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Bill last won the day on October 20

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  1. Well despite all I said earlier about the effectiveness of masks, looking at the overall UK figures, there’s not a huge difference between England and the other countries who retained compulsory mask wearing. There’s no doubt masks work but it’s clear that the continued high numbers are due mainly to the high levels of social mixing, especially at indoor locations. On Tuesday I attended a club meeting in Grappenhall; where with a primarily elderly membership, Covid advice was followed to the letter. But adjourning for a drink afterwards we were forced to sit at the far end of the bar as a group of about a hundred noisy footie supporters all crammed in together around the big screen. If ever anyone needed an example of why we still have a problem, then look no further than this. Bill 😊
  2. No not really Gary and to be honest, I didn’t ask but I suspect absence rather than lost might better describe the situation. I think most social media sites have seen a tail off in recent years as novelty gets replaced with the same old same old. Even on Facebook I post maybe once or twice a year just to let my virtual friends know I’m still around but most of who I used to chat with on there, like me don’t seem to bother these days. The only chat forums that seem to be relatively unaffected are the special interest groups where all users share the same basic interest. For example, I’ve been a member of the Alfa Romeo car forum for over twenty years and it’s just as busy now as it’s ever been but it’s a completely different kettle of fish when compared to Worldwide. Bill 😊
  3. On Tuesday night, I visited the Warrington ham radio club where I'd been a regular member for most of my life. Due to pressure of work, I hadn't been there in nearly ten years so I thought it was time for a catch up with old friends. Unfortunately there were only a couple of the original members there but I did had the good fortune of meeting and chatting to one of the old forum members. “Reader” was such a nice person but who hasn’t posted here for several years now. He says he still looks in occasionally and as a result was already well aware of what I’d been up to since I retired. Unsurprisingly, he lives up to his name and prefers to read more than he posts. It’s always good to put a face to the name and I suppose it’s one of the benefits of using a profile picture. Bill 😊
  4. I think by now most people understand how the virus spreads and how dangerous it can be for others but sadly the younger generations don’t seem to care much for the others of this world, only themselves and their immediate family. The government can’t change the nature of these people, as rules or laws are simply seen as unwanted interference in their lives. It doesn’t help either when opposition parties constantly criticise every move. Given all the above makes for an impossible situation, I think the only solution to getting people to wear masks is an intensive media campaign to brand the none mask wearers as selfish uncaring people. Nobody can object because it’s not legislation nor is it coming from any one political party. I doubt though that deep down anyone would like to be thought of as selfish and uncaring person so this approach might be the way forward. Bill 😊
  5. Yes, some argue that it’s all a waste of time while the likes of China continues with it’s 40% but at least on a national level, we can be seen to be making an effort albeit an expensive one. We’re well ahead of many other countries and the best part is that once it’s all done the others will eventually have no option but to follow. I reckon we’ve come a long way over the years and the place is now cleaner than it’s ever been in my lifetime but it’s not surprising the kids of today can’t see this and only see what’s fed to them online. Bill 😊
  6. You may or may not know this, but I have on of the small e-cigs that I puff on occasionally. It’s not one of those big things that belches stuff out like a steam train, in fact most of the time you can’t actually see much in the way of smoke. But sitting watching the news today, the bright sunshine really showed up every last molecule of my vaping and I was amazed to see just how far my smoke was going while just breathing normally. Time for a test I thought so I put on one of the cheap blue paper masks that most people wear and repeated the vaping. Other than a tiny bit escaping round the nose area, there was no visible smoke at all which absolutely amazed me. I don’t know the difference in size between a smoke molecule and a virus, but I doubt there’s that much difference. Without the mask, just one breath was enough for it to spread in seconds throughout the entire living room leaving me to wonder about the effectiveness of recommended social distancing limits. I just wish everyone in the country could have seen this simple test, especially those who question the effectiveness of masks. Bill 😊
  7. Well, look on the bright side, a step away from some of the modern lifestyle choices might not be a bad thing. If you want some meat, then why not get some fresh stuff from the butches rather than the supermarket plastic packed version. Maybe it’s also time to get rid of all this switching about rubbish and go back to a nationalized system of energy. Bill 😊
  8. Just as well then that this has come about now and not in the middle of winter when the demand for gas is at it’s highest. I remember some years back watching a fake documentary about a huge area of high pressure in the middle of winter that was pushing the demand for gas through the roof. That was until a Russian rebel group blew up the pipeline. Without the gas turbines, a catastrophic chain reaction occurred that shut down the entire national grid with devastating results. I missed the show’s beginning and so watched in horror as news reports came in rather like when they did the infamous war of the world broadcast. Bill 😊
  9. Seems a bit crazy that we don’t have enough CO2 having been told we’re producing too much of it for many years. What’s happened in Russia to limit the amount of gas they supply to us and how is that affecting CO2 production? I always thought that the protective atmosphere in packaged goods was nitrogen and as that makes up about 80% of the air we breathe, we shouldn’t really be short of that. At least my pint of real ale shouldn’t be affected but the larger drinkers may end up with a few less bubbles. Bill 😊
  10. 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 😊
  11. Seems like the government have given up trying to stem the increase and are content to let it continue given it’s not killing too many people. There’s always been a theory that says let it rip in the hope it’d eventually burn itself out but whether this is what they’re trying is anyone’s guess. Either way, I’m just going to continue avoiding any unnecessary contact with people until things look a bit better. Bill 😊
  12. 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 😊
  13. Not sure of the router model, there’s no markings on it but I got it about 18 months ago as a “new” installation having dropped my old Virgin setup for a 12-month spell on Sky. But just before that, I had Virgin out to redo the external wiring as originally, they had just thrown the twin cable over the roof to the back of the house and as I was building an extension it had to be replaced. They arranged for the telephone to be redone with on a normal BT style socket at the front of the house and the fibre going to the side upstairs. At this point the router was still the same one I’d had for several years. Just as my Sky contract was ending, Virgin contacted me and offered me a contract for the same price that I was paying to Sky. I told them I wasn’t interested in their TV package and ideally only wanted a broadband connection, but the salesman said it was cheaper to have the full package that just broadband, so I went with that. Unfortunately, they managed to screw up the porting process and I ended up losing the house number I’d had forever. As a result, we don’t even have a phone plugged in anywhere these days although we still must pay for the landline. The new kit arrived all in one box with a set of DIY instructions. There could have been info regarding the Ren and or warnings about power cuts in this but in my case it was academic. I think I may still have the paperwork but would have to hunt the attic for it. I did have a Draytek router behind it for a while but since I retired there was no need for it so that’s also gone. The lads at work would definitely be able to answer all your questions because they’re doing this sort of thing every day and I could give you a number or call in to see them. Bill 😊
  14. My Virgin router has a couple of rj45 sockets marked Tel and they provided a little adapter to make it look like a conventional wall socket so a normal phone could be plugged in. There’s only the fibre connection used these days and the secondary copper connection now goes nowhere. I suppose in the event of a power cut the line would go dead but as we never use the landline that’s not an issue for us but for others it could be awkward. I suppose there could be a small internal battery to cover this but somehow I doubt it. Bill 😊
  15. Then again Davy, if you’re too old to own a smart phone you’re not likely to be wanting to go into the sort of crowded places where a passport is needed. Bill 😊
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