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Ian Drunken Smurf

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Austrian lockdown report
« on: March 19, 2020, 07:43:26 PM »
So we've been in what Britain is about to enter since Monday. Work had planned to socially distance by splitting us into two teams and only one team was in the office and one working from home. That started last Friday. And lasted a day.

We had heard that the lockdown was coming and parliament sat on Sunday to smash out some emergency laws. From Monday we were all home office based.

Supermarkets are stocked although some shelves empty at certain times of the day. Places are urging us to pay contact less where at all possible. Kindergarten is technically open, but you have to prove you have a properly critical job.

The numbers of cases are still going up exponentially so we think it will be a very long haul. Watch this space.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2020, 07:51:09 PM »
Any news of Paul Ross?

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2020, 08:12:30 PM »
Doesn't sound that different tbh

idunnosomename

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2020, 08:16:50 PM »
throw a couple prawns on the barbie bruce

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2020, 08:19:47 PM »
Any news of Paul Ross?

Your posts are impenetrable at the best of times, and not, I suspect, through you being especially clever and enigmatic, so what does this mean?

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2020, 08:20:20 PM »
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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2020, 08:22:22 PM »
Your posts are impenetrable at the best of times, and not, I suspect, through you being especially clever and enigmatic, so what does this mean?

Ross was educated at Norlington School for Boys, and read English at the University of Kent. Realising he would not be able to follow the academic career he favoured, "an English lecturer at a polytechnic",[1] he trained as a journalist at the University of Exeter and started his career with the Western Times in Exeter in 1982.[2]

Career
Television
Ross became a researcher at London Weekend Television before becoming an editor for The Six O'Clock Show and The London Programme. He worked as the series editor on series 3 and 4 of Channel 4's magazine style programme The Word, and became executive producer for series 5.

His first job as a TV presenter was on the current affairs show Eyewitness, which ran for two years and saw him filming in Sicily, the United States, Brazil and Russia. He also fronted the police appeals show Crime Monthly for ITV.[3]

His onscreen break came in 1993 with Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, on which Ross worked first as a reporter and then as a studio presenter.[4] Celebrities Ross has interviewed include Mike Tyson, Sandra Bullock and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In 1995, Ross was chosen as the presenter of the game show Jeopardy!, which had been recently taken over by Sky One.[5] The year was one of Ross' busiest and he was seen presenting (as well as episodes of The Big Breakfast), the ITV series Big City and Good Sex Guide Abroad.[6]

In April 1996, he presented a celebrity based television show called The Very Famous Paul Ross Show for The Family Channel, in which he interviewed performers Adam West, Lynne Perrie and Cannon and Ball. In September of the same year, he teamed up with Sarah Greene and the pair launched a Sky One afternoon chat show called 1 to 3, aimed primarily at women with a mix of movies, music, celebrities, topical information, lifestyle and entertainment.[7]

In January 1997, Ross presented the first episode of All Over the Shop, his celebrity based panel game show based on consumer issues. The programme, broadcast on BBC1 proved popular, running for three series until July 1999, by which time 85 episodes had been made. A critic on Gameshow.com gave All Over the Shop positive remarks by saying: "For an early morning slot, this was quite a perky little show, a fact that must have been recognised due to its spin-off programmes." [8] That same year Ross fronted Endurance UK, the UK's equivalent of the cult Japanese show Za Gaman for the Challenge TV channel,[9] and it was commissioned for a second series the following year. Ross also found the time to present yet another game show, Tellystack for UK Gold.[10] Tellystack was the third of four high-profile shows Ross would have to his name in 1997, the fourth was his late night entertainment programme The Paul Ross Show, broadcast on ITV, which again saw a second series transmitted in 1998.

