COVID-19: How Are You? (Your Personal Notes; Queries; Reports)

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An old friend lost his life due to Covid-19. I'd dropped out of touch with Tarlach but he was a larger than life character, I'll never forget his Save Sodomy From Ulster T-Shirt.

Tarlach MacNiallais
1962-2020


The month of March began with a glorious Sunday morning, perfect for the St Pat’s For All Parade in Queens, New York, that celebrates diversity and equality as much as Irish heritage and culture. Among the organisers was the gregarious Tarlach MacNiallais, who had worked long and hard for inclusion of the long excluded.

He was known for his decades of advocacy for LGBT and disability rights. “A battering ram on issues of importance,” according to Harriet Golden, a vice-president at AHRC New York City, an organisation that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, where MacNiallais worked for nearly 35 years.

MacNiallais died on April 1st. He was 57. The cause was complications of the coronavirus, according to friends and family.

He was born Terence Nellis in Belfast on October 9th, 1962, the 10th of 11 children of John James Nellis, a bus conductor, and Una Nellis, a homemaker. He later adopted the Irish language version of his name.

.He responded to the “Save Ulster From Sodomy” campaign of the 1970s – an ultimately unsuccessful effort to keep homosexual acts illegal in Northern Ireland – by helping to mount a counter campaign with the slogan “Save Sodomy From Ulster”.

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and...gner-for-lgbt-and-disability-rights-1.4247556


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Tarlach wearing that famous T-Shirt.
My condolences on Tarlach's passing, Ramon. May his memory be eternal!
 

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I’ve started to see face masks in the shops and have picked up a few although when I’m out, which is a very rare sight these days, I don’t see many people wearing them. I had a major birthday last week in the lockdown conditions and it wasn’t brilliant I have to admit.
I’ve largely given up on the daily death toll on the news. In fact, I’ve pretty much reached saturation point with the constant updates from the talking heads in front of bookcases. It looks like people have had enough and just want to get out. While the supermarkets have coped brilliantly keeping the shelves filled and the deliveries are getting out, I noticed a huge queue of cars at the local KFC. I’ve never thought of KFC as being that vital a resource but it shows a desperate social leaning towards some sort of normality. And then I wonder what effect all this is having on me. My body’s seizing up through lack of even the most basic exercise. Mentally, I’m not sure where I’m at. I don’t know whether my disengagement is a necessary filtering out of the relentless conflicting information and depressing statistics, or my brain is just turning to mush as part of a bigger health problem.
One thing I am pretty sure of. When this is over, things will be different and the effects will last a long time. Maybe some things will change for the better. MOST people are politely lining up and obeying the rules. Maybe we’ll drop the attitude of mad consumerism and instant gratification and prioritise the more important things in life.
"Just because you feel crazy in a crazy time in a crazy place? , it doesn't mean you're crazy .. you know exactly what's going on" .. a film character's quote (Christian Slater portraying 'Happy Harry Hardon' in the film Pump Up The Volume ..

I couldn't tell you how KFC customer services are rolling at the moment but your post has just hit me in the face because I can 100% relate to what you've just written and thank you for that .. I've supermarket 'rolled' for the last ten weeks for home deliverery and we're extremely committed to what we do .. bloody knackered, sometime bemused that we're loading up bottles of prosseco and high end chocolate at 6am when the government are calling us 'key workers' ... anything it takes to keep peoples spirits up, I don't care if it' porno mags and beer, off we roll (although our supermarket doesn't sell porn) .. off we roll.
 

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As it’s such a lovely day I took a walk up to the local church to stretch my legs, get some oxygen into my lungs and make some vitamin D. It was nice to be out but I did feel a tinge of sadness as I remembered this was how things used to be when I was growing up. The odd car passing by - not the bumper to bumper traffic we’ve grown used to, people out walking and cycling seemingly in no great hurry and overall, a sense of quiet and peace. I’ve started taking stock of the little bit of the world around me and I think I prefer this quieter version of the UK. I switched the TV off this morning as I think I’ve realised I have no control over the relentless crap masquerading as news and tainted opinions taking the place of facts. Perhaps this is one of those ‘Things were better in the Old Days’ rambles but has a faster pace of life, constant information and updates made us happier and more fulfilled or just more needy and anxious?
 

