Quietly, quietly, tiptoe and the stupid public won’t realize.

Hello

There is another funnel down which millions are rapidly disappearing, but don’t say nothing. Well, just a whisper.

Construction should be allowed to go back to work, announces the government. So TV shows men in hard hats, trying to stay apart while reading a site plan. They stand impressively halfway up a new building. It could be anywhere. But no mention of something we never could afford and never needed. It is so ridiculous that someone actually said it could be electrified. The French had electric trains 30 years ago. Please say it is a 21st century railtrack.

Yes, HS2. Out of date before it is built. Better to do the northern part, to link northern cities, like Boris promised. Besides, by the time it is finished in the northern part of our beautiful country, say 2030, London will be partly underwater. That would be a major engineering challenge.

Hello, please stop this nonsense immediately. We have to contain the virus and save people and that takes precedent over everything else. So there’s lobbying and in some places there would be backhanders, but the British would never do that. So why hasn’t it stopped?

Every charity under the sun is advertising emergency Coronavirus appeals, but the British government wants a railway. I know we’re odd, eccentric, yet lovable. This is not love of country. I call it the scar, as that is what it will carve through middle England’s lush vales. City businessmen and women want to have relaxing weekends in the country, lockdown allowing.

Boris, we need an explanation.

Stay safe, keep well

LucyLou

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Who would wish mental health problems on a rising 5-year-old?

Why are the babies going to school? In Reception, they learn to sit at a desk of 4. That’s not 6 feet/2 metres away.

You have children scattered around the room and the point is, what exactly?

Never mind the difficulties. This has nothing to do with the welfare of children. It is about mothers on Universal Credit, who, at some point have to sign something, promising to go out to work. And when they do, the State will pay their rent etc. If they cannot go to work, um, that will upset the system.

When will they admit that school is for the average child? The intellectually-challenged and gifted, would be better learning at home. Yet another failing of Universal Credit. Why doesn’t DWP do something novel, never tried before? Ask the staff. They see the failings every day and are abused for it, which is not fair. Put DWP’s mandarins in the firing line and see how they cope.

Maybe one shouldn’t post when one is angry. But 3-year-olds, in Nursery, generally play alone until taught to play together. But when they go to big school, they are apart again, in this new world.

We have gifted teachers; they have a tough task.

Keep well, stay safe

LucyLou

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Good news and bad news for Dominic Cummings

It is so wonderful how what goes around, comes around, nothing more so than the rollout of a new discovery system: contact and tracing. And the obvious first contact is that government adviser who did what he wanted: Dominic Cummings. His knee-jerk reaction to take his family to his parents’ home was the same as 90% of parents in this country. The difference was that Boris had asked us to stay in lockdown. Why should he then patently stand beside this individual? Together they have made a crack in lockdown. Boris Johnson is still not well enough to return to work and is so reliant on this Dominic Cummings that he is not thinking straight.

What are we all thinking now? Well if he can do it, we can do it. and does Boris Johnson not realize that to protect someone who arrogantly broke the lockdown conditions and drove for 5 hours to reach his parents’ farm near Durham, makes his personal trust level plummet.

Hundreds of thousands of families have been in lockdown, social distancing by 6 feet, one from another. You see, the British have always been keen on fairness and fair play. So, everyone must follow rules, except it appears by arrogant government advisers. It is nepotism in its basic, cruellest form.

And then Mr Cummings couldn’t let it go, could he? He made a statement, the prerogative of  Prime Ministers and the Queen, not jumped-up Civil Servants. We listened in vain for an apology, that would have gone such a long way to healing us. But no, he would do the same thing again.

Great. And the latest twist? Someone, no guesses, leaked to the Press, that Mr Cummings would be leaving in 6 months. What a joke. Readers of the FT on Friday 22 May 2020 know. An article by Sebastian Payne and George Parker talked about how Mr Simon Case, the current Private Secretary to Prince William is coming in to oversee the Coronavirus Pandemic. He is an expert in Logistics, which we sorely need. it is fascinating to note that the article is on the same page as a headline:

Tracing army sits in the sun awaiting orders for mission to outflank virus.

There have been a lot of computer crashes lately. For some reason, people running mega companies did not realize that computer programmers given furlough, were going to be playing games 24/7.

