CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 48 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 2.5.2020 BLOG 4th May 2020


CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 48 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Saturday 2nd May 2020

One of the big unseen side affects of Corvid-19 is that we have become so out there for something different to do or see in lockdown. And for some reason we have started to watch You’ve Been Framed, again. As if you did not know, that is how bad Covid-19 is.

What is more serious, I, in particular, am laughing heartily at it.

You’ve Been Framed! is a British television series where viewers can contribute to the programme with their humorous home movies for the entertainment of others. It is produced by ITV Studios and comedian Harry Hill has been providing narration to the programme since 2004. The series began in 1990 and is currently in its 30th series. As of the 29th series, there have been 458 main-series episodes, excluding specials, of which there have been approximately 67. This brings the total number of episodes to 525.

The thing I found most unusual is that they still only pay £250 per item used. They paid £250 in 1990 when the series started and £250 was worth about £1 million at todays money. I was most surprised they are still only paying £250 which in comparison to 1990, 30 years ago, is only worth about two pence ha’ penny.

Talking of money, in the real world I used to be an accountant. As you can imagine I control our money now with microscopic accuracy. I produce timely management reports at the end of each month, strictly to time. The reason I am telling you this is not just to bore the pants off you and show how sad I am but to make the following point.

We budget our expenses annually so as not to run out of the readies. At our age we are pretty experienced on what we spend. We don’t get many surprises.

But we did for the Financial Statements for the month of April. On a few expenses we were way up: toilet rolls (joke), wine (we don’t usually drink it, but in lockdown we have), alternative toilet paper, and stationery to produce magazine/comic for grandchildren. But mostly we were down and by big numbers on expenditure on: petrol, train fares, holidays, entertainments, clothes, shoes, haircuts and hairdressing, McDonalds and mountains more stuff.

I was so surprised on how much we did not spend in April due to Covid-19.

 “At this rate when Coronavirus is over, we’ll be millionaires, without knowing it.”  I explained to Mamma.

To be honest that’s not quite true. In fact, it is a long way from the truth. I’m an accountant. I know these things. To be a millionaire you need to be at least receive a million pounds or dollars in money to begin with. I think that is probably the first fence where I fall.

 But it’s good to know life is costing us less to live.

At least today a little sunshine came back. Apparently, April has been the sunniest April on record. Boy, have we needed it?

 Today is Saturday 2nd May 2020. The 2nd May was on a Saturday in 1959. I was in to football big time in those days, when it really was a full of fun and skilful game. Before money and idiotic, greedy players killed the sport.

The team I supported big time in 1959 was Nottingham Forest. On Saturday 2nd May 1959 they played Luton Town at Wembley in the FA Cup and won 2-1. Roy Dwight, my favourite player was carried off the pitch with a broken leg on a stretcher with a broken leg.

Today I have gone over 4,000 feet on the Climb the Stairs to Mt Everest Challenge.





Keep your mind in the right place.

Positive mind. Positive vibes. Positive life.


Happiness is…£250 no matter what year you received it.


2020 – When a roll of toilet paper is worth more than a barrel of oil


Love is…being lucky enough to be given a life sentence together


5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

  1. Sleep
  2. Spring
  3. Food banks
  4. Thoughtful people
  5. Time


DAY 28        16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 4,131 Feet




Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          1,158,041              67,682

2              Italy                      210,717                 28,884

3              UK                         187,842                 28,520

4              Spain                     217,466                 25,264

5              France                   168,925                 24,900

6              Belgium                49,906                   7,844

7              Brazil                    101,826                 7,051

8              Germany              165,664                 6,866

9              Iran                       97,424                   6,203

10           Netherlands         40,769                   5,072


UK deaths yesterday 315


Global cases         Updated 4 May at 07:17 local

Confirmed            3,506,924              +78,502

Deaths                   247,473                 +3,642

Recovered             1,125,255              +32,066


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