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Title: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 20, 2020, 07:45:42 pm
In the midst of a sea of shite, death, boredom and horror, this is a thread for the surprising and unexpected bonuses of the current viral fuckfest. I'll start...

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 20, 2020, 07:48:07 pm
Ooooh the discordant clanging dirge of the local campanologist twats who disturb every friday evening until 9pm (9pm!!!) seems to not be happening tonight

Result
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hellymedic on March 20, 2020, 07:50:10 pm
Much less noisy traffic past our bedroom window.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 20, 2020, 07:52:35 pm
I get to sleep in my own bed far more often
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: FifeingEejit on March 20, 2020, 07:55:34 pm
Decently busy at work.
I expect this to change...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hubner on March 20, 2020, 07:56:10 pm
I can get a seat on the train, with either side of me empty as well (continuous row of seats along the carriage facing inwards).
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Canardly on March 20, 2020, 07:56:59 pm
No aircraft noise.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 20, 2020, 07:58:52 pm
Except Stealth bombers, if you live here
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Auntie Helen on March 20, 2020, 07:59:50 pm
Possible delaying of Brexit - if it happens after 01.04.2021 I can get dual British/German citizenship.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Ian H on March 20, 2020, 08:05:21 pm
Ooooh the discordant clanging dirge of the local campanologist twats who disturb every friday evening until 9pm (9pm!!!) seems to not be happening tonight

Result

I like bells.  When I lived within earshot I would open the windows to listen.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: canny colin on March 20, 2020, 08:11:19 pm
Working men's club shut .No karaoke , No pissheads shouting good night at midnight . No fucking droning bingo calling on sunday afternoon . No auld biddys blocking the street waiting to pick up the old man . No abandoned taxis ( the club gets used as an unofficial taxi office ). I can get a parking spot outside my house . The club sold their car park because it was not kneaded . My arse     
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: offcumden on March 20, 2020, 08:12:23 pm
The probable cancellation of our holiday in France late May to mid-June will mean veggie sowing and planting can proceed uninterrupted. And our chances of a varied diet of fresh fruit and veg is improved.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: offcumden on March 20, 2020, 08:17:30 pm
Ooooh the discordant clanging dirge of the local campanologist twats who disturb every friday evening until 9pm (9pm!!!) seems to not be happening tonight

Result

By government decree the sound of hand bells will henceforth be accompanied by cries of "Unclean, unclean!"
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Wowbagger on March 20, 2020, 08:17:44 pm
The cough I developed 4 days ago persuaded my dear wife to move into the spare room.

My cough got better.  :demon:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: canny colin on March 20, 2020, 08:18:35 pm
Folks  Agreeing about the use E-bikes on Audax events . Agreement about Audax matters  on this forum  !!!! I Feel a bit faint  .
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Wowbagger on March 20, 2020, 08:20:17 pm
Ooooh the discordant clanging dirge of the local campanologist twats who disturb every friday evening until 9pm (9pm!!!) seems to not be happening tonight

Result

By government decree the sound of hand bells will henceforth be accompanied by cries of "Unclean, unclean!"

We have a "rag & bone man" who patrols the streets whilst his sidekick rings a handbell out of the pickup truck's passenger window. It was a sufficiently sunny morning that we had the patio doors open.

I shouted (and I am very good at shouting) "Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!"

I hope he heard me.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 20, 2020, 08:20:56 pm
Except Stealth bombers, if you live here

Or ospreys and F15s if you live here,
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on March 20, 2020, 08:23:09 pm
No football.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on March 20, 2020, 08:23:14 pm
Except Stealth bombers, if you live here

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on March 20, 2020, 08:23:45 pm
They're not very stealthy if you can hear them.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rob on March 20, 2020, 08:24:22 pm
Backing training off has meant that I have been able to visit an osteopath and a physio and address some niggles.  Working from home means I can do this during the day.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on March 20, 2020, 08:24:34 pm
Have we had that Weatherspoons C*nt yet?  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 20, 2020, 08:38:51 pm

The cough I developed 4 days ago persuaded my dear wife to move into the spare room.

My cough got better.  :demon:


Meanwhile, elsewhere...


The cough he developed 4 days ago 'persuaded' me to move into the spare room.

His cough got better.  :demon:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Morat on March 20, 2020, 08:51:49 pm
After three years of feeling guilty for imposing 3 years of after school club on my 8yo son, I get to spend lots of time with him before he grows up.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Wowbagger on March 20, 2020, 08:59:12 pm
The Railway Hotel (anag: Hot Willy Area), run by socially responsible Green Party chaps, closed a few night ago. However, they have been busy.

https://www.facebook.com/RailwayHotelSouthend/

They have started to broadcast lives streams of bands playing to an empty bar.

They have started to sell beer online, delivered to your door, Southend area only.

I have just ordered 4 pints of Ghost Ship for £10.

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 20, 2020, 09:29:36 pm
Question from Cdzzmc Jnr: Have there been any cases in space? Is the ISS the only place in the world where there is absolutely no coronavirus?
Which of course leads to the question, is a space station part of the world?
And then: will the return to Earth of the astronauts currently up there be delayed in case they catch it back here? And what steps will they take to make sure the next crew, and everything they take with the, are absolutely 100% virus-free?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Phil W on March 20, 2020, 09:43:51 pm
The CoronaVirus isn’t everywhere. A number of  island nations are currently virus free. So no, ISS isn’t the only place currently free of it.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Adam on March 20, 2020, 10:00:38 pm
My bike shop is suddenly very busy, with people dragging in their rusty heaps of bikes which have sat untouched in their garages for several years, and asking for them to be serviced so that they can go out for a bike ride, whilst social distancing themselves.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Canardly on March 20, 2020, 10:15:36 pm
I have noticed neighbours riding BSOs in increasing numbers.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Phil W on March 20, 2020, 10:22:23 pm
It’s also a way of saving money as money will get increasingly tight for many.  A bike is a cheap way of getting around.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Davef on March 20, 2020, 10:31:03 pm
Based on an advisory video I just watched called “the walking dead” (I feel “coping with corona” would be a more upbeat title) the main things seems to be possessing firearms, preferably automatic ones.


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Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Kim on March 20, 2020, 10:42:58 pm
Question from Cdzzmc Jnr: Have there been any cases in space? Is the ISS the only place in the world where there is absolutely no coronavirus?

I know this one:  The astronauts spend a couple of weeks in quarantine, undergoing plenty of Tedious Medical Tests before launch, because nobody wants them getting sick (of anything) in space.

There will be plenty of places on earth that won't have any coronavirus, because they're inhospitable to the animals that carry it.


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Which of course leads to the question, is a space station part of the world?

I suspect you'll get different answers depending on whether you ask passport control, the tax man, or the people responsible for shooting at interlopers in their nation's airspace.  I believe the general consensus is that orbiting objects aren't 'in' the country they're flying over at the time.

Ob-xkcd: https://xkcd.com/713/
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 20, 2020, 10:51:06 pm
That's more or less what I said to him. The ascending astronauts and everything they take them with them will tested and then quarantined for 14 days (or whatever the time is).
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on March 20, 2020, 10:59:03 pm
I think more importantly, have there been any cases in Germany's Big Brother?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 20, 2020, 11:42:31 pm
Nothing else matters once you start watching this :

https://twitter.com/Barcajim3/status/1241145092125196293?s=20
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: FifeingEejit on March 20, 2020, 11:57:58 pm
Except Stealth bombers, if you live here
Hrm, we had them too...
Theres some sort of exercise going on, arbroath was flooder with marines who promptly go on an ark ad disappeared out into the North sea the other day.

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Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Andy64 on March 21, 2020, 01:21:29 am
That'll be this
https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/operations/united-kingdom/exercise-joint-warrior

Typically, there were the doomsayers and retards on FB claiming the army were coming, martial law etc  ::-)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Basil on March 21, 2020, 01:33:19 am
Instead of having to have inane 'chats' with other dog emptiers in the park, we now wave as we pass at a safe distance.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 21, 2020, 05:32:39 am
Eastenders stopped.

Just need to deal with the Archers now...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Fast Bill on March 21, 2020, 05:47:45 am
Eastenders stopped.

Just need to deal with the Archers now...

If only .... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on March 21, 2020, 07:38:54 am
I claimed a £180 refund on the season ticket I no longer need the other day. If this goes on long enough, I might be able to afford to buy a new bike.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on March 21, 2020, 08:01:37 am
Possible delaying of Brexit - if it happens after 01.04.2021 I can get dual British/German citizenship.

I press me the thumbs.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Beardy on March 21, 2020, 12:32:55 pm
Ooooh the discordant clanging dirge of the local campanologist twats who disturb every friday evening until 9pm (9pm!!!) seems to not be happening tonight

Result
The church wasn’t there when you moved in?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 21, 2020, 12:42:19 pm
Yes it was, but I dont know if you've noticed this but times change.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on March 21, 2020, 01:24:51 pm
The church bells here chime every 15 min, but we're usually too far away to hear them unless the wind is right.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: PeteB99 on March 21, 2020, 01:31:37 pm
With any luck this summers 2 week tennis fest will be cancelled. Don't get me wrong I've nothing against tennis as such, if people want to get together in private and play tennis I'm cool with that. I'm just not interested myself and don't see why it should be the lead item in every news bulletin. Even football doesn't get that kind of concentrated coverage.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 21, 2020, 01:53:08 pm
Yes it was, but I dont know if you've noticed this but times change.
Ringing the changes. And the peals.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hubner on March 21, 2020, 02:33:13 pm
With any luck this summers 2 week tennis fest will be cancelled. Don't get me wrong I've nothing against tennis as such, if people want to get together in private and play tennis I'm cool with that. I'm just not interested myself and don't see why it should be the lead item in every news bulletin. Even football doesn't get that kind of concentrated coverage.

Let's hope the Olympics get the chop as well.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 21, 2020, 02:34:37 pm
My garden should look pretty cool this year  :thumbsup:

<looks over to wife>
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 21, 2020, 02:40:01 pm
All this WFH means I can order loads of bulky shit off the Internet, and I'll be in for delivery.

Saving a fortune on the rapacious shop prices at work, too.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Polar Bear on March 21, 2020, 03:29:00 pm
Let's hope WFH is seen as viable thus reducing travel, congestion and pollution longer term.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on March 21, 2020, 03:35:02 pm
All this WFH means I can order loads of bulky shit off the Internet, and I'll be in for delivery.

Saving a fortune on the rapacious shop prices at work, too.

Yebbut will they deliver?  Deliverypersons here are beginning to get stroppy about Covid-19 exposure.  Also, stuff I ordered with delivery due on Thursday has yet to appear.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 21, 2020, 05:44:58 pm
With any luck this summers 2 week tennis fest will be cancelled. Don't get me wrong I've nothing against tennis as such, if people want to get together in private and play tennis I'm cool with that. I'm just not interested myself and don't see why it should be the lead item in every news bulletin. Even football doesn't get that kind of concentrated coverage.

Let's hope the Olympics get the chop as well.

I know someone who was first reserve on the US pursuit team for Montreal, then was selected for the Moscow games.  This is why he has been a Яepublican for the past forty years.  Be careful what you wish for ;)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rafletcher on March 21, 2020, 08:46:19 pm
With any luck this summers 2 week tennis fest will be cancelled. Don't get me wrong I've nothing against tennis as such, if people want to get together in private and play tennis I'm cool with that. I'm just not interested myself and don't see why it should be the lead item in every news bulletin. Even football doesn't get that kind of concentrated coverage.

Bollocks.  They’re STILL writing about football and footballers with none being played  >:(
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: tiermat on March 21, 2020, 09:43:59 pm
The major upside for me is that work sent us all to work from home a week Thursday gone. I'm going to be here for the foreseeable. Saves me somewhere in the region of £800 a month (travel, digs, food) with the bonus that I get to spend more time with the family.

Oh and the mysogenist git that I used to report to has handed his notice in. Bonus!
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hubner on March 21, 2020, 10:14:47 pm
With any luck this summers 2 week tennis fest will be cancelled. Don't get me wrong I've nothing against tennis as such, if people want to get together in private and play tennis I'm cool with that. I'm just not interested myself and don't see why it should be the lead item in every news bulletin. Even football doesn't get that kind of concentrated coverage.

Bollocks.  They’re STILL writing about football and footballers with none being played  >:(

You can easily ignore writing as almost all of it is confined to the back pages, but with shit like the Olympics/Wimbledon etc, they're regarded as main news by TV and radio.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: barakta on March 21, 2020, 10:15:09 pm
Let's hope WFH is seen as viable thus reducing travel, congestion and pollution longer term.

And is reasonable as an adjustment for those people who have been asking for WFH for years and years and told it was impossible!
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hubner on March 21, 2020, 10:17:19 pm
With any luck this summers 2 week tennis fest will be cancelled. Don't get me wrong I've nothing against tennis as such, if people want to get together in private and play tennis I'm cool with that. I'm just not interested myself and don't see why it should be the lead item in every news bulletin. Even football doesn't get that kind of concentrated coverage.

Let's hope the Olympics get the chop as well.

I know someone who was first reserve on the US pursuit team for Montreal, then was selected for the Moscow games.  This is why he has been a Яepublican for the past forty years.  Be careful what you wish for ;)

Who gives a...really? Hadn't they heard of the World's?

 ;D
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Davef on March 21, 2020, 10:19:47 pm
With any luck this summers 2 week tennis fest will be cancelled. Don't get me wrong I've nothing against tennis as such, if people want to get together in private and play tennis I'm cool with that. I'm just not interested myself and don't see why it should be the lead item in every news bulletin. Even football doesn't get that kind of concentrated coverage.
The Most Popular Sports in the World
Association Football (Soccer) - 4 Billion Fans. Association football,
Cricket - 2.5 Billion Fans. ...
Field Hockey - 2 Billion Fans. ...
Tennis - 1 Billion Fans. ...
Volleyball - 900 Million Fans. ...
Table Tennis - 875 Million Fans. ...
Basketball - 825 Million Fans. ...
Baseball - 500 Million Fans. ...


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Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Andy64 on March 22, 2020, 01:03:13 am
My colonoscopy appointment has been cancelled  :thumbsup:




They're sending out a new one in a few weeks :'(

(probably more fitting in the "Good news/Bad news " thread)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: tiermat on March 22, 2020, 06:06:18 am
Let's hope WFH is seen as viable thus reducing travel, congestion and pollution longer term.

And is reasonable as an adjustment for those people who have been asking for WFH for years and years and told it was impossible!

My thoughts / hopes exactly. Should be assisted by the last part of my previous post (he was the one blocking my working from home quote"you can apply for agile working but it would be a waste of your time ")
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 22, 2020, 08:31:34 am
I'm really getting jobs done in the house and garden.

Social distancing is great if you're vaguely misanthropic  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: De Sisti on March 22, 2020, 08:34:29 am

Let's hope WFH is seen as viable thus reducing travel, congestion and pollution longer term.

What is WFH?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on March 22, 2020, 08:38:20 am
Work From Home
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hubner on March 22, 2020, 09:00:39 am
Let's hope WFH is seen as viable thus reducing travel, congestion and pollution longer term.

