Daily Post – February 26th 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

345 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️ COVID-19 – Jean Castex head of the government, who wants to avoid further containment as much as possible, spoke at a press conference yesterday, as planned,the day after the announcement of the containment measures in Dunkirk.

Here are the main points he made

▶︎ The 20 departments under surveillance.

Departments in which reinforced measures will be taken from 6 March if the situation continues to deteriorate.

▶︎ Circulation rate of variants


The circulation of variants in France is accelerating. The regions with an incidence rate above the maximum alert threshold are moreover confronted with higher proportions of British, South African or Brazilian variants of the virus. The more contagious English variant “now affects about half of the people in France who are infected with Covid”, the Prime Minister announced. This variant, which accounted for less than 40% according to figures released a week ago, raises fears of an epidemic explosion because of its greater contagiousness.

▶︎ Curfew at 6 p.m. maintained


Concerning the curfew at 6 p.m., no change is planned. It remains in force everywhere on the territory, even in the Maritime Alps and in the agglomeration of Dunkirk (North), despite the implementation of a partial confinement on weekends. “This decision allowed us to save time, justified Jean Castex. Our economic activity didn’t collapse, our shops were able to stay open, our children were able to go to school in the areas of course that weren’t on holiday. »

Vaccination “continues and is being stepped up”.


“The vaccination campaign is continuing and expanding,” said the Prime Minister, recalling that it was possible, since Thursday, with general practitioners and in companies. The first effects are being felt: the incidence rate has been falling for the past two weeks among the over 80-year-olds and, as a result, the average age of those hospitalised is also falling. In Ehpad, the campaign’s priority target, the vaccination coverage rate with two doses now reaches 50% (80% for the first dose) and the number of deaths, recorded twice a week, has dropped significantly, with 121 deaths on Tuesday (compared to 235 a week earlier).

“Two thirds of the more than 75 people will be vaccinated by the end of March and we will open vaccination to the over 65s at the beginning of April,” the Prime Minister guaranteed. “By the end of February, more than 4 million vaccines will have been administered to more than 3 million people. “The government expects that by mid-May, all people over 50 will be offered a first injection.

A total of 2.6 million people have received at least one dose, of which 1.3 million people have been vaccinated with both doses.

“No reason to delay” AstraZeneca


Alain Fischer, the Chairman of the Orientation and Vaccine Strategy Council, wanted to reassure people about the AstraZeneca vaccine. “There is no reason to consider that this vaccine is of second category. It has its place in the vaccination arsenal,” he said. The product could also be provided to 65-74 year olds, depending on the results of new studies.

The side effects expressed by some young people, “who have a very powerful immune system,” can be mitigated “by taking a paracetamol before the vaccine and then for 48 hours,” said Alain Fischer. “From the point of view of efficacy or tolerance, the data (Editor’s note: concerning AstraZeneca) are quite satisfactory. There is no reason to delay the application of this vaccine. »

Covid-19 treatments


A new synthetic antibody drug has just been authorised in France for the patients most at risk of serious forms, with the hope of avoiding hospitalisation and intensive care. This is the drug developed by the American company Eli Lilly: “83 hospitals have already received thousands of doses of monoclonal antibodies”, explained Olivier Véran. Others “will arrive in France in mid-March”, he announced. In all, the country has ordered tens of thousands of doses of this treatment.

Olivier Véran also spoke about interferon treatment, which is currently being studied in France. “We will know in a few weeks whether this treatment is effective,” the Health Minister said. These are “new hopes” that will complete the “arsenal” against the virus, Olivier Véran added.

▫️ AUDE DEPARTEMENT Same trend as yesterday. The indicators in our Aude departement are coming down nicely and showing an incidence & the positivity rates half of the current national average and certainly much less vompared to the Var & Alpes Maritimes which meams our foreseen trip is now a little uncertain. On top of that, the Var (83) & Alpes Maritimes (06) and neighbouring Bouche du Rhone (13) are part of the 20 departements under surveillance.

▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain

✒️ This one is in the town I grew up in, and happened on my birthday:

Police raid illegal rave inside London barbers.

More than 20 people are facing fines after police shut down an illegal party at a south London barber shop. Neighbours reported the large gathering and loud music at the premises on London Road in west Croydon shortly before midnight on February 19.

Inspector Kathy Morteo, of the Met’s south area command, said: ‘Everyone knows that it is neither lawful nor safe for such events to take place while the country is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘The Health Protection Regulations are in place for good and easily understood reasons, and it is our role to enforce them in London.’

However: A group of 31 of the force’s own officers are facing £200 Covid-19 fines for getting their hair cut by a barber while on duty at a police station. They all had trims from a professional hairdresser at Bethnal Green police station on January 17. Each faces a fine and the two officers that organised the event are under investigation for potential misconduct.

Read more here 

Above, but not beyond, the call of duty!

✒️ The divisive dish from Lidl that’s making shoppers feel like they’re in France

We might just wait for travel restrictions to lift again instead…

Boris Johnson’s recent announcement of a roadmap out of lockdown promises light at the end of the tunnel regarding trips abroad. With the government hoping to have all restrictions lifted by June 21, it’s unsurprising that holiday bookingshave skyrocketed this week.

But while travel restrictions are still in place, we’ve still got to take what we can get for now. So it’s welcome news that Lidl shoppers might just have discovered the closest thing any of us are going to get to a visit to the continent.

Posting in the Lidl shoppers UK Facebook group, Lidl fan Tim Jackson posted a picture of what looked like the spoils of a day in the garden.

Lidl’s frozen delicacy might be the closest any of us can get to travelling abroad for a while…  

He said: “Hope there’s another French week soon!”Without being able to travel to France for the real thing, The escargots I had tonight we’re absolutely delicious!”.

We have thousands of these in our garden. Please order soon to avoid disappointment!

