Living through a pandemic
in the south of France
678 days since
1st lockdown in March 2020
UPDATED DAILY STATISTICS HERE
▫️ HOME NEWS DESK
Last weekend in January, I am still counting on a short getaway to sunnier climes towards the second half of February. Got to get 100% fit in the meantime.
▫️ HEALTH SITUATION
Daily summary update on the Covid-19 epidemic in France, with figures from Santé Publique France and the Ministry of Health.
On Friday 28 January, 353,503 infections were recorded in 24 hours.
In hospital, the number of Covid patients was 31,271 on Friday, compared to 30,982 yesterday. 2,825 new patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours.
Critical care services counted 3,656 Covid-19 patients on Friday (with 294 new admissions), compared to 3,694 on Thursday.
In 24 hours, 262 people have died in hospital from Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 130,278 (including hospitals and nursing homes) since the beginning of the epidemic.
As the vaccination pass came into effect on Monday, 53,895,155 people have received at least one injection (80.3% of the total population) and 52,540,003 people have a complete vaccination schedule (79.9% of the total population). In addition, 34,367,211 people have received a booster dose.
▫️ DON’T YOU LOVE THIS DESIGN?
Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This commitment was made by the airlines in October 2021. This is an ambitious goal, which involves the entire industry, in order to achieve net zero emissions. Air transport, which has halved its carbon footprint since 1990, represents 2 to 3% of man-made CO2 emissions.
To meet this challenge, the industry will have to adopt standards and certification processes within an international framework, if only to avoid distortions of competition between airlines. The ability of energy companies to produce large volumes of alternative fuels to kerosene will be crucial. These sustainable fuels will contribute 53% to the decarbonisation effort.
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For comic book fans like myself
The new Belgian passport, which will be available from February 7 the graphic theme chosen is that of comics and travel (Tintin’s rocket, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Spirou, Largo Winch, Bob & Bobette, the Marsupilami)
▫️ FOOD & DRINKS
Red Meat Radish
I have been eating a lot of the so-called Chinese Red Meat Radishes of late.
Peel the skin off, cut thin slices and like any other radish eat with a bit of butter, salt & pepper accompanied by a some bread. Excellent at apéritif time.
Alternatively, cut in very small bits to add to a salad. It adds a bit of crunch.
✏️ Go Neil…
Neil Young made headlines for threatening to remove his music from Spotify over comments that comedian Joe Rogan (and his podcast guests) made about COVID-19 vaccines. Now, the Stockholm-based platform has officially started taking down the “Heart of Gold” singer-songwriter’s tracks.
76-year-old Neil Young took aim at Spotify – which inked a reportedly $100 million podcast deal with Joe Rogan back in May of 2020 – in an open letter posted on his website. In the since-deleted post, the “Old Man” artist made clear that the music-streaming giant would have to choose between The Joe Rogan Experience and his songs.
“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” wrote Young. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.
After Neil Young, Joni Mitchell leaves Spotify, which she also accuses of misinformation about Covid-19. In support of the folk-rock legend in her fight against popular and controversial American host Joe Rogan’s podcast, the Canadian singer announced on Friday that she was removing her music from the streaming platform.
✏️ ARTE Concert
Just when I was about to go to bed last night I lazily zapped through the TV channels one last time and fell upon the start of one of ARTE’s concert and namely:
Delicate Sound of Thunder
For five days in 1988, from 19 to 23 August, Pink Floyd, minus Roger Waters who had left the band three years earlier, performed at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. This concert allowed the band to record the double album “Delicate Sound of Thunder”. This memorable performance, punctuated by the band’s greatest hits such as “Wish You Were Here” and “Time”, was captured by an exceptional device of twenty-seven cameras.
The concert is available on ARTE
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