Over the last month I've been pinged so many time from contact with covid positive colleagues that I'm only surprised when I go for a few days without being the dreaded shield appearing on my phone. If you saw my workplace you would not be surprised about this either. I dreaded spending Christmas with my … Continue reading Coronaed!
All covid restrictions are due to end in England in ten days' time. It's a day I've been looking forward to for some time, but the feeling I've got is a bit like the feeling you get when parkrun mess up their results and tell you you've got a PB when you know full well … Continue reading Occasional covid related post
The coronavirus vaccine is nearly here. There's rumours it could land for us NHS workers in the next two weeks. And my current source of utter gobsmacked boggling bemusement is that some people who are able to have the vaccine are actually dragging their heels about it. It would make more sense to me if … Continue reading The End?
parkrun announced that they would return in England at the end of October, and of course almost immediately the coronavirus transmission rate went through the roof and an unannouncement swiftly followed. I'm very sad about this, but I do think it was the right decision - not because I think there is much danger associated … Continue reading Velopark 5k
As the coronavirus related restrictions have eased, it seems like most of the British population has fallen into two camps: Camp One are still vehemently refusing to leave the house for any reason. They do not think schools, pubs, gyms, hairdressers or events of any kind should be open until the virus is completely eradicated. … Continue reading Return to Racing
What a strange world we find ourselves in. London is starting to open up. We have pubs and hairdressers and outdoor pools and soon we will have sports massage and gyms but we do not have parkrun or races or gigs and we have no idea when we will. Stay at home and save lives … Continue reading Just because it’s over doesn’t mean it’s really over
This weekend, the NHS started coronavirus antibody tests for all staff. These are the tests that tell you whether you have had coronavirus in the past (but not if you have it at the moment). Mine came back positive. It seems I must have been one of those "asymptomatic carriers" who apparently comprise approximately 30% … Continue reading Positive
I wished for (and still wish for) a beginning to the end of lockdown. But not like this. Here is a sample of things I wished for: Public transport to return to normal, in particular the reopening of Blackhorse Road station and the end of the "one way system" at Stratford which necessitates a five … Continue reading Be Careful What You Wish For
Apparently this Sunday Boris is going to announce the beginning of the end of the lockdown. It's not known exactly what he will say, but speculation points at some very small changes such as being allowed to sit in a park with friends, spaced out, or the reopening of certain sorts of businesses. I've been … Continue reading Stockholm Lockdown Syndrome
I've had some pretty shit birthdays. I was born on the 28th April, which usually coincides with the last match of the football season - rarely a happy day for Leyton Orient fans, and always a deluge of unseasonable weather after a couple of falsely promising pleasant weeks over Easter. My seventeenth birthday took some … Continue reading Birthday Half Marathon
You know when you've just finished a long plane journey, and your plane lands, and you're all eager and poised ready to get off and start your holiday, but then a tannoy tells you that there's no gates and you're going to have to sit on the plane for an undetermined length of time, and … Continue reading Lockdown – one month in
My alarm goes off at 4:30am, just like it did Before. I'm no longer the only person awake and online at that time; some people are suffering insomnia, some have lost all sense of date and time, others are enjoying a night out at Virtual Slimelight and others have deliberately got up early to go … Continue reading Lockdown, Day 22
Boris has spoken and the only reasons people are allowed to leave their house are for groceries, medical/care needs, work and exercise. Considering the first three are not a lot of fun (especially when the first leads to a scrap in the pasta aisle over the last pack of tagliatelle), it seems every fucker on … Continue reading Womblestow
On Monday, 23 March, night the UK went into "lockdown". I will admit, because right now I am beyond caring what anyone thinks of me, I was not at home but visiting a friend who had just been released from a two month stay in a psychiatric hospital. This had been preceded by a two … Continue reading The New Normal