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Name
Gina Schien
Age
61
Location

Marrickville NSW 2204
Australia

Sunday, lockdown diary. Read paper. Clive Palmer’s an idiot. Walk dog. 11 am - The Gladys tidings. Kerry’s glasses holding up well. Then… I know I did something. Check weather app. Morning tea! Read ‘Night Fishing’ by Vicki Hastrich. Lunch! Blur… Afternoon tea! Fog. Then. I did something? Read more ‘Night Fishing’. Hastrich wouldn’t sit around doing nothing. Check weather app. Then…? Plan dinner. Walk dog. Dinner! Telly. News. Weather! Belgravia. Is Tamsin Grieg related to Edvard Grieg? Imagine being called Gina Grieg. Or Gina Beethoven. Bed. Tuesday, lockdown diary Read paper. Sayonara, Eddie Obeid! Do cryptic crossword of 9 July. E. sprays lemon tree. E. walks dog. Crossword. E. bakes black bean and choc brownies. Crossword. Read ‘Night Fishing’. Hastrich goes solo night-fishing. Gladys and morning tea! Police raided an office birthday party in George St. Cake, food, alcoholic drinks, someone passed out on the floor! My office days were never like this. Lunch! Check emails. Tasks. Then….? Afternoon tea! The E. brownies. Walk dog. Zoom friends. Audio problems. We sound like we’re in a tunnel. We are. Dinner! Telly. Ms Represented. Wow. Send emoji fist pumps to J. Catalyst. A tumour is removed. (Sayonara Eddie Obeid!) Wind. Rain. Bed.
Name
Erla Ronan
Age
63
Location

Naremburn NSW 2065
Australia

Sunday dawned cool, cloudy and quiet, the city smoked in bushfire burnoffs along river valleys winding to the harbour. CoVid's human being lockdowns have unfurled quiet skies, night birds and happier trees in the city's heart. Crossing the harbour bridge at the limit of my 5 kilometre boundary at times there was not another car in sight. I will treasure the experience of this last day that the city was wreathed in silence. Grief and joy. Death and emergence.
Name
Kate Barnett
Age
76
Location

Umina Beach NSW 2257
Australia

I am a 76 year old female. I live on the Central Coast. I am fully vaccinated. I have no children, grandchildren, partner or pet and live alone. The only close relative I have is my only sister, who is 5 years older and lives also alone in Sydney. During my spare time I work with the Red Cross. I am normally and outgoing person who loves life and am thankful to live in a safe and wonderful country. When the lockdown first started I was happy to relax and let the world slide by. I enjoyed the feeling of no pressure of having to be anywhere such as birthdays and other social events. Also, I was not emotionally blackmailed by family and friends. I wanted to get on with jobs outside but unfortunately, it was winter so I could not paint or do gardening, however, I did finally finish one of my family tree which has been ongoing for over 30 years and will now complete the other 3 families. Any wonder that all my relatives have left it to me to complete. Knowing what I have been forced to learn during this lockdown has been an epiphany, as I felt incompetent before and was awaiting help from other people such as librarians and various sources. This has made me realize that like other problems in my life I have only me to solve it: once learnt I am then the fountain of knowledge for all. At times I felt this lockdown was unfair for someone in my circumstances, as I was not allowed to have a visitor until the final weeks, only then, one consistent person within 5 kilometers. Also, my sister collapsed and was taken to hospital by ambulance. By the evening they put her into a taxi and sent her home, where she was once again alone. I was very concerned for her as she has several problems including her heart. I presumed I would be allowed on compassionate grounds to go to her, but was advised that I was not allowed to go to Sydney as she was in a hot area although, both being fully vaccinated however, if I had been in a relationship with someone I would be allowed to go. So I was not allowed to go unless I was having sex with a partner, where is the common sense in that!!! As we are approaching our final days of lockdown, I am looking forward to be able to see and mix with family and friends again. There were moments when I was depressed and longed for the company of my sister and friends. One day I only utter 2 words all day. If it had not been for the phone and people who called me, I imagine my sanity would not be intact. I am thankful for modern technology. Hopefully, we have all learnt from this disease and we learn to live with it as with the common cold.
Name
Denise Azar
Age
40
Location

