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  1. As we're almost all stuck inside and probably running thin on things to watch, thought it might be fun to have a bit of a challenge. You simply have to name all 196 officially recognised countries of the world. I'm a geography teacher and only managed to get them all a couple of times - I normally range between 160 and 170 to give you a point of reference for what's a half decent score. Game is simple to play - type the names of as many countries as you can think of into the box above the map. You don't need to press enter - it automatically recognises correct answers and lights them up on the map. If this proves popular then I will dig out a new challenge every couple of days. https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/how-many-countries-can-you-name (note: There is an alphabetised list by continent underneath the map which fills as you fill in the countries - sometimes helpful to look there to get a hint of which ones you're missing).
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    Can you name them all?

    Yeah, the South Pacific nations are pretty tricky tbf
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    Corona Virus main thread

    I spotted something on Twitter about that - Germany's death rate is low due to a combination of more ventilators, and also they are recording deaths as being caused by the underlying problem rather than Covid19. I don't know the ins and outs of it, but the guy saying it appeared credible (as in health professional, blue tick) and others in the media were retweeting and agreeing with him.
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    The English Game

    Watched the first episode last night, thought it was excellent
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    Wuhan coronavirus

    Just to ensure there is no misinformation - this is incorrect. The figures on Wednesday were from 9am (Tues) to 5pm (Tues). The figures on Thursday were from 5pm (tues) to 5pm (Weds). So the alarming figures (which we have obviously now superceded anyway) were indeed collected over 24 hours, not a longer period.
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    Boris tests positive

    Boris still in charge and working from home - if he needs to take time off it will be Raab
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    Health + Fitness

    I agree here in so much as I don't think it matters what you track, as long as you keep track of what you eat then you realise when you eat rubbish and change your mind/habits quickly. That's why all the dieting shows on TV always start with a food diary and the participants are always floored by how much they've eaten. I don't find intermittent fasting massively difficult, but historically I've never really eaten breakfast and didn't eat lunch all that often either - think my issues are to do with fat storage and ****ty metabolism as much as anything - so I've changed up my routine and started eating a small bowl of muesli in the morning (maybe 2/3 of the recommended portion size) and ensuring I eat small, low calorie snacks through the day to keep the metabolism going... I've found an undeniable love for LIDL's sliced pickled gherkins as a snack food... I like gherkins anyway but they are next level. I think to be honest that in terms of diet, portion control is the most important aspect for me. A doctor once told me when I said I was eating loads of salad etc but not losing any weight "Yeah, but an elephant only eats leaves".
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    Anyone else learning a new skill?

    Thanks - that's what I thought re: the weights I have - the dumbbells are the missus' - I'll have to grab some heavier dumbbells - thanks for highlighting the error of my process by the way - started looking into the science type bits of fat burning and can see that actually my strategy wasn't going to be effective long term but I can make changes now to speed up my process and ensure that I'm targetting the right types of fat. Massively helpful as otherwise I'd have ended up doing it all wrong.
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    Anyone else learning a new skill?

    That's a perspective I hadn't really considered - problem is, I don't really have any weights at home - Need to get some more really - Think we have a set of 3kg dumbbells and an 8kg kettle bell.... any recommendations for stuff I could be doing with those? I've got broad shoulders and big arms/legs anyway so not especially worried about losing mass there - I build muscle in those areas really easily too - I'm naturally really stocky, the bits I need to get rid of are pretty much exclusively belly fat and "love handles"...
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    Match thread - City v Millwall

    When can we expect the match report Ricky?
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    Match thread - City v Millwall

    If you've not seen - abducted in plain sight is one hour 40 of utter madness that will flip your world upside down. Documentary on the craziest story you have ever seen.
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    Match thread - City v Millwall

    I got sidetracked by Tiger King on Netflix (worth a watch) but it's next on the list
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    Match thread - City v Millwall

    Playing OK so far... COYY
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    Corona Virus main thread

    My partner's uncle is regional manager for greater China for a huge hotel chain. His car got scratched when parked at his work garage one day. He reported it to the police and they reviewed CCTV footage from the garage, identified the guy who'd done it, and located his car on the road, got police out to him and arrested him. He was arrested less than 30 mins after her uncle made the report. There was a problem with horns being honked incessantly in Shanghai (as in many chinese cities). Shanghai's local govt implemented a system that if you honk your horn, they can identify who has done it and shame you with a mugshot on electronic billboards at the side of the road (along with a fine). It's utter madness how controlled their populace are. I was there in the summer and the surveillance is unimaginable. Major roads have cameras every 100 or so metres taking pictures every 30 seconds. Where we'd have 1 or 2 cameras on a street, they have 15+.... Approx 170 million in the country (we have around 6million but obviously much smaller population).....You're right, they are definitely one of a very small group of countries that could lockdown in that way.
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    Corona Virus main thread

    Thanks - got my figures slightly out, its 103 deaths in the 24 hour period, not 105. Explains why yesterday's total seemed suspiciously low. Very sad either way.
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    Corona Virus main thread

