March in a Nutshell

And…. March came along, which means, its Birthday Month!!! which means…… absolutely nothing bacause Coronavirus is taking the limelight away from me.

Im just looking back at my in a nutshell blogs, I feel like I have lost all of my swag, and my general sarcasm, I needed to go back to them to get myself back into the mojo……. by wow……my God 2020 has really killed us before our own death.

At the end of Feb I really thought that I wouldnt have much to write about in march, but damn I sure did start blogging in the right year!

The beginning of last month (being Feb) Italy death tolls for the Coronavirus sat at 52, just within these 4 weeks Italy is at 13,155 (as of Today) and UK now sits at 2352 …… just within a month I mean how naiive was I? Uk is now officially on Lockdown too

The reality is , there is so much to write about and so little aswell…. I dont want to start with all corona stats again, we have all heard too much of it, its just circulating and circulating, and in all honestly im getting overwhelmed by it all…… and just STOP.

So I have decided to look at it this way:

Its here, and its here to stay. Protect yourself, protect your loved ones and focus on the good stuff, like spending time on the phone to mum ( I dont usually get the the time to do this), catch up on all the movies you wanted to see, read all the books you wanted to read, talk to those people that live in the same house as you (you know the hubby and kids. Those people), Banter, eat good food, clear out that damn wardrobe and get rid of those shoes!! and just generally catch up.

SO instead of giving you bad news heres some good stats for you:

We have become obsessive over looking at the stats for how many people have died, so heres a new stat for you: worldwide we have had 202941 people recovered.

202941

People Recovered

Now thats something to focus on!

A big Thankyou to the NHS, and the Doctors and Nurses worldwide. We could never Ever repay you. You are our superheroes.

Not forgetting, our dustbin collectors, the people still working in superstores, the key workers- teachers, chemists, social workers, You guys are keeping the world spinning and deserve so much more than we can ever give you.

And a big Thankyou to the people staying at home and keeping everyone safe, you may think you are doing nothing, but really you are saving lives by staying indoors.

Im going to leave it as that today. Im hoping April brings us back our silly stories to moan about, and I am really missing the sarky me. Moody me is not a nice person to be around.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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The Virus that made the World Stand Still

I started off this year with a blog stating that “Be selfish, Be You” and in that blog I stated how 2020 was going to be my year, I was going to make changes, I was going to change the world…… yet the world had different plans.

Today we are at standstill, and all because of a virus?! not just any virus, but a beast of a virus who is threatening humankind, and the worst part is….. nobody knows what to do.

At the begginning of the year we all make so many plans, we sit thinking of what we want to achieve, where we want to travel, what changes we will make to better our lives, we evan contemplated WW3 with the issues between Trump and Iran…… but NEVER did we contemplate this.

Im trying to stay positive, Im trying to keep an open mind, but honestly I feel overwhelmed. Im tired of all the conspiracy theories, I dont care if it was man made, I dont care if china make money from it, or if america make money from it, I dont care if shares are low and we need to buy now to be millionaires later, I dont care if its been introduced to wipe out 1% of the world…… All I care about is thats it here and people are going to die, people possibly around me, people I love, people in my family.

so lets concentrate on that instead.

With Wars in countries, with Brexit, with inflation we have people to blame, we have scapegoats, we have our own theories, our own understandings of the processes involved….. Here mother nature has taken over and God/Allah has shown us his power. We are mere mortal souls, no matter how rich, or how poor, no matter how much money you have, no matter how much power you have, no matter Who you are… we have nowhere to go, we have no where to hide. We are in this together…… and we are terrified.

Can I tell you my biggest fear? My parents. Im sure alot of us feel this way…. its hard knowing that should they be infected, we cannot evan hold their hands at a time like this. We cannot go to see them, they will have to suffer alone. And if worse come to worse (and I really hate thinking of this) that they may go to the grave alone…….That breaks me.

Coming from an indian background/community we are brought up being together at all times, families live together, eat together, laugh together and also cry together. So how will we suffer alone? how will we allow others to suffer alone, how will we get through this?. Our whole ethos will change, our upbringing, our understanding of how to live has all come to a stand still.

