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By crikey it is so peaceful out there
at 14:17 1 Apr 2020

it is amazing how much background traffic noise there normally is
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Premier League season has to finish or the premier league has to pay back £762M
at 17:45 31 Mar 2020

to the TV companies.

Disclaimer: The source for this is the Daily Mail.

But if true that puts an interesting slant on things. I would have thought that the Football league would follow suit in this case.

From a footballing perspective the worst case scenarion would be the prem finishes but the championship doesn't followed by no promotion/relegation.

Best case, Prem and EFL finish, Nodge get relegated as planned, we, naturally do much better what with no nasty fans upsetting the players and KVY and Judge having had more time to recover.

Intermediate. Prem doesn't finish, season is null and void, but at least the Nodgers don't get the full wack of cash for the season.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-8169229/Premier-League-plan

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Toosdee toon
at 16:12 31 Mar 2020

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Shrewsbury have had a good time financially recently
at 17:59 30 Mar 2020

https://www.shropshirestar.com/sport/football/shrewsbury-town-fc/2020/03/30/shre


They must love Paul Hurst as much as we dont.
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A liittle bright spot in dark times
at 17:26 27 Mar 2020

New series of Friday Night Dinner tonight.

Huzzah!
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My neighbours have had a visitor
at 16:58 26 Mar 2020

and they definitely stood closer than 2 metres.

Who do I grass them up to?
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a partially self correcting system
at 16:00 26 Mar 2020

Because of the lockdown there is much more pressure on the supermarkets for grocery deliveries. This is making it difficult to get slots. But I have heard from a friend, who is on the vulnerable list, that she got her delivery two hours earlier than expected, the driver explaining that there was no traffic on the road and everyone was in. So they can get loads more done.
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Furlough pay and small business owners
at 09:45 26 Mar 2020

I know a small business owner who is about to shut up shop for the forseeable future. Her staff will all be getting the 80% pay from the government. She will too, but in her case it amounts to a pretty trivial £120 per week.

The reason she is getting such a small amount is that as a director of the company her income has been almost entirely from share dividends and next to nothing as pay, in order to pay less tax.

I think this is entirely right, she has been handsomely paid for her endeavours over the years and has avoided paying as much tax as she possibly could, so she shouldn't expect to get payouts from the public purse now.

To her credit she is not complaining about it.
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I know what is really going on
at 17:55 25 Mar 2020

Firstly, climate change is happening and it is happening fast. This will be the year when it goes titsup big time. Turbulent weather conditions will tear down civilisation across the globe.

The rich and the powerful are well aware of this and intend to sit out the troubles safely esconced in Elon Musk's starlink. It is not a benign satellite internet access operation it is an ark for The Man.

Coronavirus is a hoax perpetuated by The Man to enable a global lockdown which is pre-requisite for the final preparations for gathering and launching the chosen ones into space in secrecy and safety.

Once they have seen out the weather crisis in space the rich and powerful will return to Earth to rebuild society.


This also explains why Boris Johnson dumped his wife for a younger, more fecund partner.

Edit: With reference to Homer's Essential Off licence thread. A pissed up population will only help The Rich And Powerful escape Earth in secrecy.

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Really bad day today
at 16:12 24 Mar 2020

87 UK deaths. More than a 50% jump over the last few days. I really hope today is an outlier and we get on top of this quickly.
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The numbers across the world
at 14:45 24 Mar 2020

Anyone else morbidly fascinated in the numbers being reported across the world?

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

Cant just be me
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Speeding awareness course
at 11:50 24 Mar 2020

My daughter got done for speeding just before all this kicked off (tut, tut, maybe she will listen to dear old mum and dad in future) and opted for a speed awareness course. I can't see that happening now. I wonder if she will get away with it scot free, it will be delayed, or they will change it to a fine and points.
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In other news - Alex Salmond has been cleared of sexual assault
at 16:30 23 Mar 2020

I am not a great fan of the 'no smoke without fire' method of justice, but it seems that I am as susceptible as anyone to its subtle charms as I was surprised that he was cleared, and my surprise was based simply on the number of people who came forward.
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Something has gnawed through my crown imperials
at 08:36 23 Mar 2020

Dash it all, I was looking forward to them exploding into bloom.
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Coronavirus vs Stargazing
at 21:52 22 Mar 2020

Since we have lovely clear skies tonight, I have been out having a bit of a play with my telescope. Normally when I am out at night I can guarantee a minimum of 3 aircraft visible in the sky at any time, more often than not 4 or 5, and the record number I have seen in the sky together is 12.

Tomight I was out for about an hour and there were 4 in total, over the whole hour.
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Today I would have spent
at 17:01 21 Mar 2020

£23 on a ticket for the game, about £10 for a couple of beers £3 for a burger and another fiver for a coffee and a croissant earlier.

I wasn't going out tonight anyway, so nothing saved there, but I will treat myself to a nice Thai takeaway and still have a few extra quid left in my pocket for when the good times return. Although, when they do return, we will all be paying more tax to clear up this mess.
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Ryanair have cancelled my flights booked for September
at 15:02 21 Mar 2020

I thought this would happen, but not quite so early and I was holding on to the slender hope that it would all have blown over by September.

Alas poor Croatia, you will have to see me another time.
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The EU are screwing with out Netflix quality
at 15:36 20 Mar 2020

Netflix are reducing bitrates and video resolution after talking to the EU commisioner

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51968302

This applies to the UK too, but they didn't ask BoJo

Why wasn't Johnson consulted!
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This working from home pandemic is a right nuisance
at 15:12 20 Mar 2020

I have enjoyed 16 years of peace and quiet at home. Now, for the forseeable future, my son is working from home and my daughter probably will be too.

I have enough of them at the evenings and weekends, how we are going to cope at home together during the day I just don't know.
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I predict the hottest summer on record
at 12:28 20 Mar 2020

As air pollution is reduced and vapour trails disappear, that clear air is going to let sunshine in.
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