89 Not Out: Day 88, The Loves and Loathes of Lockdown

S&C contributor and Pompey Politics Podcast host Ian Morris shares his experience of the lockdown, as someone with diabetes. It’s Day 88 and with only one day to go before the end of the series, Ian reflects on the highs and lows of lockdown.

Friday 12th June, Day 88 of 89.

Loathes and loves of the lockdown.

Looking back over the last three months, things have all been rather different and I wondered what my family have liked and loathed about the lockdown.

So I asked them.

Tom, my son, told me:

He liked: ‘Some time to think and reflect. The lack of commuting means I have got more exercise on my bike in the morning.

He loathed: ‘Not having options. It doesn’t feel like I am in control of my own life. I’m missing a good night out, and incredibly, I miss the gym.

My wife, Nicky, told me:

She liked: ‘Not going out. I never liked it anyway so I have been justified by staying in.

She loathed: ‘Having to share the house with other people [a bit rude]. When I am forced to go out, it feels like a  military operation, just nipping in for a pint of milk feels daunting and stressful.’

My son Noah told me:

He liked: ‘There is no reason to insist I get up before noon. My online friends span the globe so I can hang out with them.’

He loathed: ‘I have a ton of movie vouchers I got for Christmas and haven’t been able to use them. I miss hanging out with my mates in the real world.’

And me?

I liked having some workplace banter in the home office. The old working from home routine involved silence from 8.30am till 6pm, but now there are folk about all the time. I have better beverage provision, tea and coffee on demand (might this have a bearing on Nicky’s ‘other people’ issue?), the office water-boy keeping us both hydrated. I think I have also enjoyed missing things when I knew I could no longer have the double cheeseburger, it was all the sweeter when I finally got one. 

The farm shop and the local butcher’s: we used the butcher’s regularly but the farm shop has been a revelation and there is a strong ‘note to self’ to keep using it when all this is over. 

The word furlough. I have a chum who is from Hull and when she says ‘furlough’ it lasts about three seconds. I love regional accents ask a Geordie to say ‘Benjamin Netanyahu’ and you will see what I mean. 

I loathed missing sport. I should now have tshirt tan lines that are stunning, as we would have been deep into the cricket season. We would have been planning an away trip to Yorkshire: no disrespect but they are not the greatest, we would have tanked them and then spent an enjoyable evening downing nourishing and inexpensive Northern ale. 

I have missed travel generally, be that with work or just to the gym. The Millsey boy needs destinations, places to go, people to see. 

Birds, the lairy feathered gobshites. Am I the only one that has noticed that they have gone all big noise since the lockdown taunting us all with their: ‘Oh to be outside, it’s so good to be outside, bet you wish you were outside? Oh, you can’t! Ha ha!’ cheep, cheep cheeping. 

I hate birds. 

It’s been good to talk, so please comment on what has delighted and infuriated you during lockdown in the box below.


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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