culture shutdown

Red alert, day five.

German Big Brother contestants were informed of the virus on air. FJ!! livetweeted it, egged on by @antheap (thread in hotlink).

St. Patrick’s Day was cancelled. Many people posted pictures of their corned beef and beer at home.

My gym sent an e-mail to say it was wiping down equipment – basically the appropriate message of ten days ago.

An hour later Ipswich closed town-run theatres, cinema, museums, pools, playgrounds, the tourist information office and other public buildings.

The office at our department at QMUL is closing and admin staff will work remotely until further notice. Here in Ipswich the University of Suffolk is moving to online teaching.

This morning UK schools are still open.

I have rewritten the in class exam for online. Figuring out online delivery is next.

Tonight’s other project is breaking down my brick-and-board desk and rebuilding it 90 degrees rotated so that if and when I speak to camera there will be a bookcase filled with books behind me, not a stack of cardboard boxes filled with overflow books. This is proving transformative for the flat. It’s a much better arrangement and I wonder why I didn’t do it years ago. It has also forced me to clear a large pile of papers off my desk – on the floor for now, but soon to be largely dissolved into bits through the magic of scanning.

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