CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 108 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 1.7.2020 BLOG 3rd Julye 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 108 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Wednesday 1st July 2020

The country seemed to go off in panic mode today as lots of job losses especially in the retail and aviation sector.  I would have thought the leisure industry like cafes, restaurants pubs and bars will be up there with them too.

At least 10,000 UK workers axed in two days as clock ticks down on Covid jobs scheme

Many thousands of further redundancies are expected

At least 10,000 jobs have been slashed in the UK in just 48 hours as companies battle to stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis. 

High-street retailers and the aviation sector are “bearing the brunt of the losses” as the economic impact of the pandemic continues to be felt, says The Times.

SSP, the parent company of Upper Crust, announced yesterday that 5,000 employees were being made redundant, while John Lewis, Harrods and Philip Green’s Arcadia, which owns Topshop, confirmed a total of around 1,200 job losses.

Harrods managing director Michael Ward pointed to both social distancing measures and the “devastation in international trade” when explaining the company’s decision to cut around 14% of its 4,800-strong workforce.

Bella Italia and Café Rouge owner files to appoint administrator, putting 6,000 jobs in doubt.

The news came less than 24 hours after plane-maker Airbus announced 1,700 staff cuts in the UK, and easyJet shared “plans to pull out of Stansted, Southend and Newcastle Airports, possibly putting more than 700 jobs at risk”, reports ITV News.

Aviation firms are in the midst of “the gravest crisis the industry has ever experienced”, said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury.

Qantas to axe 6,000 jobs as part of €9 billion pandemic cost-cutting plan.

Meanwhile, menswear company TM Lewin collapsed into administration, costing 600 jobs, with furniture store Harveys also going under, resulting in 240 redundancies.

A further 900 cuts were announced at management consulting firm Accenture, while 300 redundancies are being made across Virgin Money, Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, according to the BBC.

And many more job losses are expected as other companies seek to reduce costs ahead of the winding down of the government’s furlough scheme.

The Bank of England has predicted unemployment rates may hit 10% by the end of this year, reports the Financial Times.

It was also reported that Belgium lockdown lifted for sex workers but COVID-19 concerns flourish.

YouGov – the poll company asked 2,067 GB adults:

Do you intend on going on a summer holiday abroad this year?

All adults

I do                         11%

I do not                  77%

Don’t know           12%

I guess Cornwall is going to get a little crowded this August. In fact, they are expecting a big get away this Saturday 4th July. The first day everything opens up again. The RAC have warned of big hold ups on the M% and similar roads used for getaway destinations.

Our day ended today watching another of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads. ‘Bed Among the Lentils’. This monologue was originally performed by Maggie Smith in 1988. The latest version has been superbly acted by Lesley Manville. She was perfection for the part. Making the monologue one of my most favourite. I just love with Talking Heads how from the opening line what seems to be an innocent situation just builds and builds with every word added. Like starting with a tiny snowball and rolling it in the snow and ending with a giant snowman.

In previous posts I have mentioned my various experiences with the sound on Talking Heads. I have to say with this episode I heard every word perfectly.






A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”


Happiness is…when every sock has a pair


Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time.


Love is…always staying young in each other’s eyes.

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to work…A time to retire.
  2. A time for ‘A Lady of Letters’…A time for ‘Bed Among the Lentils’
  3. A time for Patricia Routledge…A time for Imelda Staunton
  4. A time for Maggie Smith…A time for Lesley Manville
  5. A time for bright sky blue skies…A time for battleship grey skies


DAY 88       16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 13,266 Feet




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