Facemask lingerie……… or what to do with used PPE

So my question for today is, “could you pull this look off?”

Or then again the phrase ‘ingenuity is the mother of all invention’ comes to mind.

Pulling this look off depends on boob size I guess, if you’re an A size bra cup (possibly a AA) like Rianne Meijer above then you’ll have little to worry about, they’ll neither jiggle or bounce whilst she walks however larger endowed ladies of a certain age may struggle, and regrettably real life takes its toll, after a lady has nursed her offspring they’ll sag a little no doubt pendulously swinging from side to side, I’m not being disrespectful mind! I think it’s wonderful mothers breastfeed their babies, nurturing them with warm milk so they’ll grow healthy and cognitive with strong bones oh and a little sweet tasting as I’m reliably informed.

Yes I said sugary sweet but note I’ve never tasted………… unfortunately 😦 .

Many many months ago I commented a mummy blogger as to the taste of her breastmilk and she replied lol ‘a little sweeter than cows milk Andrew’, well you gotta ask haven’t you. Anyways before I (don’t) meander into my love of women’s breasts yet again (yawn)…….. what was I chatting about? Oh yes question for the day ‘could you pull-off a bra look made from disposable face masks’ and I’ve concluded the smaller boobed lady could but breastfeeding mothers and bustier ladies may struggle, I guess if you’re of a high round firm B cup maybe C you’ll be ok, but D’s and DD+ may be light on support but omg for us guys the results would make for spectacular viewing as they bounced their unsupported jig beneath tight fitting jersey’s.

The Dutch influencer I’m sharing above has been slammed online after fashioning a bikini from old facemasks, Rianne Meijer shocked and offended her Instagram followers (well there’s a surprise lol) by wearing a bikini fashioned from yes facemasks, and all I can add is I admire her results, disposable mask material is designed to concertina outwards covering a human animals nose mouth and chin, and looking at Rianne’s AA cup boobs her facemasks appear to cover and support beautifully………. and don’t you think azure blue is such a flattering colour on a woman and the matching knickers are a work of art! 😀

You didn’t know this but one of my more useless life skills is guessing, correctly I might add, a woman’s correct bra size, yep I’ll look at her pair of boobs and can tell you if she’s an A cup B C or DD whatever, a talent honed from my lifetime’s gazing at women’s breasts but that’s a whole other on-line posting, 😀 .

I have a social media theory I’ve touched on before. When followers reply comments like these below Rianne’s posting:

Why you waste masks like that?” One person wrote, while another simply said: “Just no.”

“What a waste of PPE,” another person commented, with another saying: “You are so great & I love your content usually. But wasting masks is not something that should be advertised.”

But come on are they actually disgusted? Are they really deeply offended? Or are they just making their voice heard and trying to provoke a reaction? I’d guess the second, they’ll comment and click the send button and being as the youth of today have the concentration timespan of a goldfish, seconds later they’ll ‘swipe’ to another Tweet or Instagram photo and dream up some other pithy humorous offended reply hoping that others like and share, it’s only the 5% of nasty bullying Trolls who are in truth angry and that’s a reflection of their personalities in real life……….. I blame the frigging media, it’s their fault these harmless ‘offended’ replies are taken seriously, for heaven’s sake why does the BBC share a selection of Tweets written by G list celebrities beneath a serious News story? I neither care for these musicians and soap actors opinions and as I said before, they’re NOT that offended anyway.

Returning to beautiful sexy Rianne, what I say is lighten up, at the least the young lady is upcycling disposable facemasks into brand new bra’s, as we know mask plastic fabric is unrecyclable ending it’s useful life discarded and thrown in City streets across the globe, or heartbreakingly it’s elastic straps entwined around a birds feet or sucked into dolphins and whales stomachs 😦 , jeeze we invent these wonderful products yet don’t think about what to do with them when used and the affect on nature is upsetting.

