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  1. I hate putting anything like a cv in a thread so this will have to do: I used to work in supermarket logistics. During a normal week Tuesday and Wednesday are the slackest days then it builds to Saturday, a bit quieter Sunday and Monday. The busiest times of the year are just before Christmas and the Bank Holidays. The slackest time of the year in the food business is between Christmas and Easter – that'll be now then. So most temporary staff will have been laid off and any new system changes will be actioned, or should be. So this panic buying couldn't have come at a worse time for the industry. There will now be a scramble to get agency staff to cope with the extra work. Add to that the fact that space is a premium in supermarkets and many have been “refurbished” to make the tiny warehouse space even smaller and increase the selling floor space, putting more reliance on the logistics side to get the stuff in from regional distribution centres at a regular pace. And that pace is dictated by the (averaged) buying data from the tills. Panic buying sends the system into shock and creates false shortages; the stuff will be in warehouses just waiting to be shipped. So no shortage of bog rolls, they're just in the wrong place! One genuine issue will be the shortage of hand sanitizer and similar products which we perhaps didn't use so much until now. Whatever the issues I am confident the system will soon recover as the it catches up.
    9 points
  2. I employ a good number of people, i am relieved and encouraged by the unprecedented support. We will work as long as it is available, then we will go into hold until it picks up, as it will. I won't get paid, i will survive, as long as my staff are paid and i have a bit of support with my fixed overheads, we will be ready to be up and running. This is not like 2008, It is not an economic recession, it is like a natural disaster. I estimate we will be getting back to near normal in a couple of months, IF, people practice social distancing and WASH YOUR HANDS. My biggest concern is the younger generation not taking it seriously.
    7 points
  3. Emjoy! IMG_2490.MP4
    6 points
  4. Let’s be realistic here. Even if you stay at home, you’ll have to go out for food and other essentials. Wherever you go, there I’ll be a risk by touching something, somewhere. Obviously, be careful, look after your self the best way you can but there is no way we will be able to create our own sterile environment, however careful we are. It is my belief that one of the reasons this is spreading as quickly as it is, is the fact that we are so conscious of our hygiene now. How many young children are allowed to play in the mud and chew on lumps of coal like we used to. As a race, our resistance to diseases is lower as we become more reliant on drugs to fend off our ailments. My thoughts, obviously, but without customers and/or government support, I think the future of many Broadland businesses is grim and they may be lost forever.
    5 points
  5. If you want to change it then do so. I have already explained this in a long post on this thread. Just get in touch with the boatyard and and talk to them. I am sure they will be helpful.
    4 points
  6. It rather depends on who was on the boat before you and the time between them vacating and you going onboard! You could not deep clean a boat in the allotted turn round time. Sanitise evey surface, control, every utensil, crockery, cutlery, glasses, handles, light switches. TV, etc. etc.
    4 points
  7. I suspect any boatyard with bookings still on their books albeit moved back will stand a better chance of survival than one with everything cancelled.
    3 points
  8. Pop's I know this is tough, but any money is better than none, before today I would have said that on monday I would have been told bye bye too.. Take what they can give then once it's over you can look elsewhere.. Don't leave of your own accord though.
    3 points
  9. Until Bojo says otherwise....
    3 points
  10. My Wife is not keen on going because of Government advice but if we stay in the car except for toilet breaks (keeping distance from everyone) and get straight on to the boat then you couldn't get better isolation.
    3 points
  11. Clickbait is primarily used to drive advertising revenue or for fraudulent purposes. It will also normally hyperlink to a completely different website. Don't think it comes even close to applying here. Not the first time a thread has had an intriguing title and it won't be the last, but hopefully the forum police are not about to start deciding how accurate thread titles need to be! Next there will be a call to stop Fred drift and then the forum really is doomed.
    2 points
  12. I don't think you have looked too hard. I found policies on all the web sites have checked in the last few days.
    2 points
  13. In the interest of balance here's the rest of my 1936 MG SA. "I'd rather push an MG than drive a Triumph" was printed on T-shirts on sale at one show I went to. The same seller also had the alternative. I don't have either by the way!
    2 points
  14. yes, but at worst you are only dealing with the chance of infection from the previous occupants and the cleaning staff, so a lower risk than touching a surface that many others may have touched, so you would be at a higher risk when using the toilets and filling the car with fuel as more people touch those surfaces, unless the yards impose a voluntary 48 hour quarantine of the boats between uses to ensure the virus does not survive, the risk is still lower than a lot of other things.
