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  1. 11 points
    I tell you what one of the only good things to come out of this current shit situation is Webbo.... ....having you finally back on FT mate. You've been missed
  2. 11 points
    I have watched a few videos and read a bit about the practice of selling live animals for food in so called 'wet markets'. It makes absolutely horrific watching and reading. The Chinese state-capitalist regime did not learn the lesson from SARS in 2002, which was another outbreak of a different strain of coronavirus which originated in a 'wet market' in a city in the south of China.and caused thousands of deaths in over 70 countries. Instead, when Covid-19 emerged the police arrested the doctor Li Wenliang who reported his concerns to the authorities. The Chinese government destroyed the evidence, repeatedly lied and covered up the news and did not report it to WHO until it was too late, when the virus had spread unchecked to other cities in China and other countries around the world. Li Wenliang has since died from the virus. The Chinese politburo or whatever it calls itself are despicable criminals and if the damage they have caused to other countries was conventional 'warfare' they would have had to pay reparations just as the Germans did after the two world wars. Li Wenliang is a hero. My final thought is that I hope Chinese people in this country do not suffer racist abuse and worse by cretinous neanderthals already emboldened by Brexit.
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  4. 8 points
    I've already done the downstairs toilet, I start the outside next week, there's not much of that though as most of it's plastic. It gets a bit much when I'm missing work. That's nice of you to say mate. And to everybody else who's wished me well over the last 18 months, or so, I genuinely appreciate it.
  5. 8 points
    Do you think that the NHS should be run with routinely with spare capacity for tens of thousands? Or that they could magic up dozens of new hospitals since January? What a bizarre rant,
  6. 7 points
    I needed something to cheer me up today
  7. 7 points
    https://www.90min.com/posts/6584478-leicester-5-3-manchester-united-remembering-the-day-jamie-vardy-became-a-superstar?utm_source=RSS Leicester 5-3 Manchester United: Remembering the Day Jamie Vardy Became a Superstar Matt O'Connor-Simpson28 Mar 2020 21 September, 2014. Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United. This was not supposed to happen. Long before great escapes, Premier League titles and Champions League campaigns had been toasted at the King Power Stadium, Leicester were simply trying to tread water in their first season back in the top flight for a decade. And this was Manchester United. Admittedly it was a post-Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United but still... it was MANCHESTER UNITED. One of the most dramatic upsets in Premier League history seemed unfathomable when a sublime Angel Di Maria chip made it 2-0 to the visitors in the 16th minute. Even if Leonardo Ulloa's header seconds later had given the Foxes a spark of hope, Ander Herrera's fortunate finish extinguish it just before the hour mark. And then... Jamie Vardy happened. It all started - as it so often does - with Vardy chasing down a lost cause. Hunting Rafael all the way down to his own byline the future record breaker shrugged off the defender before being brought down to win Leicester a penalty - which David Nugent leathered home. Two minutes later, the hosts had their equaliser. As if by divine intervention the ball sat up kindly for Esteban Cambiasso to swing a left boot at it hopefully. Cambiasso rumoured arrival in the summer had been dismissed on Leicester message boards as an elaborate joke too farcical and brilliant to actually be true. Fans could scarcely believe their eyes once again as the Argentine's effort squeezed past David de Gea in the United goal to make it 3-3. The goal was greeted by a sonic eruption around King Power Stadium but that was nothing compared to the noise when Vardy grabbed a goal of his own ten minutes from time. With Juan Mata caught in possession by Ritchie de Laet, the former United youth player exploded down the right flank before sliding it to Leicester's number nine, who had peeled off his marker expertly. With only De Gea to beat, Vardy could have been forgiven for feeling a little nervous - what with this being his chance for a first ever Premier League goal. If he was, he didn't show it - slotting it past the best goalkeeper in the world with the same confidence he had exhibited when dominating the Northern League with Stocksbridge Park Steels several years earlier. 