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  1. 15 hours ago, Line-X said:

    Not sure I'd describe 'Gimmie Shelter' as an "underrated album track". It opens 'Let it Bleed' and is regarded as the strongest song on the album and seen by many as the greatest track that they ever recorded and is still a staple of live performances. 


    'Ruby Tuesday' wasn't an album track in the UK and although it was the B Side to 'Let's Spend the Night Together', it actually gained more airplay and was more popular. I wouldn't say it was underrated either - it's one of their most acclaimed songs of the 1960s. 


    Sorry, didn't mean to be contrary or pedantic. 

    I don't mind being corrected if I've got something wrong.  I missed the fact that Ruby Tuesday was a B side, apologies.  As for Gimme Shelter the OP did ask for opinions on album tracks that weren't made into a single but should have been, so as Gimme Shelter was such a strong track I suggested it.

  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.

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  3. 14 minutes ago, simFox said:

    Where do you think you might be, in the que to get one? Let's say it passed on Wednesday, you should get your shot by what, week Thursday?

    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. 1 hour ago, Mark 'expert' Lawrenson said:

    Comfortable? I think you’ve totally misread the opinions of some posters on here, nobody is comfortable with the deaths from covid, are you “comfortable” with thousands losing their jobs and homes because that’s what will happen, I doubt very much you’re comfortable with that.

    Everyone has their opinions on what the way forward is, but nobody is comfortable with what’s happening. 



    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. Just now, joachim1965 said:

    would you be comfortable with a vaccine that has been rushed through?

    Vaccines take years to develop and test for a reason.

    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. 2 minutes ago, joachim1965 said:

    It could be years before a safe and tested vaccine is available,  do you suggest we hide away until then? 

    The mental health issues and suicide rates would be sky high.

    I'm anticipating a vaccine in months, there are several promising vaccines in Stage 3 trials.



  7. 7 minutes ago, Izzy said:

    Covid: Is it time we learnt to live with the virus?



    Prof Robert Dingwall, a sociologist and an adviser to the government, believes the public may well be now at the stage where it is "comfortable" with the idea that thousands will die from Covid just as they are that they die of flu.


    He believes it is only a particular element of the public health and scientific leadership who worry about driving down the infection level and is critical of politicians for not being "brave enough" to be honest with the public that the virus will be around "forever and a day" even with a vaccine.

    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 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?

  9. 16 hours ago, simFox said:

    Currently, there are six strains of coronavirus. The original one is the L strain, that appeared in Wuhan in December 2019. Its first mutation -- the S strain -- appeared at the beginning of 2020, while, since mid-January 2020, we have had strains V and G. To date strain G is the most widespread: it mutated into strains GR and GH at the end of February 2020.




    That's from August, so could be more. I've seen some genetic sequencing maps, but LeicsMac would probably be able to baffle tell us about those.


    From my own observation and training (dot to dot colouring books) I don't think there are much differences, certainly not in relation to virulence. 

    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.





  10. 44 minutes ago, StanSP said:

    With case numbers increasing/deaths not doing so in line with that, is it sensible to think the virus has mutated and isn't nowhere near as strong as it was about 6 months ago?



    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.

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  11. 10 hours ago, String fellow said:

    I'm still struggling to work out why cheap face masks only protect other people from the wearer, not the wearer from other people. Surely the pressure of a sneeze or even the exhaled breath of the wearer is going to be much greater than anything coming towards him/her from the opposite direction. Therefore, isn't the virus more likely to pass outwards through or round the edges of the mask than it is to come inwards? So the wearer should be protected from other people, not the other way round!

    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.



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