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49 minutes ago, Bill Brooks said:

Regarding Covid-19 self isolation activities, at 80 years old, I am putting my affairs in order.

Too right. I made a new updated will yesterday! 

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20 minutes ago, Bill Brooks said:

Regarding Covid-19 self isolation activities, at 80 years old, I am putting my affairs in order.

 

A dose of realism, Bill, at a time of great peril. Perhaps we should have a tontine for elderly Alamy contributors...

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25 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

Perhaps we should have a tontine for elderly Alamy contributors...

 

I had to look that up - never heard of it before,  Sounds like an intriguing basis for an Agatha Christie murder mystery! 😂

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2 hours ago, John Morrison said:

 

A dose of realism, Bill, at a time of great peril. Perhaps we should have a tontine for elderly Alamy contributors...

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Only Tontine I know of is the Cleveland Tontine Hotel in North Yorkshire. One of the most eccentrically furnished places we have ever stayed!  Good food too. 

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Tontine, a strange concept, thankfully long out of fashion, but as Danny suggests, more a literary intrigue rather than reality. Before the less grisly era of life insurance. Mind, in this current desperate times of afternoon TV, I despair of being bombarded with life insurance ads. Those and the wretched gambling gambits; back to the gardening!

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Last evening I was persuaded to head to a nearby grassed area to play bat and ball (Matkot) with the Mrs. We always carry a set in the caravan, and normally play in empty spaces on campsites in mainland Europe. (This year the van is left parked at a secure location, and all we can do is look at the photos of some of the stunning places we have visited over the years.) Early season we are both pretty poor at this, but, as time goes on we improve with practice. Apparently it's something of a national sport in Israel. 

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19 minutes ago, Bryan said:

Last evening I was persuaded to head to a nearby grassed area to play bat and ball (Matkot) with the Mrs. We always carry a set in the caravan, and normally play in empty spaces on campsites in mainland Europe. 

 

Another word to look up. Here we call it Kadima (actually, most here call it "Pro Kadima" because that's what the overwhelmingly dominant brand calls it). Pretty much just played on the beach in my experience, so you get pretty rusty between beach outings.

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12 hours ago, Bill Brooks said:

Regarding Covid-19 self isolation activities, at 80 years old, I am putting my affairs in order.

 

Me too, even at 68 it's a sensible move. I completed my 2019/20 tax return earlier than ever before, checked my fairly recent will was still current, and made sure my wife and daughter were both aware of my encrypted list of passwords. Just sensible precautions.

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Every new day here in Liverpool, I see fewer people on the streets on my daily walk. Fewer Herring gulls, too. On these walks, I don't explore new areas; it does not feel like the right time to do that. I have my Sony RX 100-6 with me but new subjects are mostly details, signs and such. There's no creative inspiration in that. 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Thyrsis said:

Too right. I made a new updated will yesterday! 

 

Did mine in March, day before the lock down. In fact I was the last customer the solicitors in my firm would be seeing on face to face terms.

 

Allan

 

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I'm cleaning the windows. Nothing like clean windows for a brighter outlook on life.

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I am revising my funeral plan  so I have one if I die during the current outbreak (out goes the lone piper, fly past and the large choir) and one if I die during "normal" times.  

 

Three times now I have seen a funeral procession with just the Hearse, wicker coffin and no mourners .  I have also seen (and photographed) bodies arriving at the local emergency mortuary.

 

"In the mist of life we are in death". 

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On 23/04/2020 at 10:35, Allan Bell said:

 

Did mine in March, day before the lock down. In fact I was the last customer the solicitors in my firm would be seeing on face to face terms.

 

Allan

 

There is an old saying "where there's a will there's relatives" 🙂 or have i got the wrong one.

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I've got a film scanner and have started to upload marches and demos from the 1970's. I lack the motivation these days to take photos when I'm out walking. And maybe it's illegal to stop to take photos, if sitting down is illegal?

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On 22/04/2020 at 18:49, Bill Brooks said:

Regarding Covid-19 self isolation activities, at 80 years old, I am putting my affairs in order.

 

Wrote our wills some while ago, need to periodically check that they are still relevant with changing family circumstances. What I have not done and perhaps should, is to write a letter, to be opened on my death, expressing my affection for close family members, as in these circumstances there might not be the opportunity to have a last conversation.

 

Becoming a tad morbid, change of subject, considering sowing some courgettes today, first truss has just appeared on one of my tomato plants, parsnips leaping into life at allotment, sun proposed to shine. Shopping today, discovered that long life milk substantially cheaper at ALDI, but semi skimmed slightly cheaper at Sainsbury's! Can't find reference to fresh onions or alcohol free beer on ALDI website, eggs in short supply at Sainsbury's.

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2 hours ago, Bryan said:

 

Shopping today, discovered that long life milk substantially cheaper at ALDI, but semi skimmed slightly cheaper at Sainsbury's! Can't find reference to fresh onions or alcohol free beer on ALDI website, eggs in short supply at Sainsbury's.

 

Before the coronavirus pandemic I used to split my shops between Aldi, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Morrisons and Co-op, normally due to price or products. Now I shop more for safety, where I know there will be less shoppers at certain times and adapt meals around what is available, but it's costing more. I shopped at Sainsbury's last night, was at ease there. They had plenty of eggs but still no flour. Was told by the checkout girl that when flour arrives it sells out within the hour. We also have a weekly delivery of mainly vegetables from a local pub/restaurant, owned by NT but run by the local Chiltern Brewery. I only wish we had room for a bigger fridge freezer to minimise shopping.

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8 hours ago, zxzoomy said:

I've got a film scanner and have started to upload marches and demos from the 1970's. 

 

Archive or reportage route?

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54 minutes ago, sb photos said:

 

Archive or reportage route?

I'm putting them in as archival, as that seems to fit better. I take reportage to mean more current events.

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On 22/04/2020 at 11:39, Thyrsis said:

I made a new updated will yesterday!

 

When I 'pop my clogs', I'm going to take my money with me. I've got a good accountant...

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1 hour ago, zxzoomy said:

I'm putting them in as archival, as that seems to fit better. I take reportage to mean more current events.

 

Eventually I'll be doing the same. So far all I've done is to move all the likely candidate neg file sheets into a 'to scan' folder.

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32 minutes ago, aphperspective said:

An old Irish farmer told me "dying with more than a Euro in your pocket is bad management". Only 4 to get rid of then.

 

Better still. I was born with nothing, still got most of it left.

 

Allan

 

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5 hours ago, sb photos said:

 

Eventually I'll be doing the same. So far all I've done is to move all the likely candidate neg file sheets into a 'to scan' folder.

Scanning takes time and can be fiddly but I've discovered stuff I'd completely forgotten. Recommended for stay at home.

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