So for heavens sake lighten up with the criticism I say, now if every girl fills her knicker draw with bras fashioned from old facemasks then just imagine the positive affects for our environment, so I’ve a suggestion for all you ladies out there, whether A or DD cup go to your bedroom and lock the door, seat yourselves before your vanity mirror, carefully construct a bra from facemasks, strip naked topless and put on the delicate to admire the effect……… and why not start a movement and POST THE PICTURES ON YOUR INSTAGRAM!

A. Shepherdson 2021

(Remember I have the utmost respect for women who have breastfed their babies and would NEVER make fun at their expense.)

PMR Cotton Face Masks, from Amazon

I’ve returned to work and using Cotton face Masks (cotton face coverings) whilst ‘riding’ on public Transport, apparently by Law we the travelling public are mandated to wear one, but irritatingly some member’s of the British Public aren’t wearing face coverings because Public Health rules don’t apply to them?

Wtf, medical experts from every Country across the Globe are advising we wear one, because although coverings DON’T stop you catching covid-19, they do stop the wearer spreading coroner virus if they display asymptomatic symptoms, but of course we British are libertarians (selfish assholes) and we pick and choose the laws that suit our style of living or alternatively to stick two fingers in the direction of Boris Johnson…….. Oh well that’s human nature for you, no point upsetting myself, I’m just hoping face Masks stop me catching THE virus whilst travelling to and from work on the bus, oh and forgot to say I use 72% alcohol hand sanitizer every time I alight, what more can we do?

Seller: Amazon on-line.

Price: £14.99 (+£1.95 postage and packaging)

I don’t usually write product reviews however seeing as I’ve been reading other’s reviews whilst shopping on-line, I thought I’d add my own this virus is scary s***. Consequently thanks to Amazon (not my favourite company but hey-ho), so I’ve purchased a variety of face Masks and in my opinion PMR are the most comfortable best fitting.

Disclaimer: They are sold as face masks and don’t claim to stop viruses, but then again we all know that 🙂 .

Experts are divided on whether we should wear masks however the opinion appears to be pro, and mandatory when travelling public transport, my personal opinion for what it’s worth is wearing in confined spaces cannot hurt. Five masks arrived and they really are very well made with an internal pocket to insert a filter, they’re well sewn from cotton which apparently is the best material to use and the elastic fits tightly around my ears, they fit really snuggly around the rest of my face as well.

I’ve dropped one (virtual) star because there is a slight gap between the mask either side of my nose, a problem on all masks and I guess an aluminum nose strip would have helped. Not to worry I’m happy with them and seeing as they are made of cotton they will be easy to wash, however ‘experts’ say hand wash only and don’t launder inside a washing machine!

And finally I’m sharing a ‘how to sew’ the Olson face Mask from YouTube, if I could use a sewing machine I’d definitely have an attempt at making one, however ‘me being me’ don’t be surprised if one day I do.

🙂 Stay safe peeps.

A. Shepherdson 2020

Hand sewn Face masks made by my mother

I don’t mean to scare any readers, but yes that is a photo of me and very rare it is to on this Blog! Modelling my mother’s hand sewn face mask she made me also other u family relations, btw extremely impressive they are to.

After 13 weeks agonisingly tedious legally enforced lockdown I’ve now returned to work, fantastic news. My Boss phoned to ask if I was interested in coming back, no pressure was made and the decision was completely voluntary, consequently without any hesitation I answered yes before really asking all the detail. Soon after I was forwarded risk assessments, method statement, photos of how the inside of the building looks with direction arrows on the walls, and yes I’m aware there are risks of possibly catching this blessed Covid-19 (possibly dying even), but jeeze we cannot all remain locked in our homes forever!

So as of last Thursday I returned, THEN Boris Johnson passed a law saying that from this past Monday, wearing face protection is to be mandatory on all public transport (or pay a £25 fine!) I commute by bus so now along with 20 other passengers we all have to wear a face mask, however it’s not tooo uncomfortable, and public transport will only be the beginning because I believe anyone visiting Hospital or the Dentist has to wear a mask……. as did my plumber when he came to service my central heating boiler!

