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Just six days into state (well, and client, and in all fairness) - proclaimed home confinement (I’ve been flying around A LOT lately and no one wishes to keep company with me since. Fair enough.…) and already bored out of my mind. Work gradually slowing down also and due to this whole shut-down thing and as transactions gradually get cancelled and/or postponed until further notice (*BIG sigh*).


 What to do ?


Tried to watch all those movies I never had time to online, to no avail and competing with another 250 million equally locked-down and wearied Europeans with the same brilliant idea proving just a tad too much to handle for even the most generally reliable of media-service providers (*even BIGGER sigh*). OK. So. What then ? 


Found various and rather amusing geography quiz tests online, which kept me busy for an hour or five: https://www.playgeography.com/ . I am proud to announce that I now and since know every single country and its respective capital and flag in the entire world. Including two (countries) I had never heard of prior to this unexpected oceans of time on my hands and at my disposal; Eswatini (capital: Mbabane, very pretty flag) and Grenada (capital: St.George’s, flag perhaps a little less so (pretty). Who knew ?!


Alright and so that one done. Then on to the magical world of free MOOC learning;


https://www.edx.org/course?search_query=free+courses


https://www.coursera.org/search?query=free%20courses&


https://www.udemy.com/courses/search/?q=free%20courses&src=sac&kw=free%20courses


https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm


I can highly recommend the Coursera “Social Psychology” course, the EdX anatomy courses (the fact that we manage to stay alive at all and corona virus notwithstanding is honestly a true miracle, it’s all so unbelievably and highly complex…. ) and the MIT civil and environmental engineering course (I so hope I’ll be reincarnated and in which case I’ll come back as one. Environmental engineer. Totally awesome). And don’t even get me started on all the wonderful Udemy blockchain and smart contract-ones……


At the risk of head exploding from too much information (and also a bit depressed after having taken the EdX “Epidemics” course), I decided it was now time to move on to something more oriented towards the feeding also of the soul. Music. A true love for me and so YES ! definitely and good plan. If you are anything at all like me, then this one will easily make 1-2 days of your confinement disappear with the speed of our local  Alpes glaciers: https://www.incredibox.com/ .


Not your thing…. ? Ok, well how about this one then: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/


And then, my friends, something even more wonderful caught my attention: The New York Metropolitan Opera has decided to, despite corona virus closure, carry on their scheduled season performances and to stream them live for free (bless their souls !); https://www.metopera.org/Season/Radio/Free-Live-Audio-Streams/. Oh how wonderful and so now all I/you/we have to do is to survive, from both boredom and corona, until the 2 April to watch upcoming Tosca (just missed “Carmen” with the w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l Elina Garanca. Oh well… Some parts on YouTube still, though, and if you’re interested:  https://youtu.be/K2snTkaD64U


So there you go, for some sharing of a few time-spending ideas and tips during this compelled self-isolating. How about you? How are you dealing in the present and unprecedented times? Bored like me? Or, quite the opposite; busier than ever, with both children and spouses home all day, every day (possibly driving you/each other a little crazy also, but in an entirely different way altogether ???? ), simultaneously trying to do your job remotely….. ? Feel free to share. I’ve got plenty of time to read and to contemplate and would love to hear from you.


This too shall pass. Until then, stay safe and take care of each other!


All good things,


 

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Just six days into state (well, and client, and in all fairness) - proclaimed home confinement (I’ve been flying around A LOT lately and no one wishes to keep company with me since. Fair enough.…) and already bored out of my mind. Work gradually slowing down also and due to this whole shut-down thing and as transactions gradually get cancelled and/or postponed until further notice (*BIG sigh*).


 What to do ?


Tried to watch all those movies I never had time to online, to no avail and competing with another 250 million equally locked-down and wearied Europeans with the same brilliant idea proving just a tad too much to handle for even the most generally reliable of media-service providers (*even BIGGER sigh*). OK. So. What then ? 


Found various and rather amusing geography quiz tests online, which kept me busy for an hour or five: https://www.playgeography.com/ . I am proud to announce that I now and since know every single country and its respective capital and flag in the entire world. Including two (countries) I had never heard of prior to this unexpected oceans of time on my hands and at my disposal; Eswatini (capital: Mbabane, very pretty flag) and Grenada (capital: St.George’s, flag perhaps a little less so (pretty). Who knew ?!


