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28 November 2021

Opinion from Adrian Leopard & Co

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Should we be worried that we can catch covid from our pets, and vice versa?

Should we be worried that we can catch covid from our pets, and vice versa?

Knowing that your pets can get covid means you need to add another layer of care within your home and daily life

This is a bit vexing but like everything else to do with this disease, caution has got to be the order of the day. However this could produce some really sad results. Imagine – you catch covid and off you go into self-isolation. Well that could be okay because you can have your “best friend” there to keep you company, can’t you?
Light pollution – so easy to reduce!

Light pollution – so easy to reduce!

We need to think “little” as well as big; there are things we can all do to help our planet to survive

While there is a pandemic around we spend a lot of time analysing the figures, counting new cases, deaths and hospitalisations and indeed it is one of the most worrying facets of our lives today.

New royal yacht at last?

New royal yacht at last?

Now that Brexit has passed, it is a good time to start to promote Britain

It is amazing to think that the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned as long ago as 1997 and that following a decision even earlier in 1994.

The mobile phone – blessing or curse?

The mobile phone – blessing or curse?

It is really hard to imagine life today without your mobile telephone – even Grandma has one

When I was a young man, there was no such thing as a mobile phone. Ordinary people just did not have any form of easy communicator. If we were out and needed to call someone, we stopped at a telephone box
John Lewis – will it survive?

John Lewis – will it survive?

Another nail in the retail coffin

The news that John Lewis has announced that another eight of its stores will not re-open after lockdown has ended is sad indeed and it is obviously very worrying for the 1465 staff whose jobs are at risk.
Vaccination passport – this is as inevitable as the day is long!

Vaccination passport – this is as inevitable as the day is long!

It will be essential for people in many different areas of life to be able to prove that they have been vaccinated

The question of a vaccination passport is hotting up and the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted on television that the matter is being discussed with other countries which are likely to require such a passport to allow people to go there.
Shoot the messenger – Britain’s great new game

Shoot the messenger – Britain’s great new game

Everyone is just being too impatient; there is nothing we can do to hurry this matter through

In ancient times, being the messenger was a double whammy – you probably got paid very little and as often as not your career would probably end up with your head being severed from your body, possibly being returned to your boss with compliments.
Vaccination? Yes please – but who is going to get it first?

Vaccination? Yes please – but who is going to get it first?

We have definitely moved to a new level in our war against Covid-19

The way the news has shifted in recent days over who is actually going to get their vaccinations is startling. The action of the EU on Friday trying to “secure their position” was extraordinary and has done them no good at all. It is a good job that they backed down.

Night time businesses under imminent threat of closure

Night time businesses under imminent threat of closure

This is really high risk stuff so no chance it is going to open up again any time soon!

Time marches on and some businesses are now getting sufficiently weighed down with debt that they are just going to close and I am referring in particular to night time businesses, bars and clubs with live music which by their nature involve their patrons in close contact. We are talking of the Night Time Industries Association members.

Debenhams – another household name leaves on-street retail

Debenhams – another household name leaves on-street retail

Change is our society just keeps romping on. Another chain store closing its retail outlets is just another nail in the coffin

The announcement today that Debenhams has been sold comes as no surprise as we knew it was insolvent. However, the rub is that the name and website has been bought, but not the bricks and mortar in the various high street shops up and down the country. This is not the first name to go this way and certainly will not be the last.

Shock new covid cases in Guernsey

Shock new covid cases in Guernsey

It shows that even a location with the all clear can easily become reinfected

Guernsey on Saturday announced four new covid-19 cases after seven months of being virtually clear of the disease and implemented an immediate lockdown.

End of an era – Mr Marmite departs for Florida

End of an era – Mr Marmite departs for Florida

Whether you are furious or heaving a sigh of relief, things are certainly going to be different for a while

Well he has now gone – whether you like him or hate him, Donald Trump has certainly been an influence on all of our lives and no one could possibly have failed to be aware of his presence in the White House.
As the vaccinations proceed everyone wants to know when the lockdown will be over

As the vaccinations proceed everyone wants to know when the lockdown will be over

News is full of vaccines so everyone thinks they can go back to normal. They are going to be disappointed

Last week ended with a pot pourri of different matters coming to the top but the predominant news is all about vaccinating the people, both in the UK and world wide. And it does sound both exciting and encouraging. The spin doctors are in their element.
Food parcels for children short measured. Who is getting the benefit?

