CoronaVirus(Covid-19) – Events tracker!

Posts on social media and even a scientific paper have suggested the coronavirus that causes COVID-19—seen here in orange, emerging from a cell—originated in a virology lab in Wuhan, China.
Posts on social media and even a scientific paper have suggested the coronavirus that causes COVID-19—seen here in orange, emerging from a cell—originated in a virology lab in Wuhan, China. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Nothing that none of us haven’t heard of, in the days gone past and if you are still not considering it serious, you should think again

Let us rewind a bit, into the beginning of this all

No, it did not begin in China(or it did – intent was unclear). There is a deeper belonging to all of this.
I personally, do not want to take a dig at things since I am no biological scientist, neither am I doctor or lab expert but what I do see, is a warfare of a kind that does ring a bell when you think of such things that can go at such a huge scale unnoticed at first but was there a malicious intent to all of this. It may well perhaps be or just a natural cause in its true existence.
Who knows the best of this story.. My theory has no basis or evidence but is a well thought after fact that this is a well triggered response to a global audience who wanted to reject the China as a trading partner for everything they have been doing in all forms of trades, economies and even more market influencing..

Now imagine, the reasoning of why I see a link it happened in the first place, who was blocked by US for HUAWEI and all Chinese trade for months? Allaying the fears that this was sent to China by US but this trickery is of now no use. What was, has hit and done the damage.

Reality is far and wide from the actual facts for some of these things which will never come to light while in the last month, scientists already converged to say that this might be a natural virus originating from the cause of handling of bird(bat) in the lab but then spread outside while retracting back that this is a definite cause of a natural flu, not bio-engineered. Again, the news are far from true or fake, the basis only is that this is too late to handle.

It is your own perception of how you want to see it, and take care of yourself or your own loved ones.

Covid Tracking

Full tracker of events, from beginning till date, and will continue to be updated
A full tracker maintained by a friend, Vibhu!

I am maintaining a little small live tracker from the most I can for a reference of things in future. Mostly from UK/European perspective with other highlights from world over.
  • 09.01.20 – China informs the world, there is a new virus detected in a district of Wuhan (Cause is from bird-flu”bat” infection)
  • 22.02.20 – First death reported in Italy.
  • 27.02.20 – Covid cases exceeds outside than the numbers in China
  • 29.02.20 – First death reported in US
  • 01.03.20 – Italy hits 50% increase in the cases of Corona outbreak
  • 09.03.20 – Black Monday, markets plunge the lowest in almost over a decade
  • 10.03.20 – Austria enforces border closure with Italy
  • 11.03.20 – UK denial on the threat of serious acceptances of the outbreak
  • 12.03.20 – First Corona death reported from India
  • 13.03.20 – EU enforces work from home to avoid spread of the virus
  • 13.03.20 – US officially declares this as a national emergency, while Trump shakes hands with someone who is tested positive.
  • 16.03.20 – AT follows the same isolation track as of neighbouring countries, 14 days isolation.
  • 16.03.20World death toll crosses 7000
  • 16.03.20 – Canada closes its borders to US
  • 18.03.20 – Belgium enters the lockdown, one of the last countries to take it seriously.
  • 18.03.20 – UK fastens the seatbelts, spreading fastest in UK, in London.
  • 19.03.20 – IT crosses the number of death tolls(3400+) recorded in PRC (~3000).
  • 20.03.20World death toll crosses 10,000 mark
  • 20.03.20 – Austria(AT) announces, extension of isolation ban up until, 14th April which is going to be a good whole month of precautionary measures.
  • 20.03.20 – UK PM announces closures of restaurants, pubs and cafes.
    UK will support its jobless employees due to CoronaVirus, covering 80% salaries.
    UK Corona death toll at 177.
  • 20.03.20 – Iceland – First death reported
  • 21.03.20 – Death Tolls per country as of 1800GMT
    China – 3255
    Iran – 1556*
    Spain – 1600
    Italy – 4825
    UK – 233
    France – 112
    Netherlands – 136
    Switzerland – 56
    Austria – 8
    Poland – 5
    India – 5
    Hungary – 4*
    Albania – 2
    Singapore – 2
    Slovenia – 1
    [*- inconsistent numbers, no validated official released figures]
    First death recorded in (Bosnia, Finland).
    First cases reported in (Uganda, Eriteria, Algeria)
  • 21.03.20 – Pakistan and Vietnam, suspends international flights.
  • 21.03.20 – WORLD DEATH TOLL at 12,950
  • 22.03.20 – Latest countries to report first Corona deaths(Kosovo, Colombia, Guam, Romania)
  • 23.03.20 – Latest countries to report first Corona deaths(Zimbabwe)
  • 23.03.20 – Hongkong bans entry to all non-residents.

