jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 21st April 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 35 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Sunday 19th April 2020
As ever in times of trouble music soothes and brings us together.
Who’s Who of pop culture unites for ‘One World’ coronavirus special
More than 100 artists performed songs in a virtual benefit concert organised by singer Lady Gaga, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the non-profit group Global Citizen.
One World: Together At Home event, hosted by US talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, also included real-life stories from medical staff on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.
The concert, which was live-streamed online and broadcast on TV, is the biggest celebrity effort to entertain millions of people in lockdown because of COVID-19.
There are more than 2.3 million known cases of coronavirus worldwide, and more than 160,000 people have died.
Legends in music, sports and acting were brought together – including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, David Beckham and former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush – to help raise spirits in the worldwide battle against the pandemic.
Organiser Lady Gaga said: “I feel very honoured to be a part of the WHO and Global Citizen in the fight against COVID-19.
“I care so much about all of the medical workers who are outing their lives at risk for us right now. I think of them every day, I pray for them every day and I’m also thinking of all of you who are at home and are wondering when all of this will be different.”
Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey headlined the special broadcast of music, comedy and personal stories celebrating those around the world on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The two-hour “One World: Together at Home” event, broadcast across multiple television channels in the United States and overseas, featured a Who’s Who of pop culture in the biggest celebrity gathering so far to mark the effects of the virus.
Contributions, all filmed in their homes, also came from Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, British soccer star David Beckham, former U.S. first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Billie Eilish, Bill Gates and dozens of others.
“I’m so grateful for the healthcare workers, the medical workers, all the grocery store workers and delivery people, the postal workers, all the other nonprofits that are working so hard,” said Gaga, who helped organize the event.
“This is really a true love letter to all of you all over the world, and I hope a reminder of the kindness that’s occurring right now,” she added.
The event, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the nonprofit group Global Citizen, told the personal stories of teachers and healthcare, grocery, delivery, postal and other workers.
It showed social media postings and news clips of doctors and nurses being applauded by communities around the world, deserted world landmarks, families greeting each other through windows, and acts of kindness in support of those who are isolated and frail.
“We aren’t asking for money tonight,” said Stephen Colbert who hosted the broadcast alongside his U.S. late night television rivals Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.
Instead of seeking public funds, the event encouraged philanthropists and companies to contribute to the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Corporate and other donors have already contributed some $150 million, organizers said.
“What I’d like tonight, if I can, is to give you the permission for the moment to… ‘Smile’,” said Gaga, kicking off the evening by launching into a version of the ballad made famous by Nat King Cole.
Beyonce did not perform but sent a video message in which she noted the disproportionately high death rates from COVID-19 in the black community.
“This virus is killing black people at an alarming rate in America,” she said, urging viewers to protect themselves.
Swift, on piano, gave an emotional rendition of her ballad “Soon You’ll Get Better,” which was originally written during her mother’s battle with cancer.
The Rolling Stones, filmed in four separate locations, sang “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards playing acoustic guitars.
“We all appreciate the healthcare workers but never like now,” Winfrey said in a video message. “They truly are the best of us… We need to ensure that governments step up now and provide healthcare workers with the equipment and the funds they need.”
Wonder played the late Bill Wither’s classic “Lean on Me,” while McCartney, recalling that his mother was a nurse and midwife, sang “Lady Madonna.”
“You know the coronavirus is trouble when a Beatle gets involved,” quipped Kimmel.
‘One World’ celebrity special for coronavirus draws 21 million Americans
Almost 21 million Americans watched the “One World: Together At Home” global special on Saturday (Sunday UK time) in support of frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, according to Nielsen data released on Monday.
Nielsen said that the two-hour concert, which featured appearances and performances from their homes by multiple celebrities including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce, was aired on 26 U.S. television networks.
The event, the biggest celebrity effort during the coronavirus outbreak, was viewed by an estimated 20.7 million viewers in the United States, Nielsen said. Audiences in other nations and on streaming platforms were not available.
The concert, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and nonprofit Global Citizen, raised some $127 million from corporations and philanthropists for the work of the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Members of the public were not asked to donate but were encouraged to practice social distancing and handshaking and to show their appreciation for healthcare, grocery, delivery, transport and other workers.
Saturday’s two-hour broadcast special was preceded by a six-hour streaming event which featured musicians and other celebrities from as far apart as Asia and the Middle East.
Earlier on Saturday, pop, classical and rap musicians from the United States, Asia and the Middle East took part in a six-hour livestream that featured Latin star Luis Fonsi, R&B singer Jennifer Hudson, Hong Kong singer Eason Chan, India’s Vishal Mishra and Emirati musician Hussain Al Jassmi.
Our two grandsons made their dedicated daily pilgromage to our our front perimeter wall. It is always so good to see them.
My 7-year-old granddaughter has started sending us videos of her reading bedtime stories. They are amazing! (Ok, I know I am bias) but I’m thinking from what she is learning. She is so passionate about them and is so eager to film them and send them to us. It is bringing on her reading enormously. She practices reading them all day so they go smoothly. Her presentation skills are superb. The 7 years of watching Cbeebies has obviously paid off no matter about all the expert reports that criticise it. She presents confidently in the style of a Cbeebie presenter. The female ones not Mr Tumble.
Due to the lockdown the children’s education has been interrupted, but it has given lots of opportunity for other skills to be learned such as those above,
It has increased her confidence in reading, in the performing arts and presentation. All of which will help her lots in life particularly later life. And also, her knowledge in technology just increases daily. She also has had a huge boost in her love of books although that was great anyway.
We also had a lovely surprise and tremendous video link with my niece and family, (Mamma’s family) for a family quiz. That was excellent and so good of her to think about us even if we did come last out of five teams. Also proved I don’t know my song introductions. Just blame my hearing!
For TV we got in our Travel and Comedy quota.
Travel : Race Across The World BBC 2 Sunday
Comedy: Micky Flanagan – An’ Another Fing Live 2hr Concert at the O2 (Recorded from Pick TV Saturday night).
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.
Happiness is… the One World: Together at Home Concert for WHO
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
In a shoe shop:
Assistant: These shoes might be tight for the next two weeks.
Customer: Don’t worry. I’ll start wearing them on the third week.
Love is…belonging to each other without a shadow of a doubt
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 15 16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 2,169 Feet
TRACK OF THE ISOLATION DAY
- Lady Madonna The Beatles 2:19
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBER
Country Confirmed cases Deaths
1 US 787,960 42,364
2 Italy 181,228 24,114
3 Spain 204,178 21,282
4 France 114,657 20,265
5 UK 125,856 16,550
6 Belgium 40,956 5,998
7 Iran 83,505 5,209
8 Germany 147,065 4,862
9 China 82,779 4,632
10 Netherlands 33,588 3,764
UK deaths yesterday 449
Global cases Updated 21 Apr at 11:49 local
Confirmed 2,478,634 +74,309
Deaths 170,389 +5,151
Recovered 651,736 +26,938
©2020 Phil M Robinson