The world has changed and I can’t ever see a reason for it ever going back to how it once was. A veil has been removed from people’s eyes made it clear for all to see and something has changed within the conscience of man forever a truth no lies can now take away.
The cleaner, the carer, the farmer, the food seller all super heroes in mine and many other people’s eyes now. My political perception is moving to being of a planatarian or global point of view. Many things that seemed normal yesterday and expected to be the same tomorrow are now far from my point of view.
To hope for a future that may never appear is still a reason to be hopeful and hope that hope never disappears.
“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.”
Are we living on a conscious planet known to some as Gaia or described as mother nature by others? What does she want and what is she prepared to do to get it?
Have we taken her for granted are we at risk of killing her (and ourselves) if we do not learn from our industrial holocaulistic ways of mass murder of biodiversity and nature on a daily basis what will be the consequences?
Well social isolation for all except those that work in the serve us sector the cleaners, the shelf stackers and carers are prity much keeping society on life support from now on and they are the so called low skilled and certainly low paid.
I’m really struggling to write down the thoughts in my head at the moment. So many thoughts but afraid to say them out loud. We very much are living through a time which history will remember for good or ill. The story that is unfolding for the planet, humanity our economy and our present, past and future has so many sides to be viewed from its octagonal!
Capitalist economic way of life on hold, stock markets smashed and crashed, local small businesses could be about to shut up shop and make their staff unemployed for months. People becoming afraid for themselves their families, the streets are quieter with less people on them and talking and walking, people are afraid to embrace each other.
The necessity of a resilient and well funded social structure and health service is becoming clear for all to see. Social investments are being made and social policies are being adopted across the world to help turn the tide against Coronavirus, no one’s calling these measures socialism but that’s exactly what it looks like to me. Lives are being lost, slowly so far but not clear yet as to the long term outlook. I kind of wonder who do I know who I might lose?
I got offered a new job this week so going through the process of getting references and stuff sorted for that. A little concerned about if I hand in my notice at my old job and then can’t start the new job due to lock down and being at home where do I stand with being able to pay my rent and affording to eat. The job will still be there it’s not going anywhere it’s just a question of whether I am aloud to start to work in it, due to work restrictions.
I believe that this outbreak is a natural phenomenon and is a delicately dark and yet simple and effective way for mother nature to flex her muscle to show us all in a very short space of time just how fragile our way of life is and how easy the rug can be pulled from under our feet and is forcing everybody to stop and reflect.
This article contains information on general guidance, stay at home guidance, advice for commmunity buildings, advice for community groups, protecting the isolated & vulnerable and advice for community transport.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
Difficulty in breathing
As the information about Coronavirus is ever-changing, everyone should follow all advice from Public Health England and the NHS and keep up to date with any new developments.
Common sense is key in a situation like this and are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading:
Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds each time with soap and water or hand sanitiser, especially when you; Get home or into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, or eat or handle food.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Please find further information, from the following sites:
This advice is intended for people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, who must remain at home until they are well.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started
This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious
Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
Sleep alone, if that is possible
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contactNHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
ADVICE FOR VILLAGE HALLS & COMMUNITY BUILDINGS
As it stands at the moment, halls can remain open, however Village Hall Management Committees running charitable halls have a duty of care in providing a safe facility for the community to use.
Your committee must bear in mind that extra precautions need to be made as your hall provides a activities for those groups who are most at risk from the virus.
Take notice of the Government and Public Health England websites and keep up to date with the ongoing situation
Keep the Hall very clean and ensure that soap and/or hand sanitiser is available, paper towels are available and hand driers are working efficiently
Avoid the use of hand towels for the time being
Put up a notice about hand washing, particularly in toilets and kitchen areas. Poster available here: Catch it bin it kill it
Advise hirers that they are expected to act responsibly and take notice of Government and Public Health England advice which includes who is and isn’t allowed to be in public spaces
Regarding cancellation of any bookings follow the steps in their hiring agreement and activities in the event of the hall having to close, we suggest that you contact your insurance company to discuss what may be covered under your insurance policy regarding cancellation of events
Public Health England have produced a range of sample posters and it would be wise to use one of these as the basis for putting on the front door a poster asking people who have possible Coronavirus symptoms not to come into the hall.
Group members must advise the rest of the group if they are self-isolating
The importance of hand hygiene – See general guidance above
Cancellation of events:
If your group is an planning event which will bring together large numbers of people, keep your plans under review. If your events depend on volunteers, be aware that some may prefer to stay home.
If you are hosting a formal meeting, such as an AGM, plan for reduced attendance or the need to move locations and times meetings and refer to your organisation’s governing document to see what it says about remote participation and quorum
Check cancellation policies for venue bookings you’ve made or are about to make
Hosting a group meeting: Some members may prefer not to attend a group meeting, therefore consider:
Is the meeting is really essential or can it be cancelled or postponed?
Consider electronic alternatives such as Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime. No one should be made to feel that they must attend
The industrialised and calculated damage to the planet and to the plants and animals that live on it and how humanity seems to think it can carry on regardless without consequence is truly being tested this decade. We have had record temperatures, flooding, fires and now Coronavirus. The flooding , fires and temperatures records didn’t really seem to get under the skin of the corporations, billionaires and governments running our show globally.
Even though we have seen a lot of mass marketing by governments organisations and billionaires concerning how much they care and what great lengths they are going to in order to help our species continue to industrially manipulation the planet, butcher wildlife to make more room for the crap we buy before it goes to landfill whilst worshiping at the altar of capitalism it just does not really feel as if anything has changed.
That is until Coronavirus came along, everything seems to have changed now and people in charge are mobilising as if war has just been declared. It really does feel like it has got under the authorities skin. My chances of living or dying in this world dont seem to have changed that much and someone living in a piss poor country trying to escape to a better life to a richer continent, their life chances don’t seem to have changed much. But for our leaders and people in charge they now realise more now then ever before that like us all are just mere mortals and only human.
When I was a child at school back in the early 1990’s my geography teacher started to tell us about climate change, the industrial deforesting and destruction of biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest and the amount of undiscovered by man, species we were losing by the bucket load. She darkly commented ‘well of course it won’t affect my generation but it will of course affect yours’ and then laughed and carried on with the lesson. Even back then and still to this day I very much knew she was right.
I don’t know whether to fear Coronavirus or to be in awe of its simple deadly efficiency. Well only time will tell.
Andy you are still deeply loved, missed and I very much wish you were still here. Last year was a pretty good rollercoaster discovering new friends and having fun with old ones too. Clan Edwards seemed to be doing ok for itself. I am sorry to say I did not get to speak to or see your son last year but I hope he is doing ok. I think with friends and family it’s not always about how often you see or speak to each other, it’s more about knowing that there is someone there that’s got your back and you have got theirs if they ever need you. I hope we grow to have that type of relationship if we don’t already have it and he knows where I am if he ever needs my help.
This year has been a strange one so far and it is only the end of February! Work is ok but I am fearful for the charities future and therefore my own future employment too. Lots of people left the charity last year and we moved office twice. Our chief Exec has announced this week that she is going to retire, so lots of change happening. This could be for the best in the long run though. The organisation does not seem good at adapting to change though; they seem instead to just muddle along in whatever direction the work tide takes them in. I am sure there will be more happening on this front by the time we get to your birthday.
Well Andy God bless, you are still deeply loved, missed and I very much wish you were still here.