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“When we come out of Lockdown so does the Virus!”

Fri, 10/07/2020 - 10:45

I’ve just heard the most amazing and impressive interview with Nicola Sturgeon who stated:

“When we come out of Lockdown so does the Virus!”

That should be food for thought as we all try and pretend that the Virus has now gone away.

She also said that the Science is identical in England and Scotland and cannot understand why face masks are not compulsory in England as they are now in Scotland.

As I’ve said before – The Virus is still out there!

As we can all see – there are lockdowns now occurring in MELBOURNE – LEICESTER – SINGAPORE – ISRAEL – CATALONIA (in Spain) – TEXAS – ARIZONA – FLORIDA and a whole host of other places.

So the advice should be

BE CAREFUL WEAR A MASK.

Categories: Local News

Gadabouts

Mon, 06/07/2020 - 04:42


I’ve been called a lot of things but never a Gadabout. So Super Saturday was followed by Super Sunday. Who ventured out to a public house? I did Saturday afternoon but only to my local and we sat in the garden. 

Which reminds me of someone once saying “the walk to my local pub is only 5 mins but the walk back is 45 mins.  The difference is staggering!”

The White Hart in Little Waltham had an App upon which you can order your drinks and food and pay for it too and it is then delivered to your table. Very clever if you ask me. I can see that staying long after the virus has gone. 

Prices were hiked but that surprised no one I guess. The hospitality business has a long road to recovery and me and my pals convinced ourselves that we are doing our bit to help!

So who would’ve thought that what good old Sam Pepy’s had to say 350 years ago would apply again in 2020? 

Welcome to the new normal folks. 

Categories: Local News

What Difference a Year Makes?

Wed, 01/07/2020 - 09:00

  It’s about a year since Shaun invited me to write a monthly column in “Fogey’s Corner” and hasn’t the world now changed in a completely unrecognisable manner.  The changes have both terrified and confounded us all, and we now live in a world where up is down, black is white and for many, being  employed means you don’t have to travel into work. 

  The Pandemic has had a profound effect on our behaviour, beliefs and confidence. A recent study has shown that over 65% of people don’t want to go back to a life as it was before lockdown, and for those in work, approximately 55% want to continue with some form of home working. Estate agents have reported that they’ve been overwhelmed by people wanting to flee the cities to a more rural setting – a kind of reverse Industrial revolution. 

  Our belief that “Johnny Foreigner” was not up-to scratch with regard to their Economies, Healthcare and Social Services lies shattered as we sit at the bottom of all tables in the handling of the Covid 19 crisis and we are truly the “Sick Man of Europe”. Who’d have believed that the Paupers and Minnows of Europe, such as Greece, Portugal and Denmark would have performed so well in the Pandemic.  

The message that is being put forward is –

THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE

   To quote Albert Camus the noted French Philosopher/Author and Goalkeeper – 

Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world, yet somehow, we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history, yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.”

“We tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogy of the mind, a bad dream that will pass away. But it doesn’t always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away.”

 The lockdown has had a profound effect on our social behaviour in that we rediscovered our homes; learnt to queue in an orderly fashion; discovered that we could shop online for almost everything up-to and including cars!

  The real problem now is the haphazard manner in which lockdown and social distancing is breaking down due to the many conflicting signals being given– Stay in/don’t stay in – Go out/Don’t go out– Wear Masks/Don’t wear masks;  and we’ve now seen the catastrophic problems of – Street Parties – Crowded Beaches – Mass Demonstrations and is it any wonder that we’re all waiting for an upsurge in cases of Covid 19 or am I wrong? 

And Now there is the FIRST of the Local Lockdowns in Leicester!

THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE.

Categories: Local News

Masks of Glory

Tue, 30/06/2020 - 19:41

I mentioned a few weeks back about Tweed masks. Now I have to apologise that I haven’t been at the Edge online party much in the last few weeks. I am still at full time work and it has been a little on the demanding side to say the least.
EE has been teasing me via whats app about wearing tweed in the hot weather, not out of the question but I had to agree a bit on the unlikely side. That said my employers have mooted a part time return to the office for the odd week around September. What a beautiful month and the return of fresher mornings and the need to return to more sartorial standards outside of shorts and tshirts. This sadly also means a return to the delights of Turder Anglia trains and the wearing of face masks as is the rule now.
It is on that note that I can now utilise the latest tweed acquisitions, the two face masks in the picture. These beauties came direct from the Outer Hebrides and are genuine Harris tweed. If one has to wear a mask then make it a good one and with style. These are available in a whole range of colours from the Crafty Weaver.
Toodle pip
Motty

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What Difference a Year Makes?

