Daily Post – March 2nd 2021

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

349 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️ So, yes, on the whole, we are holding on. Even if it’s hard. Even if it is depressing. Even if some let go and want to enjoy the good weather, their friends or family. And, even if it’s not over. Because, despite all efforts, the epidemic is strong, new contaminations exceed 20,000 every day (far from the 5,000 desired by Emmanuel Macron). So, yes, we know that this week, new and unpleasant measures will probably be taken. Not a confinement for all but local restrictions, no doubt about it. Holding on

▫️ VACCINE PASSPORT The EU will propose its vaccine passport project in March. The EU will propose draft legislation on an electronic vaccine passport, announced commission president Ursula von der Leyen. I personally have nothing against it.

▫️ VACCINATION – The use of the AstraZeneca vaccine is extended to people aged 65 to 75 with co-morbidities, announced Health Minister Olivier Véran, guest of France 2 on Monday 1 March. Those aged 75 and over will continue to be vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna in vaccination centres.

As a result I have an appointment Friday March 12th for my 1st injection

▫️ NEW WORD

▫️ HEALTH & FOOD

Healthy March Fruits & Vegs in French but with pictures

▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain

✒️ No special news today but a bit of motoring history

In 1964 there was no speed limit on Britain’s motorways.

In the early hours of 11 June 1964, AC Cars took a 4.8-litre Ford-powered Cobra Coupé GT car on to the M1 motorway to do a high-speed test run before the Le Mans 24 Hours. 

The team’s driver, Jack Sears, recorded 185mph on the motorway, and the national media heard about it – making the story front-page news. Sears had to keep a low profile until the furore died down .

“There was an awful fuss,” says Sears. “But it was all jolly unfair. Many teams were using the motorway for practice — the Rootes Group, Jaguar, Aston Martin — so it wasn’t something unheard of. And also, there wasn’t a speed limit at the time. We weren’t doing anything illegal because there were no limits.”

Even test tracks couldn’t provide a straight long enough to assess the car’s potential top speed in preparation for the three-mile Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. The car’s top-end prowess would help the Thames Ditton crew outgun the rival American Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupés. 

A plan was hatched to meet at Blue Boar Services (now Watford Gap) at 4am. The mid-June morning meant that the sun was coming up early and Sears took to the road.

“It wasn’t hard to find a clear space,” recalls Sears. “There were so few cars on the roads back then. We were lined up at the services, among all the lorry drivers sipping their cups of tea, waiting for the right moment. 

“Off we went at about 4.15am. I was told that if I came up behind someone, it was best not to blast past at 180mph — maybe throttle back to about 120mph. 

“I remember the engine being so strong. It kept pulling and pulling and I quickly hit 6500rpm and it simply wouldn’t go any higher. I knew that I was totally flat out — probably helped because the road was nice and level.”

The race machine was not fitted with a speedometer, so Sears had no idea of how fast he’d been travelling. Once he’d established that the engine was at its maximum, he left the motorway at the first available slip road, turned around and drove back.

“I went back to the team at a reduced speed. They got the slide rules out; they knew the gearing and the tyre size but they didn’t know the revs. Once I told them, they started working things out. Then they looked up with a smile and said to me: “That was 185mph.” I thought that was most exciting; it was the fastest I had ever been. 

“I recall two policemen stopping at the services and coming over to us. They weren’t concerned in the slightest about what we were up to. They were more interested to have a look around the car. It was more likely they would ask for an autograph than write a ticket — because no laws were broken.”

Those were the days.

▫️ MUSIC OF 1969

After a brilliant 1968, 1969 came and promised to be quite a “sturdy” year. Some of us were sent to boarding schools to make up mainly for the setbacks due to May 1968’s revolution (best excuse ever) but not only for that reason. Some of us escaped on a regular basis. All in all 1969 was a great year. So here is some of the music which will for sure bring back memories.

🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶

▫️ PIC OF THE DAY

The satellite shots have been updated

I realise it does not mean much for people who do not know me or where I live

▫️ SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

▫️ FUN PICS

▫️ WEATHER

We can expect very strong winds today in Carcassonne

▫️ VENDEE GLOBE

Fairly slow progress for the last 594nm

▫️ WALKS

Since in theory I shall be in that area in the very near future, I am preparing the walks I intend to do.

Walks between Hyeres and Ramatuelle

▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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