Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Making a song and dance: the simple things keeping people going

Rick Astley has said he will put on a free concert in Manchester for NHS and emergency workers. Photograph: Dave Simpson/WireImage
Ric Astli hz sd h wl pt on a fri conṣt in Manćestr fr NHS n imrjnsiwrcrz. Foṭgraf: Dev Simpsn/WîrImij
Mcñ a soñ n dans: ɖ simpl ʈñz cīpñ ppl gwñ

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 1 April 2020)

A dêli strītbop, a sññ Fes-bc grūp n a fri Ric Astli gig – hǎ ppl r steyñ ćirfl in ɖ c’roṇvîṛs crîsis

Jesica Muri

Wenzde, 1 Epril 2020

Az ɖ c’roṇvîṛs crîsis cntinyz, ppl p n dǎn ɖ cuntri – fṛm locl cḿṇtiz t 80z popstarz n īvn lux̣́rihotelz – r dwñ ɖer bit t hlp ɖoz in nīd n injct sm mć-nīdd jô intu lîf.

Dansñ in ɖ strīt

Janet Woodcock leads her neighbours in Frodsham during a socially distanced dance they are doing every day in lockdown. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA
Janit Wŭdcoc līdz hr nebrz in Frodśm jrñ a soṣ́li distnst dans ɖe r dwñ evri de in locdǎn. Foṭgraf: Pītr Pǎl/EPA

Rezidnts on a strīt in Ćeśr r dwñ smʈñ a litl bit difṛnt fr ɖer dêli x’sîz in locdǎn – a soṣ́li distnst coḿnl danșeśn.

Fitnis instructr Janit Wŭdcoc, 54, cem p wɖ ɖ îdīa aftr wn v hr nebrz sd ś wz misñ hr x’sîzclas. Fr et dez nǎ ɖ rezidnts v Sprñbōrn in Frodśm hv stept ǎt v ɖer fruntdorz at 11am, cīpñ a sef distns fṛm wn anɖr, t d 10 minits v x’sîz léd bî Wŭdcoc.

“It’s riyli simpl stuf, bt it’s abt ppl muvñ, siyñ wn anɖr n jst hvñ fun riyli,” ś sd.

“Wn wmn tld m it’s ɖ hîlît v hr de. Sm ppl r wrcñ fṛm hom, bt a lot v rtîrd ppl jst tnd t b rīdñ n woćñ ɖ nyz ol de, n it cn gt riyli dpresñ. So it’s jst nîs t gt ppl ǎt in ɖ freś er.”

Ć seśn starts wɖ ɖ Nebrz ʈīmtyn, foloud bî uɖr speṣ́li ćozn soñz lîc Dansñ in ɖ Strīt, Ǎr Hǎs bî Madnis n Tom Jǒnz’z It’s Nt Unyźl – a strītfeṿrit.

“Ɖ we it’s bròt s ol tgɖr z jst fabyḷs,” sd Wŭdcoc. “It fīlz riyli hartwormñ t si hǎ it’s hlpt ppl nǎ, bt hopf̣li w w’nt fget ɖs.

“W’v ol promist a big strītparti ẃn it’s ovr n I ʈnc evrbdi wl fīl lîc ɖe nǒ ć uɖr a bit betr.”

Woodcock, a freelance fitness instructor, leads the street-wide dance sessions at 11am each day. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA
Wŭdcoc, a frīlans fitnis-instructr, līdz ɖ strīt-wîd danșeśnz at 11am ć de. Foṭgraf: Pītr Pǎl/YPA

Sññ at six

Hundṛdz v ppl acrs ɖ cuntri hv jônd a sññmuvmnt set p bî an NHS intnsiv-cer nrs t būst mral.

Roxi Jacsn set p Sñ at Six last wīc t incurij hr nebrz t sñ sm upliftñ tynz aftr ɖ 5pm nyz. “Evrbdi sits dǎn at fîv t woć ɖt updet, n ɖ mūd gts a litl bit upset n ppl gt strest ǎt, n I ʈt, ‘I d’nt wont t snd ɖ cidz t bed in ɖt cînd v atṃsfir, I wont t d smʈñ hapi’.” In jst a fy dez ɖ Fes-bc grūp hz scîrocitd t nirli 10,000 membrz, wɖ ppl jônñ in bî sññ tgɖr in ɖer gardnz, bî vidiocōl, or postñ vidioz, wɖ sm īvn dresñ p.

Ć de Jacsn sets a ʈīm n alǎz grūpmembrz t vot fr ɖer feṿrit tyn. Man! I Fīl Lîc a Wmn wz ćozn fr ɖ 90z nît n Let It Go fr ɖ Dizni ʈīm. Smẃr Ovr ɖ Renbo wz ɖ ćôs fr a nît dedcetd t ɖ eldrli, wɖ a locl cerhom postñ a vidio v its rezidnts jônñ in.

