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Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Discussion started by AlecW , 17 March, 2020 13:41
Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
AlecW 17 March, 2020 13:41
Well, I'm WfH, as is everyone in my company. The tech has held up so far, though can be a bit s-l-o-w. This thread is, as the title suggests, one for those who are WfH or self-isolating. Working from home and (by definition) self-isolating are ... isolating. It is actually quite lonely, as I found last week when I was working on my tod in Norfolk and didn't see a living soul all day for three days - an hour in the village pub at 1800 for a chinwag and a couple of beers was in many ways the saviour of my sanity.

The advice seems to be - take a break, go for a walk (if you're not self-isolating), try to have a non-work conversation with someone. I am missing sport in general and rugby in particular. I imagine many others on this messageboard feel the same. So I wondered if this might be an opportunity to start a thread where those LI supporters who find all this weird, spooky and not a little scary and unsettling might share 'war stories', triumphs and disaster,s Youtube rugby match recommendations, box set recommendations and general (pleasant, please) banter, advice, cameraderie etc.

I had my last (probably) social engagement last night - pub > Cote for steak frites. It was spooky, surreal and unsettling, if I'm honest. I couldn't get out of it, but had been tempted to cancel, because my 84 y-o mother lives with me and ... well, you can guess. She is scared rigid, especially with her multiple health issues. I cancelled an engagement in C London tomorrow evening with three very old LI friends, with regret, but...

This is really not at all pleasant, is it?

As a recommendation, may I suggest Inspector Montalbano, all 34 episodes of which are available on the BBC iPlayer and are brilliant for a bit of escapism, Sicilian Italian spoken like a machine gun, sun, beautiful settings, beautiful people [surely the Italians must be one of the best-looking people in the world?], food porn and ... it's great. At an intellectual level somewhere below Morse, but very much above Midsomer Murders. Subtitled (not always accurately!). My friend last night gave me the complete DVDs of Young Montalbano, a sort of 'Endeavour' (as it was to Morse) to Montalbano. So I will report progress. I can also recommend Inspector de Luca, which is set in / just after WW2, but it is only available on DVD, AFAIK.

Stay safe and sane, people and I hope we may get some rugby by the Autumn...

Cheers

AlecW

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
HMRH 17 March, 2020 13:48
That’s a lovely thread starter AlecW - good for you. I wfh a lot but have plenty going on when the others are back from work.

Stay safe and feel free to engage on any topic whatsoever. I’ll still run and cycle but otherwise I’ll be trying to wade through the stack of unread books I have at the weekends

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
mulledwinemarie 17 March, 2020 14:06
thanks ALEC

I AM IN SOUTHERN ITALY AND I am in solitary confinement - as my neighbours who normaly arrive for Easter and every month after have all cancelled.
i am allowed into the very small town for groceries and stopped by police to ask why I AM OUT.

SO FAR CALABRIA HAS HAD ONLY ONE DEATH...............THANK GOD WE STAY THAT WAY.

TV. FILMS ETC, I WILL GIVE YOU MY LIST AS I AM BECOMING SQUARE EYED = But have amazon prime etc and firestick just hope the internet holds up as all the schools etc are shut.

i was lucky enough to get to ROME FOR ITALY V SCOTLAND - last time out,no restaurants or bars are open here - but you can buy fags??????????????

stay safe everyone.

love marie x

singing my heart at 6 p.m. with the rest of italy.

12 weeks isolation in the uk or here in the sun.........



MWM

GLORY GLORY LONDON IRISH - and loving it......


well I used to ...............

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
orsoncart 17 March, 2020 14:25
I'd recommend pigging out on "Endeavour', Unforgotten, Last Tango in Halifax, accompanied by a glass of wine (Waitrose25pc off now).

Thats all ok but I have forced myself into some tasks, to avoid looking at BBC News all day. Growing veg is quite therapeutic, ditto gardening in general. The dog will never get more walks than at present (until I'm banned from doing that). There are rumours in my house of learning a language, hoping we will be able to use it, and large, ridiculous jigsaws

Stay well, and makes all the arguments about team selection and results pale a bit

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
paddym 17 March, 2020 14:34
Ozark on Netflix well worth watching. Season 3 starts on 20th March so plenary of time to binge watch first 2 series!

