Sunday, 5 July 2020

Doomsday Hand Sanitiser



Brew and Hand Sanitiser would once have been an unlikely combination



I feel as though  I am busy but I don't know what I'm doing. I don't read blogs as often as I once did but what do  i actually do?
Covid has reduced my working hours to 10 hours/ week but it still takes me the same time to get ready and get there and get home again. Working 2 hours/day in an empty building is a funny thing, I seem to do nothing much at all but if I take a day off or have a few interruptions I am soon behind. If I think about it, maybe it's not such a mystery, maybe I feel like I don't do much because I don't do much. There's not much one can achieve in a couple of hours a day but there's also less room for distraction and there is plenty of distraction. People drop by for a chat or somebody comes in to do some work and a quick catch up soon cuts a hole out of the day......

I have watched quite a lot of tv lately, after loving "After Life", I watched another Ricky Gervais series "Derek". I loved Derek so much  I was intent on finding somebody else to watch it with me and dragged a houseguest along with me for a second viewing. My friend was not happy with the crass parts of the show but I think she was eventually won over by it's heart.  I should say Derek's heart.
Briony is home for the school holidays, which is lovely. I will be surprised if she returns to her country teaching post next year, it's a very long way from home and though she enjoys it, I don't think she enjoys it enough to be so far away.

Liam's wife Catherine turned 25 this week and we all went out for a birthday dinner at a brewery where we sat in the warehouse, alongside the bottling line and ate from a fully vegan menu. Who would have ever thought such a thing would become "a thing"





22 comments:

  1. We never watched Derek, not sure why as it looks like our sort of thing. Must take a look if it's still available.

    Looks like you had a great birthday bash. Good that they had a vegan menu. Will Sydney be displacing Melbourne as vegan central any time soon?

    In my last job, there were days when I had literally nothing to do and spent all day messing around on the internet. I even wrote blog posts and posted them!

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    1. Sydney is notoriously behind Melbourne in the culture stakes but vegan menus are popping up more and more.
      Naughty you, posting from work!

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  2. I too have recently had two birthday bashes but, both at home due to the lockdown. They were enjoyable nevertheless.

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    1. I saw on Facebook, your birthday and Ranjan's, right,?
      I wish you many more enjoyable celebrations

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  3. I used to play a lot of Minesweeper in my last job, causing me to up and leave to find something more productive. Ho Hum, Never mind.
    I must watch the second series of After Life - thank you for the reminder.
    I seem to be drawn to Vegan shampoo and other toiletries; and kitchen products - I seem to have a nose for them. I'm not so good with food though!
    Sx

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    1. Vegan food is still a specialist item here so I don't bump into it by accident. I'm always looking for palm oil free products.....

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  4. Loved both those series, I am huge fan of Gervais. Lovely you found a good vegan restaurant to celebrate.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. I've never really seen any of Gervais' work before but I'm sold now

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  5. That birthday celebration and the smiles looks absolutely brilliant.
    Thank you. Happiness SHOULD be shared.

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    1. They were laughing at my ineptitude! It was a nice night

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  6. Covid has changed how we work and play. Will it be permanent?

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    1. Yes, Red, I think there will be long term change. I think the "sneeze screens" everywhere will become standard. I think the people who were always leery about shaking hands will probably never shake hands again, I'd be surprised if people blow out candles on cakes in a long time.....

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  7. It looks as if socialising is returning to pre-Covid-19 days but your work isn't. That seems strange to me. By the way as hand sanitiser is 70% alcohol it goes well in a brewery. One of our Island distilleries started making it for the Island medics etc and had to get a special dispensation from the tax people otherwise the cost to the buyer would have been off the scale.

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    1. We've had breweries/distilleries here do the same thing and one place sold sanitiser as gin then had a mad rush to recall the bottles.
      I never thought about the tax, though!

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  8. I was off last week. We are still working from home 3 of the 5 days a week. I find going into the office to be a major time waster now.

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    1. It's a huge time waster, especially if there's a long commute involved

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  9. We've had the same kind of production switch at breweries here. The companies easily changed to a different product but they found it impossible to obtain pump bottles, so they were selling it in small liquor bottles!

    I know what you mean about getting ready for work taking just as long if you work one hour or eight. My usual workday is much less than eight hours but the prep time doesn't change!

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    1. I'm guessing the difficulty with bottles might have contributed to the mix up with gin, that I just told Graham about.
      I have to admit, my prep for work is just the shower I would have anyway. Then the drive

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