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  • Writer's pictureFaruk Kara

Lockdown Series: COVID-19 Queues

Updated: Sep 16, 2022

Moving beyond my immediate streets, I have been recording that great British politeness of queuing. It is not just politness but that intrinsic sense of fairplay at the heart of the British pschye. However, the ideal of fairplay is a dichotomy meaning different things to different people. That same sense of fairplay did not extend to shopping and hoarding. I wonder whether that is because queuing is a more public display or is that too cynical and, in fact, it is just an accepted collectively agreed and enforced social norm.



Pandemic photo. COVID-19 queue on the pavement going one customer at a time to the bakery. Hills Rd, Cambridge.
The Boulanger on Coronation St


Pandemic photo. Cambridge craft market space being used by a mobile cafe. People queuing for morning coffee.
The Coffee Bug Queue at All Saints Garden

Pandemic photo. Customers queuing for the Belgian Waffle food stall at Cambridge market wearing face masks
Waffles, Masks and Queues
Pandemic photo. Customers queuing outside the shop waiting to order takeaway lunch. Cambridge.
Lunchtime Takeout Queue
Pandemic photo. Fishmonger with blackboard with queuing guidance on Cambridge market.
All Signed up and Waiting

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