▫️ MUSIC

Watching, in the background, a TV program about Serge Gainsbourg and they just played this song “sung” by our national B.B which certainly was popular aquite while back.

🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶

▫️ PIC OF THE DAY

▫️ SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

▫️ FUN Friday funnies from Paul (Part I)

◻︎A few one-liners to start….


‣I got asked if I’d lost my sense of taste recently at a covid test centre – I reassured them I’d not and that I always dressed like this


‣Did you hear about the claustrophobic astronaut? He just needed a little space.


‣Had Lunch with a beautiful vegan, I said let’s meat again!


‣Few women admit their age; Few men act it.


‣If you get caught outside in the fog…are you mystified?


‣A sign I spotted on the door of our local music shop… Gone Chopin…. Bach in a minute. I wondered if he had a Chopin Lizst?


◻︎I was shopping in an unfamiliar mall last week when, to my horror, a woman behind a tinted door to my right fell onto the ground, flipped over and disappeared into a corner. I know CPR so rushed in to assist her, only to find myself in a gym!

◻︎ If I ever use “there” instead of “their” and “your” instead of “you’re” in the same post, I’ve been kidnapped and I am signaling for help.

◻︎ The first applicant of the day at the Pearly Gates explains that his last day was not a good one.

“I came home early and found my wife lying naked in bed. She claimed she had just got out of the shower. Well, her hair was dry and I checked the
shower and it was completely dry too. I knew she was into some hanky-panky and I began to look for her lover. I went onto the balcony of our
9th-floor apartment and found the guy clinging to the rail by his fingertips.
I was so angry that I began bashing his fingers with a flower pot. He let go and fell, but his fall was broken by some awnings and bushes. On seeing he was still alive I found superhuman strength to drag our antique cedar chest to the balcony and throw it over. It hit the man
and killed him. At this point the stress got to me and I suffered a massive heart attack and died.”

Saint Peter thanked him for his story and sent him on to the waiting room.

The second applicant said that his last day was his worst.

“I was on the roof of an apartment-building working on the AC equipment and I stumbled over my tools and toppled off the building. I managed to
grab onto the balcony rail of a 9th-floor apartment but some idiot came rushing out on the balcony and bashed my hands with a flower pot.
I fell but hit some awnings and bushes and survived, but as I looked up I saw a huge chest falling toward me. I tried to crawl out of the way but failed
and was hit and killed by the chest.”

Saint Peter couldn’t help but chuckle as he directs the man to the waiting room. Saint Peter is still chuckling when his third customer of the day enters.

He apologizes and says, “I doubt that your last day was as interesting as the two fellows that arrived here just before you.”

“I don’t know,” replies the man. “Picture this, I’m naked, hiding in thiscedar chest…”

▫️ CARCASSONNE

For those who are not in town, this is the state of the work in progress Place Carnot.

▫️ WEATHER

At 10am for the Carcassonne weather forecast, a few clouds should not spoil the sunny skies. The wind will reach about 14 km/hour. In the afternoon at 4pm in Carcassonne, the sky should remain clear. The wind will reach about 17 km/h.

▫️ VENDEE GLOBE

The boat TSE-4myplanet with skipper Alexia Barrier is the next one to arrive in 24th place.

▫️ WALKS

Busy today but planning a nice tour for tomorrow


▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Daily Post – February 25th 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

344 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️ COVID-19 – Jean Castex is scheduled to speak again later today, but the tone looks different. Faced with a resurgence of the epidemic now considered “very worrying” in a dozen departments, the government is preparing new restrictions.

▫️ France is facing a new epidemic outbreak, with all indicators on the rise again.
Nice and its coastline placed under bell. Dunkirk and its region awaiting new measures. The Moselle under tension. For several days, the coronavirus seems to regain ground in France. In any case, the various indicators confirm this epidemic awakening. The curve of the number of daily cases is on the rise again with now more than 20,100 cases on average per day. There are thus more than 300 daily cases per million inhabitants.

A particularly high figure compared to other European countries. Only the Czech Republic, currently facing an alarming situation, is doing worse with 884 cases per million inhabitants. Italy (211), which has nevertheless reopened its restaurants, Spain (206), Germany (169), the United Kingdom (165) and Portugal (154) are well below the French threshold.

Globally, however, the resurgence of the epidemic is a European trend since the number of daily cases is also on the rise in some of our neighbors. While the epidemic is receding in Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe, it is clearly regaining ground in other countries such as Germany and Italy, but especially in Scandinavia, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

I on theother hand obtained this morning a doctor’s certificate pushing me in front of the list. I now need to find available slots in a vaccination centre near me. Easier said than done, all the slot available yesterday are gone this morning.

▫️ AUDE DEPARTEMENT Despite all this, the indicators in our Aude departement are coming down nicely and showing an incidence & the positivity rates half of the current national average and vertainly much less vompared to the Var & Alpes Maritimes which meams our foreseen trip is now a little uncertain.

▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain

✒️ More important news from the world of politics…

A Guy Called Colin Pidgeon Caught a Pigeon During a Government Zoom Meeting

 ‘I have literally just caught a pigeon,’ said Colin Pidgeon. We live in an era of wacky Zoom calls, where parish councillors in England act as if democracy itself is under threat, and lawyers blame assistants for turning them into cats.

Now this: a wonderful bit of nominative determinism, as an official in Northern Ireland called Colin Pidgeon caught a live pigeon during a virtual meeting. Pidgeon – that’s the man, not the bird – politely apologised to the committee, explaining that his cat had brought it into his room while he was on the call. “It flew off so the cat hasn’t killed it,” he says, before being praised by the committee’s members for keeping his cool.

✒️ ‘Drinking gin and tonic’ helped Isabella reach 100

‘True Geordie lass’ Isabella Goodfellow celebrated with a birthday cake, a gin and tonic, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Newcastle United fairycakes.

