CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 103 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 26.6.2020 BLOG 28th June 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 103 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Friday 26th June 2020

The problem with medical appointments in the middle of the day is that they seem to end up taking up the full day.

MRI scan yesterday, at 2.10pm. Opticians today at 2.00pm. And full days seem to be gone doing nothing else.

Today, I did the opticians. Eyes are getting slightly worse due to age. Coating coming off old lens on my specs, so having to have new lens. Will take 10 days to fit.

So, as all that is very boring stuff I thought I’d pick up a couple of more interesting news items.

Bob Dylan, goes straight to Number 1, today, with his 39th studio album Rough and Rowdy Ways.

With 34,000 chart sales, including 29,000 purchased on CD, Rough and Rowdy Ways is the Legendary singer-songwriter’s ninth chart-topper, placing him alongside ABBA and Queen in terms of other acts who have also managed nine UK Number 1 albums.

Bob Dylan also earns two new Official Chart records this week – becoming the oldest artist ever to score a Number 1 album of new original material, as well as becoming the oldest male solo artist to land a Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

At 79 years and one month old, Bob Dylan surpasses Paul Simon who was 74 years and 8 months when he topped the chart with new material Stranger To Stranger in 2016.

Dylan also leapfrogs Rod Stewart by four years and two months – Sir Rod’s title of the oldest male solo artist to earn a Number 1 album was short-lived, having only claimed it in December 2019 with orchestral rework collection You’re In My Heart’s, aged 74 years and 11 months.

The oldest artist overall to reach Number 1 remains as the late Dame Vera Lynn, who was 92 when she hit the top spot in 2009 with her greatest hits collection We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best Of.

Canadian songwriting legend Neil Young takes the Number 2 spot and the week’s best-selling vinyl release with Homegrown, his 11th Top 10 album (including two with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) and highest charting collection since 1994’s Sleeps with Angels.

Californian indie singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers lands a Top 40 album for the first time with second album Punisher, debuting at Number 6. The collection was the most popular purchase in UK independent record shops, taking Number 1 on this week’s Official Record Store Chart.

The late Dame Vera Lynn’s greatest hits album 100 re-enters the chart at Number 19, following her death last week at the age of 103. In May, Dame Vera became the oldest artist to land a Top 40 on the Official Albums Chart off the back of the 75th VE day anniversary celebrations.

In other news:

Coronavirus warning as crowds flock to the beaches

Fears are growing that poor social distancing will lead to a resurgence in Covid-19 cases as hot weather leads crowds to flock to the seaside. After police declared a major incident in Bournemouth, Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, said: “If we do not follow social-distancing guidance then cases will rise again. Naturally people will want to enjoy the sun but we need to do so in a way that is safe for all.”

More than 100 people killed by lighting in India.

Dozens of lightning strikes across two Indian states have killed more than 100 people in recent days. Authorities in Bihar state said 83 were killed there and at least 20 more people are reported dead in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the victims’ families. Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains.

Michael Rosen home from intensive care after coronavirus

The 74-year-old children’s author tweeted ‘I’ve survived!’ after leaving hospital, having been admitted at the end of March

The award-winning and popular poet and children’s author began charting his illness on Twitter in March, writing of “bed-breaking shakes” and “freezing cold sweats”, of “deep muscle exhaustion” and the “image of war hero biting on a hankie, while best mate plunges live charcoal into the wound to cauterise it”. He went into intensive care at the end of the month, with his family warning that he was “very poorly” at the time.

It took 47 days for him to leave ICU, but on 6 June he took his first steps, and by 12 June he was back on Twitter, jauntily sharing his progress as he began walking again. “Just as I was beginning to love my stick, Sticky McStickstick, I’m told, ‘You mustn’t become totally stick-reliant.’ Oh noooooooo!!!” he wrote on 22 June. “This wasn’t a snide dig at the physios! They are progressives. They see me walking the corridors with Sticky McStickstick, then walking a bit without, so they want me to go on. Quite right. Physios are the best!”

This morning, his wife, Emma-Louise Williams, shared a picture of him at home on his balcony, sun hat on head and cuppa and geraniums on the table in front of him.

5,078 people are talking about this

“I’ve survived! And came home yesterday,” wrote Rosen himself on Twitter, thanking the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn “for your goodwill message when I went into intensive care”. He also responded to some of the thousands of messages from well-wishers celebrating his return home. Williams had warned a few days earlier that while Rosen was “doing some tweeting”, he was “not fully recovered yet”. She asked his followers: “pls don’t ask him to read & comment on your unpublished poems, record a short video message, take part in a Zoom meeting, write a blurb for your latest book or do any work of any kind.”

The 74-year-old author, performer and broadcaster is one of Britain’s most beloved writers, the author of more than 140 books including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Little Rabbit Foo Foo, and children’s poetry including Chocolate Cake and Don’t. In 2004, he wrote Sad Book, about his grief following the sudden death of his son, Eddie, from meningitis in 1999. He held the position of children’s laureate from 2007 until 2009, and has also been a vigorous campaigner for less testing in schools and the necessity of school libraries.

Rosen has praised the “fantastic treatment” he has received from the NHS over the course of his illness. In 2008, he wrote a poem to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the national institution, opening: “These are the hands / That touch us first / Feel your head / Find the pulse / And make your bed”. The poem was also included in an anthology of poetry by NHS workers which launched to raise money for NHS Charities Together’s urgent Covid-19 appeal. In a foreword to that book, Rosen described the NHS as “a perfect symbol of how we can care for each other across a whole society”.


As for our day after the opticians we got an invite to our daughter’s back garden. There all four grandchildren were spending time together suitably distanced. It’s great that we can meet up on these hot days even if it is distanced. But it feels slightly more normal.

I missed out on a McDonald’s unfortunately. We’d just had our tea. I could still have got one in though.

My grandson gave me a Father’s Day card he had made. The card said “5 things I love about my grandad”. A tremendous creation and gesture.

Our August Cornish holiday appears to be back on. We are not clear if the three families can go or just two though. As with all this Coronavirus advice it is all very confusing. Nothing is clear and concise.





There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. Love quote by George Sand.



Happiness is…the words of Bob Dylan.


“Why are elevator jokes so classic and good? They work on many levels.”


Love is…knowing you will be loved until the end of time.


5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time To…

  1. A time to hear Dylan sing his own songs…A time to hear someone sing a Dylan cover version
  2. A time for ‘The times they are a-changin’…A time for ‘Things Have Changed’.
  3. A time for ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’…A time for ‘Mr Tambourine Man’.
  4. A time for ‘Knockin On Heaven’s Door’ … A time for ‘Like A Rolling Stone’.
  5. A time for ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’… A time for ‘Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’.



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