Virus in Paradise Part 2

Lockdown. If it wasn’t serious before, it certainly is now.

Are we lucky to be trapped on a small Caribbean island while the world deals with one of the biggest threats of recent years? As things stand right now, I would say we are.

Our contact with the outside world is through news via the internet, and I don’t mean Facebook. Yes, I use and enjoy Facebook but as a news source wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole.

Reading the news, and by comparison to the UK, where a lying fool is in charge, and the US, where a man I honestly believe to be unhinged is in charge, the leaders on both sides of our island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin aren’t doing a bad job.

Like people everywhere, no one wants their freedom taken away (those in the UK that voted for Brexit being the exception), and so many aren’t dealing well with the draconian measures limiting our mobility.

Today, it was announced that the French gendarmes and Dutch-side police are patrolling the border, and further restricting movement with a curfew. The French side is volatile at the best of times, the riots of a few months ago testify to that, and these restrictions would never have been put in place unless absolutely necessary. Look on the island as a small town with very limited resources, zero manufacturing, and limited medical supplies.

Jan and I walked very early this morning carrying our documents as required by law, and then did a ten minute work out for, er, older people that I found online. (The two cats think we’ve gone crazy.) *The workout is excellent, see link below.

Placing restrictions on crossing the border has made shopping more difficult and certain products will now be out of reach, but that is something we can deal with.

Copy of Mid ocean 1984
A thousand miles from land, alone but not lonely

In many ways I am lucky. Having twice sailed the Atlantic alone in total isolation, one voyage taking 35 days, I learned that there’s a huge difference between being alone and being lonely. That is why I am full of admiration for those who are reaching out to people by sharing messages written on bits of cardboard for a lonely neighbor across the street to see, and those forming virtual communities online. There are a lot of good people out there.

Sadly, there are also a lot of chancers on the prowl ready to prey on the vulnerable. on the streets and online. Inevitably, crime on the island, and elsewhere, will increase and vigilance is the name of the game.

It can all seem doom and gloom and perhaps the above adds to that, so I’ll end on a brighter note with this from one of my all-time heroes, Spike Milligan

spike mill

Smile, and if you love someone, now’s the time to tell them.

*Link to 10 minute online workout: https://youtu.be/A2wp8Ipxn9s

Author: roguesway

Journalist and Broadcaster. Former Editorial Director of All At Sea Magazine (Caribbean). Yachtsman. Author of the illustrated children's action-fantasy: The Farm of Horrors - A Moggie and Buster Adventure. Adult fiction includes Caribbean High & Caribbean Deep. Non-fiction: Biscay, Our Ultimate Storm & The Lucky Lady Cookbook.

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