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A short story - A colouring project
Co-authored by HRL Novelle Clovidia Wuhaa’an and Simon
Witten P.C. (post Covid-19) and while it is happening...
- a novel virus
The Corona Virus Family
My Lords and Ladies,
Let me introduce you to your new Queen Supreme, Her
Royal Lowness Novelle Clovidia Wuhaa'an (HRL Clovidia).
Allow her to inform you personally of her super power!
- Phyllis Green
Right now, the world as we used to
know it, is turned upside down. Many will want to return to
the world as it was, but it is a new world that awaits you.
Some will find it harder to cope with, and some will take it in their stride,
but we are all in it... TOGETHER.
At this time… there is no perfect solution. If you are finding it
hard to cope or understand a/the way forward, or especially explaining
it to younger and un-informed people, this may just be a great
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“I am what I am…”
My name is “Her Royal Lowness Novelle Clovidia Wuhaa’an, and I
am indeed not royal. I am powerful and I am a Dictator. You need not
bow in front of me, but you need to remain very aware of me and
I am not visible to the naked eye.
I am novel, relentless, and come from the Corona Virus family
which have been around for hundreds if not thousands of years -
but my ‘tribe’ and immeasurable subjects, growing by the second,
has only been
discovered in 2019 - in Wuhan, China's most central city. It
has an urban population of 7.9 million.
I scare people, mostly because I am
a novel (new) virus, but also because people do not know me.
They do not read the truth about me, and have forgotten
their own common values with regards respectful separation and
fun-filled interaction - but I am here to remind and teach you.
For the foreseeable future, I am not going anywhere but indeed
everywhere. Take special note of me, learn* as much as you can
about me, and you can still have a marvelous life.
“It is not where I come from, but where you go to…”
In the beginning, I may have lived in animals and some suspect
bats were my ‘gracious but despicable’ hosts. Most scientists
agree I do not have a long life if I am not inside a ‘host’ (a
human like you) - but once I find a host or a home, I ask no
permission to enter, grab hold of your breathing system, and if
I am successful, I will cause you to stop breathing and you will
die! I could have been contained and/or held hostage since ‘the
beginning’, but the first person handing me their lungs, did not
Those who did, kept quiet. Many the world over have begun to ask “who is to blame?”. They could not believe
their eyes - and others their ears – about my family’s
magnanimous arrival on your planet, and voila: Here I Am! I
get/got to multiply, jump from host to host, person to person,
town to town, country to country, and eventually continent to
continent. I am now the ruler of a pandemic, and there is not a
person in the world who knows how to ‘handle’ me.
before you enter…”
I live on hard surfaces (metal, glass, marble) far longer than
on soft surfaces (fabric, hair, plants), and am at my most
vulnerable when sprayed with alcohol based disinfectants. I may
be kept away when and/or if people wash their hands* with
simple soap and water thoroughly for as long as it takes them to
sing 'happy birthday' twice. I jump, not further than maximum 2 m,
but people have now learned to stay at least 1,6 m away from one
another. They call it #SocialDistancing*. For you this is good,
but for me this is very, very bad. I die!
If you suspect you are infected/infested by me or any of my loyal
subjects, you better tell the doctor or stay home and/or even
self-quarantine*. When I am inside you, you will/may feel like
you have the flu, and I promise you I will start having a party
with your lungs. I will make it extremely hard for you to
breathe, and if you do not get help - or are not saved in time -
YOU could die!