4-3 would have been more than enough to send the Filbert Way faithful home to enjoy one of the most euphoric Sunday roasts of their lives, but Vardy was not content and made his fans' potatoes taste even sweeter by creating a fifth goal. After shrugging off the lumbering Tyler Blackett, he raced into the box before Blackett hacked him to the ground - earning himself a red card and gifting Leicester another penalty. With Nugent sat on the bench, Ulloa rose to the task and belted home from 12-yards to put the gloss on one of the best days in Leicester's recent history. Things That Aged Worst It's a travesty that in the midst of all the other madness that transpired at King Power Stadium that autumn day, the true beauty of Angel Di Maria's goal has been overlooked. Charging past a string of players and into the Leicester half, the Argentine played a quick one-two with Wayne Rooney before finishing in the most audacious way possible. With Kasper Schmeichel a yard or so off his line, Di Maria managed to scoop the ball over the Dane while still on the move. The undoubted highlight of his largely underwhelming United career. Things That Aged Best His incredible performance - one goal and four assists - against United gave a brief glimpse into the heights that Jamie Vardy's career would reach. The Englishman's inaugural Premier League strike has been replicated countless times in subsequent seasons, and he now stands just one goal shy of entering the illustrious top flight hundred club. Thank god he got rid of that bloody mohawk though. Players You Completely Forgot Existed United centre-back Tyler Blackett did not cover himself in glory against Leicester and it will come as no surprise that he dropped down to the Championship with Reading in 2016 - where he continues to frighten fans with some questionable decision making. Dean Hammond - who was part of Leicester's midfield three - currently turns out for Worthing in the Isthmian League. Well, he did until recently for obvious reasons. Ritchie de Laet who assisted Leicester's fourth goal in currently back in his native Belgium, while Paul Konchesky has now retired - enjoying a final pay day at Billericay Town a few years ago. An unused substitute for the Foxes that day was Riyad Mahrez. Wonder whatever happened to him? What Happened Next? After this victory, Leicester's season went into a tailspin as they failed to win any of their subsequent 13 games. Similar patchy form haunted them for the rest of the season - until seven wins out of their last nine secured a scarcely believable great escape. They didn't do half bad the following season either... United, on the other hand, recorded a fairly comfortable fourth placed finish - a marked improvement on their disastrous 2013/2014 campaign when they came seventh.
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  10. 5 points
    As bad as this period is for some people I have a feeling that this will turn out to be the easy bit. I dread what comes after. Ruined economies, recession or worse, bankrupt governments around the world, mass unemployment and poverty. I just hope that law and order, and the banking system survive.
  11. 5 points
    I don't see any benefit in just blaming the Chinese or even punishing them somehow as others have suggested, but surely some kind of pressure needs to be applied for them to seriously look at their trade in exotic meats and traditional medicines. Perhaps as a silver lining to this, it might help some endangered species.
  12. 5 points
    Update. Car nowhere to be seen, numerous other people in the area have come forward to show me CCTV of the same people getting their cars within the last week (South Wigston, Whetstone and Northampton) so be careful people. On a positive, as I posted the day before this happened I was contemplating just handing this back to the finance company as I’d payed half it off but as it got stolen the insurance company are paying out so I’ll be about £2500 better off as a result. A nice outcome from a shit situation. Bloody loved this car though.
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  14. 4 points
    Okay start with the classic, just to pass the time away. Would you rather fight 10 Levi Porter sized Marcin Wasilewskis or 1 Wasilewski sized Levi Porter?
  15. 4 points
    Might finally get a decent attendance
  16. 4 points
    Never had it to be honest mate.
  17. 4 points
    Yes I can see where maybe some of us went wrong....
  18. 4 points
    With great difficulty I'd say. Not only have you got families already at their wits end with each other, but then there's the old and vulnerable who are isolated and lonely who you can't visit. Then there's the issue of not being able to go out and socialize, which is part of our human make up. The result is that some people will end up binge eating/drinking to make themselves feel better and then there's the knock on long term health effects (physical and mental). People will genuinely go mad/stir crazy if these restrictions last for months.
  19. 4 points
    I am fed up with Intl breaks... I have no I interest in eng and southgate the puppet of the blazers
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  22. 3 points
    We're in a ****ing lockdown!
