This Week In The Coronapocalypse | In An Instant: Why The Long Face?

I came across this beautiful and friendly chap on one of my recent expeditions to that dark and mysterious territory known as The Outside.

Chertsey / Polaroid SX-70 Sonar / Polaroid Originals SX-70 Black & White Film

polaroid horse

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:

  • Scottish Chief Medical Officer resigns for breaching her own social distancing rules after holiday home visits
  • PM Boris Johnson admitted to hospital ‘as a precaution’, having suffered prolonged Covid-19 symptoms
  • Queen gives rousing special address to the nation for only the fifth time in her 68 year reign. Nation heartened
  • Boris Johnson admitted to intensive care as health worsens. Nation deflated
  • Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab apparently now running Government
  • Nobody is really sure who is running Government
  • NHS Nightingale recieves first patients
  • Daily deaths in Italy gradually decreasing
  • Daily deaths in UK significantly increasing
  • No new deaths recorded in China
  • NHS workers put at risk due to lack of PPE. Some use plastic bags
  • Airbnb halts bookings in UK following complaints that hosts have been advertising properties as Covid-19 retreats
  • Chocolate giant Mondelēz (Cadbury and Oreo) repurposes 3D printing technology used for chocolate sculptures to make medical visiors for NHS staff
  • Some NHS workers send children to live with relatives in bid to protect them from Covid-19. It’s the Blitz all over again
  • PM transferred from intensive care to low dependency ward as health improves
  • Massive advertising campaign launched to discourage Brits from going out during the long and sunny Easter weekend
  • US becomes first country to record more than 2000 deaths in one day
  • Images emerge of coffins being buried in mass grave in New York City
  • Daily deaths in Spain gradually decreasing
  • EU agrees €500bn rescue package
  • PM improving and sitting up in bed

Worldwide cases: 1,784,331 (previous week 1,203,109)
Worldwide deaths: 108,962 (previous week 64,743)
UK cases: 78,991 (previous week 41,903)
UK deaths: 9,875 (previous week 4,313 )


9 comments on “This Week In The Coronapocalypse | In An Instant: Why The Long Face?

  1. The SX-70 really nailed the exposure on this photo. Great picture. I should put my Instax in my bag the next time I go out.

      1. Today I almost ended up having no choice but to use it. I came off my bicycle and the X-T3 went straight into brick pavement. Luckily, the tripod quick release plate took most of the shock. It seems to be working, but I’ll guess I’ll find out in the next few days.

          1. My left knee is stiff and painful when moved, but I think it’ll be okay in a day or two. I was wearing brand new jeans and although they weren’t damaged, when I got home I realised I hadn’t taken off the size sticker on the leg. Emotional hurt, indeed . . . .

  2. I think I just realized I need one of those SX-70’s. A lovely snap you got right there.
    The COVID-19 horror, Coronapocalypse, ridiculous behavior from government personnel or others that should know better, or whatever you may call it, seems to be rather constant no matter which country you are looking into. It’s the same story over in Norway as well… or in the US where I’m still stuck at sea, but now with a ticket for home on Friday. Let’s just hope I’m alive long enough to use it…

    1. The SX-70 is a great camera. It’s a work of genius, really. Mine was tragically in storage for a decade after the demise of Polaroid. When The Impossible Project resurrected the film, I didn’t like what I saw of the early iterations. It was too expensive to take a chance on. Now it’s still expensive, but I think the film is good and I’m budgeting to shoot a pack – a measly eight shots – a month.

      I’m very worried about the friends I have in the US. It’s bad enough in the UK, but I fear that America will be a complete disaster. Unfortunately, that’s what happens during a crisis when the person in charge is a serial bankrupt and cheat who played a successful businessman on a reality TV show.

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