A Rare Bird


Pre-pandemic the skies over Hampshire were fairly busy, with flights descending into Heathrow, or heading further north, interspersed with those heading to a myriad of international destinations.

Latterly, as we all know, the number of flights worldwide are very much reduced. So much so that the sound of a flight, mid evening, triggered my curiosity.

Courtesy of flightradar24

So, flying overhead was this flight.

Originating in Spain from Madrid and heading into London Heathrow, with just 10 more minutes flying time.

I’m guessing that the, near silent, Hampshire airspace will become quieter still, as fewer people are prepared to travel when the UKs new rules are activated on Monday.

And About Time Too


BBC News – Covid: UK to close all travel corridors from Monday https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55681861

About time, this action is long overdue.

Our borders have been about as effective as a sieve. With checks being applied too late, and without a fully functional track and trace process, we have allowed visitors to the UK free rein.

It’s no wonder that we find ourselves in this state.

“If There Is A Need”


From the BBC ….

Vaccinations minister Nadhim Zahawi says they could open 24 hours a day, if there is need

What planet is Zahawi on ?

If there is a need ? Where does the bloody “if” come from ?

Of course there is a need. Has he not seen the news. The numbers of sick and dying increasing. The NHS bordering on collapse.

Surely the default should have been a steady increase of vaccinations to match the availability. Then steadily increasing to 24/7 provision until this pandemic is quashed.

The more people vaccinated will surely help alleviate the NHS overload.

I don’t understand our governments “softly softly” approach to everything to do with this pandemic. Slow to the harsher tiers, slow to full lock down, slow to hard border controls. And why so slow to enforcement ?

We should be giving vaccinations 24/7 now !!!

What An Embarrassment


http://news.sky.com/story/donald-trump-is-most-incompetent-president-in-us-history-says-joe-biden-12182710

What an embarrassment Donald Trump is for the American people.

Trump loses an election, but is claiming fraudulent counts. Despite losing several legal challenges to those counts, he still refuses to accept that he lost. In the death throws of his presidency he has resorted to browbeating elected state level officials and also election staff, trying to persuade them to, fraudulently, amend legal vote counts in his favour. In other words, the wishes of the people, as declared through their votes, mean nothing to him.

Doesn’t this show how little he cares for the US people ?

Furthermore Trump then continually stirs up his supporters with these false claims and additionally inciting them to march on the Capitol, where the final steps in the process of ratifying Biden as the winner of the presidential election are underway. And march they do, subsequently breaking into the building and creating carnage and mayhem. Apart from the damage to the building, five people died and many more were injured.

Further evidence of lack of respect for the due process of democracy.

Trump has to accept responsibility for the actions of the rioters, his “heroes”, his clockwork soldiers.

As the tide of public opinion turned against the rioters, and Trumps part in this disgraceful event, even his own supporters are distancing themselves from him. Even his own VP Mike Pence refused to obey him and supported the ratification of Biden !!

And as usual, seeing the way public opinion is swinging against him, Trump has turned about face and attacked those same folks he encouraged, just a few hours earlier. Those same folks that have been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Added for rioting, carrying unlicensed weapons and damaging public properties and buildings in the Capitol. The FBI are also hunting for whoever placed two explosive devices, pipe bombs, at two locations around the Capitol.

“He is the ‘most incompetent president’ in US history” So says Joe Biden.

I couldn’t agree more. What I can’t understand is the reluctance to invoke the 25th Amendment. Or why Trump hasn’t been impeached. There must be overwhelming evidence to support either action.

I understand that time, until the Biden inauguration, is short. But there is still time for a Trump tantrum. Still time for some last Trump actions to cause further embarrassment for the USA.

And, does he still have the launch codes ?

BBC News: Rita Ora apologises for second breach of Covid lockdown restrictions


Throw the book at her, for her blatant and shameless disregard for the rules, that most people are abiding by.

BBC News – Rita Ora apologises for second breach of Covid lockdown restrictions https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55213784

She is not a good role model.

Celebrity does not give you a free pass to act like a little princess.

She obviously thinks that saying “sorry” and splashing the cash will get her out of trouble.

Only An Idiot …


Only an idiot would contemplate putting this country through the chaos and confusion of Brexit again.

The Liberal Democrats will back Britain rejoining the European Union at an “appropriate future date” subject to public approval, the party has resolved.

A motion passed at the Lib Dems’ annual conference, with leadership backing, said the party should support a “longer-term objective” of EU membership in the future.

The EU is already trying to punish us for having the temerity to leave.

Can you imagine the gleeful wringing of hands that would precede any moves to rejoin ?

And, don’t forget the cost. Brexit has already cost billions. What will happen to any and all post Brexit trade agreements ? Especially with any countries that the EU doesn’t have a deal.

Common Sense !!


That is exactly the right attitude and well done the government for pointing out the museums responsibilities regarding Britain’s, history and heritage.

 “As publicly funded bodies, you should not be taking actions motivated by activism or politics.

Oliver Dowden

So said Cultural Secretary Oliver Dowden in a letter to Britain’s museums following the BLM protests and subsequent vandalism and destruction of statues.

Erasing our history does not make things right, nor better. The museums job is to help people to understand.

The government also stated that “rather than erasing these objects, we should seek to contextualise or reinterpret them in a way that enables the public to learn about them in their entirety, however challenging this may be”.

We cannot apologise for the actions of our ancesters, nor should we.