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  • in reply to: Coronavirus #111718

    Mike 700
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    Missed off – I have 2 Grandkids under 11 living in Copenhagen – it is very worrying!

    in reply to: Coronavirus #111717

    Mike 700
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    Children up to the age of 11 are returning to nurseries and schools across Denmark, as the government becomes the first in Europe to relax coronavirus restrictions on education.

    Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen welcomed children as they went back to school in the capital Copenhagen.

    Denmark was among the first countries in Europe to impose a lockdown, with schools closed on 12 March.

    Infection rates have been low but critics warn the strategy is risky.

    “We’re all a bit nervous and we’ll have to ensure that we stick to hygiene rules,” Elisa Rimpler of the BUPL, the Danish Union of Early Childhood and Youth Educators, told the BBC.

    “We have a lot of washing hands during the day. We don’t have masks and we have to keep a good distance from each other so that’s a very difficult task.”

    Denmark’s move came as European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen set out a roadmap on Wednesday for a gradual lifting of restrictions across the 27-state bloc, but made clear it was not a signal to act immediately.

    She set out key conditions involving a significant decrease in the spread of Covid-19, capacity in the health system, surveillance and monitoring. A donors’ conference will take place online for governments and organisations to pledge money in search of a vaccine, Mrs von der Leyen added.

    in reply to: Coronavirus #111198

    Mike 700
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    With HM resurrecting ‘we’ll meet again’ , is anyone using FaceTime, or Zoom, or Google Duo to keep in touch with friends and family during ‘ lock down’?

    We use FaceTime everyday to family in Denmark, Spain, California, and the U.K. and I use Zoom and Duo a couple of times a week to keep in touch with friends in ‘ group’ meetings/ chats, even voice therapy sessions.

    With all of the technology available to us today, self isolation doesn’t mean shutting ourselves off from others.

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    in reply to: Coronavirus #111138

    Mike 700
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    Can we leave politics out of this please. The time for debate will come much later when we are finally free of this frightful and fearful pandemic. Until then we need to support our national government by following the guidelines issued regardless of our own political viewpoints. We also need to support each other as much as we can with consideration and kindness on social media. Stay safe everyone.

     

     

    That is exactly my point Pops (perhaps clumsily put ) using the tragedy as a basis for kicking our Prime Minister & our Government to gain political points, is ‘beyond the pale’ – we should all be joining together to get us and our loved ones out of danger?

    in reply to: Coronavirus #111096

    Mike 700
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    What I find astonishing is, that there are so many experts
    on every subject, out there ( on a many different Forums ) who are clearly using this Global tragedy to take every opportunity to kick Boris Johnson & the Tories, rather than support our Government in times of crisis- especially as the Government was acting on the advice of experts in the field!

    All I would say is that there is a salutary lesson to be learned about these naysayers , which is that ‘no matter what befalls our country, they will still bitch and moan’ ( about the Tories, from the safety of their holier than thou high horse )but they are not in a position to make a real difference themselves, so they can say what they like, whether factual or not, but they offer no real solution, only ‘we are right and the Tories are crap’ (in their opinion) .

    Bringing the country together – what utter hypocricy.

    Could Corbyn et al have done any better – unlikely , because miracles are few & far between.

    Boris has offered to meet the other party leaders in a ‘National Unity’ approach – but he’ll still be criticised by these armchair warriors?

    in reply to: Coronavirus #110087

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Just an observation , not related to anyone on here-

    ‘There are none so blind as those who will not see’!

    There are none so thick as those who work in the Media!

    There are none so unpatriotic as those who constantly bring party politics
    into a National Emergency situation.

    There are none so dangerous as those who undermine our Government in this National Emergency, complaining about & Ignoring the advice and instructions & thereby putting family, friends, strangers etc at risk – they, of course can’t see that they are doing anything wrong! Hence-

    ‘There are none so blind as those who will not see ‘!

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109960

    Mike 700
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    There was a guy taken into custody I hear ?

     

    Apparently he was filling his trolley up to the top with Lobster, and Crabs, and shrimp, emptying the shelves as he went along –

    shellfish bastard!

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    in reply to: Coronavirus #109924

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Mike 700, You are obviously well prepared and looking at your home comforts during isolation offers us many tips and raises a smile..well done and stay safe đź‘Ť

     

    cheers & you!

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109921

    Mike 700
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    Participant on the bbc website today they report this “The NHS in England is sending letters to people it has identified as particularly vulnerable who should stay home at all times for 12 weeks – not going out for shopping, leisure or travel.[

     

    my daughter has the Sainsbury’s delivery service so is having our needs delivered to her, and then dropping it off to us- but no actual contact between us, she calls  when she’s arriving and we wave as she drops it off and goes back to the car, and as we pick it up from the doorstep we shout at  each other – about 20 feet between us .

