100 Days Lockdown
Updated: Aug 22
Early evening on 23 March 2020, Mr. Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, made the first announcement of the official lockdown in the UK.
A whole new life experience began from that moment for millions of people, but what is this new life? You can't leave your house except in certain circumstances, you can't socialise with other people except your household and you don't go to WORK!
Living between four walls and my back garden. This was my life for exactly 100 days.
The beginning, in April and May, somebody up there looked down on us and gave us the best sunny warm weather, almost unheard of, in the UK. I think the BBC said the month of May was a new record. That weather was a blessing as I spent the majority of my time in the back garden painting, abstract painting.
6 or 7 hours everyday of the most relaxing, energising and satisfying one activity that is hard to explain in words. Nothing else can match that feeling. It was a blend of several different things that all gelled together to create that positive energy of creativity.
On Sunday 11 May, Mr. Johnson called on people across the UK to return to work from Wednesday 14 May, if they can't work from home. Also from Wednesday, he said, people in the UK would be able to sunbathe in their local parks, exercise as much as they want and drive to other destinations.
On 23 June Mr. Johnson set out further easing of lockdown restrictions to begin from 4 July.
Events During the 100 Days
Panic bulk-buying toilet rolls. As fears grow over coronavirus spreading across Britain with the threat of infection, people began to panic-buy and stockpile certain items including toilet rolls in case they run out in the shops.
"Captain Tom" became a legend raising over £32 million for the NHS Charities. Born on 30 April 1920, began to walk laps of his garden on 6 April 2020 with the aim of raising £1000 by his hundredth birthday. "You'll Never Walk Alone".
Jamie Oliver TV shows "Keep Cooking and Carry On" was first aired on Monday 23 March 2020 and for 20 episodes over four weeks, with an episode every evening on Channel Four. Filming the show was done by himself, his wife and his kids using a mobile phone. The show attracted a lot of interest from a host of international broadcasters from New Zealand, North Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, etc.
Downing Street Daily Coronavirus Briefing on TV. The daily press conferences were introduced on 16 March 2020. Initially, the briefings featured Mr. Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, supported by a couple of medical or scientific experts, e.g. Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer.
The Drumming Weatherman - Weather Presenter Drumming to BBC News Theme. On 15 April 2020, Owain Wyn Evans, working from home, finished his weather forecast and continued to film himself playing the drums to the BBC News theme tune. His video made headlines everywhere from America to Australia.
Mr. Motivator makes a return to BBC. On 26 March 2020, the presenter made a TV return on BBC after a long absence. He was best known for his appearances on GMTV in the 1990s and his brightly coloured Lycra outfits. Mr. Motivator’s real name is Derrick Evans.
“Clap For Our Carers” began on 26th March 2020 in the UK after three days the country went into lockdown. It started as a one-off event to support NHS staff and it expanded to cover all key workers. Every Thursday at 8pm, millions of people took part in a mass round of applause to show their appreciation for NHS workers and carers. It continued for 10 weeks ending on Thursday 28th May 2020. Annemarie Plas started the nationwide event.
“We’ll Meet Again” Dame Vera Lynn, 103 years old, sings again as the UK marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. She sang her most iconic song “We’ll Meet Again” many times for the troops during World War II and it became embedded as an anthem of hope in British life. “Victory in Europe Day” marked the end of fighting in Europe towards the end of World War II. On 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany's surrender the day before.
Watched a lot of Youtube videos about abstract painting. Coty Schwabe made and continues to make great videos about his abstract paintings. He presents abstract painting in a very simple way that would encourage anyone to give it a go.
Keeping Kids Entertained during lockdown has forced many people to adapt in ways we never expected nor were prepared for and the pressure that comes with taking up the role of teacher, as well as mum or dad, is huge. With schools closed up and down the country and social distancing rules in place, keeping children of all ages entertained have its challenges. When you’re in isolation with children of any age, the lockdown tested parents’ ingenuity and patience to the limit.
“Working from home”. More than 18 million people in the UK are working from home during lockdown and have spent almost £2 billion on desks, laptops, printers and other equipment, as they transform their living rooms and spare bedrooms into makeshift offices. Keeping connected is proving more important than ever before, and almost two thirds of us have struggled with our broadband or mobile signal as we try to adapt to our new way of working. It looks like more of us are likely to work from home in future.
Here are some of my paintings I made during my 100 days lockdown, playing my favourite songs and music.
A Horse With No Name (America), Tin Man (America), Ventura Highway (America), Wish You Were Here (David Cassidy), Wish You Were Here (Jack Cassidy), Old Man (Neil Young Harvest album), Old Man (Neil Young BBC 1971), Harvest Moon (Neil Young), Ommadawn (Mike Oldfield), Incantation (Mike Oldfield), Eye in the Sky (Alan Parsons Project), Sirius (Alan Parsons Project), Games People Play (Alan Parsons Project), Time (Alan Parsons Project), Heroes (David Bowie), Moonday Dream (David Bowie), Sheep (Pink Floyd), Dogs (Pink Floyd), etc.
As you’d probably tell, the above list of music is from an era that is quickly fading away. May be you could add your list of favourite songs and music.
After all, that wasn't a bad experience for 100 days…
What was your's like? Perhaps you'd like to share with us.