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1 minute ago, Johnoco said:

I’d stay off social media if you’re anxious. Rumours are going wild, hearing all sorts ranging from the army coming in to total lockdown tomorrow night. 
Best ignore most of them and see what actually develops in the next few days. 

One was shared on Facebook of army trucks, unfortunately they were on the wrong side of the road and the photo was taken from the right hand side of the road. Clearly foreign trucks.

Whoever created these deserves many, many punts to the privates, and if you just hit "share" on them without due diligence then you too run the risk of a morally justifiable boot to the privates.

"When in deadly danger, when beset by doubt; run in little circles, wave your arms and shout"

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5 minutes ago, Johnoco said:

I’d stay off social media if you’re anxious. Rumours are going wild, hearing all sorts ranging from the army coming in to total lockdown tomorrow night. 
Best ignore most of them and see what actually develops in the next few days. 

I agree

Maybe we can make this a good news thread as an antidote

1. Housing associations have confirmed they will evict NO renters unable to pay through coronavirus (that covers 6 million people or nearly 10% of the population most of whom are in the demographic least likely to have saving)

2. As I put above schools/local authorities have considered the effect on those usually receiving free school meals

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Let us not forget the important things in life.

Namely, beer.

St Peter's Brewery are now offering 20% off (they're usually offering something off) if you use the code STAYSAFE20 when purchasing online.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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4 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Let us not forget the important things in life.

Namely, beer.

St Peter's Brewery are now offering 20% off (they're usually offering something off) if you use the code STAYSAFE20 when purchasing online.

Can you still get it in the nice flat bottles that dont roll away ?

 

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A very important group of people at this time are homeless folk. Here's a fantastic resource for anyone supporting them with printable leaflets. Feel free to share. If you do plagiarise then please credit Groundswell.

 

"When in deadly danger, when beset by doubt; run in little circles, wave your arms and shout"

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20 minutes ago, SSoutherner said:

Can you still get it in the nice flat bottles that dont roll away ?

 

Yup 

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Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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as its heading towards spring/easter then people will be wanting to head off to the many thousands of caravans pitched on sites around the uk or get in their campervans and go to camp sites , congregate in the clubs and take part in general activity that has seen a huge boom in recent years - what advice to them?

they come swinging round that corner, they think they're benny goodman

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7 minutes ago, graveyard johnny said:

as its heading towards spring/easter then people will be wanting to head off to the many thousands of caravans pitched on sites around the uk or get in their campervans and go to camp sites , congregate in the clubs and take part in general activity that has seen a huge boom in recent years - what advice to them?

well at least the queues behind the mobile caravans won't be as long as normal...

anyway... they should follow the same advice as anyone... assuming they want to keep the NHS afloat in its hour of need

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5 hours ago, redjonn said:

well I will let you know as we are in the vulnerable health conditions and age group so have started the ole social isolation stuff or in normal language staying at home. 

Having recently had a stroke and one of the results is often difficulty getting the right words out or often mixing up the words... say if I mean to say "its in the fridge".. it may come on "its in the TV"...

or as happened just before whilst discussing the situation... it came out "self opinionated"    as distinct from "self isolation"... well besides rolling f eyes you can guess what me missus said given I'm rather opinionated person anyway...

Good news.. just tried had delivery from the local butchers (nearest town) and just finished packing it all in "the micro-wave"....

Snap! 

I also have to re read any posts that I type as I tend to miss words out altogether.

Friends and family say they understand as I always talked gibberish anyway.

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16 minutes ago, graveyard johnny said:

as its heading towards spring/easter then people will be wanting to head off to the many thousands of caravans pitched on sites around the uk or get in their campervans and go to camp sites , congregate in the clubs and take part in general activity that has seen a huge boom in recent years - what advice to them?

I have friend who moved last year to small island/isthmus in southern France - they have had a bunch of Parisians recently rock up to their second homes, some appear ot have arrived ill and the year round residents are not best pleased (threats to block the only entrance road with their own barricades).  Seems to be a French equivalent of Hayling Island as it were

I would say travelling to a second/holiday home is NOT essential transport, you wont likely be reg'd with a local Dr and I am sure a static caravan near the coast in late March is not the best place to be with a chest infection

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1 minute ago, SSoutherner said:

I have friend who moved last year to small island/isthmus in southern France - they have had a bunch of Parisians recently rock up to their second homes, some appear ot have arrived ill and the year round residents are not best please.  

