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  1. alex397

    Long term social distancing: Impact on public life & public transport?

    Thank you for your posts Yorkie - you're giving more clarification than any official sources, it seems. I have been wondering about travelling again. I will probably avoid it for the time being, but that clarification is good to be aware of.
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    Long term social distancing: Impact on public life & public transport?

    Public transport is not mentioned there at all, which is why it appears unclear. I totally understand that technically it isn't illegal to travel on public transport for leisure, but it still appears to be against government and operator advice.
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    Long term social distancing: Impact on public life & public transport?

    Really? Government and operator advice still seems to be that you should only travel for essential journeys. Unless that is to change tomorrow? I have been looking online for clarification about this but can't seem to find any .
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    Have you been to the beach? (English experience)

    Stagecoach South East have had to put on extra buses to cater for the visitors to Camber beach, in East Sussex, according to their Twitter today: "#Rye to #Camber and #Camber to #Rye because of the volume of people heading to #Camber Beaches we have put a relief bus to do shuttles to and from...
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    Opeators that still use Rollers blinds

    Sullivan Buses continue to use roller blinds on their non-TfL services. But seeing as they mostly operate TfL stuff, it probably makes it easier for them to continue.
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    Opeators that still use Rollers blinds

    Kent Coach Tours, a small bus and coach operator in Ashford, still have a Dart with a roller blind display. Until fairly recently, most of their buses had smart roller blinds. Regent Coaches and even Arriva Kent Thameside had some roller blinded vehicles until last year, but they have gone...
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    Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules discussion

    Maitlis his since publically stated that she was not 'replaced' but 'asked for the night off'. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52830437 It still stands though that then BBC thought she 'did not meet the required standards of due impartiality'. I think she reflected the current...
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    TRIVIA: Britain's most underrated visitor destinations

    That's certainly the only reason i've visited Croydon, for the novelty of riding a tram... straight out to Wimbledon!
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    Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules discussion

    With an election looming, the right-wing media (which makes up most of the mainstream media in the UK) were doing all they can not to get Labour in power, so I don't think the stance would be the same from some sections of the media. Not really relevant now anyway.
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    Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules discussion

    The fact that people are getting ill and/or dying is precisely why people are so angry about this and think this is an important issue. Still not quite sure how anyone can support DC's decisions, and who think we should just move on. I do have sympathy with his predicament, but he should have...
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    TRIVIA: Britain's most underrated visitor destinations

    I do love the countyside myself, but I do agree with your comments on the Thames Path in east London. There have been times were I feel quite alone, which feels odd in such a busy city. Ive had some interesting walks around the Isle of Dogs, Bow Creek, Silvertown/North Woolwich, and also the...
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    Your first experience of foreign train travel

    I was lucky as a child to be able to go to Disneyland Paris twice, on the Eurostar from Waterloo. I still remember what an incredible experience the Eurostar was (it still is!), arriving at Waterloo when it was dawn and the excitement of suddenly popping up in France. My first local trip on a...
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    TRIVIA: Britain's most underrated visitor destinations

    I would recommend it too! A beautiful small town, and one of the earliest examples of a grid system of roads in Europe, being designed in the 13th Century. It has been suggested this inspired the grid system of the U.S.A, but I canT find any evidence of this right now. You can also see the...
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    Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules discussion

    Well if that was the point, then its certainly an interesting strategy to stage this story. And how can it be a good thing to come out of lockdown quickly? A good way to start a second wave. Its good we are coming out of it slowly, rather than quickly.
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    Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules discussion

    I watched the full announcement. I have sympathy for his predicament, but I really don't think he can still justify his actions, especially the 60 mile round trip to test his driving, with wife and child, and especially being in such a powerful position as his. Being in such a prominent position...
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    Detailed map of Europe

    At my workplace is a highly detailed map of Europe. It shows all EU countries (with non-EU countries also shown, but in grey). Every country is named in its native language, rather than all in English, and shows the name of every province/administrative area and the main cities of those areas...
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    Should local public transport become free after Covid-19?

    In my experience, growing up on the Essex-London border about 10 years ago with a few TfL services, I do think antisocial behaviour could become a problem if there was free travel, even with a pass system. I have many memories of chaotic bus journeys. Groups of kids throwing stuff at people...
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    Have you been to the beach? (English experience)

    It seems a bit childish to avoid areas which warned against visiting during a pandemic! . It's still really early days of returning back to normal, and understandably people are still very concerned about this. The peak has only recently come, and there is potential for a second peak. The...
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    Have you been to the beach? (English experience)

    Nothing ignorant with that. But it seems ignorant to me to go to a packed beach right now. In these current times, if you drove to a beach where there is a traffic jam to get into the car park, and crowds of people packed on to the beach, surely the sensible decision would be to avoid the place...
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    Have you been to the beach? (English experience)

    Yes, I went yesterday, along the Kentish coast not far from where I live. I went in the early morning, so there was hardly anyone around, and it's a stony beach which isn't quite as popular as others in Kent. If it was busy, I would have gone back home. I must say I did feel a bit uncomfortable...

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