We hired a car and drove away on Good Friday. I stopped at a garage to top up the fuel and found all the pumps were marked out of use. I went on to another garage where a few pumps were available though many others were marked out of use. I got petrol, and we realised that the Extinction Rebellion actions were having an effect in London.
We stopped at Reading services on the M4. Mask-wearing is now virtually over. There were many coachloads of passengers going in and out. We stopped at Magor services after we had got over the Severn Bridge and in to Wales. I got some more fuel, one pump ran out while I was using it but there was no sign that the shortage was affecting places far away from the capital. We did see a banner END FOSSIL FUELS draped from a footbridge at one point.
In Wales there is anger about other things:
We went to Llandovery on Tuesday and saw that a few shops had gone defunct, including Cibola:
Solidarity with Ukraine was expressed with flags in a few places:
From the 13th April edition of the South Wales Guardian:
From the 13th April edition of the Camarthen Journal:
I got a BBC Science Focus magazine, and there was an article on new research into dementia.
There was also a Comment article:
Science is magical.
On the way back to London today we saw a few pumps out of use, and prices seemed to have gone up slightly. For some reason a 2016 copy of Wired was surviving alongside a more recent one, unless it had been reissued for prophecy checking:
Back in London I noticed a tent on a traffic island in Wandsworth, wonder if someone is living there.