“The secret of longevity is gin and tonic, hard work and determination. I also loved keeping my home nice.” When asked what words of wisdom she would give to others, she replied: “Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open. Isabella’s passions have included housework, knitting and socialising and telling stories about the war years and time spent in air raid shelters and avoiding bombs.

I’ll drink to that!

▫️ MUSIC

I had never really heard or take notice of this group Daft Punk. Their split a couple of days ago is being plastered on all the news. It is afterall ia French electronic music band from Paris. Composed of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and apparently participated in the creation and democratization of the electronic music movement called French Touch.

I have been listening to some of their tracks and some I quite like. I have always had a penchant for electronic music.

My friend Gerard Cottin has already made a drawing on their split

More paintings from © Gerard Cottin on my art page

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▫️ PIC OF THE DAY

▫️ SATIRE

This is exactly how I feel…

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

▫️ WEATHER

Looking forward to the “Sunny” next few days.

▫️ VENDEE GLOBE

I watched live Isabelle arriving yesterday. Even if she is no longer in the race, she did complete the course under a lot of pressure and difficulties. So well done!!!

Samantha Davies, also officially retired, should arrive later today. The last 2 remaining boats in the race are nearing the French waters.

▫️ WALKS

Busy today but planning a nice tour for the weekend


▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Daily Post – February 24th 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

343 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️Fewer doses of AstraZeneca in February. France expects fewer doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in February, before catching up in March. “We are going to reach 1.7 million doses in February for AstraZeneca instead of 2.5, which we had originally planned,” “but if we cumulate February and March, we’ll fall back on our feet with 5.9 million cumulative doses,” the ministry said Tuesday evening. According to the same source, after a delivery of 550,000 doses last week, the same number is expected this week and around 850,000 doses should arrive next week. The pharmaceutical giant, for its part, announced that it could manufacture in the European Union only half of the doses it has to supply to the EU in the second half of the year and that it would produce elsewhere the rest of the doses promised to Europeans. For the moment, the vaccine is reserved for people aged 50-64 with co-morbidities, or about two million people, and for healthcare professionals under 65 years of age.

▫️ SPOTS ON THE MAP At a time when the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes announced yesterday at noon the partial confinement of the Nice coastline, on the other side of France Dunkirk was setting a new record. Its incidence rate is over 900 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, more than four times the national average!
On site, tests now exceed 70% positivity to the British variant. A worrying phenomenon, the virus spreads around in deconcentrated circles, like an ink stain.

Seen from Paris, we watch the map of France tinting on both sides, mitering to the north and south, but also to the east and even in the Paris region, where indicators are turning sour. In the end, this evolution is quite in line with epidemiologists’ forecasts, after a short period of calm, as unexpected as it is fragile.
All this suggests that other local confinements could be decreed quite quickly before, if that were not enough, national measures. Emmanuel Macron left himself a few more days to decide.

▫️ 🍺 ALCOHOL IS FORBIDDEN on certain streets in Paris. The Prefect of Police has issued an order prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the public highway between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the 6th arrondissement, rue de Buci, and in the 5th arrondissement, place de la Contrescarpe, as of this Tuesday and “for 15 days”.

▫️ APPLICATIONS

In addition to the barrier measures allowing the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, the Government is making a set of complementary digital tools that are fully integrated into the “Test – Alert – Protect” health strategy.

▫️ UNFAIR – Part II

In the meantime my dear spouse has made appointments for her 1st & 2nd injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

I on theother hand obtained this morning a doctor’s certificate pushing me in front of the list. I now need to find available slots in a vaccination centre near me. Easier said than done, all the slot available yesterday are gone this morning.

▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain

✒️ No flies on this man!

Bizarre moment a naked man sprints down a London street with three police officers in hot pursuit

  • The incident took place near the Westway in west London on February 22  
  • Man was arrested by police and taken to a central London police station
  • Ross Springham, 29, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with indecent exposure

Watch it here  

▫️ MUSIC

ANOTHER ONE IN MY TOP 100

🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶

▫️ VIDEO OF THE DAY

▫️ SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

▫️ WEATHER

Today in Carcassonne, beware, very strong gusts of wind

▫️ VENDEE GLOBE

The MACSF navigator Isabelle Joschke 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 managed to stay ahead of the low pressure system that will affect Sam Davies tonight. She is expected in Vendée today at midday. Out of the race since her retirement on January 9th following damage to her keel actuator, “Isa” will not cross the finish line but will take directly the channel of Les Sables d’Olonne which she left 107 days ago.

▫️ WALKS

Busy today but planning a nice tour for tomorrow or Friday


▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Daily Post – February 23rd 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

342 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️ If according to French Public Health, 36% of the cases of Covid-19 in France present a suspicion of an English variant and 5% of Brazilian or South African variants, the situation in ex-Languedoc-Rousillon, as of February 20, is disparate depending on the department.

In the Gard: 30% to 50% of the tests are suspicious of the English variant. No cases of South African or Brazilian variant are detected.
In the Hérault: 30% to 50% of the tests are suspicious of the English variant. Less than 1% would be South African or Brazilian variants.
In Lozère, no cases of variant has been detected by the health authorities.
In Aude: 10% to 29% of the tests are suspicious of the English variant. 1 % to 2.4 % would be South African or Brazilian variants.
In the Pyrénées-Orientales: 10% to 29% of the tests are suspicious of the English variant. No cases of South African or Brazilian variants were detected.

▫️ UNFAIR My dear spouse was contacted by my doctor this morning who wanted to make an appointment for get vaccinated. Being under 65, she qualifies to be vaccinated by her own doctor with the AstraZeneca as from the end of the week. In fact she has a video appointment later today with her own doctor to fix an appointment. Good service though. For the likes of me being over 65 but under 75, we are now more or less at the end of the queue in a group where not enough vaccines are being made available to accelerate things. Patience is a virtue they say.

