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The COVID-19 diaries: echo chamber

12/04/2020

This is the podcast I was listening to – Invisibilia, the Last Sound episode.

Have you guys noticed that the birds are coming closer with all this quiet? I am getting loads of pīwakawaka in my garden, and a pair of kererū have taken up residence in a tree outside my window.

Also you might be surprised by the sight of my playing the cello – I learnt as a child, put it aside for 8 years, learnt again, put it aside for 19 years and then took it up again at the beginning of this year. Having a few friends who wanted me to play with them motivated me. I am finding it quite therapeutic. Since I don’t have a teacher anymore I no longer have the anxiety of doing enough practice and not having a very good bow grip. I don’t have to practice scales if I don’t want to. The only problem is now that I’ve taken up drawing comics again I don’t have so much time to practice! Everything comes at the expense of everything else.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 12/04/2020 11:43 am

    I am always so interested in the diverseness of your followers. I was talking to Ngaire and she and some of her friends have been following your Covid diaries. Your diaries are like the virus, followers are popping up everywhere.

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  2. 12/04/2020 1:16 pm

    We have definitely noticed the birds. The pīwakawaka visiting a lot (I know some believe they’re bad luck, but surely Māui made his own luck really).

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      12/04/2020 10:17 pm

      Yes, my mother always said they were bad luck – apparently a pīwakawaka flew into her house the day her grandfather died and I’ve been terrified of that happening ever since!

  3. Brent Putze permalink
    12/04/2020 2:13 pm

    Just indulged in an omnibus of your last several comics Sarah. I felt the distress of your visit to the medical centre to get your flu jab. I bet you were glad to be home again. Your comics continue to be a darn good personal commentary on these weird days.

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      12/04/2020 10:10 pm

      Thanks, Brent! And yes! Glad to have that out of the way.

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