Food parcels for children short measured. Who is getting the benefit?

All we have seen so far is what is on the surface. Drill down and you may get a shock

I was brought up to learn that one man’s profit was another man’s loss and indeed so it must be. For all the swirls of cash in an economy, that is just circulating money between people and creates nothing. The only real profit which can be made is something like growth of plants or animals brought on by nature or the mining of minerals etc.
The USA – who would have believed it?

The USA – who would have believed it?

Is democracy going down the slippery slope?

Worldwide people sat inter alia with jaws dropped as the country probably regarded as the most free and democratic of the world televised the invasion of their capitol building by angry protestors as the house was proceeding to meet to conduct what was simply a procedural matter, namely to record the votes for the next president and declare him duly elected.

It’s Christmas – time of good cheer - hopefully!

It’s Christmas – time of good cheer - hopefully!

For each of us perhaps Christmas means something different but in the UK it is important.

I remember many years ago in the nineties when I was in the USA doing my flight training, it was November and one day I went into a big shopping mall – I think it was in Memphis. Everywhere hanging from the ceiling were great big posters with the words “Christmas is all about giving”.
Brexit – will we, won’t we? Whoops – behind you!

Brexit – will we, won’t we? Whoops – behind you!

If the politicians come to an accord, we still have to get the parliaments to agree – that has previously proved more than difficult!

Whether you are a deal or no deal person, I do not think anyone can deny that they are excited by the prospect of a finalised deal and to read the small print. Of course as they always say, the devil is in the detail and with 2000 pages to read between now and, oh yes, about 29th December, this should afford some excellent bed time reading over the forthcoming holiday, perfect in fact for a lockdown.

Christmas is now paling into insignificance against the competing claims to fame of Brexit and a more easily transmissible variety of Covid-19.

Christmas is now paling into insignificance against the competing claims to fame of Brexit and a more easily transmissible variety of Covid-19.

As visitors from the UK are banned by more and more countries across the world, the problem really is deteriorating fast.

What a weekend it has been; hardly anything said in relation to Brexit where the government continues what must be the most turgid of negotiations ever held by anyone but all eyes have suddenly turned to the new variant of Covid-19 which they tell us is 70% more likely to get caught than the first variety.
What is a Prime Minister to do? Damned either way.

What is a Prime Minister to do? Damned either way.

New restrictions and removal of relaxations for Christmas will disappoint a lot of people.

There is no doubt that there will be many people very unhappy with the announcement which has been made by the Prime Minister more or less cancelling Christmas unless you live locally. People have certainly been looking forward to getting with families, in some cases for the first time for months.

More news about Long Covid – do you realise how serious this can be? This is a must read.

More news about Long Covid – do you realise how serious this can be? This is a must read.

Whatever you think about how good or bad it will be to get Covid-19, you really do not want Long Covid

News is beginning to percolate through again about the effects of what has been styled “Long Covid” or also known as post-Covid Syndrome. In bad cases the symptoms of this can last for many weeks or possibly months and there are patients who are finding serious breathing difficulties and who find it hard to walk even 100 yards before running out of breath.
Why an immunity certificate will be essential for clubs and societies as well as the hospitality industry

Why an immunity certificate will be essential for clubs and societies as well as the hospitality industry

In order to be reintegrated we shall all need to prove we have taken the necessary steps to protect ourselves and those around us

It does appear that we are approaching a crisis point with regard to coronavirus cases. After having another complete lockdown, it does appear as if that did not do the trick beyond a certain levelling off of cases but now it is over, it looks like the transmission of Covid-19 has gone into overdrive
No Vaccination certificates? This is incredibly short-sighted and naïve in the extreme!

No Vaccination certificates? This is incredibly short-sighted and naïve in the extreme!

Proving you have had the vaccination is bound to become essential if you want full access to services in due course.