Alright and so that one done. Then on to the magical world of free MOOC learning;


https://www.edx.org/course?search_query=free+courses


https://www.coursera.org/search?query=free%20courses&


https://www.udemy.com/courses/search/?q=free%20courses&src=sac&kw=free%20courses


https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm


I can highly recommend the Coursera “Social Psychology” course, the EdX anatomy courses (the fact that we manage to stay alive at all and corona virus notwithstanding is honestly a true miracle, it’s all so unbelievably and highly complex…. ) and the MIT civil and environmental engineering course (I so hope I’ll be reincarnated and in which case I’ll come back as one. Environmental engineer. Totally awesome). And don’t even get me started on all the wonderful Udemy blockchain and smart contract-ones……


At the risk of head exploding from too much information (and also a bit depressed after having taken the EdX “Epidemics” course), I decided it was now time to move on to something more oriented towards the feeding also of the soul. Music. A true love for me and so YES ! definitely and good plan. If you are anything at all like me, then this one will easily make 1-2 days of your confinement disappear with the speed of our local  Alpes glaciers: https://www.incredibox.com/ .


Not your thing…. ? Ok, well how about this one then: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/


And then, my friends, something even more wonderful caught my attention: The New York Metropolitan Opera has decided to, despite corona virus closure, carry on their scheduled season performances and to stream them live for free (bless their souls !); https://www.metopera.org/Season/Radio/Free-Live-Audio-Streams/. Oh how wonderful and so now all I/you/we have to do is to survive, from both boredom and corona, until the 2 April to watch upcoming Tosca (just missed “Carmen” with the w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l Elina Garanca. Oh well… Some parts on YouTube still, though, and if you’re interested:  https://youtu.be/K2snTkaD64U


So there you go, for some sharing of a few time-spending ideas and tips during this compelled self-isolating. How about you? How are you dealing in the present and unprecedented times? Bored like me? Or, quite the opposite; busier than ever, with both children and spouses home all day, every day (possibly driving you/each other a little crazy also, but in an entirely different way altogether ???? ), simultaneously trying to do your job remotely….. ? Feel free to share. I’ve got plenty of time to read and to contemplate and would love to hear from you.


This too shall pass. Until then, stay safe and take care of each other!


All good things,


 


Eva DMar 18, 2020 @ 15:23
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Thanks Eva for taking the time to share some interesting-looking sites. I have nothing of interest to share, as yet, but really appreciated your post.


 

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Thanks Eva for taking the time to share some interesting-looking sites. I have nothing of interest to share, as yet, but really appreciated your post.


 


vivs, Mar 18, 2020 @ 15:39
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Thanks for sharing. Youtube has some great reciepes to try :)

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Thanks for sharing. Youtube has some great reciepes to try :)


V N, Mar 18, 2020 @ 16:01
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Thanks Eva.


Here go some more free musical resources: for opera lovers, the Wiener Stasoper also offers every day free streaming of operas from their recordings. You need to create a free account. Straming starts at 17h or 19h. More info here:


https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/en/staatsoper/news/detail/news/the-wiener-staatsoper-is-closed-but-continues-to-play-daily-online/


https://www.staatsoperlive.com/


Enjoy the music and stay safe ... and at home!


Cheers,

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Thanks Eva.


Here go some more free musical resources: for opera lovers, the Wiener Stasoper also offers every day free streaming of operas from their recordings. You need to create a free account. Straming starts at 17h or 19h. More info here:


https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/en/staatsoper/news/detail/news/the-wiener-staatsoper-is-closed-but-continues-to-play-daily-online/


https://www.staatsoperlive.com/


Enjoy the music and stay safe ... and at home!


Cheers,


ajimenezp, Mar 18, 2020 @ 16:08
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I practice meditation in the morning and evening and i walk also in nature. Nature offers us so much. Don't forget that beauty is always there. Spring is coming and there are beautiful flowers everywhere !


I know it's not always easy as i am rather an anxious person, but we need to 'fight' fear, as it doesn't bring us anything positive. Don't watch too much the news, as it will certainly increase your fear.


