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  1. We got masks just before the virus took hold. It was obvious what was coming at that point (Italy), got them from UK meds. Also got a couple of N95 with filter, not washable unfortunately. Ordered some washable ones but not impressed with them when they came, they bagged at the side so we had to alter them but still not sure about them. Waiting for some other washable ones to come from Vistaprint next week, washable with replaceable filters, they guarantee not to run out of the filters and yes they are manufacturing both masks and filters.
    You can get face shields from Virus Stop, not taking away from NHS the company is making them for the general public in case you wondered. Delivery was quick, don’t know what it will be like now though.
    I never go into a shop without a mask, personally I think they should be mandatory in shops, public transport etc. It is those who show no symptoms who are the biggest threat, If everyone has to wear a mask it will help. 


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  2. I got a Saturday job at Woolies on Hyson Green In my last year at school. Then when I left school (hooray) I worked there full time until I started at Boots on Station Street. 
    I really enjoyed working there, it was better than the Boots offices I worked in which is why I only stayed there a year but that is another story. Only time It wasn’t good was when a member of staff cut herself very badly on the bacon slicer which was as lethal as it looked. 
    Goodness this has bought memories flooding back, let’s just there were characters among the customers as well as the staff, good times.

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  3. Waiting to hear from my mobile dog groomer she was hoping to start working again from this week. Kai is very scruffy especially his legs, he looks like he has dirty socks on at the moment. Strange when where we walk has been dry for a while but as long as he enjoys his walks don’t really care. I have tried to trim the fur that grows in between his pads on his feet but he doesn’t really co-operate. He puts all his weight on the leg I want to do and I can’t pick it up and we keep going round each leg until I give up. I have tried to creep up on him while he is asleep but he jumps up and we end up with the same result. 

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  4. I haven’t posted much recently, every day seems much like another except for the highlight of getting a delivery slot, 2 Iceland and 1 Asda to date. However this morning Kai and I had a bit of excitement.  
    We had our usual walk, had breakfast and I started to clean up. I leave my back door open so Kai can wander in and out as he wants. I was in the front room hoovering and then went into kitchen when I heard a kerfuffle in my side room off the kitchen. (Bit of background the male wood pigeon had been chasing the female around my garden, didnt know they could run so fast).

    Anyway back to the kerfuffle, I could hear things being knocked about and thought Kai might be having a fit or something. When I went into the room there was a wood pigeon throwing itself at the window trying to get out and Kai trying to get at the wood pigeon, it was chaos (spelling?). 
    I got Kai into the kitchen and got a towel to throw over the wood pigeon so I could get it out the open door. I didn’t realise how big this pigeon was, it was built like Lennox Louis, would have fed the whole street, the beak looked a bit scary as well.  Looking at my hand towel I realised it was slightly inadequate and had visions of losing a finger. Anyway I managed to somehow get the bird onto the floor to stop it hurling itself at the window so it didn’t break its neck or my window. 
    I dropped the towel over it to try and calm it down a bit and we both took a breather. It then emerged from under the towel and proceeded to throw itself at the half of the french door that was open, unfortunately it was behind the door so I would have to guide it round so it could get out. I managed to do this but it ran past the opening and proceeded to throw itself against the glass in the other half of the french window that wasn’t open. (Of all the pigeons in Bilborough it seemed I had got the mentally challenged one). 
    I sort of wafted the towel at it and it Looked at me as if to say “what the **** are you doing” but eventually got the message and ran thru the open door. It flew up onto my fence and p****d all over it ( at least it didn’t do it in my room) and then flew away.
    Turned round to go back into kitchen and the big spider was in the middle of the floor, I swear it was laughing, so I flicked my towel at it and it scuttled off. 
    Mental note to oneself get one of the strippy things to go over door when it is open and evict said spider for insolence.  

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  5. Has anyone else received the “Yes I do - but no if I don’t” email about the clarification of the lockdown rules? If not I could type it out, it is a bit long, 27 points, but I could do it in sections if you want to read it. I would point out it is a very tongue in cheek clarification.

  6. Taking Kai out this morning we did the usual routine making him sit with his lead on whilst I opened the door and then wait until I told him to go out. As he was sat there I noticed a rather large spider come hurtling out from between the wall and floor slab ready to fight! I moved Kai over a bit, think it was a bit overmatched or more likely Kai would eat it, he is very partial to the odd wasp, beetle etc. I had a good look, from a distance I must add, and it seems to be Big Bertha who was obviously in a bad mood. Perhaps I woke her up when I lent my walking stick against the wall. Making sure the door to the kitchen was shut we proceeded with our walk.

    When I got back she was sunning herself on the wall. I sorted Kai out with water etc. and then went back into my side room. She had moved a bit so we were eyeball to eyeball. Although I do NOT like spiders, she is quite magnificent really apart from the way she runs and the fact that she is a spider. We have renegotiated her tenancy, same rules as before. She stays in the side room, can eat as many flies as she wants, no partying or having friends over. All webs must be discreet and must not be where I will walk into them. I have agreed not to let Kai sniff or eat her and she won’t try to attack us when we are going for walks and she is not allowed to accompany us on them either. Any rules are broken and she will be in next doors garden immediately.

    So hopefully we can co-exist peacefully.


