by David Poulton – Apr 21, 2020
The adage was that you never really knew someone until you lived with them – but with the lockdown, I’m getting to know my colleagues better than ever before. Video calls, WhatsApp groups and picture sharing means I’m discovering talents I never appreciated when we worked side by side in the office.
It turns out that plenty of my colleagues have been up to loads of creative activities outside of office hours during the past four weeks: Wardour’s creativity isn’t a nine-to-five gig. Here are a few examples that have come to light since the lockdown began.
Johan Shufiyan - Designer
As staying in is the new going out, Johan and his family hasn’t let the lockdown stop them using their imagination over Easter. “We didn’t want to go outside too much over Easter so we had to think about how we could entertain our six-year-old son indoors, so we had our Easter Egg hunt inside the house, painted eggs together and even built a fort for Aidan, AKA Captain America.”
Laura Sagar - Editor
Laura has dusted off her keyboard and started to learn the piano, a hobby she’s always wanted to do, starting with classics from ABBA and The Beatles.
She’s also been creative in the kitchen, taking her hand to making brownies and Spanish salads for lunch. “Being on lockdown has given me more time to play with. I love to sing and have always dreamt of being able to play and sing at the same time, but never got around to having piano lessons. This is the perfect opportunity for me to learn. I’m making very slow progress, but I’m loving every second. I’ve also been more adventurous with food and invested time in trying out new dishes.” One request Laura: bring some into the office after the lock-down is over!
Gareth Francis – editor
Gareth has been making the most of his outdoor space and getting back to the good life by building a small vegetable patch in his garden and baking his own bread. “We’d been wanting to grow our own veg for ages. On the first weekend of lock-down we decided to just get stuck in. We had some scrap wood in the garden and I managed to remember some very basic joinery from DT lessons at school. It was a simple but fun project and we’re looking forward to some homegrown veggies in the autumn!”
Angela Derbyshire. Production director
Inspired by the Middle East, Angela created this whole baked cauliflower which has caused a storm among the Wardour foodies as it looks like a Christmas pudding but apparently tastes of sesame, pine nuts and shawarma with haloumi and homemade flatbread – impressive!
David Poulton – senior account director
As for me I’ve been able to spend more time in my home studio, writing stock music, helping with mixing voice-overs and jingles for trailers and sizzle reels – it’s a recent hobby but having more time at home at the weekends has meant that I’ve been able to produce and mix more music than ever before.
Published Apr 21, 2020