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Environment

What’s Up In The UK

Lockdown. Streets deserted. People only going out for food or a short walk once a day. Cambridge should get a badge for good behaviour. A friend said Lincoln is deserted.

Amazing what you can get people to do when they want to.

Zoom made me think of people standing around a radio transmitter/receiver in a post-apocalyptic TV series from the 1970s, trying to make contact with other scattered remnants, pockets of survivors.

The last day or two – a bubbling up of the view from the man/woman in the street (when the man/woman in the street is allowed out) that we should be wearing masks – good masks, poor masks, better than no masks.

I don’t get the second poster. She looks like Snow White, but that aside, she is miles from anyone. She is socially distancing. It would have made more sense if she was in a crowd.

Do you know someone who has had the virus?

Do you know someone who has had the virus? I know of people who know people, and one person that I have met face to face. He had fever, muscle pain – no breathing problems – lost taste and smell – and lost weight – couldn’t stand up when it was at its worst. He was diagnosed over the phone by his doctor, and he did not need to go to hospital. Which leads me to a question.

How Do They Compose the Figures?

If someone is diagnosed over the phone by their doctor as having COVID-19 but not tested, are they added to the infections numbers? Who reports numbers to whom?

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Photography

Extremely Vulnerable People

NHS Healthline For Extremely Vulnerable People
08000288327
Have you received a letter from NHS?
Yes
What is your NHS Number?
Keys in number
Sorry, we do not recognise that number.


When the Government issues the letter that was promised three weeks ago would be coming ‘in the coming days’
When and if the letter contains the codes that are to be issued to vulnerable people
When the Government sends the codes to the supermarkets so the supermarkets can identify the vulnerable and prioritise deliveries for them
Then the vulnerable will not have to risk going to supermarkets to buy food, with the obvious risk of taking in a higher viral load than they would be exposed to if they stayed at home
Or if the vulnerable have someone else in their household who can shop for them, then the vulnerable will not have to have that other person go to the supermarket and risk being exposed to a high viral load and bringing it back into the house

In the absence of that, the plan to try to save the vulnerable falls flat.

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Photography

Nature Abounds


The word ‘abound’ comes from the the idea of water overflowing, of a wave.

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WordPress

New Gutenberg Release

This should be fun. The team at Automattic have released version 7.7.0 of Gutenberg, that they have worked on and patted into shape.

The release notes explain the new features as follows:

  • Add the initial version of the Patterns UI as a sidebar plugin (This is not the final interface and work is in progress to integrate with the main block inserter).
    • Add an initial set of patterns

Great. What does it mean?

It means that when you click the + button at top left of the screen and use your cursor to move around the options, a little window opens at the side and shows you what it does. It’s supposed to be easier to understand because it is visual.

I am going to add some dummy text in columns and then use the feature that allows me to add a background colour to the columns.

Here goes with this block of text that I am going to repeat spread over two columns.

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

I have to say that working with columns is a big step up from how it used to be.

But there is more. There is now a library of patterns. Patterns are pre-designed (attractive) text layouts or of text and images. One of the layouts is ‘Two Columns Of Text’, and I wonder how that is different from simply creating two columns using the normal Gutenberg button? I’ll think about that another time.

Let’s try something. I just added the pattern named ‘Image and Description’ and it filled the space with a dummy image and text, with the image to the left and the text in small print to the top right.

When I click on the image, it offers me the option to replace the image. So, for the sake of making all this clear I will add the pre-built pattern and then alter it to show what one can do with it.

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

This is an egret in the mud that I photographed on the Eastern Cape in South Africa last year. He is unaware that its photo is now being placed in a post talking about the latest version of the Gutenberg Block Editor.

One thing I notice is that when I started a new paragraph here on the side, it reverted to normal size text.

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Photography

Make Mum Happy

make mum happy this Mother's Day - wash your hands and stay away
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Photography

Corpus Christi College Entrance

King’s College is open to visitors, all the other Cambridge Colleges I saw today are closed. This is the entrance to Corpus Christi College.

Bearing in mind the current situation with the corona virus, I couldn’t help but think that the door looked like an entrance to a sanctuary where nothing bad could enter.