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    The Masked Tulip reacted to Libspero in COVID-1984: Compulsory Masks In Shops   
    Most people walk away from a confrontation feeling exactly the same..  few people would do better unless the are confrontational on a daily basis. For what it’s worth,  she probably walked away feeling too easily defeated and equally embarrassed.  
     
    Enjoy your cornetto.
  2. Agree
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from Libspero in COVID-1984: Compulsory Masks In Shops   
    I sat on a bench opposite the M&S store this evening for about half an hour waiting for the crowds to lessen. I was wearing my cycle gear, had my helmet hanging from my ruck-sack and bike locked up outside. Inside the shop it was crowded. Everyone masked off course.
    I wanted to be in and out quickly - some cornettos, a tin of soup and some tea-cakes. I know how to live. So I could not be described as lurking. Oh, and some bananas. I got to the self-service check-out thinking I was about to get out without hassle. A woman, 40's or 50's - it is hard to tell, walked through the self-checkout area and towards me. She had not used those tills but had used staff manned tills. So she made a dediberate move to come into my space. She shouted, no doubt to grab attention, "You should not be in here without a mask."
    I was stunned to be honest. Despite having rehearsed a response I was taken aback. Naturally the entire store looked in my direction. Or so it felt like.
    I told her that I had a medical exemption. Then, much to my regret which I am still kicking myself for, I told her about myself collapsing in the street recently and having to go to A&E. It is none of her business. Or anyone's. But I found myself almost ingratiating myself to her. She apologised saying that she didn't know. Of course she would not know. I then, forcibly, told her that she has no idea what illness anyone has and that she should politely ask someone first and not tell them what they should be doing.
    She left.
    The annoying things are:
    1. Re her mask I could not identify if she was sat next to me now. The masks are, I suspect, going to allow people to bully.
    2. I got myself into a fluster. Ended up running my goods through the self-service till about half a dozen times until the lovely M&S lady came to my aid. It got to me. I let her get to me.
    3. Naturally, on the cycle home, I perfected all the things that I should have said. Not telling her my medical history. Telling her that she should talk to a member of staff rather than confront someone. To have empathy for others - she has no idea what problems people have. Even the idea of telling her that she might drive an already stressed person to suicide. She goes away smug, some poor sap opens a bottle of pills. Yes, the cycle ride home was long and I did much pondering.
    4. She got to me. She added to my stress and discomfort.
    What I am most upset about is the idea of telling her my health problems. That is no one else's business - between me, my doctor and all you lot. I regret so much blurting some of it out. We make much of not all illnesses being visible but now they are - they are the maskless ones.

     
  3. Agree
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from One percent in Pandemic coming? - Coronavirus August onwards 2020 (Part 4)   
    The last bit. This. 100%.
  4. Agree
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from One percent in Pandemic coming? - Coronavirus August onwards 2020 (Part 4)   
    Two things fascinate me about the time we are now living in.
    1. For decades I have heard seemingly intelligent, well paper-qualified, people whinge about no politicians giving a straight answer to simple questions. Never speaking their mind or telling things as they are. Always instead engaging in double-speak and dodging answering.
    Now that there is finally a politician - Trump - who fulfils their desire for plain talking those same people have thrown their dummies out of the pram. You can't believe him. He is so uncouth. Vulgar.
    2. Usually the above same people are the ones who have been saying do not trust politicians, do not trust the media for decades. Think for yourselves. They don't tell us the truth, blah, blah, blah.
    Now those people are believing everything told to them. There is almost an active refusal to think.
     
