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  1. 31 points
    Sorry to be harsh but this proposal is utterly selfish, I would have thought better from the OP. Lots of us would love to go cruising but we aren't. Non-essential travel has been ruled out by the government - this is quite clearly non-essential travel. This is a classic case of entitlement and 'the rules don't apply to me'. And you say you're an expert in disease control??? So let presume you already have the virus but don't know it - how do you propose to get yourself from Goole to Ripon without touching anything on the way or once you get there? Using the excuse that we've been told to stay at home and therefore you can move about like this because your boat is your home is appaling pedantry. You know damn well that's not what the advice means and you're using a technicality to try and dodge round the rules. The 14 day rule has been relaxed for a reason - it's to try and prevent all non-essential boat movements, but allow boaters to still access vital services. People are dying because of selfish attitudes like yours. I'm frankly disgusted.
  2. 24 points
    And most profuse apologies to the person who retied the grey/red/black boat near Brinklow, presumably after it came adrift while I was away last week, leaving one of their own pins to cross-pin my bow line. It's a fairly new boat to me and I hadn't got round to buying another couple of pins to supplement the mooring hardware that it was sold with. No excuses, I knew it was iffy mooring on such a shit bit of towpath, and I shouldn't have on just two lines and two pins. It was stupid of me to chance it. If you're on here and read this, can I: Give you your pin back? Offer you a beer/whisky by way of apology? Little things like these are one of the things which make the boating community so special, in my humble opinion. Thanks again.
  3. 16 points
    I had a composting toilet fitted in January 2019 and at the time, promised to let the forum know, after the first year, how I had got on with it. There is a fair bit to say so I will copy Sir Nibble and post it in sections. (No I won't - it won't let me!) Views on toilets are very mixed and several bits of this will not meet with complete agreement. All I can say is that I did not go the composting route entirely by choice, it was a decision partly driven by circumstances. This is an honest description of my experience in the last twelve months. I have absolutely no axe to grind here and have no connection with Nature’s Head nor with any toilet supplier. Background I have a 70’ Orion tug, built in 2003 and which I have owned since 2013. My wife and I are retired, we don’t live aboard but spend about 7 months of each year on the boat. Our time aboard is split into roughly 6 week spells. When I bought the boat it had a macerating pump-out toilet and as there was space, I added a 365 Cube porta-potti for emergencies. This arrangement was OK for five years though I never really trusted the pump-out, for one thing, the ‘full’ indicator never worked properly. Late last year I had a lot of work done on the boat to re-position the engine. As a result I had to get rid of the pump-out toilet, as the holding tank was removed to accommodate the repositioned drive-shaft. I could have replaced it with a cassette but decided to experiment with composting instead. We bought a new Nature’s Head composting toilet at Crick, Debdale installed it for me as part of the engine move and other work which they did on the boat. The company from which I bought the toilet is no longer in business and I am not sure if Nature’s Head have a UK distributor at present. You can certainly view the toilet on the net and may have to if you want to completely follow what I have to say. Installation and use Installation was exactly as per the manufacturers instructions except that the ‘screw down brackets’ which fix the unit to the floor were not used by Debdale and I have not fitted them since. The old porta-potti was not fixed to the floor and I have found no reason to fix the Nature’s Head, in fact it’s simpler to use if not fixed. A small 12v computer fan extracts air from the toilet and pumps it out through a skin fitting. The fan runs 24/7 when we are on the boat and not at all when we are not. I had planned to use one of the old pump-out exits for this but Debdale preferred to cut a new hole and skin fitting instead. The manufacture says some substrate should be used and we selected coconut coir. This comes dehydrated in blocks (20cm x 10cm x 5cm) which I buy in bulk from Amazon. I also purchased a number of 30 litre clear polythene boxes from Wilko. These had lids and I cut a large hole in two of the lids, hot-gluing nylon fly screen over the holes. The boxes were intended to hold first the reconstituted coir and ultimately, the ‘product’ while it finished composting. The boat has an enormous (1700 litre) front deck locker which is of limited