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  7. Don’t know what a brickbat is so never thrown one. I have no problem with her delivery, she is doing the best she can under difficult circumstances. Don’t consider myself omniscient (which is a marvellous word) either, neither am I in a panic or on the verge of it, just getting on with it as best I can like most people. I   I was just putting my thoughts forward for discussion.
    I would just say that there are other “experts” who totally disagree with the statements she has made and it has even been said she should resign. 

  8. 11 hours ago, DJ360 said:

    The first people who should have taken this seriously were our Govt... yet they have utterly failed on so many levels.  They STILL have not apologised for getting the early stages so wrong.



    Whilst not defending the government, if as is repeated over and over again “we follow the science” then I can understand them getting this wrong if they followed Dr Harries advice. They are only as good as the advice they get from the “experts”, so I think quite a lot of the mess we are in now would seem to be down to her advice possibly?
    Last night a question was asked about people coming into the country unchecked. The answer was that you could check someone coming in and they would be okay but could then show symptoms a few days after. Surely the answer to this is a mandatory 14 days quarantine? It just seems like common sense to me, but then I am not an “expert”. 
    Let’s hope the drug trial starting on Thursday is a success. Does anyone know how they conduct these, do you get vaccinated (my iPad changed this to fascinated) and then get exposed to the virus somehow?

  9. I watched the daily briefing with amazement last night especially wondering which country Dr Jenny Harries is in.

    This is the person who said it was okay for people to congregate outside in large crowds. Football fans from Spain then came over for a match in Liverpool from Milan where there were a lot of cases.Suprisingly Liverpool became a hotspot, I wonder why. At the time Spain had stopped football matches. Cheltenham Races also went ahead.  I would have thought anyone would perhaps have thought if you get a contagious person in a crowd the disease is going to spread, but of course I am not a “scientist”. I presume this was the “herd immunity” that, I think it was, Chris Witty spoke about which was dropped when they realised the amount if deaths this would cause.
    She also said last month we had a “perfectly adequate supply of PPE”. We have all seen how that worked out over the past few weeks. 
    Yesterday took the biscuit, apparently we are an “international exemplary in preparedness” and we had a “containment phase and it was successful”. On the first statement the answer is, I am sure, no we weren’t and on the latter if it was successful why did we have to go to phase 2 when it was appearing that the virus was getting out of control? I don’t know how she says these things with a straight face to be honest. 

    It seems she doesn’t believe that general testing (if we could get it done which looks very unlikely), contact tracing etc. doesn’t work. Then why have the countries that have done this not had so many deaths if it makes no difference. It seems nearly all other countries are doing more testing than us are they all wrong?

    Whilst not absolving those that call themselves a government (I am not a labour supporter so have no axe to grind with the conservatives) from this shambles I wonder how much of this so called “science” is to blame for our position at the moment. 
    Personally I think schools should have been closed earlier. Another pearl of wisdom from Dr Harries was that children only get it mildly. Okay but what about those who they pass it onto?

    We lost a lot of time at the start, should have locked down instead of the first voluntary social distancing and I believe the population is paying the price now. I am so angry that all of these people have died before their time, that their families have had to go through this, that  the NHS staff are not being protected and having to deal with all this tragedy (sorry clapping although showing our thanks just isn’t enough), that care workers seem to have been left to just get on with it and more selfishly that my way of life has been changed for the foreseeable future. I just want my life back with the plans I had made for the next few years, whereas I can see being in this “lockdown” for quite some time yet (funny I never thought of myself as being elderly, that was always someone else).

    Sorry this rant is so long, going to have a cup of tea now and, although I haven’t had one since just after Christmas, I could reeeaaallly smoke a ciggie. Suppose I had better fill up my vapey thing better than nothing:huh:

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  10. The first time my friend and I saw the Rolling Stones was at the Albert Hall, that is where we met them (which at 14 was completely overwhelming, first time I saw my friend speechless!).  It was love at first sight (Mick Jagger not the Albert Hall).


    From what I can remember BGS had their speech day there I think, can remember sitting on benches without backs for long boring hours with my back aching and my bum numb.

  11. Highlight of the day getting an Asda order and an Iceland order after much trying. Bit like buses none at all and then two arrive together. A big thank you to retail staff and delivery drivers who make this possible may you all stay safe and well.  Heroes all!

    Must admit it was exciting getting the deliveries brightened up another day stuck in!


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  12. I saw this when he first started his laps and made a donation. I stand in awe of both him and all those who have contributed to make this amazing total. The generosity of the British public never ceases to amaze me when they do things like this especially at a time of such uncertainty and when many are struggling. As to the politicians the phrase lions led by donkeys comes to mind. 

    Happy birthday Captain Tom and many happy returns.

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  13. I got an acer last year. It is in a garden pot, about 2’ high at the moment. I will be keeping it at about that height, don’t want a full sized tree. The leaves have now gone the lovely ruby red colour with all the sunny weather. I did get some leaf scorch last year, but have moved it now so it has sunlight and shade as well.

    i haven’t noticed any aphids on it though. When my Dad used to get aphids on his roses he used to spray them with soapy water to get rid of them from what I can remember. Don’t know if that is any help?

  14. Been down to the local parade of shops with my mask on, feel a bit silly but wasn’t the only one. No queue outside Heron so just had to wait  for someone to come out. Same at the Co-op. Managed to get most of what I wanted although no washing up gloves and I forgot a pack of tomatoes. Still I did get a box of eggs. Won’t need to go out for quite a while now.
    The gossip was that both the local Asda and Aldi had enormous queues again. Wonder if the panic buying is back again as the lockdown is being extended?

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