do you clap for carers?

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do you clap for carers?

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no 69
yes 23


megan thee macallan 18 year (||||||||), Friday, 17 April 2020 08:46 (five months ago) link

lol fuck no

He is married to Brogmus, Linda. (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 17 April 2020 08:49 (five months ago) link

No

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 April 2020 08:50 (five months ago) link

nope

devvvine, Friday, 17 April 2020 08:53 (five months ago) link

i do. it makes me feel connected to the people on my street. none of them are tories btw - and i know this because i canvassed all their houses!!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 17 April 2020 08:54 (five months ago) link

I have a vague problem with the concept in the abstract but at the same time I would never vocalise that in public because it just feels cuntish. I get that it feels valuable for a lot of people right now for all the reasons in Tracer's post and tbh I see the appeal and wouldn't want to take that away from anyone.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:00 (five months ago) link

So yeah while I assume there are a load of self-righteous Tories getting involved with it right now that's far from everyone who's doing it and if you start mouthing off about it you start looking like Richard Dawkins lecturing religious people or whatever.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:02 (five months ago) link

No, but Matt OTM. I mean our next door neighbours, who are young and alright, do it and I'm hardly about to start scolding them for it.

Tim, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:08 (five months ago) link

Every healthcare professional I know is kinda fucked off about it but it’s not really for them so much as it’s for the clappers

Microbes oft teem (wins), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:13 (five months ago) link

It’s not harming or helping anything but if it makes ppl feel good that’s fine, the more it creeps into the poppy zone the worse it will be obv

Microbes oft teem (wins), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:16 (five months ago) link

Wouldn't scold anyone for doing it. Are people doing this?

I see expressions of frustration from people who see the disconnect between much of the country carrying out this act of solidarity and what a lot of them have been voting for however that is unlikely to be the case in my street.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:17 (five months ago) link

I haven't seen IRL scoldings, no. But twitter grumbling has the same effect IMO, of just making everyone feel worse.

Tim, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:20 (five months ago) link

It’s been a reasonably big nightly thing in Paris for a month now. We do it if we’re finished eating by then. My doc friend in Brooklyn loves that it’s happening in NYC; he posts videos of it even. He’s risking his life daily and enjoys feeling a general sense appreciation for that.

Joey Corona (Euler), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:20 (five months ago) link

i do.
it also means i end up chatting with my neighbours for a few mins, which is a good thing.

mark e, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:23 (five months ago) link

don't do it, haven't heard anybody on my street do it, agree it's fine if people want to do it, think heroising any group of employees might be ultimately harmful in a small way, get a bit depressed at the social media policing of it i've already seen, get a big depressed at any and all expressions of patriotism that this shades into sometimes

où sont les threads d'antan? (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:27 (five months ago) link

It feels like the most churlish thing on earth to complain about, but as an autistic person (who is already completely on edge from having every single reassuring routine comprehensively broken in the past month) with a massive sensitivity to sound that is worsening as I age, having these spontaneous bursts of incredibly loud noise erupting at completely unpredictable times and lasting for unspecified durations, with no warning is... actually hell on earth.

It sets off all the animals on the street, it sets off all the babies and young children crying (past their bedtimes). It is in general incredibly distressing.

But go ahead and call me a melt or a tory or whatever other insult du jour is current on ILX.

Branwell with an N, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:28 (five months ago) link

I find it repulsive and the part of my area which very likely did vote Tory is where I've seen it being most regularly and loudly practised. You aren't allowed to vote for these cunts and then clap the institution they've been deliberately under-funding for the last decade. I don't loudly express this disgust because there is probably a very real chance I'd get lynched! When I first saw it happening I filmed some of it on my phone and had a few beers and was whispering under my breath about what a bunch of wankers they are, nobody heard me, nobody got hurt.

calzino, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:28 (five months ago) link

that seems a completely legitimate complaint Branwell and tbh melts are more likely to be pro-clapping

clap for content-providers (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:29 (five months ago) link

It’s been a reasonably big nightly thing in Paris for a month now. We do it if we’re finished eating by then. My doc friend in Brooklyn loves that it’s happening in NYC; he posts videos of it even. He’s risking his life daily and enjoys feeling a general sense appreciation for that.

