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Which do you miss not being open the most – your local pub or your hair salon?

Today we have hints from the government that pubs may be opening next month, as lockdown measures ease.

The Prime Minister said he hoped the two-metre social distancing rule could soon be reduced to enable businesses such as pubs and restaurants to reopen faster.

He said he had asked the government’s scientific advisers to look again at the guidance and was optimistic “we will be able to reduce that distance” as the coronavirus lockdown is lifted.

Reopening non-essential shops including hairdressers and beauty salons will only be done when it is considered “safe to do so” and this is unlikely to be before 4th July and this will only be subject to guidance provided closer to the time.

What are your views? Is consuming a pint more essential than having your hair cut or coloured? If you could choose, which would be your preference to open first?

Which do you miss not being open the most - your local pub or your hair salon?

705 people have already voted, what's your opinion? My Local Pub My Hair Salon

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SueC62
20th Jun 2020
0
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I'm not a pub goer in the UK and a personal friend is my hairdresser and comes to my home. Not sure if she'd be allowed at present. Here in Turkey, bars are still shut, although restaurants selling alcohol are open. Hairdressers are open too and I've had my hair coloured and cut. Capes are disposable plastic, like cling film, sticking to my arms and both the hairdresser and client where a mask all the time. They replace the client mask if it becomes damaged in any way.
Simeon
13th Jun 2020
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I don't have much hair anyway I do miss meeting up with my group of friends in the pub some of which are older and it's our way of keeping in touch.
JazzeR77
8th Jun 2020
1
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We are not really local pub people and living in the West Country there's bound to be a sheep sheerer about when the barnet gets too long!!
viking
5th Jun 2020
2
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As hair grows slower than a persons thirst , why not forego the pub for say one week and then with the £50 saved go for the shampoo & set [!!!], then the following week go back to the pub and reply to those that ask "where have you been ???" and then spend another £50 on a freeby round to make up for your absence !!
Supersabre
1st Jun 2020
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Well, not much hair to worry about. As for pubs, not really.
I miss the trips to the park. But I am sure they will come again.
Lionel
30th May 2020
2
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Alcohol and I parted company about three years ago and I was never a pub person anyway. The last visit to a pub was more than twenty years ago.

Hairdressing? My wife takes care of my hair. That is, until this lockdown when I thought I'd let it grow in sympathy with a few neighbours. Quite liked it longer. Even kidded myself it made me look younger.

Such vanity as I could hang on to was dispelled by a neighbour's wife. 'Oh, you look so like Dougal the dog in the Magic Roundabout.'

So much for vanity! The locks were shorn that day.
mdan2011
29th May 2020
5
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Being that I shave my head no problems there. But a nice cold pint relaxing in the pub garden with others from my family....oh yes please!
witch1
29th May 2020
1
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I miss seeing my grand kids most, hair can manage, pubs not bothered, having the grandchildren over for dinner and sleepover yes please
Wipeout
29th May 2020
1
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Neither,
I take my G&T at home and my lovely wife has her glass of wine and cuts my hair...sorted!

(But I do believe that my wife can't wait for her mobile hairdresser to start work again).
Billythequiche
29th May 2020
4
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Wow! I am seriously outvoted here. It begs the question, what is the split between male and female contributors to this site. No, please, stop. I am not making a comment, just being curious. Seriously, if taken light-heartedly, it could be an interesting thread for discussion. Possible topics: does it say anything about our age? does it say anything about our gender or lack of it? does it say anything about those who like to contribute to SilverSurfers? I suspect that the moderator may be needed but it sounds interesting.
As for the hair dresser, I stopped going when they started charging a search fee.
As for the pub, it is one of the great generation levellers if you sit outside as it helps to eliminate music that kills conversation. Hugs all round are missed but so is three generations, socialising in a "beer garden". The modern pub is now a neutral place across sex and age divides. There is now no pressure on what you drink. Ale, Lager, Stout, Bottles of wine, cocktails and soft drinks are all to be had with no one judging. Cheers.
Lionel
29th May 2020
2
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Thanks for the laugh Billy. You're a good sport.
Wilf
29th May 2020
2
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I loved your comment Billy about "hairdressers changing a search fee"...made me hoot! So appropriate
Billythequiche
30th May 2020
1
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Cheers Lionel, are you both safe and well?
Lionel
30th May 2020
1
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Yes, Billy, so far, although sweating hard in the garden. How are you two? Safe I trust, and healthy.
Billythequiche
31st May 2020
1
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Safe and well thank you. Not much of a gardener but managed to plant a Silex (prawn tree) in the middle of the lawn. Thank goodness the local council have started collecting the garden waste bin again, it was starting to smell like a compost heap.
Irene88
5th Jun 2020
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Miss going to the pub - not that I went often. Do like a drop of real Ale. know I can buy bottled but it's not the same as glass of the draught stuff. Perhaps it because my granddad worked at the local brewery.
Billythequiche
7th Jun 2020
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Come on Irene (sorry), please don't tease(sorry). Which brewery did your grandad work in? What is your favourite tipple?
Irene88
7th Jun 2020
1
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He worked at Tennants in sheffield that later became part of Whitbreads. He first worked with the dray horses that pulled the wagons delivering beer back when it was in barrels. then went on to help drivers deliver all over the country.