Greystanes NSW 2145
Australia

A Whirlwind Every emotion, mentally and physically is being attacked, like a shock to the system when the word Lockdown comes to mind. The fallen victims of Suicide due to the lockdown are being unspoken of. To voice yourself is being met with police intimidation and brutality. In the name of health, people are being tackled and arrested for not wearing a mask, society judges you for not wearing a mask. Who knew that breathing fresh air in the sun without a face covering would be committing a crime? If it is for your health, then why is coercion being used. You remember we are human, yet society’s mind is being shoved with dictatorship. Families are being divided and segregated, the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated. I look around and where are peoples human rights, and all I see is media manipulation. You seek the truth but yet it is hidden in the name of a virus. Literature is a place of being open minded to write about every topic or opinion. George Orwell 1984 The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those that speak it. Literature is the safe place where we can respect ones opinions. Words are being censored related to the epidemic, even writing this I feel I am being censored. Children are the biggest victims in this. The disabled, the new mothers and babies. Everyday is ground hog day. Lastly In the name of health, why are so many being coerced to get a jab and if not they are met with no jab no job. Losing their livelihoods in the name of health. If it was in the name of health, why isn’t junk and fast food being banned. Why aren’t people given free vitamins to boost their immunity. Today and everyday you question everything. Nothing is making sense. So you Pray that the truth will come out. History repeats itself. Human Rights is Sovereignty You, Every Individual is Sovereign. We all have rights.
Name
Karen Carkner
Age
73
Location

McMahons Point 2060
Australia

Do I really want to write? It all takes such an effort. The lockdowns haven't gone on for very long, my life really has not changed...much...hardly at all really, but whereas I used to be self-motivate and interested in everything now I am not interested in anything. Snippets of information filter through when I bother to turn on the radio - apparently mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are on the rise due to being apart from family and friends and away from work, school or other stimulating environments and especially the freedom to do what we want when we want to. Is it different for aboriginal people in custody and juvenile detention? Surely not, or we wouldn't do that to them, would we? Our hospitals are said to be 'stretched to the limit' but I think they mean the city ones because they also say that we don't have enough/any doctors and nurses in the rural hospitals. How good are we!! Well, not very good at all if we are judged on the state of our rural and remote communities. We have taken many of our historical cultural references from the bush; The Man From Snowy River, The Shearing of the Rams and I Love a Sunburnt Country and that - well we have Buckley's if we haven't learnt from this pandemic that we are only as good as how we treat and care for the people in our rural and remote areas of Australia. Oh, and nature has been so important to us in both our mental and physical health that we must remember to take care of our fauna and flora. Last time I went outside the metropolitan area the country towns were dying, the landscape looked a bit miserable and I didn't see any animals. I hope the next time I can go things will be different but I doubt it. Do you know that the Botanic Gardens in Sydney don't have a Waratah bush, so much for pride/interest in our state. I share your pessimism for our future, for all of us just trying to get on with life with family, friends and a beautiful, healthy environment.
Name
Lindy
Age
61
Location

Wollstonecraft NSW 2065
Australia

Numbers are irrelevant. You know that when you start to count the months because it hardly seems possible that we are at the end of 2021. Really seems like we didn't have 2020- and this year? But numbers are thrown at us constantly: numbers of cases, deaths, vaccinated people once/twice, lockdowns... The shop I work in should open next week. We've barely kept afloat thanks to web and phone orders and I wonder how many other shops in the CBD will actually reopen? Though walking through the QVB there were hopeful signs: lights on in places that have been dark since late June, staff checking shelves and spreadsheets. Yet I wonder how on earth we are supposed to check all the customers are double-vaxxed before they come into the shops? Who of us are going to say no to customers with money and the desire to spend it, even if they are those most anti-social of all consumers, anti-vaxxers? Why are retail staff expected to be police? (Why should police be expected to do this either?)There have been no sensible instructions. Just numbers. And they are irrelevant...
Name
Anna
Age
17
Location