In 1999, Ross was again playing quizmaster when he presented the game shows Mind The Gap, transmitted on ITV,[11] Life's a Punt for LIVE TV, A Slice of the Action for Carlton Food Network,[12] and the celebrity quiz It's Anybody's Guess, which was commissioned for 40 episodes in the Carlton London region.[13]

In 2000, he presented a television game show for Living TV called Mystic Challenge.[14]

In October 2001, Ross appeared as a guest on BBC Two's popular comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.[15] The following month he returned to his now familiar role as presenter with No Win, No Fee, a new game show for BBC One. The show would become one of Ross' biggest successes, it was broadcast from 29 October 2001 to 29 August 2003, with three series and 70 episodes made.[16]

Since then, Ross has continued to work as a TV presenter on many shows, including Most Haunted Live! for Living TV and on the shopping channel Bid TV, where he was one of its original faces when it first launched in October 2000.[17]

Ross appears regularly as a showbiz correspondent on This Morning, a role he still carries to this day.[18] He also contributes regularly on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, and occasionally on the Channel 5 show Big Brother's Bit on the Side.

Radio
By the late 1990s, Ross had worked as a presenter for GLR, Virgin Radio and, later, Talk Radio.

Ross also presented a radio show for LBC but left in early 2008, to present the Breakfast Show on BBC London 94.9,[19] initially with JoAnne Good till January 2010 when Jo was given her own late night show The Late Show with Joanne Good. From January 2010 Gaby Roslin co-presented with Ross till January 2013, when schedule changes took place and Penny Smith, former GMTV presenter was announced as his new co-presenter. Since Paul and Penny has been presenting BBC London 94.9 Breakfast show, its listenership, according to RAJAR have increased by 99,000.[20] Occasionally he sits in for Robert Elms on the same station.

From 2008 to 2011 he also presented a show on Saturday mornings on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey (formerly BBC Southern Counties Radio).[21]

In addition to his Breakfast show with Penny Smith on BBC London 94.9, since late 2013 Paul has been presenting the Saturday mid morning show on BBC Radio Berkshire, 8 am till 11 am.[22][23]

In November 2006, he caused controversy by announcing an upcoming EastEnders Christmas storyline on his LBC show, causing his mother, Martha Ross, who told him the storyline, to be sacked from her job as an extra on EastEnders. Since then his mother has jokingly refused to speak to Paul unless, as she stated in a 2007 Radio Times interview, he presents her with some Ann Summers lingerie.[24]

Ross broadcast "Paul Ross Full Set Breakfast" from 6-10 am on Talkradio, a new talk radio station which launched on 21 March 2016. In January 2018, as part of schedule changes to the station, Ross moved to overnights in the earlier time of 1-5 am. He left Talkradio in September 2019 to join sister station Talksport to present in the same overnight timeslot.

Other appearances
Ross was the first contestant to be eliminated on 2003's Comic Relief does Fame Academy after his singing failed to impress the public voters. In 2004, Ross presented a series of DVD programmes focusing on the news and fashions of the three decades before the 1990s. The first, 1960's Flashbacks was released on DVD on 16 August.[25]

Ross appeared on a celebrity edition of Mastermind, choosing "The Life and Works of Ezra Pound" as his specialist subject.[2]

He appeared in the film Bridget Jones's Diary as "Mr Sit-up Britain",.[26]

He also lost two stone on ITV's Celebrity Fit Club, won the top prize on an episode of All Star Family Fortunes, which was donated to the Alzheimer's Society,[27] and performed as Tommy Steele on Stars in Their Eyes.[28]

In 2011, he took part in a Celebrity episode of The Chase, where he won £25,000 for Children With Cancer UK.

In January 2014, Ross participated in the second series of the celebrity diving show Splash! on ITV. He was eliminated in the second heat.

Personal life
Ross has been married three times and has five children and 2 grandchildren.[29] He lives near Tring in Hertfordshire.[2] On 31 August 2014, Ross revealed that he had developed an addiction to mephedrone over the previous year and had an affair with a male English teacher. His wife stood by him.[30]

BlodwynPig

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2020, 08:26:15 PM »
Your posts are impenetrable at the best of times, and not, I suspect, through you being especially clever and enigmatic, so what does this mean?

What a fucking post this is... blimey. Didn't know you were my nemesis.

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I have a fascination with Paul Ross and the Nissan Leaf.
Paul Ross cuts a rather tragic figure. Vulnerable.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2020, 08:26:55 PM »
Laughing, but there has been an OVERVIEW.  An official OVERVIEW of many of the previous posts.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2020, 08:29:17 PM »
Laughing, but there has been an OVERVIEW.  An official OVERVIEW of many of the previous posts.

