Confinement Weekly – December 19th 2020

Day 275 overall & 50th day of the 2nd confinement phase

Just as a reminder as to when confinement started



Dashboards▫️ Pic of the day▫️ Info & News

Food & Drink▫️ Fun bits ▫️ Statistics

The daily Christmas song 🎶 (#6 days left to Xmas 🎄)


🔹Although France officially came out of confinement at the beginning of the week, the country’s epidemiological situation will not allow us to spend Christmas carefree. “There are worrying developments in the epidemic,” notes French public health. In constant decline since the beginning of November, contaminations first reached a plateau, before increasing by 10% during the week of 7 to 13 December. The introduction of faster antigenic tests and the approach of celebrations that are synonymous with family gatherings are helping to increase the use of tests, and are mechanically playing on the number of positive cases.



Only two weekly rotations to Brussels are currently operated at Carcassonne airport.



This week

Last week

A fortnight ago






Targets for December 15th

To get rid of the “Week-End” effect it is worth looking the daily rolling 7 day average which clearly shows the slow but steady increasein the figures.






Number of PCR Tests


Top 10 countries according to the daily number of new cases on Dec 18th


Souvenirs from a sailing trip in the Baltic sea

From one Danish island to the other – Sep 2002



🔹New App for Carcassonne

The town is advertising a new application with 4 routes and 4 unique experiences to discover from your smartphone! All you need to do is download the free Carcassonne Interactive application and set off on 4 unique experiences through the Medieval City of Carcassonne, the Bastide Saint-Louis and the Lake of La Cavayère.


🔹 Road conditions

The usual speed traps



It looks fairly pleasant out there today

🔹 Vendée Globe

Still an incredible race and now with an unusual view of the fleet’s position. A long way to go still and some extremely dangereous conditions at the edge of the exclusion zone.

You can follow the race with this link

🔹 Improve your French

Here is another unusual saying:




🔹 Souvenirs from Malaysia

A typical “Banana Leaf” lunch in Kuala Lumpur – May 2005

Which of course is eaten using only your hands. It takes a bit of practise.

The white shirt remained white on this occasion




From Paul. Almost there, folks. 


Ironically, of all the phobias that people suffer from, fear of heights is right near the top.

I tried “Amnesia” as a password, but could never remember it.

Afraid of not getting what you ordered with online shopping? Try online dating… (that’s a better one!!).

To the person who came up with the number zero… thanks for nothing.

A politician visited a remote rural town and asked the inhabitants what the government could do for them. “We have 2 big needs” said the Town Mayor. “First, we have a clinic but no doctors. The politicians whipped out his cell phone, spoke for a while and then said “I have sorted it out. A doctor will arrive here tomorrow”. “What is your other need?” “We have no cell phone reception at all in our town”

◽️True Story

I went to the hospital last week, the nurse came and said she needed to put in a cannulaWhen she asked    which arm I preferred, I pointed to the guy next to me and said “his”

◽️More off beat humour  

A drunk man shouting “The government haven’t a Clue” was arrested in Downing St last night. He was fined £50 for being drunk and sentenced to 10 years in jail for giving away state secrets.

Mr. Daison, a vacuum cleaner salesman, went to a remot farm hoping to sell one of his new fangled vacuum cleaners with bells and lots of whistles. As the farmer’s wife opened the door, without a word, Mr. Daison entered and emptied a small bag of dust onto the carpet and said, “If my vacuum cleaner does not pick up every speck of that dust I wil eat it all”. The farmer’s wife without a word went to the kitchen, brought a dessert spoon and handing it to Mr. Daison said: You better start eating then, we don’t have electricity.

Some millennials and older people were at a leadership course. At the breaking ice part participants were asked to relate a recent difficult experience they’d had. “We were on an outdoor trip in the back country” they chirped “where there was no internet coverage and we had to use a PAPER map”.

There was a little girl who lived on a farm. The old guy who farmed the neighbouring property liked her a lot and they would often chat away together. One day he said to her: “Sweetie, if you want to live a long life sprinkle someof this on your porridge every morning”. With that, he took one of the shells out of his shotgun, opened the end, removed the wad and the lead pellets and handed her the black gunpowder. Well she did exactly that, every day of her life. And when she died at 107 years of age, she left behind seven children, nineteen grandchildren and a fifty metre crater where the crematorium used to stand.

It was a sad and disappointing day when I discovered that my newly acquired Universal Remote Controller did not, in fact, control the Universe – not even remotely!

It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to evryone, but the idea of getting old does not appeal to anyone.

◽️Some rules for life

  1. When one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison.
  2. Age 60 might be the new 40, but 8:00pm is the new midnight.
  3. I had my patience tested. I’m negative.
  4. I finally got eight hours sleep. It took me three days, but whatever.
  5. I hate when a couple argues in public and I missed the beginning and don’t know which side I’m on.
  6. I don’t mean to interrupt people. I just randomly remember things and get really excited.
  7. My luck is like a bald guy who just won a comb.


Latest from the crazy country




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


🔹Cases by country v population (1.000 Cases upwards)

Being worked on


🔹 France follow-up


🔹 Occitanie & Aude follow-up





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