SO we're back into what they assure us will only be a seven day lockdown for the first time since the long internment in April last year and how predictable was both the lockdown and the instant response.
Literally within minutes of the mid afternoon announcement on Saturday frantic hordes were rushing the supermarkets, once again ignoring the repeated advice that there would be no restrictions on shopping for essential requirements and no closure of supermarkets or takeaway food outlets.
Yep, business as usual, but that didn't stop the mad rush.
It was the usual herd mentality with a seething mass of shoppers and with social distancing just a pipedream.
Lithgow Coles, our biggest supermarket, led the way in this frantic checkout chase with Woolworths not far behind.
At Aldi it seemed to be more civilised.
It's the sort of mad rush we expect in the hours before the Christmas shutdown when shoppers fear that starvation is nigh after one or two days.
Sanity had returned to the aisles by Sunday.
The lockdown 'circuit breaker' is promised to end next Sunday but, heck, pollies are entitled to their little joke.
Footnote: One little bit of relief in all this. This time around there was no shortage of dunny paper.
Reason to run
ESCAPEES from the Greater Sydney lockdown were generally being blamed for the situation in the regions but be a little sympathetic to these poor souls.
If you had to live in the Sydney pressure cooker you'd be desperate to escape too, Covid or no Covid.
Gold medal milestone
WHILE still busking in the afterglow of the Olympics and the reflected glory of a home town hero, take time to reflect on a looming milestone. One of Australia's greatest track champions of all time, the legendary Marjorie Jackson-Nelson - the Lithgow Flash - celebrates her 90th birthday next month, September 13 to be precise.
Hopefully our Council will send a fitting tribute to the lady whose flying feet put Lithgow on the international sporting map.
Better days ahead
IN the midst of all the doom and gloom there's one little ray of sunshine; golden wattle is in full bloom all over our valley and beyond.
A reminder that, at least by the calendar reckoning, Springtime is now just two weeks away after one of the harshest Winters we can recall.
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