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Stephen Fry's hopeful message to Norfolk schools: "Don't feel inadequate because of social media"

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Stephen Fry has urged school staff in Norfolk not to feel “inadequate” during the Uk’s third lockdown.

The actor, writer and television presenter, who has a home in West Bilney, sent a message to staff at two academy trusts in the county in an attempt to boost morale among the key workers.

One was St Benet’s Multi-Academy Trust that has schools in South Norfolk.

Stephen Fry launching the 800th anniversary celebrations at the Buttercross. (44214686)
Stephen Fry launching the 800th anniversary celebrations at the Buttercross. (44214686)

Richard Cranmer, its chief executive, said: “His words should provide reassurance to all of us that those feelings are normal, and to be kind to ourselves.”

Stephen said that people should not compare themselves adversely to those they see doing “all that baking and exercising” on social media.

Stephen wrote: “Don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking that you’re somehow ‘failing’ or ‘getting lockdown wrong’.

“It can be off-putting submitting oneself to the window of social media through which other people’s lives can seem so healthy, happy and efficient.

“All that baking and exercising that other people are doing - it can make one feel inadequate.”

Staff responded by saying that his message was “inspiring”

He said everyone was getting through lockdown “in our own way” which for most meant “good days, OK days, bad days and awful days”.

“Let oneself have those bad days without feeling guilty and letting self-annoyance make them worse.”

Oliver Burwood, chief executive of DNEAT said:

“At a time when everyone is working so hard, these words of positive support will mean so much and will help everyone to keep going.”

The star said he was spending lockdown reading historical novels, watching old TV series and Crime dramas, listening to music while drinking ‘pints and pints’ of oat milk to boost his mood.

His new historical book Troy:Greek myths re-imagined, is out this summer.

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