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5 minutes ago, Shadow said:

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.

They will have same issue all MOT's now through the Siemens system, can only be carried out on premises with the card of the accredited tester in the attached card reader and they can only do 1 every (i think) 25 mins even if it was a moped which takes 10mins to test. I will meet up some time for a ride out - but in short term will have to drag wife out for a ride (she has a T509 before people get smutty) 150 miles round trip for an MOT is a tad far

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1 hour ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

Ta, going to have a look at that.

Do. The production quality is top drawer. I have a concert playing now from 2013 and it's broadcast standard.

Plus the music's decent.

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1 minute ago, SSoutherner said:

Schools & colleges to shut from Friday as suspected

Not wholly though and it's confusing as to who'll be there, who'll teach them and what it really entails.

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

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1 hour ago, SSoutherner said:

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

You'd hope they would chase after you, shouting "you forgot your change!"

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5 minutes ago, SSoutherner said:

Public exams will NOT take place but pupils will receive the qualifications they deserve (whatever that means)

Mock exam results and predicted grades, I suppose.

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6 minutes ago, SSoutherner said:

Public exams will NOT take place but pupils will receive the qualifications they deserve (whatever that means)

My actual grades were different to my predicted grades in pretty much every exam I took. (A mix of better and worse.)

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9 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Mock exam results and predicted grades, I suppose.

Cant do it on mocks

My daughter did most of her mocks in Oct when they had only done half the syllabus, the final lot were last week with people already panicking - her team mate did one set in Jan straight after Xmas. Those doing BTEC's dont have final terminal exams

If just on predicted her predictions will get her into her first choice (but her mocks were a grade down on each pre xmas) he classmate will miss her first choice by a grade but was having intensive extra maths tuition paid for by mum

EDIT BoJo's answer gave less than no guidance "i dont want to go into the wheres and hows of how they will get their qualifications" - how does that help a panicking 16 or 18 yo

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12 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Do. The production quality is top drawer. I have a concert playing now from 2013 and it's broadcast standard.

Plus the music's decent.

I've signed up - looks good from the small clip I've watched before pausing to watch Boris' update. This, Tidal and all my unwatched DVDs may be taking a hit in the coming months. I'm also hoping that the panic buyers have wiped out all stocks of paint, wallpaper and brushes!

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Can I ask a favour of the TRL clique?

If you see a scare story that's not from an official source (nhs.uk or gov.uk), from a credible official government named source or from a person who credibly WILL know this information then please slap it down hard. Hard.

It's genuinely breaking us having to keep firefighting these things and is scaring folk into stripping more shelves or overloading scarce resources. Over half of my afternoon has been slapping these things down from scared staff who are having scared patients overloading them.

If you find someone who actually starts it rather than merely forwarding it, whether it's maliciousness or Walter Mitty syndrome, then do as you damn well see fit with them. Obviously within the law... but as a minimum I'd suggest pointing and laughing at their small willy.

A simple guide: If it's not from one of those formal sources (with a real link!) then don't forward it. If you're still not sure whether to forward or not, don't forward it. If you're still not sure then I'm not sure what more I can do for you beyond suggest you reassess your life choices.

It really is fine to be scared! That's fine. Only brain-dead morons never get scared. It's how you deal with it that's important, and trolling the nation is not acceptable.

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8 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Mock exam results and predicted grades, I suppose.

That really seems unfair to some kids who may have been like myself. Lets just say I wasn't the most committed of students and took little care and effort with mocks and what I was predicted to get because they weren't the real thing. That doesn't mean those kids wouldn't have got fantastic results in the real thing when they actually put in a little bit of effort.

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Right on schedule ... reports of people who attended the Cheltenham Festival of Quite Galloping Greed and Stupidity showing covid-19 symptoms.

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2 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Right on schedule ... reports of people who attended the Cheltenham Festival of Quite Galloping Greed and Stupidity showing covid-19 symptoms.

Only an idiot wouldn't have seen the issues of over 200,000 people crammed in like sardines over 4 days. Money talks.

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Only an idiot wouldn't have seen the issues of over 200,000 people crammed in like sardines over 4 days. Money talks.

I saw an interview with the chief twit organiser who said it was fine because everyone would have the opportunity to wash their hands.

But he had a nice plummy accent and a very expensive shirt so no one seemed prepared to call him a halfwit.

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17 minutes ago, Johnoco said:

Absolutely no sign of things slowing down in the panic buying stakes here. Supermarkets near me virtually empty of everyday items like bread and milk etc. Beer is disappearing too! It’s getting worse if anything.

I think the problem is now being added to by some who were being sensible seeing empty shelves every time they go so have also decided to grab what they can when they can.

A bloke  with a trolley full of fabric conditioner is the strangest panic I've seen so far...…..

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3 hours 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?

The Caravan and Motorhome Club offer this: https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/whats-on/caravan-club-news/novel-coronavirus-advice/ All bars and restaurants on their sites are closed.

I've just emailed my County and District Councillors to ask what measures will be put in place to eliminate infection. There are  200 plus static caravan sites (with 25,00 static caravans) given the thousands of people from Leicester, Nottingham and Derby who will be travelling to hears this Easter or earlier.

All Butlins sites are closed from 20th March to 16th April 2020.

Haven remain open but with the closure of certain facilities ( undefined  by probably bars, restaurants)

Fantasy Island will not open its rides and family entertainment centre this weekend and fully expect to be closed throughout Easter. The market, caravan sites and holiday accommodation will remain open as long as it is safe and advisable to do so.

Given the possible influx of people with kids not at school, we might be safer clearing  off Scotland for a few weeks!!!!

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Copa said:

Dear god no... the terrorist virus has won!

 

Just now, JohnM said:

isn't beer supposed to disappear? 

There’s still beer, just nothing like the usual amount. It’s probably a knock on effect from people buying everything in sight. 

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Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have announced they are temporarily closing their two Manchester hotels - and offering their rooms to the NHS for free.

The Manchester United legends' GG Hospitality group is shutting Hotel Football at Old Trafford and the recently-opened Stock Exchange Hotel in the city centre from Sunday March 22, in response to the escalating coronavirus crisis.

They have vowed not to make any staff redundant or put anyone on unpaid leave during the closure.

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13 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have announced they are temporarily closing their two Manchester hotels - and offering their rooms to the NHS for free.

The Manchester United legends' GG Hospitality group is shutting Hotel Football at Old Trafford and the recently-opened Stock Exchange Hotel in the city centre from Sunday March 22, in response to the escalating coronavirus crisis.

They have vowed not to make any staff redundant or put anyone on unpaid leave during the closure.

I've seen other football players doing the same, including Ronaldo with his Portugese hotels. Well done to them in not hoarding their money, a few other very rich company owners could do the same...

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