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Scientists and Covid
at 21:33 24 Sep 2020

For anyone wanting to get into some of the serious scientific debate around the appropriate response to Covid, this is very good.

https://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-open-letter-on-covid-19-st

It links through to the recent 'open letter' signed by a large number of UK scientists, asking the government for a more targeted approach, but then includes a number of critical responses to that.

More than one view represented here, and no axe being ground by me.
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Djenepo
at 11:39 20 Sep 2020

First start for Djenep in what seems like a very long time.

Big day for him. We need some attacking invention and that is what he was bought for.

Let's see if he can deliver a performance and maybe a goal.
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Danso gone
at 22:49 18 Aug 2020

https://footballmadeinghana.com/2020/08/18/official-fortuna-dusseldorf-sign-kevi

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Should politicians resign?
at 10:26 18 Aug 2020

When exactly did it change that heads of govt department no longer feel the need to resign when an almighty c0ck up occurs on their watch?

So many of them now just try to style it out and surely this can't be a welcome development.

If someone resigns it shows that the buck does indeed stop with them, that the job is more important than the individual, and that the individual has some decency/principles.

I'm not sure what it means if they cling on - but surely some kind of desperation.

Having become a complete laughing stock (previously Frank Spencer but on the front of the Mail this morning as Stan Laurel) surely Williamson would have salvaged more self respect by falling on his sword. What does he think he is gaining by staying in a job where he is now thought of with such contempt, and where he is surely going to get sacked at the next opportunity anyway?
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Getting Old - Mercury Prize list
at 12:25 23 Jul 2020

Here's the Mercury Prize shortlist. I recognise 3 of the names - and it diminishes every year.

Is anyone even less 'with it' than I am?

Anna Meredith - FIBS
Charli XCX - How I’m Feeling Now
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Georgia - Seeking Thrills
Lanterns on the Lake - Spook the Herd
Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
Kano - Hoodies All Summer
Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA
Moses Boyd - Dark Matter
Porridge Radio - Every Bad
Sports Team - Deep Down Happy
Stormzy - Heavy Is The Head

And can anyone recommend any of these albums?
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West Ham v Watford
at 23:14 16 Jul 2020

Big game at the bottom tomorrow.

Any thoughts on value bets for this one? Result, score, scorer - as you prefer...
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What is going on with VAR?...
at 09:56 10 Jul 2020

The Premier League has confirmed THREE VAR penalty errors on one night.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53357841

This is really past a joke now. They have had how many months while no football has been played to do a proper review of VAR and get the whole thing scrapped or sorted out and yet it's just the same old sh!t.

VAR would interrupts and therefore spoil the game, even if it is was making sure that every decision was 100% correct.

Currently it is spoiling the game for no real improvement in the standard of decision making. Sure, it is correcting some obviously wrong decisions, but I'd say it was making an equal number of really stupid decisions about handball and offside. And if it can't even get the penalties it reviews right, what is the point?

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David Luiz and Saints' defenders
at 09:45 18 Jun 2020

Watching David Luiz's horror show last made me wonder whether we set the bar too high for Saints' defenders? I can imagine the meltdown on here if Vertergaard, Hoedt or Stephens had done what he had done.

Also makes me wonder wether the idea that we can shore up our defence with the purchase of an 'experienced' central defender. The frailties of defenders past their prime all too evident last night.

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Calling all statue lovers...
at 16:41 15 Jun 2020

To avoid as much controversy as possible, I'll give you every statue of Churchill, Wellington and Florence Nightingale, and all sport related statues too.

Other than these, what are your Top 3 UK statues deserving of 16-pint protection?

I'll start:

1. Thomas Paine in Thetford.
2. Allenbrook in Whitehall
3. George Loveless in Tolpuddle



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Leadership vacuum
at 21:56 27 May 2020

There's a lovely slot for Starmer to now fill as de facto moral leader of the country.

He should tell the country to ignore what Cummings has done and the public health risks that Boris is prepared to take by not condemning it. He should reiterate the message that the public needs to abide by the letter and spirit of the rules and act in the interests of everyone, even if Boris and Cummings clearly can't.

Starmer has the authority to do this and should do it. Boris and his cronies have lost that authority.

Open goal.
[Post edited 27 May 21:56]
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Fans of car crash TV...
at 12:12 27 May 2020

Boris Johnson is appearing before the Liaison Committee at 4pm today. Hopefully we can watch it live here:

https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/8e8e5214-346d-4be8-adf7-addfc839ff6d


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First ministerial resignation in response to Cummings' nationwide tour
at 11:25 26 May 2020

Is this story going away?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-52806086


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Care homes
at 19:14 28 Apr 2020

At the start of this pandemic when 'herd immunity' was the only game in town, I heard a prof of epidemiology say that ideally (theoretically) all the vulnerable people would be taken to the north of scotland and isolated, and all the young and healthy people would be taken to Kent and given the virus to build the herd immunity - obviously impossible, but you can follow the logic.

So the question is this: how has it turned out that the UK's care homes - where a lot of the most vulnerable live - have become a significant breeding ground for this virus?

While deaths in hospitals have fallen, deaths in care homes have increased, and may still not be under control....

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52455072

Not only, is it a complete tragedy that the most vulnerable have been quite so exposed but the fact that cares home are still virus incubators, is now hindering our escape from lockdown.

My guess is that it is this that will turn out to be the biggest 'fail' of our Corona efforts.
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