CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 19 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 3.4.20

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 19 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 3.4.20 BLOG Sunday 5th April  2020

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As the weather warms up things are getting serious on the Coronavirus/ Covid-19 front.

Brits have been warned that “people will die” if the nationwide lockdown is broken during the mini heatwave at the weekend.

Matt Hancock gave the stark warning at the Covid-19 press briefing, saying: “We cannot relax our discipline now, if we do people will die.”

The Queen will address the nation this weekend as coronavirus continues to claim lives worldwide.

The monarch’s speech will be broadcast on Sunday, having been recorded at Windsor Castle.

It comes as the UK’s coronavirus patient death toll surged by 684 today, taking the overall figure beyond 3,000.

Tributes to nurses

Two nurses are among the latest NHS staff to die with coronavirus. Areema Nasreen, 36, had been treated at Walsall Manor Hospital, where she worked. Aimee O’Rourke, who worked at the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, has also died. Chief Nursing Officer for England Ruth May has paid tribute to the two women, both mothers-of-three.

Nightingale Hospital opens

It’s the first emergency field hospital to open in the UK – and it’s been transformed into one from an exhibition space in nine days. The NHS Nightingale Hospital, in London’s ExCel Centre, will have the capacity for up to 4,000 coronavirus patients. More are planned for other cities.

The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson shows her characters social distancing

Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson, The makers of the children’s book The Gruffalo have drawn their characters practising social distancing to help children understand the regulations.

They created the panels as a “light-hearted” way of spreading the message.

They feature The Gruffalo, Stickman and The Smeds and The Smoos – all keeping a safe distance from one another.

The characters are also seen helping the vulnerable with their shopping.

The Gruffalo was first published in 1999, and tells the story of a mouse taking a walk in the woods – where he out-smarts a terrifying creature with terrible teeth and a “posionous wart on the end of his nose”.

It went on to sell 13 million copies and has been turned into a stage play and an Oscar-nominated animation.

One of the new sketches shows the Gruffalo walking behind the mouse, accompanied by the couplet:

“Alright said The Gruffalo bursting with laughter / You go ahead, I’ll follow two metres after.”

“Axel had this idea of doing some witty sketches, each based on one of our books and each kind of incorporating a tip about coronavirus,” Donaldson told BBC Breakfast on Friday.

Scheffler started the process by saying to himself, “what can I do as an illustrator?” during these troubled times.

“I’m currently working on a digital, free non-fiction book about coronavirus, which is serious and informative and probably more important than this and is coming out next week,” he said.

“[But] I wanted to do something light-hearted and cheer people up and I thought, ‘what if I imagine our characters in corona situations?'”

“It’s really more about entertainment than serious information,” he added.

As well as social distancing, the characters stress the importance of exercise and making video calls to their family members.

Donaldson hopes the images will emphasise best practices and help with home schooling, without being seen as “preaching”.

While on lockdown, the author is also producing a weekly broadcast on The Gruffalo Facebook page, reading stories, poems and singing songs.

Lean On Me singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Sadly one of my all time favourite singers died too, Bill Withers.

Bill Withers, the acclaimed 1970s soul singer behind hits Ain’t No Sunshine and Lean On Me has died from heart complications aged 81, his family said.

The singer died on Monday in Los Angeles, the family told the Associated Press.

They described him in a statement as a “solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world”.

“He spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” the statement said.

Known for his smooth baritone vocals and sumptuous soul arrangements, he wrote some of the 70s best-remembered songs, including Just The Two Of Us, Lovely Day and Use Me.

On Lovely Day, he set the record for the longest sustained note on a US chart hit, holding a high E for 18 seconds.

Although he stopped recording in 1985, his songs remained a major influence on R&B and hip-hop.

His track Grandma’s Hands was sampled on Blackstreet’s No Diggity, and Eminem reinterpreted Just The Two Of Us on his hit 1997 Bonnie And Clyde.

Lean On Me has recently become associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, with many people posting their own versions to support health workers.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father,” said Withers’ family in a statement.

“With his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other.

“As private a life as he lived, close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”

US musician Chance the Rapper led tributes, describing the singer as “the greatest” and recalling some of his own personal memories.

Bill Withers





Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less – Marie Curie


Happiness is…The Gruffalo


All generalisations are false, including this one.


Love is…sharing a lifetime of treasured memories.



Lean On Me – Bill Withers

No.18 9th September 1972


  1. Lean On Me Bill Withers 4:19



Country Confirmed cases  Deaths
1  Italy 124,632 15,362
2  Spain 126,168 11,947
3  US 312,245 8,503
4  France 90,847 7,574
5  UK 42,381 4,320
6  Iran 55,743 3,452
7  China 81,668 3,329
8  Netherlands 16,729 1,656
9  Germany 96,092 1,444
10  Belgium 18,431 1,283

Global cases         Updated 5 Apr at 09:23 local

Increase for Day

Confirmed            1,203,485              +84,564

Deaths                   64,784                   +5,847

Recovered             247,001                 +20,232


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