Clarissa in Swtizerland and Emma in the UK find the feelgood Friday stories for the weekend, including the Swiss #VersusVirus online event to solve Covid-19 problems with international cross-skills groups, and digital karaokes to keep our spirits up. Joined by Andrew St Clair in Barcelona sharing Spanish Mask Fashion and the Stark Bollock Naked online phenomenon.
More positive titbits from Switzerland and the UK, as Clarissa and Emma get advice from Actor and Keyworker Kelvin O’Mard on Buddhist chanting, while discussing the yeast shortage in Switzerland, how cash is no longer king, and why Emma finds fun in the GPs doing a midday dance class for Care Home residents here in the UK.
Clarissa reports on the Swiss police stopping singing from balconies, while Emma comments on how shaggy goats are taking over the UK’s deserted streets. Their guest, the author and former cave dweller Guy Ogilvy offers insights into how a period of pause and reflection can benefit the whole of mankind.
Emma in the UK and Clarissa in Switzerland talk all things Corona-trivial including the Swiss Artist shining messages on the Matterhorn and the misbehaving Brits getting caught on the road. Special guest Peter Brooke-Turner of the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain treats us to a five-minute how-to guide to the Ukelele and keeping yourself amused in small spaces with his Airline Toilet Theatre Company.
After the first weekend in UK Lockdown, Emma talks to the founding director of the prison charity Fine Cell Work about their work in keeping inmates occupied, while Clarissa holds forth on how the Swiss establish social distancing by phone, and how they establish Hazard zones
Ex-Times journo Emma Mahony and former Vogue editor Clarissa Vorfeld trawl for positive news nuggets in the coronavirus updates, and invite Lisa Rowe-Beddoe on from America to explain how Dj-D-Nice and his daily dance-athon quarantine party is helping to encourage people in the US to register to vote.
Before October draws to a close, I do love the TADD talks given by ADDA, the American Organisation – a riff on TED talks – to celebrate ADHD awareness month. At 10 minutes long, there is something more personal about a voice talking – particularly when they are given by some of the best thinkers and writers on ADHD, such as Sari Solden, who has been counselling ADHD sufferers for 30 years and is Author of Women and ADHD (Embrace your differences and transform your life).
Here she gives a talk on un-tangling your “brain-based challenges” with your sense of self, so you don’t look at a messy desk/room/car/office and think “I’m a mess”. She urges ADHDers to think instead that my desk/room/car/office is a mess, and thereby stop internalising messages of shame. It’s quite subtle, but important.
The theme around ADHD awareness month last October was girls with ADHD so I was pleased to add my thoughts via the success of Late to the Party about how this area is so underdiagnosed – girls vs boys diagnosis is currently 1:3. This is in spite of the condition affecting both equally.
Back copies can be bought from ADDISS the National ADHD Information and Support Service whom I raised money for with the show in Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Brighton Fringe.
A great eleven minute plug for Late to the Party the performance for the Brighton Fringe, covering horse whipping by teachers; the damned of the village; nicknames; Rory Bremner’s recent diagnosis and other random facts about ADHD.