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Inspired by this article in the Guardian about the ways that people have found to entertain themselves at home, I was wondering if anyone was prepared to share something that they've started doing or a hobby they've (re-) discovered or a strategy they've developed to help them keep their sanity under these restrictions.

I'll start. When I was a teenager, I played recorder (alto and descant) in an early music trio. Like many teenagers I decided my hobby was boring and stopped playing and performing. I wondered if I could still play and to my surprise I could. Not to the level of my teenage self and my arthritic fingers struggle with jigs and reels but I can nevertheless still pick out a tune (and the advantage of early music is that it is quite slow!)

Perhaps less wholesome is that I've got as addicted as everyone else to true crime podcasts. One of the most compelling ones is a RTE production called 'The Nobody Zone' which shines a light on the London of the 1980s while exploring exactly how Kieran Patrick Kelly got away with multiple murders and is the serial killer almost no one has heard of. 

So, is anybody else prepared to share their tips for coping with lockdown?

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Thanks Liz. Good idea. I'll give this a go!

Well done for the recorder resurgence.

Have been pretty busy throughout, still doing some work, finding new walks, meeting people and making new friends locally, the things regarded as lockdown cliches but quite good and healthy (eg Joe Wicks workouts and making banana cake), learning Italian and writing my blog (started at the beginning of the first lockdown).


I have thought about learning Italian. Now might well be as good a time as any! Have you any recommendations for this?

I haven't looked at Duolingo as I attend a class (now via Zoom) and feel it's much better to have the structure of a class, having a few years ago done the FutureLearn one, but intending checking out Duolingo at some point as could be a useful adjunct.

City Lit do online Italian and much else but I didn't want the commitment of joining a class.  I am disciplined enough to be a solitary learner especially with lockdown.

Lovely!  I still have a descant recorder and sometimes knock out a tune.  Some things we never forget.  It's not the one from Hornsey County School though.  That was a treble.  Seldom bored but I've found learning a language on Duolingo - it's free - whiles away an hour or so.  I've finished Latin and started on Italian. 


Nice article about trees "Look up to the trees to brighten your daily walk" by Alys Fowler 

To put variety into walking, I observe how I walk, with the idea of improving my walking.  I ask myself questions like:

-am I moving my leg forward from the hip joint, or is my pelvis involved?  does the right side of the pelvis move with the right leg?  I try walking without moving the pelvis to see how it feels.

-do I swing my arms?  the opposite arm to the leg?  is my chest involved, or does the arm movement start from the shoulder joint?  I try not moving the chest to see if it makes a difference.

-if my pelvis moves one way, and the chest the opposite way, and they are both joined by the spine, what happens when the two opposite movements meet somewhere in the middle of the spine?  (I haven't worked that one out).

-where do I look when I walk?  are my eyes fixed?  I look up and around, does that alter my walk?  

-when you've observed your left side, observe your right side, observe other people.  

No end of fun, and I find I can now walk further and easier.

Cathy - some great innovative thinking there.  A local walk can be tedious with the same old scenery and that's a good ruse!



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