     

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    in reply to: Coronavirus #109916

    Mike 700
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    Does a balaclava offer me any protection ?

     

    We’ve just had a FaceTime call with a couple of our Chinese friends, who live in the Guangdong area of China ( just north of Hong Kong, ) and their one year old , and then her parents, each of whom is looking & feeling fine!

    They live in a gated property within a gated development, ( for well off Chinese ) and they are livid that people seem to be blasé about the virus and not isolating themselves despite the advice to the contrary?

    They are somewhat concerned about what they feel are the inaccuracies in ,and skewed reporting of , the Corona Virus in the British media.

    They do not deny that the outbreak started in China, just as they are fully conversant with and accept responsibility for the outbreaks of other viruses which originated there but they feel that not enough cover is being given to the restrictions placed upon them, to try and contain the virus nor to the recovery of so many in the Country, or to their other successes in the fight against this devil.

    We explained our situation in that we are in self isolation, I am spending most of each day at the kitchen table, with Mrs 700 and her dog ,using the lounge, and the big TV of course!

    Just before our friends called, I was sorting out the spare bedroom for myself to relax in over the next few months?

    It has a single bed in it ( in case I wear myself out doing all these recommended exercises) as well as a reclining chair (with footrest), and a small TV loaded with a Now TV entertainment package and Prime Video, with hundreds of TV shows and films, available & of course my trusty iPad , lap top and phones, and several yet unread John Grisham novels , and I have just got me a Nespresso machine out of the loft ( ex M in L’s ) and plugged in a small caravan type fridge which just about holds a couple of milk cartons and a couple of Kit Kat’s – the heating is on, and I have a shower room to myself, so, as I told them, self isolation , ‘ it ain’t too bad’ !.

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109771

    Mike 700
    Participant

    bfoandc, Mike700 very small numbers surely you area’s should be classed as virus free.

     

     

    Now six – officially confirmed as of this evening.

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109724

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Just arrived-

     

    Dear Mike,

    We have just been informed that the Therapy Centre will close until further notice on Saturday 21st March 2020.
    We hope to keep you all away from the pandemic!
    Regards
    Parkinson’s

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109723

    Mike 700
    Participant

    We are all self isolating, for at least the last week, but are still regularly in touch with each other by phone, FaceTime/Skype and email.

    latest email from group-

    As a result of advice from Head Office , our branch of Parkinson’s UK will be cancelling all branch therapy and social activities immediately until further notice, these include:

    Chair Based Exercises
    Chair Yoga
    Dance with Parkinson’s
    Speech & Voice Therapy
    LSVT Maintenance Sessions
    Walking Football & Walking Netball

    Monthly Lunch Time Meeting –
    Evening Meeting –
    Monthly Lunch –

    The Therapy Centre and the MOVE Suite are separate organisations and you must decide if you wish to book and attend them or not.

    This is a difficult time for us all but by following this sensible recommendation we will get through the coronavirus challenge facing us all.

    Regards

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109719

    Mike 700
    Participant

    bfoandc, Mike700 very small numbers surely you area’s should be classed as virus free.

     

    apparently, the three are from the same family/ household , but this has not been acknowledged officially,  just local gossip

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109716

    Mike 700
    Participant

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274 We have 33 confirmed cases out of 650,000 residents, check your area here and let us know the actual confirmed numbers

     

     

    There are 3 confirmed cases in West Berkshire, out of a local population of 158,527

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109638

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Schools in Scotland and Wales to be closed by Friday.

     

    Hey Brydo,

    People have been pushing for this for some time now , and I fully understand their concerns, however the Government has announced that schools in England will also close on Friday of this week, which should help with people’s concerns but , of course, there is another very important side to the schools closing.

    It is of course that many NHS and care staff have young children in school,and if they cannot find childminders then they will invariably have to stay at home to look after their children, thereby creating a staffing shortage maybe , both in the NHS and for disabled care at home, just at the time when potentially more staff are required!

    It is easy to criticise politicians , which as you know, I do regularly, but there is a bigger picture, which sometimes we don’t see, and school closures may turn out to be extremely dangerous for older people with disabilities/ illness etc. “Putting our lives at risk”, hence the time taken to assess the impact of closures.

    Best regards,

    ,

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109573

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Thank you!

    in reply to: Just to ask how you are. #109416

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Don’t give up old son – take good care of yourself.

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109413

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Copy of an email just received by me & a bunch of friends, from the local Dentist , OTT OR NOT. – I wonder?

     

    I have to say it’s all rather worrying and an absolute first in our lifetime and interesting how people react in different ways.

    I went out to dinner with 5 others on Friday, wore gloves, for which I was mocked and even wore them to eat. But the difficult thing was not touching my face which is such a natural thing to do, but I have to say the wearing of gloves partly discourages it.

    I don’t think so far the powers that be have quite got the message across.

