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24∗7:

--- Quote from: Red Berry on March 16, 2020, 03:33:12 pm ---We need a Coronavirus Positivity thread to share stories like this. :)

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I echo that sentiment. So here it is - a thread where we can share stories from around the world about humanity coming together and cashing in the empathy, connection, care and support currency that we often think might have crashed and vanished for good.

There are lots of Bad News Scare Stories out there, fake news, etc - even today a rumour hit that Tallinn was about to be closed off by concrete barriers on the roads and the National Guard taking up arms to prevent traffic coming in or out of the city - a rumour thankfully very swiftly discredited by the Estonian Foreign Ministry!

Other examples of positivity I've seen so far include Italians serenading each other on their balconies, or the Italian Air Force doing a multi-coloured fly-by with Nessum Dorme as the soundtrack........so please, add whatever you've got that detracts from the doomsday naysaying negative media out there, something to remind us we are HUMAN.  :-*

Starting off with a lovely story from King Kenny 7 :D Pay it forward indeed.....


--- Quote from: King Kenny 7 on March 16, 2020, 01:58:13 pm ---I've been down for a week with very severe tonsillitis, went to the doctors this morning to find out if a second prescription was needed. . . . The surgery was on lockdown and through the glass door the receptionist said I had to ring.

So I rang and got through to the automated on hold system and it was 28 mins before I got to speak to the girl I had been talking to at the door, she took a minute (I presume she spoke to the GP) and then instructed me to collect the script this afternoon.

Through the glass door you could see all the staff were wearing masks but on the phone they sounded cheery enough.

It seemed so weird like a Monty Python sketch but brought me down to earth with a bump as this is the way things are heading.

On the way home I decided to call into a local Home Bargains store and picked up a few things and was retelling my experience to the girl on the till, after bagging my stuff I went to pay and only then realised I had not brought my wallet (as I only expected a quick visit to the local Gp). I was mortified and apologized and said I would have to leave the items.

A voice comes from behind and says "I've got it covered" and the guy next in the queue insists on paying for my £21.50 shop - I said no it was ok but he insisted.

I waited outside the store and asked him for his phone number so I could repay him but he said "No, with all this stuff going on at the moment it makes me feel better to do something nice".

You could have knocked me down with the proverbial feather.

What a strange morning it has been!

And yes there are a few selfish people out there but let my little experience today show that there are still decent people about - Pay it Forward folks.  :) 

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Get well soon mate :wave

red_lfc_costello:

--- Quote from: 24/50 geek! on March 16, 2020, 03:57:14 pm --- the Italian Air Force doing a multi-coloured fly-by with Nessum Dorme as the soundtrack.

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I'm all for positivity, but has it been confirmed anywhere that that actually happened as in during the past few days and for the reasons people are saying? The Frecce Tricolori have been performing that trick for years, call me cynical but I think that video going around is from an old air show and someone has cut it and put on social media where the masses have jumped all over.

(don't know how to embed)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q15lhS16ZHQ

edit, pretty sure its 'fake' as such. below is from an airshow on 15th September 2019, looks to be the same background, boats on the water, smoke / clouds etc albeit a different angle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCYue9LUyi8




24∗7:

--- Quote from: red_lfc_costello on March 16, 2020, 04:05:16 pm ---I'm all for positivity, but has it been confirmed anywhere that that actually happened as in during the past few days and for the reasons people are saying?

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Furry nuff - was just an example someone showed - so yeah probably best to stick with verifiable accounts or personal testimony like King Kenny 7's anecdote - no reason to doubt anyone detailing their own experiences.

(I just compared your post to the version I've seen - definitely different timing, different cloud formations, different location...but your point isn't necessarily disproven, could still be 'fake news' so to speak...)

red_lfc_costello:

--- Quote from: 24/50 geek! on March 16, 2020, 04:06:56 pm ---Furry nuff - was just an example someone showed - so yeah probably best to stick with verifiable accounts or personal testimony like King Kenny 7's anecdote - no reason to doubt anyone detailing their own experiences.


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wasn't a shot at you by any means, seen it so many times on social media over the last few days and people talking about it when it didn't actually happen, usual social media BS!

rob1966:
Coronavirus: Edinburgh shop supplies free Covid-19 ‘survival’ packs to those in need
Shop hands out hundreds of coronavirus packs to local elderly and infirm

A shop owner in northwest Edinburgh has forked out thousands of pounds in an effort to ensure his elderly and infirm customers have free access to life’s essentials during the coronavirus outbreak.

Zahid Iqbal, who runs Day-Today convenience store at Drylaw Shopping Centre, has been run off his feet handing out the free survival packs, which include one toilet roll, an anti-bacterial handwash, a packet of pocket tissues and one packet of paracetamol.

The goodwill gesture is open to anyone over the age of 65 and those with mobility issues facing a lengthy period of self-isolation.

Anyone unable to pick up their ‘survival’ pack can even have it delivered to their house for free by calling the shop.

Mr Iqbal, 34, says the idea came to him while accompanying his parents to a local supermarket, where they encountered a shocking number of empty shelves.

He said: “All the youngsters are picking stuff up and the older ones are being left out.

“We have lots of customers from the local care homes, as well as disabled customers, who can’t get hand sanitisers, loo rolls or anything at all.

“We just want to set a good example in this world.”

The Drylaw independent’s act of philanthropy follows a similar initiative at another Day-Today branded shop in Falkirk, which has also been handing out free essentials to those in need during the virus spread.

The panic buying of goods in Edinburgh and around the world has seen supermarket shelves empty at an unprecedented rate in recent weeks as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise.

The shop has handed out an incredible 550 of the packs in just 24 hours after a social media post advertising the fact went viral.

Mr Iqbal said the shop's Facebook page has been viewed more than 800,000 times after it was shared by the popular online community group TRIM and Friends of West Pilton.

However, young proprietor, whose family-run store has served the local community for more than 15 years, admits Day-Today has been inundated with coronavirus pack requests and that the venture has come at great financial cost.

With each of the packs costing between 4 and 5 pounds to make, he revealed the initiative has already cost his business a whopping £5000.

But Zahid insists his loyal customers are worth every penny during these times of uncertainty.

He said: “Money can be made in the future… Right now, we need to do our part for the community.

“We want to help out for as long as we can manage and everybody needs to be doing their bit.

“If we run out of toilet rolls then the next thing we want to do is pasta. If there’s a lockdown people need to be able to look after themselves.

“The satisfaction you get helping people out is just amazing.”

Mr Iqbal added that currently the shop was refusing to take donations, but said Day-Today may consider it in the future depending on how things turn out.

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/people/coronavirus-edinburgh-shop-supplies-free-covid-19-survival-packs-those-need-2450851

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