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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 23 Mar 2020, 17:23 
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My father.

Meds. Online ordering has been set up so that he doesn't need to collect the prescriptions but when I suggested an online pharmacy, I was met with a deafening silence. Since I have no expereince of using them (and have heard a few horror stories), I didn't push it. However, the latest (rather vague) announcements is that there will be help for people in his situation. Hopefully that will mean anything he needs (luckily very little) will be delivered by someone whether it's the pharmacy itself or someone else.


Reading. We've suggested ebooks and Project Gutenberg (which I thought he might enjoy). His preference is for reading "proper" print (it's mine as well and I find onscreen reading very tiring). Things may change in a few weeks time when his current stash of books runs out. He has ordered a couple of periodicals which will come by post.

Thank you for the suggestions and your support. It's very difficult when someone isn't nearby.


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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2020, 20:05 
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I rang our local pharmacy after I was unable to collect our meds on Saturday (because the pharmacist couldn't get in because his train was cancelled!) and after I had asked about delivery and she said they were very busy, she asked our names, and after a minute said ah, yes yours will be with you this afternoon. Presumably because Mr Bufo is well over 80, and I'd said we were self-isolating now because of our age. So this afternoon a van pulled up, and a chap left the meds on our doorstep with a cheery wave.

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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 23 Mar 2020, 20:22 
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MaryR wrote:
I have to say that neighbours have been extraordinarily kind, offering to get groceries etc for us. We're spoilt for choice!

But it does feel weird not going to Mass this morning - and indeed to weekly mass, now the Catholic church has finally got its act together and agreed to stop all masses - or even funerals, which I find very sad.

Good luck to all those self-isolating like us! :wink:


Our church always live streams Sunday services anyway, but yesterday they did it from the empty chapel, with recorded hymns, just one of the ministers leading and preaching and a couple of PA people doing the recording. It worked very well, I just had audio but people on Facebook had vision also which included hymn words on the screen and the Bible reading. They are also taking it in turns to do a short daily message. Technology is proving its worth in so many ways though it can't really replace real personal interaction


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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
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I ordered my Mum some flowers for Mothers Day - should have been delivered on Sat but still haven't been. :( I have emailed the company so am hoping i get a response.


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PostPosted: 24 Mar 2020, 14:25 
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I went to Waitrose this morning mainly to get shopping for an elderly neighbour. There was a queue outside as they were resticting numbers inside. However they had loo roll and soap and everyone got a bunch of flowers


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PostPosted: 24 Mar 2020, 19:01 
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First day of trying to work from home (we are not really set up for it).

1. Remote access link kept saying that it couldn't connect because the office computer wasn't on. It was definitely on.
2. Tried umpteen times to get through to IT support.
3. Finally got through. Spoke to man who said he wasn't sure how it worked as he didn't set it up. Unless they have two people there with identical names and identical voices, he definitely set it up. He said he would need to have a look using remote access.
4. His computer wouldn't connect. He said he'd sort it out and ring back.
5. He rang back to say that their remote access programme had crashed worldwide (presumably due to everyone else trying to set up working from home systems) and that he'd ring me back when it was sorted.
6. He did not ring back.

I'll try again tomorrow! I've contacted the boss to explain, so at least no-one can say I didn't try.

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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 24 Mar 2020, 21:36 
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A lack of planning on their part does not constitute a crisis on yours, in fact!


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PostPosted: 24 Mar 2020, 22:20 
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I should have checked it before, but I assumed we'd get a couple of days' notice, like schools did. I didn't have my car with me yesterday and couldn't carry the laptop and files home, so I thought I'd collect them today and then test it, not expecting to be told at half 8 that this was it! Oh well, maybe better luck tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 25 Mar 2020, 00:36 
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From what I'm reading, it seems that wherever countries, provinces, states, etc. are going into lockdown, one of the businesses which are exempt from it because they're ranked as 'essential' are the IT firms - I'm quite sure that their services will be in very high demand until everyone has settled into this new 'work from home' routine. Good luck with getting properly set up, Alison, and to anyone else in a similar situation.


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You are right Elder. I am beginning to wish I had shares in Zoom!

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PostPosted: 25 Mar 2020, 08:26 
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My cousin does IT stuff including making professional videos, and has suddenly found himself much in demand for arranging live streaming of funerals. It's so macabre that I just don't know what to say!

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PostPosted: 25 Mar 2020, 10:33 
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Alison H wrote:
My cousin does IT stuff including making professional videos, and has suddenly found himself much in demand for arranging live streaming of funerals. It's so macabre that I just don't know what to say!
I do - thank goodness for people like your cousin who are helping people to cope. :D Very distressing for some folk if they can't go to a friend's funeral, and funerals are known to be useful in enabling people to have closure relating to a death.

I suppose it's all very fine for me - as my parents were florists, I grew up with the idea of funerals in the background, and knew the undertakers and their families!


