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Covid 19 And The Stiff Upper Lip
Back in The U.K. after a visit to Ireland.

 Not talking about The Pandemic is like denying gravity exists. That ostrich approach of sticking our collective  head in the sand will not delay or deny the medical catastrophe, the logistics nightmare and the financial Armageddon that each of us experience in our own idiosyncratic ways.

Call it malignant optimism, but the shared hallucination that  it is "just the flu" is junk science. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger but make no mistake  about it:This virus can kill. It doesn't have a brain, but we do.

Careers are on hold, people are in limbo, and there are only two ways this epidemic will end: Medically, probably never. Socially, whenever we personally decide to take risks.

Knowledge on these two fronts is always going to be provisional and incomplete. As we tire of the Panic Mode, socially, we want to get on with our lives, and with the right simple precautions, we can  do it. While we wait for the medical end to the Global pandemic it is worth noting the immense progress on the biomedical front that has been achieved  in England, in this regard, as UK  labs have  some of the best life-saving medicine to combat Covid as well as  the best candidate vaccine.

The Czech Is In The Mail  Stimulus Check?  No. Wear a  mask? Yes

Until then, it is social distancing, hand washing and masks. Not being a mask-loving people, The English  embraced the mask  early on, as it proved to be one of  the more effective public-health responses to this epidemic. My colleague  Mike  Jones in The Czech Republic likewise had this best practice and trailblazing rule in March, and one of the strictest enforcement codes, that is now a symbolic landmark in the fight  against The Pandemic. Consequently, there are  virtually zero rates of infection in Czechia. Last week, citizens  had a Covid Farewell party in Prague as outdoors was IN and they scrapped the masks entirely as the country returned to  almost normal  as phased easing of restrictions were in place. In this case, taking the necessary precautions didn't kill them, it made them come out stronger in the long run.

We remain hopeful as the human desire to socialize will survive the pandemic.  We have only to look at the past to see our future.

 Think of The Roaring 20's after the Spanish Flu. Once this is behind us, prepare to Party Like It's B.C. Before Covid 1999.






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In Search of Lost Time, also translated as Remembrance of Things Past--- Pre Historic Pandemic England..Lets go back in The Time Machine...


Circa February 2020...B.C. Before Covid
Tower Bridge-Can't Be ThameD

At 215 miles (346 km), The River Thames is the longest river entirely in England .

Where there is a Will, there is a play-Shakespeare Globe Theatre


Notes from the underground Victoria Station 


A slice of history -"Execution is everything "
@The Tower of London



They call it Planet Earth but it's mostly covered in blue ocean. The United Kingdom is an island nation. I came by sea, by chance. I stay on land, by choice... Worth Seaing:


Circa 2015...


The English Riviera-Cornwall-More Saints Here Than In Heaven




Portland,UK ROCKS




Portsmouth, UK- Riding a Zodiac  and  Chasing an AC45 Sail Boat





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Dublin-Guiness Pilgrims



Once Around Without Leaving The Ground- A Decade Of The U.K. Here are the trip report links:

July means Sailing to Norway, but not in 2020....Let's remember:

Driving On The Arctic Highway- Midsummer

Ready,Set, North Cape-Arctic Circle


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