Lockdown Diaries: Day 31 (Loch Ness)

Locked Down in London, Day 31: How Long Can You Stand Quarantine? (A Poll)

Now think about how long you could stand it if you were “shielded”: staying in your bedroom alone, although you’re allowed to open the window; no physical contact with your family/housemates, talking to them only through the closed bedroom door; no exercise or entertainment except what can fit into your bedroom; eating alone in your bedroom; disinfecting the bathroom every time before and after use…

The UK government thinks people who need to be shielded can – should – cope like that for 12 weeks.


Virtual Escape: Loch Ness

Merely typing Day 31 in the title was unutterably depressing, therefore I decided that we need to inject a certain level of silliness in today’s post.

Now imagine you’re up in Scotland, along the shores of Loch Ness:

Loch Ness, Scotland [Photo by Je535 via Pixabay]
Not the most scenic lochs of the Scottish Highlands perhaps but undoubtedly the most famous on account of Nessie.

So as I said you’re walking around the lake… minding your own business… and then you hear this:

Hnwhuffl hhnnwfl hnfl hfl?
Gdroblboblhobngbl gbl gl g g g g glbgl.
Drublhaflablhaflubhafgabhaflhafl fl fl –
gm grawwwww gfr frawf awfgm graw gm.
Splgraw fok fok splgrafhatchgbrlgabrl fok splfok!
Zgra kra gka fok!
Grof grawff gahf?
Gombl mbl bl –
blm plm,
blm plm,
blm plm,

(The Loch Ness Monster’s Song by Edwin Morgan)

(If you ever want to type that up, better learn touch typing first!)

Further Reading:Survey results reveal average number of days people can bear to self-quarantineThe Loch Ness Monster's Song read by Robert Crawford on the Edinburgh Book Festival (video)
Keep safe, keep sane – keep reading poetry!

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