First Hundred Days

A conversation and portrait with one person each day for the first hundred days of Boris Johnson's Conservative government, asking the question, "What are you hoping for?" Be the responses personal or political, these are the hopes of the people I meet.

Day 001 / Paul  “More joy. Hopefully to sort something out about all the homeless problems, 'cause I used to be homeless myself. And possibly, 'cause I know that they cut the funding for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, hopefully to do something with that. 'Cause with me I had nowhere to turn and it was only because of this charity here, I'm still standing here today.”
Day 001 / Paul “More joy. Hopefully to sort something out about all the homeless problems, 'cause I used to be homeless myself. And possibly, 'cause I know that they cut the funding for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, hopefully to do something with that. 'Cause with me I had nowhere to turn and it was only because of this charity here, I'm still standing here today.”
Day 002 / Gemma  “My hopes are that there's more support for homeless people, people living under minimum wage and also more support for the NHS.”
Day 002 / Gemma “My hopes are that there's more support for homeless people, people living under minimum wage and also more support for the NHS.”
Day 003 / Malcolm  “Stability with whoever has got their hands on the steering wheel. Love it or hate him, or them, at least its a direction of travel. It’s progress in whichever way you see that to be.”
Day 003 / Malcolm “Stability with whoever has got their hands on the steering wheel. Love it or hate him, or them, at least its a direction of travel. It’s progress in whichever way you see that to be.”
Day 004 / Sharon  “More help with the disabled and also with Help the Heroes. More money for them.”
Day 004 / Sharon “More help with the disabled and also with Help the Heroes. More money for them.”
Day 005 / Paul  “I'd like to see Boris change things in the country and get things sorted out. Love to see the NHS survive. Unify the country I think's a must because we've just lost our way ain't we?  We're a load of miserable buggers at this present moment in time...”
Day 005 / Paul “I'd like to see Boris change things in the country and get things sorted out. Love to see the NHS survive. Unify the country I think's a must because we've just lost our way ain't we? We're a load of miserable buggers at this present moment in time...”
Day 006 / Jo  “I think really for the country to come together. Hopefully we can just have a better future for everyone really.  I think everyone is divided quite a lot at the moment and I suppose I quite like the thought of us actually working together rather than trying to pull everyone apart.”
Day 006 / Jo “I think really for the country to come together. Hopefully we can just have a better future for everyone really. I think everyone is divided quite a lot at the moment and I suppose I quite like the thought of us actually working together rather than trying to pull everyone apart.”
Day 007 / Evelyn  “Kindness. We need to be more kind as a society and MP's need to talk more kindly.  We just need to be kind.”
Day 007 / Evelyn “Kindness. We need to be more kind as a society and MP's need to talk more kindly. We just need to be kind.”
Day 008 / Sherrie  “I just want to live in a peaceful, happy country and I just want to be friends with our neighbours. Its been a crazy few years and its caused unrest within our own country I think. Its just not been nice.  I'd just like to see our country prosper and it to be happy and I'd like to see less violence in our country too.”
Day 008 / Sherrie “I just want to live in a peaceful, happy country and I just want to be friends with our neighbours. Its been a crazy few years and its caused unrest within our own country I think. Its just not been nice. I'd just like to see our country prosper and it to be happy and I'd like to see less violence in our country too.”
Day 009 / Ricky & Ushi  “I'd hope that somehow things would improve and that we would start being kinder to each other and work to try and make things better because we are one community in this together. Trying to make things right for, hopefully not just the country, but for the world really. It would be nice if we could improve and head towards that goal I guess.” (Ricky)  “I'm hoping that in the coming year there will be more time and focus spent on improving the NHS and patient safety. Because of the cuts that have been happening over the last couple of years its very stretched and there is a lot of patients falling through the gaps and I'd like to see that changed.   I'd like to see more money being spent on training people to improve patient safety by stopping errors happening that we can prevent.” (Ushi)
Day 009 / Ricky & Ushi “I'd hope that somehow things would improve and that we would start being kinder to each other and work to try and make things better because we are one community in this together. Trying to make things right for, hopefully not just the country, but for the world really. It would be nice if we could improve and head towards that goal I guess.” (Ricky) “I'm hoping that in the coming year there will be more time and focus spent on improving the NHS and patient safety. Because of the cuts that have been happening over the last couple of years its very stretched and there is a lot of patients falling through the gaps and I'd like to see that changed. I'd like to see more money being spent on training people to improve patient safety by stopping errors happening that we can prevent.” (Ushi)
Day 010 / Keith  “Twenty more years (laughs) that'll do. I should get my, what do you call it? Card then from the Queen.”
Day 010 / Keith “Twenty more years (laughs) that'll do. I should get my, what do you call it? Card then from the Queen.”
Day 011 / Sunil  “Big picture; I'm quite hopeful and I think thats mainly down to my faith in Jesus.  So as a Christian I believe we have a God that sustains all things and wants the best for those who love him and for those who don't love him. And that big picture which spreads across creation is bigger than our political scene but also is active in our political scene. So thats a huge comfort to me when I have set backs and things.  You've come across a hopeful person today.”
Day 011 / Sunil “Big picture; I'm quite hopeful and I think thats mainly down to my faith in Jesus. So as a Christian I believe we have a God that sustains all things and wants the best for those who love him and for those who don't love him. And that big picture which spreads across creation is bigger than our political scene but also is active in our political scene. So thats a huge comfort to me when I have set backs and things. You've come across a hopeful person today.”
Day 012 / George  “Lets get Trump removed from office, as soon as possible please.”
Day 012 / George “Lets get Trump removed from office, as soon as possible please.”
Day 013 / Wendy & Wally  “To stay healthy! I'm 69 next year, clean 9 houses a week. So yeah, thats my aim!”
Day 013 / Wendy & Wally “To stay healthy! I'm 69 next year, clean 9 houses a week. So yeah, thats my aim!”
Day 014 / David  “Overall the hope is that for the next generation, they have better opportunities than I have. We've had the internet and technology boom but to see whats in the future for someone thats only just new to the world and say what are you like in 18 years when you're going into University, or some sort of education, or the world of work. Are your opportunities going to be better than mine? Which hopefully they are.”
Day 014 / David “Overall the hope is that for the next generation, they have better opportunities than I have. We've had the internet and technology boom but to see whats in the future for someone thats only just new to the world and say what are you like in 18 years when you're going into University, or some sort of education, or the world of work. Are your opportunities going to be better than mine? Which hopefully they are.”
Day 015 / Bala  “Country-wise we'll get a lot of improvement they think. I'm hoping everything will be alright for this new year. Hoping everything will be good you know? Everything means, all the good things happen ...its all about family.”
Day 015 / Bala “Country-wise we'll get a lot of improvement they think. I'm hoping everything will be alright for this new year. Hoping everything will be good you know? Everything means, all the good things happen ...its all about family.”
Day 016 / Desire  “Well I'm hoping for good life and prosperity in this year.”
Day 016 / Desire “Well I'm hoping for good life and prosperity in this year.”
Day 017 / Anita, Tom & Maisie  “To remain healthy, to play more tennis.  By the end of the year hopefully we'll only have 4 years of the Conservatives back in again. And that the Labour Party can reform itself into something more acceptable.” (Anita)  “I hope that the climate change message actually gets through to people this year and that somebody acts on it, that the politicians act on it. I'm not particularly hopeful, I'm wishful.” (Tom)
Day 017 / Anita, Tom & Maisie “To remain healthy, to play more tennis. By the end of the year hopefully we'll only have 4 years of the Conservatives back in again. And that the Labour Party can reform itself into something more acceptable.” (Anita) “I hope that the climate change message actually gets through to people this year and that somebody acts on it, that the politicians act on it. I'm not particularly hopeful, I'm wishful.” (Tom)
Day 018 / Jackie  “I do hope the NHS will be improved. I'd like to stop child poverty. And instead of stupid programmes that were on last night (The Masked Singer) – why don't them people who sponsor stupid things like that, who spends thousands of pounds, why don't they put that it into cancer charities, the NHS etc?”
Day 018 / Jackie “I do hope the NHS will be improved. I'd like to stop child poverty. And instead of stupid programmes that were on last night (The Masked Singer) – why don't them people who sponsor stupid things like that, who spends thousands of pounds, why don't they put that it into cancer charities, the NHS etc?”