“Of all the ways to learn and prepare for life, school
was the easy part…”
Once doctors, scientists and specialists from all over the
world realized this, they declared me the ruler of a modern time
pandemic (‘pan’- worldwide), and declared war against me and my
clan. An imperceptible
war. This is now compared to the Flu pandemic from 1917, the
first AND the 2nd World War. It has become known as The
Invisible War (#TIW), but from where I party, there is nothing
invisible. I see everything, everyone, rich, poor, pretty, ugly,
intelligent or stupid. “Lockdowns” were put in place. For
you, party venues are closed, schools and sport events are
closed, weddings and funerals and all kinds of celebrations are
cancelled. Some with strong believe* still say it has been
postponed till ‘they get me’, but truth is, life for you has
changed as you know it. You have no-where to run to, except,
follow the rules I give. Your only choice became: stay home,
stay safe, stay quarantined (#StayHomeStaySafe) and if
necessary: even do everything you do alone. Where
two or more people gather, there I may be - it is when you are seen as a group
- and I
love groups. That is where I do my best(est). You may jog
daily, but best is to preferably* jog alone…
“Those who want to sing, will always find a song
with the right words…”
Artists, entertainers, and masters of inspiration were shocked,
became depressed …and became entrepreneurial. They were the
first to look at the universal languages (Music, Drawing, Sign
language), so people could keep their spirit up. First,
familiar songs were re-written adding new lyrics. Mocking me,
inspiring you/others*. Warning anyone who wanted to listen and could go
on-line or use a telephone or connection about ‘this horrible
thing that happened to people'. Boo-hoo! How sad their lives
became - while the wealthy still become wealthier and the poor,
poorer. Songstresses and -stars of entertainment turned toward
this way of communication to bring people (who felt too
separated and alone)
together. People (who remained depressed and disillusioned)
gathered in their 10’s, then 100’s and then 1000’s world-wide in
spirit to stay strong - all the while believing this is the only way to
stay strong. E.g. at a certain hour, people would gather from
their balconies and telephones and sing and applaud other* and
each other, some simply because they lived to see another day.
job is to help the medical industry, and their job is to help
There was (and is) no medicine to keep me at bay, nothing that
will help you feel better, except if you were near dying, a
respirator would do the trick… for some. Some can survive after
they are attached to it (on it) - some never get off it and die.
are extremely expensive, still scarce in many countries, but solidarity* arose between different hospitals, cities and
countries costs for these machines are 'paid forward’ to save
lives. There still is no other help available and 1000’s of
programs the world over are underway to find a cure. The first
ones to do so will of course immediately be unthinkably rich, but
until a vaccine is found, I and my subjects will rule the world
as it is. Of course you can act*. You can wear personal
protective gear (#PPE) like but existing
items mostly belong to the medical personnel. They are the people “on
the forefront”. They are the first responders, fight the battle
on your behalf, and will continue to need all the help they can
get. You can wear
classy, yet simple, sophisticated and elegant)
make your own - preferably from cotton …
Or you can simply stay away from everyone.
7 “All dressed up, and nowhere (everywhere) to
We quickly re-learned sneezing should be done in your
own elbow folded, and greeting each other by hand or kissing
will be 'a thing' of the past. There are cultures who do not find this
strange, but the majority struggles without hugging one
another*. They settle for a ‘fist-bump” or an ‘ankle-twist” and
proceed from there. No-one dresses up for now, some have designer gowns
cancelled, and for a moment think looking like a tramp when you
occasionally leave your house (your chosen jail-sell) is ok?
BUT IT IS NOT...
I am HRL Clovidia. I, and my subjects, always look
the same. There-in lies most of my power. I do not take kindly
to change. Constant is* my change. I jump here, jump there, I
never know if I will land on the Prime Minister of London, Greta
Thunberg from Sweden, or the homeless guy in Adderley Street in
Cape Town who everyone now ignores. I have no preference in
culture, race, country nor social standing. Everyone is equal
and fair game. B.C. (Before Covid-19), people used to do the same (they mostly looked
good), and maybe soon P.C. (Post Covid) they will be neat* and
clean* and smart* and uber stylish again – but for now they mostly look trashy. I
the only constant in everyone’s lives. I am like a parcel from
‘Amazon’. You have nowhere to go, but I can go everywhere
I bet you would want to change me, change my
"look"? (Hint: click on images to #ColourMeFab!)
8 “Wearing a mask is a ‘show of respect’ to those around
Facial protection have been worn in some form or another for
centuries anywhere in the world – be it a scarf or a mask.