I mainly drink beer and wine. Prefer real ale, at moment I'm 'surviving' on Spitfire, Wainwrights, Boddingtons and Banks.

Looking forward to a trip down Kelham Island in Sheffield soon.
Billythequiche
8th Jun 2020
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It's amazing how a thread throws up links. The name Tennants takes me back to my roots in Scotland in the late forties. My mothers favourite tipple was their Sweetheart Stout. As a teenager in Grantham, Flowers Keg bitter gave way to Whitbread Trophy and Tankard. We used to motorcycle up to Sheffield to drink Wards.
We moved to Rotherham and were here when Wards closed. I still have a numbered bottle of the final brew.
We drink more wine than beer these days but like Boddies if it is kept well. Again, if they are kept well, I have a taste for Timothy Taylors Landlord and Marsdens Pedigree.
As we are in lockdown, a trip to the pub or club is a dream. We have bottles of Doom Bar, nice but not the same as a fresh drawn one.
We visit St. Ives frequently and a trip to St. Austell Brewery is an excellent day out. Fascinating tour and a lot of tasting to enjoy.
Irene88
8th Jun 2020
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Thanks for the reply, it's amazing how people can have connections. I believe there was also a Scottish brewery called Tenants (one N) Not sire if this is true was a long time ago when I heard this. Prior to lockdown my friend and I went to the Fat Cat for Timothy Taylors and the Kelham Island Tavern for one of their many varied offerings. I prefer bitters whereas my friend orefers the blond beers. Have you tried the ales from Bradfield brewery it based just outside Sheffield. I can recommend them. In my younger days I would even drink tennants Gold Label! don't know if they make it now. Just hope all the little local breweries survive. Like you I'm dreaming of the day. Take Care.
violetM
29th May 2020
3
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My hair is not at its best but I can colour it myself and have even tried a trim, and it was fine. So confident enough to manage now but so miss meeting our friends for a drink and catch up.
MrsPat
28th May 2020
5
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Hair salon sounds very posh-the local hairdresser sounds much more apt and yes I need to get there as soon as possible. My husband has said he will give my hair a trim...not likely with his shaking hands and bad eyesight he would probably cut my ear off.
Valleyman
28th May 2020
5
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It saddens me to say the days of the pub are numbered. My village had three. Now we have one poor restaurant type pub. People, ironically in lockdown, would rather have a drink at home and watch netflix. No driving. cheaper booze, better entertainment. I enjoyed pubs for years but as I got older I realised how boring drunk people are. But yes, I need a haircut!
WilliamC39
29th May 2020
2
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I am a non drinker but, still use the local pub
,4/5:times a week during the day ,, I love the banter , company
Meeting up with friends,,it's a rare breed indeed being an old fashioned working class local pub,,it is also a community all of
It's own.
Valleyman
29th May 2020
1
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Sounds ideal William, I wish I had similar. Maybe if pub/shop/post office/community hub/ all combine, then little places (and big places) could have something special. Cafes are great spots - as long as we can sit within six feet of each other!
Yodama
28th May 2020
4
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Neither really, I cut my own hair and don't really go to pubs. I do miss eating out at restaurant/pubs, not esentially pubs...now I am getting confused.
Well okay then, I miss pubs.
Wilf
28th May 2020
3
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I would like to be able to go to the local pubs but to be fair with this weather and a can of Guinness plus a packet of crisps I am more than happy to sit in my own garden with a good book.
The_bees_knees
31st May 2020
2
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Oh Wilf.....

Guinness out of a can?.... it's a sacrilege.....

What about all the 'social-acquaintances' you can form.
We have a veritable Freehouse in our small town....the others transformed into sterile hostelries or 'eateries' as we call them....but our Freehouse has to be supported to live-on......You can sit with the academics, the solicitors, the people with a trade (that work with their hands), the artists, the youths, the aged, such a wonderful mix and this is what people miss out on.

But having said all that, a garden is of huge importance especially now.....I take huge pleasure out of mine and I understand the necessity of going into a peaceful haven of tranquility!
Wilf
31st May 2020
1
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Are well Bees knees Guinness out of a can is actually ok nowadays. It is probably 90% quality of a good pub Guinness. I must say we have saved a small fortune on staying in. The last time I filled up the car was 3 months ago! It is bliss around here with no traffic and I love the sound of birdsong instead of cars and motorbikes all day long. You are spot on regarding gardens. Our kids are in London win flats and it is very difficult especially with such lovely weather.
The_bees_knees
31st May 2020
1
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Wilf...I am guilty of being one of those motorbikes passing....that disturb your garden rest/slumber/Guinness/book....
as I ride pillion (currently a Honda VFR800) but promise it will be a quick ride by......

