Who (almost) won the week – 29 March 2020

I do like Fandango’s Who Won the Week post, and liked to join in with some quirky stories from my own newsfeeds. I pulled the last couple of posts because Corona tended to dominate the news, but I have still found a few interesting stories, with the Corona backdrop.


I know a lot of you guys don’t like Vladimir Putin, but which of us cannot look at this story and just think, what a good idea?

Such a shame it is fake.

School’s Out 4 Ever

It is only 8:30am here but I am already getting fed up with the “news” coverage.

Yesterday the government announced that as of Friday, schools will close in the UK until further notice. By all accounts, they have resisted this move for a while, but can resist no longer.

When you stop and think about it, it is a big deal. The obvious knock-on effect is that workers have no childcare. There is a further knock on effect that this year’s round of exams will have to be postponed or cancelled. Okay, a big deal, but it is a price we need to pay.

And so the people affected are coming on TV, asking what is the plan for exams?

Okay, at this stage I’m prepared to cut them [the government] some slack. The correct answer to that question, as far as I can see, is just to say: We don’t know. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it but right now we have higher priorities.

It is okay to say I don’t know.

Then the education minister comes on TV too. Have a guess, what is the one thing he wouldn’t admit?

Who Won the Week (15 March 2020)

I have Fandango to thank for this title – he has been posting regularly on this subject from his west-coast-USA vantage point. I am interested in current affairs too, and normally have some nonsense or other to spout about one of the UK’s topical news stories. So, I like to join in. Maybe there’s something in your world that you’d like to post about?

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Another week where I didn’t really have a winner. The media everywhere is dominated by Corona, and I posted on it both last week and yesterday. We had a budget in the UK, but I can’t possibly imagine anybody anywhere else being interested – bottom line is our government expects our economy to tank because of this virus, so they are handing out various breaks. Whether they will make any difference is unlikely. Under our right-wing government, the state is now spending more, proportionally, than the last left-wing government. Unusual times…

I did, however, take a look on Wikipedia to see what had happened on this day in history.

  • Would you believe it was a year ago that almost 1½ million young people went “on strike” for the day to protest about our inaction over Climate Change? Judge for yoursewlf how much has changed, even of people’s outlook. I think when we kept electing people who thought it was all hokus pocus, there was only ever going to be one outcome.
  • In 2011, that’s nine years ago, the first shots were fired today in the Syrian Civil War. Syria is probably a long way away for many of us, but it is a conflict which has drawn in both the USA and Russia, and has spawned a wave refugees, and a wave of nationalism, in both the UK and Europe. It is still ongoing, and I am left wondering exactly what kind of country Assad thinks he will ultimately govern.
  • Oh, and on this day in 1888, the Anglo-Tibetan war began. Isn’t it amazing, what you find out on Wikipedia? I never knew there even was an Anglo-Tibetan War. Boy, we sure knew how to pick our enemies back then!
  • Even further back, in 1672, British king Charles II issues the Royal Declaration of Indulgence. That sounds ominous, since this guy’s indulgence caused a civil war! Although this proclamation seems to be geared toward religious tolerance.

You think that the news is too depressing already? Just keep reading my posts!