An update from Scott MacCallum: This is the first newsletter I’ve done since we have emerged blinking from lockdown, or at the very least been given a little bit more freedom.
What I’ve seen since are people desperate to get back to what was once regarded as mundane, and even irritating. I’ve found myself yearning for someone to tread on my toe, or for someone to nudge my arm as I’ve attempted to take a sip of my pint.
Having just spent my 150th consecutive night in my own bed – a record which I don’t reckon will ever be beaten – I long for a night in a soulless Travelodge and a plateful of food, the picture of which always looks far better in the menu than it ever does in reality. I even can’t wait to be stuck in roadworks on the M1.
All of that will mean that my working life is returning and I’ll be able to visit you at your places of work and see what you have been up to and have planned for the future.
However, I am well aware that, for some of you, getting back to work is not possible as jobs have been lost. My thoughts are with you, along with some hope that other opportunities will emerge. It has been encouraging that golf clubs have seen an upturn in membership since lockdown. Those new members may have come from among those whose other sporting opportunities, whether participatory or spectatory, but it may be the love of golf will be retained and membership will continue when all sport is back on track.
Indeed, the recently announced countrywide fitness/anti obesity regime may also assist in a return to sport, and a need for well maintained surfaces, which will be a boost to all sports clubs.
On that note. I’m half expecting Joe Wicks to be replaced by a Lycra-clad Boris Johnson doing star jumps direct from his Downing Street office each morning.
Don’t let that vision ruin your day!
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