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Positive thread, hobbies, books, films etc

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  1. Murray

    Murray Well-Known Member

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    Can we have a lighthearted thread?

    What hobbies will you be enjoying at home?

    I haven't really touched my guitar in the past year for some reason I used to play everyday for at least 30 minutes for 10 years straight, so I will be getting back into that

    I also love ASOIAF (game of thrones) books, that's a great world to get lost in either reading, listening to the audiobooks or the /r/asoiaf reddit

    Might rewatch Breaking Bad; can never go wrong there

    I will try and stay away from online poker albeit a great past time :p
     
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    Good idea for a thread!

    Big fan of audiobooks so planning to re-listen to Happy by Derren Brown on some daily walks. Also enjoying the Sam Harris meditation app, Waking Up, it's a paid app past the free episodes but he's offering it for free to anyone who can't afford it (and not just right now, he's done that since launch).

    Hoping to find time to do something with randomactsofkindness .co.uk/.uk, I'm starting by delivering this little collection to the Ambulance st in London which my gf works from, not much between all of them but I know when she gets a random little gift from the public it makes her day.

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    When I want to take my mind off the things of the day, I cook.
     
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    Looking to get out in the garden - despite all the trauma and upheaval spring carries on. I like to grow Japanese Maples and the early ones are already coming into leaf :)
     
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    There may be a number of positive effects from the restrictions imposed us. More a matter of opportunity rather than forced change.
    Habits and routines will end, offering a chance to evaluate and consider other ways to use our time. Here are a few thoughts that spring to mind,

    Sports betting will cease, FOBT's will be switched off as bookies close.
    If you had a problem with either, this might seek a better use of time and money.

    Nights of excessive drinking/ partying will no longer be possible (apart from a reckless minority ignoring the rules)
    This will bring peace and quiet to areas plagued by loutish behaviour from pubs and clubs. The police and hospitals will not need to waste so much valuable time or resources dealing with intoxicated people.

    It is likely that drink driving cases will reach record (low) levels. That will save some lives, injuries and other associated negatives.

    Alcohol for home consumption will still be on tap from retail outlets, but a break from routine clubbing, football, pub crawls etc, and associated drinking could be a wake-up call for many while health is high on the agenda.

    Crime which relies on crowds and distraction will stop. Thieves will probably switch other targets, but there should be more police time to deal with crime.

    For people who need to drive for work etc, journeys should be easier and quicker with a lot less traffic about. Response times for emergency services may improve.

    You can lead a horse to water ... For many people work and education will stop for a time. This is a rare chance for parents to spend time with children in a way that is mutually beneficial. Spring is almost here, and free fresh air is still available. Indoors there is still plenty of scope, cleaning, decorating, reading, board games and so on.

    Alternatively, try to carry on as usual with constant demand to be entertained by a (pc/ mobile/ tablet/ tv/ projector) screen. Replace social drinking with online orders or bulk buy at shops and checkout online casino gambling for a change.
     
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    How accomplished are you, perhaps post a video. Love the guitar, I assume its acoustic.
     
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    I'm keeping active and trying to keep my immune system tip top so I'm eating fresh pink grapefruits, oranges and avocados straight off the tree. Digging up dead/sick avocado trees, maintaining the irrigation system, slashing, burning, sitting in my hot tub twice a day in the sun... contemplating. Walking the hounds, doing SEO, watching Netflix etc. Saul goodman... ;)
     
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    My heart goes out to you must be very challenging LOL;)
     
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    @websaway - I don't understand why nobody likes me! ;)
     
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    I workout from home anyway so trying to keep on top of that. Listening to more podcasts. Taking the dog out, just trying to keep a good distance,
     
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    I've worked from a home office in relative isolation for 13 years now so the impact on me is minimal. However, with a partner on the list of 1.5 million expected to get letters of enforcement for 12 weeks isolation, this has resulted in us changing our lifestyle. Our son (5yo) will be home schooled for now (partner is a teacher by profession). We have an allotment needing constant attention (our plot is the size of two tennis courts!), and a California camper though it seems taking holidays in isolation is currently frowned upon so we'll be mindful of the impact this can have on local medical facilities to wherever we are.

    There is great opportunity in this terrible time to do good, help others, be less wasteful and look after the planet outside our door. I think everyone should spend a little time first considering what they can do to help others, and we should come out of all this stronger.
     
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  13. Murray

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    I'd say I'm competent, playing+writing songs was my passion so I wasn't dedicated to practising the guitar beyond a certain level

    Acoustic yeah, I mainly just write little bits of songs as and when they come to me, occasional cover

    https://soundcloud.com/murrayherts/oasis-live-forever-cover-1
     
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    Dog walks, kids to beach, park. Doing more for my elderly mum - food deliveries etc. Doing the things I normally dont do because lazy after work.... exercising and running, next week my family are all doing 9am thing with Joe Wicks on youtube...

    Trying not to buy masks or hand sanitizer from the hundreds of chinese offers I get emailed!

    Really just enjoying what we are doing at the moment. Feel very bad for all kinds of people and businesses affected by this.
     
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    I love hiking and wildcamping, perfect hobbies at the moment really.

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    im thinking of joining masterclass.com .Perfect excuse really . Im on my own working mostly so doesnt affect me too much unless complete lockdown (which is coming) I'll get stuck into making music then also
     
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    I baked bread with the kids today.
     
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  18. Murray

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    That's sweet, did it turn out well?
     
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    I've recently become addicted to Call of Duty mobile. I keep coming #2, #3 in battle royal cannot seem to win it outright. Very sad really... I should be baking bread.
     
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    I don't have to visit clients for some time, so me and my 9yo boy had a deal.
    He cuts my hair, then I cut his. He ended up with a mohawk and I ended up with a number one all over after some interesting styles in-between.

    On another note I have recently been getting into amateur film making. (Not the X rated type before somebody asks!)

    I been playing with my new toy. The Zhiyun Weebill S Gimbal, which is just insane.
     
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    Brilliant ! Im gonna suggest it to the wife
     
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