LUKE MARSDEN: Back to basics with Piers Morgan!

Our columnist reflects on the massive and unexpected changes 2020 has made in our lives.

Monday, 19th October 2020, 8:45 am
Updated Monday, 19th October 2020, 8:48 am
Piers Morgan. Photo by Getty Images

When I was in school, a circuit breaker was something I learned about in GCSE science, now it’s something that could see us all remain trapped in our houses.

Let’s be frank, 2020 has been a write-off and for my own amusement and masochism I decided to scroll back through some of my Facebook friends’ posts from New Year’s Eve 2019, so full of hope and excitement for the year ahead.

I suppose a plus side is, they won’t have to spend long this year agonising over what to write on New Year’s Eve, instead they can just re-use last year’s status, as this year has basically paused everything.

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This year has, however, forced many of us to take a back-to-basics approach to lots of things, whether that be baking bread from scratch or spending more on houses than our faces.

For me, I’ve rediscovered reading. I know that may seem like a ridiculous bland statement, but these days there are very few things that encourage us to put down our phones and switch off and delve deep into fiction (or non-fiction – I’m reading political autobiographies so, granted, there may be some fiction) at the height of the national lockdown I didn’t bother, this I regret.

So far this year I’ve stormed through eight books with Piers Morgan’s new one next on my list.

When we could have friends round (remember those days?) we would play board games (remember them?) try telling a 16-year-old these days to put down TikTok and play Monopoly.

As another version of a national lockdown/circuit breaker looms you may discover, like I did, that a back to basics approach is the best way of coping with the next six months.

I didn’t think getting in bed every night with Piers Morgan was going to be the highlight of 2020 so far, but as they say, it’s unprecedented times.