The Other Pandemic

I was surprised to hear a BBC news report this morning that Google was going to ban videos on YouTube that linked Covid-19 with 5G. I have just looked at the Regime’s Propaganda website to check my hearing.

YouTube has banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks.

The Google-owned service will now delete videos violating the policy. It had previously limited itself to reducing the frequency it recommended them in its Up Next section.

The move follows a live-streamed interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke on Monday, in which he had linked the technology to the pandemic.

YouTube said the video would be wiped.

During the interview, Mr Icke falsely claimed there “is a link between 5G and this health crisis”.

It should be clear to any human that breathes that there IS a connection between Covid-19 and 5G.


Another “dot connector” the BBC accused of lying about 5G and CV is Dana Ashlie. Robin Westenra’s World Service offers the link to her riposte and signposts ways to more information that Auntie will never pass on to you.

It occurred to me that if the people in China’s first 5G city dropped dead in the street because of 6oGHz radiation and not the bat ‘flu, the disease called Covid-19 will always be with us. There won’t be a vaccine for 5G. Get used to lockdown. Put your affairs in order.

John William Elwood

John was 29 years old in 1881 and working as a “striker man” at the Vulcan Ironworks in Hull.

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I wonder if his father in law, William of the Four Wives, worked in the same factory. They both lived less than a mile from Scott Street.

I mentioned yesterday that John’s daughter Eliza was with her grandparents on census night in 1881 and 1891. She had three younger siblings (at least) so the arrangement may not have been permanent. The Elwoods go back quite a way on the Shared Tree.

Bird 77 · Mallard



Thanks for the Memory

On my morning walk, I met an elderly man on the cliff path near Primrose Valley. He asked if I had found anything interesting to photograph. My response opened the way to a conversation that went off-track, so to speak. I don’t recall where the talking-points changed, but he told me his grandfather was part of the design team that created the steam train that holds the speed record of 126 miles per hour. Mallard. He explained that in early wind tunnel tests it was clear that smoke would get in the eyes of driver and fireman. The engine model was refined several times without correcting the problem. Then some happenstance caused a change to be made that, on the face of it, would have affected the aerodynamics negatively. In the wind tunnel, the opposite happened. “If you look closely at the top of the engine, you will see it isn’t flat. There is a shallow dip behind the funnel.”

I asked for the name of his grandfather – and was given his address too. “He lived at 104 Sprotbrough Road in Doncaster.” I said I would look for him online and, if I couldn’t find him on the FamilySearch World Tree, I’d put him there.

It didn’t take long to piece the family of Cecil JUBB together, but I couldn’t find him on FST. My search for a “starter relative” to link him to continues. I smiled when I saw his listing in the 1939 Register (Find My Past).


Cecil worked as a brass finisher, as his father had before him, so I’m not sure how great his contribution would have been to the design of the famous iron horse. The chief designer was Sir Nigel Gresley, and there is this detail on the LNER website

…the wedge-shaped streamlining on the A4 was inspired by a Bugatti rail-car which Gresley had observed in France. The design was refined with the help of Prof. Dalby and the wind tunnel facilities at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) at Teddington. As well as streamlining, it was important that the design lifted smoke up away from the cab. At first, there was a lot of difficulty in achieving this. Even smoke deflectors were considered! During the wind tunnel tests, it was noticed that a thumb print had inadvertently been added to the plasticine model, just behind the chimney. Only on impulse, was the model re-tested with the thumb print. Amazingly, the smoke was lifted well clear of the cab!

The great British engineer has an impressive pedigree.

I thanked my informant for taking me back to my childhood. I was no more than seven-years-old when, on the train journey to visit my Aunt Frances in Peterborough, I saw Mallard in a station along the way. I knew exactly who she was and what she had achieved and was thrilled.

The Difference a Day Makes

The ducklings on the boating lake have been doing well. There have been no further fatalities since the first was lost a month ago. The five survivors dive like Olympians now to feed off the bottom of the lake, to supplement the treats brought to them by humans.


The water yesterday was fairly clear, though a rather scary colour. A thin scum was beginning to form, though, and today this was thicker, covering about 30% of the lake.  (See Today’s Image.)

Algal blooms are becoming more common around the world. (Global warming/climate change seems less of a hoax with each day that passes.) A company wishing to do business explains the blooms well.

The unusually hot weather is forecast to continue into August. Fingers crossed that the ducklings will soon be able to fly to a healthier environment. Perhaps the local council will do something to remove the bloom tomorrow so that pedal boating and canoeing at the weekend will be a pleasurable experience.


Update 20 July

I expected the mat of algae to have grown over the previous 24 hours but it had almost entirely disappeared, and the water was not such a sickly green colour. There were no signs of a mechanical clearance of the stuff so maybe it was a natural process. A mystery to someone like me, who doesn’t know much.