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Down The Pub [Mar. 18th, 2020|09:38 am]
Tony Grist


I don't suppose we'll be doing much of this in the weeks ahead.

The lad behind the bar said, "Of course we'll be staying open. We're an independent."

At the moment they have that choice. They haven't been told to shut up shop. But I expect they will be. The current advice- that punters should stay away from pubs and clubs- is neither one thing nor the other. What are licensees expected to do- Stay open but discourage customers from entering? Put a notice over the door saying, "Enter at your own risk"?

I'm not going to shout at the government. I'm no lover of government in any shape or form- but right now we're all improvising.

Another thing I've told myself I won't do (but I may slip) is speculate about the causes or outcome of the epidemic. I have opinions- but they're only opinions and worth no more than anyone else's. I don't have expertise or inside information. For the present time we have a new reality to deal with and we need to make the best of it.

The chancellor was making encouraging noises last night about giving financial help to businesses. A lot of them- small ones in particular- are going to need it.
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[User Picture]From: jusummerhayes
2020-03-18 10:02 am (UTC)
It's such a bind right now. My daughter works for Riverford Kitchen which has now shut. The staff are helping on the box side of things -- which is busy -- but I dread to think what they'd all do if they couldn't open for a month or more. Improv -- I like that idea. And a bit of good old fahsioned common sense. I'm sure those people that are or have the potential to be contagious won't put themselves about but being vigilant will be key too. A nice shot anyway of the two of you. Ju
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-03-18 10:51 am (UTC)
My daughter already works from home and my older son (who teaches) is going to be. My younger son works in a gym- and is still going in to work; I don't know how that will pan out.
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[User Picture]From: coming42
2020-03-18 10:03 am (UTC)
"A lot of them- small ones in particular- are going to need it."

As too are the journeymen and self-employed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-03-18 10:53 am (UTC)
Time to introduce a universal living wage.

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[User Picture]From: coming42
2020-03-18 10:58 am (UTC)
Indeed. I have signed just such a petition.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2020-03-18 10:07 am (UTC)
Jeez, well, if they shut pubs life will not be worth living.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-03-18 10:54 am (UTC)
But they will; it's what the French have done.
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[User Picture]From: mallorys_camera
2020-03-18 10:47 am (UTC)
It's a mess is what it is.

On the other hand, the swans are returning to the Venice canals. Fish and dolphins, too, I read:



Some cosmic reset button has been pressed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-03-18 10:55 am (UTC)
This could be exactly what Venice needs.

I like "cosmic reset button"
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[User Picture]From: mallorys_camera
2020-03-18 11:12 am (UTC)
Also great shot of you and the Missus! Very Vermeer! 😀
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-03-18 11:49 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
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[User Picture]From: flemmings
2020-03-18 03:09 pm (UTC)
Love the Las Meninas aspects of that photo.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-03-18 03:47 pm (UTC)
I saw that mirror and immediately got the camera out.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2020-03-18 03:48 pm (UTC)
Great shot of you and Ailz!

The idea now should be NOT to improvise but to map out a plan and follow it. It remains to be seen how effective this will be but in any case it will take at least several weeks to see if the contagion curve is flattening out. This is all uncharted territory.

Most countries are requiring all places to close except for supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and the Postal Service.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-03-19 09:16 am (UTC)
Thanks.

Britain is lagging a little behind Europe in the measures its taking but I think it will end up taking the same line. Last night the government closed the schools and cancelled exams. I expect things are going to get more and more draconian.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2020-03-19 08:00 am (UTC)
At the moment I'm torn between the desire to support small local cafés (who will go out of business if their custom dries up) and the desire to follow the experts' advise and avoid pubs and cafés...

I think on this issue the government needs to stop giving out wishy-washy advice and actually govern: shut the pubs and cafés by law and give them financial compensation.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-03-19 09:13 am (UTC)
I wholeheartedly agree. Close them down but make sure they get the support necessary for their survival.
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From: inamellowmood
2020-03-20 12:06 am (UTC)
I love that shot! The way you used the mirror is just perfect.

Our town and state are trying to do everything they can to help the businesses that have been forced to shut. Also, lots of local businesses have been designated as necessary, from auto repair shops to laundromats to liquor stores, so they're still open.

I like the compromise both state and city governments came to about pubs and restaurants: they can't serve sit-down customers, but can do take-out and delivery. Apparently, business is booming on that basis; we've seen a lot of food delivery trucks on our street, and we live on a short street that doesn't go anywhere so that's all our neighbors' purchases.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-03-20 09:12 am (UTC)
Thanks. As soon as I saw that mirror I knew I had to take a picture.

I like it that liquor shops have been designated "necessary".

Allowing take-out and home delivery is smart. If nothing else, the epidemic is teaching us to be inventive'

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