Thank you NHS — AD

Thank you NHS One of the things I really want to take away from the Coronavirus, and remember in years to come is the NHS finally getting the recognition it rightly deserves.   Without wishing to get political, for years it has been under-funded, in some cases abused, and yet always there for us when we need it most.  My Timehop is littered with reminders of trips in ambulances with

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 11

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 11 Well that’s it then, social isolation is over.  Officially, not completely because we are still being urged to remain two metres apart but from next next week we will be allowed to meet up in groups of “up to six” in public spaces.  Which has, of course, been translated into “you can now have a barbecue with all your friends and family in

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 10

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 10   Well this has been quite the week.  First of all, the official stuff that has been going on that I want to document before I forget.  We are still officially in lockdown but with some easing, so we can drive as far as we like but we can’t stay out overnight.   It’s like being 10 again and knowing you have to

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 9

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 9 Yes, fluffy socks because it has been freezing at times this week! So here we are, into week 9 of lockdown and a week after Boris made his speech setting out his “road map for easing the lock down” we are still baffled by what he was trying to say.  The government’s message telling us to “Stay at home” mutated into “stay alert”

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Who panic buys a sideboard?!

Stuff I have found myself panic buying because of Coronavirus  It started with a new sideboard. Though the use of the word “new” in that sentence would imply there was an old sideboard.   There wasn’t, there has never been a sideboard in this house.  Yet as soon as the lockdown was announced I decided we had to have one for the office which duly arrived several days later.  Knowing

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Social Isolation Diaries — Week 8

Social Isolation week 8 Here we are then, another week under our belts and still almost 500 people a day are losing their lives to this hideous illness.  Countless thousands of others lie in hospital beds away from their loved ones, whilst underpaid care professionals to their very best whilst risking their own lives because there isn’t enough PPE. The longer this now goes on, the more I see of

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Social Isolation diaries — Week 7

Social isolation diaries week 7   The numbers this week are utterly depressing.  178,000 people have tested positive for Coronavirus and heartbreakingly 28,000 have passed away. The daily death rate is still somewhere between 400 and 800 every day yet Boris Johnson has said we are now passed the peak.  I am really not sure I believe that.  People are desperate to know when the lockdown will be lifted, but

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The social isolation diaries — week 6

The social isolation diaries — week 6 If we didn’t suspect it already this was the week that we finally realised Donald Trump is batshit crazy.  He suggested this week that if bleach and disinfectant can kill germs on surfaces in a minute why don’t we start injecting it into ourselves in an effort to kill Coronavirus.   No, seriously he did.   Within 24 hours the likes of Dettol

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The social isolation diaries — Week 5

The social isolation diaries — week 5 Is it really week 5?  It feels so much longer than that to be honest, and in reality it actually is.  The last time I went out for anything other than the supermarket was on March 11th when I went to Westfield for the day with the girls.  Even then we knew lockdown was coming, and debated whether we should have gone at

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The social isolation diaries — week 4

The social isolation diaries, week 4 The statistics are horrifying, the stories heartbreaking. This week we passed 10,000 deaths being recorded, whilst also being reminded that this is just deaths recorded in hospital.   This doesn’t include those dying in the community, or indeed in care homes.  One care home has recorded 12 deaths in a fortnight.   We also learned that 31 members of front line NHS staff have

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The A to Z of Coronavirus

A handy A to Z of Coronavirus.  You know, should you ever feel you need one. Antibac.   You can’t get anti-bacterial hand wash for love nor money.  Actually that isn’t true.  You can get it for money: £25 for 50ml on eBay from unscrupulous sellers who want to capitalise on our need for it.  I have not held back on reporting every ad I see for it on Facebook

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How Coronavirus impacted us

How Coronavirus impacted us in 2020   When we look back on this period of our lives it will be hard to remember just what has changed.  Things will have gone back to normal (whatever the new normal will be) but people will have been lost, lives will have been changed and I don’t think things will ever really be the same again.  And we will forget some of the

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