I'd prefer LNW (live near work) as some work/jobs cannot be done at home.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Tim Hall on March 22, 2020, 09:28:40 am
Let's hope WFH is seen as viable thus reducing travel, congestion and pollution longer term.

I'd prefer LNW (live near work) as some work/jobs cannot be done at home.

True
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DPG0UVdX0AAp7KL?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Tim Hall on March 22, 2020, 09:42:49 am
All this WFH means I can order loads of bulky shit off the Internet, and I'll be in for delivery.

Saving a fortune on the rapacious shop prices at work, too.
Hah.  A couple of weeks ago, before all this got really serious, I bought a thing off phil w. Being clever, I thought I'd get it delivered to work, as it's not going to fit through my letter box. Then I get told I'm WFH. Some days pass. Parcel gets delivered to work, where I am not.
My teenaged boss says no bother he'll bring it home and leave it in his garage.  Yesterday I took a nice ride over to his place to find the box wasn't there. Arse.
Phone calls ensue later in the day. He's put it in his Monster Truck but hadn't taken it out. More messaging today. It's still in his Monster Truck and not made it into the garage.
Never mind, I had a nice pootle.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Polar Bear on March 22, 2020, 09:46:27 am
Working from home is massively under utilised in the UK simpky because management don't trust people to actually do the work.  Office culture is one of slacking, surfing, chatting, pointless meetings and generally not getting things done.  I suspect that productivity will not nosedive during this WFH phase yet back to the office, congestion and pollution we will inevitably go.

I agree that many jobs cannot be done from home but also that many can and now we have the opportunity to embrace this.

I am sure that some reading this will think that I am accusing all office workers of swinging the lead but this is not what I am saying.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hubner on March 22, 2020, 09:56:24 am
Fewer people commuting can only be a good thing, less crowded public transport for a start.

But it seems quieter roads mean people are driving in a even more shit manner than usual.

Good for getting a seat on the train/bus but worse for cycling.

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: phantasmagoriana on March 22, 2020, 10:57:31 am
Just managed to find actual toilet paper in Tesco (rationed to 1 pack per person, quite sensibly). Hopefully the people with hundreds of rolls stockpiled are now starting to leave some for the rest of us. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hatler on March 22, 2020, 11:10:35 am
I would think that the stress applied to the social welfare system and in particular by the increase of the number of people who become reliant upon Universal Credit, just might result in an improved system.

Not only will the numbers increase, but the profile of the people having to use it I suspect are more adept at raising concerns in the media (I'm thinking of the entertainment industry).
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on March 22, 2020, 11:34:57 am
Working from home is massively under utilised in the UK simpky because management don't trust people to actually do the work.

There's certainly an element of that at the company I currently work for. The MD is known for her micro-managing style - she has even been known to wait by the front door, taking a register, as a means of discouraging lateness.

However, much of the reluctance to allow working from home has been because we currently don't have the infrastructure to make it work easily. From what I understand, our servers are working on fairly old tech and remote connections are slow at the best of times - even when it's only a small number of people trying to access them. There's also a sense of paranoia about the nature of the work we do, which requires watertight practices to ensure confidentiality (hence even within the office there are very tight restrictions on who can access which servers).

Once it became apparent that it was likely to be a necessity for everyone to work from home, they started putting measures in place to ensure business could carry on as usual. Then it became apparent that it was going to come in sooner rather than later, so they accelerated the implementation, but with limited IT resources could hardly keep up with demand. Then last Monday the lockdown was imposed, and it has been clear this week that despite these efforts, we were not fully prepared as a company, with numerous glitches still to be ironed out.

After speaking to our main client this week, I do feel we're somewhat better prepared than them, though.

As a result of all this, I feel somewhat better disposed towards our company's stance on WFH as a general principle. The CEO said on our last day in the office that she didn't intend WFH to become the norm after this is all over, but she has already had her mind changed on a number of things, and she may have to face the reality of it becoming a necessity in future.

However, while the tech already exists to make WFH a practical possibility, many companies are in the same boat as mine, being reliant on out-of-date infrastructure, and transitioning may not be as straightforward as some imagine (see the ongoing AUK upgrade debacle for an example of some of the problems many organisations face).

Another reason for the reluctance to make WFH the norm is that the nature of the business we do relies on face-to-face communication. Even with all the tech in the world, collaborative working is still most efficient when everyone is in the same room. I know this from having spent four years working from home in my previous job. So again, I'm more or less on the bosses' side on this one.

So people being slackers who will bunk off at any opportunity is only a small part of the problem - that happens in any working environment, and being able to identify weak links and deal with them appropriately is down to good hands-on management.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: perpetual dan on March 22, 2020, 01:56:56 pm
After three years of feeling guilty for imposing 3 years of after school club on my 8yo son, I get to spend lots of time with him before he grows up.
My two teenagers are positively social (compared to normal). Poor sods, but nice for us.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Johnny Faro on March 22, 2020, 02:18:43 pm
I reckon all the gardens along my road, well as far as I can see will be immaculate or very productive
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 22, 2020, 04:05:21 pm
I went on a mission to get SO more Lucozade and orange juice.  I thought I'd go to Tesco in Ciren since it's usually a better bet than any of the Swindon shops.  The A419 was like a road from a car advert - almost completely empty!  I put the car into cruise control and it just stayed there from joining the road until the exit.

And Tesco had the stuff too.  There was even gin and tonic-flavoured liquid handwash, if I'd been desperate.  But I'm not that desperate and I have bars of soap.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rafletcher on March 22, 2020, 04:12:36 pm
Currently listening to my wife and a dozen others testing out a Zoom virtual Pilates class!  Chaos.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hatler on March 22, 2020, 04:35:21 pm
^ ^ Snap (sort of, not Pilates) ^ ^
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Pingu on March 22, 2020, 04:40:10 pm
With any luck this summers 2 week tennis fest will be cancelled. Don't get me wrong I've nothing against tennis as such, if people want to get together in private and play tennis I'm cool with that. I'm just not interested myself and don't see why it should be the lead item in every news bulletin. Even football doesn't get that kind of concentrated coverage.

Bollocks.  They’re STILL writing about football and footballers with none being played  >:(

You can easily ignore writing as almost all of it is confined to the back pages, but with shit like the Olympics/Wimbledon etc, they're regarded as main news by TV and radio.

Record the news and fast-forward through the sportsball, Iain Duncan Sith, the shitverts, etc.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rob on March 22, 2020, 04:44:56 pm
In my 20 odd year career I have rarely worked from home.  I’m a little old fashioned and prefer to walk round the room and talk to people as things need doing.  We did do a test about 3 weeks ago and it went fine, which is good as we were told not to come back in last Sunday night. 

There’s about 90 people in the London office so the network has not been particularly stretched.  I do miss talking to people and already hate Slack.  I do find a few things a little less efficient as I have missed a few prices when trying to deal on behalf of a client.  It hasn’t helped that the markets I work in have gone a little thin in the last week.

We are trying to exchange on the house, move out and relocate at the moment.   There is a small chance that the schools being shut will make this a bit more efficient and, possibly, cheaper.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 22, 2020, 08:35:51 pm
https://analogafrica.bandcamp.com/album/stay-safe-sound-ranil-selection-share-it
Music to stay safe and sound with.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 22, 2020, 09:36:15 pm
This year's Bank of England stress test has been canned.  If you work in the banking industry this is like being given three months of your life back.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hellymedic on March 22, 2020, 09:50:47 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 22, 2020, 09:52:33 pm
Quote
McDonald's employs around 120,000 people in the UK, the majority of which are on zero-hours contracts.

The chain did not say whether its staff would continue to be paid

Hmmm....
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Davef on March 22, 2020, 09:56:18 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604)
That is a big shock. It was bound to happen I suppose once the audaxes were cancelled. That has scuppered my “don’t worry about empty supermarkets eat McDonald’s” strategy


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Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rafletcher on March 22, 2020, 09:57:42 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604)
That is a big shock. It was bound to happen I suppose once the audaxes were cancelled. That has scuppered my “don’t worry about empty supermarkets eat McDonald’s” strategy


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IMO you shouldn’t be out anyway. YMMV.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hellymedic on March 22, 2020, 10:10:36 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604)
That is a big shock. It was bound to happen I suppose once the audaxes were cancelled. That has scuppered my “don’t worry about empty supermarkets eat McDonald’s” strategy
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IMO you shouldn’t be out anyway. YMMV.

^^^^ This
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Davef on March 22, 2020, 10:11:08 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604)
That is a big shock. It was bound to happen I suppose once the audaxes were cancelled. That has scuppered my “don’t worry about empty supermarkets eat McDonald’s” strategy


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IMO you shouldn’t be out anyway. YMMV.
I am working hard on my photosynthesis techniques. Until I succeed I need to consume food. I thought drive through McDonald’s less interactive than Tesco’s.


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Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: FifeingEejit on March 22, 2020, 10:13:30 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51999604)
That is a big shock. It was bound to happen I suppose once the audaxes were cancelled. That has scuppered my “don’t worry about empty supermarkets eat McDonald’s” strategy


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There goes my plan A for when all the local food merchants are shut and my lunch times are impossible to predict.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on March 22, 2020, 10:24:37 pm
I read that 30% of our food is bought in restaurants and take-aways.

So the supermarkets and food shops will have to ramp up a bit. Companies supplying to restaurants will suffer.

Click and collect: labour intensive
Home delivery: labour intensive
Customers pick stock and deliver it: the most efficient way of getting food to customers houses.

We wanted cheap and we've got it.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: tonycollinet on March 22, 2020, 10:29:10 pm
When out on (socially distanced) walks and rides over the weekend people have been very friendly. (From a distance :-) )

Local facebook groups are full of people offereing to help others out.

I'm genuinely hopeful that a positive outcome from this shitfest will be a kinder more caring society.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: fboab on March 22, 2020, 10:49:45 pm
I went on a mission to get SO more Lucozade and orange juice.  I thought I'd go to Tesco in Ciren since it's usually a better bet than any of the Swindon shops. 

The list of things they did not have at Tescos Ciren from No2Daughter was such that she actually said "if your co-op has loo roll, post it. I'm not even joking" and "it's a good job we live off chocolate because there IS NOTHING ELSE"
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: andrewc on March 22, 2020, 11:24:16 pm
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/mar/22/coronavirus-free-how-to-clean-your-mobile-phone


If only the Golgafrinchans had read the Guardian....      and a sensible reminder not to put it under running water  :facepalm:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: PaulF on March 23, 2020, 09:03:12 am
It's actually got my son out riding his bike.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Redlight on March 23, 2020, 10:14:38 am
This year's Bank of England stress test has been canned.  If you work in the banking industry this is like being given three months of your life back.

It hasn't really been canned - it's happening in real time.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rafletcher on March 23, 2020, 10:16:55 am
The view from my soon-to-be office last evening.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49689387188_ea053c6ccb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iGT6Ed)The view from my “office” (https://flic.kr/p/2iGT6Ed) by Richard Fletcher (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156993878@N08/), on Flickr

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on March 23, 2020, 11:08:44 am
This year's Bank of England stress test has been canned.  If you work in the banking industry this is like being given three months of your life back.

It hasn't really been canned - it's happening in real time.

Seems kind of like celebrating the routine fire drill being called off while your office burns down around you.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: FifeingEejit on March 23, 2020, 12:46:12 pm
We're to treat everyone we come across as if they have it, it's like a game of the floor is lava except its people are lava...

The bonus in that is I've got an office to myself, the bonus isn't to me though it's to the colleagues who no longer have to cope with me in their office.

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Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: davelodwig on March 23, 2020, 03:20:43 pm
I went on a mission to get SO more Lucozade and orange juice.  I thought I'd go to Tesco in Ciren since it's usually a better bet than any of the Swindon shops. 

The list of things they did not have at Tescos Ciren from No2Daughter was such that she actually said "if your co-op has loo roll, post it. I'm not even joking" and "it's a good job we live off chocolate because there IS NOTHING ELSE"

If she's in Ciren, Jolly nice on the road to Stroud has seasonal fruit and veg, eggs, milk and pheasant burgers.  It's farm shop prices though.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on March 23, 2020, 07:54:26 pm
Ssshh. It's a secret.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: fboab on March 23, 2020, 07:57:35 pm
Kemble. I'll let her know.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 23, 2020, 07:58:27 pm
Wouldnt go there myself.

Or Ciren.

Too many second-homers from London and skiers.

I drive around with a pitchfork in the boot now
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: fboab on March 23, 2020, 07:59:51 pm
She has black labs she can set on them.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Davef on March 23, 2020, 08:00:15 pm
Our shops seem back to normal today.


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Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 23, 2020, 08:01:22 pm
She has black labs she can set on them.

I've got a home-made flamethrower
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: fboab on March 23, 2020, 08:03:37 pm
Daughter says still no toilet roll, have you any knowledge on supply of that?


Speaking of toilet roll supplies, I've had to complain to one of our glass suppliers about a succession of late deliveries. When my rep investigated her transport department said the fleet was also used by a paper supplier and the trucks had been broken into. A whole new raft of excuses are becoming possible.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 23, 2020, 08:05:15 pm
Daughter says still no toilet roll, have you any knowledge on supply of that?

My fault.

I hijacked the Andrex lorry. Driver cooperated, so I didnt need to flame him.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Phil W on March 23, 2020, 08:18:12 pm
All this WFH means I can order loads of bulky shit off the Internet, and I'll be in for delivery.

Saving a fortune on the rapacious shop prices at work, too.
Hah.  A couple of weeks ago, before all this got really serious, I bought a thing off phil w. Being clever, I thought I'd get it delivered to work, as it's not going to fit through my letter box. Then I get told I'm WFH. Some days pass. Parcel gets delivered to work, where I am not.
My teenaged boss says no bother he'll bring it home and leave it in his garage.  Yesterday I took a nice ride over to his place to find the box wasn't there. Arse.
Phone calls ensue later in the day. He's put it in his Monster Truck but hadn't taken it out. More messaging today. It's still in his Monster Truck and not made it into the garage.
Never mind, I had a nice pootle.

Ha ha ha... Good to know it arrived anyway!
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: TheLurker on March 23, 2020, 09:59:03 pm
Air pollution is right down all around the world.  I expect it'll be back to "normal" all too soon though.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 23, 2020, 10:06:36 pm
Air pollution is right down all around the world.  I expect it'll be back to "normal" all too soon though.

Funnily enough, that is the one comment my mate in Bologna makes every time I phone him "The air here is really good"
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rafletcher on March 23, 2020, 10:20:34 pm
My alarm will be set back by 45 minutes, as I’ve no need to commute tomorrow. As long as my laptop is functional on the vpn by 08:30 I’m good.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 23, 2020, 10:57:52 pm
All my alarms are off

I have kids but the last thing they will want to do is wake me up
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on March 23, 2020, 11:03:12 pm
No clouds today.

That's because the planes aren't making them.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 24, 2020, 06:08:49 am
Air pollution is right down all around the world.  I expect it'll be back to "normal" all too soon though.

The cost of EU carbon allowances is down to €14 per tonne, it had been double that. Same thing happened during the credit crunch, only for a rebound.

