CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 155 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 24.8.2020 BLOG 26th August 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 155 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday 24th August 2020

I am posting this on 26th August. Because of our Diary System that means we are reporting about things appertaining to 24th August. But we are breaking the rules because today, 26th August 2020 is a very special day

26th August 2020is our daughter Anna’s 40th Birthday. We congratulate her and wish her a very special birthday.

We have arranged some special presents for her but a very special one is a photobook I have specially made for her. It has taken me over 12 months. Probably double that amount of time because as its base was a similar book, I did for her elder sister’s 40th birthday.

I have reviewed the 300,000+ photographs I have, most taken by me, over the 40 years and chosen around 4,000 to put in the 440-page book. A book that reflects her very full life.


Now back to our normal diary entry reporting of Monday, 24th August 2020 Day 155

ON THIS DAY 24 August 79

An estimated 15,000 Romans die as Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying Pompeii and Herculaneum.

BBC boss Tony Hall has backed the Proms decision to play orchestral versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory on the traditional Last Night.

“I think they have come to the right conclusion which is actually to include it instrumentally,” Lord Hall said.

He also told BBC media editor Amol Rajan that he “suspects” the singing version will be back next year.

It had been reported the songs could be dropped over concerns of associations with colonialism and slavery.

The concert is due to take place on 12 September but without an audience and with limited performers at the Royal Albert Hall, due to concerns around Covid-19.

Lord Hall added: “We have come to the right conclusion which is a creative conclusion, an artistic conclusion… it is there in a medley of instrumentals playing around sea shanties and all of that and I suspect it will be back next year.”

He pointed to the difficulties in putting on the Proms without the usual audience.

“The point is they’ve come to the right conclusion which is it’s very, very hard in an Albert Hall that takes over 5000 people to have the atmosphere of the Last night of the Proms and to have things where the whole audience normally sing along – it’s quite hard creatively, artistically to make that work”

In a statement on Monday evening, BBC Proms said it was announcing the concert’s programme following recent speculation.

It said there would be new orchestral versions of Land Of Hope And Glory, and Rule, Britannia!, as well as a new arrangement of Jerusalem.

“With much reduced musical forces and no live audience, the Proms will curate a concert that includes familiar, patriotic elements such as Jerusalem and the National Anthem, and bring in new moments capturing the mood of this unique time, including You’ll Never Walk Alone, presenting a poignant and inclusive event for 2020,” the statement said.

Ivor Novello-winning composer Errollyn Wallen confirmed online on Monday evening that she is making the new arrangement of Proms favourite, Jerusalem,

“In it I remember the Commonwealth nations and am dedicating the work to the Windrush generation,” tweeted the Belize-born British musician.

‘A panic about race’

Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, told Times Radio he felt the BBC Proms panics when it came to issues of race.

“The real problem the corporation has is that it is always in a panic about race, and one of the reasons it is always in a panic is that it has no confidence,” he said.

“The principle reason it has no confidence… is that there is no ethnic diversity at the top of its decision-making tree.

“What you have is rooms full of white men panicking that someone is going to think they are racist.”

Broadcaster and choirmaster Gareth Malone has suggested the anthems are outdated, tweeting: “It’s time for Rule Britannia! to go.”


Below is Analysis by David Sillito BBC Media & Arts Correspondent

All the familiar tunes will be there but in a very unfamiliar setting.

The Last Night of the Proms will still have Jerusalem, the National Anthem and new orchestral versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory.

However, there will be no live audience in the Royal Albert Hall to sing along, and the number of musicians and singers will be reduced and dispersed around the hall because of social distancing.

The music will, the BBC says, have to be adapted to reflect the new circumstances – which means there will be no singing of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory.

The rumours that the tunes were being dropped for political reasons because of concerns about lyrics extolling Britain’s imperial past has led to a heated debate.

The BBC says the orchestra-only arrangement was how the tunes were first performed at the Proms in 1905, and it’s clear the evening’s two rousing sing-along tunes would sound odd and perhaps rather bleak with just a handful of singers spread around an empty hall.

It’s understood that the songs will return with their lyrics when the coronavirus restrictions come to an end.

