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  1. More ministerial resignations this morning. 16 in total so far.
  2. The Daily Mail has spoken. This morning's headline: "Can even Boris the Greased Piglet wriggle out of this?"
  3. This has been coming for such a long time. There are so many reasons why Johnson is not now and never has been fit to lead this country. But the final straw was not Brexit or covid - or even the imploding economy, as Stagflation (stagnant or negative growth coupled with runaway inflation, the economic equivalent of the Black Death) makes its reappearance for the first time in half a century. It was Chris Pincher. Says it all really.
  4. The shortest Chancellorship in history I predict. This is over.
  5. She'd be wasting her time. Far too close to Johnson for those who want change.
  6. This is the night of the long knives. Reminds me of Thatcher's 'resignation' in 1990. It was planned. Johnson out, Sunak for PM, Javid as Chancellor. Don't rule it out.
  7. Any thoughts about the fuel protests? Driving at 30 mph on major roads and motorways is causing massive disruption, and it hasn't even started on the M25 yet. The government is worried. Priti Patel making usual empty threats. Apparently 13 motorists were arrested yesterday for "driving too slowly". I wasn't aware that there was a lower speed limit. A bit ironic when you think of the queue for the cross-channel ferries at Dover, aka 'Operation Brock' which was stretching back well north of Ashford when I was there in April. They'd have been only too delighted to travel 30 miles in an hour.
  8. Bulgaria under Communism was quite an experience. I'm an adventurous type and was on one of the first tourist flights in 1976 from the UK to Varna on the Black Sea. Arrived at the hotel about 2.30am and there was a lot of paperwork, but they said we could leave our passports at reception and go to bed. Next morning mine was missing. Big problem. I had to be interviewed by the police but I spoke no Russian or Bulgarian and they spoke no English. Fortunately our courier went with me. I had to go to Sofia about 300 miles away to get an exit visa. That was OK as I was able to fit in a number of tourist sites en route, including Rila Monastery up in the mountains. Stayed in a hotel built right on the edge with spectacular views; that night there was a violent thunderstorm which split the viewing window from top to bottom! I was looking forward to Sofia but spent most of my two days there at the British Consulate. Why? I arrived on the Queen's official birthday and it was closed. Yes, really. Chewed the fat for a while with a fed-up lorry driver from Preston who had outstayed his visa after his truck broke down, then got my exit visa the next day. Getting out of Bulgaria was not straightforward. I was held back in departures and the plane was ready to leave but our brilliant courier made a fuss and I finally got through. What happened to my passport? I never found out but I think I can guess.
  9. Has anyone else noticed how many spiders webs (and spiders) there are at the moment? I thought the peak time was late August/early September. Or am I wrong?
  10. I've delved a bit further and found that the average no. of tetanus cases per year in the UK since 2001 is 8 or 9, so 4 in 2019 was unusually low. Also that intravenous drug use is a factor so if people share needles there can be clusters, which may account for variations.
  11. And it was correct. Put a sample under a microscope and you can watch them swimming about like tadpoles.
  12. This does not include the large number of very elderly people who were never admitted to hospital but died in care homes.
  13. Re. tetanus. To put it in perspective, these are the most recent stats for UK cases (not deaths): 2019 4 cases 2020 7 cases 2021 11 cases So yes, cases have risen but from a very low base.
  14. Re. flu jabs, I only have a problem with it for myself. It's up to each individual to decide what to do. If I die from flu, I can think of many worse alternatives. I accept that death is inevitable and have no wish to try and live longer than my natural span. (I note btw that almost all the 8.4% increase in the UK population in the past decade is accounted for by the over-50s, of whom I am one.) I hope to die in my own bed and not trouble the NHS, since death itself is not a disease. Re. tetanus, I'd be interested to hear who is getting it. It isn't easy to catch. It lives in the soil and enters the body through an open wound. Seasonal agricultural workers are particularly at risk, and they ought to be offered tetanus jabs before they commence employment. This should become law if it isn't already. DEFRA please note. As you say, it is 'claimed' that vaccination has saved huge numbers of lives. This is impossible to contradict because we will never know what would have happened otherwise. Whilst areas of the world with low vaccination rates suffered no worse, there are other variables which could account for this. We simply don't know.
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