CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 14 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 29.3.20

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 14 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 29.3.20 BLOG  Tuesday 31st March  2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 14 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 29.3.20

The big deal today is that we set up Alexa as a major friend to help get us through self-isolation.

Unfortunately, she fell at the first hurdle. We, (it takes two, me and Mamma) to take her out of the box. I plugged her in. Next, I said, “Alexa, set yourself up.” But she didn’t and told me to go to my phone or computer.

I think that was just a matter of letting you know who is in charge.

I did as she said. See she’s got control of me already. To be honest it was very easy. But I’m not sure how much we can trust our dear Alexa.

Kicking things off I just said, “Alexa play some music.” I didn’t specify any type.

She came up with The Eagles and Take It To The Limit. A very firm favourite of both Mamma and I. In fact, it could not be a better choice. But that is scary. How did she know that and how much more does she know about us?

Unortunately, the next track was crap. But that follows, she’s a very clever young lady, very psychologically savvy.

We asked her to tune us in to Radio 2 and she did quicker and easier than I could do it physically on an old-fashioned radio.

Next Mamma asked, “Alexa, will you read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, please”. Mamma is very polite, remembers all her manners like a good Mamma.

But Alexa comes back to tell her she can buy the Audiobook at the Amazon website and gives her chapter and verse. She obviously gets a commission on our purchases you can tell with how quickly she jumped in with excited anticipation.

I decided to test her knowledge about the current state of the world. I started off by saying “Alexa, how long will I have to stay in social- isolation due to Coronavirus.”

She was very honest and came back with “I do not know the answer to your question.”

I followed it up with: “Alexa, when will the Coronavirus pandemic be over throughout the world.”

She gave a really long speech about sufficient data and statistics and experience not being available throughout the world, so no one knew. To be honest she waffled on and on so much, that informed me of nothing that I losr=t the will to live. I ended up appreciating the short sharp previous answer.

I felt a little let down. I’d paid £40 for Alexa and the least I expected was she could tell me when I could be released from house arrest.

But at least England’s deputy chief medical officer seems to have a handle on it. It could be six months before life in the UK returns to “normal”, she has said.

Speaking at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Dr Jenny Harries added: “This is not to say we would be in complete lockdown for six months.” But, she continued, the UK had to be “responsible” in its actions and reduce social distancing measures “gradually”.

So, I have upgraded my 12 week 84 day isolation to 6 months or 26 weeks or 182 days, And making plans to fill that time responsibly and positively. I want to come out of it having a list of positive things I have achieved from that time.

Moving on to 29th March 2020 good news: Joint-oldest living person in the UK: Bob Weighton

Robert Grant Pitts “Bob” Weighton (born 29 March 1908) from Alton, Hampshire is an English supercentenarian. At the age of 111, Bob is the joint-oldest living person in the United Kingdom along with Joan Hocquard, who was also born on 29 March 1908. He is also the oldest living man in the United Kingdom.

On the other hand, sadly, a 108-year-old woman and survivor of the 1918 Spanish flu is thought to have become the oldest victim of coronavirus in the UK.

Hilda Churchill died in a Salford care home on Saturday, hours after testing positive for Covid-19 and just eight days before her 109th birthday.

She is the oldest victim of the virus to be named in the UK. She was born in 1911, the year before the Titanic sank and three years before the start of the first world war. It was also seven years before the Spanish flu pandemic, which infected 500 million worldwide, and killed her sister.

The coronavirus pandemic had prompted Churchill to reminisce about the Spanish flu, according to her grandson, Anthony Churchill. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he said: “As I was telling her about this coronavirus she started talking about the Spanish flu and she remembered how bad that was.”

She and most of her family in their home in Crewe became infected with the Spanish flu, including her father, who collapsed in the street, she recalled. They all survived apart from her 12-month-old baby sister. “Grandma said she remembered a small box being put in a carriage,” her grandson said.

He added: “She was saying how amazing it is that something you can’t see can be so devastating.”

He said his grandmother, a seamstress who moved to Salford during the Great Depression to find work, had generally been in good health until recently. “She never understood how she got so old. I think it was the hard work that kept her going. That and good genes.” She had four children, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. ~Arthur Miller


Happiness is…a cool clear mountain stream


– If a bulldog and a shitsu are mated, it would be called a “bullshit”.


Love is…when he gives your hand a squeeze


Three Little Birds by Bob Marley & The Wailers No.17 18th October 1980

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No. OF CONFIRMED CASES as of Morning of 31st March 2020

Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              Italy                      101,739                 11,591

2              Spain                     94,417                   8,189

3              China                    81,519                   3,305

4              US                          164,610                 3,170

5              France                   45,165                   3,030

6              Iran                       44,605                   2,898

7              UK                         22,396                   1,412

8              Netherlands         11,817                   865

9              Belgium                12,775                   705

10           Germany              67,051                   650

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