Sonntag, 15. März 2020

Postponements due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Dear Folkies,

I know from the blog statistics that we probably have a significant number of non-German blog readers/viewers around the world. Nevertheless, even as non-German speakers, you will probably have already gleaned from the new message in German on the right-hand side of the blog that some, not quite so good things, are currently happening, both in the world in general and in Germany in particular:

Next meet
FCB # 112 - Friday, April 3rd, 2020 will be cancelled.

The Folk Club Bonn is temporarily stopping its events due to the general situation in connection with the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and especially due to the recent general disposition of the city of Bonn concerning future public events and gatherings.

Unfortunately, the folk club evening scheduled for April 3rd 2020 will be cancelled.

In the current situation, the folk club team cannot make a statement about when it will continue. The information about the other dates in the next box is therefore only to be understood as an option in the event that folk club evenings can take place again. It is quite conceivable that some things will change in the future evenings with the theme topics and the performing artists.

The folk club team will keep you up to date on the progress of events.

Anyone wishing to be directly informed in the future by E-mail of upcoming events can send an E-mail to    FolkClubBonn at   and request to be included in the FCB mailing list in order to receive a monthly e-mail update. Simply sending "UNSUBSCRIBE" is all that is required to stop this free subscription at any time in the future.

Let's hope that sometime further on down the road herd-mentality will eventually give way to the more laudable concept of herd-immunity, despite there being as yet no potential vaccine in imminent sight for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

I personally fear it may be quite a while before we can sing Jock Stewart again. Call me a pessimist, or rather a realist, but history tells us that oftentimes things rapidly constructed in a hurry, can take a whole lot longer to be disengaged and dismantled. Just look at the Berlin wall for example. Please feel free to make me happy and prove me wrong.

On the bright side, we can take consolation that quite often "out of adversity comes opportunity."
Sir Isaac Newton was born in 1643 in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire in England and later became a world-renown mathematician, physicist, astronomer, philosopher, theologian, scientist, and author. When the Great (Bubonic) Plague of 1665 shuttered Cambridge, where he was studying at the time, Newton returned home for "home officing" and began formulating his theories on calculus, light and colour on his farm, which also served as the setting for the "falling apple" which inspired his work on gravity. So great good came out of Newton's time-out for refreshing new thoughts, inspired by the shutdowns of the bubonic plague in the 17th century.

Portrait of Newton at 46 by Godfrey Kneller, 1689

So do follow Newton's example of using your own unexpected advancing virus-induced free time usefully during the current shutdowns for the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) for some refreshing new thoughts.

One of Newton's most famous sayings was, "Men build too many walls and not enough bridges." This is a thought that we have always born in mind at the folk club and will continue to do so in future, however it turns out to be.

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