CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 46 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 30.4.2020 BLOG 2nd May 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 46 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Friday 30Th April 2020

Captain Tom Moore given colonel title on 100th birthday which is 30th April 2020

Captain Tom Moore, who raised more than £30m for the NHS by walking laps of his garden, has been made an honorary colonel on his 100th birthday.

The war veteran will mark the occasion with thousands of birthday cards, including one from the Queen.

He said it was “extraordinary” to be turning 100, especially with “this many well-wishers”.

Head of the Army General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith called Capt Tom “an inspirational role model”.

Capt Tom is due to spend the majority of the day self-isolating with his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her family at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.

He said he would also speak to other family members via the internet.

Captain Tom Moor’s birthday cards

As well as receiving a personalised card from the Queen, Capt Tom will be made an honorary England cricketer by former captain Michael Vaughan.

His determination captured the public imagination and after completing 100 lengths he decided to continue.

A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane has been organised by the RAF to mark Capt Moore’s birthday, and he has been appointed as an honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College.

Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith made the appointment, which has been approved by the Queen, in order to inspire the next generation of soldiers.

Capt Moore has been overwhelmed with birthday messages, including more than 140,000 cards which are being opened at a special sorting office set up at his grandson’s school.

Royal Mail has painted a post box in Capt Moore’s village NHS blue in tribute to his fundraising efforts.

The post box, in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, has been decorated with a golden balloon. David Gold, of Royal Mail, said: “We wish Captain Thomas Moore a very happy 100th birthday.

“His achievements are truly phenomenal, and this is reflected in the affection shown for him across the world.”

Bill Chandi, who has been Marston Moretaine’s postmaster for 32 years, said: “This has been an incredible time – far, far busier than even Christmas, but I am very happy to help as Captain Tom is a remarkable man, a real role model.”

Both the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have written to Capt Moore to congratulate him on his achievements.

In a video released by Clarence House, Camilla said of “wonderful” Capt Moore’s fundraising efforts: “That sort of thing makes you proud to be British, doesn’t it.”

Capt Moore will not be leaving his house at all on Thursday and has asked that people stay at home and wish him a happy birthday from afar.

“It is quite extraordinary that I am turning 100,” said Capt Moore.

“It is even more extraordinary that I am doing so with this many well-wishers and I am in awe at the response my walking has had.

“To everyone who has donated, sent birthday cards and messages, sincerely thank you.

“Please stay home, stay safe.

“Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day.”

They will all celebrate privately and will be joined by his daughter Lucy and her family through the use of technology.

The veteran and his family have been inundated with offers of gifts for his birthday.

“I am very comfortable and have everything I need,” said Capt Moore.

“Covid-19 has left so many without, so please donate to those in need. Thank you.”

Virtual birthday cards can be shared on social media using #CardForTom.

Capt Moore has been honoured with a Royal Mail postmark, with all stamped post until Friday marked “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020.”

He has also had a Great Western Railway (GWR) train named after him in honour of his charity achievements.

Will thermal cameras help to end the lockdown?

Thermal cameras detect whether people have a temperature. They are being tested at Bournemouth Airport, to see if they can detect carriers of the coronavirus before they infect others.

Hospitals and restaurants are also considering whether they could be a useful tool to enable the transition to a more normal world.

The government is likely to meet or “come close” to its target of 100,000 daily UK coronavirus tests, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government would achieve the aim by the end of April – which was Thursday – and those figures are expected later.

Just over 81,000 tests across the UK took place on Wednesday, but ministers said there was capacity for more.

It comes as the PM said the UK was now “past the peak” of the outbreak.

Mr Jenrick told BBC Breakfast: “I don’t have the figures yet, they’ll be published later today… but it looks like we’ll either meet the target or come close.”

He added the target was “just a stepping stone” and that the foundations were in place for a strong national testing network.

It comes after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC One’s Question Time on Thursday evening that the government was “likely to get very close to or meet” its target.

The total number of people who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 in UK hospitals and the wider community is now 26,771, the latest figures show, a rise of 674 on the previous day.

Speaking at the No 10 briefing for the first time since receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government was “massively ramping up” testing, and that the country was now “past the peak of this disease”.

The PM added he would set out a “comprehensive plan” next week on how to restart the economy, reopen schools and help people travel to work following the coronavirus lockdown.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer welcomed the prime minister’s commitment to outline a plan next week as “a step in the right direction”.

At 8.00pm we applauded the NHS as we always do on a Thursday.

For us another wet day. I spent a lot of time scanning 35mm photo slides on to the computer as part of putting a celebratory book together for my daughter’s 40th Birthday in August. Boy did that bring back memories.

Our two grandsons paid a visit to our front wall. The youngest one ran to knock on our front door to let us know they were here. Unfortunately, on his rush to get away to the gate before we opened the front door he tripped and fell on the drive banging his chin really, really hard. He rightfully did scream, and the frustrating thing was we could not be involved in comforting him.

He’s a tough nut and was being his mischievous self by the time he returned home but had a terrible bruise and gash on his chin.

We got a good helping of travel on TV with Marigold Hotel in India with Britt Ekland, Barbara Dixon, the remaining Chuckle Brother, Zandra Rhodes and a few others. Excellent! We followed it with First Dates Hotel in Italy.





There’s a difference between living and existing.

“May you live every day of your life.” —Jonathan Swift


Happiness is…Boris telling us we can see the sunlight


One company owner asks another: “Tell me, Bill, how come your employees are always on time in the mornings?”

Bill replies: “Easy. 30 employees and 20 parking spaces.”


Love is…something you need on life’s journey


5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

  1. A time for one hour’s walking a day 
  2. A time for  inspirational challenges
  3. A time to read
  4. A time to reflect
  5. A time for yourself


DAY 26        17 Times – 153 Feet Cumulative Total 3,825 Feet




Country Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US          1,103,781              65,068

2              Italy      207,428 28,236

3              UK         178,685 27,583

4              France   167,305 24,628

5              Spain     213,435 24,543

6              Belgium                49,032   7,703

7              Germany              164,077 6,736

8              Brazil    92,202   6,412

9              Iran       95,646   6,091

10           Netherlands         39,989   4,909


UK deaths yesterday 739


Global cases         Updated 2 May at 08:04 local

Confirmed            3,344,274              +87,428

Deaths                   238,775                 +5,387

Recovered             1,053,344              +38,591


Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths worldwide per one million population as of April 30, 2020, by country

Confirmed deaths (absolute)             Population (in millions)      Deaths per million

Belgium                 7,501                                                      11.42                                      656.71

Spain                      24,275                                                   46.72                                      519.54

Italy                        27,682                                                   60.43                                      458.07

United Kingdom 26,097                                                    66.49                                      392.5

France                    24,121                                                   66.99                                      360.08

Netherlands          4,711                                                      17.23                                      273.4

Ireland                   1,190                                                      4.85                                        245.18

Sweden                  2,462                                                      10.18                                      241.77

Switzerland           1,716                                                      8.52                                        201.49

United States        60,908                                                   327.17                                   186.17

Portugal                 973                                                         10.28                                      94.63

Canada                  3,155                                                      37.06                                      85.13

Germany               6,467                                                      82.93                                      77.98




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