So go now, Mr Cummings, although his face in a morning newspaper showed his shock at being escorted to work by the police. Obviously another one who does not realize his impact. Besides his dress code needs a serious look, if he wants to work in the City.

Boris needs to line up aCabinet MP or Civil Servant for a particular role, like Fisheries and have them on hand for Coronavirus Question Times every day.. It is simply unfair to expect Boris to know the detail of every role.

Oh, I was wrong, in an earlier post, about quarantine orders on incomers. At this time of year, they are tourists and we should be grateful. They are ideal subjects to do contact tracing and reports could be sent to their country of origin. And they should be tested on departure. Surely, it’s just a computer program?

And back to Dominic Cummings, whose vague remarks about stopping in a wood on the way back from Durham, make him an ideal test subject for contact tracing. If he refuses, Boris must not back him up, otherwise he is guilty of backing up someone who drove wildly out of area, while the rest of us are staying in lockdown.

Boris Johnson must show his leadership qualities and allow Dominic Cummings to leave quietly. The troublemakers are coming out in other countries. we rely on the government to keep us safe.

Stay well, keep safe

LucyLou

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Sport Breathe Aid to help Coronavirus

I have just discovered an aid to breathing, used by athletes to shorten their times.

Ut claims to increase airflow by up to 53%. What if it could be used by those struggling with Coronavirus – Covid-19?

It could also be used by elderly people in the community to protect them.

Originally developed as a snore aid, (of course nobody snores) it is an example of a cure for one thing helping people with something else. I bought one via Amazon and it arrived promptly. I am taking one into my local hospital. Can you do the same? Maybe it could save some people from a horrible disease.

Stay safe, keep well

LucyLou

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A Gaping Hole in Lockdown

Hello

The government reached 100,000 tests last Friday. Brilliant! Well done to Matt Hancock and his team for persevering until he reached the target. We should be congratulating him on that achievement, but the media take the negative way. Every test done by the Army at the drive-thru tests deserves more congratulations. But the UK is not really in lockdown.

Well the residents are, families are in lockdown, maybe with a little exercise and food shopping.

There is a huge hole in lockdown, which could have been saved, at least, by contact tracing.  It is upsetting to say that no-one is being tested for Coronavirus when arriving into our airports. One man from India, on a TV snippet, said that he had been given a temperature check on departure, but nothing on arrival.

In the first few weeks of lockdown, airport arrivals were sent to a hotel for quarantine for two weeks.  What happened to them after that? Stays in hotels or other establishments have been quietly shutdown. Why? Couldn’t they cope? Have they looked for help from government? Whoever made the decision must take responsibility for the consequences of many unknown people entering the UK and disappearing, It is worrying that the incomers may be treating the UK as a stopover point. They may travel onward, whilst carrying Coronavirus, but we don’t know. Other countries have closed their borders. We must do the same and quickly. And then you should start

contact tracing, possibly from end of March 2020. Airlines have passenger lists. Give ten newly qualified Computer Scientists and ten with 20 years’ experience and write a program to do the contact tracing for you. Or can it be done with the new App.?

And here comes Boris Johnson with his bizarre idea of reducing lockdown when the figures don’t match such a move. I wonder whether he has been talking to Donald Trump.  It is best that the UK does its own lockdown planning. You cannot scale up the numbers to make them read what you want.

And Boris Johnson has had CoronaVirus. It takes a lot out of you; he knows that. So why put us all at risk?   We still have daily tragedies of hundreds of people dying.  Those figures are not coming down. We have to wait until there is a plateau.

To Boris, please take the mobile testing into Passport Control. Usually there are long queues, but now there must be space. Treat the new arrivals with tests and quarantine, as lack of it will devastate all of us at home and all of those caring for people with Covid-19 symptoms.

Start contact-tracing now. It should have been started before lockdown. And it should be ongoing. Starting now might stop us having a third spike.

Opening on Monday puts more people at risk. And it seems as though business has already been told to go back to work. Where the local motorway has been deserted, today there was a steady stream of vehicles.  A plea to employers: issue your staff with rubber gloves and face protection, especially clear face masks. Then we can all relax.

Finally, many congratulations to Boris and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds on the safe arrival of their baby son, Wilfred. That she was seen out on the same day that she gave birth, is understandable in current conditions, yet it is not a good message for new mothers. They have much to learn in a short time and they need loving care and flat shoes.