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As it’s such a lovely day I took a walk up to the local church to stretch my legs, get some oxygen into my lungs and make some vitamin D. It was nice to be out but I did feel a tinge of sadness as I remembered this was how things used to be when I was growing up. The odd car passing by - not the bumper to bumper traffic we’ve grown used to, people out walking and cycling seemingly in no great hurry and overall, a sense of quiet and peace. I’ve started taking stock of the little bit of the world around me and I think I prefer this quieter version of the UK. I switched the TV off this morning as I think I’ve realised I have no control over the relentless crap masquerading as news and tainted opinions taking the place of facts. Perhaps this is one of those ‘Things were better in the Old Days’ rambles but has a faster pace of life, constant information and updates made us happier and more fulfilled or just more needy and anxious?
Nice post. Of course there was a lot of not so good things in the good old days, but there is so much...stuff these days. I don't know how to describe it? The traffic, the relentless media.... I too feel a sadness. I felt it a couple of weeks ago. Lockdown life can't continue but I can feel my anxiety rising as the peopleness increases- and it's not virus anxiety.
I took a walk the other evening over a new park that has old footpaths running through it. The ground was dry and dusty with nettles and weeds around. It was a beautiful warm late spring evening. There were people around so it didn't have that slightly scary being-a-woman-alone-in-an-isolated-place vibe, but not enough people to get on yer nerves. There are newly planted trees and mounds of unfinished building work.
And I was suddenly struck with this huge wave of emotion! It was like a lost feeling from childhood! That go out with your friends after tea, be home before dark, not a care in the world feeling! Whether it was the place, the time of day, or the absence of anything I have to do (I certainly have worries) I don't know, but it was definitely a sadness.
 

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Nice post. Of course there was a lot of not so good things in the good old days, but there is so much...stuff these days. I don't know how to describe it? The traffic, the relentless media.... I too feel a sadness. I felt it a couple of weeks ago. Lockdown life can't continue but I can feel my anxiety rising as the peopleness increases- and it's not virus anxiety.
I took a walk the other evening over a new park that has old footpaths running through it. The ground was dry and dusty with nettles and weeds around. It was a beautiful warm late spring evening. There were people around so it didn't have that slightly scary being-a-woman-alone-in-an-isolated-place vibe, but not enough people to get on yer nerves. There are newly planted trees and mounds of unfinished building work.
And I was suddenly struck with this huge wave of emotion! It was like a lost feeling from childhood! That go out with your friends after tea, be home before dark, not a care in the world feeling! Whether it was the place, the time of day, or the absence of anything I have to do (I certainly have worries) I don't know, but it was definitely a sadness.
That’s exactly the feeling I had. It made me think we’ve all been so busy rushing around we’ve missed out something important.
 

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I too feel a sadness....etc
I think you'll find it's a very common feeling, especially for some who were of that sort of disposition to start with!
If it's any help, try and take comfort in the little things - you said it yourself....

"...I took a walk the other evening over a new park that has old footpaths running through it. The ground was dry...... It was a beautiful warm late spring evening. There were people around .... but not enough people to get on yer nerves. There are newly planted trees ...... It was like a lost feeling from childhood! That go out with your friends after tea, be home before dark, not a care in the world feeling! ......"

It might not seem like it, but it is a wonderful time to be alive in a way!
The skies are almost empty so I don't have a jet airliner approaching Luton every 2 minutes overhead, the roads are half empty so there isn't the constant sound of vehicles going past in the near distance, the hospital is almost empty of patients so our local roads aren't busy with people finding free parking, and the sirens of ambulances is fairly uncommon now (except Thursdays at 8pm). I'm sitting here in my lounge with the conservatory doors open and the front windows wide, there's a very slight, warm breeze and I can clearly hear the evening song of a multitude of birds.
 

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It's made me remember the Pink Floyd track....Cirrus Minor.
Oooh and Julia Dream....
 
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Two rarely mentioned PF tracks.
 

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I’m not. And I’m going full-on cantankerous old bastard.
I was sitting in a room a few days ago that I'm deliberately not going to talk about but mods here know about it, I was given a paper mask to wear .. (I haven't got any virus, no worries) but it was a very unpleasant experience .. so I decided to think about sex .. sex .. sex with women I'd had sex with in the past including the woman I love now and even women I would have sex with in case some unlikely scenario happened .. that helped but then I started to get a stiffy . then I was worried I might worry any female member of staff who came to fetch me if I had a bulge in my trousers so I started thinking about my Dad instead and that did the trick. No award erection. But it helped to pass the time.
 