Jacsn sd ś hd bn oṿẃlmd bî ɖ numbrz v ppl gtñ involvd, ptiklrli hr mum, hu donz ilabṛt fansi dres n lîcs t woć ɖ vidioz jrñ hr brecs at wrc. “Ɖ mūd in ɖ hospitl hz bn hoṛbl fr wīcs on end n nǎ it z scẹri, so ẃn y cm hom, y nīd smʈñ nîs t lc fwd t,” ś sd.

“I ʈnc ḿzic z a big ʈñ n it’s wn v ɖoz ʈñz ɖt ppl rmembr. F ɖ cidz cn rmembr enʈñ fṛm ɖs tîm, let’s trî n mc it smʈñ hapi.”

Mnẃl, a vidio v an eldrli cupl sññ fṛm ɖer sofa jrñ locdǎn hz gn vîṛl on Fes-bc.

Rex Teilr, 86, postd ɖ vidio v him sññ ɖ wortîm soñ W’l Mīt Agn wɖ hiz wîf S’līna, 83, hu hz Altsîmr’z. “Ẃn w r on locdǎn, ɖr z onli wn ʈñ t d,” sd Rex, hu hz bcm ɖ sol cerr fr hiz wîf ẃl ɖe r îṣletñ.

Rolñ wɖ Ric

Ric Astli hz anǎnst ɖt h wl b pleyñ a fri conṣt fr NHS n imrjnsi wrcrz at Manćestr Arīna in Octobr.

Ɖ sñr, huz soñ Nvr Gna Gv Yu Up wz a wrldwîd numbr wn hit in 1987, rvild ɖ plan on sośl mīdia. In a vidiomesij h sd: “It’s fri t y gaiz bcz I jst wont t se a masiv ʈanc y n I d’nt nǒ hǎ els t d it. Y’r dwñ an amezñ job, ɖ hol cuntri ʈancs y.

“I’m gwñ t wrc mî but of t gv y a gret nît.”

Fruntlîn NHS staf, prîṃri-cer wrcrz, paṛmedics, fîrfîtrz n p’līs r ol eliɉbl t aplî fr fri ticits, ẃć r aveḷbl fṛm 7pm on 2 Epril. Atendīz mst priznt a valid ID on ɖ nît.

Mīlz on ẃīlz

Archway Travel in Fleetwood has turned a school bus into a pop-up shop for NHS workers outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Photograph: Sam Archer/Archway Travel
Arćwe Travl in Flītwŭd hz trnd a scūlbus intu a pop-up śop fr NHS wrcrz ǎtsd Blacpūl Victoria Hospitl. Foṭgraf: Sam Arćr/Arćwe Travl

Arćwe Travl hz crietd ɖ Hiroz Hampr t sel isnśl fūd s’plîz ǎtsd Blacpūl Victoria Hospitl, ẃr ɖ staf fes loñ cȳz n emti ślvz ẃn trayñ t bai fūd ǎtsd wrc.

Ɖ śop hz bn gwñ fr nirli a wīc n selz hamprz stoct wɖ isnślz includñ loc̣li sorst freś frūt n vej, freś bred, milc n egz, n tôḷtrolz.

“It z a bit dmoṛlîzñ ɖt w nīd t d ɖs ẃn ɖr r so mni sūṗmarcits ǎt ɖr,” sd Sam Arćr, hu hlps run ɖ faṃlibiznis. “Ẃn [NHS staf] hv bn gwñ, ɖr’z nʈñ left, n ɖe jst wont besic stuf.”

Anɖr cumṗni ɖt hz trnsformd itslf t beṇfit NHS wrcrz z ɖ fîv-star Mêfer hotel Claṛj’z, ẃć hz opnd its dorz t ɖ duznz v medicl staf unebl t liv at hom jrñ ɖ c’roṇvîṛs crîsis.

P t 40 doctrz, nrsz n uɖr ci staf wl muv intu ɖ lux̣́ri hotel fṛm Frîde, steyñ in rūmz ɖt tipicli start at £650 a nît.

Padi MCiḷn, coǒnr v ɖ Mêbōrn Grūp, ẃć runz ɖ 208-yir-old hotel, sd: “Jst az it hz in ɖ past wrldwors, Claṛj’z hz a dyti t step p n s’port ɖ ppl v Lundn. Tīmz fṛm ol ǎr hotelz hv voḷntird t hlp n s’port ɖ dedcetd NHS wrcrz at ɖs criticl tîm. W r fr evr in ɖer dét.”

Instroduction to Ñspel

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