And the shit is about to hit the fan .. .

As Corvid 19 infections rose another 128 cases today to go past  400,  South African National Defense Force personnel have been deployed ahead of President Cyril Ramaposa’s 19:30 Address to the Nation.

South Africa will be under a 21 day lockdown from Thursday …

Here we go.

Ark

The Perfect Song ….


91 thoughts on “And the shit is about to hit the fan .. .

    1. It will be interesting to see how the average South African responds. As I mentioned a couple of days ago while out on my morning jog, I was still witnessing mini bus taxis bombing about and all those I saw were packed cheek to jowl. As they are the primary mode of transport for the vast majority of South Africans -” people carriers ”- if the cops and army begin to actively prevent them from using the roads the country is going to be like one huge ghost town.
      The Townships – such as Soweto, Alexandra & Khayelitsha which are outside the major metropolises – are home to millions of South Africans, many of whom are taxied to cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town every day.

      When this movement of people grinds to a halt …. sheesh.

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        1. Melbourne was so quiet yesterday, I swear I saw Moses on a motorcycle, riding around, hunting down albino vampires — as you do, in times like these.🤔

          Or, as Ava Gardner is supposed* to have said about shooting ‘On the Beach’ back in the late ’50’s: “Melbourne sure is the right setting for a film about the end of the world.”

          *Most likely apocryphal, but a good, apropos line for the time.

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          1. It’s scary. And, it clearly goes to show us how connected the whole world is. I kinda think, that after all this, the time for wall building and nationalism and isolationist ideas need to go the way of the dinosaur and we kiddies all need to find some way of playing together more nicely in the big sandbox that is the world even tough we quite often can’t stand the sight of each other. Like Burt Reynolds once said to his puppy, Cleofus “Bark Bark” The Third, ” Cleofus, maybe if people greeted each other the way you dogs do, by sniffing each other’s asses when they first meet, we’d all get along better with each other due to our intimate knowledge of the smell of our rumps.”

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  1. Boris has just announced the same measures over here no going out for 3 weeks except for food or medicine, no more than groups of two, all shops shut except food stores, no weddings etc. All to be enforced by the police if need be.
    Yet I still have to go to work as I’m classed as an essential, feel more like cannon fodder.
    Hey ho

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      1. Treated like a pavement pizza at work today, customers (only had a few as little stock left) gave me a wiiiide berth but still asking (from a great distance) if we had bog roll, yeah right numbnuts. Enjoyed watching them take bottles off the shelves wearing their rubber gloves. Hope they wash their shopping in bleach when they get home, I might have touched it.

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        1. Tolerance is the watch word. Most people are like sheep and it’s better if the likes of you and I exercise restraint when dealing with Joe Public.
          The longer it goes on the more people will adapt and get used to it.
          I’m sure virologists are working their arses off trying to develop a vaccine.
          We just have to recognize we are entering uncharted waters, realise we are going to have to tread water for while to give the medical crowd time to find a solution.

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          1. We all feel rather bemused at work it’s such a strange situation to find yourself in. Our store now has security staff, Waitrose with bouncers, never thought it would come to this. All supermarkets are employing them as there has been a rise in attacks on us low life forms.
            I feel a vaccine will come too late for most, reckon it’s only a matter of time before we see the virus in the shops. It only takes one infected person in the depot to handle packages that this bug can survive for 72 hours on, then the shop staff handle the pack then the customer.
            My I’m a cheerful soul tonigh,t lets have that Sex Pistols record on!

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  2. Not a nice time to make this observation— but the Lunatic Fringe Conspiracy Theorists have been calling this for quite a while. A case of not ‘if’ but ‘when; and I guess the when is now.

    The answer (of course) is simple: One World Government … with (of course) draconian powers. Brrrrr.

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    1. Be ready for the bounce back.
      It will be dramatic.
      Think of it like Lewis Hamilton backing up the pack weaving and slowing down as he approaches the Start/Finish line after the safety car has returned to the pits.

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      1. All good clean fun—just leave them scissors at home. Here in ‘God’s Own Country’ we shutter the windows and stuff at our midnight tomorrow.

        Reminds me—

        “I opened the window, And in flew Enza.”

