Author: Jim Preen

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.