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  1. Remember this post I made a couple of months back about a video being made in one of my locals. The big guy doing all the talking was sitting far too close for my liking but when he started doing his denying bit and saying how he wouldn’t get vaccinated I thought it was time for me to make my excuses and leave. 🤢 They’ve just done another video with him, this time from his sickbed and he’s now desperately appealing for people to ignore everything he’s ever said about Covid. He was the stereotypical covidiot who was using social media to spread his whacky views to his thousands of followers. So while I wouldn’t wish this virus on anyone, there’s some who almost deserve to get it. Bill 😊
    4 points
  2. Nowt wrong wi lycra.....although mrs sid thinks i look more like cooperman than superman when i wear it.....😭
    2 points
  3. Well, more talk from Priti, suggesting that a policy of turning back illegal migrants at sea - WOW; some of us have been asking for this for years. Assuming they do this and ensure no one crosses the channel illegally; they then need to address the issue of the 12,000 plus illegal migrants now living in four star hotels, and beyond that, an estimated million that have faded into the shadows of our society. Get a grip and get them deported. 😠
    2 points
  4. Did anyone else hear the figure for Olympic sponsorship by the national lottery ,£350 million. That money would be better spent helping care homes than what is supposed to be an amateur sport to such a degree. I'm sure that would also involve many more people taking part in the lottery.
    2 points
  5. While we let in thousands of migrants and set them up in Hotels or Council Houses; the rest of Europe prepares their defences to block the invasion. Poland has declared a State of Emergency and deployed their Army to block Afghan migrants entering via Belorussia. Razor wire barriers and forcible ejection by their Army, show what a responsible Government should be doing to defend it's National Borders. We have the added bonus of sea separation, and Boris and Priti still can't stop them; get a grip BoJo ffs, and send them all back. 😠
    2 points
  6. I have a text from my doctors to say that they will be offering a booster jab along with the flu jab from September. They will contact me to make my appointment and will no doubt ask if i want one or both or none. Be feeling like a voodoo doll at this rate.......📌
    2 points
  7. The transport industry was short of drivers by many thousands when i retired ten years ago. It is the only industry where the so called H&S friendly Eu Drivers Directive made it possible to work even longer hours ,which has been exploited by many companies. The driver's CPC is also another expense unless you work for a company which will foot the bill. The congestion & dog eat dog attitude of other road users doesn't help & most HGVs have been prohibited from parking in towns & cities & pushed onto bleak lorry parks & m/way services or even lay-bys. Drivers & their vehicles are generally treated with disdain these days until someone's milk ,bread or newspaper fails to arrive.
    2 points
  8. Well, Biden's promise to exact revenge on the ISSIS terrorists who bombed his troops at Kabul Airport, resembles that of Bush's speech after 9/11, which started this 20 year saga. So it seems we've gone full circle and ended up where we started, except we can't start, as we've conceded defeat. Other than filling the Afghan skies with Reaper Drones and killing innocent and guilty alike on a systematic basis to provide retribution; Biden can't recoup any political credibility, he's now a failed President with failing health. So in the spirit of reaping what we sow; thousands of migrants will enter the UK and EU from Afghanistan, including terrorists, committed to Jihad; and the liberal bleeding hearts over here will be trying to outdo each other to welcome them in, including those bent on killing us. No doubt the EU and France will be waving them through to the UK, where over 10,000 have landed up to now, and we have a Gov incapable of responding as the majority of Brits would wish IE turn them round and take them back by force. Oh what a tangled web our politicians have wove. 😠
    2 points
  9. Well it's likely that the chickens (terrorists) will be coming here to roost - they've already spotted red flagged individuals trying to board planes to the UK; and now the French are warning us that some of the boat migrants may be armed. Add to this a flood of heroin heading for Europe and China securing mining rights, so they can extract the lithium, then sell us batteries for our EVs, and to say it's a mess, would be an understatement.
