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SIGN UP – to our new daily update! Quarantunes & Quarantheroes & BYOTP Thank YOU to all those who took a risk at 7pm yesterday and sang a song.  There were clowns on balconies, Liverpool fans wearing Everton blue (George – you know that was you!) and delivery guys punching out lines like Frank Sinatra. I stayed at home in solidarity with those in Italy who inspired the singing.  

Yesterday, I encouraged bar owners to play “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at 7pm. Renee from 44th St Block Association led the charge and produced song sheets, adding “New York, New York” to the playlist.  We thought about getting everyone to Domus – and then social distancing crossed our mind.  Is this a good idea?  Suzy at The Pocket Bar and Daniel at Green Room 42 stepped up.  Then I felt nervous.  Would they be over 50% capacity?  Am I suggesting an unsafe public gathering?

Anyhoo… Everyone had fun.  I’m told that a CNN camera crew turned up but couldn’t find anything to film (though they could hear people singing).  Let’s try again tonight.  7pm.  And let’s go with something we all know “New York, New York”.


Music is proving to be a great connector at this time.  Take a look at what Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are listening to in isolation.  Others are creating a virus playlist.  Starting point “Don’t stand so close to me”.


We are all stressed by a life change to a time of hand washing and social distancing. Imagine if this was our life every day.

Like everybody else, I am worried about COVID-19.  It’s on my mind, it’s in my conversations. This challenge has also led me to understand the value of those around us who confront this every day, like my Pocket Bar drinking buddy who works in ER at Jamaica.  This is from his Instagram feed (with permission).  That’s his day job – and it’s always been high stress,  obsessive hand washing and social distancing.  He’s a hero.

Yesterday, I wandered by a Fire Station.  A couple of firefighters were chatting outside.  In passing, I could hear them talking about how they sit around the station in close proximity to their colleagues waiting for a call.  How do they deal with social distancing in a time when bars and gyms have moved to 50% occupancy? 

When we come out of the other side of this, I hope we remember the service these doctors, nurses, fire fighters, and public servants provided through it all. COVID-19 is a blip on their everyday life.


Finally.  If you are visiting a friend, or heading on a date night. Remember, that there is a new perfect gift….  A toilet roll or two.  If you’ve got them, share them! #BYOTP

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