Living through a pandemic
in the south of France
353 days in Carcassonne since
1st lockdown in March 2020
▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .
▫️ If the pressure on the hospital decreases in the Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales, the Aude still deplores three deaths. The day before, four people had already lost their lives because of Covid in the department.
In the Aude, 121 Covid patients are hospitalised this Friday evening (-7 in 24 hours), 10 are placed in intensive care (as the day before).
After the four deaths of the day before, the Aude recorded, this Friday evening, three new deaths linked to Covid bringing the total to 256 deaths in the department since the beginning of the epidemic.
In the Pyrénées-Orientales, 117 people are hospitalised this Thursday evening, that is 5 less than the day before and the resuscitations do not evolve (17). No new deaths are to be deplored in the department this Friday.
In Occitania, 1369 people are hospitalised (-40) including 241 in intensive care (+5).
In total, the Covid caused 3,300 deaths in the Occitania region (+16 in 24 hours).
As far as vaccination is concerned, this weekend, the ARS announced that more than 15,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine will be administered at numerous points throughout the region. The availability of these new doses makes it possible to offer new appointments to priority people.
The new targets announced are quite ambitious and that’s only the 1st doses. I shall adapt my table / graph accordingly.
|Mid May||20 Million|
|By the summer||30 Million|
|End of August||70 Million|
The valves of the vaccination are wide open. Now pharmacists and midwives can prescribe and inject Covid-19 vaccines. The decree published yesterday morning also allows nurses to do so, without a doctor being systematically present if it concerns the administration of AstraZeneca, which is easier to handle than its messenger RNA competitors, and whose stocks are very little used up.
General practitioners have also been asked to speed up the movement, since this week they have also been able to immunise those over 75 years old in their practices, still with AstraZeneca. As for the health workers, they are urged not to jeopardise the fight against the virus by sulking… the vaccine of the British-Swedish giant, although they have all had access to it for more than a month.
▫️ DAVID CROCKETT
6 March 1836. The day Davy Crockett died at the Alamo. The famous Texan hero fought to the end, locked up in the fort with a handful of men facing the huge Mexican army.
▫️ CYBER ATTACKS / SPAM
I do not know if I am the only one but for the past 2 to 3 weeks I have been getting an enormous amount of spam. Fortunately my spam filtres are quite powerful. Also fairly weird is that 99% from this spam is in / comes from Germany. I assume my German provider has been attacked. They are not the only ones, I have received this mail from Lufthansa as well.
▫️ FOOD & DRINKS
Wild asparagus omelette
Wild asparagus are currently available at the weekly market. The alternative is to go for a walk in the hills and pick them yourselves. Apparently they are abundant lot on the Plateau de Leucate but I did not notice any, was not looking, when I was there a week ago,
I am sure everytone can make an omelette so the recipe will be short and simple.
Remove the tails from the asparagus and wash them. Cut them into pieces about 2 cm long.
Break the eggs in a salad bowl. Beat them into an omelette. Season with salt and pepper and add the Provencal herbs. Add the asparagus and mix everything together. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan. Pour in the preparation and stir with a spatula. Leave to cook on a medium heat for 4 minutes. While cooking, turn the omelette and leave to cook for a further 4 min.
▫️ ANCILLARY NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND from our correspondent in Britain
✒️ Photos appear to show a giant ship hovering over the water off the English coast
A man says he was “stunned” to look out to sea from a village in Cornwall, in southwest England, and see a giant ship seemingly suspended in mid-air over the water. It wasn’t his eyes deceiving him, but a rare weather phenomenon that causes the optical illusion.
BBC News meteorologist David Braine explained that what David Morris had captured with his camera lens wasn’t levitation, but a “superior mirage,” caused by conditions more typical in the frigid arctic than off the English coast.
“Superior mirages occur because of the weather condition known as a temperature inversion, where cold air lies close to the sea with warmer air above it,” Braine said. “Since cold air is denser than warm air, it bends light towards the eyes of someone standing on the ground or on the coast, changing how a distant object appears.”
Previous sightings of “ghost ships” around the world may well have involved the illusion, but the stark images captured by Morris seem to be some of the clearest examples of a superior mirage to date.
Braine said that while in this instance the phenomenon made the ship appear to float over the water, “sometimes an object below the horizon can become visible,” casting objects that would otherwise be invisible into someone’s sight almost like a giant mirror.
