#The CoronaDiaries

Strange Days Indeed

#The CoronaDiaries   “Always something happening and nothing going on… Nobody told me there’d be days like these Strange days indeed — strange days indeed” Nobody Told Me, John Lennon.   SINCE we went into lockdown to escape one virus, we’ve been infected with another. My phone is constantly pinging […]

Greeting cards are seen in a a display in a store in New York on Thursday, April 17, 2014. With the exception of cards costing over $10 and low-end cards at $1 or less sales of greeting cards are dropping and retailers such as CVS and Walmart are cutting back on the amount of linear footage devoted to the product. (Photo by Richard B. Levine)

Chocolate and a magazine

#The CoronaDiaries SAT in the barber shop the morning before Boris Johnson announced the country would be put into lockdown measures, myself and my barber discussed how no one really knows the true extent of how life will change until you need to face it in the coming weeks and […]

Which way will my mood take me in this weird silence of the Covid-19 lockdown?

Oh, this schizophrenic silence…

#The CoronaDiaries   I WAKE to near-silence. The usual background whoosh and hum of traffic is gone. The tweeting and chirruping of birds is the loudest sound in my world right now. The sound of nature reasserting itself, if only for this brief time before the Government lets us all […]

Will we emerge from the coronavirus shutdown to find a kinder world?

Will absence make hearts grow fonder?

#The CoronaDiaries   THANKS to the coronavirus, I’m probably getting fitter. I’m doing more exercise than ever before. Not being able to go to work each morning has introduced a new ritual for me and my wife. We go for a walk. A simple pleasure which normal life allows little […]

The small gifts of nature: spring flowers which seem like a spring gift from a grateful planet.
Photos by Barbara Anderson.

Time for big blue-sky thinking?

#The CoronaDiaries   THE muted whooshing of wind-blown trees and the cheerfully chaotic chorusing of hedge-sparrows… in the absence of most human noise, these have become the new quiet song of the outdoors. I’m struck, as I venture outside for my allotted ‘exercise hour’, by how this Covid-19 crisis has […]

Queuing & Quarantine

Queuing & Quarantine

#The CoronaDiaries   RIGHT, okay, I’m being real here. This is going to be raw. I’m going to voice a truth that everyone is feeling right now: QUARANTINE SUCKS! Yeah, I totally get it. I understand why covidiots in the South are sunbathing in Shepherds Bush and that people are […]