jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 8th May 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 54 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Friday 8th May 2020
HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY TODAY TO OUR GRAND SON GEORGE – Sorry it is in isolation George, but I don’t make the rules or the viruses. But have a great day. And thank goodness for Zoom!
HAPPY VE DAY too 75 YEARS ON
Normally we make our Diary of a Self-Isolator posting 2 days after the event to give time to let the events sink in and then write about them. But today is different we are putting the post together the day before to post it on the day to alert you to things to celebrate VE Day
Isolation Day 54 in 2020 is VE Day 2020: How is it being celebrated this year?
VE Day marked the end of fighting in Europe in World War Two
The coronavirus outbreak means people are commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day within their own homes. All public gatherings have been cancelled – but a series of events is still going ahead to mark the end of fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe during World War Two.
Socially distanced wreath-laying, a two-minute silence, a re-broadcast of Winston Churchill’s speech and an address from the Queen are among the national events taking place. The government is encouraging people to watch the events on the BBC and to hold 1940s-style afternoon tea parties within their households.
What is VE day?
Victory in Europe (VE) Day on 8 May 1945 saw Britain and its Allies formally accept Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender after almost six years of war.
At 15:00, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced on the radio that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany’s surrender the day before.
Spontaneous celebrations broke out across the country and the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and her sister Princess Margaret, ventured out with a group of friends to experience the excitement in London.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside the Royal Family (with the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, on the left) on 8 May 1945
Which national events are still going ahead?
The government had moved the traditional Early May Bank Holiday from 4 May to 8 May this year to allow for a range of celebrations across the UK, including a veterans’ procession and street parties. But social distancing measures mean those have been called off.
However, various events are still going ahead, including:
10:50 BST – at a service in Westminster, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle will lay a wreath on behalf of the Commons. Lord West will lay a wreath on behalf of the Lords
11:00 – a national moment of remembrance and a two-minute silence will be held
14:45 – in a special programme on BBC One, extracts from Churchill’s victory speech to the nation announcing the end of the war in Europe will be broadcast
14:55 – solo buglers, trumpeters and cornet players will be invited to play the Last Post from their homes
15:00 – as Churchill’s speech is broadcast, people will be invited to stand up and raise a glass in a national toast, saying: “To those who gave so much, we thank you”
20:00 – another BBC One special will feature Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins, actor Adrian Lester and singer Beverley Knight, who will be performing some well-known songs from the 1930s and 40s. The programme will culminate in the nation being invited to sing along to a rendition of wartime classic We’ll Meet Again
21:00 – the Queen’s pre-recorded address will be broadcast on BBC One at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address 75 years ago. It will be her second televised message during the coronavirus outbreak after a rare speech to the nation last month
21:30 – Spotlights will light up the sky in Portsmouth to recall the experience of blackouts during the war. The local council says the lights are also to remind people “that lighter times will come again”.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Don’t wait around, make your own best day ever, every day.
Happiness is…Victory In Europe Day
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
As I get older and I remember all the people I’ve lost along the way, I think to myself, maybe a career as a tour guide wasn’t for me.
Love is…massaging away her stress
5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
- A garden
- A walk
- The weather – it brings an amount of uncertainty to each day
- Your own creativity
- What’s On TV Guide and The Radio Times
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
Not done it yet, so to follow
2 TRACKS FOR THE ISOLATION 75 Years VE DAY
(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover – Vera Lynn
- (There'll Be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover Vera Lynn 3:17
We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
- We'll Meet Again Vera Lynn 2:58
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS
Country Confirmed cases Deaths
1 US 1,309,541 78,794
2 UK 216,525 31,662
3 Italy 218,268 30,395
4 Spain 223,578 26,478
5 France 174,879 26,274
6 Brazil 156,061 10,656
7 Belgium 52,596 8,581
8 Germany 171,324 7,549
9 Iran 106,220 6,589
10 Netherlands 42,581 5,441
UK deaths yesterday 346
Global cases Updated 10 May at 09:18 local
Confirmed 4,024,737 +88,909
Deaths 279,313 +4,658
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