Arabian countries have this one down, The East (China) wore it
as a sign of protest, as recent as in 2019, and the Middle East did so because
the world became a filthy place to live in. In the rest of the
world, people in war would dabble in bandanna protective gear,
and medical personnel would wear it to protect their patients
from germs. I am not a germ. I am a virus. I rule. But
not in clean air. Clean air is a virus’ biggest enemy.
Only now, people the world over know how important masks are.
I can almost declare it has become fashionable. It is not only
to protect you from the sick, but to protect others* from
becoming sick via what you exhale. Psychologically, it helps
people stay aware of how they should not be touching their faces
after touching untreated surfaces. Even if every surface
around you is or has been disinfected (food, packaging) with
alcohol based disinfectants, I still remain airborne for an
unknown period of time. Scientists the world over simply cannot
pin this magic power I possess, down.
9 “Consideration of others’ need come before your own…”
Space planning* is what everyone is battling with now. Not
simply isolating or social distancing, but how far away from
someone is ‘far enough”? This will happen in schools,
restaurants, sport stadiums and even churches, etc. When people
shop for the last toilet rolls they can find or stock their
trolleys higher than the lowest mountain I have climbed, they
use their trolleys to space. This is not enough, but this works fine if people are in
‘lockdown’, ‘isolation’, or only leaving their houses once every
three days and wearing self-made masks. This does not work when
human society have an instinctive desire* to return to normal
life, normal socializing, to hugging and kissing and touching
and babbling… They simply forgot about the ancient art of
‘personal space’. A person’s aura. It is that immediate space
humans should have when in contact with the unknown (me, of
course hint-hint). Apparently these bad manners of humans to invade
other’s space is so forgotten that they now made it a ‘new’
issue to co-exist*. It is not new. It is not ‘enough food’ and
‘overstocked pantries’ that will keep you healthy. It is the
century old classy demeanor of allowing space between people
that will keep me away. World-renowned scientists say so!
10 “The condition for unconditional love, is to
look after your pet…”
When things become too hard to handle and we
cannot stand for it, we kneel*. And when we kneel to thank The
Powers That Be, it is often our house-pets that come running to
us. If they are dogs (not bats) of course. They have a sense of
wrongness, a natural sense of care and love*. They have no idea
what it is, but they know our lives right now, is not normal. It is then that we
realize the change in our lives is to their benefit, and should
rightly be so. Fortunately, pets have not been affected by
this, but we should treat them like family. To the contrary: they get to share much more time with
their "owners", and they have a way of communicating* why you need
to get out of the house for some “walkies-time”. This is also sanctioned because no-one have yet been able to
prove if Covid-19 jumped from a bat, an animal, or from a lab,
to a person - but what the virus wants, is for us to be outside –
in parks where other people are. The best practice would be to
still keep your distance. They jump for joy as they notice our
2020 signal for “walkies”: we cover our faces and/or wear
scarves. The only difference now is: the parks and streets are
empty, none or less people are in sight because everyone still
remain (like a loving dog their master) a little scared, a
little cautious, a little obedient*.
11 “Groom to Zoom…”
'Applications' have wi-fi connections working in overload as all who want
to connect is doing so in cyberspace. Facebook has been around
a while for gossip, Twitter is there for shorter snipes, and
Instagram if you want to show off pictures of pictures… People
have started to discover the magic of cyber-connection for more
than 2 decades now and sadly sometimes value it more than human
connection. When ‘all this’ started, everyone had something to
joke about, say about, cry about, debate about, and now
... negotiate about. People magically stopped confusing the initial
physical isolation from social isolation. They use TikTok
and U-Tube, have meetings
and group gatherings through one of the many new aps
now available for connecting without touching - of which the
most popular is called: Zoom
(basically a form of face-time or video-calling). They call it
an essential a part of #WFH (Work from
home*). Zoom is a place where up to 50, and with licensing, up
to 100 people can “visit” or have a meeting. People can sing
together, attend school classes and learn a new skill. Many
predict that this is the ‘new normal’ and if so, people should
still groom* before they engage visually in working from home.
