You have not been forgotten

When was the last time you felt cross because of a tactless comment someone made.
I’m a very calm person – it takes a lot to make me feel really annoyed.
However, I feel I must write this blog.
I’m shaking with rage as I type.
For a while now – the daily briefings about the coronavirus have – some would say quite rightly focussed on the “number” of people getting the virus.
Also the “number” of people who have died.
I put the word number in quotes because this is one of the things which started making me feel cross.
We are living in the worst times any of us have possibly experienced collectively.
Our brave, brilliant NHS are struggling – and we’re all doing our bit to acknowledge how fantastic they – and our other key workers are.
But the people who have died are not numbers – or statistics!
The next thing which made me angry was the (as I perceived it) mention of the number of people from ethnic minorities who have contracted the virus.
It shouldn’t – and doesn’t matter what colour, religion, age, job the person had.
These are people!
They have families and friends.
They were mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents and children!
We must never forget this.
So, when it was decided yesterday we should have a 1 minute silence for the NHS and key workers I felt I had to write this blog.

Yes, they’re important – but so is everyone else who has sadly lost their life to this awful disease.
I found the idea of having a one minute silence purely for one group tactless and unkind.
So, I just wanted to say that at 11 AM I will be thinking of every single person’s family who has died.
You are not a number, you are not alone – and you haven’t been forgotten.

how many of these really hard questions can you answer?

Thanks to everyone who read – and hopefully enjoyed the last quiz.
I write all the questions myself so I hope you’re enjoying doing the quizzes as much as I like writing them.

As promised, this one should be a bit harder (unless you’re a chaser or one of the eggheads)
Good luck!

1 if you had cynophobia, which animal would you be scared of?
2 what would an entomologist study?
3 The American TV series Us and Them was based on which UK TV show
4 Which airport is situated in the village of Bagging ton in the West Midlands?
5 In which Tennis tournament would winners receive the Norman Brooks challenge cup and the Daphne Ackers memorial cup
6 Kirkpatrick McMillan is credited with the invention of which form of transport?
7 Pope Francis is from which South American country?
8 Which famous playwright said: “Always forgive your enemies! Nothing annoys them so much!”
9 James Scullin and Joseph Cook were prime ministers of which country during the 20th century?
10 Halophyte plants are predominantly found in which type of habitat?
11 Who first coined the phrase “Survival of the fittest”?
12 Natalie Clein plays which musical instrument?
13 how many feet are there in a mile?
14 How many letters are there in the Hawaiian alphabet?
15 Cordelia, Miranda and Bianca are the names of moons on which planet?
16 Which king of England had wives called Maria Fitzherbert and Caroline of Brunswick?
17 In which country would you find the Aberdare range of mountains?
18 Zia Mahmood writes books about which card game?
19 Which country’s currency is called the Pula?
20 Which artist’s works include Frozen Assets, Man – controller of the universe and the flower carrier?


1 Dogs
2 Insects
3 Gavin and Stacey
4 Coventry airport
5 The Australian Open
6 The pedal powered bicycle
7 Argentina
8 Oscar Wilde
9 Australia
10 Salty water or salty conditions
11 Herbert Spencer
12 Cello
13 5280 feet
14 13 letters
15 Uranus
16 King George the 4th
17 Kenya
18 Bridge
19 Botswana
20 Diego Rivera

How did you get on with those questions?