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Old 25th Apr 2020, 19:20
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Clapping for the NHS.

I’m prepared for an avalanche of ire, but does anyone else feel that this one off, and very genuine show of appreciation at the time, has now become a bit of an indulgent love-in fest?

Great idea that first Thursday but already the clapping Nazis are starting to appear. I chose not to partake last Thursday and my absence was noted by my neighbours. Several of whom asked quite pointedly if I had “forgotten?” I see there are already articles in the media about naming and shaming individuals who choose not to join in.

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Old 25th Apr 2020, 19:57
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Couldn’t agree more BBE. We now have clapping ‘parties’ round this neck of the woods with music blaring and fireworks. Haven’t yet got to the ‘name and shame’ stage but feel it’s only a matter of time. Mob mentality starting to take hold.
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 20:12
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The grumpy neighbours living opposite us were out last week shouting “Where is everybody......is no-one else bothered them?” Etc.

Thing was, they didn’t come out until ten past eight when everyone else in the neighbourhood had gone back indoors. Ten minutes earlier, there had been one hell of a racket, including fireworks and car horns.

Their clock must be ten minutes slow!
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 20:12
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My friend ( a nurse) absolutely hates the clapping, finds it condescending and has forbidden her family to join in. I haven't owned up to joining in yet to her cos Id get told off.
Just think its a bit two faced of some for joining in with all the clapping as they will be the same ones who voted in a government responsible for running the NHS into the ground over the last few years.
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 20:17
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It's a totally pointless bit of virtue signalling now. It was a great thing to do once, maybe twice, but if people want to help then one of the best ways they can do it is to consider something that makes a real difference, like looking at the Amazon Wish Lists for the NHS and buying something wanted, that will make the lives of those at the front line a bit more bearable right now.
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 20:27
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Glad it’s not just me then - thanks.

Quite agree that doing something practical is great, but the coordinated clapping, plus the BBC’s need to report it every week, is making me feel it’s all getting a bit like the staged rallies in NK!

”Virtue signalling” Good one. I like it.
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 20:40
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It's a totally pointless bit of virtue signalling now. It was a great thing to do once, maybe twice, but if people want to help then one of the best ways they can do it is to consider something that makes a real difference, like looking at the Amazon Wish Lists for the NHS and buying something wanted, that will make the lives of those at the front line a bit more bearable right now.
You said it perfectly.
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 22:14
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Yes, I agree all that clapping is a bit naff.

I much prefer to bang a saucepan.

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Old 25th Apr 2020, 22:27
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You'd all better be careful!

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Old 25th Apr 2020, 22:53
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We live in a small community, no where near a hospital, no one works for the NHS, and, God help me, this week the neighbours started singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" . Just why?
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 23:05
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God help me, this week the neighbours started singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" . Just why?
It's a more roundabout way of thanking the NHS.
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 23:25
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And using a loud voice in a public place. I suppose spraying them would be considered a bit naff.
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Old 26th Apr 2020, 00:00
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Just ticked off another advantage to living in an isolated house in the country. On top of no carol singers, no trick or treaters, no Jehovah's witnesses (well since I threatened to set my German Shepherd on them) I can now add no need to clap, as nobody knows! Mrs TTN was a midwife and she thinks it's daft as well.

Bloody silly idea, like these one minute clapping fests at football matches when somebody has died (or should I say "passes" )
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Old 26th Apr 2020, 03:51
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"If a man claps in a forest, and nobody hears him....ummm..how does that one go again, 99?"
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Old 26th Apr 2020, 04:03
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Pure JB. Once a theme is established absolute conformity is mandatory thereafter and lo and behold the chaps duly oblige !

Personally, I find the clapping and associated forms of cadence very emotive to both listen to and participate in. It's a very tangible demonstration of support for those who face the reality of the pandemic on a daily basis and carries far more sincerity than any political platitudes uttered simply because they have to.

Back to the stiff upper lip, non of that limp wristed, dashed bad form, namby pamby emotional expression of gratitude on here...... or at 20.00hrs on a Thursday until further notice.
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Old 26th Apr 2020, 07:04
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I work in a NHS hospital and there is a lot of fantastic staff(Heroes) but sad to say and observe,which is going unreported there is also full blown RAF LMF.
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Old 26th Apr 2020, 07:23
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Not a clapper myself. Personally I think a tax free cash bonus to particularly the lower paid NHS staff would be more appropriate. Trouble is the last time it was proposed to give these people a leg up there was wild cheering in the HoC as Tories voted it down.
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Old 26th Apr 2020, 07:58
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I also don't support the clapping craze, can't see the point. A few households in our street come out each week and make a din for a few minutes, I keep a low profile. They also have these naff coloured rainbow posters in their windows which remind me of something else... Noticeable that the couple opposite are nurses at the local hospital and must be going through it. You never see them coming out, not even to acknowledge the clappers, which probably tells me something.
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Old 26th Apr 2020, 08:06
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It's a very tangible demonstration of support for those who face the reality of the pandemic on a daily basis and carries far more sincerity than any political platitudes uttered simply because they have to.

Our frontline neighbour finds the bottle of wine and box of choc's outside her front door far more tangible.

PS Sorry for my non-conformist approach

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Old 26th Apr 2020, 08:08
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Better by far that the clappers spend that ten minutes each Thursday looking at their nearest NHS staff wish list, and spend a few quid on something to brighten up the lives of health care staff, IMHO. Imagine if everyone out making a spectacle of themselves just donated a fiver instead, if they could afford it. I'm damned sure that this would be more appreciated than a bit of televised clapping.

The latter reminds me very much of all the "celebrities" who seem to feel their role is to maintain their high media profile by doing pointless stuff on social media, under the pretence that it somehow helps key workers, as posted earlier in this thread: Coronavirus: The Thread
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