Monday, October 4th
Ugh. Today has been really horrible. I got so stressed out about the appointment with the nurse that I cried because my watch needed a new battery (yes, I know that that sentence is a non sequitur). Then I was told to make an appointment for some tests, which involved ringing what seemed to be a central phone number for half of northern England and waiting for ages whilst an annoying voice told me that I was in a queue, then being asked for a reference which I didn’t have to hand because no-one’d told me that I needed it, then, when I found the reference, being asked what the tests were for. Er, shouldn’t they have known that?
And now Facebook and Whatsapp, my two support mechanisms, have both gone down. I thought at first that this was a problem with my phone and completely freaked out, but it turned out that it was a general worldwide problem. Which has not yet been resolved.
Tuesday, October 5th
Hooray, Facebook and Whatsapp are working again … although notifications of new group posts on Facebook aren’t coming up.
In the middle of everything else, we’ve got these arrogant spoilt brats from “Insulate Britain”, none of whom appear to work for a living, blocking main roads and motorways. Last week, they blocked the road’s near my elder nephew’s school, meaning that some of the school buses were stuck for over 4 hours. Yesterday, they actually stopped an ambulance which was taking an elderly lady to hospital. Angry people got out of their vehicles and dragged them away, to let the ambulance through, but where on earth were the police? Later, the ringleader told a reporter that he wouldn’t have cared if the patient had died. Priti Patel’s said that something’s going to be done about it, but when?
Back with Covid news, a report’s suggested that Covid was “spreading aggressively” in Wuhan in the summer of 2019, and that the Chinese authorities must have known about it because spending on PCR tests drastically increased long before they reported the issue to the WHO. Nothing would surprise me, but it’s too late to do anything about it now.
Wednesday, October 6th
They said that my blood tests were OK but to have them redone in 4 weeks’ time. But the receptionist didn’t know why, and you can’t get to speak to a doctor or nurse, and I was already stressed because it took so long to get through on the phone, so I’m even more stressed now.
Boris’s conference speech barely mentioned Covid. Nor did Keir Starmer’s. But Wales is introducing Covid passports for certain things, and this nightmare with tests for going abroad is still ongoing.
Thursday, October 7th
Not much Covid talk at the moment, but I really do think that there’s a herd immunity thing going on. The city centre (where rates hit the national headlines a year ago), Rochdale (which sparked the original local restrictions last July) and Bolton (where all the Delta variant stuff kicked off) now have the lowest rates in the area … whereas Trafford, which was demanding to be put in a separate tier last autumn, has now got rates 2.5 times those of the city centre. Looking further afield, Herefordshire, which was practically the last part of England to be in Tier 1, now has amongst the highest rates in the country. Rates generally seem quite high to those in other countries, which isn’t great, but they’re not getting any worse. More importantly, death and hospitalisation numbers aren’t getting any worse.
There is some talk going on about footballers not being vaccinated. It’s not entirely clear why, but vaccination rates amongst footballers do seem to be quite low.
Friday, October 8th
I hate waiting for medical tests. But it’s a position which an awful of people are in at the moment, due to the backlog caused by Covid. There are also concerns about how many people could get flu this winter. We’ll see.
The red list is being reduced to 7 countries, all in Central/South America or the Caribbean.
Saturday, October 9th
I am really sick of the media trying to whip up panic over everything. Didn’t they cause enough trouble with the petrol panic? To watch Sky News for half an hour, you’d think that the end of the world was nigh!
Today has been a rather boring day, largely spent clearing out cupboards. When I say “clearing out”, I mostly mean taking stuff out, reflecting on the fact that I’ve had it for 15 years and never used it, then putting it back in because it might come in useful one day.
And what on earth is going on at schools in the borough of Trafford? Infection rates there have sky-rocketed, and are way higher than they are anywhere else in the area.
On a happier note, we beat Andorra 5-0.
Sunday, October 10th
Apart from the nightmare infection rate in Trafford, no-one’s talking much about Covid.
Today was a lovely sunny day, so I decided to go to Windermere: it’ll be the last chance I get for a while now. It was totally irresponsible of me, because I am now behind with a million and one other things, but it was lovely!
Left to right – Bowness, Ambleside, then Sizergh Castle on the way home.