Paul Clarke's Blog (Pauly's Soapbox)

Voluntarily not going to the Inn Doors today

Unheard of! And it's not just because Bake Off Extra Slice and Taskmaster and The Last Leg are on. It's because though I feel better I know I sound very coldy still and I don't want to give anyone the fear. Hoping to get there on Sunday instead.

I went to Tesco at lunch, massive queues for petrol there, blocking all the surrounding roads. The road by the school was also clogged with traffic. I hear they actually ran out in Ashford, though there ought to be a delivery tonight.

Country cases deaths
USA 43404843 701004
Brazil 21283567 592357
India 33562034 446080
Mexico 3585565 272580
Russia 7333557 200625
Peru 2169427 199108
Indonesia 4198678 140954
UK 7529155 135621
Italy 4645845 130488
Colombia 4945203 126006

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Russia

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Russia ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA graph line ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil graph line ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia graph line ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 0 - 5000 - 10000 - 15000 - 20000 - 25000 - 30000 - May '20 Jun '20 Jul '20 Aug '20 Sep '20 Oct '20 Nov '20 Dec '20 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Fri Sep 24 2021...

This week 10 years ago

15 years ago
20 years ago
25 years ago

No petrol, no food, no gas, no trade deal

We're even running out of CO2, which is the air that we breathe out. How is this possible? Brexit going really well isn't it.

Our energy provider emailed today to say could we make an extra payment please, and increase our direct debit.

Country cases deaths
USA 43271257 697520
Brazil 21247094 591518
India 33530077 445801
Mexico 3573044 271765
Russia 7313851 199808
Peru 2168431 199060
Indonesia 4195958 140805
UK 7495013 135455
Italy 4641883 130439
Colombia 4943622 125962

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Russia

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Russia ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA graph line ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil graph line ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia graph line ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 0 - 5000 - 10000 - 15000 - 20000 - 25000 - 30000 - May '20 Jun '20 Jul '20 Aug '20 Sep '20 Oct '20 Nov '20 Dec '20 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Thu Sep 23 2021...

Is the worst cold ever going around?

Country cases deaths
USA 43121723 694940
Brazil 21234512 591034
India 33502744 445416
Mexico 3569677 271503
Peru 2167652 199036
Russia 7294672 198996
Indonesia 4192695 140634
UK 7464979 135252
Italy 4638513 130354
Colombia 4942249 125924

Yes, yes it is. Thanks for the link Andy. I've still got it, am I five or six days in now? Thing two's cold seems to have gone now, I think that was ten days. So a few more days for me maybe. Most symptoms fading now but I've got a croaky voice. Still working through it though.

Thirty years ago today I was at UKCAC (UK Comic Art Convention), I think for the second time.

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA graph line ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil graph line ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru graph line ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru 0 - 5000 - 10000 - 15000 - 20000 - 25000 - 30000 - May '20 Jun '20 Jul '20 Aug '20 Sep '20 Oct '20 Nov '20 Dec '20 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Thu Sep 23 2021...

Good day on the stonks, following a bad day on the stonks

Lloyds shares did badly yesterday, I was bold and "bought the dip", though I'd decided not to to do any investing this month. Just a small one. They went back up 4% today so that was my best performing thing I have ever done. "The bear market might not be over" says my smarter investing friend, I think this means there are still some big falls to come.

Watched the new Great British Bake Off last night. There's a vegan in it, she seems to be doing ok. There is a scouser in it, and it was a travesty she was not kicked out in the very first show, she is annoying.

Busy but constructive day at work. I did not go into the office because of this cold, and typically those who did seem to have gone for a beer and a game of pool after work.

Country cases deaths
USA 43121723 694940
Brazil 21234512 591034
India 33502744 445416
Mexico 3569677 271503
Peru 2167652 199036
Russia 7294672 198996
Indonesia 4192695 140634
UK 7464979 135252
Italy 4638513 130354
Colombia 4942249 125924

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA graph line ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil graph line ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru graph line ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru 0 - 5000 - 10000 - 15000 - 20000 - 25000 - 30000 - May '20 Jun '20 Jul '20 Aug '20 Sep '20 Oct '20 Nov '20 Dec '20 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Wed Sep 22 2021...

Where is my furniture?

I bought those new Habitat Radius side tables to complement our new sofa, and they were supposed to be delivered today I thought. I went for the cheaper delivery option which meant they could not guarantee a timeslot but I'm sure it should have been today. Maybe they deliver up until 7pm? Or maybe I only dreamt buying new stuff.

Ah no just checked, it's coming next Tuesday. I have a week to make space.

Isn't it a mad coincidence that we're having food and fuel shortages now after Brexit, when "project fear" spent all that time saying there would be food and fuel shortages after Brexit? I wish I had stockpiled CO2. How can you even do that? In bags?

I think I actually have limited exposure to them. I'm not saying it makes me better than you, I'm just saying.

Food grade CO2 is used in hundreds of products.

It is used:

If I can just reduce my dependency on cucumbers I could be completely CO2 free. CO2 might be used "to dispense drinks and beers in pubs", but not my beer, and not my pubs. Real Ale for the win! I have never knowingly had a soft drink, and I rearely stun pigs and chickens.

Ooh a year ago today I got this Tesco job, and my life changed forever. I didn't start until November, because I was still working out my notice (ahem, working, gardening leave following furlough, a very nice time off) but I got the job this day in 2020. Work is still chocka, and I have a cold. I'm just about struggling on but won't go into the office tomorrow. People who bring germs into confined office spaces are the worst.

Country cases deaths
USA 43021556 693873
Brazil 21239783 590786
India 33477819 445165
Mexico 3564694 271303
Peru 2167008 199006
Russia 7274928 198218
Indonesia 4190763 140468
UK 7429036 135203
Italy 4636109 130310
Colombia 4941064 125895

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA graph line ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil graph line ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru graph line ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru 0 - 5000 - 10000 - 15000 - 20000 - 25000 - 30000 - May '20 Jun '20 Jul '20 Aug '20 Sep '20 Oct '20 Nov '20 Dec '20 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Tue Sep 21 2021...

Cinema and Nandos

A busy weekend, a Sunday of fun. Went to see Free Guy, with Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer. They are in it, we did not go with them. Very good, some really good bits in it, it's about an NPC in a virtual world and the people who play the game in the world. Then to Nandos, and then home.

I ordered some Habitat Radius for the first time since thing one was born I think, we are spreading this style into the lounge too with two little side tables. Means I might actually have to get rid of a bit of furniture thought to fit it in. Which one is it going to be???

Country cases deaths
USA 42802246 690713
Brazil 21207536 589744
India 33415889 444563
Mexico 3549229 270346
Peru 2165533 198948
Russia 7234425 196626
Indonesia 4185144 140138
UK 7370595 134983
Italy 4627699 130233
Colombia 4937596 125826

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA graph line ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil graph line ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico graph line ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru graph line ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru 0 - 5000 - 10000 - 15000 - 20000 - 25000 - 30000 - May '20 Jun '20 Jul '20 Aug '20 Sep '20 Oct '20 Nov '20 Dec '20 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Mon Sep 20 2021...

Artists of the week, commencing Sunday 19th September

The Killers, Foo Fighters, Elis James and John Robins

Doughnut of ROCK - the types of music I listened to this week 25% Podcast
  •    25% England
  •    25% Comedy
  •    25% Educational
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Paul Clarke's weblog - I live in Hythe. Wed to Clare + father to two, I'm a full-stack web engineer, and I do mostly javascript / nodejs, some ruby, other languages etc. I like pubbing, running, eating, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, family tree stuff, TV, squirrels, pirates, lego, + time travel.