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As a result of the close-down of the UK by the British Government last night, we have made all the Buy/Sell areas read-only until we open back up again, so please have a look at the announcement linked here.

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34 minutes ago, Pigpen said:

When she gets in please say thank you from all the people who probably don't know what her and her colleagues do - but would say thank you if they did,

 

ditto, thanks from the silent millions

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23 minutes ago, Pigpen said:

And so you should be. My last NHS job was working in a path lab (>10 years ago so no use now!) and I was only thinking this morning what it must be like working there now, never mind having to provide leadership and take responsibility for the whole shebang. 

 

When she gets in please say thank you from all the people who probably don't know what her and her colleagues do - but would say thank you if they did,

 

I do but as you know she'll just dismiss it. Pointing out her God daughter, her niece who is a student nurse working in a Covid ward. Which she did tonight.

 

My wife's hospital won't deal with Covid cases but they're taking on the urgent cases that haven't gone away. I can't say how often she's called me close to tears. You have to remember that it's not just the staff on our respective health services who are working with Covid 19 who are under pressure. The whole system is under pressure.


She's off now for the weekend. As if.

 

 

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Like most of us on here I'm trapped indoors with the kids, pets etc all trying not to fall out with each other.

 

With 4 teenagers I think we will survive provided the Wifi / Broadband keeps functioning, if that packs in, it will be anarchy!

 

With that in mind, please try to maintain a sense of humour, we are all quite literally in this together

 

Cheers Pat

 

 

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3 hours ago, noelh said:

My wife, who is a medical scientist specialising in microbiology and the laboratory manager of a hospital.

She's still in work otherwise I'd ask her to confirm. She's being doing at least a 12 hour day after day, this week getting ready for the peak of this.

Well she deserves a big pat on the back from all of us for her work and her bravery :clap2:please pass on our best regards when she does finally return home :) 

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18 minutes ago, JOCKNEY said:

Like most of us on here I'm trapped indoors with the kids, pets etc all trying not to fall out with each other.

 

With 4 teenagers I think we will survive provided the Wifi / Broadband keeps functioning, if that packs in, it will be anarchy!

 

With that in mind, please try to maintain a sense of humour, we are all quite literally in this together

 

Cheers Pat

 

 

My two are enjoying this so far, with fast WiFi. Gawd elp me if it goes down

 

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39 minutes ago, noelh said:

My wife's hospital won't deal with Covid cases but they're taking on the urgent cases that haven't gone away. I can't say how often she's called me close to tears. You have to remember that it's not just the staff on our respective health services who are working with Covid 19 who are under pressure. The whole system is under pressure.

Absolutely. And not just in health services.

 

There is a huge bedrock of infrastructure on which we all rely which will be under pressure because of sickness and changes in demand. Electricity, water, sewerage and gas supplies. For example those people who when the storms come and everyone stays at home go out in dangerous conditions and fix the overhead wires but are never mentioned alongside the more traditional emergency services. 

 

Some of the companies we often vilify, such as broadband suppliers, BT and mobile phone companies will have people working beyond their normal hours to try to understand new usage patterns and provide a reliable service for those who now work at home.

 

My daughter is doing an apprenticeship with the local authority and had been frustrated in the past as it was "impossible" to provide her with a facility to use her laptop outside of the office.  Well in less than a week the impossible became possible. I imagine some of that was chucking money at it as well as sheer will but. I thought of my close childhood friend who I now never rarely see but as head of IT for the council must must have had one hell of a week.

 

And that effort means people can stay at home and work, reducing stress on the NHS while still providing vital services such as waste collection, adult social care and the safeguarding of vulnerable people.

 

While I have the NHS running through me like a stick of rock I wonder if next Thursday's clap might be for all the others who are keeping this country going? 

 

Crikey I do go on don't?

 

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34 minutes ago, Pigpen said:

Absolutely. While I have the NHS running through me like a stick of rock I wonder if next Thursday's clap might be for all the others who are keeping this country going? 

 

Crikey I do go on don't?

 

I do go on too, particularly since I learned to type. Are you a typist?

But yes there are a lot of people keeping our countries going. Yes the medical staff dealing with Covid 19 but all the others who deal with all the other cases which never went away and the support staff who keep them and people who support them.

 

Most of them are never acknowledged.

 

 

 

 

 

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In any case with all this. I'm pretty sick of all of the thing. I want something on TV that's escapist. Watching 'The trip to Greece'. Most amusing and I really want to go back to Greece and France and Italy and Spain. As unobtainable as a  trip to Timbuktu these days.

Sigh!

 

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5 hours ago, noelh said:

In any case with all this. I'm pretty sick of all of the thing. 

 

Just be glad you're sick of the thing and not from the thing.

Currently have some of the symptoms (but not fever)  according to NHS 111 online instructions ( dont call us, stay at home) it will probably never be diagnsed or reported.

Seems to be a 'mild' dose, but It's still  like having a large  cat (tabby, not tiger)  permanently sat on your chest.

 

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7 hours ago, noelh said:

 

But yes there are a lot of people keeping our countries going. Yes the medical staff dealing with Covid 19 but all the others who deal with all the other cases which never went away and the support staff who keep them and people who support them.

 

Most of them are never acknowledged.