        Eeeeeeek~!

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  3. Our country is going into lockdown for 4 weeks as of Thursday. Only business classed as ‘essential services’ will be open. Apparently my job is classed as ‘essential’, so its work as usual for me. The recent dramatic changes have been a bit weird though, putting it lightly.

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    1. Oh, but if tRumpsky has his way, shutdowns requirements will be lifted. Apparently he’s getting antsy because he can’t play golf or hold rallies.

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      1. In some sad ways, when REAL disasters or catastrophes happen, affecting millions—of no surprise, common to disadvantaged people!—that is when the TRUE colors and character is forced out of a leader. It is unavoidable!

        tRump-a-Fail has NEVER had to deal with such adversity, suffering, and true fear (not anger as he foolishly interprets) in his life. He was always “rescued” by the family brand, father, or bankruptcy courts… at the expense of the lower-classes. A true, Hall of Fame, history-making Leader SHINES during these types of tragedies. Period. A spoiled, bratty child trapped in an ugly, orange old man’s body could’ve never been a great leader, let alone a model of human decency!

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      2. Saw this today..watched part of his press conference until I was getting ill. The lady Dr. looked bone tired and I didn’t see Dr. Fauci or did I miss him.
        Yes he wants rallies and golf, but he wants the companies he’s invested in to go back to making money, so it’s always bottom line about the money. He couldn’t care less about how many die and even the virus would want to stay away from him..to our further peril.

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    1. Morning, Mister Z.
      Just read your comment . Ironically, the time you posted I had a bad case of insomnia and was watching the movie Valkyrie on Netflix. – ”In the German trenches.” indeed!

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    1. It ain’t that hard, folks.

      ”That just what she said!”, as dear old Arch would have said – and Argus WILL say if he reads your comment.

      We were having a breakfast conflab this morning about what we should do during the lock-down.
      I plan to straighten all the paintings in my office, Listen to all my Shirley Bassey records, iron all my underpants ( the housekeeper is away), number all the sheets on the toilet paper rolls, ( to keep track of usage and harangue anyone here who goes over their limit), make sure I have enough ammo for my Gatling Gun to ward off my neighbours, and petition the English FA to ensure they award Liverpool the Premier League title.
      Other than this *shrug* ”Carry on Sergeant!”

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  4. Hello. Just wanted you all to know that despite the distance between us that I prayed for all of you. I am equally concerned for my family and the uncertainty of the next couple weeks. What I know is that God can use the impossible to do the possible. Luke 18:27 “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

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          1. If you pay attention you will notice things happening. I listened to an interview on the news this afternoon. This “expert” anticipates military activities to cease during this uncertain time. A positive out of a negative? I think that is cool.

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    1. That’s very kind of you Kevin I feel much more reassured and can sleep more soundly at night.
      By the way I hope you are praying alone and not meeting in some sort of church?
      If the worst comes to the worst and your god is a bit busy answering all the calls for help and I succumb in my efforts to keep the nation in toilet rolls. don’t fret I’ll put in a good word for you.

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      1. I think I’m good on toilet paper. Rice. I love rice and I’m almost out. Hope that is back on the shelves soon.

        btw … did church live and online this past Sunday. Rather enjoyed it watching from my couch still in my PJs.

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    2. Here y’go, Senor, Kevin.

      Oh … and Michael Stipe is gay so, on the ‘Sin Scale’, that makes posting this video even more
      gratifying knowing how you will likely be squirming and scurrying to find the relevant bible verses to damn them as well..

      Instead of praying go do something useful with your hands – like wash them, you fucking halfwit.

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      1. Sorry. Couldn’t open for some reason. I didn’t know there was a sin scale. I’m certainly as guilty of sin as anyone. I don’t know that God differentiates. I could be wrong.

        Today I prayed on my way to my work. I am attempting to restore degraded land to it’s natural state. Yesterday I worked on changing my backyard into a food forest. The previous week was spent making sure my family is prepared for quarantine. Tomorrow I will deliver food for shut ins. Thursday I plan on checking on my very elderly parents and chatting with them through a glass door. Friday will be more restoration. It will be in the 90s and I will be exposed to the sun for about 8 hours. This whole week I will try and be a support to my family that is trapped at home and pray in between for those I think are in distress. These are the things I think God is leading me to do. I try and do all of them joyfully even when it’s hard.

