David Reyne isn’t letting self-isolation restrictions — in place because of the coronavirus crisis — keep him down. Instead the Getaway presenter is tackling the new-normal with his trademark humour and poetic flare.
He’s discovered a new favourite snack, found a way to deal with his local swimming pool being closed and done a little too well with a DIY project. But after being rendered unproductive by a podcast he enjoyed, he’s not keen on listening to anymore. And he’s doing it all in a three-piece suit — or is he?
Here he reveals how he’s been keeping busy while staying home:
TV shows I’m bingeing: Atypical, a Netflix series based around Sam, a teenager on the autism spectrum. It’s touching, revealing, funny and beautifully heartfelt.
Sex Education, also Netflix. Don’t let the title fool you, this is brilliant. The central character, Otis, the son of a somewhat wacky sex therapist, navigates life at high school having been coerced by other students into giving a little love-life advice of his own. A touch confronting, poetically awkward, poignant, hilarious, magnificently written, directed and acted. An all-time classic.
What I want to watch next: The Test on Amazon Prime, a series tracing the scandal, the fallout and the rise of the Australian cricket team following the ‘sandpaper event’. I’m intrigued to see just how a team so morally questionable and thoroughly vilified, managed to chart a course from the very lowest ebb, to what would’ve seemed an unlikely position back on top and in such a short time.
What I’ve always wanted to watch but haven’t had the time until now: The entire run of Breaking Bad. On a number of occasions I’d find myself in a hotel bed somewhere in the world, dealing with jet-lag by watching television. Often I wouldn’t even know what it was I was watching, but each time I’d find myself absolutely riveted, spellbound and pretty much overwhelmed, it’d turn out to be an episode of Breaking Bad. I now need to watch the lot. I’m bracing myself.
What I’m re-watching: I like to watch the nightly news. Although it’s a new bulletin each night, each bulletin seems like a re-run. Same old topic… coronavirus!
What shows my castmates have recommended: Catriona Rowntree keeps recommending Getaway on Nine, 5.30pm Saturdays, and although I always avoid watching myself for fear of a severe psychotic reaction, she’s right. Fabulous armchair travel for a time when travel can only be dreamt about. It’s part-fantasy, part-escape, part-wish list and part-planning for when borders reopen.
Most surprising iso TV discovery: I’ve discovered I can watch pretty much anything I like, whenever I like. It’s amazing. This ‘iso’ thing is turning me into such a modern, tech savvy guy.
My preferred binge-watching snack: Cheezels. They are the food equivalent of Texas Crude. As the oil price plummets, so too the cheezels price. Or have they always been this inexpensive? How can they make them so cheaply? And not only are they of a truly functional design allowing fingers to slip easily through each, they haven’t held back on the cheesiness. They’re also gluten-free. Practically a health food. Who would’ve thought?
Book I’m reading: I’ve always been a big fan of Clive James, of his television work, of his writing and of his wit. But his poetry, wow. A true, modern great. I’m reading Injury Time, a collection of poems written in his remaining days as he faced up to his approaching demise…
“Time to pack up this packet and forget it.
“The past would overwhelm me if I let it.
“The clock ticks like a bomb. I didn’t set it.
“Let’s just say there’s a deadline and I met it.”
Podcast I’m listening to: The first podcast I ever listened to was Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin. Firstly, Alec has the voice. It’s like when honey meets melted chocolate. Secondly, he’s an incredibly intelligent guy but he’s also Alec Baldwin the actor, so he’s able to convince absolutely anybody to be on his podcast. I would find myself sitting in the car, in the driveway, unable to get out until Alec was finished. I’d be there for hours. He’s fabulously entertaining and informative but he was causing me to be totally unproductive. I don’t want to discover any more podcasts.
Hobbies I’ve taken up: Normally I like to swim laps but they’ve closed the local pool. I’ve discovered I’m all at sea without water, if you get my drift, so I now hit the beach first thing and dive in. I live on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s really, really cold!
DIY project I’m attempting: I’ve been cleaning the deck with a Gerni, a water pressure thingy. It was taking ages. Then the pressure build up in the hose blew the tap fitting so I had to replace that. I did such a good job on the deck, I’ve taken the surface right back to the timber so now I’ll have to re-stain it. Before I do though, I think I’m going to have to sand it. I wish I never started. Damn!
People I’m FaceTiming the most: My wife has discovered Zoom. She loves to ‘zoom’. Every time I sit down to dinner there seems to be three or four others joining us, all crammed into little boxes on the screen of the laptop at the other end of the table. It’s driving me crazy. Heaven forbid somebody wants to talk at the same time as someone else. It all goes quiet. Then everybody tries to talk again. Then it all goes quiet again.
Go-to iso outfit: Three-piece Armani suit, of course. Success is never final, failure is never fatal, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how good you looked.
How else are you spending your days? What are you doing to maintain a sense of ‘normal’ during this time? I’m spending today filling in a questionnaire. I’ll maintain a sense of normal when I finish!
Getaway airs Saturdays at 5.30pm on Nine. Catch up on the latest episodes on 9Now.