NSW
Australia

5 days until lockdown ends, 34 days until the HSC. Our cohort has spent nearly 6 months in lockdown (March 2020, Avalon, Bondi), the entirety of our senior years with restrictions and I haven't hung out with my full friend group since the end of Year 10. There was no year 11 camp, end of year trip, trial exam, muck up day or any event that signalled the final years of our high school life. We've gained an extra month of preparation that has been taken over by extra online and in-person 'Term 5 class time'. This was all necessary for the wellbeing of everyone, and I wish it wasn't. I wish that everyone followed health orders and didn't feel like their DIY home renovation purchase from Bunnings was more important than everyone else. I wish that the first thing I saw on my feed every morning wasn't another video of Bondi Beach being packed without consequences during lockdown. And I can only hope that cases stabilise at 500 instead of skyrocketing the moment this minority of the population gain justification to party and break more rules.
Name
Kristina
Age
55
Location

Sydney NSW 2206
Australia

Hi it's me again, Kristina. Last time I wrote, it was the 22nd of June 2020. A lot has happened since then. I'm now 55, still feeling hopeful, and where wearing a mask has become habitual, to me. I am double vaccinated, and working from home. My LGA has just recently been released, from the "5km radius from your home", rule and the cases are moving in the right direction, DOWN! The daily overhead helicopters have stopped, the 9pm-5am curfew has been lifted, and Covid safe picnics, are in vogue. Today we have reached the 70% mark of NSW being doubled "vaxed”, ahead of schedule. We are waiting for Our "Freedom Day ", on the 11th of October, where we will slowly emerge from our cocoons, out into the brightness, to begin the metered progress, back to "normality". What is normality?
Name
Annabelle
Age
17
Location

Sydney NSW
Australia

I was writing something for this that was really depressing and philosophical but I got bummed out. Here is how I'm feeling; excited to get back to school and for lockdown to end; scared for how the world seems to be turning out; anxious thinking about life after graduation. Maybe a tiny bit hopeful. I don't really know how to describe the more than three months we've just spent in lockdown. It's been hard, and there have definitely been moments when I've logged off from class for the day and just had to lie down. But distracting myself helps. I've been reading and watching a lot of tv, funnily enough a lot of Gogglebox. As I type this my little brother is making mum cackle. I'm so happy that I have a family that I love, but also one that I like! I'm looking forward to this summer, going to the beach and to parties, maybe meeting someone. Hugging my friends and going to the library. Getting coffee. Seeing my grandparents. I wish I could say something very deep and meaningful about this period but the truth is we've just adjusted. It's been hard, but it's just what you have to do.
Name
Christine
Age
over 60
Location

Sydney NSW
Australia

My life in Sydney has radically changed in the last 18 months, ie from March 2020 to present (October 2021). Since this vicious virus "Covid-19"captured the world - with Australia being strongly affected - and the consequent government announcements sent we Aussies into "lockdown", it has meant isolation from each other: family members, friends, neighbours, community groups, performers, businesses and the list continues. Personally, I am affected from being an active, participative and well-travelled senior female to mainly staying at home - except for necessities of life and 'smelling the roses'- and attaching myself to either a computer or mobile telephone screen in order to stay-in-touch and continue to be at least active in exercising both my body and brain, albeit via an assortment of online classes, webinars, meetings, etc. For me - and I expect most people - even the small occasions of life, eg change of seasons, spring blossoms, bird sounds, fresh produce from community gardens, will never be taken for granted again. It has highlighted the great need for Freedom and human physical contact.