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Old Mar 18th 2020, 7:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Jsmth321 View Post
I think some of the chains had their usual promotions continue on at first and demand and such caught them all off guard and the promotions department didn't stop them soon enough, local stores just follow what corporate sends them.

I saw some stores now have signs up saying they have suspended their return policy for certain items and will not accept returns for toilet paper, disinfectants, paper towels, soaps and such. Hopefully Coscto does the same, I could see a lot of people trying to return crap they hoarded when they realize they have too much.

My local grocery store is cleaned out, basically just the stuff few people want or eat. They are trying to get more deliveries the manager said, but demand is so high the distribution centers can't keep up, they probably need at least 3 or 4 truck loads, possibly more to restock the store, people need to stop panic buying, the supply chain is working, it just cannot keep up with the high demand quickly.

maybe the new returns policy if for fear of contamination. If possible I leave things apart from food in the garage for a few days. Then I wipe everything down before I bring it into the house.
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Old Mar 18th 2020, 7:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Steerpike View Post
There have been discussions before on BE about US vs UK fridges. I just can't imagine coping with this situation without a nice big US-style fridge and freezer! I have 5 1-gallon cartons of milk in my fridge, as an example, and every time I use one I add another ('while stocks last') - so I have a running 'buffer'. I have salad, fruit, veg in there. When I stayed at my brother's house in UK last year, I picked up some berries and some salad, but there was no room in his minuscule fridge so I had to eat them very quickly. Basically, he said they don't buy much fruit as it 'doesn't keep'.
In both our US and U.K. homes, we bought smaller than standard fridge/freezers. And in the states, our fridge section is never more than about 20% full (that’s when two of us are in residence.) We are not big milk users - I buy a pint in England, or a quart in the US, for tea only. And we certainly never buy any soda, or the condiment-crap that Americans keep in the fridge, catsup and such. Sometimes all we have in the fridge are cheese and maybe some smoked fish or suchlike. My wife is a beer drinker, but she doesn’t keep it in the fridge.
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Old Mar 18th 2020, 7:54 pm
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The exchange rate of the £ is going down and down and down ... 1.08 Euro and 1.18 $,
Well, after today, I propose the 'roll-out' a new, internationally recognised, easily negotiable, much sought after & universally popular Common-Currency.... The BogRoll.
The standard is the 400 sheet, white, centre-crinkled or twin-scored recycled roll - super-soft/moist or colours at 10% premium.
I'll start at:-
BUY SELL
UK £ I BR. 1.20 £
US $0.75 BR 0.95 $
Euro = 85 BR 1 00 €.
Aus$ = 20 BR 0.25 A$

Market-making anyone?
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Old Mar 18th 2020, 8:03 pm
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The falling Canadian dollar is just going to make things worse. Need a job in US$ now..

1 USD = 1.45506 CAD
1 CAD = 0.687259 USD
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fortunately a couple of weeks ago, we bought all the supplies for hubby to remodel one of the bathrooms. Gives him something to do.
I dragged M out this morning, we walked around a State Park that was deserted. I had to get him away from the house. Our outside patio project keeps growing and growing. If we stay home much longer we will be able to hire out the patio areas for concerts
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
Sooner or later, somewhere, you're going to get locked down and/or be stranded without air service - are you planning on staying in the UK for the indefinite future?
What do you reckon the odds are for my LAX-LHR on the 30th - perhaps we should have a BE sweepstake on it.
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Old Mar 18th 2020, 8:12 pm
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What do you reckon the odds are for my LAX-LHR on the 30th - perhaps we should have a BE sweepstake on it.
That depends on which month the 30th refers to. I'll take June for 50p.
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Porter Airlines up here in Canada is suspending all operations at the end of business Friday, aiming to restart June 1st.
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I dragged M out this morning, we walked around a State Park that was deserted. I had to get him away from the house. Our outside patio project keeps growing and growing. If we stay home much longer we will be able to hire out the patio areas for concerts

What about a moat? You could even have a duck house in it.
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Old Mar 18th 2020, 8:18 pm
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I dragged M out this morning, we walked around a State Park that was deserted. I had to get him away from the house. Our outside patio project keeps growing and growing. If we stay home much longer we will be able to hire out the patio areas for concerts
Problem is we need stuff from Lowe’s or HD, but are not going to the stores. Reckon if we keep away from people...the less chance we have in catching the virus.

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What do you reckon the odds are for my LAX-LHR on the 30th - perhaps we should have a BE sweepstake on it.


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Maybe, but it is still hysteria. Incidentally, yes I am a bit grumpy; comes with age I'm afraid!!
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Ah c'mon!!!! Why stop a good rumour and a little more hysteria?
You're saying it's all hysteria, then adding to it.
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Old Mar 18th 2020, 8:22 pm
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Which year?
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What do you reckon the odds are for my LAX-LHR on the 30th - perhaps we should have a BE sweepstake on it.
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That depends on which month the 30th refers to. I'll take June for 50p.
I'll take October, .... 2021.

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Old Mar 18th 2020, 8:28 pm
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Refrigerating things like fruit, veg and bread is entirely an american thing. Even eggs are not as a rule refrigerated in the UK. It isn't necessary because egg shells are the built-in preserver, unless someone already refrigerated them, which causes condensation which in turn dissolves the natural coating on the shell that keeps the air out of the egg.
Eggs - I've always kept them in the fridge so I can't say what would happen if I didn't. But fruit - I buy lots of berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries) and recently bought grapes. They seem to last much, much longer in the fridge rather than out. Now, I keep my home 'warm' (72F or above) by choice in winter, and by necessity in summer (Arizona ...), while my brother's house in the UK is more like a giant fridge year round, so 'ambient' temp is probably a factor. I keep apples and oranges on the counter, and they seem fine. Now, I know stores are part-driven by marketing, but if you go to Costco, they keep 'most' fruit/veg out in the 'open area' but have a nasty cold cooler section for 'some' of their fruit and veg - asparagus, berries, romaine lettuce, etc - and I tend to prefer those types of ingredients. I can buy a big carton of blueberries at Costco that will last me over a week if refrigerated. Would you assert that blueberries would survive just fine on the counter? This site suggests otherwise: https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/16577

"How long do blueberries last at room temperature? Blueberries should only be left out at room temperature if being consumed within the same day, as blueberries are highly perishable and do not ripen after being picked." and
"How long do blueberries last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, blueberries will usually keep for about 1 to 2 weeks in the fridge."

Romaine lettuce:
"How long can romaine lettuce be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40°F and 140 °F; romaine lettuce should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature."
"How long does romaine lettuce last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, romaine lettuce will usually keep well for about 7-10 days in the fridge."

Now, the UK 'lifestyle' is more geared to frequent small shopping expeditions, and hence, a big fridge not as necessary; but under circumstances like now, with supplies in question, it would seem obvious to me that you are better off having storage capacity in the fridge.

A few more items:
Apples: "How long do apples last at room temperature? Apples will generally keep well at room temperature for about 5 to 7 days; longer storage at room temperature can cause the apples to shrivel and lose flavor and crispness"; "How long do apples last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, apples will usually keep well for 1 to 2 months in the fridge"
Potatoes: "Should you refrigerate raw potatoes? Whole, raw potatoes should ideally not be refrigerated; doing so can give them a sweet taste and cause them to darken when cooked"

Of course, one website does not define the world, but the logic of what they are saying seems pretty sound to me.

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Old Mar 18th 2020, 8:30 pm
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing View Post
That depends on which month the 30th refers to. I'll take June for 50p.
This month - what are the odds that I'm staying in the US for the long haul?

Should we have a vote thingy?
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