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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ Yeah well, I'm not as balanced as that.

    In fact, after three and a half months of long shifts I'm starting to feel decidedly unbalanced.
    Mendip, I was wondering why you work such long hours. Is it conteactual or choice? Seems like if this work is going to drag on (and you are lucky to be working just now) then it might seem a bit easier if you made some more time for yourself amongst all the work.

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    ^ It's just the way it is Shutree...

    Offshore, 12 hour shifts are a given, although they often end up longer.

    If I'm charging the same rate for onshore work, the contractors expect long work days. I think 10 hours would be OK... I tend to do around 11 but take a bit of time for other stuff, such as TeakDoor! A normal company will also put you up in a hotel, and there's per diem... so they don't want you hanging around longer than necessary.


    But anyway... the big news for me is that I tested negative for Covid!

    I must admit that yesterday I'd convinced myself I had it... I had a snotty nose all day, but I think that must have been due to having the swab rammed through my nose to the back of my brain. The news came through yesterday evening and I felt better immediately.

    All the other contractors tested negative as well, but I have no idea how the staff got on. There is a huge Covid spike in Gothenburg just now and for the first time yesterday I saw Swedes wearing masks in the supermarket... they must be getting worried.

    With the negative test results came some bad news as well... it meant that my French friend was able to fly back to Nice at the end of her rotation. She left this morning.

    I thought I'd had a sign yesterday... and even went to the effort of changing me bed sheets, although to be fair they probably needed changing after seven weeks here anyway.

    I also wasted nearly 40 Krona on these...



    Tell me Lom, why can't you Swedes just call them Durex and stick them in a normal size box that everyone recognises? It took me bladdy ages to find these things... I was so long looking that the shop girl asked if I needed some help. I of course said no, but carried on looking... which she found very strange and then started following me around. I felt like a right idiot.

    The negative test result also means I can have my Wednesday night visit to The Red Lion... but it will be just me and my Italian mate tonight. I may even try something different from the fish and chips with petit bladdy pois.

    I won't be picking up any French red wine at the Systembologet either... the Chilean is much better.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    There is a huge Covid spike in Gothenburg just now
    Heard about Stockholm

    20 % of the tested are positive

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    But anyway... the big news for me is that I tested negative for Covid!



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    Glad to hear you are negative.

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    Congrats for testing negative!


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Tell me Lom, why can't you Swedes just call them Durex and stick them in a normal size box that everyone recognises?
    Why should we call them Durex?

    "Durex is a condom brand. It was originally developed and produced in London, Great Britain, under the purview of The London Rubber Company and British Latex Products Ltd, where it was manufactured between 1932 and 1994."

    The one you bought were made by RFSU a famous Swedish brand.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I was so long looking that the shop girl asked if I needed some help. I of course said no, but carried on looking... which she found very strange and then started following me around. I felt like a right idiot.
    Hilarious Teenage déjŕ vu was it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Heard about Stockholm
    both Stockholm and Gothenburg has seen an increase in cases since end of October.

    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    20 % of the tested are positive
    Says who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Congrats for testing negative!




    Why should we call them Durex?

    "Durex is a condom brand. It was originally developed and produced in London, Great Britain, under the purview of The London Rubber Company and British Latex Products Ltd, where it was manufactured between 1932 and 1994."

    The one you bought were made by RFSU a famous Swedish brand.




    Hilarious Teenage déjŕ vu was it?
    Durex has passed into English as a generic name for condoms. Like Thermos and Fibreglass.

    Anyway, glad to see Mendip got the packet of 10, none of this packet of 3 nonsense for him.

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    ^ Yeah... but I think I was being a little bit optimistic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Ummm...

    I'm rather hoping to stay negative!

    Originally Posted by ootai (My post-lockdown commute back to work)mendip

    Take care mate and try to stay positive.



    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip

    Ummm...

    I'm rather hoping to stay negative!

    But anyway... the big news for me is that I tested negative for Covid!

    See I told you to stay positive!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post


    Tell me Lom, why can't you Swedes just call them Durex and stick them in a normal size box that everyone recognises? It took me bladdy ages to find these things... I was so long looking that the shop girl asked if I needed some help. I of course said no, but carried on looking... which she found very strange and then started following me around. I felt like a right idiot.


    Mendip
    I know you lived in Perth so did you ever ask for "Durex" while there.
    You might have got a shock if you did.
    We Aussie's call sticky/Scotch tape "Durex".
    I can't believe you were such a wuss not telling the girl what you wanted when she asked if you needed help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I also wasted nearly 40 Krona on these...
    Not wasted Mendip as you can use them to defrost and heat up portions of peas in the microwave

    Don't over do it on the clock or they will explode - otherwise can be safely re-used.