     
  5. Cheers
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from Wight Flight in COVID-1984: Compulsory Masks In Shops   
    Yes.
    There were 8. Now there are 6. I suspect there will only be 5 within the hour.
  6. Agree
    The Masked Tulip reacted to Hopeful in Pandemic coming? - Coronavirus August onwards 2020 (Part 4)   
    The Government is quite OK with the vulnerable dying, especially in care homes. None of this is about preventing deaths per se, it's about peventing hospitilisations, because overstretched hospitals is a vote loser because the NHS is so fekking precious - and the Government has made this orders of magnitude worse by the hero worship and clapping.
    So, the Government just don't want them being ill and dying in hospitals
    I've laid out my ideas before about care homes
    The role of the public
    1) They think that hospitals make you better. The public aren't happy about people dying in hospitals, there will be an outcry with political fallout
    2) The public more readily accept that you die in care homes, the public are more 'ok' with that idea, there will be less political fallout
    The role of the media
    1) Very difficult to film chaos in care homes, they are private places and dispersed, less easy to whip up public fervour
    2) Very easy to film chaos in hospitals, public places and focused, easy to whip up public fervour
     
     
     
  7. Lol
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from NTB in Qanon: high level intel, AI or LARP?!   
    If Trump did this. Her reaction is brilliant.
     
     
     
  8. Cheers
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from Carl Fimble in COVID-1984: Compulsory Masks In Shops   
    I sat on a bench opposite the M&S store this evening for about half an hour waiting for the crowds to lessen. I was wearing my cycle gear, had my helmet hanging from my ruck-sack and bike locked up outside. Inside the shop it was crowded. Everyone masked off course.
    I wanted to be in and out quickly - some cornettos, a tin of soup and some tea-cakes. I know how to live. So I could not be described as lurking. Oh, and some bananas. I got to the self-service check-out thinking I was about to get out without hassle. A woman, 40's or 50's - it is hard to tell, walked through the self-checkout area and towards me. She had not used those tills but had used staff manned tills. So she made a dediberate move to come into my space. She shouted, no doubt to grab attention, "You should not be in here without a mask."
    I was stunned to be honest. Despite having rehearsed a response I was taken aback. Naturally the entire store looked in my direction. Or so it felt like.
    I told her that I had a medical exemption. Then, much to my regret which I am still kicking myself for, I told her about myself collapsing in the street recently and having to go to A&E. It is none of her business. Or anyone's. But I found myself almost ingratiating myself to her. She apologised saying that she didn't know. Of course she would not know. I then, forcibly, told her that she has no idea what illness anyone has and that she should politely ask someone first and not tell them what they should be doing.
    She left.
    The annoying things are:
    1. Re her mask I could not identify if she was sat next to me now. The masks are, I suspect, going to allow people to bully.
    2. I got myself into a fluster. Ended up running my goods through the self-service till about half a dozen times until the lovely M&S lady came to my aid. It got to me. I let her get to me.
    3. Naturally, on the cycle home, I perfected all the things that I should have said. Not telling her my medical history. Telling her that she should talk to a member of staff rather than confront someone. To have empathy for others - she has no idea what problems people have. Even the idea of telling her that she might drive an already stressed person to suicide. She goes away smug, some poor sap opens a bottle of pills. Yes, the cycle ride home was long and I did much pondering.
    4. She got to me. She added to my stress and discomfort.
    What I am most upset about is the idea of telling her my health problems. That is no one else's business - between me, my doctor and all you lot. I regret so much blurting some of it out. We make much of not all illnesses being visible but now they are - they are the maskless ones.

     
  9. Agree
    The Masked Tulip reacted to Harley in Pandemic coming? - Coronavirus August onwards 2020 (Part 4)   
    We must chose our "economic actors" and the old just don't score well.  Covid has shown the many rotten cores to this country.  Almost nothing has been left untouched and it's all been shown to be rotten.  Things we knew but were somehow distant.  Oh how this has changed. 
  10. Agree
    The Masked Tulip reacted to ashestoashes in Pandemic coming? - Coronavirus August onwards 2020 (Part 4)   
    loading up care homes so the death rate goes up
  11. Agree
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from twocents in Pandemic coming? - Coronavirus August onwards 2020 (Part 4)   
    Two things fascinate me about the time we are now living in.
    1. For decades I have heard seemingly intelligent, well paper-qualified, people whinge about no politicians giving a straight answer to simple questions. Never speaking their mind or telling things as they are. Always instead engaging in double-speak and dodging answering.
    Now that there is finally a politician - Trump - who fulfils their desire for plain talking those same people have thrown their dummies out of the pram. You can't believe him. He is so uncouth. Vulgar.
    2. Usually the above same people are the ones who have been saying do not trust politicians, do not trust the media for decades. Think for yourselves. They don't tell us the truth, blah, blah, blah.
    Now those people are believing everything told to them. There is almost an active refusal to think.
     
