C L Scribbler - April 9,
What's Up in Chiltington Lane?originally published at the peak of UK
covid lockdown #1
Last month - Helen B - set up a WhatsApp
list to support neighbours living in Chiltington Lane...
I'm not on it
myself because I took a decision when I retired a year ago from 22 plus years
earning my living on the internet - to step back and detox myself from the
instantaneous joys, attractions and pressures of digital social
Nevertheless even with my offline indirect
connections to the list (I get amusing and critical highlights in spoken out
loud anecdotes from my life partner) - I have to report that in the several
weeks since the inauguration of the WTF/WhatsApp group - I have benefitted
directly in many practical ways.
Including... thanks today to
Gina - who kindly picked up my meds and was already doing this for others
socially isolating in this area. (And as for the edibles, tangibles,
intangibles, visibles, audibles, growables and nth dimensional emergency
services which have delivered many kinds of succour to my frame recently -
you know who you are - thank you too.)
We live in the company of
Those who bring us the physical things we need to our
doors and letterboxes.
Those - who - often without realizing they are
even doing it - bring us something which touches on and refreshes our
I feel sure that all over the country at this difficult
time - social media is helping people find the essentials of life.
Yet - having said that - I suspect, nonetheless, that at the very same time
and in the very same channels - due to occasional miss-steps or accidents of
instant clicks and over quick reflex and interpretation - it's probably a good
thing that the content of most of these digital chit chats and itch
scratches remain forever encrypted and invisible to wider scrutiny.
has been a good day.
All those I care about are well.
could be better than that?
inexactly is Chiltington Lane?