Tue, 30/06/2020 - 09:11

  It’s about a year since Shaun invited me to write a monthly column in “Fogey’s Corner” and hasn’t the world now changed in a completely unrecognisable manner.  The changes have both terrified and confounded us all, and we now live in a world where up is down, black is white and for many, being  employed means you don’t have to travel into work. 

  The Pandemic has had a profound effect on our behaviour, beliefs and confidence. A recent study has shown that over 65% of people don’t want to go back to a life as it was before lockdown, and for those in work, approximately 55% want to continue with some form of home working. Estate agents have reported that they’ve been overwhelmed by people wanting to flee the cities to a more rural setting – a kind of reverse Industrial revolution. 

  Our belief that “Johnny Foreigner” was not up-to scratch with regard to their Economies, Healthcare and Social Services lies shattered as we sit at the bottom of all tables in the handling of the Covid 19 crisis and we are truly the “Sick Man of Europe”. Who’d have believed that the Paupers and Minnows of Europe, such as Greece, Portugal and Denmark would have performed so well in the Pandemic. Our leaders have been shown to be incompetent at best and criminally negligent at worst.  Public Health have sent out confusing messages, ignored the Care Home crisis and failed to get a grip as the infection and death rate progressively rose over the months of March, April and May. Just look at the incoherent advice regarding wearing masks in public – so far, its mandatory only on Public Transport and in Hospitals. 

The message that is still being failed to be put forward is –

THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE – THE NUMBERS ARE ONLY DROPPING BECAUSE OF THE PREVIOUS SOCIAL DISTANCING AND LOCKDOWN. 

 The government had plenty of warning to take appropriate steps to curb the severity of the pandemic yet somehow, they failed abysmally – to quote Albert Camus the noted French Philosopher/Author and Goalkeeper – 

Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world, yet somehow, we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history, yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.”

“We tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogy of the mind, a bad dream that will pass away. But it doesn’t always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away.”

 The lockdown had a profound effect on our social behaviour in that we rediscovered our homes; learnt to queue in an orderly fashion; discovered that we could shop online for almost everything up-to and including cars!

  The real problem now is the haphazard manner in which lockdown and social distancing is breaking down due to ill advised and conflicting signals from the Government – Stay in/don’t stay in – Go out/Don’t go out– Wear Masks/Don’t wear masks;  and we’ve seen the catastrophic problems of street parties – Crowded Beaches – Mass Demonstrations and is it any wonder that we’re all waiting for an upsurge in cases of Covid 19 or am I wrong? 

And Now there is the FIRST of the Local Lockdowns in Leicester!

THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE.

Categories: Local News

It’s Diego again!

Fri, 26/06/2020 - 06:04

I know we shouldn’t laugh, if it was George Best or Paul Gasgoine I’d be desperately sad that a once fabulous footballer had let himself go and was struggling with such demons but Diego Maradona was an odious little cheat, and I don’t just mean the “hand of God” when he punched the ball over Peter Shilton in the World Cup final before scoring one of the greatest individual goals ever. He spent his best years playing for Napoli high on drugs which means he cheated every one of those seasons.

I’m sorry I have no pity for the guy. He is not fit to lace Messi’s boots in my opinion.

Categories: Local News

Instagram

Tue, 23/06/2020 - 05:57


I know I’m a little late to the party but as a result of much persuasion by my son Gary I’ve finally relented and signed up to Instagram. #gmdeakin if you want to know. 

I managed to avoid Facebook and Twitter, neither of them particularly appealed to me. I was put off Facebook by a mate who, when I said I had perhaps 6 close friends, meaning friends that I know I can go to, and they to me, in a crisis, he claimed to have 354. I tried to explain to him that I was not talking about friends on Facebook but he didn’t seem to understand. 

I’ve got to say I quite like Instagram. It’s quite addictive and it’s somewhere for me to put my Edge articles.  I post something new most days and I enjoy when followers like my photo or words. 

Don’t get me wrong, there are some crazies on there, beautiful women half my age that fall in love with me instantly and who after half a dozen exchanges with me want me to pay for their plane ticket from The Ivory Coast to the UK so we can be together. Do people really still fall for that shit?

So there you have it, dipping my toe in social media after all these years.  Whatever next? Dogging I shouldn’t wonder! 

