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BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide

Roger the Skiffler 29 Mar 20 - 04:27 AM
rich-joy 29 Mar 20 - 04:06 AM
JennieG 28 Mar 20 - 11:09 PM
Helen 28 Mar 20 - 11:00 PM
Gurney 28 Mar 20 - 10:06 PM
JennieG 28 Mar 20 - 09:54 PM
EBarnacle 28 Mar 20 - 07:58 PM
rich-joy 28 Mar 20 - 07:28 PM
Senoufou 28 Mar 20 - 06:02 PM
Mrrzy 28 Mar 20 - 05:01 PM
fat B****rd 28 Mar 20 - 02:39 PM
Helen 28 Mar 20 - 02:16 PM
Murpholly 28 Mar 20 - 01:35 PM
Mr Red 28 Mar 20 - 12:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Mar 20 - 11:48 AM
Charmion 28 Mar 20 - 11:24 AM
DMcG 28 Mar 20 - 11:23 AM
MudGuard 28 Mar 20 - 11:08 AM
Steve Shaw 28 Mar 20 - 10:50 AM
skarpi 28 Mar 20 - 09:57 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 04:27 AM

Self-isolating, enjoying my usual walks (though I avoid routes that are popular) , getting deliveries, getting the garden in shape, keeping well.
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: rich-joy
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 04:06 AM

Haha - yes Helen!
Maybe we should meet in Wuhan? I am so drawn to this Choir Clip (which I posted about in the "Singing on Conference Calls and Zoom" thread, but it needs to be seen more! So please forgive me for inserting it here.....)
It's rather eerie but very beautiful - both the city and the music :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZyLkQxALwk
Virtual Choir: Stay With Me, dedicated to Wuhan under coronavirus lockdown
"SSAATTBB Acappella composed by Cao Guanyu, a young female composer living in the city of Wuhan. Virtual choral singing: South China Normal University Choir Lyric: Stay with me, Stay together. Stay with me, Stay stronger. Face the sun, the shadows will 'behind you. It is still the most beautiful place in my heart. Sheet music is free for choirs. Thanks for your encouraging to Wuhan & China!?"
•Feb 18, 2020


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:09 PM

Excellent ides, Helen! Sandra and I have met many many times, it wuld be nice to exntend that to a gathering.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Helen
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:00 PM

One day, one bright day, after this is all over I think we should finally all meet. What do you think, JennieG and Sandra in Sydney and rich-joy and the other Aussies?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Gurney
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 10:06 PM

Pretty quiet here in New Zealand, all shops closed except for the important ones, H.I. and I and family are OK. Only 500 or so cases here, one death, and one serious case. However.....
I heard of some idiots holding a Coronavirus Party two days ago.
That should improve the species.

Sunny but cool. Early Autumn. Newspaper is 90% Coronavirus. Daily Government advice on TV.
Stay safe, everyone.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 09:54 PM

Himself and I are spending our time at home in Tamworth which is in northern New South Wales, Oz......just up the road from Helen in Newcastle. (a four hour drive is 'just up the road' in Oz!) We are doing well, also venturing out for the Olde Phartes' early shopping hour when supplies are needed. Next venture may have to be tomorrow morning at sparrowfart because we will eat the last of the dark chocolate tonight, and to be chocolate-less would never do.

Much the same here as everywhere else, everything has been cancelled. Choir is off, ukulele groups are off. Volunteering 'jobs' are off. One cannot go for a stroll along the main drag expecting to stop in for coffee at any of our excellent cafes unless one wants a takeaway - but a lot of the fun in our regular coffee stops is the people watching it entails while sipping on said coffee, and now there are no people to watch. Which is a Good Thing, because it means people are heeding warnings and staying home.

Stay safe and stay sane, folks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: EBarnacle
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 07:58 PM

Lady Hillary and I are mostly self isolating in Basking Ridge, NJ. Yesterday we volunteered at our local Personal Protective Equipment drop off site. We were asked to return next week but decided that with our risk factors we shouldn't press our luck.

I have had an idea for a group project that I will share and invite participation in in a new thread in a few hours.