use (you can’t easily reach the bottom of it from the deck). It may have been constructed partly for a bow thruster which was never fitted (but who knows, Richard at Orion had some eccentric design ideas). Anyway, my original plan was that I could use part of this locker to stack some of the Wilko boxes - those with fly screen lids - while the ‘compost’ matured. The Nature’s Head has a horizontal stirring bar about half way up the solid waste container. The manufacturer’s guidance is to start by filling to this level with coir. I prepared the coir by placing two of the blocks in a Wilco box and adding 7 litres of very hot water, putting a (solid) lid on and leaving it for 24 hours. The next day the coir had expanded to about 10 litres and become crumbly, it was slightly moist but not wet. It takes about 70% of the prepared coir to fill the toilet to the recommended level, I left the remaining coir in the Wilko box which was stored in the engine room. In use the Nature’s Head requires a little practise, it is very important to keep liquid and solid “deposits” completely separate. So you need to be careful where you are seated on the toilet but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it. Urine goes into a removable bottle which can be easily changed, we had 3 spare bottles and needed to change one every day. Obviously they are straightforward to empty in an Elsan or even in a public toilet, as there is no mess involved. The nitty gritty We find that with only two users we need to empty the solids box every three weeks. Not because the container is full (in fact the level does not change much) but the material becomes denser and the stirrer gets difficult to move. Here we depart from the manufacturer’s instructions. We decided to do this because the stuff does not smell unpleasant and does not look like a box of turds. The appearance is rather like garden leaf mould and the smell is similar. So we proceed as follows:- Move the toilet out into the centre of the bathroom Remove the liquid container Have an empty Wilco box ready Trowel out the material using two garden trowels and put it in the Wilco box (*1) Put new choir in the solids container plus a sprinkling over the solids in the Wilco box Put the liquids container back, close and replace the toilet Cover the Wilco box with a fly screen lid and put it in the engine room (*2) The whole operation takes 10 minutes. *1 Emptying after 3 weeks results in about 15 litres of waste so you can just fit 6 weeks worth into a single Wilco box. *2 The original plan was to put the box in the front locker but as there was no smell, we experimented with storing it in the engine room to see if the heat would speed composting. As we go home roughly every six weeks and only produce a single Wilco box of waste in that time, we just take it home with us and add it to our existing garden composting arrangements. This was a major departure from our original plan but I think we could have managed with the locker. The difficulty for anyone without ‘hands on’ experience is believing that the quantity of product is so small and that my claims about smell are true. I know, I was surprised myself. Also, of course the system might be unworkable for live-aboard’s with limited locker space - in that respect we have an advantage. But neither of us would go back to the old toilet arrangements and would recommend composting to anyone with the necessary space and an unfussy attitude to getting familiar with their waste.
  4. 14 points
    For the record, we had five boats out prior to this weekend, all sent out before any boating restrictions or even pub closures were in place. Two of those have now returned. A third (out since the beginning of February) was at Cropredy this morning and will be back by Thursday evening. The remaining two are crewed by entirely unrelated couples from New Zealand who currently have nowhere else to go. As of this morning they are mulling over whether to return to base and live here for the next few months or hunker down where they are (one of which is a fair way north having already been out for a while), which will depend on the likelihood of continued availability of essential services where they are vs. how much grief they will get from people jumping to conclusions if they boat back. I note that here today there are still a number of private boats moving too but no one complaining about that, and forgive me if this sounds bitter, but I expect there'll be a thread on here soon complaining that all the boatyards are shut and how dare we as we're an essential service, probably started by the same people who normally post advice on avoiding boatyards at all costs as they're too expensive. Rant over Incidentally, if anyone needs fuel round here, I spoke with Rue at Armada Boat Hire this morning and he's going to stay open for fuel for the foreseeable, and if it gets to a point where he's unable to continue we'll pick up the baton.
