I’ve been tentatively planning some travels by rail after May. Despite moving north, a non-stop journey to Dundee is still 5:09 hours (and £143.30 off-peak*, which would buy you a month in Southport Pontins).
I need to go back to visit this keg classic, normally home to University of Stirling researchers camped out awaiting boisterous behaviour to prove that thesis that pubs should be closed forever.
But will they let me over the border at Berwick ? The Scottish government hopes to return to the level system from late April, but the number of positive cases will need to be far lower than when the system operated last year if pubs like the Dolphin are going to open without substantial meals and early evenings.
For context, Dundee (pop :150k) recorded 97 cases last week (14 a day), one of the lower rates when compared to the Sodom and Gomorrahs of Stirling and Renfrew.
Is 3 cases a day even credible ? Is the hinted 1,000 cases a day England target possible after a month of schools-fuelled infection ?We shall find out together.
And I’d love to do the other Heritage pubs like Frews again.
Wash your hands, keep your distance, take the vaccine, open the pubs.
*But you CAN break your journey at Doncaster on the way back, to be fair.