  23. 3 points
    Everybody tries to blame somebody or something when major stuff happens. For example, Caroline Flack's suicide was purely down to the press, according to folk on social media in the wake of her death. Look at how certain players on here get scapegoated in the wake of a defeat. We have an in-built system to look for reasons/excuses, even if the reasons/excuses are ridiculous. In other news, here's the latest poll, released today...
  24. 3 points
    Heard this the other day. Happy song, happy video for these sad times.
  25. 3 points
    For me, I'm finding the lockdown pretty easy so far. You have to keep busy. I've started a new veg plot and have a long list of stuff to do. It's going out that scares me, I had to go to the post office this morning and I planned it like a military exercise. Every day spent indoors without having to face the scary outside world feels like a little victory. I get that people are different and will handle this differently. I think it is worse when it is open ended with no release in sight but we absolutely need to do this.
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    That sounds tough. Is there anywhere you could go occasionally away from the house, just to get a bit of time alone and a break from the stress? Even if it's just sitting on a bench in the park or somewhere, if the weather's OK? It's funny. My teenage daughter has had ongoing difficulties for some months with social anxiety.....but, for now at least, I'm in the lucky position that the school shutdown has actually made that situation easier. She's able to entertain herself and to communicate electronically with her mates, while not having the social stresses of school. I'm now not having to deal with constant communications with the school and ex-wife over these issues - just have to ensure she keeps a bit of structure to life and does at least some of the work that the school is providing online. Even relations with the ex seem fairly civil for now. Keep your chin up, mate - I'm sure you will, anyway. There will be a good life for the vast majority of us beyond this. I've been trying to look forward to that - imagining future trips away, visits to friends & family etc. Might take a couple of months or many months, and might be a bit different and still subject to certain limitations when it happens.....but there are good times ahead out there! Sorry to hear about your Dad's difficulties. I can relate to your situation as my Dad was house-bound with mild dementia and Parkinson's latterly. I was overseeing his care and know it meant a lot to him to have regular visits from my brother and myself & a couple of the carers he bonded with (he wasn't so keen on some of them!). Part of me wonders if it might not be better for his overall health if you did visit, even given the risk of you infecting him. But I suppose you've not just got him to think about. I suppose there's the risk of him acquiring an infection from one of the health visitors and passing it on to you and the rest of your family. A tough situation to deal with. Again, although I obviously wish that my folks were still around, I realise that the fact they're not makes this crisis easier for me. Not only do I not have to worry about my Dad, I can only imagine what my Mum would have been like during all this as she was someone who always got anxious, worrying (generally needlessly) about other people. Likewise, I'm lucky in having been working solo from home for years now, so it's less of an adaptation than for someone who's used to all the social aspect of working in a team at an office or site, out and about in the community or whatever. Those years of isolation were a major factor in my marriage breakdown, but make this crisis a bit easier to handle. Look after yourself, mate!
  28. 3 points
    Great summary. I'm sure with hindsight the Govt would do things differently but there's no handbook for this and all countries are different. We can spend our time now, losing our minds by picking over the bones of the mistakes or focus on what's going to work best from now on. Of course, somewhere down the line the Govt must be held to account for past errors. Not now though.
  29. 3 points
    Thing is with herd immunity it was mainly Patrick Vallance who said about herd immunity. It never was the goal, it was more of a side effect of their plan. It's true they underestimated how fast it would spread though. Matt Hancock even came out and point blank said: "herd immunity is not our goal or policy." It was just really bad communication, but that's the problem with scientists I guess; they're not media experts. They did say in the first press conference many more people are going to die and we will introduce more harsher methods later; and implied it would impact people's mental health and people would not be disciplined enough yet. Which is what's happened. If they were being honest they'd probably have come out and said: We'd like to lockdown now, but we have no plan for the economy and your jobs yet; and some of you are so stupid that we know in a few days when you see people dying there will still be a load of you that will ignore our advice. If we try and lock you down now, a load of you will rebel, or be down the shops buying anything and everything and the infrastructure isn't there to cope with it. Plus, we've run the NHS and the police into the ground, we hadn't planned for this and need to get a load of staff and plans in place. So we're going to do this in steps cause if we're being honest, we're not ready - which means some will die, but we have to wait till the NHS is about to be overwelmed to really lockdown. The WHO are right, but it only works in a fairytale world where people do what they're told. I watched a documentary on Ebola in Africa; people started attacking the workers in the protective suits who were trying to help people. People are stupid when they're scared.
