I was deeply suspicious of this term, considering how rapidly it appeared, so where in fact are we?
- judging by a recent day trip to Wells-next-the-Sea, ongoing observations at Ferry Meadows and occasional lunch out, “social distancing” appears to be falling into widespread disrepute and increasingly, observed in token form only, probably due to its inherent unworkability
- do we still have police? Apart from the occasional squad car screaming round the Parkway, I don’t recall when I last saw one.
- stock levels in retail appear to be low to non-existent, and a lot of suppliers are doing nothing more than passing on orders to the same drop-shippers. I’ve just sourced some Yamaha clutchplates, but it took several attempts to actually find some in stock, including two suppliers who both accepted the order, took the money and then not only couldn’t supply, but had no idea whether they had despatched or not. Refunds are presently outstanding. I certainly won’t be ordering anything else until they are received, and any future orders will be contingent on confirmation of stock availability. From what I hear, this seems to be increasingly common.
- I’ve stopped carrying cash altogether, because I just don’t use it. Apparently Royal Mint has no plans to produce £1 or £2 coins this year.