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Crinklyfox

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  1. Good thread. A couple from these guys...
  2. Automated check-outs in supermarkets. They hate me, I hate them. Yesterday I went shopping, just a few bits and pieces and a bottle of wine. The queues at the few checkouts open were quite long so I reluctantly went to the self-checkout area. I scanned all the food and finally the bottle of wine, at which point a red light came on above the unit accompanied by the voiced message 'Please wait while an assistant verifies your age'. So everybody else turns round, take one look at me and my grey hair and start laughing. Perfect. Then a young lad turns up with a key which he has to insert in the unit to turn off the light and let me pay for my shopping. Back to the queues next time.
  3. No idea. It depends which vaccine is approved and available first. I expect that the NHS and care home workers would get the vaccine first, followed by the general public. I'll wait to be advised by my GP that they are vaccinating, the same system as they use for the annual flu jab.
  4. I'm sure you're right. I used the term 'comfortable' because that was the term used in the article that Izzy quoted which claimed that the public was comfortable with the idea that thousands would die from Covid.
  5. Vaccines will not be rushed through, it is not in the drug company's best interest to do so, nor for the general populace. Drug trials may be curtailed either when there is overwhelming evidence that the drug is either not effective or causes harm, or when there is overwhelming evidence that the drug is most effective and does not cause harm. Even if this latter condition is not met, the drug trials currently in Stage 3 are likely to conclude in 2021.
  6. I'm anticipating a vaccine in months, there are several promising vaccines in Stage 3 trials.
  7. Doubtless some people may be comfortable with letting thousands die every year from Covid-19, maybe tens of thousands, worst case hundreds of thousands with our hospitals overwhelmed and the care home sector devastated, so long as it's not them that's dying. Covid-19 is different to flu right now - we have an annual flu vaccine that protects the vulnerable, we don't with Covid-19. Once we do have an effective vaccine then we could potentially live with it, until then it's not an option that many would be willing to consider.
  8. I'm of the older generation referred to in this thread. For the record, I don't want a lockdown of the type we suffered previously. I'm classified as extremely clinically vulnerable as I have a couple of existing medical conditions, one of which is a heart condition caused by contracting a virus when I was 40 (same one as Alf). I hated being locked down but did so as I was not only concerned for my own health if I contracted Covid-19, but was also very concerned for my wife, who has her own vulnerabilities which could have been problematic if she caught Covid-19 from me. Since lockdown ended I've happily resumed leaving the house, shopping and occasionally meeting friends. I want to keep doing that and I think that I can provided that we all follow the simple rules for social distancing and mask wearing. I despair occasionally when I see the actions of those who ignore those minimal interruptions to the lifestyles we had before Covid-19. There are some who profess that Covid-19 will always be with us, but that's not certain yet. The common cold coronavirus is with us and as it is a rapidly mutating virus we have little chance of ever developing an effective vaccine. The influenza virus also mutates, but it appears at a slower rate, so whilst we cannot get rid of it we can develop vaccines to counter new strains, and millions get the annual flu jab to protect them. The SARS outbreak of 2002 was over by 2004, the virus is no longer around. The MERS virus of 2012 is still around but case numbers are low (which is just as well as it has an Infection Fatality Rate of over 30%). I still believe that a vaccine is our way out of this. There are several vaccines in Stage 3 trials and if just one of them is successful then mass inoculation will confer the herd immunity that will halt the spread of Covid-19. The Stage 2 trial of the Oxford Group vaccine was so successful that it is virtually assured that it will work, but the Stage 3 trial has to be carried out to ensure it will do no harm. And all the drug manufacturers will want cast iron evidence that this is the case before the vaccine is approved as there is likely to be an army of lawyers waiting to sue them the first time someone gets an adverse reaction. So I can see an end to all this, we just need to suppress the spread until the vaccine arrives.
  9. Mrs Crinkly and I's anniversary today so I'm posting a romantic one
  10. I have a system when buying cars. I find one that my wife and I really like after test driving and that's right for my family circumstances then buy it new - cash, at the best price I can get. Then I look after it with any necessary repairs and regular servicing and run it until it drops. And I save for my next car during the period I have the current car - this has become more difficult since I retired and my income has reduced. So at present I'm driving a Honda Civic ES which is 14 years old - if a car is like it's owner then this is a true reflection of me. Getting on a bit, needs more maintenance than a few years ago but reliable and still going. I know that it won't run forever and my next car is probably going to be my last. I only do around 6000 miles a year now (a lot less this year). Any recommendations for my next motor?
  11. No. 1 in 1959, this performance is from a live show in 1961
  12. Thanks for the link to the paper, I'd missed that one. My comments on the variants came from slightly earlier papers which only referenced the two strains. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200702144054.htm https://www.cell.com/cell/pdf/S0092-8674(20)30817-5.pdf
  13. There is only one known mutation of the virus - the 614D variant which was common in China at the start of the year has largely been replaced by the 614G variant. We are fortunate that Covid-19 appears to be a slow mutating virus. This increases the possibility of development of an effective vaccine. Had the virus been a fast mutating variety, like the common cold, there would be very little chance of developing a vaccine as the coronavirus would have mutated before vaccine trials (which as you doubtless appreciate take many months) would have concluded.
  14. My understanding of this is that the main cause of transmission is infected droplets in the air caused by an infected person exhaling. A mask reduces the amount of droplets and the distance they travel. A sneeze, shouting or singing all result in exhalation of more droplets than regular breathing. The chance of becoming ill with the virus reduces as the amount of infected droplets inhaled reduces so masks are a very useful tool in controlling the spread of infection.
  15. It's your current employer's problem to manage their resources. Of course they'd like you to stay on until their needs are met, after that they won't be concerned about you or your future career. If you've agreed a start date with your new employer that's a commitment. It will look bad if you delay it. An employer wants committed employees, not ones with a foot in both camps. I was a manager in my working life and sometimes staff left before a replacement was found, that's an issue I had to deal with as part of my job. It usually meant reallocating internal resources for a short period or bringing in temporary contract staff. Either way, it wasn't an insurmountable problem. I've never had a new starter ask to delay their employment because they wanted to work extra time at their old employer. Your new employer will have a need for your services, potentially an urgent one if they are dealing with the previous incumbent in your new position having left. If you delay your start date you may well inconvenience them and I doubt that they would take it well. If I was in your position I would advise your old employer that you have made a commitment to your new employer, so while you would love to be able to help them out it simply isn't possible. Good luck in your new position.
  16. Infinity. Both as a concept and as a reality, if indeed it is a reality. If time is infinite then our existence is part of infinity, there could be infinite time before our birth and infinite time after our death. And anything divided by infinity is zero (theoretically).
  17. I did something similar called a Belbin test many years ago. I'm including a link so you can compare the tests if you wish https://www.belbin.com/about/belbin-team-roles/ The purpose of a Belbin test is to determine the characteristics of individuals, with the aim of seeing how they would fit into teams. The theory is that the most successful teams contain people a variety of strengths so they complement each other. As such, there is no right or wrong way to complete a Belbin test.
  18. holidaycottages.co.uk which is part of The Travel Chapter Limited.
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