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15 May

Coronavirus Diary with OV Jeremy Thompson: Entry 8

Following on from last week, here is the beginning of the next entry in OV Jeremy Thompson (S 61-65)’s Virus Diaries for Sky News…

OV Jeremy Thompson

Monday 4 May

It’s all about finding things to look forward to when this is over.

We just enjoyed a weekend of birthdays. There was Frida in Cape Town entering her teens, Fi in Ho Chi Minh City celebrating far from family and friends, and Saul in Johannesburg remembering how we marked his big day last year with a surprise lunch at La Colombe d’Or in Saint Paul de Vence.

We agree, there’s only one thing for it – make a date to be there same time, same place next May for a liberation birthday bash.

My rugby-going mates get together over Zoom and a few beers. I note they’ve all gone for the isolation inmate look – piebald beards and unkempt or home-trimmed hair.

Apart from Pete, wearing his full Harlequins fan kit, the rest opt for lockdown chic: T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops.

“I haven’t worn anything else for six weeks,” we admit in unison.

There’s plenty of rugby chat, mainly worries about the damage this enforced break will do to the clubs and the league. Will there be anything left to watch?

None of us really expect to be attending a live match until 2021. For Jamie and me, England v Wales at Twickenham on 7 March was probably the last action we’ll see this year. And he caught Coronavirus there. Happy memories!

But the lads save the most passion for describing the trials of working from home while keeping their kids fed, watered, amused and educated.

You can continue reading the diary here.