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Message posted by feeblecat via mobile 28/11/2021 at 11:59am
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I was very scared at the beginning of covid. I followed all the rules, and still do, but it took a while before I started to feel OK mixing with people and going out socially. I still don't go to very busy places but I didnt do that before covid anyway. Now I've decided just to get on with it and get out and about.

Hitting 60 and vaxxed to the max I'm resigned that covid is going nowhere so for me it's that fine balance between keeping a life and having a life.   I personally don't think lockdowns work, as soon as you open the box you leave it open to all sorts. And until the whole world is vaccinated, which will never happen, there will continue to be covid which we need to learn to live alongside. My sister passed away 4 years ago, got 5 weeks from prognosis. I think of her every day and of how life was grabbed from her. I want to enjoy life as best I can. I won't do anything to risk others, I'll wear a mask, continue to sanitise etc but for me that's it unless the law forbids me otherwise.

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Quote: Originally posted by 664DaveS on 28/11/2021
We had to run around in nbc suits for the whole of the exercise, good fun servicing aircraft or freezing your bits off on guard duty.
Good old days
No regrets enjoyed most of my time in the RAF.



we had OC OPS as our team commander.
as we were classed as "critical" personnel we stayed locked in our nissen behind air traffic, and food was delivered direct from both the officers mess and airmans mess.
we effectively watched you lot on the line out of the windows, watched telly and did bugger all till the last two hours when they dropped the big one, then it was our turn.
out, set up tent, monitor, decontam a bird then endex....

quite a strange life when you think about it.

where else would a 16 year old get given a weapon and told to shoot if they climbed over the fence...

especially if they got near our "area 51" as this article calls it.



https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/behind-scenes-raf-st-mawgan-3183025

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Message posted by 664DaveS via mobile 28/11/2021 at 4:44pm
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We did live armed guard on certain areas at Laarbruch at certain times on exercises!
At least we knew any intruders would be real! Luckily never saw any.
Plenty of times as guard commander with armed troops on guard. Checking weapons on guard changes, luckily no accidents on my watch!

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Quote: Originally posted by feeblecat on 28/11/2021
I was very scared at the beginning of covid. I followed all the rules, and still do, but it took a while before I started to feel OK mixing with people and going out socially. I still don't go to very busy places but I didnt do that before covid anyway. Now I've decided just to get on with it and get out and about.

Hitting 60 and vaxxed to the max I'm resigned that covid is going nowhere so for me it's that fine balance between keeping a life and having a life.   I personally don't think lockdowns work, as soon as you open the box you leave it open to all sorts. And until the whole world is vaccinated, which will never happen, there will continue to be covid which we need to learn to live alongside. My sister passed away 4 years ago, got 5 weeks from prognosis. I think of her every day and of how life was grabbed from her. I want to enjoy life as best I can. I won't do anything to risk others, I'll wear a mask, continue to sanitise etc but for me that's it unless the law forbids me otherwise.



That is probably the best way that this has been summed up on this forum. Well done feeblecat 👍

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Quote: Originally posted by Triaxle on 28/11/2021
Quote: Originally posted by feeblecat on 28/11/2021
I was very scared at the beginning of covid. I followed all the rules, and still do, but it took a while before I started to feel OK mixing with people and going out socially. I still don't go to very busy places but I didnt do that before covid anyway. Now I've decided just to get on with it and get out and about.

Hitting 60 and vaxxed to the max I'm resigned that covid is going nowhere so for me it's that fine balance between keeping a life and having a life.   I personally don't think lockdowns work, as soon as you open the box you leave it open to all sorts. And until the whole world is vaccinated, which will never happen, there will continue to be covid which we need to learn to live alongside. My sister passed away 4 years ago, got 5 weeks from prognosis. I think of her every day and of how life was grabbed from her. I want to enjoy life as best I can. I won't do anything to risk others, I'll wear a mask, continue to sanitise etc but for me that's it unless the law forbids me otherwise.



That is probably the best way that this has been summed up on this forum. Well done feeblecat 👍



Yes, really well put. 👍 Exactly the way I see it, I will not live the rest of my life not being able to hug my Grandkids. I am vaxed to the max, donít go to Supermarkets, restaurants, cinemas or theatre etc anyway, I am just going to get on with things as before.

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I was in the infantry doing National Service in the fifties we spent weeks on Brecon Beacons digging Nuclear shelters, guess what no war thankfully, so I believe half of what I hear and take the rest with a pinch of salt

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Message posted by iank0128/12/2021 at 8:35am
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I lived in a country where the Prime Minister was "Ian Smith" and was guarded by the BSAP which was the local police force. We had to do guard duty at his residence. We also had a policeman called Tony Smith.
As those who have done guard duty know it gets pretty boring in the early hours of the morning. To alleviate the boredom Tony Smith decided to play cowboy with his Smith & Wesson, drawing the weapon and spinning it on his finger. Anyway the weapon discharged.
The other policeman on duty phoned the control room to advise that "Smith" had shot himself.   As you can imagine pandemonium broke out with armoured Land Rovers, Riot squad ambulances etc being despatched to the Prime Minister's residence who was still was asleep safely in his bedroom.
Boy did the whatnots fly around the fan that day! LOL!

Message posted by Hedgehugger30/12/2021 at 12:24pm
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My cousin lives in Switzerland not far from Geneva, in a house built in the 1980s. It has a proper cellar shelter with heavy duty door, air filtration, the works! Rather an unnerving place to keep your freezer, but quite appropriate for the Cold War era...

I decided a while ago that if I worried/became upset about everything that could go wrong in the world - war, disease, famine, cruelty, covid etc - I'd end up as a gibbering wreck. I'm not callous - I'm aware of things and concerned about them and donate/sign petitions mask, sanitise etc - but for my own survival I can't let any of it haunt my every waking hour. I'm pushing 70 - I simply don't have the resilience.

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Message posted by heath6331/12/2021 at 2:42am
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it's what it is. its here to stay, like the Flu.   people will succumb to it, just like the flu. New viruses will come and go. wane and disappear.
At the end of the day. we cannot wrap mankind in cotton wool, otherwise no one would have a life.

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Message posted by JuanHuNose31/12/2021 at 10:58am
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Quote: Originally posted by arthurdent on 26/11/2021
When I were a lad just into my teens, all we really had to worry about was nuclear war. Now we also have covid, religious terrorism, cancer, climate change, its difficult to know which is going to get us first.



Well,in addition to nuclear war we still had religious terrorism, cancer and `climate change` (we just didn`t have a handle for it). We have also gone through periods of having TB, polio, smallpox, rampant inflation, 15% interest rates and innumerable other worries that affected our daily lives.

We just didn`t have world-wide 24 hour news or social media to remind us of how `terrible` things are. We just got on with it without the hand-wringing.


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