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Little baby cheeses, get a load of this:

Maybe they told us fibs

Remember how we were told to download the COVIDsafe app?

How without it there was no way we could possibly survive Kung Flu?

Seems they were fibbing:

State health detectives have used the COVIDSafe app to find the contacts of a maximum of 27 ­coronavirus patients, despite 600 new cases since the mobile software was launched in April.

Authorities in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT have not used the app at all.

Victoria has contact-traced through the app in 18 cases, and NSW in fewer than 10.

Which is lucky if the COVID patient was at a BLM rally over the weekend, right?

But also, remember we were told that you had to be near someone for 10 minutes and within 1.5 metres? Could someone tell the NRL? It is obvious the NRL has a strict protocol around contact, but how could handing a jersey over and shaking a hand or kissing someone on the cheek be taken so seriously when it is not in line with the advice the rest of us have been given?

Is this year zero?

Gone With The Wind has been removed from streaming services in the US. If you haven’t seen this screen classic, it was set in the Civil War.

Around the world, statues have been torn down.

This is starting to have a Year One feel to it, like the French Revolution, or Year Zero when Pol Pot took over Cambodia:

The idea behind Year Zero is that all culture and traditions within a society must be completely destroyed or discarded and a new revolutionary culture must replace it, starting from scratch. All of the history of a nation or people before Year Zero is largely deemed irrelevant, because it will ideally be purged and replaced from the ground up.

So how is ripping down statues of Cecil Rhodes any different?

According to the Lord Mayor of London, all statues will be reviewed by the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm which would focus on “increasing representation among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (Bame) communities, women, the LGBT+ community and disability groups”.

But Winston can stay, Khan says, because “nobody’s perfect”.

If you have time today, please grab your copy of 1984. We have created memory holes:

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston’s arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.

Ornette Coleman (d 2015)

Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come in 1959 was an audacious musical revolution. It can be hard to listen to – you definitely need to be in the right mood – but he changed the world. He’s worth a listen, but free jazz probably contributed more to the death of jazz than heroin.