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Oh dear.....
at 16:28 23 Jan 2021

You just knew it was happening, it was like it was in slow motion.

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iFollow just put the possession at 50/51.... (n/t)
at 16:24 23 Jan 2021

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What a rubbish penalty
at 15:34 23 Jan 2021

Attempted to send the ball into orbit, what a plonker.

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BBC report from the Royal London is worth a watch
at 22:42 19 Jan 2021

It's a special report from The Royal London hospital. It's pretty harrowing. It's the first 10 minutes of the News at Ten:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000rhkn

Makes one even angrier at the idiotic hoax protestors outside hospitals or people trying to film inside to prove they are empty when the people inside are struggling so hard.

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This could get interesting
at 23:53 18 Jan 2021

The Lords have inserted an amendment into the Trade Bill which would mean that the UK courts could decide if a country was committing genocide (rather than international courts) and thus withdraw any trade deals done with that country. It seems to be specifically aimed at China but obviously would have scope to cover any other countries as well.

It seems to have some Tory backbench support as well as support from Labour (who tabled the amendment).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/18/rebels-aim-to-insert-genocide-amen

I am assuming the Tories will still get it past but they are going to have to stand up and argue against a UK court being able to declare a genocide.

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Not a great statement for US airport security
at 10:09 18 Jan 2021

This guy was apparently too scared to return to California so decided to live in a secure area of Chicago O'Hare for 3 months without anyone noticing:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/18/man-found-living-in-chicago-airpor

Remarkable really.

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The only good thing so far....
at 15:45 16 Jan 2021

Is that one of the advertisements is for the local Ford dealership which is called Harrison Ford.

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This must be a big chunk of any budget Sunderland have available
at 11:52 16 Jan 2021



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Flights banned from South America and Portugal
at 17:13 14 Jan 2021

From 4am tomorrow. The reasoning is to contain the new C19 variant that has mutated in Brazil although hard to see how these bans help when people can just go indirectly via Paris or New York or wherever.



As BL pointed out, they obviously do help but they aren't perfect.

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The FSM farce continues
at 14:57 14 Jan 2021

The government have told schools not to provide free school means during the February half-term. They are claiming the councils will provide the food but the councils are saying it's a lot of logistics to get setup for two weeks and the schools are far better placed.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/jan/14/schools-in-england-told-not-to

https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-no-fsm-half-term-astonishing-say-teachers

I'm pretty sure this entire debate was had only 2 months ago.

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New Brazilian variant
at 18:41 13 Jan 2021

Of course there are new variants all the time so perhaps nothing to worry about at the moment. It's still being analysed but the two mutations are causing some concern. One is similar to the B117 UK variant which makes it more transmissible and the other it to do with evading antibodies which is the one causing more concern.

Very early days though so too early to really say.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/covid-japan-new-variant-brazil-latest-

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Article on elite level sports continuing
at 17:54 11 Jan 2021

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55615893

Apparently Eze is under investigation for attending the QPR match last night. He knows it's not allowed so really no idea what he is thinking. All players are going to have to stop making these mistakes or it will end up stopping.

At least confirmed C19 cases in the PL were down this week - 37 down from 40:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55624533

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We need Swindon to get a couple more
at 19:13 9 Jan 2021

We've lost this, might as well get spanked on national TV and at least try and force ME hand.

It's embarrassing for him as well.

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That's happened twice this season now
at 19:08 9 Jan 2021

Very odd to have two crossed go directly in like that (I think Lincoln was the other one?).

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It really doesn't seem like 5 years
at 08:31 9 Jan 2021

It's been 5 years since Bowie died and there are a number of tributes over the weekend as well as a steaming of Lazarus.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55586527

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Fingers crossed for the Oxford vaccine rollout
at 16:34 8 Jan 2021

Today was the worst day of the pandemic thus far, 1325 deaths and it's likely that the effects of household mixing over Christmas haven't fed through into the numbers yet. For context that is nearly 200 higher than any daily total in April.

It looks like the new variant is still mostly concentrated in the SE and London though which is some good news. Hopefully the lockdown will stop it taking hold as badly in other regions.

We really need the government to get this right. Good to see them calling on the manpower of the army to assist where needed.

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Two new C19 treatments cleared for use
at 00:48 8 Jan 2021

This is excellent news:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55574662

Using these drugs will save 1 for every 12 administered. It's excellent that as well as the vaccine, doctors are getting better options they can use to treat patients once they end up in hospital.

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I'm sure this will go down well
at 23:38 7 Jan 2021

Musk is now the worlds richest person with a personal wealth in excess of 185bn USD:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55578403

Insanely this isn't actually historically high. Adjusted for time Rockafeller would be worth in excess of 400bn USD which is absurd.

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Trump making sure he does as much damage as possible before he leaves
at 12:41 7 Jan 2021

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/05/trump-arctic-national-wildli

There is just no need to for this, the US is still a wealthy and advanced nation and could easily focus on directed solar energy, solar panels on homes and wind farm projects.

Could also remove the tax breaks on the stupid 7 litre pickups which clearly very few people actually need.

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UK excess deaths data for 2020
at 23:32 6 Jan 2021

Hopefully this will finally put to bed the few people who still claim it's been no different to any other year, the NHS is always stretched and the flu kills lots of people every year.

The main points are below and the thread and please remember this was all whilst having unprecedented restrictions to try and curb C19.

- The first 3 months of 2020 were below the 5 year average for excess deaths.
- 73,000 excess deaths, 14% above the 5 year average and the worst in 100 years
- More excess deaths than in 1951, the year of a very major flu epidemic but no restrictions.
- Only one other year also topped 600,000 deaths - 1918 and the Spanish flu.



It's unbelievably important that the vaccine is being rolled out, there were over 1000 deaths today and there are over 31000 people in hospital with C19 and we probably aren't near the top of the peak from the new variant. It's unthinkable what would have happened if the virus had been able to run free with no restrictions at all.

Stay safe everyone, hopefully by the summer we will see the end of the tunnel.

SB
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