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More bizarre stuff from the world of US politics
at 12:20 6 Jul 2020

What is up with people at the moment?

https://www.indy100.com/article/florida-politician-kw-miller-beyonce-black-twitt

Or have they always been like this and feel more emboldened and the interwebs gives them the place to express their new found confidence?

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China really are quite outrageous in their statements
at 08:47 2 Jul 2020

Their response to the UK offer to HK nationals:

"China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, said on Thursday this would be a violation of agreements between the two countries"

That is incredible given they have just torn up the same agreement to implement an authoritarian policy over HK.

Really this should impact China hugely, they have been shown to not keep their side of legal agreements so people really shouldn't deal with them - what is the point if only one side ever honours the agreement. Of course in reality that won't happen and things will plod along. I was listening to a show the other day which was highlighting how much China has changed back to authoritarian ways under Xi.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/02/china-could-prevent-hongkongers-mo

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Return to school plans
at 13:02 30 Jun 2020

So just reading about these and they seem a bit odd. They are proposing bubbles for the whole year group but I would think that a significant percentage of people in the year would have siblings in other years so the bubbles are going to cross all over the place when kids go home so what is the point?

It's not actually bubbling anything in reality. Either it's safe to go back or it's not. This seems to be pretending it's safe if kids are bubbled but in reality the bubble is worthless.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-53225365

Does anyone know what is happening in other European countries with regards to schooling?

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WTF is wrong with people?
at 09:31 26 Jun 2020

Second night running that police have been attacked trying to disperse and illegal party in London:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/26/police-attacked-at-illegal-stree

Why are people acting so selfishly? The parties aren't allowed anyway and will cause issues with other parts of Europe already seeing a rise in cases of C19 and then to attack the police for trying to disperse them is totally unacceptable. There was a quote from the previous night where someone said something along the lines of: "It was all fine until the police started to try and enforce the law". I mean what on earth?

Then you have 500,000 people heading to the beaches in Dorset and once there complaining that people are idiots for crowding the beach whilst totally ignoring the fact they themselves were there to crowd the beach. They then leave tonnes of litter and it looks like they will force the closure of beaches.

Depressing.

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RFU reviewing the singing of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
at 22:26 18 Jun 2020

https://metro.co.uk/2020/06/18/england-rugby-fans-banned-singing-swing-low-sweet

"And the prospect of fans being told that the song can no longer be sung is now being considered."

I'd never really thought about the origins of the song to be honest, it was just something sung by the fans for many decades.

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Chelsea aren't worried about any post-C19 drop in revenues
at 15:12 18 Jun 2020

Spent 50m on Timo Wener today:

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/12009479/timo-werner-chelsea-compl

Guess the PL will carry on regardless whilst L1 and L2 can't even afford to finish the season.

He will also be earning x3.5 the amount allowable for our entire squad per year under the salary cap proposals.

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6000 people at 2 raves in Manchester on the weekend
at 21:56 14 Jun 2020

No masks, no distancing obviously. 1m distancing will come within the next week I guess and then for many it will be business as usual.



Also some pretty horrible offences committed.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-53040827

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Huge oil spill in Russian arctic
at 21:39 14 Jun 2020

Doesn't look good, Greenpeace compared it to the Exxon Valdes accident:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-11/putin-s-fury-over-norilsk-spi

Hopefully if Putin is as angry as a few articles are suggesting it will force some reforms in the attitudes of the larger companies in Russia.

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The Chinese have moved quickly in response to new C19 outbreaks
at 13:44 13 Jun 2020

They shut down a market and all local transport and schools close to the market and are now testing 10,000 staff who work there:

"An outbreak of coronavirus emanating from a large wholesale market in Beijing has led to fears of a second waves of sickness in the Chinese capital.

More than 10,000 staff at the Xinfadi wholesale market are now being tested.

The huge market, which supplies 80% of Beijing’s vegetables and meat, has been linked to a new cluster of cases in the city after dozens of people who work there tested positive.

According to officials, traces of the coronavirus have been found on a chopping block used for imported salmon.

