It looks like we’re getting back to normal a bit quicker than I thought.

I like Skol

Hold my beer and watch this....
Was working on the Team Valley Retail Park this afternoon, shops open, car park rammed, social distancing a, pardon the pun , distant memory
Because of my shift pattern I ended up doing the family shop on Saturday afternoon. The store wasn't particularly busy and the shelves were reasonably stocked but I was shocked and disgusted by the number of couples and families that were shopping together when the recommendation is still very much to shop alone and maintain distance. Most appeared to be treating the trip as an outing and one family of 5 or 6 members were like a bl00dy swarm, all over the bloomin place, getting up close and then congregating in a group effectively blocking whole isles at a time while they deliberated about what they wanted. I'm surprised the staff let them in, clearly a few of the group should have waited in the car while 1 or 2 at most did the shopping! :cursing:
Just a whiff of lockdown easing and people have gone nuts, totally disregarding the situation.
 

DRM

Veteran
Location
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Yes it’s a nightmare doing the food shop, me and my son go for ours , he has grandparents list, I’ve got ours, we split up and crack on, then queue at the till and I pay for it, seems to be the quickest way to get it done, but back to this afternoon there was 6 women some with babies in push chairs at the car next to me have a really good gossip/catch up, definitely not one family!
 

Mugshot

Cracking a solo.
Because of my shift pattern I ended up doing the family shop on Saturday afternoon. The store wasn't particularly busy and the shelves were reasonably stocked but I was shocked and disgusted by the number of couples and families that were shopping together when the recommendation is still very much to shop alone and maintain distance. Most appeared to be treating the trip as an outing and one family of 5 or 6 members were like a bl00dy swarm, all over the bloomin place, getting up close and then congregating in a group effectively blocking whole isles at a time while they deliberated about what they wanted. I'm surprised the staff let them in, clearly a few of the group should have waited in the car while 1 or 2 at most did the shopping! :cursing:
Just a whiff of lockdown easing and people have gone nuts, totally disregarding the situation.
We went for a shop on Sunday. Tesco here is still doing the one at a time rule. Ended up traipsing round behind a couple that had two trollies (you're not fooling anyone you know!). My wife is in a wheelchair so we can go in together. Anyway, stood behind this couple for blooming ages while they looked at gluten free cornflakes, then managed to skirt past them an aisle or so later and ended up at the reduced counter before them, which has a two metre cordon marked on the floor, spent 10 seconds or so picking up a couple of reduced pork pies (:mrpig:) then noticed that the woman was standing right behind me rifling through the ready meals.

"Seriously?" says I, "Why do you think they've marked the floor out?"
"You should move a bit quicker then shouldn't you son?" Says he. ("Son" :wacko:)

I did my best Paddington impression and gave him a very hard bear stare, then pointed to the newspaper in his trolley and said;

"I see you read the Mail."

He gave me evils for the rest of the shop, which was nice.

But yes, social distancing and lockdown is officially over.
 
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Drago

Flouncing Nobber
The roads here in rural Poshshire are still very quiet. Cycling on the road is a relatively pleasant experience at the moment, although the number of potholes gives me cause to suspect that Elon Musk may be practising Mars surface EVA's in the area quite soon.
 

LeetleGreyCells

Un rouleur infatigable
Going by the way people were acting in the supermarket this morning, the lockdown must be long over. People brushing past others, ignoring the one-way system, reaching over each other to pick up products off the shelves. I even saw two people give each other a hug while exclaiming, "It's good to see you!" - not an expression you'd expect to hear from people living in the same household for 3 months.
 
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classic33

Legendary Member
Going by the way people were acting in the supermarket this morning, the lockdown must be long over. People brushing past others, ignoring the one-way system, reaching over each other to pick up products off the shelves. I even saw to people give each other a hug while exclaiming, "It's good to see you!" - not an expression you'd expect to hear from people living in the same household for 3 months.
Play this the next time you hear those words.

View: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cgKpYfGNvN0
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Who would be so stupid? What is the gain?
About half a centimetre (albeit subconsciously)? :whistle:
 

Algarvecycling

Well-Known Member
Even if I won the lottery £65+ million I would never spend that kind of money on a bike, even if the half centimetre was a physically gain
That's your choice and a 100% valid one but the OP's choice to buy a top flight machine is his, equally valid and he doesn't need any further 'justification' than he wanted to because he likes it. We shouldn't belittle other's choices and dictate how they spend their disposable income. It's no different to someone wanting a Bugatti instead of a Kia. If they can afford it, it is their money and if makes them happy, great. I dislike alcohol but I'm not going to diss someone for spending a fortune on fine wine or whiskey.

As for the gains high end bikes can deliver, they are tangible. Marginal yes, even more so when ridden by someone who is not in peak physical condition and who would not realise the difference or doesn't chase fractions in time. I have taken two overall KOM's this week on my Madone that I repeatedly failed to do on my Wilier - which has helped me to over 70 since August last year. Now, the difference is aero vs light-weight in this case, the aero bike proving faster in the sprint for me. A matter of seconds. Nothing of any importance to anyone not interested in marginal gains, of course. We are the engines that provide the power, sure, but different bikes can help us achieve greater speed and/or endurance. I'd suggest a £1500 bike will deliver the most in terms of quality vs performance for most but if you are physically at the top of your game and striving for more, marginal gains may be important to you. We all have different goals and enjoy the common interest in cycling in different ways.
 
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