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RickIcon...25-03-2020 @ 14:35 
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I'm very fortunate to have a study set aside for work (and music). Luxury!

It also makes it easier to separate work from life. I'm putting a suit on (minus the tie) each morning and getting into sweats when I finish, for the same reason.
FatpeteIcon...25-03-2020 @ 20:12 
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Rick said:
It also makes it easier to separate work from life. I'm putting a suit on (minus the tie) each morning and getting into sweats when I finish, for the same reason.


That is an excellent idea. I shall stroke the beard, the suit is clearly out of the question but the principle is sound.

maybe I would just wear a tie and take it off when done ?

Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy
Martin1956Icon...26-03-2020 @ 17:53 
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Fatpete said:The 30th of this month marks 40 years since I gave up smoking.

The price of a packet of twenty Bensons back then was 63p and the budget put them to 67p. As a 30 a day man that would have put me at just over a pound per day.

Camel break back straw as they almost never say.

Interestingly I enquired the price of the same cigarettes on my last visit to tesco and they are 12.55, which is as near as dammit 63p EACH

Who-ever would have thought that ?


15th May 1991 was my quitting day. Not that far off my thirtieth anniversary... Happy
FatpeteIcon...27-03-2020 @ 20:45 
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Martin1956 said:
15th May 1991 was my quitting day. Not that far off my thirtieth anniversary... Happy


Good man. Do you remember the price ?

My giving up was price driven so I remember that well, you may have had other motivations so you may not.

I can remember being in a pub one day, many years ago, they had a cigarette machine and an engineer was fiddling with it, probably some kind of coin adjustment, and as he left he mentioned that cigarettes would have to go to a pound a packet before he would have to come back to alter it again. I still vividly recall that the sense of utter disbeliefin the entire room was palpable.

They would NEVER get to that price. Never I say.

How wrong we were
FatpeteIcon...27-03-2020 @ 20:50 
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End of first week of working from home and it is still as horrible as it ever was and it really won't get any better


Plus I am really sick of that medical officer guy who keeps popping up between programs to give us an update and one of the first things out of his mouth is "Anyone can give you the virus" Surely you actually have to have it first - you can't give things that you don't have. I would have been beaten half to death at school for such a basic mistake.
Martin1956Icon...27-03-2020 @ 22:46 
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Post Edited: 27.03.2020 @ 22:47 PM by Martin1956
Fatpete said:
Good man. Do you remember the price ?
My giving up was price driven so I remember that well, you may have had other motivations so you may not.
I can remember being in a pub one day, many years ago, they had a cigarette machine and an engineer was fiddling with it, probably some kind of coin adjustment, and as he left he mentioned that cigarettes would have to go to a pound a packet before he would have to come back to alter it again. I still vividly recall that the sense of utter disbeliefin the entire room was palpable.
They would NEVER get to that price. Never I say.
How wrong we were


Google tells me 1.80 for 20, but I was a cheapskate who mostly smoked roll ups, so I was probably spending 10 a week on my habit. I remember cutting back on chocolate as well and saving 50 a month. Literally, as in putting it into a no fags account I opened up. But it was more for health reasons, and I had a young family then.
FatpeteIcon...28-03-2020 @ 13:11 
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Thanks for that Martin, I was in a small convenience store this morning buying chicken soup and weetabix of all things and strangest of all a pack of Chorley cakes which strangely felt like a treat, which they really aren't. Odd things are happening to me, maybe it's the isolation, or maybe it's eating standing up. Yeah, the latter of those two seems the more likely.
RickIcon...28-03-2020 @ 15:30 
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I won't start to worry until you start putting the chicken soup on the weetabix.
FatpeteIcon...28-03-2020 @ 19:10 
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Rick said:I won't start to worry until you start putting the chicken soup on the weetabix.


Cheers Rick, I think that day is quite some way off.

I always appreciated the works canteen, and was always amazed that so few used it. You had a choice of three meals every day, there was soup as well to start with if required and a selection of puddings and custard if the need arose (and it often did). It would never have got a michelin star but it was good wholesome food, that someone else cooked and did the washing up. Plus it was subsidised. It was a rare day I spent more than 4 on my dinner. They would also make bespoke sandwiches for mid morning.(As well as sausage, bacon and egg barms) I used to go for any cold meat (I would let them choose) plus tomato and cucumber on brown bread, cost was 1.20 which was about half what Tesco would have charged. And yet several would turn their noses up at this and drive a mile to Tesco to pay double what the canteen charged and then drove a mile back. Nowt so queer as folk as the old saying goes.

I really miss it now.
FatpeteIcon...29-03-2020 @ 11:49 
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British summer time. I hate that s**t and the sooner we scrap it the better, trouble is I don't think they ever will. All clocks altered - I may disapprove but I couldn't have a clock wrong. That just wouldn't be fair on the clock
FatpeteIcon...29-03-2020 @ 11:56 
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This morning I watched "Once upon a time in Hollywood" and enjoyed it immensely. Not sure what is next, maybe a nap.
FatpeteIcon...30-03-2020 @ 20:54 
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It the good old days (prior to last Wednesday) on arriving home from work I would occasionally find a message on my landline answerphone which was an automated voice stating that my credit card had been used in several countries for hundreds of pounds etc etc. There is also a button I can press where I can see who has phoned me while I was at work. It was a rare day when no one rang, I frequently saw withheld or unknown numbers, usually just one or two, the record for a single day is, if memory serves me correctly eleven. That was a one-off but three or four is not unusual.

Today is my fourth day of working from home and so far, the phone has not rung once.

Is it too much to hope that the scammers are all dead ?
RickIcon...30-03-2020 @ 21:18 
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Yes.
FatpeteIcon...31-03-2020 @ 20:49 
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You get no prizes for knowing Dick Dastardly's first name was Richard, but kudos to anyone who knew that his middle name was Milhous
Martin1956Icon...01-04-2020 @ 21:50 
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Fatpete said:You get no prizes for knowing Dick Dastardly's first name was Richard, but kudos to anyone who knew that his middle name was Milhous


Which dastardly Dick are you referring to? Wink

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