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  1. Surely the app "thinks" I was there till midnight. What if an infected person went in there at 10 pm whereas I left at 1pm, would it ping me? As I said we have carried out 2 home tests, all negative.
  2. Just wondering if anyone knows how the NHS app works. Me and my missus each have the app on our phones. In the last few days we have not been out much, and when we have, it's been together. We had lunch out in a pub one day, each checked in about noon and left after an hour or so. A couple of days later, she got pinged. We both took the lateral flow tests which were negative, so reluctantly she deleted the app and ignored the request to isolate. Looking at the history on my app, it says where we checked in at the pub, but had us there till 2359 on that day. Are we supposed to check out? If not it seems like the app is seriously flawed.
  3. The fire hoses were connected to hydrants on the south side of the A57 so there were quite a few lay crossing the road. I imagine the road was closed to prevent vehicles driving over them. It was a thick black plume of smoke, could be seen some way off.
  4. There was a fire at the rear of a house in Woolston today near the Premier Inn. The A57 Manchester Road was closed for a couple of hours while it was tackled. I went from my house towards town no problem but I passed dozens of cars, lorries etc going in the opposite direction, turning round along the road when they discovered the closure. I checked the matrix signs along the route to see if there was any warning displayed-nothing apart from the usual "covid messages. If ever there was a time to use them to help out the road users, it was today. Just a simple "A57 closed at M6 J21" would suffice. What on earth are they for? On another issue, I was in a city in the south of England last week and used their buses. Each bus stop had the matrix signs like we used to have here. The next 3 buses to use that stop were displayed along with their eta, of which my bus was spot on. Come on Warrington, get your **** in gear.
  5. I've been in the market 3 times this week, buying something on each occasion. I was very impressed with it especially the food court, which I haven't used yet. I'm waiting for Cineworld to open and I'll have my dinner there before the pictures. It isn't like the old style markets like you will find in Bolton and Bury, with very cheap garments and cut price foodstuffs, it's more quality rather than quantity, and matches our towns demographic ideally. Hopefully it will kick start the development of Bridge St. It would be interesting to know how it has affected existing stores like Hancock and Wood, has it taken shoppers away or brought more passing trade.
  6. Finally got round to see the transporter bridge close up using Dizzy's link which was spot on. I didn't realise that footpath through Crosfields existed and it was great to see the factory and the river from a different perspective. The bridge itself was impressive close up and it would be a massive task to get it back to its former glory. Hope it is though. I intended to continue my journey on the other path returning via Slutchers Lane ,but the path was very overgrown and clumps of Giant Hogweed blocking the way so I backtracked. Well worth a visit.
  7. The recent South Korea outbreak was traced back to a single man who passed the virus on at a night club. So for some reason the S Koreans thought it OK for night clubs to open so soon.
  8. In 1965 all the old Warrington factories had gala days where their recreation grounds would stage large galas in summer. Obviously the bar would be open for the adults, and there would be slides, rides and games for the kids. I was at Rylands rec for one of these around 1965 and was having a go on a ride around the field on a line of open carriages with seats being pulled by a tractor.. It was part way through its circuit when I noticed adults running towards the tractor shouting and pointing to where I was sat. I looked down and saw a child aged about 10 under the wheels being rolled over and over. The tractor stopped and the adults took over and got us out of the way while the first aiders took over. I don't know what happened to him and have often wondered about it. Anyone else that was there that remembers it?
  9. I'm just amazed that no one has had Flu for 6 months.
  10. Sums it up perfectly. They also seem terrified that we go it alone and we become the Singapore of Europe, drawing business from them. A word of caution with the fishing is that if we have full control of our fishing grounds, out of spite they will probably refuse to buy from us.
  11. The pandemic has been a massive blow, but how does it affect our Brexit negotiations? Our economy has tanked, but so has everyone else's. If we were still in the EU, we would be expected to bail out those badly hit mediterranean countries. So as bad as it is, has Covid 19 boosted our chances of a better deal?
  12. I remember Lancashire steel being situated between Bewsey Rd and Dallam Lane in the 70s/80s. It was a large site but I'm sure there were bigger plants elsewhere. I seem to remember there being railway tracks sunk into the road on Dallam Lane.
