as well. It was disappointing to see on my travels that other villages have not made an effort to brighten things up and remember VE Day. My wife is busy making wreaths to lay on the aircrew memorial and then she’s got to decorate the church lych gate. I didn’t realise we had such strong community spirit round here. I used to get involved but, being a miserable old bugger, I’ve not done anything for years. Long may it continue.

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