Coronavirus Diary 83 – The (lack of) joy at Christmas and discombobulated thoughts

I must admit that I don’t feel 1% Christmassy and that is 1% less than last year when at least I knew everyone else was to various degrees miserable and isolated but I’m 22.5 months now into being Excluded (15 months or more of that Shielding alone). It’s hard to get concerned about people having to wear a mask going to a pub or limiting Christmas parties when your food and heating comes from charity.

I’ve been continuing to campaign and a month or so ago my MP Oliver Dowden had the misfortune to walk right by me. I didn’t even have to introduce myself before he shouted that he knew who I was which only can presume one to think he knows about the situation but clearly doesn’t care.

He couldn’t hurry away quick enough and the most Conservative Facebook friend I know watched a video I filmed of the whole thing and he said he was shocked to see how polite and respectful I was whilst Oliver Dowden clearly couldn’t help coming over as pompous, arrogant and rude.

I won’t put the video up here to spare his blushes but the image below gives you an indication of the look on his face when he saw me run across two lanes of traffic to speak with him.

Actual footage of Oliver Dowden when approached by a constituent, me!

Talking of Squid Games which I haven’t but from which the photo above is taken; I have to say that was by far the best television programme of 2021 for me. I loved the games themselves that were often so clever and heartless as well as the ensuing suspense and drama. That was such a low moment when the old man with dementia was cheated out of his life by best friend (above) in the process who took advantage of his failing memory to stay alive himself.

I guess Covid disrupted most television shows and I can’t think there were many unmissable efforts. One that I did want to watch was the final season of The Walking Dead but having bought out the rights, Disney decided to make the final episodes pay per view only and so I guess after a decade or so of watching the show, I will never find out what happens.

I did though enjoy Clarksons farm and a few dramas, the most gripping of which was Angela Black and it was suitably tense and miserable which seemed fitting.

A day or two ago though something happened which not only did I not expect but I forgot was even a thing. I was on the bus and I heard someone laugh. I’d totally forgotten that people laugh and there is such a thing as happiness and joy in this world. Apart from some all-to-easy insults I make about Boris at protests, I’m not sure I have heard anyone laugh for about 2 years and it was at first a shock but then a really nice feeling to hear such an innocent and unexpected moment of joy.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope your day is spent full of love and laughter rather than like my own which will no doubt more resemble that of Squid Games.

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 83 – The (lack of) joy at Christmas and discombobulated thoughts

  1. I could not get into Clarkson’s Farm. I loved Top Gear; I love the boys (I’m seriously in love with James May) but having grown up in the country among real farms, I have a real problem with rich dudes playing farmer.

    BTW, I loved James May’s cooking show. I’m a decent cook myself & I laughed my ass off! I also loved his toy show a few years back. That Lego house he built was awesome.

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    • I don understand what you mean. I still miss the original Sunday Morning Countryfile before it went all “Middle-Class Islington” on us. I think I enjoyed it just because I sorely miss the countryside and farms but also for the supporting characters. Caleb and the legal advisor/accountant who would usually be introduced with some witty comment about how happy he was when in fact he was anything but (though a realist). James May is something else isn’t he? He definitely is an interesting and clever man. I always felt that he was bullied on Top gear, even if it was just for show.


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