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  1. Grace periods? Cry the beloved country?
  2. Please be aware that many heating engineers are paid a commission by the boiler manufacturers to install their boilers, so if you ask them for a recommendation you may not get an unbiased opinion. I had lots of problems with our previous boiler but now have an Ideal Logic and have not had any problems with it.
  3. Do you have time for any sporting or social group activities? Because that's a way to meet other people with the same interests which gives you a head start in becoming friends with them. I gradually lost touch with many (but not all) friends of my youth and middle years as our lives changed. I joined a bowls club in my retirement and not only does it involve me in friendly sporting competition that I can handle at my age but there are now over a hundred people that I can chat to.
  4. 00:58 Behind the lines (Duke) 06:25 Duchess (Duke) 13:17 Guide vocal (Duke) 15:00 In the Cage (Lamb Lies Down on Broadway) 22:25 Colony of Slippermen (Lamb Lies Down on Broadway) 23:40 Afterglow (Wind and Wuthering) 28:18 Dance on a Volcano (Trick of the Tail) 33:00 Drum duet 33:54 Los Endos Trick of the Tail)
  5. I'm no expert but it's my view that mental health issues seem to be more acute in the intelligent - I've been reading your posts for some time and am certain that you fit into that category. Your post screams frustration at me, and I've no reason to believe that it isn't justified. And sometimes frustration is good because it drives us to take actions to overcome it. The trick is to make those positive rather than negative actions, and to direct these actions at things that can be changed rather than those that can't.. The advantage that I have over many on here is hindsight. I've lived into my retirement and looking back I can pick out times, sometimes years, that were bad (the first one was when I was in my 20's). There was one particular time which I didn't think I'd get through. From a distance now I can see that however bad I was feeling, and whether or not I could see a way out, there were better times to come on each occasion. Whenever I go through bad periods now I ask myself, did I feel this bad last month, or last year? The answer is usually no, and until I learn that there is no possibility of me ever getting through a bad time again I'll hold out for the tide to turn - because it does.
  6. Thanks for the info - I've never been Bob.
  7. I could have sworn that that wasn't in the Bob Dylan original version (Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, Blood on the Tracks)
  8. There is some evidence to suggest that contracting one coronavirus may provide some protection against contracting others due to the immune system response. Research into the SARS outbreak supports this hypothesis. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2550-z_reference.pdf However there is also practical evidence to suggest that there are limitations to this protection. The common cold is a coronavirus and also rapidly mutates, so there may be several mutations during a cold/flu season, the upshot being that someone can contract more than one common cold in a single season. The UK lockdown was imposed towards the end of the 2019/20 cold/flu season, so there may be little more resistance from previously contracted coronaviruses now than there was then, when the infection rate was rising rapidly in the community.
  9. We may never get rid of the virus but we may get a vaccine, there are many groups worldwide working on one and if any are successful then that's our way out - the only viable alternative to herd immunity which will cost more lives. The current strategy appears to be to minimise infections until such a time that a vaccine becomes available, if it doesn't then we will need a Plan B.
  10. ELO's first chart success
  11. I believe that you're correct, however Covid-19 appears to be a slow-mutating virus. The only mutation I am aware of is the 614G mutation (the original virus from Wuhan was 614D but 614G is effectively the pandemic now). The spike protein of the virus contains a long chain of amino acids, it is number 614 in that chain which mutated. This appears to have made it more contagious and some studies have proposed that it has a higher fatality rate, though evidence to support this is inconclusive. In contrast the common cold is a swiftly mutating virus which is why someone can catch more than one cold per year.
  12. Covered by Billy Fury, The Hollies, Child, Showaddywaddy, Glen Campbell and others
  13. I've been to hospital three times since March, once for a routine test and twice to A&E for a more critical condition. On the first occasion in June there was no pre-screening, I went straight into a waiting room with others and awaited my turn for the test. Everyone except one patient was wearing masks. On the second occasion in July I was triaged before being released to waiting, this involved Covid-related questions. Everyone was wearing masks. I was also subjected to a blood test but no Covid-specific test. There were different areas in the hospital for Covid and non-Covid admissions but I didn't see any separation within A&E. Ditto for the third occasion except for the blood test. Thankfully I didn't contract Covid-19 on any of the visits.
  14. I spy with my little eye (sorry Alf, I've been on a bad run)
  15. Fool's game (or Mug's game)
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