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Lincoln coronavirus free for all day sixteen

August 3, 2021

Warmer day than I expected.

Sight seeing bus polluting the streets, parked outside Lincoln Cathedral, obstructing the view, engine running.

I would have eaten at Elite on the Bail but too busy.

Try Bailgate Deli. Soup followed by falafel and salad.

Usually I enjoy eating at Bailgate Deli but not today. Only four outside tables.. People have an annoying habit of occupying a table when finished. Lack the courtesy to get up and leave. I had to sit inside. Too hot.

Female objected to my taking a picture of Bailgate Deli because she would be in it. I suggested she moved. I pointed out she was in a public space.

Make it down to Coffee Aroma for a coffee before they close.

Make it to Oxfam Bookshop before they close. Last day of Faith in Nature and Bio D 20% off. Volunteer serving kindly checks that I am getting 20% off not being ripped off at full price which was good of her.

I let her know where can be refilled, Green’s opposite Mary le Wigford Church and zero waste store in Central Market.

Lincoln second day in a row highest in the country for coronavirus cases. Easy to see why. Binge drinking bars and public transport passengers not wearing masks.

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day twelve

July 30, 2021

Torrential downpour early hours of the morning, again mid-afternoon.

Damn, forgot mask. Feel guilty catching bus no mask.

First stop, Coop pharmacy to buy a mask.

No outdoor fruit and veg stall. Coffee van absent.

Bag of coffee Jackalope Joe from Central Market. Usually lovely aroma from a bag of coffee. Nothing, dead. Not tried brewing but is it even worth trying?

Problem appears to be the paper bag. Strong smell of paper. Nothing else. Open the bag, which I would not usually do unless about to brew as coffee quickly goes stale once opened, literally within days. Nothing, nada, other than smell of paper. Dead, flat, stale coffee. The reason for this easily explained, the paper bag porous. Totally useless for coffee.

Interesting, coffee a pound cheaper on the market than ordering direct from website. Not that I would recommend.

Eye test. All ok.

Heavy torrential rain.

Cappuccino in 200 Degrees to shelter from the rain. Busy when I arrive, empty when I leave.

Cappuccino guest coffee Rawanda in correct size cup for cappuccino.

Pick up washing up liquid, laundry liquid and soap from Oxfam Bookshop. Until I saw in Oxfam shop yesterday I had never come across Bio D.

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day five

July 23, 2021

Weather has changed today, cool and windy compared to the hot weather of the last week.

A very long wait for a bus, when a bus finally turns up, packed. No idea why. At a guess a bus did not turn up. Staff shortages, coronavirus infections?

At bus station, empty of buses.

Packed public transport, passengers not wearing masks, coronavirus death traps.

Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral, lunch at Elite on the Bail.

Walk back down Steep Hill, espresso at Madame Waffle.

Staff in M&S tell me so far customers have been wearing masks. Staff are wearing masks.

Later an espresso tonic.

Pfizer vaccine first dose

July 3, 2021

Two weeks ago I passed a pop up vaccination centre. Last week I visited to find not there.

Today, a pop up vaccination centre on Brayford. I expected a long queue. No queue.

To my surprise I did not feel either needle or vaccine.

My arm felt heavy but otherwise nothing.

I forgot I had had a vaccine.

Second dose in eight weeks.

side effects

Initially, apart from my arm feeling a little heavy, nothing.

Early hours of the morning raising my arm to remove my shirt my arm painful.

Four in the morning, end of my fingers, as though being stung or needles inserted.

Next day, feeling rough, ache.

Two days later, mowing the lawns, close to collapse. I then ache and can barely move.

Hard physical work following vaccination not wise.

NHS vaccination programme .

Development of vaccines, roll out of vaccination, pop up centres, the only success.

Too late to lock down, relax too soon.

Crass stupidity of Eat Out to Help Out.

Failure to close borders to India and Nepal.

Serco track and trace.

We are now entering a Third Wave with cases rising rapidly and government proposes a relaxation of all remaining restrictions.


Massive surge in cases, latest lockdown yet to feed through. Cases for several days dropped very rapidly, an anomoly, no one knows why.

Today more crass stupidity, no requirement for travellers from medium risk countries to isolate.

Long term effects of vaccine. I am very weak. I do not feel weak, but any physical exercise, carrying shopping, and I realise how weak I am.

Lincoln coronavirus lockdown day one hundred and seventy

July 3, 2021

Warm and muggy, following brief heavy downpour.

Long wait for a bus.

Walk around Brayford to pop up vaccine clinic. Luckily no queue. Did not feel a thing. No side effects.

Brayford so tacky.

High Street blasted out by loud music blasting out.

High Street packed.

Hop on Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral.

Elite on the Bail empty. I am their only customer. And yet Bailgate busy. Unless they do well on takeaway and in the evening, I cannot see how they can survive.

Walk down Steep Hill.

Madame Waffle closed. Coronavirus outbreak. Staff member tested positive. Luckily for me I have not visited this week or last week. Thursday too late, and last Saturday I would have been paddling outside.

Cappuccino at Coffee Aroma chatting with three Chinese girls from Malaysia, all working as pharmacists.

