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    The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. H.L.Mencken

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  1. Thanks Algy, I'll bear that in mind next time I'm defrosting a bat for my dinner 🤢😂.
  2. Boris getting it has killed the rumour that you had to live in a palace and be able to call the Queen "mummy" to be eligible for a Covid-19 test.
  3. I think most of us have been "at death's door" with flu, or a bad cold, at some time. From accounts I've heard it's the pneumonia that this virus brings on in some people that is the killer, hence the vulnerable being worst hit.
  4. I spent the last 35 years of my sea-going career on ships with less than 12 crew, mostly with less than 9 crew. A lot of days you wouldn't interact with more than 3 or 4 other people as most of the time when you're awake and working half the crew are either asleep or resting behind closed doors and the other half are working in another part of the ship. Even the largest ships, not counting passenger ships, these days carry less than 30 crew members, so not a lot of social life there. The last ship I was on I was paired with another Master and we did 6 weeks on/6 weeks off. He is now a pilot in Shoreham and has owned a yacht for many years, which he uses to travel from his home in Margate to Shoreham and he lives on board it during his two weeks stint as pilot, before sailing home again. Mad 🤣.
  5. This is a video showing how a computer model is made to demonstrate what the government is trying to achieve with isolation. It's quite long (22 minutes) but quite informative. And anyway you can FF through any bits you find boring. https://youtu.be/k6nLfCbAzgo
  6. I was in the Merchant Navy for 49 years, so being sat at home in isolation isn't a new experience for me 🤣
  7. Seen elsewhere: "Is there a tax we can pay to stop Coronavirus, or does that only work against climate change?" A "leaving the house more than once a day tax" maybe?
  8. All fascinating Bill, and I love watching YouTube videos of tech experts talking about their expertise and explaining things to us lesser mortals, but perhaps a new thread for geeks would be in order? Just a suggestion 🤥😉
  9. New York is very badly affected by cases of Covid19. This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows that during Chinese New Year celebrations all New Yorkers were encouraged to go out and embrace the Chinese population (literally physically embrace individual Chinese people) to prove that New Yorkers are not "racist"*. Of course there's no chance of Chinese New Yorkers having family visit from China during these celebrations, that would be too far fetched wouldn't it? *Chinese isn't a "race" by the way.
  10. I assume they expected their holidays to go without a hitch, I doubt any of them have crystal balls. It is disappointing the sense of entitlement that a lot of them show, "I'm special and the government needs to see to my needs first" though!
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    GPs ?

    If its repeat prescriptions, use Pharmacy2U. Your prescription gets delivered by Royal Mail to your home so no waiting at the chemists.
  12. asperity

    GPs ?

    I contacted my local surgery using eConsult last week and received a response later the same day. Have a look at your doctor's website and see if they use this system.
  13. Do you think the various Police forces around the country rely on the government to procure new uniforms and notebooks for their bobbies? Or the various fire brigades for replacement hoses and helmets? Do local councils wait for central government to procure the yellow coats for their binmen (sorry, domestic refuse operatives)? The list is endless of the things that central government doesn't get involved in the day to day running of. That is why the likes of the NHS have devolved management.
  14. I know someone who freezes their milk Bill. So, yes, you can stockpile it if you have freezer space.
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