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On 22/09/2021 at 21:40, Matt said:

What a fucking day. Wife is flying back from the US finally after finally being able to go see her family, went to check in at the airport and was told that the 2nd leg didn't exist. Not cancelled, not rerouted. Didn't exist. After 2hrs on hold with Virigin, they sorted it all out and were brilliant. During that time I looked up the status of the flight - the route was cancelled 17 months ago... 

Do not book through JetAbroad. No phone number, no chat function. Granted they replied quickly to the email to tell us it would take them 2-3 days to arrange a change and we'd have to pay the additional costs. Or contact the airline (which I'd done in parallel anyway). 

Why is it so hard to get my wife into the UK?! :crying:

Your experience makes Shamima Begum's look like plain sailing!

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First time posting in this thread. Probably because I've done a lot of work over the last 5-6 years on letting things not grind my gears as often as they were. Much happier person now!

One thing that's frustrating me right now is that, as we start to transition into post-pandemic life, I (as well as many others) were hopeful that society was figuring out that we don't need to be busting our asses all the time in the name of capitalism. One thing the pandemic taught us was how to take time, hit the pause button, realize what's important.

I was hoping we would come out of the pandemic and we would start to see a societal shift in the work/life balance. Unfortunately, at least in my life and those closest to me, it's the exact opposite. Maybe it's different here than overseas, seeing as the amount of PTO we get here is a tiny fraction of what you all get over there, if we get any at all.

Curious to hear what other's experiences have been as we emerge from the last year and a half, in terms of finding a work/life balance and maybe shifting the percentages towards life a bit more.

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24 minutes ago, dunlopp9987 said:

Curious to hear what other's experiences have been as we emerge from the last year and a half, in terms of finding a work/life balance and maybe shifting the percentages towards life a bit more.

Probably a bit of a unique perspective personally having lost a wife and my voice to cancer in that time; but, my holiday has really re-energised me. Was really suffering from social phobia before but have already met up with one friend since I got home and seeing two more next week, feel like a different person. I'm not considered capable of work as it stands so that's not an issue, and I have possibly more medical stuff happening which I'll talk about if/when I know more but life is all.

I'd actually love to get work of some sort at some stage, preferably dealing with people because thet's what I love to do, but not being able to talk is a pretty big barrier. Try it for a day, or even an hour; been me for more than a year. I'm not complaining because if I wasn't like I am I'd be dead, but it's frustrating at times.

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1 hour ago, dunlopp9987 said:

Curious to hear what other's experiences have been as we emerge from the last year and a half, in terms of finding a work/life balance and maybe shifting the percentages towards life a bit more.

I've always been someone that works to live as opposed to living to work. We're only here once, time is not guaranteed so I'm not spending my life working 16 hours a day to ensure that Jeff Bezos can go jet-skiing when he feels like. Of course there is the element of going to extra mile for your job, but that comes from personal pride as opposed to being a slave to the system.

In that sense, Covid didn't really change me but it was a massive clusterfuck regardless. I can remember going shopping on my own and nearly having a meltdown because I was around people again (I didn't leave the house for the first three months of lockdown) and as a result my social skills took a bit of a hit, glad to say that as we're now "back to normal" I too feel pretty much as a I did pre-pandemic. 

I do feel like society is waking up though, more calls for working from home and a four day week. People are realising that the "norm" and dying of stress due to a ridiculous workload is absolutely stupid.

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Had about 6-8 week lockdown some 18 months ago when as a company we didn’t have any clients but one who kept there sites open, so I enjoyed the peacefulness of the phone not continuously ringing emails not needed to be written or answered, the weather was good and I thought if this is what retirement means then I want it. That is now a distant memory we are flat out and busier than before Covid started. Covid has taught me a couple of things how corporate business and governments pay lip service by saying one thing but doing another, and that I am prisoner of my success by getting in to deep financially you struggle to get out on your own terms. 

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