....."They had no resistance to the bacteria in our atmosphere to which we have long since become immune. Once they had breathed our air, germs which no longer affect us began to kill them. ".....
Seems like HG Wells was a bit ahead of his time.....must have been that machine of his.
So swiftly moving on, I'll carry on from where I left off, it must have been about March 23rd (Ma's Birthday) - the last time I'd jump on a train....Later that day, Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the Nation and announced Lockdown - and I guess we knew this was coming but now everyone knew the score. We'd had a meeting in work the week before- I would keep coming into the office as there's certain things that just cant be done from home and all other staff would take their computers and VOIP phones home with them. So it's an empty office except for me. So on Tuesday March 24th I began driving to work - and I have to say, that first day was something else. Empty Roads with the cherry trees in full blossom and bright sunshine - it was surreal, it felt like being in a science fiction film... getting into the City Centre didnt take long at all - If you drove to work in the "old normal" it would take over an hour, that day it took less than 20 minutes.
Things were even weirder in the city centre......very quiet except for a maintenance bloke I know who was very busy boarding up the shop fronts by order of nervous property managers. Other than that it was pretty deserted. Very eerie and I must admit I thought you could find yourself in a vulnerable position if there were some ne'er-do- wells about - so I proceeded to lock every door behind me on my way up to the top floor - I was now the man in the tower. Pretty good actually as you can view what's going on in the surrounding streets. There wasnt many people although the most common ones were chinese people walking around with those blue masks on, perhaps they were inspecting their newly infected kingdom - the more likely story is that they are Chinese Students who are stuck here and cant get flights back home. There are a lot of Chinese students in Cardiff. Driving home that night, getting out of the city centre, police were stopping and talking to people who were walking on the streets and the most interesting thing I saw was a bloke being attacked by a seagull.......the bloke was eating a pastie from a paper bag. Great.
The next day I had to do the work's banking and now experienced my first Social Distancing exercise - luminous spraypaint marked out your queuing space outside the Bank as they would only let one person in at a time - there were quite a few people queuing and it looked like it was going to take a while. As we stood there a group of destitutes began to gather - probably the rough sleepers who apparently are taken into shelter in the nights, but at this time were let out in the daytime. They werent really a problem but due to my overactive imagination I got the feeling the queuing bank customers were like a quivering bunch of antelopes being slowly surrounded by Hyenas. So I bailed on this Social Distancing malarky and hotfooted it back to my private tower.
So this is how it went for the next few weeks, driving has been quite pleasant and I generally get into the city centre within 30 minutes - On April 6th Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to Hospital with Coronavirus symptoms - again the knock on affect here was another mini panic buying episode - The supermarkets have joined the science fiction script and they are basically horrible to visit - I went to a big Tesco store by us that evening and it was horrible - people were being told when to enter and all social distancing markers laid down - one way systems in place - there was hardly anything there so I wondered why I'd bothered going. We've pretty much got the shopping off to an art now - we just go very late and pick up what we want - the supply is a lot better now but apparently the supermarkets are having the same sort of demand that they normally get at Christmas. Speak to the people working the tills and they'll tell you it's still terrible in the mornings. So there we have it - there's still an air of panic out there, then again we are in the middle of a pandemic dont forget. A top tip about life in the city centre - the food shops are still open and as it's the city centre, you dont get the car driving hordes showing up - I tested this theory as there's a Marks & Spencer Foodhall behind the office building - so I nipped in to see what it was like - it was fully stocked and with more staff than customers.
But we are still in the middle of a pandemic with all the death and suffering it has caused and with no short term exit plan on the horizon. So be safe out there. Conspiracy Theories abound and no doubt there's a sniff of truth to all of them, one of my favourite ones was about the Huawei G5 Telephone network - most conspiracy theories say that these boxes emit radiation that causes cancer - but the best theory is this - what if, when the G5 Boxes are activated, they kill the Corona-vid 19 Virus?