  5. 14 points
    I have put this in general boating so more will see it. In the present climate many people are finding it hard to buy basic provisions due to eejuts that are bulk buying. If you are one of these idiots please read no further. For sensible human beans who havnt bought everybody elses food up this is for you. The Pig Place shop at the moment has stuff you may need. The muppets are generaly supermarket shoppers so this place although busier than normal still has stuff. NOTHING has been overpriced and is precisely its normal price. At present there are plenty of proper free range eggs, bacon, pork etc though much is frozen due to time of year. There is pasta at normal prices, beans BOG ROLLS and other stuff. If you need owt and dont want to risk the drive/boat down and find there isnt what you want please message me and I will check and hold if we have it. I know this looks commercial but in the present climate please take it on the true value its meant as its of assistance to forum members. Taa Tim
  6. 12 points
    No you're quite right. It's all those bloody darkies. We whites would never do all that stuff like they do, you know, keeping the NHS going, looking after your old mum, driving the trains and the buses. Dammit, they even let some of them teach in schools these days! Probably where the virus started. I bet they went home and said "I saw that bloody ParaHandy in Costco this morning, glaring at us as he always does, the silly old bigot!" They just don't understand our ways. It's cos their skin's a different colour and their blood is green and their brains are made of wood. PS I am choosy over who I allow to call me "friend". Please don't do it again.
  7. 12 points
    Well I just have to say having bought my boat yesterday and worked late loading boxes of cloths etc about I returned to Mercia Marina where she’s moored and can honestly say everyone I came in contact with were/are extremely friendly. The marina office staff were very friendly and helpful but what stuck me most was as I was driving to my mooring everyone walking towards me waved smiled and said hello. Going down the pontoon with the biggest smile on my face a fellow boater popped out his side hatch and shouted “ are you the new boy? Welcome to Mercia “ I think the big daft smile gave me away. Having spent all day unboxing and sorting I decided to make my way back to my business here in Sutton in Ashfield but stopped at the super clean toilet block for a Jimmy before the drive back and within seconds of washing my hands ( several times ) I found myself in conversation with a lovely fella in his 80’s who was happy to share some tips and advice as he too lives on a Widebeam. Now yes it was only my first day at Mercia and I’m sure there is bound to be some grumpy old fart I’ll not get on with but hey it’s a promising start to my brand new adventure. Thank you Mercia for making me feel welcome.
  8. 11 points
    Why the fixation with Greta? Are you so threatened that Greta is provoking people to think seriously about what changes in direction may need to be made to set our globe and its inhabitants on a viable path towards perpetual sustainability? Are you scared that some of the changes being floated are in a different direction to The Daily Telegraph orthodoxy, that maintaining our lives is totally dependant on ever growing our commercial endeavours. And look I find your way of describing her offensive, It does nothing to convince me that middle aged white englishmen should be let anywhere near positions of world influence. I await a spluttering reply.
  9. 11 points
    If you're in trouble with foodstuffs, PM me. I'm within driving distance of you and can bring you stuff.
  10. 10 points
    Don't think people realise how vulnerable they might be. Think many are soldiering on, but it can be just a little 'something' that can trigger a reaction. This morning at 7:30 while walking the dog on the towpath, and thinking what to do now that only 80 items can ordered the Tesco on-line shopping cart (that's not a lot really for possibly 3 weeks). I've got a slot booked for next Thursday, having booked it 3 weeks ago, it was the first slot available. We've now got to shop savvy, eg 3 carrots count as 3 items, while 3 x 750gm bags of carrots are also 3 items. Plus you can only have 3 of a given item - so that's 3 blocks of butter to last possibly 3 weeks. All of this was going on in my head, then I saw this woman walking towards me with her dog. I nipped up the steps by a bridge to distance us. As she approached, and keeping a safe space she asked if we were OK on the boat. I just said "Yes we're fine thanks, and you? Are you on a boat?" She told she was on a permanently moored boat further on from us, and said that if we needed anything, I've to put a note in the boat's window, and she or her husband (who walk past our boat in the mornings walking their dog) will pick up the message. Obviously I thanked for her kindness..... what a star she was! On my way back to the boat I was in bits, I was trashed! Such wonderful kindness from a stranger! Many, especially men (I imagine) are putting on a brave face on things, but it really doesn't take much for life to be overwhelmed, and we might not know until someone's kind or harsh word is directed at us and puts a chink in our 'armour'. No one knows what people are going through at this time.... if we can't cut people some slack at this time, perhaps it's time to step back and consider our priorities.
