If you're a maker of TV dramas or movies, this is a particularly poignant time to be alive. In theory at least, the world had finally come right for you - there were no people out there, getting in your way when you were trying to make your masterpiece. There was no traffic to be diverted, none of the usual intrusions of everyday life.
In Luka Bloom's letter to Hot Press last week, he stated that he was not "anti-streaming", as such, just that he had decided not to service his new album Bittersweet Crimson to Spotify or other streaming services, because it doesn't work for him.
Having celebrated Big Jack's contribution to one of the happiest periods in Irish history, we shouldn't forget the uniqueness of the man in another respect - he also contributed to one of the happiest periods in English history.
There is a version of modern political and cultural history which goes something like this: the global media operation of Rupert Murdoch, and its dark influence on the governments of the great Western powers, have gone a long way towards destroying this thing we call liberal democracy.
David Bowie came out for his headline gig at Glastonbury last Sunday night with Covid hair - longer than it would usually be, but because it was Bowie, perfectly stylish. Okay, let's look at that one again. Some of you may have heard that Bowie isn't around any more - so yes, it was a showing of his Glastonbury spectacular in the year 2000, on BBC2.
Dr Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief health correspondent, is a beautiful man. In our house, if we happen to catch him doing one of his reports on the pandemic, we laugh at how absurdly good-looking he is. And we have noted that when he isn't doing his journalism, he's a neurosurgeon.
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.
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