I got to the end of the work day yesterday feeling pretty flat. As we sat down to eat our tea I put the radio on. It was right as Just a Minute was starting on Radio 4. If you’re not familiar with it, and don’t want to click that link, here’s how it works:

contestants are challenged to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition on any subject that comes up on the cards

Just a Minute has been running for 54 years and is a British broadcasting institution. And it never fails to make me laugh. So at the end of yesterday’s episode my mood had significantly improved.

Laughter has been an essential feature of lockdown life. Whether it’s been howling at the antics of Johnny Vegas, Daisy May Cooper, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Herring on the latest series of Taskmaster or roaring at some of the ridiculous statements that fall from my family’s mouths (which I won’t repeat because you most definitely had to be there), having a good laugh at something trivial has been good for the soul.

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