     
  12. Agree
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from Harley in Pandemic coming? - Coronavirus August onwards 2020 (Part 4)   
    Two things fascinate me about the time we are now living in.
    1. For decades I have heard seemingly intelligent, well paper-qualified, people whinge about no politicians giving a straight answer to simple questions. Never speaking their mind or telling things as they are. Always instead engaging in double-speak and dodging answering.
    Now that there is finally a politician - Trump - who fulfils their desire for plain talking those same people have thrown their dummies out of the pram. You can't believe him. He is so uncouth. Vulgar.
    2. Usually the above same people are the ones who have been saying do not trust politicians, do not trust the media for decades. Think for yourselves. They don't tell us the truth, blah, blah, blah.
    Now those people are believing everything told to them. There is almost an active refusal to think.
     
     
  13. Agree
    The Masked Tulip reacted to Harley in Pandemic coming? - Coronavirus August onwards 2020 (Part 4)   
    The radio reporting today that care homes are again being pressured to take covid patients, presumably to free up hospital capacity.  Same as before..  If true, they have learnt nothing, or more likely just don't care.
  14. Agree
    The Masked Tulip reacted to twocents in Pandemic coming? - Coronavirus August onwards 2020 (Part 4)   
    They seemed to manage ok in the past with the phone and the teleprinter so video conferencing would be more than adequate.  It's likely that he likes all the hoo-ha, photo opportunities and fancy lunches of meetings with the PM.  He wants more.  Before long it'll be demands for meetings with the US and eu leaders and so on.
  15. Lol
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from The Generation Game in Pandemic coming? - Coronavirus August onwards 2020 (Part 4)   
    OK, the UK online papers just went nuts. UK about to lose control screams one. Two weeks from losing control says another. Does my bum look enormous screams the DM side bar.
  16. Lol
    The Masked Tulip reacted to A tremendous # on the lung in COVID-1984: Compulsory Masks In Shops   
    There was a Seinfeld episode about that! You won't be the last 
  17. Informative
    The Masked Tulip reacted to The Generation Game in COVID-1984: Compulsory Masks In Shops   
    I had it last Friday. Walking back from the office carrying a monitor, a car pulled up and asked for directions to the hospital (at least I think they did, my Czech isn't great). 
    As I knew where the hospital was I tried to give them directions (whilst holding the monitor). I got flustered (from the situation and trying to think of the right words in Czech - which in hindsight were probably good enough). I couldn't remember the word for traffic lights so tried to compromise and used the words "red light" instead. 
    Clearly they weren't happy with my directions so asked me "Nemecky?" (German). I replied a bit and started to give the directions in German (which would be a piece of piss except for my now flustered state). The woman then said "Semaphor?", at which point I thought she was taking the piss. 
    I'm not sure that my instructions were sufficient to their needs and it's only when I got home that I remembered "Semafor" is Czech for traffic lights (all I could think of was "Feu"). 
    I ran through giving the correct directions in Czech and German for the next two days. Much easier when not holding a monitor. 
  18. Agree
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from A tremendous # on the lung in COVID-1984: Compulsory Masks In Shops   
    I sat on a bench opposite the M&S store this evening for about half an hour waiting for the crowds to lessen. I was wearing my cycle gear, had my helmet hanging from my ruck-sack and bike locked up outside. Inside the shop it was crowded. Everyone masked off course.
    I wanted to be in and out quickly - some cornettos, a tin of soup and some tea-cakes. I know how to live. So I could not be described as lurking. Oh, and some bananas. I got to the self-service check-out thinking I was about to get out without hassle. A woman, 40's or 50's - it is hard to tell, walked through the self-checkout area and towards me. She had not used those tills but had used staff manned tills. So she made a dediberate move to come into my space. She shouted, no doubt to grab attention, "You should not be in here without a mask."
    I was stunned to be honest. Despite having rehearsed a response I was taken aback. Naturally the entire store looked in my direction. Or so it felt like.
    I told her that I had a medical exemption. Then, much to my regret which I am still kicking myself for, I told her about myself collapsing in the street recently and having to go to A&E. It is none of her business. Or anyone's. But I found myself almost ingratiating myself to her. She apologised saying that she didn't know. Of course she would not know. I then, forcibly, told her that she has no idea what illness anyone has and that she should politely ask someone first and not tell them what they should be doing.
    She left.
    The annoying things are:
    1. Re her mask I could not identify if she was sat next to me now. The masks are, I suspect, going to allow people to bully.
    2. I got myself into a fluster. Ended up running my goods through the self-service till about half a dozen times until the lovely M&S lady came to my aid. It got to me. I let her get to me.
    3. Naturally, on the cycle home, I perfected all the things that I should have said. Not telling her my medical history. Telling her that she should talk to a member of staff rather than confront someone. To have empathy for others - she has no idea what problems people have. Even the idea of telling her that she might drive an already stressed person to suicide. She goes away smug, some poor sap opens a bottle of pills. Yes, the cycle ride home was long and I did much pondering.
    4. She got to me. She added to my stress and discomfort.
    What I am most upset about is the idea of telling her my health problems. That is no one else's business - between me, my doctor and all you lot. I regret so much blurting some of it out. We make much of not all illnesses being visible but now they are - they are the maskless ones.

