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  1. GB News is fast becoming a must see comedy channel. Take this example where Colin Brazier's colleague mixes up computer viruses with coronavirus! Just look at his face!
  2. It's around a month since I was there. The contract might well have been extended since.
  3. When I went to the Arena for my 2nd jab I was told the NHS contract there runs out at the end of July.
  4. Hi Yosemite Sam. You wrote the following 'In March 2020, Professor Legover made his doomsday prophecy of half a million dead'. This is what Professor Ferguson and 30 other scientists actually said in their Imperial College ' Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID-19 mortality and healthcare demand' report. https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/sph/ide/gida-fellowships/Imperial-College-COVID19-NPI-modelling-16-03-2020.pdf In the (unlikely) absence of any control measures or spontaneous changes in individual behaviour, we would expect a peak in mortality (daily deaths) to occur after approximately 3 months (Figure 1A). In such scenarios, given an estimated R0 of 2.4, we predict 81% of the GB and US populations would be infected over the course of the epidemic. Epidemic timings are approximate given the limitations of surveillance data in both countries: The epidemic is predicted to be broader in the US than in GB and to peak slightly later. This is due to the larger geographic scale of the US, resulting in more distinct localised epidemics across states (Figure 1B) than seen across GB. The higher peak in mortality in GB is due to the smaller size of the country and its older population compared with the US. In total, in an unmitigated epidemic, we would predict approximately 510,000 deaths in GB and 2.2 million in the US, not accounting for the potential negative effects of health systems being overwhelmed on mortality.' In practise, even without a Government lockdown, there would be spontaneous changes in individual behaviours once people saw the bodies piling up. Taking into account around 150000 have died so far in spite of 12 months of various lockdowns, Professor Ferguson and his team's estimate looks very reasonable.
  5. Thanks for posting this Mister Gee. It is truly astonishing. What makes things even worse is it appears he was neither challenged nor corrected by the BBC interviewer.
  6. Is it 'D Taxis' by any chance!? 😉
  7. Here you are Ridgewalk https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map Just pop your postcode in the box.
  8. Here you are whiteowl From https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/05/oxford-pfizer-vaccine-priority-list-who-first-covid-when/
  9. Hi Pattricia. They don't use a telephone directory. They use a computer which dials random numbers. If the call rings and you answer they have no idea who they're speaking to. It's well worth looking at this video by Jim Browning. You'll see that most of these calls originate from Kolkata, India. When I get these calls I usually press 1 just so I can waste their time. Alternatively, you can just tell them you don't have a computer.
  10. 'Rony Robinson retires from BBC Radio Sheffield' https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/11/rony-robinson-retires-from-bbc-radio-sheffield/
  11. This is an extract of a speech made by ex Prime Minister, John Major, on Brexit yesterday. http://www.johnmajorarchive.org.uk/2015-2/sir-john-majors-speech-middle-temples-treasurers-lecture-the-state-were-in/ 'Brexit was sold to our electors on false premises. Promises made will not – indeed, cannot – be kept. To leave the EU – to separate ourselves from our neighbours – was sold as “regaining sovereignty”, but it is, and will prove to be, a long and painful ball and chain on our national wellbeing. After the Referendum, Brexiteers did not even bother to argue the merits of their case – why should they? – it was “the will of the people”. And once “the will of the people” was asserted as a repeated mantra – and the Brexit leaders claimed to speak for all “the people” – any opposition to Brexit became illegitimate, and any contrary view was howled down. Free speech for those who supported remaining in the EU came at a price. They were pilloried as “Remoaners”: sticking to long-held principles and policies, and warning of clear dangers ahead was depicted as “sour grapes by sore losers”. Even Judges were denounced as “Enemies of the People” for ruling on a Point of Law. Opponents of Brexit were cowed, and free speech was curtailed. It was shameful. No democracy should find itself in such a position. Overseas, the outcome of the Referendum delighted our enemies and dismayed our friends. As our nation voted against its history and its self-interest, a bemused world looked on, wondering why we had chosen to become poorer and less influential. Brexit was sold to the nation as a win-win situation. It is not. We were promised we would stay in the Single Market. We have not. We were told trade with the EU would be frictionless. It will not be. We were promised we would save billions in payments to the European Union: a bus was driven around the country telling us so. Not so: Brexit is costing billions – not saving them. We were told that our “liberated country” could cut back on bureaucracy and regulations. We now know they will increase – and dramatically. We were promised we would strike lucrative trade deals with America, India, China and others in quick time. Japan apart – we have not. More recently – and for the first time in our long history – Ministers have proposed legislation giving them powers to break the law. This is a slippery slope down which no democratic Government should ever travel. And, it was claimed, Brexit wouldn’t increase support for Scottish independence or a united Ireland. It has. It defies logic that intelligent men and women making such extravagant promises did not know they were undeliverable – and yet they continued to make them. It was politics. It was campaigning. It was for a cause. It was also unforgiveable. If that is how we are going to conduct our public affairs, then not only will our politics truly fall into a bad place, but our word as a nation will no longer be trusted.' Well said, John Major.
  12. Hopefully, this will help explain how Covid(and Flu/Pneumonia) statistics are collated. The key fact is 'Up to the end of June 2020 in England and Wales, Covid-19 was the underlying cause of death on about 93% of the death certificates that mentioned it.' From https://fullfact.org/health/flu-covid-deaths/ who in turn gathered their information from https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsinvolvingcovid19englandandwales/deathsoccurringinjune2020 How deaths are categorised Death certificates give doctors space to record several different diseases or conditions that contributed to someone’s death, but only one can be recorded as the underlying cause. The underlying cause in this context means “the disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death”. For example, someone might develop cancer, which leads to other conditions, from which they ultimately die. All of these conditions might be mentioned by a doctor on the person’s death certificate, but the cancer would be listed as the single underlying cause. It would be right to say that this person “died of” or “died from” cancer, and it would be misleading to say that they died of or from something else. In its bulletin on the number of deaths being registered in England and Wales each week, the ONS reports the number of “deaths involving COVID-19”, which means the number of death certificates that mention Covid-19 somewhere, whether or not it was the underlying cause. The ONS also reports in the bulletin the number of “deaths in England and Wales [that] mentioned ‘Influenza and Pneumonia’”. Again, they didn’t have to be the underlying cause of death. This matters, because when Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate, it is much more likely to be the underlying cause of someone’s death than when pneumonia or influenza is. Up to the end of June 2020 in England and Wales, Covid-19 was the underlying cause of death on about 93% of the death certificates that mentioned it. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, however, influenza or pneumonia were listed as the underlying cause of death on just 28% of the death certificates in England that mentioned either of them.
  13. Spot on Mister Gee. Trump is a evil man. Lets hope that within 4 days from now he will have been dumped into the trash can of history where he truly belongs.
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