Monday, December 13th
I am thoroughly fed up. My new computer was supposed to be being delivered today, but now they’re saying “7 to 10 working days”, so it doesn’t look as if I’ll have it before Christmas, and the IT guy won’t be able to come in the first week of January because I need to self-isolate before my next-but-one hospital test.
Also, everyone at work is upset about how badly we are being treated.
And it sounds as if the United Covid outbreak’s in the first team, because the club have spoken to the Premier League about postponing the Brentford match. Also, the Champions League draw was a fiasco and had to be redone, but we’ve ended up with Atletico Madrid. And Emma Raducanu’s now got the lurgy. It would just say it all if the Sports Personality of the Year had to accept her award whilst self-isolating.
Long queues are forming as most people try to get their boosters, but we’re being told that Omicron is spreading even more quickly than the original virus did back in March 2020, before anyone was vaccinated. One person in the UK’s already died with it. It’s more or less certain that more restrictions will be announced for Scotland tomorrow, and you have to think that the same may happen in England before long.
I’m sorry for all of us. This virus is evil.
Tuesday, December 14th
11 days to Christmas. My life’s up in the air anyway, until I get confirmation about the operation, but now it seems like life in general’s back up in the air because of the bloody Omicron variant. The red list’s being scrapped again. Which is good for some people, but very frustrating for people like my friend’s mum – she was visiting relatives in South Africa when all this started, had to come back because of work and spent thousands of pounds which she couldn’t afford on a quarantine hotel, only to find now that, if she’d waited another couple of weeks, she could have avoided it.
People in Scotland are being asked to limit the number of households with whom they socialise, and to keep their Christmas celebrations as small as possible.
The United v Brentford match is definitely off. Just hope things are OK for the Brighton match on Saturday. And a number of theatres have cancelled shows due to Covid outbreaks.
Everyone is so fed up.
The “Plan B” measures are being voted on in Parliament tonight. They’ll pass, because Labour’ve agreed to back them, but up to 70 Government MPs could vote against them. It’s just a nightmare – we don’t know how bad Omicron could be, so we don’t know whether these measures are necessary are not.
Wednesday, December 15th
United are back in training. Fingers crossed for Saturday,.
I had my MRI scan on the wretched fibroid this morning – which was horrible, because the scanner makes awful noises and I’m not good with awful noises. I wish miserable Chris Whitty would stop saying that hospitals might all close down in January.
Meanwhile, Omicron is spreading apace – particularly in London, but apparently now in the North West as well – even amongst people who are double vaccinated and boosted. I just can’t believe that we’re right back in the sh*t again. And, again, we have politicians squabbling instead of trying to work together! 78,610 cases today – the highest daily number on record. That’s nearly double the level we’d been averaging for months. This is not good, folks. This is not good.
Thursday, December 16th
If it weren’t for the tennis, I really think I’d cry.
- United v Brighton is off. My nephews haven’t been able to go to Old Trafford since before the pandemic, and were coming early for Christmas so that they could go to this match. They are so upset and disappointed, and so am I. Not to mention the fact that there’s now a fixture pile-up. The FA said yesterday that no more matches were to be postponed, but I have no idea why they said that, as Burnley v Watford was called off soon afterwards, followed by Leicester v Spurs.
- The Queen’s cancelled her pre-Christmas family lunch – this horrible virus is spoiling people’s Christmas plans for a second year in a row.
- France has banned travel to and from the UK, except for “compelling reasons”.
- My younger nephew’s school’s sent out information about what to do if schools have to go back on to online learning after Christmas. Boris won’t close schools again unless he absolutely has to, but some schools have got so many teachers and kids off that they’re struggling.
- 88,746 cases today. Bloody hellfire.
- 745,183 boosters were given yesterday, which is something.
I just can’t believe we’re here again.
Friday, December 17th
The good news is that Rafa came through his comeback match with no obvious problems. The bad news is that Andy beat him, 6-3 7-5, but, OK, I suppose he was bound to be rusty.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Lowry last night was brilliant. However, again there were issues with people not wearing masks. Being a Thursday night, it wasn’t that busy, but it will be at weekends, and for the matinees once schools break up. The review of the pantomime in the MEN mentioned how few people were wearing masks. It really is frustrating.
Following the postponement of United’s match (and, incidentally, four more Premier League matches have now been postponed), the boys decided that they would like to go to Sale Sharks. I don’t really get rugby union, but, OK, whatever. However, it was a European match against a French team, and has now been postponed as that git Macron won’t give sports teams exemptions from the new travel rules.
Wales is closing nightclubs after Boxing Day.
Hospitality businesses and theatres are reporting huge drops in bookings, and are asking for the furlough scheme to be reopened.
A number of people, especially those with school age children, have said that their mental health really can’t take another lockdown.
As I said yesterday, I just can’t believe that we’re here again.
Saturday, December 18th
The computer guy has got my new computer. Fingers crossed that he can get it sorted ASAP, because there are a lot of reports about a 2 week lockdown after Christmas. The Netherlands has just imposed a lockdown. And a “major incident” has been declared in London.
Yet more matches bit the dust today, but Salford City v Stevenage survived, so we went to that, then out to the Anatolian Grill later.
Rafa lost to Denis 😦 . But only in a final set tiebreak. You can’t expect too much too soon, I suppose.
Sunday, December 19th
Went to Hollingworth Lake this morning. Nice sunny day.
And I’ve got my new computer.
Restrictions have now been imposed in Denmark. And Germany’s saying that anyone entering from the UK’ll have to go into quarantine for 2 weeks. And there’ve been anti-restriction protests in Belgium.
We’re getting towards a million boosters a day … but infection rates are sky-rocketing. Locally, they’re at the highest rates ever recorded, although that doesn’t mean much because not that many tests were being carried out in March, April and May 2020. Hospitalisations are now ticking up in London, and there are concerns over what’s going to happen if large numbers of hospital staff are off self-isolating.
It does now look very likely that further restrictions will be imposed. We could even be looking at at a two week lockdown after Boxing Day, although, TBH, I’m not sure a) what good that’d do and b) if people’d stick to it anyway.
When will this ever end?
On a happier note, Emma Raducanu is Sports Personality of the Year.