Day 615 – Haven’t we suffered enough? (part n)

Arriving in my inbox this morning:

But I do fully intend to miss a night with Justin Bieber, dear reader. I’ll be at a school prizegiving event when they go on sale, and I can guarantee that I won’t be shedding a single frustrated tear over not being amongst the first (or indeed, the last) to pay for access to his shows.

ON THE PLUS SIDE: “only vaccinated fans permitted” – excellent – more of this sort of thing, please; and in more personal news, at least the Bok van Blerk emails seem to have stopped (for the moment, at least).

Day 611 – Travel

Twitter: “But it’s ridiculous! People are tested before they can travel!”

And yet, at Schipol…

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South African Minister of Health: “Travel restrictions are unjustified”:

Also the South African Minister of Health: “We may restrict travel”:

Trump bans travel from parts of Africa this time last year. Joe Biden:

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Today, Joe Biden announces ban on travel from parts of Africa:

I know, I know. Cheap shots. Low hanging fruit etc etc.

Maybe it’s just people called Joe…

But also massive hypocrisy and many clear indications that – almost 2 years into this whole mess – we (and by we, I mean politicians) haven’t come up with any decent methods of dealing with it. It’s all a bit scary.

Look, the likelihood is that this variant will be all over the world already. Just because it was only detected now, doesn’t mean it wasn’t already widely circulating.

But yes, I do support the bans: for the moment, at least.
Anything which buys any healthcare system any extra time – and therefore information – has to be used when we are dealing with new, unknown variants.

And then the political aspect, whereby the government has to be seen to be doing something. When BJ didn’t close the flights from India back in May, he lost a lot of credibility (yes, yes, I know) regarding the way the government was dealing with Covid.

People used it as a tool to avoid following guidelines: “Why should I bother if Boris is just letting the virus in anyway?”. I’ve said countless times during this whole thing that being a President or Prime Minister is not a job I’d want during a pandemic. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. You are not going to please all of the people any of the time.

But then there’s an important caveat here: when the statistics, the information and the experts suggest that the limitations are not required, then they need to be lifted just as quickly as they were instituted. And that’s not an own goal; it’s not saying that they were wrong to put them into place in the first place: that’s acting on new information and data. Nothing wrong with that.
It must just happen as soon as some sort of all-clear is sounded, not 6 months down the line.

Day 599, part 2 – Bafana Bafana out of World Cup thanks to this “penalty” “decision”

Full disclosure: I didn’t watch the match – way too late for me right now.
Just catching up now and… well… wow. This one needs sharing for posterity.
You’re Ghana love it.

Thoughts and prayers with the player involved. Unlikely to ever play again, looking at this.
Less sympathy for the referee’s bank account.

Ghana’s 1-0 win (the goal coming from this decision) means that the final table looks like this:

…meaning that South Africa don’t qualify, but Ghana do.

Convenient.

And you can talk all you like about missed chances and winning games you only drew and and and, but there were plenty of other close calls across the world yesterday (not least this amazing game – or this one), whose outcomes weren’t then ruined by a really, really, dodgy decision.

Africa stays laughable. And losing.

Day 599 – They’re so angry

Austria is locking down some of its citizens today in a bid to avert another wave of Covid. They’re locking down the unvaccinated ones, and it really does feel like we are suddenly living in a truly divided society.

And then you think: if only there was something they could do about it.

And it all feels a bit better.

And if you think I am trivialising an important issue, maybe I am. But I look at why people aren’t getting vaccinated, and the petty, juvenile, stupid behaviour is all on them. It’s honestly so very pathetic, and if you choose to be “pro-choice” – and we all know what that really means – then why should you put the rest of us in more danger? The last two years have been shitty enough without you trying to prolong it because you feel you have to believe some crap you read on Facebook. Idiots.

The self same idiocy demonstrated over the new Tesco ad.

Seizing the zeitgeist and featuring Father Christmas with a QR code vaccine passport. Brilliant.
It’s not even a good ad. It’s busy, bitty, hurried – it’s hard work… but I actually love the fact that it’s got people upset.

And by people, I mean idiots.

You do you. Go boycott Tesco, you young, brave soldiers.
Let’s see where that gets you. Bless.

UPDATE: It seems that my stance on this has irritated a few people. So be it. You irritate me.

I’m not deliberately going out of my way to upset you, but equally, I’m not going to bend over backwards to accommodate your stupidity any longer. The data are in, the writing is on the wall, the facts are facts.
I very much doubt that SA will see a (non-)vaccinated lockdown, but looking at the way thinks are going, if it comes, I’m very much here for it. Because sure, what you do to yourself is your call, but when you choose to willfully endanger others because of your selfish and foolish behaviour, I lose my patience quickly.
And quite frankly, you deserve to be inconvenienced. And we deserve to be safer.

Oh, and before you gooi around the word “tyranny”, like you are doing already… well… this.

Mmm.

Day 593 – Bounce

After a fairly horrendous night of sleep, which left me expecting to be in pieces today, I appear to have bounced back somewhat.
Who knows what my immune system is doing? Who knows how I’d be feeling with fewer drugs in me? Or more drugs? Or different drugs?

Who is even keeping score anymore?

It’s weird, and inexplicable, but I’ll take it.

And I have taken it. I managed to get almost a million* jobs done this morning which had previously been hanging over me for the past few weeks. The ‘to do’ list is much shortened and things are looking neater, tidier, cleaner. Fitter, happier, more productive.

Sure, reality will prevail by 8 this evening, I know: my legs are already telling me what’s coming (and they know their stuff). But as an unexpected bonus, the last eight hours or so have been pretty good.

* actually only a very slight exaggeration