Daily Post – February 25th 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

344 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020


▫️ 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!


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

🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶



This is exactly how I feel…



Looking forward to the “Sunny” next few days.


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.


Busy today but planning a nice tour for the weekend


Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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