CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 5 – Diary of a Self-Isolator

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 5 – Diary of a Self-Isolator BLOG   Sunday 22nd March 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 5 – Diary of a Self-Isolator

Diary of a Self-Isolator – Day 5 Friday 20th March 2020

What could Boris do to top 1. Social-Isolation for over 70s, 2. Everyone Work from Home, 3. No mass gatherings or League Football, 4. Closure of Schools Colleges & Unis and cancellation of exams. Surely there was nothing left.

‘The Boris’ 5pm Show’ Friday 20th March 2020 and good old Boris managed to pull it off: the compulsory closure of Pubs, restaurants, bars coffee shops, cafes etc. I could hear the loud gasp circulate the country and I’m deaf as a door nail.

You have to give it to Boris he knows how to work his audience or maybe stop them working.

And the Chancellor gave qualifying workers 85% of their salary up to £2,500 for not working. They would all have rushed out to celebrate but there were no bars open to go.

I had a major scare, almost a heart attack as I heard people who had retired were being called back to work. I broke out in a sweat. “I can’t, I can’t. I’d rather get Coronavirus.” I screamed.

“Calm down, calm down, it’s alright,” Mamma said kindly. “They don’t mean you. It’s doctors and nurses, NHS workers.”

Phew, I can manage without those sorts of scares at my age.

We learned that on Wednesday China had no new domestic cases of Coronavirus reported. There were about 34 new ones from people travelling home from other countries. That fact in itself seemed a major step forward.

I read this brilliant item on the internet from the Daily Telegraph:

“Stoic Britons will find a way to laugh in the time of corona

Dark humour is crucial to get us through dark times

As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads, driving many of us into self-isolation, shutting businesses and costing families thousands of pounds, should we continue to crack jokes about this serious issue?

Some will argue that grave threats like these ought not to be the subject of jokes – but I believe this is exactly the right time for more dark humour, not less.

Naturally, I am not suggesting that the Prime Minister open his daily Coronavirus briefing with the words “I would like to speak directly to the people of Britain. Those who are still here anyway. Ha- ha! What? Too soon?” And, indeed, the normally jovial Boris Johnson has – rightly – struck a sombre and serious tone so far, barely referencing an obscure Greek tragedy in weeks, in an unexpected silver lining to the whole affair. But what about those of us whose only available contribution to saving the country is to buy a reasonable amount of loo roll?

Given the censorious society we have become in recent years, I predict demands from the modern-day Mary Whitehouses to ensure we cause no offence whatsoever by taking the ongoing saga as seriously as possible. And with pubs, theatres and comedy clubs rapidly shutting their doors on Government advice, the number of places where we can come together to have a laugh without a hazmat suit is rapidly approaching zero.

But as doctors, firefighters and soldiers will tell you, dark humour is one of the best ways of dealing with traumatic events. As we spend increasing periods of time in isolation, we will rapidly ‘discover’ what humans have known for millennia – that we are social animals and interaction with others is essential to our wellbeing. Commentators and psychologists alike have called for Britain to revive its “Blitz spirit”. As a comedian, I may be biased, but I believe making each other laugh will be essential to maintain our resilience in the tough months ahead.

Having come to Britain as a teenager, one of the things I have always admired about this country is its ability to remain stoic in the face of difficulty, and funny in the face of tragedy. Let’s keep this great British tradition going by developing the “Corona Spirit” that our grandchildren will remember for decades to come. We may struggle to muster a song about how the Coronavirus is short of a testicle, but we do need to come together and laugh at ourselves and each other. From a distance of over 6 feet, obviously.

And who can deny that recent events have thrown up some hilarious news stories? How about the French Health Ministry being forced to deny rumours that snorting cocaine kills the virus, a disappointment to stock brokers, bankers and lawyers the world over? Or how we’ve inadvertently landed on a solution to Islamic terrorism, Isil having recently warned its terrorists to avoid the West like the plague (sic).

And some people will even benefit from this crisis. With everyone stuck at home, the Jehovah’s witnesses must be rubbing their sanitised hands with glee. There will be more Coronavirus jokes to come and just like the disease, they (probably) won’t kill you.

By Konstantin Kisin is a comedian and the co-host of the YouTube channel Triggernometry”


I just totally agree we’ve got to find ways to laugh about it. Laughing at it will de-stress us and keeps us going and will help us conquer.

And what did I do on Day 5, I completed a book of 70 Events at 70.

Last April I celebrated my 70th birthday. To mark my 70th birthday I decreed that during my 71st year I would endeavour to visit 70 key and special events between 8th April 2019 and 7th April 2020. #

I have just managed to pull it off before the port cullis of self-isolation fell on Monday 16th March 2020.

I spent Day 5 of Self-Isolation putting the “70 Events at 70” book together and sending it to the printers.

I wanted to set up some similar aims for my 72nd year 8th April 2020 – 7th April 2021. But it will have to be different. I need to make it “Fun and Meaningful Days in Self-Isolation”.

We’ll see what we can do.

Initially I was going to post what I did Friday, yesterday, Saturday but for practical purposes it needs to be the next but one day.





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