For those who like biographies First Lady about Clementine Churchill is excellent read.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Florida 17 March, 2020 14:35
I wfh at least once a week and on those days normally just get up later and start work on time. However, as we're in a prolonged isolation period my routine is now slightly different. I'll get up around the time I would as if I was travelling into the office, or even earlier and fill those extra hours with other activities. I've started an online course and also getting out and running. I think it's really important that we make great use of the time we would normally spend commuting. The course I'm currently enrolled in is a computer science course (it's free). When I'm on my laptop I'll post some links in case people are interested.

I'm currently stuck in doors with my wonderful fiancé, she's 15 weeks pregnant so there's a little concern around that. We're making sure she stays in as much as possible and I go out and do all the grocery runs etc.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
fatlad76 17 March, 2020 15:05
A weekend of no sport to watch so I thought I would take the opportunity to talk to the missus.
Apparently she was made redundant from Woolworths!!

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orsoncart 17 March, 2020 15:14
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A weekend of no sport to watch so I thought I would take the opportunity to talk to the missus.
Apparently she was made redundant from Woolworths!!

Excellent, first time I’ve laughed for a while

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
bigbitty 17 March, 2020 16:11
My suggestion would be to buy (online if necessary) and learn how to play a ukulele - and before anybody mentions George Formby or Tiny Tim you should know that the uke scene is way beyond that now. There are masses of YouTube tutorials and Facebook groups to help you get started.

Ukuleles tend to come in four sizes - soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. The first three are all tuned the same way, but the baritone (my instrument of choice) is tuned like the top four strings of a guitar, so is good for those with some guitar chord knowledge. All are surprisingly melodic, but the soprano and concert might be a bit too small for rufty tufty large handed men. A beginners kit, such as that here starts at at Ł52 for a decent sounding one, to include tuner, bag, strap etc.

It's the best fun you can do by yourself at my age.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Jonny_C 17 March, 2020 16:12
If WfH is self-isolating, I've been self-isolating for 9 years!

Watch List for your lunch break :-)
-BBC iplayer - Hidden, series 2
-BBC iplayer - Young Offenders, youth comedy from Cork
-BBC iplayer - Inside No 9
-Channel 4 - Deutschland 83
-Channel 4 - Magnifica 70
-Netflix - The Last Kingdom

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
AnotherPhil 17 March, 2020 16:43
I work from home a lot...I've binged on Travellers, Startrek Discovery, Another Life, and just about to restart on Westworld as the new series is out..I also got a golf chipping net and a putting mat for my birthday, so they're setup in the home office. I expect to be invincible when I get out on the course again. (or at least to improve on my 26 handicap).

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
fatlad76 17 March, 2020 17:49
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A weekend of no sport to watch so I thought I would take the opportunity to talk to the missus.
Apparently she was made redundant from Woolworths!!

Excellent, first time I’ve laughed for a while

That was the intent in anxious times!
I too work from home and concur it is great as long as you have a routine, a room and bit of self discipline.

Stay safe everyone!

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Sunbury bumkin 17 March, 2020 18:38
If humorous distraction is in order as a means of alleviating the general gloom, here's a little something for you all (if not necessarily totally PC!):

*UK Virus ALERT*

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to the current virus threat and have therefore raised their threat level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, the level may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.”

The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out.

The virus has been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “@#$%& Off” to “Let's Get the @#$%&.” They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country's military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see that their new submarines are ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its alert level from “No worries” to “She'll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far, no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.

The Russians have said “It's not us”.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Iron Lung 17 March, 2020 18:45
We've dug out the Scalextric from the loft, looking forward to putting that back together and then immediately demolishing it when I can't keep the cars on the track!

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PV 17 March, 2020 18:55
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Ozark on Netflix well worth watching. Season 3 starts on 20th March so plenary of time to binge watch first 2 series!
For those who like biographies First Lady about Clementine Churchill is excellent read.

Ozark is 27th, so to pee on your chips

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PV 17 March, 2020 18:59
The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Best historical war series I’ve seen. Also puts things in perspective in these challenging times.

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cjm. 17 March, 2020 20:01
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A weekend of no sport to watch so I thought I would take the opportunity to talk to the missus.
Apparently she was made redundant from Woolworths!!

Someone robbed Twitter. And I think the other missive was from Jennifer Saunders.

Anyways...

I definitely agree on using the time to gain new skills. Mainly art for me.

Aside from Ozark, my tastes for binge watching are definitely out of whack with those suggested. Bosch on Amazon Prime is highly recommended if you like detective stuff. 5 seasons of great detectiving.

