A Different Normal

Today is going to be a doing-day. It’s the first mid-week day off I’ve had in a while – I have a list of things I need to do. Wash my work apron and hang it outside to dry. Put away the washing that I did on Monday. Pay a cheque in. I’m doing the…

Covid and Kids

I used to be a teacher. So – I have an opinion about kids going back to school. That Reception/ Year 1 period, when the kids are aged 4 – 6, is a crucial part of school. It’s the period when the foundations are laid. Children learn what behaviour is expected of them, they start…

Life under Lockdown – The Fitness Studio Owner

This is the gym I go to – or rather it’s the one I will go to again as soon as I possibly can. I wrote about how it has changed my life here. From Gym to Garden to Garage by Jules Parry On Friday 20th March, around 6pm, the government announced that all pubs,…

Immunity

Immunity. It’s something we’ve become used to. We expect it. We pretty much see it as our God-given right. We have a natural immunity to many things, and we have been immunised against many more – but we have no immunity to Covid-19. Our immune systems can’t help us. Our ability to fight off the…

Life under Lockdown – The Holiday Part 4

Guess who’s STILL still on holiday… This is getting silly now. What We Did on Our Holidays – Part 4 by 67 and Stopped Counting Being locked down in a foreign country is a strange experience. We are stuck in Mallorca after popping out for a quick holiday at the beginning of March to chase…

Corona Virus – That was Then

Just two months ago – but it feels like ancient history now. I posted this on 3rd March – which is really not that long ago. Read it and weep. I don’t bloody believe it. I want to travel. I love travelling. I travelled a fair amount in the past. I’m happy to travel independently….

Life under Lockdown – The Holiday Part 3

Yes – they’re STILL still there… What We Did on Our Holidays – Part 3 by 67 and Stopped Counting It’s not all doom and gloom being totally locked down on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca. It’s a great place to be. The fact that we came out for a 12 day holiday in…

Life under Lockdown – The Tutor

It’s not just the kids that aren’t at school… Our Arty Lockdown by Howard Carlisle My work ended abruptly on 16th March, and I can’t see it starting again this year, if ever. I used to run a large watercolour painting school for adult students – the students are mainly over 70, so that put…

Life under Lockdown – The Hidden Casualty

Something else that we need to think about, I think. The Hidden Casualty by Something to Say An expected 20,000 more cancer patients will die in the UK over the next year because of lack of treatment during lockdown, according to the papers. More than 6,000 of those will be newly diagnosed patients whose access…

Life under Lockdown – The Funeral Celebrant

A moving post about something that none of us likes to think about – I think perhaps it’s time to think about it. The Memory Lives Forever by The Thanatologist I have been a civil funeral celebrant for five years, and I love my job. ‘Isn’t it depressing?’ people ask, and I reply that it…

Life under Lockdown – The Supermarket Worker

Guest blog number three. Mixed Feelings by Long Tall Bob On 23rd March 2020 my job description went from ‘unskilled shelf-stacker’ to ‘key worker feeding the nation’. At time of writing we are five weeks into the UK’s coronavirus lockdown. 21,678 people are dead. And anyone serious will tell you we have barely scratched the…