As we say in Ham radio, 73, all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: rich-joy
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 07:28 PM

Greetings, Scarpi in Iceland!
We here in Maleny (Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Queensland, Australia) seem to be managing okay (maybe coz we are not near a city).
Though sadly, my Choir, Yoga, and QiGong classes have now all closed.
Another unfortunate change is that we are now legally reduced to Take Away coffees, rather than lazing around, chewing the fat with our friends, rain or shine, at the excellent local Cafes!!!
However, Australia-wide, SO, SO many folks no longer have a job, a career, or a business, or even a Place of Business and things are definitely NOT looking good for the future.
It will be a Brave New World indeed, for those of us left, in the glorious Land of Oz.
..... sigh .....
I am so very fortunate to have wonderful friends, family and neighbours, who all look out for me and the Community.
Once I clean and de-clutter my house, my "reward" is to get another feline companion (it's been 4 months since my beloved Hector died), and sadly there are increasing numbers of surrendered pets now looking for a new "Forever Home" :(
However, I spend most of my days at the computer, and have done the last 6 years since My Beloved passed over, so though I am quite used to Social Distancing and even Isolation, I just wish I made better coffee, LoL!! :)

Cheers to one and all !!
(I am more a Lurker in the BS section than a Poster)
Rich-Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Senoufou
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 06:02 PM

Hello there skarpi! Best wishes to you and yours from deepest Norfolk UK. Our village is managing quite well at the moment, everyone is looking our for everyone else. Hope the same applies to you (and all on here) Eliza x


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 05:01 PM

Where did my nice note to skarpi go? I was the first to post on this thread (after skarpi that is).

Anyway the virus is here, my kid's sweetie's boss has it and same kid's coworker is out sick with so-far unidentified fever... but kid and sweetie have been declared Essential so they have to keep going to work.

Kid and I had dinner a week ago, so just in case I am self-quarantining for another week. I am fine, though. Bored but neither lonely nor depressed. Which amazes me, frankly.

Looking for complicated recipes... Skarpi, stay well, and thanks for checking.

Oh, yeah: here being Charlottesville, Virginia.

message not deleted, so must have gone missing in transmission. Best of luck to you and yours. ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: fat B****rd
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 02:39 PM

In splendid isolation at home in Dunfermline. I live alone anyway (apart from my cat)so not too bad for me I've not been out since last Saturday apart from one short walk to the post box. My nearby family look out for me, bless 'em, stocked up on most things before supermarket madness set in!. My newsagent is doing a grand job by changing his opening times in order to deliver our papers, as he has no delivery boys. As yet I haven't got round to doing all the "creative" stuff I had planned, but, ironically, plenty time for them.
So far so not too bad.
Love and best wishes to you all
Stay safe
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Helen
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 02:16 PM

Hubby and I are well in Newcastle, NSW Australia. He has been working from home for a week so far and I am retired. We plan to get our out-of-control garden into some sort of order, including the vege patch.

The supermarkets here are very well organised, although there are a lot of empty shelves for some items. The special access hour for the elderly - I guess that's us! - and people with a disability has been fantastic and there are social distancing marks on the floor and a security person at the entrance asking everyone to use hand sanitiser before being allowed in. Very civilised.

The blood & plasma donation centre is still open so I am donating as often as I am allowed because there will be less eligible donors than usual due to the risk of infection.

My twice per month session group has sadly had to cancel further sessions until this pandemic gets more under control. This will be the first real break for this session group in nearly 40 years. I'll have to commit to practising music on my own. Not as much fun.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Murpholly
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 01:35 PM

Hubby and I are both well. Living in North Lincs there are only 5 reported cases in the entire area although my bank in local town has just closed down following a suspected case which will make life difficult as I need to transfer some money to pay large bills! In the meantime I go our shopping and my hubby goes out early mornings to the main drain to take some exercise and view the wildlife. Nobody around at that time of the day. Keep well all and keep making music.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mr Red
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 12:53 PM

photos of coping humour in our area some new photos added today. Enjoy.
Fit and well here in Rouge Towers - walked most of the way to town, but wimped-out and took the bus for the other 2.5 miles, only passenger. Met up with GF and queued (with markings at 2 metres) just to get into the supermarket. Empty shelves a lot. Walked back at least 2 of the miles - that bus was empty too. The bus co. state they are not running all on the timetable - obvious why.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:48 AM

I (from a distance) join Charmion and himself in working from home (contract web content editor) as a recent retiree in the region around Dallas in North Texas, USA. I was self-isolating before it was a thing after knee replacement surgery in mid-February. I have ventured out a few times to small grocery stores (easier to walk in and less crowded).

