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corona get better 10 things lockdown has taught us about the... moaning of life

From moaning colleagues to sweaty gigs, here is just some of the stuff we promise NEVER to complain about again.

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BONKERTON: Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, in sexmad Bridgerton.

BONKERTON: Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, in sexmad Bridgerton.

BONKERTON: Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, in sexmad Bridgerton.

1. Telly bonkbusters

From Connell's silver chain right up to the Duke of Bridgerton's silver spoon, there's nothing 'guilty' about guilty pleasures during a pandemic, if viewing figures are anything to go by.

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Locking lips with Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne

Locking lips with Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne

Locking lips with Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne

A record-smashing 82 million households worldwide streamed 'Bonkerton' starring Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor during its first month on Netflix, numbers show.

So sorry, not sorry, for having escapist fluff like Married at First Sight Australia, Temptation Island and Pulling with the Parents on series link - the Nine O'Clock News will still be there after.


2. Thermostat wars

Almost half of real-life Goldilocks said in a 2018 survey that their office was either too hot or too cold.

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After a positively polar winter working from home, we would be happy to grin and 'bear' a degree or two either side of the ideal office temperature of 22C, according to scientists, after returning to the workplace -putting an end to thermostat terrorism for once and for all.

After a positively polar winter working from home, we would be happy to grin and 'bear' a degree or two either side of the ideal office temperature of 22C, according to scientists, after returning to the workplace -putting an end to thermostat terrorism for once and for all.

After a positively polar winter working from home, we would be happy to grin and 'bear' a degree or two either side of the ideal office temperature of 22C, according to scientists, after returning to the workplace -putting an end to thermostat terrorism for once and for all.

After a positively polar winter working from home, we would be happy to grin and 'bear' a degree or two either side of the ideal office temperature of 22C, according to scientists, after returning to the workplace -putting an end to thermostat terrorism for once and for all.

If that doesn't work, there's always a Snuggie.


3. Small talk

'Going anywhere nice on your holidays?' Well, no, not after Tánaiste Leo Varadkar poured cold water on "non-essential" foreign holidays for the rest of the year, but oh to be asked by our beloved hairdresser anyway as we lie back in a vibrating massage chair for the whole shebang.

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We can, however, vow to be first in line for a spot of much-needed 'hairapy' when salons here finally reopen.

We can, however, vow to be first in line for a spot of much-needed 'hairapy' when salons here finally reopen.

We can, however, vow to be first in line for a spot of much-needed 'hairapy' when salons here finally reopen.

We can't promise not to butcher our own hair like the politician - who told how he had bought clippers online - as lockdown continues. We can, however, vow to be first in line for a spot of much-needed 'hairapy' when salons here finally reopen.


4. Crowd surfing

They're dark, crowded, sticky and overpriced - so naturally we'd sell both our grannies to be wedged into the 3Arena with 12,999 other gig goers right now.

Couch concerts by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Lady Gaga and Foo Fighters have helped music lovers stay sane over the past year.

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But we're living for the day a seven-foot stranger parks themself right in front of us at a live gig again like the 20,000 New Zealanders who rocked out to Kiwi band SIX60 last month.

But we're living for the day a seven-foot stranger parks themself right in front of us at a live gig again like the 20,000 New Zealanders who rocked out to Kiwi band SIX60 last month.

But we're living for the day a seven-foot stranger parks themself right in front of us at a live gig again like the 20,000 New Zealanders who rocked out to Kiwi band SIX60 last month.

But we're living for the day a seven-foot stranger parks themself right in front of us at a live gig again like the 20,000 New Zealanders who rocked out to Kiwi band SIX60 last month.


5. Gym posers

Karaoke spin, naked yoga, skateboard Pilates - at this point we'd give anything other than going for yet another socially distanced walk a go.

Online workouts and virtual 5ks are all well and good, but let's face it, there's nothing like the bang of androstenol and migrainous music of the local sweatbox for fitspiration.

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Online workouts and virtual 5ks are all well and good, but let's face it, there's nothing like the bang of androstenol and migrainous music of the local sweatbox for fitspiration.

Online workouts and virtual 5ks are all well and good, but let's face it, there's nothing like the bang of androstenol and migrainous music of the local sweatbox for fitspiration.

Online workouts and virtual 5ks are all well and good, but let's face it, there's nothing like the bang of androstenol and migrainous music of the local sweatbox for fitspiration.

With the cutesy 'quarantine 15' fast turning into some serious lockdown lard, gyms can't reopen fast enough - hogging the machinery and grunting unnecessarily loudly just isn't the same at home.


6. Tipping

Every friend group has one - the tip dodger who whips out their phone when the bill comes at the end of the meal to calculate their share down to the last cent.

Times are tight, so no one is expected to rival Donnie Wahlberg, who left a huge $2,020 tip on a $35 bill in a US restaurant last year, sparking the #2020tipchallenge among minted celebrities.

If and when we finally do get a night off from the air fryer though, we'll be digging deep for furloughed wait staff - and expecting our dinner companions to do the same.


7. Cheesy chat-up lines

Bubble suits, mile-apart picnics and even drone flower deliveries are just some of the creative ways singles are finding love in lockdown.

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Romantic young couple dating in pub at night

Romantic young couple dating in pub at night

Romantic young couple dating in pub at night

After 12 months of sliding into DMs and baltic walking dates though, an old-fashioned chat-up line in an actual pub could prove the ultimate aphrodisiac for the 57pc of singles still hopeful of meeting 'the one' in 2021, according to a survey by Plenty of Fish.

Maybe just not: 'Do you come here often?'


8. Big Irish weddings

Forget micro-weddings - with ceremonies still limited to six people, at this point, they're practically nano-weddings, so who could blame spring brides and grooms for putting their big day on ice?

Coupled with those who pushed their 2020 wedding back, experts reckon it could be wall-to-wall weddings this winter, and honestly after a year of 'nopetials', we're weddy.

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Candy carts, choreographed dances, drunken uncles - nothing is cliché enough to stop us from unleashing our inner Franc aka Peter Kelly, even if we do still have to wear a mask.

Candy carts, choreographed dances, drunken uncles - nothing is cliché enough to stop us from unleashing our inner Franc aka Peter Kelly, even if we do still have to wear a mask.

Candy carts, choreographed dances, drunken uncles - nothing is cliché enough to stop us from unleashing our inner Franc aka Peter Kelly, even if we do still have to wear a mask.

Candy carts, choreographed dances, drunken uncles - nothing is cliché enough to stop us from unleashing our inner Franc aka Peter Kelly, even if we do still have to wear a mask.


9. Airport security

Sometimes we sit at the kitchen table late at night, mournfully packing and unpacking a Ziploc bag with tiny toiletries, just to recapture the feeling of jetting off to sunnier climes on a no-frills flight.

To all those under-appreciated airport staff, we're sorry for never, ever having our passport open on the photo page and pretending not to know about the 100ml rule. Our belts and shoes are already off in sweet anticipation of summer 2022.


10. Huggers

Following National Hugging Day last month, now surely the most pointless holiday on the calendar after Cheap Flight Day, who wouldn't love a great big bear hug from a friend?

Science shows how both animals and humans crave touch from birth to ease stress and anxiety.

In a world of elbow love, we'll be welcoming the awkward embracers and too-long squeezers in our lives back with open arms when the time comes.

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