No bus, has broken down. Have to wait for the next bus.

I had expected heavy rain instead sunny.

A lighting from bus, sunny but I see dark clouds approaching.

Thunderstorm for two hours. Waddington 25mm in an hour.

Seven Districts coffee at Curtis in Sincil Street

July 1, 2021

A couple of weeks ago I noticed Curtis in Sincil Street selling bags of coffee from Seven Districts, now serving.

I was suprised, Curtis a butcher cum baker, long established family business, but not where expect to find bags of coffee on slae, let alone specialty coffee. Though when I asked, the bags were selling.

Excellent for cakes, fresh made ready meals (cottage pie. sasahe mash and peas, are excellent), and roast ham.

Curtis have always served coffee, basically grasy spoon cafe, tea or coffee with a cake or sausage or roll.

If I wanted a sausage roll to eat it would be Pepperdine’s or Redhill Faram, pork chops Pepperdine. But absolutely no way the rubbish from Greggs.

Following the destruction of nearly all the local family family businesses by the Coop, Curtis and Pepperdine’s are one of the few remaining family busiesses left. Mainly because they own their own property, and thus cannot be driven out by the Coop.

For Curtis to serve specialty coffee, install an espresso machine, a move up market for their coffee. Maybe they have noticed the growing number at 200 Degrees and want a slice of the raction. Also since renovation of the locality, a growing number of people sitting around.

Today I decided to sit outisde and have a coffee. Too hot in the sun, they need shade. Cappuccino, too hot, cup size too large.

Lincoln coronavirus lockdown day one hundred and sixty-eight

July 1, 2021

First day of July. A wamer day than the last two days.

City centre not busy.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed Curtis in Sincil Street selling bags of coffee from Seven Districts, now serving. Today I decided to sit outisde and have a coffee. Too hot in the sun, they need shade. Cappuccino, too hot, cup size too large.

Earlier looked in Central Market.

Walk and Ride to Bailgate.

Large crowd outside icecream shop.

No aparagus at REdhill Farm shop. Seasonalredy over. Too late for ther greengrocer.

Fish n chips at Elite on ther Bail. Of late, has not been evry good, at least not the chops. Whatever was the problem they appear to have fixed as better today.

Walk down Step Hill. Too late for a coffee.

Only when I get to the bus station do I realsie I haed forgetten the very reason I visited M&Sm sparagus. THough maybe they do not havem as aI had a wander around the Food Hall.

New this week, a Lincoln Imp trail.


Lincoln coronavirus lockdown day one hundred and sixty-three

June 26, 2021

Last week I passed by a pop up vaccination centre. Today I thought, I would get vaccinated. Nothing there.

A buis to Waitrose on the outskirts of the city, en route to Market Rasen. A large store, very quiet. I did not need anything. I ended up spending loose change short of sixty pounds.

Half a dozen different boxes of coffee capsules, including Waitrose, plus a bag of Unuion Yayu Forest coffee, wild coffee from Ethiopia.

Bus back innto Lincoln, lunch at Bailgate Deli. Luckily not the ultra-processed vegan crap I had been warned of last week. I had falafel and salad. Each visti the salad different.

Walked down Steep Hill into city centre. Packed, too many people. Too many drunken scum. Each week it gets worse.

I would have sat outside Madame Waffle, but I would have been paddling. Something splilt, then swilled down.

I carried on and sat ouside Coffee Aroma.

I just made the bus with seconds to spare.

Later, I tried Roastworks, espresso blend. OK, but not great. Flavour notes were not as described, improved as cooled, citrus and blackcurrant. The pods jet black. How does this impact on recycling? I watch carefully first pods brewed for problems, It should be a constant stream of coffee. Briefly water flowed, coffee flowed, stopped, flowed. Not a good sign, a sign of capsule malfunction. Either channelling or bypass of capsule, coud be both. Examining the capsule, caved in on one side (very rare for aluminium capsules), possibly a problem with piercing the end with three holes. The front a matrix of holes as should be expected. Caved in side, will this effect exraction of spent coffee grounds?

Malfunction of third party capsules in a Nespresso machine is common, so common appears to be a design flaw to prevent use of third partyy capsules. In an Opal One rare, so rare, that when it happens it is always the cpasule malfunvcioning.

Lincoln coronavirus lockdown day one hundred and sixty-two

June 25, 2021

A futile trip into Lincoln, maybe I should say aborted, as I never got there.

After half an hour or more waiting for a bus, a cool wet day, I gave up.

I saw a P C Coaches was due in around ten minutes. About three minutes early it turned up, or at least I saw it coming, it then went on a detour and missed out the bus stop.

No other bus tuned up. Two Stagecoach buses heading in the opposite direction.

After half an hour of waiting, cold and wet, I gave up. There was no point in heading into Lincoln , by the time I arrived everything closed or closing.

Espresso tonic Coffee Aroma

June 23, 2021

A hot day, I decided to sit outside Coffee Aroma with an espresso tonic.

I was the only person, very quiet.

A not very good espresso tonic, wrong glass, ice melting, did not know how to make, wrong beans.

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