Day 019 / Ollie  “So my hope is to continue working with young people. To support young people with their mental health, with struggling with family relationships, with exam pressure, with peer pressure and to just make young people feel part of the community and feel like they're worth something and feel like they are listened to by adults.  We often think we know best and really we need to ask young people and we often miscount their viewpoints just because of their age.”
Day 019 / Ollie “So my hope is to continue working with young people. To support young people with their mental health, with struggling with family relationships, with exam pressure, with peer pressure and to just make young people feel part of the community and feel like they're worth something and feel like they are listened to by adults. We often think we know best and really we need to ask young people and we often miscount their viewpoints just because of their age.”
Day 020 / Robert  “More peace in the world. You know all these conflicts, they want stopping and, yeah, better care for the elderly.  You know, I could go on and on, but thats about it; peace.”
Day 020 / Robert “More peace in the world. You know all these conflicts, they want stopping and, yeah, better care for the elderly. You know, I could go on and on, but thats about it; peace.”
Day 021 / Adrian  “My hope is to keep music live in Melton Mowbray. To make sure every venue has the opportunity to host music throughout the year, come what may. I hope Melton becomes more of a central place for music and musicians in the county and beyond and that people can feel free to come and play here. Not just at festival times or at folk club but at anytime they can come. And they can come down on the street and play as well.”
Day 021 / Adrian “My hope is to keep music live in Melton Mowbray. To make sure every venue has the opportunity to host music throughout the year, come what may. I hope Melton becomes more of a central place for music and musicians in the county and beyond and that people can feel free to come and play here. Not just at festival times or at folk club but at anytime they can come. And they can come down on the street and play as well.”
Day 022 / Conner  “My hope is that politics will allow people to find a place in this country. Because a lot of what has been happening over the last 10 years has been very divisive. I just hope that, I mean I don't have that much hope in this government, but that some time in the next 5 or 6 years, maybe even by the next government, that politics will move towards a place to make people feel more included and to help the country to come together again.”
Day 022 / Conner “My hope is that politics will allow people to find a place in this country. Because a lot of what has been happening over the last 10 years has been very divisive. I just hope that, I mean I don't have that much hope in this government, but that some time in the next 5 or 6 years, maybe even by the next government, that politics will move towards a place to make people feel more included and to help the country to come together again.”
Day 023 / Imogen  “So my hope is that people struggling with addictions get better rehabilitation facilities and I hope that the homeless people living in this country can find homes. End of, thats my hope!”
Day 023 / Imogen “So my hope is that people struggling with addictions get better rehabilitation facilities and I hope that the homeless people living in this country can find homes. End of, thats my hope!”
Day 024 / Lisa  “Well the hospitals and homelessness needs sorting first, before anything, because I live on a trunk road in Boston and that hospital just cannot cope...  But yeah, hospitals and education, and as I just said I've got a place at Lincoln University to start a new career to teach a little bit. Only part time, because as I'm getting on a bit; I'll be a mature student.  Yeah I'm so excited, so excited.”
Day 024 / Lisa “Well the hospitals and homelessness needs sorting first, before anything, because I live on a trunk road in Boston and that hospital just cannot cope... But yeah, hospitals and education, and as I just said I've got a place at Lincoln University to start a new career to teach a little bit. Only part time, because as I'm getting on a bit; I'll be a mature student. Yeah I'm so excited, so excited.”
Day 025 / Heather  “I'm hoping that everything goes well for my family and my grandchildren especially. And I 'm also hoping that Nottingham Forest get to the Premiership this season!”
Day 025 / Heather “I'm hoping that everything goes well for my family and my grandchildren especially. And I 'm also hoping that Nottingham Forest get to the Premiership this season!”
Day 026 / Freya  “A very general hope is that at some point in my life I can have a career in something I love rather than doing a job I really, really dislike.  The prospect, the likelihood of that happening is slim but that is my hope; that at some point I can do something that I enjoy… and that actually what I'm making is enjoyed by other people. But who knows; it might happen, it might not.”
Day 026 / Freya “A very general hope is that at some point in my life I can have a career in something I love rather than doing a job I really, really dislike. The prospect, the likelihood of that happening is slim but that is my hope; that at some point I can do something that I enjoy… and that actually what I'm making is enjoyed by other people. But who knows; it might happen, it might not.”
Day 027 / Jim & Anne  “We have to make use of Brexit, haven't we? If we're going to go down there we've got to make it positive.” (Jim)   “Not just for the fishing industry but for all industry because we did have a lot of manufacturing in this country where now we just import everything and we want to get away from that. Rebuild what we had because it will bring jobs.” (Anne)
Day 027 / Jim & Anne “We have to make use of Brexit, haven't we? If we're going to go down there we've got to make it positive.” (Jim) “Not just for the fishing industry but for all industry because we did have a lot of manufacturing in this country where now we just import everything and we want to get away from that. Rebuild what we had because it will bring jobs.” (Anne)
Day 028 / Ellie  “World peace. Between everyone because of the news right now, its not very brilliant and I don't think that it should be happening really. So all I can say really is world peace. Happiness for everyone.”
Day 028 / Ellie “World peace. Between everyone because of the news right now, its not very brilliant and I don't think that it should be happening really. So all I can say really is world peace. Happiness for everyone.”
Day 029 / Georgia  “I am hoping for, well, I don't really know... To pass my Uni degree that would be great! I study Zoo Biology, so I hope to, yeah, finish my degree this year.”
Day 029 / Georgia “I am hoping for, well, I don't really know... To pass my Uni degree that would be great! I study Zoo Biology, so I hope to, yeah, finish my degree this year.”
Day 030 / Ben  “I am hoping for people to come together, people of opposing sides of political spectrums. Acknowledge democracy, acknowledge people have made their minds up and if you have opposing views, for us to stop yelling at each other and trying to get those views across aggressively.  Come together and have some discourse, some conversation and I think you're more likely to sway other people with kind words and facts than you are by screaming names.”
Day 030 / Ben “I am hoping for people to come together, people of opposing sides of political spectrums. Acknowledge democracy, acknowledge people have made their minds up and if you have opposing views, for us to stop yelling at each other and trying to get those views across aggressively. Come together and have some discourse, some conversation and I think you're more likely to sway other people with kind words and facts than you are by screaming names.”
Day 031 / Mark  “The government needs to do something to bring the high street back, you know, and get people out shopping, conversing, socialising. Because they don’t do they? And the pubs are closing as well ain’t they? Everything’s dying.”
Day 031 / Mark “The government needs to do something to bring the high street back, you know, and get people out shopping, conversing, socialising. Because they don’t do they? And the pubs are closing as well ain’t they? Everything’s dying.”
Day 032 / Scott  “Well my wish would be, promises fulfilled. And obviously, imminent death of the political class!” (laughs)
Day 032 / Scott “Well my wish would be, promises fulfilled. And obviously, imminent death of the political class!” (laughs)
Day 033 / Jane  “First hundred days in Parliament it would be great to have improved social mobility. Because we have quite a polarised society and getting increasingly polarised, with pay for example.  So more social inclusion, more social mobility and few people feeling they're on the outer edges of society.”
Day 033 / Jane “First hundred days in Parliament it would be great to have improved social mobility. Because we have quite a polarised society and getting increasingly polarised, with pay for example. So more social inclusion, more social mobility and few people feeling they're on the outer edges of society.”
Day 034 / Arthur  “I'm hoping for a peaceful year with less politics once we get out of the EU and lets hope that the prices keep up on the sheep.  And about the climate, thats one things I think is worrying. We seem to be polluting our world with everything, and the climate is changing I'm sure, but whether we can stop it, I don't know. I'm hoping we can but at one time the government were advising us to go with diesel vehicles and now they're saying diesel is wrong and we should go electric...”
Day 034 / Arthur “I'm hoping for a peaceful year with less politics once we get out of the EU and lets hope that the prices keep up on the sheep. And about the climate, thats one things I think is worrying. We seem to be polluting our world with everything, and the climate is changing I'm sure, but whether we can stop it, I don't know. I'm hoping we can but at one time the government were advising us to go with diesel vehicles and now they're saying diesel is wrong and we should go electric...”
Day 035 / Combie  “I'm hoping for a very positive, expansion focussed 2020. We've had a fabulous first year in business but for us its really important that as a new business within Melton Mowbray we work with all our partners around here to be very expansion oriented. We want great things for Melton Mowbray. So for us, its all about expansion, positivity and not particularly worrying or obsessing about what we have at the moment but what we can have.”
