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Back to the pub 15 April 2021

As many of you know, the landlady of our excellent local died at the start of December, so they didn't open in the short window before Christmas. Now it's possible again.

Returning to Barbecues 09 April 2021 - 9 comments

I've been thinking about what it'll take to start running barbecues again.

No More Shopping Days 30 March 2021 - 7 comments

I vaguely wish I'd known that the most recent shopping trip I'd made would be the last one for the moment.

More pokey pokey 26 March 2021 - 20 comments

Officially last week it was still only possible to book a vaccination if you were over 55. When I'd tried it the week before (giving NHS number and birth date) I was quite properly told to come back later. But…

That Implanted Tracking Chip In Full 20 March 2021 - 7 comments

Now that millions of people in the UK have had their first COVID-19 vaccination, our tireless team of imaginary researchers has had plenty of opportunities to examine the tracking chip that is, we are assured by many people with no possible ulterior motive, being implanted with every shot.

I thought they wanted us to get vaccinated. 13 March 2021 - 9 comments

(Guest post from Gus.)

As of this week, I fall into a cohort eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, one of the few things that makes me feel batter about being fifty-mumble. I like vaccines.

The SARS-CoV-2 jab malarky 01 March 2021 - 5 comments

(Guest post from Chris.)

The Covid19 vaccine: it's a big deal, right? Right. But the actual vaccination, it turns out, isn't. Perhaps my experience will give anyone anxious about it a reason to worry rather less. If you have had a flu jab, it's very similar.

Everything is the New Sprouts, Briefly 14 February 2021 - 4 comments

Shopping continues to be a bit strange.

Coronavirus Information for Serial, Spree and Cult Killers 20 December 2020

As National restrictions apply from 16 December, we want to assure customers that we are continuing to deliver the range of services to serial, spree and cult killers across the country while the majority of our people work from home.

What, both at once? 04 December 2020

On the last day of the most recent isolation period, I went shopping. It turns out there were two separate panics on at the same time.

Still Mostly Masks 21 November 2020 - 4 comments

I think people just don't have the attention span to cope with something that goes on for months.

It's Not a Lockdown 04 November 2020

So it's to be a "lockdown" again. Only not.

An Ominous Announcement 24 October 2020 - 5 comments

The local council has issued a press release. Excuse me while I run round and round in small circles.

NHS App? 26 September 2020 - 6 comments

There is at long last an "official NHS contact-tracing app". Should one use it?

Still Masks 13 August 2020

Mostly people continue to wear masks.

Masks at last 29 July 2020 - 4 comments

People have finally started wearing masks in the shops round here.

Milk is the new sprouts 16 July 2020 - 2 comments

Haven't you heard? Masks are last month's thing.

Back to the Pub 07 July 2020

One huge advantage of living outside London is that my local pub does not need to be hugely crowded at all times to stay in business. So when it reopened on Saturday I went along.

Masks Latest 19 June 2020

Some personal behaviour seems to have improved since last time. (But I'm only taking one sample every two weeks…)

More Shopping 08 June 2020 - 8 comments

Things are mostly as they were last time in the shops; a bit better, a bit worse.

Grinding to a Halt 21 May 2020 - 2 comments

The "lockdown" has affected me relatively little: things I mail-order take longer to arrive, role-playing games have moved online, and I haven't seen my boardgame groups at all. But now it starts to feel as though people have gone into a kind of stasis.

Sprouts are the New Flour 19 April 2020 - 4 comments

Not that I shop in person very often anyway. But it's gone a bit strange.

Life in the Plague Weeks 05 April 2020 - 9 comments

So we finally got something like precautions being applied, though piecemeal and rather later than would have been sensible.

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