Matt Damon describes ‘fairy tale’ lockdown life in Ireland

Actor Matt Damon watches Game 5 of baseball’s World Series in Los Angeles, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo)
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Updated 15 May 2020

Matt Damon describes ‘fairy tale’ lockdown life in Ireland

  • The Hollywood star and his family were in Dublin, where he had been filming Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, before travel restrictions were imposed worldwide
  • Damon praised Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is a qualified medical doctor, for working at hospitals one day a week

LONDON: Matt Damon has described living in Ireland during the country’s coronavirus lockdown as like being in a “fairy tale” during a surprise radio interview.
The Hollywood star and his family were in Dublin, where he had been filming Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel,” before travel restrictions were imposed worldwide. The family has been staying in the affluent Dalkey suburb, where celebrities including Bono have homes, since filming was shut down.
Local residents have spotted the actor out and about, and local radio station SPIN 1038 tried for weeks to track him down and get him to come on air.
In an interview Wednesday, Damon also revealed that his eldest daughter Alexia was diagnosed with COVID-19 while at college in New York, but she “got through it fine.”
“Obviously what’s going on in the world is horrible, but I’m with my whole family, I’ve got my kids,” he told SPIN 1038.
“Even in the lockdown, they’re like, ‘you got to stay within two kilometers of your house.’ Two kilometers here, there’s trees and forests and woods and ocean and I can’t think of any place you’d rather want to be in a two-kilometer radius of,” he said. “It feels a bit, you know, like a fairy tale here.”
Damon also praised Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is a qualified medical doctor, for working at hospitals one day a week.
“I mean, what a badass. That’s just on another level,” he said.
Damon said he and his family will return to Los Angeles to reunite with their eldest daughter when they can leave Ireland.


Taj Mahal damaged in deadly India thunderstorm

Updated 31 May 2020

Taj Mahal damaged in deadly India thunderstorm

  • India’s top tourist attraction has been shut since mid-March as part of measures to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic

AGRA, India: A deadly thunderstorm that rolled across parts of northern India damaged sections of the Taj Mahal complex, including the main gate and a railing running below its five lofty domes, officials said Sunday.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, India’s top tourist attraction has been shut since mid-March as part of measures to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic.
AFP images showed workers assessing the railing of the main mausoleum, after the storm on Friday night battered Agra city in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
“One sandstone railing which was a part of the original structure has been damaged,” Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, said.
“One marble railing which was a later addition, a false ceiling in the tourist holding area and the base stone of the main gate has also been damaged.”
He added there was no damage to the main structure of the monument to love — built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth in 1631.
Local media reports said thunderstorms and lightning on Friday killed at least 13 people in two Uttar Pradesh districts.
Fatal lightning strikes are relatively common during the June-October monsoon season.
Last year, at least 150 people were killed by lightning in August and September in Madhya Pradesh state in central India.