Day 035 / Combie “I'm hoping for a very positive, expansion focussed 2020. We've had a fabulous first year in business but for us its really important that as a new business within Melton Mowbray we work with all our partners around here to be very expansion oriented. We want great things for Melton Mowbray. So for us, its all about expansion, positivity and not particularly worrying or obsessing about what we have at the moment but what we can have.”
Day 036 / Zahra  “I think one thing that just lacks, not just in my life, but I think in the country generally is just stability right now and I think everybody's feeling that. I think politics is really fake which is sad. I think you have to have an element of fakeness to be in politics to be honest... I think what its lacking is someone who cares and who has those human characteristics.”
Day 036 / Zahra “I think one thing that just lacks, not just in my life, but I think in the country generally is just stability right now and I think everybody's feeling that. I think politics is really fake which is sad. I think you have to have an element of fakeness to be in politics to be honest... I think what its lacking is someone who cares and who has those human characteristics.”
Day 037 / Andrew  “I'm hoping for my lad to do well at university when he starts. I'm taking him round various ones at the moment before he makes his choice.”
Day 037 / Andrew “I'm hoping for my lad to do well at university when he starts. I'm taking him round various ones at the moment before he makes his choice.”
Day 038 / Tony & Margaret  “Generally I hope things sort themselves out within the political spectrum. Just anything for a bit of continuity really.” (Tony)  “A good deal on the country's exports / imports and something to happen with the money. Better interest rates, that sort of thing for us now as we're getting older, that is our main thing.” (Margaret)
Day 038 / Tony & Margaret “Generally I hope things sort themselves out within the political spectrum. Just anything for a bit of continuity really.” (Tony) “A good deal on the country's exports / imports and something to happen with the money. Better interest rates, that sort of thing for us now as we're getting older, that is our main thing.” (Margaret)
Day 039 / Bibo  “Currently I'm doing an MBA so I'm hoping to complete my dissertation and have a successful graduation by December this year.”
Day 039 / Bibo “Currently I'm doing an MBA so I'm hoping to complete my dissertation and have a successful graduation by December this year.”
Day 040 / Charlie & Yolanda  “I'm hoping for peace around the world and not so much conflict between people with the whole Brexit thing. I don't want people to argue and fight. Its happened now, we've just got to learn to move on and try and make the best of it I guess.” (Yolanda)  “Mine's going to sound really bad now. I was hoping that Ireland would win the six nations. But it sounds a lot less good when you're asking for world peace and I'm asking for my rugby team to win!” (Charlie)
Day 040 / Charlie & Yolanda “I'm hoping for peace around the world and not so much conflict between people with the whole Brexit thing. I don't want people to argue and fight. Its happened now, we've just got to learn to move on and try and make the best of it I guess.” (Yolanda) “Mine's going to sound really bad now. I was hoping that Ireland would win the six nations. But it sounds a lot less good when you're asking for world peace and I'm asking for my rugby team to win!” (Charlie)
Day 041 / Petros  "A bright future, just a bright future!"
Day 041 / Petros "A bright future, just a bright future!"
Day 042 / Rajos  "To live a happy life, just go out there and hopefully live out whatever my purpose is by then I guess. I believe everyone's life is already written. So that means maybe I'm living out my purpose now but anyway. Regardless, just being happy and hopefully, you know, I like music a lot, maybe I could do that as a living.  Just primarily having a happy family, kids that are happy, everyone around me is happy, friends and family are good. And just discover as much as I can in life as well. Theres so much!"
Day 042 / Rajos "To live a happy life, just go out there and hopefully live out whatever my purpose is by then I guess. I believe everyone's life is already written. So that means maybe I'm living out my purpose now but anyway. Regardless, just being happy and hopefully, you know, I like music a lot, maybe I could do that as a living. Just primarily having a happy family, kids that are happy, everyone around me is happy, friends and family are good. And just discover as much as I can in life as well. Theres so much!"
Day 043 / Shelley   "I would very much like my children to live in the UK where it's not falling apart like it is now essentially. I wouldn't want the NHS to be deconstructed and have them pay for the NHS when they are older with their own children.  So yes, I want the UK to be great again, and I don't mean sending immigrants back, I mean great in itself. It doesn't matter who lives here, I think we should open it's doors to anyone because it's a welcoming country, it's a good country."
Day 043 / Shelley "I would very much like my children to live in the UK where it's not falling apart like it is now essentially. I wouldn't want the NHS to be deconstructed and have them pay for the NHS when they are older with their own children. So yes, I want the UK to be great again, and I don't mean sending immigrants back, I mean great in itself. It doesn't matter who lives here, I think we should open it's doors to anyone because it's a welcoming country, it's a good country."
Day 044 / Geraldine & Clive  "I'm hoping for something to be sorted out for elderly people when they go into care. And also the NHS, more money being ploughed in." (Geraldine)  "I'd agree with both of those. We could certainly do with some more police on the streets and tougher sentencing for those who attack policeman. There's no respect at all now for the law and I have to say, in some respects we've brought it on ourselves because of the way we deal with them. It would be good to see a little bit more protection for the police certainly." (Clive)
Day 044 / Geraldine & Clive "I'm hoping for something to be sorted out for elderly people when they go into care. And also the NHS, more money being ploughed in." (Geraldine) "I'd agree with both of those. We could certainly do with some more police on the streets and tougher sentencing for those who attack policeman. There's no respect at all now for the law and I have to say, in some respects we've brought it on ourselves because of the way we deal with them. It would be good to see a little bit more protection for the police certainly." (Clive)
Day 045 / Joy  "For everybody to stop talking about Brexit. I don't think my life will change. Unless its big business, I don't think anybody's life will change so I think we'll go on as we go on."
Day 045 / Joy "For everybody to stop talking about Brexit. I don't think my life will change. Unless its big business, I don't think anybody's life will change so I think we'll go on as we go on."
Day 046 / Lorenzo  "I'm hoping to start a new career in film making. Hopefully when I finish college and get some new projects started. Maybe start a podcast or something. Yeah, I want to know about people's life experiences and everything. So get people on and talk to them and get their different life stories."
Day 046 / Lorenzo "I'm hoping to start a new career in film making. Hopefully when I finish college and get some new projects started. Maybe start a podcast or something. Yeah, I want to know about people's life experiences and everything. So get people on and talk to them and get their different life stories."
Day 047 / Lila & Louise  "Well I was pretty happy I was spending the Brexit weekend not in the UK but in the EU in my favourite city. And now the following Brexit week off to Prague. So my hope would be that the future generations, and my generation, can perhaps have all the things I had and be able to leave England when I was 18 and go and work and meet all these wonderful people and live. So my hope would be that it's not all lost and that we might perhaps see it again." (Lila) "I'm hoping - I saw somewhere that since we left the EU Boris Johnson is going to allow genetically modified crops to be grown and that really upset me because I'm a great, great lover of wildlife. Bees and insects and all the rest of it and so I hope that he would stay with what the EU do because they've banned and don't do GMO. So thats my hope." (Louise)
Day 047 / Lila & Louise "Well I was pretty happy I was spending the Brexit weekend not in the UK but in the EU in my favourite city. And now the following Brexit week off to Prague. So my hope would be that the future generations, and my generation, can perhaps have all the things I had and be able to leave England when I was 18 and go and work and meet all these wonderful people and live. So my hope would be that it's not all lost and that we might perhaps see it again." (Lila) "I'm hoping - I saw somewhere that since we left the EU Boris Johnson is going to allow genetically modified crops to be grown and that really upset me because I'm a great, great lover of wildlife. Bees and insects and all the rest of it and so I hope that he would stay with what the EU do because they've banned and don't do GMO. So thats my hope." (Louise)
Day 048 / Jenny  "Really hoping for prices -  would be nice if they stay lower but I think everything is be going up at the minute really.  Tax, that's my thing, taxes. I just heard that inflation might be going up by so many percent. Hopefully stay the same.  So hope for the best - new Brexit, new government - looking forward to next year (laughs) there's nothing change this year anyway so what's the point? So I'm just going to wait for next year."
Day 048 / Jenny "Really hoping for prices - would be nice if they stay lower but I think everything is be going up at the minute really. Tax, that's my thing, taxes. I just heard that inflation might be going up by so many percent. Hopefully stay the same. So hope for the best - new Brexit, new government - looking forward to next year (laughs) there's nothing change this year anyway so what's the point? So I'm just going to wait for next year."
