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Went into Lincoln today to get some necessary bits and pieces. Out of 4 items I managed to get not one single item. Waste of time. Luckily I had free rides on the bus.

 

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1 hour ago, Cal said:

 

Is it actually on the upswing or are numbers appearing higher because more people are being tested? 1 in 1000 is 0.1% and so is 1000 in 1,000,000, but the latter sounds better if you state it out of context without the percentage. Which is exactly what is happening here - I wonder why?

 

We are having to deal with the same hysteria now in England, Greater Manchester now on "lockdown" again with people being banned from seeing people from other households. It's utterly ridiculous and becoming like something out of a dystopian novel. I wouldn't be so wound up about it if it were actually something to be deeply afraid of but it isn't - the virus has a 0.2% mortality rate *of people that get it* and here at the moment you have a 1 in 4000 chance of even catching it in the first place. 

 

The average death rate here for the last few months has been no higher than it was last year. Yet the utter buffoons that run this country still insist on wrecking it over this overblown threat. What is the end plan I wonder? Just keep "locking down" until every case vanishes? Because this will probably come back around every year like the cold and flu does, and if they think we are "locking down" every time it does they have another thing coming. The fact that the majority of supermarkets and police have outright said they won't/can't police the wearing of masks is a de facto vote of no confidence in our government. Not to mention the utterly devastating long term effect this will have on the development of young children who have now had to live a sizeable proportion of their lives isolated from others, the hit on mental health and the effects falling GDP will have on crime etc.

 

They can stick their lockdown up their ar*e.

 

EDIT: I misspoke above about the 1/4000 chance of catching it. This 1/4000, I am told, is the chance of simply /finding/ someone with the virus. You then have to catch it from them, which is a less than 100% chance. Far less.

 

From very easily google-able statistics, using the world population number and those who have died from covid worldwide, the mortality percentage works out as 0.008641%. Why are we scared of this again?

 

If the risk is so low and acceptable why don't you hold a COVID party to see what happens?

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40 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Because we don't wish to die?

 

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Quite. I don't think anyone in a sound state of mind does. But I can tell you now that if we keep this nonsense up, the GDP tanking due to loss of productivity will cause deaths by poverty, suicide and crime to rise and outdo those caused by covid by quite some margin. And for some bizarre reason when discussing this subject with people who seem determined to carry on being scared out of their wits by what the BBC tells them, deaths from covid are bad while deaths from the world going to pot around us somehow aren't? 

 

What do you think pays for the NHS? Peace symbols and hope? No, the economy does. An economy that is fast going down the Thomas Crapper. Think the stock market is only for posh people in London? Nope, it's for everyone. It's your and my pension for a start. And it's going to hell as well. NO-ONE wins out of the developing situation in this country and in many others. Absolutely no-one.

 

17 minutes ago, sb photos said:

 

If the risk is so low and acceptable why don't you hold a COVID party to see what happens?

 

I'm sorry, this adds what to the argument exactly?

 

Managing the risk, as I have been doing for almost 5 months now, doesn't quite work with your hypothetical situation and I fail to see the point you're making. 

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2 hours ago, Cal said:

 

 

 

 This 1/4000, I am told, is the chance of simply /finding/ someone with the virus. You then have to catch it from them, which is a less than 100% chance. Far less.

 

 

 

Cal, with respect, the 1/4000 chance doesn't work as simply as that.  Out of the 4000 people there is nothing to say that the spreader will be the first or the last  person.

 

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7 minutes ago, Mr Standfast said:

 

Cal, with respect, the 1/4000 chance doesn't work as simply as that.  Out of the 4000 people there is nothing to say that the spreader will be the first or the last  person.

 

Stay safe!

 

Thanks. Yes, it probably is a bit nebulous, as are most things surrounding this. I just think we need to be really careful we don't knacker the economy because we will pay for that for generations. By all means shield those at risk, I have only seen my nan once in 5 months and even then it was not as it normally is.

 

I'll bow out of this one as it isn't the time or the place, I've said my bit and quoted my quotes, whether or not people agree is up to them.

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I have concluded that my Sony E fit Sigma 19mm f2.8 lens is damaged, it is producing images that are soft down the right side. I don't look after my photo gear all that well, it comes with me on bike rides etc, so I guess I can't complain too bitterly.

