It was one of those rare days when we realise the world has ...


It was one of those rare days when we realise the world has changed forever

COMMENTARY | For SA it was March 15. For the UK it was March 16. Here we all are, facing an alien future

Harry de Quetteville

Visits to the pub. An evening’s five-a-side after the office. Work at the office itself. Popping round to granny and grandpa. Somehow it is the cancellation of the mundane that cuts through.

Holidays to far-flung climes? Well, there are often hitches in exotic travel. Weddings? Which nervous bride doesn’t have a story of caterers, guests, bands, or even grooms, bailing at the last moment.

But the ordinary is somehow a more dramatic casualty. No more outings to the park; no more cinema excursions to lift the spirits on a wet Tuesday. No more municipal swimming baths. No more – how did Boris Johnson put it? – “non-essential contact with others”. In that one technical phrase, in that blink of an eye, all our lives changed...

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