Auckland is at Level 3, which is like total lockdown, but with takeaways. We are still without any community cases in the South Island and at Level 2, which is like at-a-distance normal.
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The numbers of new daily COVID-19 cases in Auckland are bumping along in the mostly double digits and it is becoming clear that we aren't going to eradicate the virus this time around, but we might be able to keep our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. To this end, the government is urging its "team of 5 million” to get vaccinated (I had my first dose this month), wear masks in public, and scan in to help with contact tracing.
Before the pandemic, I doubt that half the population had used a QR code and now we are all doing it, thank goodness. Which is why I could create this comic:
Initially, I drew it up with one QR code that led to my website. Then I decided to have more fun with the fish and give them their own codes (and personalities). Fish number 1 was the most scanned (fish number 3 the least).
Don’t ask me which fish is which; they all look the same to me and I’m chasing my deadlines too much to scan them to see. The deadline-chasing is payback from the fish because I spent a day and a half drawing variations on how to fillet them. The illustrations will appear in the Harbour Kitchens Cookbook, the proceeds of which go to the Lyttelton primary school. I'll give you a sneak peek of them and keep my waffle short so that I can get back to the drawing board.

Ta ta for now.

PS. Thank you to everyone who scanned the fish and then subscribed to the newsletter as a result. I enjoyed the email exchanges that followed.
PPS. I planted rhubarb and wildflowers in the planter.
PPPS. If you think someone else might find this interesting, please pass it on.
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