Footage on social media appears to show hundreds of military police marching into Xinfadi Market.

Some neighbourhoods have again been sealed off to all but residents. Transport services and schools close to the market have been closed, as have some of Beijing’s most prominent public spaces, including the National Centre for the Performing Arts and the Lama Temple."


Don't like the sound of military police marching on the complex but I guess it's the quickest way to get it locked down and the outbreak contained.

Do we think we will be so effective at possible second wave sites....

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Murder in the Outback
at 12:33 11 Jun 2020

Anyone watched this?

I don't usually go for these crime documentaries but ended up watching the whole thing. I've not fact-checked anything but from the documentary I don't see how the conviction could in any way be deemed safe. So many loose-ends and dubious interpretations of evidence whilst other evidence was seemingly totally ignored. Doesn't mean he didn't do it of course, just a lot of questions there.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/murder-in-the-outback

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That didn't take long
at 10:06 3 Jun 2020

Air pollution levels in China are back to pre-C19 levels:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/03/air-pollution-in-china-back-

I was hoping that London would be somewhat changed with more permanent cycle lanes and less traffic. Optimistic I know but hopefully they won't follow the route of China and jump straight back to exactly how things were previously with regards to pollution.

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Jadon Sancho
at 20:40 31 May 2020

Watched a bit of the match today and remembered reading this article a few days ago:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52746083

Obviously some massive hyperbole in there but I thought the stats were quite interesting - they are much higher that I realised and reflect much more favourably with basically anyone his age historically.

He scored a hat-trick today.

It's absolute folly that players like him aren't given a chance in the big clubs where they are in the academies. Man City will probably try and buy him for 100m or something in a few years time.

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Prepare for that second wave
at 23:44 30 May 2020

At least two helicopters have been buzzing around all night and finally found out why:



I'd blame Cummings but I can't be bothered anymore.

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For those with a PS4 and dreams
at 22:44 29 May 2020

30 miles to Barnard Castle:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/05/26/dominic-cummings-barnard-castle-driving-game-now-

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Well played BrewDog
at 15:38 27 May 2020



https://www.brewdog.com/uk/barnard-castle-eye-test

NEW ENGLAND IPA
Short sighted beer for tall stories. Our New England, Old School IPA is locked down and loaded.

Dry-hopped for a juicy hit with pineapple, mango and hint of zesty lime.

All profits will go to funding our production of free sanitiser for the NHS & Health Care Charities.



Excellent.

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This is a proper testing ambition
at 08:08 13 May 2020

They are planning to test everyone in Wuhan in a 10 day period. That's either 11m tests of 6-8m tests depending on whether it's the whole city or just those who haven't already been tested.

For scale, the US has tested around 9m people in total thus far according to the White House.

There are doubts on whether it can be done but it's certainly an ambitious target.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-52629213

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England vs Switzerland at Euro 96 on at 6:15pm
at 18:08 11 May 2020

ITV4 I believe.

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The ongoing battle with C19
at 07:57 11 May 2020

Some concerning mutations have been found in the C19 spike proteins which have arisen independently at least twice. This is a concern as the vast majority of vaccines under development are focused on spike protein and if it mutates too much then there is a chance this will affect the vaccines.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/10/scientists-concerned-that-corona

It's an ongoing battle being played out within our bodies.

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The rise of Skynet
at 11:49 10 May 2020

This is pretty cool actually, although probably a bit shocking if you are sitting around and it sneaks up on you.

https://www.indy100.com/article/coronavirus-robots-parks-singapore-social-distan

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The best of Red Dwarf
at 22:39 6 May 2020

So given the fact we are all stuck inside I've been enjoying Red Dwarf once again on Netflix. Even if you know every word it's still brilliant, aged pretty well in my opinion.

So what are peoples top 5 episodes - no need to have an order.

I guess mine would be:

Balance of Power
Dimension Jump
Polymorph
Queeg
Inquisitor

To be honest though, pretty much all the episodes in the first 6 series are great.

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