Whilst this will have a big effect on both local air quality pollutants and GHG in the short term, one to two years, who thinks it will stay that way? This could be an opportunity to restructure how we go about some of our activities, but personally I think its likely to end up with a big rebound as people try to return to normal asap.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: chrisbainbridge on March 24, 2020, 07:30:18 am
I am hoping we will change but I am not holding my breath.

Personally we are saying no more long haul holidays but that does mean we do not hug our so. In. Radio again.

I think it will. E interesting to see who comes out of this thinner with a better diet and who comes out fatter.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 24, 2020, 09:12:20 am
My neighbour has a property development business. He's been saying for the last two years that he's going to take down the eyesore of a leylandii hedge aroun dmost of his property.  This year it might actually happen
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: tiermat on March 24, 2020, 10:27:47 am
My neighbour has a property development business. He's been saying for the last two years that he's going to take down the eyesore of a leylandii hedge aroun dmost of his property.  This year it might actually happen

That'll be interesting as most councils have closed their hwrcs.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: PeteB99 on March 24, 2020, 11:06:12 am
Day one of lockdown and I'm already browsing electric guitars.

Get thee behind me online shopping.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: phantasmagoriana on March 24, 2020, 11:19:56 am
I might actually get around to sanding and painting the spare room door, rather than just looking at it thinking how grotty it looks every time I walk past.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 24, 2020, 11:50:46 am
My neighbour has a property development business. He's been saying for the last two years that he's going to take down the eyesore of a leylandii hedge aroun dmost of his property.  This year it might actually happen

That'll be interesting as most councils have closed their hwrcs.

Big bonfire
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: matthew on March 24, 2020, 12:12:57 pm
No clouds today.

That's because the planes aren't making them.

Looks out window at sky where the only clouds I see are contrails.

Though the sky 20miles west of heathrow is strangely almost empty.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: telstarbox on March 24, 2020, 12:25:58 pm
I've lost a bit of weight.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 24, 2020, 01:12:58 pm
I seem to be living off chocolate
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: vorsprung on March 24, 2020, 01:50:27 pm
I'm making a chocolate chip banana bread cake
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Tim Hall on March 24, 2020, 02:11:15 pm
No clouds today.

That's because the planes aren't making them.

Looks out window at sky where the only clouds I see are contrails.

Though the sky 20miles west of heathrow is strangely almost empty.

Good view of the ISS down my last night. I emailed my scouts to get them to have a look and set them a couple of questions (height of orbit, crew members). I had a shaky hand held phone video of a dot in the sky sent in by one of them as part of their answer. 
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: CommuteTooFar on March 24, 2020, 02:38:05 pm
We have brighter sun light.  (Less global dimming)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Wowbagger on March 24, 2020, 02:43:11 pm
I am told that the air in Maidstone actually smells clean.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on March 24, 2020, 02:49:38 pm
Almost complete absence of the sound of twos-and-blues.  Especially in the rush hours they were so common that I didn't realise how frequent they were until now when there aren't any.  None yesterday, nor today. 

I guess with so  little traffic there's no need.

On my trip to the chemist I saw this ped going to cross at the pelican.  Without looking he pressed the button; the road was completely empty but for the single car who was obliged to stop and wait for him.  He didn't seem to have any sensory problems otherwise.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jurek on March 24, 2020, 03:27:52 pm
No clouds today.

That's because the planes aren't making them.

Looks out window at sky where the only clouds I see are contrails.

Though the sky 20miles west of heathrow is strangely almost empty.

Good view of the ISS down my last night. I emailed my scouts to get them to have a look and set them a couple of questions (height of orbit, crew members). I had a shaky hand held phone video of a dot in the sky sent in by one of them as part of their answer.
I might have to have a gander at that myself this evening.
Heavens Above is predicting a favourable trajectory over Londres Sud
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Wombat on March 24, 2020, 03:33:09 pm
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/mar/22/coronavirus-free-how-to-clean-your-mobile-phone


If only the Golgafrinchans had read the Guardian....      and a sensible reminder not to put it under running water  :facepalm:

I usually wash mine under the tap!  It does it no harm, as its more than sufficiently water resistant.  When its time to replace it (luckily its still holding out after 3 years) I may have to remember that not all phones are water resistant...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 24, 2020, 05:08:04 pm
Almost complete absence of the sound of twos-and-blues.  Especially in the rush hours they were so common that I didn't realise how frequent they were until now when there aren't any.  None yesterday, nor today. 
Interesting. Heard a rapid drop in the first couple of days here but since then a major increase. Haven't been out to see any so don't know if police or ambulance.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on March 24, 2020, 05:13:33 pm
Surrey is only policed on Wednesdays between 2pm and 4pm, so I'll let you know if they get the county's police car out.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Paul H on March 24, 2020, 05:15:09 pm
My neighbor with a noisy motorbike is no longer leaving for work at 5am, I thought I'd been sleeping well but it wasn't till he started it just now that I realised why. 
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: JennyB on March 24, 2020, 05:30:55 pm
No clouds today.

That's because the planes aren't making them.


So what will happen when there’s no more  chemtrails?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Kim on March 24, 2020, 06:02:13 pm
Almost complete absence of the sound of twos-and-blues.  Especially in the rush hours they were so common that I didn't realise how frequent they were until now when there aren't any.  None yesterday, nor today. 
Interesting. Heard a rapid drop in the first couple of days here but since then a major increase. Haven't been out to see any so don't know if police or ambulance.

Normal amount here, but we're round the corner from a fire station and between a major hospital and the centre of town.

There has been notable a reduction in car horn use, I think I've only heard one today (a 'no, you reverse' stand-off outside our house, not from the main road).

<fx: emergency siren in distance>

Still plenty of people driving around in cars, though traffic is lighter than the average Sunday.  Students appear to have mostly gone home (though the ones on the other side of my wall are still giggling), as evidenced by a reduction in parked cars, overflowing wheeliebins and That Fucking Burglar Alarm On $adjacent_road going off...

<fx: emergency siren in distance>

...repeatedly at antisocial hours.

I've just realised:  The sirens are passing quickly.  There's a doppler shift and everything.  Normally (during the day time) they have to squeeze their way through stationary traffic at the bottom of Silly Oak.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on March 24, 2020, 06:15:34 pm
No clouds today.

That's because the planes aren't making them.


So what will happen when there’s no more  chemtrails?

Ours are all coal-fired clouds, courtesy of Drax.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3e/Northeast_of_Drax_-_geograph.org.uk_-_581958.jpg/300px-Northeast_of_Drax_-_geograph.org.uk_-_581958.jpg)

Hopefully they will be nicer when they get rid of coal soon.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Pingu on March 24, 2020, 06:31:35 pm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/24/uk-bicycle-shops-and-repairers-see-a-surge-in-business-during-coronavirus-lockdown
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rafletcher on March 24, 2020, 06:48:38 pm
No clouds today.

That's because the planes aren't making them.


So what will happen when there’s no more  chemtrails?

Ours are all coal-fired clouds, courtesy of Drax.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3e/Northeast_of_Drax_-_geograph.org.uk_-_581958.jpg/300px-Northeast_of_Drax_-_geograph.org.uk_-_581958.jpg)

Hopefully they will be nicer when they get rid of coal soon.

Coal fired water vapour of course - although weren’t Drax playing with pellet power?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 24, 2020, 07:14:31 pm
DRAX was accelerating it's move to 100% biomass firing, existential threats tend to do that.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 24, 2020, 07:22:35 pm
A bloke I know, or rather "know" online (have met him once), who has been unemployed for several years with various mental health issues, during which time he's made a couple of unsuccessful attempts to return to work, has just got himself employed as a delivery driver for one of the supermarkets. He's optimistic about it and it's useful for him, useful at this time for others.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hellymedic on March 25, 2020, 12:27:37 am
Almost complete absence of the sound of twos-and-blues.  Especially in the rush hours they were so common that I didn't realise how frequent they were until now when there aren't any.  None yesterday, nor today. 
Interesting. Heard a rapid drop in the first couple of days here but since then a major increase. Haven't been out to see any so don't know if police or ambulance.


Roughly the same number here...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on March 25, 2020, 08:02:21 am
No junk mail in the letter-box.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rob on March 25, 2020, 08:13:07 am
DRAX was accelerating it's move to 100% biomass firing, existential threats tend to do that.

4 out of 6 units running on 100% biomass (wood pellets).   There was about 300MW of coal running yesterday.   Peak demand looked like about 37/38GW.   Less than 1%.

I was showing the charts to my teenager last night, trying to demonstrate that I do something of use.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: nicknack on March 25, 2020, 09:35:19 am
No junk mail in the letter-box.
We got a flier from some local funeral service yesterday.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Giraffe on March 25, 2020, 09:50:48 am
With a Loyalty Card?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: orienteer on March 25, 2020, 11:30:05 am
Don't be silly!

3 for the price of 2.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: nicknack on March 25, 2020, 12:01:38 pm
Don't be silly!

3 for the price of 2.
There's only 2 of us here so a bogof would be better.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 25, 2020, 12:31:49 pm
Went out for supplies, exercise and sunshine. Impressed by signs limiting entry on many shops. And some "socially responsible" pavement graffiit: "This is 2m". Elemental Bakery (yes, that's its name, but everyone calls it Esme's or – even though it's been open about five years – the pop-up bakery) had brownies.  :thumbsup: And saw a neighbour's child practising unicycling – difficult on a steep hill – and an elderly neighbour post-knee replacement enjoying the freedom to stick-stick her way up the empty road.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Tim Hall on March 25, 2020, 05:11:28 pm
Birds watched from my Home Office:

Loads of blue tits.
Ditto starlings
A pair of buzzards
A red kite
An unknown raptor, smaller than a buzzard and wrong wing shape, being taunted by a crow. I'm suspecting either a kestrel or a sparrow hawk.

Bonus things to make me smile:
The noise of squealing kids playing in the neighbouring garden
The rainbow things the kids downstair havestuck to the window.
People smiling and saying hello (from a safe distance) when I nipped out for shopping.

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on March 25, 2020, 05:23:08 pm
I'd forgotten that back when I was WFH regularly, I used to see marsh harriers* from my office window, mostly floating over the woods. Spotted them again yesterday afternoon.

Been hearing a lot of woodpeckers but haven't spotted any yet, greater or lesser.


*unconfirmed, and I'm no ornithologist, but after much detective work, I'm pretty sure that's what they are.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Pingu on March 25, 2020, 06:30:16 pm
It's really quiet outside  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Andy64 on March 25, 2020, 08:03:11 pm
It's really quiet outside  :thumbsup:
And it's starting to smell better
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 25, 2020, 08:24:11 pm
It's really quiet outside  :thumbsup:
And it's starting to smell better

I'm not.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 25, 2020, 08:32:29 pm
I'd forgotten that back when I was WFH regularly, I used to see marsh harriers* from my office window, mostly floating over the woods. Spotted them again yesterday afternoon.

Been hearing a lot of woodpeckers but haven't spotted any yet, greater or lesser.


*unconfirmed, and I'm no ornithologist, but after much detective work, I'm pretty sure that's what they are.
havent seen "my" woodpeckers for a few days.  I'v watched a pair chasing each other round a telegraph pole for hours on end
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: phantasmagoriana on March 25, 2020, 09:08:50 pm
And some "socially responsible" pavement graffiit: "This is 2m".

Ooh - I like that idea and may have to steal it! (People round here apparently have no idea what 2m is... >:()
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Martin on March 25, 2020, 10:04:38 pm
anyone else having trouble convincing parents to stay in? My mum is getting the bus into the large town to buy food for the wild birds  :-\

I don't see how that is a "bonus". Good news only pleeeeaaasseee

sorry misread the title I though the main CV thread had moved here  :-[

fwiw now I've chanced upon it I think this is a pretty sick (and publicly viewable) thread as for millions around the world and many thousands dead there is NO bonus but keep posting if it makes you all feel better
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jurek on March 25, 2020, 10:37:25 pm
Birds watched from my Home Office:

Loads of blue tits.
Ditto starlings
A pair of buzzards
A red kite
An unknown raptor, smaller than a buzzard and wrong wing shape, being taunted by a crow. I'm suspecting either a kestrel or a sparrow hawk.

Bonus things to make me smile:
The noise of squealing kids playing in the neighbouring garden
The rainbow things the kids downstair havestuck to the window.
People smiling and saying hello (from a safe distance) when I nipped out for shopping.

Wossat, then?
There's at least a couple in my street.
Rainbow things.
Not kids downstairs - although tbf, there's probably a few of those as well.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: FifeingEejit on March 25, 2020, 11:31:49 pm
It's really quiet outside 
I've seen more people going about the village on foot recently, usually heading for the spar, possibly normal office dwellers who would usually stop on their way home, or maybe furtive 2nd walks, who knows.

Moved into a side room on the outside of the building the other day, yesterday I could hear normal levels of traffic on one of the busiest roads in town, today it was definitley quieter.

Going down the Forfar road and Albert Street and onto the road bridge was weird, didn't even need to dodge the usual junkies and gadgies who stagger across the road in front of the town bound traffic from Aberdeen, Forfar etcm

This being a key worker thing's going to be bloody weird.

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Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Greenbank on March 25, 2020, 11:40:05 pm
5th day in a row of making my steps goal (I rarely make it more than 3 in a row).

Also, sat at my desk at home I heard some woodpeckers in the nearby estate.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Tim Hall on March 26, 2020, 12:15:04 am
Birds watched from my Home Office:

Loads of blue tits.
Ditto starlings
A pair of buzzards
A red kite
An unknown raptor, smaller than a buzzard and wrong wing shape, being taunted by a crow. I'm suspecting either a kestrel or a sparrow hawk.

Bonus things to make me smile:
The noise of squealing kids playing in the neighbouring garden
The rainbow things the kids downstair havestuck to the window.
People smiling and saying hello (from a safe distance) when I nipped out for shopping.

Wossat, then?
There's at least a couple in my street.
Rainbow things.
Not kids downstairs - although tbf, there's probably a few of those as well.
It's a social meeja thing. Kids stuck at home, as the schools are closed. Get them to draw rainbows and stick them in the window to brighten the place up.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 26, 2020, 08:45:33 am
It's that what it is? One's appeared in a window opposite sometime between yesterday and this morning.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 26, 2020, 08:49:31 am
anyone else having trouble convincing parents to stay in? My mum is getting the bus into the large town to buy food for the wild birds  :-\

I don't see how that is a "bonus". Good news only pleeeeaaasseee

sorry misread the title I though the main CV thread had moved here  :-[

fwiw now I've chanced upon it I think this is a pretty sick (and publicly viewable) thread as for millions around the world and many thousands dead there is NO bonus but keep posting if it makes you all feel better
I see Martin has gone, which is a shame. He has a point, yes, this is a global plague which will kill probably millions worldwide and blight the lives of hundreds of millions. But those are precisely the circumstances in which we need to look all the more closely for the good things. To do otherwise would be to despair.

I've been thinking that this thread is a little being the parent of a toddler. It's not so much that the things you suddenly see are new, it's that you're being enabled to look at them as if they were.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 26, 2020, 09:07:18 am
Perhaps Martin should have read the OP...


