Monday 8th June 2020 – Day Seventy Six

Good morning all, hope that your weekend went well? 

I received a complaint a few days ago, regarding a suggestion that was put forward by one of the members. Please be aware that I do my best to check most links out, but don’t have the time to follow up all suggestions. Going forward. If you have a link, suggestion, tip, etc please could you make sure that the information is as accurate as can be. If you decide to follow up on a topic, please do your own research first.



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 Next Door: Gigs Fish & Chips Fitzrovia Open Monday 15 June.

Not long now …. just seen their post on FB “Gigs is back in action for takeaway only from the 15th June 2020.
Pop by and see us or call ahead on 020 7636 1424 to place your order.



From Theresa K:

National Garden Scheme. Great Dixter, East Sussex; an iconic 20th Century British garden.
Christopher Lloyd was one of the most influential gardener-writers of the 20th century. His series of books, such as the most famous The Well-Tempered Garden, their contents drawn from his garden at Great Dixter, introduced a huge audience to the joys of plantsmanship and the principles of good planting.



From Dominic P: Kings Place.

Jewish Book Week. Bob Mankoff:
Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons – Online Event. In this brilliant illustrated talk from Jewish Book Week 2015, he demonstrates what makes this genre an incomparable and unique art form, drawing from his memoir, How About Never – Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons.

Here’s the Link




From Helena R:

I’d like to add to the encouraging (older) people to use technology.

I was teaching an art group in Newham when we had to suddenly stop due to Lockdown. Today our group reconvened via zoom, they are all older, most are grandparents, from all sorts of backgrounds and languages, several have not left their homes for 70 days.  It was so good to see them and their work and to let them meet up.  To anyone feeling like technology is not for them, give it a go.  Find someone to practice with and keep trying, it really is not much more difficult than a telephone call.  My mum even had her 90th birthday via zoom!



From Westminster: Carers’ Week – Monday 8th-Sunday 14th June.

Carers’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate the estimated 6.5 million unpaid carers across the UK.
If you are a carer and you would like to attend an online wellbeing session via ZOOM please do contact:

If you would like to attend please contact: Souad Abdellaoui: Email:  Tel: 07903 255384



From Dann Bi: This column will change your life: precrastination

‘The special danger of precrastination is that, unlike procrastination, it doesn’t feel naughty’

Here’s the Link



Information regarding some new Zoom sessions

Firstly, Christine Coker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: MON –  Retro aerobics – 6PM
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime


Please email John for the link


Only £1


Payment link below:



Secondly, Dragon Hall is hoping to organise a weekly French conversational session, each Thursday evening.
If you would like further information, please let me know




Last week I shared with you a couple of poems, which a number of you commented on.
Today I would like to share with you an original poem (which is absolutely wonderful) from one of our own – Sandra Wheen:

A Walk in Bloomsbury 

Distance, distance, distance, distance
Concentration, concentration
Walk walk walk walk
Separation separation. 

Bikes bikes bikes bikes!
So close and I didn’t see them coming. 

Runner alert! runner alert! Get
out of the way They’re
focussed on running. 

Mobile phone user All over the
place Be eyes for two They have
no sense of space. 

Children, children, children, children
Twos threes fours With buggies and
scooters Not a hope of avoiding them
– Just cross the road Just run.

Here’s a neighbour,
Danger, danger Nice
to see you Wave
Don’t stop Walk on. 

Street empty, only crows. Crows crows
crows crows I get the impression they’re
taking over I think they know what’s
going on. 

All clear … all clear … relaxing now
Enjoy the trees the sun the air Ah this
is why I’ve come out here Exercise,
freedom, sunshine, peace 

Concealed entrance
Someone’s there
Jump out of my skin
But they don’t care 

It was nice to be out But I’ve had enough
Vigilance, vigilance, vigilance, vigilance I
need to get home I’ll feel safe there.
Luckily no-one on the stairs. 

Home, home, home, home Coat off Relief, relief
Wash hands wash hands wash hands wash hands
Wipe-wipe, wipe-wipe, wipe-wipe, wipe-wipe
Wash hands again Make a cup of tea A – n – d B – r – e –
a – t – h – e. 

@ Sandra Wheen 


From Gil: The ‘hideous’ Morley’s hotel.

That “hideous” hotel was called Morley’s, and it ran the whole width of the square on the site of today’s South Africa House. It had its critics but also its fans, and its founder has left his mark.

Here’s the link



From Keeley:

Some of you know Keeley and the work that she does with children and the after school club. Here is a great video of their “Lockdown Activities”




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.

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” 

“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.” Twain died in 1910, and yet he seems to know exactly why modern relationships can become toxic.



That’s all for now!

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

Be safe