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AlecW 17 March, 2020 20:02
Gotcha on The Vietnam War, PV - it is absolutely superb (and there’s some wonderful music as well...) - get the full version tho, about 1hr 40 per episode. Available on YouTube.

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PV 17 March, 2020 20:34
Netflix as well. Agreed on soundtrack, cracking

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Shropshire Hugh 18 March, 2020 06:47
Twitch.TV.MajorLeagueRugby pick a team and play virtual MLR rugby. Think I'm a Toronto Arrow.

Come on you Arrows



Living in the Ionian Isles so just lurking when wifi allows!

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
AlecW 18 March, 2020 08:01
We’re going to be allowed back in to the office for three hours today and tomorrow to collect personal belongings and anything needed for WfH. In my case, my work laptop, a suit, MontBlanc pens, etc. I’ll take the opportunity to nip in for a hair cut in Bow Lane and taxi there, taxi back, methinks.

Then off to Norfolk with the Aged P and semi-self isolating while she actually self-isolates...

I wish there could be a brake on the never-ending succession of death, doom and scare stories... The first 40 (FOUR ZERO) stories in today’s Torygraph online edition were captioned “Coronavirus”... And all the comment features are about how the people will cope, the business features about the damage to the economy and the sport about the reason why there isn’t any. It is really unrelenting, isn’t it?

Go on staying safe people and try to keep 2m away from other people...

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
paddym 18 March, 2020 09:47
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Ozark on Netflix well worth watching. Season 3 starts on 20th March so plenary of time to binge watch first 2 series!
For those who like biographies First Lady about Clementine Churchill is excellent read.

Ozark is 27th, so to pee on your chips

Pedantry rears it’s head again!!

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
fatlad76 18 March, 2020 12:50
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A weekend of no sport to watch so I thought I would take the opportunity to talk to the missus.
Apparently she was made redundant from Woolworths!!

Someone robbed Twitter. And I think the other missive was from Jennifer Saunders.

Anyways...

I definitely agree on using the time to gain new skills. Mainly art for me.

Aside from Ozark, my tastes for binge watching are definitely out of whack with those suggested. Bosch on Amazon Prime is highly recommended if you like detective stuff. 5 seasons of great detectiving.

Nothing wrong with plagiarism and it had the desired effect! Another one that tickled me was this pathetic mass buying of toilet rolls and why everywhere is selling out. The answer is simple ...
"When one person sneezes, 100 people s**t themselves!"

Important to keep a sense of humour.



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Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
PV 18 March, 2020 13:35
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Ozark on Netflix well worth watching. Season 3 starts on 20th March so plenary of time to binge watch first 2 series!
For those who like biographies First Lady about Clementine Churchill is excellent read.

Ozark is 27th, so to pee on your chips

Pedantry rears it’s head again!!

Wouldn’t want to disappoint on both fronts

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Griff 18 March, 2020 15:13
I'm on day 2 of wfh - very glad that my company made a sensible choice and sent everyone home that it was feasible to wfh. It's a bit limiting but an interesting exercise to some degrees.

Today, however, my local brewery has announced that from Thursday they're doing free home deliveries... I could very much get used to this.

For the hard of thinking, I'm joking, I realise this situation is serious but the idea of a "Beer Man" makes me very happy.

For those interested Rebellion brewery are doing free delivery to postcodes:
SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL7, SL8, SL9, SL0,
HP5, HP6, HP7, HP8, HP9, HP10, HP11, HP12, HP13, HP14, HP15, HP16, HP27,
RG9, RG10, OX39, RG42

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Nick4219 18 March, 2020 15:23
When I get a look in on the TV I reccommend:

Jack Ryan Series 2 on Amazon Prime
Spenser Confidential - Netflix
Dirty John - Netflix
Our World War - iplayer

I have also been getting stuck in to some genealogy which tends to draw you in for multiple hours without realising it (not very productive if you are supposed to be working!)

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
cjm. 18 March, 2020 16:11
jack Ryan Series 2? I enjoyed the first series but, IMO, the second one stunk.

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Foggy-Balla 18 March, 2020 16:56
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Nothing wrong with plagiarism and it had the desired effect! Another one that tickled me was this pathetic mass buying of toilet rolls and why everywhere is selling out. The answer is simple ...
"When one person sneezes, 100 people s**t themselves!"

Important to keep a sense of humour.

