Portraits : January 2021 – July 2021
“C.C.” 28 January 2021. She has set up an incredibly successful initiative to supply refurbished donated laptops and tablets to families in need of IT for homeschooling, all supplied for free and forever. This is on top of homeschooling her own children, being a successful writer and being involved in local politics. A generous & passionate conversation about a very serious problem that many families face. So inspiring.
28/1/21 EU getting more aggressive about lack of supply of Oxford/AZ vaccine
“S.W.-M.” 27 January 2021. Living in the San Francisco Bay area, and originally from Ireland. She talks about her life with her husband and son during a turbulent time in US history. The Presidential Election, the riots, devastating forest fires, BLM protests, wealth & poverty, and guns – these all come in to the conversation.
27/1/21 Deaths in the UK go over 100,000!
“C.P.” 26 January 2021. She has achieved amazing international successes in her chosen athletics discipline, all SINCE retiring from a distinguished career. Her main drive however, has been to “give back”, especially during these COVID times. She tells if the special support network she has built up, and of how she galvanised her team of volunteers to man the local Covid vaccination drive-thru facility. Inspiring!
26/1/21 Vaccine supply becomes territorial. EU says that Oxford/AZ not delivering enough vaccines to Europe.
25/1/21 The top 10 people in the world have seen their wealth increase so much during the pandemic, that they could vaccinate the world!
24/1/21 Over 5m people given their first vaccination in UK.
Over 3,000 people arrested in Pushkin Square, chanting “down with Putin”.
23/1/21 Thousands of Russians protesting about the detention of Alexei Navalny.
“T.C.” 20 January 2021. As a GP in a busy practice near Bristol, she talks about the trials and pleasures of running a practice in a time of isolation and lockdown, while also caring for her family. Now that vaccination is proceeding apace, she still needs to give time to patients needing care from their GPs. Her faith in the goodness of human nature is clear, as is her determination to give everyone the care they deserve.
20/1/21 Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Trump flies to Florida. Biden signed 15 Executive Orders straight away, many undoing previous Trump orders.
UK top of global league table for deaths per 100,000!
19/1/21 WHO announces “Catastrophic Moral Failure” as wealthy countries scoop up all the vaccines.
1,628 Covid deaths in UK today – a record.
Scottish & W. Country fishermen protesting in Whitehall over export problems with their fish – 40 pages of documents to be completed per variety exported.
Last day of Donald Trump.
“L.E.” 18 January 2021. A second year student at Manchester University, the centre of the initial student COVID infections and restrictions. She talks about the difficulties, and the emptiness of the city she loves, but remains immensely positive about her studies and the future.
17/1/21 Now over 70s and those who are extremely clinically vulnerable will be offered a vaccine (over 80s up to now). What about Police? Teachers?
Alexei Navalny, who had been poisoned with Novichok, returned to Russia and was arrested upon landing. UK, US and EU all protesting.
16/1/21 Travel Air corridors into UK are closed. Passengers can only travel with a negative Covid test, and then have to isolate for 10 days. New virus variants in Brazil and South Africa.
“R.B.” 13 January 2021. One of the unsung heroes. Working as a volunteer with a local Community Solutions charity supporting diverse community needs. Currently helping to set up “Virtual COVID Wards”. He has nothing but praise for the local Medical Practice and its staff, and for how they are handling the Coronavirus battle.
11/1/21 Supply chain problems related to Brexit. Supermarkets not getting stock in Northern Ireland because of check on trucks crossing Irish Sea. Fishermen in Scotland having to fill out 40 sheets of paper per load. Delays mean fresh food rotting in trucks.
9/1/21 COVID deaths in UK hit record high of 1,325 in one day. Ambulances queue outside hospitals. Temporary morgue built in Surrey woodland.
7/1/21 Trump condemned worldwide. Twitter & Facebook block his accounts. Impeachment papers to be drawn up.
6/1/21 Session of Congress at Capitol Building in Washington stormed by mobs of Trump supporters, who even entered the building. Trump speech incited this action.
4/1/21 First doses of Oxford/AstraZeneka vaccines given. 8pm. Boris Johnson announces new nationwide lockdown. All schools closed. GCSEs and A-levels cancelled .
1/1/21 New Year’s Day, and the UK will now have to abide by new trade rules when dealing with Europe. Debate about schools going back. Chief Inspector of schools says “chi;dren can’t be furloughed”.