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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 27 Jul 2020, 11:24 
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Whilst appreciating much of what you say, I feel deeply thankful that I am not living in a country with bush fires, drought, floods (for the most part) typhoons, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis.....

I'll take any amount of bland, cold, lukewarm, somewhat hot weather in exchange!

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PostPosted: 27 Jul 2020, 14:33 
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cestina wrote:
Whilst appreciating much of what you say, I feel deeply thankful that I am not living in a country with bush fires, drought, floods (for the most part) typhoons, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis.....

I'll take any amount of bland, cold, lukewarm, somewhat hot weather in exchange!


I agree. And I'd add avalanches and heavy snow in general to the list.

I'm not sure the weather in the UK is good, but it's very rarely awful. That said, I personally hate it when we get hot summers in the UK as the humidity tends to be totally oppressive. I find I can tolerate heat far better elsewhere.


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Well I usually like summer as my post above suggested, but the humidity (constantly soaked in sweat) and itching from flea bites or whatever they are is honestly rather a nightmare, just now! I hate how excessive humidity seems to make any cotton t-shirt leave little flecks all over my upper body, maybe it's because I never washed my clothes carefully enough.

And this isn't a whinge, but I always find it very weird how Scottish state schools go back in the middle of August, when it's still summer. The English state school holiday pattern
makes more sense, IMO :) Just looked at the BBC news site, and given what the weather has been like down here recently, I can't believe the picture of pupils returning in long sleeves and even coats.

Private school holidays in Scotland are rather more similar to England, or at least presumably all Scottish boarding schools are? I always got 8 weeks off in the summer, all July and August. It always felt odd being in England and not at school in July, because I would have been when at primary school. Wasn't really aware back then that of course English boarding schools get longer holidays than the state sector, too.

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Isn't it all to do with harvests, and the days when kids would be needed to help? It'd be earlier further north. Schools in a lot of European countries go back after Assumption Day, which is August 15th, but I always thought that September was a good time.

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Alison H wrote:
Schools in a lot of European countries go back after Assumption Day, which is August 15th, but I always thought that September was a good time.
Yes, and it's odd how marked people become by it. At the museum I always got an upsurge of enquiries from adults in September, many of them actually saying things like "Now we've got to September, I thought I'd get started on this project" or "I've only recently taken this matter up again" ranging from family history to craft work.


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Interestingly that seems to have changed now, or at least it has in the northeast. A friend of mine who's a yoga teacher commented a few years ago that she had very few new pupils in the autumn any longer, but a flurry of enquiries every January. Sure enough, when a friend and I started our bookbinding group exactly the same thing happened.


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A level nightmare in our house! My daughter has been given three B grades; her mock exam results were A, A* and B; predicted grades were two A* and an A. She is devastated, and even though the government has promised mock exam results will be the worst scenario and her school are appealing the results, it still has ruined August for her (and us). She had hoped to go to Birmingham to study Psychology and now needs to wait until September 7th for her appeal results. If only she had gone to the Chalet School, she would have got straight in! (Although not to such a low class establishment, it was Oxbridge or London all the way for them!)


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Oh I feel for you and particularly your daughter Supersal. We have GCSE coming up next week and granddaughter is already in a state tho consequences are not nearly as grave for her.

I dare not say on here what I think of the whole chaos and the disregarding of teachers since it would a) be political and b) unprintable.

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I'm sure the university - my old university, incidentally :D - will hold her place, given that we've been told that results from mocks can definitely be used instead. This is an unprecedented situation and, from what university staff have been saying on Sky News, they accept that the acceptance and clearing systems can't run in the normal way. Sorry about all the stress, though.

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What a mess it all is. Fingers crossed for the children/grandchildren of the members here.

I've just heard today that, because I'll be hanging around Amsterdam Airport for a couple of hours, plus changing planes, I'm going to be stuck with self-isolating for 14 days on my return to the UK.


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Arrgh. We are wondering if daughter is on a train through France though not emerging from it (the train), this means quarantine. Not that it would matter to her as she doesn't drive, works from home, and detests going out. We both actually enjoyed lockdown....

