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The Stuck In Isolation Random Chatter Thread

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That Friday flight is the one we are booked on Don it’s just the getting on the plane and getting into Toronto could be the problem as we are uk passport holders.
You might have to make up the spare room.
I am checking in on you, did you make it home? Did you enjoy your time in Canada? :)
 

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I am checking in on you, did you make it home? Did you enjoy your time in Canada? :)
Made it home yesterday! It was the last flight out of Stanial Cey and Nassau before they closed the airports, got escorted into a holding room at Toronto and our bags were forwarded on to our BA flight (which was a nice new Airbus A350). Luckily the stars aligned for us and we got back.
Hats off to your countrymen the staff took it in their stride and made the transition as easy as they could. Now for 2 weeks self isolating.
 

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Made it home yesterday! It was the last flight out of Stanial Cey and Nassau before they closed the airports, got escorted into a holding room at Toronto and our bags were forwarded on to our BA flight (which was a nice new Airbus A350). Luckily the stars aligned for us and we got back.
Hats off to your countrymen the staff took it in their stride and made the transition as easy as they could. Now for 2 weeks self isolating.
It's more likely to be a couple of months by all counts Dave!!
 

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The State (as in Madrid) have finally decided that there's going to be a hard lock down in Spain from tomorrow (so basic essential only), it's what Barcelona have been asking for from the start, but State have forgotten (again) Madrid is part of Spain and they're just toddling on regardless with their quite lax quarantine there.
As for the weekend I spent most of it just going through paperwork and making sure I'd got the accents right, since this (supposedly) landed here I've not seen a confirmed one on the slab (different story in the urban); so still sitting around twiddling the thumbs.

Next week, hopefully more thumb twiddling.
 

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Great thread relatively speaking considering the circumstances.
Interesting to read how this virus is affecting people in so many different ways.

Our house build has understandably stopped, another 5 weeks and it would have been complete. Current house is sold so it leaves us in limbo at the moment, exit date is 17th of April. We're busy packing up this house and using our one journey a day to move boxes to a storage lock up facility. Bought a caravan which is now on the site of our new house. Between the caravan, campervan and a half built house we'll be okay. Just hope neither of us become sick.
I'm still at work which is terrifying but my employer has agreed to one week on one week off to relieve some of the stress, anxiety and exposure to possible infection. My partner is working from home so our position doesn't come close to what some are experiences what with full income still coming in.

Stay safe and well folks.
 

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The State (as in Madrid) have finally decided that there's going to be a hard lock down in Spain from tomorrow (so basic essential only), it's what Barcelona have been asking for from the start, but State have forgotten (again) Madrid is part of Spain and they're just toddling on regardless with their quite lax quarantine there.
As for the weekend I spent most of it just going through paperwork and making sure I'd got the accents right, since this (supposedly) landed here I've not seen a confirmed one on the slab (different story in the urban); so still sitting around twiddling the thumbs.

Next week, hopefully more thumb twiddling.
I would not be surprised if they go full lock down over here before long. there's still lots of folks not taking it seriously and flaunting the guidelines.

Great thread relatively speaking considering the circumstances.
Interesting to read how this virus is affecting people in so many different ways.

Our house build has understandably stopped, another 5 weeks and it would have been complete. Current house is sold so it leaves us in limbo at the moment, exit date is 17th of April. We're busy packing up this house and using our one journey a day to move boxes to a storage lock up facility. Bought a caravan which is now on the site of our new house. Between the caravan, campervan and a half built house we'll be okay. Just hope neither of us become sick.
I'm still at work which is terrifying but my employer has agreed to one week on one week off to relieve some of the stress, anxiety and exposure to possible infection. My partner is working from home so our position doesn't come close to what some are experiences what with full income still coming in.

Stay safe and well folks.
thats a shame about your house scott, but as you say at least you have other means of accommodation. thats good of your boss to limit your hours. I'm hearing lots of stories from friends who have less understanding employers. I feel fortunate to not be in their shoes.
 

