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  1. @C8RKH Why do you think we now live in Norfolk (although to be fair I was born and grew up locally!). Parts of the North are just as bonkers. We moved from the Ilkley area as we couldn't afford to locally upgrade. Life without motorways and Cities full of people has much to recommend it.
  2. Have the Bakers branched out to keep going?
  3. Andy, I can't disagree with the general sentiment of your argument but, as one person (and family) massively impacted by having my Mother In Law living on site, I have a slightly different perspective! I don't for 1 minute think the current system is working and in many cases provides very poor care for 'customers'. I don't think that your suggested solution deals with the main crux of the issue. Why is the provision of all elderly care once again the responsibility of the Government? Many of the elderly that are now requiring care have grown up through a period of massive wealth growth, a beneficial tax regime that supported house ownership, supported 'normal' families with Married persons tax benefits (which are pretty much now unobtainable to all but the lowest paid). They also, in large part, benefited from a time when their parents didn't live as long and therefore weren't in need of such long term care. Yes, there will ALWAYS be those in need who aren't able to provide for themselves but what we need in this Country is a root and branch change in philosophy. Largely, ambition and aspiration have become dirty words and there is also now a massive level of expectation that money will pass down from one generation to the next - whilst it is lovely to receive an inheritance (I guess!), any money that someone 'saves' throughout their live should be spent on their own personal care. If there is any money left at the end fair enough. If people have had the where-with-all to provide for later life and have failed to do so, I don't see why tax payers should have to foot the bill. Many people have simply not put enough by to look after themselves in later life. Why should a smaller number of younger tax payers now (many of whom cannot buy their own houses) fund the care of a generation that have had opportunities that many now can only dream of? Most of the people I'm talking about didn't fight in either of the Wars (OK some did National Service and I wish we'd bring that back in some form). What is wrong with the current system? Probably the biggest issue currently is cost. How in God's name it can cost £85k per annum to put someone in care is beyond me. This is the simple reason why my MiL lives in the garden, well not literally!! I detest the woman and always have - she is categorically the most stubborn, selfish and miserable cow that ever walked this planet. For 3 months after Christmas she was particularly unwell and much of her day to day needs (including administering IV drugs and clearing up unmentionables) was down to me. Her health has now improved but efforts that we made to bring in a daily carer ( to help get her up and dressed) have been shunned (by her) to the point that the carers have ceased coming. This puts all the responsibility back on my wife and I. I have now backed off and only shop for her and cook her lunch daily. She moved here 4 years ago on the assumption that she didn't have long left! How fking wrong can you be!!!! We sold her house when she moved here used 90% of the proceeds to build her an annex. This has limited financial value as we cannot sell it away from the house (nor would we want to) but if she had been in a care home for 4 years, she would now be 2 years in arrears effectively. I frequently wish that she was elsewhere but that wouldn't help my Wife who would still need to see her, if not daily, at least 2-3 times a week. The emotional blackmail would be hideous - she's already ungrateful enough! Sorry - not sure the 'rant' element of that answers any questions but I feel better anyway
  4. Guessing your other half doesn't work in a hospital then? I don't have an issue with people not believing some of the bollox being spouted mate but if you end up in ITU your mortality rate is 66% - and that is a fact! I appreciate that a small % end up in ITUs but the lock down IS limiting spread and ensuring the NHS can cope - that is all it is about to be honest. Boris took a lot of flack up front for coming out and being honest that people would die, but I don't buy that there is any other viable solution right now than herd immunity. A Vaccine is a good 6 months off. I have heard of enough people I know having this and it being pretty awful that I do not wish to put anyone else at risk - even if I can't prove that I am. Economically it is total shite - i get that and feel sorry for anyone, like yourself, who has worked bloody hard to build a business. Unfortunately there are no easy answers. The 'social distancing' issue is a bit of a tricky one. You can go miles around here and not see a soul but that isn't the case everywhere. If people could be trusted to use common sense, your argument has some merit but unfortunately at least 50% of the population haven't an ounce of common sense! Keep safe
  6. and that ignores the 100% of survivors who've had it already and never knew (never had symptoms or were carriers) and weren't tested. If they'd died, no doubt it would have been from Covid-19 so they'd be included in the death toll.
  7. Bonkers! Doing my bit to support local. I am using local small shops and producers as much as possible. We still have doorstep delivery of milk - have done all my adult life wherever I have lived. Last week we were given a free gift of some local Bigod Brie (fantastic product) - we always buy it anyway but I guess they are struggling to get rid as they supply most of the local restaurants. Is going to the local Deli/wet fish shop/veg shop etc ESSENTIAL - you're damn right it is - once they are gone they won't be back any time soon. Get out there safely, maintain your distance and support local
  8. Mass testing does what exactly? It just gives a picture at any given point of who is infected Concentrate on those self isolating so those NOT infected can return to the front line. Anyone one else who has symptoms - test them so they can what? be isolated from their families after it is too late. Germany seem to have dominated the available tests (towels at the pool anyone?) but to what effect? It doesn't stop the spread - it maybe makes the stats look better because you have more positives v deaths but at the end of the day it is a total waste of resources. If we had a vaccine maybe it would help target the use - but we don't. Focus on being able to identify those with antibodies already. Far more use. If my wife (an NHS worker) tests negative tomorrow - so what? Is she going to be tested daily to prove she hasn't picked it up since the last test. What happened to common fking sense in this Country? Stay indoors. If you feel ill come and see my Mother in Law. Get well soon Boris
  9. I will wait to see the data that shows the number of deaths in 2020 across the board compared to total deaths in other years. The current lock down is ALL about protecting the NHS and maintaining capacity and control of numbers. End of. In a normal year, the hospital where my wife works would be full to bursting - no beds etc etc This year - currently, 200ish empty beds. Tell me that a large % of the population don't totally abuse the NHS. I hope this seriously starts a proper debate about elderly care (outside of hospitals) - it is desperate. Old people should not be in Hospital, simply because they have no where else to go.