▫️ INCOME TAX

Not quite the time yet to make your income tax declaration, nevertheless the new scale has been officially published.

▫️ QUESTION: I can see, when checking the traffic to my web page, that there is 1 single person logging in regularly from Canada 🇨🇦 . I assume it is the same person. It could of course be someone from a completely different location but using a VPN pointing to Canada. As a matter of interest, I would love to know who that is. So if you read this, maybe you can send me a short message via a comment which will of course remain anonymous. Thanks.

▫️ DAYS OFF: Yesterday we planned to spend a few days in Cavalaire in the Var Departement. The idea is to meet up with my brother and his wife for a few days at some point in the first half of March. I am seriously looking forward to a change of scenery even if bars and restaurants will be closed. Beeing at the sea side has a lot to go for. Looking forward to the long walks at the beach in the place I might call my second home. I also have dear friends in the area I really want to see.

Today it was decided that in the Alpes Maritimes departement (Nice area) that a new lock down will will take effect for the at least next 2 weekends. Nice being 100km away from Cavalaire I had to check and compare the situation in the relevant departements and compare it to our area which is the Aude (11). Cavalaire is in the Var (83), Nice is in the Alpes Maritimes (06). The situation is quite worrying both in 83 and 06 which are ajoining departements compared to our area.

I guess that before I commit fully to the foreseen trip I shall monitor the situation very closely.

▫️ SAHARA’S SAND COVERS THE PYRENEES

On Sunday, February 21, 2021, the Pyrenees were partly covered with a thin layer of sand from the Sahara. And the phenomenon was expected to carry on Monday.

▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain

✒️ Blooming marvellous

Super-rare Amazonian cactus flowers in the UK for possibly the first time ever.

A super-rare Amazonian cactus has flowered for what experts believe is the first time ever in the UK but it has already started to wither. The tropical Moonflower, or Selenicereus wittii, is usually exclusive to the floodplain rainforests of the Amazon Basin in South America. However, Cambridge University Botanical Gardens (CUBG) has been home to one of these rare and exotic cactus plants since 2015. Yesterday, for the first time, it flowered after a bud grew from the bizarre-looking plant. But it happens just once, and only for around 12 hours, and it has already started to close up again.

Watch it here  

✒️ Make yourself useful…

One man’s mission to clean Devon town one road sign at a time

He’s cleaned hundreds of signs since the third lockdown and he has no plans to stop soon.


When England entered its third national lockdown, one Tavistock local set himself the challenge to clean up the road signs. Allen Lewis says that since he started, he has cleaned hundreds of signs and he has no intention of stopping anytime soon. He has also received a huge amount of support from the local community too as they beep when they see him and also have started to donate.

It’s a sign of the times!

▫️ MUSIC

ANOTHER ONE IN MY TOP 100

One of my favorite bands

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▫️ VIDEO OF THE DAY

▫️ SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

▫️ WEATHER

This afternoon in Carcassonne, beware, very strong gusts of wind

▫️ VENDEE GLOBE

Not much too report. The two boats out of the race (MACSF & Initiative Coeur) are approaching the arrival line.

▫️ WALKS

Only went out for the weekly shopping run. Nothing too exciting.


▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Daily Post – February 22nd 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

341 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️ Fewer patients in hospital in the Aude department
In the Aude, this Sunday, the number of people hospitalized for Covid, in decline since February 7, is 144 (4 less in 24 hours).
Of these 144 patients, 14 are treated in intensive care, unchanged in 24 hours.
In the department, 235 deaths due to Covid are to be deplored, 3 more in 24 hours.
A total of 738 people have left the hospital since March, including two since the day before.

▫️ SOMETHING WAS WRONG

I struggled yesterday to try and get data updates. At one point I received this error message. A first for me.

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I now wonder if the servers were actually under attack. There is a lot of it about at the moment.

Eventually in the evening most data for Saturday was available. Too late for me though.

▫️ STATISTICS

I have changed a couple of things regarding the vaccination statistics.

‣ I have added the 2nd vaccination data and also the total cummulative curve

‣I have added a chart with the rolling 7 days average of the total vaccinations,

▫️ NASA Latest news

The rover has sent the first pictures from the surface of Mars.

▫️ Grain de Sail has finally docked in Nantes. In principle, it was supposed to be Saint-Nazaire but the dockers’ strike decided otherwise on Wednesday evening. On board, in spite of the three months crossing from the Caribbean and Latin America – a first for a cargo ship in winter since the end of the merchant sailing boats navy. “The cargo of cocoa is safe, there is no emergency. When there is no wind, we swim,” smiles Loïc Briand, 32, the ship’s captain and designer. It’s this adventure side that changes from other navigations: we’ll arrive when the wind carries us”.

The ship will operate two rotations per year


This time, the wind more than carried them. “Last week we had 45, 60 knots of wind, waves up to 15 meters. These are Dantesque conditions where 100-meter cargo ships don’t hold all the capes. We do. We reached appalling speeds with surfing at 22 knots and at no time were we in danger. “The concept is therefore validated for Grain de Sail. The ship was built for the company based in Morlaix (Finistère) which roasts coffee and produces chocolate, in order to transport its raw materials without carbon emissions.

▫️ MYSTERY SOLVED (Thank you Sally & Larry)

Many of you travelling to Perpignan or simply driving through on the motorway on the way to Spain for instance have surely noticed this plane parked at the Rivesaltes airport.

I have always wondered what it was all about. The mystery has been solved.

Read all about it here

▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain

✒️ IMPORTANT NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED.

Wretton dog walker’s suspicions lead police to hedgerow mannequin.

