A Day in the Life of… 21 Boss, Terry Laybourne

How I’m staying safe and keeping motivated at home during lockdown…

 

 

I GET UP ON A MORNING FOR… Right now it’s bizarre. Things are way too leisurely for me.

 

BREAKFAST IS… Bircher muesli and a slice of sourdough toast, with probably too much butter, Dan’s marmalade, and black coffee. I’m partial to the odd bowl of Coco Pops, too!

 

TO STAY ACTIVE, I… Try my best to exercise for an hour each day, either on my bike or walking in the countryside around us with Susan and our Airedale Terrier, Ernie.

 

TO UNWIND, I… Cook every day at the moment – which, for me, is a joy. I’m loving the challenge of cooking from the hip, using stuff up; opening the fridge or cupboard and trying to figure out what best to do with what I’ve got in front of me.

 

I’M WATCHING… Just finished binge-watching a Swedish cop thriller called Before You Die on All 4. It was captivating and dark… I really like this type of Scandi crime drama. I’ve also been enjoying our pal Roger Crosby knocking out some great tunes on Facebook. Check it out here.  

 

I’M READING… The Apprentice by Jacques Pepin (on audio). It’s a great, uplifting story that charts the career of a great chef. A must-read for anyone in our business. I’ve also got a Michael Connolly novel on the go, as I daren’t read anything remotely work-related before bed, otherwise I’ll never sleep. 

 

I’M LISTENING TO… A mixed bag really. Over the last few days I’ve been listening to The Fun Lovin Criminals Mimosa, Imelda May’s Life Love Flesh Blood, Robert Palmer’s Sneekin’ Sally Through the Alley, A Paul Weller Live album and a load of old soul compilations. All seriously good ‘kitchen music’!

 

SOMEWHERE I’D RATHER BE… Back to work and on the tools, I really miss it.

 

THREE TOP TIPS FOR STAYING AT HOME… Create a varied routine and try to stick to it. Stay active. Challenge yourself by learning something new – I’ve put a teach yourself French app on my phone… honestly, I’ve been learning the French language on and off for the last fifty years! If you fancy giving it a go and beating me to it, the download link is here.

 

DURING LOCKDOWN, I HAVE LEARNT… That time can run away with you, unless you make a conscious effort to get stuff done! If you’re not careful you can get up and go back to bed without achieving anything at all, which can be seriously demoralising.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY… “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

Nick Shottel’s Lockdown Playlist

An energising Spotify playlist sets you up for anything during lockdown. Whether you are running, cooking, doing housework or pottering around in the garden, this one is sure to keep you motivated at home. 

Our resident self-acclaimed music-buff, MC Nick Shottel’s lockdown playlist…

 

 

  1. Five Years – David Bowie
  2. Goo Goo Muck – The Cramps
  3. Train to Skaville – The Ethiopians
  4. Three Button Hand Me Down – Faces
  5. Being Boiled – The Human League
  6. Wake Up And Make Love With Me – Ian Dury
  7. Oh Bondage! Up Yours! – X-Ray Spex
  8. Cherry, Oh Baby – Eric Donaldson
  9. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
  10. Paid In Full – Eric B. & Rakim
  11. Baby, Come Back – The Equals
  12. Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs
  13. The Passenger – Iggy Pop
  14. Kung Fu International – John Cooper Clarke
  15. That’s Entertainment – The Jam
  16. Open Up – Leftfield
  17. My Barrio – Los Charly’s Orchestra
  18. Nervous Man Nervous – Big Jay McNeely
  19. Personality Crisis – New York Dolls

 

Search Covid 19 #3 on Spotify, or visit this link: open.spotify.com/playlist