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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Pastinaak in The Politics Thread 2020   
    Could be said of either side IMO.
    Labour have just levelled up massively with Starmer/Rayner. 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to A Ram for All Seasons in The Politics Thread 2020   
    Very true, but if economists like David Blanchflower are to be believed, unemployment in the second quarter of 2020 will be at least 20%, which takes us back to 1932. The future will be very different indeed.
    At least we have learned that it is the health and care workers and emergency services that are important, not the hedge fund managers and tax dodgers that our politicians have been so eager to serve in the past.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Highgate in The Politics Thread 2020   
    Excluded by the First Past the Post Electoral System, which largely forces the electorate to ignore smaller parties in General Elections.  An affront to any genuine democratic system really but it seems it set to continue for the foreseeable future. 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Chester40 in Coronavirus   
    A commendable post, I find it helpful to discuss things here in a relatively emotionless void to help me process things that are still fortunately fairly arms length for me. 
    As an example, I have a close friend who was diagnosed with cancer in October. It's unclear how serious it is, but every next treatment /test /scan seems to suggest it ain't good. I can't help thinking of her a lot. She was struggling terribly as each crossroad seemed to be a wrong turn. She is now being pretty isolated too which is hard and gives her too much time to think. Initially as the virus started to spread, she must have thought 'stop moaning everyone, be glad you haven't got real problems'. 
    Obviously she is now dealing with the duel concerns of appointments being cancelled, treatment delays and the threat of contracting the virus if she goes to hospital or gets further interventions (very much so and she is now getting treatment at home). 
    She is also getting towards the time her sick pay will run out. Her husband is self employed and is now at home not earning. Her daughter is in her last year of University and due to complete training and look for work and everything is now up in the air for her but she can't come home as Mum is self isolating. 
    There are no winners here. Everyone has stuff that is pushing them one way or the other and it's good we can respect each other's personal circumstances even if our own situation puts our needs at odds with their's at times. 
     
     
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to ramsbottom in Coronavirus   
    Quick update, I never thought I’d be happy that I’ve come down With a car of sinusitis, but it’s looking more and more like that’s what I’ve got. My face was really aching last night so I popped a couple of Sudifed, and I’ve felt right as rain this morning. So much so that the Mrs has had me slaving away in the garden 🤬🤬🤬
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to ramit in Coronavirus   
    Well said, i am having similar conflicting feelings.
    Haven't seen my mother in a month.  We talk on the phone every day, sometimes she calls to check if i am really at home because she was feeling my presence.  She is so frail that if she got this thing it would be the end of her, but she needs assistance with shopping and such.  Feel simultaneously sensibly responsible and carelessly absent.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake got a reaction from uttoxram75 in Coronavirus   
    Think there's a lot of sense being posted here most recently. On the subject of visiting elderly relatives, I've been feeling pretty torn myself. The old boy lives on his own as my stepmum died of cancer a while back and he's just had a cancer scare himself, though one he came through ok. I worry about him being in isolation too long, I worry about his weakened immune system, I worry that while he'd never say as much, he might be thinking, 'ungrateful little poo hasn't once been to see me'.
    In truth, I did suggest popping to his but he lives in Bath which is an hour 15 from my place so it's hard with current restrictions in place. As regards the social distancing piece though, were he living down the road, I'd definitely go see him but only after the 14-16 day recommended quarantine period. Nobody wants to be 'killing with kindness' and that's the risk we all take if we cut corners right now. By all means go visit your mum, dad, aunt or whatever but keep them and your good selves safe in the process chaps and chappettes and even then, please observe the safety guidelines, for your own good as well as theirs. This is not a virus to be messed with.
    Anyway, look after yourselves my fellow Rams fans. Hopefully this horrible virus will do one sooner rather than later and we can all then begin the process of getting back to some sort of normality.  In the meantime, stay safe one and all. 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake got a reaction from ramit in Coronavirus   
    Think there's a lot of sense being posted here most recently. On the subject of visiting elderly relatives, I've been feeling pretty torn myself. The old boy lives on his own as my stepmum died of cancer a while back and he's just had a cancer scare himself, though one he came through ok. I worry about him being in isolation too long, I worry about his weakened immune system, I worry that while he'd never say as much, he might be thinking, 'ungrateful little poo hasn't once been to see me'.
