You never know if it’s real or a robot, do you?
I’ve been out of the country for the past week, and as this happened at short notice I wrote a couple of articles in advance. But I didn’t pack my laptop. I hadn’t expected to end up chasing turtles off the coast of West Africa, but opportunity is not a lengthy visitor.
What happened: The government announced the opening of a couple of corridors out of the UK so we seized one and got out – regular readers will know it had been a somewhat stressful year. For decades Gran Canaria had a reputation like Majorca’s – a cheap destination for the bucket and spade brigade. Then, as the Greek islands had before, the government wised up to a better, more eco-friendly kind of tourism. Inside the island are barely visited volcanic villages, nature reserves and UNESCO-protected world heritage sites, and its capital Las Palmas is a gourmand’s delight.
Upon our arrival the corridor closed again, lockdown was announced and all flights were cancelled. We had to return earlier than expected but Easyjet were terrific at informing me of all changes and made it easy to get back. I stayed in a virtually deserted hotel, under strict protection rules. Meanwhile I posted articles by phone but I couldn’t add photographs and had to make use of my old image bank.
Now I’m back, rejuvenated, working on a new book, ready for a week of hospital checks and a new UK lockdown. If you want the real lowdown on Covid watch Alex Gibney’s startling ‘Totally Under Control: Trump & Covid-19‘, which shows how Korea sorted out the pandemic by trusting the science, and how Trump’s very deliberate lies resulted in so many needless deaths.
The UK has nothing to crow about as our Test & Trace system is still badly flawed, sending out false positives or failing to register at all. I felt safer travelling on a powerfully ventilated Airbus to a tropical island than I did staying in my transit-hub London neighbourhood.
Back to business as usual!