What are you doing with your time off?

Discussion in 'Time Out' started by bluebox, Mar 26, 2020 at 2:20 PM.

  1. bluebox

    bluebox UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi All,

    If you're not working at the moment what are you doing / going to do with your time off?

    Andy
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 2:20 PM By: bluebox Member since: Jun 23, 2019
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  2. SteLacca

    SteLacca UKBF Ace Free Member

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    My time off is simply working in my living room and not in the office. Clients still need accounts preparing, payrolls, and importantly as much advice as I can give them (which remains fluid, but I suppose I'm better placed than many to track the announcements and changes as they come).
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 3:10 PM By: SteLacca Member since: Jun 16, 2016
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  3. Richard Cole

    Richard Cole UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    My year end, own two shops, closed both on Saturday, Sunday and Monday were doing annual stock take and now adding it all up, working out how to get government grants, pay wages for furloughed employees, also trying to negotiate rent holiday or reduction with landlords. Hopefully by tomorrow i will have most of this done and then i can switch to updating my website. Hopefully have a more relaxed time with my family, go for a bike ride every day to try and get fit and stay sane!
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 4:06 PM By: Richard Cole Member since: Oct 31, 2016
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  4. Mark T Jones

    Mark T Jones UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Helping customers (and potentially non customers) to reschedule finance agreements

    Most lenders are being sensible, a few are playing hardball and. A few customers are taking the p!55

    have signed up to help with NHS, so even if I’m not called on I can feel smug and self righteous
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 4:34 PM By: Mark T Jones Member since: Nov 4, 2015
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  5. Awinner2

    Awinner2 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Painting the garden fences, sorting out kitchen cupboards to release old cans into usage. Working on a new Kindle book. Unable to go out for 12 weeks so helping the local community group assist the needy by manning the FB pages. Started a sourdough ferment. Trying to keep the missus calm and loving the blue skies in the garden. Stay safe all of you.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 5:07 PM By: Awinner2 Member since: Aug 4, 2017
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  6. Bob Morgan

    Bob Morgan UKBF Regular Free Member

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    It is surprising how many of those Customers end the company name with Plc!
     
    Posted: Mar 27, 2020 at 2:04 AM By: Bob Morgan Member since: Apr 15, 2018
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  7. billmccallum1957

    billmccallum1957 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Watching Friends and the Big Bang Theory on Netflix, don't know what to watch next week.

    Volunteering for local hospital picking up and delivering donations from John Lewis, Tesco and other donors.
     
    Posted: Mar 27, 2020 at 8:25 AM By: billmccallum1957 Member since: Feb 11, 2016
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  8. atmosbob

    atmosbob UKBF Ace Free Member

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    For me its a full-time job trying to get a delivery slot from the supermarkets. They say they are favouring the elderly but seem to have no way of telling them my age.
     
    Posted: Mar 27, 2020 at 9:37 AM By: atmosbob Member since: Oct 26, 2009
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  9. Awinner2

    Awinner2 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Yes, that is a major challenge for many of us. We are in a vulnerable group due to age and diabetes. Our local community group is collecting medications and also shopping for essentials from the local shops. Works very well so maybe see if your area has a group on FB to help, Stay safe.
     
    Posted: Mar 27, 2020 at 9:43 AM By: Awinner2 Member since: Aug 4, 2017
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  10. atmosbob

    atmosbob UKBF Ace Free Member

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    I need a prescription picked up but am very loathe to ask anyone. What are the ethics of staying at home to avoid the virus and expecting someone else to risk their life for a packet of pills?

    We have a local help group. Seems to be used to organise mutual dog walking.
     
    Posted: Mar 27, 2020 at 9:58 AM By: atmosbob Member since: Oct 26, 2009
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  11. Awinner2

    Awinner2 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Mutual dog walking groups should not be happening, Do reach out for help. don't be too proud. Volunteers are springing up everywhere and are taking all the precautions need to protect themselves and others. Locally my meds guy says they go into the back door of the chemist to save queuing up in the street and saving time too. When he came to us he rang the doorbell and stood well back and was wearing gloves.
     
    Posted: Mar 27, 2020 at 10:05 AM By: Awinner2 Member since: Aug 4, 2017
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  12. Andy Harris

    Andy Harris UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Time off - that'd be nice! We're incredibly busy encouraging businesses (and their agencies/developers) to build website strength that they didn't have before all this. So many companies are preparing/using the time sensibly, ready to take business away from their competitors when we come through the other side. If anyone is interested in being prepared, please have a look at our page https://www.a1webstats.com/resource/covid-19-recovery-guide-for-businesses/.
     