As the excitement of getting first vaccinations done romps on, thoughts are already being turned to the future. As we surmised yesterday, comments are already being made about the less well-off countries which may not get the vaccines because the wealthy countries decide to hoard them.
Is this just the “shot in the arm” we need? First vaccinations at last.

Is this just the “shot in the arm” we need? First vaccinations at last.

We need something to be happy about. The first vaccinations are a milestone in the present pandemic.

It would be most remiss of us not to mark the day of the first vaccinations against Covid-19 in the UK with the Pfizer vaccine. Noting all the television interviews, there is no doubt that everyone seems to have a spring in their step today as the first aged pensioners are given their vaccinations across the country.
Plant a tree year! Something we can all share in.

Plant a tree year! Something we can all share in.

Plant Britain. A great new initiative to make our country nicer and help with the carbon emissions problem.

There does seem to be a real impetus growing in terms of wanting to do something about our climate change problems. It’s taken its time, mind you, but there are now various ideas which are being floated which people can adopt to help.
Up up and away! 737 MAX takes to the skies again.

Up up and away! 737 MAX takes to the skies again.

As the 737 retires it looks like the 737 MAX will be the start of a new era in aviation.

Wednesday 3rd December marked the beginning of the end of the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company’s 19-month nightmare that is the model 737 MAX. It began a series of passenger carrying flights with its hitherto grounded and recently re-certified fleet aimed at restoring public confidence in the type.
As we see light at the end of the tunnel, society will start to re-evaluate itself.

As we see light at the end of the tunnel, society will start to re-evaluate itself.

When we go outside and the real light dawns when the pandemic is over, we are in for a big shock.

Since the beginning of the restrictions and the first lockdown, huge amounts of things have changed in the economic field. Many businesses have suffered terribly by being closed, most especially the hospitality industry and of course some businesses have done very well and others have even prospered beyond belief because of Covid-19.
Fauci – hasty withdrawal as anger mounts!

Fauci – hasty withdrawal as anger mounts!

We need some good news, don’t we? The cavalry is coming!

When Dr Fauci made his unforgivable remarks yesterday about how the US uses the gold standard while the UK had not carried out the task of vetting the new vaccine by Pfizer properly, this not surprisingly caused such anger that he was later forced to apologise.

How will our divided society deal with post-Covid?

How will our divided society deal with post-Covid?

As the Covid-19 crisis moves on, so do the arguments and differences of opinion and gradually people take more and more entrenched positions. No discussions then.

With all the present rows about whether we should favour greater lockdowns or greater if not complete relaxations of controls, our minds have not turned to a great extent towards the future and what that will look like. Do we think that the day we get a vaccine against Covid-19 will be the day we all kiss and make up and put our differences behind us?
Country awash with dissatisfaction over further lockdown proposals. Isn’t the problem not enough transparency?

Country awash with dissatisfaction over further lockdown proposals. Isn’t the problem not enough transparency?

When people have the facts put to them in a straightforward and matter of fact manner, they usually understand the ramifications. That is what we need.

The prospect of a government losing a major plank of its Covid-19 protection measures because up to 100 of its own backbenchers voting against them is bizarre in the extreme. We have talked a great deal about a divided country but a division of this nature makes absolutely no sense at all.
Advertising – sometimes it all seems so illogical. High in fat, sugar and salt – HFSS.

Advertising – sometimes it all seems so illogical. High in fat, sugar and salt – HFSS.

Covid-19 and the US elections are happily not the only issues in our news these days. Obesity is still a big problem.

Probably the greatest paradox between product and advertising came with cigarettes. For decades harvesting tobacco to make cigarettes was big busines worldwide – UK companies even sent employees abroad to manage their tobacco plants in countries like Argentina and India – livelihoods were sustained and children even sent back to Britain to attend boarding school – and there are still plenty of people alive today who were amongst them!
Covid-19 – a vaccine? How exciting!

Covid-19 – a vaccine? How exciting!

Before we all go around saying “it’s over”, hold on a mo’.

