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Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Stanbill05 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:58 am

With sport and normal leisure pursuits largely gone or going, what are you going to do instead? I need something to distract from the carnage and protect my mental health.

I'm considered self teach piano basics course (having never played a musical instrument).
20 pull up challenge in 6 weeks (from a starting point of 3)
Do they still do Air fix models?

Open to ideas if anyone has got any - maybe something positive can come from these desperate times without sport/pubs/events...

Anybody else doing something new to fill the gaps?

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Steve1956 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:01 am

My plans for today.....me and the wife are going to change the bed,nothing beats getting into a newly made bed.life is tough :)

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Coolbreeze799 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:03 am

Working

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by FactualFrank » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:05 am

As I work from home (online marketing), probably not all that much different to what I normally do, as my work won't really be impacted as more people will be online.

Although, there's been things I've wanted to do - such as learn every capital city in the world. You know... sad things like that.

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Burnley1989 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:08 am

I'm working from home but with very little to do at the minute.

I'm making sure I take the dog out for 2 x 30minute walks, keeping on top of the cleaning as my Mrs is still in work and going to the Gym for an hour (at least whilst its still open)

I have had a rough few months with stress so I need to keep myself busy and have a structure or it drives me crazy. I don't watch TV during the day anyway so Im just sat at my desk ticking over with bits of work and the odd look on here ;)

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Steve1956 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:08 am

FactualFrank wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:05 am
As I work from home (online marketing), probably not all that much different to what I normally do, as my work won't really be impacted as more people will be online.

Although, there's been things I've wanted to do - such as learn every capital city in the world. You know... sad things like that.
With almost 19,000 posts on Up the Clarets.......do you get much work done online Frank? :lol:
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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by FactualFrank » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:11 am

Steve1956 wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:08 am
With almost 19,000 posts on Up the Clarets.......do you get much work done online Frank? :lol:
:lol: Not as much as I could!
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Post by Lord Beamish » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:49 am

Competition Onanism.
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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Dyched » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:02 pm

Still work at the minute for me. But have a backlog of Polaroids to scan, 35mm film to home develop, scan etc. Painstaking but fun at the same time.

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by houseboy » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:24 pm

Looks like I'll be working from home soon as plans are being made. Save the petrol money - won't have to get up as early and put up lunches etc. I'll take the dog out a couple of times a day to break the boredom. Wife still at work as her work cannot be done from home. Got a decent size back garden for if the weather turns decent.

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Funkydrummer » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:27 pm

Going to get the old Wii out and do some exercises on the Wii board and have another go at
the Winter Sports.

Might powerwash the patio and drive first though.

Decisions,decisions. ;) ;)

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Vintage Claret » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:34 pm

Probably resume the self teach guitar lessons I abandoned about 6 months ago.

List some stuff for sale on ebay (not toilet rolls, hand sanitizer or nappies) ;)

Fix that ruddy dripping tap in the kitchen!

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by MACCA » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:55 pm

Clean the house top to bottom, relax, have some mid afternoon naps, take the dog on some long walks, catch up on all them films that are "must watch", but I've never bothered to watch.
I might even learn to play the xbox so can have a few games of fifa with the lad. Gaming is something I've never been interested in, so I've not a clue how to set up a game of fifa, never mind play it.
I've also got 2 half read books I dont seem to have the time to finish.

If I exhaust all the above to a point of boredom, I'll probably talk to the wife :lol: ;)

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Claret-On-A-T-Rex » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:02 pm

Halo Master Chief Collection
World of Warcraft Classic

I actually downloaded all of Miami Vice yesterday thinking it would be worth a watch but it hasn't aged that well

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by ralphdpomeroy » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:07 pm

Working from home thanks to Moodle and Microsoft teams ... always time for Subbuteo too though 😉

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by CaptJohn » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:10 pm

The garden is going to get some serious attention. I've even started tarting up the grass verge in front of the house. The back patio is going to get a power washing and the car a good wash and wax. When the weather turns bandit I'm going to get my 2019/20 tax return done and then start to learn Spanish. One word a day and try to get some structure to my vocabulary. Some fitness work and some good, long walks. Might nip to the golf driving range if it's open.

