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