  13. It seems to me that these testing stations are underused. Indeed the one I saw last week outside the AJ Bell in Salford was very quiet. Surely now is the time to test "ordinary" people. If a shop or factory wants to reopen, and everyone is tested negative for Covid 19, there is no chance of anyone catching it.
  14. I wonder if Manchester Airport charge you £4.50 for driving into the testing area. Wouldn't surprise me.
  15. Anyone know the location of a post box in town that gets emptied more often than others. I have a letter to post over the weekend and if I use the one near our house, it will be sat there till 4pm on Monday. When the PO was on Springfield St the one there used to get emptied several times a day.
  16. From what I've heard everything from Asda to Scotland Rd will be demolished. This along with the land available when New Town House is knoocked down will leave a sizeable amound of land for residential use. Asda and the other side of Cockhedge will stay open apart from the old Comet building which is also going.
  17. Totally agree Davy, but there are apartment blocks going up on Winwick St and Academy way with others in the pipeline, so in a couple of years time there should be a sizeable town centre population. They will be looking for local food shops and Tesco and Sainsburys aren't to far away. Might be an opportunity for Asda to move from Cockhedge into either the old M&S of even Debs, especially as most of Cockhedge is being demolished soon.
  18. Not so much to be positive about after hearing of Debenhams permanent closure. Really disappointed in the landlords for not negotiating a deal to keep it open. They either have a queue of potential customers just waiting to move in once Debs have left or they don't mind having gigantic empty units for years. Sad to say that there is little to draw people into Warrington town centre these days. You can get the same in much smaller neighbouring towns. The council need to look into the impact of out of town retail parks too.
  19. Breaking news, the "upspeak" mentioned above has been replaced by something called "vocal fry". This is where the end of a sentence drops in pitch so low and drawn out that they are almost croaked out. Some great examples on line. It seems to have been stated by the Cardashians and their followers. Totally awesooooome. lets hope it NEVER catches on heeeeere.
  20. I've always been fascinated in accents and how they change. For example the rising inflection at the "end of a sentence" that has caught on from Aussie soaps, the replacement in inner London of Cockney by the annoying Ali G type accent and recently the starting of a reply with "so.....". However there seems to be a change in Warrington. In the 90s I reckon our accent went a bit more towards Manc, especially with the yoof, fanks….thanks mainly the the Gallagher brothers and Kevin and Perry. More recently I noticed that this posh pronunciation of the "o" in words like home, ghost, foam etc. So that they are pronounced haywme, gaywst and faywme, seems to be spreading north. It used to be mostly found in the Cheshire set, the Wirral, Chester, Ellesmere Port and the like. It has slowly spread to Lymm, Stockton Heath and south of the MSC but can now be freely heard around town even in Orford, Bewsey and Longford. A step back IMO. Anyone else noticed.
  21. Went into town today, Sunday and was pleasantly surprised at how busy it was. Golden Square was busy and there were also several shops open outside. I was in the olde sweeter shoppe and noticed kids on their own and with parents possibly getting stocked up before a trip to the pictures. Time square and the pictures had plenty of people around too. Could the pictures be having a positive effect so soon?
  22. How will the new HS2 link to London actually benefit the average Warringtonian. My understanding is that if I wanted to use it to travel to London, I would have to drive or take a bus to a massive car park as yet to be built somewhere around Lowton, where I would catch the HS2 train at a new station. This would then get me to London in around 73 minutes. At present I can get a bus more or less to bank Quay station and be in London in 1 hour 50 minutes. So time wise, is it really an improvement for the average fella taking his missus for a few days in the capital? Cost wise, it will surely be more expensive, mainly to get the investment back but also because most of its users will be businessmen and probably not even paying for their tickets. There is also the cost of leaving the car at Lowton, overnight, probably similar costs to an airport stay. Can't see the attraction personally. Better to iron out any issues with the existing west coast main line. Are my understandings correct?
  23. It's nice to see an old established shop like H&W still going. But just before Christmas my wife was dragging me round the shops and saw a cardy in there for my old mum, priced £12. I was all for buying it, but my wife dragged me over the market where the exact same Cardy was £9 on a stall there.
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