Monday 1st June 2020 – Day Sixty Nine

Good morning all – Happy June!
June is a great month. The days are long. The weather’s warm.

From Karen:

June ultimately comes from the Latin Iunius, “of Juno (Iuno),” referring to the Roman goddess.
The J sound for the I in Latin’s Iuno emerges in French, and its spelling with the letter J doesn’t settle in English until the late 1600s.

Thank you Karen for that interesting piece of information!



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 Chris:

Something for everyone. 3-Ingredient Dinners For £10 or Less.

3-Ingredient Sheet Pan Chicken Marinara
The most important step of this recipe is warming the marinara sauce. As the chicken tenders bake, you’ll warm up the sauce on the stovetop with a splash of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Then, you’ll spoon the warmed sauce onto the baked chicken tenders and pile mozzarella cheese on top (you can add some Parm here, too). Because the chicken and the sauce are already warmed-through, you can crank up the oven temperature, allowing the cheese to quickly melt and crisp without making the tender soggy.

A note about chicken tenders: Frozen chicken tenders come in many different sizes. This recipe was written for smaller tenders in mind, but if you have larger tenders, increase the amount of sauce by 1 tablespoon per tender.

YIELD Serves 4 | PREP TIME 5 minutes | COOK TIME 30 minutes


  • 2 (8-ounce) boxes frozen chicken tenders (do not thaw)
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese


Arrange two racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat the oven according to the chicken tender package instructions.

Divide 2 (8-ounce) boxes of frozen chicken tenders among two rimmed baking sheets and bake according to package instructions. Meanwhile, place 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a small saucepan.

Stir to combine and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Taste and season with kosher salt as needed. Keep at a lower simmer until the chicken is ready.

Remove the chicken from the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 450ºF.

Meanwhile, spread the marinara sauce on the chicken tenders (about 1 tablespoon each), then sprinkle with 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 tablespoon each).

Bake until the cheese is melted and the edges are crisp and browned, about 5 minutes.


Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 4 days




From Chris B:

This June, with the capital’s streets deserted and architects – like everyone else – adapting to life online.
LFA Digital are proud of their first ever online edition with a rich programme of events that is revealed today. The world’s biggest annual architecture festival in the world’s capital city for architecture.

Here’s the Link



From Dominic:

The Complete deaths

Theatre Spymonkey: The Complete Deaths.
There are 75 onstage deaths in Shakespeare’s plays and this show covers them all!  Described by The Observer as ‘A fabulous bloodbath’, Spymonkey bring their trademark intelligence and emotion to this fast-paced physical comedy theatre.

Here’s the Link



Today’s monologue from Janet is:

The Song of the Mischievous Dog by Dylan.
Dylan makes the poem make sense to a reader who thinks that it does not make sense. Every different line in itself has its own meaning, but when put together, it has a new and different one. So some people, like me, may understand one single line, but won’t understand the whole thing put together.

The Song of the Mischievous Dog – by Dylan Thomas

There are many who say that a dog has its day,

And a cat has a number of lives;

There are others who think that a lobster is pink,

And that bees never work in their hives.

There are fewer, of course, who insist that a horse

Has a horn and two humps on its head,

And a fellow who jests that a mare can build nests

Is as rare as a donkey that’s red.

Yet in spite of all this, I have moments of bliss,

For I cherish a passion for bones,

And though doubtful of biscuit, I’m willing to risk it,

And I love to chase rabbits and stones.

But my greatest delight is to take a good bite

At a calf that is plump and delicious;

And if I indulge in a bite at a bulge,

Let’s hope you won’t think me too vicious.





From Michael:

Mental Health Foundation.
A range of content designed to give you more information about mental health and to help you to look after your mental health. They have podcasts, videos, inspiring stories and information about getting help if you’re struggling.

Here’s the Link



From Theresa:

How to cope with a fear of leaving lockdown.
While it’s sensible to be cautious and stick to medical advice, what happens if our anxiety becomes overwhelming?

Here’s the Link




From Gil:

Thought this might raise a laugh.

It’s reasons for women to be admitted to the asylum … I reckon most women would qualify – funny and sad at the same time :()




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.

“Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” It doesn’t matter who you voted for, you probably agree with Twain on this one

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.” In a world where everybody seems to be shouting their opinions over everybody else, this is a nice reminder that the smartest ones are usually the quietest.



That’s all for now!

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