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What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.
Monday 30th March
This video was taken from YouTube and deserves everyone’s attention.
A challenge by Dr. Rupert Read to the UK Government: take responsibility for having got us into this public health disaster, and don’t try to put the blame for lockdowns on us.
Apologies for the fact that I am using a link from the Metro newspaper, but the article highlights something that we should all be concerned about. At least those of us with a heart and conscience.
Every day I am finding more and more positive aspects to this lock-down. One of these must be introduction to the wonderful world of the Tufnell Park Film Club.
The club was set up in July 2012 by Nigel Smith and Wayne Gooderham. Nigel’s been a movie-geek since he first went to the cinema to see Superman II. You can follow him on Twitter at @nigelcsmith. Wayne has just about got over the discovery that Robert de Niro wore a bald wig in Taxi Driver. You can follow him on Twitter at @wb_gooderham.
Under normal circumstances they show films every week in a local pub. While the boozer is closed and we’re all staying at home, they are introducing one film each week and encouraging everyone to watch it. All are welcome to join in, wherever you are. You can see what films they have already chosen here.
If you’ve never seen The Seventh Seal before, we hope Nigel’s introduction here will encourage you to do so. As he says, it’s only 90 minutes long and has more jokes than you might think. The film is widely available online and we’ve put links on the website. Like last week, do let us know what you think of the film and we’ll publish a section of responses online. From next week on we’ll start visiting our ‘also rans’ list with Woody Allen’s classic of cinema-as-escapism, The Purple Rose of Cairo.
Saturday 28th March
The following message was sent to staff members at the Neuro Therapy Centre in Saltney, Chester.
I hope this message finds you both well in these surreal times.
I am contacting you in the hope that you may be able to suggest some exercises that I can do to strengthen my upper body from home during this awful coronavirus crisis. I have just bought a pedal exerciser from eBay and expect it to arrive next Wednesday.
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I am determined to do all I can to prevent the onset of this virus. I was in hospital with a chest infection at the end of January. When I asked the doctor if there was anything I could do to prevent such infections again he said that I should work on my upper body muscles to make sure they are healthy.
Any help you can provide at this worrying time would be much appreciated.
Stay safe and I hope to see you at the Neuro Therapy Centre soon.
Nathan Lee Davies
Today frontline NHS staff will begin to be tested for coronavirus. Care home manager Mark says that care workers must be urgently tested too as they look after the elderly and vulnerable who are at risk. Will you help by signing his petition? Test all frontline care workers for coronavirus
Mark Topps started this petition to Boris Johnson and it now has 11,680 signatures
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I’m the manager of a residential care home and facing one of the toughest times we have faced. I have seen staff having to self-isolate and residents doing the same, and there are hundreds of other care staff across the country in the same boat.
Every day we go to the care home and deliver care to the elderly and most vulnerable with limited supplies of gloves, aprons, masks, hand sanitiser etc. We are not being tested and nor are the residents. How do we know that we are not spreading it to them, or leaving the care homes and spreading COVID-19 to our families and members of the public? The truth is we don’t know.
That’s why we’re calling on the Government to urgently ensure care workers to be tested.
The same dilemma is being faced by everyone working in a care home, domestic staff, cooks, administrators and volunteers. The Government classed us as unskilled and yet now we’re expected to be the frontline workforce, keeping residents out of hospitals and protecting your loved ones.
The Government have announced the virus is spreading at a faster pace than expected and currently the only tests being done are to people who require hospital admission.
The knowledge that I could be spreading this with residents I work with and my family is the worst feeling. As a dad of three beautiful children -I struggle to know what the most responsible thing to do is.
There are care workers up and down the country delivering care into peoples homes, possibly spreading the virus further into other families.
I am petitioning for all care workers to be tested! We are your front line! Please help us by signing
Care Workers deserve better! We deserve to be tested and we deserve equipment to do our jobs!
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Wednesday 25th March
This is obviously a very worrying time for us all. How on earth are the British public supposed to survive on a basic rationing of their favourite soap-operas?
If the worst happens, and I start to have symptoms of coronavirus, one of the first things that I will do is record a video-diary to chart the progress of my illness. I believe this is the socially-responsible thing to do, and I am surprised that others haven’t done so already, save from one or two in the establishment. #justsaying
This is the wrong time for anyone to be sexually frustrated. Mind you, is there ever a right time?
I have contacted WCBC, to try to get some PPE for my staff. Apparently, their supplies are extremely limited. Subsequently, I asked them to ensure those with symptoms were provided with PPE as a matter of urgency. I will only need such equipment if I fall foul of this virus myself, so at the moment I am not a priority. If only the rest of society thought in such a selfless and socialist manner…
I am enjoying trying to compile a music listography at the moment. It was a birthday gift from my sister, and I have bought hundreds of music stickers to decorate the book.
Jamiroquai (/dʒəˈmɪrəkwaɪ/ (listen)) are an English funk and acid jazz band from London, formed in 1992. Fronted by singer-songwriter Jay Kay, the band were a prominent component of the London-based funk/jazz movement of the 1990s. Their sound draws from black music of the 1970s, and their lyrics and visual concepts occasionally deal with social and environmental idealism. They also drew from rock, electronica and Latin music, and on stage perform with several musicians in the band playing live. Over the years, Kay has consistently remained as the leader through several line-up changes.
The band débuted with “When You Gonna Learn” under Acid Jazz records, which led to Kay signing a record deal with Sony Soho2. While under this label, the group released a string of million-selling albums containing singles that have reached various charts worldwide, including the 1998 single “Deeper Underground“, which topped in the UK, while having moderate success in the US within the Dance charts. All eight of the band’s albums have entered the UK top 10. Three of them, Emergency on Planet Earth (1993), Synkronized (1999), A Funk Odyssey (2001), along with their greatest hits compilation, charted at number 1.
Jamiroquai have sold more than 26 million albums worldwide as of 2017. Their third album Travelling Without Moving (1996), received a Guinness World Record for the best-selling funk album in history. The music video for the album’s lead single, “Virtual Insanity“, was named Video of the Year at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. The group has won an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, as well as one Grammy Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, and two Billboard Music Awards. They have also received sixteen Brit Award nominations.