R = 1.001

Two weeks. 14 more sleeps. The Glorious 12th awaits.

The long range weather forecast for Sheffield seems OK.

If there’s a pub willing to open up at 5am that Monday there’s an 84% chance it’ll be dry. Go for it.

Walkley’s Proper Pub the Rose House is revamping itself, possibly with outdoor karaoke.

But Mrs RM is convinced there’ll be a spanner in the works in the next fortnight, and to be fair the 25% week-on-week drop in positive cases is now on hold due to those pesky “kidz” returning to their schools creche.

Every day now I wait anxiously to see the death figures at 2pm, and then the case date two hours later, or when Public Health England find the on switch.

Hospitalisation and death data looks good, the cases look OK;

But, as Oliver correctly predicts, the BBC’s ability to create panic out of good news knows no bounds.

Cases have dropped by more than 90% this year, but having reached low levels have bobbled up and down a bit as schools return. “R ABOVE 1 !” screamed the Beeb, questioning whether the road map was at threat despite told explicitly that was allowed for in the plans.

OK, we’re not quite at the magical level of 20 weekly cases per 100,000 population at which seemingly everything is fine and Track and Trace suddenly works, but we’re close enough.

Still, the Covid League Table looks worrying. Sheffield was in the bottom decile in January; today it’s eyeing Corby, possibly the first time anyone has eyed Corby.

Has the Kent variant (it’s always Kent) finally reached Yorkshire ?

Will we get to 11pm on the 11th April and find Sheffield placed in Tier 4 ?

How would I cope with ANOTHER month of beer in cans ?

10 thoughts on “R = 1.001

  1. I’m keeping a ‘very’ close eye on Corby, my future boozing plans rest in the hands of a few hundred workers in the Tayto Crisp factory. Anyway, don’t worry too much about Yorkys position on the table, as ever, Leicester, and Kettering-for-Corby have a couple of games in hand and will shoot up the league at the last minute…

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    1. Sadly you’re right, the fate of our future pubgoing rests in the hands of a lone crisp factory, tower block in Catcliffe or primary school in Morley.

      Sheffield’s rise from lowest decile to top despite cases not really rising much deserves a BBC documentary, but I guess dancing, cooking and crime is more important than Covid.

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  2. Not really bothered about a pint in a cold rainy beer “garden” surrounded by fag dimps, Leave you to it.
    The May opening might be okay on similar lines to last years restrictions, table service and screens.
    Hope that in June enough gaffs keep table service and screens, tbh.

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    1. We didn’t leave Europe to suffer table service. I don’t know why we DID leave, but it wasn’t that. I bet there’ll be blog material in the wine gardens when it rains.

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  3. Love the bin feature in the middle of your garden -do you lob empty cans into it from your perch ? I wish folk would stop using the words ” Kent variant “-makes me feel guilty

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  4. “Two weeks. 14 more sleeps. The Glorious 12th awaits.”

    In the military, to make it seem shorter (especially when doing six months away from home) the last sleep would be called a ‘wakie’; because you wake up and you’re done! So, it’s actually 13 and a wakie. 🙂

    “If there’s a pub willing to open up at 5am that Monday there’s an 84% chance it’ll be dry. ”

    5am? Why not open at 12:01am? 😉

    “But Mrs RM is convinced there’ll be a spanner in the works in the next fortnight,”

    A version of the ‘free beer tomorrow’ where it’s never actually tomorrow because tomorrow is now today?

    “But, as Oliver correctly predicts, the BBC’s ability to create panic out of good news knows no bounds.”

    BBC, CBC, CNN… they’re all birds of a feather. The bird in question being a vulture. 🙂

    “Cases have dropped by more than 90% this year, but having reached low levels have bobbled up and down a bit as schools return.”

    And someone of school age being positive does what to hospitalisations exactly? 😉

    “Still, the Covid League Table looks worrying.”

    Does that just plot cases or does it compare cases with hospitalisations?

    “Has the Kent variant (it’s always Kent) finally reached Yorkshire ?”

    How come we can call it the Kent variant, or the UK variant, or the Brazilian variant… but we can’t call it the original Chinese?

    “How would I cope with ANOTHER month of beer in cans ?”

    I can give you tips? 🙂

    Cheers

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