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newres
Posted on: Sep 12 2021, 05:16 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Sep 11 2021, 07:39 PM) *
Game over chaps. Time to bug out. Hope you are sorted. I'm going on a long trip at sea. #captaintrips Good luck.

Are you off cruising?
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Posted on: Sep 11 2021, 11:26 AM


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QUOTE (Phil_D11102 @ Sep 8 2021, 05:49 PM) *
What is my beef, well...

Hearing bull**** stories about when the cruise would deploy, and how the women would paint peace symbols made of paint and porridge on the windscreens of the vehicles when the travelled at 5 mph or less.

When I said that that was not true, what they actually did was throw stuff at the moving vehicles I first heard yes it was, but then another person said no, one time someone did throw a object filled with paint from a bridge, but it never happened again.

When I said it wasn't true, they asked what proof did I have. I said the USAF, as I seen it myself. Before I can say that at two events during the 20th anniversary of the Greenham Trust several other women said they liked to "mark" the vehicles.

I was shouted down, asked to leave a public event, and was told that we didn't want you American's back when the base was opened, and we don't want you hear now. So much for public event..

I would like to post images of "marked" vehicles, but I cannot do so here.

Shame the modern historical narrative came from the women who actually threw the balloons, then deny it happened.

These women were there too though weren't they? Who's to say eho's memory is correct? I have an old friend who worked there & his phrase at the time for the peace women was "pond life".
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Posted on: Feb 28 2021, 05:56 PM


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QUOTE (Mr Brown @ Feb 28 2021, 02:51 PM) *
BBC website reports that European / Irish freight traffic is 50% down. Apparently, European traders are sending their containers directly from French Channel
Ports to Irish ports. This avoids their traditional route which was cross channel DRIVE through UK then cross Irish Sea from Wales. Apparently some 40% plus of the old traffic goes the new way and a new shipping line has also opened. So, far less pollution and danger on our road network. Whilst surely a loaded ship is far more sustainable than even a 40 ton lorry. Win win

You must take your silver linings where you can.
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Posted on: Feb 27 2021, 05:36 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Feb 26 2021, 10:24 AM) *
Assuming all of my comment falls into the "daft" category, I thought the NHS was?
That is certainly the pretext on which Boris and the Buffoons have based their whole strategy.

By saying “and the buffoons”, you imply Johnson isn’t a buffoon. That’s clearly nonsense. But to the point, the NHS isn’t overwhelmed because of the lockdown. But much non urgent treatment is curtailed. Example is that following my cardiac arrest in June, my “six month” check is taking place in March. This is what the lockdown is all about. Keeping infections down to a level that the NHS can treat the worst affected and still function, albeit at a much reduced level.
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Posted on: Feb 24 2021, 05:25 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Feb 9 2021, 10:43 AM) *
Watch my lips young man.
ALL viruses mutate which is why they are so difficult to control. Covid 19 is extremely infectious and coupled with it's ability to adapt to changing circumstances, could well be around for a number of years.
We will not eradicate it, though it may lie dormant for a number of generations. The Black Death is still with us, though cases are thankfully low, and may well re-emerge when it has a mind to.

With the initial vaccination showing an 80% effectiveness, I for one, are confident that we are in control. One hundred thousand deaths may seem excessive but it is only .15% of the population and is comparable with the SARs outbreak of 2003.

As far as borders go, a virus does not recognise such things, and as transmission is mainly airborne now, it won't make to much difference to the war effort how much control we implement. We need to change the name from pandemic to endemic and remove the fear mongering.
Let's get the country back to work and rely on common sense to protect those who are still vulnerable.

Don't be daft. The NHS would be crippled.
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Posted on: Feb 8 2021, 03:20 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Feb 8 2021, 09:08 AM) *
Politics aside, I must say the vaccination centre (racecourse), is being operated extremely efficiently.
Little or no waiting, the stewards being friendly and helpful to those who fall into the "fragile" group.

If this is being repeated over the country then (hopefully) the end is in sight.

I don't think anyone could fault the vaccine roll out. There are worries about the second jab and worries about the borders & the SA variant though.
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Posted on: Jan 26 2021, 10:12 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jan 22 2021, 12:31 PM) *
The wearing of a "face muzzle" is an interesting one. Personally I consider them to be at best compliant, at worse detrimental to my health.
BUT, I wear one without question when shopping or places that I am reasonably close to others because that is a government directive. (The legal aspect is a little "off white" shall we say), and it is not for me to question, well certainly not in a public arena,
Like Mr Brown states, those who choose to make some form of protest or refuse to wear one on some spurious mental health grounds should be locked away for their own safety because they are probably not following all the other rules as well.
The fact that the death toll continues unabated points to something being intrinsically wrong,and assuming current directives are not to blame, then it is likely to be down to noncompliance by a lot of people..

