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Appoint Jon lead fortune cookie teller. Just need the lottery numbers now :p
 
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In the late 80s, in a student house of eight, we'd take it in turns to get up early enough to go in for lectures with a tape recorder to record it for the rest of us to listen to, then sleep at the back of the lecture hall anyway. Our two music history lecturers thought this was absolutely brilliant (especially the one who usually delivered his class with a large Scotch in hand), so much so, they encouraged others to do the same whether they were present or not. We all did better than we had any right to or needed to, as we were all on a performance pathway with about 10% of our degree depending on music history essays.

The retro version of lectures delivered via Zoom where, presumably, you could record the damn thing and *cough* have your video link go down *cough*.

I do feel desperately sorry for September/October's intake of undergrads who have already had the hard work they put in for their A Levels absolutely trashed, and who are now going to miss out on the entire Fresher Experience.
I'm a Jude the Obscure, I would have loved to go to uni (I did have a go but had to miss lectures to work and couldn't earn enough money or find decent and affordable accommodation) and I would have loved to record lectures for future reference. We were in smallish classes of 40-60 so the students were 'interrogated' (it's what it felt like at the time!), or they asked questions. I didn't come from a family of academics so a lot of the chit-chat went right over my head! Academia is very much like freemasonry: if you weren't born in the right kind of family, teachers, other pupils, and even the staff in administration take great pains to make you feel you don't belong. I still have a vivid memory of that time when a dozen of my colleagues were making plans for a study group (to do mock oral examinations, as these were done in front of a jury), I asked if I could join, and one of them, the daughter of an investment banker, replied 'No because we plan to share books so that we don't have to buy as many of them, however you can only afford to buy paperbacks so you would not be useful to us'... That same student made fun of me when I told her I would go for several days without food... or would make do with table sugar. She was a church going Roman Catholic.
 

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Spoons!


Wetherspoons has unveiled plans for reopening its 875 pubs once lockdown restrictions are eased.

The chain plans to invest an initial £11m on new measures to protect drinkers and its workers.

Staff will be provided with face masks and protective eyewear and the chain will run a reduced food menu.

"The safety of our staff and customers is paramount," said John Hudson, chief executive of Wetherspoons.

Most UK pubs have been closed since 20 March, although some have recently started to offer takeaway drinks.
 

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Ikea to reopen 19 stores from June 1

Ikea is set reopen 19 stores across England and Northern Ireland from June 1 with a new series of safety measures to ensure social distancing, the retailer has announced.

The homewares chain said social distancing wardens will patrol the store and the number of customers would be limited.

The 19 sites reopening from June 1 will be in Croydon, Greenwich, Lakeside, Wembley, Tottenham, Norwich collection point, Birmingham, Nottingham, Belfast, Manchester, Warrington, Gateshead, Leeds, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Reading, Southampton, Bristol and Exeter.

Restaurants and play areas will remain closed but the food market will reopen for customers to make food like Swedish meatballs at home, the retailer added.

Stores in Scotland, Wales and Ireland will remain closed, in line with government coronavirus guidance.
 

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This makes no sense. Yesterday. 140,000 tests - 80,000 people tested?
If 80K people were tested, what does number of tests mean?

 

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This makes no sense. Yesterday. 140,000 tests - 80,000 people tested?
If 80K people were tested, what does number of tests mean?

I'm 'guessing' the 60k difference is for people who ordered home kits and haven't sent them back yet
 

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Just got the rules and information for my school reopening in June. I'm all for getting the kids back but it is very close to being so much of a faff that it might well be better just not bothering:

Parents drop child off at allocated time. Child collected from the car, parent not allowed to leave car.
Child escorted to the washing station to wash hands
Go to allocated classroom with the 6 other pupils in their "bubble" not allowed to mix with other pupils or staff outside of their bubble group.
each bubble limited to one classroom and only certain parts of the school.
One way systems set up which are like walking from london to dover going via manchester.
No playground equipment allowed out.
Separate break and lunch times, bring own food and drink and lots of hand washing of course.
Teachers have to teach their "bubble" but also continue to set work for students staying at home.
Going home is the reverse of the morning procedure.
 

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Just got the rules and information for my school reopening in June. I'm all for getting the kids back but it is very close to being so much of a faff that it might well be better just not bothering:

Parents drop child off at allocated time. Child collected from the car, parent not allowed to leave car.
Child escorted to the washing station to wash hands
Go to allocated classroom with the 6 other pupils in their "bubble" not allowed to mix with other pupils or staff outside of their bubble group.
each bubble limited to one classroom and only certain parts of the school.
One way systems set up which are like walking from london to dover going via manchester.
No playground equipment allowed out.
Separate break and lunch times, bring own food and drink and lots of hand washing of course.
Teachers have to teach their "bubble" but also continue to set work for students staying at home.
Going home is the reverse of the morning procedure.
We’re not back at school until mid August. I can categorically say that one of my kids would not cope well with the above and it’s not really creating a nurturing environment is it.
 

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There's Dominic Cummings travelling from London to Durham and me wondering if the world actually exists past my back garden gate! It's been 10 weeks since I looked, so it might have all disappeared for all I know :oops:

Husband has stuck his head out a few times, just to make sure that the car is still there, so there must be life beyond 'The Gate' lol.
 

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and now it looks like he's been caught out a second time!
 

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and now it looks like he's been caught out a second time!
He won't go, the Tory elite think he's a miracle worker. I have no idea why he and they just don't apologise and say it was very very poor judgement. I think he should resign but I wasn't that interested until they made statements that he was 'being a good dad and caring about his family' so what does that say about the rest of us that did follow the rules when we were ill with children? I should probably just ignore it but I felt really really insulted by it.
 

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He won't go, the Tory elite think he's a miracle worker. I have no idea why he and they just don't apologise and say it was very very poor judgement. I think he should resign but I wasn't that interested until they made statements that he was 'being a good dad and caring about his family' so what does that say about the rest of us that did follow the rules when we were ill with children? I should probably just ignore it but I felt really really insulted by it.
The papers played the government good and proper by working together and putting trip 1 on Saturday and announcing trip 2 on Sunday
 

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