Good morning everyone, thank you so much to everyone who has sent me birthday wishes, it was lovely to read so many heartwarming (and funny) messages when I woke up, it really has made my morning!
I will be taking the afternoon off and spending time with my son. If you have any emergencies, please contact Amber, who will be on duty until 4pm – her number is 07513 605766.
What can I share with you today?
From Neil M:
I noticed yesterday that my shoe repair man has re-opened, Shoemaster, 202 Shaftesbury Ave.
It is just around the corner from the Oasis Pools and is a tiny kiosk. As work is quiet, he can repair shoes pretty much as you wait. I’m a great believer in supporting small local businesses.
FOOD / SHOPPING
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
Just a reminder. If you (or know of anyone) who cannot go out because they are vulnerable, self isolating or for any other reason and need help with food etc.
Assistance can be found on the government web page. The form is rather long, but is fairly straightforward. If you (or know of anyone who needs support) please let us know.
ART & CULTURE
From Chris B: London In Common:
Around the City in 80 Festivals.
As part of the Great Get Together 2020, inspired by the late MP Jo Cox, a celebration of London’s myriad communities in all their glory. Supported by Regent’s Place & Outings in Art.
From Theresa K: Royal Albert Hall.
Cliff Richard: exclusive lockdown set.
Sir Cliff Richard delivers an exclusive session from lockdown as part of the Royal Albert Home season.
From Tudor A:
Local history recordings. Sound clips and talks.
The Hampstead Workhouse
Tudor Allen, Archivist at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, talks about the Hampstead Workhouse Account Book 1734-39, one of the items in the collections of Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre. The Hampstead Workhouse Account Book 1734-39 (© Tudor Allen) – running time seven minutes.
From Helena L: 11 Quick Exercises to Improve Your Memory by 90%.
Nowadays, a lot of people are obsessed with a healthy lifestyle.
They eat wholesome food, workout at the gym, and all that jazz. But they tend to forget that our brain needs exercise too. Especially if you’ve started having memory lapses more often.
From Declan: Central YMCA.
Floor based Core workout that will strengthen your abdominal and spine.
From Stephen (Age UK Westminster) Emergency Food Parcels.
Age UK Westminster have organised an emergency food parcel service.
This service is for people who are over 60, living alone in Westminster or with a partner and who are both self-isolating/shielding.
Their resources are limited and they need to make sure support gets to those who need it most. Therefore this service is only for people without any local support networks (neighbours/ friends /family members or carers) who can help with food shopping or social contact and those at risk groups who are housebound due to health and mobility issues.
If you would like to enquire about this service please contact Stephen Spavin:
Tel: 07969 302517
From Gary R: UK councils warn over coronavirus test-and-trace messaging scam.
Scammers request bank details despite NHS home testing kit being free.
LIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE
From Jerry P:
A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.
It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. Here are some examples:
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
To steal ideas from someone is plagiarism. To steal from many is called research.
That’s all for now!
You can contact me on 07759 646507 in case of an emergency