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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 17th March, 2020)

Empty Shelves

Empty Shelves
Coronavirus sparks panic buying.

Photo: David  (Nokia phone)
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Comment by: Arthur on 17th March 2020 at 00:28


Comment by: julie on 17th March 2020 at 06:53

Its an absolute disgrace to many greedy people thinking about themselves and no respect for anyone else.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th March 2020 at 07:26

'I'm alright Jack - sod you!'

Comment by: Poet on 17th March 2020 at 07:35

There isn't much that makes me angry but this is one of them . Despicable and pathetic. They ought to be blindfolded by toilet paper and shot at dawn.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 17th March 2020 at 07:38

These selfish people would have had a hard time of it during the war years & rationing. You couldnt clear shelves back then,you had to wait in an orderly queue & be grateful for what you were given.

Comment by: lock lass on 17th March 2020 at 08:04

A very selfish thing to do all this panic buying. I understand people need necessities but this is outrageous what is going on - the shops and supermarkets will have to limit certain items or there'll be mayhem.

Comment by: linma on 17th March 2020 at 08:10

The whole world has gone mad.

Comment by: Philiip G. on 17th March 2020 at 08:41

Reap the wild wind, … gluttonous swazzocks!

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th March 2020 at 08:44

This is getting silly! The restrictions in force are totally unnecessary. The powers-that-be are ruining the morale of the people. I refuse point-blank to isolate myself or to panic buy.

Comment by: PeterP on 17th March 2020 at 09:14

We went to Asda yesterday and they had a supply of toilet rolls. We did not purchase any but on going through the tills an elderly lady who we did not know asked us did we need any toilet rolls and was prepared to split the 9 pack she had purchased. We thanked her for her kind offer,and were amazed that some one who could need them the most would share what few she had.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th March 2020 at 09:43

I was told yesterday about an argument over toilet rolls . A woman with 3 packs of the largest amount threw a pack at a woman who accosted her in the queue. She was told she could have 2 packs of 12, the others made 'do' with 2 packs of 2...that was 'allowed'. All the expensive toilet rolls with frills were left !!! I bought one pack of the fancy ones this morning, I usually buy the middle of the road ordinary! What are we coming to??? It needs monitoring ! I agree with Irene - I am off on the train this morning to Wigan - I will see if I can get some washing up liquid! I'll put my silk scarf around my mouth!

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th March 2020 at 09:59

Good for you, Veronica! On a personal note I'm sorry to tell you Brucciani's closed down yesterday....nothing to do with the virus, just closed down. So sad. xx

Comment by: Pat McC on 17th March 2020 at 11:15

I live in a village of approx 100 people, 90% of whom are over 60s. Our nearest shop is 5 miles away. Volunteers have got together to organise collection and delivery of prescriptions, fresh bread and groceries. There is a contact number for this service and 5 days allowed for delivery.
This is the best side of human nature which will be evident in many towns and villages in the near future. I'm 73 and work in the NHS so should imagine that 'retirement' will be knocking on the door shortly! Best wishes to everyone in these challenging times.

Comment by: Mick on 17th March 2020 at 11:46

Irene by refusing point blank to isolate yourself, you are going to be spreading it.
Maybe what your hoping is Boris puts the army on the streets to keep order and one will end up chasing you with his big gun

Comment by: Veronica on 17th March 2020 at 12:31

That is very sad Irene, Debenham's cafe is still open for business. There wasn't one toilet roll to be found anywhere! Why this obsession with toilet rolls? I can understand food shortages eg dried goods! Milk is another item that is grabbed off the shelves.
I went out at 8 00am to get 2 bottles as I don't like 'long life'!
Mick we have to go out to shop for food..not everybody orders on line...perhaps the Army should be in the food aisles, to stop the battles for stocking up!

