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« on: January 18, 2020, 10:29:32 am »

From [the Swindon Advertiser

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Great Western Railway is teaming up with the Samaritans to support Brew Monday on January 20.

The third Monday of January is often known as Blue Monday, the most difficult day of the year, so the railway company is inviting staff and customers to have a cuppa and a chat to beat the winter blues.

Brew Monday events will be held at offices, stations and depots across the GWR network to help spread the message that it’s okay not to be okay.

Samaritans volunteers will be at 11 stations, including Swindon's, handing out free tea bags and listening tips to get customers talking and listening better.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2020, 12:22:36 pm »

Laudable, at a time of year when some feel the need to end it all.

The event could IMHO have been better titled. On reading the thread title, my first thought was about the brewing of beer, I was expecting something on the lines of supporting local breweries!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2020, 12:24:27 pm »

The event could IMHO have been better titled. On reading the thread title, my first thought was about the brewing of beer, I was expecting something on the lines of supporting local breweries!

That's obviously the way your mind works*, Broadgage.

* Mine did, too!
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2020, 02:32:50 pm »

That's obviously the way your mind works*, Broadgage.

* Mine did, too!
Yes me too. I can see why they went for the word ‘brew’ as making a cup of tea can be referred to in this way.
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2020, 02:37:28 pm »

One of the subtleties of the word "brew" - to me, anyway, is that it signifies something that's not rushed - suggests time for the cuppa to be made and a relaxed scene to have a chat.
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2020, 07:26:09 am »

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Leeds train station will be filled with therapy dogs on Blue Monday

The 'most depressing day of the year' comes back around next week - but help is on hand in the form of four legs and a tail.

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Northern has teamed up with Pets As Therapy to bring some four-legged, waggy-tailed unbridled joy to Leeds commuters over lunchtime on Blue Monday on January 20.

Pets As Therapy is a national charity where dogs and their owners visit public places to uplift people in need of a mood boost or a short-term relief from mental health struggles.

Hospitals, hospices, care homes, schools and prisons all benefit from the company of the animals.

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"We'll have around 10 patient pooches all open to strokes, cuddles and petting, and all on hand to give our customers a little lift as they face Blue Monday."

He added: "One of our conductors at Leeds works with Pets As Therapy - and has two dogs of her own - and by inviting the dogs onto the station we can not only help our customers, we can support and highlight the fantastic work of the charity."

The dogs will be at the station from around 11am to 2pm and will be at the concourse near to the main ticket windows.

Billy says if only he had been alerted ...

Something for the diary for 18th January 2021??

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2020, 07:31:18 am »

Is there a list of the 11 GWR stations taking part in this anywhere? Unless I'm missing something, I can't find one on GWR's press release or anywhere on the web.
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2020, 07:41:15 am »

Is there a list of the 11 GWR stations taking part in this anywhere? Unless I'm missing something, I can't find one on GWR's press release or anywhere on the web.

I too failed to find the list - all I came up was an event lat year at Ealing Broadway
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2020, 05:53:34 pm »

GWR video at https://www.facebook.com/gwruk/videos/155858075713532/
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2020, 06:33:24 pm »

There were half-a-dozen Samaritans spread strategically across the Deck at Reading Station at 0930 this morning, offering tea-bags. I'm not a great tea-drinker, only occasionally using a curiously-flavoured tea from boxes of bags I keep for friends so minded. Good humouredly I told the first Samaritan that I had no problems with Black Monday (or whatever it's called) and didn't drink tea.

Then I was immediately approached by the second Samaritan. I explained to her that I'd just spoken with her friend. I managed to swerve around the other four, a bit like a slow-motion rugby player avoiding tackles. TBH I was reminded a bit of evading a string of chuggers who used to proliferate outside stations.

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