Info Post – November 5th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

595 days since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ HOME NEWS DESK

It is a bit chilly out there. I have just been out for a couple of errands and a coffee sitting outside and I am glad to be back home in the warmth.

✏️ The restaurant owner passed away

© Nicolas Boussu- L’Independant – Translation © J2S

The restaurant owner, king of the Carcassonne nightlife, passed away in the early hours of this morning, November 5th. Norbert Serres was 67 years old. He was a mountain of energy and good humour. For everyone, he was Norbert. He worked in the restaurant business in Carcassonne for 50 years. He was an emblematic figure of Carcassonne, the friend of the stars, the prince of the party. Everyone remembers the Fiesta Bodega… He still ran Norbert’s Table and the Red Curtain. Carcassonne is in shock. Although he had recently experienced some health problems, Norbert continued to move forward with a sure step. The man loved life so much.

Only last week there was an entertainment program on TV and the presenter at some point commented to his guests “if you ever go to Carcassonne, go and see Norbert, he is a good friend of mine”. He really knew a lot of people in show business.

✏️ Health situation update

CONTAMINATIONS
On Thursday 4 November, 9,502 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from Santé publique France, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the epidemic to 7,190,334. The test positivity rate is 2.2%.

HOSPITALISATION
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised was 6,718 (-46 in 24 hours), including 1,099 in intensive care units.

DEATHS
In 24 hours, 47 people died in hospital due to Covid. The total number of deaths since the beginning of the epidemic is 117,849, of which 90,966 have occurred in hospital.

VACCINATION
Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in France, 51,301,210 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 76.4% of the total population) and 50,148,444 people have now received the full vaccination schedule (i.e. 74.6% of the total population).

✏️ Politics

On Friday morning, the National Assembly (French Parliament) definitively adopted the bill “on various health vigilance provisions” and in particular the extension of the health pass until the end of July 2022.

✏️ Cinema update

I am sure a few of us would qualify

▫️ SEASONAL PIC

▫️ FOOD & DRINKS

Suggestion of the day

Linguine and clams

▫️ MUSIC

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▫️ FUN

▫️ SATIRE

▫️ THE FRIDAY FUNNIES from Paul

Top of the morning/evening to you

▶︎Some short jokes to start……

◆What was a more important invention than the first telephone?
The second telephone.


◆What do you call a blind dinosaur.?
Doyouthinkhesawus.


◆Farmers have decided to stop using dyes or branding to mark their flocks. Instead
they will use black and white vertical stripes and call them…..
BAA CODES


◆If the USA is so great, why did someone make a USB?


◆A friend asked me if my stomach was flat? I answered
“Yes, but the “l” is silent”


◆The bishop came to our church today, but I think he was an impostor.
He never once moved diagonally.


▶︎A young blonde person went to the doctor complaining of pain.
“Where are you hurting?” asked the doctor.”You have to help me, I hurt all over”, said the person
“What do you mean, all over?” asked the doctor, “be a little more specific.”
The person touched the right knee with the index finger and yelled, “Ow, that hurts.” Then touched the left cheek and again yelled,
“Ouch! That hurts, too.” Then the person touched the right earlobe, “Ow, even THAT hurts”, the person cried. The doctor checked her thoughtfully
for a moment and gave his diagnosis, “You have a broken finger.”

▶︎A woman answers the phone and has the following conversation:

“Yes, Mother, I’ve had a hard day. Hank has been quite difficult…
Yes, I know I ought to be more firm, but it’s a difficult thing to do.
Well, you know how he is.
Yes, I remember you warned me.
I remember you told me that he could be a vile creature who would
make my life miserable and you begged me not to marry him.
I appreciate you always being there for me, and you were perfectly
right. Oh, you want to speak with him? Okay, hang on……………..”
She lays the phone on her shoulder and calls in to her husband in
the other room:

“Hank, your Mother wants to speak to you!”