Comment by: Beryl on 17th March 2020 at 12:44

I was in a very large branch of Sainsbury's here in MK and a lot of the shelves looked just like that. Fortunately I did not actually need had been on those shelves, but there will come a time when I will over the coming fews months of semi shut down. Good luck everyone

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th March 2020 at 13:18

Mick, I can't spread what I haven't got, love! We were in Wetherspoons in Scarborough on Saturday and it was HEAVING with people of all ages. When we came out I actually saw someone being pointed at on the street because he sneezed three times in a row! We sneeze....we sneeze with a head-cold, a sudden change in temperature, a bit of dust....we sneeze. It's what we do. Normal happenings are being raised out of all proportion and if someone comes after me with a gun I will advise him as to where he can put it.

Comment by: DTease on 17th March 2020 at 14:06

Let’s hope we never have an epidemic of diarrhea. We will really be up to our necks in it then!

Comment by: Maureen on 17th March 2020 at 16:40

We met Owd Dave this morning,he's always done his shopping early ,,he went to Asda at 5/30 and it was overflowing,the staff told him it had been like that since 4a.m.and the floors were littered with food.
We went to Asda yesterday morning as we normally do,it was horrible,the items I wanted weren't there so went to Farm Foods,it was just the same and tempers were getting frayed..I came home with a terrible headache which I don't normally suffer with..I've never known anything like it.

Comment by: Mick on 17th March 2020 at 16:42

Irene you wont know if you have picked it up in Wetherspoons in Scarborough until next week.
By that time you could have passed it on to all best friends.

Comment by: Pw on 17th March 2020 at 17:41

I have to agree with Mick,there must be thousands of people out there who do not know they have it,that's the problem.People have to use common sense.

Comment by: DerekB on 17th March 2020 at 17:44

Selfish people needlessly bulk buying and have no consideration for the families on limited income who cannot afford to bulk buy and can't access items in the limited quantity they have the financial to afford

Comment by: TerryW on 17th March 2020 at 17:48

Mick are you a doctor, now.

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th March 2020 at 18:15

I have never met you, Mick, so you have no need to worry. I was WITH all my best friends in Scarborough Wetherspoons so if I'VE picked it up we ALL have.

Comment by: Nick on 17th March 2020 at 18:57

Irene I have to agree with Mick you are being just as selfish as th panic buyers by saying that you wont isolate. You are just thinking about yourself.

Comment by: britboy on 17th March 2020 at 19:22

This information is from a health care professional, perhaps it will explain a few things and why it is very necessary to STAY AT HOME!!!


Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand...

It has to do with RNA sequencing.... I.e. genetics.

Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year... you get immunity two ways...through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.

Novel viruses, come from animals.... the WHO tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans... then it’s a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.. the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.

Now.... sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human, for years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human... once that happens..we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be..

H1N1 was deadly....but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.

Fast forward.

Now, here comes this Coronavirus... it existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long...but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person... But here is the scary part.... in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”

This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity...doctors have no known medicines for it.

And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs..

That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza.... this one is slippery AF. And it’s a lung eater...And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L....which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.

We really have no tools in our shed, with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.

Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed...(honestly...I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation...

And let me end by saying....right now it’s hitting older folks harder... but this genome is so slippery...if it mutates again (and it will). Who is to say, what it will do next.

Be smart folks... acting like you’re unafraid is so not sexy right now.

#flattenthecurve. Stay home folks... and share this to those that just are not catching on. 🤓

Comment by: Veronica on 17th March 2020 at 19:48

If you aren't suffering from symptoms it's ok to go to the shops for food and essentials. It helps if you can find what you need and quickly get home. ( without empty shelves!) I am partially self isolating, have given up various activities and staying home. I try not make small talk with individuals, It's not false bravado or selfish to shop for what is needed. Some people have to do their own shopping, it's not always possible to call on family.... There are no voluntary organisations at the moment nearby to deliver what's needed.

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th March 2020 at 21:30

I'm sorry if I offend you, Nick, but please don't equal me with the panic buyers....I would NEVER do that, believe me. Having done shop-work all my life until retirement I can assure you I have seen it all when there is a shortage of something. I have seen women fighting over Easter Eggs and Teletubbies! But I haven't got Coronavirus and if I haven't got it I can't pass it on to someone else.

