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What are you going to do whilst in lockdown?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Gerard124, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Does it start with a shovelling-out?
  2. calorgas

    calorgas Ratty bumpkin

    Yeah, pretty much! Inside is welly mud, dog mud, kids mud, kids hair, kids wrappers, assorted madness picked up on walks (fossils, random seed heads, funny shaped bits of wood), sand etc etc. Plus the boot is thickly lined in shaggy dog hair. The outside suffers from 6-12 months worth of mud-and-cowshit-covered country lanes i.e. inch thick layers of cack that generally needs to be soaked first to soften it before I try and get it off.

    Seems to be quite a resilient little car (Ford Fusion) despite everything - aside from consumables like tyres an MOT & oil/filter change once a year is usually about all it gets, though I did treat it to new plugs and air filter just before Christmas :)
  3. Roger Adams

    Roger Adams pfm Member

    We are still allowed to ride a bike I gather. Are we allowed to meet up with a couple of mates and enjoy a take out Costa from the petrol station whilst sitting 2m apart on the village green? Is that right? Can we socialise in the park (no - don't even go there...)?
  4. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    I'm finding lockdown easier than normal life. The journey to work is quick and goes past the fridge and teapot, the uniform and hours are better, much less bullshit heard and then in the evenings I don't have to find excuses for not going out.
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  5. Stereonow

    Stereonow Registered User

    I listen to the works of J S Bach as I work.
  6. Jonn

    Jonn Tons of Trouble

    Very smart. They should be fine as they’re designed to withstand frost by creating a mini microclimate.
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  7. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    this is some ironic joke isn’t it?
  8. Roger Adams

    Roger Adams pfm Member

    No. Why? You are allowed to ride a bike. You are allowed to buy a coffee from a dispensing machine. You are allowed to be around others provided you are 2m apart and we are allowed to sit on the grass in Windsor Great Park or the village. Why would that be a joke Bob?
  9. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    You don’t know?
    Try it and get a £60 fine.
    You can ride a bike from A to B for shopping or exercise that’s all.
    You cannot meet others socially no matter how far apart you are.

    it’s clear here what powers the police now have

  10. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

  11. thebigfredc

    thebigfredc pfm Member

    Scammie, this Could be your finest our.
  12. thebigfredc

    thebigfredc pfm Member

    Well, as you asked:

    working from home in the weekday mornings; weekend mornings spent food shopping for vulnerable family members

    This afternoon I am putting some Perspex screens in a local pharmacy to give the staff a bit of protection from the public’s cough droplets and then I am going to trial an app for delivering medication to their patients in advance of running a small team for this purpose next week.

    The only question is, providing I am still alive on Jan 01, whether I get an OBE or a knighthood for my contribution.

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  13. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    You won't be though will you.
    What are you doing: 30 to 50 miles? I guarantee you will not maintain a 2m distance for the whole ride. In any case all the evidence suggests the social distancing rules should be stronger:
    BBC News - Coronavirus: 'Act early to save more than 30 million lives'
  14. TomF

    TomF pfm Member

    Thanks Ray..!

    I'm part of the senior team for one of the UK's national pharmacy chains. As you can imagine we are flat out at the moment responding to this crisis. Unlike GPs, pharmacies are all still open for our patients and so we're rapidly changing how we work so that can continue to provide medication to our patients and help all of our customers.

    Our central distribution centre is now running at 3x capacity and our online prescriptions services has seen demand go through the roof.

    All sounds great from a business point of view (and personally better than being furloughed - that's my job for this morning to work out what that means and who is affected), but with colleagues self isolating or sick, making sure that we have enough of the right people in the right places to keep all of our stores open is key.

    While we operate a home delivery service normally, this is obviously under lots of pressure, so we too are opening our doors for new drivers and welcoming volunteers like Ray.

    Among other things I look after legal matters, so am rapidly navigating the government's policy and legislation announcements (job retention is a case in point: announcement made last week and only late last night do we have any guidance) while trying to do the right thing by all the people working so hard (and in such difficult circumstances - our frontline staff are on the receiving end of more violence and abuse than ever before).

    So, if any of you are able to support your local pharmacy to keep looking after some of the vulnerable in our society, that would be amazing..!

    PS My wife - a university professor involved in some of the related health data work going on and also working like a dog - and I are both trying to homeschool our 9 year old daughter.... there aren't enough hours in the day right now..!
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  15. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    I tell you what... I would only like to be in the front of that line of wheezing, huffing and puffing riders. Anywhere else will be in a potentially nasty slipstream.:eek::D
    Rob998, Gaycha, dweezil and 2 others like this.
  16. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    too true Joe
    A doctor on BBC said last night this virus I spread in breath.
    So you don’t need to be coughed or sneezed on, just breathing near someone can spread it, as well as touch.
    Given the new powers police have ( traffic road blocks in Yorks for instance) I would expect a group of cyclists of more than two would be stopped at sent home.
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  17. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    There's guidance on that. It says explicitly that you can go out for a walk, run, cycle, skip, but you can't join up with people from outside your household. Now I imagine that you could get away with meeting up with one person, after all if stopped you don't know each other, he's just a bloke you happened to meet on the way round and he just happens to be nearby. A group though is out of order.
  18. myles

    myles Intentionally left blank

    I won't be listening to LPs as I moved all 1100 of them down to my in laws (200 miles away) in prep for moving. The LP12 went too.

    I'll tinker with a car I can't drive, work from home and walk in the woods once daily for exercise and mindfulness. Namaste.
    Gaycha likes this.
  19. dweezil

    dweezil pfm Member

    Seem to have become an IT specialist dragging little boxes from our ancient store of routers etc.

    Finally got daughter's home office up and running.

    OH off to brave Morrisons, target is to go out once every ten days if we can get enough for four, including my 96 year old mother.

    Our oldest employee received the dreaded confinement letter so have to see how we can support him for 12 weeks, replacement starts today.

    When the frost goes i'll be relaxing to R4 putting fungicide on malting barley.
  20. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    My company is lucky in that everyone can work from home however most of my colleagues are new to working from home and one impact of that is a vast number of video calls and meetings. It's calmed down a little this week but peaked at me getting 17 meeting invites last Friday. We're still pretty busy at the moment but I suspect it'll be quieter after a couple of weeks so might then get some spare time to do other stuff.

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