On One

Is there any room

For one more on top? I ask

If not, I will walk

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n.b. As a ten year old travelling to school I learned that the rush hour bus was often crowded, if not full. Walking on to the next stop, or even the one after next, meant that I had at least tried to change something for when the next bus came along.

It was usually raining.

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CLP 13/11/2020

On Numbers (1:2)

Too many to cope

NHS intensive care

Two ill for each nurse

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n.b. The surge in Covid-19 hospital cases has led to the nursing staff guidelines for patients in Intensive Care Units to be changed this past weekend, so that each nurse may have two critically ill patients to attend to throughout a duty.

During the initial wave of Covid-19 hospitalisations the ratio of patients to each specialist nurse was allowed to be up to 1:6.

More information about the situation can be found in this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/08/nhs-england-suspends-one-to-one-nursing-for-critically-ill-covid-patients.

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CLP 08/11/2020

On Numbers -1

Some people always

one sandwich short of picnic

“LOL” is best response

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n.b. “LOL” is graffitied in red nail varnish (I think) just under the right-hand stencilled slogan, (which comes across as a cry for help in some regards).

LOL = Laugh out loud.

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CLP 05/11/2020

On Numbers -1

Some people frightened

World will fall out of bottoms

A tissue of lies

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n.b. Looks like the toilet paper manufacturers are on a roll. This fixture in a local supermarket was cleared of toilet paper by the time I passed through.

One woman said to an acquaintance on her mobile phone as she stormed past me, “Good thing you went shopping this morning because everyone has been f..king pr..ks again!”

I thought how interesting it is that “everyone” was implicated by her in the great toilet paper clear out here prior to Lockdown 2. It is not the case that everyone is acting selfishly, but her language indicates a distrust of people in general and reflects a gradual weakening of trust between us all in the UK.

Will this second Lockdown be adhered to as well as the initial Lockdown? Are we now looking for someone to pass responsibility to for our own health onto others? Is Boris Johnson out of his depth? Who voted for this buffoon?

Can we fix a broken country in a crisis when using the ideology of the “free” market, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer?

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CLP 04/11/2020