It's not possible to go in cafe and restaurants anymore, but every morning i go to my parents and we take a coffee together. It's like a little ritual. It's the best way to start the day.


Here's my two cents.

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I practice meditation in the morning and evening and i walk also in nature. Nature offers us so much. Don't forget that beauty is always there. Spring is coming and there are beautiful flowers everywhere !


I know it's not always easy as i am rather an anxious person, but we need to 'fight' fear, as it doesn't bring us anything positive. Don't watch too much the news, as it will certainly increase your fear.


It's not possible to go in cafe and restaurants anymore, but every morning i go to my parents and we take a coffee together. It's like a little ritual. It's the best way to start the day.


Here's my two cents.


Philippe D, Mar 18, 2020 @ 17:04
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Don't forget jokes!


https://www.glocals.com/forums/geneva/where-how-in-geneva/A-letter-from-F--Scott-Fitzgerald-252450.htm#msg_252450

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Don't forget jokes!


https://www.glocals.com/forums/geneva/where-how-in-geneva/A-letter-from-F--Scott-Fitzgerald-252450.htm#msg_252450


Sean C, Mar 18, 2020 @ 19:36
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Thanks and SO TRUE ! I also discovered all the wonderufl Pinterest recipes (who knew...!?) and so I have of course and needless to say also been cooking up a storm these past few days (then again, I always tend to anyways and house arrest or no`house arrest.......Wink ). This is what my fridge has been invaded with and so far: Apple pancakes (healthier applie pie version. And........ YUM !), chick pea-avocado-parsley-and-feta cheese-salad with a lime and honey salad sauce (Delich'), chick pea-spinach-and sweet potato-curry (YES!) , Coconut rice (Hmmmmm and well, and it in fact sounds a lot yummier than it turned out to be.Maybe I was using the worng kind of rice....), Celery, hazelnut and truffle soup (OMG! ) and Greek dish Spanakorizo ( yes,ok, but without the the dill, which doesn't work for me in there and for some reason.........)                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Guys; I am not only going to go crazy during this lock-down, but also really.......FAT! Cool

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Thanks and SO TRUE ! I also discovered all the wonderufl Pinterest recipes (who knew...!?) and so I have of course and needless to say also been cooking up a storm these past few days (then again, I always tend to anyways and house arrest or no`house arrest.......Wink ). This is what my fridge has been invaded with and so far: Apple pancakes (healthier applie pie version. And........ YUM !), chick pea-avocado-parsley-and-feta cheese-salad with a lime and honey salad sauce (Delich'), chick pea-spinach-and sweet potato-curry (YES!) , Coconut rice (Hmmmmm and well, and it in fact sounds a lot yummier than it turned out to be.Maybe I was using the worng kind of rice....), Celery, hazelnut and truffle soup (OMG! ) and Greek dish Spanakorizo ( yes,ok, but without the the dill, which doesn't work for me in there and for some reason.........)                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Guys; I am not only going to go crazy during this lock-down, but also really.......FAT! Cool


Eva D, Mar 18, 2020 @ 20:27
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Oh my word, and "impossible name" - THANK YOU so much for sharing ! From the bottom of my heart. This is SOOOO wonderful also   


 

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Oh my word, and "impossible name" - THANK YOU so much for sharing ! From the bottom of my heart. This is SOOOO wonderful also   


 


Eva D, Mar 18, 2020 @ 20:29
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Thanks and SO TRUE ! I also discovered all the wonderufl Pinterest recipes (who knew...!?) and so I have of course and needless to say also been cooking up a storm these past few days (then again, I always tend to anyways and house arrest or no`house arrest.......Wink ). This is what my fridge has been invaded with and so far: Apple pancakes (healthier applie pie version. And........ YUM !), chick pea-avocado-parsley-and-feta cheese-salad with a lime and honey salad sauce (Delich'), chick pea-spinach-and sweet potato-curry (YES!) , Coconut rice (Hmmmmm and well, and it in fact sounds a lot yummier than it turned out to be.Maybe I was using the worng kind of rice....), Celery, hazelnut and truffle soup (OMG! ) and Greek dish Spanakorizo ( yes,ok, but without the the dill, which doesn't work for me in there and for some reason.........)                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Guys; I am not only going to go crazy during this lock-down, but also really.......FAT! Cool


Mar 18, 20 20:27

Wow Eva, that sound amazing. Feel free to share reciepes / photos! I will do the same!