 

However I'm in two minds as to whether or not to replace it. With the declining returns from stock, can I justify spending £100+ on a new lens? A few years ago I made a $$$$ sale and immediately invested in a new 12 mm wide angle. That investment paid off, I made a high $$$ sale using it not long after I bought it, but times they are a changin...

 

Edit, research shows that Sigma no longer manufactures this lens. 😟

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5 hours ago, Cal said:

 

Is it actually on the upswing or are numbers appearing higher because more people are being tested? 1 in 1000 is 0.1% and so is 1000 in 1,000,000, but the latter sounds better if you state it out of context without the percentage. Which is exactly what is happening here - I wonder why?

 

We are having to deal with the same hysteria now in England, Greater Manchester now on "lockdown" again with people being banned from seeing people from other households. It's utterly ridiculous and becoming like something out of a dystopian novel. I wouldn't be so wound up about it if it were actually something to be deeply afraid of but it isn't - the virus has a 0.2% mortality rate *of people that get it* and here at the moment you have a 1 in 4000 chance of even catching it in the first place. 

 

The average death rate here for the last few months has been no higher than it was last year. Yet the utter buffoons that run this country still insist on wrecking it over this overblown threat. What is the end plan I wonder? Just keep "locking down" until every case vanishes? Because this will probably come back around every year like the cold and flu does, and if they think we are "locking down" every time it does they have another thing coming. The fact that the majority of supermarkets and police have outright said they won't/can't police the wearing of masks is a de facto vote of no confidence in our government. Not to mention the utterly devastating long term effect this will have on the development of young children who have now had to live a sizeable proportion of their lives isolated from others, the hit on mental health and the effects falling GDP will have on crime etc.

 

They can stick their lockdown up their ar*e.

 

EDIT: I misspoke above about the 1/4000 chance of catching it. This 1/4000, I am told, is the chance of simply /finding/ someone with the virus. You then have to catch it from them, which is a less than 100% chance. Far less.

 

From very easily google-able statistics, using the world population number and those who have died from covid worldwide, the mortality percentage works out as 0.008641%. Why are we scared of this again?


It is this sort of moronic, ignorant, idiotic attitude that has seen Covid-19 go out of control in the USA and Brazil as well as the UK in the early stages of the pandemic. It is not just about death of the very vulnerable, it is also about the fact that Covid-19 is not a simple binary disease: severe you end up in hospital with a high probability of death or mild -  it’s a bit like flu and you get better after a week or two and off you go. There is a whole spectrum of seriousness associated with the disease both in terms of the initial viral stage and also the longer term effects. The latter can be very severe and are becoming more widely recognised as time goes by. And importantly one does not have to have serious underlying conditions to be affected by long term fatigue, lung damage and other symptoms. In fact many of those who experience prolonged effects were young and healthy before developing Covid-19. 
 

The longer term effects may be far more serious than is currently known. This is not a simple respiratory disease. It can affect many other bodily organs and currently nobody actually knows the extent or timescales involved. There is also the question of immunity and how long that might last. 
 

This is a brand new illness and caution is the only sensible approach. Be afraid- this virus has the potential to wreck your life. And yes I speak from from direct experience. 

 

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5 hours ago, Cal said:

 

Is it actually on the upswing or are numbers appearing higher because more people are being tested? 1 in 1000 is 0.1% and so is 1000 in 1,000,000, but the latter sounds better if you state it out of context without the percentage. Which is exactly what is happening here - I wonder why?

 

We are having to deal with the same hysteria now in England, Greater Manchester now on "lockdown" again with people being banned from seeing people from other households. It's utterly ridiculous and becoming like something out of a dystopian novel. I wouldn't be so wound up about it if it were actually something to be deeply afraid of but it isn't - the virus has a 0.2% mortality rate *of people that get it* and here at the moment you have a 1 in 4000 chance of even catching it in the first place. 

 

The average death rate here for the last few months has been no higher than it was last year. Yet the utter buffoons that run this country still insist on wrecking it over this overblown threat. What is the end plan I wonder? Just keep "locking down" until every case vanishes? Because this will probably come back around every year like the cold and flu does, and if they think we are "locking down" every time it does they have another thing coming. The fact that the majority of supermarkets and police have outright said they won't/can't police the wearing of masks is a de facto vote of no confidence in our government. Not to mention the utterly devastating long term effect this will have on the development of young children who have now had to live a sizeable proportion of their lives isolated from others, the hit on mental health and the effects falling GDP will have on crime etc.

