Paul Clarke's Blog (Pauly's Soapbox)

This covid is a bit disruptive isn't it?

Now it's come round close enough we've been able to book the last missing part of our pre-christmas holiday, so we now have train tickets between Brussels and Cologne. And now we've started looking at travel restrictions and how we actually do this trip. And it's not looking good and it might all be off.

We adults are probably going to be OK as we can prove we have been double vaccinated, so are allowed to go places. Thing one has been singly vaccinated, but that's not enough and we can't prove that. Thing two has not been vaccinated, but would be allowed to go if he quarantined on arrival for something between five and fourteen days. We're only going for two days! Looks like the trip might be off.

Nearly all of it is cancellable and fully refundable. But not the last train tickets I bought.

I can spend the refund on the plumber and electrician's bills. The plumber came, but has not billed me yet. The concensus in the Inn Doors was I had chosen a notoriously expensive one. To be fair I didn't actually choose them, they were the only one willing to do the job. The electrician came today to size up the job and will be sending me a quote asap, I might have my new sockets and absence of trailing extension leads this time next week.

I'm going into the office on Thursday, even though cases and deaths are rising very fast. A couple more people I know have it now.

Country cases deaths
USA 45855077 745825
Brazil 21644464 603324
India 34081049 452321
Mexico 3755063 284321
Russia 7992687 223312
Peru 2190009 199843
Indonesia 4234758 142952
UK 8448712 138584
Italy 4717896 131541
Colombia 4981532 126865

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 Nov
Tue Oct 19 2021...

This week 10 years ago

15 years ago
25 years ago

Successful shop

Good parkrun this morning, 22'58, and then I walked from there to Folkestone Central. Bought our tickets and luckily Clare was there to meet me at the next station with a change of clothes. And on to Westfield Cross at Stratford!

Had no joy finding expensive things for Clare - result - had a good Thai dinner in Busaba, bought a nice top for myself, and also got some pubbing in. I went to Abbey Tap outside the shopping centre while Clare shopped some more, and then walked back to meet her at The Cow, where we had been before.

I'm pleased with the hoodie I bought, it's from Nike but it doesn't have any big branding on it. When I picked up the boys, thing one said it is a homeless hoodie. I like it still.

Clare bought herself a bag and I'm so impressed with it I just ordered one for me too. Picking it up tomorrow.

Country cases deaths
USA 45645619 742175
Brazil 21612237 602201
India 34036684 451847
Mexico 3738749 283193
Russia 7892980 220315
Peru 2187368 199775
Indonesia 4232099 142848
UK 8316316 138234
Italy 4709750 131461
Colombia 4977043 126759

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 Nov
Sat Oct 16 2021...

And we are plumbed

Toilet is fixed. After getting declined by two plumbers, I sent out another request, and this time May Day responded. They're also based in Folkestone, they said they could fit me in today, and he came and fixed it at lunchtime. He didn't use the replacement flush I bought, said he could get a repair kit locally, so basically just replaced the perished valve. He told me how and where to get this too so I could fix the other two toilets myself, nice.

I have not seen the bill yet, it might be outrageous. Hopefully not.

I'm done with work for the day, been another productive day. Clare is late in from work so waiting to see when / if I can go to the Inn Doors.

Thing one had his vaccine today.

Country cases deaths
USA 45179679 733058
Brazil 21567181 600880
India 33952275 450621
Mexico 3714392 281610
Russia 7746718 215453
Peru 2183589 199641
Indonesia 4227038 142612
UK 8119732 137697
Italy 4698038 131274
Colombia 4970718 126585

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 Nov
Fri Oct 15 2021...

Busy week

I've said "I'm busy" so many times over the last year, it always feels busy in this job. It's really good though, we've done some good stuff and actually hit our deadline. We're now in a position to help out other teams and do some of the extra optional stuff that is getting everything into a really nice position. I moved my "in the office" day to Thursday this week, and as a result got to meet two more of my workmates for the first time, and met some other people from around the business. There's still not quite enough room for everyone to work there and maintain social distancing if we all turned up at once, and it's not quite as productive as working from home I think. Still, it's so rare I go into London it feels good. Nice to be walking down busy streets and seeing all the cafes and pubs busy, even if I didn't have time to go in myself.

What else since I last had time to post here? Still not got a plumber, only one has responded at all and they don't want the job. I'm reaching out to some more. One electrician got back to say they will come round and quote for fitting some new sockets on Monday so that's good. It's not super urgent but I've been living with extension leads trailing round the skirting board of thing one's room and my study. Will be nice to tidy that up. Toilet is more important though.