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by CaptJohn » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:11 pm

Amazon Prime might get some stick as well.
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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Billy Balfour » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:15 pm

Funkydrummer wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:27 pm
Going to get the old Wii out and do some exercises on the Wii board and have another go at
the Winter Sports.
Good idea. I might to the same at the weekend and play Wii golf with the pan lids.

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by KateR » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:22 pm

Stanbill05 wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:58 am
With sport and normal leisure pursuits largely gone or going, what are you going to do instead? I need something to distract from the carnage and protect my mental health.

I'm considered self teach piano basics course (having never played a musical instrument).
20 pull up challenge in 6 weeks (from a starting point of 3)
Do they still do Air fix models?

Open to ideas if anyone has got any - maybe something positive can come from these desperate times without sport/pubs/events...

Anybody else doing something new to fill the gaps?
just out of curiosity do you have a piano at home you have never tried to learn on? If so why, and if not how can you learn the piano without one?

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Bosscat » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:32 pm

KateR wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:22 pm
just out of curiosity do you have a piano at home you have never tried to learn on? If so why, and if not how can you learn the piano without one?
Theres a piano in "Throw One Inn" we need a piano player ....

https://www.uptheclarets.com/messageboa ... 9#p1148625
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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by GodIsADeeJay81 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:35 pm

My normal leisure pursuits are still accessible, apart from the cinemas closing, so I'll carry on as normal.

Probably just read a few extra books instead.

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Post by KateR » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:35 pm

I so called retired sometime ago but the company I left asked if I would work independently from home as a "consultant". Over time some people left the company and joined others, therefore other companies asked if I would help them in a similar way, so today I pick and chose which companies and what I want to work on, things that interest me and I don't work fulltime but do put sometime during the day as my working time, just a few hours normally. I am also asked to attend meeting occasionally and involves travel. Right now obviously I am not traveling but still working on a couple of things, yet some things I worked on for months have been destroyed by the oil price and the virus, so nearly all my work is having to be revised but not all, although it will need tweaking.

I do have a few jobs that need doing, putting pictures up that has been put off for months, well years actually, don't have a garden so that avenue is blocked, don't have a dog but do like to walk in the park so will probably also do more of that.

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Stanbill05 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:42 pm

Yeah, we just got a digital piano for my daughters lessons but I’ve never even tried to learn an instrument before. I suspect it would drive me mad, but might be worth a go.

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by KateR » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:53 pm

Stanbill05 wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:42 pm
Yeah, we just got a digital piano for my daughters lessons but I’ve never even tried to learn an instrument before. I suspect it would drive me mad, but might be worth a go.
I suspect it might drive others in the home mad long before it does you :)

I tried to learn long ago when young, guitar, the instructor finally told my mother he couldn't take any money off her in good faith any longer, I think that was after months. I convinced my mother it was the 6 strings and said if I had the bass one with 4 strings it would be much easier, you can guess the outcome, poor mum.

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Burnley1989 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:42 pm

KateR wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:53 pm
I suspect it might drive others in the home mad long before it does you :)

I tried to learn long ago when young, guitar, the instructor finally told my mother he couldn't take any money off her in good faith any longer, I think that was after months. I convinced my mother it was the 6 strings and said if I had the bass one with 4 strings it would be much easier, you can guess the outcome, poor mum.
Cracks me up that story :lol:

I remember you mentioning it a few months back
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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Bosscat » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:46 pm

Bosscat wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:32 pm
Theres a piano in "Throw One Inn" we need a piano player ....

https://www.uptheclarets.com/messageboa ... 9#p1148625
Please will someone who can actually play pop in and kick Steve1956 off the 'ol joanna'.

