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5 minutes ago, johnnyboy said:

I've got family in Ireland and Canada and I'm quite literally jealous of you both having grown ups in charge.  What I wouldn't give for Leo or Justin being in front of the teleprompter.

Yeah I give it till Thursday before we in Ireland are on lock down

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1 minute ago, kidzero said:

Yeah I give it till Thursday before we in Ireland are on lock down

When did Ireland close their schools? Was a good week before over here, right? Bars and pubs shut a good few days earlier as well. And haven't needed a lockdown yet.

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I'm just waiting to see where this puts me as regards work. I'll be getting my exercise going for a walk round the block, either around the Apollo, or up to one of my local supermarkets. Presuming I'm not still in work. 

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Okay, need a bit of serious advice. I've learned my lesson tonight. I moved to Liverpool at the beginning of the year. My girlfriend still lives at hers an hour+ away. I've got a couple of mates I've met here, but no close connections or family.

Not sure if I'm thinking irrationally, but if it was you, would you head back tomorrow? I know the lockdown could be over in a few weeks but there's a possibility it could stretch into the summer. I've got a small place to live here, and I don't think it will do my mental health any good to be isolated for a month plus with virtually no interaction or family/friends to drop food off if I personally got ill.

Not even sure I'd be allowed back on the train tomorrow, but I'm sure if questioned I could explain that I'm going home?

Thanks. Again, apologies if this sounds stupid but the thought of being isolated for a prolonged period of time doesn't feel much different to a prison sentence.

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Just now, Undefeated Steak said:

The thought of being isolated for a prolonged period of time doesn't feel much different to a prison sentence.

You're told the end, it won't extend unless you've been a special breed of monster and if you keep your nose clean it might end early. So this situation isn't a prison sentence.

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Our neighbour was in the Paras for years. He was a champion boxer in the army and when he left, he signed as a professional. He recently retired undefeated. He’s easily the “toughest” person I’ve ever met.

He now works for OpenReach and I know he’s been struggling this past few weeks as he’s still going into 5 or 6 random homes each day to fix phone lines.

I just sent him a message to see how he was doing and he phoned me, in tears. 

His girlfriend works in a care home and so is considered a key worker, and it seems neither of them can remove themselves from their duties.

He told me just now that he’s more worried about being part of the problem than he is getting ill himself, and is getting seriously wound up by the attitudes of his bosses. It’s been spoken about how people’s mental health is likely to be affected here, and his truly is.

I‘m really worried for the poor bloke. He told me he feels lucky to still have a job when so many have found themselves unemployed, but at the same time feels like he’s being thrown into the firing line when many others are being told to stay home.

He knows having a phone line and an internet connection are important right now, but he says 99% of the houses he’s visiting are young, clued-up people who really could make do. Most have a connection, albeit slower than maybe it should be. And all seem to have a data plan on their mobile.

I just listened to him, I think it helped venting his frustrations to someone. I just felt awful that I couldn’t help or offer any suggestion.

I hate all this.

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10 minutes ago, Undefeated Steak said:

Okay, need a bit of serious advice. I've learned my lesson tonight. I moved to Liverpool at the beginning of the year. My girlfriend still lives at hers an hour+ away. I've got a couple of mates I've met here, but no close connections or family.

Not sure if I'm thinking irrationally, but if it was you, would you head back tomorrow? I know the lockdown could be over in a few weeks but there's a possibility it could stretch into the summer. I've got a small place to live here, and I don't think it will do my mental health any good to be isolated for a month plus with virtually no interaction or family/friends to drop food off if I personally got ill.

Not even sure I'd be allowed back on the train tomorrow, but I'm sure if questioned I could explain that I'm going home?

Thanks. Again, apologies if this sounds stupid but the thought of being isolated for a prolonged period of time doesn't feel much different to a prison sentence.

It will definitely last longer than three weeks. I'd bet the house on that. So take that in consideration in making your decision. 

Also bear in mind we have fuck all police in this country so you're not going to get arrested. The police powers will only really be used to shut down shops and disperse gatherings. However if you are relying on the train and don't have a car I'd say yes, definitely go tomorrow.

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I don't see how they can know whether someone's going to work or whatever. Are they going to ring your employer to check their location and when your shift starts?

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Any ideas whether people will still be able to move house? Got a right lout of a neighbour who is supposed to make way for a new tenant in April according to our landlord, and I really hope this doesn't mean they'll be forced to delay moving in and the current dickhead stays put.

I've had 20% of my pay cut today so could do with some good news :D

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Trivial issue compared to so many's but need a quick vent to some people who don't really know me. This has made me realize how reliant I have been on cannabis to give me more of an appetite and curb my insomnia. I'm waking up in the late afternoon and feel nauseous and bloated halfway thru any meal. I guess the latter is helping with rationing since our supermarket order will take ages, but it's tough to take any solace in that when I feel like I could pass out from malnourishment at any given moment.

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3 minutes ago, Uncle Zeb said:

I don't see how they can know whether someone's going to work or whatever. Are they going to ring your employer to check their location and when your shift starts?

Also, what happens with people who work in offices and factories? They’re not ‘non-essential shops’ so that’s probably going to be used as a loophole and a lot is going to be left to the employers’ discretion isn’t it? And many of them are likely going to just keep expecting people to carry on coming into work like normal. My brother works for a car manufacturer in a warehouse of about 200-300 people per shift. He’s heard nothing and as far as he knows he’s still in tomorrow despite his work not being essential in the current situation. 

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