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  1. When they said scientist said this, is that all scientist, most scientists, some scientists or a couple of them? Because as you rightly said "without putting those figures into context isn't helping to reassure the public." 

    We’ve always known that hospitals containing high numbers of Covid19 infection are places to avoid and you don’t have to be a scientist to understand that fact.

    Bill :)


  2. People get confused about the numbers quite simply because they’re inherently difficult to understand however well they’re presented.  Not understanding is understandable but to be classed as a Covididiot you need to believe that the figures are in some way being deliberately manipulated to make the situation look worse than it is. Politics shouldn’t have anything to do with a virus but I firmly believe that the majority of people who think this way shall we say, are not big fans of the current government and the ones most likely to flout the rules.

    Now let’s see if I have to click on an advert for knickers to be able to post this 😊


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  3. It's interesting to note that while these automated scams continue, all the ones from the Indian call centres have stopped dead.

    What utter crap. The latest ads are now covering the reply button.

    I've had enough.



  4. I've just about reached the limit of what I'm prepared to put up with.

    The adverts have now moved and are covering the reply button.

    I can't reply to anyone without first clicking on an advert that I'm not interested in which in turn will cause even more of the same to be sent.

    I've been a member of this forum since it was set up but this will be my last post.



  5. I've just been reading on WWW news pages that Rod King is back on his hobby horse again calling for even more speed reductions during this crisis.

    We have less than half the number of cars on the road at the moment and people are only driving when it's absolutely necessary. People are already struggling to cope with the restrictions placed upon them, so measures like these will not be welcomed, and most likely they'll be ignored. Then there's the question of what do we do when traffic returns to normal; the roads get busier and more dangerous and Mr King will then be asking to increase the speed limit.  I think not.


    Bill :)

  6. Ey and that's why the British spokesperson said "The Chinese could learn a lot from us" :)

    Seventeen times more population than the UK and yet got through the outbreak with only just over three thousand deaths, they really could lean from us!


    Bill :)


  7. Here's another picture this time from one of my staff, who lives on his own, showing how he's dealing with self isolation.


    The picture taken yesterday got him into quite a bit of trouble when he posted it on Facebook.


    Bill :) 

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  8. The 6 foot rule is just a complete guesstimate because others in the scientific community suggest that the figure should be at least 24 ft. The point is that nobody knows for sure what's a safe distance and how far the virus can travel. My thought is that with a chest infection, there's a strong likelihood that the virus could be carried on the breath just from normal breathing so you don't actually need to cough or sneeze to spread it. When they show the slow motion of someone coughing or sneezing, the camera only sees visible particles of snot but the virus itself is so small that it could easily be carried much further rather like smelling someones cigarette smoke at great distance. The only really safe distance imo is complete isolation.


    Bill :) 

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  9. The first day of the lockdown I had to go out on a semi emergency and felt a bit ashamed because I was the only one out at that time but now it’s like half the country is out there. There must be two or three times more people milling about round here now than there was prior to the virus and it’s not like this area is full of flats where people can’t get outside. I’ve never seen so many joggers bike riders and backpackers in my life and I think it’s down to how people choose to interpret the governments instructions.  


    Bill :)

  10. It’s not just the younger generation Obs.

    I have a friend who insists that nobody has actually died of Covid 19, it’s all a huge over reaction and what’s more, there’s no way that he’s going to let the government tell him how to live his life. He’s mid 50s. :(

    Another friend now goes out every single day for all day country rambles with his wife. When he returns, it’s straight onto Facebook to show where he’s been and explaining how he’s not broken any laws and how he’s perfectly within his rights to do this. Like me, he’s 69 and ironically his wife is a former nurse. :(

    As for IQ levels, both these are/have been former company managers.  :(


    Bill :(

  11. Hi Bailey.

    You've come to the right place if you like advertising, this place is full of them just lately, just not very funny ones.

    But, trying to stay positive, at least they add a bit of colour.  :)

    Never used to be this way.


    Bill :) 

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  12. Well this brings a whole new meaning to self isolation. My brother Sam's only contact with the outside world is his landline phone and internet and that's been off now for over 24 hours. I suppose Open Reach are operating a reduced service and Hollins Green is a bit of a low priority backwater for them. I'm assuming the neighbours are helping but I may have to break my own isolation and have a ride out just to make sure he's ok. 

    Just got back and he's OK but B.T. have said that it' could be up to four days for them to come back and correct the fault that they created yesterday while working in the street. Meanwhile he's got my mobile so at least he can ring out to get deliveries from the local shop.  