In the midst of a sea of shite, death, boredom and horror, this is a thread for the surprising and unexpected bonuses of the current viral fuckfest. I'll start...

It isnt flippant at all, despite the thread title. It's a thread for noticing change in our lives.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: nicknack on March 26, 2020, 09:09:10 am
But those are precisely the circumstances in which we need to look all the more closely for the good things. To do otherwise would be to despair.
Absolutely.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on March 26, 2020, 09:32:39 am
Life goes on. People die all the time. Sometimes we can do something about it, sometimes we do, sometimes we can't do either.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rafletcher on March 26, 2020, 11:04:50 am
My junk mail folder is noticeably thinner the last few days.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 26, 2020, 11:06:25 am
I don't need to look at a pikey white van out of my front window every night because its driver has stopped bringing it home.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: telstarbox on March 26, 2020, 12:08:44 pm
Strava says for the April challenges:

Quote
No month is truly complete without a long ride. Complete this Challenge simply by riding at least 100 km in one activity - as fast or slow as you like. Whether you ride for the badge or just ride for yourself, enjoy a big day out.

We expect all athletes to honor the Strava Strava Community Standards, which includes abiding by all health advisements and restrictions in your area prior to undertaking any physical activity.

With this in mind, GPS, manual entries, virtual activities and trainer workouts will count toward this challenge. Many of you take a lot of well-deserved pride in your challenge accomplishments, and we want to help you stay motivated even if you aren't able to get outside as you normally would. There's never been a better time for us to make indoor activities count toward challenges, and so we're happy to respond to this long-standing request.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Peter on March 26, 2020, 12:16:24 pm
"There's never been a better time for us to make indoor activities count toward challenges,"

Have people really just been waiting for a time to make indoor activities count towartds challenges?  That's just pathetic.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on March 26, 2020, 12:23:40 pm
There's a wanking challenge? I suppose it counts as exercise.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Regulator on March 26, 2020, 12:30:25 pm
I am getting paid a bonus... not as much as it could have been but - despite the potential impact of Covid19 on 2020 EBITDA - it's still a bonus.

And, due to Covid19 it will be paid this week rather than at the end of April as per usual.  If I kark it because of Covid at least Jon will have enough to pay for my funeral.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 26, 2020, 01:01:11 pm
There's a wanking challenge? I suppose it counts as exercise.
Are points awarded for frequency, volume, distance, speed, or all four?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on March 26, 2020, 01:08:29 pm
There's a wanking challenge? I suppose it counts as exercise.
Are points awarded for frequency, volume, distance, speed, or all four?

There's also need to be categories for the different strokes. Why did they postpone the Olympics when we could have simply reverted to 'home sports' like this? I fear some people lack imagination (which you probably need for wanking, either that or a stable high bandwidth broadband connection).
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 26, 2020, 01:36:44 pm
Look, it would be subjectively judged, just like gymnastics, dressage and diving. To be a champion youd have to show panache.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on March 26, 2020, 01:43:42 pm
There's a wanking challenge? I suppose it counts as exercise.
Are points awarded for frequency, volume, distance, speed, or all four?

Accuracy?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Regulator on March 26, 2020, 01:44:45 pm
Need a judge?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on March 26, 2020, 01:47:06 pm
Open to all comers?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 26, 2020, 01:52:14 pm
Would it be like diving where you get marked down for a splash?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 26, 2020, 01:52:32 pm
The first qualifying round has already taken place: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=114653.msg2478894#msg2478894
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Kim on March 26, 2020, 06:07:03 pm
My junk mail folder is noticeably thinner the last few days.

My xkcd://1279 doppelgangers have been having an online shopping fest.  One of them appears to be attempting to fight the virus with essential oils.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on March 26, 2020, 06:13:12 pm
xkcd://1279 doppelgangers

Had to look that up... oh yes, you've mentioned it before.

I don't have any of those. Kind of glad, though it does sound like a good source of amusement.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 26, 2020, 08:16:44 pm
I am getting paid a bonus... not as much as it could have been but - despite the potential impact of Covid19 on 2020 EBITDA - it's still a bonus.

And, due to Covid19 it will be paid this week rather than at the end of April as per usual.  If I kark it because of Covid at least Jon will have enough to pay for my funeral.   :thumbsup:
The word is that we won't, but there is a sweetener in terms of job security.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Efrogwr on March 26, 2020, 08:18:30 pm
Perhaps Martin should have read the OP...


In the midst of a sea of shite, death, boredom and horror, this is a thread for the surprising and unexpected bonuses of the current viral fuckfest. I'll start...

It isnt flippant at all, despite the thread title. It's a thread for noticing change in our lives.

Although you appear to be somewhat abrasive at times, it seems to me that your motive in starting this thread was entirely reasonable.

It is a total fuckfest of a type that used to be confined to distopian fiction. Now it's upon us and forcing changes to all our lives. We have anumber of choices; we can give in and curl up and die, we can bumble towards the conclusion (like HMG), or we can make the best of a very bad job. My incilnstion is towards the last....
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 26, 2020, 08:22:01 pm
It seems to be dawning on management that people can actually work from home long term.  Mind you, when we get to next winter, those whose homes are normally empty during the day will flood back to get free heating  :)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Efrogwr on March 26, 2020, 08:22:30 pm
There's a wanking challenge? I suppose it counts as exercise.
Are points awarded for frequency, volume, distance, speed, or all four?

There's also need to be categories for the different strokes. Why did they postpone the Olympics when we could have simply reverted to 'home sports' like this? I fear some people lack imagination (which you probably need for wanking, either that or a stable high bandwidth broadband connection).


What would the Republikkkans make of the men's doubles?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 26, 2020, 08:35:33 pm
The tug of war would be spunktacular.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Pingu on March 26, 2020, 08:38:58 pm
The Fosbury Flop would probably not be a winning technique.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 26, 2020, 08:53:09 pm
Sting must have a real chance of winning the marathon.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 26, 2020, 09:15:19 pm
Perhaps Martin should have read the OP...


In the midst of a sea of shite, death, boredom and horror, this is a thread for the surprising and unexpected bonuses of the current viral fuckfest. I'll start...

It isnt flippant at all, despite the thread title. It's a thread for noticing change in our lives.

Although you appear to be somewhat abrasive at times.

Why, thankyou. I do try. 

In the spirit of abrasiveness, might I suggest that Martin has Coronabonused himself. Though I understand his point, a superficial reading and it seems ghoulish and making light of the crisis. But it isnt. He got it wrong.

He will come back from his flounce.

He always does.



Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on March 26, 2020, 09:28:52 pm
York Ring Road at 06:20:15 this morning.

Even at that early hour it would normally be busy with considerable traffic noise. 

(https://i.ibb.co/zXDNnxH/IMG-20200326-062050.jpg)

In the afternoon I took a video from the garden panning the clear sky without a single contrail.  There were none all afternoon. 

They could make those films about the olden days with no worries about including the evidence of anachronistic passenger airlines.  Except they aren't allowed to make films, I guess.



Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 26, 2020, 09:41:40 pm
Went for a ride this afternoon, HUUUGE numbers of cyclists out, many looking like they are novices. Runners too.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 26, 2020, 10:20:38 pm
Substantially cleaner air in just three days.

Quote
Air pollution levels have dropped since restrictions on movement were put in place, according to data collated by the BBC

In the two Bristol sites analysed, both St Paul’s and Temple Way have recorded significant decreases in nitrogen dioxide levels.

St Paul’s has seen a decrease from 21.5 micrograms per cubic metre in March 2019 to 16.1 during the same eight-day period in 2020.

Temple Way has seen a drop from 45.3 to 29.8 for the same periods.
https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/coronavirus-live-updates-march-26-2020-stay-inside-and-save-lives/
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hatler on March 26, 2020, 10:33:59 pm
I'm surprised the pollutant reductions aren't more than that, given the dearth of vehicles around.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on March 26, 2020, 10:50:28 pm
Went for a ride this afternoon, HUUUGE numbers of cyclists out, many looking like they are novices. Runners too.

went to Jolly Nice this afternoon. They could do with some customer, so although I've done a Shhhhh before, all you South Cotswolders - fresh veg, fruit, stuff!

As for cyclists, I'd say in numbers terms, equal to cars. All in lycra though.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 26, 2020, 10:54:40 pm
I'm surprised the pollutant reductions aren't more than that, given the dearth of vehicles around.
Nitrogen dioxide is mostly from diesels, isn't it? The buses are still running their normal service here – switching to Sunday service next week – and delivery vans are still driving around in similar numbers, so that could be a factor. Lots of buses go down Temple Way. I'm not sure exactly where in St Paul's that site is so can't say for that one.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Regulator on March 27, 2020, 06:55:22 am
I filled up my car last night (prepping for potential redeployment).  Diesel appears to be down 10p a litre from about 2 weeks ago.  Not quite sure if that qualifies as a 'bonus'...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 27, 2020, 07:11:48 am
Looked for the ISS last night, and realised that I'd actually seen it several times, just not looked FOR it.  I'd just thought it was AN Other satellite
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 27, 2020, 07:26:47 am
Just saw a very sweet slice of quarantine life. Two young lovers in jogging gear in the park, clearly pretending to be doing their exercise for the day so they could steal a moment together. Not ashamed to say I had a slight catch in my throat as I called the police.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on March 27, 2020, 07:37:44 am
Just saw a very sweet slice of quarantine life. Two young lovers in jogging gear in the park, clearly pretending to be doing their exercise for the day so they could steal a moment together. Not ashamed to say I had a slight catch in my throat as I called the police.

;D

Were they called Winston and Julia?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 27, 2020, 08:36:19 am
Flatus you sick bastard, I was drinking tea!
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 27, 2020, 08:47:25 am
Maybe Adam and Eve, starting the repopulation
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: sam on March 27, 2020, 09:05:09 am
In the midst of a sea of shite, death, boredom and horror,

Thanks for reminding me we need to get our septic tank emptied. The guy who dives in looking for corn to feed his itinerant children is a key worker, right?

Quote
this is a thread for the surprising and unexpected bonuses of the current viral fuckfest.

This thread, for a start.*

Walking the lanes the middle of last night, one ear sucking up Dire Straits (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHXK9glwFBg), the other hearing my heels clocking the pavement like the Walkin’ Dude in Stephen King’s primer, I felt strangely calm, like I’ve been expecting this all my life. The fact that I put bin bags over the seats of my car before handing it over to Mr MOT the other day just shows that I was prepared.

As I went by Anthony Burgess’s old semi-domi (no, really: it’s also on my Hastings to the Sea (https://medium.com/@jollygoodthen_75205/america-ground-c622a6884802) tour), I considered all things dystopia: the pensioners in the nursing home I had also passed being hooked into the matrix to power Netflix servers; toilet paper doused in cheap kerosene and lobbed at armed policemen; even my recently diagnosed intestinal malrotation, which if I’m lucky will confuse the fuck out the little lipid coated fuckers.

When I arrived at the level crossing the arms went down and a ghost train flew by, filled with panic buyers sentenced to Hastings, now a concentration camp straight out of Children of Men. The engineer was Mark Carnage, dressed to the nines in his birthday suit, freshly retired from his job at the Bank of England making money worthless and now forever condemned to shuttle back and forth between hell and perdition. The station car park was empty as the BBC Director-General’s soul.

On the way back home I spied a turbo trainer through a first floor window. If there’s a better definition of purgatory, I have yet to know of it.

Bad to the Bone (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqgUG_JVzCs) shuffled into my ears, Death (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4yXBIigZbg) goaded me to scratch previously innocent itches on my nose, and I smiled.

Bonus? It’s all a bonus, grist for the mill.

(https://i.imgur.com/fZlpY1o.jpg)
Loveseat in the time of Corona

*You had me at this (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=115151.msg2480657#msg2480657)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 27, 2020, 10:55:02 am
 :) :P ;) :D ;D :-\ >:( :( :( :o 8) ??? : :demon: :hand: ::-)  :-X
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 27, 2020, 11:08:21 am
This is a news website (https://www.positive.news) I heard of ages ago but have only got around to looking at today.
Coincidentally, I know someone who works for the Chippenham company featured in the current lead story.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: sam on March 27, 2020, 12:53:21 pm
:) :P ;) :D ;D :-\ >:( :( :( :o 8) ??? : :demon: :hand: ::-)  :-X

(https://i.imgur.com/kcYhuFQ.gif)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 27, 2020, 01:00:29 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 27, 2020, 01:02:20 pm
You have to admit, Flatus, he's got you there  ;D
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 27, 2020, 01:43:04 pm
He has, indeed
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: sam on March 27, 2020, 02:15:42 pm
You’re trying to lull me into a false sense of security. I must think this through and prepare. Could you please help by answering the following?

1. What would Jesus do?
2. What kind of chocolate?
3. Heads or tails?

Almost forgot the classic:
4. Have you now or ever been?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jurek on March 27, 2020, 03:33:24 pm
You’re trying to lull me into a false sense of security. I must think this through and prepare. Could you please help by answering the following?

1. What would Jesus do?
2. What kind of chocolate?
3. Heads or tails?

Almost forgot the classic:
4. Have you now or ever been?
'Ver good.
 ;)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 27, 2020, 03:41:19 pm
Bright House is about to go bust.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 27, 2020, 03:52:16 pm
Ah ha ha ha ha haaa

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Tim Hall on March 27, 2020, 03:53:43 pm
While I'm WFH, my Teenaged Boss has been in the office where things have been mostly quiet. He's been making good use of his time by tidying up the contents of the three or four 40' shipping containers we use for long term storage.

This resulted in him unearthing a pile of bicycyles which were once someone elses's Arthur Daley/eBay plan but now destined for the tip "unless anyone wants them". I had to go to the office today, maintaining a good 2m gap, and cast a lazy eye over the bikes. Three were on the BSO end of the scale but the fourth is a Marin Mount Vision, vintage unknown.  It's now at my flat, awaiting closer inspection (and some air in the tyres)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Greenbank on March 27, 2020, 04:36:59 pm
With regular daily exercise (either a run or a long walk with wife+daughter), more sensible meals (now we're all cooking and eating together), and less booze (no couple of evenings in the pub) I seem to be slowly losing weight (0.5kg/week so far).

Should also be starting skipping this week as daughter wants to use the time to become a skipping demon. Just off to mow the grass in the garden for the first time in a long time, might actually use it more often now that we're at home so much.

That is all a bonus.

(To get to my "ideal"weight I just need the lockdown to continue to the end of the year. Oh.)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 27, 2020, 04:50:33 pm
After my run today my Vo2 max went up a notch, according to my Garmin watch, putting me into top 5% of age/gender, and into 'superior' category. Fitness age of 20.

I have quite literally been sat on my arse for the last 3 weeks.

 ;D ??? ;D
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: orienteer on March 27, 2020, 05:41:08 pm
The garden's getting a lot of attention. Mowed the lawns and pressure washed the patio.

This morning I walked up to Lidl and expected a long queue, but there was hardly anyone there! Stocked up with chocolate and muesli, there was even bread flour (only white tho) and longlife milk (semi skimmed). Plus I picked up a pair of spiked sandals for aerating the lawn.