Because his murdering of "500 Miles" is getting bloody tedious :D

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by JohnDearyMe » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:02 pm

FactualFrank wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:05 am
As I work from home (online marketing), probably not all that much different to what I normally do, as my work won't really be impacted as more people will be online.

Although, there's been things I've wanted to do - such as learn every capital city in the world. You know... sad things like that.
That's a good challenge. How percentage of them do you think you could get right now? Sure i could remember a lot more of them when i was younger

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by FactualFrank » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:17 pm

JohnDearyMe wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:02 pm
That's a good challenge. How percentage of them do you think you could get right now? Sure i could remember a lot more of them when i was younger
There's 195, and could do approaching 140 I guess.

I'm going to have a look on Youtube for learning by audio types.

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by TheOriginalLongsider » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:34 pm

I’ve just had to stay at home for a while following a bout of pneumonia. I transferred all of my old video tapes (vhs and camcorder tapes) onto my computer. That’s about 30 years worth! Something others might want to do.

However I don’t think I can watch another school nativity play again !!

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Post by TheOriginalLongsider » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:36 pm

Another idea is to clear your house of unwanted stuff and sell them on eBay or Facebook or gumtree.

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Post by JohnDearyMe » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:55 pm

FactualFrank wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:17 pm
There's 195, and could do approaching 140 I guess.

I'm going to have a look on Youtube for learning by audio types.
Good luck!

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by wilks_bfc » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:50 pm

ralphdpomeroy wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:07 pm
Working from home thanks to Moodle and Microsoft teams ... always time for Subbuteo too though 😉
Don’t talk to me about Teams

I’ve spent most of the day showing people how to use to allow them to “attend” meetings :roll:

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Burnley1989 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:53 pm

I live my life through One Note & Teams these days, my companies CRM is Dynamics and all are linked so run pretty seamlessly

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Tribesmen » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:39 pm

Went out and bought 55 litres of paint as the outside of the house is now going to get a fair lick .

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Post by ralphdpomeroy » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:43 pm

wilks_bfc wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:50 pm
Don’t talk to me about Teams

I’ve spent most of the day showing people how to use to allow them to “attend” meetings :roll:
I don't like it much I prefer moodle

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Post by Fenwick » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:56 pm

Tribesmen wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:39 pm
Went out and bought 55 litres of paint as the outside of the house is now going to get a fair lick .
55 litres ? How big is your house !
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Post by atlantalad » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:20 pm

I see paint is cheap over your way Tribesmen :-)

..Image

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Post by ralphdpomeroy » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:06 am

Tribesmen wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:39 pm
Went out and bought 55 litres of paint as the outside of the house is now going to get a fair lick .
They have some big properties the old ascendency crowd 😏😂 ... I was discussing the very same with our stable girl just yesterday whilst checking on the Polo ponies ...

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Post by JohnMac » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:20 pm

I'm going to woo this woman I found in the Kitchen on Monday. Apparently she has lived here for years and reckons we first got together in 1976 :shock:
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Post by jamesisaburyfan » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:29 pm

Be ace if you fancied reading a couple of books about Bury, but with a massive Burnley connection, on your phone or tablet with the FREE Kindle app, Clarets.

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by bfcjg » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:37 pm

Not going out as much, hopefully still in work so I might just do more exercise, lose some weight bit more DIY learn to cook a little more imaginary.

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Post by Tribesmen » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:41 pm

atlantalad wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:20 pm
I see paint is cheap over your way Tribesmen :-)

..Image
Yep that paint is called diamond coat or something like that but yer real expensive for sure .
Now the local B&Q had good Dulux weathershield paint at €45 for 11 litres .

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Post by Tricky Trevor » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:22 pm

Tribesmen wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:41 pm
Yep that paint is called diamond coat or something like that but yer real expensive for sure .
Now the local B&Q had good Dulux weathershield paint at €45 for 11 litres .
I get the weathershield, Tribesmen, and then double it with water. Still does a sound job.
Shame that at that consistency it won’t go through my spray gun and I’m to tight to hire.
Hand job it is then.