Face masks, directional arrows on the floor, and sanitizer dispensers fixed to the wall are the new normality, get used to these restrictions or remain locked inside your home for evermore……. lol the choice is yours. Incidentally face mask prices are beginning to drop on Amazon which is fantastic, hundreds of manufacturers jumped into the market consequently there’s tooo many masks and prices are being cut, yay that’s called the ‘Law of Supply and Demand’ in a Free Market.

Face masks contain filters and below are links to two US army websites who’ve tested every filter material imaginable…… Jeye cloths hand-towels and coffee filters included.

Chemical Biological Centre tests homemade face coverings

Army Researchers say this is the best material for a homemade face mask filter they’ve found so far

A. Shepherdson 2020

Visiting my Mother (‘schsss’ I’m breaking the Law)

By rights I should be banged-up in Prison by now! My crime visiting my Mum’s house yesterday and contravening ‘The Emergency Corona Act 2020’, no seriously if you apply the letter of the law I’m now officially classified an Offender……. Holy blank just image the asshole horrors I could be subjected to sharing a prison cell with another guy, I’ve seen the movie Shawshank Redemption.

Okay, yes I’m joking for effect (err I think I am) however under new emergency legislation I’m only permitted to leave my home for a visit to the local supermarket, a short period of exercise (no one has a clue what this means), deliver food or medicine to a dependent, however the regulations stopping us from visiting friends or relatives is causing a great deal of confusion, and what constitutes ‘short exercise’ anyway? Taking a cycle ride into the countryside is exercise. To their credit many Police Forces are applying these new Laws with common sense also restraint, however many other Police Forces are dishing out Fines like they’re going out of fashion!

Btw I’m not criticizing our wonderful first responders they’re most likely as confused as the rest of us.

Now I’m old enough and wise enough to understand rushed through legislation, flabby Law’ is also open to misinterpretation and could well end in tears, after all we’ve been here before, remember The Dangerous Dog Act? That well meaning knee jerk reaction to those horrific canine attacks in the mid 90’s, sadly this swiftly drafted well meaning’ legislation was a disaster, I’m sorry but stories of veterinarians euthanising people’s beloved pets just because a dog growled were indefensible.

Time will tell if being fined £600+costs+a victim surcharge by overzealous stormtroopers sorry Policemen/women, all for the crime of standing waiting on a rail station platform without a good reason is justice well served, ‘Rushed Law is Bad Law’ isn’t that how the saying goes?

Ok this Law is only weeks old, hopefully guidelines will be clarified and published soon, if not perfectly law abiding citizens may well refuse to pay fines, contest unjust cases in Courts of Law and chaos will ensue, BUT yes I understand we are living through the worst public health pandemic for 100 years………… I get it! 😦

Anyways, not to worry my mother enjoyed a half hours natter and friendly company, we observed social distancing, I washed my hands, sat in her conservatory for the entire visit and she disinfected the chair after I’d gone home…………

And finally photos taken by me sitting in mum’s conservatory,

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I visited my Mother yesterday. I contravened new legislation. I BROKE THE LAW!

 

©A. Shepherdson 2020

Chinese ‘filthy’ meat Markets

Having ‘a good rant’ is a great way of ridding yourself from frustrations and is strangely therapeutic.

You have been forewarned! 🙂

Definition of a wet market: A place where animals for human consumption are freshly slaughtered but not chilled, apparently Chinese have an appetite for warm meat!

Please look at this photograph below. Taken in a Chinese meat Market I’m both saddened and angry thinking to myself ‘are these shop owners f###ing insane?’ At what point do these morons pictured think it’s acceptable to sell food for human consumption in such insanitary conditions, dirty and germ-ridden unclean unhygienic environments so disgusting as to be a danger to human health! Beggars belief, and heaven knows how unclean the killing abattoirs and slaughter houses must look like because I can only imagine they’d be worse…… could animal butchery actually BE any worse?