Unfortunately the saturated ground is so sticky I couldn't move! Just remained rooted to the spot. Hopefully they'll work more effectively when the ground has dried out a bit.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 27, 2020, 06:26:53 pm
I don't need to look at a pikey white van out of my front window every night because its driver has stopped bringing it home.
Arsebuckets.  It's back.  He has sort of cleaned it though.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: phantasmagoriana on March 27, 2020, 07:00:44 pm
After my run today my Vo2 max went up a notch, according to my Garmin watch, putting me into top 5% of age/gender, and into 'superior' category. Fitness age of 20.

I have quite literally been sat on my arse for the last 3 weeks.

 ;D ??? ;D

From what I can tell, everyone's fitness age is 20 according to Garmin! ;D
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on March 27, 2020, 07:10:44 pm
I don't need to look at a pikey white van out of my front window every night because its driver has stopped bringing it home.
Arsebuckets.  It's back.  He has sort of cleaned it though.

Probably to stop people writing 'no toilet paper left in this van overnight' in the dirt.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Ham on March 27, 2020, 09:25:52 pm
Local council has stopped recyling collections and told us to stuff it all in the black bags, It don' arf feel NORTY.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Ham on March 27, 2020, 09:57:41 pm
Not sure where to put this. Paul Simon recording an ever so slightly modified "American Tune"

Quote
And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
or driven to its knees

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVYPVvS-mI4

He's 78 if you wondered.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: TheLurker on March 27, 2020, 10:06:12 pm
It looks like very many rough sleepers are going to have somewhere warm, dry and (I hope) safe to sleep within a day or two.  Let's hope that people aren't just turfed out onto the streets again when this blows over. 
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: MikeFromLFE on March 28, 2020, 09:32:25 am
Lots of wholesale grocery businesses are turning to consumers to keep their business afloat.
If this disrupts the hegemony of supermarket home delivery systems then it seems good to me.
Equally the number of pubs expanding into  home delivery and collection seems to introduce more variety and quality.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: mattc on March 28, 2020, 12:21:38 pm
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200326-saudi-arabia-agrees-to-yemen-ceasefire-to-fight-coronavirus/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: spesh on March 28, 2020, 12:37:45 pm
https://twitter.com/SoVeryFinnish/status/1243517408242995201
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 28, 2020, 01:01:36 pm
More time to make stuff that takes ages to cook.
Did pork cheeks last night.
Would have fired up a sourdough by now had the last one not been a disaster and being not exactly awash with flour.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on March 28, 2020, 01:10:28 pm
https://twitter.com/SoVeryFinnish/status/1243517408242995201

From what I've read it looks like a condition that starts in Finland (or maybe Norway) and doesn't stop before Vladivostok.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 28, 2020, 01:13:57 pm
Is there a Finnish word for the same thing, but with crisps.

If there is, that is me now.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 28, 2020, 01:17:05 pm
...on which note, I have just successfully had crisps for breakfast without the kids noticing

https://tenor.com/OGTC.gif
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on March 28, 2020, 01:18:01 pm
More time to make stuff that takes ages to cook.

I’m totally embracing the slow cooking philosophy right now - made lasagne from scratch yesterday, including the pasta.

Not only delicious but also very therapeutic. I’ve not used my pasta machine for a very long time and I’d forgotten how much fun it is - not to mention how much tastier than shop-bought.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 28, 2020, 02:48:23 pm
More time to make stuff that takes ages to cook.

I’m totally embracing the slow cooking philosophy right now - made lasagne from scratch yesterday, including the pasta.

Not only delicious but also very therapeutic. I’ve not used my pasta machine for a very long time and I’d forgotten how much fun it is - not to mention how much tastier than shop-bought.
Impressed. The only other person I've ever heard of who made pasta from scratch was Mrs Cudzo's grandmother, whose background, I think it's safe to say, was different from yours!
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 28, 2020, 02:48:45 pm
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200326-saudi-arabia-agrees-to-yemen-ceasefire-to-fight-coronavirus/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Bledlow on March 28, 2020, 03:52:26 pm
...

I usually wash mine under the tap!  It does it no harm, as its more than sufficiently water resistant.  When its time to replace it (luckily its still holding out after 3 years) I may have to remember that not all phones are water resistant...
Mrs B's phone started getting erratic & refusing to do data (email & maps, basically), so she replaced it. Only 8 years old. ;) She's keeping the old one for emergency backup, with the SIM from the new (prepay - they didn't do the one she wanted as a bare phone) one. Well, it still works for speech calls & SMS.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: phantasmagoriana on March 28, 2020, 04:35:08 pm
Work has cancelled our annual reviews this year. Hurrah! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: phantasmagoriana on March 28, 2020, 05:42:32 pm
More time to make stuff that takes ages to cook.

I’m totally embracing the slow cooking philosophy right now - made lasagne from scratch yesterday, including the pasta.

Not only delicious but also very therapeutic. I’ve not used my pasta machine for a very long time and I’d forgotten how much fun it is - not to mention how much tastier than shop-bought.
Impressed. The only other person I've ever heard of who made pasta from scratch was Mrs Cudzo's grandmother, whose background, I think it's safe to say, was different from yours!

While everyone else was panic buying pasta, Mr Phantasmagoriana bought...a pasta machine.

We've just been having a go with it and it's surprisingly fun (and the sample pasta we just ate tasted fine!). I now want to brave the shops to get beetroot (because purple pasta, and beetroot's tasty) and chocolate (sweet pasta is difficult to find in the shops!).
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 28, 2020, 06:12:22 pm
Is it really that easy?
Guess the next problem is getting enough flour. I had a look on the internet and it seems to be like hen's teeth.
Title: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on March 28, 2020, 06:29:20 pm
Is it really that easy?

If I can do it...

Making the dough takes 30 seconds in the food processor. Using a pasta machine is pretty straightforward too. There are probably videos on YouTube.

I remember home pasta making being quite the foodie fashion some years ago (late 80s?), but then I guess it became too easy to buy fresh pasta in supermarkets.

We successfully got flour in our Tesco delivery today. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Ham on March 28, 2020, 06:31:35 pm
Flour is 100g per portion, + 1 egg. The egg may be the harder item to source.

And yes, it is easy, although you may have to get the consistency wrong once or twice.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Morat on March 28, 2020, 09:04:41 pm
So far we've baked 3 really stunning white loaves, 2 fantastic wholemeal loaves and I've done a Fruit Cake.
There's bread flour around if you go to the little shops. It's hardly necessary as there's bread on the shelves but honestly even the expensive bread can't touch a freshly made home baked loaf. So far, anyway :)
I wish we had time to make it when not WFH

I've done two 12 mile rides with my 8yo. Islabikes are NOT a middle class affectation, they're AMAZING little bikes!

I got to the plant centre and bought some compost, scored some of last years seeds for nothing and scrounged some of the crappy pots that plants are delivered in before they're planted out into the posh ones for sale.  So, we'll be growing our own salad, herbs and some veg if all goes to plan.

And I finally managed to land an F-14 on the Theodore Roosevelt in https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/products/world/ , not the world's most vital skill now that the F-14 has been retired from the US Navy but I've got some idea of how amazing the people are who can do it for real, everytime - even at night!
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Johnny Faro on March 28, 2020, 09:09:38 pm
I'm mighty glad to have chickens right now.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hellymedic on March 28, 2020, 09:17:33 pm
Being housebound and fairly immobile, the entertainments on social media seem vastly improved...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hellymedic on March 28, 2020, 09:30:24 pm
Byronius maximus juggling loo rolls whilst working out on rollers, for example...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 28, 2020, 10:04:30 pm
More time to make stuff that takes ages to cook.

I’m totally embracing the slow cooking philosophy right now - made lasagne from scratch yesterday, including the pasta.

Not only delicious but also very therapeutic. I’ve not used my pasta machine for a very long time and I’d forgotten how much fun it is - not to mention how much tastier than shop-bought.
Impressed. The only other person I've ever heard of who made pasta from scratch was Mrs Cudzo's grandmother, whose background, I think it's safe to say, was different from yours!

Pasta is very easy to make, with or without the machine. I used to do it regularly even from my student days. Becoming type 1 diabetic about 7 years ago put paid to tucking into a bowl of penne al amatriciana.  I still do the amatriciana bit, but with a few veg on the side.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Polar Bear on March 29, 2020, 08:32:23 am
I have a regular production line of sourdough loaves, baguettes and NOT cross buns.

We have always cooked mainly from ingredients so the lockdown is having little effect upon our usual culinary offerings.  Finding decent fruit and veg is a slightly bigger chore now though.

And yeast:  seems like everybody wants it even if they don't know what to do with it.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 29, 2020, 09:19:44 am
And yeast:  seems like everybody wants it even if they don't know what to do with it.

Judging by my hygiene recently, I reckon I could probably meet  the national need.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on March 29, 2020, 11:22:53 am
Judging by my hygiene recently, I reckon I could probably meet  the national need.
Sterling work. I’ve just gone out into the street to give you a round of applause.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 29, 2020, 01:08:56 pm
Yes, we should...  :D
https://twitter.com/molyneux_msj/status/1243883162586972160?s=19
Quote
Scotland should totally just sneak off while they are all self isolating.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 29, 2020, 01:12:40 pm
Is it really that easy?

If I can do it...

Making the dough takes 30 seconds in the food processor. Using a pasta machine is pretty straightforward too. There are probably videos on YouTube.

I remember home pasta making being quite the foodie fashion some years ago (late 80s?), but then I guess it became too easy to buy fresh pasta in supermarkets.

We successfully got flour in our Tesco delivery today. :thumbsup:

While looking on Kenwoodfoodrestore for some seals for the geriatric piña colada maker liquidiser I saw that I could get a pasta maker part for the Chef. Bit of an expensive experiment at £120 plus 35 quid for each pasta shape die, however.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 29, 2020, 01:21:16 pm
More time to make stuff that takes ages to cook.
Did pork cheeks last night.
Would have fired up a sourdough by now had the last one not been a disaster and being not exactly awash with flour.

This morning I found that this little boy scout had already bought some new rye flour to replace the 4 year old stuff that didn't work, so I shall attempt a new starter this week. :)

Is there anything I can do with the 4 year old stuff rather than just chucking it out? (It's dark rye)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on March 29, 2020, 02:17:51 pm
While looking on Kenwoodfoodrestore for some seals for the geriatric piña colada maker liquidiser I saw that I could get a pasta maker part for the Chef. Bit of an expensive experiment at £120 plus 35 quid for each pasta shape die, however.

Yeah, I don’t want to make my own macaroni that badly.

I have a manual roller, which is fine for lasagne, tagliatelle and fettuccine. And ravioli.

Don’t know how much rollers cost these days but probably a lot less than £120.

Mmmm, piña colada....
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Greenbank on March 29, 2020, 02:50:37 pm
I don't need to look at a pikey white van out of my front window every night because its driver has stopped bringing it home.
Arsebuckets.  It's back.  He has sort of cleaned it though.

Probably to stop people writing 'no toilet paper left in this van overnight' in the dirt.

My favourite has always been "TEST DIRT - DO NOT REMOVE".

Wrote that on a BT van when I was doing work experience there back in, er, 1992. Used to check up on it every time we parked at the nearby car park (Lion Yard, Cambridge) that overlooked the depot and it was the only one of the fleet that didn't get washed for 6 months.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on March 29, 2020, 02:57:28 pm
"I WISH MY WIFE WERE* AS DIRTY AS MY VAN" is the best I've seen, although "THIS IS AN ANTI-GLARE COATING FOR NIGHT DRIVING" was also good.

*use of the subjunctive probably not universal for this one
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Greenbank on March 29, 2020, 03:10:52 pm
"I WISH MY WIFE WERE* AS DIRTY AS MY VAN" is the best I've seen

Especially when someone adds "SHE IS" underneath.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: FatBloke on March 29, 2020, 05:56:23 pm
Except Stealth bombers, if you live here
How would you know?   ::-)

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: FatBloke on March 29, 2020, 05:57:43 pm
The cough I developed 4 days ago persuaded my dear wife to move into the spare room.

My cough got better.  :demon:
Have you told her?   ;)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 29, 2020, 06:28:10 pm
Except Stealth bombers, if you live here
How would you know?   ::-)

Because you hear them first, and then if you look for where the noise is coming from you can see a little man in a sitting position at 3000ft.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on March 30, 2020, 07:25:12 am
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/30/astrophysicist-gets-magnets-stuck-up-nose-while-inventing-coronavirus-device (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/30/astrophysicist-gets-magnets-stuck-up-nose-while-inventing-coronavirus-device)

Doesn't make it into the Darwin thread, but you should had seen my wife's face when I read the headline
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on March 30, 2020, 09:09:51 am
Had a good cackle at that this morning.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Wowbagger on March 30, 2020, 09:26:21 am
Just wonderful!

https://slippedisc.com/2020/03/believe-it-orchestra-plays-beethoven-9th-from-their-homes/?fbclid=IwAR0WNbuu76gIYAnXRmieiWnr1Y3gOrD5qIQ3aV97s_jZe0G1wQjz6Hm0c00
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rr on March 30, 2020, 04:38:19 pm
Bright House is about to go bust.

And it's gone  (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52090976)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 30, 2020, 06:31:29 pm
I haven't seen a single smashed car window since the lockdown started. I don't know if the normal thieves of things in cars are scared of catching coronavirus or more likely feel they stand out too much now everything's closed and there's not a soul out (car break-ins are a nocturnal pastime round here). Or perhaps bigger opportunities have opened up for them?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 30, 2020, 06:33:25 pm
I haven't seen a single smashed car window since the lockdown started. I don't know if the normal thieves of things in cars are scared of catching coronavirus or more likely feel they stand out too much now everything's closed and there's not a soul out (car break-ins are a nocturnal pastime round here). Or perhaps bigger opportunities have opened up for them?
Plenty round here.

Plus some bold-as-brass thefts of vehicles from farms during the day.

Thefts from gardens and houses at night.

People are desperate. Desperate people take risks.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: TheLurker on March 30, 2020, 06:39:22 pm
No road kill.  Normally see quite a few of the crepuscular creatures flattened on the roads as dawn and the early morning commute coincide.  Not this year.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 30, 2020, 06:58:53 pm
I haven't seen a single smashed car window since the lockdown started. I don't know if the normal thieves of things in cars are scared of catching coronavirus or more likely feel they stand out too much now everything's closed and there's not a soul out (car break-ins are a nocturnal pastime round here). Or perhaps bigger opportunities have opened up for them?
Plenty round here.

Plus some bold-as-brass thefts of vehicles from farms during the day.

Thefts from gardens and houses at night.

People are desperate. Desperate people take risks.
I wonder if it's a rural v urban thing? In a city (we're quite central here) there's more chance of being seen by cops or someone, which wouldn't normally matter but now looks immediately suspicious, and there are perhaps more alternative illicit income opportunities (drugs I suppose). I remember staying on a farm campsite about ten miles north of Gloucester last year and the farmer said he hoped I wasn't planning to leave before about 7a.m. (!) as he'd have the gate locked to keep his Land Rover safe. A problem that doesn't seem to bother people here (scooters on the other hand seem as permanent as soap bubbles).
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: phantasmagoriana on March 30, 2020, 07:02:14 pm
I haven't seen a single smashed car window since the lockdown started. I don't know if the normal thieves of things in cars are scared of catching coronavirus or more likely feel they stand out too much now everything's closed and there's not a soul out (car break-ins are a nocturnal pastime round here). Or perhaps bigger opportunities have opened up for them?
Plenty round here.

