Saturday 23rd May 2020 – Day Sixty

Good morning all, hope that your weekend is starting well?



Topic: Social Sunday with Amber
Time: May 24, 2020 02:00 PM London




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 Steven D:

If Sainsbury’s knows you are over 70, you get automatic priority.
I have received all my orders within 48 hours and about 90% of their items are available.  I recommend we get organised:  Ask for as few deliveries as possible – one per 10 days is quite feasible.



From Chris S:

Fruit & Veg That Make A Difference.
Choose how you’d like to reduce food waste and make a positive impact on our planet by selecting one of our delicious seasonal produce boxes below.

Here’s the Link



From Anna F:

Now that we are allowed to go for long walks, I find there’s a great obstacle in the way – lack of public toilets. 
Maybe we could compile a loo database?  I discovered earlier this week that the toilet at Chapel Market, Islington, is open! (That’s near Sainsbury at Angel, between the store car park and the market).  I wonder if anyone knows of any more?  I think the loos are open at King’s Cross and Euston stations, but I haven’t checked yet.




From Theresa:

Royal Albert Hall presents Charlie Mackesy draw-along with the author of ‘the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse’. Starts: 3:00pm.
British artist, illustrator and author Charlie Mackesy will deliver an exciting home draw-along as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. Charlie’s award-winning work has featured in books, private collections, and public spaces around the world. His best-selling book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse was named Waterstones Book Of The Year 2019.

Here’s the Link




From Charles C:

Museums in Quarantine Series that explores national museum collections at a time of enforced closure.

Here’s the Link



From Erica (Mary Ward Centre):

In their main college programme, are running a range of online classes during the summer term,including yoga and stretch, languages, singing and ukulele to name a few.

Here’s the Link


Marie McMorrow, one of the craft tutors and has put together some creative craft worksheets.
Today she will show you how to make an embroidered postcard.

Embroidered Postcard





From Gil:

Coping with Fatigue, Fear, and Panic During a Crisis.
We are dealing with two contagions — the virus itself and the emotions it generates. Negative emotions are every bit as contagious as the virus, and they’re also toxic.

Here’s the Link



From Janet:

“The Lady of Shalott” is a lyrical ballad by the English poet Alfred Tennyson.
Based on the medieval Donna di Scalotta, it tells the story of Elaine of Astolat, a young noblewoman imprisoned in a tower on an island near Camelot. One of the poet’s best-known works, its vivid medieval romanticism and enigmatic symbolism inspired many painters, especially the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers.



The Lady of Shalott (1842) – By Alfred, Lord Tennyson




From Neil & Celia:

Sadiq Khan has changed the freedom pass rules, also for children and increased the congestion charge as of Monday.
Celia has kindly forwarded some information regarding London Public Transport Fare Changes (please see attached)

Amber and I are working behind the scenes, putting together a Zoom timetable, which I will share via a separate post. If you have any suggestions for new sessions (or recommend sessions other organisations have organised) please let me know.




Topic: Social Sunday with Amber
Time: May 24, 2020 02:00 PM London





From Chris T:

Gave me a good laugh.
Lockdown is Tough on Everyone | Foil Arms and Hog



From Jane M:

BBC sports commentator narrates Australia’s penguin parade in lockdown voiceover.
Andrew Cotter narrates the nightly walk of the fairy penguins of Victoria’s Phillip Island as a high-stakes, long-distance race.



That’s all for now!

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

Be safe