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A Chinese meat Market shop & shopkeeper

Open Shop fronts (and I apply the word ‘Shop’ loosely), rows of Market stalls devoid of glass windows keeping flies outside displaying fresh cuts of meat, tables open to the elements exposed to dirty rain droplets, unclean food ‘outlets’ populated with filthy Chinese humans wandering past no doubt handling and prodding meat joints, motorcars driving past throwing up dirt and soil, belching carbon and sulphur from their exhausts contaminating meat products, and I ask you, in what world does a Trader think this acceptable?

(Google ‘Chinese meat Market’ but be forewarned there ARE photos worse than this, then again perhaps don’t!)

Oh and not forgetting the flies and insects landing and s###ing on the meat, infecting carcasses with disease ridden soon to hatch maggots, and where’s the temperature controlled refrigerators? Where’s the obligatory chest freezers always visible to the rear of a butcher’s shop? And don’t tell me ‘all flat surfaces’ are washed down with clean water and disinfectant at the end of the day, like they are in the UK. And I’m left wondering are those cuts of meat from different species of animal, pig and boar hams hanging on skewers beside goat corpses, raw chicken legs in the same blood filled trays along with cattle steaks? And don’t get me started on pathogen infected pangolins and bats…… No wonder thousands of people are dying each and everyday in Europe and all because these deplorable Market Traders gave zero consideration to public health, the tragic consequence a COVID-19 global pandemic!

The repercussions are heart wrenching and yet totally avoidable 😦 .

I’m left asking myself are the reasons for this mindless stupidity cultural? Or are these morons just ignorant and uneducated, unaware their insanitary conditions breed infections and disease that ultimately kill humans, or do these Shopkeepers turn a blind eye to Chinese food hygiene standards (and apparently they do exist) because if the answer’s yes, then they are guilty of murder!

Incredibly and sadly, Wuhan’s wet Market is again open for business 😦 …… wild animal bush meat anyone?

 

A. Shepherdson 2020

Staying home PROTECTS lives

Oh dearie me, Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood has been a very naughty girl. Usually a person’s fall from grace swiftly followed by an unreserved apology makes for wonderfully entertaining TV viewing, we do so enjoy watching the rich and powerful, pompous and hypercritical being snared by the very advice they’re lecturing other’s to follow, especially if the delinquents sour faced apology, sorry sermon! Is delivered standing before a lectern it’s like watching a crash unfolding before your very eyes!

Only problem is Catherine’s hubris is a whole lot more serious, for the past few weeks she’s been quite rightly pleading with the public to stay at home and so protect the NHS, then yesterday a Scottish newspaper published photos of her visiting her second home (40miles away), I’ll spare you the pictures but she’s been spotted outside walking with her husband and children!

Sadly the saying ‘Do as I say and Not as I do’ comes to mind, however I’m not gloating, Dr. Calderwood is good person, a health professional sharing ‘life or death’ advice we all must follow to stop this awful virus from spreading. Catherine doesn’t deserve the hate emails and radio phone in abuse she’s receiving, she’s apologised unreservedly, admitted irresponsible behaviour and given a touching honest response, so let’s all give her a break shall we. 🙂 

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England’s cheif nursing officer Ruth May, “stay home, protect the NHS and save lives 🙂 “

 

A. Shepherdson 2020

New Corona virus legislation, living within a Police State

Ok before I begin, I’m not stupid, I understand both the reasoning and need for ‘The Health Protection UK Act 2020’. I understand the reasons why 60 million UK citizens are no longer permitted to leave their home, at least for a minimum of 6 months before the legislation is reviewed.

Six months! 😀 That’s living within a ‘Police State’ in all but name.

So please let me be clear on this, I’m not complaining, this corona virus infection death rate after having tested positive for COVID-19 is doubling every 4 days. As of now 600 deaths a day, and expected to be 1000 deaths per day when our Easter break falls. So understandably our Government attempts to suppress these tragic deaths by fear (I’m not being critical), fear of contracting this awful disease and the burden this puts on our NHS, also fear of monetary fines, Court appearances and/or possible prison for those contravening these new Regulations. 