  11. 10 points
    Heard a Doctor on TV say to get through the bordom of self isolation we should finish things we start and thus have more calm in our lives. So I looked through the house to find all the things i've started but hadn't finished... and I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Jock Danielas, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiumun srciptuns, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how feckin fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner piss. An telum u luvum.
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  13. 9 points
  14. 9 points
    You lot do spout a load of uninformed bollocks sometimes. Most of the locks on the C&HN are listed, so approval will have to be obtained before any works can be undertaken. With the erosion of the soil behind one lock wall, some serious decisions will have to be made about how the restoration is undertaken. Will they be allowed to repair the structure using modern techniques, or will the wall have to be rebuilt using historic techniques? If the latter, it will be necessary to source suitable materials and contractors. I do have the specifications for the Fall Ings canal, from 1814, so about 20 years earlier, but would the heritage officer involved consider those to be suitable for the Figure of Three Locks? If they go for a more modern approach, the subsoil will need investigating as the site is on the Calder floodplain, so unlikey to be suitable for simple foundations. Finance is another problem, and if they seek Government support, a full report will have to be put together. A heritage report will be needed anyway. Whatever CRT want to do, they will be required to have reports on the various possibilities; it is just a fact of life with historic structures and government funding. There could be other aspects to the job. Should a protective wall be built between the locks and river to stop this happening again. If so, the EA will need to be involved. The site will not be easy to access for large plant as it may have to cross the Smeaton lock, which is also listed.
  15. 8 points
    The current issue of Waterways World can be read for free online, in recognition of the fact that most people can't get to newsagents/chandleries right now: https://reader.waterwaysworld.com Lots of good stuff in there (not just my map of the Middle Level ).
  16. 8 points
    Let's keep banging those political points home folks, get the thread closed and deny everyone one of their coping mechanisms. Mods, please don't close the thread, delete the posting that confuses national emergency with an election campaign and if necessary ban the posters but leave us the mutual support.
  17. 8 points
    On a happier note. My employer has spoken to each of us about our feelings. He has given us each the option to stay home on full pay. You give a man like that loyalty. All my colleagues are practicing credible isolation, there is constant cleaning of shared equipment from the glass on a blasting machine to door handles. Customers are fully cooperating, morale is high and we are keeping the wheels of transport and the screws of commercial maritime vessels turning with pride.
  18. 8 points
    This self isolation business isnt that bad....
  19. 8 points
    For crying out loud Alan, can you quit the fear-mongering? Yes this is all a problem, yes people will die from it, yes it will put a strain on NHS resources -- but the best option is to try and not make the same mistakes some other countries have done, and not pretend that we can do the impossible like stopping the virus spreading or finding a cure before lots of people get infected. Things like the "social distancing" the WHO have recommended are exactly what the UK scientists have said will probably be needed AT THE RIGHT TIME, which is not now in the UK (but probably is in places like Italy and maybe Spain) but may be needed about a month from now. Taking action too soon or too late are both bad, it's like Goldilock's porridge -- all we can do is hope that the UK gets it just right. Meanwhile people doing what you're doing will make it less likely that we get it "just right" by encouraging people (and the press) who don't understand the issues to pressure the government into doing things which are counter-productive. Please, stop it 😉
  20. 8 points
    Man in chemist shop: ‘What can I use to disinfect kitchen surfaces against this coronavirus?’Woman behind counter: ‘Ammonia cleaner’.Man: ‘Oh sorry, I thought you were serving
  21. 7 points
    Because her message is SO uncomfortable and unwelcome, and recognised deep down as correct. It's the oldest and least intelligent response in the book. When you don't like the message, shoot the messenger.