I would say travelling to a second/holiday home is NOT essential transport, you wont likely be reg'd with a local Dr and I am sure a static caravan near the coast in late March is not the best place to be with a chest infection

the point I am making - for a lot of these people , and theres thousands then  their thinking will be they "are still at home and in their home"

they come swinging round that corner, they think they're benny goodman

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Just now, Bearman said:

Snap! 

I also have to re read any posts that I type as I tend to miss words out altogether.

Friends and family say they understand as I always talked gibberish anyway.

yep, no what you mean... I sometimes sit typing something and then in trying to remember the word I want realise quite a few minutes have gone by...  then I turn to google with a vague description and hope the word comes up...

Google isn't as good a my missus is with interpreting my descriptions or actions...

like... its in that big tall box thing, next to the cupboard with the cornflakes in... you know the one that keeps food cool.... oh.. you mean the fridge...

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16 minutes ago, SSoutherner said:

really getting into la la land now - total and utter tosh, twaddle and lies

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And, unfortunately, such bilge is hiding genuine messages like this one from an MP:

 

"When in deadly danger, when beset by doubt; run in little circles, wave your arms and shout"

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7 minutes ago, graveyard johnny said:

the point I am making - for a lot of these people , and theres thousands then  their thinking will be they "are still at home and in their home"

As i said in that part of france the year round dwellers are most adamant that they are not "still at home" and are making their thoughts well known. I would expect similar reaction here - except being english rather than a burning barricade a few tutts and stern looks are more likely

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6 minutes ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

My local independent discount store is currently selling (or trying to) 50ml bottles of antibac gel marked at 49p for £5 and packs of toilet rolls marked at £5 for £20. You can't but hope that it won't be one of the businesses to survive this.

you have to wonder what the Police's response would be if you went in picked one up put 50p on the counter and walked out with it

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2 minutes ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

My local independent discount store is currently selling (or trying to) 50ml bottles of antibac gel marked at 49p for £5 and packs of toilet rolls marked at £5 for £20. You can't but hope that it won't be one of the businesses to survive this.

are they open all hours?

they come swinging round that corner, they think they're benny goodman

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Several institutions are doing similar but a good one is the Berlin Philharmonic who have made their Digital Concert Hall free and available to anyone who registers for at least the next thirty days. There's a fairly significant archive (looks like several hundred concerts and films) to explore.

Get yourself cultured, you horrible lot.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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2 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Several institutions are doing similar but a good one is the Berlin Philharmonic who have made their Digital Concert Hall free and available to anyone who registers for at least the next thirty days. There's a fairly significant archive (looks like several hundred concerts and films) to explore.

Get yourself cultured, you horrible lot.

Ta, going to have a look at that.

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My son is working ad hoc shifts at a local spoons - he reckons that is a barometer of the country and if it shuts they will all shut together and defacto mark a shut down of the country.

However he starts today at 17:00 and has a shift booked for saturday as well

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Strange question but does anyone know what happens re MOT's, TAX and SORN in the case of this shutdown ?

To get VED you need active MOT and insurance, to leave a vehicle on the road without VED is a strict liability offence. If I can not get an MOT by mid April then i cant get VED and de facto officially i cant park onroad, I could do a SORN but i would rather be able to ride the bike just i dont think the bike MOT centre will be open ?

In NI recently they had an issue with car lifts in the state run MOT centres (all they have) and they let the existing MOT's ride over until the lifts were/are fixed

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12 minutes ago, Shadow said:

You can renew early, it just means you "lose" a month or so. Get it tested ahead of time and avoid the problem.

only 2 weeks early and i havent hit that yet, due mid apr (17th i think) plus i think they are shutting this friday and at this time of year are usually booked up

In the past i would have spoken sweetly to my tame tester to get a certificate but now all has to be booked on the system electronically from the garage (i should say he would have come and tested it in my garage/up and down the road before issuing it and also always services my bike as well)

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10 minutes ago, SSoutherner said:

only 2 weeks early and i havent hit that yet, due mid apr (17th i think) plus i think they are shutting this friday and at this time of year are usually booked up

In the past i would have spoken sweetly to my tame tester to get a certifcate but now all has to be booke don the system electronically from the garage

I have used a small independent bike shop in Downton for my MOTs over the past few years, if you fancy a trip down to the forest I'd be happy to meet for a coffee and a ride out, we could go and knock on @Wiltshire Warrior Dragon's door as well. I'm sure he'd be happy to see us.

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