As usual the evidence is confusing. Evidence so far from South Africa is that this variant is less potent (fingers crossed this is correct) but more virulent. The case in Essex was communicated second hand from someone who had been to S.A. 2 weeks ago. Ministers are talking up the variant whilst talking down action. Could this be an elaborate plan to enable the Tories to claim that “Johnson has saved Xmas” and to cover up further mismanagement, corruption, sleaze and selling off the NHS? Is that too cynical?


I know I am weird so do not bother telling me – again! But I was looking up places I have never been on Google Maps and thought of xxxxxxxxx. OMG – it is surrounded by the most prosaic names. Ab Kettleby; Scalford; Ashfordby; Frisby on Wreake; Kirby Bellars; Gaddesbury; Whissendine; Quenibrough; Syston; Seagrave;Grimston.

So what is the name of the town surrounded by these exotic sounding places?


So far we have only 2 correct scores Adam and Archie correctly getting 4-0 for Liverpool v Southampton. Most got Arsenal result correct but only a couple correctly forecast Villa win at CP (Will the Gerrard effect continue?). Are draws harder to predict? But 6 of us got Brighton v Leeds but only 3 got Norwich v Wolves. So 40% of games 0-0, of 70 predictions zero said 0-0?


Numbers in the UK increasing – not all related to foreign travel so it is probably here already. A couple of numbers – Vaccines bought by richer countries = 7billion; Vaccines bought by lower-income countries = 300million. We are not safe until we are all safe.


I have a few! But will state that these are my tops. Firstly a book I cannot open without wishing to cook the recipe on the page (and no photos) – so must be my Number 1 “New Complete Vegetarian – Rose Elliot”. And I am not vegetarian! But a brilliant xmas present for those with veggie tendencies – Rose Elliot is the Queen of Veggies.

Next are a couple of Jamie Oliver’s, “Cook with Jamie” and “Super Food Family Classic’s”. Then “Completely Perfect – Felicity Cloake”. I will add to this.


Shambles as usual. The government was quick of the mark this time to make an announcement. However the announcement was pathetic. From next week – whatever that means – masks will be compulsory in shops and on public transport, but not in hospitality services. This makes absolutely no sense, you can cough and sneeze in a crowded pub, but have to wear a mask in shops where social distancing is generally well observed.