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I would not be surprised if they go full lock down over here before long. theirs still lots of folks not taking it seriously and flaunting the guidelines.
Here they went from what the UK is doing to a ban on non-essential services/actions in less than 48 hours as too many fools thought they'd been given a "free holiday" and two weeks later we're seeing clusters where there weren't/shouldn't be any... So don't believe the crowing of the red-tops that this isolation is making a dent in the short term as the effect of the "big day out" the other week won't be known until at least Easter (saw a couple of celebratory posts on Facebook because some used TP was shouting this today). In that time there were still idiots who thought it didn't apply to them, and to reduce the spread now they've decided to just allow the lowest workable level to carry on.

As for the folk who are attempting to circumvent the guidelines here, the government were pretty quick in bringing things in to place with them. Under the law that was invoked, there were already caveats for what is classed as justifiable action under a state of alarm with the law enforcement having the power to demand justification from anyone and issue on the spot fines (and I'm not talking pocket fluff that the UK are banding about) to person(s) breaking this. Also in law there are already rules relating (and very loosely written, so it didn't take long to modify for this) to the protection of public health, so folk who continually break quarantine or travel with the possibility of infection, or just give law enforcement grief if they are stopped are straight off to custody then let the justice sort them out down the line.
 

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Great thread relatively speaking considering the circumstances.
Interesting to read how this virus is affecting people in so many different ways.

Our house build has understandably stopped, another 5 weeks and it would have been complete. Current house is sold so it leaves us in limbo at the moment, exit date is 17th of April. We're busy packing up this house and using our one journey a day to move boxes to a storage lock up facility. Bought a caravan which is now on the site of our new house. Between the caravan, campervan and a half built house we'll be okay. Just hope neither of us become sick.
I'm still at work which is terrifying but my employer has agreed to one week on one week off to relieve some of the stress, anxiety and exposure to possible infection. My partner is working from home so our position doesn't come close to what some are experiences what with full income still coming in.

Stay safe and well folks.
I know to some extent how you feel .............I have been preparing the last few years to have the house rewired and some extensive improvement work done........just ready to get it all into action sorted out what we want and some prep work done so in a bit of a limbo situation and cant see anything happening this year......my missus is a high risk so we have to try and enforce shielding for her which means for all of us in the house......ok so far but a long way to go yet.

Stay well and keep your distance not forgetting to wash your hands..
 

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All the pressure of the COVID scare and being stuck in isolation, is making me jumpy. Last night I took Sadie out before bedtime. I'm standing there in the farthest, darkest region of the back yard waiting on her, and a Barred Owl starts hooting in the trees deeper in the woods. That by itself is enough to stand the hair up the back of your neck .....if its dark,...... if its close.........and you aren't expecting it, ....but then to suddenly have a Crow start cawing/screaming in the tree directly above you is enough to scare the *&*^%&^%^ out of you. I might have used a few bad words....screamed myself....because they both flew off down the mountain. All night and today, I'm trying to guess if the Crow was cawing after dark because the Owl was invading his space or if its the more sinister harbinger of bad things to come! o_O
 

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Yes well we have been given much advice regarding isolation from politicians ,health experts ,and many others . One glaring omission in the advice of how to ride out this pandemic is the instance of relationships . In the case of a couple who have a non marital relationship but who live apart in their own dwelling. Can anyone offer advice regarding this , should they continue their ''Sleep overs '' sorry about that Americanism, or should they abstain completely.
 

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We already live in relative isolation and have done for the last 17 years so there's not much change here. just serenity away from the crazy's :grin:
The only difference is when you go into town for supplies there's a lot less of the crazy's about. Sort of reminds me of when I was a kid and during usual daylight hours everyone was actually working and not sitting around sipping coffee or taking selfies for facebook.

No doubt if I lived in town and was stuck in confined spaces my attitude would change pretty quick but I got on the old Fergy yesterday and did some slashing. There's something about slashing. You feel like you're doing such a great job and later on the stuff has grown back and you're at it again.

