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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


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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Mother Nature and Father Time had a baby, and she is beautiful- Gaia put the AWE in Awesome, Kronos, the HE in Hero.

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It was the best of vibes. It was the worst of vibes. We waited for 2020 to have that perfect vision.  Nobody could predict what they'd be seeing and doing this year- washing their hands, wearing a mask and social distancing because of the global pandemic.Normally, we would be sailing in the Norwegian Fjords, The Baltics or  through Alaska's wildlife super highway, Glacier Bay.Tis the season but all fleets have come to a grinding halt.

 DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP. or the goal of taking a vacation- ..You can't deny gravity, or the gravity of the situation, and traveling these days will never be the same. I'd have to get resourceful, resilient and drive somewhere long distance in an automobile.

I rented a land yacht, a 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander (my protective bubble from the Covidiots who refused to take the virus seriously enough to follow some basics) and drove from Palm Beach to Jackson Hole, WY. Planning a road trip now is like trying to build an airplane as you're flying one ... data changes I avoided airports, public transport and  took my chances in a SUV, and hit the interstate freeways. Three days (daze) later I rolled up on The Grand Tetons. I've sailed the seven seas, and visited every imaginable port of call, but being double-land locked would be a first.

Show rather than tell- If words are a net to capture beauty then I have been deputized as a commercial fisherman by virtue of my Samsung S10+--these videos below are drift netting and capture views of everything natural.

Double Land Locked In Montana and Wyoming 

5,669 miles, 133 hrs driving I drove from Palm Beach to Jackson Hole,m WY, 
staying in my Pandemic Bubble car.... Wasnt taking any chances.
 It took 3 days, and it was an endurance challenge-Mission Accomplished, and just to 
add another 5 hours, I continued to Vegas for 4 nights.

5 years ago this June, I was on top of the world, 
literally, at The Arctic Circle

 I am again on top of the world at Yellowstone,
 this big, wild and stunning National Park.


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