Plus some bold-as-brass thefts of vehicles from farms during the day.

Thefts from gardens and houses at night.

People are desperate. Desperate people take risks.

Plenty of crime still happening round here, too. I've even seen more stolen bike alerts than usual. :(
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rafletcher on March 30, 2020, 08:38:14 pm
The Wizzair flight that just passed overhead is early! 
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: vorsprung on March 31, 2020, 11:51:28 am
the kitchen smells of cake
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 31, 2020, 01:59:28 pm
Is that cake? Or Caaaaaake?

We know what you've been doing  ;)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Ham on March 31, 2020, 02:24:00 pm
The Google 3D animals. Search for one of them (on your phone) eg penguin, bear, duck, under the Wikipedia article, choose "View in 3d". Enjoy.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: mattc on March 31, 2020, 08:13:49 pm
I work on an ex-RAF base; like most, the layout is basically 2 runways, joined up with a few newer roads, plus a few extra side-roads, etc etc. Normally you can't walk down the pavements at lunchtime without stepping round people every few yards.

Today I went full Cillian Murphy, walking the length of both runways in the middle of the road. Not a single car. Just saw the one pedestrian in the distance. Just me, the rabbits, pigeons and a few kites. Fuckin brilliant (if a little eerie).
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: madcow on March 31, 2020, 08:52:55 pm
I haven't seen a single smashed car window since the lockdown started. I don't know if the normal thieves of things in cars are scared of catching coronavirus or more likely feel they stand out too much now everything's closed and there's not a soul out (car break-ins are a nocturnal pastime round here). Or perhaps bigger opportunities have opened up for them?
Plenty round here.

Plus some bold-as-brass thefts of vehicles from farms during the day.

Thefts from gardens and houses at night.
People are desperate. Desperate people take risks.

North Yorkshire police caught 2  persons trying to pinch a quad bike from a farm near Skipton.
Pointed out that going out when no-one else was made you more visible than normal.

Local coronabonus-no tolls on Aldwark toll bridge. Not much of a bonus as it was always free for cyclists.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Kim on March 31, 2020, 09:30:17 pm
I haven't seen a single smashed car window since the lockdown started. I don't know if the normal thieves of things in cars are scared of catching coronavirus or more likely feel they stand out too much now everything's closed and there's not a soul out (car break-ins are a nocturnal pastime round here). Or perhaps bigger opportunities have opened up for them?

Not a window, but my neighbour had his number plates stolen a couple of days ago.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 31, 2020, 10:30:22 pm
Fans of Taskmaster may be amused by visiting the TM You Tube channel to see what Hometasking tasks Alex Horne has been setting the populace and which ones Greg liked best.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on March 31, 2020, 10:59:44 pm
I haven't seen a single smashed car window since the lockdown started. I don't know if the normal thieves of things in cars are scared of catching coronavirus or more likely feel they stand out too much now everything's closed and there's not a soul out (car break-ins are a nocturnal pastime round here). Or perhaps bigger opportunities have opened up for them?

Not a window, but my neighbour had his number plates stolen a couple of days ago.

Apparently the advice now is to have a star put in the corner of the new ones so they can be identified against the stolen ones. Take a photo to show where the star is, I guess.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 01, 2020, 08:58:47 am
I haven't seen a single smashed car window since the lockdown started. I don't know if the normal thieves of things in cars are scared of catching coronavirus or more likely feel they stand out too much now everything's closed and there's not a soul out (car break-ins are a nocturnal pastime round here). Or perhaps bigger opportunities have opened up for them?

Not a window, but my neighbour had his number plates stolen a couple of days ago.

Apparently the advice now is to have a star put in the corner of the new ones so they can be identified against the stolen ones. Take a photo to show where the star is, I guess.
Hopefully he's only going to get speeding and parking tickets not nicked for bank robbery etc.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jasmine on April 01, 2020, 11:10:19 am
My junk mail folder is noticeably thinner the last few days.

My xkcd://1279 doppelgangers have been having an online shopping fest.  One of them appears to be attempting to fight the virus with essential oils.

Mine has signed up to the Daily Wire this week. The daily email is like peering into a festering sewer

(note - this is not a bonus)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rafletcher on April 01, 2020, 12:20:22 pm
Germany has cancelled April Fools Day.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on April 01, 2020, 12:26:05 pm
Germany has cancelled April Fools Day.

Is this retrospective?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: mattc on April 01, 2020, 06:59:02 pm
Germany has cancelled April Fools Day.
Well it seems that everyone except Ribble (!) cancelled it, given the silence on my (diverse yet comprehensive) media feed :(

Oh well , this cheered me up a little:
https://twitter.com/putasinghonit/status/1244680124278001665
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Polar Bear on April 01, 2020, 09:43:06 pm
Harry's Garage on youtube did an excellent April Fools featuring an MGB GT.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 02, 2020, 11:12:27 am
I haven't seen a single smashed car window since the lockdown started. I don't know if the normal thieves of things in cars are scared of catching coronavirus or more likely feel they stand out too much now everything's closed and there's not a soul out (car break-ins are a nocturnal pastime round here). Or perhaps bigger opportunities have opened up for them?
Plenty round here.

Plus some bold-as-brass thefts of vehicles from farms during the day.

Thefts from gardens and houses at night.
People are desperate. Desperate people take risks.

North Yorkshire police caught 2  persons trying to pinch a quad bike from a farm near Skipton.
Pointed out that going out when no-one else was made you more visible than normal.

Local coronabonus-no tolls on Aldwark toll bridge. Not much of a bonus as it was always free for cyclists.
There is still lots of farmwork going on here. So we get battered rusty vehicles going in and out (dead-end road, 5km long).

As it is a rural road, quite a few people assume it is quiet and use it for jogging, dog emptying and 'cycle commuting'. Been busier last few weeks than every before.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: matthew on April 02, 2020, 12:40:13 pm
Working from home means I can have soup followed by crumble and custard for lunch. A luxury not practical in the office.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Giraffe on April 02, 2020, 01:25:09 pm
Got to Waitrose at 08:15, no queue so straight in. Usually use Morrisons as it's opposite The Malt Shovel but, of course, TMS is shut (end of days?).
I spend a lot more in Waitrose - the prices aren't too much higher on the usual items but there are so many tempting goodies... Still, TMS' loss is W's gain (Third World Problem?).
BN: buses change next week so might not be able to carry on.
Given my age and other issues it might be better if I didn't go to shops (except local offie for BEERS).
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Ham on April 02, 2020, 01:42:33 pm
On a serious note, I wonder if the unintentional benefit in knife crime reduction might be embedded, somehow.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on April 02, 2020, 01:57:28 pm
I've been pondering the effect of lockdown on drug dealing. But I daresay the police have other priorities now.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on April 02, 2020, 02:02:51 pm
I've been pondering the effect of lockdown on drug dealing. But I daresay the police have other priorities now.

I did see somewhere that the Mexican cartels are suffering under coronavirus border regs, and that prices are soaring.

André's shoe-shop chain has gone belly-up.  Now that's a shame.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: geraldc on April 02, 2020, 02:12:53 pm
I know the whole thing with ventilators is very serious, but I do like the way all the universities have had a crack at coming up with them.
Cambridge uni via their TTP branch teamed up with Dyson, only Dyson seemed to decided to run it as kind of a publicity barrage, and you see very little mention of Cambridge Uni,  but as it's Dyson the govt have put in an order, even before it being approved.
UCL teamed up with Mercedes and created some kind of valve for CPAP machines that actually works and is going into production.
Oxford and KCL teamed up and created something out of the Great Egg Race, but it works and after lobbying,the govt have ordered it. After watching the video it genuinely seems so simple.
https://twitter.com/QueensCollegeOx/status/1243551706698453002?s=09
Bonus points for Open University throwback presentation




Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 02, 2020, 08:55:52 pm
I've been pondering the effect of lockdown on drug dealing. But I daresay the police have other priorities now.

Chorley Police posted on social media yesterday morning that they are issuing a limited number of drug dealing licences and encouraged would-be licensees to come to their local police station, bringing samples of their products for assessment ;D
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: spesh on April 02, 2020, 09:06:45 pm
I've been pondering the effect of lockdown on drug dealing. But I daresay the police have other priorities now.

Chorley Police posted on social media yesterday morning that they are issuing a limited number of drug dealing licences and encouraged would-be licensees to come to their local police station, bringing samples of their products for assessment ;D

I'm quite amused by today's BBC Essex post about the county's fuzz saying that going out to pick up drugs isn't classed as "essential" travel.

Mainly because of the number of people in the replies who thought the cops meant collecting granny's prescription was verboten, as opposed to scoring an eighth of skunk or getting sorted for Es and whizz.  ;D :facepalm:

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 04, 2020, 05:47:27 am
The Earth no longer moves:
 
The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth vibrate less (https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/02/world/coronavirus-earth-seismic-noise-scn-trnd/index.html)

Quote
Thomas Lecocq, a geologist and seismologist at the Royal Observatory in Belgium, first pointed out this phenomenon in Brussels.

The reduction in noise has had a particularly interesting effect in Brussels: Lecocq and other seismologists are able to detect smaller earthquakes and other seismic events that certain seismic stations wouldn't have registered.

Lecocq said the graphs charting human noise are evidence that people are listening to authorities' warnings to stay inside and minimize outside activity as much as possible.

The data can also be used to identify where containment measures might not be as effective, said Raphael De Plaen, a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
"That could be used in the future by decision makers to figure out, 'OK, we're not doing things right. We need to work on that and make sure that people respect that because this is in the interest of everyone.'"

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on April 04, 2020, 10:55:19 am
Frankie Boyle has put pen to paper

https://theovertake.com/~beta/frankie-boyle-did-you-ever-wonder-what-youd-be-doing-during-an-apocalypse/

"The Prime Minister has written to every household in the UK. As that letter lands on the doormat, I won’t be the only one who’ll be picking it up with a couple of snooker cues, like a contestant on a Japanese game show. I’m assuming these letters are being sent directly from Whitehall – ground zero of our nations complete failure to comply with social distancing rules. Instead of posting the letter I’m surprised Johnson hasn’t committed to coughing his filthy news through our letterboxes in person. He also sent a text message to every mobile phone in the UK. For a handful of children in Britain that’ll have been the first contact they’ve had from their dad. I suspect Johnson’s baby will be exhausted when it comes out. Having spent months evading his cock like a magician’s assistant dodging swords in a box."

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: mattc on April 04, 2020, 11:08:11 am
The Earth no longer moves:
 
The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth vibrate less (https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/02/world/coronavirus-earth-seismic-noise-scn-trnd/index.html)

Quote
Thomas Lecocq, a geologist and seismologist at the Royal Observatory in Belgium, first pointed out this phenomenon in Brussels.

The reduction in noise has had a particularly interesting effect in Brussels: Lecocq and other seismologists are able to detect smaller earthquakes and other seismic events that certain seismic stations wouldn't have registered.

Lecocq said the graphs charting human noise are evidence that people are listening to authorities' warnings to stay inside and minimize outside activity as much as possible.

The data can also be used to identify where containment measures might not be as effective, said Raphael De Plaen, a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
"That could be used in the future by decision makers to figure out, 'OK, we're not doing things right. We need to work on that and make sure that people respect that because this is in the interest of everyone.'"
Brilliant! But I think you missed the key message:
Quote
Brussels is seeing about a 30% to 50% reduction in ambient seismic noise since mid-March, around the time the country started implementing school and business closures and other social distancing measures, according to Lecocq. That noise level is on par with what seismologists would see on Christmas Day, he said.

It's Christmas Every Day, people!!!

now where have I heard that before ...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 04, 2020, 12:23:07 pm
I'm now wondering whether Roy Wood still wishes it could be Christmas every day :demon:

Following the news that Missis Kwin is to address the nation tomorrow, confused gam-gams are reportedly panic-buying turkeys and Baileys.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 04, 2020, 12:48:39 pm
Given the free rein that wild life will suddenly experience in living their normal lives free from human interference, I wonder if there will be a population explosion for all kinds of species.

Sadly, if there is then there is likely to be a lot of road kill once human activity returns to its own version of normal.

And are we still genocidal about badgers?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: vorsprung on April 05, 2020, 02:58:17 pm
Chocolate brownies today
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hatler on April 05, 2020, 03:00:05 pm
Rhubarb tea cake yesterday. Yum.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on April 05, 2020, 03:36:21 pm
Given the free rein that wild life will suddenly experience in living their normal lives free from human interference, I wonder if there will be a population explosion for all kinds of species.

Sadly, if there is then there is likely to be a lot of road kill once human activity returns to its own version of normal.

And are we still genocidal about badgers?

According to a chum who likes to get angry about such things, while we mortals are currently banned from the forests, hunters have free rein.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 05, 2020, 03:50:12 pm
Given the free rein that wild life will suddenly experience in living their normal lives free from human interference, I wonder if there will be a population explosion for all kinds of species.

Sadly, if there is then there is likely to be a lot of road kill once human activity returns to its own version of normal.

And are we still genocidal about badgers?

According to a chum who likes to get angry about such things, while we mortals are currently banned from the forests, hunters have free rein.

In the Limousin wildlife seemed plentiful compared to the UK in spite of hunters.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Wowbagger on April 05, 2020, 05:25:53 pm
Quote
Thousands of British homes will be paid to use electricity during the day for the first time, as wind and solar projects produce a surge in clean energy during the coronavirus lockdown.

On Sunday morning, windfarms contributed almost 40% of the UK’s electricity, while solar power made up almost a fifth of the power system. Fossil fuels made up less than 15% of electricity, of which only 1.1% came from coal plants.

That's rather interesting.

From https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/05/thousands-to-be-paid-for-daytime-green-electricity-use-during-lockdown
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: perpetual dan on April 05, 2020, 10:43:35 pm
My mum seems to have taken up covid conspiracy theories. This is going to be fun.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on April 06, 2020, 01:36:59 am
 ;D
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on April 06, 2020, 09:15:30 am
Bored Russians in lockdown recreating famous paintings

https://www.facebook.com/groups/izoizolyacia/permalink/2542865082629427/

Best facebook group ever
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on April 06, 2020, 09:17:03 am
Bored Russians in lockdown recreating famous paintings

https://www.facebook.com/groups/izoizolyacia/permalink/2542865082629427/

Best facebook group ever

Great use for stockpiled bog rolls!
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Regulator on April 06, 2020, 09:18:09 am
On Twitter there was a woman whose parents were doing the same thing and sending her the pictures.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on April 06, 2020, 09:37:09 am
Bored Russians in lockdown recreating famous paintings

https://www.facebook.com/groups/izoizolyacia/permalink/2542865082629427/

Best facebook group ever

Great use for stockpiled bog rolls!

