Our very own Nick Osborne is, like many others, currently working from home and experiencing life under lockdown. A husband and father of two young boys, Nick is going to share with you the ups and downs of living through these strange times. From parenthood to household chores, from belly laughs to shedding the odd tear – here is Nick’s ‘Life in Lockdown’.
MONDAY 27th APRIL
So, having written a blog last week about allowing my hair to grow out into a massive quiff; at the weekend, I decided that enough was enough.
I shaved my head – completely bald.
I haven’t shaved my head completely in about a decade and I seem to recall that it divided opinion back then. I’m quite precious over my hair, so this was a bold move for me.
Having made the decision to have a ‘baldy’, I thought it would be a good idea to try and raise some money for a good cause in the process. I chose a charity close to me, the Western Sussex Hospitals Trust Charity. The trust has been there to care for myself as well as family and friends and Worthing Hospital was where my son Freddie was brought safely into the world back in 2016. I also know of several people who work within the trust, and at this most challenging of times I wanted to make a small gesture to them.
At the last count, I had raised £320 which is far more than I ever expected for simply having a daft haircut on a whim. Thank you to everyone who donated – even if it was a couple of quid! If you would like to donate, you still can – just click here
Back to the haircut itself; It didn’t go exactly to plan. I made the serious error of judgement in thinking that my beard trimmer would be suitable for the job. It wasn’t.
If I had used a proper set of hair clippers, it would have probably taken about ten minutes to do. However, the combination of my beard trimmer, a pair of scissors (and my wife!) meant the process took over an hour and was actually quite painful at points. So, word to the wise; if you are thinking of going for a similar hairstyle, please make sure you invest in the correct equipment before you go ahead!
Now that it’s done, I actually (surprisingly) quite like it. The vast majority of comments from people on social media have been positive and kind, which I wasn’t expecting at all. I was more expecting sarcastic comments from friends comparing me to one of the characters from the ‘Guess Who?’ board game or Mr. Potato Head from Toy Story!
I’ll leave you with this before/after pic so you can judge for yourselves…
P.S. I am also accepting comparisons to Vin Diesel, Jason Statham et al. Not that I want to influence you or anything.
Take care and stay safe
THURSDAY 23rd APRIL
As a radio presenter, I am often the person asking the questions of people. I’ve interviewed dozens of celebrities over the years from Dua Lipa to Joe Pasquale. From the Pussycat Dolls to Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards! It is very rare that I am the subject of an interview, but that’s where I found myself today. The person conducting the interview? My ten year old step-son, Ollie.
The interview made up part of the school work he has been set to do at home. His teacher also asked for the interview to be filmed and then sent for her to watch. The phrase ‘face for radio’ immediately springs to mind, being on camera is, well out of my comfort zone!
Nevertheless, Ollie asked me the questions whilst my wife, Hayley took on the role of camera operator (pointing a camera phone in my general direction). The questions were mainly about how I came to be a radio presenter, what I love most about my job and then a quickfire ‘word association’ round.
Despite the fact this was merely a bit of fun for a piece of school work, I quickly realised that it is much easier to be the one asking the questions rather than the person answering them. I actually had to think on the spot, rather than reading out pre-planned questions from a piece of a paper. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not claiming my son is the next Paxman or Marr, but it made me think about the poor unfortunate souls who have to be interviewed by those guys – on national television!
So, if you are feeling a bit bored today and you feel like you are in need of some mental stimulation – I highly recommend being interviewed by your child. Give it a go!
In other news: Myself and the family got out for a stroll along Worthing beach a few evenings ago. It’s the first time we’ve done it since lockdown and it was lovely to get out of the house as a family for a bit. Unfortunately we don’t have our own garden to enjoy, but fortunately we live just a five minute walk from the sea. The weather was gorgeous too as you can see from the picture I took below;
There really is no other place quite like ‘Sussex by the Sea’.
Take care and speak soon.
MONDAY 20th APRIL
Hey! Me again.
We need to talk about lockdown hairstyles.
I know that there are far bigger issues at hand at the moment, but nonetheless it’s a subject I wish to address. When was the last time you had a haircut? Unless you are fortunate enough to be isolated with a qualified hairdresser, I’m guessing the answer is a long time ago! I am one of those people.
In normal times, I would pop to the barbers probably about once every two/three weeks. I would go for my regular ‘number 1’ on the back and sides and let my barber work his magic with scissors ‘on the top’. But given the unusual times that we live in, I haven’t visited my barber in over two months. Therefore my usual ‘number 1’ is now more like a ‘number 100’. I could have got my ‘barnet’ chopped just before lockdown of course, but I decided to take a sensible approach and avoid unnecessary close contact with a man and a pair of scissors.
The result? Well this…
You see, my hair is thick. It always has been. It tends to grow upwards and outwards rather than downwards like most people. Therefore my dreams of growing beautiful, long, flowing locks are just that; dreams. Instead I have had to run with the long-forgotten and much maligned ‘quiff’ hairstyle. I have no choice in this. Friends and family have drawn various comparisons. Some suggest I now look a bit like Elvis (thanks!) whilst others suggest I now resemble a dark haired version of the cartoon character, Johnny Bravo.
I’ll leave you to draw your own comparisons. All I will say is that being on the radio means I can get away with not being seen. Unless of course I decide to write a blog and willingly offer up a picture of myself.
Stay safe and well and I look forward to catching up with you again soon.
THURSDAY 16th APRIL
I hope that you are keeping safe and well and thank you for taking a look at my blog.
Today is the day we are expecting to hear of an extension to the UK lockdown. Many news sources are suggesting a further three weeks before any current measures can be relaxed. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to indulge in some home entertainment to keep me and my family occupied. For example, last night we took part in our first ever ‘virtual’ quiz on Facebook. It was a great way to spend an evening as a family, however it was very different to the pub quizzes I’m used to. I can’t remember a pub quiz before where my three year old son was screaming and crying over the questions being delivered by the quizmaster. I’ll use that as my excuse for what ended up as a very average total score!
I’ve also made a few investments during my time in lockdown. Under normal circumstances I never indulge in online shopping – it just isn’t my thing. However over the last few weeks, I’ve been making up for lost time. Some of the items I’ve recently purchased include; Vitamin D tablets from Holland & Barrett, washable facemasks and a retro Nintendo games console. Had you tried to tell me at the start of 2020 that my ebay shopping basket would contain the above items, I would have rolled around on the floor laughing in your direction. Instead, I’m now sitting on the floor playing Super Mario Brothers!
A few days ago, I decided to put down the technology. We switched off the television, put down the Nintendo controller and instead played the ‘Yes/No’ game. You remember it, right? The one that Des O’Connor used to play on the telly where you are not allowed to utter the words ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. Well, as an experiment, I decided to try it out on Freddie, my three year old with cute/hilarious consquences. You can watch how it went on the video below;
n.b. Please accept my sincere apologies for the state of my lockdown hairstyle. In this lockdown world we live in where everything is ‘virtual’, it’s a shame there is no way that I can have a ‘virtual’ haircut!
Stay safe and speak soon