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Desperate times and desperate measures

What a weird time we are living in. Suddenly the world is upside down, we have to work from home, cinemas are closed and we have to stay away from people. To fight the anxiety I suddenly felt the need to brush off my blog and start writing again. It has been a really long time since I last updated it, and let’s face it the last couple of updates haven’t been great…

But first of all, I hope you are all safe and well. I am ok, typing this at home on a Thursday evening, having a cup of tea the milky way listening to Jamie Cullum singing about the Age of Anxiety. Proper title for the time we live in. The two Jamie concerts I was supposed to go to this year are both cancelled unfortunately but I am sure I’ll see him again at some point.

I am quite anxious about the whole situation we are in. I try to not check Corana news 24 hours a day, I read up on the most important news just once a day. The good thing about this whole situation is that not only are we at home, but everybody is at home. Also some of the people I really like. And they are broadcasting stuff, from their homes into the world. Which is often very entertaining, and it makes you forget anxiety for a little while.
I made a list of the things I find noteworthy, maybe you like some of it.

Sandi Toksvig does a daily Tox Vox video

Sandi Toksvig (presenter of both The Great British Bakeoff and QI) delves into The Book Of Days to discover some quite interesting things about today. Entertaining short bits of knowledge served with a dash of humour.

Check out her Tox Vox channel, new content added daily!. (Hattip to @edwinek!)

Patrick Stewart reads Shakespeare’s Sonnets

This is captain Picard reading Shakespeare people! He reads a Shakespeare sonnet every day. Now I am not the biggest Shakespeare fan, but his voice is really lovely.

You’ll find him reading on Instagram: @SirPatStew  

Chris Hadfield reviews Science Fiction movies

I’ve loved Chris Hadfield since I saw him play Space Oddity in space. He is definitely worth following on Instagram or Facebook if you are into space stuff or want to know more about the live of (a former) astronaut.

Recently though he has reviewed a list of popular Science Fiction movies. If you want to know if he thought Gravity (with Sandra Bullock) was close to reality than please go watch this.

Ricky Gervais does a daily War Broadcast

I think Ricky Gervais is one of the funniest people I know. I love his standup shows, and his films (Ghost Town is a really lovely film, go see it if you haven’t already). But at the moment his is doing a daily War Broadcast. Because yes, also Ricky Gervais is at home.

You can checkout his war broadcast on twitter or on his Facebook channel.

The Crooner sessions with Gary Barlow

And last but not least, The Crooner sessions with Gary Barlow! (Yes Gary Barlow from Take That). He’s live playing a song with another singer every day. It is fun, it is lovely and it definitely lifts your spirit. Here’s one with Rick Astley for example, but check the complete list and don’t forget to come back to his channel as he adds news songs regularly.


Hope there was something to your liking in this list. Keep calm, drink tea and stay safe!