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  1. Thanks @Well b back that’s definitely what we want to hear, let’s hope they can get it into use for people soon.
  2. Yes it's very interesting what we are used to and what is newsworthy. According to the ONS in July Covid accounted for 2.4% of deaths in England, about 1/4 of the number caused by dementia/Alzheimers, and we're totally blasé about that too. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/monthlymortalityanalysisenglandandwales/july2021
  3. thanks Ken. How’s it going there , are cases dropping? What’s the thinking about the big increase in cases in August? Do people think they’re over the worst or is there talk about restrictions being reimposed? it would be good to hear from someone on the ground, the press here have by & large stopped taking about Covid except about foreign travel. I’m sure that would change if cases start to shoot up in England though!
  4. If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
  5. An intelligent and thoughtful preview with some actual research about what the home fans think. Better than the standard of punditry you get on MOTD etc. By a long way.
  6. Again, completely unexpected to have a drop in numbers at this point. And good to see the "hard" number of people in hospital has gone down. I'm cautious but hopeful at the moment.
  7. Interesting article here on Israel and the way forward, sorry I've been meaning to post it for over a week ! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58432776 My take now is that the approach is to get people vaccinated to as high a % of over 12s as you can and then get back to normal life while monitoring hospital levels and if necessary re-introducing a level of restrictions. Also it seems to me a booster programme is essential. Then it's a case of accepting that Covid is never going away and it's keeping the numbers manageable until immunity is widespread enough that it becomes just another disease endemic in the population that we don't think about unless it affects us personally. Not sure if there are any other ideas out there at the moment ? Ironically this leaves places like Australia and New Zealand which have had a relatively easy ride due to their geographical isolation facing some difficult choices for the first time. Australia now are saying they'll basically follow the above strategy, not sure about NZ yet ?
  8. So cases in Scotland seem clearly now to have peaked, which is very encouraging. Hopefully the "return to school" factor is now played out there. Will there be a further "autumn" effect leading to another surge in cases ? Or does autumn make less difference in Scotland than further south, given summer in Scotland is only a relative concept ? Has anyone seen any informed speculation about whether England will now follow the trajectory for Scotland over the next few weeks ? It's excellent to see case numbers in England falling again, but still too soon to see any increase feeding through from the return to school. I think the lag is typically 5-12 days from catching Covid to showing symptoms and then we have further delays while people take tests and the results feed into the system.
  9. It’s a good point and I was thinking going into the final that Fernandez had beaten some much higher ranked players than she had, obviously I needn’t have worried . Time will tell but I think it’s a definite changeover at the top and we’ll see a lot more of both of them at the top end of the rankings.
  10. I can remember watching the Wimbledon final on TV in 1977, I was still at school. Virginia Wade was one of the top players but it’s fair to say she was very fortunate with the way the draw went that year and normally was not in with a real chance of actually winning. Whereas Raducanu has won the US Open at age 18 without dropping a set and has every chance of becoming world no 1. I think we’ll be seeing an awful lot more of her. Fantastic to have a Brit in her position.
  11. This is good but I’ve just noticed the Scotland site saying there is an IT issue that’s reduced numbers that are reported, not sure if that’s just Scotland though.
  12. I hope you're right there @sonyc. It's funny that last season we could be so disciplined and excellent at managing and controlling games, I know the standard is much higher but really ….
  13. So Scotland numbers now seem to be flat and England also still basically flat. Zoe app still seems to be on a downward trend. Fingers crossed, if Scotland has peaked, and England follows the same trajectory now our schools are back, that won't be too bad, but we wait and see how soon (or indeed, if) the return to schools leads to an increase in cases.
  14. Meanwhile in the US Biden is making it mandatory for 100m workers i.e. most of the labour force to be vaccinated. Amazing. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/09/joe-biden-coronavirus-covid-pandemic-white-house
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