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Be kind in our ‘parallel world’

I try and keep things light-hearted, even when I’m writing about something so teeth-grindingly, annoyingly idiotic it’s left me fuming with rage.

Because amongst the comedian’s cornucopia of comedic capabilities is the gift of being able to step back from a subject and take a cool look at it from an angle that people who aren’t in the comedy business wouldn’t give a second’s thought to.

But, right now, we’re living in what seems to many of us is a parallel world to the one we’ve all grown up in.

The buildings and roads and trees and car parks we’re all familiar with look pretty much as they always have, but there is something going on that’s worrying us all.

I’m not a political journalist and don’t have any medical knowledge apart from knowing how to apply a plaster to a grazed knee, so I wouldn’t dare start spouting off about the way the world’s leaders and experts have handled the current situation.

But as at the time I’m writing this, there’s no light to be seen at the end of the tunnel.  We have to grit our teeth, dig in for the length of the duration and do all within our means to help each other in any way we can.

It’s especially worrying for people in their 80s and 90s who lived through and remember the hardships of the Second World War.

For those of you able to get out and about, why not take a few minutes out of your day to knock on the door of a neighbour (or neighbours) you know to be confined to the house, regardless of their age? Check if they’re okay and ask if they need bread, milk or a newspaper.  Such a small act of kindness might very well make their day,

While, like me, you devour the information the media gives us on a daily basis, please try to take a balanced view of this unprecedented situation.
Because… Gossip and sensationalism drives fear and we must always ask questions and explore the truth ourselves.

Time will tell, mark my words.

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