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.theguardian - 26 days ago

John Crace s Digested week: lockdown has turned me into a grumpy old man

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The relaxation in lockdown restrictions felt like something of an anticlimax. Partly because it was snowing when I drew the curtains in the morning, but mostly because almost none of the new rules are of much benefit to me. I don’t drink, so the prospect of meeting friends outside a pub holds little attraction. I’d rather see them in my back garden as I am already allowed to do. I also don’t get much pleasure from going shopping – the only shops I’ve missed are bookshops – and I now have so little hair, I can get by with my wife applying the clippers every five or six weeks. And since I’ve bought my exercise bike I’ve not been keen on returning to the gym. I realise this is a very selfish view and that there are many for whom today will be a much bigger deal – not least the pub and shop owners who have been forced to close for nearly four months – but that’s the way it is: lockdown has turned me into a grumpy little old man who has aged 20 years over the last 12 months. You might have thought that I would have mellowed somewhat after nearly 35 years of not drinking but the opposite appears to be the for a long time now I have found my friends infinitely more interesting when they are sober than when they have had a few drinks. Not least because I can hear what they have to say rather than struggle to pick out sentences over the general background noise of pubs and restaurants or competing conversations at home. Still, today does mark an important waypoint on the roadmap back to normality so I will do my best not to sound too bad-tempered. But bring on the moment when we can meet friends and family inside again. And I can act more my age. Continue reading...


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