Officers discovered the legs of mannequin stuck in a hedgerow after following up a dog walker’s concerns

Police investigating a dog walker’s call about something “suspicious” in a hedgerow have said they are “pleased” it turned out to be “not as reported”. Norfolk Police were sent to a field in Wretton, near Downham Market, earlier after a figure in jeans and trainers was spotted kneeling in a hedge. However, officers discovered it was actually the abandoned bottom half of a mannequin. The force said whoever left the dummy may have been trying to be “creative”. “If you’re missing a set of mannequin legs… they are with us,” a spokesman added in a tweet.

Please- no jokes about dogging!

✒️ WAY TO GO!

‘I ate 40kg of chocolate’: Yorkshire teacher, 21, on rowing solo across the Atlantic.

Jasmine Harrison, the youngest woman to make the 3,000-mile journey alone, relished the freedom of doing it all by herself.

Jasmine Harrison in Antigua, West Indies on Saturday, 20 February after setting a world record for the youngest female solo rower to row any ocean. Photograph: Penny Bird/Atlantic.

It was always during the night when things went wrong for Jasmine Harrison, the youngest woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Like the time her boat hurtled into a huge wave at 19.2 knots and capsized, leaving her with a badly injured elbow.

“I was basically thrown at a wall at 20-odd miles an hour. That’s going to hurt, especially in the middle of your sleep,” she said. “Everything happened when I was asleep.”

But the 21-year-old swimming teacher from Thirsk in North Yorkshire, took her 70-day journey in her stride, relishing the freedom and independence of life at sea.

Might give it a go myself! (Just the chocolate bit).

▫️ MUSIC

ANOTHER ONE IN MY TOP 100

Quite a fan of OMD in fact

🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶

▫️ PIC OF THE DAY

Amazing what you can do with an iPad and a lot of patience

Edited in Prisma app with Leya

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND

▫️ WEATHER

The bad weather persists in the south and especially on the Languedoc-Roussillon, with snow from 1800 meters. In the west, the rains weaken. Under the clouds and the rains, the weather is not as mild as on Sunday.

▫️ VENDEE GLOBE

Alexia Barrier (TSE-4myplanet) still suffers from back problems but keeps her spirits up. The race doctor, Jean-Yves Chauve – with whom the sailor is in regular contact – has already scheduled medical examinations for her arrival in Les Sables d’Olonne, scheduled for February 27 or 28.

▫️ WALKS

Too windy to go out yesterday


▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Daily Post – February 21st 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

340 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️ AUDE DEPARTEMENT The incidence rate has dropped by more than 20 points in one week, and the positivity rate is also dropping slightly. But there are now more than 241 cases of variants, according to the weekly announcement from the prefecture.

▫️ VACCINATIONS 550,000 doses of AstraZeneca for general practitioners
With 2.5 million citizens vaccinated (1.1 million of whom received both doses), the disappointment by the rest of the population is there, and it is legitimate. There is simply not enough vaccines made available. However, the long tunnel of vaccination is about to be cleared. First breath of fresh air next Thursday. That’s it, the immunizing vials are arriving at general practitioners / doctors. 550,000 units of AstraZeneca’s product, cheap and easy to store, will be delivered to them on February 25.

Destination the arm of patients between 50 and 64 years old with a risk of developing a severe form of the disease (obesity, hypertension, diabetes …).

It might be worth repeating that in some countries like Germany and France, this vaccine is not recommended for the patients older than 65.

▫️ VACCINE DOSES

I am having some serious difficulties collecting data this morning. Most of my usual official sources have not been updated since Friday, even the one from the Prime Minister’s web page which I think is a very poor show. No reason given. Maybe it is the weekend effect? or the data is not available? It makes me very suspicious…

In any case I have been trying to find out how many vaccine doses have actually been received. The latest data I have been able to verify is up to February 18th (3 days ago). The flux A mentionned relates to the logistic path used. I am actually studying the details and will post about it in the coming days.

▫️ NOSTALGIA

I just realised that I actually owned , not at the same time of course, these 4 car models at some point in my youth. Wish I had kept them.

▫️ MUSIC

ANOTHER ONE IN MY TOP 100

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the first concert by the Beatles in Liverpool. That was of course prior to Ringo’s time. The four Beatles were at the time Paul, John, George and Stuart (Sutcliffe). In any case a few year this song came out and is one of my favorites.

🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶

▫️ PIC OF THE DAY

Edited in Prisma app with Broadway

I miss that car as well

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND

▫️ WEATHER

Quite a strong wind for the next couple of days.

▫️ VENDEE GLOBE

The next 2 boats to arrive in a couple of days are actually retired from the race.

▫️ WALKS

Very pleasant walk yesterday on a cloudy and windy day at the coast. Hardly anyone around but plenty of flora and fauna to be seen. Went afterwards to the “Salins de Gruissan”. It is very unfortuate that the restaurant is closed however the shop is open and we did purchase a few local and typical items.


▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Daily Post – February 20th 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

339 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️ The Health Minister, Olivier Véran, assured on Thursday to be able to open “between the end of March and mid-April” the vaccination to people between 65 and 74 years of age.

▫️ At the national level, “the trend over the last three days is not good, it is no longer good,” lamented Olivier Véran during his speech in Nice earlier today. The minister stressed that we counted Friday “more than 3000 additional cases compared to Friday of the previous week”.

▫️ Relieve pressure or tighten constraints? The Elysée gives itself 8 to 10 days to decide on this in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic, while the executive insists on collective discipline. This new deadline was evoked during a video-conference with members of the majority parliament.

The Elysée did not confirm it, but the executive is monitoring the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic very closely, especially the rise of the more contagious variants, to see if it can avoid stricter measures such as reconfinement, which is still advocated by some of the scientists.

