46 years

Photo taken this week 46 years to the day of the day we met in this town

Cavalaire sur Mer

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Second home

I’ll never get tired of this regenerating view.

From the apartment’s balcony
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August 8th 2020

Day 142 – 55th day of de-confinement phase III

Saturday

Away for a few days to enjoy the other side of the South of France on the Côte d’Azur and taking the opportunity to visit friends and family.

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Despite the fact that the COVID-19 is spreading and famous records of infections are being broken in parts of the world there are not so many signs here that people really care. Life carries on as normal. It is holiday time in France after all.

Even in our group of friends earlier this week back home, quite a few of us went to the lake’s bistro to see the band Coverall doing a gig. This is one of my favorite spot for this type of event.

There was regrettably absolutely no social distancing possible or actually observed. I think all basic rules were broken that evening. Group larger than 10, service at the bar, not enough room to ensure 1 metre distance between people and nevertheless no mask wearing. Even the greeting “bises/ kisses” were back.

We need to be far more careful

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THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE

Pic of the day

View from the appartement in Cavalaire. My second home so to speak.

The daily dash board

World

Today’s data

France

Occitanie

Data from July 31st

Information, news and tips

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Food and drinks

For today’s lunch. Two big “dorades” fresh from the sea.

Fun

The daily selection

The dreaded statistics

Top countries according to the number of deaths (above 5.000)

Cases by country v population (1.000 deaths upwards) – Updated 17:45

France follow-up


Occitanie & Aude follow-up

Data from July 31st

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August 1st 2020

Day 135 – 48th day of de-confinement phase III

Saturday

The coronavirus seems to be accelerating in countries across the world with Australia the latest to announce a record number of daily cases (723 on 29/07).

The world’s two worst-affected countries – the United States and Brazil – have also reported new highs for coronavirus deaths and cases. In the US the death toll has surpassed 150,000, with Florida, California and Texas among a number of states reporting record daily fatalities.

Over 17 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. Some 9.9 million patients have recovered, and more than 668,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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Even in our little corner of France the relatively small numbers are nevertheless on the rise again with 25% more hospitalisations in Occitanie in the past 7 days. Bearing in mind that the majority of French people are starting their holidays this weekend and millions are currently on the roads to reach our shores in the south of France within the next 48 hours, I expect numbers on new cases to rise in about a fortnight. I can only recommend to be extremely cautious in the coming days.

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Today I am doing nothing because I started doing it yesterday and I was not finished.

I am no quitter.

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Heatwave is to be expected in the Rhone Valley, southern Languedoc and Provence where the very hot air stagnates with peaks reaching 36 to 41 degrees.
The tramontane is gradually setting up and will blow up to 60 to 80km/h in the afternoon and evening.

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THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE

Pic of the day

The daily dash board

World

Today’s data

France

Occitanie

Data from July 31st

Information, news and tips

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►The new French Prime Minister M. Jean Castex made his introduction speech (available here in French) to parliament on July 14th. I think the speech’s closing remarks shows where we are heading for as a nation.

“I have assembled a fighting government around me. A government of women and men who are more determined than ever to work as closely as possible to the ground, in a spirit of cooperation and proximity, which is the raison d’être of this government.

We have 600 days ahead of us. 600 days to protect the French people, their jobs and their purchasing power in the face of the crisis. 600 days to reinvent our ways of doing things and put the environment at the heart of our actions and our territories. 600 days to restore the authority of the State and preserve our social pact. 600 days to build the foundations of tomorrow’s France.”

►August 1st changes

Electricity: a further increase in regulated tariffs
After a 2.4% increase (including tax) on February 1, regulated electricity prices for residential customers should rise by 1.54% on August 1.

Gas:For the first time since December 2019, regulated gas rates, which change each month, will increase on August 1, by an average of 1.3%, excluding taxes.

