jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 21st May 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 65 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Tuesday 19th May 2020
Captain Tom Moore To Be Knighted
Second World War veteran Captain Tom Moore is to be knighted after his heroic efforts to raise money for the NHS.
The 100-year-old received almost £33 million in donations for health service charities by walking laps of his Bedfordshire garden.
Prime minister Boris Johnson described Sir Tom as a “true national treasure” and praised his “fantastic fundraising” which he said “provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus”.
Johnson recommend Sir Tom be exceptionally honoured by the Queen, who has approved the honour, Downing Street has announced.
His knighthood comes just weeks after he was made an honorary colonel to mark his centenary and fundraising efforts.
Sir Tom set out to walk 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday on April 30, and he completed the laps ahead of time.
His initial fundraising target was £1,000, but his determination captured the public imagination during the pandemic and within days he had raised tens of millions of pounds.
He also released a charity single, You’ll Never Walk Alone, with singer Michael Ball, which reached number one in the charts, making him the oldest artist ever to have a UK number one single.
Johnson said: “Colonel Tom’s fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the whole country and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus.
“On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He’s a true national treasure.”
A government spokeswoman added: “We know there is huge appetite to say thank you to all those supporting the nation during this emergency and doing incredible things day in, day out, up and down the country.
“We will ensure these unsung heroes are recognised in the right way, at the right time.”
Labour leader Keir Starmer congratulated Sir Tom who he said had brought “inspiration to millions and helped all of us to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our NHS”.
He added: “In his actions, Tom embodied the national solidarity which has grown throughout this crisis and showed us that everyone can play their part in helping build a better future.”
Sir Tom enlisted into the eighth battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (8 DWR), an infantry unit that was converted to operate Churchill tanks as part of the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC).
In 1940 he was selected for officer training and rose to the rank of captain, later being posted to 9 DWR in India.
He served and fought in the Arakan in western Burma, since renamed Rakhine State, and went with his regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender.
After the war he returned to the UK and worked as an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset.
He lived in Kent for many years before moving to Bedfordshire to be with his family in 2007.
(The above taken from the HuffPost at www.huffingtonpost.co.uk)
I wrote yesterday about the number of news items reported about Covid-19. And are they worth mentioning.
I started today by reading a headline that excited me: “Summer Holidays will go ahead this year”. But it ended up being very misleading. It did not refer to UK staycations but foreign flying holidays. Saying the government may set up fly bridges. What use is that to us with a Cornwall holiday booked.
Other messy bits of news included:
- The government’s roadmap to ease lockdown – which applies to England – says hospitality venues could start to reopen from July 4 at the earliest.
But government sources have repeatedly stressed this might mean cafes or restaurants with outdoor seating areas at first – not pubs.
Sources had indicated pubs would not be in the first wave and would only come in later phases, after July – with not even beer gardens allowed to reopen.
- Meanwhile, scientists have warned some social distancing rules may have to remain until there’s a vaccine, making much of pub life impossible.
- The government is considering introducing an extra bank holiday, possibly in October around the time of half-term.
The idea was put forward by the UK’s tourism agency Visit Britain.
Its acting head, Patricia Yates, told MPs on Tuesday the industry
- Did VE Day parties cause a spike in Covid-19 cases?
There was more, millions and millions of words more. How many have no meaning?
And our day…?
The weather warmed up to mid-twenties. We had lots of WhatsApp messages from our granddaughter. Our grandson came to the front wall to see us too.
Mamma went to a local garden centre for 9.00am there were about 30 customers in front of her and thirty behind by the time she got in. In the evening she had her Church Zoom.
I edit the local Parish News and the vicar rang me to discuss when we can resume publication.
I mailed the grandchildren Coronabobs Times No.10.
The rest of the time I wrote and wrote and wrote and read.
I did manage a fairly reasonable nights sleep Monday night and Tuesday morning. I’m not sure why. I had a new combination of pillows and I’d read for one hour and I threatened to get up and read if I couldn’t sleep.
On TV we watched this brilliantly funny new Channel 4 TV documentary series about the Best Western Hotel Chain – A Very British Hotel Chain: Inside Best Western
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Choose to be happy in quarantine.
Happiness is a conscious choice.
Happiness is…a satisfying nights sleep
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Why are teachers so rude during summer vacation?
Because they have no class!
Love is…showing your emotions
5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
We are grateful Lockdown gives us a time…
- (Because this is my main activity) A time to write…a time to read
- A time for living easy…a time for not living easy
- A time to be ill… a time to recover
- A time to wash the laundry…a time to iron the clothes
- A time to laugh…a time to cry
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 45 16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 6,750 Feet
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS
Country Confirmed cases Deaths
1 US 1,551,853 93,439
2 UK 249,619 35,786
3 Italy 227,364 32,330
4 France 179,194 28,087
5 Spain 232,555 27,888
6 Brazil 291,579 18,859
7 Belgium 55,983 9,150
8 Germany 178,545 8,172
9 Iran 126,949 7,183
10 Canada 81,575 6,150
UK deaths yesterday 360
Global cases Updated 21 May at 09:24 local
Confirmed 5,000,561 +102,994
Deaths 328,172 +4,886
Recovered 1,899,675 +211,045
©2020 Phil M Robinson