Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Day 73, Week 11, Month 3 of Self Isolation.

The Numbers

412 new deaths today taking the total to 37,460.

The News

We’re still talking about Dominic Cummings. Social Media is flooded with memes about him. Several people have recorded versions of The Proclaimers song, I would walk 500 miles, and replaced the words with I would drive 260 miles.

40 back bench MPs have called for his resignation and expressed their anger about his hypocritical and arrogant behaviour.

The PM has been in front of the Commons Liaison Committee, basically, getting a grilling about Dominic Cummings and the government handling of the outbreak.

Details are emerging of the next phase of the pandemic in the UK.

Test, Track and Trace is due to start on Thursday.

The idea of local lockdowns where schools and businesses would be closed and people required to stay at home, in a defined local area in the event of a flareup, have been proposed.

The EU have offered the UK a 2 year delay in implementing Brexit because of the pandemic.

Hairdressers are asking if they can open, insisting that they are an essential service. Really?

The first private space flight, Elon Musk’s SpaceX is due to launch today (weather permitting) taking two astronauts to the International Space Station. It is this spacecraft that will eventually take paying members of the public into space. I suppose I’m thinking that that money could be better spent in the current economical situation. We are hurtling towards a global economic crisis the likes of which has never been seen before and people are still spending a fortune blasting people into space. Discuss.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject, we’re still ploughing ahead with HS2 at a cost so large that the numbers become meaningless! Is that really a priority at the moment? It may well be that it has its own momentum now and that we have come to far to go back. It may be that it will create valuable jobs that could boost the economy. I’m no expert. It just seems a bit pointless right now.

The New Way of Life

The weather is fantastic again. We got up early and got our work done before lunch-time. M had a group coaching session with a Business Network that he is a member of. I did some editing of Chapter 5 of Wait for Me and then a Zoom meeting about the next chapter of my biography project.

For the rest of the afternoon, we read, sunbathed and I did a bit of my new cross-stitch project. We went for a bike ride around 4.

Big cake-making day tomorrow!

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