There is no doubt that the announcement of a vaccine which is effective against Covid-19 is really exciting news. It is just what we need to hear. However we also need to avoid getting over-excited about it as there is still a long way to go.
Restaurants to remain takeaways for the time being at least but big rent bills looming and no money to pay them.

Restaurants to remain takeaways for the time being at least but big rent bills looming and no money to pay them.

A positive development which may be part of the new norm but only if these outlets can remain in business.

One of the changes in rules which was made in March at the beginning of the pandemic was that restaurants and pubs could operate as takeaways as well. This was not previously permitted as operating a takeaway required separate planning permission.
Marston’s and Carlsberg merge

Marston’s and Carlsberg merge

Two iconic brands get together but let’s hope their respective products retain their identity!

Business is business and brands can get together in what can seem confusing unions. The merger of Marston’s with Carlsberg seems like mixing two incompatible words in one sentence. Looking at it from the point of view of a traditional English ale drinker, it is like pouring the amber nectar into fizzy pop!
Hospitality industry in trouble again – businesses beginning to count the cost.

Hospitality industry in trouble again – businesses beginning to count the cost.

The harder we work to make the lockdown successful, the sooner we shall all come out the other side.

Whether or not you are in favour of another lockdown, what is certain is that our hospitality industry really is taking a beating with this terrible virus. After the chancellor of the exchequer introduced his remarkable scheme of eat out to help out, sadly there is now a school of thought propagating the view that this was a false economy

Is Covid-19 the nemesis of our ultimate downfall?

Is Covid-19 the nemesis of our ultimate downfall?

As more people go into high states of lockdown, will the people obey?

As October draws to a close this weekend I cannot help but feel that this has been a depressing month so far as Covid-19 news is concerned and I do not cease to amaze at the attitude of some people, mostly younger but not all, whose approach is that they cannot cope with more restrictions and therefore they are going to ignore them.
Going to France? This is how it looks now. Compare that with the UK.

Going to France? This is how it looks now. Compare that with the UK.

How many other countries in Europe will be following this example? Probably loads. Britain too?

Last night at 8pm Central European Time we gathered around the TV to listen to the President of the Republic address the nation, and deliver perhaps one of the worst kept secrets so far this year. We are back in lockdown, a decision taken in conjunction with the opposition parties and trade unions, in other words all those in responsibility.

What is essential expenditure and who is responsible for school meals?

What is essential expenditure and who is responsible for school meals?

It looks like lockdowns are only acceptable if they suit the populace. Can that actually work?

The Covid-19 crisis really has descended into a state of farce in Wales with the requirement that shops which normally sell “non-essential” goods alongside essential goods are not allowed to. I think that whoever came up with this was was “havin’ a larf”, wasn’t he???
Why do our leaders let us down?

Why do our leaders let us down?

Lots of confusing situations to keep us busy this weekend!

There is no doubt that it makes it a lot more difficult for the general pubic to follow difficult instructions when we so often see those in society elevated to lead us ignoring the very instructions they have given to us.
Covid-19 is just a mild form of flu so a day or so with hot whiskey and lemon and I’ll be right as rain. Right?

Covid-19 is just a mild form of flu so a day or so with hot whiskey and lemon and I’ll be right as rain. Right?

A darker shadow is being cast by Covid-19 now and is not to be under-estimated.

Since Covid-19 first emerged many thousands of doctors, specialists, virologists and other experts around the world have worked tirelessly to find out what it is and how it affects us. It is a tribute to modern medicine that there is so much expertise out there and that people are able to diagnose problems.
Alas alack – hopefully playing with people’s lives is over now

Alas alack – hopefully playing with people’s lives is over now

I am sure that most of the country want to see these high tier restrictions avoided so there really is a job to do to get this virus stopped.

It is very sad indeed that the parties allowed the question of saving lives to get mixed up with how much money we are going to get out of it, because that is what we have witnessed over recent days with the row between Great Manchester mayor and the government.
Flybe’s resurrection has been announced!

Flybe’s resurrection has been announced!

Will the stress of flying be removed as long as there is a risk of Covid-19?

