Pooter writes: ‘In anxious times I look out for encouraging news.
Today it has been announced that, progressively , London rough sleepers will be housed in the hotel rooms vacated by tourists.
Hopefully this initiative will outlast the pandemic.
Pandemic hospital built in a fortnight
The vast,unlovely Excel Exhibition Centre in Docklands has been transformed into a pandemic hospital in two weeks .
Unlike a still-unfinished, vastly over-budget hospital in Liverpool, it was erected by the Army .
And there are more to follow in Birmingham ,Manchester and Glasgow.
Another demonstration that where there is a political will there is a way.
Of course there are reminders of human idiocy .
Like the Premier football captain who enjoined supporters to observe restrictions then crashed his car on the way home from a ‘ gathering’.
Or the motorist stopped 200 miles away from his home with window frames bought on EBay .
He combined stupidity with stinginess ; the frames cost him $40 and he had found space by putting his wife in the boot.
Life in Kensington
London isn’t England and Kensington where I went for my daily constitutional is not London but here tranquillity prevails .
The locals aren’t given to chatting over their fences .
Rather their fences sport notices which , in more polite terms, tell the ‘oicks’ to mind their manners and shove off .
We prefer to retire behind our manicured hedges and stuccoed walls.
Reticence is now compounded by elaborate distancing pavement pirouettes that formerly would have graced a dowager’s ballroom.
Most who could have left for their country cottages sometimes to the outrage of the villagers whose shops have been scavenged and welfare arguably endangered.
Spring has sprung
On a happier note, Spring has been spectacularly and poignantly lovely. In the words of Browning: ‘ Oh to be in England now that April’s there