Loads of them have toilet rolls in the picture somewhere.

Typical crass Russian behaviour. Always going for the ostentatious display of wealth.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on April 06, 2020, 10:07:32 am
Quote
Thousands of British homes will be paid to use electricity during the day for the first time, as wind and solar projects produce a surge in clean energy during the coronavirus lockdown.

On Sunday morning, windfarms contributed almost 40% of the UK’s electricity, while solar power made up almost a fifth of the power system. Fossil fuels made up less than 15% of electricity, of which only 1.1% came from coal plants.

That's rather interesting.

From https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/05/thousands-to-be-paid-for-daytime-green-electricity-use-during-lockdown

All that tells you is that industrial consumption is temporarily reduced and that entirely as expected, gas fired power stations have been turned off, temporarily.

This coming week is likely to be sunny, but less windy,   
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: andrewc on April 06, 2020, 12:26:42 pm
https://twitter.com/jamesrbuk/status/1247105883131305986?s=20


Cats vs Toddlers.    :thumbsup:         Look at the first one, and be glad house cats are not a bit bigger...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: De Sisti on April 06, 2020, 01:31:08 pm
Just had an emergency food/provisons box delivered. I honestly wasn't expecting it.
This followed a recent phone call from my GP surgery asking if I was ok, and one from
the Council enquiring about my wellbeing*.

*(A long term asthma sufferer, who has been told to stay in isolation for 12 weeks.
Start of week 3 today).
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rob on April 06, 2020, 01:51:28 pm
Quote
Thousands of British homes will be paid to use electricity during the day for the first time, as wind and solar projects produce a surge in clean energy during the coronavirus lockdown.

On Sunday morning, windfarms contributed almost 40% of the UK’s electricity, while solar power made up almost a fifth of the power system. Fossil fuels made up less than 15% of electricity, of which only 1.1% came from coal plants.

That's rather interesting.

From https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/05/thousands-to-be-paid-for-daytime-green-electricity-use-during-lockdown

All that tells you is that industrial consumption is temporarily reduced and that entirely as expected, gas fired power stations have been turned off, temporarily.

This coming week is likely to be sunny, but less windy,

Prices dipped negative for a few hours yesterday.   Demand is very low and there was loads of wind and sun.   There will be more of this over the Summer if demand stays as is.

Of course, pretty much no households were paid to use power during this time as they are on fixed tariffs *.


* I know of 2 suppliers that offer this and only if you are on a smart meter with half-hourly settlement.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on April 06, 2020, 02:41:11 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-52184743

Provocative racist marches banned  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on April 06, 2020, 04:15:27 pm
Bored Russians in lockdown recreating famous paintings

https://www.facebook.com/groups/izoizolyacia/permalink/2542865082629427/

Best facebook group ever
I think we should recreate famous internet shock sites. Lemonparty is easy, Tubgirl probably feasible if you have enough orange juice and a funnel, Goatse is a bit more challenging.  I might have a wedding ring somewhere to get the ball rolling.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 06, 2020, 06:01:43 pm
Getty Twitter thread on the recreating paintings
https://twitter.com/GettyMuseum/status/1242845952974544896?s=19
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Ginger Cat on April 06, 2020, 06:17:34 pm
Some of the big AirBNB landlords (of the type who have driven up rents in city centres due to their large portfolios) are finding that contrary to their belief, their business wasn't risk-free easy money after all.

GC
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: mattc on April 06, 2020, 07:44:23 pm
https://twitter.com/DanielRosney/status/1247085420296450049

I sincerely hope that UKGov follows the NZ lead on this important matter.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 06, 2020, 08:37:11 pm
The dark soot that normally settles on our window sill has vanished. I don't know if this is due to the general drop in traffic or just because the bloke who normally parks his rattly old Peugeot diesel underneath our window and likes to "warm it up" in the morning has buggered off somewhere. Or maybe he's just moved his parking spot, I don't know.

Of course it could be another reason altogether but it has coincided with lockdown.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 06, 2020, 09:13:05 pm
The dark soot that normally settles on our window sill has vanished. I don't know if this is due to the general drop in traffic or just because the bloke who normally parks his rattly old Peugeot diesel underneath our window and likes to "warm it up" in the morning has buggered off somewhere. Or maybe he's just moved his parking spot, I don't know.

Of course it could be another reason altogether but it has coincided with lockdown.

Probably tyre rubber. I used to work on Felixstowe docks in a portakabjn doing IT. Our temp accommodation was right in the middle of the container handling area and our desks used to be covered in tiny rubber particles from the tyres of tugs, HGVs and straddle carriers.  Just like soot.

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: orienteer on April 06, 2020, 10:40:13 pm
In the 1950s, in London, my bike used to collect black soot on the steering tube.

During the 1958 bus strike, which lasted six weeks, it stayed clean. There weren't any light diesel vehicles then, just buses and heavy lorries.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 07, 2020, 07:43:56 am
A relative suffered a cytokine storm during which his life was seriously at risk and although he recovered he is on a lot of pills and has to be very careful. In effect he takes each day as it comes and of course is on the 12 weeks at home list.

One problem is that due to the rarity of the condition it hasn't merited much research. Due to cytokine storms being a feature of CV19 attacks such research should get more priority.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on April 07, 2020, 09:15:17 am
Some of the big AirBNB landlords (of the type who have driven up rents in city centres due to their large portfolios) are finding that contrary to their belief, their business wasn't risk-free easy money after all.

GC

To be fair, it was risk-free, just isn't now!

Gongi to be interesting. I think the whole question of refunds is an interesting one - whether it be airlines, Air-BNB etc.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on April 07, 2020, 09:23:11 am
Some of the big AirBNB landlords (of the type who have driven up rents in city centres due to their large portfolios) are finding that contrary to their belief, their business wasn't risk-free easy money after all.

GC

To be fair, it was risk-free, just isn't now!

Gongi to be interesting. I think the whole question of refunds is an interesting one - whether it be airlines, Air-BNB etc.

It'll be more interesting when the company doesn't exist. I don't think the average ticket buyer will be the top of the creditor list.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on April 07, 2020, 09:51:23 am
In the 1950s, in London, my bike used to collect black soot on the steering tube.

During the 1958 bus strike, which lasted six weeks, it stayed clean. There weren't any light diesel vehicles then, just buses and heavy lorries.
The stuff on the Tube is supposed to be from the brake linings, isn't it?  Gives you black snot.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 07, 2020, 09:51:47 am
Some of the big AirBNB landlords (of the type who have driven up rents in city centres due to their large portfolios) are finding that contrary to their belief, their business wasn't risk-free easy money after all.

GC

To be fair, it was risk-free, just isn't now!

Gongi to be interesting. I think the whole question of refunds is an interesting one - whether it be airlines, Air-BNB etc.

It'll be more interesting when the company doesn't exist. I don't think the average ticket buyer will be the top of the creditor list.

I think you are right. I still haven't heard from my small tour company - I think they hope I'll pay anyway.  I think I might sacrifice the deposit.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 07, 2020, 09:52:33 am
In the 1950s, in London, my bike used to collect black soot on the steering tube.

During the 1958 bus strike, which lasted six weeks, it stayed clean. There weren't any light diesel vehicles then, just buses and heavy lorries.
The stuff on the Tube is supposed to be from the brake linings, isn't it?  Gives you black snot.

And used to contain asbestos.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 07, 2020, 10:46:52 am
The dark soot that normally settles on our window sill has vanished. I don't know if this is due to the general drop in traffic or just because the bloke who normally parks his rattly old Peugeot diesel underneath our window and likes to "warm it up" in the morning has buggered off somewhere. Or maybe he's just moved his parking spot, I don't know.

Of course it could be another reason altogether but it has coincided with lockdown.

Probably tyre rubber. I used to work on Felixstowe docks in a portakabjn doing IT. Our temp accommodation was right in the middle of the container handling area and our desks used to be covered in tiny rubber particles from the tyres of tugs, HGVs and straddle carriers.  Just like soot.
I hadn't thought of that, but it makes sense. Combustion particulates would presumably be finer. We're not even on a main road...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Canardly on April 07, 2020, 11:11:44 am
Years ago used to live in a house with the rear facing the Marlow Bypass. Window cills were constantly being coated in black dust. Lord knows what it will be like now.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: De Sisti on April 07, 2020, 11:32:41 am
With the recent reductions in the Bank of England base rate down to 0.1%, my mortgage rate
went from 1.34% to 0.84% and now 0.69%. I am now only paying 90p per day in interest. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Davef on April 07, 2020, 12:21:21 pm
With the recent reductions in the Bank of England base rate down to 0.1%, my mortgage rate
went from 1.34% to 0.84% and now 0.69%. I am now only paying 90p per day in interest. :thumbsup:
I am paying 0.18 over base, so 0.28%, unfortunately more than 90p per day.


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Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: De Sisti on April 07, 2020, 01:22:25 pm
I am paying 0.18 over base, so 0.28%, unfortunately more than 90p per day.
I think your mortgage balance is more than mine. The actions of those naughty irresponsible
investment bankers (from 2008) have had some influence on current rates.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Kim on April 07, 2020, 05:33:21 pm
Brompton are selling bikes online again.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: andrewc on April 07, 2020, 08:29:19 pm
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/07/air-pollution-linked-to-far-higher-covid-19-death-rates-study-finds


The reduced air pollution may indeed be a bonus.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Regulator on April 09, 2020, 10:22:06 am
My employer is sending all staff an Easter gift from Hotel Chocolat as a little thank you for the extra work we're doing as a result of Covid19...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on April 09, 2020, 10:25:08 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on April 09, 2020, 10:35:09 am
I've been to Hotel Chocolat. It's not made out of chocolate, which is a bit disappointing. Though it's not far from a volcano, so perhaps they erred on the side of caution.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 09, 2020, 10:56:10 am
Brompton are selling bikes online again.

That's good news. I was afraid they might fold.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rafletcher on April 09, 2020, 12:09:45 pm
I'm about to go an eat my lunch in the garden. A definite bonus of WFH.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on April 09, 2020, 12:19:02 pm
I'm about to go an eat my lunch in the garden. A definite bonus of WFH.

Hold on, let me go get my mower and chainsaw.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Kim on April 09, 2020, 12:24:01 pm
Brompton are selling bikes online again.

That's good news. I was afraid they might fold.

Badum, and indeed, tish.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on April 09, 2020, 12:27:05 pm
I've been to Hotel Chocolat. It's not made out of chocolate, which is a bit disappointing. Though it's not far from a volcano, so perhaps they erred on the side of caution.

Its in Huntington, there are no volcanoes in Huntington, it is though, the land that time forgot
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on April 09, 2020, 12:43:48 pm
I've been to Hotel Chocolat. It's not made out of chocolate, which is a bit disappointing. Though it's not far from a volcano, so perhaps they erred on the side of caution.

Its in Huntington, there are no volcanoes in Huntington, it is though, the land that time forgot

Fewer coconuts too.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Regulator on April 09, 2020, 02:48:05 pm
I've been to Hotel Chocolat. It's not made out of chocolate, which is a bit disappointing. Though it's not far from a volcano, so perhaps they erred on the side of caution.

The Boucan in St Lucia...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on April 09, 2020, 03:16:46 pm
I'm about to go an eat my lunch in the garden. A definite bonus of WFH.

I've relocated my whole office to the garden. How on earth did people ever manage before laptops and wifi were invented?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 09, 2020, 03:42:12 pm
I'm about to go an eat my lunch in the garden. A definite bonus of WFH.

I've relocated my whole office to the garden. How on earth did people ever manage before laptops and wifi were invented?
They spent a lot of time in their gardens training their carrier pigeons.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Regulator on April 09, 2020, 04:09:17 pm
I'm about to go an eat my lunch in the garden. A definite bonus of WFH.

I've relocated my whole office to the garden. How on earth did people ever manage before laptops and wifi were invented?

That's fine... if you don't suffer from hayfever.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on April 09, 2020, 04:14:51 pm
I'm about to go an eat my lunch in the garden. A definite bonus of WFH.

I've relocated my whole office to the garden. How on earth did people ever manage before laptops and wifi were invented?

Long telephone extension cables for their fax machines.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on April 09, 2020, 04:31:10 pm
Pre-wifi that's what I used.  To untangle it after one trip I wound it round our soiled-clothes basket.  I didn't have any more such trips, so that's where it has stayed for the last 15+ years.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Greenbank on April 09, 2020, 04:34:40 pm
A 30m network cable worked for me many years ago.

Also a 30m power cable, 4 way extension block, kettle and big bottle of water.

Would be harder now if anything as I've got so used to having 2 x 23" monitors on my WFH desk. Find it really odd moving back to a single 15" laptop screen on the rare occasions I have to do that.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on April 09, 2020, 11:10:28 pm
The entire lockdown is worth it, just for this:

https://twitter.com/MrAndrewCotter/status/1248313303270596610?s=20
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Kim on April 09, 2020, 11:38:15 pm
I'm about to go an eat my lunch in the garden. A definite bonus of WFH.

I've relocated my whole office to the garden. How on earth did people ever manage before laptops and wifi were invented?

Desktops and Ethernet: Better computers, without having to worry about the rain/sun/pollen/bees.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: andrewc on April 11, 2020, 11:18:08 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EVOSjPmU8AAAiE7?format=jpg&name=small)


https://twitter.com/carysevans55/status/1248502665136369664?s=20        https://twitter.com/carysevans55


What to do with the cardboard tubes from your bog roll stash.  That's rather lovely  :D
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: madcow on April 11, 2020, 03:08:07 pm
I've been to Hotel Chocolat. It's not made out of chocolate, which is a bit disappointing. Though it's not far from a volcano, so perhaps they erred on the side of caution.

Its in Huntington, there are no volcanoes in Huntington, it is though, the land that time forgot

Pedant alert. Don’t you mean Huntingdon ? Huntington is near York.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: yorkie on April 11, 2020, 04:39:09 pm
I've been to Hotel Chocolat. It's not made out of chocolate, which is a bit disappointing. Though it's not far from a volcano, so perhaps they erred on the side of caution.

Its in Huntington, there are no volcanoes in Huntington, it is though, the land that time forgot

Pedant alert. Don’t you mean Huntingdon ? Huntington is near York.


He's right about Huntington being the land that time forgot though!  ;)  At least it isn't Haxby!  :-D :-D
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ElyDave on April 11, 2020, 04:50:19 pm
I've been to Hotel Chocolat. It's not made out of chocolate, which is a bit disappointing. Though it's not far from a volcano, so perhaps they erred on the side of caution.

Its in Huntington, there are no volcanoes in Huntington, it is though, the land that time forgot

Pedant alert. Don’t you mean Huntingdon ? Huntington is near York.

I stand corrected, as do you, according to a well known search engine, Huntington is near Cannock.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: vorsprung on April 11, 2020, 08:05:38 pm
The entire lockdown is worth it, just for this:

https://twitter.com/MrAndrewCotter/status/1248313303270596610?s=20

Alternatively, watch this film
https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/579dd9c72c92b
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Hot Flatus on April 11, 2020, 08:53:01 pm
Three days ago, I rode towards a Peugeot 205 parked on a country lane. It contained an unkempt lady in her 60s and a large amount of cardboard. I gave her a wave and a grin and she absolutely beamed at me.

