Not another Covid post?

Recently someone in Essex birdwatching on a walk in his local area was stopped and warned by the police. Another birdwatcher asked the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to clarify the situation. This was the reply.

“The Health Protection Act regulations that apply to the current lockdown does [sic] not include birdwatching as a reasonable excuse for a person to leave their home. Whilst walking is considered as exercise frequently stopping to view birds would make this activity a recreation as opposed to exercise.

I am aware that angling has been declared an exercise but I am unaware that the same has been done for birdwatching.”

So in other words, sitting still with a fishing rod is exercise, but walking around stopping from time to time to look at birds is not. On the whole, the philosophy seems to be that except for anglers, if you do anything you enjoy while exercising, it’s not exercise, but recreation. Next stop – joggers can’t have music systems plugged in because that’s attending a musical performance?

Enforcement of lockdown is essential to save lives, but I haven’t seen a police officer in a supermarket since the pandemic started and I don’t believe they’re visiting offices. Scientific evidence is that the vast majority of infections occur through sharing air with an infected person indoors.

The main fault, of course, lies with a government that produces vague and loosely-worded legislation; but as with any other law, police can use common sense.

On the plus side, I’ve had my first jab and it was all immaculately and courteously organised.

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  1. Unfortunately, WordPress has made improvements that mean I can’t see how to make a new post, but I can comment on my own old posts. So this is really a new post.

    The nearest thing to a post of mine going viral was when I commented about a sign “CANINE BARBER” that I wanted my hair cut by a human. The lack of grammatical case endings in English means that many things have double meanings and with the exception of me, people use common sense to work out which is right. Then we take shortcuts to make the message shorter and end up with something that doesn’t say what we mean. Two examples in a book of such things are:
    BEWARE OF TRAINS GOING BOTH WAYS AT ONCE and
    PREACHERS FOR JULY WILL BE NAILED TO THE CHURCH DOOR.

    My own favourites, from my own observation, are
    BEWARE OF DISTURBING BIRDS (in a nature reserve. If you meet a bird that worries you – run!) and actually perfectly reasonable, but maybe the two sentences shouldn’t be put together;
    DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR
    POLICE MAKE REGULAR VISITS.

    Then, of course, we have our Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. Paying someone to commission police, OK, but commissioning fire and crime?

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