    Washing hands is essential when you are anywhere near contamination, ie outside your home. ( One has to assume that your home is not infected otherwise one’s doomed ! )

    But having washed your hands with soap for a full 20 minutes ( and all reports seem to forget the underneath of our nails) then DO NOT TOUCH YOU FACE after washing your hands.

    These horrible little bugs Covid-19 can only get into our bodies through our eyes, nose or mouth so don’t push your glasses up, don’t flick a bit of hair from your eye, don’t scratch that itch. DON’T !

    Lets consider shopping.

    I personally wear gloves in the shop and assume my hands are clean inside the glove.

    When you get to the checkout, how do you pay????

    Your gloves by now are contaminated by the things you’ve touched in the shop.

    So you could make a run for it but that’s a bit risky especially if like me you can’t run
    OR
    take your glove off

    reach inside your pocket ( having placed your phone in the correct pocket before you left home )mk

    pay for your groceries with your phone and replace it in your pocket and put your glove on again ( your phone didn’t touch anything, contact pay means 2 cm but not touching) also taking your glove off and back on takes a bit of thought and practice but it’s doable….and important.

    When you get home how you unpack your contaminated packets is tricky but doable.

    Throw away the wrappings, ie the parts of your purchase that have been touched by anyone.

    In theory back in the safety of your home you can now touch anything.

    All this is better than staying in your home for 4 + months.

    Oh! Keep your distance from people when you are out and about and especially in the shop.

    I’m sorry to labour the point but the hand washing message I feel it not sufficiently thorough.

    You by now probably think I’m bonkers.

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109337

    Mike 700
    Participant

    My Brother in Law has a bit of a cold, so he calls into Tesco”s Pharmacy on hid way home tonight, to get some  medicine etc, and ‘ the pharmacist’ ordered him out of  the shop!

    Paranoia or proper procedure?  I don’t know, but a 75 year old, with a bad chest and a cold was told to leave- on his way out he just picked up some Tesco paracetamol and some generic medicine and paid at the self checkout!

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109309

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Just received this email –

     

    Dear Member,

    We’ve all seen coronavirus (or COVID-19) in the headlines snd you may be feeling anxious about what the next few months will bring for you and those around you. At Parkinson’s UK we’re here to support people living with Parkinson’s.

    Advice on local group events

    For people with Parkinson’s, there’s no increased risk of catching coronavirus. However, the advice for slowing the spread of the virus for people with underlying health conditions does include staying away from groups of people.

    We’re asking branches to cancel group activities for now. In these uncertain and unsettling times developments are evolving and we’ll keep you up to date as our advice changes.

    As a result of this advice from Head Office the XXXXXXXXXX & District branch of Parkinson’s UK will be cancelling all branch therapy and social activities immediately until further notice, these include:

    Chair Based Exercises
    Chair Yoga
    Dance with Parkinson’s
    Speech & Voice Therapy
    LSVT Maintenance Sessions
    Walking Football & Walking Netball

    Monthly Lunch Time Meeting
    Monthly Social Evening Meeting
    Lunch Meeting

    The Health Suites & Therapy Centres are separate organisations and you must decide if you wish to book and attend them or not.

    This is a difficult time for us all but by following this sensible recommendation we will get through the coronavirus challenge facing us all.

    Regards

    in reply to: Coronavirus #109045

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Denmark has closed down tonight.

    in reply to: Adaptive Cruise Control? #108335

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Before I retired, I used to drive around 45,000 miles p.a, with probably 40-50% on Motorways where cruise is definitely a boon, and I have used it for many years .

    I now have ACC on the Tiguan, and it is a different beast from normal Cruise Control, but really comes into it’s own on the motorway, however, it does take time to adjust , and to adapt to it, but it is really worth persevering with it!

    It is a brilliant safety feature, rather than a convenience!

    I use it on local roads and in traffic also, and I wish that it had been available to me when I was working!

    in reply to: A few pictures of aeroplanes for those who enjoy such things. #107923

    Mike 700
    Participant

    Yup, the things we used to do eh?

     

    in reply to: A few pictures of aeroplanes for those who enjoy such things. #107919

    Mike 700
    Participant

    WW,

    My first solo flight was in an old ‘all metal’ glider.

    The glider was owned by one of the shopkeepers in the village where I lived, and because of costs etc, we used to attach the tug rope to the back of a really old 4×4 Landrover, which would drive as fast as it could towards the edge of the hill- just fast enough to get the glider airborne, and then at the last moment, the land rover would turn to the left and away from the edge.

    The glider would be airborne by now, just , but not much higher than the land rover and it regularly took a bit of a stomach churning dip as it left the hill and we jettisoned the tug rope!

    Even though it was now lower than the take off point, it was around 14-1500 feet high over the valley and when it reached the village, it was flying at about 2000 feet ?

    Elf n safety – what’s that?

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