▶︎When Rod’s wife ran away he got so depressed that his doctor sent him to see a psychiatrist. Rod told the psychiatrist his troubles and said, “Life isn’t worth living.”
“Don’t be stupid, Rod,” said the psychiatrist. “Let work be your salvation. I want you to totally submerge yourself in your work. Now, What do you do for a living?”
“I clean out septic tanks.” Rod replied.

▶︎”Needing a man is like needing a parachute. If he isn’t there the first time you need him, chances are you won’t be needing him again.”

▶︎Four friends spend weeks planning the perfect girls getaway trip – shopping, casinos, massages, facials. Two days before the group is to leave Mary’s husband puts his foot down and tells her she isn’t going.

Mary’s friends are very upset that she can’t go, but what can they do.
Two days later the three get to the hotel only to find Mary sitting in the bar drinking a glass of wine.
“Wow, how long you been here and how did you talk your husband into letting you go?”
“Well, I’ve been here since last night. . .  Yesterday evening I was sitting on the couch and my husband came up behind me and put his hands over my eyes and said ‘Guess who’?”
I pulled his hands off to find all he was wearing was his birthday suit. He took my hand and led me to our bedroom. The room was scented with perfume, had two dozen candles and rose pedals all over. . .  On the bed, he had handcuffs and ropes!  He told me to tie and cuff him to the bed, so I did. And then he said, “Now, you can do whatever you want.”
So here I am.

▶︎Scene: A conversation between two of my friends.

Friend #1: Are you visiting us tomorrow? Do you need
 directions?

Friend #2: I’m all set. I have the address, a GPS, and a
 GPS override.

Friend #1: What’s a GPS override?

Friend #2: My wife.

▶︎Doug asks, “I know you’re crazy about that little daughter
of yours, Bill. What are you going to do when she starts to
date?”

Bill says, “I figure I’ll take the first young man aside,
put my arm around his shoulder, and pull him close to me
so that only he can hear. Then I’ll say, “Do you see that
sweet, little young lady? She’s my only daughter, and I
love her very much. If you were thinking about touching,
kissing, or being physically affectionate to her in any
way, just remember… I don’t mind going back to prison.”

▶︎One day a truckload of fertiliser went by this farm where a young boy lived.
The boy stopped the truck and asked the driver, “What are you going to use this fertiliser for?”
The man said, “For my strawberries.”
The boy replied, “Well at my place we put sugar and cream on our strawberries.”

▶︎A stock analyst and a Wall Street broker went to the race-
track. The broker suggested betting $12,000 on a certain
horse. The analyst was skeptical; he had never been to the
races before and wanted to understand the rules and look
over all the horses before placing a wager.
“You’re too cautious and detail-oriented,” the broker
criticised as he placed his large bet. His horse won and
he raked in a bundle of money.
“What’s your secret?” the analyst asked.
“It’s simple,” the broker explained. “I have two kids…
ages two and six…so I add their ages together and bet on
number nine.”
“But two and six is eight, not nine!” protested the analyst.
“See!” the broker replied, “I told you you’re too cautious
and detail-oriented.”

▶︎ My husband, Mike, and I had several stressful months of
financial difficulties. So one evening I was touched to
see him gazing at the diamond wedding ring that symbolised
our marriage. “With this ring…” I began romantically.
“We could pay off Visa,” he responded.

▶︎ These two girlfriends are very close, allowing them to be
totally honest with each other.
As one fidgeted in front of the mirror one evening before a
date, she remarked, “I’m fat.”
“No, you’re not,” the other scolded.
“My hair is awful.”
“It looks just fine.”
“I’ve never looked worse,” she whined.
“Yes, you have,” her friend replied

▶︎ 3 on Grandparents
◆My grandson was  visiting one day when he  said  “Grandma, do you  know how you and God are alike?” I mentally polished my halo  and I said, “No,  how are we alike?” “You’re both old,” he replied.

◆A 6-year-old  was asked where his grandma lived. “Oh,” he said, “she lives  at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her.  Then, when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to  the airport.”

◆Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good  things, but  I don’t get to see him enough to get as smart as him!

▶︎ Guy goes into the doctor’s. ‘Doc, I’ve got a cricket ball stuck up
 my backside.’  ‘How’s that ?’ ‘Don’t you start.’*

◆Q: What do you call a pig that does karate?

