We are seeing so many things that we have never seen before. And many of them are strangely connected. As we sat down to enjoy the Premier League game between Manchester City and Burnley, trying to decide whether we wanted it with fake crowd noises or without, we found ourselves looking at a light plane overhead, trailing a banner with the racist message: 'White Lives Matter - Burnley'.
The entire world has been forced into giving up a lot of things that they never thought they'd have to give up - it's been like some gigantic Lenten sacrifice, with hundreds of millions of people receiving this strange insight into the essential experience of the recovering addict.
There are many remarkable things in Ma'am Darling, Craig Brown's hilarious biography of Princess Margaret. But one of the most remarkable is a line from the Princess herself about her then husband Lord Snowdon, around the time he was conducting an affair with one Lucy Lindsay-Hogg:
There are times when you'd miss the old liberal elitists all the same. When Obama spoke to his people last week, I recalled watching his inauguration with my then 10-year-old daughter, thinking this would be something she'd remember in times to come - an obviously good thing, a happy day for the human race, you might assume.
It was the ultimate test of where you stand on the great issues of economics and society: when you found out that a few people on the €350-a-week Covid payment were actually getting more than they would for working, did you think this was a good or a bad thing?
Tomorrow, our brave golfers will be among those who are going out there, to do some of the things they used to do. A round of encouraging applause on the part of a grateful nation is surely merited, as players of all handicaps and none, prepare to make what may be the ultimate sacrifice.
Piers Morgan has in recent times been restoring the reputation of good old-fashioned British TV journalism. Which will immediately cause some of you to wonder how the reputation of good old-fashioned British TV journalism could have reached such a state that an intervention by Piers Morgan might conceivably restore it.
Trump's new press secretary is called Kayleigh McEnany. Of course she is. From the start, the prevailing ethnic flavour of the Trump administration has been what we would in any other circumstances be pleased to describe as Irish-American.
When it was announced that there would almost no sport in the world for the foreseeable future, it was clear that some of us, at least, would have to drop our 'addictions' to football and all the other recreations that consume us in the normal run of events.
Ministers may not be taking a pay cut, and obviously their many special advisers wouldn't be expected to do anything of that nature either - but then we should never underestimate how difficult it is for them, at this time.
About a week ago, another dark possibility emerged in America, just one more dark possibility to go with all the other ones, but still - the sight of various "protesters" proclaiming their right to roam the streets as usual struck a particularly ominous note.
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