Day 49 / Mike  “Well, more of the same. (laughs) More of what I've got already, I'm very lucky.  I lost my first wife and remarried and that's worked out really well. She's younger than me so she goes off to work and leaves me to look after the dog. Yeah, I'm quite happy with life. A bit disappointed with the Brit-exit thing to be honest. I was hoping to stay in but we'll only learn about that in time if it was the right thing or the wrong thing to do."
Day 49 / Mike “Well, more of the same. (laughs) More of what I've got already, I'm very lucky. I lost my first wife and remarried and that's worked out really well. She's younger than me so she goes off to work and leaves me to look after the dog. Yeah, I'm quite happy with life. A bit disappointed with the Brit-exit thing to be honest. I was hoping to stay in but we'll only learn about that in time if it was the right thing or the wrong thing to do."
Day 50 / Yancey  "I'm hoping for a government that will consider the whole spectrum, everybody's lives, 'cause not everybody has dollars to throw about and there are people struggling. And I can't believe that in this day and age even working people are being forced to use food banks.  The other thing is the benefit system, which is a shambles. It was a good idea to try and combine all the benefits together but it clearly hasn't worked. It takes five weeks – if you are lucky – to get any money through. In the interim you're offered a loan so when you do get your benefits you're then paying back a loan. Well, these people wouldn't go to a bank for a loan, so its the government thats forcing them into poverty.  So even when they get their benefits its not a relief, its like, 'Oh, I've got this! I've got that!' – on top of their bills and everything else to pay for. I just think it's disgusting."
Day 50 / Yancey "I'm hoping for a government that will consider the whole spectrum, everybody's lives, 'cause not everybody has dollars to throw about and there are people struggling. And I can't believe that in this day and age even working people are being forced to use food banks. The other thing is the benefit system, which is a shambles. It was a good idea to try and combine all the benefits together but it clearly hasn't worked. It takes five weeks – if you are lucky – to get any money through. In the interim you're offered a loan so when you do get your benefits you're then paying back a loan. Well, these people wouldn't go to a bank for a loan, so its the government thats forcing them into poverty. So even when they get their benefits its not a relief, its like, 'Oh, I've got this! I've got that!' – on top of their bills and everything else to pay for. I just think it's disgusting."
Day 051 / Darrall  "Better roads and a new ticket machine – its like from the 1960s!  And more traffic wardens, so that the highway code is observed properly and buses can do what they're supposed to do without people parking in loading bays  - and less pot holes!"
Day 051 / Darrall "Better roads and a new ticket machine – its like from the 1960s! And more traffic wardens, so that the highway code is observed properly and buses can do what they're supposed to do without people parking in loading bays - and less pot holes!"
Day 052 / Marietta  "Just travelling and writing books and er, see the world.  I write romance, I haven't been published yet but I hope to be. And to make dresses - I make dresses - wedding dresses, night dresses."
Day 052 / Marietta "Just travelling and writing books and er, see the world. I write romance, I haven't been published yet but I hope to be. And to make dresses - I make dresses - wedding dresses, night dresses."
Day 053 / Susan & Nicola  "I'm hoping to move out to Melton Mowbray to be closer to my Dad and Step-Mum and I can't wait to hopefully be here." (Nicola)  "And I'm hoping to have an operation on my knee and my foot, come, probably June..." (Susan)
Day 053 / Susan & Nicola "I'm hoping to move out to Melton Mowbray to be closer to my Dad and Step-Mum and I can't wait to hopefully be here." (Nicola) "And I'm hoping to have an operation on my knee and my foot, come, probably June..." (Susan)
Day 054 / Darren  "The Charlatans to tour. That's what I want this year, I want The Charlatans to announce a tour.  ...I've had a retweet off of Tim Burgess and a few likes. He was doing a thing where businesses that are named after their songs, (so) I sent him a picture of that shop in the Victoria Centre called Sostrene & Greene and he retweeted it. Technically best mates aren't we."
Day 054 / Darren "The Charlatans to tour. That's what I want this year, I want The Charlatans to announce a tour. ...I've had a retweet off of Tim Burgess and a few likes. He was doing a thing where businesses that are named after their songs, (so) I sent him a picture of that shop in the Victoria Centre called Sostrene & Greene and he retweeted it. Technically best mates aren't we."
Day 055 / Ali  "I just hope you know, as I told you, my situation to sort out alright in 2020 and complete my study.  And Brexit, like everything is going to change for the people who're (in) the same as my situation. Because you know I feel like I am loosing my time, because you know I'm 26 now and I feel this is an age I can do something. But if I get (to) like 34, 35 I feel like a bit old and my dreams will be like.... (sighs)  It's like, you know, anybody's dream, just for example I have my family problem back home and I can not even go and see them because I don't have a passport and I cannot even send (for) them to come here to see them.  That is my dream, just to get (my) document(s), just to feel free like I can travel, same as you know every human. Thats what I'm hoping for."
Day 055 / Ali "I just hope you know, as I told you, my situation to sort out alright in 2020 and complete my study. And Brexit, like everything is going to change for the people who're (in) the same as my situation. Because you know I feel like I am loosing my time, because you know I'm 26 now and I feel this is an age I can do something. But if I get (to) like 34, 35 I feel like a bit old and my dreams will be like.... (sighs) It's like, you know, anybody's dream, just for example I have my family problem back home and I can not even go and see them because I don't have a passport and I cannot even send (for) them to come here to see them. That is my dream, just to get (my) document(s), just to feel free like I can travel, same as you know every human. Thats what I'm hoping for."
Day 056 / Phebe  "I've always wanted to travel to Australia and around the world. That is my hope, to be able to travel."
Day 056 / Phebe "I've always wanted to travel to Australia and around the world. That is my hope, to be able to travel."
Day 057 / Paul  "Tyson Fury wins on the Deontay Wilder fight. And to be honest, Mum's just got better from cancer so I'm hoping that stays away and she gets better properly. But thats the main thing I'm hoping for to be perfectly honest, my Mum just to be healthy, happy, I'm happy."
Day 057 / Paul "Tyson Fury wins on the Deontay Wilder fight. And to be honest, Mum's just got better from cancer so I'm hoping that stays away and she gets better properly. But thats the main thing I'm hoping for to be perfectly honest, my Mum just to be healthy, happy, I'm happy."
Day 058 / Yvette  "I'd like to know whats going to actually happen. I'm very interested to know how they're going to cope with the border in Ireland because that could be a major sticking point and the last thing we want is the likes of the IRA or the RUC or anything to start getting into a knuckle duster again up there because it would be just devastating for all the people who live there. Brexit and how its going to pan out is one of the big ones.  I think they're wasting money hand over fist on things like HS2. The first leg of it we don't need. What they need to do is improve the northern most part of the country. So I'd like to see more detail about all of that and I think the costs are just escalating completely out of control. And then they say there's no money for the police or for the NHS and for other things that they have promised but we'll see.   I'd like more money putting into education as well. One of my daughters is a teacher and they have been squeezed, the schools. I know of schools where the teachers have had to put their hands in their own pockets to buy resources for the children and thats not right. They shouldn't have to do that. If its a paid for education system then it should be paid for and they, er, had a wages freeze on them for long enough and then still expected them to put their hands in their own pockets to provide for the children because they were always going to do that because most of them are just so conscientious that the last thing they want is the children to miss out.  So, they're about the main points!"
Day 058 / Yvette "I'd like to know whats going to actually happen. I'm very interested to know how they're going to cope with the border in Ireland because that could be a major sticking point and the last thing we want is the likes of the IRA or the RUC or anything to start getting into a knuckle duster again up there because it would be just devastating for all the people who live there. Brexit and how its going to pan out is one of the big ones. I think they're wasting money hand over fist on things like HS2. The first leg of it we don't need. What they need to do is improve the northern most part of the country. So I'd like to see more detail about all of that and I think the costs are just escalating completely out of control. And then they say there's no money for the police or for the NHS and for other things that they have promised but we'll see. I'd like more money putting into education as well. One of my daughters is a teacher and they have been squeezed, the schools. I know of schools where the teachers have had to put their hands in their own pockets to buy resources for the children and thats not right. They shouldn't have to do that. If its a paid for education system then it should be paid for and they, er, had a wages freeze on them for long enough and then still expected them to put their hands in their own pockets to provide for the children because they were always going to do that because most of them are just so conscientious that the last thing they want is the children to miss out. So, they're about the main points!"
