Wednesday 24th June 2020 – Day Ninety Two

Good morning everyone, as I look out my (uninspiring) window, it is a beautiful morning.
Coupled with the recent news that from 4 July the 2m (6ft) social distancing guidance will change in England, there is much to be thankful and life is slowly returning to normal. I am hopeful that certain classes and special events will begin in August….watch this space!



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.




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



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.

Here is the link:




From Chris B:

Pride is cancelled this year, although there is going to be a ‘Veterans’ March’ on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the Gay Liberation Front.
There will also be a Virtual Toast to Pride, 7.30-9.30pm. We’ll do the toast itself at 8.30.

Peter Scott-Presland is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Virtual Pride Drinks & Celebration
Time: Jun 27, 2020 07:30 – 9.30PM London

Please email John for the link



From Theresa K:

Teikūhikō – High Resolution Tour
For a limited time only, Japan House London website visitors can discover Japan in depth and detail through this Teikūhikō series. Created by Japan House London’s Creative Adviser, Hara Kenya, Teikūhikō is not about aeroplane travel. It is a combination of beautiful videos, articles and photographs introducing spots that Hara has specially selected, posing the question to visitors, “What do you think of this kind of Japan?”.

Here’s the Link




From Tudor A:

Local history recordings. Sound clips and talks.

Great Ormond Street
Its Early History. Alec Forshaw, author of “An Address in Bloomsbury” tells the early history of Great Ormond Street. Great Ormond Street – Just Half the Story (© Alec Forshaw) – running time 14 minutes.

Here’s the Link




From Marcos: Zoom Sessions

Why not join Marcos for meditation on Tuesdays 10:30 – this is a session where you relax your body and your mind and at the end you’ll feel easier /looser in your physical body and your mind sharper. 

On Thursdays at 10.30 you also have a chance to do some chair yoga.  You take your own pace to do some gentle simple movement following your breath.

These are both short sessions and they don’t last much more than 30min each. Do come and have a go; it might be something that you can easily enjoy and it makes it a part of your weekly routine.





Book Club

Age UK Camden Book Club.

Join the new virtual book club! The Book Club is led by writer and journalist, Emily Rhodes.
At the beginning of each month a new book will be selected to discuss. This will see a community of readers coming together to share ideas and express opinions.

For more information:


From Sarah (Queens Gallery) – Reading Paintings in the Royal Collection

Dawn Purkiss will be leading us in a fascinating study of paintings held within the Royal Collection.
Together we will be looking at two paintings each week examining, for example: style, colour, mood, composition, symbolism, mythology, fashion, and medium. Dawn will help us de-mystify a painting teaching us how to ‘read’ an art work. She will also encourage us to consider extending our studies to objects found at home via art, drama or photography etc. More details will be revealed on the day.

Below are the paintings that Dawn will be discussing (click for larger images)


Please email John for the link




From Jerry P:

? In filling in an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’
? I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
? Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they look sexy.



That’s all for now!

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

Be safe