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.