Social Isolation Strangefish

Last night would have been Fortune Retelling at the Met, had the social distancing and social isolation rules not come into play.

After much trying and testing of the technology we decided in the end though to go down the route of a web chat.

I have to say it went pretty well! Some very bizarre moments though.

Fortune Retelling is currently postponed till September and provided all goes to plan we will be doing exactly the same show as originally scheduled.

It’s a bit scary out.

Having spent time now doing my work (as a key worker, I have to keep fire alarm maintenance up to date) I have noticed that the few drivers on the roads tend to be a bit nuttier than usual (including myself, it seem to be having an effect on me too).

Small incidents which would normally result in a quick pap on the horn are now turning into major road rage events and the speed limits on many roads seem to have become somewhat flexible. I’ve just driven up Penistone Road and I was the only one keeping to the 30 limit – most people flew past me at over 40mph!

I’m also curious as to whether all those poor doggies are appreciating the extra walks they’re now getting? I’ve never seen so many dog walkers around and about the area!

The idiots, however, are the groups of youths congregating on corners. They are far more common than I would appreciate and it’s scary that they could be a hotbed of infection; then going home to infect their parents and grandparents.

Well we head into the School Holidays this coming week. I presume very little will change, although I’m as busy as ever. I’ve picked up new work where the existing service company have decided to take the long holiday.

All the Teams

I seem to be spending so much time meeting people on Microsoft Teams it’s becoming my second most used app!

Sorry Google, but I love your platform generally, but Microsoft has the edge here!

And thus… we are locked down.

The windbag toff last night announced a lockdown. It was inevitable after this weekend’s ridiculous and extremely irresponsible behaviour by many who thought it would be a great idea to fill our parks and national parks.

Therefore, we are now all grounded.

No leaving the house except for very limited tasks.
All the restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs are closed; except for takeaway.
All non-essential trips are banned.
Social gatherings aren’t permitted; and no more than two people can gather together in public.

I just wish I could explain to the groups of students walking through Sheffield today that this IS a thing now. I saw at least 10 groups of students with more than 3 people together. Grrrr!

If people don’t pay attention it WILL be taken further.

On another note, not that you will have noticed, but I have changed my account to now be hosted on Microsoft Office 365 instead of Google Apps. I have a Google Apps account already, and I thought it was a bit silly paying for a personal Office account AND TWO Google Apps accounts when I could just pay for one of each.

Honestly… Microsoft is the better platform though. I love Android, but Google Apps is bloody clunky!