 

They can stick their lockdown up their ar*e.

 

EDIT: I misspoke above about the 1/4000 chance of catching it. This 1/4000, I am told, is the chance of simply /finding/ someone with the virus. You then have to catch it from them, which is a less than 100% chance. Far less.

 

From very easily google-able statistics, using the world population number and those who have died from covid worldwide, the mortality percentage works out as 0.008641%. Why are we scared of this again?

 

Friend of mine here is a British trained nurse (retired).  She's had someone die next door and his surviving housemates, all government workers, are now wearing masks.  A friend of hers has lost a mother and a brother, and has a brother at home being treated for Covid 19.  Another family on the British woman's block lost a niece.   My friend wears masks when she's out.   I'm wearing a mask to go across the street to a convenience store, much less any place further.   Another expat who lives near Leon has lost a brother-in-law and an uncle. 

 

When a town had more cases here in Nicaragua, more people wear masks, and stores do enforce masking and take temperatures.  Fewer cases, more people don't wear masks.

 

Thing is the virus isn't distributed equally every where and some cultures immediate put on masks but otherwise go about their business.  

 

Chances of catching it if someone in your household has it is 40%.

 

We don't know what the total death rate is because a number of people are not going to the hospital for treatment.   And  not all countries have contact tracers.   Every case here was from Nicaraguans who'd been away and came back, not from tourists, but other countries in Central American did get cases from tourists.

 

We haven't had this virus world wide for a year yet.  

 

 

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31 minutes ago, MDM said:


It is this sort of moronic, ignorant, idiotic attitude that has seen Covid-19 go out of control in the USA and Brazil as well as the UK in the early stages of the pandemic. It is not just about death of the very vulnerable, it is also about the fact that Covid-19 is not a simple binary disease: severe you end up in hospital or mild it’s a bit like flu and you get better and off you go. There is a whole spectrum of seriousness associated with the disease both in terms of the initial viral stage and also the longer term effects. The latter can be very severe and are becoming more widely recognised as time goes by. And importantly one does not have to have serious underlying conditions to be affected by long term fatigue, lung damage and other symptoms. In fact many of those who experience prolonged effects were young and healthy before developing Covid-19. 
 

The longer term effects may be far more serious than is currently known. This is not a simple respiratory disease. It can affect many other bodily organs and currently nobody actually knows the extent or timescales involved. There is also the question of immunity and how long that might last. 
 

This is a brand new illness and caution is the only sensible approach. Be afraid- this virus has the potential to wreck your life. And yes I speak from from direct experience. 

 


 

Yes, and many viruses can come back later in life with other ailments, such as chickenpox can produce shingles.  Herpes stays with you for life and so on.  So we just don’t know the future of this novel virus.

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In my opinion, the only sensible approach is to try to contain and minimise spread of the virus until effective vaccines become available. I almost certainly got Covid-19 from my wife who is a teacher and she got in early March when the UK government’s approach was to let it go. When I got through the viral stage I was thinking great, I’m through and I don’t have to worry about it now. How wrong I was. The after effects have been much worse that the viral stage in fact with exhaustion and ongoing chest pain as if my lungs have been scorched and scraped by something hot and very sharp. Getting to 5 months on I am hoping I am starting to get better but I can still crash badly for several days. The other thing of course now is that the length of immunity is unknown. And it has messed up my life as things stand right now. 
 

The reason I am posting this is not to look for sympathy but to try to dispel this nonsense that Covid-19 is only another cold or flu. It is absolutely not. It is a cursed illness of which little is still known. The sooner an effective vaccine is developed the better. 

