Brexit, for once some facts.

Barry Shittpeas

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Got a new perspective on Covid-19 today, relatives of necesssity being kept in the dark about victims progress.

This morning my brother in Dorset was found by his daughter in a terrible state and seemingly dead in his flat, until a slight response showed he was still alive. Normally taken to the small Dorchester hospital, he was treated by the medics as a possible Covid case and taken by ambulance to Poole General Hospital. Judging by his state his daughter doesn't believe he will survive this. She is now in lockdown of course until there's a diagnosis.

Perhaps understandably the hospital doesn't appear to be answering the phone, so we have no idea how he is or whether he is still alive. We'll just have to be patient.

This must be happening to many all over the country in present circumstances when hospitals can barely cope with the patients, let alone worried relatives.

In our case we are not worried, simply resigned as he was too, since he is 87 with serious underlying issues from major heart and cancer surgeries over the last 8 years. He was fine yesterday when his daugher saw him and two days ago when we were chatting on the phone, so whatever the cause, it hit him fast.
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I’m very sorry to hear your situation and hope you receive positive news from the hospital soon. This is a cruel disease.
 

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It’s looking like Boris Johnson is in serious trouble. I’m not his number one fan as a politician, but I hope he fights back from this.

Every day, the unimaginable happens and then the following day, that is made to look normal by new events. It’s like being in a sci-fi movie.
 

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It’s looking like Boris Johnson is in serious trouble. I’m not his number one fan as a politician, but I hope he fights back from this.

Every day, the unimaginable happens and then the following day, that is made to look normal by new events. It’s like being in a sci-fi movie.
raab nominally holding the wheel just before peak infection is not a good thing
 

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It’s looking like Boris Johnson is in serious trouble. I’m not his number one fan as a politician, but I hope he fights back from this.

Every day, the unimaginable happens and then the following day, that is made to look normal by new events. It’s like being in a sci-fi movie.
Don't worry, he'll be OK, the Devil looks after his own
I'm the proof of that. (unless I have managed to tread on his tail recently)
lets be honest all we can do is hope all victims make it though.
 

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No surprise here, episode 852344:

Coronavirus: Thousands missed off government's 'high risk' list

From what I know, there are many rare diseases that no-one will have thought to add to the list. Indeed, likely no-one knows if some of them imply a heightened risk or not for some of them.
 

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Masks. Husvarna-Viking are donating hundreds of sewing machines directly to hospitals across the USA.

This is because the Center for Disease Control has accepted, as a last resort, even home-made masks might provide some protection or enhance the life of existing approved masks.

(Partner's home-made masks - I posted photo of first test one, now made in decent fabric - is the very design H-V/CDC chose to recommend.)
 
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The BBC reports:

The cost of petrol in the UK is approaching £1 a litre for the first time since 2016.

Some filling stations around the country have even been reported offering petrol at less than £1.

But motorists may be hard-pressed to find low deals as prices vary widely.

Even I have seen it at 104.9. But I am hard-pressed because it is about nine miles to the low prices! I can't see "getting cheaper petrol" as a justification. Odd the story doesn't even mention that issue despite disucssing why the prices are so low.
 

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Most (not all) people who still have to drive significant distances will find a cheap station close to where they have to drive. For the rest, distances travelled should be so minuscule that differences in cost of petrol are irrelevant.
 
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Never at a loss for words, after a brief struggle I came up with one..

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Raab is oddly missing in action. I'm not a spad, but would have thought a clear emphatic statement about what's happening (really) to boris and what will happen next would be reassuring.
 

Barry Shittpeas

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The BBC reports:

The cost of petrol in the UK is approaching £1 a litre for the first time since 2016.

Some filling stations around the country have even been reported offering petrol at less than £1.

But motorists may be hard-pressed to find low deals as prices vary widely.

Even I have seen it at 104.9. But I am hard-pressed because it is about nine miles to the low prices! I can't see "getting cheaper petrol" as a justification. Odd the story doesn't even mention that issue despite disucssing why the prices are so low.
I‘m hardly using any fuel at the moment. I filled both cars up about two weeks ago and probably haven’t travelled more than 5 miles in total.
 
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Most (not all) people who still have to drive significant distances will find a cheap station close to where they have to drive. For the rest, distances travelled should be so minuscule that differences in cost of petrol are irrelevant.
That is, surely, the reality for many. But, having spent four years repeatedly checking in my mind if I am going where the petrol is cheaper (usually about 5p a litre difference), I still think about it.

And I am getting to the point of wanting to top up.
 

Barry Shittpeas

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Raab is oddly missing in action. I'm not a spad, but would have thought a clear emphatic statement about what's happening (really) to boris and what will happen next would be reassuring.
Nick Ferrari described Raab as looking like a stunned mullet this morning. He does look and sound bewildered, clueless and as if he’d rather be somewhere else. All of them keep falling back to repetitively praising the NHS & stating that they want to get on with the war on Coronavirus.

We know all that, and I don’t think a single person disagrees, but we need to know how they plan to do it. The war on Coronavirus isn’t going too well when you consider that the Field Marshall, the General and the Brigadier have all shot themselves via a negligent discharge on the way to the front. You honestly could not make this up.
 

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