It's uniquely complicated in the UK by the nation's (somewhat obsessive) relationship with the NHS combined with suspicions about the Conservative Party and government's relationship with the NHS. There has been a lot of comment on social media about Tory voters clapping for NHS workers.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:29 (five months ago) link

... the hypocrisy thereof.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:30 (five months ago) link

On one hand, it’s a poor substitute for a properly funded NHS but it doesn’t leave me as incensed as NHS charity drives. Raise taxes! The NHS is NOT a charity!

On the other hand, a set time where people in lockdown come out and both see and speak to their neighbours is a really good thing in terms of community cohesion - I feel less atomised and I hope my neighbours do, too.

santa clause four (suzy), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:31 (five months ago) link

On one hand, it’s a poor substitute for a properly funded NHS but it doesn’t leave me as incensed as NHS charity drives. Raise taxes! The NHS is NOT a charity!

On the other hand, a set time where people in lockdown come out and both see and speak to their neighbours is a really good thing in terms of community cohesion - I feel less atomised and I hope my neighbours do, too.

santa clause four (suzy), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:31 (five months ago) link

haven't seen IRL scoldings, no. But twitter grumbling has the same effect IMO, of just making everyone feel worse.

― Tim,Friday, 17 April 2020 bookmarkflaglink

It's a complicated act given the very recent election result -- and how the NHS was a real issue in that election too -- I just see the people on twitter (at their best which is not always the case lol) bringing up the contradictions.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:32 (five months ago) link

my next door neighbour is a cunt. the neighbours on the other side are lovely but are never in (they have a flat on the seafront I think they tend to stay there instead). Never spoken to the ones next door to the cunt before but I saw the guy sweeping his drive while I was putting the bins out last week, said hello, he ignored me.

they can all go fuck themselves. I think it might get poppyish because last night there was some loudmouth bloke yelling "come on" aggressively over and over presumably because people weren't clapping enough. I can hear the dickhead next door with his braying phoney bullshit catchphrases as well. I was supposed to be moving away from these wankers but that's all fucked just like everything else

my cats aren't fans either tbh

Colonel Poo, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:33 (five months ago) link

there are TV adverts for "NHS charities" now, not sure exactly what they are but this seems like an escalation/normalisation of defunding the NHS to me

clap for content-providers (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:33 (five months ago) link

Not accusing anyone here, but there's also this fundamentally condescending subcurrent, absolutely rife on left Twitter, that assumes that because people are clapping they somehow haven't considered the possibility that the NHS should be better funded and the people working in it better paid and protected.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:35 (five months ago) link

xp oh ok thanks Tom D, I didn't know that angle. I'm an immigrant here, maybe there is something like that here too, not sure. public hospitals here were on strike as the pandemic broke out and that's been a clash between the government and the hospitals, but since the pandemic the government has pledged a lot of money to fixing the problems that were in place, and health care workers have responded positively to that policy change.

Joey Corona (Euler), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:36 (five months ago) link

Did this a few times but usually forget to and then am wondering what the noise is. Poor turnout last night compared to previous weeks. Glad it's a thing in several countries not something that can be branded as British Blighty bulldogging by bigots. As long as I don't hear people singing fucking Wonderwall or Imagine it's fine.

nashwan, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:37 (five months ago) link

Tory is always the current insult on ilx!

Microbes oft teem (wins), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:39 (five months ago) link

The last couple of times there have been fireworks - quite a lot of them last night. What essential business are they getting these from??

Microbes oft teem (wins), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:42 (five months ago) link

having these spontaneous bursts of incredibly loud noise erupting at completely unpredictable times and lasting for unspecified durations

I agree the noise can be over the top (we can hear fucking BAGPIPES from three streets away) but they are neither unpredictable or spontaneous. It's Thursdays at 8pm for a couple of minutes. Routine.

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:43 (five months ago) link

xp oh ok thanks Tom D, I didn't know that angle. I'm an immigrant here, maybe there is something like that here too, n

I don't think there's anything like the relationship between the people and the NHS in France or anywhere else - it almost defines the nation, I mean, what else is there? The Royal Family? LOL. I cringed recently when one of my co-workers said it was the 'backbone of the nation' but I actually do think there's not much else left the UK has to cling on - I mean, the UK is dead already, of course, so there's a desperate edge to it.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:43 (five months ago) link

The Tories have been deliberately and systematically misleading people about the NHS for a decade, there's a reason Cameron made a big deal about real-terms spending increases in the NHS from the get-go, even when everything else was being hacked back. That these increases turned out to be inadequate to say the least but they were at least able to get away with the claim that they were investing in it. Cummings recognised this as well last year, propagating the idea of the NHS as something that needs to be "protected" without articulating what that means or what he actually intended. So where that clapping Tory voter thing *does* exist it's often the desired result of ten years' worth of deliberate communications aimed at neutralising it as an election issue.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:48 (five months ago) link

we can hear fucking BAGPIPES from three streets away

haven't our key workers suffered enough

boxedjoy, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:09 (five months ago) link

it also means i end up chatting with my neighbours for a few mins, which is a good thing.