It is no doubt a surprise to many that Flybe, the airline which went into administration back in March has been bought and is expected to get started up again. The purchaser is Thyme Opco who are linked to Cyrus Capital, a company which was part of a Virgin-led rescue attempt for the airline last year.
Anger increasing; differences widening. How do we come to a consensus?

Anger increasing; differences widening. How do we come to a consensus?

As the country closes down bit by bit, arguments rage on. How are they going to be resolved?

Ever heard of the expression “ever decreasing circles”? Well if there were ever a time when that applied it is now. As if we did not have enough trouble fighting a hidden virus which is over-taking our society, people are now getting more and more angry and starting to argue. And what is it about? Not the virus really but money.
The UK enters a new phase of approach to Covid-19

The UK enters a new phase of approach to Covid-19

The long awaited new restrictions have been announced but little in the way of surprises.

With the complications of a number of different systems in operation at once and with additional restrictions being imposed in some locations on top, it is going to be necessary for everyone to concentrate on what the restrictions are in all areas and for the people to take full responsibility in trying to make the new measures actually work.
As the situation deteriorates the hospitality industry must feel it is fighting a losing battle now. What? Dinner without a decent drink?

As the situation deteriorates the hospitality industry must feel it is fighting a losing battle now. What? Dinner without a decent drink?

Alcohol consumption clearly seen as a serious threat in relation to the spread of Covid-19.

The Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, took a bold step and announced the closure of pubs and the banning of alcohol sales on a vast scale, as well as greatly reduced hours for hospitality businesses in Scotland as the number of new cases continues to get worse.
At last Home Office looks like getting to grips with asylum seekers

At last Home Office looks like getting to grips with asylum seekers

It is time to turn a real problem into a major opportunity. The British could lead the way.

It has been reported that the Home Office is looking to purchase not one but two disused ferries to house asylum seekers while they wait for their applications to be considered. The Times newspaper has apparently reported that a disused ferry can be bought from Italy for £6 million. Such a vessel could apparently house 1400 asylum seekers across 141 cabins.
What will be the ramifications of working from home?

What will be the ramifications of working from home?

Will society become less “social” or is this just a relatively short term aberration?

A lot of people have grumbled about the U turn by the government concerning going back to work. Having been told to work from home if at possible, the government then decided to try and get people back to work if at all possible. Then the spread of the virus got worse and the instruction was reversed.
What can be done for university students? A mad proposal?

What can be done for university students? A mad proposal?

Time to come up with grand ideas – as they say “everything is possible”

Education is one of the principal planks of our modern-day society. In no circumstances can it be neglected, whether the students are small children or mature adults finding a new start in life. Britain is noted as one of the top educational countries in the world and Britain is rightfully proud of it.

As the week has moved forward, tempers have become frayed and differences of opinion have been getting more divided

As the week has moved forward, tempers have become frayed and differences of opinion have been getting more divided

It was all so much easier when we were in full lockdown; now order out of chaos has been reversed – chaos out of order

As the week has gone forward we have heard more and more howls of anguish from the hospitality trade over the 10pm curfew and now it appears that the Conservative party is splitting over the government’s controls with some 40 MPs threatening to vote against the rule of 6.
Restrictions – good or bad? Let’s look again in the cold light of day

Restrictions – good or bad? Let’s look again in the cold light of day

The long haul would be made a lot easier if people could try and come together instead of just arguing all of the time

I find myself ever more surprised at the extraordinary diversity of views following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday when we were advised that the government was increasing the restrictions consequent on the spread of Covid-19. What is becoming clear is that the country is dividing itself down the middle with ever increasing contradictory statements delivered with such feeling.
Latest Covid-19 statistics are an eye-opener for those over 50

Latest Covid-19 statistics are an eye-opener for those over 50

With numbers rising again, it is bad news for those over 50

We can be forgiven for thinking that the government is in a state of panic – that is because it is. Hark back to President Trump who said he down-played the pandemic so as not to cause panic. Whether you believe that to be the case or not, I for one am one of those people who would rather hear it told as it is – warts and all. Surely the majority of thinking people are capable of making up their own minds as to the relative dangers of the situation we are in. Would we not rather just hear the truth?
Digital ID cards – looks like they really could be on the way

Digital ID cards – looks like they really could be on the way

Impersonation of others is so easy these days – trouble is we are too trusting!