This is a modern warfare to kill economies, without ever being noticed for who, what and why!! China was the first country to battle it with the massive infrastructure spent on their medical systems, followed by Italy where it went to lots more precautionary span with pro-active checking, reporting and then this thing just become like uncontrolled rolling ball.
I am sure someone is laughing right now big time. This is a survival not just global emergency because there is no escape out of it in the easiest terms.

For someone more interested in the numbers, then here is the more graphical representative view of the impact

Mar deaths in perspective


Daily numbers updated daily at 2000hrs GMT

All the live stats goes here now:
https://www.facebook.com/coronavirusstat

G650X – Front ABS Ring – Wheels Swap – Tyres

“To get it right – you have to have it right” – With the aging and old bikes the challenge has remained for me to find the parts on this old BMW G650 XCountry.

The good part is, the parts can be found if you are able to source the matching bikes.
I swapped the original wheel sets of 19/17″ by selling the bike and getting one of the Walter Colebatch collections with 21/18″ wheels. I prefered to have the X Country than the X Challenge due to the taller height but it does make a huge difference in your leaning confidence.

Well, later to my own learnings – I found that 19/17″ serves you a better companion if you don’t have the true off-road situations and prefer to stick to originals. Over an year of wait for someone to sell me the set, I eventually found one in Belgium.

Finally, A full set
Just a missing front ABS Ring on the Front
And a full set of the rear setup

Knowing that the wheels are sorted out and the search to find the missing ABS ring on the front wasn’t a huge challenge although my search took me to the forums and the much known fb group for XCountry. Helpful peeps – It came out that the front ABS ring is same as the much known other BMW bikes as F650/F700/C650/G650 so, it was a quick hunch through the Ebay and found one in EBay DE – the seller agreed to dispatch it right away.

Ebay donated – G650X ABS Ring Front

The next set of work item was to get the right matching pair to knock off the distance and journeys with. For me it wouldnt have taken long to keep the same pair of Mitas E08, for road going bike but the options get interesting. I shelled out an extra hundred and decided this time to order the Michelin Anakee Adventures.
The front being a 19″ – the tyre size comes in at 100/90/19 and the rear of 17″ asks for 130/80/17, an original combo over my second pair that now will be a spare to store.

The interesting pattern of 80/20 on road/off-road while the ask winters shall suffice with the tread and hopefully the summer leanings will be enjoyable around the Alpine curves.

I now wait to put it all together and have the final ride ready.

Come & Go – The Transition

The so called XC, the story that shifted me in dimensions has now left and it is the time to warm up to something new for the next level.
Not that I know much about it yet but shall know in the times to come.

My beloved G650 XCountry has been dispatched to the new owner and my next lady the G650 XCountry is in the making.

It was a hard decision to part away from one to let the next one come in. Never thought this would be the case that I would let this go but due to the fact that LB07 has left the marks that needs to let me build myself all again. I hate to say but sometimes the memories haunt you that you spend so much time with your objects to create moments with them and then you have to part away. Atleast our objects are better than the most human relationships.

All is well and good, in the world as long as I keep riding. Sometimes I just ride to get rid of what was in the past, like a roadsign that you just crossed and it only deserved to be spotted once and never to be seen again.