YOU CAN NOT eat badly while on line, make many hand-gestures
while talking, neglect personal hygiene and neatness, and/or
have uncontrolled visual irritations while online.
12 “Exercise is good for a healthy body AND a healthy
fitness craze did not happen the 1st, the 2nd
day nor the first week after lockdown. People soon realized that
they are picking up weight, are becoming lazy, have nothing else
to do… That #WFH needs a break - and for some, depression took
over. Depression is never good, and it often leads to binging
of the bad kind. Doing the same thing over and over and if not
getting new results, leads to insanity. The world people live
in right now borders on an insane world - so structure*,
and planning* is as important as ever. Many 'old-world'
qualities you already posses will help with this. Exercise was/is one of the
answers. It can be done any time and anywhere: in the hallway
of your apartment, on the steps in your house, on the lawn
outside your house – and regardless where and why you do it, it
helps the flow of blood. The rush of happy endorphins finds a
better body and a healthier mind. Another answer is, you get to
slowly lose the weight you have picked up, you get to breathe* -
and healthy lungs is HRL Clovidia’s worst enemy. She can
get past the barriers you put up, get inside your beautiful
lungs, but she cannot live there. Scientists are already
talking of "medicine to assist” and while this is not a vaccine or a cure,
it shortens the period of illness. It will make any attempt on
your life less successful.
13 “Queing is not just for the poor…”
Lockdown is now the new constant in many countries and cities.
Some are slowly looking at a return to “normal day-to-day” life.
Essential people have been working throughout, and they are 1) medical personnel - hospitals
2) essential services – groceries, petrol garages, pharmacies,
and lastly, but not the least: 3) the police. They are
responsible for law and order in any country, and every neighbourhood. No unnecessary travelling is allowed: no
crossing of borders via flights or any public transport.
Covid-19 have brought parts of the world to varying degrees of
standstill, leaving many without work and food – and hungry
people are dangerous people! Hungry people do not care about
the Covid-19 Virus. Almost overnight, the wealthiest people
started donating money, products and services, and charities
found extra reasons to spread some of their wealth and health to
everyone in need of the above – but it is still not enough! The
police is needed to keep people in line, ask you where you are
going, stop them from looting, stealing, and obeying the ‘new’
social- and lifestyle rules. When you see them, you should
kind* to them, thank them for ‘their service’, and calmly proceed
with whatever activity you deem necessary to combat this war
“Beauty knows no pain. Beauty only has
Looking better can make you feel better. Feeling
better attracts success. In the “old world” (#BC –
before Covid), the fastest makeover for anyone used to be
putting on lipstick to brighten your day, or enhance your
looks. It is still smiling, but now it will be covered up.
Today, or from today, your best makeover is to put on a mask.
Any mask. A designer mask, or one that you made yourself. Find
someone in your circle of friends or family who has a sewing
machine or knows how to “design” this new, fast and efficient
make-over for you, and put one on. Many trends will have to
change as our lifestyles really have changed for an
un-imaginable time. Make-up companies will set in motion
medical and more practical reasons for new products. We are
already beginning to cut our own hair, and soon people will get
married in a “new” traditional way and you will get to “Get up,
Dress up, Show up”. This is/was a famous #BC quote by journalist
and Author, Regina Brett, but she lived in a world where there was
no medical royalty acting as a dictator like HRL Clovidia. If
we are going to win this declared war on any terms (be it a war
while looking your best), it will be to add "Mask up*" to
her famous quote. If you can’t beat them,
join them… and then you beat them!
15 “To veil, or not to veil…”
It was when the worldly royal wedding of Princess
Beatrice was cancelled and postponed and the official Head of the
Common Wealth, Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth the 2nd was
‘sent’ into isolation at Windsor Castle in the UK, that the
world went into acceleration of their current deceleration.
The Olympics, Disneyland, Soccer-, Rugby-, Golf-, Tennis
tournaments (all major world events) were cancelled.
When Sport stars, Entertainment gurus and Presidents became
infected it was to many people as if the world was abandoned.