    In truth, I did suggest popping to his but he lives in Bath which is an hour 15 from my place so it's hard with current restrictions in place. As regards the social distancing piece though, were he living down the road, I'd definitely go see him but only after the 14-16 day recommended quarantine period. Nobody wants to be 'killing with kindness' and that's the risk we all take if we cut corners right now. By all means go visit your mum, dad, aunt or whatever but keep them and your good selves safe in the process chaps and chappettes and even then, please observe the safety guidelines, for your own good as well as theirs. This is not a virus to be messed with.
    Anyway, look after yourselves my fellow Rams fans. Hopefully this horrible virus will do one sooner rather than later and we can all then begin the process of getting back to some sort of normality.  In the meantime, stay safe one and all. 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Pearl Ram in Happy Birthday Mozza   
    ‘Ave a good ‘un me owd, 👍
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Papahet in Coronavirus   
    Turning into a nightmare 😥
    Derby hospital have had restrictions on visitors for three weeks already - my mum has already been in there since January. It’s messing her up no end being away from family, she has lost track completely of the outside world and now been taken to the Radbourne mental health unit... she was perfectly fine before this lockdown.
    I get the whole “stay inside save lives”, but my mum tried to kill herself because of this policy last Saturday and again on Wednesday. It isn’t helpful whatsoever to be away from her family and I’m an absolute nervous wreck not knowing if/when I’ll see her again. 
     
    Im reading stories of murder and domestic violence, it’s becoming a circus. Just go herd immunity and stop this bs. Another four weeks... months of this will mentally kill a lot of people.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake got a reaction from richinspain in Coronavirus   
    Think there's a lot of sense being posted here most recently. On the subject of visiting elderly relatives, I've been feeling pretty torn myself. The old boy lives on his own as my stepmum died of cancer a while back and he's just had a cancer scare himself, though one he came through ok. I worry about him being in isolation too long, I worry about his weakened immune system, I worry that while he'd never say as much, he might be thinking, 'ungrateful little poo hasn't once been to see me'.
    In truth, I did suggest popping to his but he lives in Bath which is an hour 15 from my place so it's hard with current restrictions in place. As regards the social distancing piece though, were he living down the road, I'd definitely go see him but only after the 14-16 day recommended quarantine period. Nobody wants to be 'killing with kindness' and that's the risk we all take if we cut corners right now. By all means go visit your mum, dad, aunt or whatever but keep them and your good selves safe in the process chaps and chappettes and even then, please observe the safety guidelines, for your own good as well as theirs. This is not a virus to be messed with.
    Anyway, look after yourselves my fellow Rams fans. Hopefully this horrible virus will do one sooner rather than later and we can all then begin the process of getting back to some sort of normality.  In the meantime, stay safe one and all. 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake got a reaction from Paul71 in Coronavirus   
    Think there's a lot of sense being posted here most recently. On the subject of visiting elderly relatives, I've been feeling pretty torn myself. The old boy lives on his own as my stepmum died of cancer a while back and he's just had a cancer scare himself, though one he came through ok. I worry about him being in isolation too long, I worry about his weakened immune system, I worry that while he'd never say as much, he might be thinking, 'ungrateful little poo hasn't once been to see me'.
    In truth, I did suggest popping to his but he lives in Bath which is an hour 15 from my place so it's hard with current restrictions in place. As regards the social distancing piece though, were he living down the road, I'd definitely go see him but only after the 14-16 day recommended quarantine period. Nobody wants to be 'killing with kindness' and that's the risk we all take if we cut corners right now. By all means go visit your mum, dad, aunt or whatever but keep them and your good selves safe in the process chaps and chappettes and even then, please observe the safety guidelines, for your own good as well as theirs. This is not a virus to be messed with.
    Anyway, look after yourselves my fellow Rams fans. Hopefully this horrible virus will do one sooner rather than later and we can all then begin the process of getting back to some sort of normality.  In the meantime, stay safe one and all. 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to ariotofmyown in The Politics Thread 2020   
    According to wiki, Dad was a toolmaker and his Mom was a nurse. Passed exams to get into a free Grammar school, went to Leeds uni and went in to become a top lawyer.
    Anyone who suggests he is not 'working class' enough is clearly wrong. He has excellent credentials in my eyes...came from a modest background, worked hard and did well for himself. I would assume he will be interested in promoting social mobility whilst also been sympathetic to working people.