I used to cough to cover a fart, now I fart to cover a cough!

I’m still unemployed, & have moved back to live full time at my own home so I don’t run risk of bringing infection to my Aged Ps who are happily isolating themselves. I’m switching the voluntary work I do for Cancer Research UK from their area to here until the charity decides to close shops.

Can get to & fro by bicycle, & the transfer welcome as CRUK has asked elderly & at risk volunteers to stay away. We’ll see what happens.

As long as the UK sticks to the WHO guidelines that cycling a good thing then I’m sorted for activity. Otherwise exercise is going to have to be on rollers, & I need to get hang of them.

Job hunting likely to be severely curtailed. Can’t imagine many interviews happening for a while & the area in which I work one which lid likely to close down. Thank goodness for a house full of books & model kits!



Faugh-a-Ballagh!

"Our prayer is 'God save Ireland' and pour blessings on her name!"

Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Nick4219 18 March, 2020 17:39
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jack Ryan Series 2? I enjoyed the first series but, IMO, the second one stunk.

See I’m the other way round. Series 1 ending was rushed, I thought the story line in season 2 was much better put together.

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LI Bohemian 18 March, 2020 18:04
Whilst tidying the attic room (dumping ground) I came across the extended Lord of the rings DVD 6 discs, rushed downstairs to realise no DVD player, watching it still on the kids Laptop, yey

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mulledwinemarie 18 March, 2020 18:42
A FEW FILMS just on Italian tv - in English

THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

New films for maybe family watching

THE CALL OF THE WILD

YESTERDAY - BEATLE MUSIC
LAST CHRISTMAS - GEORGE MICHAEL
ROCKETMAN - ELTON JOHN
BOHEMIAN - QUEEN
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF DESERT......……...….

If you have a spare 7.99 amazon prime - GIVES YOU BOOKS AND MUSIC AND FILMS AND TV AND DELIVERY for that amount. - sorry not to advertise but I have only just found all that out.



MWM

GLORY GLORY LONDON IRISH - and loving it......


well I used to ...............

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Ruckingood 19 March, 2020 04:16
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The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Best historical war series I’ve seen. Also puts things in perspective in these challenging times.
An amazing series and pulls no US centric punches nor does it promote the Vietcong. Best balanced "as it was" doc I have seen for a while... also will take a good few days to binge watch.

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AlecW 19 March, 2020 07:38
Ken Burns has done a number of other great series - e.g. The American Civil War, The War [WW2], The Roosevelts etc - quick google will find them.

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RodB 19 March, 2020 08:45
No mentions so far for Sky sourced material. Subscribers may all already be aware, but can sugest
Sucession S1&2
Chernobyl
The loudest voice
Sopranos S1-6
Gomorrah several series
Tin Star 2 or 3 series



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Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
mackemII 19 March, 2020 10:03
So with all this watching TV, films and listening to music, is anyone actually having the time to work from home?

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PV 19 March, 2020 10:14
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Ken Burns has done a number of other great series - e.g. The American Civil War, The War [WW2], The Roosevelts etc - quick google will find them.

Civil War is crazy

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AlecW 19 March, 2020 10:51
Sadly, Mackem - yes! Done meetings in Zoom, Facetime and Teams. Now I have my work laptop, it's 10 times better. I admit, my own new-ish MacBook, keyboard and trackpad are just too precious to me to want to pound out reports etc, which meant that I was taking twice as long over everything, whereas my usual typing style is "ton of bricks"...!

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mackemII 19 March, 2020 11:04
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AlecW
Sadly, Mackem - yes! Done meetings in Zoom, Facetime and Teams. Now I have my work laptop, it's 10 times better. I admit, my own new-ish MacBook, keyboard and trackpad are just too precious to me to want to pound out reports etc, which meant that I was taking twice as long over everything, whereas my usual typing style is "ton of bricks"...!

So Alec, I assume you can now use the work laptop in split screen so you can both work and play.

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RodB 19 March, 2020 11:12
Been retired nearly 7 yr, so self isolating is pretty much the day job.

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mulledwinemarie 19 March, 2020 11:17
DO ANY OF YOU REMEMBER THIS? SHOULD WE START A JOKES THREAD/?


[www.funnyshit.com.au]

It is still one of the funniest things I have read - put up by someone on here years and years ago when we were all used to having fun.

stay safe -



MWM

GLORY GLORY LONDON IRISH - and loving it......


well I used to ...............