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  32. 3 points
    Our Easter holiday to Centreparcs has been cancelled so we're recreating it at home by having the kids ride their bikes in the garden while I burn £20 notes
  33. 2 points
    The military are yeah, but their medical services are not huge. I know they're asking London trusts to volunteer critical care staff, which I really don't understand as we don't have enough within the hospitals as it is! There's been a shortage of critical care nurses for many years. I just don't see how it's possible. Especially if patients are being brought in by ambulance, you're then operating as an emergency department with all the triage that goes with it. I am sure it's possible to help take pressure off the hospitals with these field hospitals, but the numbers certainly don't add up for me.
  34. 2 points
    And even then we won’t know because we would have to run this all again with the “other” option played out for real & not on a computer. We are where we are and the only thing we should be concentrating on now is how we as individuals move forward with the guidance we are being given by those in the know and not waste our energies on wishing we/they opened the green door.
  35. 2 points
    Masayoshi Takanaka - the Japanese Carlos Santana: Shame few people have ever heard of him.
  36. 2 points
    For those that have exhausted the to-do list already Rosetta Stone are doing free 3mths language courses normally £50, its aimed at school kids but a good place to learn the basics, no storing of cards on sign up either so assume it will just stop after the 3mths but something to get ya teeth into.
  37. 2 points
    Tough to hear, mate. I'm sure you've thought of it - but could you get a man cave at the bottom of the garden? Mine took a weekend to go up and it's been worth it's weight in gold - absolute sanctuary. Pretty sure that there will be companies still selling and supplying them...
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    Similar thoughts re. Spain: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52060900 " Spain has seen a sharp rise in the number of deaths caused by coronavirus but the rate of new infections is stabilising, officials say. Confirmed cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, rose to 64,059, a 14% increase compared with 18% a day earlier and 20% on Wednesday". Similarly, the number of new infections in Italy seems to have plateaued or even fallen slightly over recent days. Logically, I suppose the downturn in the number of deaths may lag 1-2 weeks behind the downturn in new infections.....so the latter is the first sign for cautious optimism.
  39. 2 points
    This is brilliant. Three minutes of genius. Made my day tbh
  40. 2 points
    I'd say it's harder (well for me anyway) The thought of having four of us cramped up together in a small 3 bed terrace for months on end is a nightmare - especially with a fvcked up OCD teenage daughter. I'd love a bit of 'me' time in isolation rather than tripping over moody family members every other minute.
  41. 2 points
    It's well known that Anne Frank had a drum kit to keep her occupied.
  42. 2 points
    As long as it takes. People have to realise this won't be lifted under any circumstances until 13th April (I think that's the date). The sooner people accept that fate, the easier it is to manage yourself within that time. It's not going to be easy but nobody said it was going to be.
  43. 2 points
    I couldn’t have said it better. The government and their spokespeople are trying to get a message across that can be understood (and still isn’t) by the whole population. Whether the plan we have is right, is by-the-by now. It’s the plan and it’ll only work if it’s adhered to, but if it is adhered to, it will work. This is an unprecedented situation in modern times, especially in the western-world. The information given to us has to be understood by all. If they were being honest, many would understand, even if they disagree they’d understand that it’s the way we’re heading (still entitled to their opinions on it of course). However there seems to be so many people, even from the outset who simply can’t understand what’s going on. Why we’re socially distancing, when to wash their hands etc. The whole situation has made me realise, in society, at work, in my social groups how little common sense people have. How they can’t see the bigger picture, what knock-on effects things have, etc...
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