The missus didn't like the idea of moving out here when we first did but she thinks its the bees knees now :swoon:
 

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@winchestergoose Hmmm separate dwellings......why would you want to ruin a good thing. DW and I are headed into the third week and found it really nice that there are three floors in our house. That way each of us has room to move around without bumping in to the other and a floor between as a safety buffer. :grin:

All kidding aside the manner and method of spread is still not fully understood. There is a risk anytime you go out of your known environment or someone comes in from outside. For us, DW is a high risk for low immunity and weakened organs, so we take no chances and pray it's enough. I would think that the risks would be far less to live in one location or the other rather then shuttling between two locations.
 

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Southern Gent ........some levity can help. Yes different homes some 22KM apart. The shuttling between the two is not a problem ,the only other person I might encounter is the occasional Kangaroo.
I hope that you are able to stay safe.
 

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Our list of essential services that are allowed to stay open include this:

Beer, wine and liquor stores and alcohol producers, and stores that sell beer and wine through arrangements with authorized providers; cannabis stores and cannabis producers;

Priorities :) Note, several small distilleries, and one brewery, have started making hand sanitizer. The brewery was making theirs for restaurants and distributing for free.
Good to see our overseas cousins making the sanitiser. Our breweries are making it too and giving it away to the hospitals and medical teams. It's a win-win. We only have 18 deaths from over 4000 cases so I guess we're doing better than other countries. Most of our cases are related to cruise ships! I see your place has 61 deaths so far, very sad.
Our Western Australian number of infected people reduced to just 6 over night so that's great news and there's only been 2 deaths - both elderly folks. Stay safe, I know it's a lot worse in the UK so you guys stay well.
 
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For everyone who loses their job in Australia, the Government is giving their employer AU$1500 per fortnight to pay each employee so the workers keep their jobs secure. Even if they had to be laid off, they can be put back on the books. I'm a pensioner and the Government is giving my wife and I AU$750 each tomorrow to go spend it locally to help out the retailers.
 

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@Winchester live in a rural area in the middle of 40 acres of pine forest surrounded by thousands more of the same. We have neighbors but the closest ones are a good mile away, so walking about around miles of firelanes without meeting anyway is fairly easy. No worry about encountering a kangaroo but I have seen deer, Turkey, bobcats, and the occasional black bear, cougar, and panther, which is why I don't go deep in the woods anymore without a firearm.

They are predicting it will peak here in about two weeks. State health officials are saying we could be dealing with some form of it for months, with the state death toll eventually reaching 100k. I keep praying they've miscalculated or their models are wrong.
 

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Sunday night a friend of my wife's parents died from Covid-19. They had been in Florida, came back when it was recommended and she was in hospital for several days. So far her husband has tested negative but is keeping isolated.
 

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Sunday night a friend of my wife's parents died from Covid-19. They had been in Florida, came back when it was recommended and she was in hospital for several days. So far her husband has tested negative but is keeping isolated.
Mistake on my part. They had been in Spain for a couple of months. She was already sick when they got on the plane I have just found out. :mad:
 

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Well blow me down with a feather - just picked up a new job!

My business, as you can imagine, has suffered greatly from coronavirus. What has been much worse in my situation is the wet weather since October has resulted in numerous cancelled events and notifiable equine diseases at an equestrian centre that keep me off the streets in the dead of winter put paid to the remaining income. I've had to survive on next to zilch over the last few months as everything in my diary has been cancelled. This lockdown came as a particularly hard shock for me as it's not just horses but weddings too and various other events I take on.

Today though, I've just landed myself a key worker job! Rather boring job but I'm past the stage of caring now and will take just about anything on. Many working for the council in Birmingham have stopped working and the company I will be working for has been given the contract. I assume those on public pay are given 80% of their income if they just declare themselves in isolation?

Anyway, I will now be going around the streets of Birmingham collecting needles and other similar goodies. Never done anything like it in my life but at least my bank account will feel better.
 

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Well blow me down with a feather - just picked up a new job!

My business, as you can imagine, has suffered greatly from coronavirus. What has been much worse in my situation is the wet weather since October has resulted in numerous cancelled events and notifiable equine diseases at an equestrian centre that keep me off the streets in the dead of winter put paid to the remaining income. I've had to survive on next to zilch over the last few months as everything in my diary has been cancelled. This lockdown came as a particularly hard shock for me as it's not just horses but weddings too and various other events I take on.