A: A pork chop.


◆Q: What has a lot of keys but cannot open any doors?

A: A piano.


◆Q: Why did the cat sit on the computer?

A: To keep an eye on the mouse.


◆Q: Where do American cows come from?

A: Moo York.


◆Q: Did you hear about the comedian owl?

A: He was a real hoot.

▶︎ And a few to finish off the week…


◆ A Covid test nurse asked me if I’d had a sudden loss of taste!
I told her “No I’ve always dressed like this!” 

◆ My kid: I feel like you’re always making up rules and stuff
Me: Like what?
My kid: Like if I don’t clean my room a portal will open up and take me to another dimension.
Me: Well that’s what happened to your older brother.
My kids: What older brother?
Me: Exactly! 

◆ What I if told you …
You read the first line wrong? 

◆ I’m opening a school for cattle farmers. You herd it here first! 

◆My wife’s leaving me because of my terrible spelling. I might have guest! 

◆Enter new password:
> chicken
Password must contain a capital:
> chickenkiev 

Catch you later….

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

Some more gems from crazy USA

▫️ ADDITIONAL READS FOR TODAY

Instruments on Hubble in safe mode; NASA trying to understand why 

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WEC 6 Hours of Bahrain

I have posted on the sister site a report on the race in Bahrain at the end of Octobre

Follow this link

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Info Post – November 4th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

594 days since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ HOME NEWS DESK

✏️ Health situation update

Daily update on the Covid epidemic in France, with figures from Santé Publique France and the Ministry of Health.

CONTAMINATIONS
This Wednesday 3 November, 10,050 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from Santé Publique France, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the start of the epidemic to 7,180,832. The test positivity rate is 2.2%.

HOSPITALISATION
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised was 6,764 (+257 in 24 hours), including 1,096 in intensive care units.

DEATHS
In 24 hours, 39 people died in hospital due to Covid. The total death toll since the beginning of the epidemic is 117,802, of which 90,919 have died in hospital.

VACCINATION
Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in France, 51,280,987 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 76.4% of the total population) and 50,134,631 people have now received the full vaccination schedule (i.e. 74.6% of the total population).

In addition, 3.028.581 persons have received a 3rd dose as of November 1st.


Report on the health situation in the Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales on Wednesday 3rd November.

According to figures from Santé Publique France, in the Aude region, 49 patients were hospitalised on Wednesday because of Covid-19, i.e. 3 less than on Tuesday. Among them, 4 are in intensive care (stable), 27 in conventional hospitalisation (-3), 16 in follow-up or long-term care (stable) and 2 in other structures (stable). 2 additional people were able to go home (1,526 in total since the beginning of the epidemic). 1 additional death in hospital is to be deplored in the department in the last 24 hours. In total, Covid-19 has killed 412 people in Aude since the beginning of the epidemic.

The incidence rate is stable this Wednesday in the department and amounts, as it did on Tuesday, to 52.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the sliding week from 25 to 31 October, a figure published on 3 November.

The incidence rate is falling in the Pyrénées-Orientales
In the Pyrénées-Orientales, the number of Covid patients hospitalised is slightly up this Wednesday (59 compared to 58 on Tuesday). Among them, 9 are in intensive care (stable figure), 14 in conventional hospitalisation (+2), 23 in follow-up care or long-term care (-1) and 13 in other structures (stable number). 1 person was able to go home (1,797 in total since the beginning of the epidemic). No additional deaths are to be reported in hospital in the department this Wednesday. In the Pyrenees-Orientales, the coronavirus has claimed a total of 415 victims in hospital since the beginning of the epidemic.

For the first time since October 15, the incidence rate is down – albeit slightly – this Wednesday in the Pyrenees-Orientales. It is 68.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the week from 25 to 31 October, compared to 69.1 in the week from 24 to 30 October.

✏️ Heated exchanges

Extreme weather inaugurated the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿. Sunday’s torrential rain and 80 mph winds felled trees onto train tracks, causing scores of railway cancellations. Journalists reported trips from London taking three times longer; others couldn’t reach Glasgow at all.

