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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND MINUS 500 OR BUST

Two For Tawse And Tawse For Two

Coronavirus Belgium

Just a quick update on the situation here in Belgium. I have to say that I am cautiously hopeful that we are on the road to recovery here but I am keeping a weather eye on the Indian strain that has yet to appear in large numbers, at this time in Belgium. All the bad numbers have been on a steady decline for some weeks now and we have reached the national government set target of less than 500 people in Intensive Care Unit beds, with COVID-19. This should allow some relaxation of regulations to go ahead in June. The last Rt rate, that I saw, stood at 0.82 and deaths are down to an average of 17 per day. The vaccination program has picked up pace and is steaming ahead nicely now. If you want to see all the latest figures, click the link below. Remember these numbers are for a country with a population of a little over eleven million people

COVID-19 FIGURES FOR BELGIUM FROM VRT NEWS ENGLISH

Three ways to legally get the vaccine in Belgium

There are three ways that people can get vaccinated in Belgium and I thought that I would list them for your information

1/ Wait for a letter from the national government, that contains a personal code for you. Then make an appointment, via the internet or telephone to visit your local vaccination centre. This is how most people (including myself) are getting their vaccination

2/ Put your name down on the reserve list for your local vaccination centre, via the internet. If there are missed appointments on any particular day then vaccination will be offered to those on the reserve list. This is a good option for anyone in a situation where they can just drop everything and go at short notice to get a jab

3/ Hang around your local vaccination centre at the end of their operational day. Rather than throw vaccine away, if there is supply left after those with an appointment and those on the reserve list have been seen, vaccination is being offered to any passers-by who have not been vaccinated already. I am presuming that there are reasons that the vaccine (mostly Pfizer in Belgium) cannot be re frozen and it would be a shame to waste it

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A KINKY NIGHT IN – AND I HAVE A BAD CASE OF ?

This is from an old sit com, that I used to like called Two Pints Of Larger And A Bag Of Crisps. This probably happens more often than one might suspect 🙂

Just Say Kangaroo

Learning English Again

There are far more people in the world with English as a second language, than there are English speakers who have a second language. I think this is because no one makes videos as fun as this to help English speakers learn another language 🙂

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AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING

At The Eleventh Hour On The Eleventh Day Of The Eleventh Month

In 1918 silence fell across the Battlefields of the Great War or First World War. At Eleven ‘O’ clock please join the two minute silence to remember those, who in times of peace and conflict, gave and still give their service for our protection and safety. Both for those who returned and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

This is especially important this year as many of us will have and are still seeing military personnel deployed in a battle on the home front.

THE BELGIAN ARMY IN LIEGE 2020

The Last Post At The Menin Gate, Ieper 2020

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

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A BIT OF A LAUGH FOR THE WEEKEND

I Think That I Would Buy The First Type Of Bait

Especially as she is wearing glasses 🙂

A Christmas Present Idea For That Cooking Friend With The Dirty Fruit

And A Vanilla Laugh

This video starts a little dull but you only have to wait 30 seconds to get to the fun bit

I hope that those put you in a good mood for the weekend 🙂

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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND THE LATEST ON THE LURGY

I Said Face Down

COVID 19 Belgium – Situation Dire And Getting Worse

Belgium is a land of just over 11 million souls. As I write this, on Saturday 24th of October, the average daily new infection rate for the disease is over 10 thousand people a day. This means that 1 percent of the population is being infected in less than a 2 week period. You can read more about this in…

THIS LINK

Average daily infection rates are expected to breach 20 thousand before the end of next week. You can read about this in…

THIS LINK

One week ago, the new government imposed new measures to help curtail the spread of the virus. These included a return to home working for those that can, closing all bars and restaurants, imposing a curfew from midnight until 5am, banning the sale of alcohol after 8 pm and limiting everyone to having one close contact outside of their household.

As of 24th of October further measures have been imposed nationwide. These include professional sports games can still take place, but without an audience, amateur games for everyone over 18-years-old will be prohibited, games for youth up to 18 are also still allowed but only one person per family can attend, a maximum of 20% of students is allowed to be present in an auditorium or classroom and no more than 200 people are allowed at the same time in theatres, cinemas and concert halls. You can read more about this in…

THIS LINK

Even stricter measures are being enforced in Brussels and Wallonia. You can see more through the following two links.

BRUSSELS

WALLONIA

If anyone has friends or family in Belgium and they want to have an idea of how things are going where they live, you can follow the link below, scroll down the page, type in the name of their municipality and that will give you a figure for how many people have tested positive for the disease in that area over the last two weeks.

REGIONAL CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS IN BELGIUM

Personally, I am still in good health but am feeling very weary of all this. It feels like the virus is doing to Belgium what is happening in this GIF.

Everybody stay safe and do the best to protect yourselves and those around you

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TUESDAY’S TANTALIZING TUSHY – AND CYCLING ALONG THE RIVER OURTHE FROM DURBUY

What Light From Yonder Window Breaks

Image found at

CONTEMPORARY LIFE

With A Bicycle Along The River Ourthe

Above is the River Ourthe as it flows through Durbuy where once a watermill stood. From Durbuy there is a very good cycle path that runs along the river. I spent my last full day of holiday exploring the river and thought that I would show you some of the views that I saw.

There had not been much rain in August and September in Belgium and like most rivers, the Ourthe was a little low but still very pretty. Lets play “Spot The Little Devil” (my campervan), it is mostly hidden by a tree in this shot.

And on down the river, with my trusty folding steed.

That last view reminds me that I have to save my pennies for some sort of small river craft.

I broke off the trail at Bomal Sur Ourthe, in search of an ice cream and found this old building. Unfortunately it’s historic interior is no more. It is now for hire as holiday flats.

And that concludes my posting of holiday snaps from my September tour. I hope that you enjoyed them.

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