Monthly Archives: July 2020


Listening to The Fate of Rome on Audible. .. it’s so far all about plague and pandemic. and that’s what ended that period in history. It’s all a bit timely and familiar sounding.
For sure though, back then they had it far worse than we do! There were various strikes of plague and for 25% of everyone in the affected region might die. Some plagues may ( because they don’t know for sure ) have killed 25 million people.. and there were a lot less people around back then. Death was normal, in all levels of society, even in one case mentioned, that meant that only 2 of 14 kids born to the emperor’s wife surviving.

The infrastructure of the Roman Empire with its roads and routes meant that disease spread fast ( sounds familiar ) and it was the men who died more than the women ( also sounds familiar ). Back then they didn’t understand how it spread, so it did, and fast.
Now we DO understand how it spreads, and yet still we let it happen..? Not good, is it?

Dipping my toe / wheel back in the dating pond. Ahh what fun .. 🤦‍♂️
At least I sort of know how it all works now..

With far less places to go, and social distancing.. it doesn’t make it any easier, does it?

No foreign trips this year either. I can’t see how that’s very sensible just now, and you just suck it up, don’t you.
Am I one of very few that isn’t stamping my feet and how unfair it all is, that I can’t go to a foreign beach.. ?
Well no actually, and that’s not ONLY cos I can’t actually move my feet in order to do any stamps..


And big love to Leigh ( Male ) n Bev for coming for dinner, and for my mum for actually making the bolognaise sauce (!) and leaving it in my freezer, after their visit, so that I didn’t have to give Leigh n Bev just crisps , which they might have had otherwise.

Socially distant and outside, but still lovely.
As was the same environment ( distant and outside ) with Chris the Cats, and Russ S, and Q n Rik in recent history. I think im more used to the antiviral behaviour than I am to the hangovers I have very recently had!

Gawd, watching the Viral spread around the world with a morbid kinda fascination. No stopping it now, is there? You can still try to avoid it, and help reduce its likely effects on you by getting in the best shape you can be ( ASAP ) but it looks like, once again, we are all gonna be quite likely to be exposed.

As my outside space has a fair bit that’s inaccessible to me ( and no, the developers wouldn’t stump up to make it so ) im having the path up the side bit widened.. which means I can wheel up there and have a vegetable area on raised planters. It’ll be like The Good Life, once i get the pigs n chickens. ..

As I got stuck in the mud ( again ) and actually had to shout HELP last night… it’ll not be too soon for me. Thanks to the fella upstairs ( Rob ) for coming down, then scaling the railings to then pull me out.
Why is it I went into the muddy hole the only time in recent memory that I didn’t have my phone on me..

And gigs n stuff I’ve either just missed, or am about to, due to the virus shutting venues ? …

Beck in Brixton

Billy Eilish in the O2

To Kill a Mockingbird in a theatre in town

The Kings of Leon

Vanessa Paradis

Gabriella Cilmi

Darwin Deez


Gabrielle Aplin

and Sir Ranulph Fiennes talking, tho my buddy Rob S did tell him about me, and my various misdemeanours. And you know what ole Ranulph said ? He said ‘ blimey, I ought be the one going to listen to Russ speak !’

Bless him. Apparently he’s a great bloke, Rob said.

and lots of others!

Doh 🙄

That dog

My mate Paul and his blind dog Bolt have now started ‘ starring’ in TV commercials for Blind Dogs.

I said to Paul

I knew from the moment I saw Bolt that he was heading places.
What you gonna do Paul once he’s the new Lassie and livin the dream in LA ?

Paul laughed…
I said .. I can see it now …

‘ what’s happened Bolt ?’

‘ Paul’s fallen down the well !?’

( barking )

‘ What Bolt, you told him he should be more careful, the blind fucker ?’