Living through a pandemic in the south of France
327 days in Carcassonne since the 1st lockdown in March 2020
▫️ News and titbits
As a rule, most of the data for the day is made available by the respective agencies by 10pm every day. I usually take the opportunity to update my data page there and then. So basically, you do not have to wait for my daily post to check the statistics.
▫️ Hospital cases in the Aude departement are slowly creeping up.
As of yesterday, there is an increase of 9% since February 1st & 245% since Jan 1st
The overall number is not that large at 194 but the trend in worrying
▫️ Daily and weekly Corona virus statistics are now visible here . I have changed the format to make it more visible and as a result there is a new permanent link.
▫️ SUPER BOWL
I watched the game last night as planned. It certainly was somewhat one sided and not a very good game. I have seen better.
So, my interest in American football is now gone for the next 12 months or so. You are not really watching a game but a bunch of commercials.
▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain
🖊 What do you do during curfew? Here is one idea:
A star count – which aims to measure how dark our night skies are – starts today (Sunday).
From tonight until February 14, we are asked to spend ten minutes counting the number of stars visible in the constellation of Orion.
How to take part
☞ Pick a clear night, stand away from lights and give your eyes some time to acclimatise before you start.
☞ Count the stars within the rectangle of Orion.
☞ Send in your results via the website link below.
The CPRE is behind the event. It has published some top tips and you can enter your number via its website.
ANOTHER ONE IN MY TOP 50
Another great oldie. David Bowie is a must.
▫️ PIC OF THE DAY
▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND
I think I’ll stay in today. Too wet out there.
The weather in northern Germany is a little bit worse with a fair amount of snow which appears to fascinate my grandson who sees it for the 1st time.
Still all is quiet as far as floods are concerned in our region.
We are still “Green”.
▫️ VENDEE GLOBE
The next 4 boats are closing in and are now approximately 800 nm away. At their current cruising rate, they should make land in a couple days.
On the way
Went for a pleasant walk yesterday. We did that same route a few days ago already but we are still discovering things on the way.
I have spotted a couple of paths I had not notice before and must investigate on the map where they might lead so that we can try them in the near future.
The almond trees as usual are the first one to bloom. Looking forward to walk past them this summer and collect some of the almonds.
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