(yes, we're going massively off-topic for Breakfast. I'll report my own post in a moment...)
I'm sorry I was the one who sent this thread into this direction, but it's all been very interesting, I think. Funnily enough in the week before lockdown, when I was working from home and my partner was still going into work, as I was staying in bed for longer (I've not been missing the commute) and they were already out of it, I could hear Breakfast before I could see it. Initially this served as a bit of reassurance, in a submarine-captains-listening-to-Today fashion ("Oh, Dan and Louise are still on, it can't be that bad"), but then it would lead me to wondering where they were sitting and if it was starting to resemble the Wartime Broadcasting Service on screen.
In fact in my old house I used to hear quite a lot of news through my upstairs neighbour getting up ten minutes before me and putting the radio on, because I could hear it right through my ceiling. I remember being woken up by Nessum Dorma one morning and realising that meant Pavarotti had died. One morning I could hear the voice of Paul O'Grady and assumed that he had died - it wasn't long after his heart attack - and being surprised when I turned on the telly and he was still alive. I don't know what he was on for.
The mention of having holidays booked around lockdown would have been quite common, I think, because presumably quite a lot of companies would be getting people to use them up before the end of the finanical year. Two of my colleagues had the week beginning the 16th off, which must have been the most incredible culture shock - leaving the office pretty much as usual on the Friday, then coming back to work with the office completely out of bounds.
Actually a few weeks ago we were watching Noughts and Crosses, recorded off BBC1 back in March and April, and it had the Ten after every episode - so it was very strange looking at the headlines after each episode, getting more and more catastrophic week by week,
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