Interesting tales of misleading vaccine claims specifically aimed at children, who now qualify for the vaccine. Thing one is having the vaccine, but there are tales of protests outside schools against it. I have long believed these are not just spontaneously formed groups of concerned parents, it is an organised group trying to stop the UK getting vaccinated for some reason. Now this from the BBC [Several seemingly grassroots groups have sprung up appearing to be operating separately - but they seem to consist of a relatively small number of overlapping members.](https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58783711#:~:text=Several%20seemingly%20grassroots%20groups%20have%20sprung%20up%20appearing%20t byo%20be%20operating%20separately%20-%20but%20they%20seem%20to%20consist%20of%20a%20relatively%20small%20number%20of%20overlapping%20members.). Russia, I'm telling you.

Pay day today. I bought some more stonks and we're off to Westfield Cross at Stratford tomorrow, right after parkrun. A day of shopping while the boys are at clubs and friends houses, and then grandpa is picking them up after that too, so we can have a grown up day. Mostly of me looking at things and not buying them and Clare loading up with bags and bags.

Hilariously inevitable that foreign butchers and lorry drivers are to be allowed into the country to deal with brexit, yet no more British workers will be allowed visas to work in Europe. How's that taking back control working out for you?

Country cases deaths
USA 45179679 733058
Brazil 21567181 600880
India 33952275 450621
Mexico 3714392 281610
Russia 7746718 215453
Peru 2183589 199641
Indonesia 4227038 142612
UK 8119732 137697
Italy 4698038 131274
Colombia 4970718 126585

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 Nov
Fri Oct 15 2021...

Water everywhere

Toilet is making noises, it keeps filling up from the cistern. Got so noisy that last night I had to turn the stopcock off to stop it filling up. Today I tried to fix it, took it apart, looks like it is the massive washer in the cistern that has perished so the water keeps trickling into the toilet, so the cistern has to keep refilling. I bought a replacement for it, but I just don't have the confidence to completely remove the old one. I isolated the toilet, drained it, it looks quite simple to put the new bit in, but I can't commit the welly needed to remove the old bits. I'm worried I'll break something and then we'll really be in trouble. So, going to call a plumber tomorrow. Luckily we've got other toilets so can hang on for a few days, without needing to hang on for a few days.

Work is going well, school is going well too. Canoe club tomorrow, though I think we're going to give up swimming club and just try and go on our own at the weekends.

Looking forward to this pay day weekend and our trip up to Stratford. If only I didn't have a plumber to pay for. Maybe I won that 250 million lottery today though.

Country cases deaths
USA 45179679 733058
Brazil 21567181 600880
India 33952275 450621
Mexico 3714392 281610
Russia 7746718 215453
Peru 2183589 199641
Indonesia 4227038 142612
UK 8119732 137697
Italy 4698038 131274
Colombia 4970718 126585

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 Nov
Tue Oct 12 2021...

Artists of the week, commencing Sunday 10th October

Elis James and John Robins, No Such Thing As A Fish, Newscast

Doughnut of ROCK - the types of music I listened to this week 38% ROCK \m/
  •    9% Alternative
  •    7% Punk
  •    6% Pop punk
  •    4% Pop
  •    3% Heavy metal
  •    3% Nwobhm
  •    3% Metal
  •    3% Indie
  •    2% Emo
  •    2% Blues
  •    2% New zealand

Did very little with my free day

After letting myself back in after locking myself out, I charged the battery for the beetle. Will try that in a minute. Then I mostly sat about. I put up a shelf that no-one has noticed yet, and I added a new remote control in the lounge, so I can keep one on my side of the sofa. I couldn't be bothered to head back into Folkestone, so walked to the Potting Shed instead and had a nice sit with a couple of pints.

Last night we watched Spiderman Into The Spidervers again, then Bake Off Extra Slice and then some Simon And Garfunkel documentary. This morning Clare is at pump, the boys are reluctantly doing homework and revision, I'm unpacking the shopping and writing this, and then we're off to Canterbury again.

Twenty-four years ago we went to see Strangelove, and then I think this was the night we went to some odd nightclub after, and I banged my elbow against something, and it swelled up like a balloon. There used to be pictures of this, long lost now though.

I wonder if I should work the UK back into this chart below. We are eighth in the coronavirus death chart, with 137,564, and over eight million cases in total. Only Italy has done nearly as badly as us for the size of population. And only nearly.

Country cases deaths
USA 45136852 732477
Brazil 21550730 600493
India 33934335 450408
Mexico 3707234 281121
Russia 7717356 214485
Peru 2183025 199615
Indonesia 4225871 142560
UK 8085763 137564
Italy 4695290 131228
Colombia 4969131 126552

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 Nov
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Sun Oct 10 2021...

Paul Clarke's weblog - I live in Hythe. Wed to Clare + father to 2, 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.