Meanwhile, Jerusalem, another sing-along favourite, will still have its words, as will the National Anthem.

On Monday, Downing Street waded into the row, with a spokesman saying: “This is a decision and a matter for the organisers of the Proms and the BBC.

“But the PM previously has set out his position on like issues and has been clear that while he understands the strong emotions involved in these discussions, we need to tackle the substance of problems, not the symbols.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden also said he had raised “concerns” with the corporation over the Sunday Times’ report.

“Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory are highlights of the Last Night of the Proms,” he tweeted. “Share concerns of many about their potential removal and have raised this with BBC.

“Confident forward-looking nations don’t erase their history, they add to it.”

Meanwhile, Tory MP Michael Fabricant said the move was “all very sad”, adding: “There’s some lovely words to Rule Britannia.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he called for a “compromise” of a single voice performing the tune, rather than the usual sing-along version.

Let’s just have a single voice singing those words proudly,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with a bit of tradition, and it’s a beautiful tune.”


The Killers outselling the rest of the Top 20 combined in pursuit of this week’s Number 1 album with Imploding

By Jack White

The Killers dominate this week’s Official Chart Update with their new album Imploding The Mirage which is set to become their sixth straight UK Number 1 studio album.

The Las Vegas band’s new record is outselling the rest of the Top 20 combined in pursuit of the top spot, having racked up the most physical and download sales across the weekend.


With just shy of 44,000 chart sales logged in its first three days on sale, Imploding The Mirage is close to becoming the fastest-selling album of the year. In June, Lady Gaga’s Chromatica shifted 53,000 chart sales in its first seven days of release. This is made even more impressive in that Imploding The Mirage is not available on vinyl until October.

All five of The Killers previous studio albums have reached the top spot of the Official Albums Chart, with the band claiming a further two Top 10 albums with a B-sides collection and greatest hits.

Synth-pop legends Erasure are at Number 2 with their eighteenth studio album The Neon, in line to become their highest-charting album in 26 years. The Neon is the bestseller on vinyl so far this week.

Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Jamie Webster rounds out an all-new midweek Top 3 with his debut album We Get By. The collection documents “the struggles, joys and escapes of everyday working-class life” and is the culmination of Jamie’s rise in popularity following football post-match gigs.

Folk group The Waterboys are at Number 6 with their latest album Good Luck Seeker, on track to mark their first time in the Top 10 since June 1993.

Indie rock group Bright Eyes are eyeing up their highest-charting album ever with Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was (11), Troye Sivan’s new EP In A Dream is scoping a Top 20 debut (13) and illustrious US rapper Nas is aiming for his seventh UK Top 40 album with King’s Disease (20).

Mancunian indie-pop group Lottery Winners are at 21 with Sounds of Isolation, Swedish rockers Blues Pills sit at 26 currently with Holy Moly, British saxophonist Nubya Garcia occupies 29 with her debut album Source, and PJ Harvey’s 1993 Top 10 album Rid Of Me is at 37 following a reissue.






Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life-Omar Khayyam


Happiness is… Imploding The Mirage by The Killers


Why did the toilet roll down the hill?

To get to the bottom!


Love is…more than words could ever say


5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time for the Killers Imploding The Mirage by The Killers…A time for Hot Fuss by The Killers
  2. A time for Mr Brightside by The Killers …A time for Don’t Shoot Me Santa by The Killers
  3. A time for The Whole of the Moon by The Waterboys…A time for Good Luck Seeker by The Waterboys
  4. A time for Swedish rockers Blues Pills album Holy Moly…A time for British saxophonist Nubya Garcia debut album Source.
  5. A time to wish our daughter Spanna a Happy 40th Birthday…A time to wish her husband our son in law Colin a Happy 40th Birthday (17th)


DAY 142        16 Times – 144 Feet              Cumulative Total 21,159 Feet


  1. Sitting In The Park Georgie Fame 3:21
  2. Green Tambourine Lemon Pipers 2:22
  3. Good Day Sunshine The Tremeloes 1:57
  4. Judy In Disguise John Fred And Playboy Band 2:54


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