Anjum Ali Saiyad answers to the most common COVID-19 and pandemic-related questions
Anjum Ali Saiyad answers to the most common COVID-19 and pandemic-related questions

Anjum Ali Saiyad is a London blogger focusing on life in lockdown and how we’re living with COVID-19. In this blog he’s looking at commonly asked questions about the novel coronavirus…

COVID-19 continues to dominate global headlines as the virus continues to spread. Local lockdowns are in force in many countries, with Governments constantly trying new measures to slow the pandemic and protect as many lives as possible.

According to the latest figures, there have been 1.13 million deaths from COVID-19 worldwide. Currently, the world is grappling with more than 41.2 million cases with some of the hardest hit countries…


Anyone else excited about the return of live sport?

Live sport returns: your guide to the latest developments by Anjum Ali Saiyad
Live sport returns: your guide to the latest developments by Anjum Ali Saiyad

Anjum Ali Saiyad, a twenty-something student based in London, certainly is. He’s a regular blogger and a huge sports fan. Here, he gives us his take on the return of live sports events around the world.

2020 was all set to be an incredible year of sport. A great Premier League season wrapping up. The European Championships. The Tokyo Olympics. Wimbledon. A long hot summer of cricket. But thanks to Covid-19, it has been a washout.

The UK Government is now allowing live sport to return. And many sports have successfully…


I’m so excited that the Premier League is back! I’ve always been a huge fan and not watching live games during lockdown was tough. I enjoyed listening to some great sports podcasts, but it is great that the season is now back up and running.

The Premiership returns

With the restart on 17 June, it was the first live Premier League action since March. There is still plenty to play for, so here are my key takeaways from what we’ve seen so far!

1. Football, with a difference

The game might be the same, but with empty stands the Premier…


Anjum Ali Saiyad — pubs are reopening
Anjum Ali Saiyad — pubs are reopening

Anjum Ali Saiyad is a twenty-something student living in London, who has been keeping busy and others entertained with regular blogs about life during lockdown. Like most of us, he’s celebrating the news that pubs are reopening post-lockdown.

that pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés are reopening is great news — not just for drinkers but for business owners too. It will be a different experience and a long way from what we’re used to, but at least pubs are reopening!

Pubs will also keep a temporary list of customers, just in case there’s an outbreak, to make tracing people easier…


We all have good and bad days as we try to get through lockdown. But what are the best ways to look after your mental health during lockdown?

How to look after your mental health during lockdown

If you’re struggling, you’re not alone. I know from all my social media feeds that many people are finding this time difficult. The restrictions have eased a little recently, but we’re still living in a world where it’s easy to feel isolated, disconnected, there’s a whole host of emotions right now.

Which is why I want to share some of my tips for…


Sports are back — Anjum Ali Saiyad on everything you need to know
Sports are back — Anjum Ali Saiyad on everything you need to know

Anjum Ali Saiyad is a twenty-something student living in London, who blogs regularly about things to do during life in lockdown. Like the rest of us, he’s thrilled that sports are back. Here’s his guide to everything you need to know.

It’s the announcement that sports fans on lockdown up and down the county have been waiting for. Sports are back. The UK Government has now given the go ahead for live sports to resume — albeit under strict safety guidelines.

Which sports are back?

Bringing back live sports is a bit complicated. Just think of all the different factors that need to be…


Whether you’re living alone or with friends or family, looking after your mental health during lockdown can be a seriously challenging. Long days stuck indoors, isolation and worries about the world falling apart around you? Yes, I’ve had days like that too.

Looking after your mental health during lockdown

And I know from all my social media feeds that a lot of people are finding this tough. Even though the restrictions have eased a bit, we’re still living in a world where it’s easy to start feeling isolated and down if you’re not careful. …


Anjum Ali Saiyad

is a huge fan of esports tournaments. He is a twenty-something student living in London, who blogs regularly about things to do during life in lockdown.

If you’re a sports or gaming fan who is missing a bit of healthy competition, then esports tournaments are just what you’re looking for. Londoner Anjum Ali Saiyad is a big fan — here he gives us his guide to getting started in the world of esports tournaments.

Esports explained

First things first — what are ‘esports’? And do they have to be sports-based games?

“Basically, esports is any competitive video gaming,” explains…


Anjum Ali Saiyad best bingeworthy lockdown TV
Anjum Ali Saiyad best bingeworthy lockdown TV

Loads of us are looking for some escapism during lockdown — and some of the best bingeworthy lockdown TV recommendations.

There’s some seriously heavyweight TV bingeing going on in my house right now. From dark and twisted dramas to excellent comedy, we’re pretty much covering everything!

The best bingeworthy lockdown TV

We’re going to be here for a while. Here’s my pick of the best bingeworthy lockdown TV…

An apocalyptic tale, this series follows the story of the shocking nuclear disaster that took place in Ukraine in 1986. It’s told as seen through the eyes of the people who dealt with it. If (like me)…


Anjum Ali Saiyad — sport podcasts
Anjum Ali Saiyad — sport podcasts

Sport podcasts are a social and sporting lifeline for many of us during lockdown right now. The Premiership is stalled, the cricket season hasn’t started, and Tokyo 2020 is now Tokyo 2021. To be honest, the Belarusian Premier League just isn’t doing it for me right now.

But what is keeping me going during these long days are some of the seriously good sport podcasts that are out there at the moment.

The best sport podcasts to get you through lockdown

So here are my top 10 sport podcasts to keep you entertained through lockdown.

Who doesn’t love Peter Crouch? He’s a cult figure among football fans — a…

Anjum Ali Saiyad

I’m Anjum Ali Saiyad, and I’m a Londoner blogging about things to do during life in lockdown. https://www.anjumalisaiyad.co.uk/

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