LIGHTEN UP & SMILE
When we first put a small section onto the main Coronavirus page, little did we know how succesful it would become, so much so that the amount of material being received threatened to take over the main content of what the page was set up for. So WELCOME to the LIGHTEN UP & SMILE page where we will endeavour to bring material to you that will help lighten up the mood of the day and bring a smile to your faces in the face of all the doom and gloom mongering that the virus is causing.
Hopefully you will find something here to amuse you. Please feel free to forward us things that you have found that made you smile and might tdo the same for others. The only thing we would ask is please remember that we would not ike material that maybe of an offensive nature.
All the previous material has been copied over onto here and more material is being added daily
new material will have the (NEW) placed alongside it. ENJOY & YOUR FEEDBACK would be most welcome
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INPUT 30/03/2020 LAST UPDATED: 09/04/2020
MOBILE PHONE - ISOLATION PHOTOGRAPHY
We are extremely grateful to Mr Dave A'herne for sharing the following link: For those of you who have a smart phone it may give you some ideas of how to use it to create new styles etc whilst obeying the stay at home rules.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/RnJyZsp2rbAPaul
Part 2: https://youtu.be/rmfKlxeGE8k
Part 3: https://youtu.be/sJWjizCW-vk
ONE LINERS - WELL ALMOST (NEW)
With all that's going on, we should try to have a laugh, every now and then.
1. Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a
2. I used to spin the toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I’m cracking a safe.
3. I need to practice social distancing from . . . the Fridge.
4. Still haven’t decided where to go for Easter . . . The Living Room or The Bedroom.
5. Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job!
6. I don’t think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks, we’d go from Standard Time to the Twilight
7. This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came
into the house, told my dog . . . we laughed a lot.
8. Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and
make your own mea I have no clue how this place is still in business!
9. My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.
10. Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.
11. I’m so excited . . . it’s time to take out the garbage. What to wear, what to wear?
12. Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks women with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.
13. Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said, “I hope I don’t have the same teacher next year.”
14. I'm so bored that I even rang a guy in India to ask if he'd had an accident in the last 3 years (NEW)
SELF ISOLATION FEEDBACK(NEW)
Not to be taken too seriously
"Just seen a news report about the stresses and strains of self isolation. It reported that people are going crazy from being in lock down!
It was strange, actually, because I had just been talking about this with the microwave and toaster and all of us agreed that things are getting bad. I didn't mention anything to the washing machine as she always has to put a different spin on everything, and certainly not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant. In the end the iron calmed me down. She said everything will be fine, which surprised me because she’s usually the first one to apply unnecessary pressure and get steamed up over nothing !!!”
SHORT STORIES / TALES :
I talked to a man today (Author Unknown Courtesy Alan Hill)
I talked with a man today, an 80+ year old man.
I asked him if there was anything I can get him while this Coronavirus scare was gripping the world.
He simply smiled, looked away and said:
"Let me tell you what I need! I need to believe, at some point, this country my generation fought for... I need to believe this nation we handed safely to our children and their children.
I need to know this generation will quit being a bunch of sissies...that they respect what they've been given...that they've earned what others sacrificed for."
I wasn't sure where the conversation was going or if it was going anywhere at all.
So, I sat there, quietly observing.
"You know, I was a little boy during WWII. Those were scary days.
We didn't know if we were going to be speaking English, German or Japanese at the end of the war.
There was no certainty, no guarantees, such as we all enjoy today.
And no home went without sacrifice or loss. Every house, up and down every street, had someone in harm's way.
Maybe their Daddy was a soldier, maybe their son was a sailor, maybe it was an uncle.
Sometimes it was the whole damn family...fathers, sons, uncles....
Having someone, you love, sent off to war...it wasn't less frightening than it is today. It was scary as Hell. If anything, it was more frightening.
We didn't have battle front news.
We didn't have email or mobile phones. You sent them away and you hoped...you prayed. You may not hear from them for months, if ever.
Sometimes a mother was getting her son's letters the same day Dad was comforting her over their child's death.
And we sacrificed. You couldn't buy things.
Everything was rationed. You were only allowed so much milk per month, only so much bread, toilet paper.
EVERYTHING was restricted for the war effort.
And what you weren't using, what you didn't need, things you threw away, they were saved and sorted for the war effort.
My generation was the original recycling movement in the world.
