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Day 147 - Sunday 9th August 2020

Location: London, UK 
COVID-19 / Coronavirus Outbreak
Lockdown
Continuing on my weather theme, anyone remember the summer of 2007?  Well that was the year that Umbrella by Rhianna was number 1 in the UK for 10 weeks.  And all we did was use our umbrellas as it was the wettest summer since records began.
I cursed this song at the time as all I wanted was some sunshine and we didn't get any.
Then in 2012, I was fortunate enough to take part in the Paralympics Opening Ceremony.  It was a fantastic experience and I got to dance with 200 other people in one of the opening segments to, yes you guessed it, Umbrella by Rhianna.
I had to make my peace with the song as it was all I heard for several months and I actually came to love the remixed version we danced to (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Club Remix).
We had very heavy umbrellas that lit up and changed colour, hats with lights on as well as mismatched Dr Marten's and the rest of the fetching costume.
If you fancy watching it, the whole…
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Day 146 - Saturday 8th August 2020

Location: London, UK 
COVID-19 / Coronavirus Outbreak
Lockdown
It is really, really hot at the moment.
In London it hit 36°c on Thursday and is set to continue with daily highs of 32°c-36°c for the next week.
When I think of recent summers, there have been a few with very hot weeks, usually in July.  I remember two specifically, 2013 and 2018 as both times I was rehearsing for a show which involved a lot of physical movement and rolling around on the floor, which during a heat wave which was hot work. 
But these are isolated weeks, the rest of those summers was typically British - mildly warm with showers. We seem to have had pretty hot weather for months.  In many ways this has been a blessing.  With the country in lockdown and then only allowed to meet socially outside, with less clement weather, this whole situation we find ourselves in could have been a lot more unbearable.

Day 145 - Friday 7th August 2020

Location: London, UK 
COVID-19 / Coronavirus Outbreak
Lockdown
Oh it's a bit hot isn't it?
I'm not quite sure what my cat is thinking, but she insists on spending most of the day in the hottest part of the house.  I've tried explaining to her that there are cooler areas she could recline in, but no, she will not listen.
I appreciate that trying to reason with a cat seems like a pointless activity and to be frank on this occassion, it has proved to be so.

Day 144 - Thursday 6th August 2020

Location: London, UK 
COVID-19 / Coronavirus Outbreak
Lockdown
London Underground
Prior to the lockdown and depending on my week, I would be on the tube pretty regularly.
Today I got the tube for the first time since March 13th - that's a long time ago.  I didn't even know if I had any money on my Oyster card (I did).
I was quite anxious about it.  I'm a confident traveller - growing up in London and without a family car, I have used public transport extensively throughout my life.  I know the tube map pretty well, I am happy hopping on and off buses, I've been on the DLR, boats, trams, even the cable car in my travels across the capital.
Masks are mandatory on all public transport so I was pretty annoyed when the first carriage I got in had three people in it (spaced out) two who had their masks around their necks and one who didn't have one at all.  As more got on, the two with them around their necks put them on and the guy without one produced it as he got off - likel…

Day 143 - Wednesday 5th August 2020

Location: London, UK 
COVID-19 / Coronavirus Outbreak
Lockdown
I bought myself a pillow and it may be the best thing I've purchased in sometime.
It's called a boomerang pillow and is shaped like... you get it.
It comes with it's own special pillow slip and is the MOST COMFORTABLE thing to snuggle into.
That folks, is how exciting life is at the moment.
Pillows.
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/1270475?clickSR=slp:term:boomerang%20pillow:5:172:1

Day 142 - Tuesday 4th August 2020

Location: London, UK 
COVID-19 / Coronavirus Outbreak
Lockdown
A staple sleepover film when I was growing up was Clueless. It was and still is a brilliant film.  
I re-watched it today - it's a bit like having a catch up with an old friend, I know it so well.
Clueless was one of my generation's defining films - everyone coveted Cher's tartan mini-skirt suit and had fluffy topped pens sticking out of their pencil cases.  Clueless was responsible for key phrases such as:
"What-ever!"
"Ugh, as if!"
And these gems:
“Do you prefer fashion victim or ensembly challenged?”
“She’s my friend because we both know what it’s like to have people be jealous of us.”
“She’s a full-on Monet. It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s okay. But up close, it’s a big old mess.”
And to us over here in the UK, I think we imagined all American secondary schools to be just like the one in this film.
If you haven't seen it for a while or (gasp!) have never seen it, find it on Netflix…

Day 141 - Monday 3rd August 2020

Location: London, UK 
COVID-19 / Coronavirus Outbreak
Lockdown
In growing news, we have peas!  They were sweet, delicious and again the excitement of growing something I can eat was immense!
It wasn't exactly a harvest for Birdseye to worry about in terms of competition but apparently more grow when you pick the first lot... can you tell I still have no idea what I'm doing?!
Anyway, peas!