▫️ The first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine from the pharmaceutical duo Pfizer/BioNtech is 85% effective two to four weeks after injection, according to a study published in the scientific journal The Lancet carried out on the medical staff of Israel’s largest hospital.

On 19 December, the Hebrew state launched a vast vaccination campaign against Covid-19 thanks to an agreement with Pfizer that allows Israel to rapidly obtain millions of doses in exchange for biomedical data on the effect of the vaccine. To date, 4.23 million Israelis (47% of the population) have received at least the first dose of the vaccine – of which 2.85 million (32%) have received the second necessary dose – according to the Ministry of Health.

▫️ FOOD & DRINKS

From the same team that created Let’s Eat France! comes Let’s Eat Italy! celebrating Italian food in the form of an oversized, obsessively complete, visual feast of a book. We got the 1st book for Xmas and we received the second book, this time in French 🇫🇷 ) yesterday.

← Someone was already very busy in the kitchen experimenting with some of the recipes and the results are excellent.

To be recommended

▫️ ROLL ON SUMMER

Ricard is the number one spirit brand in France regarding the volumes sold or turnover.

▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain

✒️ BRITISH PEOPLE ARE REALLY MISSING THE PUB

The events of the past year have had a devastating impact on the hospitality sector in the UK. At the forefront of lockdown’s sacrifices for many is the closure of an institution that is a cornerstone of British culture – the pub.

Pubs are recognised as important assets to their communities, providing economic and social value alike. They’re also an excellent example of what the American scholar Ray Oldenburg calls the “third place”, a space other than the home or workplace where people meet to interact and maintain relationships.

As one retiree in his 70s, a trip to the pub could give him the chance of “being with people”. 

“There’s nothing I like better than being able to talk to people […] not just about silly things but having a good laugh and, you know, generally speaking, bringing yourself out of what you’ve been doing and what you haven’t been doing.”

I’ll drink to that!

✒️ IMPORTANT CONSTRUCTION NEWS

They’re building a big hill at Marble Arch this summer

Part of a new development, ‘Marble Arch Hill’ will provide a lofty platform with views across Hyde Park and the West End.

 I don’t know about you, but one thing that I wasn’t expecting to be part of the eventual reopening of central London was the construction of a 25m-high temporary mound at one end of Oxford Street. That’s apparently the plan, though. The ‘Marble Arch Hill’ is the most visually arresting/bonkers element of a £150 million development initiative by Westminster Council to inject new life into Oxford Street and Marble Arch, and attract visitors and tourists back into the West End. 

Kay Buxton, chief executive of Marble Arch London BID said it is ‘a truly unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to see London from a completely new perspective. Marble Arch Hill is a clarion call to the recovery of London’s hospitality and leisure sector, in an enduring, world-renowned destination.’

Say what you like, though, it’s certainly original. So as you stand there freezing in your new sunglasses, lashed by summer rain and dying for a wee, with a line of grumpy punters behind you willing you to get off the top of the sodding mound, just be grateful for being out and about again. And if you really hate it, it’s only going to be there for six months.

Don’t think I will be going to London anytime soon!

▫️ MUSIC

ANOTHER ONE IN MY TOP 100

Living near Spain, one is influenced by this music.

🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶

Talking about music, whilst working on my computer, I listen everyday to this radio station. The music is excellent, mainly oldies, very little chit-chat (in 🇩🇪 German), no adverts. Being the station from where we used to live, I get to listen to the local news and keep up to date with what’s going on in Lower Saxony / Hannover.

Here is the link to the internet Radio Station

Give it a try

▫️ PIC OF THE DAY

Great Wall with my friend Klaus

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▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND

▫️ FACTS

🔸 The first thing Mickey Mouse ever said was “Hot dogs”

🔸 The distance between you earlobes is the same as the distance between your nipples

🔸 The fear of long words is Hippopotomonstrosesquippeddaliophobia

🔸 Every minute, we lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells. That’s about nine pounds of skin cells a year. You probably just lost 40,000 skin cells in the time it took you to read this.”

🔸 Hippos can’t swim. They almost always maintain contact with the bottom or they bounce off the bottom as they move through the water

▫️ SATIRE

▫️ FUN

A man in love lives on love and fresh water.
Once married, he adds Ricard!
Conclusion: The first cause of alcoholism in France is women…

▫️ From Paul: Here we go again folks…….loads of funnies to giggle and snigger at this week.


▪️ Two old guys, one 80 and the other 87, were sitting on a park bench one morning. The 87-year-old had just finished his morning jog and wasn’t even short of breath. His 80-year old buddy was amazed at the guy’s stamina and asked him what he did to have so much energy.
The 87 years old said  “Well, I eat rye bread every day. It keeps your energy level high and you’ll have great stamina with the ladies. So, on the way home the 80-year-old stopped at the bakery. As he was looking around, the saleslady asked if he needed any help.
He said, “Do you have any rye bread?” She said, “Yes, there’s a whole shelf of it. Would you like some?”
He said, “I want five loaves.”She said, “My goodness, five loaves! By the time you get to the 3rd loaf, it’ll be hard.” He replied, “I can’t believe everybody knows about this but me!!..

▪️ When I first heard Julie Andrews sing Doh Ray Me, I thought to myself she’ll go Far…

▪️ My wife suffers from chronic, debilitating headaches.Anyway, enough about her…..  Back to drum practice.

▪️ Some gossip gold…

▫️ It’s not me who can’t keep a secret. It’s the people I tell.Now listen carefully  because I’ve been told  not to repeat this.

▫️At the last job I applied for I was interviewed by the personnel officer, and at the end of a lengthy questioningperiod he finally asked “do you have a war record?” Yes I said, Vera Lynn singing White Cliffs of Dover.

