The lottery ticket … Is it all a lottery?

in unlikely places to allow them to fly home immediately. Theatres, art galleries, concert halls are being closed. We are told to avoid pubs, restaurants, shops and clubs of all descriptions. Indeed, just a couple of days later they were also closed. There is no football, cricket, horse racing, tennis or, indeed, almost any professional sport anywhere on the entire planet. Being of a certain vintage and with a health condition I

am personally to isolate myself at home for at least 90 days. I am not much of a TV addict and not a fan of soaps or reality shows. I suspect that I will be watching a little more in the next few months. Please excuse the irony, but it was just announced that even the BBC are cutting back on recording episodes of EastEnders. The media are often lambasted for over-reacting to

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Apparently, the prize was currently £50 million. This happens regularly in We are not usually gamblers, but the lottery suits folk like us very well. The truth is, of course,

This happens regularly in our house. We are not usually gamblers, but the lottery suits folk like us very well. A spare couple of quid could, in theory, win us £50 million! The truth is, of course, that we have little or no chance of winning, but it gives us the opportunity to spend an hour or so in dream land deciding on how to dispose of our bounty. Like everyone, we then decided on which family or friends should receive a cool million pounds out of the blue. This process was then followed by the compilation of a long list of ideas, events and important venues of which we could immediately partake. Next, we digested the numbers that we had picked.

Y WIFE became very animated and told me that we should buy a lottery ticket tonight! Apparently, the prize was currently £50 million. Like

This process was then followed by the compilation of a long We use the well-known and At The

What would we do to celebrate? Where could Cruises are dumping their

Theatres, art

We use the well-known and extremely scientific method involving house numbers, birthdays and shoe sizes. At this point, however, we realised that most of our usual ambitions and desires had been rendered pointless by an event of seismic proportions. You see it is March 17th 2020 and we had just watched

Boris Johnson and his pals telling us what we should be doing to do to tackle this ghastly coronavirus. The dreadful number of deaths world-wide and the efforts and dramatic actions of various governments made us pause for some serious thought. What if we did bag the £50 million? What would we do

to celebrate? Where could we go? There are scarcely any airplanes in the air. Cruises are dumping their passengers


events, but for once they can be forgiven for their hyperbole. The arrival of this virus is truly momentous and for the worst possible reasons. I am certainly not a diehard Conservative, but I have deep sympathy for the government and their advisors. They are having to make vital decisions and strategies to cope with this unprecedented situation. The implications for them of making mistakes hardly bear consideration. One consideration when writing columns of this nature

is that some issues have disappeared from the public arena by the time they are read. For that reason, topics need to be carefully chosen. This subject, however, is different. By the time you read this, coronavirus will still have us all firmly in in its grip. Indeed, the situation will probably be even more dire than today. No-one can even be certain how long this will last. It seems perfectly possible that the whole world will be suffering for 6 months or even longer. So, this lottery ticket has helped arouse far more than usual in our minds. The wish-list is now very short and

Eddie Peacock has worked in the mobility industry for “rather a long time”. He enjoyed a challenging career having started by selling wheelchairs, scooters and stairlifts for Sunrise Medical, eventually working his way to the position of UK sales manager. After a period as a self-employed consultant he was invited to manage, now Handicare Ltd,

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