  22. 7 points
    Hardly devalues her point though does it, just because you find her annoying/unattractive, I've said before I find her delivery somewhat off putting but I admire her taking a stand and I generally agree what she says. The world need passion and that she has in spades
  23. 7 points
    With our now enforced isolation and “stay at home policy” and other restrictions on where we can go and when, I have been thinking about how to mentally deal with the situation and get through it. It is worth a conversation around I think our approach to our own and the household’s well-being. So, what are your thoughts? For my own part I think it is important to have a strategy and tactics that will help. I have been trying for instance to think of upsides to the situation. 1. The garden this year will look the best it has ever been. 2. I am hoping for a bumper crop of vegetables to help feed us in the house. 3. The Morris Minors are going to get more TLC than usual. 4. Both Model railway layouts are also going to get more TLC and renewal. 5. Lots of jobs around the house will get done that have been waiting but time has been lacking. 6. More time for studies. We do need to count our blessings as above and what’s good about the coming day e.g. I am still virus free, we have enough food, I am with the people I love etc. Much of how we deal with the situation is about our own attitude and what we decide. We can’t do anything about the virus or the situation we are in but we can decide how we go about our day and how we treat each other. That being said if we are living with someone we need to be tolerant and allow them space to express themselves, we will all get frustrated from time to time. We need to find a new rhythm to our lives and a new daily routine to retain or return some order and purpose to our days. It is also important I think to make sure you take time to treat yourself to an activity you like or something that makes you feel good. We need to try and make the day go by well and not be a drudge. I like to keep up to date with what is going on but it is also important not to obsess about what you cannot control but focus on what you can. Stay in touch with friends and family and all the people you love. Social media is great for this but it is no substitute for seeing someone and talking to them. We may not be able to see many of them just now but we can speak to them on the phone and have a chat and that will make all involved feel better and act as a support group. Also true to check on neighbours especially any older people who may be living alone. If you are healthy and fit enough consider volunteering for local help services in any way you can for any activity you are able to do. Pass any kindness received on to others. OK perhaps some random and erratic thoughts but over to you now.
  24. 7 points
    Anybody who lets their emotions affect their driving is a bad driver, in my book. IMHO.
  25. 7 points
    Good grief! We are in the middle of a national crisis and you expected C&RT to respond to you apparently almost immediately at the weekend!!!! Why the need to "scream and shout" at them ? You have repeatedly complained of not getting emails etc from them but you have never acknowledged or replied to the many messages on here telling you how to register to get them . Why?? Folk on here have repeatedly given you advice and asked what questions you want answered as they might be able to help but you ignore these messages. Why?? I think it is time for us to scream and shout at you to stop being such a diva demanding attention and for you to give C&RT some slack in these difficult times for them as well as us. haggis
  26. 7 points
    Found this photo of the sharp bend at Outwell. Turns out Nicholson's were right! 810 degrees by my reckoning.
  27. 7 points
    No doubt this will bring out the trolls, but, assuming that the two are of the same family (not subject to the 2m rule), and have no symptoms are they not just carrying out their permitted once a day exercise?
  28. 7 points
    Arthur you have no idea how childish your tantrums are! Because of the forces and their sacrifices, you have the freedom to make your rant!
  29. 7 points
    And, should you already happen to have the virus, and it causes you to need to be hospitalised - what then? Richard
  30. 7 points
  31. 7 points
    I was well impressed by the muslim corner shop proprietors who prepared little packs of sanitiser and stuff for local people and handed them out door to door. Islam has a strong tradition of charity although extremists give the faith a bad name. I do not normally defend faith systems, but I was touched by this story.
  32. 7 points
    Britain has not ever been really socialist, even when the NHS etc. was set up. It just moves a bit to the left when those with power and privileged believe there is a good chance ordinary folks will revolt and sort them out. As soon as possible the privileged move the country back to the right. I don't think wholly socialist governments work long term. We need enterprise and the as much of a capitalistic system that it requires to thrive but tempered with a lot of social justice and that demands multinationals etc to be brought under control and forced to pay their way.
