Martin Peagam – A digital life for me

Regular newsletter contributor Martin Peagam tells us why technology has helped during lockdown...

How are you all coping with this social isolation thing?

I have to say I am quite enjoying it.

Okay, it has its disadvantages… but I tend to focus on the positives.

I am fortunate to have access to the internet, but even without it there is plenty to do in ‘splendid isolation’. In fact, without the internet I might have read more books and practiced my cooking more than I have done!

The internet is great though…

The month of May is usually a very busy month for me as its normally Middlesbrough Local History Month, and I am busy delivering talks, walks, and attending events. So it’s a packed diary of activities.

As an alternative, there will be an online virtual Local History Month, so I’m looking forward to getting my teeth in to that.

It has meant a steep learning curve and I’m not sure I have fully mastered it, but I’ll get there in the end.

My ‘Time Traveller’ alter ego will be available online via the Discover Middlesbrough Facebook page and there will be lots of other local historians taking part too, so please have a look.

To pass the time away I have also engaged in online quizzes, enjoyed some great music, and even learned how grow potatoes – all thanks to the internet. I even managed to book a ‘click and collect’ slot at the supermarket.

Life is a little different at the moment, but I’d urge everyone to take part in some kind of online activity. You’ll really see the benefit.

Stay safe.



If you need help using digital technology like mobile phones, tablets and laptops, we can help.

We can support you to register for online appointments with your doctor, suggest ways to shop online, set up Zoom video calling and much more. Just call 01642 061019 for more information. 

If you are motivated to get online but do not have a way of doing this, we may be able to provide you with a digital device.

We can also connect with you with one of our friendly staff members over the telephone who will help teach you how to use it.


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