Categories: Local News

DEBT – DEBT – AND MORE DEBT

Sat, 20/06/2020 - 12:48

Yesterday (the 19th June) the headlines reported –

Massive borrowing to fund the fight against coronavirus means the UK’s debt is now bigger than the country’s entire economic output for the first time since 1963, official statistics have revealed

Ministers borrowed a record-setting £55 .2 billion in May according to the Office of National Statistics, sending public sector borrowing nine times higher than this time last year.

It means the UK’s debt mountain has also now grown to more than the entire country’s annual output.

The UK’s total stands at 100 .9% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, the first time that has happened in 57 years.

So, my question is who do we owe the money to?

If all the countries (other than a very few oil and gas rich countries) in the world have a significant Sovereign Debt Problem due to the  economic implosion as a direct consequence of the Covid 19 crisis, and have reported significant borrowing, who’s lent the money and who is it that gets paid back.  

I’m no economist and have never understood macro-economics but if all the central banks just print money as the good old Bank of England is currently doing, does it really matter? The list of countries that have defaulted on their Sovereign debt is endless, and if all the Nations defaulted on their debts what can happen? Sure, there’ll be inflation, but if EVERYBODY suffers the same fate it is effectively a Zero-Sum Game.

OK I get it, that if we owe money to the few Petro-Rich Nations and then default what exactly can they do? Do they send in the Bailiffs? Do they try and take over the country – all of them? – I don’t think so! 

Anyway, the Petro-Rich Nations need those defaulting Countries to keep buying their gas and oil.

So, I come back to my original question – if we are in debt to whom do we owe the money to? If its those Banks and Institutions who are seemingly buying Sovereign Bonds, they can’t afford for all these nations to default or go bankrupt, and anyway where does their money come from?

Categories: Local News

Hello Old Friend

Sat, 20/06/2020 - 10:19


Welcome back my old friend, I’ve missed you, how have you been these past 102 days?  I’ve waited for you my love, there has been no one else. How could there ever be? 

It seems we will be seeing a lot of one another during the next 6 weeks but only on the screen as I will be unable to come to see you. 

Christ, I’ve missed my football. I’ve not watched any matches up until now, the West Ham vrs Wolves match this evening will be my first match since the resumption of the Premier League. It will be strange not having fans at the match and I wonder how the players will react when they score. One good thing to come out of all this is surely we won’t see any spitting from the players on our screens. Let’s hope if they can refrain from gobbing all over the place now as a result of Covid-19 then perhaps they won’t in the future! 

Covid 19 Tottenham 0. Sorry, couldn’t resist!

COYI’s 

Categories: Local News

FACE-UP

Fri, 19/06/2020 - 12:42

This sort of thing, in supermarket jargon, which I’ve heard a fair amount of these past 3 months, I can tell you, is called Facing-Up….and as you can see, I’ve even taken to carrying out such a task in our drinks cabinet at home.
Well, actually, that’s a lie, because I’ve always been a bit OCD, so have always regularly ‘faced-up’ anyway, as it makes sense, does being able to read labels.
Fact is though, apart from my Tesco nightshifts, I have pretty much DRANK MY WAY THROUGH LOCKDOWN.
How about you?
Truth be told, if I was to see all of the alcohol I have ever consumed in my entire life labelled and lined up in clear 5 litre buckets along Sarf’end seafront, well, I’d probably HAVE A FIT, because if it hadn’t have been for alcohol, then I’d have definitely, 100%, been retired years ago.
But hey-ho, what can you do?

Categories: Local News

The world has gone made (official)

Wed, 17/06/2020 - 05:02


My mate told me last night that there is a call for CoCo pops to be banned because the box has a monkey on it, Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream is also in their sights to be kicked into touch. Sooty, that racist little rascal, will need to change his name or be banned from our airwaves. 

The world is officially going mad and this all rather detracts from the original point of BLM don’t you think ie a black man got killed unlawfully in the US by a racist thug in a policeman’s uniform. 

Categories: Local News

LET’S HEAR IT FOR CROCS!

Tue, 16/06/2020 - 17:52

I’m not at all sure why some folk frown upon those of us that do – own a pair of Crocs, that is – but they need to BACK OFF.
Surely they are the ideal ‘garden shoe’ (I always ‘mow de lawn’ in mine)?
I was chatting with that other E.F.I. (Edge Fashion Icon) that is ‘The Motster’ recently, on this exact subject, and he also admitted to owning a pair (in tweed?) that “never”, no matter what the emergency, “made it past the front door”.
OK, OK, so I know where he’s coming from. However, I do believe that owning a pair of Crocs is something of a ‘guilty pleasure’. Surely they are the happy, smiley face of footwear that remind me of ‘Bumper Cars’?
Do, of course, feel free to comment. But you are PLAIN WRONG if you cannot curry favour with Crocs.

