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Every day I have to cry some!

Day two of social distancing. The family and I decided to drive to the coast. I thought we might look for fossils. My sons decided to reenact Ewok battles in the undergrowth. I described the strata of the Glamorgan coast, my current wife went to examine a traffic cone and my sons ran off to throw stones at a boy (correct spelling). Nevermind toilet paper riots, this is going to be a long few weeks.

I’m always worried when the usually reliable Steve Bannon refers to Coronavirus as President Trump’s ” Churchill” moment. This maybe another effort to ‘ flood the zone with shit’ , as Steve describes as spreading alternative views to confuse our opponents but why does everything have to be in reference  to World War Two. For four of the six war years, Churchill’s forces did not even face the bulk of the Nazi forces in mainland Europe. If shutting down our economies, perhaps for good in some cases, we need to be sure that the time is being used wisely. Was the ban on flights from China to the USA wise?  It may have slowed the contagion but was the time used to mass produce respirators and prepare for mass testing? 

Health scares and panics do not have to be countered with more hysteria. Indeed, the Flu pandemic of 1918 is actually called ” Spanish Flu” because news was suppressed in the belligerent states but not in neutral Spain. My two sons are blissfully unaffected by the national anxiety in Britain at the moment. Those with a knowledge of History will remember that the all consuming AIDS virus, which actually did pose a threat to the very existence of mankind, was countered by a massive public education programme. Foot and Mouth disease came and went, as did Bird Flu. Mad cow disease was predicted to kill up to half a million, in really two hundred people were lost.

Fortunately  SARS in 2003 and Swine flu in 2009 failed to wipe out civilisation as we know it. Please don’t think I am trying to trivialise the threat we currently face but we need to have an economy to get back to once all this is over. Statistics of deaths per day are setting social media on fire but surely someone can point out to the Twittersphere flu cases alone accounted for over twenty eight thousand extra deaths in 2014/15. On average, the Department of Health and Social Care estimate an average of seventeen thousand “extra deaths”. Indeed, cardiovascular disease accounted for thirty one thousand, three hundred and seven deaths in 2013 in the U.K.. ( readers please note, the sillouette below is not mine!)

The loss of life directly attributable to Coronavirus is worrying but another 2008 economic melt-down may be worse in terms of lives and livelihoods lost. China and the USA refloated  the world economy last time. The E.U.and China are in no shape to act to save the world economy. Will President Trump be fooled again into propping up the banks and forgetting his base?

Great to hear from all our usual friends and followers. On a personal note, I’m avoiding doom laden sites offering bunker mentality. Already Facebook warriors are pontificating on their imminent demise whilst demanding their ticket refunding for Salute! For those who know me personally, if there is anything you need and I can help you with, just let me know. If I can get past the masked police, guarding the Spar, I’ll be there. To my friends wider afield , be safe and try to keep calm.

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The wild ramblings of an infamous wit and wargames guru. One of nature's true gentlemen who devotes his time to the care of his two sons, i.e. giving realistic tactical advice in Fortnite games, and recreating great moments of military history using inch high toy soldiers. Currently a leading light in the Cardiff Dice Studz who meet regularly at Firestorm Games ( formerly Ali Baba's Carpet Warehouse), Trade Street, Cardiff, sunny Wales, U.K.


  1. Well said mate I love to put your little post in the paper here but unfortunately sensibly doesn’t sell papers but hysteria does, cheers mate keep fit !,Oh I forgot to say I’ll be posting more from now on as panic buying has led to the company I work for closing down!

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  2. If you just keep on posting game reports and pictures of minis that’ll work for me! I’m working on where I can maybe set up a small game permanently that I can dip in and out of. Fortunately, I’m not going to run out of things to paint any time soon (and my wife’s added the living room to the list)! 🙂

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    • You could be the first ever gamer to ever get to the bottom of the lead pile! Can’t wait to see how your minis turn out!
      We all had one treat each this weekend. Number one son had a phone charger, number two had a Lego kit and the wife hard a pot from the garden centre. I bought Attila Total War, forty Goths, Late Roman shield transfers, four cans of spray paint and thirty quids worth of bases!

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  3. As things currently stand the UK has 20 serious cases and 74 cases in total per 1 million of population. These figures are far from horrific unless of course you are one of the statistics. I say this as someone who has a child with Cystic Fibrosis and who is therefore included in the highest of at risk groups. I have little choice but to follow the governments advice and self isolate for 12 weeks (1 down, 11 to go!). Time will tell if the actions taken and advice given are sound but as Bob Dylan sang “The times they are a changing!”. Best wishes to you and yours.

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