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Balearic Breakfast | Episode 19 | Birds in a blinding sun...

Updated: Apr 30, 2023

Worldwide FM broadcast the 19th episode of Balearic Breakfast on January 5th 2021.

Time stood still. Though clocks worldwide were ticking time away, time stood still. Nothing, absolutely nothing, had changed for those living on planet earth. Billions of people were suffocating, slowly dying, eagerly waiting for something to change, hoping for one little good news, one slight hint of hope, a tiny bit of air. But nothing of that would happen at the start of this new year. Instead, the horror movie in which everyone became his own character was going on stronger than before.

Since the pandemic began last year, the whole United Kingdom has been engaged in a great national effort to fight Covid. And there is no doubt that in fighting the old variant of the virus, our collective efforts were working and would have continued to work. But we now have a new variant of the virus. It has been both frustrating and alarming to see the speed with which the new variant is spreading.
Our scientists have confirmed this new variant is between 50 and 70 per cent more transmissible – that means you are much, much more likely to catch the virus and to pass it on. As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic. In England alone, the number of Covid patients in hospitals has increased by nearly a third in the last week, to almost 27,000. That number is 40 per cent higher than the first peak in April.
On 29 December, more than 80,000 people tested positive for Covid across the UK – a new record. The number of deaths is up by 20 per cent over the last week and will sadly rise further. My thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones. With most of the country already under extreme measures, it is clear that we need to do more, together, to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out. In England, we must therefore go into a national lockdown which is tough enough to contain this variant.
That means the Government is once again instructing you to stay at home.

On January 4th 2021, it was clear that we were all walking on a dead-end road. Again. Once again. One more time. One time too much. We knew that feeling all too well... Before the new lockdown measures were announced, we were all trying to stay close together, always supporting each other with kind words and, sadly, sharing our fears with Colleen on her socials (sigh). And she was always there, playing our requests (even during her Cosmodelica shows) and replying to our comments. We really stuck together back then. So, when she started that 19th edition of Balearic breakfast, we knew that this show would be a very, very trying one for all of us. What we didn’t know was how incredibly strong Colleen would be, keeping us close to her as never before...

Listen to a very defiant and courageous show...

Simply put, this show always brings tears to my eyes. It is a tough show. Oh, I know, you find me weird right now. I feel you don’t understand why I keep saying this was a tough show because all you can hear after Colleen’s speech are songs of hope, joyful tunes, great disco tracks and melodies you feel like dancing on. Yeah. Sure. But do you feel the absolute tension in every song too? Can you see crying faces trying to smile amid a worldwide pandemic? Can you feel the despair of people feeling they are losing their lives and their precious time spent away from loved ones? Can you feel the tears rolling down the faces of those affected by the virus and doctors and nurses exhausted to death because of the thousands of people they had to take care of? Do you see the Fog coming in once again? We could. We were locked physically, and on January 5th, we were all starting to die spiritually...

So, in the middle of lost faith, we, the Balearic Breakfast Family, built a sun. We painted it in a Bright Yellowish colour and hung it up high in our painted blue sky. And we started to dance, ferociously, without thinking; we went into a trance, and we danced, danced, danced like we were banging our heads against a wall, without hope but just for the sake of it. Just for the sake of it. Just for the sake and you can feel our rage, you can feel our despair there, right there under the raining sun... The death dance was on, and we all danced our sad souls out...


The birds hitchcock
Doesn't this make you feel awful... having all these poor little innocent creatures caged up like this? / Well, we can't just let them fly around the shop, you know. / No, I suppose not. Is there an ornithological reason for keeping them in separate cages? / Well certainly, it's to protect the species.
Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds, 1963

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