    Posted: Mar 27, 2020 at 10:25 AM By: Andy Harris Member since: Oct 3, 2009
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  13. Mark T Jones

    Mark T Jones UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    They will be the most visibly (frankly I'm very disappointed in Tim Martin), but many small businesses are also guilty - the silliest I've seen is a business with post-relief operating costs of £10K per month and £150K in cash reserves demanding an interest-free moratorium on leasing agreements.
     
    Posted: Mar 27, 2020 at 10:33 AM By: Mark T Jones Member since: Nov 4, 2015
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  14. Alison Moore

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    I've just finished watching 'Altered Carbon'. It's a bit weird but very good!
     
    Posted: Mar 27, 2020 at 11:05 AM By: Alison Moore Member since: Aug 4, 2016
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  15. Alison Moore

    Alison Moore UKBF Regular Full Member

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    We sell and support our software remotely, so there's not much change for us, other than we have a lot of customers now needing to work from home and get their websites up and running! Oh and I'm having to home school an 11 and 14 year old too. I have decided to take this afternoon off though and set up a home circuit course for them - they have too much energy and need exercising!
     
    Posted: Mar 27, 2020 at 11:10 AM By: Alison Moore Member since: Aug 4, 2016
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  16. Bob Morgan

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    I have dealt with similar during the course of the week. An International Airline blaming a USD 2 Billion LOSS on ‘Coronavirus!’ (Their Financial Year ended on 31 December 2019!) Yet ‘Complex Government Financial Restrictions’ make it impossible for them to make a payment – Despite this being ‘In Progress’ for the last 2 Months! Hence, I have interpreted that ‘Complex Government Financial Restrictions’ means that they are about to go BUST and need ‘Bailing-Out’ by their Government! (Not a UK Airline)

    A rather large American Project Management Company (Beginning with 'B') who cannot release AGREED Retention Sums from 2018 due to ‘Coronavirus!’ – Quite remarkably their Payment System had some ‘Glitches’ in Early February (When Payment was being made) and they have only ‘Just’ become aware! – “Furlough of Employees could well Protract Payment!”

    A UK Top Ten House-Builder claiming that something called 'UK Furlough Law' prevents them from making any payments! – Again citing ‘Coronavirus!’ – “I have not just fallen off the Christmas Tree!” was the heading of my last Email! – Their Email response was “LOL” from a Director!

    Admittedly, the Default Amounts were ‘Budgeted For’ and any recovery could be regarded as a ‘Windfall!’ However, the excuses being presented are so naïve! There used to be THREE BIG LIES!

    1. Yes, I really do love you!
    2. The Cheque is in the Post
    3. NO I will not . . . .

    To this, we must add the FOURTH LIE! – ‘Coronavirus!’ And, possibly a FIFTH! – ‘Furlough!’ Indeed the expression ‘Furlough’ is alien to most in the UK. Yet it can be regarded as a ‘Softism!’ – Just in the same way that ‘Quantitative Easing’ really meant “PRINT MORE MONEY!”
     
    Posted: Mar 28, 2020 at 7:00 AM By: Bob Morgan Member since: Apr 15, 2018
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  17. Ian J

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    You shouldn't be risking anyone's life if you ask a youngster to get it for you
     
    Posted: Mar 28, 2020 at 7:56 AM By: Ian J Member since: Nov 6, 2004
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  18. Mark T Jones

    Mark T Jones UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    All very true, it’s a great opportunity for Excuses and lots of new initiatives to abuse

    I believe it falls under the age old banner of ‘kitchen sink economics’
     
    Posted: Mar 28, 2020 at 8:41 AM By: Mark T Jones Member since: Nov 4, 2015
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  19. Chris Ashdown

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    Brings it home to shareholders, either they fork out to protect there money for the short term or they loose it by the companies going bust

    Many companies will recover in the long term and make good money. But expecting the government to support them on its own is a joke

    Many big named companies also thought it was a good idea to leave the UK shores and register the company in Europe, so basically foreign companies now British Airways owned by IAG in Madrid, maybe Spain will help them out
     
    Posted: Mar 28, 2020 at 9:28 AM By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  20. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Painting.

    . . . . . . . . and selling K95 masks globally!
     
    Posted: Mar 28, 2020 at 1:55 PM By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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