Monday, November 29th
Ralf Rangnick has officially been appointed interim manager of United.
The snow has frozen. Great. But should melt overnight.
More cases of the Omicron variant. Boosters are to be offered to everyone over 18, with the gap reduced to three months. I’m due for mine next week, but I’m just too frightened to have it after all the problems I’ve had since the second jab.
Tuesday, November 30th
I’ve had a text and an e-mail telling me that I’m eligible for the booster. I know. But I tried to do the right thing by having the first two doses as soon as I was eligible, and things haven’t been right since and are now very wrong – and I’m not the only one. I feel awful about all of it.
Kids aged between 12 and 15 are to be offered a second dose.
Mask-wearing is now supposed to be compulsory in shops and on public transport again, but a lot of people weren’t bothering in Tesco this morning – and that includes most of the Tesco staff. Same story in Morrisons, when I popped in there briefly on my way to the dentist’s.
Switzerland has imposed travel restrictions on people returning from the UK, because of 22 cases of the Omicron variant, so there’s now talk of moving the United-Young Boys match to a neutral venue. That hardly seems very fair. Why should we lose home advantage? No-one’s stopping Young Boys from coming here. Also, it looks as if the 5th Ashes Test may have to be moved away from Perth, due to Western Australia’s quarantine rules.
Greece is to fine anyone over sixty 100 euros per month if they don’t get vaccinated, which I actually think is appalling – every case is individual and some people may have genuine fears about it.
Wednesday, December 1st
It feels like we’re gong backwards rapidly. Although we’ve been told not to cancel Christmas plans, some people are nervous. There’s talk in some countries of making vaccination compulsory. And more and more travel restrictions are being imposed. It’s thoroughly demoralising. Will this *never* end?
And Jo Konta’s retired due to her ongoing knee injury, which is rather sad 😦 .
Thursday, December 2nd
Ralf Rangnick’s got his work permit, the Young Boys match can go ahead as planned, and we play Arsenal tonight.
Infection rates in southern Africa are rising markedly, and look rather high here today, as well. However, it does seem that most cases are mild. Could this be the Spanish flu moment when a milder variant drives out the more deadly variants? Well, we can but hope, but, at the moment, all the talk is of more restrictions.
Germany’s going to ban unvaccinated people from shops and bars. I’m really not comfortable with this. Banning a section of the population from public places, especially in Germany … I really don’t like this at all.
Friday, December 3rd
I have to go for more tests and scans in January, then will probably be having an operation in late Jan/early Feb. With 8 weeks’ recovery time. This was not exactly how I planned to start the new year, but, if it needs doing, the sooner the better. I appreciate that I’ve been lucky in not having had a major op before – I’ve had teeth, tonsils and adenoids removed, but you get over those in a few days’ time – but it’s quite hard to get your head round. Shame it wasn’t last year – I wouldn’t have missed anything due to lockdown.
The Republic of Ireland’s closed nightclubs and tightened restrictions on the hospitality sector in general.
I suppose no-one’s life plan really includes operations, eh?
Saturday, December 4th
It’s now been announced that anyone entering the UK from abroad will have to take a Covid test before they set off. TBH, I think this is a waste of time. The number of Omicron cases in the UK, and indeed in a lot of other countries, is on the rise. Maybe the thinking is that any new variant can be kept out, but that just doesn’t seem to work.
Had my hair cut this morning. Then met up with a group of friends, for the first time in 2 years, which was lovely – we usually meet up a few times a year, but our mid-March 2020 meet-up was cancelled because some people were getting nervous, and it’s been one thing after the other ever since. So lovely to be together again.
Sunday, December 5th
Nigeria is now also on the red list. There are now 246 cases of the Omicron variant in the UK, which isn’t a lot, but, once the genie’s out of the bottle … . Thankfully, unlike the Republic of Ireland, we aren’t having another big wave of the Delta variant, but case numbers are certainly well up this week.
On a happier note, we began Ralf Rangnick’s reign with a 1-0 victory over Palace. And I’ve put my Christmas tree up – I usually do it right at the beginning of December, but just haven’t had time this year.
And this is the Prestwich Christmas tree:
I’m not coping very well with the prospect of horrendous pain, indignity and an 8 week recovery period, but am even more stressed at the thought that something in either of the forthcoming scans might prevent the operation from taking place, because I want it over and done with. I just want it confirmed that it’s happening, and a date for it. Well, no, I actually want someone to wave a magic wand and make the problem go away, but I do get that that’s not going to happen.