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reflecting isolation


F WORD: How have you been dealing with the whole isolation thing?

LOUIS SHAPERO: Only since Boris (Johnson) told us on TV to all stay inside have I not left my road unless it was to go to the shops or walk my dog. So far though, I haven’t found it that hard. The key is to stay active in the day and the evening gets stuck into the world of Xbox.

F WORD: What have you been doing to occupy your time and mind?

LOUIS SHAPERO: Every morning as I wake up I do a 20-minute intense abs workout, progress is slow but steady and maybe I’ll have a 6 pack once isolation ends; perfect timing for summer! After my workout, I either set myself a video challenge or I do one that I’ve been nominated for (Instagram challenges), then, of course, a nice shower. I read my book for a while too; it’s called 'Shoe Dog' and if you would like to know; after some reading, I play ping pong or football with my brother. Once it’s too cold to play anymore we go inside and the Xbox calls me for duty as I spend the rest of the evening playing that.

F WORD: How are you feeling about the COVID-19 pandemic?

LOUIS SHAPERO: Honestly, I hate how much it has affected day to day life. I came home from university hoping to see all my friends but now I’m stuck at home. The actual pandemic is horrible; I cannot believe it is this bad already but I wish everyone well.

F WORD: What are your thoughts on how the government and the world are dealing with it?

LOUIS SHAPERO: Not a fan of Boris but boy do I love his voice! I think they have handled it very well and I feel that if everyone follows their instructions we may save so many more lives. Maybe we should have shut down the outside world earlier but who could have known that this would have happened.

F WORD: What would be your perfect soundtrack for this time?

LOUIS SHAPERO: Probably from the movie 'Boyz N The Hood.'

F WORD: Can you suggest a movie/series/or book we should check out during isolation?

LOUIS SHAPERO: Of course, Game of Thrones is the obvious choice but also Black Mirror (not season 3 as it goes a bit stale there) and Happy Valley, I think these are all great series to watch right now. Movies wise; The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, Django Unchained and The Lego Movie... just to lighten up things a bit.

F WORD: A hopeful statement to encourage others:

LOUIS SHAPERO: Why be normal when you can be weird and wonderful. Whoever got anywhere from being normal. Don’t be a sheep, be a shepherd and guide the flock.

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