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Said this the other day but it’s worth repeating – it’s mid-November, and the beach near where I live is busier than I’ve ever known it. Obviously it’s lockdown-related, people are forced to stay in except for work or exercise, so they’re ‘exercising’, and those on furlough are ‘exercising’ too.

But really it’s not exercise, it’s just a different form of socialisation. As I walked down the beach today I got into three unbidden conversations with total strangers. All three conversations were good-humoured and friendly. Like I’d bumped into an old-friend.

 

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