Business365 editor, Simon Richardson – like so many other people on the Island – is working from home. He’s been keeping a daily blog about the experience and reflecting on the strange times we find ourselves in as a result of the Coronavirus epidemic.
Facebook and social media channels in general are strange animals. They bring us connectivity, laughter, anxiety and confusion in almost equal measure.
The re-opening of pubs on the Isle of Man after the coronavirus pandemic has been the catalyst for a whole new generation of online beer photographers. Every day it seems there are more photos of….. pints. Some have imaginative, scenic backdrops of the Manx countryside; I’ve seen a pint standing tall and proud alongside a big, greasy plate of Steak and Chips – and another perched on a parking cone.
The message to be gleaned from this new photographic genre is that people are happy to be back at their local and resuming their love affair with beer. I have to admit the prospect of a nice pint of Bosun bitter sat in the sun alongside the Laxey River has its appeal, but the camera’s staying in its bag.
It’s been good to see lots of photos taken by people out and about enjoying the Manx countryside. I think we’ve all been getting warm and cuddly about our native Island and its many and varied inhabitants in recent times – me included.
That said my feelings towards Crows and Rooks remain tepid at best. They have continued to wage their war of attrition against me; it begins in the early hours of the morning as the first shafts of daylight creep over the horizon (usually at about 3.30am), with an endless, tuneless barrage of noise. Double-glazed windows and curtains are no defence.
Later, as you sit down for breakfast, a black cloud descends on the garden and attacks the fatballs outside the kitchen window. The Sparrows scatter in panic and even our plucky Robin throws in the towel as the dark destroyers plunder the pickings. Within seconds the containers are empty and the marauders from Mordor rise up into the nearby trees to resume their war on my ears. Anybody got a Golden Eagle going spare?
We all curse social media from time to time – and with good reason; there’s no doubt it provides a platform for faceless cowards to launch vitriolic hate campaigns against individuals and businesses. But it does have many positives – some of which have been evident throughout the Covid19 Pandemic. Family members separated by the virus have been able to stay in touch, vital information from official channels has been distributed quickly and effectively alongside traditional news channels, and people suffering severe mental anguish as a result of lockdown have been able to find support and encouragement.
I’m not sure if the beer photography thing will catch on long-term though. Selfies and pictures of peoples’ dinners will soon be back in vogue.
In the meantime things have gone quiet outside…..I’m off for a bit of shut eye!