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Lockdown Day 40

Still struggling on with it. One of the issues I discovered (apart from the picture being put diagonally on the box and running down the sides) is that the picture on the box doesn’t exactly match the puzzle anyway. Nice one.

Front deck finished but no picture yet, still needs a good clean with the water blaster. Be a bit of seeding to do too.

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Lockdown Day 39

Was wet today so we fell a bit behind on our 100km in 14 days. Also the puzzle made some minor gains. Sunday, y’know.

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Lockdown Day 38

We walked around (Lake) Ngaroto in the morning. Plenty of people out and about on a beautiful day.

We had a flask of coffee to share at the end.

For lunch I prepared kofta with tabouleh from Hello Fresh to an appreciative audience.

After an afternoon of binge watching out for the walk to the redoubt and back. We’ve now clocked 32km in 4 days.

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Lockdown Day 37

The Guardian. May 1st 2020.

Do you think these guys would have got this far if they had been black?

That’s a rhetorical question of course, they’d have been shot.

Today our neighbours have a covered deck, our turn coming soon:

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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.