  33. 7 points
    To be frightened is an understandable response to probably the biggest threat in our lifetimes. For those of us "of age" a threat to our very lives, but for so many still in employment a serious threat to their livelihoods. At a lower level, threats to long planned holidays. Our lives will change. Predictably there is a huge variation in responses to this situation, both at a personal level, as you can see on this forum, and at an institutional level. Some respond with denial, some with anger, some get busy making arrangements, any arrangements, like buying bog rolls, that they think will equip them better. There are some fundamentals of what we must do to though to get through , and these are where our governments are steering us, and if that fails directing us: Firstly, take as much care as you can of yourself, as the ability of others, including our families and institutions, is going to be severly constrained. So wash your hands often and limit close physical contact with others, especially if you are feeling unwell. Maintain contact though, just stand further apart, or use more technology, as isolation will become a much more significant societal problem. Be tolerant, stressed people are grumpy. Behave, Public order resources will be under stress unprecedented in most of our lifetimes so reduce the need for enforcement, just comply. And where you can do nice things, do so, enjoy your boating, walks in the countryside away from crowds. Isolation cannot be absolute but we can easily achieve greater personal physical separation beyond the virus spread line, then we have been used to, Still do nice things. Those with a living on board capable boat are already at a considerable advantage over most in this regard. Best wishes.
  34. 7 points
    It will be impossible to ban those without symptoms from going out. An 80 year old on an estate, living on their own with no local family? And thousands of people simply can't afford to get food delivered. What is sensible is to try to reduce interaction as much as possible, to try to put of getting seriously ill until there is a chance to be cured, or at least looked after. And to remember that most old people recover, too.
  35. 7 points
    Yesterday was day three and race 4 of the annual classic yacht regatta in Auckland. Photos of the A class Gaffers all built between 1894 and 1908 racing. taken from the old lady of the fleet the 1894 built Waitangi. 58ft on deck 74ft from bowsprit end to boom end. 1200sq ft main on a 43ft boom. No winches! The racing is competitive as the clutter at the start photos show.
  36. 7 points
    Just been to see my 93yr old Dad, who is absolutely the target for this current virus, poor health, breathing issues and quite frankly tired. I try to pop up every other weekend, it's a 250 mile round journey, normally my sister will cover the other, we will do his shopping and bits and pieces. I did have second thoughts about visiting him today but the reality is, i chance giving him the virus or he starves and as we are his only visitors his isolation will become worse. No point to this really, I'm sure I'm not the only one in a similar position
  37. 7 points
  38. 7 points
    Yes you are! Do your washing on the move or even moored up with the engine on, when its finished go fill with water. If you haven't got enough water fill up move away then when washing is over refill with water. Failing that there is a good laundrette in Berko Its not difficult to show consideration for others.
  39. 7 points
    Do the householders being irritated by your engine running know all this? Have you explained it to each and every one of them? I'm staggered that you think your excuses make it ok to ignore the requests not to run engines on the service point.
  40. 7 points
    Our farm (just North of Wrecsam) was on the site of the old Ffrwd canal, coal mine and iron and steel works (going back to the 1700's) I came across coal when digging out cross country jumps (for horses) so investigated what was needed to extract it. Looking at the old mine plans, it turned out that, that particular field was the old coal storage yard, we did not need a licence to extract the coal (as it had already been extracted), but we did need planning permission for change of use from agricultural to commercial. Wrecsam LA gave us a 30 day 'exploratory' planning permission so we got a company in to investigate it for us. They found a customer for the coal, provided excavators, buldozers and arranged a fleet of trucks to cart it to Chester, and we split the profits 50/50. We managed to clear most of the field in (approximately) the 30 days and selling just over 100,000 tonnes of coal. Whilst we had the big 21 tonne excavators on site I arranged for the driver to leave the key and used it in the evenings to finish the cross country course. It made it a lot easiert than my old JCB 3C. No2 Son got quite involved "in the hole" helping the digger drivers
  41. 6 points
    In this time of incalculable gloom, our boats, landscapes, boating activities and wildlife are still stunningly beautiful and give joy to those viewing. I miss those experiences. You would cheer me up, and I guess many others by posting photos, and videos of your day by day boating and what you encounter, it is stunningly beautiful and in this you are so lucky. Likewise the responses to my photos of alternative boating here in New Zealand have obviously given pleasure so let's share this pleasure. We are not totally powerless to create pleasure without endangering ouselves or others Please just post that lovely dawn photo today and more. Spring in Britain is beautifully photogenic, and as this goes on, so is summer, and then autumn, and winter. Share the views please. Don and Val
  42. 6 points
    I'm not seeing discontent about to boil over into unrest. I'm seeing people doing what they are told is their civic duty. If there is a focus for anger it's not the authorities, it's the minority flouting the social distancing rules or treating the whole thing as a holiday, a minority which seems to be getting smaller under the pressure of public disapproval and robust police action.
