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Clockwise

Member since Oct 2013 • Last active Mar 2020

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    My name is also Chris so I had a slight chuckle at that.

    Mental health still has lots of stigma, tread carefully if/as you mention it to them. I've been openly told by a few they think I'm mental, intended as an insult but then followed up when I next saw them with an explanation about me being on the spectrum. It's offensive if it's said accidentally as an off the cuff insult.

    The next question or point that follows is almost always professional help. As someone in that situation if you are aware then you kinda look forward on a future that could be regular interaction with mental health professionals for the rest of your life, it's a scary idea to think of.

    Be aware that whatever you say might also bear no fruits, and even have a crushing response like "I know, so what".

    The ripped clothes and shoes thing I totally get, for a while years back I did the same and in the grand scheme of things it's the same person so who cares. I've worn odd shoes now for the last 2 years, it's provoked many great conversations about what is/isn't acceptable and I'm still unsure if the average person is right, I take pride in my appearance being wrong.

    The "do 0 with his life and not speak to anyone" honestly sounds fine. Some just aren't all that aspirational, the place they live in is ok, the stuff they have is ok, what more do they really need? Whenever I've openly talked like this it really riles up some people as ok is apparently not ok.

    If with the 6 month gap everything was fine after maybe just figure out when/how to distance more. It seems a weird thing to do but if both of you are happy with it then nothing wrong with meeting less or with gaps. I've got some friends I decide to only see once a month or so rather than weekly/daily as it just wouldn't be a good idea.

    edit - when I typed this it was at the Moss reply

  • in COVID-19
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    Out delivery riding on the cargo bike and each park I go to cross is just rammed full of people. The "one exercise a day" line has just made everyone think it's now a patriotic duty to go and lark about in a park or run/jog/cycle far more than they ever did before. It's worse than the start of the year with new years resolution people doing it.

    I'm now considering if when I go out later to deliver perscriptions if I should take ID with me and how long it will be before I'm stopped by police as I'm cycling about trying to work. It should be rather apparent if they stop me early and I've got 30+ pharmacy bags but if they stop me and I've just got the last one or none will be annoying.

  • in COVID-19
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    If she posted on any of the COVID threads half dozen people would have offered to help. If anything just setup 1 thread for NHS and stuff then put it in the sticky that explains why the classifieds is shut.

  • in COVID-19
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    Yes. Even if people can buy stuff here 99% is for projects that are extras/fun, it will remove strain from postal services and have less people out doing stuff that could make them sick.

    The huge waves of people clambering to make every part of normal routine life for them a key worker thing is just awful and selfish.

  • in COVID-19
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    I've spent since last night with the very real statistic and worry that 1 in 50 could die stuck in my head. My head has been racing around applying it to groups of people I've known so 5 or 6 people I've met at work as instructors the last few years, countless people I've delivered training too, 3 people in my year when I left school, couple of people at a wedding and so on. I don't know what I can do to shift thinking this stuff but it's making me feel really down, I'm sorry to anyone now sharing this.

  • in COVID-19
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    Even if they do that won't have them paying out, I'm sure both possible benefits will be aware people could possibly attempt to claim from both and so neither will pay out. If they decide the employers should pay and direct people to them but they have then missed the window for funds or already claimed alleging far lower staff numbers and earnings than they would really need to cover payments then that all goes crazy too.

    My current work I had to put in a tribunal claim at the start of the year, employment status is disputed as part of that. I've since found other work, they are paying me and have pledged to increase my hours if they can(crazy given the circumstances but they are great people) so I'm going to be ok and most likely won't need to claim benefits, if they claim stuff and that makes up part of what they have to put in my pay I've no idea.

    The wider picture of how the schools that will lose 2 months+ teaching time, so will have no time when they reopen to do noncurricular activity such as cycle training for the foreseeable future, I don't think has hit home yet.

    How if at all cycle training will even retain skilled instructors I've no idea either. Outside of London already has a shortage and within London will join that as people now take up other work with more job security or just retire. We don't really have any industry leaders or innovation, the training providers have all taken to copy+paste(sometimes literally) from other training providers, the result of this is we don't have anyone looking ahead or really developing the industry they just put in near identical bids on contracts to undercut eachother so unless DfT or councils/schools hand something to them on a plate we won't get it. Even the work that was well paying like safer urban driving the training providers have noticed it's another place they can expand and so they have all undercut on bids and that's now just as unsustainable as other parts of what they do.

    It's really scary times, I worry for colleagues firstly as I know so many if any will fall ill(the idea of 1 in 50 of people I know dying is crazy) and then if people will fall be left destitute.

  • in COVID-19
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    I've worked with people who are cycle instructors and it's looking like the evidence they would need to show they are self-employed(in employment law as well as tax law) and had agreements to deliver work they won't have alongside the evidence they need to show they worked for someone as an off payroll worker(not in employment law but in tax law) they also won't have. IMO it makes it very difficult to have successful interaction with any sort of benefits without that paper trail which will leave lots of people I know rather fucked.

    If whatever the government put together needs any level of detail whatsoever beyond showing an amount of money exchanging hands many have nothing to show and will likely be put in a position with no payments while employment status is argued to determine if what they should get comes from/via the company that they worked for or direct from the government.

    I'd suspect many other types of work have the same situation.

  • in COVID-19
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    Someone I know spotted a car that was full of stuff, I've wondered how long before the window gets smashed and stuff taken by another person trying to hoard everything as if leaving a phone on the seat was enough before then a 4 pack of bog roll and some pasta will look like a gold bar.

  • in COVID-19
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    Has James washed his hands while singing happy birthday?

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