Wednesday 9 December

All the talk now is of vaccination, or should it be inoculation, or immunisation? What does not seem to be very widely publicised is that there are two injections, a fortnight apart, and there is no immunity till 28 days have elapsed. It is perhaps not yet the magic bullet which everyone wished for, in order to go partying at New Year, or to confidently book a holiday for the spring. But as long as we continue to live under some form of lockdown restrictions, I feel justified in continuing with the so-called lockdown blog. I think I never anticipated it lasting so long. The funny thing is, that writing it has become a part of my daily routine, like brushing my teeth. I write, therefore I am, to paraphrase Descartes.

Daughter and partner hope to move house tomorrow. Like many others, they were attracted by the stamp duty holiday. But this seems to have overwhelmed solicitors and estate agents, and it has been exceedingly stressful to get everything done in time. With so many London office workers working from home now, I am wondering if property values in the London area are going to drop, as everyone flees to the countryside. Railways too are in a strange position. I cannot see how they can continue with the tiny number of passengers I have witnessed recently.

I will entertain you over the next few days with the Times’ recently published selection of lockdown jokes.

Why are Santa’s reindeer allowed to travel on Christmas Eve? They have herd immunity.

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