CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 18 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 2.4.20

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 18 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 2.4.20 BLOG  Saturday 4th April 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 18 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 2.4.20

Dolly Parton donates $1million to find coronavirus cure and urges ‘keep the faith’

Dolly Parton, 74, has donated a whopping $1million dollars (£806,900) to help find the cure to the coronavirus.

The country star is friends with a scientist who researches at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

She had a message of hope from fans as she announced she was making the generous donation to help the centre find a cure.

Taking to her Instagram, where she has 3.1million followers, she wrote: “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure.

“I am making a donation of $1million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.

The star also recently announced she will be virtually reading bedtime stories to children during the pandemic.

She unveiled the plans on Monday after revealing the title of her thoughtful project will be called Goodnight With Dolly.

Dolly’s Imagination Library charity has been gifting free books to children for years, and with the little ones spending so much time at home amid global lockdowns, now is a perfect time for her to share the readings.

She will be posting the videos on Imagination Library’s YouTube channel. Click below:

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library YouTube Channel

Dolly’s program supplies one free book once a month to any child, regardless of their family’s income, from birth until they begin school.

She announced the news in a short clip on her Facebook page.

She explained the readings will run for ten weeks with the aim of offering children “a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest.”

Explaining her decision to kickstart the book readings in a blog post, Dolly wrote: “This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right.

“I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love.”

We received beautiful ‘Rainbow’ pictures from two of our grandchildren to cheer us up which it did, and we have stuck them in the window.

Mamma has bought some Christmas tree lights to put on our live Christmas tree. They look good and its good fun and keeps her occupied. But it would be better if the grandchildren were here to enjoy them.

On the news front pressure has been building all week on the government to make more tests available for NHS workers.

We again all went out on to the doorstep to applaud the NHS workers (and I guess the armed forces) and this time included carers (Mamma), supermarket workers and all those working in the critical distributing trades. ITV paused its programming as the nation paid tribute to NHS workers on the frontline tonight. There were lots of fireworks around us too. What a celebration.

There was a great promotion on BBC for watching TV programmes whilst you are in self-isolation:

The BBC has launched a series of films on TV and social media encouraging UK residents to stay in their homes, making use of appropriately themed footage from MirandaThe Thick of itThe Mighty Boosh and I’m Alan Partridge.




Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere, –  Erma Bombeck.


Happiness is…Dolly Parton!


A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.



Love is…not judging someone against a rigid list of expectations



Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

No.7 7th January 1984

  1. Islands In The Stream Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 4:10


Country Confirmed cases  Deaths
1  Italy 119,827 14,681
2  Spain 124,736 11,744
3  US 278,537 7,163
4  France 83,025 6,521
5  UK 42,338 4,320
6  Iran 55,743 3,452
7  China 81,638 3,326
8  Netherlands 16,725 1,656
9  Germany 91,589 1,293
10  Belgium 18,431 1,283

Global cases         Updated 4 Apr at 14:53 local


Increase by

Confirmed            1,134,418              +100,940

Deaths                   60,115                   +5,746

Recovered             233,689                 +14,825


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