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PostPosted: 25 Mar 2020, 13:05 
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I saw a message on Facebook yesterday saying that such-a-person (I didn't know them personally, friend of a friend) had died and that no-one was to attempt to attend the funeral but that it was being live-streamed! Strange times, but, as you say, it's helping people to cope.

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PostPosted: 01 May 2020, 20:29 
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My oven has broken. It really picks its moments.

I've got a cover plan with Currys and will try to get through in the morning, but, before I even got to the message telling me that the line was closed until tomorrow, it said that there were long waits on the phone and long delays in getting repairs :shock: . Of course, it just had to pick a Friday night as well, and the week before a Bank Holiday week.

This is not doing my anxiety levels any good :cry: .

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PostPosted: 03 May 2020, 16:51 
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I know we're allowed to drive to go for a walk, but why do people find it impossible to change their plans if the place where they were planning to walk is obviously busy?

I was out on the bike earlier, and as I went through the local woods, there must have been 30+ cars parked there. Add in the fact that several streets back onto the woods and there are hundreds of people who live within 5 minutes walk, and it's surely not difficult to work out that you would do better to drive somewhere else for your walk?

But people were still looking for places to park...


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I get the sense that the supermarket is maybe not making much effort when they can't find any suitable substitutes for certain unavailable delivery items.

But who knows, it's always so hit and miss what you get now (though the local Waitrose seemed quite notorious for that long before the virus, the current deliveries are not Waitrose), and the stores are under huge pressure, of course.

And the sudden burst of colder weather in May is irritating, not that it really makes much difference for me in the south (still in short sleeves).

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PostPosted: 12 May 2020, 01:07 
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It seems to me pointless expecting people to stay home if, when they order groceries, they don't get what they've ordered.

I seem to have friends who are ordering from more than one supermarket (which takes away delivery slots from other people so some people can't get deliveries at all) and over-70s who are going out shopping to get the things that haven't been delivered because they are in the shops. I can't blame anyone for doing this but it really shows the weakness of the planning and response.


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PostPosted: 12 May 2020, 07:27 
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To be fair to the supermarkets and the authorities, there's no way they could have anticipated the huge upsurge in demand for home deliveries - it all happened within the space of a few days, in March. This is the first time in the history of the world that entire populations have been told only to go out when essential. They can't just get new vans because they have to be custom-made to carry frozen and refrigerated stuff, and they can't just employ new drivers because they need people with HGV licences, and presumably there's also training about packing and unpacking.

There's no reason they shouldn't be sending what's ordered, though. After the initial panic-buying in March, stocks in the physical supermarkets are now pretty much back to normal. Some things are out of stock sometimes, but that always happens - it's no worse than usual. I do miss the one-pint bottles of milk, though! They vanished in mid-March and have never come back!

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PostPosted: 12 May 2020, 16:54 
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Alison H wrote:
To be fair to the supermarkets and the authorities, there's no way they could have anticipated the huge upsurge in demand for home deliveries - it all happened within the space of a few days, in March. This is the first time in the history of the world that entire populations have been told only to go out when essential. They can't just get new vans because they have to be custom-made to carry frozen and refrigerated stuff, and they can't just employ new drivers because they need people with HGV licences, and presumably there's also training about packing and unpacking.


I don't disagree with you over the supermarkets and the impossibility of suddenly providing new vehicles, drivers etc. But the Government said that people who should not go out should get home delivered groceries and also that people should stay home if at all possible (that is the surge is due to the advice given by the authorities) and the supermarkets said repeatedly that they did not have the capacity to deliver to all of the people who would be in lockdown never mind anyone else. Yet the Government failed to either consult the supermarkets or to take any action to make sure that delivery capacity existed before announcing the lockdown. (It's not the only thing that the Govt didn't bother with doing . Only after the lockdown was announced was any action taken over the need to deliver medication, for instance, yet it was blindingly obvious that such provision would be needed)

Now, obviously that leaves the supermarkets in a cleft stick but the point is that, if deliveries can't be made in a timely and accurate fashion then you can't sustain a lockdown and THE GOVERNMENT needs to be acting on that. That's not happening. It's all head-in-the-sand stuff. The "authorities" were told that there would be problems and did nothing. All along the Government appear to have been working on the principle that Someone Else will sort the problems.


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PostPosted: 12 May 2020, 17:47 
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Alison H wrote:


There's no reason they shouldn't be sending what's ordered, though. After the initial panic-buying in March, stocks in the physical supermarkets are now pretty much back to normal. Some things are out of stock sometimes, but that always happens - it's no worse than usual. I do miss the one-pint bottles of milk, though! They vanished in mid-March and have never come back!


I bought a one-pint bottle of milk from the Co-op today, it's the first time I've seen them there, though since I usually go around 11.30 they may have been sold out earlier.


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