I would not attempt to go anywhere by car this weekend which is classified black as far as traffic is concerned. This is historically the worst weekend to travel due to the July holiday makers returning home and the August holiday makers departing.

► No Tour de France 🚲 this year but as a small consolation prize the second of four stages of “La Route d’Occitanie” will start from Carcassonne tomorrow August 2nd.

► I watch yesterday the launch of the rocket to Mars. The rover ” Perseverence” is now safely on its way for the 7 months journey.

► I watch yesterday the launch of the rocket to Mars. The rover ” Perseverence” is now safely on its way for the 7 months journey.

Landing scheduled on February 18th 2021

Food and drinks

Overview of August fruits

In French but the pictures should help

Overview of August vegetables

Fun

The daily selection

The dreaded statistics

Top countries according to the number of deaths (above 5.000)

Cases by country v population (1.000 deaths upwards) – Updated 17:45

France follow-up


Occitanie & Aude follow-up

Data from July 31st
Data from July 31st

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New month

July, like all other months so far this year, flew by. Quite a few things and outings which were planned had to be cancelled due to the virus. But since the lockdown ended we were able to meet up with a restrained number of friends, go to bars and restaurants whilst respecting social distancing.

No quite normal life but almost as long as you wear a mask

A couple of short trips inside France planned for August unless the apparent relapsing epidemic (the dreaded second wave) prevents us for safety reasons to do so.

At least the weather in our part of the world and France is extremely good and hot at the moment. This makes us appreciate the pool.

I have just decided to extend my detox and therefore non alcohol drinking by one month. Which means that in theory August will be dry. I hope this is worth it at the end.

I wish everyone a good new month

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8 weeks and counting

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July 25th 2020

Day 128 – 41 st day of de-confinement phase III

Saturday

My 8th week without drinking any alcohol is about to end. I have already decided to extend the exercise by another 1 to 2 weeks.

For the time being, mortality and hospitalisation curves in France remain contained, and low, especially compared to the first peak of the epidemic in the spring. But today, worrying indicators are turning red. First of all, the number of contaminations continues to increase every day. More than 1,000 cases have been recorded… in the 24 hours before yesterday. Thirty-five hundred and fifty-nine new cases were detected last week, a 27 percent increase over the previous week. Clusters are multiplying. Then the number of calls to private doctors or SOS Doctors for suspicions of Covid, which are significantly higher. Finally, the fact that at our borders, in Belgium in the north and in Catalonia in the south, the epidemic is starting again, with reconfinement in progress and the wearing of the compulsory mask everywhere.

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Reproduction rate “R” on the rise

What the latest data shows. According to figures from 21 July, the reproduction factor exceeded 1.5 in three metropolitan regions: in Brittany, where it fell to 1.87 (compared with 2.62 a week earlier), in the Grand Est (1.72) and in New Aquitaine (1.51). It is also 2.26 in Reunion Island. It remains below 1 in three regions and varies between 1 and 1.5 in six others.

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Since Monday July 20th additional rules on where to wear masks apply

Trendy reversible home-made mask

It can be a bit confusing. I for one thought that it was already obligatory in all covered buildings. I have even been wearing a mask outside when I felt that there were too many people around like at the weekly outdoor farmers market.

Anyway, here are the official rules before and complemented starting July 20th

Places already concerned by the obligation to wear a mask
Audition, conference, meeting, performance or multipurpose rooms, including theatres and cinemas ;
Restaurants and drinking establishments (the mask can only be removed at the time of eating);
Hotels and boarding houses ;
Games rooms;
Early learning, educational and training establishments, holiday centres, leisure centres without accommodation ;
Libraries, documentation centres;
Worship establishments ;
Covered sports establishments ;
Museums;
Outdoor establishments ;
Marquees, tents and structures;
Hotels-restaurants of altitude;
Floating establishments;
Mountain huts;
Bus and ferry stations, airports.

