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  • Did you learn a new skill or get up to anything unusual during the pandemic?

    With lockdown restrictions starting to be relaxed and a glimmer of light at the end of the Covid tunnel, I thought it was worth reflecting on how people's behaviour may have changed during this weirdest of times.

    With most of us suffering from lockdown ennui and in danger of going stir crazy, what did you do to keep yourselves sane and help time to pass?

    Apart from OD'ing on Prime Video, Netflix and the Xbox, I can think of three things that I probably wouldn't have done, if the pandemic hadn't happened:

    1) I treated myself to a banjolele and can now play a few songs, finger-picking style (but I haven't started to resemble that kid from Deliverance yet).

    2) Both my wife and myself decided to break our tattoo virginity and, as soon as the first lockdown ended, we headed to the first tattoo shop to open. I got a Vegvisir on my shoulder and my wife plumped for a Shalom and Dove of Peace on her forearm.

    3) Decided I wanted to do a little surfing so, when day-trips were permitted again, we headed to the South coast and I tried my hand at bodyboarding. It was great fun and I will strive to progress to full-on surfing when I can.

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    Made an extra effort to phone relatives and friends more often to make sure everyone was safe,phoned my elderly neighbours every day,when I went shopping I also got things for them.Listening to music watching films on Amazon prime.Painted old canvas prints,painted bathroom cabinet,painted the garden gate and fence.Doing jigsaw puzzles proved really challenging but also was therapeutic on times.
    The 1500 piece of Monument Valley was hard because of the red rocks but now it will be put in a picture frame and put on the living room wall.

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    • #3
      Recently treated myself to a cheap roll-out silicon electronic piano keyboard too.
      I can now play any song you like - provided it's House of the Rising Sun!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cartimand View Post
        Recently treated myself to a cheap roll-out silicon electronic piano keyboard too.
        I can now play any song you like - provided it's House of the Rising Sun!
        Love House of the rising sun

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        • #5
          I decided it would be fun to learn how to Handstand and hold it for a few seconds, it's more difficult than I thought but I'm doing progress. As a developer, I'm also learning a new programming language, I always wanted to find the time to code a Gameboy Simulator. It's great to have a perfect occasion for bettering ourselves.

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          • #6
            I bought and watched all my studio ghibli films in japanese which helped my japanese improve.

            As ive been doin it for 4 yrs.


            Last edited by darren; 3 weeks ago.
            FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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            • #7
              Originally posted by darren View Post
              i bought and watched all my studio ghibli films in japanese which helped my japanese improve.

              As ive been doin it for 4 yrs.

              and go to japan on holiday once i can fly be first ever foreign holiday.

              FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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              • #8
                And one other thing i got into was the fantastic music of queen in just the last 2 yrs.
                FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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                • #9
                  That's nice, I like both Studio Ghibli films & Queen.

                  I spent a lot of 2020 collecting old car brochures & magazines, & scanning interesting pictures from them. I leant a few tricks on how to touch up photos that were hard to scan smoothly.
                  The Trickster On The Roof

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                  • #10
                    Recently moved house so lots of DIY projects, also my hobby of oil painting when i need to relax
                    Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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                    • #11
                      I've been working from home as a bar tender.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mental Mickey View Post
                        I've been working from home as a bar tender.
                        You have a pub at home?
                        Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mental Mickey View Post
                          I've been working from home as a bar tender.
                          this got me rolling

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