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Wow Eva, that sound amazing. Feel free to share reciepes / photos! I will do the same!


Sean C, Mar 18, 2020 @ 20:34
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= ajimenezp. There. I got it ! 

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= ajimenezp. There. I got it ! 


Eva D, Mar 18, 2020 @ 20:37
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More free operas:


Pendant six jours, l'internaute pourra visionner une représentation disponible sur le site Internet de l'Opéra et celui de Culturebox .À la fin de ce délai, cette production sera remplacée par une autre et ainsi de suite jusqu'en mai. L'opéra Manon de Jules Massenet ouvre le bal


 


https://www.operadeparis.fr/


https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/


 

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More free operas:


Pendant six jours, l'internaute pourra visionner une représentation disponible sur le site Internet de l'Opéra et celui de Culturebox .À la fin de ce délai, cette production sera remplacée par une autre et ainsi de suite jusqu'en mai. L'opéra Manon de Jules Massenet ouvre le bal


 


https://www.operadeparis.fr/


https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/


 


tawb, Mar 19, 2020 @ 18:21
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Since I'm stuck at home, and see the kilos growing on me, I hope to try some of the fitness videos on youtube. Does anyone have any experience with them, and any reccomendations?

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Since I'm stuck at home, and see the kilos growing on me, I hope to try some of the fitness videos on youtube. Does anyone have any experience with them, and any reccomendations?


tawb, Mar 19, 2020 @ 18:23
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Since I'm stuck at home, and see the kilos growing on me, I hope to try some of the fitness videos on youtube. Does anyone have any experience with them, and any reccomendations?


Mar 19, 20 18:23

How about a "Conbody" workout! Apparently this is the fashion in prisons all over America.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riH9152UgZU

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How about a "Conbody" workout! Apparently this is the fashion in prisons all over America.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riH9152UgZU


Sean C, Mar 19, 2020 @ 20:55
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How about a "Conbody" workout! Apparently this is the fashion in prisons all over America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riH9152UgZU


Mar 19, 20 20:55

How depressing!


Not only are we blocked at home, now we have to believe that we're imprisionned! Undecided


Sorry, but I'll take another training video.


Good luck with your training. Smile

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How depressing!


Not only are we blocked at home, now we have to believe that we're imprisionned! Undecided


Sorry, but I'll take another training video.


Good luck with your training. Smile


tawb, Mar 20, 2020 @ 14:02
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Hello,


I notice that all your "tips" are internet related. So just wonderig what would have happened to you without internet!?


And another point : how strange for me that no one mentionned the best ever occupation : books ! 

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I notice that all your "tips" are internet related. So just wonderig what would have happened to you without internet!?


And another point : how strange for me that no one mentionned the best ever occupation : books ! 


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You are absolutely right Georges P !!


We can of course watch TV, but reading is a great way to pass this time.


I personally consider TV as junk food for our brains, while a good novel is more akin to a healthy organic meal. Especially as more and more of our TV is American, and so filled with violence. (That being said, I have been watching a lot of TV lately).


The Geneva International Bookclub is trying an experiment in a remote bookclub. I encourage all to condsider coming.


https://www.glocals.com/things-to-do/geneva/108553.htm


One of the founding rules of this bookclub is that you do not have to have read the book (although we do of course encourage it).


 


 

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You are absolutely right Georges P !!


We can of course watch TV, but reading is a great way to pass this time.


I personally consider TV as junk food for our brains, while a good novel is more akin to a healthy organic meal. Especially as more and more of our TV is American, and so filled with violence. (That being said, I have been watching a lot of TV lately).


The Geneva International Bookclub is trying an experiment in a remote bookclub. I encourage all to condsider coming.


https://www.glocals.com/things-to-do/geneva/108553.htm


One of the founding rules of this bookclub is that you do not have to have read the book (although we do of course encourage it).


 


 


Sean C, Mar 22, 2020 @ 10:01
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Hello,

I notice that all your "tips" are internet related. So just wonderig what would have happened to you without internet!?

And another point : how strange for me that no one mentionned the best ever occupation : books ! 


