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We’re free! Kinda.

Gyms, shops and all hairdressers are set to reopen from December 3 and there’s even an early Christmas present for sport fans with crowds allowed back into stadiums from next week.

As expected, the new stricter tiered system will come into play from December 3 and will last until March next year. The Government’s ‘stay at home’ message will once again be dropped and collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume. Social gathering will once again have to abide by the rule of six.

This from the Telegraph’s WhatsApp group. Okay, writing that sentence gave me temporal whiplash.

I’m surprised, actually. I thought we were going to be on hard lockdown until the vaccine got wide distribution. I wonder if they got the sense they were losing people. Because they were.

Oh, yes. The screenshot is from the game I’m playing and they did their homework on this one. Yes, Victorian Britons loved the banjo. It was the first musical craze to hop the Atlantic and it stayed popular, in one form or another, until WWII.

It started with the minstrel shows but, Brits being Brits, that just wasn’t posh enough. So they invented a style called Classic Banjo (not classical, mind) which consisted of happy little tunes played sitting down and wearing a tux.

And the banjos! They had dozens of home workshops turning out weird and wacky ‘jos . I own a few (they don’t age well and generally aren’t very expensive). I started to write a book about it once, then realized — oh, yeah. I’m lazy!

The men in the picture are glowing white because apparently I’m intimidating Mr Banjo by standing this close. I had to, to hear the tune. Didn’t recognize it, but it was generally in keeping with Classic Banjo. As is the banjo itself, if a little boring.


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 23, 2020, 7:28 pm

Why is Harvey WineBanjo standing in the bushes?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 23, 2020, 11:16 pm

Why is banjo boy’s thumb on top of the fingerboard? I know some banjo and guitar players sometimes wrap a thumb over the top to get to the lowest pitch string, but this guy’s comes up from underneath. It’s very odd looking.

Banjo sounds good to me, mostly bluegrass with a five-string, but I also like the plectrum or tenor banjo rhythm players’ contributions to Dixieland jazz. (Side note: When will the bloody SJWs insist that “Dixieland” is racist and must be canceled, thus putting many black musicians out of work?)

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: November 24, 2020, 12:54 am

“All this for a virus”…

We are being played, scammed big time by power-hungry villains. It’s sickening that a failure like Evil Elf Fraudci is having an oversized effect on all people, world-wide.

Comment from drew458
Time: November 24, 2020, 2:13 am

I always knew the UK lockdown would end in tiers.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 24, 2020, 11:00 am

@Expresso – It was quicker than their first plan, “Al Gore certified Gerbil Warming”.

We obviously weren’t taking that seriously because it was too easy to recognize as a scam.

The only down side for them is it’s incredibly obvious it’s a lie when they jet about having their meetings with their pretend rules about masks and numbers of people and distancing.
But since they own the “means of production” for most of the news, and the governments, it doesn’t matter that we know they have two sets of rules for us.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: November 24, 2020, 1:38 pm

Hi Y’all! JavaMan and I are in the panhandle. That’s the square part of Texas, and I ain’t kidding. We bought our “retirement” home a few days ago. We are in Randall County, on one perfect acre of land. There’s space for a vegetable garden, a lavender patch, and greenhouse, with lush lawns front and back. JavaMan has a big garage and now walks around with a goofy grin on his face. He’s been waiting 50 years to build his hot rod, and now he finally has a place to do it.

Previous owners painted ALL the cabinetry charcoal black, and two prominent walls red (dining room and den). No—not satanists, but graduates of Texas Tech University, just down the road in Lubbock. Everything else is painted gray. Gray is the IN Color, and after looking at dozens of houses, I realized that I’d never find one that wasn’t painted gray. This one is painted gray inside and outside too.

Javaman and I have prepped, primed, and today we start painting cabinets with a color that is NOT gray. I’m calling it a warm salty blue, and the walls in the kitchen and dining room will be painted a creamy white that has the barest hint of yellow—if you put a piece of white paper beside it. That’s all we’ll have time for before we go down south to pack up the rest of our household to make the final jump. The moving truck rolls out December 18. I’ll be home for Christmas 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving to Stoaty and Uncle Badger! I hope you bought one of those fabulous bronze turkeys again this year. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Enjoy some pumpkin pie for me 🙂

Comment from lauraw
Time: November 24, 2020, 3:01 pm

Back in June I told some coworkers that the shutdown was a dumb idea, and they’re *still* giving me the cold shoulder.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 24, 2020, 6:14 pm

Welcome to God’s, uh, sometimes parched earth Deborah!

Have fun splainin how it works to anyone who thinks they can fly into Dallas and run up there quick to visit you up near “Yellow”.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 24, 2020, 7:15 pm

Must feel awesome, Deborah!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 24, 2020, 9:41 pm

Hope you enjoy your new home, Deborah – it sounds amazing!

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: November 24, 2020, 11:54 pm

Best of luck to Deborah and Java Man!! Excellent news!

Comment from OldFert
Time: November 26, 2020, 12:57 am

@ExpressoBold I’ve wondered how long it’s been since Fauci actually touched a patient. Or even got within a bedpan length of one in a clinical setting.

@Deborah HH Excellent. (By the way, I love your newsy-note entry.)

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