A Message From China…

Douglas Mitchinson is a mainstay of The Hornchurch Jazz Club, but is based in China. Following his recent update on the Club’s forthcoming programme, I asked him
how he and his wife are faring amidst the Coronavirus turmoil. Positive as ever,
he replied:

Hi Peter,

I haven’t been outside for a 10 days and I’m not planning to venture forth. I’ve got plenty to keep me busy and there are clarinets and saxes to blow.

My wife is suffering as she loves to go shopping and socialise, like all Chinese she is naturally gregarious. We can get stuff delivered, so we won’t go hungry or thirsty. 

If you go out you must wear a face mask at least, goggles and a coat are recommended, and your movements are restricted to essential places (if they’re open). There are some ingenious solutions:

I’m sure the government is getting on top of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia as it’s now called. Thousands of doctors and nurses are being drafted into Wuhan.

Douglas Mitchinson,
“The foreign devil blowing a black stick!”

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  1. Betty says:

    I am so thrilled to see this article because I know Douglas! We have lost contact for over a decade now because I could no longer use my old email account. If you are still in contact with him and if you do not mind, could you please help connect us? I would really appreciate if you could do that. But if that’s inconvenient I would totally understand as I found him on youtube and flickr as well and has just left him some comments. A direct email address or some instant chat account will be nice though. Anyway, really amazing to see this article when I suddenly had an urge to look for an old acquaintance.

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