Thursday 4th June 2020 – Day Seventy Two

Good morning all, as always thank you for forwarding your thoughts regarding the various subjects we ‘talk’ about in this blog.
One nice anecdote from Barbara, which I would like to share with you:

“…….for some members who feel too old to embrace technology. I went with my neighbour to buy an iPad with her and taught her how to use it and helped her get her internet provider too. That was two years ago and she’s now 90 and absolutely loves her iPad for emailing, has apps for YouTube (she loves Pathe News and Listening to Sing Something Simple) and the BBC plus games as well! Hope that encourages others…..”



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 Marcel:

Hi John, a friend of mine just sent me this poem by Pam Ayres (remember her?) on corona.

Thought you might want to share it with everybody.


Pam Ayres – I’m normally a social girl

I’m normally a social girl

I love to meet my mates

But lately with the virus here

We can’t go out the gates.

You see, we are the ‘oldies’ now

We need to stay inside

If they haven’t seen us for a while

They’ll think we’ve upped and died.

They’ll never know the things we did

Before we got this old

There wasn’t any Facebook

So not everything was told.

We may seem sweet old ladies

Who would never be uncouth

But we grew up in the 60s –

If you only knew the truth!

There was sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll

The pill and miniskirts

We smoked, we drank, we partied

And were quite outrageous flirts.

Then we settled down, got married

And turned into someone’s mum,

Somebody’s wife, then nana,

Who on earth did we become?

We didn’t mind the change of pace

Because our lives were full

But to bury us before we’re dead

Is like a red rag to a bull!

So here you find me stuck inside

For four weeks, maybe more

I finally found myself again

Then I had to close the door!

It didn’t really bother me

I’d while away the hour

I’d bake for all the family

But I’ve got no flaming flour!

Now Netflix is just wonderful

I like a gutsy thriller

I’m swooning over Idris

Or some random sexy killer.

At least I’ve got a stash of booze

For when I’m being idle

There’s wine and whiskey, even gin

If I’m feeling suicidal!

So let’s all drink to lockdown

To recovery and health

And hope this awful virus

Doesn’t decimate our wealth.

We’ll all get through the crisis

And be back to join our mates

Just hoping I’m not far too wide

To fit through the flaming gates!




From Janet:


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Here’s the Link



From Inner Space:

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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.

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London Underground

From Chris T & John W:

9 things you can do to stay as safe as possible when using the London Underground.
The official advice is to avoid using the Tube where possible, but if you’ve no other choice, then follow this advice as best you can:

Here’s the Link



From Anna:

Using Zoom.
Hi, John, I wonder if everyone realises that you can take part in a Zoom meeting with just the old-fashioned landline?  All you need to do is dial the number, and then the code.  The downside is that, obviously, you won’t be able to see anyone – it’s audio only, but it could be better than nothing.  I’ve taken part in a zoom prayer meeting with my church, it does feel very strange, but it’s only temporary, after all.  Oh, and we’ll have to remember the free call time limit – after an hour I just re-dialled, and it counts as a new (free) call.




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.

“A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” If there’s one thing that doesn’t change over the years, it’s the recipe to a successful marriage.

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Whether it’s sports or politics, rooting for the underdog is one of our favourite pastimes.



That’s all for now!

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Be safe