Almanac (Covid) Life – Lockdown submarine

A quiet Nicholson Street [Source: Author]


Locked down again in Brunswick East.


Dire straits for local strip shops, whose doors are locked and shuttered with closed security screens.
Going under. We all live in the lockdown submarine.



Here, I’m thankful for ongoing work (from the ‘temporary’ arrangement at home). Thankful for laughs and ridiculous moments with friends and family. I reckon this is day 485ish since Melbourne was first affected by some form of restriction. How many of these days have been spent under some form of restriction order? 150? 200? Stage 3s, Stage 4s, States of Emergency, States of Disaster… they all kind of blur into each other. No leaving a 5km radius from your home, nighttime curfews. It’s been a blast.



Today as I look at that roller screen door of the Tatts outlet I know that it has been hard.
And I think of Ringo and of his boundless messages of peace and love.



Right now, it seems a wonderful thing to share.
Peace, love and imagination to all.



And we live a life of ease
Every one of us (every one of us)
Has all we need (has all we need)
Sky of blue (sky of blue)
And sea of green (sea of green)
In our lockdown (in our lockdown)
submarine (submarine, aha)



Ringo of Brunswick East [Source: Author]




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About David Wilson

David Wilson is a writer, editor, flood forecaster and former school teacher. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He is married and has two daughters and the four of them all live together with their dog, Pip. He finds playing the guitar a little tricky, but seems to have found a kindred instrument with the ukulele. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. Ringo is the most interesting character of all the Beatles. Probably took longer than the others to be at ease with his place in music history.

    Yellow Submarine is the most unusual track on my favourite ever album, Revolver.

    Great observations as always, e.r. Cheers

  2. Very clever with “We All Live In The Lockdown Submarine”.

    I am also a big fan of some of the Coronavirus Paradoy songs that have been doing the rounds on YouTube over nearly the last year and a half.

    The latest one I like is “Lockdown World”, to the tune of “Uptown Girl”, by Billy Joel.

  3. Of course, being a Beatles fan myself, I should have also mentioned probably the first coronavirus parody song I saw on YouTube was
    “I Gotta Wash My Hands”, to the tune of “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, by the The Beatles.

    I have just watched on YouTube “Global Quarantine”, (We All Live In A Global Quarantine, Parody of “Yellow Submarine”), which I enjoyed.

    Anyway, keep up the good work, David.

  4. I’ve long maintained that one of the most triumphant ways to spend half an hour is with a Beatles album and among these Revolver ranks supreme. The lead guitar on, “And Your Bird Can Sing” surely lifts the heaviest of lockdown hearts.

    As I’d expect, you continue to make the best of your situation. Thanks.

  5. Luke Reynolds says

    Thankful for your words ER. All the best in your lockdown submarine. Hope it’s soon we came come together at the North Fitzroy Arms.

  6. Daryl Schramm says

    And SA joins you in V land as one. Hot spots everywhere near my area. I’m thankful I haven’t been about for the past five days so by default, never got to go near them. Dire Straits and Ringo in one fell swoop ER? You never let your readers down.

  7. Frank Taylor says

    Can I echo Daryl’s words Tall Man:
    You never let your readers down.
    Ta. Stay safe.

  8. E.regnans says

    G’day all. Thanks for your comments.
    Clever and interesting and kind.
    As this pandemic continues I’m increasingly aligned with the sentiments of “and your bird can sing.”
    Anyway, we can always do with a laugh.
    Tomorrow Never Knows.

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