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Waiting for the picturesque scenery

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Dear Lovely people

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks so my head is struggling to filter all of the news. I know many of you feel the same. I also got pleasantly distracted with a new book from Sue Lawrence, The Green Lady. If the male / female dynamic of the 16th and 17th centuries is of interest, it’s a great read. Thankfully times have changed for most of us but watching imagery from Russia, China, Saudi Arabia etc clearly many cultures are still stuck in the misogynistic past.

Having written these blogs there is a sense of observing. Sometimes I’ve been observing ourselves, at others our community. Today it feels as if I’m watching the journey as you would on a train. Those big windows presenting a glimpse of passing worlds at speed. On a train the world you see doesn’t feel personal, but this time, this is our world, lived in our lifetime. The view from the window is hard to believe, understand or separate from it.

Over 200,000 families in the UK are willing to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees. We’ve added our name to the list. 36% Ukrainian vaccination rate will be an interesting outcome as these people filter across Europe. Thinking about all the other wars and displaced people and indeed those who have tried to cross the English Channel (one visible border where lives have been lost) who has the right to choose which lives are worth saving and where home should be?

Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia are ongoing. What will success look like for Putin to stop this train crash? Will he get a new table or holiday estate? What will be enough to satisfy his ego? Will China cross the line and send military reinforcements to their red friend? We all hope Ukraine can stay strong and keep up the fight.

Abramovich has flown home to Moscow. He’s just popping back for tea and a quick game of Subbuteo. Apparently there are secret pockets under the table.

One woman we’ve all been delighted to see home is Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. How must this family feel to be reunited? The £400m “debt” paid by the UK government to Iran is a price that should have been paid before we needed to sort out our new oil and gas supplier. I’ve got a wee cough. Hope it’s not the BA.2 variant. Qatar, Etihad and Emirates all paid not to sponsor this one.

Here in Scotland, the FM has confirmed that we’ll still need to wear masks in public places until April. Half of our customers have already stopped, they must have read the draft press release. Masks aren’t required in England where Covid levels are less than Scotland. Interesting? Here the new new strain is causing the increase in numbers. Covid hospital admissions are at their highest level for 13 months but not in ICU. These are largely with non vaccinated patients. Those being treated are also being subject to more drugs than any number of vaccines and boosters. It’s strange the personal choices some people make.

LFT are still being recommended in Scotland. For the vulnerable I agree but I find it hard to justify given those in our team who have been off whose symptoms are milder than a summer cold. No more Test & Protect thank goodness but isolation rules are still to apply. How long will Scotland hold out on this?

Last Friday Passenger Locator Forms and tests for all arrivals into the UK will no longer be required. This is a UK wide approach to travel which Scotland’s travel and tourism sector needs. It feels slightly out of alignment with the need to still isolate.

Nonna G, at 93, says she’s not sure if she wants a fourth vaccination. Being over 75 she’s now eligible. She said she’s beginning to feel like a pink pin cushion. Interesting observation as she’s skin and bones. She says she’s not sure if it is good for her. We reminded her that the last ones hadn’t seemed to have done any harm, as she’s stronger than ever. They’re probably killing off something, but clearly not this Pink Lady.

Keep well and keep strong


PS Has anyone seen the results from Party Gate? They seem to have disappeared. Boris looks like he’ll have more lives than Nonna G, he’s definitely had more great escapes and distracting illusions than Houdini.


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