And on my latest day release exercise, I swung by……. the cemetery. Again.
I’ve no idea what sort of meter the SX-70 has. But with this very white monument and the bushes behind, I was kind of hoping the meter would tone down the whites and render the background completely black. And it so very nearly did.
Prior to this pandemic, thanks to Brexit and the ensuing culture war, Britain has been engulfed in political turmoil for three years. Each day seemed to bring a new political calamity, which was then promptly forgotten when the next one happened 24 hours later. Weeks felt like months, months felt like years. I really regret not keeping a simple note of events as they happened, just so I could look back and try and make some sense of it all.
So during this period I’ve decided to sum up the weekly events that have struck me the most, from the deadly serious to the absurdly ridiculous. If my tone seems flippant at times…well, we all have our own way of getting through this horror.
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This week in The Coronapocalypse:
- UK testing policy under severe critiscism
- Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose whilst inventing coronavirus device to warn when touching face
- Video conferencing app Zoom valued at 50% greater than total of all US airlines combined
- Google reports ‘How to cut men’s hair at home’ is last week’s top ‘how to’ search
- Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since WWII
- Endinburgh Festival cancelled
- Basically, every cultural event for this year cancelled
- Covid-19 claims its first democracy, as Hungary’s Viktor Orbán suspends Parliament and elections indefinitely
- Contactless payment limit raised from £30 to £45
- Number of confirmed worldwide cases passes one million
- British Airways suspends 30,000 staff until the end of May under the government furlough scheme
- British Airways staff serve breakfast for NHS employees at Whittington hospital
- Britons once again take to their windows and balconies to clap, cheer and bang cooking pots for the NHS workers
- Prime Minister still in self-isolation
- PM’s pregnant partner also confirms she is recovering from Covid-19
- London’s ExCel Exhibition Centre converted into 4000 bed temporary hospital in nine days
- Health Secretary sets aim of 100,000 tests a day by end of April
- Mobile phone masts torched and engineers abused over baseless theories linking coronavirus to 5G
- President Trump announces latest infection figures top 8.5 million. Oh, sorry, that was actually his press briefing viewing ratings
Worldwide cases: 1,203,109 (previous week 664,891)
Worldwide deaths: 64,743 (previous week 30,893)
UK cases: 41,903 (previous week 17,089)
UK deaths: 4,313 (previous week 1,019)