Coronavirus Diary 14 – Why thursday’s break the routine

If you’re anything like me then by now you’ve established some sort of routine, even if a very slack and boring one.  It’s been over 3 weeks since the official the official notice to not go out unless necessary; 6 weeks since I began properly socially isolating and much longer since life really bore any semblance of normality.

I think it’s important to keep some semblance of routine to avoid going completely down the route of being a slob; to make the most of these days/weeks/months and to be nominally ready to be busy again if by some good fortune we make it through to the other side.

My routine isn’t very exciting though it is now a well-trodden one.  Watch the sunrise, have breakfast whilst reading the news.  Write a blog, prepare something time consuming, inexpensive and if possible tasty to eat and whilst that is cooking or roasting do one or two of the innumerable household chores that need attention when you’ve just moved house.

I eat around 1pm and then go on the computer until about 4pm before daring into the garden until I get too cold which then I feel gives me the moral right to close the house windows that have been open since I got up and put the heating on too.

A nice hot bath or shower sometime around 5 or 6pm and then to my new fireplace where I put my new caveman skill into action and once the fire is roaring then a hot chocolate and an hour or two of television, avoiding everything to do with the virus and the news.   It used to be celebrity or reality shows that I studiously avoided but for some reason the programmers seem to have caught up with the rest of us and realised they are total nonsense.

Thursday though is a little bit different as at 8pm in the evening it has become the tradition for people to gather on their doorsteps or at their windows if they live in tower blocks and for a few moments give vigorous and enthused applause, toot car horns or bang saucepans together…. anything to make a noise and show appreciation for the NHS and those work work and volunteer for it.

It feels both nice and odd and though on a lesser scale, I’m sure it will be one of the things that history will remember as we today remember the communal aspects of terrible times gone by.  I can’t help but think however the medical staff would be most pleased by everyone staying at home and once this is not over, for people not to flood A&E in hospitals which funnily enough now there is a risk of dying when visiting them are almost completely empty!

Another thing that makes Thursday stand out is that the National Theatre in London has started releasing a new play every week, totally free of charge on Youtube.  One of the reasons I moved house was to be able to go to the West End.  I’ve only been to see one or two shows in my whole life even though I love them… I didn’t think my first would take two months and only be on Youtube but it was by far the best thing I’d watch for months.  What a nice gesture for all involved to offer this for free.  You can watch the first offering from last week on the link below:

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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2 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 14 – Why thursday’s break the routine

  1. Marilyn Allan says:

    Glad you are doing well! Have you ever watched Blacklist? It is on Amazon!!! We love it!! Try watching a few! We are hooked! Ray is bad…he takes the law in his hands! He is judge, jury and executor!!😳🤭😂 Marilyn

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    • No, I’ve never watched it yet. Would you believe I have only watched 3 or 4 hours of TV in the 4 weeks I have been indoors. Sometimes the world needs people like Ray 🙂 when I was a boy I used to enjoy the Deathwish films with Charles Bronson. I still remember one of the punchlines when Charles sees some punks smashing up his car he left as bait… “What you doing to that car?” “We’re stealing it man… what’s it to you?”… “It’s my car!” and then he shoots them all.


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