COVID-19 Diary – 26th May – Wide Open Space

A better day today, after a few days where I have been feeling pretty down with the whole business. The University where my wife and I both work closes for an extra day on a lot of the bank holidays, one of the very best things about working there. These days are great, because we can effectively enjoy an extra bank holiday without everywhere being … Continue reading COVID-19 Diary – 26th May – Wide Open Space

COVID-19 Diary – 25th May – Timelines

I’ve been listening to a podcast called The Last Post during the lockdown. It’s a daily satirical news show, with the twist that it takes place in a alternate timeline to our own. Lots of things are the same in this alternate timeline (there’s still a coronavirus pandemic, Trump is still president of the USA), but other things are strangely different (the Octopus people rule … Continue reading COVID-19 Diary – 25th May – Timelines

COVID-19 Diary – 24th May – Comoros

A tough day today, when I felt like I’d finally reached my limit with the lockdown. The ongoing Dominic Cummings saga was a background annoyance, but really it was the relentlessness of work, childcare and very little else that started to get to me. Also, the lack of anything to look forward. Even in normal times work and childcare make up a pretty high proportion … Continue reading COVID-19 Diary – 24th May – Comoros

COVID-19 Diary – 23rd May – Cummings

I didn’t intend this diary to be particularly political, but at least once a week the government seems to do something which makes me so angry that I can’t help it. Today it was the news that Dominic Cummings, ‘mastermind’ behind Vote Leave and senior adviser to the Prime Minister travelled to Durham with his wife in the early days of lockdown, whilst she was … Continue reading COVID-19 Diary – 23rd May – Cummings

COVID-19 Diary – 22nd May – High Hopes

A song came on the radio this morning, which has become a surprisingly big part of our lives in recent times. In September, back when we were able to do things like this, my daughter started a dance class called ‘Pop Fusion’. After a few lessons she told us about a song to which they had been learning a routine, called ‘High Hopes’. At first … Continue reading COVID-19 Diary – 22nd May – High Hopes