Then There Were Two

The UK version of the pandemic is rapidly turning into a distant memory, albeit a memory that will stay with us all for a long time. I remember well the anxious, edgy atmosphere in London at the end of February 2020 when we went to see the Tutankhamen exhibition. Everything was normal, but we rather knew that the horror unfolding in Italy was coming our way.

I remember the apocalyptic messages booming over the tannoy systems, telling deserted platforms not to bother their GP. The sun came out and baked the country. We enjoyed our permitted hour of exercise outside of the home. Sometimes we sneaked a second walk, but we never stopped short of accidentally joining a cheese and wine garden party. Going to the supermarket for a shop was a tense affair. Bournemouth airport filled with BA jets and Poole Bay filled with cruise ships. We clapped outside the house on Thursday evenings for the NHS. It was all end of the world stuff.

We watched the news each day with a sense of horror as millions became infected and tens of thousand died. We shared in the worries of a nation watching the economy going into a death spiral, millions of workers paid to stay at home. And then, as summer came along and infections dwindled to nothing, we all emerged back into society. Slowly, cautiously, with masks on our faces. Mrs P and I scrambled a week away in Portugal. But it was a false dawn, and when winter blew in, lockdowns and deaths returned.

The memories are both distant and vivid. But that’s what the pandemic is now. A memory. There’s not much sign of the pandemic on the streets of Bournemouth. The perspex barriers have come down, the floor vinyls have worn away, the posters warning of impending covidian doom have been replaced with adverts for lagers and betting sites. The topic barely gets mentioned on the news, beyond Boris’ pandemic party scandal. Some people wear masks. Most don’t. But no one cares much either way.

The pandemic is, barring an unfortunate turn of events, over. For most of us. But not for the two loons in the photo. They are the local antivax, anti-lockdown, anti-5g, anti-science, anti-reality conspiracy theorists. Every Sunday morning, they put their banner up and stand around breathing in chemtrails whilst they discuss Bill Gates latest wheeze to depopulate the planet.

At their peak, they managed to get a crowd of about a dozen together. Most had misshapen faces that only a mother could love. They looked like village idiots, perhaps because they are village idiots. But most of them have returned to their parents attics and basements, where they continue to ‘do their research’ into things that aren’t happening.

But not these two. They are hardcore. They are the last men standing. Their pandemic isn’t over till they say it is.

7 thoughts on “Then There Were Two

  1. The boys are enjoying their free speech, wacky as it is, it’s still better than throwing bombs.

    Ohio had a 43% increase last week but from a very small base-numbers are funny like that.

    One of my daughters tested positive two weeks ago, she was double jabbed but still was sick for a few days. We took her little one home with us while she was laid up, a treat for the grands.

    The virus killed a number of the antivax members of my high school class. They were warned…

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    1. They’re bonkers and if they want to stand quietly in a corner of Bournemouth Gardens for everyone to see that they are bonkers…that’s fine. The other remnant of the pandemic that is still visible are all the peeled/scratched of conspiracy theorist stickers that got plastered on benches everywhere. What a pointless activity that was. The first passer by would scratch off or deface every sticker that got put up.

      Covid is still going to hospitalise and kill plenty of people. But it’s likely going to be too few for measures to be brought in. And Putin is keeping it off the front pages. Those parties in the gardens of No 10 look more and more likely to see off Boris though.

      I told you I had a really bad cold a few weeks ago. It turns out five others in my office picked it up. Same symptoms, same length of a illness, bar one person who got it a bit worse. They all tested positive for covid. So it seems highly likely I had it too. Likely, but not confirmed. The only test I successfully did was the day before I returned to work when I felt better, which was negative.

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  2. Here in Canada we have a group of ‘hangers-on’ wanting to do a motorcycle convoy in Ottawa this weekend, protesting the measures that were lifted April 1.

    Never mind that the infection numbers and deaths are at a steady all-time high. If we can’t stop Covid, let’s pretend it never happened!

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    1. The infection rates in the UK are sky high. But the hospitalisation/death rates, while troublesome, are not what they were in 2020. And not likely to collapse the health system.

      There folk, both the Smileys and the Frownies*, have basically gotten themselves stuck fast like broken records. It’ll never really end for them. The Smileys on the internet are now all embracing chemtrails, which pretty much sums up their IQ.

      • Do you call them Smileys and Frownies there? The antivax/anti lockdown gang started putting smiley faces as their Twitter/Insta icons. It seemed apt to tag the pro lockdown crew as Frownies.

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      1. I’ve never heard nicknames for them, just anti-vaxxers. They’re kind of like holocaust deniers, they don’t let facts and science get in the way of their fantasy.

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  3. Very good post, Gary.

    The masks have (for the most part) come off here where I am in the States. But it’s difficult for me and many to simply Move On when the other effects of the pandemic are still so obviously present, here I mean mostly supply chain issues. 2022 automobiles that would have been in the showrooms and lots in Fall 2021 still are either not there really — a few trickle in, and are sold almost immediately. Most people are buying used. Then too the grocery stores. We are now getting essential toilet paper and paper towels on a regular basis, but other products have a tendency to disappear off the shelves entirely for weeks at a time for seemingly no reason. And to a certain degree the supply chain thing is affecting electronics also.
    And it’s affecting health care. Hospital schedules are solidly booked as those who had to wait for some non-crucial procedure and now being scheduled. I’ll be getting my new ICD-R replacement next month, but truth told it should have been done 6 months ago. And of course doctors and hospitals are still not taking any chances — it’s masks and temperature checks required.
    So people are glad the Old Normal is returning. Good luck with that. At the risk of sounding like one of the wackos you talk about, I think the virus has been mostly conquered, but not the overall affects of the thing. We are in fact solidly into some sort of New Normal — though it’s tough to figure out at this point just what that is or might become.

    My best to the Missus.

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    1. The pandemic is done in the UK, and I guess elsewhere. But as you say, that’s just the virus we’re talking about. The after effects will be with us for a long time. Economic, health care, political, social. Covid has caused havoc with the lot.

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