― mark e,Friday, 17 April 2020 bookmarkflaglink

That's genuinely nice.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:10 (five months ago) link

I agree the noise can be over the top (we can hear fucking BAGPIPES from three streets away) but they are neither unpredictable or spontaneous. It's Thursdays at 8pm for a couple of minutes. Routine.

― Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo),Friday, 17 April 2020 09:43 bookmarkflaglink

Sorry for being autistic and having a different idea of what "routine" is.

Management techniques for intense anxiety include:
-Don't have Facebook
-Stripped down Twitter to essential announcements and soothing dog pictures
-Pared your news consumption to the bare minimum
-Lurk on p much one ILX thread (but only when you have the spoons to deal with it) for commentary

If you are glued to social media or wherever it is that they get organised, you can work out the pattern - if not, they happen at random. They happen late at night (after I have already switched on the white noise machine, and they are loud enough to cut through the white noise) and it can take hours to get back to a baseline of OK again, to get to sleep.

Thank you for reminding me why I don't post on ILX any more. Like, no matter how clearly and explicitly your state your conditions and your experiences, there will always be a man popping along to tell you why you're wrong. Fantastic!

Branwell with an N, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:11 (five months ago) link

the people I know who work for the NHS in various capacities have all said they appreciate it. If it makes people think twice about the real impact of the parties they vote for and the policies they represent then it's got to be worth... something.

boxedjoy, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:12 (five months ago) link

it's only one night a week in the UK? it's every night here!

Joey Corona (Euler), Friday, 17 April 2020 10:13 (five months ago) link

tbf I didn't know about it either and it took me by complete surprise the first time it happened - I thought, "Is some idiot having a party"?

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 10:15 (five months ago) link

If it makes people think twice about the real impact of the parties they vote for and the policies they represent

There's no way it does this btw.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 10:16 (five months ago) link

"there's a reason Cameron made a big deal about real-terms spending increases in the NHS from the get-go"

I've heard "real-terms" used by some of the worst, bad to the bone tory liars so many times in recent years.. it's just a stand-in for "fake numbers pulled out of my arse" in my mind.

calzino, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:20 (five months ago) link

the "social media policing" element of it I can see creeping in already. I posted that Donald Macaskill interview from The Guardian last week where he basically scolded people for putting DNR notices on older people without informed consent, and said how uneasy this all makes me - key workers are still people, still fallible with bias and prejudice, and I wouldn't want to give trust in such major decisions quite so easily*. The comments I was getting were an absolute pile-on. It seems you can't be critical of the NHS and its weaknesses even if it's coming from a place of knowing that we should expect and demand better.

(*what calzino said in the other thread about doctors dealing with children with autism etc struck a nerve with me, I've seen and met so many arsehole doctors who think a job and some money puts them on a pedestal)

boxedjoy, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:23 (five months ago) link

i do not clap for carers

steer calmer (darraghmac), Friday, 17 April 2020 10:31 (five months ago) link

I'm sorry that this is freaking you out Branwell, that sounds miserable. It's sounds like you're on a far more extreme media blackout than anyone here expected, but I'm not sure it's entirely fair for you to expect onimo to pick that up from your first post.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:33 (five months ago) link

I do. Helps that I know we don't live in a Tory area, far from it.

I first heard about it while Skyping a mate living in Catalonia just before the UK lockdown. They have tighter lockdown measures and clap at 8pm every night.
Then at 9pm they bang pots and pans in protest (this is a protest tradition going back a long time for Catalunyans). I'm all for adopting this, so long as it doesn't bother people too much with noise.

Yes you could say there's a cynical streak running through it, and it's easy to see it as an empty gesture. But why should Boris and co be allowed to co-opt and ruin a show of solidarity? Fuck them. It's not for them.

