Saturday 16th May 2020 – Day Fifty Four

Good morning, I hope that the beginning of the week is going well for you so far. I am taking a break from killing zombies (not for my benefit, you understand!), but playing with James.

Thank you to Anna for her explanation of the “If “W” Is Double U, Why Is It Made Of Two Vs?” The reasons for this “confusion” are historical, and mostly to do with attempts to represent the sounds of different European languages using the Latin alphabet.  If anyone is interested, here’s a brief explanation:



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:

Thank you once again for the amazing work that you and the team are doing in the community and through the Food Bank.

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



A couple of request this morning:-

From Theresa:

Can anyone recommend a website /s  where I can order some fresh vegetables online?

Contact me here if you have any recommendations



From Stephen:

Does anyone know of a reliable source of face masks? – especially FFP3 which is the top EU standard and has an inward leakage of only 2%.  This is becoming a more serious question for vulnerable people every day.  I would not go out without one.

Contact me here if you have any recommendations



From Chris T:

Something savoury instead of sweet. Easy bread cutlets in 10 minutes.
Crispy bread cutlets can be easily prepared in just ten minutes using common ingredients that are found in your kitchen.

Download Recipe




From Genia:

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum.
The largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

Here’s the Link



From Rosalind:

“Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake” at Sadler’s Wells (with blokes as swans).
It’s a famous production but I’d not heard of it until I stumbled across it on YouTube. Completely different from the stylised classical ballet – it’s witty, sexy, modern and moving. The swans are much more believable – powerful, sinuous, threatening – not pretty girls in tutus. I really recommend it.



From Chris B:

National Garden Scheme.
Deep in the Dorset countryside, Andrew and Judith Hussey have restored this five-acre Old Rectory garden to combine the tranquillity of an established country garden with the energising infusion of new design and planting.



From Rocio:

Persona Collective and are looking for beginners and amateur actors, dancers and performers to help CO-CREATE and PERFORM our next production.
The show will be unique, immersive theatre piece featuring acting, dance, live music, sound and lighting where the audience is led through the beautiful and labyrinthine spaces of the iconic OLD CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS BUILDING on Southampton Row. We are looking for a DIVERSE and INTERGENERATIONAL cast that represents Camden’s various communities and particularly welcome those over 50.

To express your interest contact: with a short message about yourself and why you’d like to be take part.

For more information visit their website



From Chris:

Chris B: Atlas Photography Gallery;
“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” Joan Miro. While the gallery is temporarily closed, every Thursday They are sharing works, insights on our artists, news, photo-books and filmed clips of different exhibitions for an exciting weekly visual and mental workout.

Here’s the Link




From Theresa: Coronavirus:
Who should wear a face mask or face covering?

Here’s the Link




From Theresa:

With Deep Regret:

It is with great sadness that I have to mention the loss of a few further local businesses around our town.

The bra manufacturer has gone bust,

the specialist in submersibles has gone under,

the manufacturer of food blenders has gone into liquidation,

a dog kennel has had to call in the retrievers,

the suppliers of paper for origami enthusiasts has folded,

the Heinz factory has been canned as they couldn’t ketchup with orders,

the tarmac laying company has reached the end of the road,

the bread company has run out of dough,

the clock manufacturer has had to wind down and gone cuckoo,

the Chinese has been taken away,

the shoe shop has had to put his foot down and given his staff the boot,

the laundrette has been taken to the cleaners!

The pet shop has gone to the dogs.

The butcher’s had the chop,

the Greengrocer is in a vegetative state.

The venetian blind shop has closed, so it’s curtains for us all.

The wall paper shops taken a pasting.

The fish mongers been battered.

The florists are now pushing up the daisies.

The milkman’s lost his bottle and finally,

the bread man is toast.



That’s all for now!

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

Be safe