Summit organisers knew over 30,000 delegates and visitors from around the globe registered to attend. But Monday’s opening day had long queues at the Scottish Event Campus, and hours-long waits to get inside the largest of three venues, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center. Once inside, delegates had to go through airport-style security. Pictures on social media showed chaotic scenes with hundreds waiting outside the main gates. One U.N. source described the situation: “Total and utter shambles – ambassadors, as well as visitors were held up in the rain for three hours. People asked to go and get tested and come back in time for a 7 p.m. close – got back at 5:30 to find that they had closed early.” The U.K. hosts blamed security arrangements and accreditation wait times on the U.N., who blamed the weather and the pandemic. Everybody criticised China’s leader for not even attempting to attend.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned against getting “caught up in a mood of exaggerated enthusiasm,” but hailed the progress that had been made and said he was “cautiously optimistic.” He cited India’s pledge to make a deep dent in carbon emissions by 2030 and a pledge by over 100 world leaders to stop deforestation. He reminded that China previously committed to reach net-zero emissions by 2060, for carbon emissions to peak by 2030, and for deciding to end financing for coal plants overseas. Johnson then boarded a private plane for the 1.5 hour flight back to London, rather than taking a 4-hour emissions-reducing train ride back. 

✏️ Where Electric Car Batteries Go When They Die

Here is a very interesting article on the subject on recycling or not of old car batteries for the new generation of electric vehicles. A subject which often leads to heated discussions. According to the article, we are not there yet but it looks promising.

▫️ SOME DRONE PHOTOS FOUND ON THE WEB

Polo bear – Photo fo the year
The path of camels

▫️ FOOD & DRINKS

▫️ MUSIC

Last month statistics from Deezer. That’s over 40 hours of music and does not take into account what I listen to off line and in the car.

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▫️ NOT SO LONG AGO

▫️ FUN / SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

Some more gems from crazy USA

▫️ ADDITIONAL READS FOR TODAY

❒ SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule has a toilet problem.

❒ Inside Japan’s underwater observatory.

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Le Mans 24h – Nostalgia

I came across this very realistic painting of these 2 C9 prototypes Sauber Mercedes in the 1989 edition of the 24 hours race.

I was there and saw car number 61 win the race

In the meantime the track portion painted above has changed slightly. The view is from what was known as Brit’s Hill which basically was a mud hill packed with people. I watched a few starts of the race from that particular spot which no longer exist and has been replaced by a large viewing screen.

The engine had a Group C capacity equivalence of 8.454 litres. The C9 was able to win all but one race in the 1989 season. During qualifying, the Baldi/Acheson/Brancatelli C9 recorded a speed of 400 km/h (248 mph) on the Mulsanne Straight . In spite of this, it was the car of Schlesser/Jabouille/Cudini which occupied pole position on race day. The Sauber C9s would go on to finish first, second and fifth in the race. Mercedes driver Jean-Louis Schlesser would end up taking the driver’s championship that season.

Official poster

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Welcome November

The new month is upon us

November Daily Holidays and Observances (US 🇺🇸 view point)

