If we needed any more of a shock to our systems, strings of Christmas lights have started to light our way through the mall and the strains of Boney M can be heard over the loudspeakers.
There’s no surer signal that the Christmas countdown has begun. Yep, it’s just 53 days until the jolly red-suited man squeezes his way down our imaginary chimneys but more excitingly for many, it’s only 60 days until 2021.
No doubt you’ve heard 2020’s most famous dad joke doing the rounds: “We cannot allow this year to end! That would be admitting that 2021.”
Jokes aside, the thought of the fast-approaching holidays can bring more concern than cheer. As Europe is battling its second wave of the virus, with France, Germany and the UK locking down again as COVID-19 cases on the continent soar, families are wondering if they will be able to gather together at all. Here in South Africa, President Ramaphosa is urging that while no decision has been made about reimposing a stricter lockdown, daily infections need to decline. It’s a desperate bid to beat complacency for South Africans who are simply gatvol. Meanwhile, leading scientists in South Africa think that the lockdown may have triggered herd immunity amongst 12 to 15 million people in the country.
In happier news, take a trip back in time to Yokohama when just one year ago, the Bokke beat England to take home the trophy in the Rugby World Cup in South Africa’s third World Cup title win.
As for the travel and hospitality industry, QR codes are playing a vital role in not only reassuring the public that we are travel ready, but in optimising all steps of the travel journey of the future. QR codes were rolled out in countries that launched contact tracing apps at the beginning of the pandemic and have since been picked up by the travel and hospitality industry to provide better customer service, reduce human errors, speed things up, and of course, enable contactless touchpoints when travelling. Did you know that the humble QR (Quick Response) code was invented by a Japanese engineer in 1994 to more easily keep track of car parts in the supply chain?
If your engine is battling to start, running out of energy is currently the most underestimated threat to business. Hospitality.net gathered thoughts from hospitality’s movers and shakers on how to build communities, outside and ‘at home’ with your team, to keep morale and energy up. It turns out nature could once again be the answer. Getting remote workers to meet outside of the business environment to re-socialise, connect, brainstorm or simply breathe some fresh air together may be the new ‘watercooler catchup’ of the future.
While we’re bracing ourselves for our annual “the year that was” stories (where to start!), don’t forget to keep on smiling – and make sure it reaches your eyes!
What the world was musing over this past week
What are the odds of you catching COVID-19 on the plane?
IATA ran the numbers last month and found that only 44 travel-related cases of COVID-19 were identified out of a sample of 1.2 billion travellers since the start of 2020. That’s just one out of 27 million travellers.
But, where do you bathe?
The internet was defeated as Twitter users desperately tried to find the bath in a 3D tour of a home listing.
What would you name a puppy born with green fur?
In Italy, it was an easy game. World, meet Pistachio, the green-fur puppy.
All the best, Yoshi!
Yoshi, the famous Two Oceans Aquarium turtle, rescued in 1997 and released into the ocean in 2017, after two decades at the aquarium, made the longest journey ever tracked via satellite tag and has now sent out her final ping. Yoshi reached Australia in February this year, after a staggering 40,000km journey.
Light the flame
AB de Villiers has joined forces with Karen Zoid and the Ndlovu Youth Choir to record a new single and music video of hope – all produced remotely.
Lost your lunch?
A leopard in the Kruger National Park in South Africa forgets how to hunt, letting its warthog meal scamper away. This humorous video was captured by veteran game ranger, Jan Kriel.
How much would you pay for an airline meal?
When Singapore Airlines turned two of its Airbus SE A380s into temporary, pop up restaurants in late October, offering meals starting from R643 for an ‘economy class’ seat, many wondered who on earth would pay for an aeroplane meal – on the ground? Turns out, plenty of folks. Here are some reasons why seats sold out in just 30 minutes.
If you haven’t quite mastered your at-home coffee art yet, you’re not alone.
Other stay-at-homers the world over are enjoying some arts and culture over their morning cuppa, spotting an eerily accurate cat letting off an atomic bomb to a flying unicorn, in their accidental coffee art.
What do you think?
What do you think of this new format, short and sweet-ish Monday Musings?
We are so grateful for your positive feedback on this Monday ramble – that grew from one tiny seed of an idea from our ever-creative team to a weekly, collaborative team effort that, in many ways, helped us digest each week, keep track of what day it was and provide such much-needed levity to staying ‘semi-sane’ amidst a global pandemic.
We hope it’s been the same for you and welcome your continued feedback!