The Coronavirus Diaries, 11th May 2020

There were some great videos going round this morning after the confused and confusing message from the Prime Minister yesterday.I think Matt Lucas’ was the best. You’ve probably seen it, but if not,here you are.

I don’t know, it doesn’t feel good. I feel people are relaxing too much, too soon. A second spike doesn’t so much beckon as loom. I’m scared by the way people are behaving on the streets, a week ago people were moving aside, not today. Celia and I had a constitutional in the late afternoon. The wind today was cold, a complete change in temperature from last week, so at least Kennington Park was quiet.

I had had a strangely satisfying time going through my bank statement and crossing off the items. Normally my monthly statement is a brief two pages. Today I received a wadge of paper. I have been using my card instead of cash, and buying things for other people, then they have been paying me back. I hadn’t realised until today that B&J had been using Hunger Games as their reference.

There was more post. This is the first postal delivery for a week. It contained to birthday cards, one from my friend Anna in Italy, the other from Nicola who I used to work with. Both friends for decades. Friendship is always important, but in lockdown those connections are infinitely precious. One of the advantages of being in London at this time is that I am geographically close to friends who are important to me. I might be safer if I lived in the middle of nowhere, but I think my mental health would suffer. As well as waving at each other, standing at a distance of two metres for a chat, socially distanced aperitifs, we are swapping books, jigsaws, magazines.

The current jigsaw shows a child spending her pocket money in a shop while a woman, presumably her mother, looks on. I have only just started it. It’s one of those with lots of detail which generally makes a puzzle easier and more interesting. Acres of sky can be very tedious. This one has odd shaped pieces, but not pieces in the shape of birds, dogs and so on. I’m enjoying it having started it earlier today.

Anyway, I’ve watched some television (Grayson Perry’s Art Club – fabulous) tonight as well as done some of the jigsaw, so it’s getting late.

We’ve not had an NHS rainbow for a while, so here’s one to remind you how much we owe the NHS and all our key workers. Stay safe, keep well.

Bless you NHS

4 thoughts on “The Coronavirus Diaries, 11th May 2020

  1. Competent leadership might go a long way to assure us that “opening up” isn’t a lethal choice. My dentist is open for business and my regular perio prophy was scheduled months back. “Don’t forget your mask!”, said the genial assistant confirming that I would be showing up. Funny thing about dentists – they have been covered in PPE ever since AIDS. Riding the wave of the future.

    • Unfortunately I don’t think either of us lives in a country where our leaders are competent. I have just put up another post where I quoted Cicero. I didn’t use this one, but it does make me think of voters who blindly follow Trump and Johnson and defend them whatever they do.
      “Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.'” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

      I am intrigued to learn how you had a dental check up while wearing a mask.

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