     
  19. Lol
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from Option5 in Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites   
    I try my best.
  20. Lol
    The Masked Tulip reacted to Hail the Tripod in Pre-Younger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    The oh so wonderful indigenous people had spent 600 years relentlessly destroying the artefacts until those monstrous Europeans came in and took an interest.
  21. Agree
    The Masked Tulip reacted to Green Devil in COVID-1984: Compulsory Masks In Shops   
    I tried it and got kicked out of a corner shop by the owner. 
    In a larger shop I think you're OK, but in a one man band it can be up to the individual. If it happens to you, just avoid the one man band, works for me, he's lost my business, not been it there since and won't again. 
    Vote with your feet. 
  22. Agree
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from Chewing Grass in Pre-Younger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    Giant bit of rock and ice smashed into what is now modern Greenland about 11,800 years ago... or is it 11,800BC...
    At the time the world was in an ice age with a massive ice sheet covering most of the Northern hemisphere. The asteroid melted hurled loads of debris into the atmosphere and melted the ice causing sea levels to rise rapidly. Settlements on coasts were wiped out as sea levels rose above them. The world went into a sort of nuclear winter.
    The concept is that humans were more advanced than we think at that time but most got wiped out.
  23. Agree
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites   
    Or some of these.

  24. Agree
    The Masked Tulip got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites   
    This picture is on the DM soft pron side-bar today. Looking at it all I can think, licking my lips, is that I fancy a Neopolitan ice cream wafer.

  25. Cheers
    The Masked Tulip reacted to Dogtania in COVID-1984: Compulsory Masks In Shops   
    @The Masked Tulip sounds like she probably won't try that on with someone else in the near future.  Think you educated her to at least not judge straight away, so whilst you wasn't your intention to tell her anything personal you probably educated her slightly, or took her off her righteous pulpit.
    Reminds me reading about younger people on the bus etc who look normal but have whatever condition and get asked to move from the vulnerable people seats.  Remember reading one guy lift his jersey and show his colonoscopy bag to some bus warrior who wanted them to shift.  
     
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