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KIERAN WATSON, Newcastle at Contact Agency

reflecting isolation


F WORD: How have you been dealing with the whole isolation thing? KIERAN WATSON: With lots of handwashing, FaceTiming and hiding indoors.

F WORD: What have you been doing to occupy your time and mind? KIERAN WATSON: Luckily, I have a great friendship group to talk away to, lots of reading new books, researching new artists and planning activities for when this insanity finally passes.

F WORD: How are you feeling about the COVID-19 pandemic? KIERAN WATSON: It’s of course very intense and terrifying since its the worst outbreak since Spanish Flu but I’m really positive at the moment, for myself and for everyone else.

F WORD: What are your thoughts on how our government and the world is dealing with it? KIERAN WATSON: It is probably best (for everyone's sake) I don’t speak my opinions on this in full; it would be the equivalent of retelling the Old Testament! But I think the general reaction has been as you’d expect, a lot of nothing at first and then as it gets to a breaking point in places we have a knee jerk reaction from both local and world government/population to do something about it. Although I will massively commend the community spirit it has brought out to make sure no-one is going without being cared for.

F WORD: What would be your perfect soundtrack for this time? KIERAN WATSON: My perfect soundtrack for what’s happening in the world right now would be 'This Is Not a War' by AJJ. The lyrics and content of the song perfectly exemplify peoples reactions, both positive and negative to the current events especially regarding the sheer fear it brings around. At the same time, it is also telling us that we shouldn’t let this fear control us or to judge others for their actions because we are all in this together and will get through it together.

F WORD: Can you suggest a movie/series/or book we should check out during isolation? KIERAN WATSON: Not just for the current pandemic, but two books everyone should have the experience of reading are 'The Rum Diaries' by Hunter S. Thompson or 'Ham On Rye' by Charles Bukowski.

F WORD: A hopeful statement to encourage others: KIERAN WATSON: All I can say is that this will pass, as all things do; and, hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later. Keep hope because as John Lennon said “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end."

F WORD: Favourite f-word (word beginning with the letter F – it can be any). KIERAN WATSON: Factoids. No specific reason other than it’s fun to say.


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