Tim Dowling: are my lockdown neighbours spying on me?

‘I can’t work out there,’ I say. ‘Everyone is at their back windows, looking down’ My inbox is flooding with emails from PR companies trying to make things they would have to promote anyway sound coronavirus-relevant: Bacteria Busting Bedding; Lockdown Weddings; WFH Wallpaper Offers. One subject heading says, “Hi Tim. The call for clean fashion has never been more relevant.” I think: yes, it has. Another just says, “Struggling with New Snack Ideas?” They have a desperate whiff, but more heart-rending still are the emails that make no mention of the pandemic, the ones that posit an alternate reality where we’re all still wondering how best to celebrate National Pet Month. I think: you know what? If we’re all still here at the end of National Pet Month, let’s go nuts. Let’s have a parade. Continue reading...