This issue has been raised on her before and I know we have a few posters who work in Unis. A few points on this from my experience.
1. Where were the unions during the summer when the decisions about teaching this term were being made? They were absent until Sept, by which time all plans are in place.
2. Similarly, this action refers to the Sage meeting of 21st September. Students had travelled to their universities by then (our term started 21st September, students came the week before). That meeting was far too late to inform the approach (plans had to be made through the summer - May/June/July, as lots of work went into installing H&S measures and even building new facilities in some cases.
3. It ignores those universities who have a lower incidence of Covid-19 than their surrounding communities (only those who have outbreaks are newsworthy, many don’t and aren’t). We’re well below the community transmutation rate down here, so a cold spot rather than a hot one.
Expect this one to rumble on. Not sure if I’ve got a strong opinion either way, but I’d be interested in views of anyone who’s working or has a child at a uni somewhere.
Sit Down you lot and listen. There's no Getting Away With It, I'm Going To Say Something that's Born of Frustration out of the lockdown and comes with Nothing But Love....
...but he's only got a new double live album and DVD coming out. Thank me later:
“LIVE In Extraordinary Times”
You asked (okay – pleaded, pestered, perhaps even profaned) and finally we’ve delivered:
A new LIVE double album and DVD! Including a beautiful photo-book set, coloured vinyl, deluxe double CD, signed prints (get in early!), t-shirts, the full works.
“As requested by many lovers of the band – a live DVD and album to capture the spirit of the gigs of the last few years. Hopefully this will help us through the long nights of lockdown – reliving these gatherings of intimacy and passion. Thank you for coming along for the ride in the crazy world of James.” – Tim
In a year feeling anything but ordinary, this special collection reminds us of the power and connection of live music.
Released just in time for St. Nick to get his hands on it for you – 11th December.
Sorry we can't put on one of our traditional winter tours to warm your quarantined cockles but hopefully this is the next best thing!
Released 11 December 2020. Available only from the official James merch stall on TM Stores, via wearejames.com Visit our shop to see all permutations
Got a PS5 today and pre-order for the next installment of Destiny 2. Can't wait. If we're going to lockdown again (Swansea is going back into lockdown on Sunday) I might as well have plenty of entertainment at home.
I'm not surprised to see some of the figures he's talking about. £220k a match in terms of spend in the community seems about right (£4.6m a season). The was a survey down here when Swansea were in the PL and the estimate was £10m of investment into the region from home and away fans over the season, plus money to the club.
So potentially £10m loss that ME will have to fund and another £4m plus loss to businesses in Ipswich and the wider area. A lot of cash.
Going to be an interesting year. Surely they're going to start having a more serious discussion about wages soon, as it's those that make up a large portion of the costs. They're not sustainable at current levels. Even £5k a week is over a quarter of a million a year gross.
What happened there? I've just seen Phil's story about their link to Roberts that they're now in the Championship. I thought they had a big backer and everything was going well for them; granted I haven't paid much attention to the for several years.