Day 059 / Ali  "...just be healthy, going to work and making money for family and being happy with everybody and being positive for things going on in the world. And er, praying for everyone. For being happy and healthy and safe (with) whats going on in the world and all this virus and illnesses.  Praying, I mean I'm not very religious, but that's kind of, pray doesn't have to be religion, its just... wishing for everyone to be happy because being positive, you know, when you see positive people around you, you become positive. So when you're positive you make people positive and thats how, I don't know, thats how I think human nature. But thats what I hope. Working hard for family and helping as much as you can, helping others and being positive. Positivity I think is the best thing in the world to do."
Day 059 / Ali "...just be healthy, going to work and making money for family and being happy with everybody and being positive for things going on in the world. And er, praying for everyone. For being happy and healthy and safe (with) whats going on in the world and all this virus and illnesses. Praying, I mean I'm not very religious, but that's kind of, pray doesn't have to be religion, its just... wishing for everyone to be happy because being positive, you know, when you see positive people around you, you become positive. So when you're positive you make people positive and thats how, I don't know, thats how I think human nature. But thats what I hope. Working hard for family and helping as much as you can, helping others and being positive. Positivity I think is the best thing in the world to do."
Day 060 / Caz & Natalie  "So, probably the top of my list is with what happened over the weekend with Caroline Flack.  For us to be a lot kinder and realise the consequences that it has. I don't understand how people, online bullying, I know these people are in the limelight but they don't deserve what they get. For someone to take their own life is quite sad so I'd say for people to be more kind.   ...and then obviously for Liverpool to win the league, because I'm a Liverpool fan! So they're my two things." (Caz)  "I'm building a house, its a renovation project.  My main worry today is getting home because they've closed all of Hereford, they evacuated it! Its all underwater - but my house is alright, its on a hill!" (Natalie)
Day 060 / Caz & Natalie "So, probably the top of my list is with what happened over the weekend with Caroline Flack. For us to be a lot kinder and realise the consequences that it has. I don't understand how people, online bullying, I know these people are in the limelight but they don't deserve what they get. For someone to take their own life is quite sad so I'd say for people to be more kind. ...and then obviously for Liverpool to win the league, because I'm a Liverpool fan! So they're my two things." (Caz) "I'm building a house, its a renovation project. My main worry today is getting home because they've closed all of Hereford, they evacuated it! Its all underwater - but my house is alright, its on a hill!" (Natalie)
Day 061 / James  “Well, a long life and happiness. Scotland winning the world cup (laughs) and living long enough to see my grandchildren as happy as my children are.”
Day 061 / James “Well, a long life and happiness. Scotland winning the world cup (laughs) and living long enough to see my grandchildren as happy as my children are.”
Day 062 / Tony  “Post Brexit; Future for the country, for grandchildren and everybody we know. Well I know it'll get better, I have faith in politics. We shall rule ourselves and I hope we get our fisheries back. You know if we don't get a trade deal with the EU thats fair comment. We've traded with people before, all over the world, we can get through.  And hopefully get rid of this divisive attitude within the country of Remainers and Leavers. You know, people want to leave and people want to stay. You know its, its a hard subject, because no one can predict the future. Its easy to sit down and be a doom monger if you like and sit there and moan and complain about everybody.  Hopefully say 2020, lets look progressive, lets look on the bright side. Alright, the past is in the past, look forward to the future. Good health to everybody, quite simple.”
Day 062 / Tony “Post Brexit; Future for the country, for grandchildren and everybody we know. Well I know it'll get better, I have faith in politics. We shall rule ourselves and I hope we get our fisheries back. You know if we don't get a trade deal with the EU thats fair comment. We've traded with people before, all over the world, we can get through. And hopefully get rid of this divisive attitude within the country of Remainers and Leavers. You know, people want to leave and people want to stay. You know its, its a hard subject, because no one can predict the future. Its easy to sit down and be a doom monger if you like and sit there and moan and complain about everybody. Hopefully say 2020, lets look progressive, lets look on the bright side. Alright, the past is in the past, look forward to the future. Good health to everybody, quite simple.”
Day 063 / Jean  “A lot more kindness. The way Sajid Javid was treated was not kind. I know you have to be strong in government but theres ways of doing things and if we want a kinder society it comes from the top.”
Day 063 / Jean “A lot more kindness. The way Sajid Javid was treated was not kind. I know you have to be strong in government but theres ways of doing things and if we want a kinder society it comes from the top.”
Day 064 / Aimée  “I am hoping for... I feel like its kind of about community, really bringing things back into the community.  I feel that we are the most connected we have ever been in terms of technology and social media and yet it feels like we're the most disconnected we've ever been and you can see people are struggling in, like, mental capacity and I think it all comes down to the fact that we are so disconnected and fragmented as people.  So what I'm hoping for is that things will come back into community and it will become a kinder world and a more 'lets do nice things for our neighbour and the planet' and these things will become the priority of the agenda of the world and of parliament. Whether we'll see that happen I don't know, I really hope so. Thats probably what I see as the most important, the environment and people being looked after.”
Day 064 / Aimée “I am hoping for... I feel like its kind of about community, really bringing things back into the community. I feel that we are the most connected we have ever been in terms of technology and social media and yet it feels like we're the most disconnected we've ever been and you can see people are struggling in, like, mental capacity and I think it all comes down to the fact that we are so disconnected and fragmented as people. So what I'm hoping for is that things will come back into community and it will become a kinder world and a more 'lets do nice things for our neighbour and the planet' and these things will become the priority of the agenda of the world and of parliament. Whether we'll see that happen I don't know, I really hope so. Thats probably what I see as the most important, the environment and people being looked after.”
Day 065 / Stuart  “Peace on earth. Thank you.”
Day 065 / Stuart “Peace on earth. Thank you.”
Day 066 / Steve  “In the first hundred days I hope Tigers can win a few more games. Corbyn can bow out and somebody more who's going to unite the Labour party 'cause Boris needs a proper challenging in opposition. That makes a good government. And what else...? Leicester City can go into Europe next season, which will be brilliant because we're all Leicester City fans!”
Day 066 / Steve “In the first hundred days I hope Tigers can win a few more games. Corbyn can bow out and somebody more who's going to unite the Labour party 'cause Boris needs a proper challenging in opposition. That makes a good government. And what else...? Leicester City can go into Europe next season, which will be brilliant because we're all Leicester City fans!”
Day 067 / Linda  “More money for further education colleges, because they've been starved for cash for too long and they do a good job and nobody recognises it.”
Day 067 / Linda “More money for further education colleges, because they've been starved for cash for too long and they do a good job and nobody recognises it.”
Day 068 / Chris  “Well I think my hope is there is such uncertainty politically with Brexit and everything else I just hope it all works out. We are prosperous and, erm, yeah, I think five years time we'll look back and think, hopefully, its all worked out ok in the end. Thats what I hope anyway.”
Day 068 / Chris “Well I think my hope is there is such uncertainty politically with Brexit and everything else I just hope it all works out. We are prosperous and, erm, yeah, I think five years time we'll look back and think, hopefully, its all worked out ok in the end. Thats what I hope anyway.”
Day 069 / Jock  “Basically I'm hoping that Great Britain unite together and we can have a prosperous move forward. Make trade with everybody we need to make trade with and make this country great again because as a United Kingdom we can do it. Thats my greatest hope for this next year.”
Day 069 / Jock “Basically I'm hoping that Great Britain unite together and we can have a prosperous move forward. Make trade with everybody we need to make trade with and make this country great again because as a United Kingdom we can do it. Thats my greatest hope for this next year.”
Day 070 / Yomna  “So at the minute we're all obsessed with our smart phones. If you look at any train station everyone is just on their phone trying to avoid everyone. I want a future where, yes, we have all this technology but we're using it in a way that is bettering ourselves rather than hindering ourselves.  I'm hoping for a future where Brexit is something you talk about and it puts a smile on your face. Because at the minute when you talk about Brexit it doesn't really put a smile on your face. If it puts a smile on your face its because someone makes a joke about it.  I want good to come out of Brexit. I want people to flourish out of Brexit. Britain has so much potential and like Boris Johnson says, he wants to unleash potential - as much as I disagree with Boris Johnson - I believe that hating on him and trying to destroy everything he's trying to build is not going to help the situation. I think we need to all come together. I'm also hoping that people will wake up to the reality of climate change and realise that climate change is a real thing and its not just made up and that we will start making a difference.  But we still have time and there is always hope and we have time to stop, reflect and change. I think that should be something that everyone tries to implement in their life. You want to be continuing through a path of recovery - thats what it is - its about recovery.”