Now that the six-foot rule is in place I try not to go out at all because I live (alas) in a Republican (think Trump's party) state, where a lot of them seem to echo their witless leader in thinking that this is "overblown" and a lot of people can't be arsed to keep their distance. And the other day I was surprised at a counter to turn around and find a woman right behind me with her cart. When I pointed to the line on the floor five feet behind her that the store had posted as the waiting place, she wanted to argue that she can measure and blah blah blah. More like her I can do without. I fear members of the dismissive GOP party are going to take a lot of others with them. I don't want to be a victim of such willful ignorance. This is a real disadvantage to having a "populist" president, who is busier being offended by frank questions from reporters and governors who aren't nice to him, who argues that ventilators aren't really needed (he's a doctor now?) and is always keeping his eye on his stock portfolio.

I just ordered a Kindle copy of David Quammen's book Spillover. He's a great science writer, but I missed this one when it came out in 2012.

"[Mr. Quammen] is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period." ?Dwight Garner, New York Times

The next big human pandemic?the next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza?is likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. Experts call such an event “spillover” and they warn us to brace ourselves. David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. He illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. Spillover reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the Next Big One arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready?


I will be home reading, along with my online work and putting in a new garden (slowly, because the knee is coming along but isn't 100% yet).


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:24 AM

CET and I are safe and well in Stratford, Ontario. We are self-employed pensioners, so we work at home all the time anyway. The biggest changes in our routine is shopping at the crack of dawn, the hour reserved for "vulnerable" groups at the supermarket, and staying home on Sunday mornings because all the churches are shuttered.

Our town has a big, important repertory theatre festival that runs all summer. Not this year; the Stratford Festival is off until the beginning of June at the earliest, and the related tourism-based businesses in town, especially the restaurants, are staring at bankruptcy.

Like most Canadians, we are socially responsible folks in Perth County, so we stand six feet away from each other in line at the bank and take care to walk the long way around people we meet when taking our solitary walks.

Skarpi, so glad to see you on the board today. Likewise MudGuard. Please give Frau Merkel our best wishes; I'm so sorry she's retiring and taking her common sense with her.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: DMcG
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:23 AM

All well here (Southampton, UK) - myself, wife, sons and daughter, and other relatives.


One nephew's wife is concerned because she is a nurse and expecting to give birth in around two weeks. She has been told her husband is not allowed to be with her at the birth. Then when she gets home of course all the relatives are barred from fussing, helping, giving them a break and so forth. So that's not good, but it could be a lot worse.

Another nephew - his brother - is an actor, so no work in the foreseeable future. Otherwise, everyone's job seems to be ok at the moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: MudGuard
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:08 AM

Hi Skarpi - what a timing - today after a very long time I listened to a CD "Rosin Okkar" (you, Rosa and Helgi) which I got from you in Portaferry.

And now you are writing here ...

I am fine, though working from home - we have 4 positive cases (at least I know of 4) in my company, 2 of them recoved after having a mild version, 1 still in hospital after 3 weeks, 1 I don't know about.

I am in Munich, Germany.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 10:50 AM

Mrs Steve and I are fine. We live three miles out of Bude, in the middle of nowhere, and have to go into town to shop. We also shop for another couple who are older than us and who are self-isolating. On our way home we stop on a cliff top to go for a walk. There's hardly anyone out and about and there are huge open spaces. The weather's lovely at the moment. My 91-year-old mum is in a care home ten minutes' drive away but I haven't been allowed to visit her for two weeks, and she's too deaf to use the phone. I've been writing lots of letters to her. We can't visit or be visited by our children or grandchild. The supermarkets round and about have organised themselves very well to maintain social distancing, except for Lidl, who have done next to nothing and which is full of shoppers who are ignoring the guidance. I won't be going there again after my trip this morning to shop for our friends. If they want us go shop from now on, they'll have to pay Morrisons prices!


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Subject: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 09:57 AM

Well, it´s been along time.
I was wandering if we all checked in here and tell eatch other that we are okei, the world news are all over us,and some are correct and other not. Here in Iceland we have nearly 1000 infected, 10000 in Isolation,
we can´t get together and are told to stay home as most of the world is doing, My family is okei still we are, but remember we all can get this virus, so may God be with you all and stay save , don´t forget to play and make music and sing us through this, all the best from sunny cold Eastern region of Iceland N Atlantic Ocean .


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