I've only seen one person not wear a mask. It's not compliance that's causing it to spread, it's the rules that allow some transmission. It's a difficult balance to strike & I think the government has got many things wrong, but it's a tricky balance to make.
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Posted on: Jan 22 2021, 10:11 AM


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QUOTE (Mr Brown @ Jan 20 2021, 07:58 PM) *
It’s ok, NHS knew about the need for the closures when they agreed to use the site. Indeed a planned day or so out actually helps with performance. That the vaccine takes a fair time to produce, quite far sighted of HMG to place massive orders even before the stuff had been tested. All this known and in public domain well before start up. So, quite a remarkable achievement all round.

If you really want a cause to run with, go and give the cretins who claim they can’t wear facemasks - there are NO medical reasons not to and frankly, those who claim a mental health reason probably shouldn’t be out in public anyway.

Hear, hear.
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Posted on: Dec 21 2020, 08:24 AM


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#brexitisland

Anyone regretting voting for these idiots yet? Exaggerate a new strain to justify the Christmas about turn and we end up under virtual siege.
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Posted on: Nov 1 2020, 02:24 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Nov 1 2020, 01:53 PM) *
I'm just sitting back and drinking it all in as the whole lot spirals out of control and ends up burning up in the sun. Now red Len has threatened to lose the next election for labour....son, they don't need your help, honestly.

Imho, what the country needs next time is an electoral pact to deliver PR. We shouldn’t have to put an with another extreme government (left or right).
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Posted on: Nov 1 2020, 09:23 AM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Oct 31 2020, 07:16 PM) *
They can't help themselves, poor misunderstood loves,

"Poplar MP Apsana Begum named in Labour party anti-Semitism scandal as Jeremy Corbyn is suspended".

Is the same MP as,

"Labour MP Apsana Begum charged with housing fraud"

Bless.

Hold on though, is the red faced right wing Brexit supporting MP that is accused of rape? It’s pointless getting into these sort of point scoring exercises. Both parties have bad eggs.
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Posted on: Oct 29 2020, 06:33 PM


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Well ofcourse Labour May have some racist supporters but most of them voted Tory in the last election. ;-)
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Posted on: Oct 12 2020, 02:08 PM


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I’m in Kendal atm. This morning in 1/2 hour I saw one chap come out of a shop, take his mask off and proceed to start coughing. Another chap coughing as walking along and a third man spit phlegm. I’ve not witnessed anything like that in Newbury since this started.
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Posted on: Oct 7 2020, 02:39 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Oct 7 2020, 02:57 PM) *
Because of course the NHS has such a stellar record of success with anything IT.

It isn't just IT though. The private sector can't get the tests carried out. The errors being made are schoolboy errors. Not expecting high demand when schools and universities return?? Come on, it's been a cluster ****. And before you say anything, I would sincerely much sooner be heaping praise.
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Posted on: Oct 7 2020, 11:56 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Oct 7 2020, 11:00 AM) *
One can debate till the cows come home the pros and cons of present government strategy but anyone want to argue with the Lancet?

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/a...1201-0/fulltext

Maybe it's time we started taking this a little more seriously?

If the government could get track and trace working we'd be a lot further along. The WHO have been shouting from day 1 that this is the key. Instead of awarding contracts to their mates, they should have given the money to the NHS and local authorities.
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Posted on: Oct 6 2020, 10:15 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Oct 6 2020, 10:02 AM) *
Complete agreement, (collectors item), but I am coming from the other direction. This is literally making a mountain out of a molehill.
No one is arguing that the virus is not a nasty little fellow to have round to tea but it could have been handled so much better at a fraction of the price.
It should cost the Tory's the next election but are the others any brighter?

Ok. So explain to me why the most libertarian government we’ve ever seen and whose core voters believe Covid is a hoax would over react? I just don’t see a motive.
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Posted on: Oct 5 2020, 05:05 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Oct 5 2020, 12:41 PM) *
210 billion spent on the pandemic...and we are relying on an excel speeadsheet for Big Data...Dear God...


https://mobile.twitter.com/MaxCRoser/status...046638915706880

Without doubt the most incompetent government ever and during the biggest national crisis since WW2 I’d think.
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Posted on: Oct 1 2020, 11:37 AM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Sep 30 2020, 08:31 PM) *
Buy a cow....and a chainsaw.