Day 070 / Yomna “So at the minute we're all obsessed with our smart phones. If you look at any train station everyone is just on their phone trying to avoid everyone. I want a future where, yes, we have all this technology but we're using it in a way that is bettering ourselves rather than hindering ourselves. I'm hoping for a future where Brexit is something you talk about and it puts a smile on your face. Because at the minute when you talk about Brexit it doesn't really put a smile on your face. If it puts a smile on your face its because someone makes a joke about it. I want good to come out of Brexit. I want people to flourish out of Brexit. Britain has so much potential and like Boris Johnson says, he wants to unleash potential - as much as I disagree with Boris Johnson - I believe that hating on him and trying to destroy everything he's trying to build is not going to help the situation. I think we need to all come together. I'm also hoping that people will wake up to the reality of climate change and realise that climate change is a real thing and its not just made up and that we will start making a difference. But we still have time and there is always hope and we have time to stop, reflect and change. I think that should be something that everyone tries to implement in their life. You want to be continuing through a path of recovery - thats what it is - its about recovery.”
Day 071 / Jo  “So my hope would be for a more equal society. I'd like us to have less of a gap economically between those who are wealthy and those who aren't, so we spread out opportunities and spread the economic benefits for everyone really.”
Day 071 / Jo “So my hope would be for a more equal society. I'd like us to have less of a gap economically between those who are wealthy and those who aren't, so we spread out opportunities and spread the economic benefits for everyone really.”
Day 072 / Jordan & Ellie  “Well I'm just hoping that they do donate as much money as they said they would to the NHS just so then thats not at risk so much. Because I feel thats quite an important part of what we need as a country.” (Ellie)  “I'm just hoping more devotion to the emergency services and stuff like that.  Like police, ambulance. More funding into that really. Thats what I'm hoping for really.” (Jordan)
Day 072 / Jordan & Ellie “Well I'm just hoping that they do donate as much money as they said they would to the NHS just so then thats not at risk so much. Because I feel thats quite an important part of what we need as a country.” (Ellie) “I'm just hoping more devotion to the emergency services and stuff like that. Like police, ambulance. More funding into that really. Thats what I'm hoping for really.” (Jordan)
Day 073 / Nicole  “Good health, well being and a good family life, erm... that Brexit doesn't happen. And what else? Yeah I think thats it really; health, wealth and well being.”
Day 073 / Nicole “Good health, well being and a good family life, erm... that Brexit doesn't happen. And what else? Yeah I think thats it really; health, wealth and well being.”
Day 074 / Martha & Oliver  “I don't know. Just like to be, content and happy I suppose.” (Martha)  “I'm really hoping to in my life to really push myself out of my comfort zone and really find somewhere new, find new people, find a new thing that I like and find something that I want to wake up and do every day. So, whether its work in the fashion industry or whether its just something new that I've not discovered yet. Thats what I'm hoping for.” (Oliver)
Day 074 / Martha & Oliver “I don't know. Just like to be, content and happy I suppose.” (Martha) “I'm really hoping to in my life to really push myself out of my comfort zone and really find somewhere new, find new people, find a new thing that I like and find something that I want to wake up and do every day. So, whether its work in the fashion industry or whether its just something new that I've not discovered yet. Thats what I'm hoping for.” (Oliver)
Day 075 / Lauren  “Thats a big question, erm... I don't know where to really start with that, theres a lot to it. I think we've got a lot of problems that I think, politics related, that the government need to be better at managing and fixing. Like food security that I study. I think within the UK we have got a lot of issues that are often not managed properly and a lot of environment issues that need to be addressed better.  And I think given the stance on Coronavirus at the moment I think there needs to be a bit more obvious interaction of what the plan is and everything else. ...I think they need to be more clear on what the plan is and what people should do. Because all I've heard, and I've been trying to keep up with it, is that people should be washing their hands and things but there doesn't seem to be much of a clear plan ahead rather than all these ideas bouncing about like closing schools and things...”
Day 075 / Lauren “Thats a big question, erm... I don't know where to really start with that, theres a lot to it. I think we've got a lot of problems that I think, politics related, that the government need to be better at managing and fixing. Like food security that I study. I think within the UK we have got a lot of issues that are often not managed properly and a lot of environment issues that need to be addressed better. And I think given the stance on Coronavirus at the moment I think there needs to be a bit more obvious interaction of what the plan is and everything else. ...I think they need to be more clear on what the plan is and what people should do. Because all I've heard, and I've been trying to keep up with it, is that people should be washing their hands and things but there doesn't seem to be much of a clear plan ahead rather than all these ideas bouncing about like closing schools and things...”
Day 076 / Jeff  “Well, I'm hoping to hatch all them eggs! Have a good pay day at Christmas! (laughs) You know, thats the intentions of it, to hatch them eggs, but whether it will come off or not I don't know 'cause they say they are the hardest thing to hatch. But time will tell won't it? Time will tell.”
Day 076 / Jeff “Well, I'm hoping to hatch all them eggs! Have a good pay day at Christmas! (laughs) You know, thats the intentions of it, to hatch them eggs, but whether it will come off or not I don't know 'cause they say they are the hardest thing to hatch. But time will tell won't it? Time will tell.”
Day 077 / Haroon  (on entering the British Pie Awards) “I'm hoping for the product actually, what Zainab* is making. She's really, really worked hard and I hope she gets success... Its not the camera, its the man behind the camera. Its not the sword, its the hand behind the sword. So this is what Zainab is; I think she's gifted, with all the ingredients she uses, I love that and I'm willing to help her all the time and I hope she progresses more and more and all the best for her.” *Haroon's daughter
Day 077 / Haroon (on entering the British Pie Awards) “I'm hoping for the product actually, what Zainab* is making. She's really, really worked hard and I hope she gets success... Its not the camera, its the man behind the camera. Its not the sword, its the hand behind the sword. So this is what Zainab is; I think she's gifted, with all the ingredients she uses, I love that and I'm willing to help her all the time and I hope she progresses more and more and all the best for her.” *Haroon's daughter
Day 078 / Angela  “I am hoping that one day there will be a cure for bipolar or any other mental health illness. Its a quiet, not a killer, but it makes your life intolerable. You have to take a lot of very, very powerful drugs which effect your whole life.  At the age of 16 I knew I was different. I heard voices, I saw things that didn't exist and from then on I was misdiagnosed most of my life until I finally had a breakdown and I was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder.  But I would like to say at the end of this conversation, if I had been diagnosed earlier I would have had a better life.”
Day 078 / Angela “I am hoping that one day there will be a cure for bipolar or any other mental health illness. Its a quiet, not a killer, but it makes your life intolerable. You have to take a lot of very, very powerful drugs which effect your whole life. At the age of 16 I knew I was different. I heard voices, I saw things that didn't exist and from then on I was misdiagnosed most of my life until I finally had a breakdown and I was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder. But I would like to say at the end of this conversation, if I had been diagnosed earlier I would have had a better life.”
Day 079 / Sarbaz  “I hope for next year and after that I have a big shop like Tesco, Asda -  a big shop in the UK - but I hope, not right now, but for future yeah.”
Day 079 / Sarbaz “I hope for next year and after that I have a big shop like Tesco, Asda - a big shop in the UK - but I hope, not right now, but for future yeah.”
Day 080 / Jeffery  “What I hope for? I haven't got any hopes me personally... I don't know, I'm a bit of a boring bastard.  Like, I've retired but I haven't got a hobby. I've done so many hobbies and I can't do 'em anymore, do you know what I mean? If I can't find something to stimulate my brain I come down here and do this. But if I see somebody fishing in it then thats job done for me.  Yeah thats a hope, if I come down here and kids are fishing, 'cause I saw two kids the other day fishing - well you know, I mean unless Jaws come along 'cause the float were that big! (laughs) So you put 'em right, say 'Come here mate, let me show you'. You know what I mean? And they think 'Oh great!' - you know som'it like that.  But if I see kids down here fishing that'll be job done for me 'cause that'll set me back to when I was a kid.”
Day 080 / Jeffery “What I hope for? I haven't got any hopes me personally... I don't know, I'm a bit of a boring bastard. Like, I've retired but I haven't got a hobby. I've done so many hobbies and I can't do 'em anymore, do you know what I mean? If I can't find something to stimulate my brain I come down here and do this. But if I see somebody fishing in it then thats job done for me. Yeah thats a hope, if I come down here and kids are fishing, 'cause I saw two kids the other day fishing - well you know, I mean unless Jaws come along 'cause the float were that big! (laughs) So you put 'em right, say 'Come here mate, let me show you'. You know what I mean? And they think 'Oh great!' - you know som'it like that. But if I see kids down here fishing that'll be job done for me 'cause that'll set me back to when I was a kid.”
