No, thank you

There was a very interesting article on the News just now. Leicester is pretty much slap bang in the middle of England, It has a large proportion of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority residents (BAME). It also got hit quite badly by COVID. They were one of the first hotspots way back last summer, and they never really calmed down.

Now that the vaccine has arrived, they’re starting to see an interesting statistic. Uptake among White residents is high – it is high pretty much everywhere in the UK. However, uptake in the BAME population is significantly lower.

Okay, some of us could maybe put that down to education. BAME people do not understand the benefits of the vaccine in the same way that White people do. But this argument is nonsense because they also surveyed the sectors in which people worked, and BAME *doctors* were also a very low uptake. I’d have thought a doctor would be savvier about the benefits of the COVID vaccine than most, wouldn’t you? And yet they still refuse the vaccine.

Where there was a correlation, however, was in trust. As in, how much these people trust the system.

It’s funny, because we have people who quite eloquently, and very vocally, point out how BAME people are treated differently to Whites. From what I have seen, everything they say is true. And it is only 10 years since our government was found out – trying to forcibly repatriate people back to the Carribean, because they didn’t have the correct documentation, which they had never been given in the first place. Hard-nosed politicians seem to have, for years, felt that they can take these steps with impunity, they could do whatever they want without repercussions. But I wonder whether what we are seeing is the payback?

Showing Your Age

For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #106, where we write about this photo from the Google Home Photo Frame.

“You all right to finish off this last stake?”, uttered Ken.

“Sure thing, old timer. You feelin’ the pace?”, replied Cody, but Ken was already heading back to their pick-up.

Cody deftly finished the barbed-wire fence, then walked back to the truck. Effortlessly tossing his sledgehammer into the back, Cody watched Ken, standing by the open door, staring into space. He stood behind Ken. What was the old guy looking at?

“What ya viewing?”, asked Cody. All he could see was a vista, the mountains in the background and some buffalo grazing about a half-mile away.

“Don’t you ever think?”, replied Ken. “This place has been like this for tens of thousands of years, and two guys come along, all of a sudden one day, and in the space of a few hours, we change it forever.”

Cody pondered. Five seconds later came his philosophical response. “Meh. People gotta have their ‘lectricity. Puts food in our mouths, remember”.

Another five seconds, and Cody was back in the real world. “Come on”, he slapped Ken on the shoulder, “we got another two of these fences to build today”. Ken slowly turned and, showing his age, slowly settled into the passenger seat.

As Cody started to drive off, his foot suddenly hit the brake.

“Almost forgot the sign”, he explained.

He jumped out of the pickup, and lifted his hammer, plus a pre-made wooden sign, out of the back. A minute later, he was back. “All done”, he murmured triumphantly, as he started the engine.

As they drove off the site, Ken looked back dolefully at a sign reading “newly acquired by Edison Corporation”.

The Mechanic

Jokey clipart image of a car, in a garage, with open bonnet, being repaired

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 15 February 2021, invoice.

Took my car in for servive, a battle,
The mechanic was so full of prattle,
When his invoice arrived.
It appeared contrived,
‘Specially when my poor engine still rattled.

I wanted to apologise to any blind readers out there. For so long, I have just posted images without any description of what the image actually shows. Heaven knows, my own eyesight is bad enough that I should have been sensitive to this. I have this morning added descriptions (they’re called Alt tags, for “an alternative to the image”) to many of the images in my Media Library, including the two I have used today, and will try my best to remember to do this in future.

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