Categories: Local News

it’s a matter of tweed

Mon, 15/06/2020 - 19:42

As you are sick of hearing we are living in interesting times, I have to now extend this to sartorial matters. As you know I am a dedicated of follower of Tweed and all matters tweed clothing, how they catch the buggers to get the pelts is truly amazing! I have been working a full working week at home since early March and have not been out much due to some health issues. This has meant sartorial matters have been less of a challenge and ones lightweight summer tweeds are languishing in the wardrobe unused. The tweed jogging bottoms beloved of the home worker are in full use. Today though as one contemplates being able to go outside a certain matter has had to be addressed. A nice black sleek face mask has been provided by Mrs Mott, the family have one each, it has changeable pads in and all sorts of fancy attributes. That is but one key element, and that of course is style. If masks are the new de rigor then they have to be right. I can sleep soundly tonight safe in the success of today’s online shopping activities. Thanks to the ‘crafty weaver’ based on the Isle of Lewis two genuine Harris tweed face masks are now winging their way to sunny Essex in preparation for adventures in the big wide world. What a discovery, all sorts of accessories and Harris tweed items are available for sale including said face masks.

What can one say, if one has to go out then best be dressed properly.

It’s a tweedy life.

Yours Aye

Mott

Categories: Local News

ICONOCLASTIC FURY

Sat, 13/06/2020 - 20:23

So, we are in the strangest of times and I just don’t mean the Covid 19 Pandemic.

It now appears we are in the midst of an ICONOCLASTIC FURY the like of which has not been seen since the middle of the 16th Century in the Netherlands.  Destruction of monuments has always been sanctioned by Governments and supported by their leaders, but these current  events have been precipitated by ordinary people – Ok they’re protestors but they’re going against the Government of the day.

Similar events unfolded in the Netherlands in 1566 following a period of suppression, high taxation, economic collapse and food shortages under the then unwanted Spanish Rule. The aim was to disengage from the Spanish Colonial past – notice the similarities! 

Today we have the perfect storm – A pandemic – Economic collapse – social Lockdown – issues of unemployment and a government lacking a direction. Part of the problem is that various members of society feel isolated, disenfranchised, and have a demonstrably higher death toll during the Covid 19 crisis. Is it any wonder they want to be heard, wish the country to disassociate from its colonial past, and rewrite history in a more socially acceptable manner; and like those protestors in the 16th century one way of expressing their displeasure is by tearing down those images and statues of figures they feel responsible for their current state.

The outcome in the Netherlands was the Protestant Reformation, Independence from Spain and a golden period (which lasted until WWII), that resulted in strong economic growth, a powerful Banking sector, and a flowering of the arts, that included, Reubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hieronymus Bosch.  

  So was the destruction of various images and statues such a bad thing – certainly not for 16th Century Netherlands.

Categories: Local News

The Queen

Sat, 13/06/2020 - 06:37

I unashamedly love our Queen, we are very lucky to have her, she is admired throughout the world. So on this day I wish you an Happy Edge Birthday ma’am xx

NB – I wouldn’t expect her to log on until a little later in the day, she’s got a lot on her plate today what with the trooping of the colour and the fly by and all that.

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Declare for Tudor!

Thu, 11/06/2020 - 15:50

Right now the world seems to have gone a little bit crazy. I tend to think of “The Edge“ as a little bit of light relief from the politics and drama going on all around us. Covid has affected us in so many ways!

The mood around the globe seems to be one for change. “Black Lives Matter” as do all lives. We should adopt a policy of “seeing people“ not the colour of their skin. I grew up in the East End of London. I went to school (and am still in touch weekly) with 65 friends from all ethnic backgrounds. We have been close all our lives, long before online media. We used to write to each other and pass the letters on in a “round robin style”. We sent postcards and all piled into a phone box with a stack of 2p and called each other every Sunday afternoon. Our bond is still rock solid. Colour of skin has never been an issue. We all rib and banter and stand by one another regardless.

So I am saddened to hear today there are calls to remove the statue of Henry VIII on the basis that he was a wife beater and Baden Powell too for racist views Not to mention the baying mob want Churchill down too. People who grew rich on the back of “slave trading” I agree do not deserve statues, but where do we draw the line? Will we be taking down the Pyramids next as they were built by slaves?

Gone with the Wind (one of my all time favourite films). I am most definitely Scarlet. I first watched the movie with my nan aged 10 and she became my idol. I identified with her – I am her to a tee. The film had a powerful message. It centred around the war in the South of Georgia to end Slavery.