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Here in BC, only about 0.5% of the population has been infected, so I find myself wondering if the authorities didn't go too far with restrictions given the heavy economic and psychological impacts they have had. However, the fact is that low infection rates in Canada mean that the population is highly vulnerable. It wouldn't take much -- like the US/Canada border reopening to non-essential travel -- to set things off here. Once this virus takes hold in an area, it can spread like wildfire. My guess is that we're going to have to live with rolling shutdowns, etc. for quite some time as the virus continues to play hopscotch.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

Here in BC, only about 0.5% of the population has been infected, so I find myself wondering if the authorities didn't go too far with restrictions given the heavy economic and psychological impacts they have had. However, the fact is that low infection rates in Canada mean that the population is highly vulnerable. It wouldn't take much -- like the US/Canada border reopening to non-essential travel -- to set things off here. Once this virus takes hold in an area, it can spread like wildfire. My guess is that we're going to have to live with rolling shutdowns, etc. for quite some time as the virus continues to play hopscotch.

 

 


These figures usually tend to be based on confirmed cases where testing was done on symptomatic people. Certainly in the UK there was very little testing done when things were peaking back in March and April. The government abandoned the idea of testing in early March and it was until much later that they actually has the facility to test a lot of people. Even then, the symptoms are so variable and from asymptomatic to severe that testing for active virus does not tell the whole story at all.
 

In order to get a realistic estimate of how many people have been infected, it would be necessary to do extensive testing for Covid-19 antibodies in the general population. Reliable antibody tests are now available and studies tend to show far higher proportions of populations have actually had the disease than is suggested by the confirmed cases figures. Again an effective vaccine appears to be the only real light at the end of this tunnel and great caution is advisable in the meantime. 

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These figures usually tend to be based on confirmed cases where testing was done on symptomatic people. Certainly in the UK there was very little testing done when things were peaking back in March and April. The government abandoned the idea of testing in early March and it was until much later that they actually has the facility to test a lot of people. Even then, the symptoms are so variable and from asymptomatic to severe that testing for active virus does not tell the whole story at all.
 

In order to get a realistic estimate of how many people have been infected, it would be necessary to do extensive testing for Covid-19 antibodies in the general population. Reliable antibody tests are now available and studies tend to show far higher proportions of populations have actually had the disease than is suggested by the confirmed cases figures. Again an effective vaccine appears to be the only real light at the end of this tunnel and great caution is advisable in the meantime. 

 

I believe that the most recent Canadian infection rates were arrived at by examining the country's blood supply for antibodies. Sounds complicated. Some experts in the US claim that the actual infection rates could be as much as ten times higher than what is being reported.  Sorry to hear that you're still suffering aftereffects. Hope they clear up soon.

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8 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

 

I believe that the most recent Canadian infection rates were arrived at by examining the country's blood supply for antibodies. Sounds complicated. Some experts in the US claim that the actual infection rates could be as much as ten times higher than what is being reported.  Sorry to hear that you're still suffering aftereffects. Hope they clear up soon.

 

Thanks John. The last week or so has been quite a bit better so I'm hoping the trend is onwards and upwards from here. But the thing with this is that is has been entirely unpredictable so a crash can just happen seemingly out of the blue. And that has been widely reported. As I said, the reason I am even mentioning my health here is really to dispel false information as well as to give a little warning to take it very seriously even for the young and healthy. A friend of my son in his early 20s who was very fit and healthy before contracting it is still experiencing bad fatigue over 4 months on and there are numerous reports of similar. i used to say Keep on Truckin' now I could say Keep on Shieldin'.

 

It looks like Canada has done a good job of containing the pandemic. I know at least 10 people here independent from me who have had definitely had Covid-19 but have never been tested or have even had false negative tests and I am guessing that the figure is likely to be in the millions whereas confirmed cases are still way less so the US experts are likely to be right. 

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The daughter of a fellow allotment gardener works as an administrator in a local hospital. A fit middle aged woman, she caught the virus despite not having direct contact with the patients. Fortunately she did not require hospital treatment, but, like MDM, she has taken weeks to recover and is still not 100%. Her bosses at the hospital were insisting that she returned to work, but she was so fatigued that she had to spend her days in bed. Eventually medical staff intervened and made it clear that she was unable to go back to work,  but it is a concern that even those on the front line did not fully understand the severity of her condition.

 

Today we made our first trip by public transport since lockdown. All went well until we took a Metro train from Newcastle at 6 pm. The train was packed, standing room only, there was no chance of social distancing and some people were not wearing masks. We don't currently have a surge of cases here, but in that environment transmission would be a certainty. A big mistake.

