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  1. I missed this one. I know some transgender people, some who were women and now men, and some who were men and now women, and they are proud and happy to explain all about their physical and psychological changes and I've been happy to listen. Thanks for the patronising post though, appreciate it.
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/53667683 World Rugby pondering banning transgender women from women's contact rugby.
  3. It's also basic stuff to give a proper set of requirements in the first place. If the requirement didn't specifically ask for head loops, then the government can't refuse paying for the goods can it. Fault lies with whomever made the spec and ordered the goods and I seriously doubt it was a minister, more likely to be very senior management in the health service. It's fine, it's only tax payers money. There will be no reprimands, firings, just the usual weak public sector promise of mistakes being learnt, changes to procedures etc. Seen it all before.
  4. Or you can just read the news about it instead of guessing. https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-50-million-face-masks-bought-by-the-uk-government-ditched-over-safety-concerns-12043590 The masks have ear loops, not head loops. The supplier says they meet all the requirements, which is why they have been paid for instead of payment being refused. Presumably they didn't specify a requirement of head loops. It wouldn't be the first time or the last time the Government has paid for something that doesn't meet their requirements because they failed to have full requirements specified in the first place. That's the joy of the public sector. Plus as far as I know, face masks with ear loops have been widely used in combating Covid-19 in the NHS, as back in March and April there were lots of reports of nursing staff complaining about sore ears.
  5. If you are going to 'quote' things, at least get it right. https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/bbc-iplayer-and-the-tv-licence From the link above: You must be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any device and provider you use. BBC iplayer includes the facility to watch live television, for which you need a licence. You don't need a licence for anything else, but the design and mechanics of iplayer means it doesn't separate live TV from anything else, so you need a licence to use it regardless of what you do with it. The BBC isn't about to change iplayer to support people who don't have a TV licence, because the assumption is that everyone has one and everyone should have one.
  6. The Lords should only be composed of ex MPs IMO. At least hereditary peerages don't exist anymore.
  7. Absolutely. The Internet has been part of our lives since the mid '90s. I've been online for 26 years!
  8. I can answer that for you, if you didn't already know the answer; A Historic Control Group is made of solid unquestionable data from subjects given placebos in previous clinical trials. It needs a considerable number of subjects in order to provide enough data to be relied upon which matches the subjects used in any future trial, which can take years to amass. This is a brand new vaccine for a brand new virus. There is no historical data to draw upon. You can't just pluck subjects out of previous trials for similar but different viruses and vaccines to be your control group, your outcome won't live up to scrutiny and would be a waste of time.
  9. No idea really, not actually having followed either. Last thing I heard she was banned for life, which is a silly statement to make; more like banned from being verified for life. I'm not defending Hopkins but as far as I knew what she tweeted wasn't any different to what she said on the numerous mid morning TV shows she appeared on - Wiley has taken it to the next level.
  10. Twitter seems to have taken a very soft approach to Wiley and his tweets; very slow to temporarily ban his account, only some of the tweets are hidden and others are still available. He'll be back posting in a short time, if he isn't already. Would be interesting to create an account and copy and paste his offensive tweets and replace the anti semitism with another racist trope against a different culture and see if it gets the same treatment.
  11. Spanish press reporting that the true death toll in Spain is likely to be 60% higher than reported, taking it to a level almost the same as the UK - with 20 million less population than the UK.
  12. Your definition of parking is different to mine. Perhaps you don't drive. The van has a driver in it, isn't anywhere near the kerb and the driver has his foot on the brake (the brake lights are on, they are off when he pulls away). Quite possible that the van driver was sat there thinking 'where the hell am I supposed to go, I've a line of cones 10 feet in front of me'. As a driver, it looks to me like he pulled in to the left in the gap between the barriers to get out the way then managed to find himself still in it. The Golf also did the same thing but with a bit more common sense.
  13. Which most likely wouldn't have happened with two lanes of traffic.
  14. Strange that no further action was made though. After all, if that was the case, then the data was illegally leaked and would have been news, yet I can't find any stories about it online.
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