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Old 26th Apr 2020, 19:07
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Originally Posted by Ancient Observer View Post
At my age, I go outside with a saucepan and stick, get to the porch and ask myself why I came out.

Then the door auto-shuts, and I am outside without a key.
Hope you had your dressing gown on 😊
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 00:51
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Virtue signalling? Really?

The lack of empathy on this site sometimes truly amazes me, thank goodness you lot are no way representative of the population at large.

Clapping or banging a tin pot or sounding a horn on a Thursday at 8pm as a mark of respect and appreciation for key workers in this crisis is in no way compulsory, and I doubt that there is a single street in the land where EVERYONE takes part, and that's fine.

But some find it incredibly emotive, and they deserve to be allowed to continue without the likes of you lot carping and looking down your nose at them.

Get a grip.
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 01:08
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and they deserve to be allowed to continue
Not if they're spraying virions, they don't.
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 07:13
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Originally Posted by pr00ne View Post
Virtue signalling? Really?

The lack of empathy on this site sometimes truly amazes me, thank goodness you lot are no way representative of the population at large.

Clapping or banging a tin pot or sounding a horn on a Thursday at 8pm as a mark of respect and appreciation for key workers in this crisis is in no way compulsory, and I doubt that there is a single street in the land where EVERYONE takes part, and that's fine.

But some find it incredibly emotive, and they deserve to be allowed to continue without the likes of you lot carping and looking down your nose at them.

Get a grip.
You, and millions of others are free to clap, bang saucepans, drums, play bagpipes - whatever, but there is without doubt through the broadcast and print media more than encouragement to join in, and you are almost a pariah if you don't - questions are asked in the street - I know, I've been asked!!!!

Those of us who believe it is crass are entitled to our opinions, and entitled not to take part without question, just as those who want to should be.
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 07:38
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Better by far to spend the ten minutes every Thursday, that otherwise might be spent clapping, online, checking out the wish list for your local NHS, and maybe spending a fiver on something for local NHS staff. Seems a far more useful and tangible thing to do to me, as at least it has a direct benefit to front line staff.
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 07:52
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As I said before, in our hamlet it now has more social significance. We are at the end of our Close. We used to see the family at the entrance occasionally and the husband never. I first met him, after 2 years, at a Christmas party. One nearer neighbour works at home, we see him once a week and his wife who goes to work also weekly. Now we all meet in adversity once a week and chat.

If there is a no show it is more a worry than anything else.

Wait for easing restrictions, cold wet and windy weather, then see what happens.
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 07:58
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I inadvertently took the dog for a walk whilst it was taking place last week,and judging by the amount of filming and 'selfies' it seems to be little more than navel gazing.
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 09:09
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
As I said before, in our hamlet it now has more social significance. We are at the end of our Close. We used to see the family at the entrance occasionally and the husband never. I first met him, after 2 years, at a Christmas party. One nearer neighbour works at home, we see him once a week and his wife who goes to work also weekly. Now we all meet in adversity once a week and chat.

If there is a no show it is more a worry than anything else.

Wait for easing restrictions, cold wet and windy weather, then see what happens.
Our circumstances must be similar to yours, though not in such a rural area. One of the most positive aspects of this whole lockdown thing is that now, weather permitting, each Friday evening we have a "street meeting", at the end of our respective driveways, usually involving a glass of something. Through the weekly idle chatter we know more about eachother, what we all do, or don't do for a living, and if anyone needs help with anything. Frankly of far more use, and far more spirit raising (no pun intended) than a weekly clap. I really hope this greater community spirit continues after the lockdown is over.