Today though, I've just landed myself a key worker job! Rather boring job but I'm past the stage of caring now and will take just about anything on. Many working for the council in Birmingham have stopped working and the company I will be working for has been given the contract. I assume those on public pay are given 80% of their income if they just declare themselves in isolation?

Anyway, I will now be going around the streets of Birmingham collecting needles and other similar goodies. Never done anything like it in my life but at least my bank account will feel better.
congrats on getting the job, hope the situation improves before too long and you can resurrect the togging business again.
 

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Has anyone really stopped and thought for a moment about how in the course of a few short weeks, not just one country, but the whole world has changed drastically. Lives have been lost, families dynamics have changed, things we consider important have changed, the way we do things have changed. If the experts are right that this might well linger until herd immunity rises to send it back to being a bad memory or they discover a vaccine/cure. Even if and when we return to normalcy, it's bound to be different from the world we knew this time last year. Can anyone actually say they'd be comfortable getting on a cruise ship? How about flying on a long flight on crammed full of people? Every sneeze or cough, reminding you of what we've gone through?

My DIL a teacher, was talking about how education would change, in years past we always had a longer then necessary school year to allow for weather days. Her prediction is that will be a thing of the past with online classes replacing days off, and ultimately a shorter school year. And how about retail??? In this country people have already been moving more toward online shopping. For me living in the country, I automatically save 5% on my purchases if I order online and have it shipped, because almost all of the surrounding metro areas have slapped a city sales tax on everything, which I don't pay if it's shipped direct to me outside those city limits. So many companies are offering free next day or 2 day shipping, makes it a no brainier. Once the masses are forced into online shopping and learn the advantage will they go back to the old way????

The list goes on, almost everything we experienced in the Pre-COVID world is going to change.
 

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Southern Gent said, "Has anyone really stopped and thought for a moment about how in the course of a few short weeks, not just one country, but the whole world has changed drastically. Lives have been lost, families dynamics have changed, "

Certainly have, but only from what we perceive as normal :oops: . Ask someone living in the slums of Mumbai and they probably can't see any difference, Yet!

SG said, "Even if and when we return to normalcy, it's bound to be different from the world we knew this time last year. Can anyone actually say they'd be comfortable getting on a cruise ship? How about flying on a long flight on crammed full of people? Every sneeze or cough, reminding you of what we've gone through? "

Trouble is, memories are short...............very short. 100 years ago there was a big bad Pandemic just after the War to end all Wars ...Ha HaHa.....
Look at everything thats happened in between and what are we doing now :rolleyes:


SG said, "And how about retail??? In this country people have already been moving more toward online shopping. For me living in the country, I automatically save 5% on my purchases if I order online and have it shipped, because almost all of the surrounding metro areas have slapped a city sales tax on everything, which I don't pay .........................................

Yep, me too. Saves a heap but I don't kid myself for one minute they won't change the rules and slug us there too.

SG said, "The list goes on, almost everything we experienced in the Pre-COVID world is going to change".

There will be changes, at least for the foreseeable future but more in the line of preparedness. As I said, people have short memories and business and people will be all about getting their finances back in order, somehow, sometime :oops:
The Dollar rules ALL.
 

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The list goes on, almost everything we experienced in the Pre-COVID world is going to change.
Give it a few years, once the inquiries are out of the way, then boom time in spending on health systems and the 24 hour churn channels are on to something new then it'll just be an irregular conversation thing.

Only things that may change in this are a decrease in on-demand tourism (not for the scare of travelling but there'll be a lot of places/airlines go down the pan), and perhaps countries may stop relying on just in time manufacturing in Asia for critical things.
 

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may stop relying on just in time manufacturing
For 25 years I owned a Transportation Company, Over the Road trucking and warehousing. During that time JIT became the biggest PITA for my company, as everyone cut their inventories to the barest of minimum, then blamed us if a truck broke down in route, or traffic/weather delays held up a delivery.
 

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After 20 days now of staying in except for the absolute essentials, I'm starting to feel much like how I would expect my dog to feel:
  1. I roam the house all day looking for snacks
  2. I get told NO if I get to close to a stranger
  3. And........I get really excited when I finally do get to go for a car ride!
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