    2 points
  15. On way home, called in at a small village store (Finningley) and YES - A packet of red Lentils - MrsG - Brownie points in the bag. Plenty of milk, no loafs but got some rolls. didn't even look to see if any bog rolls on t shelfs. Sadly no Lurpak spreadable but I'm on it. I get our eggs from a local farmer and have 1/2 doz a week put by for me at only £1:00 - Bargain Griff
    2 points
  16. In the last however many years I have never seen the Beccles Harbour Master walk quickly let alone run. Their normal policy for boats that arrive late and/or leave early is to take the details off the CCTV and, if it's a hire boat, the yard sorts it on the boats return or, if private, contact is sought through whatever channels are needed. Saves all that running stuff!
    2 points
  17. Just trying to keep myself socially distanced from Helen!
    2 points
  18. Nuff said. Colin p.s. Not my house or dogs, poetic justice.
    2 points
  19. I hate to say it, but I think this thread has gone down the toilet
    2 points
  20. Nice one Ray Keep it friendly everyone, we need to pull together, be kind and nice to each other especially at a time like this Ray, any one walking in my shoes will end up in a wine bar Stay well and take care Jay and Grace x
    2 points
  21. And may I gently suggest that there isn't anything particularly clever about picking people up on typos and spelling mistakes. It seems that one member is taking the flak for everyone's frustration with the situation in general. He has explained quite clearly that he has been forced to react to the initial rush of stockpiling by those we are all rightly angry with. He has sought to to do this in as responsible way as he can and he has told us why he needs to do this. And that he has now stopped. He didn't need to explain, he doesn't owe us an explanation but shared with us his personal situation in accordance with the 'all in it together' ethos of the forum. Let's give him a break now guys... remember the adage about walking a mile in another man's shoes.
    2 points
  22. We are down to our last half dozen bog rolls and are staring having to use newspaper in the face, so to speak. I have last Saturday's Daily Telegraph and Monday's Mail, but even newspapers seem to be in short supply here. I am pondering sacrificing some of my extensive collection of books to the good cause. For some reason Lord of the Rings comes to mind.
    2 points
  23. Good afternoon everyone, I hope you are all keeping well As some of you may have seen we have created a web page regarding Coronavirus and the impact it has had on our work and the Broads area: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19. It details the meetings and events we have had to cancel, as well as other measures that are being put in place to help deal with the situation at hand. I thought it would be helpful to draw your attention to a few points that we have received enquiries on over the last few days: We are well aware that the impact of Coronavirus may affect your ability to pay your river toll in time. Our Tolls Team will, as always, be sympathetic and understanding of individual circumstances in this particularly challenging environment. Please give them a call on 01603 756080 if you require advice. Our office is closed to the public but tolls can still be paid online or over the phone. At this stage there are no proposals for any refund of the annual toll. We are supporting Government guidance regarding social distancing and the avoidance of non-urgent travel. However, there is no enforceable travel ban in place and the waterways of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads still remain open for public access. It is the responsibility of individuals and businesses to read the Government guidance and act as they see appropriate. We do not have any powers or responsibility to completely close the Broads in this instance. Our Tourist Information Centres at Hoveton and How Hill will not be opening for the start of season. Reedham and Great Yarmouth Yacht Stations will open for the start of the season (because of the safety implications relating to tidal waters). Norwich Yacht Station will not open or be staffed (access to the site will be at your own risk). From 1 April, we will be operating a Tourism Information service by telephone and email to help deal with enquiries. Please contact 01603 782281 or visit our contact us page. The Authority is aware and concerned about the likely impact of the Coronavirus emergency on the important tourism businesses in the Broads and in particular on the hire boat industry. We are in touch with the Broads Hire Boat Federation and have agreed to stay in regular contact so that we can monitor the situation and see what we can collectively do in response. In the meantime, Visit Britain’s website has some helpful information on measures in place to support tourism business during the Coronavirus crisis: https://www.visitbritain.org/covid-19-new-coronavirus-latest-information-and-advice-for-businesses Finally, although many of our staff are working from home (myself included), operational work is set to continue with additional measures in place. If you have any queries relating to tolls, planning or anything else, please bear with us whilst waiting for us to get back to you. We'll help you out as soon as we can. If there's any Broads-related questions I can help with regarding the unfolding situation please feel free to ask here, via social media, our contact channels or send us a private message. We are keen to maintain a high level of communication with our stakeholders and keep you in the loop with any developments. Enjoy the rest of your evening and stay safe, Tom / Broads Authority
    1 point
  24. This has been a dream of mine since I first saw a 7 litre AC Cobra in the showroom of the Chequered Flag in Edgeware when I was 15 in 1964. And if I could have any car it would still be my choice 56 years later.
