There was an interesting page on TV text last night which, I think,
summed up the situation more clearly than anything I've seen so far.
Basically, it said that from the time the first patient was diagnosed in
China to the 100,000th becoming infected took 67 days. For the next
100,000 it took 11 days. And for the 100,000 after that it took 4 days.
They don't quote sources on TV text, and I haven't looked it up to
check. But I can well believe it.
Once they stopped testing everyone who might have been infected, they
just don't know the number of cases, just the number who have died.
My daughter who is a school teacher thinks she has had it. She probably
caught it from another teacher who in turn caught it from a child who
had been in Italy. She asked Interflora to deliver some flowers on
Mother's day. The flowers cam a day late and Interflora sent her an
email to say that she would not be charged.
Probably glad to get rid of them, under the circumstances.
I wonder if we will modify our behaviour in the future after all this,
where we stop doing things like growing flowers to cut them down and
bring them indoors to die?
I'm seeing more and more funerals where they request 'no flowers',
because many see them as expensive and a waste (considering most go in
the skip as soon as the mourners leave), requesting people donate the
money to a charity instead.
I can't remember the last time I bought anyone flowers and there is no
point buying them for my mum as she has a garden full.
Same goes for cards, especially when you consider the cost (card,
envelope, postage) and the waste, compared with giving the people a
phone call or even Skype .
Cheers, T i m
 The Mrs is currently having a Whatsapp video chat with an elderly
lady across the road that she normally pops over to visit. Much more
welcomed / appreciated than a card or bunch of flowers.
Bernard Shaw was once asked why, with a garden full of flowers, which he
obviously liked, why he didn't have any in vases in the house. He said he
liked children, too, but didn't cut their heads off and put them in vases.
from KT24 in Surrey, England
"I'd rather die of exhaustion than die of boredom" Thomas Carlyle
And he had a good point. ;-)
The problem is, I'm pretty sure many people (often sons on Mothers day
for example) who put very little effort into choosing / getting the
flowers for their Mums, just what's on offer at the local petrol
station on their way there.
Years ago my Mrs worked in the city as a PA and *choosing* presents /
flowers for her bosses wife / Mum / girlfriend were considered part of
her duties. Not sure how much 'thought' was 'counted' by him on those
My point is much of this isn't done because the people believe it's
the right thing for their specific situation, but that it's what
'other people do' and therefore, so must they.
Cheers, T i m
Not here it wouldn't and possibly why I've never bothered (or needed
Whilst even I appreciate the beauty of nature (flowers for example) I
really think they are best left where they grow (wild) or even if they
are cultivated by us (to look at and help things like bees, not to be
cut down in their prime, stuck in a vase and often be no more
appreciated than artificial ones). ;-(
To be forcing flowers to be grown in artificially heated greenhouses
where one could grow stuff for people to eat seems strange to me
(especially at the quantity you see coming out of the likes of
Holland). We know *why* that's done of course, a rose will probably
fetch more money than a lettuce. ;-(
It's all (now) part of the social indoctrination, create an event and
make it that it's 'expected' you go along with it and it's 'rituals'.
It generally carries on until it gets particularly bad then people
wake up and question the logic of it all. I think this Coronavirus
will do that for quite a few things people come to realise they can
actually / easily do without.
Cheers, T i m
I would argue that its all trade / commerce, and hence its the single
most effective way for a country to raise itself out of poverty and
increase the standard of living for its inhabitants (when coupled with
non corrupt government).
So while it may *seem* frivolous, non essential etc, it leads to and
facilitates more substantial and important things.
Quite possibly, and in so doing destroy the livelihoods of many of the
populous and wealth generating power of countries as a whole.
I don't buy the whole "sack cloth and ashes" shtick as being in any way
On Sat, 28 Mar 2020 04:16:20 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
<snip> >> > It generally carries on until it gets particularly bad then people
Quite ... in the same way we don't 'value' trades over here because we
are relatively wealthy and can now fixate on what brand of trainers or
golf club to buy, rather than respecting someone's practical skills.
It's different if someone chooses to pay someone to do something
because they don't have the time or equipment to do it themselves (but
they could if they did), but few people seem to be able to do anything
any more nor care to even learn or understand.
Cheers, T i m
I wonder who you think should decide what are and are not "things that
are actually useful, resulting in everyone being better". Perhaps the
people who know (or the person who knows) t h e y know best.
reply-to address is (intended to be) valid
It's the lowest common denominator. When the sh1t hits the fan, who
can be of most use to society, to mankind. Just because the sh1t
hadn't hit the fan, didn't make their roles any more credible.
I have no issue with aid workers having a football kickabout to
relieve the stress of pulling bodies out of the fire / water / rubble
But it's only ever been 'a game' and should always have been treated
Hopefully we will get a reality check with this Coronavirus (although
looking at how some seem to completely disregard the rules and
disrespect their fellow humans with social distancing and the like,
I'm not that hopeful, unless Darwin gets to them like they deserve
etc), then 'Instragram Influencers' can join the dole queues along
with the footballers and Nail Technicians.
Cheers, T i m
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