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:idea:

taking a cue from the last few posts on the “this message board... “ thread.

how are you?

are you and yours keeping safe and well?

what are you doing differently?

are you able to make ends meet?

and: more power to you, all the health care workers and everyone out there in essential services work.

x

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But if you could just see the beauty...

Grand here. Taking the necessary precautions but not fussed at all, maybe i'm just thick :lol:

I sent a text to a mate a few days ago which read "Gigs cancelled. Holiday cancelled. Liverpool's 1st league in 30 years probably cancelled. Yet i STILL HAVE TO GO TO FUCKING WORK!!!" Sums up my mood really.

Have some tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ViMA_qDKTU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLbdWqgItko
I am neither bored nor freaking out. I think i must be handling this all wrong.

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how are you? Bored. Scared.

are you and yours keeping safe and well? Yes. So far. Like others I am high risk having just gotten over pneumonia in November/December.

what are you doing differently? Not leaving my house except for a half hour walk every day.

are you able to make ends meet? So far. Depends on how long this lasts. President Pinocchio isn't helping.

How are you holding up Ro?
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sunray wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:59 pm
But if you could just see the beauty...
.....these things I could never describe.

All good here in Liverpool. I'm recovering from a bit of surgery and some other tedious health-related stuff so have been told to self isolate for 12 weeks in the first case. This means I'll have been housebound from January to mid-June by the looks of things :roll: . On the other hand, it also has allowed me the chance to read a lot more than I usually would and to listen to a tremendous amount of music.

Hope everyone manages to stay safe and healthy through this shit storm.

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We're the last company left in our office building. Odd for 4 people rattling about when normally over 100 are there. Leeds is surreal as it's so quiet. Not much traffic, everything moving slowly...

I know people who've lost jobs, mainly in the hospitality industry which is on it's knees. My step daughter lost hers too as she worked at a creche type place which shut down, albeit temporarily. Despite what Johnson says about support for mortgage payers it's actually very hard to claim.

Spirits are good despite all this. Hope you all are doing OK out there...

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ro wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:43 pm
:idea:

taking a cue from the last few posts on the “this message board... “ thread.
how are you?
Demented, sad and more than a little pissed off. Sad as I was meant to be going to Portugal in 5 weeks with my wife for our first ever kid-free holiday. Been looking forward to it for months and am utterly gutted we won't get away. Demented with the mass hysteria created by the media over all this and with the behaviour of people as a result. You think you've seen the lowest of the low and then some cunt comes along and proves you otherwise. Its all actually dragging me down... :(

are you and yours keeping safe and well?
Wife is a front line worker for the NHS. She is worried, like many of her colleagues about their exposure to all this and the reports of limited resources available to keep the workers safe. She is trying to stay positive but is also starting to feel a little overwhelmed with everything that's going on. Arsehole patients not helping matters sometimes. Having to keep an eye on her.

what are you doing differently?
Following all guidelines but still at work for now. The ambiguity around everything is not helping and that fuck nut Boris is certainly not helping. His approach to this has been nothing short of shambolic and he has the look of a man who is out of his depth and panicking.

are you able to make ends meet?
As long as we are getting paid, we hope so. We don't have thousands of pounds in savings so we have to continue to work to earn to keep us going. My employer is pretty good but many of our customers are small to medium businesses that will feel any prolonged shutdown hard... and that could have a knock on effect.

and: more power to you, all the health care workers and everyone out there in essential services work.
Yes. I often think "Operation Human Shield" would be a better description for some of these front line workers as they are thrown in front of anything that comes along. Their resilience and continuing hard work is commendable. They're the real MVPs along with all the supermarket workers, who are facing almost apocalyptic conditions because of greedy arseholes... thank fuck i'm not working in that environment. Blood would be spilt!

Stay safe everyone x

p.s. A lot of bands have been giving away their music over the last few days as we prepare to bunker down for a (potentially) long period of time. Very generous of them, however, Bandcamp have waived their usual 15% cut on all purchased music TODAY, so if you are able to buy some stuff today, the bands will get the full monies for it.

p.p.s. There are also a number of bands streaming "gigs" from their practice space, homes, etc. via Facebook with more being announced all the time. Great idea and one that hopefully keeps all our spirits up too!

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Well, my UK/Denmark vacation took a weird turn, that's for sure. I was able to finally meet my friend, Chris, who used to post here as "u_nderscore," in person for the first time, which was cool. Things got really weird on March 11th. My girlfriend and I had tickets to see Big Thief and when we got to the venue they told us the show was canceled due to the fact that the Danish Prime Minister instituted a ban on gatherings of people over 100. The next day was good, as record stores, bars, etc. were all still open, but on the 13th the only places open were hotel bars/restaurants. So, we weren't able to attend any of the museums we had planned on visiting. We wound up driving up north to Kokkedal castle and then Kronberg castle. There was much less hysteria up north, although we did have one dinner at a local place where the owners seemed pretty nervous about having us there.