Over the years the idea of carrying an identity card in the UK has been a source of great controversy. The reasons why there are objections seem to revolve around the fact that it is yet a further encroachment into personal liberty but perhaps the time really has come when personal freedoms are less important than the needs of society to ensure that personal identity is always verifiable.
Asylum seekers not satisfied with all the free handouts. They want more!

Asylum seekers not satisfied with all the free handouts. They want more!

This affair promises to get more heated as the days go by

If you have been following our news feeds, you will recall that we have highlighted the issue of asylum seekers arriving in Britain and being given the 4 star treatment, transported on posh coaches, accommodated with three square meals a day in 4 star hotels and even getting jollies to places like Anfield, and a cash handout as well.
Asylum seekers – there must be another way

Asylum seekers – there must be another way

Free jollies to football stadium for asylum seekers? Has the British government gone nuts?

The granting of asylum to persecuted people has always been a corner-stone of British life; we only have to go back to the world wars to know how our compatriots responded to the call of duty to bring freedom to other peoples. And I am the first to say that I have no problem whatsoever with peoples of other races settling into our society, as so many have over so long.
Is a choice between education and hospitality a realistic one?

Is a choice between education and hospitality a realistic one?

As second wave becomes more likely, difficult decisions are going to have to be made

The recent discussions over the choice of re-opening the schools or keeping pubs and restaurants open seem to show that perhaps we are beginning to lose our marbles. Both of these issues are of extreme importance in relation to the future handling of the pandemic but to say that a decision should be taken to have one or the other can only be an emotive one and the author of the suggestion could not have considered all the points involved.

Food supply has had a real shock to the system. Can we learn from this? How about a tax-free home production regime?

Food supply has had a real shock to the system. Can we learn from this? How about a tax-free home production regime?

One thing we cannot do without is food. We do not want to suffer the same shock again as we have just had to endure

We take it for granted, don’t we? We need some groceries so off we trot to the supermarket and in this day and age they are so well stocked that you can get just about anything you want including unusual foods and ingredients for foreign style cooking. It’s marvellous, isn’t it?
Even how we say our final goodbyes has been changed by Covid-19

Even how we say our final goodbyes has been changed by Covid-19

Our lives change in ways we would not normally have envisaged

I am not sure what inspired me to start writing daily news blogs just after the lockdown had started. I suppose it was because I saw that the changes in our lives were going to be so startling that people needed to take stock and think about them, especially as the populace seemed to be rushing around like headless chickens with no very specific aim in mind
Why Leicester? Now we move towards relaxation we see new cases arise in local areas. But why? Will we be able to get married now?

Why Leicester? Now we move towards relaxation we see new cases arise in local areas. But why? Will we be able to get married now?

New normal is not going to look anything like normal at all. Our society is going to be very different for a long time

Leicester is a sizeable city of about 330000 people. Its population includes a large number of BAME inhabitants and it has recorded a resurgence of some 800+ new cases so now there is a debate as to whether it should be locked down for a further two weeks and, just like everything else with this pandemic, the authorities cannot agree.

Are you afraid of a second wave? You probably should be. Get that face mask on

Are you afraid of a second wave? You probably should be. Get that face mask on

As new cases exceed 10 million this pandemic is on the increase!

By the end of the coming week, we shall have seen major new relaxations of the social-distancing requirements. Pubs and hotels are re-opening and we shall see a further week of unlimited shopping. The following week travel opens up again and we hear talk of the quarantine measures being relaxed for certain low-risk countries.

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 is now law – and Lufthansa update

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 is now law – and Lufthansa update

New insolvency law now in operation and Lufthansa hanging in there!

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 completed its whistle-stop tour through Parliament yesterday, notwithstanding a number of amendments in the House of Lords, and received the Royal Assent yesterday evening, 25th June, and therefore became law at midnight last night.
Will your local pub re-open as a going concern? What if it doesn’t?

Will your local pub re-open as a going concern? What if it doesn’t?