Sad times, ‘it is what it is’.

“If you are not complaining Andrew, why publish this today?” you may ask. Well having this WordPress has given me a disciplined reason to sit down and carefully read this new Act of Parliament, or ‘Instrument’ as Boris prefers to call it? (Statutory Instrument is a new one on me)……. 😀 why else would I have bothered posting? 

😦 To be continued, A. Shepherdson 2020………………

Below, extracts (screenshots) from the new 2020 Emergency Act of Parliament.

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Legislation brought before Parliament, ‘Health Protection Regulations 2020 

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Prosecution: ‘As of this moment, Fines and/or arrests, perhaps a Court appearance’

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Restrictions on Movement: ‘To take exercise either alone or with members of their household’

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Fixed penalty notices: ‘Authorised person (Police) issues a fixed penalty to a person he believes has committed an offence under this legislation’

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Restrictions on movement: ‘Reasonable excuses for leaving the house’

Coronavirus. Known unknowns?

The greatest ‘known unknown’ of our times, a question I’ll ask myself at some point each and every day…… don’t we all? 

“When If I catch the corona virus, will I be one of the 97/100 who get better again? Or one of the 3/100 who’ll sadly pass away?………….. I’m not being morbid about it, statistics don’t lie!

“There are known knowns; there are things we know we know.

We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.

But there are also unknown unknowns; the ones we don’t know, we don’t know.

And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.”

Donald Rumsfeld (Secretary of Defense) 12/02/2002

I’ll try and keep my narrative as clear and simple as possible, after all I’m a simple guy, and remember this is a themeless Blog.

Ok I’ll be completely honest with you dear readers, rather pretentiously, I had intended to try and draw parallels between Rumsfeld’s famed, no quite brilliant “unknown unknowns” speech, to try and make sense of this COVID-19 chaos? But THAT would be yes pretentious, pseudo intellectual wanky……. in other words I wouldn’t have a clue what I was talking about. All I will add is Rumsfeld’s 2002 speech is considered one of the greatest soundbites ever spoken by a politician, iconic even, never to be bettered for the sheer mental gymnastics required trying to make coherent sense of it! ❤

Perhaps hawkish Rumsfeld isn’t as smart as he thought he was, asked by the reporter at the video’s ending, George Dubya’s policy salesman couldn’t apply any to the original question!

But it’s still brilliant, genius and if the internet is any indication, used to begin many a writer’s thesis whether that be microbiology or the complexities of international warfare. Ahh hold on a second, humanity is at war trying to defeat Covid-19 and turns out, and I’ve done my research here, turns out ‘unknown unknowns’ originates from the 1950s when first used by defense analysts, so who knows? Perhaps at this very moment very intelligent men and women are using it as a tool to defeat corona virus?

Maybe.

Who knows, perhaps I’ve just been trying to find an excuse to share one of my very favourite YouTube videos on my Blog……. you didn’t know this but I’m a bit of a ‘famous speech’ anorak!

Anyways I’ve learnt today that rather than being an off the cuff nonsense soundbite, with George Dubya’s political fixer soon after universally ridiculed and lampooned, people initially thought the statement was pseud’s corner gobbledygook! However the concept of the ‘unknown unknowns’ existed long before Donald Rumsfeld gave it a new audience.

Discussing Politics makes a change from my adoration of the female form, you know my references to wobbly succulent peachy buttocks and dripping wet kitties!

A. Shepherdson 2020

‘Social Distancing’ comes easy to us Brits

‘I wake of a morning, stare at the light bulb dangling from the ceiling and question myself, is this chaos for real? (Big sigh) Tragically yes it is 😦 .’

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Queuing comes easy to us born and bred Brits, my Grandparents living through two World Wars became accustomed to decades of food rationing, the ability to queue patiently is in our DNA……. picture taken by me waiting to enter a Supermarket to buy food and notice the security guards! Boris’s Government is doin ok, the Country’s pulling together 3 new hospitals are being built as we speak, the UK is working to a plan and long may this continue 🙂 .