  10. Almost makes it worthwhile! If anyone wants to know what it means to be British - this is it. Love it Just a good job there are no speed bumps around.......
  11. That's why I'm sticking to MEAT!!!
  12. YES! 🤐 Is Meccano allowed if you don't have Lego anymore....?
  13. This - this - this - on steroids! I have an agricultural background but left direct farming at the end of the 1980s - my subsequent career was based around the support industries to the Agricultural sector. I KNOW everyone and their wives will shout that you never see a farmer on a bike (fat lot of use it would be!) but home production of food to the HIGHEST standards in the world (based on my experience rather than specific scientific data!) is what we need. Even during the joke of milk quotas (EU driven) the UK were NEVER 100% self sufficient in milk and milk products - our Dairy industry has been absolutely crucified. Obviously there is always the 'drive' to get us away from eating anything animal related but on a practical level, that still accounts for a relatively small (but I accept growing %). The economics of this Country are totally bolloxed as far as I'm concerned. As a % of earnings, we now pay massively for Housing (in whatever form that takes), spend fortunes on Cars (much of it debt funded) and everyone has huge tellies and loads of ££££ tech. What comes last in most peoples' monthly budget - FOOD. I think I'm correct in saying that we have probably never spent so little (proportionally) on food and yet it is generally the first thing people moan about. Yes, I know there are hardship cases out there - there always will be. I have no problem supporting those genuinely in need but why should any Govt's pick up the pieces (time and again) for peoples's bad life choices.... After COvid-19 - are we going to see some sort of economic reset? You've got to wonder........... Footballers and so called celebrities earning annual salaries equivalent to lifetime earnings of even middle income earners Supermarket staff and NHS support workers on pittances Need I say more.........
  14. As Tom says, it seems to me that it is about management of the outbreak in a timely fashion that the NHS and other services can cope with. One would kind of hope that by May/June time any flu virus wouldn't stand as much chance. A lot of people have slagged off the 'herd immunity' approach as being callous and uncaring - at face value, for Boris to say that people would die was shocking but to be fair, 1. He was stating the FACTS - that's what a pandemic is and 2. People needed bloody shocking or they probably would have taken even less notice in the first days. I guess we may see a tick up in cases when everyone is let out again but hopefully a combination of built up immunity in the general population and a seasonal effect will mean that any impact is minimal. Stay safe all
  15. Morrisons diesel earlier this week in North Suffolk was £1.08/lt It's like the last 20yrs didn't happen!
  16. Andy - please expand - I never thought there was an attraction, how ever you understood it........
  17. Dogging is when you drive to a local beauty spot to take your dog for a walk and end up getting your collar felt....
  18. I thought it would have happened quicker than that!
  19. One upside to the NHS being flat out with 'important' stuff - just been to pick up meds for my Mother in Law, even in a large village practice in the middle of no where you can't usually find anywhere to park, car park virtually empty and had to press an intercom button - (used my shirt so as not to touch it with my finger!) and they bought them to a window. Given the funding pressure on the NHS, when this is all over, why do we have to go back to the way it was before? Are all the people who spend their lives cluttering up Doctors clinics still coping? I appreciate that there a many people out there with long standing conditions who need support, but there are HUGE numbers who don't need to be there at all. If this isn't the biggest bloody wake up call ever then I don't know what is. Will we learn from it I wonder...........
  20. Bats are better protected in the UK than humans. Try renovating a barn hey @Barrykearley
  21. Don't waste your time with a Ford Focus in a dress - kame a proper car! Roger Moore cut outs available separately!
  22. I've been drinking thinking: 1. So small, medium and large companies can apply for emergency loans from the Govt (that will still have to be paid back). As yet, the self employed and sole traders haven't a clue what they can do with zero income. 2. Here's an idea: All the f**king Banks and credit card companies who WE bailed out in 2008 coz they were 'too big to fail', FREEZE or CANCEL interest costs NOW and for the next 6 months so that any existing debt can be nibbled away at without piling on the misery. 3. Give all the small people who are 'too many to fail' a f**king chance. If the lending businesses are then compromised let them get a f**king loan from the Govt - cheap rates and they can pay it back later. Why does it ALWAYS fall to the guys at the bottom??
  23. but I can't do that without the right tools and fixings and the shops are shut (don't tell her about screwfix!) Better hope no one tries it on - if they got hurt, no doubt the law would come after you!
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