Eventually all events were put on hold. It was not only that
the streets were empty: The Churches were/are empty and
services. For the first time ever, the Pope had a lone mass
in St Peter's square, Italy, and seeing lone preaching outside
Notre Dame brought attention* to spiritual depravation. Mass
burials were/are taking place in many places all over the world
and private funerals are attended by 3 or 4 people. Right now,
even brides are talking about changing and replacing one of the
church’s most sacred rituals: Do we replace the veil with the
mask? This is where a reminder of spiritual, religious and
worldly values deserves mutual respectful mention: The veil has
always been a symbol or a throw-over to ‘protect’ the bride from
all evil: the kind of evil you cannot see (hint-hint)
therefore these values WILL remain.
16 “Too much is too much…”
The strangeness continued when South Africa
announced that all sales of liquor and cigarettes are
prohibited. It did not only stop, it was completely outlawed.
People took to social media and almost broke the internet with
complaints, jokes and misery. They had become so dependent on
these substances that they would sacrifice other worldly
possessions as long as ‘their’ drink, and ‘their' smokes do not
get held hostage. It is understandable that people’s values*
will celebrate towards the end, and that much
needed food money would be spent by addicts on these as ‘wrong’
essentials. Covid-19 is a major illness of the lungs,
therefore cigarettes should understandably be banned. It
is predicted that suicide rates increase
as people drink themselves into a stupor, but likewise it is
also true that people are/could be driven towards suicide if this
crutch in life) is not available. It is a catch 22 for many
people, but it remains important to remember, and support those
suffering. The soul of man sits not in the edge of
nothingness. It lies in the promise* what tomorrow
There WILL come a day filled with solitude, and while there are
not many answers in the world about the future of this virus,
wisdom comes from a famous quote from ‘the old world’: “All
will be fine in the end, and if things are not fine, it is not
the end.” It is not fine to dine without a great tasting wine.
17 “Love and respect yourself, treasure that feeling, and
share it with every single soul who passes you by…”
It is said that it is going to be a long time before there is a cure or a
vaccine for Covid-19, but some kind of relief
is already promised around the world. The secret may ly in
testing and containing, but how long you may ask?
Well, as long as it takes. Long enough. Long enough for us to
become aware of the more and most important things in life:
Health and friendships* - Purpose and living* - To love and to be
Sporting events will return, churches will re-open and red
carpets will come alive again. Even the Metropolitan Museum’s
Gala Event will celebrate victory, The Oscars will be awarded
and we will dress up for the Cannes' Film Festival again.
OBE's will be bestowed, and heroes will be noted. Choirs will get together and sing again, not only on
live… in real life, and like singer Virginia Lee promised in a
well known song produced after the second war. “We will meet
We WILL meet again. We will cut our own hair, keep washing our
hands and practice safe social distance. We will wear our facial
protections with pride, smile with our eyes, too. We will put on our Saturday
and Sunday bests, and celebrate life with those we care and
respect and love.
“The proof of the pooding is in the eating…”
South Africa is mentioned by the WHO (World Health Organization)
as one of the countries so far that is handling the Covid-19
pandemic the best. It may be because we have the right leaders,
and that we had a head start by seeing, watching and
experiencing what other countries do. It may also be that their
winters are almost over and ours are merely starting. But. We
happened to see (and still do) how they made/make mistakes and how
they return to ‘normal life’. We can see that it will be a new
normal and a return to old world values*. Many of us may like
it, and some may not, but one thing is certain:
WE WILL BE TESTED. Large gatherings like the
Durban July is one of SA’s most overcrowded events annually.
Nothing stops you from dreaming up a gorgeous outfit or
fantastic masked appearance, but rather prepare to stun on Zoom
and not amoung 1000’s of people. Our country’s return to
economical fortitude is divided into stages: a 25 day lockdown
became a 32 day lockdown. This was ‘phase 5’ and some parts of
the country are already in phase 4 and phase 3 is looming. It is an unknown the world
over whether there will ever be a phase 1.