    1 point
  25. Participating in Paul’s treasure hunt reminded me what fun google street view can be. If you need a bit of a Broads ‘fix’, have a ‘walk’ around the area and look at some of your favourite places from a different perspective. Being a street view, you won’t see loads of river views (Acle and Ludham bridges are good) but you will see what those villages etc really look like. When we book holiday cottages we always use street view to look at the location of the property and the possible dog walks, it has proved very useful in the past.
    1 point
  26. Arthur has kindly indicated that our Chat Room runs on his dedicated server 24/7 We thought in the quiz that we would suggest 10.30 to 11.30 and 7.30 to 8,30 daily as times to focus on so that there is a good chance of bumping into another member when you log in. This would just be for a general natter not a quiz. http://www.nbnquiz.co.uk/chat no password required
    1 point
  27. I've attached a copy of the Coronavirus Bill for anyone interested. Of course, there may be amendments to it as it passes through parliament. Schedule 21 is probably the part of most interest to us. Coronavirus Bill.pdf
    1 point
  28. I agree, but an uncontrollable control freak can equal 'dangerous'.
    1 point
  29. You may end up getting paid now, Government is paying 80% of salaries for the next three months at least. I'd call you boss. But for goodness sake stay at home.
    1 point
  30. For the life of me I cannot think of any individual at Yare House to whom that might apply, not even in a month of Sundays I can't!! Any ideas anyone?
    1 point
  31. It already has Lots of pubs up here in flat cap land are doing take aways and even delivering. Could be a lifeline for them. Many Breweries doing the same. Grain in Norfolk have introduced a 'drive thriugh' Good luck to them
    1 point
  32. Thank you Mrs V I'll have a look later when Jay's at work Love the title by the way Jay and Grace x
    1 point
  33. this should not be an issue, the majority of the systems are computer controlled, humans are there to oversee the process, and the electricity companies are on virtual lockdown, meetings and interdepartmental visits are being kept to a minimum, and in an emergency the supply network could be run from home on a internet link while in home isolation by a single control engineer.
    1 point
  34. Sorry to disappoint you lads, I think there’s enough being said about the BA without me adding to it!
    1 point
  35. Sanitizer should be getting better, a local chemical company which does not normally do these types of products have moved production over to sanitizers and cleaners so should? be getting better by the day.
    1 point
  36. I've only just seen this thread, very sad to see it. Having met Alan a few times over the years and enjoyed his posts in various places I can say the world is definitely a poorer place without him. Condolences to his family.
    1 point
  37. I do not wish to "hog" this thread, but here is a picture of my wife, Lynda's, Mk3 Spitfire which I rebuilt from a wreck. She loved that car!
    1 point
  38. As a spoilt only son I had a Herald for my 17th! My mother had the 2.0litre Vitesse convertible.
    1 point
  39. Well, she is an Aquafibre Ruby 33 and I think I can make out the reg number as B90 which according to Craigs Database makes her San Fernando 2(later San Evita 2) from Richardsons. Also according to the database Richos were Blakes untill '83.
    1 point
  40. The moderation team has temporarily locked this thread pending discussions over actions to take.
    1 point
  41. If by the tail end of the year the only things folk on here have lost is a holiday or the money for one or just lack of own boat use we'll be doing pretty well, let's hope.
    1 point
  42. Had to get shopping today, just essentials. Shoulder to shoulder in Lidl, and queue for 40 minutes to get through the till. If that's the government's idea of "social distancing" the population, it's the wrong way! But on the other hand I went to my usual establishment for lunch to find it empty apart from two other people. The staff, outnumbering customers by 4 to 1, were cleaning and disinfecting absolutely everything. I felt safer there than anywhere, especially Lidl!
    1 point
  43. "Please note this policy only applies for bookings taken from the 13th March 2020. Our standard cancellation policy applies to previous bookings. " A step in the right direction but only for holidays booked recently. I believe Hoseasons are offering the chance to cancel and rebook for either later in 2020 or move to 2021 at no extra charge irrespective of when the original holiday was booked. Ultimately anything that gives the hire fleet even a sniff of a chance to survive covid is to be applauded.
    1 point
  44. It’s all to do with the shortage of toilet rolls. Too many eggs are known to cause constipation...................
    1 point
  45. No I don't, I have a problem with people who bulk buy toilet rolls so that others can't and then post photos gloatng about it.
    1 point
  46. according to the news this morning, theres no panic buying in Italy.There have a much larger amount of cases and deaths then us.Perhaps we should follow there example ad STOP PANIC BUYING.
    1 point
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