▪️ Some one-liners …warning …  a few Groaners here…

▫️ An invisible man married an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.

▫️ I didn’t think the chiropractor would improve my posture. But I stand corrected.

▫️I took my new girlfriend out on our first date to the ice rink, and entry was half price.She called me a cheap skate.

▫️ Studies show cows produce more milk when the farmer talks to them. It’s a case of in one ear and out the udder.

▫️ My cross-eyed wife and I just got a divorce. I found out she was seeing someone on the side.

▫️ My wife claims I’m the cheapest person she’s ever met. I’m not buying it.

▫️ I told my carpenter I didn’t want carpeted steps. He gave me a blank stair.

▫️ What did the surgeon say to the patient who insisted on closing up his own incision? Suture self.

▪️ At the dinner table one evening our teenage daughter was telling us about a film she had seen at school. “It was on mental and emotional health” she said. And can you tell us,” I asked teasingly, “the exact difference between ‘mental’ and ‘emotional’ health?” “Well,” she replied, the way I see it, mental health is how you feel about geometry; emotional health is how you feel about the boy who sits next to you in geometry.”

▪️ Bob checked into his hotel room and immediately noticed a dead cockroach on the floor. He called the front desk, asked for the manager and raised a fuss. “Sir, please calm down,” the Manager replied. It’s dead. It can’t bother you now.” “The dead one doesn’t bother me,”said Bob. “It’s his pallbearers”

▪️ A man returned to his doctor to hear the results of his annual check-up.“Your check-up results were great,” the doctor said, “but is there anything that you’d like to talk about or ask me?”“Well,” he said, “I was thinking about getting a vasectomy.” “That’s a pretty big decision,” the doctor replied. “Have you talked it over with your family?”“Yeah, and they’re in favour 15 to 2.”


▪️ Interesting thoughts……………… 

▫️ What disease did cured ham actually have?

▫️ Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?

▫️ If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

▫️ Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?

▫️ Why do doctors leave the room while you change??? They’re going to see you naked anyway.

▫️ If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

▫️ Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

▪️ Warning: Turn away now if you are of a ’tender’ or ‘innocent’ disposition


BUDDHA was quoted:

There are three things that cannot be easily hidden: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth.

The following are 2 Simple Truths, 5 Rules of Life, and 3 Bonus Rules:

▫️ SIMPLE TRUTH 1:

Lovers help each other undress before s*x.

However, after s*x, they always dress on their own.

Moral of the story — In life, no one helps you once you’re screwed.

▫️ SIMPLE TRUTH 2:

When a woman is pregnant, all her friends touch her stomach and say,

“Congratulations.” But none go up to the man, touch his ‘dangly bit’ and say “Good Job.”

Moral of the story — Hard work is rarely appreciated.

 ▫️ FIVE RULES TO REMEMBER IN LIFE:

1.   Money can’t buy happiness – but it’s far more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than on a bicycle.

2.   Forgive your enemy – but remember the asshole’s name.

3.   If you help someone when they’re in trouble – they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.

 4. Alcohol does not solve any problems – but then, neither does milk.

 5. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.

▫️BONUS RULES:

1.   Condoms do not guarantee safe s*x! A friend of mine was wearing one when he was shot by the woman’s husband.

2.   I think all politicians should wear uniforms. You know, like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors.

3.  Also, all politicians should serve only two terms — one in office and one in prison.

I somehow knew you would not turn away!!!!

See you in the soup, folks.

▫️ WEATHER

Quite a strong wind for the next couple of days.

▫️ VENDEE GLOBE

The boat Group Sétin arruved safely in 23rd position early this morning. There are now 2 boats left in the race.

▫️ WALKS

Went to the coast earlier today for a long walk. No sun and a lot of wind but nice enough. Details in tomorrow’s blog post.


▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Daily Post – February 19th 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

338 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️ The epidemic situation is becoming more and more complicated to read, epidemiologists agree on this point. For several days now, the closely monitored indicators, such as the number of new cases of Covid-19 in the population, new hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units, have been declining at the national level, even if they are still at a very high level. These figures show the impact of the curfew on the dynamics of the so-called “historic” strain of the virus circulating in France over the past year.

But, at the same time, the surveys show a progression of the new variants: while the British variant represented 25% of the cases screened last week, it has now increased to 36%; the South African and Brazilian variants correspond to 5%.

▫️ THE LIFE EXPECTANCY of Americans has dropped by one year. On average, Americans lost one year of life expectancy in the first half of 2020. Minorities are particularly affected, as Black Americans lost three years of life expectancy during this period and Hispanics lost almost two years.

Currently the USA was at the #46th spot in the world

I wonder how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect all this

▫️ THE BEST FRENCH BAKERY

One of our local bakeries rue de Verdun in Carcassonne, participates in the M6 TV competition. The filming took place last June and episodes are currently showing on M6 on a daily basis.

In yesterday’s show the Papineau bakery won the Aude final contest and will represent the Departement in the national competition.

▫️ WEB PAGES

I keep forgetting that I own a couple of Domains on top of the few Blogs I have on the go. The main one is www.sauvaget.de and I spent some time yesterday re-learning how to try and maintain it. For the time being it will (as soon as I have mastered it) only link to some of my main blogs / pages. Got to keep it simple. In theory, this is the only address you need to know.

▫️ NASA

The Perseverance Mars rover landed safely yesterday. A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith.

You can follow the rover on an an interactive map.

▫️ GOLF

▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain

✒️ TIME FOR A HAIR CUT

Wimpole Estate statue’s hair ‘may have been 1st Century AD trend’

A tiny statue’s moustache and haircut could be evidence of popular fashion trends from the 1st Century AD, an archaeologist has said. The 5cm (2in) figure of a Celtic deity was discovered at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire. Its hair appears neatly shaped at the front and long but tidy at the back, and it is believed it could represent Cernunnos, the Celtic god of fertility.

