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During this isolation it's the young ones I feel sorriest for

Lara Bradley


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The warm glow of an iPad is a poor substitute for ardent young lovers kept apart and forced to live 24/7, for however long, with their parents

The warm glow of an iPad is a poor substitute for ardent young lovers kept apart and forced to live 24/7, for however long, with their parents

The warm glow of an iPad is a poor substitute for ardent young lovers kept apart and forced to live 24/7, for however long, with their parents

As a sometimes overly pragmatic mum-of-four I often think of what Barack Obama said was his mother's refrain, when he would complain about her making him study: "This is no picnic for me either, Buster!"

It came to mind when I read reports about charities that work with the elderly saying they were having lots of calls from frustrated, fit and healthy over 70s who are fed up with cocooning and just going to go ahead and go out regardless.

I felt it at the start of this Covid horror show too when I found myself home-schooling, yet saw numbers of old folks out shopping together and enjoying coffee in the still-open cafes having clearly not gotten the memo about social distancing. Their lives weren't suddenly upturned by the schools closure so the seriousness hadn't seemed to have hit home with them at that stage.