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I was sitting in a room a few days ago that I'm deliberately not going to talk about but mods here know about it, I was given a paper mask to wear .. (I haven't got any virus, not worries) but it was a very unpleasant expedience .. so I decided to think about sex .. sex .. sex with women I'd had sex with in the past including the woman I love now and even women I would have sex with in case some unlikely scenario happened .. that helped but then I started to get a stiffy . then I was worried I might worry any female member of staff who came to fetch me if I had a bulge in my trousers so I started thinking about my Dad instead and that did the trick. No award erection. But it helped to pass the time.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks for sharing.
I told the Mrs about this moment, word for word and she jokingly said "even Stuart?" (her gay friend) .. "No .. not Stuart"
 
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I was sitting in a room a few days ago that I'm deliberately not going to talk about but mods here know about it, I was given a paper mask to wear .. (I haven't got any virus, no worries) but it was a very unpleasant experience .. so I decided to think about sex .. sex .. sex with women I'd had sex with in the past including the woman I love now and even women I would have sex with in case some unlikely scenario happened .. that helped but then I started to get a stiffy . then I was worried I might worry any female member of staff who came to fetch me if I had a bulge in my trousers so I started thinking about my Dad instead and that did the trick. No award erection. But it helped to pass the time.
I think we all wondered how you pass through those idle moments of silent contemplation.
 

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...then I was worried I might worry any female member of staff who came to fetch me if I had a bulge in my trousers..

Ah yes, 'fetch'.

Another word of somewhat ambiguous meaning.

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I think we all wondered how you pass through those idle moments of silent contemplation.
Wonder about your own times of silent contemplation instead. Thinking about sex is working for me at the moment. Shoorha Shooraha.
 

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I've been cycling 12 - 16 miles each day in town & must say the lack of traffic/fumes has been a joy. Plus the increase in wildlife, birdsong etc. I'm going to miss that if it goes back to 'normal'. I've got a car but have barely used it in the past couple of months.

Having said that, I'm fortunate in as much as I'm not immediately threatened with bankruptcy, am not in the 'front line' of people keeping essential services running & appreciate those who are - I know that many are in a worse position than me. What the long term is on it nobody knows but less pollution cannot be a bad thing. 'Business as usual' as it was, was a leading to a blind alley imo.
 

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Stateside, we hit a new low in covid related deaths, 505. Considering the high number was 2600...it's looking good. Going to be wearing those masks for a while I suppose.

With restaurants closed up, rats are running out of food and foraging in other places, so we've been warned.
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/With-restaurants-closed-CDC-warns-of-15291347.php
Get a Black Widow catapult and use it with enthusiasm .. I bought one from a mate last year, these smash rats.

https://www.contactleft.co.uk/sling...MIq4r60_jQ6QIVnIBQBh2n2AD9EAQYBSABEgLGe_D_BwE

.. or the superior none bootleg original ..

https://www.onbuy.com/gb/barnett-bl...6643&CJEVENT=79abd08d9f1e11ea83ac0b5a0a180514

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I was sitting in a room a few days ago that I'm deliberately not going to talk about but mods here know about it, I was given a paper mask to wear .. (I haven't got any virus, no worries) but it was a very unpleasant experience .. so I decided to think about sex .. sex .. sex with women I'd had sex with in the past including the woman I love now and even women I would have sex with in case some unlikely scenario happened .. that helped but then I started to get a stiffy . then I was worried I might worry any female member of staff who came to fetch me if I had a bulge in my trousers so I started thinking about my Dad instead and that did the trick. No award erection. But it helped to pass the time.
Swifty, you will go down in human history as the first man to ever make a conscious decision to think about sex.
 

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I decided that lockdown was the time that I would finally get around to reading Ulysses, I have yet to open it. I have managed to open, carry around and occasionally read a sentence or two of various other long and difficult novels I have also set myself the task of reading. I've also become adept at reading good reads reviews of them and looking up online annotations.
 

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“COVID-19: How Are You?”

Fine, thank you. Just as l was yesterday, last week, last month, the month before that; and how l shall also be next month. Except that l’m under house arrest imposed by a panicked government, based on ridiculous assumptions made by a man with a degree in theoretical physics; whose doctoral research “investigated interpolations from crystalline to dynamically triangulated random surfaces”, and whose wild inaccuracy in predicting the course of several previous disease outbreaks would have made most people blush, and shrink from public pronouncements.

So that’s all right, then.

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I decided that lockdown was the time that I would finally get around to reading Ulysses, I have yet to open it. I have managed to open, carry around and occasionally read a sentence or two of various other long and difficult novels I have also set myself the task of reading. I've also become adept at reading good reads reviews of them and looking up online annotations.
I have already given myself permission to never finish The Silmarillion. It feels like a weight has been lifted from me. A weight that, assuming I bought the edition the year it was published, has been hanging over me for 30 years. :)
 

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I have already given myself permission to never finish The Silmarillion. It feels like a weight has been lifted from me. A weight that, assuming I bought the edition the year it was published, has been hanging over me for 30 years. :)
I gave up on that a long time ago and have no desire to ever return to it.
 

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I have already given myself permission to never finish The Silmarillion. It feels like a weight has been lifted from me. A weight that, assuming I bought the edition the year it was published, has been hanging over me for 30 years. :)
I got three pages in and by that point had lost the will to live, that was 20+ years ago.
 
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