At the time Black actors and actresses were not allowed to mix on set. Clark Gable (Frankly, my dear – I don’t give a damn”) sat and ate with the black cast every day and ate the Same food they were given.

He refused point blank to attend the Premier unless the black cast came too. Unheard of, but he won and it changed the film industry.

GWTW changed Hollywood. Hattie McDaniels (Mammy) and Butterfly McQueen (Prissy) both wrote and spoke extensively on the film throughout their lives empowering black people.

So to ban it is a travesty to future generations. As is Bill Hailey’s “Roots” and “The Colour Purple” movie which showed Oprah beaten and degraded for standing up to white rule.

I am not political – I value people of all colours and nationalities. We must not erase our history from future generations. We cannot change it but we can learn from it.

In years gone by – Households would be required to declare their allegiance in a battle. I declare for Tudor! Leave Henry’s statue where it is. Pick up a history book and learn, Catherine of Aragon and Elizabeth I both had black ladies in waiting who were well respected.

Knowledge is Powerful – we can empower ourselves through learning and growth! That should be the legacy of Covid 19 – tolerance of each other.

In the words of the famous proverb on tolerance in Tudor times “Praise the God of all, drink the wine, and let the world be the world”.

Categories: Local News

PATIENCE

Thu, 11/06/2020 - 09:12

Gary Barlow got it spot on when he sang about Patience because the P-word is what it’s all going to be about in our new post Covid-19 world; not that we’ve even got to the ‘post’ bit yet, so a little more patience is going to be necessary there for starters.
We need patience when queuing to get into a supermarket.
We’ve always needed patience in our cars whilst stuck in traffic.
Patience is required where reform is concerned; things cannot always be as instant as coffee.
And what about trying to book a summer holiday abroad? Yep. You’re probably going to need bundles of the stuff there, not to mention re-entering Blighty and a period of Lockdown, turning your fortnight’s break into an entire month off work.
But has Boris shown enough patience in trying to kick-start our economy, or has he thrown caution to the wind?
Is the 2m rule about to be scrapped? And how big a part has it played in helping us ‘get on top’ of Coronavirus?
But, most of all, does Gary Barlow deserve a statue?

Categories: Local News

Lockdown Restrictions Relaxed at Chez Deaks

Thu, 11/06/2020 - 04:57

So, it was inevitable wasn’t it? We are released from the draconian lockdown rules just a little bit and told that we can socialise with 6 others, or is it 5 others and you? I don’t know, who’s counting anyway? And do 2 small children count as one based upon the Dominic Cummings rule of #dowhatyoubloodywelllike

When numbers are restricted you have to compromise and so the music at Chez Deaks was provided by the excellent Stella Opera Band. 

Sadly fighting broke out in the early hours of the morning when the Peroni Boys and the Coors Massive gatecrashed the party resulting in several fatalities. 

No cans were harmed in the making of this video and all cans were recycled in accordance with https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/your-council/contacting-us/contacting-us-online/bins-and-recycling/

I probably should also add that the little get together was wholly Boris compliant with only 6 people in attendance in the grounds of Chez Deaks and social distancing was observed at all times. I would hate anyone to think otherwise!

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THE FAMILY BUBBLE?

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 18:02

Is anybody out there as confused about the Social/Family Bubble as I am, what does it mean and who is in it?

As far as I can understand it if you go out you have to socially distance at 2 metres, but now you can opt to choose to have a social or family bubble which is an exclusive group that relates to you as the ‘Prime Family Member’ and cannot mix with any other ‘Bubble’.

So, if you have a large family of children/grandchildren/Siblings how do you choose who to select for your ‘Family Bubble’ bearing in mind this may go on for months or even a couple of years, depending on the now infamous R number.

Personally, with Father’s Day rapidly approaching, I envisage a selection process similar to the opening scenes of the Godfather, where I sit at my desk accompanied by my Consigliere, (who’s already part of my household), as various members of the family approach with gifts/offers of loyalty etc. 

The consigliere will provide a list of positive and negative reasons for inclusion which will be also measured by the value of the gift. Do you automatically choose the youngest son? Do you select the Daughter? Will the middle son shine through unlike Fredo Corleone – decisions – decisions! 

Pick Wisely!
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Have you MISSED The Lion Inn at Boreham?

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 09:45

If you have, their phone lines reopen from 12-noon today for PRE-ORDERS whilst customer COLLECTIONS (food only) will first be made available from 5:00pm tomorrow (Thursday 11th June).
Tel: 01245 394900
lioninnhotel.co.uk/food-to-go/

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