2021: Coronavirus Has Changed My World... Part 2!
2021 so far has been no joke, quite literally from New Year's Eve something has been popping off! Miss Rona as per usual is commanding most of the attention, she's been slacking because the U.S Capitol saw some utter foolishness on the 6th of January 2021! Brexit, Brexit! Bring on Brexit? With a third UK lockdown, just look at those Dubai influencers! No, 21' got me started!
Boris and Brexit kept the United Kingdom entertained, we thought that our windswept Prime Minister was wrecking up the place? UK, let us look across the Atlantic Ocean! It was clear to see that Donald J. Trump had finally admitted defeat in the recent election, votes had been recounted due to outlandish reports that voter fraud had taken place! The steal was a hoax, the votes had been verified and all parts of the House, Senate and Congress would be turning blue fair and square. Standing with his grown up kids nearby, DJT commanded his 'MAGA' army to never admit defeat because some serious brainwashing had been styled out on those faithful Trump supporters. I hadn't heard of the word 'Insurrection' before that early January 2021 afternoon but as sure as hell I would be finding out the true definition real quick! Bastardising the 'Red, White & Blue' colours of the United States flag, the deranged followers of 44 stormed the U.S Capitol Building with all of their Republican might! What in the world was happening?
Yes, it has almost been one year since I boarded that Etihad Airways flight that took me out of Beijing, China. I haven't made it back to China but I have been watching the progress the Mainland has made with their virus prevention and eradication. The ability to test as 2021 approached had morphed into a Herculean operation with whole communities and districts being tested practically overnight. I miss China life, I know that once the vaccination program makes things doable, I will be back on a plane with my papers in check. As Wuhan enjoys its new-found freedom after their carefully managed lockdown, my friend in Beijing informed me about the ever-changing status of the capital city. I couldn't imagine what it has been like to get tested each week? She would need to show her QR code with her negative weekly test results to access her community. Life was hectic for me during those final weeks back in February 2020 but I feel thankful that I didn't need to be tested. The central government know the score! 加油!
The television adverts didn't lie, Dubai was open to tourism and Emirates had restarted their UK to UAE operation. It had been said that 'vaccination' health tourism would be one avenue for Dubai to bring tourists back to its so-called 'COVID safe' environment. I am not sure if the whole 'jab and enjoy' holidays were an actual thing, needless to say its a provocative way to bring back that desired tourism cash money! During a lunchtime in February 2021, I heard that an 'influencer' had been grilled by Holly & Philip on ITV's This Morning. The 'influencer' in-question classed her travel as essential, stating that she was motivating people through her Instagram posts and stories. During this third UK lockdown, I didn't take kindly to her brazen attempt to say her camel ride and poolside dining could be justified when we've been told to 'stay at home!' That so-called 'motivational figure' made her Instagram account private after the interview made her Dubai stay look like a joke whilst the NHS workers battled to save UK lives!