Best wishes

Keep safe, stay well

LucyLou

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Nose Dilators for the NHS, UK and globally

Hello

Can the UK, NHS consider using nose dilators? Can every hospital service consider them globally?

 They improve speed and quantity of airflow into the lungs of between 38% and 50%, depending on which one you buy. One brand is Rhinodeen, which also describes itself as a product against snoring. As nose dilators against Coronavirus, this is another use.

Stocks are waning, as being in lockdown may exacerbate the family snorer. Yet this idea could enable the manufacturer to sell in bulk, thus giving themselves another income stream, one that will hail them as heroes.

They are very soft and easy to apply. The product description says that they are much better than nose stripes, whatever those are.

Originally sourced to improve running and learning with it to get a peak improvement,  they could be used for people whose oxygen levels have not moved for a week, like a poor person on the TV this evening. if you can save one, you save a family.

If nose-dilators could help elderly, vulnerable people to breathe more easily and improve the airflow into their lungs, that might mean the difference between life and not. They would also work in a care home setting, to keep people well.

Keep safe, stay well

LucyLou

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Save Boris Johnson, Save the World

Hello

Boris Johnson is the best Prime Minister for many years.

To help him in this time of being in hospital, he will know what a sterile and terrifying place it is. People in masks, it will be impossible for the 9 million people with hearing issues, to work out what is happening, let alone what is wrong with them..

Firstly, I had a high temperature on 24 February. It was not like anything I had had before, but there were no other symptoms and 111 said I was wasting their time. I isolated myself for a week. I slept for 24 hours, then 12 hours’ sleep for 3 days and I was fine and remain so.

The x-rays that I saw on TV showed damage to the lower lungs.

There is a breathing exercise where you breathe into the top of your lungs. They go up as far as your shoulders. When I told BUPA Doctors this circa 2010, they had no idea what I was talking about. But Paul Brennan had told me about it the week before. Apparently the UK medical profession did not accept it at the time.

It should be taught properly by an Aston-Patterning Practitioner; mine is Paul Brennan paul@paulhb.com . There are only 5 in Europe, although Paul Brennan is also a mentor.

Can you breathe into one shoulder at a time?

Put your right hand’s fingertips at the top of your left shoulder.

Left-handers, put your left hand’s fingertips to the top of your right shoulder.

Breathe in gently through your nose for 3 or 4 puffs. And breathe out gently through your mouth.  And feel the movement in your shoulder. It takes time to work.

Please ask Paul in to help Boris Johnson. Paul has exercises on Amazon Audible.

Yesterday I was called to care for a relative and I forgot my asthma medication. I did the exercises at the time to sleep and again in the morning. I only have mild asthma, yet I lasted until I could take my medication. It does show the power of the exercises.

Music to your ears, preferably your own mp3 or whatever. Maybe elderly patients can listen to an mp3 recording of their grandchildren singing. Or music of your era. Encourage patients to mouth, sing songs, maybe hum. Singing helps breathing.

And get someone like Anthony Robbins to stream his message of hope to everyone in the hospital. This has to be done for free.

Tai Chi – can be done sitting down, for people getting better.

Maybe Boris has overdone it. who does a Prime Minister listen to?

The Queen, perhaps, who gave her greatest speech for a generation. Let the whole hospital listen to it on repeat, to give everyone hope. This is what we want for Boris.

paul@paulhb.com

Best wishes for everyone

The UK claps our NHS and all workers within it and it makes everyone feel good.

The Italians sing on their balconies. We are all different and we have visionary scientists and Doctors who are learning from each other.

Get well soon, Boris.

And the best thing for you is sleep.

LucyLou

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Ignorant Politicians Put A Major Trading Relationship At Risk

Having read the short article by Michael Gove, he has to be stopped.

The Chinese authorities discovered a new, unrecognizable virus in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people on 9 December 2019. Twenty-two days later, they had identified the source as possibly a live fish and animal market in Wuhan. However, the Coronavirus had never transmitted to humans before. Consider how long it would take Europe, to identify the virus, argue about where it originated, no one country wanting to take the blame and you will see just what a gargantuan job it was. After Christmas and aware of Chinese New Year on the horizon, the Chinese told the World Health Organization on 31 December. This undoubtedly saved thousands of lives of foreign tourists and Chinese people alike. It was a statesman’s decision.

