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    Hello

    Hello, hello, hello,
    Is there anybody out there, there, there. I’ve been lurking and have seen so few new threads started since the beginning of February, that I worry I was right that the spam we had destroyed a valuable resource. Our country is about to go into unprecedented circumstances and I’m shocked that there’s only two threads relevant to this emergency!

    We are going to need to communicate with each other even more than before this outbreak started, passing on tips, telling silly jokes even talking telly.

    If nobody else is interested and this situation doesn’t revive you’reable forum than it’ll sink in that it’s functionally dead.

    Stay well.

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    I saw it as a positive sign that this forum didn't have a coronavirus thread when many other fora did.

    What I saw on those other fora was lots of speculation, gossip, missinformation, and downright junk being talked about coronavirus. (It's still going on).

    Whereas here I saw as still calm and rational, with people obviously taking their time to weigh things up before simply jumping to conclusions and spouting off.

    Let's face it most of us here are in the High Risk category, we need to take time and consider things before panicking each other for no real reason.

    Many of us will be well used to being in self-isolation most of the time already, so I guess we'll be less inclined to go stir crazy than those for who it's a new thing.

    I'm sure the social side as you suggest will increase as the situation drags on.
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    Hello Nuke,

    You quite right that people here have been sensible and not repeated rumour and speculation, which is excellent

    I was more disturbed by the very few new threads started since the beginning of February which was before Coronavirus hit the UK officially. And you, more than most know how much the forum has changed, I don’t think that people who came here are no longer having the experiences that we’ve had before and think they have gone elsewhere to get things off their chest about stuff we encounter like access, transport or family issues.

    Stay well.

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    Hello All

    I don't follow many forums, so I am unaware of all the misinformation that Nukecad mentions- however I do agree with every he says about so many of us living mostly in self isolation anyway due to our our illnesses and disabilities.

    I do not worry about Coronavirus for myself - however having close family working in emergency care, I am anxious for their safety from this illness.

    Keep safe everyone.

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    How about some suggestions of alternatives to telly while we are all self-isolating and safeguarding?

    To start off:

    Fancy some free e-books to read
    https://www.free-ebooks.net/
    https://manybooks.net/

    Why not learn something new with a free online course?
    There's the OU of course, but their free course website seems to be down at the moment.
    Have a search for free courses that might interest you.
    It doesn't have to be for a qualification, just something you'd like to learn more about but never got round to doing it.

    I'm sure that there will be many suggestions in the press and elswhere, why not share any of the more unusual or interesting ones that you see?
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    Thanks for the links nukecad.

    Udemy is another good site with a lot of free courses
    https://www.udemy.com/

    Another one that might be useful to people on here, me included

    Free Amazon Kindle ebook ANXIETY: How to Get Rid of Anxiety, Cure Anxiety, and Overcome Anxiety Altogether
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MO3GOX8
    Although I don't think it's possible to overcome anxiety altogether. It's always there waiting to rear it's ugly head.
    Hopefully there's some helpful tips on how to cope.

    More...
    Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hardcore-Se...al-text&sr=1-1
    Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hardcore-Se...al-text&sr=1-2
    Anxiety Elephants
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anxiety-Ele.../dp/B081J6P7V4

    This link will take you to a variety of free Amazon Kindle Books
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?rh=n%3A34...p_341689031_st
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    Many of the ebooks that you can download for Free will be 'Kindle' editions.

    But don't worry if you don't have a Kindle, you can still read them on a laptop, PC, MAC, or Android device. (even your phone).

    You simply need a free app which can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp

    This wiki tells you a bit more: https://www.wikihow.com/Access-Kindl...le-Desktop-App
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    The OU Free course website is now reachable again. (Maybe because it's teatime?).

    https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

    It keeps coming and going, so I'll just leave the link there if you want to try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    I saw it as a positive sign that this forum didn't have a coronavirus thread when many other fora did.

    What I saw on those other fora was lots of speculation, gossip, missinformation, and downright junk being talked about coronavirus. (It's still going on).

    Whereas here I saw as still calm and rational, with people obviously taking their time to weigh things up before simply jumping to conclusions and spouting off.

    Let's face it most of us here are in the High Risk category, we need to take time and consider things before panicking each other for no real reason.

    Many of us will be well used to being in self-isolation most of the time already, so I guess we'll be less inclined to go stir crazy than those for who it's a new thing.

    I'm sure the social side as you suggest will increase as the situation drags on.
    Here here Nukecad, I watch the news once a day, as my anxiety couldn’t take it, so nice to come somewhere that it’s not all about cv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    How about some suggestions of alternatives to telly while we are all self-isolating and safeguarding?

    To start off:

    Fancy some free e-books to read
    https://www.free-ebooks.net/
    https://manybooks.net/

    Why not learn something new with a free online course?
    There's the OU of course, but their free course website seems to be down at the moment.
    Have a search for free courses that might interest you.
    It doesn't have to be for a qualification, just something you'd like to learn more about but never got round to doing it.

    I'm sure that there will be many suggestions in the press and elswhere, why not share any of the more unusual or interesting ones that you see?
    Chanel 57 on freeview has some really interesting programmes.

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