Saturday, March 28, 2020


Sorry for the very light blogging. No time left in between chemo, all the corona mayhem, and trying to keep the company afloat.

The Church with Reptile. Album Starfish (1988).

Aussie band, alternative rock. Formed in Sydney in 1980, still around. Only constant member is Steve Kilbey (lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards).

Level 42 with To Be With You Again. Album Running in the Family (1987).

Longtime DowneastBlog readers may remember I have always had a soft spot for this Isle of Wight band. So damn sorry one of the founding members, Rowland 'Boon' Gould, passed away last year, aged 64.

Nite and stay safe.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020


You could do it the Chinese way:

Yes I know it's a PR maneuver. I'm sure those dying in Lombardy care about that.

Anyway… you could also do it the Russian way:

Yes, propaganda coup. Probably. Don't matter. AFAIK, 14 planes have landed already. At least 8 medical teams, 100 plus virologists, many with first hand experience in fighting swine flu, ebola, whatever…

...or you could do it the Cuban way:

Cuba is dirt poor, yet they managed to fly across the Atlantic with 52 specialists. Sheesh.


You could also do it the European Union way!!!

Brought to you by… Her Majesty Ursula von der Leyen, European President!!!

If this crisis is proving anything, it's that the European Union is FAILING COMPLETELY to address its first major crisis. Yes, its first. The 2015 "refugee" tsunami was actually the first, but the EU had no intention to solving it in the first place - quite the contrary - so that one doesn't count. What a godforsaken mess!!! Italy is bleeding, and the only thing the EU has been able to do the last ten days is host fucking Greta Thunberg and making this shabby video. How UvdL doesn't drop down from shame is beyond me.

When all this is over, there's gotta be some serious discussion about which direction Europa has got to take, and I see no EU in its present form as a constructive part of that movement.