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
peezee 19 March, 2020 11:56
MWM I remember the jokes thread from years ago, 2002-ish?

I’ve still got the Jokes for Jarrod book that Oxonrob sold me in the cowshed featuring most of them.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
AlecW 20 March, 2020 07:36
Me too, Peezee - a lovely memory of Rob Clive... as also are the memories of his humungous bbqs...hope he is firing up a braai on the 19th hole of a great golf course somewhere upstairs...!

Operation Self Isolate in Norfolk being carried out this morning... bet the M11 is deserted...

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Shawshank 20 March, 2020 13:03
I'll second Mindhunter (both series) and also Unabomber - both on Netflix.

La Mante (subtitles) is a superb French (female) serial-killer procedural.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Florida 20 March, 2020 13:41
In case anyone is unaware, if you're being forced to work from home you should be able to claim back tax power and heating

[www.gov.uk]

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JamesC 20 March, 2020 19:18
Alec - didn’t realise I was that old until I read this ...

I don’t that one can now say truthfully that stranger things have happened as this is all a bit weird and will take some topping. Rather feel that when they make a film about this that nobody will want to watch it.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
paddym 27 March, 2020 23:40
Missed it somehow first time round but All Or Nothing - All Blacks on Amazon prime worth a watch. Six fly on the wall episodes filmed during 2017.

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PV 28 March, 2020 06:55
Sunderland til I die

Im a Liverpool fan, but this was great and the second series is out soon.

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Foggy-Balla 28 March, 2020 15:17
Should we have a virtual St Patrick's party? I've just been threatened with a shoeing for being a Brit by someone six inches shorter than me who is wearing a green hat with a belt round it & a fake ginger beard. He was then led away by his deeply embarrassed girlfriend after puking on my shoes.

This did actually happen one year (Sm14)



Faugh-a-Ballagh!

"Our prayer is 'God save Ireland' and pour blessings on her name!"

Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
cjm. 30 March, 2020 21:48
Just finished Ozark Season 3 on Netflix. Best season yet IMO.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Lincs-Exile 31 March, 2020 12:27
Amazon Prime offshoot of Robert Ludlum book called Treadstone only season one but keeps you awake

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PV 31 March, 2020 13:44
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Just finished Ozark Season 3 on Netflix. Best season yet IMO.

Thought was the most disappointing of the 3, but still brilliant, utterly addictive and fine acting performances

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
cjm. 31 March, 2020 18:04
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Just finished Ozark Season 3 on Netflix. Best season yet IMO.

Thought was the most disappointing of the 3, but still brilliant, utterly addictive and fine acting performances

Funny how people have different views. Season 2 was a tad slow. I felt more addicted to this one ( hence why I finished it so quick ). The brother stuff was a bit clumsy but was useful for hyping the drama.

Anyway, long time til season 4.

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PV 01 April, 2020 11:02
I thought Ben storyline was one of the best bits

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cjm. 01 April, 2020 12:04
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I thought Ben storyline was one of the best bits
I don't disagree ( was mainly thinking it was a bit of an obvious wildcard play ) however don't want to turn this into IMDB or digitalspy forums.

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LI Bohemian 22 June, 2020 01:10
Have been rewatching Dr Who on Netflix and Matt Smith is the best one, end of,

PS did watch Ozarks and it's not very good specially if you take the phrase hmm, out of it. Watch Better Call Saul to get some perspective on what's good.

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SimonG19 22 June, 2020 12:04
I agree about Matt Smith although I though Peter Capaldi ran him close although I didn't take to him at first. Sorry to say in these days of PC but I think Jodie Whittaker is awful although I have nothing against a female Doctor. She's just so one-dimensional in my opinion.

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cjm. 22 June, 2020 12:55
Ozark was great. Better Call Saul is exceptional ( only crit : becoming too drawn out ). Dr Who should not be talked about in the presence of either. Too much ham and cheese in it for me.

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LI Bohemian 22 June, 2020 15:38
I wouldn't compare well written childrens Scifi to well written adult drama's as they are totally different animals. Ozarks seems a bit clunky to me, it feels more like a soap as the characters seem to be plot driven.