And we had viruses back then...serious viruses. Things like polio, measles, and such.
It was nothing to walk to school and pass a house or two that was quarantined.
We didn't shut down our schools. We didn't shut down our cities. We carried on, without masks, without hand sanitizer.
And do you know what? We persevered. We overcame.
We didn't attack our Presidents, Prime Ministers or whoever, we came together. We rallied around the flag for the war.
Thick or thin, we were in it to win.
And we would lose more boys in an hour of combat than we lose in entire wars today."
He slowly looked away again. Maybe I saw a small tear in the corner of his eye. Then he continued:
"Today's kids don't know sacrifice.
They think a sacrifice is not having coverage on their phone while they freely drive across the country.
Today's kids are selfish and spoiled.
In my generation, we looked out for our elders. We helped out with single mums who's husbands were either at war or dead from war.
Today's kids rush the store, buying everything they can...no concern for anyone but themselves.
It's shameful the way kids behave these days. None of them deserve the sacrifices their granddads made.
So, no I don't need anything. I appreciate your offer but, I know I've been through worse things than this virus.
But maybe I should be asking you, what can I do to help you?
Do you have enough to get through this, enough steak?
Will you be able to survive with 113 channels on your tv?"
I smiled, fighting back a tear of my own...now humbled by a man in his 80's.
All I could do was thank him for the history lesson, leave my number for emergency and leave with my ego firmly tucked in my rear.
I talked to a man today. A REAL MAN. A man from an era long gone and forgotten.
We will never understand the sacrifices.
We will never fully earn their sacrifices.
But we should work harder to learn about them - learn from them - to respect them.
I saw this and it was too good not to share.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW SO THAT THEY SEE THE SACRIFICES WE ARE MAKING NOW ARE NOTHING COMPARED TO THE WAR YEARS.
Many thanks to Mr Jim Hennesy for supplying the links to these quizzes, please ignore any adverts you may see, and remember its just for fun. Please click on the underlined text to go to the relevant quiz:
TRIVIA QUIZ No 1 (NEW)
TRIVIA QUIZ No 2 (NEW)
TRIVIA QUIZ No 3
Science & Nature Quiz World History Quiz Are you a Tech-wizz? Quiz : National dishes of Europe 1980s Quiz
TRIVIA QUIZ No 4
Mixed Knowledge Quiz World History Quiz Medicine Trivia Quiz Capitals of EU - that's easy!? Spelling Quiz
Quiz about car parts World History Quiz Cozy trivia quiz 10 questions about 1967 Can you name these 10 shoes?
TRIVIA QUIZ No5
General Trivia Quiz 10 Questions About Dogs Travel & Transport Trivia Fashion Quiz Australian History Quiz
World History Quiz Who sang these 10 famous songs? Fun Spelling Quiz For Adults Common Knowledge Quiz
History Quiz 1970-1979 Science Quiz Quiz about Europe Quiz : Who sang these 70s hits ? Quiz About Movies
TRIVIA QUIZ No7
TRIVIA QUIZ No8
Quiz : Songs of the last 70 years Latin Words Quiz General Trivia Quiz History Trivia Quiz Science Trivia Quiz
Movie Quiz Science & Nature Trivia Quiz What do you know about outer spac.. Quiz : Who is the lead singer in ..
TRIVIA QUIZ No 9
General Knowledge For Trivia Love.. Do you like quizzes? How smart are you? Here's 10 questions for you
General Trivia Quiz History Trivia Quiz Science Trivia Quiz Movie Quiz What do you know about outer spac..