New places where the wearing of masks is mandatory
Sales shops, shopping centres ;
Administrations and banks;
Covered markets.
In the other categories of establishments, the wearing of masks may be made compulsory by the operator.

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THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE

Pic of the day

La Franqui – Aude

The daily dash board

World

Today’s data

France

Occitanie

Data from July 24th

Information, news and tips

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►France has drawn up a list of 16 countries where the virus circulates very strongly and from which it will no longer be possible to come without proof of a negative PCR test before boarding or on arrival.

The 16 countries concerned to date by this measure are:
South Africa
Algeria
Bahrain
Brazil
United Arab Emirates
USA
India
Israel
Kuwait
Madagascar
Oman
Panama
Peru
Qatar
Serbia
Turkey

From these countries: United Arab Emirates, United States, Bahrain, Panama Mandatory PCR test 72 before departure. Travellers will have to show a negative test before boarding a plane bound for France, otherwise they will be denied boarding. It will therefore no longer be possible to leave for France if you cannot prove that you are not a carrier of the virus.

For all other countries on the list: Mandatory PCR test on arrival. When you come from a country where the virus is circulating strongly, but where it is not possible to be tested, a PCR test will be mandatory on arrival. You will have to be tested as soon as you leave the plane. The laboratory will contact you with your results.

Entry into the national territory from countries with high viral circulation is only authorised in specific derogatory situations, in particular for French nationals and persons living in France. It is not possible to come to France for other people outside these derogations (tourists, foreigners, etc…).

Clusters in meat processing plants . The study was conducted by scientists from the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, the Helmholtz Centre and the Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology. They came to the conclusion that the transmission takes place in the cutting area for cattle quarters. In this area the air is circulated and cooled to ten degrees Celsius. According to the researchers, the low temperature, low fresh air supply and air circulation through the air conditioning system in the hall – combined with strenuous physical work – promoted the aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Under these conditions, a distance of one and a half to three meters is not sufficient to prevent transmission.

► 109 years ago on July 24, 1911, Hiram Bingham, an American historian from Yale University, accompanied by his guides, Civil Guard Sergeant Carrasco and peasant Melchor Picchu, went to Machu Picchu in Peru and was the first to recognise the importance of the ruins and to study them. Machu Picchu is an ancient 15th century Inca city perched on a rocky promontory. It was abandoned during the collapse of the Inca Empire and before the end of its construction. The sacred city is considered a major work of Inca architecture.

September 2013

Food and drinks

Fun

The daily selection

The dreaded statistics

Top countries according to the number of deaths (above 5.000)

Cases by country v population (1.000 deaths upwards) – Updated 17:45

France follow-up


Occitanie & Aude follow-up

Data from July 24th
Data from July 24th

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Samsung quality?

Bought a Samsung smart curved TV 4 years ago from Darty here in Carcassonne.

It is now developping a large white spot in the middle of the screen. The after sales service from Darty sent a technician for evaluation and eventually repairs.

The good news is that it can be repaired. The bad news is that it will cost in excess of 700€.

How on earth is it possible and admissible nowdays to accept a product life of 4 years in particular for electronics? No moving parts.

I have written to the managing director of Samsung France for comments. I shall ot get the TV repaired and will purchase a new one but for sure not a Samsung. Actually I am going to boycott all Korean products from now on.

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29 Jul 2020 – In the meantime I have received an email from the customer service department, in response to my letter to the CEO, asking me to describe the problem and include photos. I did this by return earlier today. Let us see what this brings…

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Almost there

Today marks my 50th day without having a drink of any sort. Quite proud of myself, I hope the results are worth it.

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Les Artistes

Walked past a new “looks-like-a-restaurant” yesterday. This is the 1st time I notice the place and I did not see any posters or information on the window with opening times or menus.

In the meantime I have checked in the business register and there is an entry for the place designated as a restaurant since January of this year.

It is located on rue Courtejaire not to far from the theatre but on the other side of the road.

Can’t wait to try that out

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