Mar 22, 20 08:47

Hi Georges and thanks for sharing !


Yes, prettz much Intenet--bound and I am really envious of all my friends in houses with gardens right now, who have been able to enjoy the glorious weather we've had of late (not any more! Oh well..) being, barbecuing, eating, exercising and working in their gardens. I'm in an apartment (no TV. People have those still.... ?! :D) , so options are limited and what can I say...... 


You're right about books, though, and to be sure. I guess I just always read so much, such part of my routinely life doesn't change very much just because of home confinement.. This is what I am reading right now:


1. The vinegar girl by Anne Tyler - Modern take on Shakespeare's "The taming of the shrew;


2. The song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - because I just read her last novel Circe and loved it so much;  


3. A tree grows in Brooklyn - by Bettie Smith, a classic and oldy-but-goody, I know and a re-read for me. Not sure why. Perhaps some subconscious need to mentally get back to basics and see the beauty,strenghts, positives and gratitides in same;  


 


4. Drive your plow over the bones of the dead by  Olga Tokarczuk ( 2018 Nobel-price winner) -  this one's for my book club. We're also doing our next meeting virtually and via Webex,


which I highly recommend anyways and also as a great way to staying in touch with your friends, family and loved ones, having discussions, coffee breaks, virtual aperos or candle-lit dinner dates together, or whatever else takes your fancy: https://www.webex.com/


Not meaning to dis' you again, Georges (and sorry if I am !), but there are actually and also some reallly good websites from which you can download free e-books; 


https://librivox.org/


https://dev.gutenberg.org/ (excellent for classics) 


 https://https://manybooks.net/www.pdfdrive.com/


Happy reading ! 

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Hi Georges and thanks for sharing !


Yes, prettz much Intenet--bound and I am really envious of all my friends in houses with gardens right now, who have been able to enjoy the glorious weather we've had of late (not any more! Oh well..) being, barbecuing, eating, exercising and working in their gardens. I'm in an apartment (no TV. People have those still.... ?! :D) , so options are limited and what can I say...... 


You're right about books, though, and to be sure. I guess I just always read so much, such part of my routinely life doesn't change very much just because of home confinement.. This is what I am reading right now:


1. The vinegar girl by Anne Tyler - Modern take on Shakespeare's "The taming of the shrew;


2. The song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - because I just read her last novel Circe and loved it so much;  


3. A tree grows in Brooklyn - by Bettie Smith, a classic and oldy-but-goody, I know and a re-read for me. Not sure why. Perhaps some subconscious need to mentally get back to basics and see the beauty,strenghts, positives and gratitides in same;  


 


4. Drive your plow over the bones of the dead by  Olga Tokarczuk ( 2018 Nobel-price winner) -  this one's for my book club. We're also doing our next meeting virtually and via Webex,


which I highly recommend anyways and also as a great way to staying in touch with your friends, family and loved ones, having discussions, coffee breaks, virtual aperos or candle-lit dinner dates together, or whatever else takes your fancy: https://www.webex.com/


Not meaning to dis' you again, Georges (and sorry if I am !), but there are actually and also some reallly good websites from which you can download free e-books; 


https://librivox.org/


https://dev.gutenberg.org/ (excellent for classics) 


 https://https://manybooks.net/www.pdfdrive.com/


Happy reading ! 


Eva D, Mar 22, 2020 @ 11:54
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Hello,

I notice that all your "tips" are internet related. So just wonderig what would have happened to you without internet!?

And another point : how strange for me that no one mentionned the best ever occupation : books ! 


Mar 22, 20 08:47

If you have a big enough pile of unread books at home. (Which probably most people have.)


If not, I would not go to a public library, or bookshop at the moment.

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If you have a big enough pile of unread books at home. (Which probably most people have.)


If not, I would not go to a public library, or bookshop at the moment.


tawb, Mar 22, 2020 @ 13:04
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Amazon.co.uk or .fr is pretty fast.


Also https://www.bookdepository.com/

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Amazon.co.uk or .fr is pretty fast.


Also https://www.bookdepository.com/


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I just hope we don't turn on each other ....


