April 12th, 2021

I Look At The World And I Notice It's Turning

1. The weather was dull first thing and by the time I stepped out of the shower it was snowing. The snow hasn't settled and now- by which I mean mid-morning- it has stopped and the temperature is gradually climbing.

2. Ailz tells me it's now a hundred days since we left the EU.

3. I've been trying to verify the quote- variously reported- in which Prince Philip says he'd like to be reincarnated as a deadly virus in order to cut world population. I went to a site that specialises in debunking conspiracy theories and found that after initial scepticism they'd run one version of it to earth in Philip's introduction to a book by Fleur Cowles called if I Were an Animal (ISBN 9780688061500).

The exact wording is..

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus."

Apologists are calling this- and its variants- a "gaffe" or a "joke" but if you're in the Duke's exposed position you don't make tasteless remarks just to wind people up. He was a serious man with serious opinions- and this particular one- that there are too many people in the world and we need to cull billions of them- appears to be widely shared among the global elite.

4. Today's the day "inessential" businesses are free to open again- and I'm particularly looking forward to going to a charity shop to offload all the surplus stuff that has been building up over the past year.