As well as being a mark of solidarity towards key-workers, it invokes a sense of community spirit during times when people might be feeling very isolated. It's good to be reminded that other people are there, that we're all doing our best to survive together.
The clap is especially for key workers, NHS workers, shop workers, delivery drivers, midwives, and anyone else risking their own lives to help others.

But it's also a clap for community - for parents trying to home-school their kids while working their day job from their bedrooms; for elderly and vulnerable people who are cut off from the rest of society and fearing for their lives; for everyone doing their bit to help out, even if that simply means staying indoors and observing quarantine rules.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 17 April 2020 10:43 (five months ago) link

as boxedjoy says, I know of very few people working for the NHS who don't appreciate it.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 17 April 2020 10:45 (five months ago) link

FULL STEAM AHEAD: London's Woolwich Ferry performed donuts on the River Thames in support of health care workers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://t.co/htOkkfBOgJ pic.twitter.com/2PtH5JVzr6

— ABC News (@ABC) April 17, 2020

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:47 (five months ago) link

I'm sure that NHS workers would really appreciate a ferry going down in the Thames right now.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:49 (five months ago) link

xp to myself, but fuck anyone who voted Tory and is clapping, that goes without saying

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 17 April 2020 10:50 (five months ago) link

No. It sends the dog crazy so I spend 8.00-8.15 trying to calm him down

a hoy hoy, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:50 (five months ago) link

Seems to be getting noisier every week where I am.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Friday, 22 May 2020 11:01 (four months ago) link

Didn’t hear shit yesterday

What fash heil is this? (wins), Friday, 22 May 2020 11:03 (four months ago) link

I played Rhapsody of Fire really loudly at 8pm last night so I didn't have to hear it, this may be my new normal

Alert! The virus lives (Matt #2), Friday, 22 May 2020 11:13 (four months ago) link

It may be the layout of my building but I haven't heard the clapping once. Tempted to go for a run and time the end of it with the applause.

Matt DC, Friday, 22 May 2020 11:15 (four months ago) link

I could imagine seeing something hilarious in this bizarre crypto-fascist banging if I was tripping on acid and observing it.

calzino, Friday, 22 May 2020 11:20 (four months ago) link

I haven't done. I think some people around here did.
Seemed to smack way too much of uniformity and taht whole Stepford wives thing to me.
Also didn't really help the carers. Energy might have been better directed elsewhere·
THough on th eother hand if it hadn't started to seem mandatory it presumably did help the community spirit a bit. But not sure how taht held out.
Way too much focus on punishing those who don't comply etc.
Would hope something like that's main growth was organic not coercive.

Stevolende, Friday, 22 May 2020 11:35 (four months ago) link

I've completely forgotten about this. It seems most people on my block have as well.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2020 12:31 (four months ago) link

still happening on at least one birmingham middle class road, yesterday we discussed that guardian article while eating the neighbour's homemade vol-au-vents.

a slice of greater pastry (ledge), Friday, 22 May 2020 12:47 (four months ago) link

lmao

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2020 12:56 (four months ago) link

lmao

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2020 12:56 (four months ago) link

whoa

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2020 12:56 (four months ago) link

You know what, I'm going to have to check if I live in London because where I am seems to be nothing like anyone else's experience of living in London at the moment.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Friday, 22 May 2020 13:13 (four months ago) link

Maybe because I live on the top floor I'm hearing stuff you ground dwellers are missing.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Friday, 22 May 2020 13:14 (four months ago) link

Still a giant case of the clap in Holborn. GOSH and the neurological hospital very near this estate, though.

santa clause four (suzy), Friday, 22 May 2020 13:16 (four months ago) link

I seem to be living in the same bit as you, Tom - off the same road :)

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 22 May 2020 13:24 (four months ago) link

The Cursèd Road

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Friday, 22 May 2020 13:31 (four months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EYob17zWkAIk3GG?format=jpg&name=medium

I feel so happy for whoever horked that big saucepan.

calzino, Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:17 (four months ago) link

Big Sauciety

What fash heil is this? (wins), Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:27 (four months ago) link

That’s not anything, sorry

What fash heil is this? (wins), Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:27 (four months ago) link

I lol'ed

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:37 (four months ago) link

had no idea it had a right wing connotation in the UK. i like doing it in canada where has none. it's nice

flopson, Saturday, 23 May 2020 17:03 (four months ago) link

from a friend of ilx:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAie8aNhMzC/?igshid=l26he29y32zg

