Daily Post – February 22nd 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

341 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020


▫️ 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.


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


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.


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


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!


‘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).



Quite a fan of OMD in fact

🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶


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

Edited in Prisma app with Leya



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.


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.


Too windy to go out yesterday


Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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