And still we are singing ‘Happy Birthday’ whilst washing our hands, (*rolls eye*) I did say that I would only put positive things on the blog, and that is still the case, but I wanted to emphasise that ‘Life seriously is not in our control’, what we think, what we plan can be taken away overnight, as it has right now.

The worst is still to come for us in the UK, with the death toll at 177 today, the schools are now closed, places of social gatherings like bars, clubs, pubs and evan mosques are now closed. Yet our borders are still open, a containment by the people who feel they need it is being performed, yet everyone else walks freely.

This will go down in history as the “Happy Birthday” virus and generations after us will laugh that we thought washing our hands was the answer.

Hope that all of you are keeping well and looking after yourselves.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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A little Kindness in this Cruel World…..

6 years ago I went back to my birth country of Malawi, in Africa. We stayed at my aunt’s house. The only thing I wanted to take back home are these drinks called “Cherry Plum”. I adore cherry plum. If anyone is going or coming back from Malawi, my cherry plum is always on the list…. So this time since I was going, I was going to bring back cherry plum for everyone, and at least a years supply for me…….,But…. there was none….in the whole city of Malawi.

I went crazy looking for them, I drove my aunt crazy, the whole 2 weeks I was there, whilst we were out and about, that’s all we looked for. We ended up going to the small street vendors, the ladies who sell on the edge of the road… But there was none…. I was loosing my head. So too was my Aunt.

I remember telling my hubby whom I had left behind. He thought I was joking : “So your telling me, in the whole of Malawi there is not Evan one bottle of Cherryplum?” …. Urm Yes.

We found out that the factory had been closed for the past couple months because one of the machinery had gone faulty….. Let me explain this to you guys…. A COCA COLA factory in Malawi was shut down for a couple of months because of ONE machine that was not working… How bizzare does that sound?

I remember telling my husband this and he scoffed over the phone – ” it’s a Coca Cola factory- they wouldnt shut it for a day,”.. …… But this is Africa baby!

… it did start up again, and I get my regular cherry plum again for my friends and family… But I’m remembering this now because of the whole Coronavirus situation we have going on.

I’ve not stocked up, I have no intention to stock up. Evan if we were to go into lock down, the shops would still be open… But I do my regular shop on a Monday…. And OMG was I thrown back to 6 years ago when I was in Malawi. The supermarkets are empty, there is no food, and if there is it’s triple price. We ARE in BRITAIN people. Not a third world country. Why are we behaving like this!

I keep seeing these pictures of all these old people in supermarkets and they have nothing in their baskets- why? Because stupid people do stupid things! Come on people- at a time like this we are meant to be looking out for each other, and we are penalising the ones who are going to be attacked by this virus the most. Do they really need to be worrying about their shopping or the price of their shopping at this age?

Seeing these posts make me so disappointed in humankind. This virus is sopposed to bring us all together, not break us apart!

The worst is, the people who are using the virus as a means to make profit. I detest these people. Absolutely detest them. How dare YOU! ( Im getting too passionate again) ….. Im going to leave it as ……..I believe in karma.

We all need to calm down. We need to be reasonable. And WE NEED TO HELP EACH OTHER.

So here are the few ways in which we can help each other:

I got a letter today- and it was the sweetest. Kindness does exist

So we now have a WhatsApp group and we will liaise with each other. I have alot of elderly around me, so I feel alot better knowing that there are a few of us who can help.

Also when I next go shopping I will be buying extras- but only to pass on to the most needy. I will give them at the same price and not the over inflated prices that the shop people are taking advantage off.

Here’s another note which can be passed on,

Print these out and post them to neighbours, especially the elderly.

Alot of parents are anxious about the schools closing, especially because they can’t afford the extra meals they will have to cater for, a simple message has been put out on Facebook, for all those parents who have anxiety to just message me, and I will help out in any way I can. Whether that be cooked meals or dropping off abit of shopping. Please do the same if you can afford to x

A little Kindness can help make the world a better and brighter place. We are going to go through this, whether our houses are stocked up or not. There is no where to hide or disappear, so let’s do what we can to help each other out as much as possible. Let’s make the world a better place.

Love and regards

M11bna

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