Comment by: Janine on 17th March 2020 at 21:43

The point people are trying to make Irene,is that you actually may be a carrier of it and you may be passing it on to others.

Comment by: Mick on 17th March 2020 at 22:04

Your spot on there Irene, if you havent GOT IT you cant pass it on.

BTW Irene do you get so thirsty when you go to Scarborough, that you have to spend the day in Weatherspoons, when me a my missis go we spend our time on the beach front eating our chips and breathing in the excellent North Sea air, brings back a lot of memories for me does North Sea air

Comment by: Veronica on 17th March 2020 at 23:28

That's the part I don't understand- being a 'carrier' and not suffering the symptoms of such a 'dangerous' virus which has 'jumped' from an animal to a human. If you don't know you are a carrier, how can it be wrong to go about daily living? At the same time you are walking about, there are others doing the same and also a 'carrier' without knowing it! We might as well throw the towel in and starve to death because we can't go out for the necessities of life!

Comment by: Mick on 18th March 2020 at 06:58

Veronica you are beginning to sound as daft as Irene, the government says you can go out for your necessities of life, but dont over do it.
I say it wasnt necessary for Irene to be sat in a pub when she could have been walking along the seafront with he friends, keeping them at a safe distance.

Comment by: irene roberts on 18th March 2020 at 08:21

Mick, can I just point out that the "DAY" I spent "drinking" in Wetherspoons was actually half an hour when I consumed...wait for it....half a diet Coke! And I can't see the point of joining up with friends for a 1940s dance, where I consumed....wait for it again....TWO halves of diet Coke, if I keep them at a distance!

Comment by: Veronica on 18th March 2020 at 08:37

I'm definitely not DAFT Mick, just very practical, sensible and will 'keep calm and carry on' as always! I would know if I am not feeling as well as I should. Irene is certainly not DAFT..
She would do the same...

Comment by: Kath H on 18th March 2020 at 08:54

Talk about missing the point. This is why they are asking people to social isolate, as anybody can have it and not know, and therefore be passing it on.

Comment by: Johnny on 18th March 2020 at 09:33

Self-isolation is no big deal !
We have our groceries delivered and my daughter drops off things on door-step. And we keep in touch via Face Time. Also I got lots of DIY to do around the house to offset the boredom.
Happy Billy (and Jilly) No Mates !

Comment by: XPat on 18th March 2020 at 11:15

Will all the pubs and clubs across the country be heaving this weekend as per usual, or will people decide to stay indoors? It will be interesting to see what happens.

Comment by: Mick on 18th March 2020 at 11:22

It dosent matter what you drink in the pub Irene, it can still get you according to the clever people on the telly.

Comment by: Garry on 18th March 2020 at 11:31

Carry on as normal if we can and listen to all the precautions from the professional medical people.
Most of it is just basics.

Comment by: Alan on 18th March 2020 at 13:46

Conceited Johnny....a medal on it's way.

Comment by: Ruby on 18th March 2020 at 18:00

Irene and Veronica show runs again

Comment by: XPat on 18th March 2020 at 19:13

There are currently 133 countries with only 200 or less infected cases . Between them only 70 deaths . I wonder how many of these countries are reaching out to us and other countries to help in some way ?
It is going to be an absolute nightmare for parents who work, and leave their children with grandparents , but now can’t do so .

Comment by: irene roberts on 18th March 2020 at 20:50

Sorry, Ruby. Meant no harm. love. xx

Comment by: Ruby on 18th March 2020 at 21:03

It's fine Irene thanks.x

Comment by: Veronica on 19th March 2020 at 08:07

Thank you to Britboy for the useful information.
Good luck to all and more than ever keep safe.

Comment by: Johnny on 19th March 2020 at 09:35

Hey Alan
Conceited ?
Explain yersel' lad !

Comment by: Maureen on 19th March 2020 at 11:53

Come on Alan,explain your comment.

