Who Won the Week (12 July 2020)

I do like Fandango’s Who Won the Week post, and like to join in with some quirky stories from my own newsfeeds. The idea is that we pick a “thing” (person, organisation) who “won” the week. Like today, I normally post with a heavy dose of tongue-in-cheek. So, here goes…


Okay, let’s get this straight. It’s bad news if anybody catches this virus. I wouldn’t wish it upon anybody.

Within that..let’s put this diplomatically…some of us have taken far more precautions than others. Some of us seem almost to have taunted the virus, to the point where I’ve thought that if anybody had to catch it, it’d serve them right, rather than perhaps somebody catching it who has been taking sensible steps to prevent both themselves and other people from being infected.

But I must admit, I am not totally sold on the idea of wearing a mask.There seems to be a general belief that all masks are equal. They’re not. A surgical mask is more than twice as effective at preventing the passage of these tiny particles (in both directions), as a basic cotton mask, so just wearing any old mask is not a cureall. But, you know, I’d be happy to wear a mask (if I ever went outside!), just because wearing one can’t harm the situation. It seems far from clearcut, but wearing a mask helps to some extent.

My winner this week does not agree.

In fact, as a world leader, he decided that wearing a mask infringed his liberty, and even watered down mask-wearing rules accordingly. I’m not sure how many people follow what politicians say any more, but to the extent that some people still do, I’m not sure taking this gung-ho attitude is entirely helpful, bearing in mind that what they say could be putting other people’s lives at risk.

But that’s not all. In fact there is a whole timeline of events.

  • 19 April 2020

    My winner attended a rally alongside supporters, demonstrating against quarantine and social distancing. At a rally, without a care how close they all got to each other.

  • 3 May 2020

    Another protest. But events had by now moved on, and this time the protest was against lockdown.

  • 6 May 2020

    My friend was out and about again, this time being front-and-centre at a commemoration to celebrate the 130th anniversary of a military school.

  • 24 May 2020

    Another demo. Still no mask, although by now, many of his supporters are wearing them.

  • 31 May 2020

    Another demonstration, this time one in favour of his government. This guy sure does a lot of demonstrating, for a president!

  • 17 June 2020

    Another ceremony, this time to celebrate his new Minister of Communications.

  • 17 June 2020

    Keeping busy, this time with his Agricultural Minister to celebrate the start of a new “plan” for the agricultural sector, Even the minister is wearing a mask by this time.

  • 2 July 2020

    Attended a high-level summit, in person. By that time, the virus was so rife that many of the others “attended” the summit by videolink.

  • 7 July 2020

    My winner’s luck ran out, and he tested positive for the virus. He’s 65, so conventional wisdom says his age puts him at a higher risk, but he’s undeterred. He says he expects it to be “like the flu”. Let’s hope he’s right.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Jair Bolsonaro, of Brazil.

a long way to go

most of my sources in this post were from The Guardian.

Song Lyric Sunday (12 July 2020) – The Elements

Last week, Jim (NewEpicAuthor over at A Unique Title For Me) set a theme of superlatives (my selection). This week, he gives us the theme of the the old elements of air, earth, fire and water.

I came up with a few this week, two of which were by former Beatles, but George got the nod over Paul – because his music was far and away my favourite.

So the track I will present today goes way back to 1973, the opening track on George’s album Living in the Material World. It was also released as a single, and topped Billboard’s Hot 100, although it only reached #8 in the UK. Unsurprisingly, it also appeared when George released his greatest hits album, and was performed by Jeff Lynne at the Concert for George, which commemorated George’s legacy, a year after his death. This is Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth).

Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul

OM M M M M M M M M M M M M M
M M M My Lord . . .

PLEASE take hold of my hand, that
I might understand you

Won’t you please
Oh won’t you

Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul

OM M M M M M M M M M M M M M
M M M My Lord . . .

PLEASE take hold of my hand, that
I might understand you

George Harrison