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4 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

Here in BC, only about 0.5% of the population has been infected, so I find myself wondering if the authorities didn't go too far with restrictions given the heavy economic and psychological impacts they have had. However, the fact is that low infection rates in Canada mean that the population is highly vulnerable. It wouldn't take much -- like the US/Canada border reopening to non-essential travel -- to set things off here. Once this virus takes hold in an area, it can spread like wildfire. My guess is that we're going to have to live with rolling shutdowns, etc. for quite some time as the virus continues to play hopscotch.

 

 

 

Looks like the masking works better than absolute lockdowns, but closing places where people are inside in large numbers seems to be useful, too.  The annual Dia de la Revolucion was not held in Managua, but was celebrated locally in different department capitals, which spared the long bus and truck rides down to Managua.  Ortega pointed out that Nicaragua was too poor to shut down.  His wife was initially threatening to fire government workers who wore masks, but the rank and file FSLN pushed back and she's since been photographed in a mask. 

 

People really do need to wear masks.  There was a map of which countries and parts of countries were wearing masks.  Nicaragua wasn't as compliant as some Asian countries but was far more compliant than most parts of the US and Costa Rica was not even remotely close.  Shutting things down completely tends to end up with a rebound effect when things open up again. 

 

Precautions are weird -- if they work very well, some of the public will believe that the danger was exaggerated.  The reasons 2000 wasn't the year of computer disasters wasn't that the problem was exaggerated.  It was that a number of people who could program fixed the programs that hadn't taken into count four digit year dates. 

 

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:
On 30/07/2020 at 19:00, Sally R said:

Had a really down, demoralising day 😢 Too much to explain. Drank cider. Feel slightly better 😐 Will go out and do some photography tomorrow. That always helps 🙂

 

Sally, dear: It's not strange or odd for any of us to feel bad during these scary, bad days. Feel better! That's an order! Well, more a suggestion and a hope.  🙂

 

Edo

 

Thank you Edo 👍😊 Yes I am starting to cheer up 🙂

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6 hours ago, Bryan said:

The daughter of a fellow allotment gardener works as an administrator in a local hospital. A fit middle aged woman, she caught the virus despite not having direct contact with the patients. Fortunately she did not require hospital treatment, but, like MDM, she has taken weeks to recover and is still not 100%. Her bosses at the hospital were insisting that she returned to work, but she was so fatigued that she had to spend her days in bed. Eventually medical staff intervened and made it clear that she was unable to go back to work,  but it is a concern that even those on the front line did not fully understand the severity of her condition.

 

Today we made our first trip by public transport since lockdown. All went well until we took a Metro train from Newcastle at 6 pm. The train was packed, standing room only, there was no chance of social distancing and some people were not wearing masks. We don't currently have a surge of cases here, but in that environment transmission would be a certainty. A big mistake.

 

Oh my, Bryan — sounds awful. I hope you got away with it. I would like to take a train over to Chester and to Leeds. But not now.

 

We're dealing with a new and deadly virus. We won't be right again until we develop a useful vaccine. This is not a math problem. It's a pandemic like the one in 1918 that killed 50 million people worldwide.

 

Do you think Boris reads my blog? He did backtrack on his "normal by Christmas" statement after I made fun of it last week . So maybe . . . maybe. . . . Nah. 😜

 

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44 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

Oh my, Bryan — sounds awful. I hope you got away with it. I would like to take a train over to Chester and to Leeds. But not now.

 

We're dealing with a new and deadly virus. We won't be right again until we develop a useful vaccine. This is not a math problem. It's a pandemic like the one in 1918 that killed 50 million people worldwide.

 

Do you think Boris reads my blog? He did backtrack on his "normal by Christmas" statement after I made fun of it last week . So maybe . . . maybe. . . . Nah. 😜

 

Edo

 

We just had a story in the news today that a policeman lied when crossing the border into Northern Territory. He did come from an infected area. He resigned. Howzat??

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7 hours ago, Bryan said:

The daughter of a fellow allotment gardener works as an administrator in a local hospital. A fit middle aged woman, she caught the virus despite not having direct contact with the patients. Fortunately she did not require hospital treatment, but, like MDM, she has taken weeks to recover and is still not 100%. Her bosses at the hospital were insisting that she returned to work, but she was so fatigued that she had to spend her days in bed. Eventually medical staff intervened and made it clear that she was unable to go back to work,  but it is a concern that even those on the front line did not fully understand the severity of her condition.