We Brits are adjusting relatively easy to social distancing, 🙂 doesn’t surprise me actually.

Rationing queues outside grocery shops existed well into the early 1950’s, my mother still has her now treasured ‘Ministry Of Food’ rationing books kept from when she was a child, my Grandmother told me she’d join orderly queues affront food shops NOT wanting anything in particular, only that there was always an off chance a delivery of either fruit meat or veg was waiting to be distributed………. like I said, queueing just might be in our DNA! (Ok no… but you get the idea.)

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Evelyn Dunbar ‘The queue at the Fish Shop’ and notice the grey drab clothing, the not so Great Britain was bankrupt!

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Late 1940s Weekly food rations for 2 people whether they be rich or poor! And the reason both my Grandfathers kept chickens, one even grew his own vegetables on two ‘allotments’……… in fact the allotment concept still exists to this day… and look at that cheese…… for TWO! 

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28 Housewives waiting in a line………….. I’m saying nothing! 😀

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Food rationing a common sight in Villages Towns and Cities across the UK

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…… and those who haven’t a clue as to what I talking about, the ‘allotment’ garden is a throwback to WWII, and who knows they just might become a common sight once again? 

 

A. Shepherdson 2020

Medical Ventilators, the most sought after piece of equipment on the Planet!

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(I make no apologies for TRYING to share a sense of urgency, without this WordPress I simply wouldn’t bother writing, I’d be sat worrying myself watching the News all day.)

Incidentally, I’ve taken great care to source my facts from trusted websites also I’m an Engineer by trade.

Myself included, the horrific covid-19 deaths across Spain and Italy have reminded us corona virus is no attack of mild influenza, testing positive for corona attacks a body’s pulmonary system, alters a human’s ability to draw breath into damaged lungs, drugs are useless only this technological breathing aid called a ventilator is of use, and when connected to an oxygen supply lives are saved.

Ok I’m going to calm myself down, write a little less excitably, with a calm measured tone from now on…….. however I make no apologies as to the importance of these medical marvels, and the worldwide insatiable desire to own them, find them, buy them by any means possible foul or fair! In this case, there’s no ‘quite literally’ about it ventilators can be the difference between living and dying.

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Keeping ‘ahead of the curve’

Keeping ‘ahead of the curve’, the statistical phrase covd-19 will forever be remembered for…  and yes (I’m sure) one day this will all be an awful memory 🙂 .

If you don’t enjoy reading my postings, that’s fine I write them for myself and anyone who’d like to read 🙂 . Tomorrow’s will be a little more positive.

My humble advice, why not try limiting yourself to watching only one trusted News outlet, my own being the BBC.

I now try and limit exposure to corona virus news stories to one half hour’s concentrated reading in the morning (virtually impossible I know), I trust our very own state funded (sorry taxpayer funded) BBC, and for the well being of my own mental sanity, I’m limiting myself to scan reading headlines then clicking on news stories that capture my imagination for in depth reading. Whether that be a putting a positive community spin to lift the heart, or truly horrific statistical graphs that reveal death rates are doubling every 4 days revealing we’re two weeks behind Spain and Italy, you just have to limit your News exposure. Looking on the bright side our Government appears to be ‘ahead of the curve’ the new buzz phrase this virus will be long remembered for.

Anyways, the Government today published photos, both shocking and comforting at the same time. Below the newly constructed ‘Nightingale Hospital’ London, tomorrow’s posting will be a little more light hearted. Take care.

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Can you become immune to COVID-19?

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My go to source for unbiased truthful News reporting, you’ll of course have your own 🙂

If you’d prefer to skip my text, I’ve a News Link also a Face mask video below. Take care 🙂

So can you become immune? That’s THE question we’ve all been wondering about these past several weeks, but who do you believe when there are so many untrustworthy websites out there, also an information overload courtesy of the News sites you do.