JJ – go for it!

✒️ FEELING A BIT CONFINED?

Wanted man hands himself in to police in bid for ‘peace and quiet’ in prison.

A wanted man handed himself to police rather than spend any more time in lockdown with the people he lives with. Being cooped up in the pandemic has led many to yearn for some space from the people they share homes with. But the man appears to have got to the point where even a return to Her Majesty’s prison estate was preferable. Inspector Darren Taylor, from Sussex Police, posted about the bizarre exchange on Twitter. He said: “Peace and quiet! Wanted male handed himself in to the team yesterday afternoon after informing us he would rather go back to prison then have to spend more time with the people he was living with!

Not recommended.

▫️ MUSIC

ANOTHER ONE IN MY TOP 100

Early 70’s – My years in America. A favorite in Cahoots Night Club in King of Prussia (Pennsylvania). I use to spend my life in there. I had to falsify my International Driving license to show I was 21. Strict drinking laws in Pennsylvania. We use to replenish for booze in Delaware a few miles away where the legal drinking age was 18.

▫️ PIC OF THE DAY

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▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND

▫️ FACT

Photographer Jassen Todorov flew over several American airports and airfields to show the impact of the pandemic on the aviation sector.

▫️ SATIRE

▫️ FUN

▫️ WEATHER

The grey clouds fade away and give way to the sun except near the English Channel and on the Pointe Bretonne where the sky remains cloudy with a few drops. The south-westerly wind blows in gusts of 80 km/h over Finistère. Temperatures are rising and are becoming springtime like.

▫️ VENDEE GLOBE

Three boats officially left in the race and 2 others still trying to make it back to base.

4 my planet
Imoca Groupe Setin
Stark

▫️ WALKS

Stayed comfortably home yesterday.


▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map
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Sharing posts

Is it possible to share posts with LinkedIn? The answer appears to be YES. LinkedIn which I use to use for business contacts is the only remaining social platform I trust.

I have give up a long time ago on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. And I do not miss it in the slightest.

So let see is this works as I envisage.

The best way to reach me is still via www.sauvaget.de

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Daily Post – February 18th 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

337 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️ France has no plans to increase health measures. The Defence Council held on Wednesday 17 February considered that the figures for the epidemic were not serious enough to justify a new turn of the screw.

▫️ PREFECTURE DE L’AUDE

The Prefect of the Aude, Sophie Elizéon, who arrived in our department in October 2019, was appointed yesterday morning in the Council of Ministers, Inter-ministerial Delegate for the Fight against racism, antisemitism and anti-LGBT hatred. Prefect of the Indre since 11 November 2018, Thierry Bonnier will therefore be the new Prefect of the Aude from March 8th.

▫️ USA v EUROPE

Once again I have selected the top 5 european countries which more or less match the US population for a comparison of the number of cases and Covid-19 related deaths. Unlike a few months ago, the situation is clearly worse in percentage terms in the USA.

▫️ ZOE

Spotted in Carcassonne a few days ago. The new Renault ZOE of the Gemdarmerie. In a way, I am quite pleased to see the governement agencies being equipped with electrical cars but I immediately thought that in case of a high speed pursuit, it would certainly run out of power long before the bandits…

▫️ THE WINTER SALES are extended by two weeks until 2 March, the Governement announced. They were to end Tuesday, February 16. The government has agreed to the request of trade professionals who wanted them extended because of the remaining stocks.

▫️ WEC NEWS (World Endurance Champioship)

Even if you are not a World Endurance Racing fan the way I am, you cannot refute the fact that the latest design from Peugeot for the new Hypercar category is simply something else. I am looking forward to the Le Mans 24H in June 2022.

▫️ NASA

Do not forget a Mars Landing is planned for 3:55 p.m. EST. The entry, descent, and landing phase begins at approximately 3:47 p.m. EST. Watch it all here: nasa.gov/live

▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain

✒️ DUBIOUS ADVICE?

Wetherspoon boss urges Britain to drink its way out of Covid debt.

Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin has called on Britain to drink its way out of fiscal deficit as he urged the government to reopen pubs and restaurants.

“Many people have correctly pointed out that the three lockdowns of the last year have been a disaster for the hospitality, retail, arts and entertainment industries, but our calculations show that they have been an even bigger disaster for public finances”.

Next Prime Minister perhaps!

▫️ MUSIC

ANOTHER ONE IN MY TOP 100

This one brings back multiple memories but the most vivid one was an electricity blackout in the basket ball / concert hall at University in Pennsylvania, just after the concert started. And guess who was one of the organisers in his capacity of President of the Foreign Student Club.

▫️ PIC OF THE DAY

Gehrden in Lower Saxony – Germany

I cannot remember how I got the original picture or when or by whom it was taken. It remonds me however of the time my friend A. and I were flying around the area in a small private plane. We went down quite low to wave the wings at the our firends and family below. The control tower at the Hannover Airport (HAJ) spotted immediately we had gone under the normally agreed 2.000 feet ceiling and told us off. I had the controls at the time and immediately pulled on the stick to get back up. It was not on this occasion the photo was taken because we were flying on a beautiful summer day and many were in their gardens.

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND

▫️ FACT

▫️ FUN

The latest Ladybird books

▫️ WEATHER

Not as good as I was expecting.

▫️ VENDEE GLOBE

I watched last evening live at 10:30pm the arrival of “Campagne de France” with skipper Miranda Merron.

▫️ WALKS

Did not make it out as planned. The 1st expected delivery arrived late morning, the second one middle of the afternoon and the handyman did not appear. So instead I could enjoy a seriously pleasant time outside (with 20ºC in the shade) for the first time this year, reading some of my new comic books, feet up, cup of tea and the occasional nap.


▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map
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