CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 72 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 26.5.2020 BLOG 28th May 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 72 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Tuesday 26th May 2020

BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis needs just 20 seconds to say why what Dominic Cummings did was wrong

It’s rule in British politics that when Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis is doing a monologue about something, it’s a very big deal because it means someone has supremely messed up.

Maitlis, who you might remember recently delivered a powerful monologue about coronavirus not being a “great leveller” and also interviewed prince Andrew, has turned her attention to the huge drama surrounding government adviser Dominic Cummings.

Maitlis is being praised for her introduction to the latest programme, after she used her opening lines to capture the mood of the nation over Cummings’ trip to Durham during lockdown.

She said:

Dominic Cummings broke the rules, the country can see that, and it’s shocked the government cannot.

The longer ministers and the prime minister tell us he worked with them, the more angry the response to this scandal is likely to be.

He was the man, remember, who always got the public mood, he tagged the lazy label of ‘elite’ on those who disagreed.

He should understand that public mood. One of fury, contempt, and anguish.

He made those who struggled to keep to the rules feel like fools and has allowed many more to feel like they can flout them.

The prime minister knows all this, and despite the resignation of one minister, growing unease from his backbenchers, a dramatic early warning from the polls, and a deep national disquiet, Boris Johnson has chosen to ignore it.

Maitlis then said that no government minister would be joining her to discuss the situation.

If one thing’s for sure, it’s that no one wants to have messed up so badly that Emily Maitlis is doing a monologue on them. And certainly not an interview, though it looks like Cummings will be spared that experience.

By Louis Staples




We have struggled to find really good solid films to watch of late that are to our taste. But we’ve just found this “Wild Rose”, which is a good solid story, the likes of which we’ve not seen for a few years. An excellent well written film.

Wild Rose is a 2018 British musical drama film directed by Tom Harper and starring Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo, Jamie Sives, Craig Parkinson, James Harkness, Janey Godley, Daisy Littlefeld, Ryan Kerr, Adam Mitchell, and Nicole Kerr. The screenplay was written by Nicole Taylor.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September 2018 and was released on 12 April 2019, by Entertainment One in the United Kingdom.

The film received positive reviews, with Buckley earning a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination for her performance.


Rose-Lynn Harlan, an aspiring country singer and single mother of two from Glasgow, is released after a year in prison for attempted drug smuggling after throwing a package of heroin over the wall into HM Prison Cornton Vale despite claiming that she did not know what was in the package. She learns that she has lost her longstanding job in the house band at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry, as the manager refuses to employ a convicted criminal. Rose-Lynn’s mother, Marion, who has been caring for Rose-Lynn’s young children, encourages her to give up her music dream to focus on more practical careers and taking care of her family.

Rose-Lynn takes a cleaning job for Susannah’s large house. Susannah’s children overhear Rose-Lynn singing while she is cleaning and inform their mother, who confides that she is also a country music fan. Rose-Lynn asks Susannah for money to travel to Nashville and try to make it as a musician, but Susannah declines. However, she does get in contact with BBC Radio presenter, Bob Harris, and sends him a recording of Rose-Lynn’s singing; he offers to meet with her if she will come to London. Rose-Lynn appears before a judge to ask him to lift her probationary 7pm to 7am curfew so she can travel, and he agrees. She travels by train to London and sits in on a live performance by the visiting Ashley McBryde. Harris encourages her to keep performing and figure out what she has to say so she can start writing her own songs.

Susannah offers Rose-Lynn a performing gig at her upcoming house party, where she intends to ask her guests to contribute to Rose-Lynn’s Nashville fund in lieu of gifts. Rose-Lynn asks Marion to watch the children in the week leading up to the party so she can rehearse, but Marion declines to cancel her holiday plans, so she is forced to shuttle her kids around to various friends who agree to watch them. The day before the performance, Susannah’s husband gets Rose-Lynn alone and tells her he knows about her criminal conviction and she is to stop working for them after her performance.

Rose-Lynn’s son breaks his arm while playing unattended at home, and the doctors at the hospital say they cannot put a cast on until after Rose-Lynn’s planned performance. Marion arrives to help and Rose-Lynn begs her to stay and watch her son so she can get to the party; Marion agrees but criticises her strongly for neglecting her family. Rose-Lynn rushes to the party to perform but, once on stage, breaks down immediately. She confesses to Susannah her guilt for her criminal behaviour and not being there for her children, and her belief that her conviction and having children at a young age are permanent barriers to her musical dream, then leaves the party.

Rose-Lynn instead gets a job as a waitress and dedicates herself to her kids. Sometime later, Marion, having seen that Rose-Lynn has accepted her responsibilities, presents her with a large sum of money she has saved, enough for her to travel to Nashville. Rose-Lynn tries to reject the money, but Marion expresses her regret about failing to accomplish her goals due to having kids. Rose-Lynn travels to Nashville and discovers how difficult it is to find gigs and get noticed. She sneaks on stage at the Ryman Auditorium during a backstage tour and sings an impromptu song to the empty building. A security guard approaches her afterward and offers to introduce her to a record producer, but Rose-Lynn decides to return to Glasgow, having realised that her future lies in her hometown.

One year later, Rose-Lynn performs an original song at Celtic Connections titled “Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” and receives raucous applause.

Directed by           Tom Harper

Produced by         Faye Ward

Written by             Nicole Taylor

Starring:                 Jessie Buckley

Sophie Okonedo

Julie Walters

Music by               Jack Arnold


Running time:      101 minutes

Box office:           $7.1 million

Budget:                  Not known but low budget


Wild Rose (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Soundtrack album by Jessie Buckley

Released                April 12, 2019

Genre                     SoundtrackCountry

Singles from Wild Rose (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“Country Girl” – Primal Scream (Reached No.5 5th June 2006 in the charts)

Today I finished the grandchildren’s magazine and mailed it to them.


We rang the doctors about my dizziness. Labyrinthitis apparently and gave me tablets. Then we walked 3.5 miles in the evening sunshine.





Think positively and good things will happen.


Happiness is…a film that tells a solid story


“I’m pleased to be getting a beer belly. I’ve always wanted a father figure.” Cam Spence


Love is…better than wealth

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

1.Atime for a good old fashioned story type of film…a time for a special affects, bang, crash and wallop film

  1. A time to sit in the sun…a time to doze in the shade
  2. A time to consult the doctor…a time to consult the internet
  3. A time for a new moon…a time for a full moon
  4. A time for a cup of coffee…a time for a cup of tea


DAY 52        16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 7,821 Feet



Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          1,699,933              100,442

2              UK                         268,619                 37,542

3              Italy                      231,139                 33,072

4              France                   180,169                 28,549

5              Spain                     236,259                 27,117

6              Brazil                    411,821                 25,598

7              Belgium                57,592                   9,364

8              Mexico                 78,023                   8,597

9              Germany              181,524                 8,428

10           Iran                       141,591 A             7,564


UK deaths yesterday 412



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Global cases

Updated 28 May at 08:32 local

Confirmed            5,690,182              +99,115

Deaths                   355,575                 +5,117

Recovered             2,349,598              +62,446



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