.In the battle against coronavirus, technology has often proved invaluable: online food shopping, video calls and the latest streaming services have all been used to help people cope with self-isolation.
In Ripon, however, something rather more rudimentary is being deployed in one neighbourhood: coloured card notes.
Elderly residents in the North Yorkshire town are placing the red and green slips in their windows to tell others if they need help.Green means those inside are fine. Red means they require some sort of assistance, be that medication, shopping or transportation.
Some clarification is necessary I think (thanks to mods for reopening this).
They are handwritten numbers on A4 paper, usually three digits long and seemingly random, and fixed to people's windows.
It is something I noticed on the house opposite mine, then taking a walk round the neighbourhood I noticed the same thing in many windows.
I have asked around and someone thinks it's a teddy bear hunt. Maybe it's just local to my town as I asked my girlfriend who lives 40 miles away and she wasn't aware of it either. I thought it may have been a national phenomenon but apparently not.
It seems that it may have. I’ve noticed a lot of rainbows in windows around me - apparently to make an urban walk with children more interesting.It's just been confirmed to me to be a teddy bear hunt for children and adults out for their walks. The windows are supposed to display teddies too but I have to say I didn't spot many of those; there again I wasn't particularly looking for them.
Maybe the idea can catch on....?
Could it be the last three digits of their landline if anybody wants to contact them by phone to check if they are alright. Locals already knowing the first three digits for phone numbers in that area?
Bit of a long-shot mind