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  1. Here's another example of a black person being brutalized by the police but it's a little...awkward. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8377101/Baltimore-police-officer-suspended-caught-camera-punching-woman.html
  2. Absolutely true as we've seen from the apathy and excuses over the 2 Labour MPs who actually broke the social distancing rules which Cummings did not.
  3. I can't believe the stupidity of all these people protesting that black lives matter, whilst herded together in huge crowds, risking the spread of coronavirus which apparently kills a disproportionate number of black people. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8374007/Hundreds-Black-Lives-Matter-activists-chanting-breathe-gather-Trafalgar-Square.html#comments There'll be a lot of them shouting, "I can't breathe," in a couple of weeks.
  4. She only resigned the Labour whip, she's still an MP so she hasn't stepped down. Some people seem to have a very selective sense of outrage. I wonder what excuses they'll think up for this Labour MP. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-52154327
  5. I wonder if there'll be the same media storm and public outrage over this woman who broke the social distancing rules whilst Cummings didn't and is an MP which Cummings isn't. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8373103/Labour-MP-Rosie-Duffield-stands-whip-breaking-coronavirus-lockdown-rules.html
  6. I remember reading ,A Clockwork Orange' decades ago and enjoying it because it was nothing like anything I'd read before, especially his invention of futuristic words. I read modern novels as well and like going onto free kindle on Amazon and downloading novels I've never heard of, just to see what they're like. Some have been poor but I've also read some excellent thrillers.
  7. The problem with people heading to tourist spots is that the toilets aren't open so they're relieving themselves outdoors, making them places best avoided.
  8. I'm also just the opposite and have spent a lot of time in lockdown reading novels, particularly from the 19th century e.g. Dickens, Jane Austen, Wilkie Collins etc and watching films and dramas. They've all enriched my life enormously although I like some reality TV, especially 'The Apprentice' which is hilarious.
  9. The Commune on BBC iPlayer. A Danish drama set in the 70s about a middle aged couple who inherit a large house and invite their friends to come and live with them to help pay the running costs. Everything's fine until he starts an affair with a young female student and decides to move her in. His wife puts on a brave face and pretends she's fine with it, but eventually her anger and frustration start to leak out then bubble over and she goes a bit bonkers. 7/10.
  10. I would have thought the obvious answer to the Cummings' problem would have been for her to self isolate in the house for a week whilst he stayed at home to look after her and the child, just as many other families are doing. Also, was their son tested for CV before being taken to his grandparents? He could have easily caught it from his mother without showing symptoms then passed it on to them. It seems like a very strange way to deal with the problem.
  11. I've been watching the Matt Helm films from the sixties which I vaguely remember seeing when they first came out. They're very silly with wafer thin plots but Dean Martin's easy going charm makes them enjoyable. Anyone who's seen 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' will recognise a couple of scenes featuring Sharon Tate in the last one.
  12. Getting back to Diane Abbott, the reason she's so hated is because of her many racist remarks about white people going back over many years. This is just one of many: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12029702.abbott-denies-attack-on-nurses-was-racist/
  13. There's no perfect answer to this problem but there are steps that could be taken. The most draconian would be to bring in the army and give them powers to enter the homes of people suspected of stockpiling and confiscate any excess food with no compensation, using guidelines on how much households are allowed to have based on family size, then use the empty pubs and clubs as temporary shops and sell it to the over 65s, health workers and social care workers. Supermarkets should lock away the big trolleys and only allow shoppers to use a small trolley or a basket and only let 20 people in at a time with strict limits of how many items they can buy. When one leaves, another is let in so people stop forming huge queues at 5.00 in the morning. Things would be easier if we didn't have such a large, unsustainable population and we're really starting to feel the impact of decades of lax immigration rules. If we can't import food, we won't be able to feed everyone. About half the food bought in this country gets thrown away and this problem will get worse if people are buying so much food, they can't eat it by the use by date and we'll end up with more dying of starvation than getting the virus.
  14. Beyond the Pines with Ryan Reynolds on iplayer: 8.5/10. A film in 3 parts about a bank robber, the young policeman who pursues him and their 2 sons 15 years later. It's absorbing with unexpected twists along the way.
  15. I see BBC 1 are showing highlights of classic FA Cup matches at 3:00 this afternoon whilst Match of the Day will be a discussion of podcasts. Why don't they use MOTD to show complete classic World Cup games from the past? I remember some great games from the 70s featuring Holland, Argentina, Brazil etc. and it would give younger viewers the chance to see footballers like Pele, Eusabio, Cruyff etc in action.
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