    2 points
  10. Yes, but it doesn’t work that way Sid, in fact I’d go so far as to say it’s exactly the opposite. Most kids aren’t worried about the virus at all, but the oldies are because despite their double jabs, they know that the chance of catching it remains as high now as it’s ever been. Add into the equation the amount of time since they got their jab and it’s reducing effectiveness, plus the fact that for some it offers no protection at all, and the threat is still there; its just not killing quite so many people at the moment. As for personal freedoms, I understand the argument but don't you think it’s a bit like like drink-driving? Nobody says you can’t have a drink, but we all know it’s a risk that could ultimately end up killing someone. But if over 100 people were killed on the road every day through drink, then that particular freedom wouldn’t last long. At least with drink we can quantify and set legal limits but we can't quantify lack of respect for others. Bill 😊
    2 points
  11. But it is not compulsory to wear a mask now and eve when it was there were so many exceptions for not wearing one and no real way of enforcing lack of mask wear. if the vaccine works as claimed then it is the younger people who should be worried about not having had it and catching the virus not the older people who should have had both shots by now and are on the list for the top up when the "standard" flu jab time arrives. That is the thing about freedom you are free to make your choice and just as free to suffer the consequences of that choice. remember in every old person is nineteen year old wondering what happened........🤔
    2 points
  12. I saw many good games at Wilderspool --i lived in Clock-Face and our Saturday mornings were spent in the Local baths in Bath Street --on leaving we had our dinner in town then on we would go to whoever Wire were playing --seen em all there my fav was Jimmy Challinor a classy centre,Eric Fraser was another top player --then catch no 140 back to Clock Face --happy days.
    2 points
  13. I have the dvd's of "flash gordon conquers the universe" three volumes of 4 episodes each. Frank Middleton as Good old Ming the Merciless "BOOO hiss BOOO". Larry "Buster"Crabbe as Flash Gordon "look out he's behind you" they were still showing those when i was a ten yea old in the late sixties and still plating the minors song as well on the organ, words on the screen with a little bouncing dot to keep everybody in synch. Cliff hangers galore that seemed to show the hero dying at the end of every episode only to to be shown to be false at the beginning of the next and special effects that spared every expense. Those wobbly spaceships with the strings outlined on the backdrop trailing smoke that rose and sparks that fell. Keep meaning to try to find the rest of the flash gorden serials but real life tends to get in the way..
    2 points
  14. Well Obs, you’ve always agued the world is overpopulated so maybe this is the planets own natural mechanism to overcome the problem. Bill 😊
    2 points
  15. The numbers are going up quite simply because we’ve relaxed all the measures that previously helped to hold it all down. The younger generation, because they socialize more and are less careful than us oldies, are the main speeders of the virus but it’s not the end of the world as each one of them that gets it builds up antibodies. Apparently @95% of people now have antibodies either from catching it or being vaccinated so hopefully there wont be too many requiring hospitalization. It's the ability of this virus to spread even amongst the vaccinated that’s the biggest worry. We’ve found a way to stop it killing lots of people but other than more social distancing, it looks like it could go on forever. Bill 😊
    2 points
  16. in New Zealand. Watching an Ozzy News report on Youtube, about proposed constitutional changes in N/Zealand; which would mean 50/50 power sharing between the Maori population (16% of the total) and the rest. It would also entail splitting health services on racial grounds and also changing the name of N/Zealand to it's Maori original. Aided and abetted by the Ahern Gov; it shows the complete insanity of this drift into wokeness by Western Cultures, apologising for history, revising history and the silencing of opposition. Something future generations can wrestle with, and they're welcome to it.
