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
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...