I was after a 21″ front and that is where it all began… where it ended – well, that is an unsaid story for now but like my dearest friend Wolf says – rider of the dark cloud*, must live in the dark. So I tried to get rid of one dark cloud to enter into another one.

Transitions from one XCo to the next XCo would take me some getting used, for I have to understand a lots of unknowns, yet to make a bond and then finally get myself in the grips of it under my bum. I welcome you shortly to the next level of where this life goes, MarlenkaZ is coming or call it DarkCloud2.

How to type a GBP symbol(£) on a German keyboard

Annoying as it may well be but German keyboard doesn’t spots a GBP(£) symbol anywhere on it. Or for that matter you can do this on any keyboard not spotting your desired currency symbol. Although the most recent additions come only as in “Unicode numbers”

Smart enough ASCII characters are combinations for all these issues.

Try the alternatives as below
Hold down the left ALT key and type in 156 (from numeric keys) = Voilla £ pops up

Also, alternatively
Holding down Left ALT key and keying in 0163 gives you the GBP symbol £

Summary (In Short)

(Left)ALT156
(Left)ALT0163

More Currencies ASCII Codes

ASCII KeysCodeCurrencies Symbol
ALT156 OR ALT0163£
ALT36$
ALT0162¢
ALT0128
ALT0165¥
ALT0131ƒ
Currencies Shortcuts

NIKON Snapbridge app not working

As a Nikon user, with having the functionality of the bluetooth, it definitely eases up life to see those thumbnails even in better higher resolution displays on our mobile screens. The challenges comes when it all stops working.
Over the numerous times, I encountered the problem with the Nikon app that it starts to become too cumbersome to operate when detecting the camera, or it has the camera detected but will fail to enable the WiFi connection.

It was easier to give up on the app, after you have followed the standard instructions of
– Unpairing the camera
– Deleting it off from both the camera and reloading the app
– Restarting your mobile phone/Bluetooth
– Clearing the cache in the app
– Cannot still connect

Is annoying as it will come to the following screen:

And then after waiting for more than few seconds/minutes, it kept coming up with

I tried all those things which are in Help but to no use and I still didn’t want to go to the third party app.

What NIKON support page misses or assumes is that we all are running on the latest version of the camera firmware.
So I ended up going to the Nikon Download center and then downloading the latest firmware.
The app version at the time of writing this is ver 2.6.2 and my camera firmware was running 1.03 while the latest one is 1.10 and it fixed all the issues.

Happy days again and now both work without a need to struggle, installing, re-installing the app.
Check your firmware upgrades before struggling with the app. It is meant to work flawlessly, but it expects you to be running the latest versions of firmware.

BMW G650 XCountry – Axle Nuts Upgrade

The never ending tiny little collection of changes one needs and wants to keep doing as long as they have this old lady with them. I have not really thought much about these things but over period of time, these small little things have become a gradual progress and big help in the times of travels.

Not quite sure what the BMW was thinking when they want to put everything on their bikes to the non-standard availability of what is out there in the market. Call it monopoly but I do not like it that each time I want to open something small, it gets restrictive with how much non standard items one has to clear out of the way. Although should be simple but it isn’t if you are out of tools or a proper workshop. Just under a tenner for both these nuts, so quick picks and now over to getting them on.

Impromptu pickup

A bit of reference also, pointed by Matt at his blogs here : I managed to grab the KTM 27mm Axle nuts reference.
I dropped an email to the KTM Vienna and they were lightning fast to reply back that they have axle nuts – 50310099000 (x2) in stock.
Collected the same day, and there I was.

Front Axle
Rear Axle

Although, in the Matt’s blog, he mentions about the spacer on the rear of his ’07 Xcountry but is interesting that there isn’t any issue to have my rear nut modified or to be shimmed a bit on the lathe. It fits in fine, as seen in the picture above and there has been no issues so far with it.

Now I can grab the 27mm wheel nut wrench with an ease, so I am able to adjust my wheel chain whenever far and away from places. Thinking of the lighter T6-Almunium CNC keys, with the functionality of being able to also fix the punctures on the move. I will share that once I grab the pair of keys but lighter is my choice.