  • November 1: National Author’s Day, World Vegan Day
  • November 2: U.S. General Election Day* (first Tuesday after first Monday), Cookie Monster Day, Look for Circles Day, Plan Your Epitaph Day, Deviled Egg Day
  • November 3: Cliché Day, National Sandwich Day, International Stress Awareness Day* (first Wednesday), National Healthy Eating Day* (first Wednesday)
  • November 4: King Tut Day, Use Your Common Sense Day, National Candy Day, National Men Make Dinner Day* (first Thursday)
  • November 5: American Football Day, National Redhead Day
  • November 6: National Saxophone Day, National Nacho Day, Book Lovers Day* (first Saturday)
  • November 7: International Merlot Day, International Games Day
  • November 8: National Parents as Teachers Day, National STEM/STEAM Day, Dunce Day, Cook Something Bold Day, International Tongue Twister Day, National Cappuccino Day
  • November 9: World Freedom Day, World Adoption Day, Young Readers Day* (second Tuesday), Go to an Art Museum Day
  • November 10: U.S. Marine Corps Birthday, Sesame Street Day, National Forget-Me-Not Day, National Vanilla Cupcake Day, International Accounting Day, World Science Day for Peace and Development
  • November 11: World Origami Day, Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, National Sundae Day
  • November 12: Chicken Soup for the Soul Day, World Pneumonia Day
  • November 13: Sadie Hawkins Day, World Kindness Day
  • November 14: Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day, National American Teddy Bear Day, World Diabetes Day, National Spicy Guacamole Day, National Pickle Day
  • November 15: I Love to Write Day, National Philanthropy Day, America Recycles Day, National Clean Out Your Fridge Day, National Drummer Day
  • November 16: International Day for Tolerance, National Button Day, Have a Party With Your Bear Day, National Fast Food Day
  • November 17: World Peace Day, Homemade Bread Day, National Take a Hike Day, World Prematurity Day 
  • November 18: Occult Day, National Apple Cider Day, Use Less Stuff Day (Thursday before Thanksgiving), Great American Smokeout
  • November 19: Gettysburg Address Day, Equal Opportunity Day, National Have a Bad Day Day
  • November 20: National Absurdity Day, Universal Children’s Day, Beautiful Day, National Adoption Day* (Saturday before Thanksgiving), Family Volunteer Day* (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
  • November 21: World Hello Day, False Confession Day
  • November 22: Start Your Own Country Day, Go For a Ride Day
  • November 23: Fibonacci Day, National Cashew Day, Eat a Cranberry Day, National Espresso Day
  • November 24: Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day, Evolution Day, What Do You Love About America Day* (day before Thanksgiving)
  • November 25: National Parfait Day, Thanksgiving Day* (fourth Thursday)
  • November 26: Native American Heritage Day* (day after Thanksgiving), Black Friday* (day after Thanksgiving), Buy Nothing Day, You’re Welcome Day* (day after Thanksgiving)
  • November 27: Small Business Saturday* (Saturday after Thanksgiving)
  • November 28: Red Planet Day, National French Toast Day
  • November 29: National Square Dance Day, Cyber Monday* (Monday after Thanksgiving)
  • November 30: Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day, Giving Tuesday
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Info Post – November 1st

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

591 days since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ HOME NEWS DESK

Novembre is upon us with the usual bank holidays. A couple of things are planned this month starting with a visit to Lyon and area next weekend to meet old school friends. The excuse is the visit to the Classic Car show “epoqu’auto 2021“.

✏️ Health situation update

COVID-19: INDICATORS ARE ON THE RISE AGAIN

With 13,600 new cases of the coronavirus this weekend, the epidemic is picking up slightly in France.

According to Santé Publique France, 6,329 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in 24 hours, compared to 5,005 last Sunday. On average, 5,858 cases are reported each day, an increase of 11% in seven days. However, the data collected over the weekend should be taken with a certain amount of caution, due to the large number of screening sites that were closed.

Apart from the infections, the incidence rate, i.e. the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in France, continues to rise. While it was 51 last week, it had risen to 57 by the evening of 31 October. In all, 55 departments are above the alert threshold, set at 50, compared with 32 departments on Sunday 24 October. With an incidence rate of 102, Bouches-du-Rhône remains the most affected department in mainland France. In overseas France, the incidence rate even reached 192 in Guyana.

A RESURGENCE IN HOSPITALS
The resumption of the epidemic is also confirmed in hospitals. In seven days, the number of deaths in hospital has increased by 7%.

The number of new admissions to hospitals has also picked up, with 105 new hospitalisations in 24 hours, compared to 63 seven days ago.

A total of 6,572 people are in hospital with Covid-19 infection. Of these, 1,046 people are in critical care due to the coronavirus, up from 1,018 a week ago, with 20 new admissions on Sunday.

▫️ SEASONAL PIC

Château d’Aguilar – Aude

▫️ FOOD & DRINKS

Novembre’s fruits & vegetables

(in 🇫🇷 but with pics)

▫️ MUSIC

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▫️ INTERESTING FACTS

✏︎ In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are cars.