Another rather morbid side effect is that there is heightened concern every time an ambulance comes up the road off which we live. Fortunately neither time in the past week or so has the reason been covid-19.
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 10:48
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I've avoided this. Started out as a thoughtful idea but has becpme a bit of a PR event. Someone suggested a clap for Boris! I think there are more practical ways of supporting the NHS and perhaps holding our politicians to account is one.
Piers Morgan, of all people, seems to be taking the lead on this. Why so many weeks into the crisis are we still short of PPE, not doing enough testing etc etc...
Contrary to the press I'm not seeking crowds of people "breaking" the lockdown.
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 10:50
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Someone suggested a clap for Boris!
Well, we got rid of him for a few weeks with the virus, maybe giving him the clap might get rid of him for a few more weeks?
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 10:54
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Well, we got rid of him for a few weeks with the virus, maybe giving him the clap might get rid of him for a few more weeks?
If you've had the clap once can you get it again?
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 15:58
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Where I live,nobody claps for the NHS at 2000 on a Thursday.
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Old 27th Apr 2020, 16:00
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Originally Posted by Jimbo2Papa View Post
If you've had the clap once can you get it again?
Yes,though not speaking with personal experience.though I did know some people in Hong Kong who did.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 20:24
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Old 23rd May 2020, 10:03
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I thought that it was Joanna Lumley that devised the clap ? If it wasn't, it should have been. She worked 'wonders' for the Ghurkas
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Old 23rd May 2020, 10:26
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The Thursday 'head-bangers', or whatever else they strike, will, undoubtedly encompass the usual mix of sincerity, virtue signalling and inability to act as an individual in mass 'group think'. Given the reason for the NHS being in need of such 'encouragement' (i.e.lack of funding), perhaps a more appropriate action might have been to vote for a more supportive Government. That the buffoon's enforced recognition of the Service's value to Society came somewhat late in the day, one has little confidence of a continuance of the Damascene conversion. Looking back at what I have just suggested I realise it is, of course nonsense - our corrupt election process (about to be even more 'manipulated!) managed to convert a 'Hung Parliament' of the country's vote, into a ludicrous 'landslide' Tory 'victory' - so no hope via the democratic process, then.
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Old 23rd May 2020, 12:32
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Originally Posted by spitfirek5054 View Post
Where I live,nobody claps for the NHS at 2000 on a Thursday.
Where I live it's remarked upon if you don't! Thank heavens we've all been "given permission" to stop this pantomime after thus Thursday. The whole thing was becoming nearly as compulsory as clapping in unison for King Jung Un.
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Old 23rd May 2020, 13:28
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In the area I live, like everywhere else it began with people in their gardens clapping and a couple of people letting off fireworks.
Over the weeks, this progressed to car horns going and families generally making as much noise as possible simply to try to outdo their neighbours.

About 50m up the lane from my house, there is a family who took to banging a couple of saucepan lids together as this made quite a racket and last Thursday, they had progressed to banging the lids together whilst holding them close to a microphone of a portable karaoke machine with the volume turned up to what must have been maximum.

IMO, all a bit pathetic really and the original thought behind the "clap for carers" seems to have become "let's get one up on the neighbours".
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Old 23rd May 2020, 13:50
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I thought you were going to say they had progressed to banging their kids heads together!!

In our close, we have one rather enthusiastic military officer’s (retd) wife who seems to have taken it upon herself to ensure attendance at the 8:00pm clap. She is ready at her door at 7:57 without fail and she also has a rather loud voice. Anyone opening their door to join in at 8:02 are reminded that they’re late - although, in her defence, it’s hopefully with a bit of tongue in cheek.

However, we have not joined in since week 3 and unfortunately for her, her rather loud comments noting our absence floated through our open window. On VE Day when we all opened our doors at 3:00pm to toast each other and celebrate, she pointedly shouted out towards us, “Here’s a toast to our NHS which we should all be grateful for!”

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Old 23rd May 2020, 16:51
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Much like Pontius Navigator, the weekly attendance at 8 pm on Thursdays has been an opportunity to see other people.
I'm deemed extremely vulnerable and my wife has chronic arthritis so neither of us have been out except for me taking the dogs into the deserted next door woodland each day.
So it has turned into a somewhat social distancing occasion in our cul de sac.
Even the dogs join in, so there are 7 or 8 scampering into front lawns and having a jolly time, which breaks the ice after the clapping ends.

We've seen more and known more about some of our neighbours than we have over the 9 years we've been here.....

Yes, it's a bit of a ritual and a feeling that the clap has outlived its purpose. First NHS then key workers but now most seem to have found that they can filter back to work, so the chance to all say "Hello" is a welcome diversion Perhaps stop it after 12 weeks when the lock down period for self isolating the extremely vulnerable comes to an end, although i think we'll try and at least have one "farewell" session and then see if we can have a get together in the road when it is safe to do so.
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