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Life in Laytonia 8

Life in Laytonia 8

Lockdown – The First 100 Days!  Yes, 100 days of lockdown. It’s hard to believe. As we pass the three figure mark, bearing in mind those who are going through lockdown on their own, others experiencing lockdown without a garden, families stuck in high rise flats,...

Life in Laytonia 7

Life in Laytonia 7

As I stare at my blank computer screen, I can’t help thinking that it’s been a funny old week.  Lockdown is easing by the minute.  I’m beginning to wonder if the heat has gone to the Government’s head; street parties, crowded beaches, raves - albeit illegal...

Life in Laytonia 6

Life in Laytonia 6

I remember, years ago, seeing a television commercial for a national newspaper. A tough-looking stereotype, a skinhead, is hanging around a street corner.  He looks threatening. In the film, the man starts running.  Is he running away from somebody? Possibly...

Life in Laytonia 5

Life in Laytonia 5

I hate to be churlish, but whenever I receive an electronic greetings card, my heart sinks. These e-cards ping up on your computer with amazing regularity. On your birthday, at Easter, Christmas, on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day.  Some thoughtful friends even...

Life in Laytonia 4

Life in Laytonia 4

Let’s take a short walk down Memory Lane… A gentle stroll to 8.30pm on the 23rd March when Boris Johnson officially announced that the country was going into lockdown.  I did say a short walk.  Though for many, this gentle stroll, almost 11 weeks back in...

Life in Laytonia 3

Life in Laytonia 3

On BBC Radio 5 Live, I have occasionally caught a Saturday morning programme called Fighting Talk. It’s a smart, jokey, sports-related quiz, involving a group of specialist pundits who are presented with questions, which I don’t understand.  They then reply with...

Life in Laytonia 2

Life in Laytonia 2

The morning DL (During Lockdown) routine in Laytonia, is no different to the PL (Pre-Lockdown) morning routine. 7am.  Earphone in one ear, I listen to the Today programme with Nick, Justin, Mishal, Martha, whoever’s on the Today shift. Since we are all in bed...

Life in Laytonia

Life in Laytonia

As we drift down the river Lockdown on the good ship Telegraph Online, the time has come for me to jump overboard. Pinching my nose, closing my eyes, I take a deep breath and make the leap into uncharted waters. I hear the skipper’s voice. ‘You’ve left your Layton on...

Layton on Lockdown – Week 3:

Layton on Lockdown – Week 3:

Here’s looking at you, Boris - thanks to the NHS, not in a ventilator In his third coronavirus diary, actor, scriptwriter, raconteur and mild asthmatic George Layton finds solace in the good health of others Monday 6th April I’m staring out of the window. It’s...