Editors Letter : Strange Times

Photo by Sam Dineen

Readers,

This is such a strange time that we are facing. It is scary, it is bleak, and for some, it is very lonely. The news; from the TV, newspapers, Twitter, Facebook, or just about anywhere is a never ending cycle of business closures, disease, over worked hospitals, suffering economies, lock downs and … more business closures. The ache to see things go back to normal is so present. And the awareness that to keep the most vulnerable in our community safe by staying indoors as much as we possibly can is even more so. Feelings of loneliness, anxiety , anger and frustration are totally normal at a time of such uncertainty. The hopeless idea that you cant help fix the problem is constant. So, what should we do ?

The Italians are having heart warming balcony sing-a-longs, stores here are allowing an extra hour before regular opening hours for the elderly to get their shopping done before the masses flood in for stockpiles of toilet roll and pasta. People are multi-calling friends so they can all sit together on Skype, and I am trying to encourage continued support for local creatives, even if it is all online.

Obviously, I am not a medical professional, but I think this goes without saying : Be kind to yourself. This could well be the time to write a novel, start a business, work on that thing you have been putting off, and if that’s what you want to do I support it every step of the way, but at the same time, if you want to sit on the sofa and watch anything but the news that is also just as good. I plan to write, but I also plan to Skype call my friends and watch terrible movies on Netflix. I plan to edit, but I also plan to play The Sims , read, and do so many face-masks that I magically grow new super soft dolphin skin. I plan to spend probably too much time trying to teach my dog how to do literally any trick. That’s fine. That’s normal. It’s okay not to be on full speed 24/7.

Ring your friends, ring your family, support your local businesses if you can. Support your local bands, writers, and artists on here, or anywhere else. Tell jokes, download Duolingo, teach yourself a new dance, re-watch every show you love. Move your furniture around so the house feels new, whatever you want. Whatever you do , stay safe. Follow NHS guidelines and look out for your loved ones. I don’t need to tell you that that is the most important thing.

I sincerely hope that The Jumble Magazine introduces you to new creatives and their fantastic material at this trying time, and that you can get cosy, tune in and enjoy all that they have to offer.

Thank you so much for your support,

Sam

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