I was chatting to someone recently who was bemoaning the fact that although we are told we live in a free country in the UK, that’s just nonsense. I responded by saying that you can do what you like in this country provided you have two or more options to choose from, that there is no physical coercion and that it’s possible to do whatever it is - unlike flying without some external aid or running a mile in under two minutes.
She disagreed and proffered some examples:
“You can’t build a home extension without planning permission.” - “Some people do”, I said.
“You have to pay your taxes.”- “Some people don’t,” I replied.
“You can’t murder people!” - “Some people do,” was my answer.
“You have to look after your children.” - “Some people don’t,” was again my reply.
“You have to drive on the left in the UK.” - “Unfortunately, not everybody...
Time waits for no one
How can we be halfway through September? Where has the year gone to so far? Oh wait, that’s it, half of it we’ve been in the middle of a pandemic. Who’d have thought when this whole thing started six months ago, that we’d still be in it? In fact, tighter restrictions have just been introduced.
I confess, with the whole back-to-school milestone last week – having geared my girls up with varying degrees of enthusiasm from them, then one daughter home the second day because of a member of staff having a confirmed case of COVID-19, I was needing to manage my mindset A LOT.
Writing on the wall
The news that social gatherings will now be restricted from 30 to 6 in England was surprisingly surprising. I mean, let’s face it, the writing has been on the wall for a while now with cases of COVID-19 increasing. Other countries in the UK have had more severe restrictions...