CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 32 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 16.4.2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 32 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Thursday 16.4.2020 BLOG 18th April 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 32 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Thursday 16Th April 2020

On a day we stood outside and clapped the NHS again at 8.00pm. Top of the list of staff we clapped for was the doctor who sorted the bleeding in our grandson’s ear. Although I do not think our grandson was so keen . He was hoping to go to hospital because I think he thought he’d stay with his Nanny who is there.

It was a day we were told we could buy tools and supplies to repair a fence panel damaged in bad weather. Out of everything that had been giving me most concerns.

We also learned lockdown restrictions in the UK will continue for “at least” another three weeks as it tackles the coronavirus outbreak, Dominic Raab has said.

The foreign secretary told the daily No 10 briefing that a review had concluded relaxing the measures now would risk harming public health and the economy.

“We still don’t have the infection rate down as far as we need to,” he said.

It comes as the UK recorded another 861 coronavirus deaths in hospital, taking the total to 13,729.

Strict limits on daily life. These included requiring people to stay at home, shutting many businesses and preventing gatherings of more than two people. They were  introduced on 23 March, as the government tried to limit the spread of coronavirus.

YouGov – the Government’s Polling department report 91% of Brits support the three-week lockdown extension.

The same department report on the Trump Controversy: Donald Trump’s controversial handling of the coronavirus has continued, with his latest moves being to withdraw the US funding of the World Health Organisation, and to not rule out that the virus was created in a lab in China. Asked on his overall handling of the outbreak, 78% of Brits have said that the President has not done a good job. Only 10% think he has.

And finally on YouGov, Singing for the Queen: Broadcaster Ben Fogle has asked the nation to come together next week and sing Happy Birthday for the Queen from their homes. The response to his idea is, however, not supportive: 64% say they wouldn’t participate in this if it was to happen, compared to 27% who say they would.


The extension  means I need to set me more goals to achieve like this one:  Capt Tom Moore’s NHS fundraiser hits £17m

A 99-year-old war veteran has walked 100 laps of his garden to raise £17m and counting for the NHS.

Captain Tom Moore originally aimed to raise just £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

But he has smashed his target after more than 700,000 people made donations to his fundraising page.

As he finished the challenge earlier, hursday  he said: “I feel fine, I hope you’re all feeling fine too.”

Capt Tom told the BBC the total amount raised so far was “an absolutely fantastic sum of money”.

“I never dreamt I would be involved in such an occasion as this,” he said at the end of his final lap.

At about 17:45 BST, Capt Tom’s JustGiving page, which temporarily crashed after he finished the challenge, was showing donations of more than £15m.

The total includes an undisclosed donation from the Duke of Cambridge, who also wrote to the World War Two veteran.

Capt Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said: “We are absolutely floored by what has been achieved but we’re so happy, so humbled and so proud.

“He’s a beacon of hope in dark times and I think we all need something like this to believe in and it’s for such an amazing cause.”

His granddaughter, Georgia, added she was “very proud” of him.


Capt Tom began raising funds to thank the “magnificent” NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip.

With the aid of a walking frame, he completed 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, in 10-lap chunks well before his birthday on 30 April.

Tributes and messages of congratulations have poured in from politicians, celebrities and NHS workers, while a petition for him to receive a knighthood has been signed by more than 300,000 people so far.

Downing Street said Prime Minister Boris Johnson would “certainly be looking at ways to recognise” him.

“It would be marvellous to have such an honour but I don’t expect anything like that,” Capt Tom said.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said Capt Tom had “captured the heart of the nation with his heroic efforts” and raised an “incredible amount” of money.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said what he had done was “extraordinary” and “showed that the British spirit was as strong as it’s ever been”.

Brig Andrew Jackson, colonel of the Yorkshire Regiment, described Capt Tom as “an absolute legend” who came from “an exceptional generation that are still an inspiration for our Yorkshire soldiers today”.

Celebrity judge Judy Sheindlin described the 99-year-old as “remarkable” while former F1 champion Damon Hill congratulated him on the “brilliant idea and for pulling it off”.

