Coronavirus Diary 22 – Parting is such sweet sorrow

A really short but not particularly sweet post today. The wife of one my guides has died following 23 days in a coma due to the Coronavirus.  As he told me, she had years left in her to drive everyone mad.

Poor fellow, he’s such a nice man and engaging, dutiful guide. I’d already lent him my last money in early February, long before the world at large was battening down the hatches and there is no prospect of any work for him to take his mind off things for as far into the summer as I can see.

I wrote to my MP on Saturday and to his credit he did write back on Monday morning but of course had no immediate positive news.  As many of us already knew or suspected, service jobs aren’t considered very highly.

The amount of refunds I’ve given people when I haven’t even had to and generally to quite rich people and then a significant number come back unhappy because I couldn’t refund them entry tickets that are also non-refundable to me.  No thanks or gratitude for what the overwhelming funds they did get back but they get upset over what to them may be a cheap meal out or a trip to the movies but to people like us actually go someway to ensure our survival as humans, let alone some trivial 2 hour blockbuster film.

Meanwhile the tax avoiding billionaire businessman Richard Branson with spaceships & private island is barging his way in the queue for a helping hand. A man whose company Virgin Care sued the NHS. What are the chances he will get more than the nothing I have received ? 99%+?

It looks like my ancient post is more relevant than ever

Corporate Tax Dodgers – Am I really more profitable than Starbucks?




About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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5 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 22 – Parting is such sweet sorrow

  1. Ankur Mithal says:

    Saddened by the developments…

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  2. Francis says:

    Si sorry to hear about your loss. If only the money wasted on brexit had been spent on our NHS!

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    • Thanks Francis. I’ve actually just heard of another death sadly so that is three I know of now. I’m amazed I am still here considering I normally get taken ill if an ant sneezes haf a mile from me. I wouldn’t say that 🙂 if only the referendum result had been respected and enacted promptly then there might be a better state of preparedness too. I think the NHS has long been treated badly by every government since at least 1979. Only Tony Blair seemed to properly invest for the future but then he also started the slow march towards privatisation. but due to any thanks from Boris or possibly one day, Sir Keir.

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  3. Contractions of Fate says:

    So sorry to hear about your friend’s wife. It’s a horrible thing.

    I must admit, I agree with Hunter S Thompson more than Samuel Johnson. There are good ways and horrible ways to die, and some take a long, long time. But the journey…

    I think it’s time they did something about off-shore tax havens etc and huge companies that pay very little tax at all.

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    • Thank-you. Yes Hunter’s is a great quote. I agree with you about these big companies. I also think that everyone should pay the national countries in which they are making the money. So Amazon should pay tax locally where they earn it most. The same for Google, Virgin and everyone else. Millions shouldn’t suffer just so that the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, Ireland or anyone else. If you want to use up our resources and make money here then you pay your taxes here too!


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