In times of rubble all you can do is laugh.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2020, 08:35:15 PM »
Something for the weekend, dear pig.  Filmed outside a dormered bungalow too if I am not mistaken. 

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2020, 08:37:56 PM »
Laughing, but there has been an OVERVIEW.  An official OVERVIEW of many of the previous posts.

You need to find your neutral space, man. It's all just a laugh this, when you think about it.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2020, 08:40:44 PM »
Something for the weekend, dear pig.  Filmed outside a dormered bungalow too if I am not mistaken.

Glorious - pre Mcat? 2013 seems so close yet so far far away.

Yes, a mere 8 months later he was down the chemical stimulant glory hole!

"Off to sleep. Hope I dream" (Ross' Twitter account.. Today)

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2020, 06:15:40 AM »
Any news of Paul Ross?

Blodders, have you been in the Stroh Inländer Rum?

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2020, 06:16:58 AM »

IDS former avatar was Paul Ross


It was a drunken Smurf. Now run along to google to stock up on Rory McGrath pics...

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2020, 05:51:21 AM »
So our Ministry of Health launched an interactive infections map etc. on Thursday, but Server demand was so massive that within three hours they changed it to a solitary png file dump.

Still makes interesting reading/viewing.

https://info.gesundheitsministerium.at/

Yesterday at 11am while in a telco with my department at work we got a mail to say that lockdown runs until Easter Monday.

Buelligan

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2020, 08:07:25 AM »
We're expecting it here to run up to Beltane, just for starters.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2020, 08:10:35 AM »
It was a drunken Smurf. Now run along to google to stock up on Rory McGrath pics...

As i said, Paul Ross

Edit: actually your new one looks like Paul Ross with an oboe

Buelligan

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2020, 08:21:51 AM »
I think he's just pleased to see you.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2020, 08:26:23 AM »
I think he's just pleased to see you.

Pavane pour une infante defunte, more like

Buelligan

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2020, 08:28:29 AM »
Too sad for the morning.  :(

Unraveling now.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2020, 09:04:45 AM »
Our national rail company is offering no quibble refunds on train tickets for the duration of the lockdown as a travel voucher (valid for 10 years).

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2020, 09:05:56 AM »
As i said, Paul Ross

Edit: actually your new one looks like Paul Ross with an oboe

Shatner's Bassoon, Blodders, Shatner's Bassoon.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2020, 09:18:24 AM »
Shatner's Bassoon, Blodders, Shatner's Bassoon.

Ah! of course. My eyes are all gammy from the 'rus.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2020, 07:29:44 PM »
Our national rail company is offering no quibble refunds on train tickets for the duration of the lockdown as a travel voucher (valid for 10 years).

Really? I bought tickets from Graz to Vienna in late May. Looks like that won't be used. Please sir, do you have a link to commence the refunding procedure?

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2020, 10:48:15 PM »
Really? I bought tickets from Graz to Vienna in late May. Looks like that won't be used. Please sir, do you have a link to commence the refunding procedure?

Currently only works on travel until 13 April, but if the lockdown is extended they will extend it. If you are stuck as you have to phone to do it at the moment, let me know.

https://www.oebb.at/en/
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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2020, 10:52:15 PM »
throw a couple prawns on the barbie bruce

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2020, 07:30:23 PM »
Three weeks in now. We had snow on Tuesday just to round off March. Supermarkets doling out face marks and distancing in queues. Talk from Monday about what they'll do and when to start removing the lockdown, although the infection rate is only starting to plateau. Deaths are about 180 last I heard and 12,000 positive for Covid-19.

Info.gesundheitsministerium.at is not as interesting or compulsive refreshing as it was.

Still lots of Brits in Austria asking stupid questions about can they kick a football about in the park etc.

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Re: Austrian lockdown report
« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2020, 07:35:51 PM »
How is Paul Ross' Bassoon?

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« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2020, 10:27:47 PM »
How is Paul Ross' Bassoon?
Better than Eddie Large's

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