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Should the World have a week or even a whole Month where the whole World just stops like in Covid?

  • 15-04-2023 6:01pm
    Registered Users Posts: 15,494 ✭✭✭✭

    Except of course for essential services like Hospitals, Fire Breakades Ambulances food etc.

    It would give everyone time to breath and the World too.

    Live long and Prosper

    Peace and long life.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,487 ✭✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland

    Let’s focus on getting 3-day weekends first.

    The tide is turning…

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,683 ✭✭✭growleaves

    It would make more sense to go back to the tradition of reduced or no Sunday trading.

    Then there would be a break every seven days. With genuinely quiet streets and a kind of psychic refresh.

    Thatcher or Major brought in Sunday trading, then at some point soon after we copied the UK.

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,004 Mod ✭✭✭✭igCorcaigh

    Christmas/Ramadan/Bank holidays are probably the closest thing, but yeah.

    Downtime would do wonders for peoples' mental health (without the commercialisation of Xmas of course) and the ecosystem.

  • Registered Users Posts: 385 ✭✭teediddlyeye

    Absolutely, Christmas is the closest we get. But most seem to conditioned to just work. Something that needs addressing IMO.

    So we end up every year seems to get worse, the 27th comes and people are like "back to normal now".

    Phuck off I'll have another 5/6 days off at home actually living. Go work yourself to death if you want. Just don't be ringing me for anything.

    My brother in law works retail, has people in shopping over Christmas week, "isn't it terrible you're working". Wouldn't have to if they feck off home.

    "I never thought I was normal, never tried to be normal."- Charlie Manson

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    Annual leave, Op.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,140 ✭✭✭✭elperello

    Good luck trying to get the whole world to agree on anything.

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,774 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato

    Everything being closed on Sunday was a complete pain in the arse.

    Doing a DIY job and find halfway through you need to get more screws or something? Well you should have gazed into your crystal ball the day before and bought them then. Stuff like that. If you are planning on actually getting things done then it cuts your weekend in half effectively.

    AFAIK we never had laws against Sunday trading here, it was just traditional not to do it (and lots of shops like Easons were then owned by protestants, often traditionally stricter about 'observing the sabbath'.) Whereas England and Wales (not Scotland though) had strict laws against Sunday trading which conservative MPs managed to keep in place for decades despite public opinion being overwhelmingly in favour of repealing them. In Northern Ireland it was illegal for pubs to open on a Sunday until the late 1980s, there is a legend (possibly true) that unionist councils used to padlock the swings in the playgrounds on a Sunday just in case anyone might be enjoying themselves.

    So yeah it was great for the sanctimonious creeping Jesus types who loved imposing their will on everyone else, had feck all else going for it though. If you don't want to go shopping or whatever on a Sunday then don't.

    They were curious, curious, curious oranj / Curious, curious, curious oranj

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,774 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato

    If people want more downtime then they should campaign for more public holidays, we have the lowest in the EU. Every month should have at least one. July, September and November have none, and April might not have one if Easter is early.

    They were curious, curious, curious oranj / Curious, curious, curious oranj

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,846 ✭✭✭✭Del2005

    Plenty of people don't care about the days you want off, so stop saying what days they can work.

  • Registered Users Posts: 624 ✭✭✭Mullaghteelin

    For many during Covid, the act of shutting down was what caused most panic and hysteria. Not the disease itself.

    The request to simply stay inside was too much of an ordeal from day one, considering the ridiculous crowds who all simultaneously decided to go famous beauty spots the very first weekend.

    We couldn't even be trusted to stay close to home, hence the need for 5km limits, and later 2km limits.

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