    Much preferable credentials than Dad was rich, went to Eton and Oxbridge, got job as journalist due to connections, got sacked for lying etc etc.
    I think you need some experience of real life in order to lead properly. Having everything given to you on a plate doesn't seem like the best preparation to lead the country. 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake got a reaction from ramit in Coronavirus   
    That's Mr Freak to you buddy 😂
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake got a reaction from WhiteHorseRam in Coronavirus   
    That's Mr Freak to you buddy 😂
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to WhiteHorseRam in Coronavirus   
    eh?
    Who are you? Go and play up your own end.
    More i-Nan than i-Ram obviously ..... 🙂
    I am glad @G STAR RAM is back here, and as for @86 Schmokes & a Pancake he is one of them Oxford Ram freaks, watch out for them.
    Now go back to your knitting.
     
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to G STAR RAM in Coronavirus   
    To those thinking of visiting elderly relatives this week, as tempting as it is, if you've followed the social distancing guidelines, you are probably 7 to 14 days away from being 99.9% sure that you havent got the virus.
    I'm desperate to see my family. But for the sake of an extra week or two I think it's a sacrifice worth making rather than risk passing them the virus and living with the guilt of that for the rest of my life if anything happened to them.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to bigbadbob in Coronavirus   
    I 'd love to give my mam a hug  mate but better safe than sorry and most important thing is just seeing her and having a chat and being with her. Get in the garden with her, bit of social distancing, Bob's ya uncle. That's what I'm doing. She can make me a bacon sandwhich, gonna FaceTime wife and kids. It's not ideal but she's cool with it, it's all we can do and it'll hopefully be back to relative normality in a few weeks.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Van Gritters in Coronavirus   
    There are such things as key workers. How would the hospitals or food producers even homes carry on with no water electricity or drainage? People have to carry on. They are giving a service to the people of this country it’s not just the NHS that are out there. Some services need to be kept running because if not the consequences could be far worse.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to uttoxram75 in Coronavirus   
    I'm lucky that me mum only lives a mile away. I can drop off her groceries and stuff while doing me own shop. It breaks me heart to talk to her through the window as she's still grieving losing me dad before Christmas after 60 years of marriage, and I know she needs a hug.
    Lots of people in far worse positions though.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to bigbadbob in Coronavirus   
    Go for it. I'm more or less in the exact same position as you and I'm off to see her tomorrow. Taking her some shopping, she's letting me in back gate, sit in garden 2m or more apart no physical contact, give her someone to talk to face to face, do her more good than harm. Just got to be sensible and balance things up. Go and see her mate.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to SchtivePesley in Coronavirus   
    Agreed - don't feel bad for musing out loud in here. I think we need this sort of platform for our own sanity. Hopefully you'll feel differently tomorrow @G STAR RAM. I always appreciate reading your input, even when I 100% disagree :)
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to uttoxram75 in Coronavirus   
    The mixed messages, worry, confusion and fear in our factory is unreal. On one hand we have senior management demanding normal production targets are met while 15% of the workforce are self isolating or off for 12 weeks  (classed at risk due to age or illness).
    Also, office and non-production management are working from home while production line people are finding it impossible to keep a 2 metre distance.
    Agency and temps are coming in to cover the absence, making it even more difficult to manage the situation. HR are working from home but demanding we contact everyone who's off to put pressure on them in case they're swinging the lead.
    It seems very trivial compared to the conditions that NHS staff and carers are working in but its still mentally draining on shift.
    Our owners are trying their best to make extra money out of it, not quite up to Sports Direct standard but having a good go.
     
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Ghost of Clough in Coronavirus   
    By which time there were fewer than 200 confirmed deaths after contracting CV - a minute sample size. Just over 1000 in the rest of March (just over a week) still has little impact when comparing with usual deaths in a month. However, 2000 CV related deaths in the first 3 days of April can be compared with peak flu-season ‘flu related deaths’ of 3000-3500 per week. Whereas 2000 flu-related deaths per week at this time of year is typical. So we’ve already hit the point where CV exceeds usual fly related deaths at this time of year and matches peak flu season, with signs suggesting it’ll still get worse for the next week or so. All of this is in spie of being in lockdown - just imagine how bad it could have been!
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to angieram in Coronavirus   
    Please send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery from all of us.
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