    If they are the flavoured variety then will add a little bouquet to the feast.

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    Anyway... I need some advice from a semi sensible, trustworthy Göteborgian.

    Lom..... can you think of anyone?

    My work is coming to an end and I should finish up by the weekend. But... there is another batch of work coming off a boat next week, so I've agreed to take a few days off locally and then tackle that.

    This is a great solution as I can now work throughout the UK lockdown and I reckon I'll keep going to Christmas. I'd never have believed that when I left home for a month's work back in July I'd still be going five months later! To be honest I'd like to work through the entire pandemic if it was possible... at the end of the day, every day I work now is one less day I'll need to work next summer. I've promised me daughter a big holiday next year.

    Anyway... what to do for a few days off in Göteborg?

    My rough plan is to have a lie in, then find a decent full English breakfast, or failing that, buy some decent British sausages and make breakfast myself (although I fear that a full English, or even decent sausages, may be hard to find).

    After that, a long walk somewhere or other, followed by a late lunch in The Red Lion.

    Göteborg Zoo is on my list, as is a watch shop to get a new strap.

    Any 'must see' sights you'd reccommend Lom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Mendip
    I know you lived in Perth so did you ever ask for "Durex" while there.

    I can't believe you were such a wuss not telling the girl what you wanted when she asked if you needed help.
    Probably not to be honest... unless they have male pharmacists...


    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    If they are the flavoured variety then will add a little bouquet to the feast.
    If I ever get to open the pack I'll let you know... hopefully not Surströmming flavour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Says who?
    The test results ?

    Hver femte coronatest i Stockholm er positiv: '''Det er italienske tilstande''' | Udland | DR

    Hver femte coronatest i Stockholm er positiv: 'Det er italienske tilstande'


    Lćger i Sverige advarer om belastede sygehuse efter en brat stigende coronakurve.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Anyway... I need some advice from a semi sensible, trustworthy Göteborgian.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Anyway... what to do for a few days off in Göteborg?
    You are asking a guy who moved to Thailand 20 years ago and who last visited his home town 2010...

    I'll see what I can come up with but it will be much google inspired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Anyway... what to do for a few days off in Göteborg?
    Why not to take a train and stay for few days in Stockholm. There are good sight seeing tours in town. Years ago I took one, seeing a.o. also the interesting Vasa museum, intact ship rescued after 400 years. And a good night life in town...

    And/or a train trip farther to the north along the coast (double Long John not to forget)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Congrats for testing negative!

    Why should we call them Durex?

    "Durex is a condom brand. It was originally developed and produced in London, Great Britain, under the purview of The London Rubber Company and British Latex Products Ltd, where it was manufactured between 1932 and 1994."

    The one you bought were made by RFSU a famous Swedish brand.
    Hilarious Teenage déjŕ vu was it?
    Too many years ago I visited Sweden (my first overseas trip) as part of a school exchange programme for 3 weeks or so one summer.
    One of the young English girls in my group went out into town very early on in the stay to see the sites eventually returning to the family she was staying with.
    She put her things on the table as she spoke to the family about her day. The parents looked aghast at what as on the table and asked her why she had bought one particular item .

    "Oh the chewing gum. I like chewing gum. I saw it being sold in a vending machine in town, so I bought some" she said with a smile pointing at a packet of condoms.

    I guess they didn't sell Durex back in the day either

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    Why not try a Swedish massage, be rude not too seeing as though you're in Sweden.

    I reckon you've earned it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ Yeah... but I think I was being a little bit optimistic!
    Firstly, Congrats on the test results Mendip,

    Since you got 10 of them you can double up for extra protection and brag later you went through a 10 pak.

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    The elephant in the room is who's Mendip putting a tail on that he needs a raincoat for? That French piece maybe?
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    ^^ A wasted purchase sadly HW... I think she must have been worried about coronavirus.

    But at least I got to share half a box of my French red wine with her!

    Anyway, I'm covered for Christmas decorations now, and the way this job is going...

    So my friend departed back to Frogland and it was back to normality... Wednesday night drinks at The Red Lion with my hairy arsed Italian contractor mate.

    I picked up a decent Chilean at the Systembologet on the way... bollox to that French rubbish. I now feel free to resume my boycott of French goods.



    I didn't fancy the fish & chips with French fries, so went for the daily special... a traditional Swedish Raggmunk...

    Thick bacon on a bed of shredded potato pancake with lingonberries. You are of course free to add any sides of your choice.



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    I'm assuming this request is no longer valid KW? I can ask if you like?



    I wouldn't normally have a dessert, but had to keep my mate company while he had is.

    A bladdy Crčme brűlée... there's no escaping it!


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