Think about the festival rather than bothering about Covid and death
I have always loved sports and last Saturday in New York there was one sporting event that ranks among the greatest of my life: the US Open women’s tennis final.
Obviously, I wasn’t in New York, but I, along with millions of others, watched unranked 18-year-old Briton Emma Raducanu on TV taking on Canadian Leylah Fernandez.
It’s not often that I find myself shouting on TV, but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one shouting things like “Come on”, “Good girl”, “Hold on tight” etc. to the title in two sets.
It wasn’t just the accomplishment, but the way she went about it, with a smile on her face and a humility you don’t see very often these days.
I have to admit that in the last few years I haven’t been as interested in tennis as I was in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, but now I can’t wait to see Emma Raducanu in action, and Wimbledon afterwards. the year is going to be electric. England has a new sports hero.
One of the things that added to the excitement of the tennis final was the large crowd roaring the two girls.
Events like this just aren’t the same without a crowd, and this weekend we have our own big crowd at the Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose.
I am really delighted to have the opportunity to attend the festival again and see it as another step towards a return to normalcy.
My view is not shared by Newport resident Celina Berghmans, who wrote to the County Press last week to state that the festival should not take place due to the risk of the spread of Covid.
When are people going to stop talking about Covid? Yes it’s a killer, but now we have vaccines that reduce the risk of death just like cars have seat belts, but despite cars with seat belts we still have an average of 1,800 deaths per. year on UK roads so Mrs Berghmans would rather we just drive cars at all just to be on the safe side? Can we please continue to live!
And finally Esther, and finally Cyril, I end once again with the last update on the Floating Bridge.
As I mentioned before, fixing the floating bridge fiasco is the only solid commitment this new board administration has made, but things seem to be getting worse, not better.
The chain ferry is out of service again since the August bank holiday weekend. Apparently the floating bridge 6 now needs a new drive motor.
We have also been told by those in power at County Hall that it could take up to six years to get a new chain bin, which is two years too long if this council is to keep that lonely election promise that he did.
I will continue to repeat the very simple solution to the head of the council, Lora Peacey-Wilcox until she finally understands the meaning and follows my advice – just delete it! A vehicle ferry across the Medina is no longer necessary.
At that point, meet in the mosh pit at Seaclose Park.