It's not exactly Sounds of Silence round here, what with yet another burst of HS2 road-building nearby during the day and fireworks heralding the start of the Bonfire Night/Diwali/It's nearly Christmas so why not/ seasons at night but things are getting pretty gloomy. We either see our economy nose-dive again and relieve the pressure on the health services or we face an inevitable surge in covid-19 cases due, in part, to the inability of many people to understand that a respiratory disease spreads if you get too close to others.
In such moments, let us turn to the wise words of Woody Allen, in his piece "My Speech to the Graduates"
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly..."
The English government (and it is really odd to be using this phrase, but as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are each governing themselves in this matter, it is appropriate) has opted for another four weeks of lockdown on a similar basis to that brought in at the end of March. It begins on Thursday.
I have no idea if we are on the right course or not. Our experience with the virus seems to mirror other European countries, most of whom are employing similar measures. What it means for the Ramblings household is pretty well a continuation of what we've been doing anyway since March - avoiding all unnecessary contacts, remaining at home and dreaming about better times.