FRAUDENTLY FRIDAY

It is really difficult to get away from the subject of the coronavirus. Quite rightly as a lot of people in the world are dying from it.  Countries have reacted very differently to coping with it. Some have handled the situation well but others not so well.

USA- Trump initially didn’t really take the virus seriously at first , said it was “just”  another type of flu. The country reacted much too slowly to lock down in the major cities especially New York. Now Trump is pushing to reactivate the economy quicker than most states want. The infection rates are still way too high.

BRAZIL- The President, Bolsonaro is , quite frankly, hoping the virus will just go away and keep his economy going despite a lot of deaths.

RUSSIA- Is now a worry. Their infections and deaths are rising quite rapidly now and I hope their lock-down is proving effective. They sat on the fence too long and now are paying the price. They already have a shortage of Safety Equipment  (SSE)

ITALY, FRANCE and SPAIN. Initially had a lot of deaths and infections and  very strict lockdowns are  to easing off very slowly and carefully.

GERMANY.- Have  had a lot less deaths than other European countries. They have tested more of the population than any other of the large European nations. They are now slowly opening some of their lockdown situations and industry is being to start up.

Most of the other European nations are now easing lockdowns.

CHINA- Whether we believe the virus was started in a Wuhan laboratory or in a livestock market we don’t know (or ever know). But infections and deaths are much lower than other countries (if they are to believed) Chinese industry is now starting up and the whole world needs their economy to recover quickly.

Other Asian countries have controlled the virus  well. Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Singapore have used testing to good effect.

My great worry is for some of the other populous Asian nations where workers in factories need to work to live. If they don’t work they starve. Countries like Bangladesh, india, Pakistan and Indonesia.

AFRICA seems to been little effected so far. But it is early days there.

And what about the UK. Well we were too slow and unprepared for the virus. Austerity over the past 10 years has caused this problem. We were too worried about Brexit to do anything else. Uk deaths are the worst in Europe and while diminishing are still far too high. Due to the lack of social care in the community deaths in care homes have been unnecessarily high.

Our PM Boris Johnson has now alienated the other home nations. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now doing their own thing. Johnson’s quandary is that infections and deaths are still too high but he is trying to reopen schools and industry. Who knows what will happen in the next few months!

 

On a brighter note we might even see some sports events soon although they are likely to be behind close doors. How crowds will be admitted later no one knows.

The same goes for theatres, cinemas, pop concerts , in fact anywhere there are crowds. We will just have to wait for guidance in the future. It is possible that in the summer some pubs, cafes and restaurants could operate out doors.

Like most people we wonder if we will be able to travel abroad again in the near future. The government is now considering a 14 day quarantine for all travellers even when they return from holiday. So the likely hood is that most people will try to get accommodation at home but there will be a huge demand this summer. And we don’t know when hotels will reopen. These are strange times. But where I live the weather has been good recently and we can still walk our dogs on the beach , stroll through the woods. Life isn’t so bad. For some of us anyway.

HUMOUR–Bananas are used to make kimonos. Presumably you can eat them first!

The New Zealand badminton team was nicknamed the “Black Cocks” but had to drop it after complaints.

The US doubled in size in 1983 when President Reagan expanded it’s coastal waters from 3 to 200 miles!

Human rights were invented in Iran.A while ago!

Rice Krispies in Germany go “Knisper, Knasper, Knusper” Of course they do!

OLD WORDS-

Woozy– unsteady with drink, dizzy.

Hugger mugger–confusion, muddle, jumble.

Hullaboo– clamour, hubbub.

Humbug–sham, empty talk.

Hurdy gurdy– old musical instrument.

Hurly burly– turmoil. uproar.

GEORDIE WORDS

Sneck– part of a door lock.

Tappy lappy– stroll or walk.

Tab–cigarette.

Gammy– Injured part of the body.

Clout– hit someone violently.

Claggy– sticky

POEM Attached                                                     STORMY WEATHER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANY OLD FRIDAY

It’s a beautiful day. Sun is shining, birds are singing, the sea is nearly blue. A sort of slatey, greyie blue. The North Sea is never a azure blue like the Mediterranean. It is only for the hardier of swimmers and probably only for  about a dozen days a year.. Surfers, (and there is some really good surfing on some of our local beaches) wear wet suits at all times, winter or summer. The North Sea is mainly for fishing and boating on , not really for entering. It is brilliant for watching wild life. Within easy reach of where I live are seal colonies and huge bird sanctuaries on the Farne Isles. Whales , porpoises and dolphins are regular visitors to these shores. I have seen them myself less than a mile out. There is also some of the best diving in the UK off these shores. The point is it is always pretty cold. The beautiful sandy beaches of Northumberland are for bracing walks with dogs not for lying on sunbathing. They are also mainly deserted! They are a secret to the rest of England so please don’t tell anyone about them. we want to keep them to ourselves.

The election squabbling contains unabated. Only about three weeks to go and it will all be over. Then all the successful politicians will go to their club in London, the Houses of Parliament, play their silly games and totally ignore us (the ordinary people)  for five years. The new Government then are safe in the knowledge they have five years to break all their election promises before the next round of lying thro. their back teeth. We are all getting ready to vote for the least worst party and that is those of us who believe we should vote. That is democracy at work in a nut shell!!!!!

Did you know the waste produced at Xmas each year in Britain would fill 400,000 double -decker buses. I didn’t realise we had so many buses! Every time I wait for one it either doesn’t appear or three come at once.

The Persians invented horse-riding and trousers. I wonder which one they invented first?

Due to a computor error in 1989 41,000 Parisians received letters charging them with murder, extortion and prostitution instead of motoring offences. I wonder how they explained the letters to their partners.

The BBC is yet again being criticized  by  the Tories and UKIP for being too left wing. I have never noticed it but do these same people ever read the newspapers. The press is 80% at least right wings. I know the BBC makes mistakes from time to time but it is still a fantastic institution. It is still admired world wide even though there must be thousands of TV and radio channels now. It stands up as a purveyor of unbiased news.

Well I will be going to support my football team Newcastle on Sunday in the hope they might actually win a game soon. In fact scoring the occasional goal would be nice. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

I have attached a selection of Haikus. ( Short Japanese poems)     HAIKUS