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I'll Drink To That*!

In their wisdom, the Government has decided to allow pubs, restaurants and hairdressers in England to re-open today.

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  So if you're going to your Local today, please be careful, I have few enough Readers as 'tiz.  Y'all have a good, and carefull, day now!


   *Tea or Coffee maybe!

  ** A variety of carnation apparently.
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Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood!

I write quite a lot; here, emails to family and friends, emails to others, also texts.  As regular Readers might have gathered, I don't always express what I mean in the clearest of ways.  So naturally enough sometimes people misunderstand.  Some of them get upset by what they misunderstand me to have written.

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  Y'all have a good (and clearly explained & forgiving) day now!
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Let's Talk About the Weather

Seeing as no-one seems to be interested in anything else I've posted recently!

  It's been HOT here.  That's HOT as in 'warm for the time of year', 'temperatures higher than seasonal average', and 'too warm for us'.

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  So there we are.  Maybe I'll be able to doze off now.  Here's hoping.  Y'all have a good day now!
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At What Age Do I Go From "Cute" To "Dangerous"?

I'm not sure how we explained racial differences to our two, it was a long time ago.  Primary school was primarily white, but with an increasing number of 'other skintone' children and parents 'school-gating' because we live inner city.

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  It's complicated, I know, but since when has 'complicated' meant we shouldn't at least try?  For everyone's sake.

  Y'all have a good, and thoughtful, day now!




   *At the time I'm not sure any secondary school in the city was particularly multi-racial.  Things have generally improved as the ethnic makeup of the city population has changed.  Though I think all the secondary schools remain 'majority white' in staff and pupils.

  **Not that it would from me.
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The Rain, It Raineth

Not here it doesn't.

  Thursday I was supposed to go out for a drive with friend J, whom I've not seen since we went for a drive together back in February?  I know it was back before Covid-19 occupied every minute of the News, though terrible things were happening in China, Korea (South, North was suspected but they don't tell), Japan and places.  In fact it was probably further west than that, but the British Government was adopting the Ostrich Position (head in sand, can't see a problem so there isn't one) rather than getting Prepared.  Are there no ex-Scouts and ex-Guides in the Government?

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  Meanwhile it is Stupid o'clock and I am going back to bed before my alarm goes off!

  Y'all have a good day now!
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Shopping, shopping, and Statues

I'm not sure quite how to keep up these days, there is so much that needs doing at this end, there is so much happening in the nation and the world (not that we're getting to hear about that much really.)  But I shall try.

  As of Monday non-essential shops in the UK have been allowed to open, IF they can put in place Safe Distancing measures and somehow ensure that the number of customers inside remains safe, and Safely Distanced.  Bearing in mind the herding instinct of some . . .  Not to mention the way they sometimes turn and give people trying to remind them that these Restrictions are for their own health and the health of everyone a right mouthful . . .

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  That said, H and I ventured out together to do a little light retail ourselves yesterday.  We took the shopping trolley (cos we were walking, natch, #can'tdrive, #carless) and headed to explore B&Q.  One of the rails in my wardrobe came down last week.  The thingy supporting one end had broken.  We needed another.

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  In the afternoon I did some light gardening.  The tomatoes still need planting out, but rain is forecast today and tomorrow so I'm wondering (it hasn't rained yet.)  Knowing that tomatoes can be prone to whitefly, I asked a friend to nab me some Tagetes (French Marigolds) if he could.  He did.

  The idea is to plant Tagetes alongside the tomatoes to distract the whitefly.  Having inadvertently left the punnet of French Marigolds out overnight, once, I'm now wondering what might distract the ravening molluscs from them!  Aaaaarrrggh!

  I keep checking the pots, going out at odd times and stamping on the beasties.  They keep coming, even the Really Big Ones!

  And, lest you think me totally home absorbed and not aware at all of World Events - as presented by the News Programmes (which have been solid Covid-19 since about February, certainly since major Lockdown)

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  Right, time for lunch.  Hmmm, what are we having?

  Y'all have a good, and THOUGHTFUL day now!





    *I refer the interested reader to Richard Dimbleby's report on the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest of 1957.  Of course Italian spaghetti might grow on a different variety of tree/shrub!


   **Witness the problems over last weekend, where BLM protestors were marching, and White Supremacist and Far Right groups were assembling 'to protect the statues' (some spoiling for a fight.)  Also (scroll down in that link) the photo of the (white) guy taking a leak next to the memorial to PC Keith Palmer, the police officer killed in the Westminster terrorist attack in 2017, just 3 years ago.  That was a lot of History, well within living memory there, even his.

  In his defence, the guy said he needed a leak, hadn't noticed the memorial, was there 'to protect the statues', but didn't actually know which statues he was supposed to be protecting, or from what/whom.
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No Need To Wear A Hat

I've had a haircut (no, not a bear cut, a scare cut, I do not need to wear a hat!)  A Key-Worker friend (who does a bit of light hair-dressing on the side) and lives nearby said I could go round this week and she'd cut my hair in her back yard.  We could wear masks to keep things properly safe as she doesn't have arms or scissors long enough for Social Distancing!

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  I was going to write something about statues, band-waggons and other such topicality.  It'll keep.  Also others have done so better.  Dear Reader, think!

  Y'all have a good, and thoughtful, day now!




    *If I suddenly go 'off air' in a couple of weeks' time . . .

   **This year she put her prices up by nearly 8%, after a good 15 to 20 years charging the same price.  (A cut now costs £7, or not in this case.)

  ***I must put up a poster, & write to Those In Charge, about Fair Wages for Key Workers, because clapping don't pay bills.
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For Evil to Triumph . . .

It is necessary merely for Good People to do nothing.

  Dear Reader, have a read of this.

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/2020/06/wednesday-i-think/

  You might not get the Knitting analogy.

  That's not the point.

  At this time, as at every time, if we're not getting informed, at the very least, we too are part of the problem.

  As with anything.

  Y'all have a good day now!
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Sometimes I Wonder

There is a saying, of which H reminds me occasionally,

  "Never attribute to malice what is most probably due to plain human stupidity and incompetence."

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  No, this ain't just another half-baked conspiracy theory.  So don't go getting the wrong ideas, please, Dear Reader.

  Y'all have a good day now!