The latest offering from Quiz Master Howard Davies
Guess the Chocolate/Sweets?🍫🍭 (NEW)
1. Clever People Smarties
2. London Bus Double Decker
3. Where refined people live Quality Street
4. 9,10,11 After Eights
5. Wobbly Infants Jelly Babies
6. Fallen Fruits Lemon or Pear Drops
7. A Pigs Tail perhaps Curly Wurly
8. Edible Fasteners Chocolate Buttons
9. Feline Gear Kit Kat
10. Sport on Horses Polos
11. Speak Quietly Wispa
12. 100% precious yellow metal Gold
13. All sorts of girls toy Dolly Mixtures
14. Dark Sorcery Black Magic
15. A Galaxy Milky Way
16. Detonates a Bomb Fuse
17. Roman god of war Mars
18. Royal Herb Mint Imperials
19. Subject Topic
20. Calm ear (anagram) Caramel
NAME THE BANDS:
Guess the bands ..... Following the mind blowing 'GUESS THE FILMS' above, Howard has come up with a new emoji competition Best of luck everyone, still waiting for people to tell us how many they scored on the previous one. Just to give you one possible correct answer .... it might be wrong but I reckon No 1 is Kings of Leon
1.🤴🦁 Kings of Leon
2. 🥶🎮 Cold Play
3. 🐑✌🏼 U2
4. 📻👤 Radio Head
5. 🔴🥵🌶 Hot Chilli Peppers
6. 🦅👁🍒 Eagle Eye Cherry
7. 🚪🚪 The Doors
8. 🐺💯 Haircut 100
9. 🌊🌈🎬 Ocean colour Scene
10. 👨👨👦👦👨👨👧👧👩👩👧👧 🏠 Crowded House
11. 🥶🐒🐒 Arctic Monkeys
12. 🐑🐝4⃣0⃣ UB 40
13. ❄🚨 Snow Patrol
14. 🦅🦅🦅 The Eagles
15. 🏖 👬 Beach Boys
NAME THE BARS / PUBS
The next round of the emoji quis is to name the Cardiff Bars depicted below If you thought the previous two were difficult then these are even harder if that is at all possible. Remember is is just for fun, but it does make you get your thinking caps on. At present know one has bothered to tell us their scores on the previous ones... but it would be nice to know that somebody is actualy doing the quiz's.. Best of luck and I think No1 is the Slug & Lettuce but I might be wrong:
1. 🐌🥬 Slug and Lettuce
2. 👉🥫🏨 Pontcanna
3. 🏏🏏 The Cricketers
4. 🐅🐅 Tiger, Tiger.
5. 🐐 🎖 Goat Major
6. 🐑🗻🅾️ Barocco
7. ⛩⛩⛩ Three Arches
8. 👨🏻🦳🎮 Old Arcade
9. 🅾️🍷🇬🇱🚪 Owain Glyndwr
10. ⚰🐥 The Dead Canary
11. ☕ The Mocka
12. 🐝@1⃣ Bee At One
13. 🥝🥝 Kiwis
14. 👀4⃣🌞🧢 Ivor Davies
15. 👑🏴 Prince of Wales
16. 🧂 Salt Bar
17. 🏃♀👔V⚱ Rummer Tavern
18. ⛪🏨 Church Inn
19. ⚫🦁 Black Lion
20. 🏔🥘🎨 Mount Stuart
Thanks to Alan Hill for the following Author Unknown:
I'm normally a social girl
I love to meet my mates
But lately with the virus here
We can't go out the gates.
You see, we are the 'oldies' now
We need to stay inside
If they haven't seen us for a while
They'll think we've upped and died.
They'll never know the things we did
Before we got this old
There wasn't any Facebook
So not everything was told.
We may seem sweet old ladies
Who would never be uncouth
But we grew up in the 60s -
If you only knew the truth!
There was sex and drugs and rock 'n roll
The pill and miniskirts
We smoked, we drank, we partied
And were quite outrageous flirts.
Then we settled down, got married
And turned into someone's mum,
Somebody's wife, then nana,
Who on earth did we become?
We didn't mind the change of pace
Because our lives were full
But to bury us before we're dead
Is like a red rag to a bull!
So here you find me stuck inside
For 4 weeks, maybe more
I finally found myself again
Then I had to close the door!
It didnt really bother me
I'd while away the hour
I'd bake for all the family
But I've got no bloody flour!
Now Netflix is just wonderful
I like a gutsy thriller
I'm swooning over Idris
Or some random sexy killer.
At least I've got a stash of booze
For when I'm being idle
There's wine and whiskey, even gin
If I'm feeling suicidal!
So let's all drink to lockdown
To recovery and health
And hope this bloody virus
Doesn't decimate our wealth.
We'll all get through the crisis
And be back to join our mates
Just hoping I'm not far too wide
To fit through the flaming gates!
From Mr Jeff Barley: (NEW)
i just wanted to send you the attached poem. The poem was 'broadly written' by a neighbour of mine who has since become a victim of the virus and is no longer with us.
I got hold of the poem and with a little editing on my behalf would like to offer it up for the webpage and if possible the newsletter.
