Statistically speaking….

Just at this moment I’m feeling a little sorry for Boris…..if we hark back to the days of the (also Tory) Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli we might recall anew his alleged remarks about ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ in these days of coronavirus claims and counterclaims.
Yes, it’s true that the incidence of Covid 19 is low here in Wychavon and is also low in Lanzarotte, but that doesn’t mean that it’s safe to travel from here to there because, alas, to do so we have to go via Birmingham Airport with all the risks associated with transiting a large urban area and flying in close proximity to others for several hours.
So, flying anywhere at this moment remains a little bit of a risk and that’s not going to change in the near future, certainly not for this years holidays.
Fortunately there’s a lot happening or about to happen locally to divert and entertain us. The Three Counties Showground comes back to life this month with a chance to eat, drink and be entertained against the bucolic background of the Malvern Hills with the advent of the Three Counties Food and Drink Feast on August 22nd.
Visitors will be able to shop from farmers, brewers, butchers, growers, cheesemakers, confectioners and distillers, many if not mostly from the Three Counties, and also enjoy freshly cooked snacks at the event which will run from 10am to 6pm.
At the same time there will also be some toe-tapping music as well as bars spread over the site selling everything from craft beers to Pimms and gin.
Tickets are limited with advance tickets costing just £5 while under 16’s go free, see their website www.threecounties.co.uk/whats-on.
Also costing just a fiver a head are the ever popular confetti fields at Wick, which this year will be open from Friday 7th August until Sunday 16th. Don’t’ forget to leave the dog at home and to see all details and to book in advance via their website www.confettidirect.co.uk/flowerfields
Just up the road from us the town of Stratford upon Avon is also getting back to a (new) normal with the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrating Summer with a socially distanced pop up Shakespeare in the Dell Gardens all this month.
These free outdoor performances will run every weekend from Friday to Sunday and called Shakespeare Snapshots will take place for 45 minutes at 1pm and 3 pm each day. The high energy family friendly performances will be different each week, taking inspiration from well known Shakespeare texts and themes and featuring actors from the RSC’s postponed productions of Winter’s Tale and Comedy of Errors, which will hopefully finally be staged later this Autumn.
No need for advanced booking, performances will be first come, first served, with space for up to eight household groups (maximum 6 people each) plus some standing spaces.
To end on a more positive note, let’s hope that next year’s travel scene will be better and, if you’re looking for somewhere quite different then how about Central America?
We all know about the joys of the USA and Canada plus the glories of the likes of Brazil and Argentina but the bit in the middle tends to get ignored, yet, and for just one example, venturing through the forests and reserves of Belize, Honduras and Panama gives us the chance to meet four of the most extraordinary animals on this planet: the jaguar, the ink flamingo, the toucan and the red frog. Have a look at www.visitcentroamerica.com and whet your appetite!