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  1. #1
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    Default How bad has it been?

    The Lock Down, for almost a year.

    Did you know that there is a "World Axe Throwing League"? And it is televised.

    So what should I do with the other 364 days, 23 hours and 45 minutes of the year? I am surprised that I lasted that full 15 minutes.

    I'm sorry, I didn't what to know either but there it was.
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    Buck up, Rich. You've done the hard yards and the end seems in sight. Just think of all that extra shop time. I know what you mean though about filling-in viewing time with programmes you wouldn't normally give house room. I, myself, have become expert on the life cycle of the Patagonian Toothfish and could regale you at length on a range of recipes for cooking ground beef.
    Roll on my vaccine jab!
    Pete

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    Gday Rich

    Lock down is no fun, but it does seem to be necessary if done right.
    As for axe throwing, I'm guessing lots of people have thrown lots of things during lockdown.
    The only axe throwing I have seen on tv has been on Barnwood Builders.
    About the 364/23/45, I guess you just go the the forum for something to do.
    I hope you and yours are well.

    Cheers
    Keith

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    It's a thing. I think it might actually have been started by the Canadians (I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK) I first came across it in Montreal a couple of years ago. More recently a venue opened here on the GC.

    However if you don't have enough skill to actually throw an axe, you can always just go smash things.
    Franklin

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    I am not sure if this will work for a lot of people, but some of you may want to do the same. I live in Townsville, approx 175-200,000 people, it changes due to industry. A lady set up a group on FB called " I grew up in Townsville". Wow! People post questions like, who remembers this cafe, coffee shop or service/gas station etc. It has and still is the greatest trip down memory lane, seeing posts from kids I grew up with, also renewing friendships. It has also filled in gaps in my knowledge of this city.
    One post was " What did you do after school and where do you live now". Unbelievable to read what some people have done and where in the world they live now.
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    I must be one of the few people that was not that affected by the lockdown.

    I was diagnosed with a broken ankle in early Feb 2019 and SWMBO came down with a bad case of viral vertigo a week later so neither of us could drive for 8 weeks. Because of this we set up online grocery shopping and had a roster from friends and family for dog walking well before the first lockdown.

    A week after I got my moon boot off and could officially drive (SWMBO could not drive for about 3 months) WA went into full lockdown (which lasted for to months) so by then we were used to staying at home. As I could then drive we used to drive the dogs to the nearby park and sit and eat our breakfast and throw the ball for the dogs - this was permitted. This was actually quite pleasant and we repeated that during the second week long lockdown in late Jan of 2020.
    During the first lockdown I also drove the horse float twice to take horses to the farrier to get new shoes.

    My trips to hardware stores went from around once every two days pre-covid, to about once a month and I moved to online purchases. When I could drive again I started going to grocery stores at around 6am when there was hardly anyone around and I continue to do that now.

    Weekly visits to Mum in dementia care and family catchups were replaced with Zoom meetings including some other family members about 3 times a week. This lasted quite a bit longer than teh official lockdown. Mum didn't really cope with the Zoom meetings and it was extra distressing to see her at this time. Even now when we can go and see her it's distressing.

    Perhaps the hardest thing was not seeing/playing with the granddies up close but we did have a few front veranda catchups which was better than nothing.

    Incessant invitations to go for a coffee from former work colleagues etc stopped during the lockdowns which I didn't mind (I have a really good coffee machine at home) and those that mattered kept in touch by phone and email etc. Likewise requests for me to "can you just make/fix this" stopped and has now picked up again so much it has been tricky for me to get anything done for myself.

    We have been very lucky here in WA with only 809 Covid cases in total and 8 deaths, and have not had any unknown COVID community transmission since mid lockdown (April) last year. There have been a few hundred cases since April but they have all been either from outsiders coming into the state or transmitted from these persons, and these have been quarantined before it spread into the community. It's been estimated that about 200 people fewer than usual have died from regular influenza in WA in the last 12 months.

    I can appreciate that other people had a much tougher time especially those with family members in other states and countries etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodhutt View Post
    Roll on my vaccine jab!
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    Got mine today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    The Lock Down, for almost a year.

    Did you know that there is a "World Axe Throwing League"? And it is televised.

    So what should I do with the other 364 days, 23 hours and 45 minutes of the year? I am surprised that I lasted that full 15 minutes.

    I'm sorry, I didn't what to know either but there it was.
    And in season 2, "World Axe Catching League." This promises to be even more exciting.

    And if that's not enough the towns of Stroud around the world conduct the world gumboot throwing championship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexS View Post

    And if that's not enough the towns of Stroud around the world conduct the world gumboot throwing championship.
    Ours takes place in Taihape (we don't have a Stroud as far as I know). They market themselves as "The Gumboot Capital of the World".

    Pete

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    Cava asked for pictures so here you go mate.

    taihape 2.jpg

    Plus this YT link for some exciting action

    Gumboot Throw 2020 - YouTube

    Pete

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    One of the first 'hobbies' I was introduced to in Canada was axe-throwing, but at a more domestic level. The outlaws live in high, snowy country. [Cue: Duelling Banjos. ]

    Since then I've accounted myself a fairly dab hand at throwing hatchets... (and gumboots.)

    A few years ago, in Sydney, my boss of the time shouted his whole crew to a day at an axe-throwing 'range' for end of year. D'you reckon I could even get the damned thing to stick in the backing wall, let alone the target.

    I blame the 'regulation' throwing axes they use. Gimme my ol' splittin' hatchet or a pair of steel-capped Dunlops any day and then I'll show 'em what for, by golly!
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