Opening up again after the relaxation of the lockdown is very much a two sided exercise

Crunch time looks like being upon us in the next fortnight. Pub landlords will be now be assessing what they can and cannot achieve. Probably the public will think mainly in terms of what matters to them, things like will there be adequate space for social-distancing
Is British Airways really not allowed to manage its affairs to its advantage? Who next?

Is British Airways really not allowed to manage its affairs to its advantage? Who next?

Businesses are now fighting for their very survival. Without them there will be no jobs.

“No man in the country is under the smallest obligation, moral or other, so to arrange his legal relations to his business or property as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel in his stores…..” So said
Fraternal societies and other “talk groups” – how are they affected by the pandemic?

Fraternal societies and other “talk groups” – how are they affected by the pandemic?

A short look at a huge group which has had little or no mention so far.

We have talked a great deal about damage to business, the economy, charities, the arts, the church and many others. But there is a sector of our society about which little has been said and which deserves a mention. Fraternal societies and groups such as Round Table,
France – new infections up. Will we follow? Is a second wave inevitable?

France – new infections up. Will we follow? Is a second wave inevitable?

Everyone is too eager to lift lockdown. Holidays beckon…

I am not normally one to say “I told you so” but lifting the lockdown is going to be a real problem. Looking at the infamous Johns Hopkins University table, I am afraid that yesterday France declared 3325 new cases of Covid-19, that is for 27th May. I am sorry to say that this is a big deal because new cases seem to have paled away in recent days – until now.
Pubs and restaurants – does 1 metre distancing work for you and is it fair?

Pubs and restaurants – does 1 metre distancing work for you and is it fair?

Businesses desperate to find solutions to operate

As the days towards the end of the more general lockdown pass en route to 4th July, more and more people are wondering how pubs and restaurants can “manage”. The latest utterings from leading operators is that a 1 metre distancing requirement would enable many outlets to open and restore literally thousands of jobs. Indeed they cite the fact that the WHO rules specify 1 metre.
I like fish. Finding it difficult to buy, though.

I like fish. Finding it difficult to buy, though.

Resolving our fishing industry difficulties is a very important long term issue.

As an island nation, one of our greatest resources is, or should I say, should be our fishing industry. There are very few countries in the world with no land borders – indeed even the UK is not one because there is a land border with Ireland. However, in principle we enjoy one of the largest coastal borders relative to our size, and certainly within Europe.

Crime down during the lockdown – right?

Crime down during the lockdown – right?

Have the police made the best of it?

One of the results of the lockdown was that certain petty crime like shoplifting appears to have dropped. Surprise, surprise, given that most shops were closed. Theft too from private houses seems to have been contained but then it is quite risky to go in and help yourself when the chances of the owners being at home are somewhat high.

My kingdom for a hair cut. Can you now do just what you want?

My kingdom for a hair cut. Can you now do just what you want?

New rules but what exactly are they?

When I heard the Prime Minister on TV at 7pm on Sunday, I thought I understood exactly what the new rules were. However, the media and others have done an excellent job of completely confusing the issue for everyone in the short time since. The government, by contrast, have produced a lengthy document setting out the requirements in far greater detail. In the meanwhile the Prime Minister has made the same statement to Parliament.
Who does Heathrow really belong to? CO2 lobbyists back on the job!

Who does Heathrow really belong to? CO2 lobbyists back on the job!

As we move towards relaxing the restrictions, parties begin to think of the future.

Whether you like it or not, Covid-19 is being seen by climate change lobbyists as their “opportunity”. In a previous post, I looked at the effect several factors might play in deciding whether Heathrow Airport (LHR) would get its controversial third runway in the foreseeable future.
Is there still a case for the third runway at Heathrow?

Is there still a case for the third runway at Heathrow?

Now aviation has dropped like a stone, when will it build up again?

In one of our earlier postings it was stated quite reasonably in an earlier posting that given the dire position in which civil aviation now finds itself (and frankly it has never been the most stable of industries), is it likely that we will see a third runway at Heathrow (LHR) within the next decade?
Exactly who are the NHS heroes?

Exactly who are the NHS heroes?

