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Speed Read – we’re not suffering fools this week and it’s making us feel better.

We’re taking our inspiration from the take no prisoners approach to speeches from this week’s Democratic National Convention as well as the A-Level students who have had a much better week than last week…

This week’s chosen Speed Read writer (who is stepping in for our Chief Speed Reader… er writer, who is still enjoying a vacation) enjoyed her first dinner on Rishi. Well, half of the cost of the food was on Rishi, the wine was very much all my own to pay for. Damnit Rishi. It was good to be out in the world again, like a normal person, with normal(ish) friends and normal times. Apart from the masks and the hand sanitizer and the distancing and the over attentive waiters who, without a bar to hide behind, did love to have a chat. But you know what, I liked it and it has made me feel much better about re-entering the world after nearly five months of enforced (and sometimes enjoyable) hermitude. In fact, it’s helping me generally feel more positive about life at the moment.

Maybe it’s also because A-level students were actually awarded the grades they deserved on Monday after a few long days of having to hear justification about an algorithm being better at estimating a grade than the educators who know you personally. It seems GCSE students are not having to go through the same drama, but some BTEC students are. The class of Covid19 are going to have some stories to tell in their dotage.

This week, the US has seen the Democratic National Convention take place in a much more virtual way than previously. No real life audiences waving banners and cheering amidst a sea of red, white and blue, but seeing Kamala Harris take to a podium in an empty arena and deliver a speech was inspirational in so many ways.  From being one of only four women to be on a presidential ticket in the whole history of America, as well as being a woman of colour, of mixed heritage, speak of her past and her country’s future with such pride did make me well up with tears and possibly do a little bit of cheering from my desk.  

And then the Obamas stepping into the political affray with speeches from the former president and first lady that did not hold back in telling the nation “it is what it is” but that maybe the current orange leader doesn’t really know what he’s doing – well, frankly, it can’t help but help, right? Although don’t ask me, I’ve not managed to call an election result correctly for at least five years.

I don’t want to end on a negative, but with cases of Covid19 rising as lockdown restrictions ease across the world from France to Greece to Germany and now Italy, just leaves me to remind you that in Wuhan, the origination of the virus, thousands of residents attended a music festival slash pool party with no social distancing or masks in sight this week. Here’s hoping they know something we don’t and that we’ll soon see the end of the long isolation of 2020 and we can listen to bad rave from a pool soon.

Until then, here’s a 90s rave classic to kick start your weekend. Enjoy!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixMWhpg0iXU

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