Author Archives: Chris Holt

Diary of a Lockdown, day 62: getting tested

I’ve just received the results my Covid test: negative. Not that I was worried as I haven’t really felt ill. I was invited for a test as part of a research programme by Kings College Hospital and the NHS tracking … Continue reading

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Diary of a Lockdown, day 52: life online

For years I’ve been trying to reduce screen time – both my own and the teens’, as readers may recall from the great Xbox out the window drama I wrote about in February. It’s a battle that has been truly … Continue reading

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Diary of a Lockdown, day 47: waiting

These last few days have been filled with lazy hours sunbathing, barbecue smells – and waiting for a decision from the government. Will lockdown continue or start to be lifted?  Will health or wealth win the national argument? Sunday, it … Continue reading

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Diary of a Lockdown, day 41: looking ahead through clear skies

My reaction to last week’s news that British Airways may stop flying out of Gatwick and concentrate its London base at Heathrow, may not have been typical. My heart lifted a little. Could the scaling down of international air travel … Continue reading

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Diary of a Lockdown, day 33: let’s change ‘normal’

In whatever ways the lockdown eventually starts to lift, I’m hoping we don’t return to normal. Some things I would like to continue. Here are a four of them. ONE. A recognition and appreciation of the huge role immigrants and … Continue reading

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Diary of a Lockdown, day 25: days of nothing

Nothing to report. Seriously. I’m not doing anything or seeing anyone. Every day seems very much like the day before. I can’t draw on profound thoughts or insights as I’m not having any. My preoccupations are boring, even to me. … Continue reading

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Diary of a Lockdown, day 20: fear washes at the shore of content

The family niggles have calmed down. We are slipping into a routine I actually find quite enjoyable. The teens have taken to cooking with some enthusiasm and we’ve now got a dinner rota for the week; seedlings are germinating in … Continue reading

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Diary of a Lockdown, day 16: getting a bit niggley

I suppose we’ve done quite well getting to day 16 without a major argument, but I could do with a break from my family now! We’re beginning to get niggley with each other. I can’t bear the way the children … Continue reading

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Diary of a Lockdown, day 14: no chance to say Goodbye

It would have been my mum’s 88th birthday today. Five years ago she was in her last days of life and the memories I have of being with her at that time are precious: decorating her room with cards, reading … Continue reading

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Diary of a Lockdown, day 12: inside other people’s living rooms

One of the unexpected pleasures of lockdown has been seeing inside other people’s living rooms. With TV presenters broadcasting from their homes and local groups meeting on Zoom, we can indulge our nosey sides with impunity. My cursory research suggests … Continue reading

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