Why not share it just for the fun of it.
I have even sang it to myself in a 'Lonnie Donegan' style and read it to myself as 'Max Boyce,' which i would encourage others to do. it may raise a smile!😊
THE CORONA BLUES
WE HAVE JUST STOCKED UP ON TOILET ROLL
NOT JUST ONE OR TWO,
WEV’E STORED THEM IN THE BATHROOM
NOW WE CAN’T GET TO THE LOO.
AS FOR ANTISEPTIC HAND WASH
THERE’S FORTY SEVEN BRANDS,
WE’D SOONER USE CARBOLIC SOAP
TO WASH OUR DIRTY HANDS.
WE’VE BEEN SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY
AND NOW MY THROAT IS SORE,
I THINK I’LL LOOSE MY MARBLES
IF I HEAR THAT SONG ONCE MORE!
I KNOW WE MISS THE GRAND KIDS
BUT WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT,
THEY’L HAVE TO BRING ME UP TO DATE
AND TEACH ME HOW TO SKYPE.
JIGSAWS, CROSSWORDS, A GAME OF CARDS,
A PACK OF ‘PICK N MIX,’
WE PLAY GAMES TIL WE’RE WEARY
THEN WE TURN TO OUR NETFLIX.
HALF THE WORLD HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS
AS THE GOVERNMENT DEMANDS,
BUT THAT IS JUST THE WAY IT IS
AND WE ALWAYS WASH OUR HANDS.
NOW WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER
AND WE SAFELY GO OUTDOORS,
WE WILL ALL LOOK BACK AND WONDER
JUST HOW IT WAS BEFORE.
BUT LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
LIKE GOING TO THE PUB,
WE’LL MEET WITH ‘ HOWARDCOOPER’
AT THE FAMOUS ‘MONDAY CLUB.’
Broadly written by a neighbour of mine who has sadly become a victim of the virus
and edited by Jeff Barley. 09/04/2020.
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(NEW) RUN OUT OF THINGS TO DO !!!!! (NEW)
WHY NOT CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE FACILITIES:
Many thanks to Mr Dave A'herne for providing us with this information, which he had received from a friend:
National Theatre have just announced they will be streaming a selection of their best-loved productions on YouTube every Thursday night at 7pm, BST (British Standard Time):
Their stream begins next week on 2 April and will continue every Thursday as follows:
One Man, Two Guvnors (starring James Corden) 2 April, 7pm BST
Jayne Eyre, 9 April, 7pm BST
Treasure Island, 16 April, 7pm BST
Twelfth Night, 23 April, 7pm BST
The Royal Opera’s #FromOurHouseToYourHouse, a free online programme, will see The Royal Opera House uploading past performances of both opera and ballet to their social media and YouTube page
Their website and social media will be updating with more details, but here is what’s coming up first:
Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 – 27 March 2020, 7pm BST
Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 3 April 2020, 7pm BST
Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 7pm BST
The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7pm BST
The Google Arts & Culture partnership means that many galleries and museums across the world allow you to take a virtual tour and explore their exhibitions while you’re home-bound. Try these to start with, but there are hundred more available on Google Arts & Culture:
The British Museum, London artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum
Musée d’Orsay, Paris artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris?hl=en
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City artsandculture.google.com/asset/the-national-museum-of-anthropology-mexico-city-ziko-van-dijk-wikimedia-commons/bAGSHRdlzSRcdQ?hl=en
There is a free stream of The Wind in the Willows musical, written by Julian Fellowes and with music from Stiles & Drewe, filmed when it was performed at the London Palladium in 2017.
If you want to get moving but are finding it difficult to get outside, how about trying some yoga at home?
Yoga with Adriene is a brilliant resource because yoga is great for calming anxiety and mindfulness as well as keeping your body moving and stretching your muscles.
Here is a Gentle Yoga video, suitable for beginners – and you can take it as slow as you like. Adriene has many videos on YouTube if you get into it and want more.
Or you may enjoy using this time to improve your Welsh language skills and learn Cymraeg! Here are just three free options:
‘Welsh for work’ with Learn Welsh Cardiff / Dysgu Cymraeg Caerdydd (10hr course)
SaySomethingin Welsh (Many language options, including Welsh, through podcasts)
Duolingo – this is the most popular free language app and it has a great Welsh course too