  43. 6 points
    Nice to see something positive about him at last.
  44. 6 points
    People who are bored are lacking in imagination... come on, there're lots of things you can do. I'm doing things that're proving to be so fascinating, for instance yesterday I counted 380 perforation strips on a bog roll, while another one, packaged in the same bundle had 374. Try it, it's a fascinating hobby. If only I could get hold of two packets of rice crispies to audit 😌 BTW before anyone reports me to the PBP [Panic Buying Police] the bog rolls were a Christmas present, and grumpy people should wind their necks in!
  45. 6 points
    I also find my vision is not as sharp as it was 20 years ago 🤣
  46. 6 points
    I think it has become apparent over the past few years that Tim Martin cares about nobody other than Tim Martin. What a nasty piece of work!!
  47. 6 points
    It's a great hope, but so long as people want to buy the cheapest stuff regardless of where it comes from (e.g. China) and have it delivered to their door in an Amazon box this is not easy for governments to fix. If you want to go back to local food/manufacturing then the simple fact is that you'll have to pay for it, the price of *everything* will go up. For those of us who can afford it this is fine, for those on low-paid gig economy jobs it's not so fine... It's like people doing all their shopping at the big supermarkets and then protesting when their local shops close -- you're the ones who bought cheap at the supermarkets instead of expensive at the corner shops, what did you think was going to happen? Everyone wants to blame somebody else for society's ills -- usually the government -- rather than acknowledge that the fault is partly (or largely) theirs; for example they read the papers and tut about the poor pay and conditions of delivery drivers while having Amazon deliver bargains to them and ordering dinner from Deliveroo...
  48. 6 points
    In light of the recent panic buying, UK supermarkets have introduced the following maximum purchase limits: ASDA - 2 hand sanitisers, 24 toilet rolls. Tesco - 1 hand sanitiser, 18 toilet rolls & 2kg of rice. Co-Op - 1 hand sanitiser, 12 toilet rolls & 1kg of rice. Aldi - 2 trumpets, 1 diving suit & 1 MIG welder.
  49. 6 points
    Before Coronavirus, in public I used to cough to cover the sound of a fart. Now I find myself farting to cover the sound of a cough.
  50. 6 points
    A friend of mine posted (on Facebook) an interesting set of thoughts on the virus outbreak from an experienced doctor which although long for a post here is worth reading I think. " Abdu Sharkaway (6th March) I'm a doctor and an Infectious Diseases Specialist. I've been at this for more than 20 years seeing sick patients on a daily basis. I have worked in inner city hospitals and in the poorest slums of Africa. HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis,TB, SARS, Measles, Shingles, Whooping cough, Diphtheria...there is little I haven't been exposed to in my profession. And with notable exception of SARS, very little has left me feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed or downright scared. I am not scared of Covid-19. I am concerned about the implications of a novel infectious agent that has spread the world over and continues to find new footholds in different soil. I am rightly concerned for the welfare of those who are elderly, in frail health or disenfranchised who stand to suffer mostly, and disproportionately, at the hands of this new scourge. But I am not scared of Covid-19. What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others. I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they " probably don't have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know..." and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess. I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be cancelled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games...that could be kyboshed too. Can you even imagine? I'm scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession. But mostly, I'm scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, open-mindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested. Covid-19 is nowhere near over. It will be coming to a city, a hospital, a friend, even a family member near you at some point. Expect it. Stop waiting to be surprised further. The fact is the virus itself will not likely do much harm when it arrives. But our own behaviours and "fight for yourself above all else" attitude could prove disastrous. I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. We have an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases in our society. Let's meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion for others, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophizing. Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts. Our children will thank us for it.
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