A Diary of the Plague Year: Day 4 20 March 2020:

Went into Clonakilty to pick up my veg box. Brief chat with veg man who was due to be getting married in Paris this week.  He was very sanguine about it all and said they would probably have a better time afterwards anyway.

Clon was like a ghost-town.  People here are being very level-headed by the look of things.  There was plenty of food and all necessities in Dunnes and no sign of panic-buying. They have also very sensibly instigated a safe distance policy between shoppers and staff with hand sanitisers and gloves issued at the entrance. There was one woman though who was sneezing I can only describe as voluptuously into the air, no tissue, not into her elbow, nothing. At my look of horror I swear she began to follow me round.  Paranoia is just around the corner methinks. ……..

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Meanwhile:

Sweet potato
Red onions
Courgettes
White cabbage
Green beans
Red pepper
Bag of mixed herbs

€18 all certified organic.

In England the pubs are STILL open and full apparently. Tim Martin (Brexit supporter) in the news saying he will keep all his pubs open.  Why that Bozo has not followed Ireland’s lead and shut all pubs is beyond me. Could it have anything to do that T Martin and his ilk were vociferous supporters of Brexit? Perish the thought.

Listening to R3 – very soothing. Handel gigue being played at mo. Very life-affirming.