In the British news I saw an article on the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Memories came back…
Anthrax 1989 Birmingham NEC ticket.
Foo Fighters 2007 Birmingham NEC ticket.
Marillion 1987 NEC Birmingham ticket.
Metallica 1988 NEC Birmingham ticket.
When I lived in England, I went to music shows and a WWE WrestleMania at the NEC. I always thought it was a good venue. Now, during the pandemic, the venue is to act as a temporary Covid-19 treatment hospital.
How the pandemic changes things… instead of entertainment fans, NEC visitors might now be emergency patients. Instead of artists and crew, NEC workers might be doctors, nurses, carers…
Bravo the NEC (if it’s possible to congratulate a building?). Let’s hope it doesn’t come to patients being admitted, and that the numbers – not just in the UK but everywhere – of those requiring hospital care fall instead of rise.
Britain’s Prince William speaks via videolink as he officially opens the NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham, built in the National Exhibition Centre on April 16, 2020. Photograph: Reuters. Image link: The Guardian International.
Luke Sywalker’s Headset. 1978.
For our team at work, last week was one of certain anxiety… our residents took the Covid-19 virus test, and we had to wait for the staggered results to come in. I’m very pleased to report that each one tested negative 🙂 Good. Considering most French residential and nursing homes are infected, we remain in excellent shape right now. Good protocols. Decent equipment. Diligent staff. Luck? The battle continues!
After the residents had been tested, it was the turn of the staff.
Let’s be honest, everyone at work was dreading having to take it. You had to fill in health forms. Then a nose swab taken by a nurse suited and booted up in full PPE. 30 seconds or so of swabbing. Not too uncomfortable, but it made your eyes water. And that was it. Then it was the wait… 3 days…
My result – negative. And the results of the rest of the team – negative!
A huge relief. If only temporary. And not to let our guard down in the slightest!
Chewbacca bandolier offer variation. 2000 AD Prog 337 1983. UK.
Anyone playing video games during lockdown?
Grandstand Pocket Scramble and Pocket Pac-Man. 1983. UK.
Atari Centipede. 1983. UK.
Mario Tennis Aces. France. 2018.
The Simpsons Game. UK. 2007.
Death Star Battle video game. US. 1983.
Or how about Top Trumps!
Waddingtons Top Trumps. 1983. UK.
I found some time to play Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It’s actually a really nice distraction – world building in an environment that isn’t in lockdown and pandemic 🙂 My youngest has the New Horizons version, and it makes New Leaf already look like the vintage it’s slowly becoming.
You may have noticed this post has a slight Star Wars theme running through it?
A clue? Next post is all about a collection I finally finished after starting it way back in 1996…
MTFBWY! Stay safe and healthy everyone 🙂
Disclaimer. This report is meant to offer an overview of the fluid impact upon a care worker in the French medical system. No names of any persons or institutions are given, and the reportage here concerns decisions made at a French national level which is available to the public at any time. No breach of confidentiality or professional workplace standards is made or implied. Any health advice stated here is exactly the same as that given by the World Health Organization public advice pages