Day 081 / Melon  “What am I hoping for? Win the lottery! (laughs) If I won I'd buy myself a nice new car an' er, what else would I do? I'm ain't married yet so, I might get married...”
Day 081 / Melon “What am I hoping for? Win the lottery! (laughs) If I won I'd buy myself a nice new car an' er, what else would I do? I'm ain't married yet so, I might get married...”
Day 082 / Jonathan & Marianne  “On a personal level I'm looking to change careers soon to get a new job but tying to work out what I want that to be. I have a job at the moment selling second hand books which I enjoy but I am hoping to find something which is a bit more related to other skills I've got and my academic background and also to move closer to my girlfriend.” (Jonathan)  “I have similar hopes, I currently work in admin but I would like to do something a bit more interesting. I would like to stay where I'm living because I have a house there and a network there, so if Jonathan can move down to me that seems perfect. So, yeah the next few months are going to be kind of about personal discovery and trying to work out whats going to work for me ...and how much actual stuff is allowed into the house, that sort of thing!” (laughs) (Marianne)
Day 082 / Jonathan & Marianne “On a personal level I'm looking to change careers soon to get a new job but tying to work out what I want that to be. I have a job at the moment selling second hand books which I enjoy but I am hoping to find something which is a bit more related to other skills I've got and my academic background and also to move closer to my girlfriend.” (Jonathan) “I have similar hopes, I currently work in admin but I would like to do something a bit more interesting. I would like to stay where I'm living because I have a house there and a network there, so if Jonathan can move down to me that seems perfect. So, yeah the next few months are going to be kind of about personal discovery and trying to work out whats going to work for me ...and how much actual stuff is allowed into the house, that sort of thing!” (laughs) (Marianne)
Day 083 / Chere  “World peace. Thats it!”
Day 083 / Chere “World peace. Thats it!”
Day 084 / Susie  “I'm hoping that I'm not going to make an idiot of myself when I'm singing for the first time in a long time at the end of the month, in front of a lot of people for charity. And I'm hoping my voice holds out! We're doing a 'night at the musicals' in aid of the RAF Association.”
Day 084 / Susie “I'm hoping that I'm not going to make an idiot of myself when I'm singing for the first time in a long time at the end of the month, in front of a lot of people for charity. And I'm hoping my voice holds out! We're doing a 'night at the musicals' in aid of the RAF Association.”
Day 085 / Leila  “Well, for myself I think, I'm a mother of a young boy, and what I hope for the future is what I hope for his life really. Which is that young people become less dependant upon technology. I think it goes with the whole craft movement of this non-reliance on electricity and technology and more towards people making their own stuff and sustainability and not believing the hype really. It worries me to an extent that young people buy into image and secondhand feelings and I think for the future if people can be committed more to get in touch with human values and humanity and what draws us together rather than what makes us virtual and separates us. I guess thats my hope for the future.”
Day 085 / Leila “Well, for myself I think, I'm a mother of a young boy, and what I hope for the future is what I hope for his life really. Which is that young people become less dependant upon technology. I think it goes with the whole craft movement of this non-reliance on electricity and technology and more towards people making their own stuff and sustainability and not believing the hype really. It worries me to an extent that young people buy into image and secondhand feelings and I think for the future if people can be committed more to get in touch with human values and humanity and what draws us together rather than what makes us virtual and separates us. I guess thats my hope for the future.”
Day 086 / Rhys  “I'm hoping to have my own company in life so I can provide for my family. Thats what I want to do when I'm older.”
Day 086 / Rhys “I'm hoping to have my own company in life so I can provide for my family. Thats what I want to do when I'm older.”
Day 087 / Chloe, Lyn & Paula  “I'm hoping to go to university in September to do social work.” (Chloe) “Stay calm and eat cheese!” (laughs) (Lyn)  “I'm hoping that my dad gets through this virus thats going round at the moment. He's in his late 70s but he's very vulnerable if he will catch it. So yeah, I'm hopeful.” (Paula)
Day 087 / Chloe, Lyn & Paula “I'm hoping to go to university in September to do social work.” (Chloe) “Stay calm and eat cheese!” (laughs) (Lyn) “I'm hoping that my dad gets through this virus thats going round at the moment. He's in his late 70s but he's very vulnerable if he will catch it. So yeah, I'm hopeful.” (Paula)
Day 088 / Jordan  “Well I'm hoping that the government are going to try to sort something out for uni students, just to make things a little bit easier. Obviously transitioning from school and collage into higher education is quite hard and consuming for some people. They don't know what they are getting into. And I know for me, I didn't really understand the costs that go with university and stuff. So maybe a little bit more preparation to do with kids going into higher education. Making sure they are smarter, getting the resources and stuff that they need to actually get into graduate jobs. I'm hoping that could be something that could be sorted out. And maybe sort out the uni fees as well, that wouldn't hurt!”
Day 088 / Jordan “Well I'm hoping that the government are going to try to sort something out for uni students, just to make things a little bit easier. Obviously transitioning from school and collage into higher education is quite hard and consuming for some people. They don't know what they are getting into. And I know for me, I didn't really understand the costs that go with university and stuff. So maybe a little bit more preparation to do with kids going into higher education. Making sure they are smarter, getting the resources and stuff that they need to actually get into graduate jobs. I'm hoping that could be something that could be sorted out. And maybe sort out the uni fees as well, that wouldn't hurt!”
Day 089 / Gavin  “Things get back to normal as soon as possible, you know what I mean? Shops and all that – its a bit of a joke. Panic, panic, panic. Theres no need to be like that. You've got families who can go out and buy stuff for you. ...I feel sorry for the older people, because they're probably on their own and probably ain't got as many families as younger people so it must be hard for them. (On looking out for each other) Yeah, thats what its all about. Like my local pub I go to; we're all close there, we're all family and we all get on with each other and we help each other out and things like that.  Thats whats helped me and my brother out with losing my Mam. We thought we wouldn't be able to handle it, but with all the friends we've had, they've been there for us. You know what I mean?”
Day 089 / Gavin “Things get back to normal as soon as possible, you know what I mean? Shops and all that – its a bit of a joke. Panic, panic, panic. Theres no need to be like that. You've got families who can go out and buy stuff for you. ...I feel sorry for the older people, because they're probably on their own and probably ain't got as many families as younger people so it must be hard for them. (On looking out for each other) Yeah, thats what its all about. Like my local pub I go to; we're all close there, we're all family and we all get on with each other and we help each other out and things like that. Thats whats helped me and my brother out with losing my Mam. We thought we wouldn't be able to handle it, but with all the friends we've had, they've been there for us. You know what I mean?”
Day 090 / Calum  “More answers really, within whats actually going to happen to the pubs as a general. We could be out of a job but whether or not they're going to help fund us being out of a job or the landlord having to close the business. But yeah its going to be hard for anyone really in this industry 'cos no one really knows what the answers going to be yet do they?”
Day 090 / Calum “More answers really, within whats actually going to happen to the pubs as a general. We could be out of a job but whether or not they're going to help fund us being out of a job or the landlord having to close the business. But yeah its going to be hard for anyone really in this industry 'cos no one really knows what the answers going to be yet do they?”
Day 091 / Penelope  “I'm hoping that it won't be as bad as the government say it is, this Coronavirus. But I think thats wishful thinking.  And we do need to isolate but do they realise that lots of the older people are babysitting for grand children and carers of elderly parents as well?  Its going to cause a lot of trouble as well as a lot of depression I think. And isolation, which is a real worry. I work for (an independent) Age Concern and because of the government guidelines we're closing the lunch club, which is a lifeline for people to get a good meal. Apart from a good meal its the social interaction thats more important.”
Day 091 / Penelope “I'm hoping that it won't be as bad as the government say it is, this Coronavirus. But I think thats wishful thinking. And we do need to isolate but do they realise that lots of the older people are babysitting for grand children and carers of elderly parents as well? Its going to cause a lot of trouble as well as a lot of depression I think. And isolation, which is a real worry. I work for (an independent) Age Concern and because of the government guidelines we're closing the lunch club, which is a lifeline for people to get a good meal. Apart from a good meal its the social interaction thats more important.”