Today, I rode past it and I think she was in there but completely obscured by cardboard.

Tomorrow I'm going to ride out there and give her some flowers from the garden and an easter egg.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on April 11, 2020, 09:03:38 pm
Stroud's no.1 fly-tipper?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Ham on April 13, 2020, 07:26:26 am
My local bluebell wood is the best I can remember it, probably because the restrictrictions and one way paths mean that it hasn't got trampled. I (& Mrs Ham) had to go out at 06:00 to avoid the crowds that come later, but it was worth it.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rK2mp2HA9sE/XpQFZKVoWlI/AAAAAAADN1Q/eUb3Cmddd_8vBC-QSuQ-r7gqiS9624NhQCKgBGAsYHg/s1600/IMG_20200413_063450.jpg)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 13, 2020, 08:49:26 am
Three days ago, I rode towards a Peugeot 205 parked on a country lane. It contained an unkempt lady in her 60s and a large amount of cardboard. I gave her a wave and a grin and she absolutely beamed at me.

Today, I rode past it and I think she was in there but completely obscured by cardboard.

Tomorrow I'm going to ride out there and give her some flowers from the garden and an easter egg.
Read somewhere there's a  cardboard shortage (https://www.waste360.com/recycling/coronavirus-could-spark-cardboard-shortage-uk). She'll be one of those eco-warriors in disguise. May even like cyclists..

Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on April 13, 2020, 11:07:21 am
As I'm not commuting by bike, I don't need to ride in the rain, so my bikes will all stay clean!
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 13, 2020, 11:45:13 am
I've been able to ride down Park Street without touching the brakes at all. Unfortunately I've no idea what speed I reached cos I've taken the computer off that bike.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Bristol._Park_Street._From_College_Green.jpg/800px-Bristol._Park_Street._From_College_Green.jpg)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: T42 on April 13, 2020, 01:04:53 pm
I remember riding up a hill like that on a 600 and then finding that the left turn I wanted at the top was No Entry.  Had to go all the way down again and navigate round by back streets.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: citoyen on April 13, 2020, 01:29:17 pm
My local bluebell wood is the best I can remember it...

I imagine the King's Wood near Ashford looks similarly spectacular at the moment - it's always a prime bluebell spot - but alas it's a bit too far from home to justify a trip right now. Chiz. However, my local woods are looking pretty good too. Here's the dog doing his audition for the April page of the Parson Russell Terriers of Whitstable Calendar 2020:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49767990606_d08b136c2d.jpg)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Ham on April 13, 2020, 10:01:36 pm
 :thumbsup:

When I say local, mine is within 500m
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: TimC on April 13, 2020, 10:11:12 pm
We're obviously a little behind you here in the Far East, but the bluebells in my garden (of which there seem to be many, none of which were planted by me) are just beginning to poke their heads out. However, a couple of woods near me are starting to take on a blue tinge, and I'd guess by the end of the week will be spectacular.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: ian on April 14, 2020, 09:32:01 am
The woods were already very blue (not hedge grumbly blue) on our wanders at the weekend.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 14, 2020, 10:44:35 am
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Regulator on April 14, 2020, 12:38:05 pm
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.

My free one from work hasn't arrived yet...  :(
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on April 14, 2020, 01:00:31 pm
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.

Ours had loads on Friday, all gone yesterday. I think they packed them up and delivered them to Front-Line workers.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: TimC on April 14, 2020, 02:17:50 pm
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.

Ours had loads on Friday, all gone yesterday. I think they packed them up and delivered them to Front-Line workers.

My bit of Suffolk has just realised they missed out on the panic-buying fad of a month or so ago, and so they've started today. The Co-op looked like it had been looted by the entire cast of Mad Max. I wonder if that means we'll get some more modern products in?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: rogerzilla on April 14, 2020, 03:27:16 pm
All the Fray Bentos pies, Smash and tinned spotted dick have gone?  Good Brexit food.  Even if one of them is named after a foreign place in You-Are-Gay.
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: phantasmagoriana on April 14, 2020, 07:10:12 pm
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.

Partner got a fancy Heston one from Waitrose reduced from £20(!!!) to £4 today. Still no flour, though!
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: mattc on April 14, 2020, 08:17:49 pm
If your air pollution gets REALLY low ...

https://twitter.com/romainrevert/status/1249798306454212610
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: hellymedic on April 14, 2020, 09:13:51 pm
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.

Sainsbury's seems to be flogging Lindt Gold Bunnies...
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: asterix on April 15, 2020, 06:29:00 am
Shopping day today :o :hand: >:( :hand: :thumbsdown:

Bet the bargain Easter eggs are all gone O:-)
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 15, 2020, 09:59:05 am
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.

Sainsbury's seems to be flogging Lindt Gold Bunnies...
Aren't they always?
Title: Re: ***CoronaBonus***
Post by: Jaded on April 15, 2020, 10:54:45 am
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.

Sainsbury's seems to be flogging Lindt Gold Bunnies...
Aren't they always?

They re-package them as reindeer in August.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 15, 2020, 11:11:04 am
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.

Sainsbury's seems to be flogging Lindt Gold Bunnies...
Aren't they always?

They re-package them as reindeer in August.
They go through an intermediate pumpkin stage.
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Post by: Jasmine on April 15, 2020, 01:54:49 pm
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.

Sainsbury's seems to be flogging Lindt Gold Bunnies...
Aren't they always?

They re-package them as reindeer in August.
They go through an intermediate pumpkin stage.

I think Jaded's point is that the reindeer & bunnies are literally the same product, with a slightly different foil wrap.
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Post by: Jaded on April 15, 2020, 01:55:21 pm
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 15, 2020, 02:02:58 pm
I didn't know that! TBH I don't recall having seen chocolate reindeer so wasn't quite treating them as a literal product. Still, you don't get to be as big as Lindt without taking advantage of economies of scale.
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Post by: Kim on April 15, 2020, 02:06:07 pm
Aldi definitely do suspiciously bunny-shaped chocolate reindeer.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 15, 2020, 02:09:39 pm
Just googled it. They are not quite identical. Or at least, not the year this photo was taken.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/5169/5360101826_b10693840d_4k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/9aDVwJ)Reindeer and Bunnies aren&#x27;t the same thing (https://flic.kr/p/9aDVwJ) by Neil Crosby (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thevoicewithin/), on Flickr

Also, they're not copyrighted: http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2011/01/more-on-lindt-bunny-reindeer-ribbon-and.html
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Post by: asterix on April 15, 2020, 04:25:33 pm
That's the mega-shop over.  Or at least as much as a smallish bike trailer and saddle bag can carry. 

Tesco had stacks of Easter eggs so I got a couple after all.  Lindt ones.  Didn't see any Easter bunnies..  Or reindeer, which should be for Christmas, anyway. 
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Post by: Ham on April 15, 2020, 07:45:04 pm
More of a "random corona thingy" than anything else, on Stratford School twitter feed, a year 8 student's work

https://twitter.com/StratfordSch/status/1247798571983765506
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Post by: Hot Flatus on April 16, 2020, 08:51:37 am
https://twitter.com/EmmetSeanKelly/status/1248914214439264256?s=20
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Post by: asterix on April 16, 2020, 09:37:38 am
 ;D
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Post by: Nuncio on April 16, 2020, 02:58:35 pm
Our language is blooming in the time of Miley Cyrus.

https://language-and-innovation.com/2020/04/15/coronaspeak-part-2-the-language-of-covid-19-goes-viral/ (https://language-and-innovation.com/2020/04/15/coronaspeak-part-2-the-language-of-covid-19-goes-viral/)
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Post by: ElyDave on April 16, 2020, 04:57:16 pm
I've delivered an HSE Management System Audit this week wearing shorts (and a t-shaped shirt bfore you ask).  I've also seen the inside of several of the client folk's kitchens, spare rooms, garden hidey holes etc
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 16, 2020, 05:17:40 pm
Have you been missold PPE?
https://twitter.com/Scotpol1314/status/1250721473435766785?s=19
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 11, 2020, 09:44:38 pm
These Andrew Cotter videos are funny :)
https://twitter.com/MrAndrewCotter/status/1259931151403290624?s=19
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Post by: Giraffe on May 13, 2020, 04:38:09 pm
The Bonus is fading. Garden Centre next to Waitrose has re-opened, lots more cretin cans around so had to wait to cross the road.
Pantechnicon parked on a bend in the village, boxes being loaded - that was quick!
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Post by: vorsprung on May 19, 2020, 07:47:47 pm
It's gin o'clock
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Post by: ian on May 19, 2020, 07:54:27 pm
I confess that in a paean to middling middle-class alcoholism, we've been self-medicating with a daily G&T since this began. Only posh gin though. If the crisis lasts until late summer, we'll be on the Thunderbird and MD20-20 cocktails.
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Post by: FifeingEejit on May 19, 2020, 11:15:07 pm
I am reliably informed that our local supermarket has a superabundance of Easter eggs, going cheep.

Sainsbury's seems to be flogging Lindt Gold Bunnies...
Aren't they always?

They re-package them as reindeer in August.
They go through an intermediate pumpkin stage.

I think Jaded's point is that the reindeer & bunnies are literally the same product, with a slightly different foil wrap.

Chocolate santas from Christmas also seem to gain different foil at easter.
In both cases the chocolate seems to have a bishop carved into it.


I confess that in a paean to middling middle-class alcoholism, we've been self-medicating with a daily G&T since this began. Only posh gin though. If the crisis lasts until late summer, we'll be on the Thunderbird and MD20-20 cocktails.

Roads are still near deserted in the evening round here.
Does make me wonder what people used to do after work:
Tesco currently shuts at 10, usually 24hrs
Forest gates shut at 8pm
Pubs open at... ah!!!!!
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Post by: Morat on May 21, 2020, 11:44:06 am
My speed awareness course (80 in a 70, I'm a real felon) has been turned into an online course/zoom meeting.

That saves two hours of needless driving. Hurrah!
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Post by: rafletcher on May 21, 2020, 12:07:11 pm
My speed awareness course (80 in a 70, I'm a real felon) has been turned into an online course/zoom meeting.

That saves two hours of needless driving. Hurrah!

Plus you avoid the opening question "What's the speed limit on the road outside?"  ;)
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Post by: mattc on May 21, 2020, 09:00:04 pm
ON LEAVING THE HOUSE AND ENCOUNTERING ANOTHER HUMAN BEING

I’m sorry I dived into the bushes.
It’s not personal, you understand.
You happened to walk in my direction
and my nerves got the upper hand.

I’m sorry I screamed when you came near me.
Don’t take my angry shrieks to heart.
Idiomatically, let’s stay in touch –
and physically, six feet apart.

Apologies if it seems like you repulse me,
that I recoil when you come near.
In other times, we might have spoken,
shared a joke or had a beer,

or waltzed together down the footpath,
perhaps we may yet still one day.
But just for now, embrace the margins
and wave to me from far away.

https://brianbilston.com/2020/04/12/on-leaving-the-house-and-encountering-another-human-being/
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 21, 2020, 09:20:52 pm
Ha! Recently I've met a guy called Martin, who is atoning for a lifetime of IT by writing poetry. He read me a set of six (short) lockdown poems, none of which was anything like that! I'd write one out for you here but as he told me he doesn't want to be published, and/although he's put a copyright notice on them, so I won't. Or maybe I'll ask him next time I see him.  ;D
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Post by: barakta on May 22, 2020, 07:36:55 pm
What few video events/things I am attending are BSL interpreted (and some have captions). My BSL reception skills are improving hugely through practice of watching the terps which are often more interesting than captions.
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Post by: robgul on May 22, 2020, 07:55:15 pm
The Thursday night clapping has enabled us to meet our neighbours . . . we moved house on 24 Feb, went on holiday on 29 Feb for what should have been 6 weeks but turned out to be 4 weeks with a sharp exit from New Zealand - first Thursday back was , I think, the second week of clapping . . . we got out there and hey, aren't the neighbours great. 

Clapping on Thursdays since then and socially distanced drinks in the street on VE day and Weds this week when the hot weather was the excuse.  AND I 've now joined the beer delivery syndicate.   So a sort of Covid benefit.

... not sure what the neighbours will say next week when we have men here with a BIG machine digging out the driveway to pave it??

Rob
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Post by: Kim on May 22, 2020, 08:03:15 pm
"Ohdear, that's where they buried the bodies..."
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Post by: Morat on May 22, 2020, 10:32:39 pm
My speed awareness course (80 in a 70, I'm a real felon) has been turned into an online course/zoom meeting.

That saves two hours of needless driving. Hurrah!

Plus you avoid the opening question "What's the speed limit on the road outside?"  ;)

150 miles per hour - on my driveway!
(They don't need to know it's 3m long)
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Post by: spesh on May 22, 2020, 11:23:18 pm
"Ohdear, that's where they buried the bodies..."

I thought it was customary to use organic material as a sub-foundation round the back of the house...

https://twitter.com/forest_fr1ends/status/1263907007427424257
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Post by: robgul on May 23, 2020, 08:29:28 am
"Ohdear, that's where they buried the bodies..."

Nah, that's next year when we get the patio round the back of the house sorted. 

Bigger worry (though a problem for the digger men) is whether when pulling out some large tree-stumps along one side they also pull out next door's wall and half of their paving!

Rob
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 23, 2020, 09:53:47 pm
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/23/author-michael-rosen-out-of-intensive-care-after-47-days?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3D1098nHsP2IVHJ5oKbwXPDBAqG1YTbabK9IGHgBvYzIzsx2otHjbAmxk#Echobox=1590234293

This!
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Post by: mattc on May 24, 2020, 07:55:27 am
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/23/author-michael-rosen-out-of-intensive-care-after-47-days?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3D1098nHsP2IVHJ5oKbwXPDBAqG1YTbabK9IGHgBvYzIzsx2otHjbAmxk#Echobox=1590234293

This!
+1

(He's so full of enthusiasm on the radio that I forget he's 74. )
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Post by: canny colin on May 24, 2020, 10:39:29 am
Cracked open 3 Eggs this morning  to make scrambled eggs ,  all double yolked . Obtained from a coworker , at my only working here because of corona job .
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Post by: geraldc on May 26, 2020, 10:53:24 pm
My audax career helped me understand the news better this week.

LEL introduced me to Barnard Castle.
Audax helped me understand what an incredible feat this was
 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-india-52795732/india-coronavirus-the-girl-who-cycled-to-save-her-father
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Post by: Efrogwr on May 27, 2020, 12:22:00 am
My audax career helped me understand the news better this week.

LEL introduced me to Barnard Castle.
Audax helped me understand what an incredible feat this was
 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-india-52795732/india-coronavirus-the-girl-who-cycled-to-save-her-father

That's a wonderful story.       
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Post by: Nuncio on May 27, 2020, 08:28:45 am
LEL introduced me to Barnard Castle.
Audax helped me understand what an incredible feat this was
 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-india-52795732/india-coronavirus-the-girl-who-cycled-to-save-her-father
Are you saying you 'carried' Greenbank for 1200km?