NHS employee setting up a PPE supply company more than a disappointment

The word “hero” has been on everyone’s lips now for some weeks and has been universally applied to the “NHS” or by implication its employees.

Is ending the lockdown going to divide us?

Is ending the lockdown going to divide us?

Are we so different from other European countries?

The lockdown has been with us for some weeks now; indeed there are some amongst us of higher risk who have been in lockdown for almost two months now so all in all, it is not surprising that some are beginning to tire of it. Fortunately, those who are keen to see it over soon are not in the majority – yet at least.
A watershed day, today?

A watershed day, today?

Matters now get more confused rather than less

Today’s deaths in hospital now top that magic figure of 20000. Do you remember – when this was starting it was considered that getting through this without exceeding this figure would be a result. Now the punters are pointing out that yet more deaths will occur. Will we be able to contain it within 40000? The NHS says it expects 30000 by the end of May – a vastly increased prognosis.
I have paid a deposit for my daughter’s wedding reception. It’s safe – right?

I have paid a deposit for my daughter’s wedding reception. It’s safe – right?

No obligation to hold deposits in ring-fenced accounts.

One of the worries which is emerging as a result of the lockdown is a complex area of business which many people find catches them out. That is the payment of advance deposits to make bookings and this is not just for wedding receptions but throughout modern life, and most notably with your deposits for package holidays and airline tickets.
When is a lockdown not a lockdown?

When is a lockdown not a lockdown?

While we have to sit at home and only go out for essential purposes, travellers continue to fly into the UK unchecked and passenger aircraft continue to be removed from service.

It’s today’s conundrum. When is a lockdown not a lockdown? The answer is if you are flying. Do you remember I provided you with a link to see what aircraft were in the sky? Just to remind you, here it is again - take another look.
Wildlife is getting a little bolder

Wildlife is getting a little bolder

If you are self-isolating at home, how about encouraging your local wildlife while you digest unfolding news?

Canada geese are amazingly suave and elegant and it is a privilege to have them there; they are also brave birds and extremely protective of their young. They seemed happy and stayed there for six hours but then we are out in the country down a cul-de-sac so happily there is not too much disturbance.
It’s Easter – time for us all to have a break

It’s Easter – time for us all to have a break

Whatever your religion, hear the Easter message which is more relevant today than ever.

When I got up this morning I wondered what I was going to write about today. Usually I have my thoughts all mapped out; today however, not so. But I was inspired when I watched Sophy Ridge on Sunday, not because of Sophy even though I have great respect for her as a newscaster, but because of one of her visitors.
Organisations develop systems to keep working

Organisations develop systems to keep working

Ingenuity emerges in true British fashion but does this herald permanent change in our society?

The first three weeks of lockdown will soon be over and there is little doubt that we can then look forward to probably another three weeks and no doubt many months of further restrictions of some sort or another. Anyone who thinks this will all be over in a week or so is surely in cloud cuckoo land.
Why are even successful businesses under pressure?

Why are even successful businesses under pressure?

Successful business is about judicious management of assets and cash and getting a balance alongside turnover and profitability.

Yesterday I said in my blog that I thought successful businesses in the hospitality trade with reasonable cash balances would probably get through, especially if they adopt some innovative policies to keep themselves operating during the shutdown. Well this is partly true! What is a certainty is that lack of cash is what brings businesses down – if you cannot pay your creditors continuing to trade becomes a virtual impossibility.
Thoughts for the day of rest

Thoughts for the day of rest

Do you believe in coincidence? What about the fiction novel written 20 years ago which predicted today’s pandemic?

As we all know life is full of conspiracy theories, some of them more compelling than others. The appearance of Covid-19 has some quite extraordinary features and some research on the subject generally produces some very thought-provoking results.
Why - what have we done to deserve this?

Why - what have we done to deserve this?

Time to contemplate – most of us have time

Many people world-wide will be asking why we have been inflicted with the current problems and whilst many of us have time on our hands due to quarantining, this is perhaps the moment to consider this point and, if possible, at least try to come to terms with what we are facing. By coming to terms with it all, we fortify ourselves when thinking about where to go next.
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