CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 67 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 21.5.2020 BLOG 23rd May 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 67 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Thursday 21st May 2020

A first edition Harry Potter book has sold for £33,000 at auction – after being found in a skip.

he rare hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was salvaged from the skip at a Buckinghamshire school, and was sold with four other novels from the series that were also discovered dumped.

Two Philosopher’s Stone paperback first editions went for £3,400 and £3,000 respectively.

And first edition copies of the Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban made £360.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, bidders took part in the international auction by phone and online.

The Philosopher’s Stone hardback was bought by a private UK buyer.

Since E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” in 1952, the “Harry Potter” series became the first children’s books to appear on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

The copy was one of only 500 first edition hardbacks printed of the 1997 book and had an estimated price of between £8,000 and £12,000.

The anonymous seller, a 65-year-old teacher, said: “To say I’m pleased is an understatement. Due to its condition, we thought £20,000 would be a good result. We watched the auction and the price just kept going up and up.”

The highly sought-after books could have been lost to landfill, had the teacher not spotted the copies in a skip at a school where she used to work in 2008 and stored them in her loft.

Charles Hanson performing the telephone & Internet auction

She added: “I love books and reading and it just seemed awful to throw them away, so I picked up about five Harry Potter books. I thought they might be useful for my children or grandchildren in the future. It was better than seeing them go to waste.”

Jim Spencer, head of Hansons’ Library Auction, said: “I’m delighted for our vendors. It was marvellous to see the Harry Potter books do so well and spark such intense bidding.

“I always thought the Philosopher’s Stone hardback first edition might surprise us. I put on a humble estimate due to some damage to the binding.

“We had lots of interest, particularly from America, in what was a special Harry Potter-themed library auction.

“We sold a multitude of books for several clients, some signed by JK Rowling.

“Another highlight was a Philosopher’s Stone paperback first edition in pristine condition which made £6,500.”

Harry Potter and the Philsopher’s Stone is the first book in the beloved series, which spawned films, merchandise and even theme parks.


Julie Walters considering retirement after cancer battle

“Julie Walters: Since the cancer I feel like a different person”

British actress Julie Walters has been re-evaluating her career following her battle with cancer.

The two-time Academy Award nominee was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer back in 2018 but got the all-clear shortly before her 70th birthday in February.

And Julie has revealed that now she’s cancer-free she feels like a completely different person to the beloved actress cinema audiences know and love.

“Since the cancer, I’ve felt like that was a different person, the person was acting the whole time,” the Educating Rita star told U.K. TV host Lorraine Kelly. “I feel like a different person now. People ask me about jobs like Mamma Mia! and Harry Potter, and things like that, and it feels like it should be someone else answering, not me.”

Julie went on to say that the Covid-19 lockdown, which she is spending at her home in the British countryside, is giving her time to mull over the possibility of retirement.

“It’s a very strange thing. I’m still in that mode of, ‘Do I ever really want to do it?’ I’m not absolutely sure and now the lockdown has happened, so I’m off the hook a bit,” the Golden Globe winner added. “But we’ll see. I’m enjoying being at home, being with my family and being on the farm and noticing things I’ve never noticed before like how fabulous the countryside and the wildlife is.”

Julie hasn’t just been relaxing and recuperating, however, as she also spoke to Lorraine about her work as the patron of the women’s centre, My Sister’s House, whose staff are helping abused women during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier in the week, which I did not get round to mentioning, apparently lack of taste was officially added to the list of symptoms for Corvid-19. I thought it was as in the early stages there were lots of obvious jokes about it. It would be lack of taste to bore you by repeating them. Just be warned.

Although dull in parts a lovely day yesterday. We walked to get the most of it, four whole miles.

I’ve also climbed over 7,000 ft on my Mount Everest Stair Challenge.

The day evaporates quickly, though. Why?

Clapped for the NHS at 8.00pm, always dash out having forgot it until we hear it.

We get lots of texts from granddaughter Freya (being a girl) which are brilliant. The three grandsons being boys are cooler.

Marigold Hotel reality job in India with five or six celebrities was highlight of lockdown viewing which we both love. I so want to visit India, on a train journey.

As regular readers know, comedy is my world. I watch a repeat of a 2015 Live at the Apollo and it was shite! Not good solid fun but words for the sake of filling in a ten minute act.

But I did sleep better





The change will always come with challenges.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”


Happiness is…brilliant comedy


For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.


Love is…knowing the grass is not greener on the other side

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to walk in the sun…a time to walk in the clouds
  2. A time to get lots of texts from granddaughters…a time for grandsons to stay cool
  3. A time to eat cake…a time to watch your weight
  4. A time to walk four miles…a time not to walk 4 miles
  5. A time to watch “Marigold Hotel In India”…a time not to watch “Live At The Apollo”


DAY 47        17 Times – 153 Feet Cumulative Total 7,056 Feet





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