Living through a pandemic in the south of France
332 days in Carcassonne since the 1st lockdown in March 2020
▫️ News and titbits
▫️ The CBL and Bio d’Oc laboratories are formal: 140 cases of Covid variants have been detected in the last three weeks in the Aude. The Prefecture is mentioning this Friday 12th February “cases suspected to be variants” and mentions additional analyses requiring ten days of delay.
▫️ What’s happening with my age group 65 to 74 years old?
From 25 February, French citizens will be able to go to their general practitioner to receive the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This applies to people aged between 50 and 64 with risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, cancer or respiratory disease. Practitioners are invited to identify among their patients the people they consider to be a priority and to go to the pharmacy of their choice to collect the precious serum, says the Directorate General for Health (DGS). A total of 700,000 doses will be delivered to pharmacies in France in the coming days.
▫️ Vaccinations Covid 19
I check every day but to no avail, no slot for vaccination is available despite the fact I keep hearing additional slots will be offred.
I guess I’ll have to keep checking. I wonder what the best time is to do this and stand a chance.
▫️ Daily and weekly Corona virus statistics are visible here .
TODAY’S DATA is up to date
▫️ MARCHE DES CREATEURS (as seen in this morning’s paper)
Enter the world of creation and love of handmade products.
Valentine’s Day Creators’ Market on the occasion of the weekend of hearts.
You will meet the creators and craftsmen who have come to present their handmade work to you ! You will find stands of crafts and creations, artists, painters, writers, handmade jewellery, lingerie, handbags, pottery, wood sculpture, and demonstration workshops.
▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain
Ground breaking scientific studies
🖊 Pigs can play video games with their snouts, scientists find
Pigs can play video games, scientists have found, after putting four fun-loving swine to the test.
Four pigs – Hamlet, Omelette, Ebony and Ivory – were trained to use an arcade-style joystick to steer an on-screen cursor into walls.
Researchers said the fact that the pigs understood the connection between the stick and the game “is no small feat”.
And the pigs even continued playing when the food reward dispenser broke – apparently for the social contact.
Usually, the pigs would be given a food pellet for “winning” the game level. But during testing, it broke – and they kept clearing the game levels when encouraged by some of the researchers’ kind words.
“This sort of study is important because, as with any sentient beings, how we interact with pigs and what we do to them impacts and matters to them,” lead author Dr Candace Croney said.
Bring out your inner pig!
🖊 Aliens have struck a deal with Donald Trump
The former head of Israel’s space programme claims aliens have agreed a deal with Donald Trump for him to not tweet about them while they carry out experiments on Earth. “They don’t want to start mass hysteria,” he said. Professor Eshed also claimed that the aliens have a secret base on Mars where they meet US astronauts.
No wonder he is the ‘former head’.
ANOTHER ONE IN MY TOP 100
Quite a fan of CCC
▫️ PIC / SATIRE OF THE DAY
▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND
▫️ FUN BITS Part II (Thank you Paul)
▶︎ Our young grandchildren were having a sleepover with us during the school holidays. The six-year-old called out from the shower, asking what he should do with his dirty clothes, Busy, I told him to just leave them on the floor and I would piick them up later. Suddenly, his eight-years-old sister declared that she had come prepared! She handed him a plastic bag she had packed, which they put his dripping wet clothing into, then hung it on a cupboard handle. She then turned aound and gasped, “I am turning into my mother!”
▶︎ We all know mirrors don’t lie…I’m just grateful they don’t laugh.
▶︎ I didn’t know how bad a driver I was until my Sat Nav said, “In 400 feet, do a slight right, stop and let me out”
▶︎ Today was National Awareness day ……… I didn’t know that
▶︎ The teacher of the earth science class was lecturing on map reading. He spent the class explaining about latitude, longitude, degress and minutes. Towards the end of the class, the teacher asked his students, “So, suppose I asked you to meet me for lunch at 23 degrees, 4 minutes north latitude and 45 degrees, 15 minutes east longitude? What would happen? AFter a long nervous pause, one student’s voice broke the confused silence and volunteered, “Um, I guess you’d be eating alone, sir”
▶︎ A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand. He notices however, that all the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the head abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! in fact, that error would be continued in all the subsequent copies. The head monk says, “We have been copying the copies for centuries, but you make a good point my son.” He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscipts are held as archives in a locked vault that hasn’t been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot. So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing. “we missed the R!, we missed the R!”. His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. The younfg monkasks the old abbot, “What’s wrong father?”. With the a choking voice, the old abbot replies, “The word was … CELEBRATE!!!”
▶︎My son was chewing electricals, so I had to ground him.He’s currently doing better, and conducting himself properly.
▶︎A married man’s confession.“I always read my wife’s horoscope to see what kind of day I’m going to have.
▶︎ “Having more money doesn’t make you happier. I have 50 million dollars but I’m just as happy as when I had 48 million” Arnold Schwarzenegger.
▶︎If a man tells you he will fix it, HE WILL FIX IT! There is no need to remind him every six months.
▶︎ And one for this week’s road : Sometimes bad English can be a life saver… One evening on the outskirts of London, a millionnaire Englishman was walking with his dog when suddenly a foreigner came out of the bushes and fired three shots and killed his dog.
Surprised and shocked, the Englishman said : Why did you do that ?
Foreigner : Your wife gave me 5.000 Pounds and said : Kill the son of a bitch.
There were tears in the eyes of the Englishman and he hugged the foreigner and said : I will never forget the kindness of your English teacherfor the rest of my life.
Same time, same place, next week
It is looking much better than previously forecasted
Still all is quiet as far as floods are concerned in our region.
We are still “Green”.
▫️ VENDEE GLOBE
One more due in this evening or duting the night and namely Medallia in 19th place
Did not go out yesterday, otherwise engaged.
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