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I thought handouts to pay energy bills were bad?
at 19:56 12 Aug 2022



And previously:

"Figures were revealed yesterday which showed that South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss claimed £2,579.67 for gas and electricity at her second home while fellow West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham claimed £1,518.34 over the 12 months from March 2012 until March 2013."

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Guns don't kill people.....
at 20:23 4 Jul 2022

Except of course they do unless you're an utter unthinking womble.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2022/jul/04/chicago-shooting-fourth-jul

Still, at least the SCOTUS is focused on the right things, like stopping 10 year old rape victims from getting abortions.

Just another step on the road to being a failed state.

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Covid vaccines cut the global death toll by up to 20m in one year
at 16:38 24 Jun 2022

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/24/covid-vaccines-cut-global-death-to

Lancet Paper here:
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(22)00320-6/fullt

It would have been even more effective if the world could have organised itself properly and distributed the vaccines more equally.

It's sickening to think of the huge efforts put in by some people and organisations to muddy the waters around vaccines and the covid vaccine in particular.

The potential for mRNA vaccines has now been proven, hopefully they will go on to prove useful across a huge number of viruses and save many more lives going forward.

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Flights are really expensive this year
at 09:56 14 Jun 2022

It's been noticeably more expensive to fly long haul this year, however 71000 GBP for an economy ticket to Rwanda really is a tad on the expensive side.

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Future aims for mRNA technology
at 09:02 4 Feb 2022

There are some really promising things happening around this new technology which has proven itself during the covid pandemic.

I'm sure everyone knows by now but essentially rather than having a dead or watered down version of the virus in the vaccine which the body can then learn to identify they are "programmed" to get the body to produce a protein(s) which are present in the virus and the body learns to recognise that.

This gives them a huge advantage over traditional vaccines in that you can program the the mRNA shot to get the body to produce multiple difference proteins which means you could have a single shot which protects against 10 or 20 unrelated viruses.

Looking further ahead there is research underway to produce a mRNA treatment (maybe a vaccine) which will teach the immune system how to directly attack cancerous tumours. It's very early days for this but it would be a huge step forward in cancer treatment if they managed to get it working.

They have done an extremely small trial with some promising results:

"For patients with head and neck cancer, however, the early results were positive. Among the first 10 participants, 2 patients had all signs of their tumors disappear following treatment, known as a complete response, and another 5 had their tumors shrink. "

https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/cancer-currents-blog/2022/mrna-vaccines-to-tr

https://scitechdaily.com/how-mrna-and-dna-vaccines-could-soon-treat-cancer-hiv-g

Hopefully there will be some interesting advances in this technology over the next decade, it's certainly proven it's worth during the pandemic.

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For the space geeks out there
at 17:50 2 Feb 2022

This is cool. Real-time status of both Voyager probes.

https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status/

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MMR vaccine rates at 10 year low
at 07:23 1 Feb 2022

No specific reasons as to why in the report but MMR vaccination rates in children have dropped to~85% in the UK, a 10 year low and around the level where we will see an increase in cases due to reduced herd immunity (which unlike covid works well with the MMR vaccine).

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/feb/01/very-worrying-mmr-vaccine-rates-

This is a really worrying trend and one that needs to be addressed quickly and efficiently with better education for parents on the subject and maybe effort made to counter antivaxer information online.

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The Aldershot manager is interesting.....
at 09:45 20 Jan 2022



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Great stuff from Murray
at 08:10 18 Jan 2022

Great to see him playing so well against seeded players back at the Aussie open.

Given this issues he's faced and the metal hip it's incredible stuff.

Must be annoying for those seeds expecting "easier" matches in the early rounds to come up against an unseeded Murray playing at a good level.

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A good high-level summary on virus evolution
at 10:58 11 Jan 2022

There has been a lot said recently about how viruses tend to get milder and that covid becoming endemic means we can now look to stop vaccinations.

This article does a pretty decent job of summarising the truths and fallacies of those two points for those that are interested:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/11/will-covid-19-become-less-dangerou

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What on earth is going on?
at 15:16 8 Jan 2022

This is fabulous stuff, proper football.

McKenna working wonders on the training pitch already it seems, the players seem to be on another level and working together.

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Bizarre situation ongoing at Chester FC
at 15:44 7 Jan 2022

Because the ground is partially in England and partially in Wales the Welsh government are saying they are in breach of covid rules for having fans at their matches given the different rules between the countries.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59906505

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Man accused of Chris Whitty assault contests charges in dressing gown
at 10:07 22 Dec 2021

Ridiculous stuff if you read the quotes:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/21/man-accused-of-chris-whitty-assa

Like the way his lawyer refused to defend him anymore for "professional reasons".

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Infrastructure seems to be taking a big hit now
at 11:07 21 Dec 2021

Due to staff absences from covid, mostly likely Omicron one would guess.

- 100 ambulances out of commission in London
- 40 out of 142 fire engines out of commission in London
- Nearly 5000 NHS staff absent in London
- 100 Scot rail trains cancelled
- LNER cancelling 16 mainline services

Going to be hard for some people to get home for Christmas on public transport at this rate. Also getting a bit dangerous if emergency services are losing large portions of their workforce.

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Travel from the UK to France banned from tomorrow
at 09:23 16 Dec 2021

Am guessing that could mess up quite a few Christmas plans:


Doesn't look like business is a valid reason to travel anymore either.

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Some difficult discussions are going to have to be had in Westminster
at 16:28 15 Dec 2021

Clearly most of the country don't want more restrictions which is absolutely understandable but Omicron is absolutely running riot.

78000 cases today is massive, a 19% increase on cases from last week and more importantly as of Saturday hospitalisations are up 10.4% so that's likely more than that given we have seen a huge jump in cases since Saturday.

Deaths are slightly down this week but that would lag behind hospitalisations.

Given >10 million aren't yet boosted it's hard to see how the current level of restrictions are going to do anything given the steep rise in cases even with them. Most of that rise is going to be from the SE and London as Omicron is only thought to be 5% of cases up North but once it hits there it's going to keep on rising.

It's an impossible situation now where people absolutely understandably don't want more restrictions but without it the trend is only going to go one way over a short time horizon.

Perhaps at the very minimum the schools should close for the last 2 days of term and WFH should become mandatory rather than advice.

What are peoples thoughts? Would people want some tougher restrictions for a few weeks or do we agree with the Tory rebels that enough is enough?

Boris is speaking at 5pm, we shall see what he says. Either way, getting your booster is absolutely key now.

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Amazon to sell PCR tests for travellers
at 23:36 13 Dec 2021

Now I know that Amazon aren't many peoples favourite company but they are planning to start selling PCR kits for 40 GBP and if that means the dubiously granted contracts run by Tory mates aren't cleaning up at 100 GBP a pop or whatever they are charging now then that's probably a good thing.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/dec/13/amazon-to-sell-low-cost-pcr-cov

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Covid level raised to 4 and Johnson to speak at 8pm
at 17:19 12 Dec 2021

Not sure what that means in reality, guess we will find out in a few hours.

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Chaplin totally lost his head
at 15:32 11 Dec 2021

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Wasn't he offside? (n/t)
at 15:24 11 Dec 2021

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