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Daughter and Mother – Ruby, 56, interviews Maria, 95

Reading Time: 5 minutes Ruby Millington is a journalist, zeitgeist expert and great cook. During the lockdown, her mother Maria, 95, moved in. In fact, they came to my family Boxing Day Funk Up this year. Recently, I asked Ruby if she would interview her incredibly glamorous mother about how it is to be her age.  Maria MacLaren was […]

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A Warm Coat in April – honing the art of the virtual live show

Reading Time: 6 minutes It’s one year on and there is every reason to be optimistic. Thirty-one million people have been vaccinated in the UK, over five million have had their second shot. Last week there were no reported COVID deaths in London. Next week, things will begin to open up again, to a level we last had in […]

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On the Road Again

Reading Time: 4 minutes I am shocked by the extent to which I’ve rationalised what lockdown has made of me. I’m going, “hmm, I used to think I was an extrovert but do you know, I really think I am more naturally introverted…I’m not sure that I even LIKE my friends…” Oh yes. And I’ve been joking with those […]

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Irresistibly Drawn to Work in a Recording Studio Down The Road Aged 59

Reading Time: 7 minutes Michele Kirsch, writer, wit, asthmatic isolator, mother of two, furloughed chef wrote about Lockdown 2 for AofA and it was brilliantly funny. Here it is. Now she’s onto the next one, and a new enterprise has arisen. Of course, by the second lockdown, after the confusing tiers for fears, the novelty had worn off. I […]

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A Guide to Surviving A Pandemic by Sophie Parkin

Reading Time: 10 minutes To make it through a pandemic – if you are me – You will need: A telephone, modern mobile pref Some books, assorted 50-100 – fiction, poetry, short stories, history, philosophy, autobiog, art, various dictionaries A wifi connection + laptop One projector Some empty jam jars – about 30 Weekly delivery from Oddbox – fruit […]

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How am I Coping?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Ok, just got the news of a new lockup on 16th December. It had been expected but I was hoping it would be on Friday so I could still have lunch with my friend Pamela at the French House in Soho on Thursday. No such luck. Was planning on oysters. It was going to be […]

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Lockdown Story – Living with my 92 year old Mum

Reading Time: 6 minutes It’s April 18th 2020, somewhere around week four of Lockdown in the UK. Life has taken on a reassuring and at the same time, unwelcome routine. A glimpse of institutional life perhaps. A distorted vision of freedom. Mum has been living with us since two days before lockdown began. Uprooted from her cosy flat where […]