Friday 22nd May 2020 – Day Fifty Nine

Good morning all, a few people (my sons, my girlfriend, my neighbour, my co-workers) have all mentioned the upcoming bank holiday. Which I keep forgetting and refer to as ‘Monday’, oh how these days blend ?.

Today is day 59…next week and the coronavirus gets its pension!



What can I share with you today?




Thank you to everyone who has forwarded their wonderful support and comments to me regarding the Food Bank Project organised by Covent Garden Community Centre / 7 Dials Club. It is really gratifying to hear that so many people are benefiting from the service:

Foodbank – We are flexible with regards to who we can help. If you fit the following criteria, please register.

  • Self Isolation due to symptoms
  • Isolation due to vulnerable or shielded status
  • Income reduction because of lockdown & crisis measures
  • Income reduction while waiting for benefits to arrive
  • Homeless

Go to Registration Form



From Sarah:

Online Shopping availability. Supermarkets are advising people to shop in stores where possible to ease pressure on deliveries to those that can’t – but that’s not always possible. Here is a summary from 

  • Asda – slots released 14 days ahead – No official policy on when slots will be released,but 10pm and again just after midnight have proved most successful for customers so far.

  • Co-op – slots released 5 days ahead – Around midnight.

  • Iceland – slots released 7 days ahead – Slots released based on individual stores.

  • Morrisons – slots released 3 days ahead – Customers had most success just after midnight or first thing in the morning.

  • Ocado – slots released 7+ days ahead – Non-priority customers notified of new slots. On the Ocado homepage, priority customers send emails when new ones are released.

  • Sainsbury’s – slots released 7 days ahead – Monday morning proved most successful with shoppers, no official policy from the grocer itself.



From Jane:

A couple more restaurants have opened for takeaway in my vicinity.

  • Berenjak, 27 Romilly Street, an Iranian restaurant
  • A pizza etc place, 44 Old Compton Street,
  • Pizza da Michele and a Malaysian type place, Laxsa at 37 Old Compton Street.



From Helena:

Camden Garden Centre has reopened with a well organised one way system and social distancing via trolleys with sanitised handles.
They have good stocks of vegetable seedlings including chilli plants and some tomatoes.  It’s walkable from Bloomsbury and back. Pret opposite Russell Square station has opened.

Fork cafe and bakery at 83 Marchmont St is open and friendly for things like toasted cheese and tomato croissant or iced coffee.




From Mary L:

The Sound of Music – FULL STAGE SHOW
The Shows Must Go On. From today, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless musical classic, starring Carrie Underwood is premiering on The Shows Must Go On from 7pm

Available for 48hours Only! Make sure you don’t miss out!



From Steve L:

Royal Opera House – Cendrillon (Cinderella) in full from The Royal Opera.
As part of the #OurHouseToYourHouse series, join The Royal Opera for a YouTube Premiere of Laurent Pelly’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon, an adaptation of the famous Cinderella fairytale. Tonight at 7pm




From Theresa:


Boots Dept. Making time for mindfulness – the how-to guide

Welcome to the mindfulness master class.

Here’s the Link




From Dan Marshall: ZOOM MEETING

“The fastest growing sector of the global economy is legal cannabis.
We can all buy this now In health stores and it comes from the hemp plant. Dan works with the company which started the industry and will explain how people can become distributors for them and earn an income from home.”





From Ruth – Do you Speak Corona?
Are you fully conversant with the new terminology of “Lockdown Lingo”?  Corona conversation for the beginner!

? Coronials – As opposed to millennials, this refers to the future generation of babies conceived or born during coronavirus quarantine. They might also become known as “Generation C”.

? Furlough Merlot – Wine consumed in an attempt to relieve the frustration of not working. Also known as “bored-eaux” or “cabernet tedium”.

? Coronadose – An overdose of bad news from consuming too much media during a time of crisis. Can result in a “panicdemic”.



That’s all for now!

You can contact me on 07759 646507 in case of an emergency

Be safe