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Lockdown Lovers

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It’s happening because people are feeling very lonely, and they’re very anxious and they need to feel close to somebody. In this pandemic-ridden world, this novel reminds us how human contact will never cease to be mankind’s saving grace through the darkest times. In Part II, John, Phoebe and Kwok-ying have all had to go into quarantine as they have picked up the virus.

As John traverses the city and feels the splashes of street disinfectant on his bare calves, we’re reminded that for many, it wasn’t the virus itself that left us weakened and exhausted, but the clean-up operation, the nose swabs and restrictions. His poetry and essays appear in Times Higher Education, Voice and Verse, Asian Cha and PEN Hong's Kong's recent Hong Kong 20/20. After matching, they went on Zoom dates and got to know each other before meeting up in a park just outside of Glasgow.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I think it takes a year or two, and in lockdown you don’t really know that person in multiple contexts: what they’re like their friends; when they are working in the office; when they are being sociable. Considering the tiny apartments packed with bunk beds in densely packed neighbourhoods, what kind of mobility was there before the pandemic? We meet John, who sits in a 24-hour McDonald’s in the Hong Kong suburb of Sai Kung, sipping warm water and ruminating on the state of the city.

The pandemic, equally global and yet personal, compounds this connectedness, and the McDonald’s is therefore a perfect anchor for a novel that does this same through its numerous characters.

Lahore, Pakistan: Lakir Art GalleryEvent: Lockdown Lovers, Lakir, 108 A Block, Faisal Town, Lahore, Pakistan. Pushed to the limits of their endurance in lockdown and then quarantine conditions, John Ryan, a Hong Kong academic, and Phoebe Ho, a Hong Kong district councilor, decide to break the rules of their quarantine and rediscover what has been denied them for too long - impassioned human contact.

Sue’s family is in Hong Kong and she has a support system in the city, but he can’t help but worry about his parents half a world away. But for Catharine, the hardest part of coexisting with Kyle was not having her own space to process.

For me, the most poignant moment of this chapter is not the descriptions of the dead man or the “hazmat suits with canisters of disinfectant”, but when John asks himself, “was his last lunch preserved uneaten in the plastic bag by his side? Filmed on an ultra-micro budget, this film is a testament to the creativity of everyone involved in it. Written by DANNY SPRING, Lockdown Lovers – Set in Melbourne during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristal (Kate Mayhew) is enjoying the last few days of her trip to Australia when she meets Lisette (Stevie McKeon) on a night out in the city.

Nifty use of old school samples, tight drums and insistent basslines are the signature moves on this release.

Always delivered with a cheeky grin and a thunderous onstage energy, his eclectic sets have torn the roof off nightclubs and festival stages across the globe. Books like Ying Ma’s Severance and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793 also provided a counterintuitive calming effect. I knew it was meant as a kind of gasp of shock at the end of their plea, a crowning moment of appeal.

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