        What are you doing to make the world a better more positive place?

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        1. You know, of course … and then again, maybe you don’t (!) … that a person can do ALL the things you mentioned without prayer or ANY assistance from some mute and unseen source.

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          1. You are correct. What I would tell you is that the old me would not. If I did not have my faith and survived to my current age then my guess is that I would be tired, miserable and a general drain on everyone around me. Prayer is powerful! It changes people and situations. God is not mute and can be seen if you know how to look.

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        2. I think God is leading me to do. I try and do all of them joyfully even when it’s hard.

          So your actions are based on belief and feelings.
          Are you saying you would not likely do these thing if it weren’t for your god ”leading you”. ?

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          1. I really need to admit something though. My plans are on hold. Quarantining myself for awhile. Not sure what it is but I am running a temperature. Sitting up is making me tired. If I don’t get back soon … please be well.

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          2. Not unless He’s Allah and you practice Islam. I have proof: Quran (2:65-66): “Christians and Jews must believe what Allah has revealed to Muhammad or Allah will disfigure their faces or turn them into apes, as he did the Sabbath-breakers.” Mic drop, baby!!! Friggin’ mic drop!!!

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        3. “Today I prayed on my way to work.”

          What’s the frequency, Kevin?*

          *apologies to the band with the gay frontman.😇

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      1. I really don’t know why. I have my own thoughts about it but I’m really not certain. You really don’t want God to take a nap at this point. This is precisely when we need Him.

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  5. I used to pray, too, back in my twenties. I gave it up when I realised no-one was listening.

    Maybe God was practicing social distancing, long before it became fashionable?

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    1. Dammit, Chris, I was listening. But you were praying on the wrong frequency, you berk!, and the god you were praying to never heard a bloody thing.

      I kept sending you messages telling you it was okay, assuring you that you wouldn’t go blind.
      I hope you realise that, as a Stone God who usually only intercedes with the sun (Sol) on humanity’s behalf, just how disturbing this was for me?

      However, I am undergoing counselling and have billed the god in question.

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      1. Wrong frequency?

        I wondered why I kept getting the American police codes — “Car 11, we have a description of an Australian woman, reporting a possible sexual assault in her neighbourhood. Please respond and shoot someone — anyone — even the woman reporting the assault. Over” — instead of the voice of God?

        It all makes terrible sense, now. Thanks, Ark!🤔

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      1. You should try cycling around your neighbourhood just to take photos to share with us. If you don’t feel safe, just wear a plastic bag over your head, but don’t suffocate

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        1. I have to buy a bike first and I looked at the cost of a couple on display at a local hardware hyper store.
          Goddamn, some were more expensive than the Ford Cortina I bought brand new!

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          1. I’ll see if I can find Ems old tricycle in the garage and dust it off.
            As for the plastic bag on my head …. can I cut holes for my eyes?

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  6. It’s for the best, Ark. The elderly are most vulnerable and you’re going on 3400, so you can’t afford to take any foolish risks. 🙂

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  7. Yep. 3 weeks? Here schools and unis have been shut down for a month… (I’m already getting cabin fever…) 😉
    Well, there you go. Stay home, stay safe…

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      1. Anybody wrote the plates of the bus? Just got it by the news. Thanks for telling me. I am indeed in shock. As much as I know the crab is a ruthless killer and I was getting concerned at the sudden rush into chemio, one still nurtures hope all the same.
        Well, hopefully, he will have been spared the indignity of dragging along as many patients get. My mother, amongst many.
        Again, thank you for… telling me.
        Brian

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  8. It is a terrible loss, more so in the manner of his passing. He seemed to be stable and then it bit back.
    His wife has also recently undergone surgery. I don’t want to think what she is going through at the moment.
    Like you I didn’t know Les that well, though we have been cyber friends for years and he helped edit a novel P’kaboo published and we spoke several times over the phone during the process.

    As they say in Afrikaans – Môre is nog ‘n dag

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