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Lockdown blog: Just like Killing Eve finale, lockdown presents more questions that it answers

Daily Record logoDaily Record 11/06/2020 Douglas Dickie
a person standing in front of a door: Mairi Fraser from Perthshire has been sharing her lockdown thoughts with the PA © Perthshire Advertiser Mairi Fraser from Perthshire has been sharing her lockdown thoughts with the PA

With the region in lockdown, each person will be going through their own individual experience. Freelance writer Mairi Fraser has been taking an irreverent view of isolating with her family at her Perthshire home on her blog - https://www.doyoucopy.info. The Perthshire Advertiser is also sharing some of her thoughts and experiences as we continue on lockdown for the foreseeable future. This one is called 'Questions, questions'........

“Are you leading or am I?” asked the ‘Killing Eve’ finale.

Having watched it, we were none the wiser.

Don’t be offended, BBC. We love you and even more in the last couple of months. Ignore Boris, your nation needs you.

It was just that the last episode offered such a bewildering intersection of loose ends that personal motor neurons failed to keep pace.

Obviously, having now read zillions of post-production cyberspace discussions, bigger questions were at play in the deliciously decadent smash hit.

However, for us, subliminal points about MI6’s super-cool Carolyn always wearing shapeless clothes with enormous pockets (what does she keep in there, lunch?), who actually paid for Agent Eve’s globetrotting lifestyle and how Villanelle travelled the world with no luggage and an A-lister wardrobe – speaking as one who can’t go out for the day without a boy scout entourage – continued to be our talking point of choice.

Questions, questions. Current life is full of them, all certainty leaving us many months ago.

Goddess Kuenssberg’s diligent probing, shining a daily light down the political tunnel in search of answers from squirming leaders, poses questions that many, including politicians, have no idea how to answer.

“Thank you, Laura,” they ooze from the podium, shuffling on the spot like toddlers presented with cough medicine.

Big questions, big answers.

But really what many are keen to discover is the little stuff, the nitty-gritty of daily life. Why does health secretary Matt Hancock always wear the same pink tie? Has Boris had the hedge trimmers out to his lockdown thatch. Is little Wilf sleeping through the night?

Details, details.

A million years ago, as a very junior reporter on a local paper, a tip-off came in about a child having picked up a syringe in a playpark. It was the early 90s, height of the HIV epidemic, tension running high. Buoyed by the scoop, I felt the editor couldn’t fail but be impressed.

Wrong.

“How did the boy’s mother feel about it,” he asked. Crestfallen, I realised I’d forgotten the all-important, headline-guaranteeing question.

An important lesson learnt.

And now I have a crucial inquiry in the story of lockdown life. A small point but troubling nonetheless - what do we do about removing rainbows?

As a country still gripped by the pandemic there are calls to drop the weekly clap for carers but what about all the diligently-painted colourful arcs adorning the nation’s windows.

Disrespectful to remove? Prolonging agony to leave them in place? Perhaps additions to the gallery should be made, demonstrating continual gratitude, or is that old hat now, initial impact lost?

Teddies too, fluffy little heads poking from window frames, enjoy a new career after human playmates no longer require their service.

The jury seems to be out in my straw-poll of two. “Time to move on,” says one. “Oh, I’m keeping mine up a bit longer, perhaps until school goes back,” said the other.

Hmm. Uncertainty seems to be the current currency, often overwhelming, but as ever the devil’s in the detail.

The rainbow debate’s been endlessly discussed here but nobody could agree on correct procedure. Sound familiar?

For now ours stay. We’ll enjoy their positive overtones for a while longer but is that the right way forward? Who knows?

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