‘It will all be right’

Nurses on Ward 4 at the Royal University Hospital said: “Thank you so much for all your efforts and how much money you’ve raised for the NHS.”

Capt Tom also received a special message from actor and singer Michael Ball, who described the challenge as “an extraordinary achievement” and sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to him live on BBC Breakfast.

Shortly after he finished the fundraiser, the retired soldier had words of advice for the nation about coping with the coronavirus lockdown.

“You’ve all got to remember that we will get through it in the end, it will all be right,” he said.

“For all those people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away.”

More than 700,000 people from around the world have donated money to the fundraising page since it was set up last week.

Capt Tom, who is originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Army for World War Two, rising to captain and serving in India and Myanmar, also known as Burma.

The veteran said plans for his 100th birthday party in two weeks’ time have been affected by the pandemic but that the national outpouring of love and support for him was “a party enough for me”.

An online campaign by schoolgirl Reegan Davies to send him virtual cards started to gather pace this week and Marston Moretaine postmaster, Bill Chandi, said “hundreds of [birthday] cards are arriving already”.

“I think there will be thousands but I will make room for Capt Tom’s birthday cards somehow, that should be no problem.

“He is a regular visitor and has always got time and patience, he’s a real gentleman.”

NHS Charities Together, which support health service charities and will benefit from the funds, said it was “truly inspired and humbled” by his efforts.

Its chairman Ian Lush said about 150 charities would benefit from the money.

“It’s extraordinary to see the amount of money and the outpouring of goodwill towards the NHS and towards all the NHS charities who will take good care with the money that he’s raising,” he said.

JustGiving confirmed it is the largest total ever raised in a single campaign on its site and it had itself donated £100,000 to Capt Tom’s “amazing campaign”.


If I live to 99 years old there’s a record for me to try and break. No, not walking around the garden 100 times but raise £20m.

Another 3 weeks… that takes us to the 8th May. That’s ok, I decided it could not see how the end od self-isolation would be earlier than 6 months, mid-September anyway.

My main household responsibilities are: Ironing, Gardening and Dishwashing. I achieved all three today. Most unusual. Got up to date with ironing, mowed the lawns and washed dishes by hand. Washing dishes by hand is a new occupation to enlighten self-isolation. Yes, I am that desperate. All three areas are right spot up to date.

Mamma’s areas of responsibility are Cooking, Supermarket Shopping, and Cleaning. (Oh, and I almost forgot the biggest one: looking after me, Grandad). She’s fully up to date too (except for looking after me, that is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge, you get to the end and it’s time to start again).

Mamma and myself ended the day with continuing our armchair travel on TV. This time Gordon, Gino & Fred: American Road Trip (ITV). Not everyone’s cup of tea as Michael Hogan of the Telegraph proves. All I can say to him lighten up. Get a life! I’d hate to be in self-isolation with you in the current lockdown. This programme took us to California. A rekindling of memories for us. But for us it was the end of a three-week fantastic American Great Rail Journey. The rest of the journey had been excellent, but our hotel was too far out for us to get the most out of San Francisco in one day. We’d love to go back there again.





“Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel.”—H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Happiness is…walking around the garden 100 times


“I usually meet my girlfriend at 12:59 because I like that one-to-one time.” Tom Ward (2015)


Love is…what makes you feel like kids


DAY 12        16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 1719 Feet



Imagine – John Lennon

No.1 10th January 1981

  1. Imagine John Lennon 3:05




Country                                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          702,164                 37,054

2              Italy                      172,434                 22,745

3              Spain                     190,839                 20,002

4              France                   108,847                 17,920

5              UK                         109,769                 14,607

6              Belgium                36,138                   5,163

7              Iran                       79,494                   4,958

8              China                    82,718                   4,632

9              Germany              141,397                 4,352

10           Netherlands         30,619                   3,471

UK Deaths yesterday 847

Global cases         Updated 18 Apr at 06:47 local

Confirmed            2,240,191              +88,992

Deaths                   153,822                 +10,097

Recovered             568,343                 +26,842A




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