CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 134 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 3.8.2020 BLOG 5th August 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 134 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday 3rd August  2020

96-year-old man becomes Italy’s oldest university graduate

 At age 93, Giuseppe Paterno gave himself a pep talk, and it was the push he needed to go back to school.

Paterno lives in Palermo, Italy, and is a retired railway worker. Growing up, his family was poor, and he only received a basic education. An avid reader his entire life, he earned his high school degree at age 31, and in 2017, finally decided to enrol in college. “I said, ‘That’s it, now or never,'” Paterno told Reuters.

He signed up for classes at the University of Palermo, focusing on history and philosophy courses. “I understand that it was a little late to get a three-year degree, but I said to myself, ‘Let’s see if I can do it,'” Paterno said. He used a typewriter for his assignments and read from books he could hold in his hands, not digital copies.

Last week, the 96-year-old grandfather graduated first in his class with top honours, becoming Italy’s oldest ever university graduate. He may be finished with his courses, but Paterno’s not done learning, and plans on spending his days writing and revisiting “all the texts I didn’t have a chance to explore further.” The way he sees it, “knowledge is like a suitcase that I carry with me. It is a treasure.”

I love this story as it inspires me.

I’ve never had the privilege of a University education. We could not afford it when I was young. More than anything I think University teaches you a certain way to think. (May be I am better off thinking things through in my way).

Throughout life all the people I have worked with have been university graduates. And I survived. But I do think I would like to take a degree. Although I’m not sure I would have patience enough with the University learning system. But this guy inspires me to give it a go.

Subjects like “’60s 70s 80s Social History,” “The Press 1800 to date”, “History of Press Photography” “History of popular Magazines” “Psychology – Human behaviour & Thoughts”, UK Radio” and many, many more. I’d even love to do a doctorate. May be a little over ambitious.

As we have decided not going on holiday with the grandchildren due to Covid-19, I decided to make them a travel entertainment pack. Specially to keep them occupied in the car. It includes:

  1. A memory Stick containing 4 Summer compilation albums 1. Now 100 Summer, 2. Sunny Afternoon 3. Dreamboats & Petticoats, Summer Holiday Magic Bus – Summer of Love
  2. A booklet containing 5.5 hours of activities for the journey going on holiday and 5.5 hours of activities for the journey back from holiday
  3. Two very short stories to feed their imaginations
  4. A book of jokes.

I worked on that today. What a lot of work.

I’ve achieved 18,000 ft on the Everest Challenge today. Amazing how it builds bit by bit.




“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

— Ronald Reagan.


Happiness is…a degree course no matter what your age


I’ve been saying “mucho” to my Spanish friend a lot more often lately. It means a lot to him.


Love is…accepting no one is perfect


5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to earn money…A time to study for a degree.
  2. A time to study for a degree…A time to graduate.
  3. A time to be modest…A time to shout about your achievements from the rooftops.
  4. A time to go on holiday…A time not to go on holiday.
  5. A time to go on holiday with grandchildren…A time not to go on holiday with grandchildren and give them a “Wish We Were There Pack” instead.


DAY 121        16 Times – 144 Feet              Cumulative Total 18,027 Feet




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