If you’re failing to live in the moment and take each day as it comes, the coming summer could be a worrying prospect. House arrest is all fun and games until the temperature troubles the mid-twenties.
Fortunately the BBC is on hand to placate the masses by raiding its own archive. It announced on Thursday that it will be replaying some of the most exciting sporting events in semi-recent history. At last, television is giving the people what they want: the olden days.
Sport fans are forever looking backwards to the highlights of the past, and some of what’s coming is sure to stand up to a contemporary re-assessment. The London 2012 Opening ceremony remains an unimpeachable moment of brilliance. James Bond! David Beckham! The queen jumping out of a helicopter! Though peerhaps take it as your cue to turn over when the interminable procession of competing nations begins.
There’s plenty of other semi-retro sport to look forward to, including a replay of 2012’s Super Saturday (Jessica Ennis-Hill! Mo Farah! That nice long-jump fella!) We’ll also have the very best of Wimbledon during July, when this year’s championships would have been taking place. Never mind that sticking on classic matches is what happens every year when it rains.
There were some excitable rumours earlier in the week that Euro 96 would be rebroadcasted in full. That’s sensibly been reined in to only the most exciting games. There is no need for anyone to sit through France 0 Czech Republic 0 again. Some memories are best left undisturbed.
Elsewhere we had more heartwarming applause on Thursday night for our carers, Jessica Carpani rounds up some of the more notable rounds of it.
Shop to your heart’s content, there is no proof the coronavirus can be spread while at the supermarket or similar, according to a German virologist.
And I was tickled by Bette Midler’s attempt to make a facemask: