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Graham Smith

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Herts. and Beds. Section meetings are now cancelled until further notice.
 

Graham Smith

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North Kent Section's All Fools Meet and fortnightly meetings now cancelled until further notice.
 

vibrac

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Naturally we are all thinking about immediate effects but long term I can see the total end of large scale retail (i see that Amazon are recruiting like mad to keep up with demand) and more important to us the eradication of pubs and roadside eating houses, where will we stop and meet for rides and meetings?
Happy Days! now back into the workshop
 

Sakura

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Naturally we are all thinking about immediate effects but long term I can see the total end of large scale retail (i see that Amazon are recruiting like mad to keep up with demand) and more important to us the eradication of pubs and roadside eating houses, where will we stop and meet for rides and meetings?
Happy Days! now back into the workshop
I do share some of your concerns, short term. A lot of businesses are going to contract or fail completely through no fault of their own. However, wherever there's a business opportunity, someone will take it up. Long term it will all work out but not without short term pain.
 

Marcus Bowden

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Vincent are you stuck the wrong side of the border. Mine changes when in France. My daughter is in France and we left Wednesday with kids at school, now schools are shut. Saturday evening they had to close both the restaurants, Monday they went in and secured the fridges of food and took home another fridge to put all the perishables in, that they took from the restaurants now if they are caught out on the road without a good reason there is a 1500 EURO fine. She says if their alarm goes off at the establishments she will go into town as it could be looters. Where will it stop !!!!????
 

BigEd

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VOC Coventry Section: Our secretary has sent the message below to our local email list:

"Hi All, It is unfortunate to say but it will definitely be for the best that we have decided to postpone our Friday night meetings at the Reading Rooms forthwith, until such time that it is decided that meetings in public are considered safe to do so and "Business As Usual" can be resumed.
Rather than just go quiet and I can assure you that we will be back if you have any interesting stories, pictures or amusing items that you would like to circulate amongst the members then please drop me a line. Please nothing that could be misinterpreted, just something to keep us keen and longing for those bright summer evenings and weekend runs.

All the best, Alan U."
 

MartynG

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Dear mr Banana,

My Handsome,

No i am enyoing a holyday with all my kids.
In an empty Spa resort in the Black Forrest,
Getting an immune system boost.
Wim Hof method.
Breathing and cold, exercise.

But that doesn't make me a German.
I am Dutch. ;)
All???? or just ..........???
 

Marcus Bowden

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I know you be Dutch just hope you are not being Dutch with the kids. Being dutch in English means only paying for ones self. Don't consume too much Dutch courage while you are there,
 

peter holmes

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Dear mr Banana,

My Handsome,

No i am enyoing a holyday with all my kids.
In an empty Spa resort in the Black Forrest,
Getting an immune system boost.
Wim Hof method.
Breathing and cold, exercise.

But that doesn't make me a German.
I am Dutch. ;)
Wim Hof, interesting guy, and some incredible claims by some of his converts, we have a Brit who does similar cold endurance feats, mainly swims in Antartica etc. Lewis Pugh, mind you after some of his world record attempts he does look like he is taking himself to the absolute edge.
 

ericg

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Wim Hof, interesting guy, and some incredible claims by some of his converts, we have a Brit who does similar cold endurance feats, mainly swims in Antartica etc. Lewis Pugh, mind you after some of his world record attempts he does look like he is taking himself to the absolute edge.
And there is also our own handsome Banana who used to swim the Channel all year round. Still doing this Marcus? :)
 

Marcus Bowden

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Stopped long ago daily swimming in the English Channel Eric, I did love open swimming doing a mile or more daily after July weather permitting, the yearly event was Plaidy beach to Looe Island with brother Harvey giving him a ten-minute start and arriving ten minutes early on Island beach trying to fend off the aggressive female warden saying I won't walk any further on the beach just waiting for my brother to arrive. It's a nature reserve.
The longest swim is Looe to Polperro about 4.5 miles in two hours five minutes being my best time than 2 hours 35mins for RNLI four days later with a wet suit shortie 1989 then again 2005 in 2 Hours 17 mins after I returned from the annual rally at Ugthorp Park 17 years later maintaining 59 strokes a minute from start to finish Harvey's wife Ann was in the safety boat timing me. About 7,500 strokes.
My last swim in 2010 on sister Mary's birthday 9th September was a three-mile swim from Down Derry to Looe 2 hours 25mins worst swim I've ever done an N.W. wind blew up but being offshore leaving the sea reasonably calm but producing white horses, taking on so much water I felt I was peeing continuously, nearly throwing in the towel several times. But the feeling of satisfaction walking up Looe beach alongside the Banjo Pier is something I will remember when I'm dying.
The reason I did it in the first place was for sister Mary as she could swim and play in the sea all day without feeling the cold. I was jealous. The Channel was always there but the time & money required to do it was prohibitive.
September is one of the warmest sea temperature months of the year and 1981 was the last year that the day multiplying the month equalled the year in the last century. She lived in Polperro, I didn't make it that year and she died in 1984 but the dream lived on for her.
Now it's taking me 25 mins to swim 300 meters in a 23-degree Celcius 10-meter heated pool. No longer a pretty sight.
bananaman
 

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