 

Today we made our first trip by public transport since lockdown. All went well until we took a Metro train from Newcastle at 6 pm. The train was packed, standing room only, there was no chance of social distancing and some people were not wearing masks. We don't currently have a surge of cases here, but in that environment transmission would be a certainty. A big mistake.


There has been a big reaction to the recognition of longer term effects as it is basically a major inconvenience to those who want people to return to work as soon as they are better. There don’t appear to be any official figures yet on how many people experience longer term symptoms but I have seen numbers around the 1 in 10  to 1 in 20 mark for symptoms bad enough to prevent returning to normal life. Currently the timescale is too short and the recording by the health authorities too haphazard to tell anything. 
 

Hopefully your trip on the metro will not lead to anything bad. I am sure that Newcastle was a lot worse than reported back in March and April so it may not be so bad now. My son is at uni there and he and all his friends had it back then. Typically their symptoms were on the mild side and many others were probably asymptomatic. But for sure it was rampant back then. They are all at home now of course. The lack of students at the moment must be a positive as there is no doubt that young people going back to uni will contribute to further spreading. 

 

The seemingly  haphazard easing and tightening of restrictions and the complexity of the regulations is not helping anyone. The removal of shielding for the most vulnerable is lunacy but I guess the most vulnerable are also likely to be the most sensible. I have to wonder what they do in No 10. It seems like they just tack on bits of bandaid here and there with no consistency or underlying logic. 
 

 

 

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We just had a story in the news today that a policeman lied when crossing the border into Northern Territory. He did come from an infected area. He resigned. Howzat??


A policeman lying. No way. Unheard of. What next? The prime minister’s chief advisor breaking the lockdown rules - never happened?  😀

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23 minutes ago, MDM said:


A policeman lying. No way. Unheard of. What next? The prime minister’s chief advisor breaking the lockdown rules - never happened?  😀

 

The policeman did the right thing by resigning, the prime minister’s chief advisor didn't. Saw some interesting images last weekend on the live news feed. A Trafalgar Square small protest in which the police intervened. The photographer grabbed a shot of the stop and search form, it was filled it in as Dominic Cummings, address Barnard Castle. Face masks also referenced Dominic Cummings. I wish I was there but not worth taking the risk for.

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32 minutes ago, sb photos said:

 

The policeman did the right thing by resigning, the prime minister’s chief advisor didn't. Saw some interesting images last weekend on the live news feed. A Trafalgar Square small protest in which the police intervened. The photographer grabbed a shot of the stop and search form, it was filled it in as Dominic Cummings, address Barnard Castle. Face masks also referenced Dominic Cummings. I wish I was there but not worth taking the risk for.

 

I guess the policeman would have been forced to resign by his superiors. Makes me wonder who is actually in charge here. Is this the United Kingdom or are we living in the disunited land of King Dom? 

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2 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

Oh my, Bryan — sounds awful. I hope you got away with it. I would like to take a train over to Chester and to Leeds. But not now.

 

 

 

Thanks Edo. I suspect that the cross country trains may be OK. We travelled across to Carlisle and return by train (Northern Rail) and it was less than half full, while everyone on board wore masks. There was a passenger announcement to the effect that masks were compulsory. At Carlisle station there was a one way system in operation and hand sanitiser available. It all felt reasonably safe.

 

I guess that we should have anticapted the Metro problem, but I was dissapointed that there didn't seem to be any official guidance on how to act, and there was no control over the numbers boarding the train.  With the beneft of hindsight we should never have got on that Metro,  we could have taken a bus,  but water under the bridge...

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On 30/07/2020 at 08:47, Thyrsis said:

 

Not a good year for potatoes. Early Maris Piper were okay but Belle de Fontenay and Ratte not good at all. Digging Lady Cristl at the moment, okay but not many of them. Sarpo still slowly growing.....

 

We've had he first report of potato blight on our gardens today. My plot is OK so far, but it will only be a matter of time and I'm in the process of lifting the spuds. If (when) it does appear I'll cut all the remaining tops off.

 

I've found that it pays to plant early and risk frost damage, rather than have to deal with blight, slugs and rats later in the season.

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