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  1. you are not a number, you are a free man!
  2. @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.
  3. Have the Bakers branched out to keep going?
  4. 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 gro
  5. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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 vaccin
  10. 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 Ho
  11. 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.......
  12. That's why I'm sticking to MEAT!!!
  13. YES! 🤐 Is Meccano allowed if you don't have Lego anymore....?
  14. 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 Da
  15. 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
  16. Morrisons diesel earlier this week in North Suffolk was £1.08/lt It's like the last 20yrs didn't happen!
  17. Andy - please expand - I never thought there was an attraction, how ever you understood it........
  18. Dogging is when you drive to a local beauty spot to take your dog for a walk and end up getting your collar felt....
  19. I thought it would have happened quicker than that!
  20. 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 peop
  21. Bats are better protected in the UK than humans. Try renovating a barn hey @Barrykearley
  22. Don't waste your time with a Ford Focus in a dress - kame a proper car! Roger Moore cut outs available separately!
  23. 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.
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