 ✏︎ In the UK you are legally required to stop if you run over a dog, but not a cat.

✏︎ The human eye has around 576 megapixels.

▫️ FUN / SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

Some more gems from crazy USA

▫️ ADDITIONAL READS FOR TODAY

Solar wing jammed on NASA spacecraft chasing asteroids 

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Info Post – October 31st

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

590 days in Carcassonne

since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ HOME NEWS DESK

Halloween

See data page for details

✏️ Health situation update

⦿ Daily update on the Covid epidemic in France, with figures from Santé Publique France and the Ministry of Health.

CONTAMINATIONS
This Saturday 30 October, 7,360 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from Santé publique France, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the epidemic to 7,160,548. The test positivity rate is 1.9%.

HOSPITALISATIONS
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised was 6,524 (-710 in 24 hours), including 1,039 in intensive care units.

DEATHS
In 24 hours, 22 people died in hospital due to Covid. The total number of deaths since the beginning of the epidemic is 117,671, of which 90,788 were in hospital.

VACCINATION
Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in France, 51,216,484 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 76.4% of the total population) and 50,034,734 people now have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 74.6% of the total population)[1].

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Halloween

In the Irish countryside, in the heart of Dublin, in every small town, the spirit of Halloween is everywhere and has been for several days now. A festive way of getting in touch with the dead. This tradition is said to have originated in this city. Their Celtic ancestors left them this heritage.

It all started 2,500 years ago on the hill of Tlachtga. A great feast was held to celebrate the Celtic New Year on 31 October, just before the ominous winter nights. Here, the setting fits so well with the legends. The Irish love them, like the one about Jack O’Lantern, the character from Irish fairy tales who is now represented as a pumpkin with flaming eyes. “It was an evil creature, and people used to put a light inside it so they wouldn’t be scared,” says Thomas Dillon, a farmer in County Meath, who now sells 20,000 pumpkins during October, a must-see event for families. The sculptures, once carved into turnips until Irish immigrants to the United States preferred pumpkins, are displayed in front of homes and in schools.

Of course, this festival takes on its full meaning after dark, especially on a full moon night. This weekend even saw the opening of a festival dedicated entirely to Halloween, from a gloomy trail through the forest to numerous poetic shows. Slane Castle is the backdrop for the mix of history and legend, a symbol of Ireland’s pride in its folklore, heritage and Celtic roots.

▫️ FOOD & DRINKS

Time and time again, nuts have been shown to confer numerous benefits, such as better heart and brain health, better weight management and protection against chronic diseases, to name a few. Over time, these benefits add up to ensure healthy aging in later life.

While practically any kind of nut will help you age gracefully, a recent study found that one kind of nut, in particular, outshines the rest as a “superfood” for healthy ageing: WALNUTS

How to add walnuts to your diet

Walnuts are typically enjoyed raw as healthy snacks, but you can also incorporate them into your go-to recipes. Here are some easy ways to add walnuts to your diet: 

  • Top your salads with chopped walnuts
  • Make homemade granola with a mixture of dried fruits, seeds and nuts, including walnuts
  • Use walnuts to make pesto sauce
  • Top your yogurt with chopped walnuts and fruits
  • Add walnuts to bread batter

Take note that walnuts are prone to becoming rancid because of their high fat content. If you want them to last in storage, keep them in their shells in a cool, dark and dry place.

▫️ MUSIC

I certainly was underaged when I saw the music-hall together with my friend Chris in the late 60’s during one of my regular visits to England / London.

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▫️ INTERESTING FACTS

As previously announced, from tomorrow November 1st, chains or winter tyres will be mandatory in mountainous areas.

The prefects of departments located in mountainous areas have drawn up a list of communes / locations where vehicle equipment becomes compulsory during the winter period, i.e. from 1 November to 31 March.

Since we are on the subject of winter tyres (or tires if you are in the US) and having been in the industry most of my working life, let me warn you about purchasing cheap brands, particularly imported from certain parts of Asia.

