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Our old keeper is having a good game - due an England recall?
at 21:00 5 Jul 2020

Keeping Man City at bay at the moment
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Covid-19 death rate: had been putting our high one down to longevity pre-Covid
at 07:44 5 Jul 2020

But Japan have a more aged population with much lower Covid-19 death rate:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53188847

A lot of interesting questions raised by this article concerning timing of lock downs, 'draconian' measures, testing percentages, common behaviour and how Covid-19 is transmitted.
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I am not going into how I found 'Green Porno', but it is Facter's fault
at 19:28 3 Jul 2020

It started with the photo of Anthony Hopkins in Hannibal Lector mode.

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Causes of high infection and mortality rates from Covid-19, Peruvian indicators
at 08:20 30 Jun 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-53150808

Apologies if anyone else has posted this in the last three days and I missed it, but it has got me wondering about why the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Italy were so badly hit whilst Germany, Norway and, to a lesser extent, France were not. Of course there are issues around the way the numbers are counted but there must be lessons to learn about how the virus spread here.
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Film recommendation 'The Lady in the Van'
at 11:35 29 Jun 2020

Noticed this when it came out and was intrigued but do not think it would be a 'must see'. It is on the iPlayer now:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06wcqyr/the-lady-in-the-van

Peak Bennett, even has him as a split personality arguing with himself about how far he falls short of Proust, I reckon Lambert ought to try that in one of the press conferences...

And if there is no poo thread this Friday then a watch of this film will more than compensate for that.

[Edit} SPOILER ALERT for first post replying to this...
[Post edited 29 Jun 13:03]
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Anyone else just listened to 'A Point of View' on Radio Four?
at 09:11 28 Jun 2020

I was listening again after catching the first broadcast on Friday evening, and realised that I did not take in half of was being said then. Zia Haider Rahman starts with a word of advice from Lord Justice Woolf and, I think, articulates an argument very well from there on in. But a word of warning, closes with 'Be careful what you wish for'...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000k9sb
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Ultimate irony - I blame Nodge
at 17:57 27 Jun 2020

I went off to make a cup of tea thinking 'hope there are no goals' - when I get back they have just started the drinks break...
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'I Am Not Your Negro' on the Arena strand on BBC iPlayer
at 09:46 25 Jun 2020

Saw this film at the film club I go to, or used to go to if it does not return after the pandemic, and struggled with the volume of information that issued forth so I am appreciating the chance to give this a second watch, especially with subtitles to compensate for my poor hearing. Not a fluffy cuddly bunny watch for the Top Gear crowd and only going to reinforce hardened attitudes among the left leaning of us, which is tragic because it is most informative for those on the right. It is on the iPlayer for twenty five days now:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000kbk6/arena-i-am-not-your-negro
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Why 'Fast Food Song' is more redolent of urban life than 'West End Girls'
at 11:06 22 Jun 2020

Why 'Fast Food Song' is more redolent of urban life than 'West End Girls'


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Ordering a round by smartphone?
at 13:05 20 Jun 2020

I have visions of old folks unfamiliar with modern technology standing outside pubs saying 'hey mister, can you order me a drink, mister? and then forcing eighty pence in ten pence pieces into a Millennial's hand.
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Why is 'Dead Ringers' so limp compared to 'The Now Show' or 'The News Quiz?
at 12:48 20 Jun 2020

Or even 'The Unbelievable Truth'? I know they cannot rely on visual clues in the way that impressionists on television can; all the same having to introduce the character they are imitating by name takes the bite out of the satire.
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Heads up for 'Small Island' on National Theatre Live tonight
at 07:20 18 Jun 2020

Starts seven p.m. and available for seven days thereafter. No options on crowd noise.
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Expensive to let trump go in Austria
at 00:48 17 Jun 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53072756

Five hundred euros just blowing with the wind.
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Missing Cotty's Jazz Club?
at 13:56 16 Jun 2020

This is niiiice:

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Trump's niece: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
at 03:53 16 Jun 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53058811
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Small Island
at 09:36 15 Jun 2020

Saw the National Theatre's production of this when it was live streamed to a local arts centre last year and was really impressed, both with the experience of watching a play like a film but it being something more vital than a film; and the strength of the acting and the story.

So I am putting a recommendation out for this when it starts to screen for free on YouTube this Thursday evening at seven (and will be available for a week after that):



I will watch it again, and to enhance it I have decided to try and get the five hundred and thirty pages of Andrea Levy's book read before I do (hundred and eighteen pages down and I am finding the humour so gentle but so persuasive, a wonderful read - but warning to facters; there is a Winston Churchill quote at the end.)
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Why Stand and Deliver is a proper job No 1 (unlike West End Girls)
at 11:09 14 Jun 2020

Why Stand and Deliver is a proper job No 1 (unlike West End Girls)


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Terry Butcher on BBC One tonight in the Match Of The Day slot
at 19:04 13 Jun 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000k55s
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'We were following the scientific advice we were given' - Get out or no excuse?
at 11:36 13 Jun 2020

"Far too many definite statements have been made on the virus, usually by politicians and journalists," Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at Reading University tells BBC Radio Scotland.

"Nine out of 10 times they are just opinions. There is no such thing as 'the science'. Scientific opinion often varies and views change as we learn more about this new virus."

From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-scotland-52939714
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