Archive for December, 2014

Ebola Update 27

29 Dec. 14.

The first case of Ebola in the UK has now been confirmed.  A care worker, who returned from Sierra Leone, via Casablanca and Heathrow, is now in Gartnavel hospital in Glasgow, where she was this morning confirmed to have the virus.  It has been measured as highly unlikely that anyone on the flights will have been infected, passengers will be sought out for checking.  To date, 7,857 people have died from the Ebola outbreak.

 

 

Africa at Night

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This is a photograph taken of Gibraltar and the northern coast of Africa, from Estepona, on the south coast of Spain.

In December, might I add …..

Spectacular, don’t you think?

 

What My Dog has Taught Me!

One of the wonderful things about being retired is that you don’t have to get up early for that day job so now, instead of getting up at 7.30 a.m., Hubby and I get up whenever. It’s usually around 11.00 a.m. or even later and, as a result, we don’t go to bed till maybe 1.30 a.m.. And the strange thing about this slightly alternative clock is that we seem to come alive at 11.00 p.m.. That’s when we decide to do a little research on the internet, strum the guitar (we don’t have any immediate neighbours), or watch some backdated TV programme.
But everything changes on holiday – not by choice but by dog. And loyalty seems to change too. I put it down to the fact that, during the day, I am usually stowed away in my attic office, so I’m inaccessible to Jack, who spends his time with Hubby, either in the garden or near that strumming guitar.
So, on holiday, it’s me who Jack wants, which is rather unfortunate, as he seems to always want to get up between 8.00 a.m. and 8.30 a.m. and it’s therefore me who is sporting a jacket over my pyjamas, as we tread the streets of the holiday resort.
And, in December, I may be torch in hand, as Jack and I investigate the new routes at our disposal …. any we’ve found some pretty interesting shortcuts as a result!
He he.

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And, you know, I quite like this hour of the day ….. .

Christmas in Sierra Leone

It’s sad but so important.

In Sierra Leone, Christmas has been cancelled. Bars have already been shut down and the streets will be patrolled by the military to stop public gatherings, in order to stop the spread of Ebola. Only twenty five per cent of the population are Christian, as this area is heavily Muslim.

Have Sierra Leone’s population have already been quarantined. The country’s count of reported cases currently stands at just short of eight thousand, with one thousand eight hundred deaths.