 


 



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Sean C, Mar 24, 2020 @ 11:06
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One of my concerns is the subsequent psychological impact that self-isolation and all the other precautions we are being urged to follow may have on everyone – and most especially the young  –  in the long term.


R.

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One of my concerns is the subsequent psychological impact that self-isolation and all the other precautions we are being urged to follow may have on everyone – and most especially the young  –  in the long term.


R.


Ritchie, Mar 24, 2020 @ 12:27
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One of my concerns is the subsequent psychological impact that self-isolation and all the other precautions we are being urged to follow may have on everyone – and most especially the young  –  in the long term.

R.


Mar 24, 20 12:27

Especially poor Piglet!

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Especially poor Piglet!


Sean C, Mar 25, 2020 @ 10:25
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Second week into home confinement and my apartment is turning into Las Vegas; I have no idea what day or time of the day it is most of the time, drinks and cocktails are t-o-t-a-l-l-y acceptable at any hour and I'm losing money by the minute......


Surprised


 

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Second week into home confinement and my apartment is turning into Las Vegas; I have no idea what day or time of the day it is most of the time, drinks and cocktails are t-o-t-a-l-l-y acceptable at any hour and I'm losing money by the minute......


Surprised


 


Eva D, Mar 26, 2020 @ 14:44
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Second week into home confinement and my apartment is turning into Las Vegas; I have no idea what day or time of the day it is most of the time, drinks and cocktails are t-o-t-a-l-l-y acceptable at any hour and I'm losing money by the minute......

Surprised

 


Mar 26, 20 14:44

You didn’t say what you’re missing though, like human company maybe?


But you have saved the air fare.

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You didn’t say what you’re missing though, like human company maybe?


But you have saved the air fare.


Ritchie, Mar 26, 2020 @ 21:39
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Thanks, Eva, et al, for your excellent tips on activities to pursue while confined.


I think Ritchie has a point that most of us benefit from human company, though. I am lucky to live with my 10 year old daughter, but we can also benefit from the company of others.


Soon after the pandemic began spreading, and just before public social distancing policies were enacted, I created WhatsApp groups for different sets of my social relationships:


1) A group for the families of my daughter's school friends. This has been not only useful for our kids to stay in touch, but also for our families to share logistical information about our area (Ornex and Pays de Gex), local information about Covid-19, border crossing, local public policies, where to best do our shopping for food at different times, and humor, which is more on target when shared with people you know.


2) A group with family members across the Atlantic, and in 3 different countries.


3) A group with friends in several continents, mostly professionals, in science and health related professions. One lives almost next door, another in Australia, others in the US, UK, etc. This has been great for sharing information and it is also bringing us together through the shared experience of a crisis.


As all of you who use Apps like WhatsApp know, there is a greater immediacy to communications through such media, and you can have private side exchanges with members of the group or follow up video calls.


I have also set up "Zoom" and my 10 year old daughter has frequent group video calls with all her school friends.


It is no substitution for physically shared social activities, but it has done wonders for us.....

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Thanks, Eva, et al, for your excellent tips on activities to pursue while confined.


I think Ritchie has a point that most of us benefit from human company, though. I am lucky to live with my 10 year old daughter, but we can also benefit from the company of others.


Soon after the pandemic began spreading, and just before public social distancing policies were enacted, I created WhatsApp groups for different sets of my social relationships:


1) A group for the families of my daughter's school friends. This has been not only useful for our kids to stay in touch, but also for our families to share logistical information about our area (Ornex and Pays de Gex), local information about Covid-19, border crossing, local public policies, where to best do our shopping for food at different times, and humor, which is more on target when shared with people you know.


2) A group with family members across the Atlantic, and in 3 different countries.


3) A group with friends in several continents, mostly professionals, in science and health related professions. One lives almost next door, another in Australia, others in the US, UK, etc. This has been great for sharing information and it is also bringing us together through the shared experience of a crisis.


As all of you who use Apps like WhatsApp know, there is a greater immediacy to communications through such media, and you can have private side exchanges with members of the group or follow up video calls.


I have also set up "Zoom" and my 10 year old daughter has frequent group video calls with all her school friends.


It is no substitution for physically shared social activities, but it has done wonders for us.....


