The world feels a very curious and scary place at the moment. There’s an almost apocalyptic atmosphere, like being in the middle of a sci-fi movie. The future is even more uncertain than it was. As an older neighbour said to me today, “It’s rather like being at war.” But without the bombs and, of course, the enemy is unseen. Coronavirus is going to change us; not only more of the tragedy of human loss that we have seen already, but with unknown socio-economic outcomes. What can we do? Churchill had a little maxim with which he would often sign-off conversations: “KBO”, he’d say (keep buggering on). #KBO – in other words, keep going, keep trying. It’s a pithier version of ‘keep calm and carry on’. There are millions of people, not least health-workers and scientists, who are doing that, all over the world. I’m not qualified to help them directly. But what I can try and do is to keep writing about Britain’s history and heritage on A Bit About Britain, in the hope that this may provide some amusement and interest for some shut indoors, and whet appetites for when we can once again visit these places. Because we will. Meanwhile, the outdoors isn’t closed, of course; so, if you can, take the opportunity to explore nearby parks and countryside, learn about what’s there, take photos, wave at people, and share your experiences with others. Whatever you do, though, #KBO.
- The outcast dead
- Somewhere in England – Part 1