We managed to make it back on our scheduled flight from Copenhagen to Chicago on Monday the 16th. It was only 10% to 15% full, so we're lucky it didn't get canceled. Also, we arrived the day after O'Hare was suffering horrible lines and breezed through the health checkpoint and were able to quickly get into a cab and make it home.

Now that we're back, we are both on mandatory 14 day self-quarantine due to the countries we visited, which is difficult because it means I can't see my kids for another ten days. In the meantime, my ex-wife's father passed away and I feel terrible because I can't help her with the kids, who are off school until April 21.

I am working from home, so I don't feel like my job is at risk, but I feel awful for everyone who works in the service industry. My local record store is offering free delivery, so I ordered $250 worth of new LPs yesterday to help support him and to give me new listening material, as the vinyl has been spinning non stop while I'm stuck at home.

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Over here in California, the governor just instituted a mandatory "stay at home" for all residents. I work for a local government near San Diego so I'm still not working from home, which seems a bit strange to me. "Business as usual" they say. I'm in IT and we're doing a little bit of emergency response stuff, but I'm really not comfortable being in the offices right now. I mean, I'm still getting paid, which is lucky.

People over here are losing their damn minds. My girlfriend's company (trade show exhibits) and their counterparts are all going out of business. Hard times ahead for several years. Things will definitely be a lot different for a very long time.

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how are you?

Up and down to be honest. The guidelines have all been a bit ambiguous in the UK up to now. Loads of people still going to pubs and the supermarkets are rammed with people so don't know how on earth they are slowing down the spread of the virus. Boris finally shut down the pubs, clubs, theatres and leisure centres last night and with schools closing yesterday (apart from the children of 'key workers') I think the message that this is fucking serious will start to get through (surely?).

are you and yours keeping safe and well?

As much as we can. I work with my Uncle and cousin doing small building works and fortunately at the moment we are renovating an old country cottage in the middle of nowhere so human contact is minimal. Went to the builders merchants the other day though and its a totally different story....loads of tradespeople stocking up on materials before there is a shortage and lots of bravado... "we're British so its not going to stop us!", "I watched the announcement about not going to the pub from the pub and had another 3 pints in there to ease the pain!" etc. Fucking numbskulls! My seven year old boy finished school yesterday and I think he's aware that something is going on but young enough to not seem too bothered about it at the moment (though my Dad is his 'best friend' so not seeing him and the other grandparents is certainly going to be difficult).

what are you doing differently?

Obviously not going out and going to gigs, see films, meet in pubs/restaurants is the biggest change. And generally trying to avoid social contact as much as possible. There's no lock-down here in the UK unlike Italy and Spain and other parts of the World so there is still a bit of freedom. Had a 'virtual lads night out' last night over on Google Meet. Certainly not the same as a pub but it was nice to catch up and have a laugh in these strange and testing times. Going to drop some supplies off at my parents later on but just leaving in the porch and waving to them through the window.


are you able to make ends meet?

Its certainly going to be difficult. I am a self-employed builder so really playing it day-to-day. If I don't go to work then I don't get paid. I run a record label in my spare time (Drone Rock Records) and I am also concerned about demand for that and whether shipments of records will be effected. My wife runs her own eco-cleaning company so she has been really stressed about it all. A lot of her customers are starting to feel uneasy about having people in their houses and my wife still has to pay her staff regardless of whether they work or not (she set up the company as ethically as possible and didn't want to go down the root of having them on zero-hours contracts or be self-employed). A lot of customers are still offering to pay regardless of whether the cleans happen or not which is fantastic and the Tory Government finally did the decent thing last night and offered to cover most of the wages of those who have been forced out of work through the virus. Just got to see how many hoops they will make her jump through now to access it.

Anyway, regardless of all that, we 3 are all well and preparing to hunker down at some point which seems inevitable. I've got a massive stack of vinyl waiting to be listened to and 4 releases due to arrive from the pressing plant over the next couple of months which will keep me busy. I hope everyone on this board gets through this unscathed and that you all look after your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health.
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A long, long time since I last posted, so hi All. Thanks for giving me an outlet to post in. Been meaning to post many times but kept struggling with log-in. Could never quite sort it out. Log-ons mainly. WTF was that password?!

how are you? Ok, thanks for asking, Reality has dawned over the last week to how serious and how nasty Corona-time is going to be. A lot of energy at the moment is taken up by trying to think ahead to how we cope with the home, Kids and work. It's draining, isn't it?

are you and yours keeping safe and well? Yes, Me, Wife and Kids (Twin teens and one 7yr old. All awesome) are all fine. Older parents are the issue. It's how to keep contact as well as protect them.

what are you doing differently? Working from home from Tuesday. That suits me. It's part pf how I work anyway so I'm used to it. Not with Kids around though. Having to cope with having Kids around while working won't be easy. Work has to give, right? Wife is a Teacher whose school is designated to stay open. She actually covers two schools. She's tense, no doubt about it. We've spoken about no knee-jerks or over-dramatizing but keeping a sense of care for you as well as others.

are you able to make ends meet? Yes. We're lucky in that regard. Both pretty safe. For now.