Day 092 / Kay  “I'm hoping for it to be over as soon as possible, Coronavirus obviously! So somebody can say, 'Yes 8 weeks, yes 12 weeks and then we're going be in recovery - it will be slow we know, we can cope.' But if somebody is going to say 'we don't know' or 'its 'til Christmas' then I don't know. Its the unknown that is frightening for businesses and for their staff and for people in general but the unknown is the scary bit, it really is. Its surreal, I just can't believe it. Its come so quickly. I'm really, really worried. I'm worried for my staff, I'm worried for my customers. So yeah, very worried. What else could you say? Really worried.”
Day 092 / Kay “I'm hoping for it to be over as soon as possible, Coronavirus obviously! So somebody can say, 'Yes 8 weeks, yes 12 weeks and then we're going be in recovery - it will be slow we know, we can cope.' But if somebody is going to say 'we don't know' or 'its 'til Christmas' then I don't know. Its the unknown that is frightening for businesses and for their staff and for people in general but the unknown is the scary bit, it really is. Its surreal, I just can't believe it. Its come so quickly. I'm really, really worried. I'm worried for my staff, I'm worried for my customers. So yeah, very worried. What else could you say? Really worried.”
Day 093 / Ben & Cara  “A bright future, everything to pick up 'cause at the minute its awful isn't it?” (Cara)  “Before the Coronavirus stuff it was going lovely. Its only since this has come about that we've had all this uncertainty.” (Ben)  “We was doing really well.” (Cara)  “And obviously we've been making the cakes but if they don't sell they go in the bin so we're losing out on money in that respect as well. Like I keep saying, its just one of them things init? Nobody actually knows. Theres more people that are going through it as well, we're not the only ones.” (Ben)
Day 093 / Ben & Cara “A bright future, everything to pick up 'cause at the minute its awful isn't it?” (Cara) “Before the Coronavirus stuff it was going lovely. Its only since this has come about that we've had all this uncertainty.” (Ben) “We was doing really well.” (Cara) “And obviously we've been making the cakes but if they don't sell they go in the bin so we're losing out on money in that respect as well. Like I keep saying, its just one of them things init? Nobody actually knows. Theres more people that are going through it as well, we're not the only ones.” (Ben)
Day 094 / Tim  “I hope that Britain comes together, like it can in times like this, and we all get through it.”
Day 094 / Tim “I hope that Britain comes together, like it can in times like this, and we all get through it.”
Day 095 / Michael  “We've had years and years where it was all about Brexit. But the biggest issue facing us, in a global way or in a very local way, is all linked into the environment and climate change and thats the one thing where there has been seemingly very little in terms of leadership or rapid shift in policy. And I think perhaps everyday people are looking for that leadership... because we need a massive step change in the way we approach things and I think it goes throughout every aspect of peoples lives really. (We) need to think more about the next generation and the one after that and the legacy of what we leave them.”
Day 095 / Michael “We've had years and years where it was all about Brexit. But the biggest issue facing us, in a global way or in a very local way, is all linked into the environment and climate change and thats the one thing where there has been seemingly very little in terms of leadership or rapid shift in policy. And I think perhaps everyday people are looking for that leadership... because we need a massive step change in the way we approach things and I think it goes throughout every aspect of peoples lives really. (We) need to think more about the next generation and the one after that and the legacy of what we leave them.”
Day 096 / Mel  “My hope I think is that my fears aren't played out in these hundred days. And what I mean by that is that the most vulnerable amongst us are not the hardest hit by the various changes. And I 'm yet to be convinced of that sadly. And I think the key perhaps to it all is that we start listening and learning perhaps more about why our views are sometimes so polar opposite. Because they have been haven't they this last couple of years? And only then maybe can we start to, compromise comfortably is the phrase I always use, because I don't agree always necessarily with the current set up and I don't feel – hence my fear – that it protects our most vulnerable. So thats my hope, that my fears aren't played out.”
Day 096 / Mel “My hope I think is that my fears aren't played out in these hundred days. And what I mean by that is that the most vulnerable amongst us are not the hardest hit by the various changes. And I 'm yet to be convinced of that sadly. And I think the key perhaps to it all is that we start listening and learning perhaps more about why our views are sometimes so polar opposite. Because they have been haven't they this last couple of years? And only then maybe can we start to, compromise comfortably is the phrase I always use, because I don't agree always necessarily with the current set up and I don't feel – hence my fear – that it protects our most vulnerable. So thats my hope, that my fears aren't played out.”
Day 097 / Natalie  “I'm hoping for a healthy birth for our baby. For a good start in life and for this baby to be born into a time where my family and friends can come and visit us. Not in isolation hopefully! And for a better time where people are less fearful and less isolated.  Further on from that I'm hoping that our child will have every opportunity that I've always had. In terms of great people around me; spiritual, educational, emotional support from friends and family and a good start in terms of early education. Thats my passion. Thats what I do as a job and so I would hope that we are able to put our baby into a position where they get to thrive really. Emotionally, educationally and to have fun; to have a fun start to life.”
Day 097 / Natalie “I'm hoping for a healthy birth for our baby. For a good start in life and for this baby to be born into a time where my family and friends can come and visit us. Not in isolation hopefully! And for a better time where people are less fearful and less isolated. Further on from that I'm hoping that our child will have every opportunity that I've always had. In terms of great people around me; spiritual, educational, emotional support from friends and family and a good start in terms of early education. Thats my passion. Thats what I do as a job and so I would hope that we are able to put our baby into a position where they get to thrive really. Emotionally, educationally and to have fun; to have a fun start to life.”
Day 098 / Musa  “So I'm hoping for things to get better like everyone else is. I hope that its not a slow return. That everybody can just, you know, pull together and help each other out again, get thing going again. Also you know, I'm always there for everybody else if they ever need help. So its just time and being patient isn't it? And because of my job as well, I have a day job working for Asda, and even though its sad with everything going on with all the deaths etc, theres a certain beauty to it; everyone is being more respectful, helping each other and just, you know, helping each other out. And I hope that everyone can carry this on and this is how humanity should be, watching out for each other. And thats my hope.”
Day 098 / Musa “So I'm hoping for things to get better like everyone else is. I hope that its not a slow return. That everybody can just, you know, pull together and help each other out again, get thing going again. Also you know, I'm always there for everybody else if they ever need help. So its just time and being patient isn't it? And because of my job as well, I have a day job working for Asda, and even though its sad with everything going on with all the deaths etc, theres a certain beauty to it; everyone is being more respectful, helping each other and just, you know, helping each other out. And I hope that everyone can carry this on and this is how humanity should be, watching out for each other. And thats my hope.”
Day 099 / Hugh  “Well, obviously to get through this I think is the most important thing not just for us but for our customers, our staff, and the whole industry and country. Its important, food is flying off the shelves at the supermarkets and where does that food come from? The food comes from our farmers. I think we're rapidly realising that we may be in a globalised economy for the transmission of disease but that can rapidly shut down the globalised economy for goods and food especially. I think we're coming to appreciate how much our domestic farmers do for us in getting our food onto the table in tough times and all times. So I think there needs to be a greater appreciation of this country's farmers coming out of this as well.”
Day 099 / Hugh “Well, obviously to get through this I think is the most important thing not just for us but for our customers, our staff, and the whole industry and country. Its important, food is flying off the shelves at the supermarkets and where does that food come from? The food comes from our farmers. I think we're rapidly realising that we may be in a globalised economy for the transmission of disease but that can rapidly shut down the globalised economy for goods and food especially. I think we're coming to appreciate how much our domestic farmers do for us in getting our food onto the table in tough times and all times. So I think there needs to be a greater appreciation of this country's farmers coming out of this as well.”
Day 100 / Sue  “I'm hoping for the Coronavirus to have a solution and an end and that we can quickly rectify everything that has happened. I'm hoping for the economy to get back to something we can all manage. And yeah, pretty much living day for day I think at the moment. I've just become a great, great aunt five days ago and my great, great hope would be that I could visit them and see them. I would love to able to go over there and see him and make sure that life is ok.”
Day 100 / Sue “I'm hoping for the Coronavirus to have a solution and an end and that we can quickly rectify everything that has happened. I'm hoping for the economy to get back to something we can all manage. And yeah, pretty much living day for day I think at the moment. I've just become a great, great aunt five days ago and my great, great hope would be that I could visit them and see them. I would love to able to go over there and see him and make sure that life is ok.”
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