Mate in London proud he'll be in lockdown before everyone else

A MATE in London is showing off about being in total lockdown while friends in the provinces are so behind they can still leave their homes. 

Joe Turner, who moved to the capital from Leicester in 2008, has already been on the phone to several old friends boasting about how empty the streets are before casually adding “I suppose it’s bustling there?”. 

Turner continued: “Yeah, full lockdown. They say it’ll be for weeks. Probably by the time you’re in lockdown we’ll have finished it. 

“And knowing what Londoners are like for obeying rules, they’ll have the army out to enforce it. I’ll be able to see the tanks rolling past from my balcony. Totally Instagrammable. 

“We’ll be fine down here, we’ve got that Blitz spirit. The eyes of the world will be on us. My mate Jaz is doing a pretty harsh lo-fi beats DJ session from his balcony, and of course we can get weed delivered. 

“You’ll all be doing this stuff eventually, that’s how it works, but London’s first obviously. Showing you how it’s done. As usual.” 

Friend Tom Booker said: “Joe went to St Pancras desperate for a train home but they were all full. His mum told me.”

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The crap parent's guide to homeschooling your kids

WITH the nation’s schools closed, parents are half-heartedly educating their spawn at home. Here’s how to do it with the minimum of effort.

Plan and prepare

For actual teachers, this means creating lesson plans and resources. For you, it means hiding bottles of alcohol where you can subtly swig from them throughout the day. A bit of rum from the airing cupboard makes bedtime arrive so much faster. 

Focus on experiential learning

Don’t get caught up in the idea that learning only takes place in textbooks. Allow your little geniuses to direct their own learning, whether that’s brutally fighting with their siblings, playing Fortnite all day or just being quiet anywhere other than where you are. 

Everything is science

Washing up? Detergents and bacteria are science! Making you a cup of tea? The boiling point of water is science! Dicking about with the plug socket? Alternating current is definitely science, and a lesson they won’t forget in a hurry. 

Make a modern curriculum

Any learning should be preparing young people for the modern world, which means one thing: Instagram. Teach your little darlings how to smile and regurgitate basic facts so your competitive parent friends don’t realise you’ve just been watching The Boss Baby for six hours. 

Relationships and sex education

It’s never too early. Take this opportunity to start enlightening your little ones about the birds, bees and birth control, so they, unlike you, never have to spend their days trying to explain prime numbers to an ungrateful little bastard.