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How and when?

At the moment it's broadly true to say we're all in this together.  Of course the impact of the current lockdown varies enormously, depending on your circumstances, but the rules are there, the restrictions are in place, and everyone is having to adjust their lives...

My Daily Telegraph diary from 06/04/2020….

As an arthritis sufferer, I have 12 weeks of self-isolation ahead. Here's how I plan to cope In his first self-isolation diary entry, BBC presenter Julian Worricker finds inventive ways to stay in touch with his partner and friends By Julian Worricker.  5 April 2020 •...

Stories and statistics….

The numbers in this crisis are both chilling and hard to digest.  We hear thousands, many thousands, both here and abroad have died, and we can immediately appreciate the seriousness of what we're living through.  But arguably it's only when we hear the individual...

To order or to strongly advise…

To order or to strongly advise…

We journalists spend a lot of time agonising over our use of language.  We want to be as precise, as accurate as possible.  Only yesterday some current and former World Service colleagues contributed to a very entertaining thread on Facebook, which began with the...

Staying spontaneous….

On the rare occasions that I see another human being in the flesh, rather than on a computer screen, I have taken to perching on the ledge of my front bedroom window in order to engage in conversation. I can sit there, with the sash window fully raised, and chat to...

Any tune will do…..

Maybe because one of our senses - touch - is being denied to us in so many ways....the hug, the kiss, the handshake....the others matter more. How often, during that one carefully planned period of exercise each day, have you heard yourself say "I've never noticed...

Venturing out….

How the mind plays tricks. I'm a journalist/broadcaster who's actively limiting the amount of journalism and broadcasting I consume each day. Too much, and I start to think about what everyone is going through, about the horrific casualty figures emerging from Italy...

Julian Worricker, self-isolating….

Julian Worricker, self-isolating….

It was Tuesday, March 17th, 16.52, when the email arrived. I knew it was coming. It was confirmation from the NHS arthritis nurse, with whom I've had a fantastically positive relationship over many years (we're as likely to talk cricket as we are swollen joints), that...