How good was life before lockdown, really?
  • Everyone seems to want to do it differently now. 
  • To me that says life wasn't so hot or great.  
  • And do give over about pubs. 
  • Very few people care. 

It was great 

if your life was not great, you may now be catching up with how most of us lived anyway 


  • life was ace
  • If you think this is better you should have a word with yourself


  • Can not wait for the pub
  • Our local has been doing 2 pints for £4 out of the pump
  • so you still get that thrill u dig

Commuting was shit. Trying new restaurants and playing football was great. I'm massively bored now in a way I've never been before. 

I went for a walk last night and saw a group of about ten people sitting outside a bar with the doors open (I think the group must have included the owner or manager of the bar) pouring themselves pints from the taps and eating takeaway pizzas at the outside tables. Literally, zero fucks given.

  • Life before lockdown was pretty sweet
  • Lockdown was still a good opportunity to reassess priorities 
  • A country house with some acreage within a couple of hours drive has moved up my list
  • And I think I’ll have next year off
  • But it’s fvcking well time to get pubs and restos open again ... 

What Merkz said.

Some people don't seem to have used this time wisely.

Shit things about pre-Covid life:

- commuting

- not seeing much of my wife

- spending a load of money on shit food because I didn't have the time / energy to cook anything.

My commute wasn't even that long, but being at the mercy of British public transport is enough to send anyone round the bend. 

I quite liked my commute other than the cost of it. Never seeing colleagues has been awesome however.

Merks, restaurants are fucked quite frankly, even the chains who will have to cull huge swathes of their sites, or even just go pop . 

As the CEO of Hawksmoor said, one does not fo to a restaurant of any kind because they need to eat, they go to meet, friends, family, colleagues, eat, drink, chat and socialise. How can social distancing work? It cannot according to him.

The local independent might fair better, you know the restaurant that has huge footfall from locals , and has been in existence for 30 years plus .

tbf every place I would really like to see reopen is a local independent

every chain resto in the country can shut and I will be resolutely tuglite 

All the Indy restos are doing takeaway anyway. It's burger lunch Friday tomorrow for instance.

I do quite like pizza express, but there are two  independent pizza places here that are better and just as close. having takeaway from scream for pizza tomorrow as it goes

I some times go to a place on my own to just enjoy the food and have some peace and quiet without having to cook myself.

Distancing will be slowly unwound as the release of lockdown continues.

  • I’m not sure many people do want to see permanent changes to life as a result of lockdown.
  • If I don’t accept that premier then there isn’t much to say in response to ur post.

Good stuff:

- greatly improved air quality from 70% decrease in traffic.  It was glorious.

- cycling on nearly empty roads. The joy, THE JOY, of zipping along a well laid road, with a nice breeze going and reduced risk of being road kill. Wheeeeee!!! Yeah, I'm a cycling cunt.

- doing giant puzzles, the process of which I've discovered is a metaphor for life.

- home delivered cocktails. 

- more time for home cooking.  Have made so many different cakes,  gotten a handle on a properly gloopy saucy Mac and cheese, and ricotta gnocchi, inter alia.

- had time to properly bond with my foster cat.

Bad stuff:

- economic woe for local businesses esp f&b; not seeing loved ones, pple not being able to sort out residency and visa matters if not in their home country; pple getting stuck in random countries far from their families/their businesses; not being able to travel overseas and visiting my fam; missing my place in London my neighbours and neighborhood.  



The opportunism hasn’t really kicked in yet, beware when it does.

To answer the OP, it was fine thanks. Stopping people from associating with each other on nearly all levels is, apart from for the generally incontinent, not a good thing. But you know that Laurence, you’re just trolling as ever.

My kid was allowed to socialise with other kids and go to playgrounds and see her family. So, pretty good for her compared to now. 


What was not to like?

Interesting job that pays alright so I have reasonable disposable to enjoy myself with.

Good friends.

Nice holidays.

Good pubs.

Ups and downs. Life before was spent in a car or in the office. The kids miss school and home schooling is trying, but I’ve been able to teach them to ride on the road given the traffic has been so quiet. Go to the pub rarely. Hammered all that 20 years ago and it holds very little appeal now.

I mostly miss international travel and holidays.

I do not miss going into the office and think from now on I would be happy to show my face once or twice a week. 

I have been running outside a lot.

The strictest phase of lockdown made me appreciate small things a lot more, such as being able to go for long walks in the forest and visit family and friends. Since the restrictions started to ease off I've been doing a lot of that. 

I think I am going to get really into plants. 

I want to buy a bike and cycle to work rather than getting on grotty trains and wearing a mask.

Can't wait for restaurants and bars to reopen.

So yes, some revelations and unexpected upsides, but in general I'm looking forward to it being over.

I’m alright jack, but for anyone under 18 and many under 24, it’s pretty bloody miserable. One of mine back in school next week but so many restrictions they’re not really socialising or doing the same stuff. Missing end of junior school rotes of passage ( or post GCSEs / a level/ freshers week etc) is a major deal in a short life. Most of all, it’s the kids who go to school for a break and a proper meal and who have access to books and adults who give a shit who have been so desperately disadvantaged (further) and that’s heartbreaking.