    1 point
  17. These middle class kids blocking the M25, for 5 mins of the evening news, whilst alienating all the road users their action has inconvenienced is one thing. The other more important aspect to this is the woke response of the Police. What people expect is for the Police to IMMEDIATELY remove protesters from the roadway, thus allowing traffic to move, the protesters can then be arrested and taken to the nearest Police Station for charging. But no, 9 protesters (on the news clip), were sat in the roadway, surrounded by at least 30 plus Police, whilst a senior (female) Police Officer "talked" nicely to them. With the Police, wokism may be a much more serious matter, but it's systematic of the state of all our public institutions today, where senior management is full of woke idealists, resisting any control by the elected politicians. Time for a root and branch purge in the Police and all our public institutions imo, to terminate this woke nonsense and return to common sense responses in tune with public opinion. 😠
    1 point
  18. Does anyone know what the point is ? Having the vaccine doesn't stop you contracting or spreading the virus, it merely reduces the severity to the individual. It would make more sense to ban all venues for mass gatherings, which provide the spread fests for the virus. 😷
    1 point
  19. I think the term digital voice may have mislead you there Davy. I think it was just a way of saying not the old analogue type of telephone line. Interestingly and slightly off topic, I made a little device last year to accept spoken commands rather like Alexa but done without using any internet connection and it worked quite well. I’m sure these days there’ll be something out there from China that would do the job for your friend, maybe you could ask Alexa. 😊 It is a hub3 btw Sid. Bill 😊
    1 point
  20. Funny you say that Sid; I remember my late Father asking a young "carer" for poached egg on toast, and she asked him how to do it - clueless. 😉
    1 point
  21. Which would account for their confusion when they are trying to decide which of the five thousand odd search results on how to boil an egg to pick......🤭
    1 point
  22. ah the dear old government. implement total lockdown and the masses start to rebel about. implement release from lockdown with a few minor restrictions and the masses rebel against it. Whatever the government does is wrong in other words, even when they do the right thing it is wrong to some people.....🤭
    1 point
  23. The continuation of mass attendance events, especially those indoors is totally irresponsible imo; and will ensure continued flare ups, which will mean we'll never see the end of this pandemic. As I expected, HMG are considering a "fire break" lockdown in October, but unless these spread fests are ended, we'll see the hospitals filling up again this Winter. Crazy. 😷
    1 point
  24. Well, it's looking like the main financial burden will fall on the great unwashed; but elderly care won't look much different imo. We'll still have 5 star provision for those who can afford it, with the rest picking up the basic provision of Local Authorities.
    1 point
  25. Well Boris should sort it out and alleviate the labour shortages in one fell swoop !
    1 point
  26. Think the point is Dave, they are not allowed to work, they've never paid taxes either; but will consume our Health and Education systems, and anything else they can get for free - after all, that's why they come here. 😠
    1 point
  27. How much tax is payed is down to how creative the your accountants can get when it comes to avoiding paying it (in this country that is) That is if you are wealthy enough to afford accountants in the first place. For the rest of us it is just pay up and shut up. Taxes:- the government method of legally collecting money with menaces
    1 point
  28. Seems we're even short of drivers for the Bin Lorries, I was amazed to learn that foreign drivers had been used to keep the numbers up; thus saving on training and wages for lazy employers. If the Gov and Employers started training indigenous staff and attracting them with higher wages, we might solve the problem. 😠
    1 point
  29. I think the abandonment of industry training boards has played a big hand as well. The UK found it cheaper to import EU labour.
    1 point
  30. I think I saw something on telly about the driver shortage where it was suggested it had little to do with wages but rather the delays in getting new drivers through their HGV tests due to a shortage of examiners. Apparently, there are thousands of British drivers that have been waiting for months or even years just to take their tests so whoever’s in charge needs their backside kicking for allowing this to happen. IMO, we don’t need to import loads of foreign drivers but rather just a handful of temporary HGV testers and that way we can get it done right. Bill 😊
    1 point
  31. A lot of the Covid news has understandably been overshadowed by events in Afghanistan but given we’re running into the Autumn now and nothing is being said about the booster jab, it does make me wonder if the plans are changing. Clearly this is all new territory and just how long the antibodies last and the degree of protection they provide won’t really be know until it starts to go bad again. My friend who caught the disease right at the beginning recently took part in a test to see if antibodies from the original infection were still present after nearly two years. Amazingly they were still there so maybe even at very low levels there is a degree of protection, and this may be affecting the thinking about routinely giving the booster to everyone. Bill 😊
    1 point
