Living through a pandemic
in the south of France
350 days in Carcassonne since
1st lockdown in March 2020
▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .
▫️Yesterday, the Aude recorded a sharp drop in hospitalisations with 142 Covid patients compared to 152 the day before. 10 people are placed in intensive care compared to 11 on Monday.
The department deplores the death of one person bringing the total to 246 victims since the beginning of the epidemic.
▫️ EXCESS MORTALITY
Between 1 and 31 January 2021, all causes combined, 6,285 deaths were recorded in Occitania, 264 more than the average for January 2018-2019. With the exception of Corsica and Brittany, the other regions of mainland France also recorded a higher number of deaths than in 2018-2019 over this period. With an increase of 4%, Occitania is one of the regions with the lowest excess mortality, far behind Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (+25%), Grand Est (+20%) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (+19%), which are the three regions with the highest number of deaths at the start of the year. Only Île-de-France has a lower excess mortality rate (1 %).
▫️ WHO ADVISES AGAINST HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE
After months of discussions and claims by a few and in particular Pr. D Raoult (Marseille 🇫🇷 ) who provoked controvertial debates which rapidly spilled over from the scientific and medical world.
What a waste of time that was
WHO advises against hydroxychloroquine as a preventive treatment against Covid-19. “Research has conclusively shown that hydroxychloroquine has no significant effect on the risk of death or hospital admission, other research shows that it has no effect on the number of Covid-19 cases reported as positive by laboratories and that it probably increases the risk of adverse effects,” the expert committee’s note says.
▫️ CARCASSONNE: the Colisée cinema among the 50 most beautiful cinemas in the world
A ranking established by the famous British weekly Time Out.
“The centrepiece is the stained-glass dormer window that sparkles above the main screen. After years of financial difficulties, it was purchased by the city early last year, completely renovated during the lockdown, and reopened to the public in September,” it says on the Time Out website.
▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain
✒️ If you go down to the woods today…
Creepy dolls nailed to trees in Staffordshire woods removed by police
Mystery surrounded why the dolls had been placed in Cannock Chase. A collection of creepy dolls that were mysteriously nailed to trees in a Staffordshire woodland have now been removed by police. The spooky assortment was strungup alongside an abandoned ouija board in the grounds of the former Ministry Pensions Hospital in Cannock Chase, Hednesford.
A walker, who wished to remain anonymous, stumbled across the site last month. It is unclear how long they had been there. However, they were soon taken down by Staffordshire Police. A spokesman said: “These dolls were removed from the trees some time ago by a local police officer.
The baby dolls were tied to trees”. A search of the area was conducted, but nothing untoward was found.
Not much dolly distancing there!
✒️ Man fined thousands after ‘terrible’ ABBA karaoke leads to 150 complaints
Jason Harvey held karaoke parties at his London home
A karaoke singer in London has been fined £2,748 after his “terrible” renditions of ABBA and Dolly Parton hits led to numerous complaints from neighbours. Jason Harvey, 50, was prosecuted by Barking and Dagenham Council under the Environmental Protection Act.
Noise officers received 150 complaints from his neighbours, including about performances of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’, Dire Straits’ ‘Sultans of Swing’ and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s ‘Islands in the Stream’.
Barking Magistrates’ Court also heard that Mr Harvey enjoyed late-night DIY sessions.
You have been warned – don’t sing if you go to East London!
▫️ 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.
So many parties and “homologations” (inside joke” with that song
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▫️ PIC OF THE DAY
▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸
ALL the developers who are going through a tough time with red tape and local government, you are NOT ALONE!!
In the year 2021, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in America and said:
“Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.” “Build another ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans.”
He gave Noah the blueprints, saying: “You have 6 months to build the ark before I willstart the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”
Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard – but no ark. “Noah!,” He roared, “I’m about to start the rain! Where is the ark?”
“Forgive me, Lord,” begged Noah, “but things have changed.””I needed a building permit.””I’ve been arguing with the boat inspectorabout the need for a sprinkler system.”
“My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the neighborhood by-laws by building the ark in my back yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the local Planning Committee for a decision.”
“Then the local Council and the electric company demanded a shed load of money for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the ark’s move to the sea. I told themthat the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear none of it.”
“Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a banon cutting local trees in order to save the Greater Spotted Barn Owl””I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls but no go!”
“When I started gathering the animals the ASPCA took me to court. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodations were too restrictive and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.”
“Then the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that I couldn’t build the ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.”
“I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m supposed to hire for my building crew.”
“The Immigration Dept. is checking the visa status of most of the people who want to work.”
“The trade unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with ark-building experience.”
“To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.”
“So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this ark.”
“Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky.”
Noah looked up in wonder and asked, “You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”
“No,” said the Lord.
“NO The GOVERNMENT BEAT ME TO IT!”
▫️ FUN PICS
Spring is in the air as well as a lot of sand from the Sahara desert…
▫️ VENDEE GLOBE
371nm to go
Nothing to report on that score
▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE