Teacher times

'It's gone faster than I thought it would. I was teaching on the Monday, someone came in and told me we'd be finishing as we were about to start 'locking down', and all of a sudden it was organised chaos.' Linda's smiley face is on the screen, glass of wine in hand. She's one of... Continue Reading →

Diazepam and dog walks

Alex pops onto the screen. He has a beard. He starts talking and I hear some words about having sunburn and working in the garden but I'm distracted trying to figure out whether I've ever seen him with a beard. It's a long time since I've seen him. 'It's really hard to explain. It feels... Continue Reading →

Intensive care angel

It's early morning in the UK, but Hannah's already been to a workout class and is eating her breakfast when we chat, her long hair wet from a shower. 'Busy is probably the word to use for my lockdown,' she says, inbetween mouthfuls of porridge. 'I'd go to work and I'd be doing my normal... Continue Reading →

Ending the Era of Procrastination

'Ten weeks for me, working from home,' Sue says, looking wistfully out of what I presume is the window, just off camera. 'This is unchartered territory for me, I haven't been at home for this long, for, well, ever. It's been quite weird in that respect, working from home is normally just a 'treat' day... Continue Reading →

111 what’s your emergency?

'When we first went into Level 4 [total lockdown], it was a little bit like slipping into a parallel universe. All of a sudden, I was still carrying on the same, but everything around me was very different. No traffic or people, petrol was really cheap and you could park anywhere in the city for... Continue Reading →

Cohabiting with a big pink saxophone

'At first it felt like a bit of a holiday. You have to work out where you're going to lock yourself down, so that's the first dilemma isn't it?' Julie had several options, and elderly family to consider, but in the end chose to lockdown with her partner at his house. They've never lived together... Continue Reading →

Mercy tea, yoga and Pat Butcher

I'm still making my morning cup of tea when Dylan comes on screen, and it's less than a minute before he's promising to send me a mercy parcel of Yorkshire Tea, shocked at the barbaric tea conditions this Brit has to endure here in New Zealand. I laugh and ask him how lockdown's going. 'Weirdly... Continue Reading →

Live the life you love

Jenny laughs, when I ask her how lockdown is going. 'Well, I'm quite enjoying it, I have to say, although it's been a real emotional journey, from absolute, acute, ridiculous, over the top oh-my-god-I'm-going-to-die-tomorrow kind of anxiety at the start, with me making out my will and all sorts.' That anxiety went away a bit... Continue Reading →

The tortoise and the hare

'Lockdown is very slow,' Gemma pops up, and then ducks out of sight on the screen. 'I was furloughed for the first four weeks, and as soon as I started loving furlough life, they called me back; our systems aren't set up for working from home.' The first week was weird, she says, mainly because... Continue Reading →

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