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Lockdown Day 36

Finally, looks like we get the decks done. However, new drainage first.

piece by piece
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Lockdown Day 35

Oh and those terrible shows about people’s misery in ambulances, car chases, customs checks and poverty pawn. Look someone is worse off than us, let’s go and vote Conservative to really put the boot in.

Dinner tonight from Hello Fresh – Hania thought she would try it out and cooked this:

Looked just like the picture and tasted amazing. My turn tomorrow.
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Lockdown Day 34

Thank goodness for Netflix. When did actual TV become so bad that almost no-one can watch it anymore? Twenty minutes of terrible ads to break up 40 minutes of reality shows. OK Survivor was fun at the beginning, a new concept that didn’t suck too badly. You were interested in the people and their problems and challenges. Working together, solving problems, playing politics in microcosm.

But now there are shows about people that make cakes, bake bread, cook extraordinarily basic meals, even run a funeral home. Seriously who cares?

Where are the hard-hitting docos about the important subjects, wherever you stand politically? What about the Obama administration saying it’s legal to kill someone with a drone (not just anyone of course, someone who doesn’t look like you or pray like you) if the POTUS orders it so? Where is the real journalism uncovering the realities of our crony capitalist societies and our supposedly democratic oligarchies?

Does no-one care that a very rich man can buy up state-fulls of radio stations to tell you lies?

Where is the news coverage of a war that doesn’t have to have a journalist in dress-up. Why do we have close-up video of demonstrations to hide the fact that maybe a few tens of idiots are standing around playing with guns and flags? The truth, unvarnished, is what we deserve.

Why haven’t we followed up on cold-blooded murders of journalists and civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Malta and so on. Because that was yesterday’s news and we don’t care anymore because there’s something else happening today.

Snowden? You don’t care, really, if you turn into a surveillance state because you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide (the biggest lie of all).

The revolution will not be televised.

Seriously though. Doing a puzzle like this gives you sad/mad thoughts.

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Lockdown Day 33

This is a momentous day because it’s the last day at level 4. Also Hania’s birthday so a champagne breakfast with the bubble neighbours.

Vicky, Ana and I had a very long walk, nearly 7 km today.

The puzzle proceeds at a glacial pace.

Still, there’s plenty of time since we don’t expect much to change for us at level 3. Ana will stay at home, Vicky will work from home, Mike will do the shopping and no restaurants or cafes yet.

I did pick up some more work this week so that’s me sorted too.

The only thing is we can order or click and collect stuff from retailers who follow the proper rules. So we could have take out meals and will probably order some construction materials for gardening projects.

Waikato Builders can also come and finish the decks and deck covers so that’s great too as we will be able to move a lot of patio furniture out of the garage. Some days will still be nice enough for us to sit outside probably. And finally the house won’t be full of sand.

As Jacinda said we are not expanding the social networks (well, just a tiny bit) but some parts of the economy can get going again.

I think there are some stir crazy people about so I anticipate a surge in infection clusters in about 2 weeks time, let’s see. Certainly there are people mixing their bubbles, particularly sharing children. Also with some kids back to school there is another possible route.

Here in Pirongia, as far as we know there are no cases. However, I do not know how much testing has been done locally.

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Lockdown Day 32

We had a nice walk in the morning, Hania and I, it was a beautiful Autumn day. Clear blue sky with a hint of winter to come.

Later we had a small unofficial birthday party for Hania (birthday tomorrow) as Mike is off today.

To finish the day, a bit of Cranium.

When there’s a pause we all get our phones out, naturally.

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Lockdown Day 31

A very, very quiet day today.

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Lockdown Day 30

Anzac day tomorrow but no services for the general public so we made out own display like many others here. The idea is that we will stand at the gate at dawn and each family have its own service. A really nice idea, lets see how we all feel at 6 AM.

We had fun making the crosses and the poppies.

I had to get outside today so no work, computer off 🙂 Such a beautiful day.

Steady progress elsewhere.

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Lockdown Day 29

Interesting walk today, a long one. We have a pavement artist across the road:

Saturday is Anzac Day (also 25th April is a special day in Portugal)

Vinte e Cinco de Abril Bridge
It even has a bridge named after it. Well Salazar originally but y’know…

A couple more ideas for Anzac Day

We walked down a country road.

And we phoned in a fire emergency call.

That smudge was pretty bright and pretty tall irl. Too big to be a bonfire anyway.

Looks like the puzzle has an edge piece missing but the rest looks OK now.

Actual size is 740 by 350.

I was sitting watching the scrolling news banner on CNN for about 5 minutes then I went back to the puzzle. All the pieces seemed to be moving around – really freaked me out.

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Lockdown Day 28

Well, here we are, 4 weeks since we moved to Level 4 and everyone seems to be getting ready for Level 3 now.

Started revision of the Moodle Developers Level 2 course today, due to start on May 1st. Not much to do with that one I hope.

Usual walk but the Reserve at Matakitaki had a closed sign on it – not a very official looking one I have to say.

Puzzle, slow but progressing.

In the garden the first heads of broad beans are showing through, the seeds were quite old but they still seem to work. We are out of lemons and none in the shops.

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Lockdown Day 27

It’s a real 3 steps forward 2 steps back kind of puzzle.

But I still don’t have all the pieces out of the box yet. You would think those edges should be getting easier but not the way they’ve cut this one.

We had a session on paper airplanes with Ana today as part of her remote learning. Was good, grown-ups were allowed to help so we talked a bit about lift and drag. Small is good when engineering with paper we discovered.

Walks and goats and Minecraft saw us through.

Onwards.