I’m reducing my meat eating. Although thinking about Hannibal Lector a knife and a sewing kit might be sustainable.
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Posted on: Sep 30 2020, 02:21 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Sep 30 2020, 02:35 PM) *
I saw something the other day regarding a resurgence of stockpiling, though not sure if it was specific to an area. This could well be exacerbated due to a bad harvest this year which in turn will push the price of wheat up. If there is a run on flour by the "new cooks" that seem to be flourishing we may be in for a dodgy time, but it would only be short term.
Return of the Corn Laws anyone? tongue.gif tongue.gif

Tell you what, if a no deal Brexit looks likely, I will stockpile a few bits. Probably only of limited use as the main shortages food wise will be fresh goods, but I'll make sure we've got pasta and rice in abundance well before December if there's no deal by mid October.
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Posted on: Sep 30 2020, 11:46 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Sep 29 2020, 06:34 PM) *
Or one could equally argue that the infection rate would have been the same had we done nothing. Without a viable control model we are reliant on a speculative assessment. Any virus is completely unpredictable in it's "life cycle" owing to it's ability to mutate at whim, which is one of the reasons it is so difficult to produce a viable vaccine. The important figure is the fatality rate per 100 infected cases and that is below 1%. Highly distressing for those involved but is it really worth the hysteria when placed alongside other terminal conditions? I agree social distancing is beneficial, but surely it doesn't take a master's degree to work that one out?
Smoking kills, yet they still sell cigarettes, even though their use is a personal choice, so why haven't they banned them completely, or at least legislated against their use in public?

Hard to argue with some of your points but it's hard to think it wasn't the total lockdown that all but eradicated infections.

You say social distancing is obvious, but it isn't to most. Especially when drinking. We had a spike after VE Day in some areas. Around 50% of people I pass make to effort to keep 2 metres. If they aren't told what to do, they're too stupid to do the right thing.

On a slightly different subject. I had a chuckle on Facebook the other day when somebody blamed the "educated middle class" for panic buying.
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Posted on: Sep 29 2020, 01:28 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Sep 29 2020, 02:03 PM) *
This article has some interesting facts for those who think the end is nigh.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/how-...19-coronavirus/

For those who can't read, the global deaths form corona virus are on a par with suicide, yet very little is done to prevent such tragedies.

Covid 19 is being kept in check by social distancing measures. Cases were doubling every 2/3 days in March. Think what the cases and deaths would be without those measures.
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Posted on: Sep 25 2020, 10:23 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Sep 21 2020, 09:11 AM) *
I assume you cycle in order to enjoy the countryside while maintaining an element of fitness that you otherwise would miss, and are not one of those lycra clad lunatics that think they are Eddie Merckx and everything else on the road should give way to them?
Rant over as they say and enjoy the trips.

Bicycle clips on corduroy pants only. biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Sep 25 2020, 10:22 AM


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"What should I do if I get a notification saying that I’ve been in ‘close contact’ with someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19), but I do not believe I have?
The app will send you a notification if it calculates that you have been in ‘close contact’ with someone who then tests positive for coronavirus. The alert will not identify the individual in any way. A scientific calculation, using an “algorithm”, has been developed by NHS doctors and scientists to work out which app users are ‘close contacts’.

‘Close contact’ generally means you have been within 2 metres of someone for 15 minutes or more. Read more about how the risk scoring algorithm works.

If you have questions about how the advice applies to you, or are struggling with self-isolation, please call 111."

We're expected to trust a government algorithm? laugh.gif
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Posted on: Sep 19 2020, 09:05 AM


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Good move. I started road biking a few months ago. I like cycling but never really felt safe on the roads so I used the lockdown to build my confidence. I got up to 35 miles before my SCA but am back up to 25 now. I live in the Enborne end so tend to head out towards Hungerford & Lambourne & back. I absolutely love it on a Sunday morning when there's really hardly any traffic.
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Posted on: Sep 10 2020, 02:05 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Sep 10 2020, 02:59 PM) *
Unless of course we happen to fall into that category. cool.gif "If only god the gift did gee us...." I do get the point though.

Not how I picture you SirWilliam.
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