The Rot Set In

24 May

How are you? How are you managing in these trying of time? Have you started avoiding the news and social media reporting? Are you feeling the need to contact that friend in your phone book you haven’t seen or spoken to in decades? Have you tackled that oft put off job?

Day one-hundred-fifth-something of being at home for me … it feels like the rot has set in, I could twiddle some yarn, I should get to reading that book, I would feel better if I tackled a task or two but ……….. no excuse nor reason, just the arse cannot be bothered. I usually quarantine myself during winter, after all if there’s no need to go out in the yucky weather there’s less chance of catching cold which evolves to chest infections. The pandemic timing extended that, cancelled BFF’s visit and the high jinks we were planning, means an additional three+ months have been added.

I’ve had two letters regarding my health condition and CoVid19, one on behalf of my GP from the Clinical Commissioning Group stating I am “likely to feel unwell”, so that’s reassuring, unwell sounds light, like a hay fever sniffle. But the letter from the Neuromuscular Advisory Unit has said I am at “high risk of serious illness”, that sounds rather worrying, conjures images of tubes and machine beeps. I cannot get out, so I’m not at greater risk and my carers are diligent with their precautions.

I’ve enjoyed the access viewing, things like the Thursday night National Theatre productions being streamed on YouTube, I’d never be able to attend in person, so this opportunity has been relished. I’ve been totally engrossed in all of them, marvelling at the staging, the acting, the imagination, seeing productions I heard of but never seen, like Treasure Island, One Man Two G’vnrs, Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, Jane Ayre, Anthony & Cleopatra, Street Car Named Desire, next week The House. There has been the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar was outstanding. Various orchestras and musicians have been producing videos of performances, some quarantine themed, changing the words of known songs, some of performing classical pieces without the pomp and ceremony of the venues. Of course the small children or small pets interrupting has been amusing.

When this is over, what will we take away from it? There will always be selfish idiots, there will always be negative attacking media, there will always be unreported acts of kindness.

I sense a general mood change as I watch/listen to the vox poluli… an undertone of resentment and slight anger. Maybe it is the media bias but the consensus seems to be that Joe Ordinary doesn’t want his kids to go back to school but does want the pub to open … people jump in their car and drive to the beach and are shocked and surprised that five hundred or more had the exact same idea … persons in positions of knowledge and authority flout the rules and ignore the old time lead by example ethos.

As the aftermath of WW2 did for Churchill, will the aftermath do for Boris … will any politician or party truly be trusted and reliable in an era of PR and popularity over substance and commitment. Will I get out of my hovel this side of Christmas!!


Posted by on May 24, 2020 in General, In The News, Life


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10 responses to “The Rot Set In

  1. deacongill

    May 24, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    I didn’t realise how depressing I was finding the UK unrelentingly bad news until I went to Sicily. If the same thing happens there, then I didn’t understand the language! There was a much sunnier (in the metaphorical sense – it sheeted down with rain some of the time) attitude and outlook and it was only after I’d been exposed to it a few days that I realised the effect on my mood of the UK media. Much better to switch off! – especially as they continually rehearse what they’ve already told us. Meanwhile, enjoy your theatre visits. I’m getting on with my writing, and about time too.

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  2. menhir1

    May 24, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Oooooh, I couldn’t find this post to comment on it via the usual routes, it came up as ‘not listed’ twice. I did a ‘naughty’ bit of strategic roly-poly and voila! I got here.

    I agree with Gilly about the daily presentation of news… relentless it can be. I won’t totally switch off from it for selfish reasons, it is not in my best interests too. I need to know A) what’s happening in the shire of England. The latest cock-ups, incoherence and contradictory ‘guidance’ that the arrogant political gods are spewing out, so that I can genuinely compare it with what our devolved nation is doing and how well our political leader Nicola Sturgeon is doing it. My guess is the other two devolved populations are doing something similar.

    B) I also wish to know, insofar as one can, what is happening in the wider world.

    C) This coming Thursday, R’s being where it should be, I should gain some additional freedoms. I cannot miss that bit of news and the detail that goes with it. Hairdressing doesn’t happen till stage 3 and there’s no indication yet when dentistry will be available.

    We’re in week eleven, or maybe it is twelve; it feels like a long time. We’ve voluntarily done a bit more isolation time than the majority. How’s it been… and downs. I still cannot get enthused about cooking, it’s a necessity. The TV has been filling time with so many repeats of recently shown programmes, we’ve got into selecting what we don’t remember or an episode we know we haven’t seen. Not too much TV then.

    Most importantly, lots of thoughtfulness and kindnesses to remember though.

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    • AnneMarie

      May 24, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      I lost heart with tv when they started making a big to-do about repeating old football matches!

      Naughty Strategic roly-poly hey … sounds energetic and not advisable before the 9pm watershed.


      • menhir1

        May 24, 2020 at 4:46 pm

        Who says, time is only a number!?!

        Re Sports matches of yore, oh don’t….it’s bad enough when there’s sports of that day. Saint Balls Day next…. O man the gargoyles help us!!!!!


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      • AnneMarie

        May 24, 2020 at 4:55 pm

        I am missing the tennis, but I’ve not craving to watch old matches. I’ve been watching ancient black and white movies on our Talking Pictures channel (circa 1930/40/50)


    • Jocelyn

      May 25, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      Oh my goodness, I just composed a rather lengthy ‘comment’ to this post then realised that I’d drag every one who read it down with me into the abyss so deleted it and have written this acknowledgement instead. Certainly a triggering post for me Amg!

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      • AnneMarie

        May 25, 2020 at 7:37 pm

        Oh my! Wasn’t meaning to trigger anything. I’m sure the moggies and culinary escapades have been uplifting.

        I wrote the blog before the Cummings debacle… you couldn’t make it up, so many have forgotten the principal of “lead by example”.

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  3. snowbird

    May 28, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    I couldn’t find this page either! Well, I’m not surprised you feel as you do, I go out with the dogs each day and also have large gardens which are like additional rooms. If I couldn’t get fresh air I would suffer so I really feel for you and the loss of BF’s visit. I just pray this thing burns itself out, especially for those who can’t get out.
    I watch Alzazeera, I find it covers world news better than other channels. T.V has changed hasn’t it, all those guys doing their thing from home, so many are fabulous. I’m made up you get to enjoy the theatre! Here’s to you getting out before Christmas….if you don’t, how about a zoom session each week with fellow bloggers? I’d enjoy that!xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      May 29, 2020 at 11:24 am

      Oww Bloggy zoom, now that’s an idea …. but might it break the internet??


  4. snowbird

    May 29, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Not if you keep it to four or so!xxx

    Liked by 1 person


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