Escaping the Lockdown
Film, books and music can be a great way to keep occupied throughout lockdown. During periods of isolation, these things can offer an escape or distraction from what can be a difficult time. We’ve just added to our wellbeing page with some words from Bill, Rosie and Owen.
Bill – “Freaky Friday, Friday the 13th or The Long Good Friday? During the pandemic our regular Friday LOCKDOWN FILM CLUB get togethers have added significantly to my quality of life. While Zoom has its limitations we are self-selected for our commitment to gazing at screens for hours at a time. Unsurprisingly our cinematic interests are wide ranging but becoming easier to predict. What we share is openness, kindness, respect, and some connection with Headingley and Heart. The Zoom meetings have been open to relatives of our regulars as well their cats and dogs. But there is still a lot to find out about other people’s off-Zoom lives!”
Rosie – “I love reading, it takes me out of my mind and is wonderful escapism. I’ve read a variety of books over the past 11 months and am reading “The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Daré at the moment. It’s a novel about a 14 year old girl, growing up in a Nigerian village who’s forced into an arranged marriage. Other books I’ve enjoyed during lockdowns in 2020 are One Day by David Nicholls, The Falconer by Dana Czapnik, The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri and (probably my favourite) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.”
Owen – “In October, me and my good friend, Tom, set up ‘alto radio’ with the aim to provide DJs, artists and creatives the platform to showcase their sounds and thoughts over the digital airwaves. This has been challenging at times but very rewarding and I hope it has brought joy to people’s lives at this time, or at least a distraction for a short period of time. When you’re listening to music, you can choose to be alone with your thoughts but you can also block them out. You can put on a playlist that suits your current mood – you can stick on some disco if you’re cleaning the house, or you can listen to something more ambient if you’re feeling melancholic. When you listen to the radio, it’s the DJs decision and the emotions you are about to experience are totally out of your control. I find this such a useful tool in relating to people and realising that we are all in the same boat right now, however lonely it feels at times.”