Author: Jim Preen

Last clap for carers?

Last clap for carers?

A little London lockdown 29.5.20

  • We clapped for carers last night, perhaps for the last time. Though I have a suspicion we’ll be out rattlin’ those pots and pans again before we’re done with this damn virus.
  • The picture you see was taken outside the Catholic care home at the end of the street.
  • I’m no Christian but this is a beautifully run place and we always look forward to their Christmas and summer fund raising fetes.
  • The daughter volunteered there for a while, dishing out dinners to the old and frail.
  • When I irritate the daughter, she threatens to have me incarcerated there. Who knows could happen, but not yet please.
  • Lockdown restriction are being slowly lifted, we can now meet up to six friends or family members in parks and private gardens.
  • My friend Simon will get to see his new grandson Frankie. Lovely.
  • Went to see Alfie and the boys at Convent Garden market to pick up the fruit and veg for the week.
  • The strawberries are spectacular. Mrs Preen set fair to make strawberry jam.
  • Strawberries mean Wimbledon and summer means cricket and the Chelsea Flower Show, but not this year.
  • So many activities that are part of the London summer scene are nowhere to be seen.
  • The weather continues to be spectacular. No rain, but after the UK nearly sank beneath the waves in one of the wettest ever Autumns, I’m good with that.
  • Yeah you’re right, that is Rusty. Rubbish at social distancing.
Thames path to Putney

Thames path to Putney

A Little London Lockdown 25.5.20

  • I took the bike to Putney along the Thames path.
  • Just started using the Strava app, thanks to Gyuri.
  • 23K 1 hour 50 mins
  • Lots of toddlers and families about so low speed.
  • It’s not a clear run to Putney, you have to get off at certain points and use the road, but it was a beautiful day (26c). Sun, sun, sun.
  • It felt a bit like the High Line in NY, but somehow lower.
  • Lots of little gardens along the way.
  • On the road near Albert Bridge I saw a young couple riding a Vespa
  •  And I thought…
  • It’s a beautiful sunny bank holiday, you’re young, you own a Vespa and you’ve got your bird on the back.
  • Does life get sweeter?
Strange Battersea wildlife
Mud Larks
Michael Caine owns a flat in that building. Not many people know that. Well he used to, we did and interview with him there in 1999.
Battersea Powerstation. Who’s going to buy all these flats?

Covent Garden

Lockdown Lowdown 23.5.20

  • SPAD Dominic Cummings in big trouble for breaking lockdown.
  • Toy MPs piling in on his behalf, presumably told to do so by No10.
  • Wonder if it’s worth burning so much political capital on him, just a day after screeching U-turn by PM on NHS staff having to pay for their care.
  • Beautiful bank holiday weekend.
  • C-19 infections way down in London.
  • Lockdown seems to be breaking down, hope this doesn’t mean a second spike.
  • Roads in our neighbourhood being closed to through traffic.
  • Very happy about this, but let’s see how it works out.
  • Yesterday changed an inner tube on my bike. #quietlyproud. Haven’t done that since I was 15, don’t think we had YouTube videos then.
  • Helped pack up the firm’s offices in Holborn.
  • Homeworker bee from now on.

Took another 8am Saturday morning trundle. This time to Covent Garden.

Doesn’t look much does it? But in the 80s this was the Zanzibar Club where a bunch of us fools had more fun than was strictly necessary.

Shuttered Soho

Lockdown Lowdown 16.5.20

Took the bike and trundled up to Soho at 8am this morning to see if it still existed. It’s been my preferred place to have fun for more than forty years. Plenty of nothing going on now.

Soho Square: Lot of homeless people being cleared out by police
Want to be back at Ronnie’s the night it re-opens.

See you there when it all wakes up.

Lockdown Lowdown 15.5.20

Lockdown Lowdown 15.5.20

  • This lockdown is a bit like those magnificent men in their flying machines, sometimes you feel up-tiddly-up and then down-tiddly-down.
  • Jack Daniel’s can help.
  • Having just returned from a bike ride around Hyde Park on a beautiful spring morning I’m definitely on the up-tiddly-up side of things.
  • One day my lovely London will return, just been put in the deep freeze. Despite being 20c today
  • Stat attack 1: Only 24 new reported cases of C-19 in London yesterday, down-tiddly-down from 200,000 daily cases in March.
  • Stat attack 2: Around 7.5 million people in the UK have been furloughed. If you combine that figure with those who work in the public sector the government is now paying the wages of almost half the working population.
  • As you can see, I now have a matching mask and hat combo. So important to remain stylish in these trying times.
  • Gentlemen, if you want the essential Lockdown Look then support a British business and click here.
  • The firm I work for is closing their offices in Holborn on Sunday. Going in to collect my bit and pieces. Working from home from now on. Still have a job, hurrah!
  • Bingeing on Ozark, the sleeziest, shadiest most squalid money laundering box set on Netflix. Required viewing for a certain warped kind of viewer.

 

 

 

Lowdown on the lockdown 10.5.20

Lowdown on the lockdown 10.5.20

  • Preen Sunday walk down the deserted South Bank.
  • Bumped into Gary filming a live and stand up for NBC.
  • Watched an episode of the Repair Shop. Required viewing in time of stress.
  • PM making announcement tonight where the words change from Stay at Home to Stay Alert.
  • Some criticism that this is confused messaging from Number 10.
  • Weather turned cold at about lunchtime. Down to 14C.
  • Back up to the loft for me and more rummaging.IMG_2709
  • Found some old photos.
  • The one on the left is me in Nashville recording a Billie Jo Spears album sometime in the dim and distant 80s.
  • Writing this upstairs in the office…
  • Cake smells emanating from the kitchen. This is good news.
  • Indian curry for supper tonight, also good news.
  • Back on the 5/2 diet tomorrow, less good news.
Lowdown on the lockdown #1

Lowdown on the lockdown #1

  • Bit late to the party on this
  • Just going to lay down some bullets so we can look back and remember
  • Or remember to forget
  • Lockdown started on 23.3.20. Today is 9th May. You do the math.
  • PM Boris is set to do some lockdown lifting tomorrow, we’ll see.
  • Little Richard (The King & Queen of Rock & Roll) died today, aged 87. Awopbobpaloobopalopbamboo.
  • He sure tore it up.
  • Yesterday I spotted a mobile barber van at the end of our road (See picture)
  • Heather very busy working for TFL, I’m at YUDU Sentinel. Scarlett is in the lower sixth, but it’s not called that.
  • 31,241 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK
  • Today is a perfect Spring day. 26C. I went for a bike ride around Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace.
  • Both Bucket and Heather are suffering badly from Hay Fever. Bucket is pretty much refusing to go for walks because of the heat.
  • I’m practising the mixolydian and dorian modes on the bass guitar.
  • I have lessons with Sonny every Saturday
  • You should be taking bass guitar lessons
  • Tonight we barbeque.