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  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 106 Brownsea Island

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 106 Brownsea Island

    During week 106 of the coronavirus pandemic I spend a lot of time on Brownsea Island in Dorset which is now open to the public for the summer season. On the island I it feels like another world. One untroubled by our turbulent times. To add to the problems caused by an increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 this week sees a huge rise in the cost of domestic fuels. The price of petrol and diesel is still at an all-time high due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and prices are rising daily in the shops.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 105 Madonna di Campiglio

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 105 Madonna di Campiglio

    It is now more than two years since England went into full lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. All restrictions have been lifted for us and it is easy to forget there are still restrictions in force in other countries including Italy. I spend Week 105 of the pandemic skiing in Italy where the wearing of face masks is still obligatory and constant checks are made to ensure everyone on the slopes has a Super Green pass or its equivalent. It is also easy to forget the Russian invasion of Ukraine where fierce fighting continues as the Ukrainians defend their right to remain a free country.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 104 Some Spring Outings

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 104 Some Spring Outings

    Russia's invasion of the Ukraine continues to be the main concern during week 104 of the coronavirus pandemic. The colours of the Ukraine are everywhere echoing global support for this unprovoked and devastating attack. Closer to home, Queen Elizabeth II has made Windsor Castle her permanent home and the future of Buckingham Palace is uncertain. A fourth vaccination against COVID-19 is going to be offered to those considered vulnerable. And new cases of the Omicron variant continue to rise.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 103 Sun and Snow in Italy

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 103 Sun and Snow in Italy

    In week 103 of the coronavirus pandemic the number of cases is still rising but not giving cause for concern. There is evidence of another variant, deltacron, and hope this will be contained by a new vaccine developed in the UK. Sadly, it is reported Queen Elizabeth II is now too frail to walk her beloved corgis. But, the headlines are all about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the plight of refugees fleeing to safety. The price of oil continues to rise due to the war but there are hopes other sources will be found following a statement that the UAE will release more supplies.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 102 Back to Italy

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 102 Back to Italy

    By week 102 of the coronavirus pandemic England has removed all restrictions and it is no longer necessary to self-isolate following a positive test for COVID. SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) has been stood down and our government is now more concerned about the rapidly increasing price of oil and impending increases in other fuel prices – all made worse by Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. I am busy planning my second trip to Italy this year, leading a skiing holiday in Folgaria, a pretty mountain resort in the Italian Dolomites.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 101 A Trip to London

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 101 A Trip to London

    During week 101 of the coronavirus pandemic England lifts all the restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic. But the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, warns us that the virus has not gone away, we just have to learn to live with it. Towards the end of the week, Russia launches a full-scale attack on Ukraine having amassed troops along the border for what Putin refers to as a ‘military exercise’. This will have a global effect as fuel prices soar and refugees flee into neighbouring countries.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 100 Storms

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 100 Storms

    COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic take a back seat in the news today as Storm Dudley, Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin hit England in quick succession causing havoc and leaving thousands of home without any power. Tension builds as Russian troops on the borders of the Ukraine raise the spectre of war and the Queen tests positive for Covid as Omicron continues its rapid spread around the world.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 99 Snowdrops

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 99 Snowdrops

    This week Prime Minister, Boris Johnson causes concern amongst the scientists regarding his announcement that those testing positive for COVID-19 will no longer be under a legal obligation to self-isolate from the end of February. A move that could prove to be very dangerous. But Johnson continues on his mission to impress and improve his popularity with the electorate in the hope everyone will forget partygate. Meanwhile, Russia continues to raise concerns that an invasion of the Ukraine is imminent. Meanwhile I am enjoying an abundance of snowdrops in Dorset.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 98 Fun in the Snow

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 98 Fun in the Snow

    This week Boris Johnson declares his intention to end all COVID related restrictions in England but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are not being so hasty. Is the Prime Minister’s decision based on data or a desire to regain popularity in the wake of the redacted Sue Gray’s report on parties held in Downing Street during lockdown. The World Health Organisation urges caution as countries start emerging from the pandemic despite Omicron infections maintaining a high level. Denmark was the first EU country to lift all COVID-19 restrictions followed by England, Ireland and the Netherlands.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 97 Switzerland

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 97 Switzerland

    Good news this week regarding international travel as fit to fly tests and the 2-day test for arrivals in the UK are to be abolished for the double jabbed. Apart from these announcements the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 take a back seat to the continuing debate around Partygate and the Prime Minister’s attendance at parties in Downing street during lockdown. So far he has ignored calls for his resignation and forges ahead with his plan to downgrade England from pandemic status to endemic. The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine continues.

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