I’ve been calmly considering some of the more interesting side-effects of this coronavirus outbreak to keep myself amused as the island sits-out the consequences of a total lockdown. Well, I say lockdown, because while Majorca and Majorcans are banished from all but extremely necessary contact with other people, other parts of Europe seem to be doing their own thing. For instance, in most parts of the United Kingdom where I am at the moment, you would be hard pressed to even notice a hint of some of the rather tame measures that the British government have introduced so far. Nevertheless, I suspect that in the near future we can expect a tightening of certain protocols as medics and scientists readjust their positioning in the light of proper evidence. But, there’s the rub! Whilst certain sections of the wider community see the whole business of regular hand-washing and the avoidance of human contact as “stuff and nonsense” those on the other side of the debate are calling for a total lockdown, such as in operation in Spain and other european countries. Indeed, if you wanted to point to real evidence of divergence in how Great Britain and the rest of Europe are always somehow separate - the initial reactions of mainland Europe and the UK to the coronavirus outbreak is certainly a case in point.