Monday, October 25th
It is really confusing having everyone and their dog putting their two penn’orth in all over the media. Infection numbers may rise to 100,000 a day, but this shouldn’t be a problem. No, no, this is a huge problem, and we will be back in lockdown by Christmas. Nonsense – infection numbers will be down to 5,000 per day by Christmas. The booster programme is going well. The booster programme is going too slowly. Vaccinations should be made compulsory for NHS staff. Vaccinations should not be made compulsory for NHS staff.
Latvia is back in lockdown, Russia’s going into a week’s “firebreak”, and now Romania’s imposing a night time curfew. Only about a third of adults have been vaccinated in Russia, and the same in Romania.
Tuesday, October 26th
Case numbers have dropped quite a lot over the last week. What does this mean?
Meanwhile, more tests today. I arrived at 8:15 for my 8:30 appointment, to find myself in an empty room because “the receptionist doesn’t start till 8:45”. The place opens at 8. How can they have no receptionist until 8:45? Anyway, they did everything, then said I should chase my GP surgery as they “were very busy” and might not get round to contacting me about the results. My anxiety levels were already through the roof – that did not help!
The WTA’s said that unvaccinated players will be able to play at the Aussie Open.
And I hope the Queen’s OK. We just keep being told that she’s been “advised to rest”.
Wednesday, October 27th
More confusion over the Australian Open. Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison said unvaccinated players would be able to enter Australia to play, as long as the state of Victoria applied for exemptions from national rules. But Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said Victoria won’t be applying. TBH, if the rules say no entry without vaccination, then I don’t see why you should get an exemption just because you’re a professional athlete, so I think Andrews has got a point. Presumably this will also affect England cricketers. Meanwhile, Dominic Thiem’s been banned from the Vienna Open, i.e. his home event, because he hasn’t been vaccinated yet. He says he’s waiting for the Novavax. Er, whatever!
There was a lot of speculation about whether or not MPs would wear masks whilst the Commons was packed out for the Budget statement. Some did. Some didn’t. Masks have been mandatory in the Commons for everyone except MPs! Keir Starmer wasn’t there at all, having tested positive for Covid.
Thursday, October 28th
Rishi Sunak has been to Bury Market, presumably to show how committed he is to helping Northern England. Unfortunately, he called it “Burnley Market”. To be fair, I think it was just a slip of the tongue, because it was straight after a reporter had been talking about coming from Burnley, but it made him look a bit of a prat. On a more serious note, there’s been horrendously heavy rain in the Lake District and parts of Scotland. The piers at Windermere are flooded, as are various roads, including the road between Ambleside and Grasmere 😦 .
And all remaining countries on “the red list” are to be taken off it.
Friday, October 29th
Apparently I have got a large fibroid. Apologies for TMI, but, as I’ve kept going on about medical tests, that’s what’s turned up. I had a complete nightmare this afternoon: I rang for the results at 3, as I was meant to, spent ages in a phone queue, and was then told that the receptionist had forwarded the results to a doctor who wasn’t in today, so no-one had looked at them. Try again at 4. I rang again at 4. No-one’s looked at them: they’re all too busy. It’ll have to wait till Monday. At this point, I got really upset. Thankfully, it was the nice receptionist, not the stroppy one, and she persuaded the doctor to ring me back at 6. And at least I was WFH today. Imagine dealing with that at work. Or during your journey home. So I’m quite upset, although at least it’s nothing worse. My auntie and my cousin both had a lot of trouble with fibroids: I think they are partially genetic. Now I’ve got to have more blood tests. And then, hopefully, I will actually get to see a doctor, because it’s come this far and I haven’t actually *seen* a doctor yet.
I am trying to get my head round it all.
1 in 50 people in England had Covid last week. Apparently. How on earth do they work that out, when positive tests were about 40,000 per day and the population of England’s about 57 million? I’m sure they’ve got a way, but it makes no sense to me. Meanwhile, restrictions around masks and isolation are being tightened in Wales, things are not very good in Russia, and restrictions are being tightened in Beijing ahead of the Winter Olympics.
Saturday, October 30th
We won 3-0 at Spurs today. That’s more like it.
Sunday, October 31st
Today, I had booked a Blackpool Illuminations tram. When I arrived, the sun was out. Then it went in, and there were two absolute deluges. However, the tram was very nice, and it was good to see the Illuminations after not being able to go last year.