Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Hello I have popped back again as I do







Well I'm still drawing stuff and things are still in a state of normality at home. But elsewhere things are starting to come off the rails a bit. Covid-19 is getting worse in the UK again and it  is looking likely it will be seriously bad. Parts of Europe are a couple of weeks ahead of the UK and Countries such as Spain and France are not good. 

The Election in the USA seems to be just strange at present; Mr Bidon seems a bit frail and as for Mr Trump; to me he has lost the plot as well as going down with Covid-19 and he also appears to have given key members of his party Covid-19. He says he is fine, but in truth it is early days for him and this is one seriously nasty virus that can get you many days even weeks after you think all is going well. And he does not appear to be trying to win votes from outside his core supporters. So is at risk of self 
destruction both physically and in the Presidential race.

We will see I guess. . . . . . 




 

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Drawing and JK Rowling

 I have started Drawing again. Well I started when JK Rowling started posting the tale of the Ickabog via a link on Twitter (it was not planned to draw stuff, but she did say folk could). It was interesting random subject material being posted a chapter at a time which was ideal. It is good to be forced into drawing something new each day without knowing what on earth you may have to draw. Anyway it was a fairy-tale sort of . . . . I say sort of because I always think of fairy-tales as slightly different to that of the tale of the Ickabog which felt more adult to me than I was expecting. I was hoping to draw Cows laying Golden eggs and frogs kissing innocent passersby or giants planting beanstalks with pigs living at the top to avoid small children in red hoodies. 

I have never met JK Rowling but do wonder if she is quite an intense personality, She certainly seems focused when you consider what she has achieved over the years and those who follow her on twitter will know she tells stuff as she sees it. 

When the story ended I continued to use it to do my little drawing although I did have to bend the story slightly and make things up, but I dont think she will mind too much.


And now I just keep drawing. . . . Not big grand arty works of art, but small sketch pad drawings done each evening until I run out of ideas or steam. After all I have many other things to do so this is just a little task I set myself each day and it is good to create in some form if you can. 

So what kind of drawing am I doing I hear you all type well here are the last three . . .  make of them what you will. And if you happen to talk to JK Rowling do say hello and wish her well.








Thursday, 6 August 2020

The Coronavirus observational guide . . .

I have been somewhat quiet of late. Partly because I am busy doing many other things but also because we are at that point in the story of the coronavirus; Covid-19 where things are changing slower. Well they are here in the UK clearly this is not the case in the USA where the virus has taken off in some parts. Citizens in the USA are incredibly sensitive to restrictions in personal freedom so lockdowns are hard to enforce and the virus has taken advantage of this and the numbers are becoming frightening.  

In Britain there is the first hint of a second wave, clearly it is too early to really tell so we will see. Not far from me there was a small cluster of Covid-19 found on a traveller site as a result of a party with another traveller site, but that hopefully has been kept under control by a strict lockdown. Although I believe a couple of folk refused at first and went walkabout, but the long arm of the law may have had a few words so they returned home.

There was a huge explosion in Beirut a couple of days ago causing chaos in a city which already had many problems including Covid-19. I suspect this will now spread through the population very quickly because everyone is involved in trying to save the city after so much of it has been damaged including three of its hospitals.

 




Thursday, 18 June 2020

The Coronavirus observational guide . . .




Now last time I posted on my blog I did happen to mention that the masses had heard little of the track and trace system that was being developed and tested. Well it seems that the reason for that is it didn’t work very well. I am not entirely surprised.  What governments often forget to take into account is that developing IT software is not easy and often takes time and costs a lot. Gone are the days when you could ask an IT geek hidden in his bedroom to create something overnight.


News on testing folk for Coronavirus has also gone rather quiet I think the government’s argument is that because numbers are reducing it is no longer important.  Of course if people get complacent it runs the risk of a second wave of Covid-19 which would cause loads of issues as lockdown is eased in an attempt to return to normal
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I do have a little theory of my own (far too long to go into here) about the spread of Covid-19 and the slow but sure reduction in cases. It is clear that where there is a population living or working in close proximity the risk is very high. So social distancing is highly effective in cities, but out in the country it probably makes little difference. So I do think that having very targeted social distancing and working practices would be as effective as a national policy, but I guess the big problem then is policing it. Folk you see will bend the rules on the grounds that they are fine and are not worried so it is not important.
Since I was last here a common and cheap drug has been found to be effective in the worse cases where life is at risk so that is a really positive step.


And as a final note the Black Lives Matter movement continues to have an impact on many, also a positive step…