Well quite by chance I discovered this The New York Times article below, turns out the answer is a qualified yes, however with some significant unknowns and one extremely important caveat, you may be fortunate to have recovered from Corona, and yes you’ll be immune to further infection however you could still pass on the virus to others.

The New York Times: Can you become immune to the Corona virus?

I’ve visited The New York Times website, and the above article was uploaded several hours ago (but there’s a pay wall)…….. in other words it’s NOT fake news. Do as I do, find yourself a News outlet you trust, limit yourself to a few short periods reading each day then go try find something more enjoyable to occupy your time with, and my trusted media conduit is? The British Broadcasting Company BBC of course, funded by the Tax payer and free from Commercial bias. 

And finally, in my humble medically unqualified opinion, the best advice I can take from the viral  experts is wash your hands, wash your hands, keep washing your hands and don’t touch your eyes nose or mouth.

A Corona Virus mask protection video uploaded onto my YouTube Channel….. illegally I might add but I doubt anyone cares 🙂 !

A. Shepherdson 2020

Strangely enough I’m unworried (today)

UntitledI hope you’re coping well under the circumstances 🙂 …… believe it or not I am still commuting to work, yep here in the UK my employer is yet to close our University Department. Why so Andrew? God only knows but we’re hoping they have a cunning plan, either that or they’re waiting for Governmental edicts to trickle down instructing us what to do, or more’s the truth management are as bewildered as the rest of us? Who knows, but these are unpredictable uncertain times, the new world order is forget the past and understand pragmatism is the new word to live by, coping with problems sensibly and realistically, a heightened mindset my Grandparents lived by during World War 2. 

Yes a rather very trite analogy but what else can I say? 🙂 ……. Anyways my apologies if this sunny disposition pissed you off.

(Oh and switch off that blessed TV news.)

Early Monday morning the above email popped into my Inbox, turns out barely 50metres away from our workshop someone tested positive for COVID-19! Apparently the unnamed academic felt unwell over the weekend, had themselves tested, informed The University then did the intelligent thing and self isolated. The amusing consequence being everyone I bumped into for the rest of the day either laughed a:

“Did you hear the news? I guess that means we’re all @%&£*# then!”

Or some such similar less profane response from the women (adorable creatures), but interestingly to a person NO ONE panicked, there was to be NO running around screaming in floods of tears, nope everyone just went about their normal duties though almost certainly a little more thoughtfully………. yep a positive test in the next building along certainly sharpens the imagination!

Perhaps we’re all a touch more well prepared for bad news in Oxford, nervous stoicism being the watch-phrase, you see my University city known the world over is alas a Corona Virus ‘hotspot’, the national statistics don’t lie, the coloured maps the TV love showing tell us what we already know, thousands of foreign students study at Oxford and no fewer than 30 foreign Nationals on our Group alone, we’re well aware carriers walk these city’s streets of dreaming spires and who knows how this one’s going to play out over the coming days, we thought Twenty First Century was fast paced well the new world order will be even quicker still, hopefully I’ll be mentally strong enough to cope.

If you want my personal opinion, and thanks for asking, I’m more convinced than ever after having watched this past week’s awful news stories, it’s the News Broadcasters who are panicking and the British public who are coping relatively well (that’ll change), anyways look after one another. 

Early days and I’m enjoying reading all your Blogs 🙂 . x

 A. Shepherdson 2020

 

The Virus hunters

Today’s post is a Link to a fascinating and beautifully written article, no don’t disappear there’s photos as well! I’m hoping this share from ‘The Daily Telegraph’ website will play in overseas territories, incidentally The Telegraph is a quality UK newspaper……. if a touch Right Wing lol.

Photos by Simon Townsley.

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Sierra Leone’s ‘Virus hunters’ From Ebola to swine flu to HIV/Aids, viruses borne by animals have caused some of the most devastating epidemics in history. What will come next? In Sierra Leone, Joe Shute joins the scientists working to find Disease X – a virus that is as yet undiscovered, but which could have the potential to ravage populations

Had enough of fake news and scare stories? I’ve a factual article which may interest you 🙂 .