JR M, Mar 27, 2020 @ 12:16
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The London National Theatre following suite with free broadcasts during the pandemic shut-down and oh how lovely  :  https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahturner/2020/03/28/londons-national-theatre-starts-streaming-its-most-famous-productions-for-free/


Enjoy ! 


 


 

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The London National Theatre following suite with free broadcasts during the pandemic shut-down and oh how lovely  :  https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahturner/2020/03/28/londons-national-theatre-starts-streaming-its-most-famous-productions-for-free/


Enjoy ! 


 


 


Eva D, Mar 28, 2020 @ 20:17
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In the absence of not being able to post any events, can I recommend:


"Ice Cream Saturdays and Pay it Forward".  (That's what I would have called my event in happier climes!!).


The Buvette at the Lutry CGN is open every Saturday serving ice creams and drinks (not sure if they're still doing food).  We go every week (at 1pm if you want to join), have an ice cream and sit by the lake for an hour or two.  Being totally mindful of keeping our distances from others, we just eat ice cream, sit on the lakeside wall, people watch, get some fresh air and remind ourselves that we're not alone in these crazy times. 


If you feel like joining us, the ladies who run the Buvette have devised an excellent "social distancing" system which ensures minimum contact with both them, and the other ice cream customers.  


Although our 2 x ice creams don't cost CHF10, we always give them a 10 franc note and leave them the change.  They really appreciate it and it means not dealing with grubby coins.   And it keeps them employed.


It's also a beautiful walk from Lausanne.   And the parking is free at the moment - added bonus if you have a disabled boyfie! Cool

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In the absence of not being able to post any events, can I recommend:


"Ice Cream Saturdays and Pay it Forward".  (That's what I would have called my event in happier climes!!).


The Buvette at the Lutry CGN is open every Saturday serving ice creams and drinks (not sure if they're still doing food).  We go every week (at 1pm if you want to join), have an ice cream and sit by the lake for an hour or two.  Being totally mindful of keeping our distances from others, we just eat ice cream, sit on the lakeside wall, people watch, get some fresh air and remind ourselves that we're not alone in these crazy times. 


If you feel like joining us, the ladies who run the Buvette have devised an excellent "social distancing" system which ensures minimum contact with both them, and the other ice cream customers.  


Although our 2 x ice creams don't cost CHF10, we always give them a 10 franc note and leave them the change.  They really appreciate it and it means not dealing with grubby coins.   And it keeps them employed.


It's also a beautiful walk from Lausanne.   And the parking is free at the moment - added bonus if you have a disabled boyfie! Cool


Carolyn C, Mar 30, 2020 @ 16:53
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Try this!


 


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=enYITYwvPAQ&t=191s

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Try this!


 


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=enYITYwvPAQ&t=191s


Jaisy, Mar 31, 2020 @ 11:26
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Only a few minutes later you'll feel much better:


https://www.passeportsante.net/fr/audiovideobalado/Balado.aspx

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Only a few minutes later you'll feel much better:


https://www.passeportsante.net/fr/audiovideobalado/Balado.aspx


Jaisy, Mar 31, 2020 @ 12:15
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Many thanks, this is great!

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Many thanks, this is great!


Jaisy, Mar 31, 2020 @ 13:19
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Really worth reading:


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/27/a-letter-to-the-uk-from-italy-this-is-what-we-know-about-your-future


 

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Really worth reading:


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/27/a-letter-to-the-uk-from-italy-this-is-what-we-know-about-your-future


 


JR M, Mar 31, 2020 @ 17:07
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Really worth reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/27/a-letter-to-the-uk-from-italy-this-is-what-we-know-about-your-future

 


Mar 31, 20 17:07

Thank you for this.


The author expresses much of what I feel.


R.

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Thank you for this.


The author expresses much of what I feel.


R.


Ritchie, Mar 31, 2020 @ 20:47
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If you want to take a break and join a video chat with other expats in the area, we set up an open ended zoom video conference. You can join anytime and there has been a constant flow of interesting people joining.


Just click on the link below:


"Zoom coffee break"

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If you want to take a break and join a video chat with other expats in the area, we set up an open ended zoom video conference. You can join anytime and there has been a constant flow of interesting people joining.


Just click on the link below:


"Zoom coffee break"


JR M, Apr 1, 2020 @ 14:40
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