Cities went into lockdown to try and contain the spread of the virus. People were forcibly taken to hospital, if they were showing symptoms or had been in contact with an infected person. China appears to be the first country to recover from Covid-19 disease. I just hope that we are asking for help.

China does not deserve being poked by Mr Gove, a man with delusions of grandeur (an early leadership candidate against Boris Johnson). Now he has truly shot himself in the foot. We like the Chinese. Maybe it’s partly because they looked at our country and decided they would like to live here. Why would we insult them? It seems as if Mr Gove and a short-serving Prime Minister, Ian Duncan Smith have not done their research. And why do I get the impression that their next shot will be about Huawei? If there is no hullaboo about this article, let’s be stupider and cast another stone. Let’s not.

The only terrifying thing is that Mr Gove took Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary’s place today when telling us of more family tragedies. My problem was that he looked like a Prime Minister. Boris, please send him on a mission, not to China obviously.

As neither Messsrs Gove and Duncan Smith are in business, please be aware that every company wants to save the world and make the most money. It is normal. Capitalism has guards against world takeover happening, but a funny response came from a security agency, when they said that they could keep a telecomms company from accessing our secure networks. Unless that was fake news. If not, then they should employ some younger minds who have been immersed in computer hacking or in degrees. Really, what a daft thing to say. Please do not tar us all with the same brush.

And the international response or lack thereof? It was exactly the same for all countries. Firstly there is disbelief, then comes realization that the old and young in societies were most at risk, as well as those with underlying health conditions. And people were dying. Boris Johnson handled the emergency marvellously. I’m feeling a bit worried about him, as he socially distanced himself at least a week ago.

We did not have insufficient time to prepare; we simply did not believe that:

a) the Coronavirus had transmitted to humans

and

b) that people are dying.

the whole world’s scientists are studying the coronavirus. Once its strands have been found, can each country take a different part of the virus and study it, in the hope of finding a cure more quickly?

I have stopped watching the news. We have measured our soldiers’ deaths in individual tragedies. Now in the UK, government shares news of multiple tragedies. Maybe they should concentrate on news of how well communities are helping each other.

Allotments anyone?

Could we establish a fund to buy more ventilators or equipment to help workers on the front line? You may not remember but a British space scientist, Professor Colin Trevor Pullinger said that if the British public each gave £10, we could put together another UK mission to Mars? So £1-£5 each to buy new facial equipment in our communities? Just a thought.

Stay safe and keep happy at home.

LucyLou

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Say Goodbye to HS1

Hello to Boris and applaud what a fine job he and our new Chancellor of the Exchequer are doing.

It is time to mothball HS1, a hugely controversial railway that is not yet needed between London and the northern cities.

And remember, Boris, that you promised the northern cities inward investment and a new type of railway would make their links stronger and faster.

We cannot afford it, certainly not with the £300 billion that has rightly been promised to businesses to keep them alive.

Closing schools? How will children access school meals? Those with free meals are being offered vouchers, yet there is a large number of children who are borderline, about to be offered. Can Churches step in and give out free lunch, provided by community charities?

And why can’t your children run around in your garden? If someone sneezes on the other side of the fence, it should be up to the main caregiver.

Best

LucyLou

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Reporters Are Scaring The Public

Hello,

Coronavirus is a serious virus, but TV reporters ought to

a) stop asking banal, predictable questions, such as

i) How many people are likely to get it and

b) how many people will die?

The UK Chief of Health could barely disguise his contempt, when he responded, as, of course, he can only give best estimates at the moment. When our scientists have time to study patients and the Coronavirus, they will be in a better position help.

However, I find the jumping on the bandwagon by the Press, to be sickening. They should be encouraging and telling people what to do in case symptoms appear.

Discussion of symptoms is avoidable.

Current advice is to wash hands thoroughly, cough or sneeze into a tissue and away from other people. The NHS must be clear and in a bigger font than it is currently.

We are going to cope with it in the UK.

The lemmings are in the stockmarket. They have been clinging to the cliff edge for the past two weeks. Stockmarkets the world over, fell last week.

So to Fund Managers, look to your assets, back British companies, encourage them to trade. Now that we are out of the EU, we should have limitless opportunities – Canada, Australia, We can export our products, with a promise that transport has had a deep clean and will continue en route. And before it unloads. This gives a positive, upbeat outlook and will shove the lemmings back in their corral.

Good luck for a positive week

LucyLou

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