Snow in April

The big news of the day is that it snowed. It’s always a possibility in April but it’s still a surprise when it happens. I suspect all the garden centres love Easter because everybody goes out buying bedding plants, which are normally nipped off by frost. It’s a bit of a reflex, spring = new plants. Heart takes over from head, you buy plants they, get frosted, and then you buy more plants. It didn’t take long to start growing my own.

There was ice on the car this morning, which wasn’t as surprise, a we had been warned it would be cold, but it was a surprise when the temperature dropped this afternoon and the snow started falling. It soon melted, because the air temperature didn’t dip below 5° c, but it was still an unusual sight for a while.

They are still talking about vaccine reactions on the news. I have no doubt that it is true that Covid vaccine is killing people. I have, to be honest, little doubt that all vaccines, all medicines and, in fact, all aspects of modern life kill people. If you invented alcohol today, whisky would never be licensed for sale to the public. Or cigarettes.

Every year in  the UK around 78,000 people die from smoking related illnesses.

Last year 5,460 people died from causes directly related to the intake of alcohol.

There were 1,580 deaths on the roads last year.

These are UK figures, and do not necessarily reflect the state of affairs in the rest of the world.

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But as soon as you get a story that seven people have died as a result of Covid vaccine the whole world is up in arms. That’s actually seven people who died from blood clots after having the Covid vaccination. It’s not actually seven people who died of blood clots BECAUSE they had the Covid vaccine.

I’m not about to engage in a discussion with people who get their science from the internet, you are entitled to believe what you want. But may I suggest that if you are concerned about the tiny chance of an adverse event from a vaccination you might also like to give up drinking, smoking and driving, as they are all much more hazardous than having a vaccination.

I am, however, working on my next project to help reduce resistance to vaccination. I’m developing a recipe for Vaccine Drizzle Cake. I mean, everyone loves a drizzle cake don’t they?  No need to be afraid of needles, no need to worry about people staying away – they’d love a Vaccination Tearoom – and no need to worry about harmful side effects. There’s no way a drizzle cake could be dangerous is there?

Apart from the fact that obesity seems to be killing more people than smoking these days.

Nothing is safe, it seems.


22 thoughts on “Snow in April

  1. higgledypiggledymom

    Fortunately when the snow left, it left. We’d had a lot and now we’re into spring. Well, some days it’s warm, but we’ve desperately needed rain, so this week it’s in compliance and chilly as well but the grass is greening up and the flowers are blooming!
    On the other note, I finally qualified for a first dose-I went with the BMI index (that was too high) and obesity-which everyone seems to be. NO PROBLEM, no questions asked and it was all good, albeit the arm muscle was sore for 24 hours. Dose #2 coming soon.
    I hope the UK and the rest of the world get more organised and get the vaccines to all. Perhaps the thought of vaccine drizzle cake would spur things on!

  2. derrickjknight

    My mother, who has never had a flu jab, took some persuading to have her Covid vaccinations, because she is convinced that her mother, who died at 99, was killed by a flu jab she had six months earlier.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I have some sympathy with your mother’s position. I have often felt that being forced to give up smoking at the age of 86 caused my grandfather’s death. We base our views on what we see, even if they aren’t always logical

      However, I have less sympathy for people who form an opinion based on an internet scare story.

  3. The Belmont Rooster

    Great post! Sadly, the death rate related to COVID is exaggerated while side affects and deaths from the vaccine is hush hush… The elderly have been scared to death over the virus but ran to get their vaccinations… GEEZ!

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      It’s like th Lottery – you are more likely to die on the way to buy a ticket, and more likely to be hit by a meteorite, than you are to win it. But I still buy a ticket now and then. I really must look into that meteorite one as I don’t wholly believe it. We are strange creatures when it comes to chance and probability.

  4. tootlepedal

    You make very good points. I noticed someone saying that legalising recreational use of cannabis would increase road accidents. Perhaps they hadn’t seen the effects of alcohol on drivers or they would have been recommending making that illegal too. I believe that the pandemic has reduced road accidents so perhaps we should have one every year.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      About 40 years ago the Canadian Government pointed out that the tobacco used in rolling a joint was more harmful than the cannabis content. This may not be so true these days but the principle is the same – we accept the old and are scared of the new. I admit I am starting to look back at the pandemic witha touch of nostalgia…

      1. tootlepedal

        I am sure that the fashion industry is calculating just how long they will have top wait before promoting a ‘pandemic style revival’.

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        I had to go and read up on Brazil. Unbelievable. Fortunately, most of my masks are reusable so a quick spruce in the washing machine should do the trick. I have some disposables, but so many are being dropped as litter I feel guilty about using them.

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