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Hello all,

Well my wife is classed as vulnerable so she has been told to self isolate for a 12 weeks & WFH which means I am now WFH for 12 weeks. So far so good I guess seem to be getting into a routine. I have never WFH before but needs must as they say!

Not gonna lie have neglected this board somewhat in recent times with the odd post here and there but it's good to know you can come here and chat and get things off chest/talk about whatever. Going to have plenty of opportunity to listen to music, read and catch up on viewing. A few of us on this board all synced up yesterday and played Recurring at some point in the day/night wonderful record and a nice feeling knowing your friends were listening too.

No doubt I will be revisiting this board a lot more over the coming weeks/months so look forward to reading all your messages and staying in touch.

Stay safe everybody.
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After a really scary announcement to the nation from the Prime Minister in the UK, just wanted to say I hope everyone here is OK. Please stay safe, look after yourselves, your families and each other. Stay safe. Peace and love

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First suspected casualty in our home. Wife is coming down with feverish symptoms and is not feeling great. Frontline NHS worker, dealing with public and with no PPE available... was inevitable. Cue lockdown and isolation.

If any one passing can drop in some beer, snax and some Rizla, that would be nice...

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James:
I hope all goes well.
Thinking of you guys.
Unfortunately I am a little too far to help you Re: beer and snax. :?
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Take care Laz - hope you're both OK - sending love - not the same as the provisions, but still genuine.

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Thanks all. We'll be fine. I'm working from home so keeping myself semi-busy whilst keeping an eye on the missus. Long days ahead...

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Good luck to you and your missus James. I hope it's not a bad case - maybe even just something else with any luck. I have nothing but glowing admiration for anyone in the NHS at any level, but particularly front line. I know there are a few on this board involved. Hats off to them all.

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runcible wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:51 pm
Good luck to you and your missus James. I hope it's not a bad case - maybe even just something else with any luck. I have nothing but glowing admiration for anyone in the NHS at any level, but particularly front line. I know there are a few on this board involved. Hats off to them all.
Ditto to the above. To everyone on this board. Take care, stay safe .

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Whilst self quarantined I decided to sort through bags and bags of photos yesterday.
I can't believe the things I found.
A fantastic photo of Julian Cope and I from 1991.
About 20 photos of Simple Minds in Detroit in 1983.
Oodles and oodles of photos from my record shop with instores and employee shenanigans. Also lots of photos of the walls with all the vinyl we used to sell. Posters too.
Been carpet bombing Facebook with these today while listening to Eno cd's.
Keeping me sane while brightening others day at the same time.
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spzretent wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:19 pm
Whilst self quarantined I decided to sort through bags and bags of photos yesterday.
I can't believe the things I found.
A fantastic photo of Julian Cope and I from 1991.
About 20 photos of Simple Minds in Detroit in 1983.
Oodles and oodles of photos from my record shop with instores and employee shenanigans. Also lots of photos of the walls with all the vinyl we used to sell. Posters too.
Been carpet bombing Facebook with these today while listening to Eno cd's.
Keeping me sane while brightening others day at the same time.
Those pictures have been great to see on FB. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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The reaction warms my heart to be honest.
It's knowing you made a difference in people's lives at some point. Even if it was 25 years ago.
Not to mention how fun it was and the lifelong friends I have made because of it.
Some on this message board.
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I stuck a load of piccies on the Sp3 Facebook page over the last day or so, something I've been meaning to do for ages as I spent a while getting lots of Sp3 artwork and related posters framed and hung up. My stairwell is covered in all that stuff but not many people get to see it. It's been nice seeing positive reactions from many fans and even at least 1 ex-band member. Always nice to share cool stuff like this, and if ever there was a time to make people smile it's now.

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I understand some of you might need a translator but this is classic: https://twitter.com/Rubberbandits/statu ... 3630191618

I particularly like the football bit :lol:
I am neither bored nor freaking out. I think i must be handling this all wrong.

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runcible wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:28 pm
I stuck a load of piccies on the Sp3 Facebook page over the last day or so, something I've been meaning to do for ages as I spent a while getting lots of Sp3 artwork and related posters framed and hung up. My stairwell is covered in all that stuff but not many people get to see it. It's been nice seeing positive reactions from many fans and even at least 1 ex-band member. Always nice to share cool stuff like this, and if ever there was a time to make people smile it's now.
Those pics have been wonderful to see :D Thanks

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