    So the death toll in the UK yesterday was low because they've changed the reporting period from 9am to 5pm so yesterday's deaths only reflected those who passed away between 9am and 5pm the day before. Today's numbers are alarming - 105 deaths 5pm on 24th to 5pm yesterday. That's a fairly big increase (ignoring the figures yesterday as anomalous due to the reporting period changes.
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    Health + Fitness

    I’m doing intermittent fasting but not really found a routine for it yet so tends to be random... I’m also trying to keep to no eating after 6 but thought eating earlier in the morning would be better as it starts metabolism? Should I wait til 9?
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    Health + Fitness

    How have you found yoga ftw? I’m not into mediation and all that stuff at all but feel like yoga might be worth a shot. I play in goal at 5 a side (originally because running was embarrassing ) and I’m pretty decent (The guy I replaced at my last team was England 5 a side keeper!) but feel like losing weight and doing yoga might take me up another gear... is yoga worth it? Even if I’m not into the hippy stuff?
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    Anyone else learning a new skill?

    I'm only short though - 5'7/5'8ish and although I have a wide frame naturally, it doesn't carry well. I don't snack at all between meals now, I only eat what's on my plate and don't have second helpings of anything and I avoid sweets and chocolate, in favour of a yoghurt or fruit. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's massively cut my calorie intake, without life-altering dieting and I can stick to it easily, so when I do have the odd treat or non-healthy meal, I don't feel bad about it... I have also never really bothered with breakfast before so started getting a small portion of muesli in the morning which I then burn off on the treadmill so my metabolism is fired up early, which I actually think has probably been pretty unhelpful with my weight over the years.
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    Anyone else learning a new skill?

    I've specifically avoided doing weights for that exact reason FTW - I want to know a clear picture of exactly how much fat I've got rid of - going to start the weights when I get under 13 st... Feel like that will help keep me motivated whereas if I'm putting on muscle too, the scales won't be dropping as quickly. You can get up to speed with jogging quite quickly if you just keep pushing and work out what works for you. It's a mindset. I don't really enjoy it, but I do feel some desire to do it because I know I'm getting fitter. I can ONLY run on a treadmill or outside if there's a football in front of me - otherwise I can't be bothered.... so I never go for a jog outside, because I know I won't push myself. My sister is the reverse - she can't push herself on a treadmill but finds it really easy outside - it's whatever works for you. I also can't push myself as hard if the treadmill is displaying distance in miles. Kilometres are easy, manageable chucks, and I can keep setting mini-goals - eg. If I'm ****ed after 2km, I'll push on until I've done 2.5km and when I get to 2.5, I will go for 2.8 knowing that when I hit 2.8 I will be able to keep going until 3km as it's only a bit further - you can't really do that with miles so I find that something as simple as changing the distance setting has a huge impact on the way my mind works and how hard I push. I've tried music, podcasts, and TV to try and distract me from jogging. I've found I can only watch stuff I'm not really bothered about watching because I don't focus on it properly. Went back to music this morning and the first bit was a breeze but then I was getting really bored towards the end, so maybe just need to alter my track selection a bit. I do need to get some new running shoes but had never really thought about my gait, worth remembering and looking into at some point. One thing that has made a big difference is getting some decent quality insoles - not massively expensive, but find it's reduced the discomfort in my heel massively - Went for Scholl Activs. Definitely going to try your stretching tips - one thing that really helps my heel pain is to constantly flex my toes towards my shin, so doing proper exercises for it might alleviate some discomfort.
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    Anyone else learning a new skill?

    That's a cracking effort buddy - especially with the exercise hiatus. I've not focussed too much on the nutrition side, I'm just making better food choices without killing myself on a diet that I can't stick to. If I want a burger, I'll have a burger, but I'm making sensible choices most of the time and have cut portion sizes pretty much in half which has been really positive for helping me to sort it out - massively upped the exercise too. If I try and stick to a full blown diet then I end up crashing and burning, so I've focussed more on changing my mindset into not wanting to eat junk. It's a process but I'm hopeful that I can get down to my target weight or close to it by my birthday at the start of May. Target weight for me is back at what I weighed 10 years ago in my early 20s so I'll be pretty chuffed with that.... I've dropped one T-shirt size already. I was up at 15 and a half, but my last weigh in was 14 and a half so we'll see what the next one brings... as long as it keeps trending in the right direction I won't worry too much about it... 12 and a half is the goal for me.
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    Anyone else learning a new skill?

    Knocked 6 minutes off my time over 3.5km now.... building back up to doing 5k per day... had to take two weeks off due to an issue with my heel (Think it's plantar fasciitis but not prepared to waste NHS time finding out for sure with everything going on).... haven't weighed myself in 3 weeks but my rule is only weighing myself on Saturdays so gotta wait a few days to see where I'm at in relation to my goals.
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    4-3 Milwall Full Game Tonight On Youtube

    Great spot - thanks - I'll give it a watch - hopefully the club will do this every few days so we can get our footy fix!
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    Jamal to Spurs

    Like I say, I'm not one for rumour mongering but the guy I've heard from would absolutely know as is close relative of someone well placed in the club - and wouldn't ****.... although he did say Cantwell isn't a done deal yet like Aarons is, so seems that this is very much reliable info if you're hearing similar from someone else well placed to know
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