A true tale following a group scientists on a trek into the rain forest’s of deepest darkest Africa, northern Sierra Leone to be more exact, sparsely populated and little visited, very few remote regions such as these exist on planet Earth. These band of brave men and women are searching for something called ‘Disease X’, an as yet undiscovered pathogen with the potential to spark a pandemic, and what are they searching for in Sierra Leone jungles? Bats! Warm blooded mammals also carriers of some of the deadliest viruses on the planet, many are unknown, several such a Ebola and Corona have killed thousands upon thousands of humans, and in the jungle may lurk the one disease that could………….., with thoughts of Corona virus on my mind (I’m quite worried now) I discovered this article and decided to (hopefully) share.

Immensely readable and of course highly topical, ‘Virus hunters’ makes plain that as man encroaches ever deeper into remote jungles, almost certainly another virus could jump species the very moment a bat sinks its bloody fangs into a human being…. the warning is there are places where human beings must never go.

Oh yes that link!……………                 The Virus hunters

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A bat is removed from a mist net so the viruses it carries can be tested and documented.

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Sierra Leone August 2018 looking for new strains of the Ebola virus in the wild animal population.

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I’m still unsure if the article was written before Corona?….. My guess is yes.

 

A. Shepherdson 2020 (and The Daily Telegraph)

 

Corona virus, Toilet rolls & Supermarkets

Pictured below you see empty toilet roll shelves in my local ‘Waitrose’, have you noticed the guy looking in my direction? I’d describe him as an interested spectator watching me taking photographs earlier this afternoon, funnier still a minute or so earlier, he’d ALSO been photographing these same empty supermarket shelves!

Rather self consciously I pocketed my smart phone, carried on walking, moments later pausing to exchange a perplexed friendly comment, then he said, 

Guy with the bald head: “These empty shelves, is it because of the corona virus?”

Me: “I think so…. people appear to be panic buying.”

Guy with the bald head: “Utterly bizarre!”

Me: “Yes… I couldn’t agree more.”

…………. and with that, the two of us grinning men went our separate ways to continue an evening’s grocery shopping.

I’ve a suggestion use newspapers in place of toilet roll as my great grandparents would have done, cut out photos of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson and take great pleasure and satisfaction using them to wipe your ass!

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My local Waitrose this evening, notice the empty toilet tissue shelves, wtf?

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Then I walk around the next isle, and there’s enough bottles of alcohol to open your own Wine Bar.

Am I missing something? Has a News story passed me by saying the world’s toilet roll producing factories are closing down? That there’s a global shortage of carboard tubing used to bind tissue paper around? Could it be when you catch Corona Virus one of the symptoms is uncontrollable diarrhea?

If you know the answer please do tell 🙂 .

I am genuinely dumbstruck, face masks and bottles of disinfectant yes, but switch on your TV, or read your browser’s News feed and whether you live in London New York or Florence Italy, the world’s Supermarket shelves are emptying of toilet loo rolls.

Uh?

Panic buying makes me angry, a distasteful spectacle of human being’s at their most ugly, displays of greed and selfishness, the hoarding of food and a total lack of respect for others. For goodness sake we have an abundance of groceries and there’s plenty enough for everyone, I’d guess one News outlet filmed an empty toilet roll shelf, people rushed to their Supermarkets, a snowball effect ensued and before you know it there’s a worldwide retail shortage of toilet rolls.

Are we witnessing globalisation at its most terrifying, a shortage in ONE retail outlet triggering a global rush for food clothing petrol whatever, or is this an evolutionary throwback to dinosaur times, when berries growing on trees came into season and bountiful and cavemen felt the sudden urge to forage for food, collect hoard and store fruit before a diplodocus hoovered them up from the forest floor.

I have to agree with my bald headed Supermarket friend, “utterly bizarre!” 

 

A. Shepherdson 2020