At last, summer has arrived! Although as I sit here in the heat of my makeshift home office, I haven’t decided whether that’s a good thing just yet.
‘Stay at home’, ‘social distancing’, ‘wash your hands’, ‘the 8pm clap’, ‘lockdown’, ‘COVID-19’… and ‘toilet paper’ are the words that will forever mark this epoch in our history. Richard recounts the good, the bad, and the ugly of the ‘corona affair’ (p. 35) .
Another one for the list is ‘Zoom fatigue’. Have you finished a video call, only to feel sapped of all energy and ready for a mid-afternoon danger nap? You’re not alone! What with lag, lack of eye-to-eye contact, and the rigmarole of trying to coordinate multiple people for a single call, a 5-minute meeting can end up feeling like a 5-hour one. However, for all its faults, technology really has been the hero of the day during this period, as Denise reveals (p. 27).
For those of us who have been living la vida lockdown, the idea of jumping straight into bathing season may be a daunting one. I for one am as pale as snowdrift in the frost, and not quite ready to inflict this on my fellow beachgoers. However, our resident beauty guru has the solution for a tan on demand (p. 65). For the skincare-conscious, there’s no need to forgo the glow, simply reach for the bottle – and don’t forget the SPF!
This month we have an article close to my heart, written by the life-giver herself – Susan Clifton-Tucker. First came the news of cancer, then came the coronavirus. We’re sincerely hoping the next ‘c’ that comes along has something to do with calm. Read all about the sterling work carried out by Calpe House, Gibraltar’s ‘home from home’ for patients receiving treatment in London (p. 40).
And finally, to our readers, thank you for continuing to pick up your copies of Gib Mag, and interacting with us throughout what has been a trying time for us all.
We may not all be in the same boat, but we are all weathering the same storm, together.