19 “For only when one door closes, another can open…”
I, as a co-author of HRL Clovidia’s ‘short’ story, prefer to
see future success as “the marvel at the centre of us as human
beings”. The collective strength at the core of our thinking.
The power we already possess as a collective. Our souls*. Together in
‘that place’ where what-we-need and what-we-want is exactly the
We will be victorious - with or without minor changes to our
lifestyles on earth - and that victory shall belong to everyone.
The way we meet, where we meet and how we meet shall be
different, but it remains our choice if the differences we adapt
are good ones.
IF we declare it so!
"Simon Rademan succeeds
brilliantly in combining the material facts of Covid-19, with
the fabric of his imagination, to create his latest masterpiece,
the delightful, transforming character, HRL Clovidia. One
feels inspired to emerge from this enforced solitude,
triumphantly." - Aleta Michaletos,
International Award Winning Artist)
The Covid-19 virus - from the
Corona family of viruses - is only powerful because we do not know enough about
anything else in life we fear, we should simply name our fear
and face our fear. HRL Novelle Clovidia Wuhaa’an, is a
cartoon and fictional character of the current threat. But
health threat is real.
... We should get to know it
very well, and acknowledge it.
... We should understand what makes it
powerful, brutal and fatal.
... We should respect it, and take the
Untill then: we shall learn to
* Change is as hard as you make it
If it is
this information may steer you towards
choices for a safer NEW lifestyle.
It it is
work - with minor adaption,
there will be loads of new jobs out there.
If it is
money - you already possess
most of the values no money in the world can buy.
This short story touched on many of them, but in case you
missed it, here are some of them: Inner
beauty – Truth – Loyalty – Respect – Confidence – Wisdom –
Love - Mindfulness – Manners – a Friendship –Purpose –
Talent – Style - Happiness – and now we have to use time …
Lowness, Novelle Clovidia Wuhaa'an meets Suhrinah from
After 140 days of 'partial lockdown', South Africa is downgraded
to level 2, opening up liquor stores and making sales of
sigarettes legal again - and schools re0open on the 150'th day.
The 3 w's become our only survival kit: #WashingHands, #WaitingInLine,
#WearingAMask. It also became HRL Clovidia's demise: one we are
completely in control of, and filling the human race with
normal is not new..."
As the world
slowly returns to “a new normal”, HRL Clovidia is continuing to
fight the battle between good and evil. Her reign as a supreme
“royal” over Covid-19 affairs and NOT the Corona family in its
entirety may soon come to an end. The flu is also from the
corona family of virusses, and we as a collective have adapted
to the WWW rule:
With this in mind, even the flu
will be lesser of a threat in following seasons around the
Due to HRL Clovidia’s nosiness on
behalf of the Covid-19 part of the Corona Virus, this pandemic
has infected and affected millions of lives, killed 100’s of
thousands of lives, closed uncountable businesses, taken away
the magic of the printed industry… but while the only constant
really is change, the future is yours to celebrate.
is never final..."
After 150 days of partial
lockdown, South Africa opens its schools, Liquor stores, and
sales of tobacco.
Public gatherings are limited to
50 people or less, and SKY news reports more than 170 000
weddings have been cancelled in England alone during the 5 month
stretch of the Pandemic.
At the time of publish,
great promise of treatments are looming and HRL Clovidia are
running scared on behalf of the entire Covid-19 family:
“I may be the only one in the entire world who
knows how I can be tamed or killed right now, but remember:
Simon Rademan is merely speculating with regards to what the
world has/has not found out yet. The world is filled with #BetterKnowers,
but while some have come close to a solution, it is up to you
mere mortals to do everything you can to get me stopped….”
with the old, In with the new…"
More than 170 applications have
been introduced by the WHO (world Health Organization) in the
race for a possible vaccine.
Russia was the first to
announce their ‘breakthrough’, with China, India and
several other countries following.
The end of the pandemic is in
sight, and soon we will celebrate the ‘death’ and human control
over yet another virus.
R.I.P. HRL Clovidia
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