Comment by: Johnny on 19th March 2020 at 14:51

Thanks Maureen
Hope you are keeping safe

Comment by: Maureen on 19th March 2020 at 15:31

I'm fine Johnny,haven't painted for a while now,am dying to start but not sure what.
Take care.

Comment by: Johnny on 20th March 2020 at 09:05

If I dont take pics, I look through magazines for inspiration or copy some subjects on YouTube.
Are you and Cliff self-isolating ?
Take care

Comment by: Maureen on 20th March 2020 at 09:54

Johnny,I do the very same thing,but it's mainly portraits that I love doing and animals,and yes Johnny we will be,a friend rang me the other day to offer any help,my children live far away,and the youngest lives in Gateshead,he facetimes nearly every night
he comes down when work allows,he's in a band so that's been scotched as well.

Comment by: Maureen on 20th March 2020 at 13:32

Johnny someone's asking you to to send your pics to me again,and he'll put them on WW properly.

Comment by: Johnny on 21st March 2020 at 10:12

Will do Maureen.
I've emailed you.
I'll cobble together some to send later !

Comment by: Lynne on 23rd March 2020 at 09:57

Johnny, I've tried to get groceries delivered from every company that provides that service... no delivery slots until well into April. We're both pensioners and we have only enough food for another week and can't go out. We'll either have to risk catching the virus or starve to death...

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd March 2020 at 11:53

That was my point Lynne I'm a pensioner and have to go out early to 'catch the worm'.
Again armed with one basket, I bought some potatoes and milk and a loaf, still no eggs! The same scenario on Saturday morning with shelves wiped clean by the 'buzzards'! Over the tannoy a voice keeps repeating "we are expecting deliveries, no need to stock up" and still empty shelves! Then a 'stranger' asked me if I needed eggs. My reply was 'I only have one in the house, I'll save it for Sunday". She said "come with me to my house nearby , I have plenty as I have them delivered". I went with her and she wouldn't take any money from me. " The kindness of Strangers" amongst the greedy, hoarders... Says it all.

Comment by: Maureen on 23rd March 2020 at 16:25

Times like these bring out the best in some people,and unfortunately the worst in some.

Comment by: Johnny on 24th March 2020 at 08:49

You're dead right Maureen.
Lynne and Veronica...sorry to hear of your plight.
As the national lock-in starts, it's a good time to order my book
"Alright, lads!"

Comment by: Veronica on 24th March 2020 at 11:20

Johnny you should be on the telly - that's what the celebrities say when they are plugging their next book .... Or song - it you can call it a song!,, just noise to me half of it!

Comment by: Maureen on 24th March 2020 at 13:10

I can't believe what happened this morning,looked everywhere for soap,put my head inside a local Pakistani shop.."Have you any soap Mr Singh"yes was the answer..a girl who I've never seen in my life said "have you got any pasta yet" no says I,also "have you got toilet rolls"I said that I had some..she said that she lived in the flat upstairs ..went off and came back with a pack and pasta..getting my purse out she just said "I don't want any money off you"..I was putting money in the charity box,when mister Singh said don't put money in there..just help others where you can..I'm still gob smacked at the kindness..so I'm taking one of my paintings up there shortly...true Christians are still to be found...God luv em.

Comment by: Maureen on 24th March 2020 at 18:05

I should have said..local Indian shop,not Pakistani.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th March 2020 at 18:05

It certainly restores your faith in human nature Maureen. The Aldi store near me was quite well stocked and quiet. Don't know about Sainsbury's which is nearer for me...

Comment by: Johnny on 25th March 2020 at 10:01

The name gave it away Maureen
He must be Hindu with a name like Singh
Did you know FIFA has excluded India and Pakistan from World Cup participation
One game they were awarded a corner and then a shop opened ! ;0)

Comment by: Anne on 25th March 2020 at 11:02

No, Johnny.... he is more than likely a Sikh.

Comment by: Maureen on 25th March 2020 at 12:27

Yes I think Anne's correct...and I must say they're lovely people.

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