▫️ MUSIC OF 1969
Not Tom but David
#1 in the 🇫🇷 charts in 1969
🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶
▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸
▫️ FUN Friday funnies from Paul (Part II)
▫️ Historians have recently discovered that Annie Oakley, famed sharp-shooter of the Old West, had a sister. The sister, Carrie, gained some renown in her day as a singer in various saloons throughout the West, but it was not until after her death that she was very widely known. Today, countless bars are dedicated to Carrie Oakley.
▫️”The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.” –Victor Borge
▫️ Kids jokes
TEACHER: Why are you late?
WEBSTER: Because of the sign.
TEACHER: What sign
WEBSTER: The one that says, “School Ahead, Go Slow.”
TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water?
SARAH: H I J K L M N O!!
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
SARAH: Yesterday you said it’s H to O!
TEACHER: Ellen, give me a sentence starting with “I.”
ELLEN: I is…
TEACHER: No, Ellen….. Always say, “I am.”
ELLEN: All right… “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”
TEACHER: Now, Sam, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SAM: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.
TEACHER: Desmond, your composition on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your
brother’s. Did you copy his?
DESMOND: No, teacher, it’s the same dog!
TEACHER: What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
PUPIL: A teacher.
▫️ I have changed my system for labeling homemade freezer meals. I used to carefully note in large clearletters, “Meatloaf” or “Lasanga” or “Steak and Vegetables or “Chicken casserole” or “Beef Stroganoff.”
However, I used to get frustrated when I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner because he never asked for any of those things. So, I decided to stock the freezer with what he really likes.
If you look in my freezer now you’ll see a whole new set of labels. You’ll find dinners with neat little tags that say: “Whatever,” “Anything,” “I Don’t Know,” “I Don’t Care,”
“Something Good,” or “Food.” My frustration is now reduced because no matter what my husband replies when I ask him what he wants for dinner, I know that it is there waiting.
▫️ A priest is walking down the street one day when he notices a very small boy trying to press a door bell on a house across the street. However, the boy is very small and the doorbell is too high for him to reach. After watching the boy’s efforts for some time, the priest moves closer to the boy’s position.He steps smartly across the street, walks up behind the little fellow and, placing his hand kindly on the childs shoulder leans over and gives the doorbell a solid ring.
Crouching down to the childs level, the priest smiles benevolently and asks, “And now what, my little man?”To which the boy replies, “Now we run!”
▶︎ Patient: Doctor, I think I need glasses.
Teller: You certainly do! This is a bank.
▶︎ Q: Why did the germ cross the microscope?
A: To get to the other slide.
▶︎ Q: Why should you always guard your rear while you’re in the hospital?
A: You’re in enema territory.
▶︎ Q: What did the rope say after it got tangled?
A: Oh, no. Knot again!
▶︎Q: What did one dog say to the other?
A: “Sit down quick, here comes old cold nose.”
▶︎ Q: How do you know that your tiger is telling the truth?
A: He’s not a lion.
▫️ And one for the road…
WHY WOMEN MAKE BETTER ASSASSINS:
The CIA had an opening for an assassin. After all the background checks, interviews and testing
were done, there were three finalists: two men and a woman.
For the final test, the CIA agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.
“We must know that you will follow your instructions no matter what the circumstances.
Inside the room you will find your wife sitting in a chair. Kill her.”
The man said “You can’t be serious. I could never shoot my wife”.
The agent said, “Then you are not the right man for this job. Take your wife and go home”.
The second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room.
All was quiet for about five minutes. The man came out with tears in his eyes,
“I tried, but I can’t kill my wife.”
The agent said, “You don’t have what it takes, so take your wife and go home ”
Finally, it was the woman’s turn. She was given the same instructions to kill her husband.
She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard one after another.
They heard screaming, crashing, and banging on the walls. After a few minutes, all was quiet.
The door opened slowly and there stood the woman, wiping sweat from her brow.
“The gun was loaded with blanks” she said. “I had to kill him with the chair.”
After all that – see you next week, folks.
▫️ FUN PICS
It will remain very cloudy today in Carcassonne
▫️ VENDEE GLOBE
The race is over. I shall glean fun or unusual facts and report back very shortly.
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