Members 73. Covid Reset

Thirteen weeks ago today, Mags and I returned from Rome, just ahead of this thing, known as Covid 19.

She went to bed and has been there ever since, I added nursing to my daily task list and Covid 19 went from “some virus in China, and maybe Italy” to a pandemic.

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Members 72. Reading

With one thing and another, I had not taken the Sunday paper for a while, but I organised to get myself to the shop last week. To my absolute delight, the paper is running a promotion, gifting a Penguin Classic each week.

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Members 71. Time Span

An accidental stoic. I became one with no conscious knowledge of the philosophy. I surely absorbed some of the many of the tenets that have been assimilated into our culture that are stoic in origin.

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Members 70. Seventy

“If only I could spend all day, everyday working on the novel instead of nursing, firefighting the business issues etc. Lockdown is perfect! I could have produced several novels…”

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Members 69. Half a century

Try to shake the wrong hand or hug the wrong person, you might get shot. Get too close to somebody in a queue, and you’ll get side-eye. Take a moment right now. How will you feel about getting on a bus, or a train, or a plane? What about sitting in a cinema for a couple of hours with a hundred other people?

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Members 68. Beware Day Three

On the first day, we had crossed the Pyrenees. Day two was finished by midday, and we took a leisurely lunch, afternoon, and dinner in the sun-beaten Plaza Mayor. Enough cold beer was drunk to make the wine drinkable. Just.

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Members 67. The Hero’s Journey

This morning began my 97th day on the One Year No Beer (OYNB) challenge, and is my 99th consecutive day drinking no alcohol. My exercise for the day is to write my “Hero’s Journey”, drawing on the contention of Joseph Campbell’s famous work “Hero of a Thousand Faces”:

“A hero ventures forth from the world of the common day into a region of supernatural wonder: Fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: The Hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

You will note that OYNB could never be accused of not thinking big.

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Members 66. Ninety Days

Our private drama apart, Covid 19 and the measures to contain and repress it are wreaking havoc on society. In the UK, off-licences (alcohol shops) have been added to the list of retailers permitted to stay open through the lockdown. Initially, I smiled. Then, I received an email from the team at One Year No Beer, and excerpt of which I quote below;

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Members 65. Newsletter

“Lockdown. Reach out to your extrovert friends, they have no idea how to deal with this.”

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Members 64. Updates

It’s time to talk about almost anything else, I think.

So – a variety of updates this week:

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