We all knew it was coming but it only took one outsourced, unprotected unvaccinated driver to pass the highly contagious Covid Delta variant into the community from an overseas airline crew that he was transporting into quarantine. The result is now, after a month of trying to stop its spread, more than half of of us in Australia are again suffering some form of lockdown and numbers of community sourced infections are rising. In New South Wales, the hardest hit state where I live, most infections are currently in the southern and south-western areas of Sydney where there is the greatest concentrations of lower paid workers and recent arrivals. Culturally these often have large closely knit families that may not speak much English or understand what is going on Our Federal Government has been responsible for handling the Covid pandemic from its very beginnings up until now however it has been so inept that it "couldn't even organise a chook raffle". Each of our sovereign states has been doing its best to handle successive waves of infection. Roll-out of the Astro Zenica vaccine has been dreadfully slow, with supply problems and failure to deliver a workable plan. There was a scare about blood clots that stopped things dead when in reality one person has died after over 12 million doses were injected. People have been hanging back, waiting for Pfizer which is now starting to arrive in sizeable amounts but we are woefully under-vaccinated compared to you guys in America. Hence the worry that contact tracing that follows reported infections will be overwhelmed and the Delta strain gets away expotentially. What does this mean to me, a 79yo almost fully retired orchestral bass player and bass teacher? No playing or teaching for quite a while as predictions for getting control of the Covid numbers give no end in site. Will return to "normal" ever be possible in my remaining years of playing the bass in orchestras or driving a car? Overseas travel is highly unlikely. We have become virtually a cashless society, with a single $5 note in my wallet for months now. With so many people required to work from home in the current lock down one good thing is that there is no problem parking in my inner city area !! Cheers everyone, get vaccinated and stay safe. DP Incidently "From Little Things Big Things Grow" is a lovely song written by Kev Carmody, a great indigenous Australian, worth checking out IMO.