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messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by JohnL March 23, 08:25AM

Blah Blah Wrote:
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> The alcohol thing is surely just a reflection of
> the pubs being closed?
>
> On the news that gyms are to close I thought, I
> will use the park gym. Then there came the news
> that the parks are closing, and, I have just
> bought a cross trainer online :D - See how it
> goes?

I brought an (under 500) exercise bike (was actually planning to do so already) and as I was looking prices were going up and delivery times were going up to april.

Panicked and just paid smiling smiley

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by Blah Blah March 23, 09:52AM

LOL indeed John. There is a run on exercise equipment now :D

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by rahrahrah March 23, 03:57PM

Yeah, exercise equipment out of stock everywhere and prices going through the roof.
Generally Amazon's algorithms are designed to profiteer in a crisis I notice. Surprised they're not getting more heat over this. If a traditional store massively marked up the prices of certain items in this situation they would be heavily criticised I suppose this is an advantage of not having a human make your pricing policy in the moment.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by ed26 March 23, 05:35PM

Demand-led pricing..... It's the high prices at times of high demand that allows companies to sell things cheaper when demand is lower - Amazon, Uber, airlines - all the same. It may not seem fair at times like this but we benefit from it at other times.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by Blah Blah March 23, 06:08PM

Agreed. But there are some online suppliers that are not raising prices to be fair. Because of demand, it means the cheaper versions of things are selling out fast. But you don't need expensive equipment to work out and youtube is full of great routines you can follow to keep up any previous gym or exercise routine. I just wanted a cross trainer because that was my most effective piece of gym equipment for High Impact Training. I already have bar and dumbells and a weights bench, and a cycling machine. For most people, they can find whole classes online, they can do in their own home, with very little equipment needed. Maybe we should start a new thread to share links for useful at home exercise? Exercise is a great thing for combating depression too.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by JohnL March 23, 06:09PM

8:30 PM TV statement from Boris announced.

I suppose the fact it's a TV statement says it all.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by Sue March 23, 06:25PM

Britons abroad have to return home.


Coronavirus: Britons abroad urged to return to UK immediately

[www.theguardian.com]


New Zealand about to go into lockdown.

'Kiwis go home': New Zealand to go into month-long lockdown to fight coronavirus

[www.theguardian.com]



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was march 23, 06:26pm by Sue.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by JohnL March 24, 10:33AM

lots of people say the UKGOV can't send alerts as we backed out of the testing.

They just sent me one so they've reactivated the feature smiling smiley.

"New rules in force you must stay at home"
"Protect the NHS, Save Lives"

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by diable rouge March 24, 01:25PM

JohnL Wrote:
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> lots of people say the UKGOV can't send alerts as
> we backed out of the testing.
>
> They just sent me one so they've reactivated the
> feature smiling smiley.


It came directly from the mobile networks on behalf of the Gov, so we can all sleep easy knowing that Michael Gove doesn't have our numbers...

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by TheCat March 24, 04:32PM

diable rouge Wrote:
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> JohnL Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > lots of people say the UKGOV can't send alerts
> as
> > we backed out of the testing.
> >
> > They just sent me one so they've reactivated
> the
> > feature smiling smiley.
>
>
> It came directly from the mobile networks on
> behalf of the Gov, so we can all sleep easy
> knowing that Michael Gove doesn't have our
> numbers...

I have two phones, one work and one personal, both with Vodafone....one phone got the message and one didn't.....

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by hpsaucey March 24, 05:45PM

Blah Blah Wrote:
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> LOL indeed John. There is a run on exercise
> equipment now :D

Good pun!

HP

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by diable rouge March 24, 06:57PM

Fast forward one month...

*Scours the EDF's For Sale section, debating which half-price ''hardly used'' exercise equipment to offer on...*

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by Sue March 24, 07:26PM

diable rouge Wrote:
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> Fast forward one month...
>
> *Scours the EDF's For Sale section, debating which
> half-price ''hardly used'' exercise equipment to
> offer on...*


If only it were one month ..... sad smiley

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by Blah Blah March 24, 07:33PM

Yep, this is not going to be over in one month. But on a lighter note, I will be offering a half price home cross trainer when the gyms reopen :D

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by diable rouge March 24, 07:43PM

The use of one month wasn't for when I think it will be over, but for when the novelty of a 'home gym' starts to wear off. I thought I was being generous!...

