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are we running out of things to discuss........

(184 Posts)
travelsafar Tue 22-Dec-20 09:43:44

Someone asked is this 'what we are reduced too' referring to another person's post. I guess we are running out of things to discuss as none of us are going anywhere, all our social activities are no longer available so can't discuss the pros and cons of those, and we are relying on the news, family issues and the more mundane areas of life to put up posts. What do you think?? this is not a critisim just an observation. smile

FannyCornforth Tue 22-Dec-20 09:45:09

I think that you are spot on.

lemsip Tue 22-Dec-20 09:48:15

i agree!

Galaxy Tue 22-Dec-20 09:48:31

I think it's sometimes comforting to discuss trivial subjects.

Ellianne Tue 22-Dec-20 09:49:27

To an extent. But maybe that's good because it challenges our minds to think sideways, to be more creative in our stock answers, to dip into unchartered waters, to basically unburden ourselves.

Luckygirl Tue 22-Dec-20 09:49:46

The trouble is there is not enough going on.......... a pandemic, Brexit, school closures, a new vaccine, Christmas, tchgrin

Ellianne Tue 22-Dec-20 09:50:55

Luckygirl grin it's certainly not boring!

Chewbacca Tue 22-Dec-20 09:52:03

The trouble is there is not enough going on.......... a pandemic, Brexit, school closures, a new vaccine, Christmas

Yes, its pretty quiet out there! tchgrin

Galaxy Tue 22-Dec-20 10:00:43

Also GN have just deleted a thread that was actually perfectly reasonable in my point of view, people need to be able to explore different points of view and hear other people. Sorry but that has really irritated me. We will only be left with what is your favourite hot drink.

Luckygirl Tue 22-Dec-20 10:02:37

Peppermint tea!

Ellianne Tue 22-Dec-20 10:05:15

Hot chocolate with a flake.

Galaxy Tue 22-Dec-20 10:06:28


Elegran Tue 22-Dec-20 10:09:09

Crabbie's Green Ginger (not the same since they made it more yellow than green) Stone's is too sweet.

Chewbacca Tue 22-Dec-20 10:10:08

I agree with you Galaxy! And I'd just written such an erudite response to one of your posts on that thread, only to have it zapped! grin

Elegran Tue 22-Dec-20 10:11:27

Or our historic tastes in drinks. I drank Bacardi and coke at one time (not continously!) but I don't like it now.

Elegran Tue 22-Dec-20 10:14:11

So did I. Chewbacca, but I took so long over it that it was wasted. I had saved it too, because my internet connection has taken to failing unexpectedly. Maybe I can recycle it somewhere else.

Galaxy Tue 22-Dec-20 10:14:50

Honestly I thought it was a really good example of two people who disagreed coming to some sort of resolution ( I mean I would say that as I was one of them!)
I am drinking strawberry and mint tea for the hot drink people 😃

glammanana Tue 22-Dec-20 10:15:47

Same here Galaxy I was half way through reading the thread and it disappeared tchhmm

Maggiemaybe Tue 22-Dec-20 10:20:12

There’s plenty to discuss, but there’s not much point on here these days. If it’s not upsetting or irritating someone, it’s too boring for others. There should be space here for anyone and everything, but somehow it’s not working.

What this place needs is another Jingl resurrection!

Maggiemaybe Tue 22-Dec-20 10:21:32

Did anyone else used to drink brandy and Cherry B, or was that just me and my BFF?

Maggiemaybe Tue 22-Dec-20 10:22:36

Oh sorry, that should read cider and Cherry B - so much more sophisticated!

Dorsetcupcake61 Tue 22-Dec-20 10:23:24

I must admit I've noticed there seem to be fewer active threads. Maybe people are tired? Sometimes it can feel as though things go round in circles until it reaches a familiar stand off! There a many genuinely lovely and supportive threads on here,and some very entertaining ones such as the recent one about whether to open the toffees!
Are people less willing to post?
I too noticed a recent thread had been deleted as it was getting combative. I dont know how I feel about that to be honest. The impact of these very difficult times on individuals mental health and wellbeing is varied. Few of us may know other posters in real life. It's easy for an online discussion to go off track in a way that a real life one wouldnt.
As in life there are lovely kind people and those who are blunt and maybe unkind or come across that way.
For some the ability to take it on the chin,or walk away from a thread might be reduced by current circumstances. Maybe this also leads to a reluctance to post anything that may result in extra stress or upset.

annsixty Tue 22-Dec-20 10:23:50

When I was young, and I will admit to drinking alcohol quite young, it seemed so sophisticated, I would drink Gin and orange which was concentrated orange cordial.
It cost about half a crown I think.
The thought now makes me cringe, however it didn’t do me much harm as I an now 83 and my favourite drink is still Gin but with a splash of tonic, lots of ice and two thin slices of lemon.

Ellianne Tue 22-Dec-20 10:24:54

This is surreal. I have no idea what is being discussed here, but it is funny that this thread has allowed a little discussion about a deleted discussion when travelsafar was pointing out that we are running out of things to discuss!
And Luckygirl you missed off the antics of royalty from your list!

Dorsetcupcake61 Tue 22-Dec-20 10:26:23

In my 20s,on the recommendation of an Aunt I used to drink barley wine with a shot of ginger wine in it! Not sure I could face it now! My Aunt was always a very cheerful lady🤣