  32. From what I’ve read, the C.1.2 variant is not that much worse than Delta, so much so that according to the WHO, it doesn’t even qualify as a virus of concern and is expected like many other variants to naturally die out. Of course, the press focus and emphasise the point that it’s more transmissible but in reality it’s statistically only just a tad worse than Delta. I wouldn’t lose any sleep over this one. Bill 😊
    1 point
  33. The we is the British public and no we didn’t vote to go into to Afghanistan, the politicians made that decision for us but at that time there was a lot more support for action to remove the threat of terrorism that the Taliban were playing hosts to. In most conflict cases, there’s always a good reason to act but when it starts to drag out, public support soon drops off and the conspiracy theorists and opposition have a field day. Sure at first the Afghans didn’t want us there, but after twenty years of change for the better, most there would prefer what they have now than to revert back to the old ways. I believe the Afghans that assisted our troops did so in the hope of defeating the Taliban and making their country a better place to live and only a hardened cynic would suggest it was for the chance of settlement in the UK. Bill 😊
    1 point
  34. Going back to Latchy’s original question, it’s an interesting one that we can only guess at. If we hadn’t come up with a vaccine, then for sure a hell of a lot more people would have died with the majority being from the older generation. Plus, with no medical solution and the fact that a permanent lockdown would completely bankrupt the economy, we’d end up having to take our own chances, with the more vulnerable and elderly living in a state of permanent isolation. Then after several years, having wiped out all those susceptible to it, the virus would become little more troublesome than the seasonal flu. Bill 😊
    1 point
  35. I think it’s more they don’t like the idea of being publicly beheaded for assisting our armed forces to fight against the Taliban than just wanting to come here. They aren’t economic migrants; they just don’t want to die at the hands of a brutal regime. We helped to create their plight, so it’s only right that we should offer them protection. Bill 😊
    1 point
  36. The days when public transport actually provided a public service Artie. Those golden days of yore.
    1 point
  37. This reminded me why I hardly attend live games any more! My first ever live game of Rugby League at Wilderspool - and we think Super League and Summer Rugby has improved the game! Yes, the players are fitter and the stadiums (most of them) are smarter. But this was a packed Wilderspool involving two teams playing for a county cup which doesn't even exist anymore! This was the game and atmosphere which made me become a fan. Not the corporate hospitality and flat expensive beer and posh nosh! How I crave to be at a game with an atmosphere like this instead of the armchair fan I have become. https://fb.watch/5DoZcSvuqo/
    1 point
  38. Personally i would glue the locks up and leave them to it for a few days. If they complain that they are cold start the car to warm them up. A few laps round Piccadilly Circus should do it.
    1 point
  39. The UN HR organisation are expressing concerns that the Taliban are performing summary executions, and no doubt think they will hold the Taliban to account. How exactly do they do that ? Taliban Leaders are unlikely to leave Afghanistan, the UN or any other Country are unlikely to enter Afghanistan - so basically they have a free hand to do whatever they like, without any accountability.
    1 point
  40. That's thanks to Andy Burnham - with a one sided deal for GPs - more money and less hours. 😠
    1 point
  41. What do they expect ? They've now traced surges to several large scale events, not least the Olympics; relaxations just invite a viral bite back; perhaps older folk are wise enough to continue with caution. Seems with all the effort being made with Covid, that the drug companies haven't been able to identify the potential strains of the normal flu virus for this winter's flu injection, so can we expect that to take off ? One step forward, two steps back. 😷
    1 point
  42. Youngsters think they are immortal and have no sense of danger; hence many die in accidents - it's all about the survival of the fittest or luckiest. Darwinian 😷
    1 point
  43. Seems we've got local Councils planning to aquire or build new, large houses to accomodate large Afghan refugee families - the bleeding heart bandwagon is in full swing. 😠
    1 point
  44. Having done some web surfing , their doesn't seem to be much clamour from Arab & Muslim nations to give refuge to fleeing Afghans. We are one of the major donors of help.
    1 point
  45. I think what we've learnt, is that the vaccine provides protection against a terminal case of covid for most folk; but doesn't stop you catching it or spreading it. However, as it continues to spread amongst the population, it can morph into a strain that will overcome current vaccines, and thus become more deadly. We've now got anti-vaxers dying; and wishing they'd had the vaccine - tough. What is clear, is that the fat lady hasn't sang yet. 😷
    1 point
  46. I think our chancellor has done a pretty good job as he charts unknown waters
    1 point
  47. Well if it means not having them flood into the UK, I guess Danegeld to the neighbouring Countries would be preferable, for refugee provision.
    1 point
  48. State pension is about the lowest in Europe Dave, so we need that triple lock in place. 😠
    1 point
  49. We have that already they are called politicians.....
    1 point
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