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by Sue March 24, 09:00PM

big grin big grin big grin

Sadly the EDF For Sale section has (quite rightly) been closed for the duration ....



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was march 24, 09:01pm by Sue.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by JohnL March 24, 09:13PM

diable rouge Wrote:
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> Fast forward one month...
>
> *Scours the EDF's For Sale section, debating which
> half-price ''hardly used'' exercise equipment to
> offer on...*

LOL - I wouldn't be surprised

Lucky this country doesn't sell weapons like the good old US or they'd be a run on them too.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by Blah Blah March 24, 09:47PM

lol yes, there will be a lot of bored new owners of gym equipment at the end of one month.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by JohnL March 25, 09:12AM

Hurray (and I know some won't approve) but a few beers or a glass of wine just helps especially on a friday when you would have a drink with friends (lots still having a drink via skype/facetime)


[www.theguardian.com]

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by teddyboy23 March 25, 09:24AM

I've got a mate knocking out second hand toilet rolls.25p a roll selection of colours.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was march 25, 09:29am by teddyboy23.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by JohnL March 25, 10:28AM

I tweeted Camden Brewery to ask if they are still brewing and is they had further stock coming - they are smiling smiley

They don't do toilet rolls.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by Mark March 25, 11:01AM

"Charles and Camilla were now self-isolating at Balmoral", must be tough

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by JohnL March 25, 12:51PM

Mark Wrote:
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> "Charles and Camilla were now self-isolating at
> Balmoral", must be tough


Sky News have now used the term "Royal to Royal transmission"

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by diable rouge March 25, 03:38PM

Some good news, apologies if posted elsewhere... [www.theguardian.com]

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by KidKruger March 25, 04:43PM

wow - that'd be great (if they work as hoped, obvs).

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by diable rouge March 25, 04:57PM

Yep, as the article says, a game changer, esp for NHS workers.
I guess that'll be the next panic buying item...

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by malumbu March 25, 11:16PM

ed26 Wrote:
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> Demand-led pricing..... It's the high prices at times of high demand that allows companies to sell things cheaper when demand is lower - Amazon, Uber, airlines - all the same. It may not seem fair at times like this but we benefit from it at other times.


True and always good to understand supply and demand (price control generally a dirty word). On a separate matter the mark up for hotel rooms at Bilbao for Euro 2020 was phenomenal. I'll get great pleasure in cancelling my overpriced tiny AirBnB room for three. Got to snatch some glimmers of light from this situation. Like all markets where there is under-supply things can change or someone can come in with an innovative product (Japanese toilets or bidets?) and you are left with warehouses full of a valueless commodity.

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by malumbu March 31, 08:40PM

ED Bird Wrote:
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> malumbu Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Rather under the belt, and very political but am
> I
> > the only one who thinks that having the union
> > flags behind the PM in the televised
> conferences
> > reminds me of another time?
> >
> > This is not as facetious as it may sound.
> Looking
> > back union flags have appeared in the past but
> > they seem to have more prominence now.
>
>
>
> offensive & pathetic.
>
> I bet you wouldn't be complaining if it was an EU
> flag.

I didn't think that it would be worth having an adult conversation with you about patriotism, nationalism and the like. But I have found you a friend. For those interested it refers to Liz Truss and the televised cabinet meeting.

Nah nah nah nah nah.

[twitter.com]

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by JohnL April 01, 09:52AM

A flag for your home office is an essential when you have those friday skype team meeting where they say bring a drink smiling smiley

(actually I placed my rugby shirt collection behind me and a colleague his Man Utd poster)

messageRe: Is the corona virus becoming a pandemic
Posted by seenbeen April 01, 02:26PM

Lambeth have overtaken southwark today for cases

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