    Bill :)

  13. Milky.

    No my business is classed as small, with only a dozen or so staff but we are affected quite badly. No taxi driver can work, so they just hand back their devices to the company, who then have zero income and can't pay us. If our income came solely from tech support charges, we'd be OK, but we buy expensive equipment outright then allow taxi companies to pay for it over one or two years. If they fail, we simply loose this money that we've effectively invested and there's little that can be done. Our biggest concern though is that all the equipment contains special data sims and although they're not being used, the company that supply's these will still ask us for payments. (a bit like having to pay for a contract phone even when you stop using it) and we have tens of thousands of these. 

    Running a business as you know often involves taking calculated risks but I doubt many could have anticipate the affects of a global pandemic, I know I certainly didn't.  But we'll get through this, and while there won't be any rewards for a while, at least with luck and help from the government, the business can survive and my staff will still have their jobs when it's all over. 


    Bill :)

  14. Milkey

    I only used the Polish as an example but the fruit pickers are only going to come from countries where the minimum wage differential is significant. Bet we don't have many Germans or French coming over to pick our strawberries for us. 


    Bill :)

  15. They shouldn't be doing this. Back in the crash of 2008 the government via us the tax payer had to bail out the banks so now the banks need to return the favour and help out the country. These loans though are intended for larger business only and the larger companies would normally have sufficient assets that could be used to secure such a loan. For example, if Richard Branson went in and asked for a few million to cover his bar bill, it wouldn't be that unreasonable for the bank to  ask for one of his planes as security even if the government has made overall promises.  


    Bill :) 

  16. Well that was good Sam.

    I spend half my life trying to get you back reinstated here and two little posts later you break the bloomin internet for the whole of the Hollins Green area. 

    Sam you are the man!

    BTW I've just checked and it was 2013 you were last seen on here.


    Bill :)

  17. My understanding on this is that the government hasn't given the banks any money, but simply told them to not to create obstacles for businesses applying for emergency interest free  loans. I thought the government offered some guarantees on this but banks being banks are probably being overly cautious by asking for further guarantees, which is exactly what they were told not to do.  I've just started the ball rolling in applying for a small business grant for my business and there was absolutely no red tape. 


    Bill :)

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    You have to prove you have been actively been looking for work

    Yes and that’s why any employer that advertises for staff gets flooded with applications from people who know they haven’t got a cat in hells chance of even making it through to an interview and just want to say they’ve applied for something. Even when offered an interview, most make excuses for why they cant attend, I’ve had first had experience of this and it’s sickening when young fit and intelligent people would rather stay at home than work.

    I know not every one’s a lazy sod and there are many who could work but have resigned themselves to the fact that due to age, ability or family circumstances probably never will, and simply adapt their lifestyle to making do with a lower income from the state. It’s people from this latter group who could be tempted to go out and pick fruit provided it’s well paid and there are no drawbacks such as having to wait ages for support again when the work finishes.

    This isn’t rocket science, it’s doable but it’s the same old chestnut of it not being the way we do things here in the UK unless it’s been debated for years. Look at the ventilator that the Mercedes F1 team helped to get up and running in a week. The device got instant approval because of the emergency but under normal circumstances they estimate it would have taken several years to get made and several more just to get it approved.


    Bill :)

  19. I once visited a designer outlet in Alexandria Scotland that was built on the former site of a car manufacturer that had long since closed. They had a small museum showing how during the war, the factory was the largest producer of torpedoes in the UK. Being almost on the banks of Loch Lomond it was the natural to use the loch as a testing ground and some of the loch’s freshwater dolphins were trained to chase and recover the test torpedoes. Although there were never any accidents, small plaque in the museum pays tribute to their role in the war. Plenty of shops for the ladies and old cars for us blokes, it’s a worthwhile stopover if your ever up in that part of the world.


    Bill :)

  20. Davy.

    I think the farmers do have to pay minimum wages irrespective of where the labour comes from but it’s the fact that even at that level, the foreign workers are getting three time more for doing the job. The Poles can earn a small fortune over a few months and make enough to put their feet up for the rest of the year, so having to relocate for a while is worth it.

    Now contrast that with the British.  Would anyone here like to move away from the family and go and live in a caravan or shed, miles from home for three or four months at a time and earn about the same as you’d get for sitting at home watching TV? It’s just not going to happen, so we either continue to import cheap labour or do something to radically change the system.

    Maybe if the farmers were given a subsidy equal to the dole, that could be paid on top of the minimum wage, then seasonal fruit picking would become a chance for the unemployed to get out and earn some decent money. Or if you don’t like the sound of that, let people on the dole be able to go out and earn minimum wages but don’t stop their dole or benefits. Either way, the fruit gets picked without importing people and nobodies any worse off.

    Everyone’s a winner. The worker gets more. The farmer doesn’t pay any extra, the government doesn’t pay any extra, unemployment figures go down and the fruit gets picked!!!   

    I should be the bloody Prime Minister, budge over Boris.


    Bill 😊

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