And fifty thousand times arrgh for all those facing A level and GCSE results and the current carnage.

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Apparently it's OK if you're on a train through France and don't get off. Or, apparently, if you're driving through France and don't come into contact with anyone else, although I don't know who's going to check if you stopped to use the toilet and there was someone washing their hands at the next sink :roll: .

Annie, is there no way you can change your flights? That does sound like a pain!

It sounds as if other countries may be next. Greece, which was doing so well, is struggling since opening up to tourism. And Switzerland, of all places - although I suppose they get so many international travellers into Geneva and Zurich that that's probably what's done it.

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It's so difficult for all students at the moment. Hope board members and their close ones who are affected can sort it. Annie, hope you find a solution}

Alison, Swiss numbers have, by and large, not been great the whole way through proportionately, and it cannot solely be attributed to the international travelers. I have my fingers and toes crossed that Switzerland doesn't get added to the list ahead of my move to Scotland as I will be well and truly in trouble (flight-wise and in terms of getting food in a new city with no connections).


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Alison H wrote:
Apparently it's OK if you're on a train through France and don't get off. Or, apparently, if you're driving through France and don't come into contact with anyone else, although I don't know who's going to check if you stopped to use the toilet and there was someone washing their hands at the next sink :roll: .

Annie, is there no way you can change your flights? That does sound like a pain!

It sounds as if other countries may be next. Greece, which was doing so well, is struggling since opening up to tourism. And Switzerland, of all places - although I suppose they get so many international travellers into Geneva and Zurich that that's probably what's done it.


Unfortunately not. I did stock the freezer up before I left as I knew I was taking a chance, so I won't starve, although I may end up living on the beans, courgettes and baby carrots I'm growing in my garden towards the end! I'll just have to make the most of my final few days of freedom here!


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My sister and brother-in-law are doing 2 weeks' quarantine with my 2 very bored young nephews - they were in Spain when Spain got put back on the naughty countries' list. It's a pain but, as long as you can work from home or aren't working, I suppose worse things happen at sea.

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A young friend of mine who got a B at AS level in a particular subject , and was predicted an A at A'level has been awarded a D! That seems to me to be a nonsense. She's lucky in that her place has been confirmed but I was told by a relative who works in university entrance, that people who appeal against their grades and get them changed may still miss out as once a place has been filled, it can't be "taken away" from the person to whom it has been given.


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Hugs to everyone who needs them, particularly with those involved in the grading issues. Scotland has put Switzerland on the quarantine list. I will miss big meetings and now have to cancel and find another AirBnb since mine won't have me :( (Not against Covid measures and will duly respect them but I've been fearing this and am worried about arriving in a new place and being isolated and meeting no one.)


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((Roversgirl)) - my sister got caught by this, having gone to Spain when everything was fine only for it to be put on the quarantine list 3 days after she arrived. It's a complete pain, but the 2 weeks will pass. Hope you can find somewhere else to stay.

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My university admissions friend tells me that the promise that all the offers on the revised grades will be honoured means they are - seriously - looking at having to run lab sessions over 24 hours. They had already revised the sessions to account for social distancing rules to run from 6am to 10pm but the only way they can both cope with the numbers AND conform with the rules is to take in the remaining 8 hours.

They don't think it is really going to work out well as you can't give a student a term's worth of 2am to 6am lab times and reasonably expect them to complete the work well so they are having to "cycle" the sessions in order to make it fair.

They are expecting chaos.


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Hugs to everyone who needs them, particularly with those involved in the grading issues. Scotland has put Switzerland on the quarantine list. I will miss big meetings and now have to cancel and find another AirBnb since mine won't have me :( (Not against Covid measures and will duly respect them but I've been fearing this and am worried about arriving in a new place and being isolated and meeting no one.)


I'm fed up at having to self isolate for 14 days simply because I spent 2½ hours mid to late evening at a near deserted Schiphol, but you're making me count my blessings! I hope it's not as bad for you as you fear.


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