Contrary to popular belief, tyres are high-tech products. To illustrate this, thanks to some of my previous colleagues, please find the link to a very informative info book on tyres.

(I hope the link from my Cloud works)

▫️ FUN / SATIRE

▫️ THE FABULOUS FRIDAY (FUNNIES) GROANS from Paul

Greeting from the Autumnial north  (guess I would never have made it as a sign writer)


✒︎ I call my toothpaste ‘Death’ …
… Then I tell people, “I had a brush with Death this morning.”


✒︎ Someone broke into my house last night.
They took all my soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste. They made a clean getaway.


✒︎ Some interesting thoughts  

▻ I saw an ad for burial plots, and I thought: “That’s the last thing I need!”


▻ I have a few jokes about unemployed people, but none of them work.


▻ Will glass coffins be a success?
Remains to be seen.


▻ What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo?
One is really heavy and the other is a little lighter.


▻ Hear about the new restaurant called Karma?
There’s no menu – you get what you deserve.


▻ I went to buy some camouflage trousers yesterday but couldn’t find any.


▻ What do you call a bee that can’t make up its mind? A maybe.


▻ When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.


▻ Is it ignorance or apathy that’s destroying the world today?
I don’t know and don’t really care.


▻ The guy who invented the door knocker got a No-bell prize

▻ Sleeping comes so naturally to me, I do it with my eyes closed.

✒︎ Two short jokes  

▻ In Spain, I saw a guy in the shop buying cases of San Miguel beer, panatellas and sombreros, I thought “Hispanic buying”

▻I told my girlfriend I was buying a spaghetti car.    She didn’t believe me.
You should have seen her face when I drove pasta”

✒︎ A man was relaxing on the sofa watching TV when he heard
his wife’s’ voice in the kitchen.  “What would you like
for dinner, sweetie?  Do you want chicken, beef or lamb?

“Surprised, he answered, “Thanks!  I’d like chicken.”

“You’re having soup, drongo.  I was talking to the cat.”

✒︎ Two guys are being chased by a bear, when one stops to
put on his sneakers.

The other guy yells, “You idiot, you can’t outrun a bear.”

The first guy gasps, “I don’t have to outrun a bear – I just have to outrun you.”

The man called his wife’s 10 best friends. None of them knew
anything about it.

✒︎ Friendship among Women:

A woman didn’t come home one night. The next morning she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend’s house. The man called his wife’s 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.

Friendship among Men:

A man didn’t come home one night. The next morning he told his wife that he had slept over at a friend’s house. The woman called her husband’s 10 best friends.
Eight confirmed that he had slept over, and two said he was still there.

✒︎ It was a typically busy day at the bank. After a glance at the line of waiting customers, a harried-looking man came up to the side counter and demanded, “What do I have to do to
change the address on my account?” Without missing a beat, the clerk replied, “Move.”

✒︎ Couples who have lived together a long time have their own way
of communicating.
A woman overheard her aunt and uncle one day, “What are you
looking for in that closet?” she asked.”Nothing,” he answered. “Well, it’s not in there. Look under the bed.”

✒︎ “The thrill is gone from my marriage,” one buddy told another. “Why not add some intrigue to your life and have an affair?” “But what if my wife finds out?””Heck, this is a new age we live in. Go ahead and tell her about it!” So the guy went home and said, “Dear, I think an affair will bring us closer together.” “Forget it,” said his wife. “I’ve tried that so many times and it never worked.”

✒︎ A little boy was waiting for his mother. As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, “Son, can you tell me where the Post Office is?”
The little boy replied, “Sure! Just go straight down this street two blocks and turn to your right.”
The man thanked the boy kindly and said, “I’m the new pastor in town. I’d like you to come to church on Sunday. I’ll show you how to get to Heaven.” The little boy replied with a laugh; “You’re kidding me, right? You don’t even know the way to the Post Office.”

▻ Q: Why couldn’t the pirate play cards?

A: Because he was sitting on the deck!

▻ Q: What do you call a woman who knows where her husband is every night?

A: A widow.

