CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 159 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 28.8.2020 BLOG 30th August 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 159 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Friday 28th August 2020

The penguin watching Pingu so he doesn’t get lonely

By Calum Leslie Newsbeat reporter

A penguin watching Pingu on an iPad to stop him feeling lonely should be the ultimate evidence we really can expect anything in 2020.

And it’s actually, legitimately happening at Perth Zoo in Australia.

The penguin, who’s been called Pierre – because at this point why not – was found washed up on a beach in the south west of the country.

He’s an endangered Northern Rockhopper penguin, and the only one in care anywhere in the whole of Australasia.

Pierre’s keepers – who we assume are the ones taking care of the Netflix subscription – were worried he’d not get enough socialising while he gets healthy enough to return to the wild.

So they’re showing him the cartoon, along with live streams of other rockhoppers around the world – including the ones at Edinburgh Zoo.

Apparently Pingu spoke “Penguinese” in the show. ‘He’s not waterproof – he can’t swim’

“Pierre should be in the Indian or sub-Antarctic oceans at this point,” Danielle Henry from the zoo tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“He’s not meant to be here, and he wasn’t in the best health when he came to us,” she says.

Pierre’s feathers are meant to moult once a year, which means they fall out as a brand new lot grow in.

But they aren’t really doing that at the minute.

It means he’s not waterproof. And you don’t have to be an expert to see how that could be a problem for a penguin.

“We think he’s about a first year bird so he’s really quite young,” says Danielle. “For some reason his new feathers got half way through and completely stopped.”

“Pierre can’t swim, he can’t fish for himself. So he needs a helping hand.”

‘He doesn’t realise Pingu’s a penguin’

We can’t imagine why Pierre didn’t see the similarity.

That’s the science. But the big question you’ve had since opening this story is, does he even like Pingu? Right?

Worry not.


“He’s absolutely loved it,” says Danielle. “But he probably doesn’t realise that Pingu is a penguin. He’s just responding to the colour and the movement.

“From his behaviour we can tell he’s enjoying it. He’s vocalising really well. And that’s exactly what we wanted him to do.”

Yes, we think we can say it. He’s talking to Pingu.

Danielle says the plan is still to get Pierre back into the wild.

But experts have told them it could take two to four rounds of moulting.

“In the meantime, we are hoping we can get him into another zoo where there are other rockhopper penguins,” she says.

That might be not a bad plan for Pierre. Because while a quick search tells us there are 157 episodes of Pingu out there, they last for just over five minutes.

And after living with lockdown, we’re confident enough to say any binge watching can get pretty repetitive – even in penguin.


My grandsons love Pingu and they do not moult. So, that’s a bit too coincidental not to be related.

Today my week’s work culminated with the finalised Parish News being delivered for September. Yet another step back to normality.

During lockdown and social distancing, that’s April 2020 to August 2020 we have suspended publication of the Linby & Papplewick (Churches) Parish News of which I am the editor. We are allowed to go ahead and publish for September and I now have the finished product.

Me and Mamma are reordering our nursery room. As we no longer have babies, we’ve outed the cot and bought a bed. We bought one from a Leicester company. It was self-assemble, so we paid extra to have it assembled.

It was delivered today. They had a great system that told us there was 8 drops before ours starting in Hull and ours was the last. It was so interesting as we saw the countdown as they dropped off each delivery. Then we discovered the guy delivering lived round the corner from us. Small world.





Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein


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5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful Lockdown gives us a time…

  1. A time to rescue penguins…A time to observe penguins at the zoo.
  2. A time for rescued penguins to watch Pingu…A time for rescued penguins to watch Game of Thrones (Or The Crown)
  3. A time for Pingu to get the credit the show deserves…A time for Pingu to win an Oscar.
  4. A time for Parish News to lay low in lockdown…A time for Parish News to put itself about again.
  5. A time for our bed to travel the country…A time for our bed to settle down and stay home!



DAY 146        16 Times – 144 Feet              Cumulative Total 21,753 Feet


  1. Have a Nice Day (J.E.E.P. Version) Stereophonics 3:25
  2. Summer Girl (Bonus Track) HAIM 3:25
  3. Hymn for the Weekend Coldplay 4:19



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