I hope this week has treated you all well. I have been shopping online for Mother’s Day this week. The benefit of lockdown is that my mum has picked up a million hobbies she needs equipment for. Bread making, mask making, gardening…etc. there is no end to the fun ‘how to’ books on her wishlist.
I hope all the mothers out there have a great day on Sunday and to all the children, I hope your mum is as easy to buy for as mine!
Enjoy today’s newsletter,
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Sandra’s blog post
The 4th instalment of Sandra’s Blog is called ‘Side Effects and Beyond’. It explains Sandra’s personal experience after getting the jab.
Feeling under the weather a few days after having the vaccination has occurred to some individuals and others feel fine. For example, my Auntie (70 yrs old) felt fine after the jab and has had no cold/flu-like symptoms, but my best friend who is a carer (26 yrs old) had 3 days in bed with flu symptoms. After those 3 days she is feeling fine, and happy she had the vaccination to keep herself, her dependant and her friends and family safe. It reads like Sandra is similar, after her time feeling under the weather she has created a collage depicting what’s now on her mind- a lovely lunch date with her friends.
I implore those who are nervous about getting their vaccination to reach out with your anxieties, vaccination against Covid-19 is a global effort to suppress the virus. But that doesn’t mean millions of ‘what ifs…’ aren’t going around all of our minds. We are here to help.
Looking forward to the next blog, Sandra. Thanks
Sandra: My Vaccination Journey – Side Effects and Beyond – #4
The vaccine I received was the Oxford AstraZeneca.
On the evening of my Vaccination Day, I felt like a million dollars. It had been my most exciting outing in a long time! I felt so well that I wondered if I had really been vaccinated at all, as I hadn’t felt the needle going in. I needn’t have worried! At about 10pm that evening (six hours after the jab) I suddenly came over exhausted, achy and unwell and had to scramble to bed as fast as I could. The following day I didn’t feel too good and blobbed out in front of the telly. I then felt rather low for about ten days, with one bad day of depression. After that I was OK but perhaps still slightly fragile for a few weeks. This is not surprising. I believe it takes 22 days for the body to develop some immunity and 35 days before the process is complete (giving partial protection from the virus).
I’m fine now. But very, very, lonely. Please everyone, hurry up and get vaccinated so we can see friends and family again.
For our ‘homework’ for the Zoom Queen’s Gallery Class that I attend with Dragon Hall we were asked to create an image of: ‘Something we were missing in Lockdown’. Here’s mine. A collage. It’s actually: ‘Something I’m looking forward to’. It brings a smile to my face and I hope it will make you smile too.
Sandra’s Blog Posts
Sandra. My Vaccination Journey – Side Effects and Beyond – #5
Sandra. My Vaccination Journey – Side Effects and Beyond – #4
Sandra. My Vaccination Journey – My Vaccination Day – #3
Sandra. My Vaccination Journey. Waiting for my Vaccination – #2
Sandra. My Vaccination Journey. Before there was a Vaccine – #1
Outings in Art
Outings in Art is a social enterprise founded by Chris Barlow and Michael Chan in 2012.
We welcome all members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies who share our core values of respect, inclusion and a passion for the power of cultural experiences to bring people together.
We will be posting regular links to the many varied and imaginative virtual events being developed by major Museums and Galleries, Theatres, Dance, Music and ideas from individuals.
Free events via Imperial Lates:
All available live, or later via their YouTube channel.
The Sun: a virtual tour and listening party
Monday 15 March, 18.30 – 19.15 (GMT)
Sail the solar wind during this audio-visual tour from the Sun to the Earth’s atmosphere with former Kiss FM DJ turned solar physicist Dr Martin Archer.
We are exploring the origin of photosynthesis in life on Earth… Ask us anything
Tuesday 16 March, 16.00 – 18.00 (GMT)
Did life evolve in the dark? What role did photosynthesis play in Earth’s early ecosystems and how can scientists evolve this process to fight climate change, address global hunger and clean up oil spills? Our researchers take to Reddit to answer your questions!
Sunshine, health and wellbeing
Tuesday 16 March, 19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)
Celebrate the warming sun on our skin and explore the physical and mental health benefits of getting outdoors and increasing our natural light exposure.
Sun prints and solar collages make-along
Wednesday 17 March, 19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)
Create Sun prints and solar collages with CERN artist Helen Cawley and astrophysicist Dr Emma Chapman as we use art to visualise what we cannot see.
Pub-less Quiz (sunshine edition)
Wednesday 18 March, 19.30 – 21.00 (GMT)
No pub, no problem! Assemble your team of thinkers and drinkers to pit fact against fiction in our Pub-less Quiz about all things bright and shiny. There’ll be smatterings of astronomy, history, art, and as always, a ‘wild card’ round to keep you all entertained.
We haven’t been sent any photos this week. However, Monday was International Women’s Day. I thought it would be nice to take a moment to celebrate the amazing women we have working at Dragon Hall.
Without this group of women, Dragon Hall would not achieve all the essential work we do in the community. Each one of them is a master of everything ‘Dragon Hall’. From fund-raising to knowing where everything is in the building, they astound me every day with their limitless kindness and genuine desire to do their work.
Happy International Women’s day!
Not pictured here are all the female volunteers, female premises officers, female painters and decorators that work as a team with our full-time staff to keep Dragon Hall running. Thank you all!
Please share any photos you have taken recently with us. We’d love to see what you have been up to during lockdown, whether it’s gardening, painting, or walking around your local area.
That’s it for this Wednesday. I hope you all have a good week and enjoyed this week’s content from Dragon Hall!
Covent Garden Food Bank
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Please do contact us if you need a food parcel – CCGG @7Dials might be able to provide you with a free food package each week. If you need help with shopping, collecting medication or just want someone to talk to by phone – please let us know.