▻ Q: What did the pen say to the pencil?

A: What’s your point?

▻ Q: What has four legs but can’t walk?

A: A chair!

▻ Q: What did the baby light bulb say to the mama light bulb?

A: I love you watts and watts!

▻ Q: What do you call a fake noodle

A: An impasta!

✒︎A few hilarious short ones to complete the week. 

▻ Did you know Muffins spelled backwards is what you do when you take them out of the oven? (go on, pronounce it backwards)

▻ Turns out, when people ask you who your favourite child is, you’re supposed to pick one of your own! Oops! 

▻ Sure, skydiving is scary but … have you ever been to someone’s house and the toilet won’t flush? 

▻ Apparently, it’s rude to poke someone in the forehead and say “Skip Intro” when they start talking to you! 

▻ We all know where the Big Apple is, but does anyone know where the Minneapolis? 

▻ My wife asked me why I spoke so quietly in the house.
I said I was afraid Mark Zuckerberg was listening!
She laughed.
I laughed.
Alexa laughed.
Siri laughed ….. 

▻ I can’t believe I got fired on my very first day as a signwirter!

▻ Women love it when you kiss their neck .. just not when they’re driving … and you’re in the back seat … and they don’t know you! 

▻ I finally did it! I bought a pair of shoes with memory foam insoles. No more forgetting why I walked into the kitchen! 

▻ I was going to post a time travel joke … but you lot didn’t like it! 

▻ I need to re-home a dog. It’s a small terrier and barks a lot. Let me know if interested and I’ll jump over my neighbour’s fence and get it for you! 

Catch you later…..

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

Some more gems from crazy USA

▫️ ADDITIONAL READS FOR TODAY

Watch the sun spit out a whopper X1 solar flare that could fuel Halloween aurora lights 

Malaysian gynaecologist creates ‘world’s first unisex condom’

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Richard or Frédéric

It is not clear what the diminutive Ric actually stands for

Ric Hochet is a French-Belgian comic book series created by the scriptwriter A.-P. Duchâteau and the cartoonist Tibet, whose first volume was published in September 1963 by Le Lombard.

The first panel / board / page was published in the weekly magazine Tintin, on 22 May 1962,

I went to the comic book shop this morning and in one swoop purchased the 1st 4 albums of the”new” collection which started publishing in 2015.

It should keep me busy for a short while this weekend

There are at least 78 earlier publications… I better make some shelf space before I start the collection.

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Info Post – October 29th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

589 days in Carcassonne

since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ HOME NEWS DESK

Not much planned for today apart from some administrative duties and getting ready for the weekend.

See data page for details

✏️ Health situation update

⦿ 🇫🇷 The contaminations have been increasing again. Here is the daily update on the Covid epidemic in France, with figures from Santé Publique France and the Ministry of Health.

CONTAMINATIONS
This Thursday 28 October, 6,461 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from Santé Publique France, bringing the total to 7,146,755 confirmed cases since the start of the epidemic. The test positivity rate is 1.8%.

HOSPITALISATIONS
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised was 6,541 (+52 in 24 hours), including 1,037 in intensive care units.

DEATHS
In 24 hours, 33 people died in hospital due to Covid. The total death toll since the beginning of the epidemic is 117,622, of which 90,739 have died in hospital.

VACCINATION
Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in France, 51,147,229 people have received at least one injection, i.e. 76.3% of the total population, according to the French General Directorate of Health (DGS). 49,937,559 people now have a complete vaccination schedule, i.e. 74.5% of the total population.

▫️ LOCAL PIC

View of Collioure by Henri Matisse

▫️ FOOD & DRINKS

▫️ FUN / SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

Some more gems from crazy USA

▫️ ADDITIONAL READS FOR TODAY

Scientists reveal why great white sharks might attack humans 

Neutrino result heralds new chapter in physics 

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Complete

When I purchased number 39 and latest published album a couple of weeks ago, I realised I was missing number 10 and number 35 in my collection. It is no longer the case since this morning.

On top of that it was very pleasant outside early afternoon and I really enjoyed reading them.

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