I do agree that the latest reincarnation of the Dr is the worst since the reboot, but not quite as bad as Sylvester McCoy (the Roger Moore of 007s), there are way to many companions, Bradley Walsh is so cardboard he should go in the blue wheely bin.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
cjm. 22 June, 2020 18:19
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I wouldn't compare well written childrens Scifi to well written adult drama's as they are totally different animals. Ozarks seems a bit clunky to me, it feels more like a soap as the characters seem to be plot driven.

That's the Dr Who conundrum. I presume you are an adult and you are watching it. The Guardian does weekly reviews of episodes ( to give it a "woke" rating these days I think ). So it is either reasonably ( I wouldn't say 'well' ) written children's drama or very, very bad adult drama. Anyways, not my cup of tea by a country mile.

Having long given up my BBC membership I only suffer it at friend's houses so the issue rarely comes up these days.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
Ruckingood 23 June, 2020 09:27
Just completed the Peaky Blinders marathon through all 5 series - that was excellent and for those who enjoyed Tom Hardy's character I would also suggest Taboo - V dark, quite violent but a host of well known UK actors and quite compelling.

Re: Thread for those WfH or self-isolating
SimonG19 23 June, 2020 13:49
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I wouldn't compare well written childrens Scifi to well written adult drama's as they are totally different animals. Ozarks seems a bit clunky to me, it feels more like a soap as the characters seem to be plot driven.

That's the Dr Who conundrum. I presume you are an adult and you are watching it. The Guardian does weekly reviews of episodes ( to give it a "woke" rating these days I think ). So it is either reasonably ( I wouldn't say 'well' ) written children's drama or very, very bad adult drama. Anyways, not my cup of tea by a country mile.

Having long given up my BBC membership I only suffer it at friend's houses so the issue rarely comes up these days.

Ever considered that some adults might watch it with their kids and regard it as good family entertainment?

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cjm. 23 June, 2020 18:24
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I wouldn't compare well written childrens Scifi to well written adult drama's as they are totally different animals. Ozarks seems a bit clunky to me, it feels more like a soap as the characters seem to be plot driven.

That's the Dr Who conundrum. I presume you are an adult and you are watching it. The Guardian does weekly reviews of episodes ( to give it a "woke" rating these days I think ). So it is either reasonably ( I wouldn't say 'well' ) written children's drama or very, very bad adult drama. Anyways, not my cup of tea by a country mile.

Having long given up my BBC membership I only suffer it at friend's houses so the issue rarely comes up these days.

Ever considered that some adults might watch it with their kids and regard it as good family entertainment?

Of course ( I think I imply that ) but beside the point. Do they sit down as a family and read the Guardian reviews together? It's the kidult aspect that I find a bit off.

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I wouldn't compare well written childrens Scifi to well written adult drama's as they are totally different animals. Ozarks seems a bit clunky to me, it feels more like a soap as the characters seem to be plot driven.

That's the Dr Who conundrum. I presume you are an adult and you are watching it. The Guardian does weekly reviews of episodes ( to give it a "woke" rating these days I think ). So it is either reasonably ( I wouldn't say 'well' ) written children's drama or very, very bad adult drama. Anyways, not my cup of tea by a country mile.

Having long given up my BBC membership I only suffer it at friend's houses so the issue rarely comes up these days.

Ever considered that some adults might watch it with their kids and regard it as good family entertainment?

Of course ( I think I imply that ) but beside the point. Do they sit down as a family and read the Guardian reviews together? It's the kidult aspect that I find a bit off.

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I'm not sure you did but speaking for myself I have a very simplistic view of TV programmes in that they are either good or bad. I sit and watch Dr Who with my kids and regard it as good family entertainment without analysing its critical merits or caring about pretentious newspaper reviews . I can't speak for others but I suspect I'm far from being alone.

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AlecW 24 June, 2020 12:23
Simon G19 - I suspect Jodie Whittaker's qualities may be hidden by the relentless BBC box-ticking of trendy woke issues and forcing an 'agenda' per episode down people's throats. I started to find it very, very tedious - and stopped watching the programme. It had, to be honest, become more of a 'how early can you spot this week's on-trend BBC obsession?' competition (usually about 30 seconds in), than a bit of fun. From the episodes I watched, I think Whittaker is pretty good - there is probably a decent Doctor there, struggling to assert herself against the morass...