Enjoy your day Wilf!
Wilf
31st May 2020
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I forgive you beesKnees!..big Honda eh? My cousins in their 60s have Honda Fireblades and go roaring all round Europe on them....well they did up to 2020!
The_bees_knees
31st May 2020
1
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Ah....Honda Fireblades......lovely! I notice they have one each (as pillion-riding would be quite difficult comfort wise.....being a sports bike......pillion seat small and perched high -up!)
Ours is a Sports Tourer, so a bit different. Quite high....but doesn't feel like being strapped to the wing of a plane
....precariously..

Another thing to look forward too however!
Wilf
31st May 2020
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They are both about 6 foot four so the Fireblades actually look small!
Irene88
5th Jun 2020
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Canned guiness! Only draught will do. But glad you enkoy it.
Margaret Hart
28th May 2020
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If I could afford it I would go to the hairdressers twice a week but as it is I can only go once as I’m retired on a small pension. I can’t set my own hair as I used to as I fell and broke my arm a few years ago and it didn’t set well so I can’t get one arm up my back. Also since my late 40s I’ve had my hair coloured (just my own colour) so now I have too long hair with obvious grey roots and my hair is dark brown. Drink has never bothered me as I don’t need it to enjoy myself. Anyone who does drink has been able to buy it all the time so really missing the pub is just like me missing seeing family and friends it doesn’t compare with the hairdressers which keeps one looking smart and feeling better
The_bees_knees
31st May 2020
1
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Margaret,

You are of the opinion that it is solely for the alcohol people go to pubs? You misunderstand the importance of the 'hub' and vibe of the British pub. It is not just for drinkers.
Certainly, there is the importance of socialising, especially if you live in a very small town. I can drink a pint or leave it. I see the true value of mixing with people from all backgrounds, ages, sex and I for one will not drink at home.
The alcohol isn't the pull....you are sadly missing the point.

Having said that, there is something to be said about feeling good in yourself and if going to the hairdresser is it, then so be it. There are so many lovely preparations for your hair.and products that leave your hair shiny and healthy-looking, even home remedies in nature and things available in our food cupboards to give a boost.! .......

Cider-vinegar being one of them!
JE
28th May 2020
3
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Without a doubt the hairdressers. My hair is usually straight and short and I had it trimmed every 4 weeks. Now it is just a tatty mess! Can’t wait to get it done although I expect it could be a while after they reopen before that happens as everybody will be wanting theirs done too.
swaneldo
28th May 2020
6
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Neither - I'm cutting my own hair and prefer it so that's going to be money saved each month and I have a supply of decent wine and am not interested in crowded and noisy pubs - I'd rather have a nice glass of vino in comfort at home and watch a good film on TV. Both are deffo not on my list of things I miss.
Fruitcake13
28th May 2020
3
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I'm with you on the pub thing, swaneldo, I'm not bothered about that either. I do like to go into my favourite local coffee shop for a cappucino now and again though, and I miss that. As to watching a good film on TV.....I'm with you on that too. BBC iPlayer has some really good ones.
Fruitcake13
28th May 2020
4
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I have very long hair and it desperately needs a trim! It needs several inches off it really. Luckily, I'm growing out the colour, so not bothered about that, but the trim really does need doing, another week or two and I'll be able to tuck it into the waistband of my jeans!
viking
28th May 2020
4
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Mi'lady has spoken.
She would not be seen in the local up market pub without having the usual hairdressing appointment with Raymondo before attending for a game of bottles, and a few flaming Whot Nots.
Bald123
28th May 2020
6
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With my head as shiny as a billiard ball and my name, it is a simple decision. I have not been to a hairdresser for about 40 years. i have not been to my local pub for 3 months and I am desperate for a pint of warm ale and a locally made pie. Dream on.
MrsPat
28th May 2020
2
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My husband is follically challenged and never has there been a better time to be so.
The_bees_knees
31st May 2020
1
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Oh....Bald123,

You've got the nail 'on the head'.
I have seriously been going wrong wearing my hair long and straight and perhaps we should be doing a Sinead O'Connor (but you need the large Bambi eyes to carry this look off)

Do you have the large Bambi eyes Bakd123? I always think men get a great deal out of certain thing in life!

A pint of warm ale....I would even drink that green-coloured nettle- infused one (the brewer's name evades me right this.minute) See my absence from the local freehouse is affecting me.
And of course, it has to be warm, British ale, not like the Americans drink it through the chiller.
Same would apply to cider...has to be barely warm and still...it could be cloudy (No Cider is meant to be fizzy and cold!).....
Stout....very cold and chilled!

Am on a roll now....I never drink at home...(odd that)
Enjoy your pint....when it comes Bald123......but let's wait 'til it's safe! 🙂
Frenchy68
28th May 2020
3
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Not to bothered about either. Am coping but a good haircut would be great! Something special ...a little treat.
ChrisH24
28th May 2020
6
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Neither are top of my list though. After friends and family am missing travel, the swimming pool, the theatre and car boot sales more

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