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  1. Coronavirus

      Who said anything about it being the same job every decade / year / week / day?!
  2. Coronavirus

      Yes, this was pretty hilarious. I don't really expect get squat for any of my pathetic pensions. I'm still working (from home!) and paying in but I don't figure they'll really be worth anything. That's been my expectation since I started working back in the "good old days" financial crash, anyone remember that? Not much has really improved.   My retirement plan is not to retire and just keep on working til I die, has been all along really. I just didn't expect to be potentially killed by public health policy in a country I thought had a grip on things like this, I need to work on my novel double quick now.
  3. Coronavirus

      For all the blah blah everywhere at the moment, spread and containment are mainly a very simple numbers game. Basic statistical models, I guess.
  4. Coronavirus

      So my significant other is constantly on seminars with a bunch of economist researcher who are basically 100% agreed that gradual "opening" is the worst possible strategy.   There *will* be a second wave this way, and potentially worse, that's the gist I'm getting.   As someone who's vulnerable due to pre-existing conditions I'm pretty darned upset about this
  5. BBC Bitesize

    The wonderful Beeb is blocking access to their educational games and videos for everyone on a non-UK IP, yay "public service"!   I would never have considered asking this before (I don't miss the TV stuff one bit), but given my kids need to learn to read and write, you know, their native language, is there a Toytown Approved solution for getting access to this for a couple of months?
  6. My Stupidness in Germany

      And “My Stupidness In Germany” is the Toytown motto so it totally fits
  7. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

      Could we start a dedicated Toilet Paper Talk thread please?!   🚽 🧻🚿🗞
  8. My Stupidness in Germany

    Might work better as a podcast, make sure you post a link if you go down that route.
  9. Brexit: The fallout

      Yeah but no but.   You can still compare the hits the UK takes with the damage to EU27 countries.   And the obvious benefits of being in the EU for getting through a worldwide Public Health crisis will be pretty obvious to see in comparison in hindsight.
  10. Coronavirus

    Is it Peru or the Philippines, Dom?     OK, again could be a crossover with Brexit but this is specifically about repatriation of Brits so we can all share that proper English virus instead of the foreign stuff.   Apparently you can say “Peru” to our foreign secretary for 10 minutes and he still hears “the Philippines”.
  11. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    “Hamstering” would be a totally acceptable way of saying “building a nest and staying it for weeks doing nothing but eat, sleep and ...”
  12.   Thanks for spreading word!   And thanks for the common sense. Anyone who knows how retail works knows it’s not possible to just randomly sell off your entire stock online overnight.
  13.   I’m sure they have thought of everything mate.
  14. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

      I mean there’s a direct connection between intense physical connectedness and the chance of virus epidemics. If I can go on a plane today and be in Australia tomorrow obviously I’ll be a risk to myself and others. We made these things “normal” instead of thinking about what’s actually healthy, safe, and conducive to our happiness- including the fact that if I destroy society for my selfish whims today I’ll be lonely tomorrow, which is not a good survival strategy 
  15. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    Went shopping for actual essentials and a few treats for sanity earlier this week   no TP but plenty of water soluable toilet wipes! People left them because you have to actually read the pack I guess.   grabbed 2 as a backup (!) and left plenty for others!