I should say that I am a very big fan of the BBC (both my parents worked for the Beeb), but I am finding its 'agenda' increasingly irritating, because it self-selects and excludes all other points of view. It is brilliantly sent up in the 'W1A' series, with Hugh Bonneville, though (allegedly!!!) there is a wicked rumour going around that many at the BBC didn't realise that it was satire and thought it was serious drama. (Sm151)

For me, the best Drs Who were Jon Pertwee and Colin Baker (the Doctors I grew up with - that ages me!) and Christopher Eccleston from about 15 years ago...



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AlecW 24 June, 2020 12:25
Oh, and going back to my first post, I can thoroughly recommend Young Montalbano, both as a stand-alone and as a prequel - most of the characters in Inspector Montalbano are there, just in younger incarnations.

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LI Bohemian 24 June, 2020 19:43
I'm also a Montalbano fan, I started watching it a while ago, firstly because Montalbano looks the spit of one of my welsh mates and then it was because the characters/stories are so good, the only down side is that I'm always hungry whilst watching, as the food they eat in it, always looks devine.

Totally agree with you Alec on Jodie Whittaker, she would have been brilliant but is hampered by the right on storyline, good science fiction should take you to a bilevable fiction and get the message across without you even knowing, not a public information film.
Baker was always my favourite Dr, until the reboot, now he is in forth place, with pertwee dropping to sixth

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SimonG19 25 June, 2020 12:15
With you chaps entirely regarding both versions of Montalbano where some of the incidental dialogue is brilliant.

Plus I think you have a very good point Alec regarding Jodie Whittaker and the BBC box ticking agenda which to me is even worse on radio.

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AlecW 25 June, 2020 12:56
Simon G19 (Sm152)

If you think 'conventional' BBC radio (R1-2-3-4-5Live) is bad ... don't ferKrycesake go NEAR World Service...!!! It is so bad, it's comical. Every programme (I exaggerate for effect, but only slightly) is about gender issues, sexual identity issues, ethnicity issues, equality issues, climate change issues ... issue issues! Even stories about the pandemic (surely the biggest 'issue' since WW2) seem only to view Covid-19 through a gender, sexual identity, ethnicity, equality or climate change lens. World Book Club (does what it says on the tin) has been having a year of female authors' books. Nothing wrong with that - bring it on. But I have never even HEARD of most of the authors or their books - and I have an English degree and like to think I'm pretty well-read!

It is getting to the point when I look forward to the next case of The Donald's certifiable-lunatic-masquerading-as-POTUS effluvia - a good ol' anti-Trump diatribe is a refreshing change...!

A shining light / exception is Hardtalk, presented by Stephen Sackur and occasionally by Zeinab Badawi and Sarah Montague. Excellent, hard-hitting, probing interviews with people who matter. And presenters Neil Nunes, Emilio San Pedro and Alan Kassujja.

Rant over! (Sm150)

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SimonG19 25 June, 2020 17:43
Alec, thankfully (it seems) I haven't felt the need to listen to BBC WS since the pre-internet days when I used to work overseas and relied on it for news especially sports news. I have however stumbled across Hardtalk from time to time when it has been shown on BBC1 or 2 late at night and found it to be very good.

I'm someone who grew up listening to and watching the BBC and have always championed it or perhaps I should say I did always champion it. I've never been very political so it's always amused me when it has been accused of being both left-wing and right-wing - often at the same time. I've rarely felt that either way but the ridiculous PC agenda that it seems to follow to the detriment of almost everything else is so blatantly apparent at least to this old fart.

A particular favourite of mine is the viewers feedback show presented by Samira Ahmed which seems to have disappeared recently where the BBC generously allowed viewers a platform to air their complaints before wheeling out some lackey to tell them they were totally wrong!

Anyway the good news is that it is now summer and according to the BBC's cricket fixture list we have international cricket resuming on Saturday when Ireland play New Zealand in a one-day international! (Do you think anyone has told the teams?).

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LI Bohemian 26 June, 2020 00:50
I've listened to BBC 6 music on the radio for the last 7 years, it is by far the best radio station I've ever listened to.
Without new music there would be no old music.

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x_ile 29 June, 2020 11:47
Just come to look at the forum for the first time in ages and was slightly startled to see, on misreading, the thread subject as ".... self immolating". Then decided it was, maybe, fairly appropriate!!!

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M51 29 June, 2020 12:56
I have just caught up with the Jonathan Pie on twitter the subject was WOKE Utopia. Worth a listen if you have a spare minute, and enjoy a little satire.

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AlecW 29 June, 2020 14:34
x-ile - more self-intoxicating, I think!

(Sm128)


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