 

 

 

 

 

They were alluded to a couple of days ago, when another of those questions from the blindingly-intelligent (with 100% hindsight) questions about "testing" to the Deputy Medical Office at those daily Press Conferences.  Her self-control had almost disappeared when she responded along the lines that Covid-19 wasn't the only disease or condition that afflicted us at the moment.   (I wait for the moment when one of those carrying the burden asks "Just what #### planet do you live on . . ." in response to these 'piercing' questions.)

 

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13 hours ago, Pigpen said:

I thought of my close childhood friend who I now never rarely see but as head of IT for the council must must have had one hell of a week.

:nodding: 
Speaking as one of those IT dudes - the reason I manage to post here is to keep somewhat sane (then again, I build plastic models which is suspect to most of the masses) during these times.

We're now on duty 7 days a week, mostly from home using on-off shifts of 10-12 hours. Incidental trip to the datacenter or office for the physical stuff needed.

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8 hours ago, IanHx said:

 

Currently have some of the symptoms (but not fever)  according to NHS 111 online instructions ( dont call us, stay at home) it will probably never be diagnsed or reported.

Seems to be a 'mild' dose, but It's still  like having a large  cat (tabby, not tiger)  permanently sat on your chest.

 

I was sent home from work (Psychiatric Nurse) just over a week ago with a cough and breathing problems. I am still having issues with breathing. Got the GP to issue some steroids for my chest. I'm off work for at least another 4 or 5 days. I have poorly controlled asthma but not had 'the letter' to tell me to isolate long term, so will need a risk assessment or some other pointless nonsense before resuming my duties. I imagine I will be reassigned somewhere else. 

I am not front line staff so will likely not be tested any time soon. I had no fever and didn't feel particularly unwell other than cough and breathlessness; could have been anything. My chest has been bad for weeks prior to this.  

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On the one hand we've got a lot of people with minor coughs and breathing problems.

On the other hand we've got something putting people in hospital and worse.

 

There's such a wide range of responses to it that it's almost as though there's 2 different bugs going around..... ?

 

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Made our weekly visit to the supermarket early this morning, during OF's hour and discovered the latest shortage.........eggs!! Narey a one to be seen. What next? Wine? Good grief, I hope not. SWMBO will climb up the wall.

 

John.

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1 minute ago, IanHx said:

There's such a wide range of responses to it that it's almost as though there's 2 different bugs going around..... ?

 

It's been suggested that there could be more than one strain. But also, different people have different immune systems. Some are able to fight it off better than others. 

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6 minutes ago, Bullbasket said:

Made our weekly visit to the supermarket early this morning, during OF's hour and discovered the latest shortage.........eggs!! Narey a one to be seen. What next? Wine? Good grief, I hope not. SWMBO will climb up the wall.

 

John.

No wine ? This is getting serious....  she'll have to switch to sherry.

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On 3/27/2020 at 12:36 PM, Swamp Donkey said:

Mrs SD has been very lenient with the several  kit deliveries this week on the basis that it would be irresponsible for me to go to our storage facility to recover (some of) the stash. I wonder how far is safe to push this? 
 

SD

Perhaps doing a Clarkson and ordering a full-sized EE Lightning for the front lawn would be the ultimate test?

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On 26/03/2020 at 17:57, Bullbasket said:

I think that the key words here are "can" and "up to". Usually that means a suspended prison sentence. Given the differences between different judges, I would think that a 2 year sentence is unlikely, sadly.

 

John.

One got 12 months today

https://westbridgfordwire.com/this-man-spat-at-police-officers-today-hes-in-jail-for-12-months/

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2 hours ago, Nocoolname said:

Perhaps doing a Clarkson and ordering a full-sized EE Lightning for the front lawn would be the ultimate test?

If I had a front lawn I would be more than tempted to have Gods finest aircraft out there! Can’t park one in the street as the traffic wardens are a bit keen at weekends, and I’m not convinced North Tyneside Council would issue me a residents parking permit???!!!

 

SD

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3 hours ago, IanHx said:

No wine ? This is getting serious....  she'll have to switch to sherry.

Yuk!!!

Many moons ago we fancied a drink and the only thing we had in the house was peach Schnapps, still we persevered and finished it.

the one good thing about it was that it stuck our lips together as it was so sticky, stopped SWMBO talking for a bit 😆

 

 

 

what's brown & sticky?  

A stick 🤐

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36 minutes ago, Black Knight said:

I'm not fond of Elon Musk but at last he's going to do a decent thing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52071314

In case you cannot see the story, he is going to give NY state ventilators and have one of his factories make more.

He'd better.

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In early March he tweeted that the panic over coronavirus was "dumb". In another tweet he suggested children were "essentially immune" to the virus - which is false.

 

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1 hour ago, sinnerboy said:

Yuk!!!

Many moons ago we fancied a drink and the only thing we had in the house was peach Schnapps, still we persevered and finished it.

the one good thing about it was that it stuck our lips together as it was so sticky, stopped SWMBO talking for a bit 😆

 

 

 

what's brown & sticky?  

A stick 🤐

 

Oh, we are all so brave....... When safely out of earshot ! :chair:

 

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nah, told her to her face when she had her wisdom teeth out ( they weren't working 😀) and she couldn't talk for a week that the silence was golden, in fact I asked if she was sure she didn't have some more?

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