SOUTH DERBYSHIRE SLIPS TO THE TOP

Not since the 1971-72 league season has there been such a topsy-turvy table, the leadership changing almost on a daily basis.

In ’72 it was Derby’s Rams under Clough and Taylor who edged Division 1 from the Scousers, Stoke and City (yes, we existed before 2008).

In 2021 Derby sits unproudly atop the Covid league, edging out a belligerent Barnsley (hey, that’s near me) and Rotherham (oh).

Even North West Leicestershire (aka Coalville) had a day on top this week, but I was too busy helping James move house to revisit the Stamford & Warrington.

South Derbyshire is home to prestigious schools, unspoilt Bass pubs and the National Forest.

But you’ll know it best for the Art Deco garage at Woodville (top), which would look good in my garden.

I rarely visit this part of the world these days; that’s Life After Football territory, but on my last trip to The Swad (as locals don’t call it) I was struck by both the beer quality and how much industry that was.

Far be it from me to attempt to explain why Covid rates persist (albeit at much lower levels than a month ago) in the Midlands and South Yorkshire, but it’s hard to work from home when you’re a panel beater, tyre fitter or brewer.

Still, the cases and hospitalisations keep falling. Long may that continue.

24 thoughts on “SOUTH DERBYSHIRE SLIPS TO THE TOP

  1. Are you seeing the severity of the illness drop as the highest risk population is vaccinated? My completely unscientific and meaningless observation is that the US is seeing less severe cases as the vaccination takes hold. Gives me some hope so I am going to keep thinking it.

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    1. Those are my thoughts exactly. Until the whole world is vaccinated or there are travel bans enforced across borders, new variants will emerge. If all the vaccine ends up doing is lessening the severity of the virus, we are still winning! Roll on the summer and hoping for my freedoms soon!

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      1. The decorating is NEARLY finished which is just as well as carpet fitter coming tomorrow and being a messy decorator, its best to finish before then! It’s a long week. Will also look forward to having some sofas, old ones donated to James on Monday, new ones arranged with military precision on Tuesday, still no show and shall be venting on social media very soon if it is not resolved shortly!

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      2. Delivery here is very erratic due to Covid. Materials also very expensive this year. It is a good year to do the work though. Keeps one busy during lockdown.

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      3. Issues not due to covid. Our sofas were merrily on their way up the M62 yesterday, last tracked near Pontefract and bang on schedule for the agreed delivery slot. Then we got a failed delivery notification due to wrong dimensions provided by the sofa company. No answer as to why you would load a sofa onto the lorry, drive it almost to our house and then decide the paperwork was wrong and choose not to deliver it! Both parties now telling me its each others fault and to wait for the other party to contact me with a new delivery date. I see no resolution to this as the two nameless people emailing me clearly are not talking to each other. So social media ranting it is… and before anyone says you should have gone to John Lewis, most of theirs take 12-15 weeks!

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      4. There seems to be an assumption over here that the last year has shown us we don’t need offices and society can be efficiently managed from our laptops at home. I’m here to tell you our experiences with solicitors, potential employers, councils and delivery firms tells us otherwise.

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    2. Yes, hospitalisations are declining, and deaths have been plummeting from over 1,000 to less than a 100 this year.

      However, the drop in cases has stalled in some areas, partly because we’re now testing over a million people a day and schools fully returned this week, putting parents in their 20s-50s at renewed risk. Hopefully the reopening at school won’t lead to fresh pressure on hospitals from new variants.

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  2. You think South Derbyshire is bad, have a look a little to the north-west: Doveridge, Brailsford & Bradley in the Derbyshire Dales had just six new cases two weeks ago, a rolling infection rate of 73.7 per 100,000, and everyone was counting the days until they could go and sit in a pub garden in the pouring rain. Now they’re on 773.7, with 63 new cases in the seven days prior to 5 March – more than ten times higher. I guess someone must have sneezed in the village store.

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      1. That’s one place just beyond Uttoxeter we’ve been a few times.
        The HMP inmates grow and sell many lovely plants and we’ve got quite a few of them in our garden.

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  3. “Not since the 1971-72 league season has there been such a topsy-turvy table, the leadership changing almost on a daily basis.”

    LOL. I was going to suggest it’s like watching the weekly league tables. 🙂

    “In 2021 Derby sits unproudly atop the Covid league, edging out a belligerent Barnsley (hey, that’s near me) and Rotherham (oh).”

    And yet they’ve all dropped at least 40% in the last month. 😉

    “which would look good in my garden.”

    I don’t think it will fit.

    “Far be it from me to attempt to explain why Covid rates persist (albeit at much lower levels than a month ago)”

    See!

    “but it’s hard to work from home when you’re a panel beater, tyre fitter or brewer.”

    I’m sure the government is working on that (sarc!).

    “Still, the cases and hospitalisations keep falling. Long may that continue.”

    See!

    Cheers

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