89 Not Out: Day 44, We’re Halfway There (Maybe)

S&C contributor and Pompey Politics Podcast host Ian Morris shares his experience of the lockdown, as someone with diabetes. It’s Day 44 and Ian reflects on life in lockdown so far, and appoints a new home-office manager.

Wednesday 29th April, Day 44 of 89.

Whoa! Whoa! 

We’re halfway there! as the soft rock icon Jon Bon Jovi once warbled. The halfway mark will kick in at lunchtime.

Now, if anyone wants to tell me that the lockdown will probably extend beyond the original 89 day target then I respectfully ask you, in love and charity, to go and boil your bottom. I am not interested. If I end up penning a ‘Day 90 of 89’ diary entry then I will cross that particular bridge when I reach it. 

As I look back it seems an age ago since lockdown began, but it also doesn’t seem that long as so many days blur into one. We have found the rhythm of the working day: me jumping on early and my fellow office sharer stumbling down the stairs at 8.56 to be ready for his 9 o’clock kick-off call. We have established our office routine, I get the desk and the fancy office chair, he gets the dining table and one of the chairs.

Yesterday he complained the office environment was not just and fair. At this point, it is important to understand that the cut and thrust of banter between myself and both my sons is lively: for instance, he appears in my phone as Phatboi and when people hear me ask ‘Call fatboy’, they think it rather extreme. I do have to point out that at this point Master Meatball will be flashing up on his screen to tell him of my incoming call. 

However, we recognise that we have to have a working environment that is harmonious and productive. So we have appointed a new Director of Human Resources. Sir Arthur Kitten Doyle is delighted to take on the post and he will adjudicate on any of Tom’s complaints, provided they are submitted in writing, within 14 working days. 

All in all, I think we’ve got lockdown cracked, or perhaps lockdown has cracked us both. I will talk to Sir Arthur later. 


Don’t miss Ian’s diary each day, keep an eye out for new entries here, along with past editions of the Pompey Politics Podcast. How are you managing the lockdown at the moment? Get in touch with us over on Facebook or Twitter and let us know your experiences and any hints and tips you’re finding helpful right now.

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