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 23 May 2020 19:44 (four months ago) link

good is that

calzino, Saturday, 23 May 2020 19:52 (four months ago) link

sort of idea Ray Lowry might have riffed on if he was still here!

calzino, Saturday, 23 May 2020 19:55 (four months ago) link

Bagpipes

koogs, Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:08 (three months ago) link

I'm a bit out in the greenbelt towards Wakefield but heard distant car horns and fireworks. Fucking allastair Campbell out there with his bagpipes is a new low!

calzino, Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:12 (three months ago) link

Definitely louder in my area than it was a few weeks ago. There's a bunch of posh young people living near me who make sure they make a lot of noise. They're posh to me, they probably don't think they are.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:17 (three months ago) link

The bagpipes got a round of applause when they finished, just to twist the knife

koogs, Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:23 (three months ago) link

We get bagpipes and a solitary church bell ringer, in E Anglia.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:24 (three months ago) link

had no idea it had a right wing connotation in the UK. i like doing it in canada where has none. it's nice

― flopson, Saturday, May 23, 2020 10:03 AM (five days ago) bookmarkflaglink

there's definitely some social aspects to this tho. like West side Vancouver definitely more a clappy place than East Van afaict (there's like no clapping from my poor door condo neighbors, only a little from the yuppy condo dwellers).. and I was out at my gf's mum's place in south surrey and it was like Mardi Gras

Rik Waller-Bridge (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:28 (three months ago) link

We had (very bad) bagpipes for the first time tonight, as well. Odd. So it's a thing, then.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:51 (three months ago) link

was this the last one

||||||||, Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:52 (three months ago) link

Fingers crossed.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:54 (three months ago) link

Did anyone get any booing or does that start next week?

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 May 2020 20:32 (three months ago) link

it seemed to start off a bit tepid this week and I thought oh is it finally on its way out then some wanker let off a few fireworks and then came the saucepan banging and presumably a kazoo or vuvuzela or something

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 28 May 2020 21:20 (three months ago) link

Exclusively a Tory thing from next week I think, not that it hasn't been. Hopefully 8.01 will be Boo For Cummings.

some infected evening (Matt #2), Thursday, 28 May 2020 21:22 (three months ago) link

Who decided it was officially over just before it petered out? Like who's in charge of unofficial impromptu public displays and how does everyone know?

BRAVE THE AFRIAD (onimo), Thursday, 28 May 2020 23:37 (three months ago) link

The lady who started it in England (and has been getting increasing press coverage saying "I'm not clapping any more")?

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 28 May 2020 23:54 (three months ago) link

Dutch wasn't she? It is probably safe to say it would have happened anyway

calzino, Friday, 29 May 2020 00:01 (three months ago) link

Hard to say, don't see anyone doing it elsewhere (aide removes cap off telescope)

There is definitely a lot of people saying "this is the last one" and possibly because of that it's louder than ever yesterday (though I don't think it was tapering off even before that).

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 29 May 2020 08:42 (three months ago) link

did it spread to the US and Canada from the UK? I mean the clapping not the other thing!

calzino, Friday, 29 May 2020 08:48 (three months ago) link

My street were out in force last night - even some twat with an air horn. They know my missus is a nurse, so a mere glimpse of her and everyone starts clapping directly at our house. It's so fucking bizarre (but good for her).

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 29 May 2020 09:21 (three months ago) link

Weren't they doing it in Spain weeks before us? Though there it was spontaneous.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Friday, 29 May 2020 09:47 (three months ago) link

Also I think Euler said they were doing it in Paris.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Friday, 29 May 2020 09:48 (three months ago) link

did they ever play bagpipes and let off fireworks in France? I'm just checking if it is a normal country.

calzino, Friday, 29 May 2020 09:53 (three months ago) link

Clapping here, but as previously mentioned it’s an estate on the doorstep of two hospitals.

santa clause four (suzy), Friday, 29 May 2020 10:01 (three months ago) link

I mean, somewhere in the DNA was the opera singing from I think Italy, so bagpipes are not entirely outwith the area.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 29 May 2020 10:09 (three months ago) link

I'm sure the accordions are out in force in Paris.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Friday, 29 May 2020 10:11 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

what was the 1 o'clock clapping for? did i miss a memo?

koogs, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:25 (two months ago) link

clapping for wealth creators

i have no scampo and i must scream (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:37 (two months ago) link


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