Friday 5th June 2020 – Day Seventy Three

Good morning, welcome to day 73 of lockdown…..
well we are still here and we made it so far!

This was shared to me by Beth R, and I think it sums it up nicely:
Take it one day at a time. None of us know how long lockdown will last, and it can be daunting to consider that it may go on for much longer. It’s really useful to break it down. Rather than thinking about the period as a whole, stretching ahead, try to think about each day or each week as it comes.

Have you any advice or suggestions for those who are struggling? How do YOU cope?



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 Cathy B:

Royal Opera House. Watch The Royal Opera’s Il Trittico (YouTube 5 June).
Puccini’s trio of operas, telling contrasting stories of jealousy and murder, loss and suicide, romance and cheerful trickery.

From Chris B: Royal Opera House. Il trittico in full. Il tabarro is a tale of jealousy and murder between Michele, his young wife Giorgetta and her lover Luigi, set aboard a barge on the Seine.  This video will be available on-demand until 19 June 2020




From Theresa K:

National Garden Scheme. The Croft House; a passion for colour and texture.
With its stunning wisteria this organically managed, former market garden is densely planted and yet luxuriously spacious. Enjoy a virtual visit but be sure to add it to your favourites.




From Helena L: Be Hopeful.

Tom Roberts’s pandemic poem spread hope at a time of crisis.

A simple but much-needed message – amidst a time that is lacking in

hopefulness – proving that sometimes the point is more important than the

complexity of the delivery. It’s by New Zealander Tom Roberts.


Be Hopeful

The poet says “be hopeful”
But the governments’ not clear
The poet says “be hopeful”
But the TVs full of fear
The poet says “be hopeful”
But how on earth can we be?
The poet says “be hopeful”
But we’re low on PPE
The poet says “be hopeful”
But my business is going under
The poet says “be hopeful”
But can’t the poet hear the thunder
The poet says “be hopeful”
But I’m stuck inside my flat
The poet says “be hopeful”
But I’m sick of virtual chat
The poet says “be hopeful”
But I fear we’re in a rut
The poet says “be hopeful”
But still the schools are shut


The poet says “be hopeful”
But we cannot tell what’s true
The poet says “be hopeful”
But we don’t know what to do
The poet says “be hopeful”
Despite the abundance of despair
The poet says “be hopeful”
Because without hope, what is there?
The poet says “be hopeful”
But not naïve or passive
The poet says “be hopeful”
Because our potential could be massive
The poet says “be hopeful”
And not to let the fear deter
The poet says “be hopeful”
And one day, we’ll be glad we were




From Inner Space:

Daily Lunchtime Meditation.
Time: Jun 06 2020 @ 1:00:00 PM.

An easy way to take time out: a 20-minute meditation booster to stop and slow down, sit back, relax and be guided through a relaxation, visualisation and some quiet moments to clear your head and refresh your focus. This is a free live online meditation.  Voluntary donations are welcome.

Here’s the Link



From Inner Space:

Sleep Better, Rest Better. Free Webinar.

Have you mastered the art of getting a good night’s sleep?
And no matter how long you sleep, do you wake up in the morning feeling rested? If you’re finding that getting good quality sleep is becoming increasingly challenging, it’s time to brush up on your sleep know how.

Friday 5th June at 6:30. Click the link to register:



From Fernande:

Organ donation law in England has changed.
Organ donation in England has moved to an ‘opt out’ system. You may also hear it referred to as ‘Max and Keira’s Law’.

This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

For more information:




From Phil B:

Thanks for another informative daily post.
Are people aware of the temporary travel restrictions for the older people’s travel card?  No travel before 09.00 on weekdays.

Here’s the Link



Today’s monologue from Janet is: A Shropshire Lad by A E Housman.

A Shropshire Lad is a collection of sixty-three poems by the English poet Alfred Edward Housman, published in 1896.
Selling slowly at first, it then rapidly grew in popularity, particularly among young readers. Composers began setting the poems to music less than ten years after their first appearance, and many parodists have satirised Housman’s themes and poetic style. (Text and Audio attached)

A Shropshire Lad 2: Loveliest of trees, the cherry now – BY A. E. HOUSMAN

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.





From Jerry – Mark Twain One-Liners That Are Still Relevant Today.

His advice will live on forever.

Here are quotes by Mark Twain that feel as apropos and on the nose today as when he first put pen to paper.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” 

“What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.” Do you know anyone who says, “Oh, I love tax day? Nothing gives me more pleasure than giving my money to the government.”



That’s all for now!

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