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Post by Fenwick » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:26 pm

Hand job? Is that a link back to the Pornhub post?

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Post by icu81b4 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:59 am

Vintage Claret wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:34 pm
Probably resume the self teach guitar lessons I abandoned about 6 months ago.
Anyone wishing to learn to play the guitar could do a lot worse than buying these .... Normally retailing for a fiver each these will take you from absolute beginner to super star! ... Also the cd's contain -> Accurate <- versions of all your favourite songs to learn, because ... And believe me on this.... You tube is full of inaccurate versions of songs.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Total-Guitar ... Swlpleb9m0

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Paul Waine » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:20 am

KateR wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:35 pm
I so called retired sometime ago but the company I left asked if I would work independently from home as a "consultant". Over time some people left the company and joined others, therefore other companies asked if I would help them in a similar way, so today I pick and chose which companies and what I want to work on, things that interest me and I don't work fulltime but do put sometime during the day as my working time, just a few hours normally. I am also asked to attend meeting occasionally and involves travel. Right now obviously I am not traveling but still working on a couple of things, yet some things I worked on for months have been destroyed by the oil price and the virus, so nearly all my work is having to be revised but not all, although it will need tweaking.

I do have a few jobs that need doing, putting pictures up that has been put off for months, well years actually, don't have a garden so that avenue is blocked, don't have a dog but do like to walk in the park so will probably also do more of that.
Hi Kate, I retire the end of the month (for 2nd time). Given my travel plans may be "cramped" by covid-19, I'm also wondering if I should offer some part-time ("my time") consulting.

Out of interest, what were you working on that the fall in oil price has "destroyed?" Something alternative energy is all I can guess at?

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by Paul Waine » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:26 am

I like the ideas of piano and guitar. Learning, either French or Spanish may be on my "retirement" activities list.

Re the world's capital cities - being able to name them is one thing, setting out to see how many I can visit would be a big retirement challenge. (Still some missing from European capitals on my list - hope I can tick the missing ones off while following the Clarets on a European tour, or two).

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Post by KateR » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:01 pm

Paul Waine wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:20 am
Hi Kate, I retire the end of the month (for 2nd time). Given my travel plans may be "cramped" by covid-19, I'm also wondering if I should offer some part-time ("my time") consulting.

Out of interest, what were you working on that the fall in oil price has "destroyed?" Something alternative energy is all I can guess at?
Paul, I worked in the energy industry my whole working life and have thoroughly enjoyed in, varied and interesting, hubby works in the same line of work but does different things. We got to live in numerous countries and always enjoyed the cultural aspect of it as well as the work plus the travel. I started working in the BD area around 15 years ago and developing strategies and methods to enhance work, I have worked for oil companies around 40% of the time and contractors around 60%. The last five years has been all around strategy and future planning as a retiree, the last two years have been around trends and developing strategical plans for all the regions in the world where the companies work, part of that over the last year has been focused on 2 aspects, energy transition so you could call it alternative, the why and where, what is working well and what is, limitations to all of them. Secondly "big data", digitalization, AI/AR, robotics. Actually learning far more than I ever wanted to lol plus have more questions than answers on that side right now.

I work on what I want to work on and for whom I want to work for so can manage my hours and work at my pace, they pay me a lot more than when I used to work for these companies and wish I had done it earlier

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by RingoMcCartney » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:15 pm

Woke up, took a shower, had a shave, ate breakfast, completed The Times crossword, had a shave........

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Re: Planning anything constructive with your extra time?

Post by FactualFrank » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:25 pm

Is anybody else shopping more at their local stores?

The supermarkets will survive, but just spending a bit more at the local farm shops, greengrocers et al, could help them out a lot.

Hopefully, they'll be able to remain open as they are selling the necessitates. The local greengrocers I've just come back from even had toilet roll!

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