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  1. 22 points
    *****Sad post alert**** I’m sorry to have to let everyone know, Big Dog has left Pilton to join the dog pack in the sky. We are completely devastated. He has made his last weather and ground report here on Earth, where he worked hard, but was rewarded with biscuits. Next he will now enjoy eating rabbit shit, rolling in fox poo and being a generally huge doofus on his next journey. RIP Big Dog. 😥
  2. 17 points
    Gonna keep this short and sweet. Over the weekend I've felt an overwhelming and helpless response to the videos online and news coming out of the States. I'm trying to educate myself and open up my understanding of privilege / others lack of and have come across lots of useful reading which I thought was worth sharing for anybody else who wanted to read up. https://blmsites.carrd.co/ - Several links and sites to donate, sign petitions and share info Antiracist Allyship - Resources and tools regarding racism and how to be a better ally Antiracist resources - Articles, videos, podcasts, books, films, orgs etc Things You Can Do - Things white people can do for racial justice Reverse Racism - A thread on why it's a myth Antiracism for Beginniners - Common questions / definitions and how to take action Apologies if this has come up somewhere else on the forum or is best placed in another part of the forum but I come here all the time to post about stuff that has little relevance to Glasto so I felt I had to share the above. If you've come across anything else, please share it below.
  3. 11 points
    Thank you to everyone for your kind words. Having had the privilege of sharing our house with lots of dogs over the years we know this part is the most painful. Slightly more difficult as it was so fast and, although he was a big dog, he was still not elderly. but we have great memories and the chew marks on the stairs. And of course he will live on as part of the “state of the ground” flag which will fly again at festivals next year.
  4. 10 points
    It's maddening when you think how many lives would have been saved, how much shorter the lockdown could have been, how much safer this easing off of the lockdown would have been, if we'd just locked down sooner as EVERY other country was doing and as was blindingly obvious at the time. The fact Johnson isn't facing a forced resignation for that cataclysmic mistake (along with all the others) is beyond a joke
  5. 10 points
    Hi 2020...no problem at all. I'm currently a Professor in a large Medical School. My specialty is cancer. Did my training for that all over the world (in the US, I did my postdoctoral training at Columbia in New York and Harvard Med School in Boston; spent time at Glasgow Uni too; also did a spell at the Netherlands Cancer Institute; and spent the summer before last on sabbatical at Georgetown University in Washington (well, there was no Glasto!)). My primary degree was in Microbiology and my PhD was in Virology (viral oncology to be specific, which is how I end up in cancer research!). I don't pretend to know everything, it's been a while since I was a practicing virologist (though we use viruses to engineer cancer cells pretty much all the time and I'm on our institutional biosafety committee...I say we, I don't do any lab work anymore, my grad students and postdocs do all the work!...I think they'd get a good laugh out of seeing me in a lab coat with a pipette in my hand to be honest). I work with others who are part of the expert group advising the government here, so I get the chance to talk to them about this in meetings about other things (and they get lots of questions from the rest of us about what is going on!). In terms of meeting Nobel laureates, it doesn't happen all that often. We invite them to speak at the university and sometimes you get to go for dinner with them afterwards, or you run into them at conferences (scientists are generally happy to talk about science!).
  6. 10 points
    I love the fact that I'm getting so much of my information about the biggest, most significant event in my lifetime from someone called Toilet Duck.
  7. 10 points
    I know her well. Worked in the same institute for 11 years and have even collaborated with her. Unfortunately, she lost the plot quite some time ago. It’s a pity, she was a decent scientist (and a nice person), but she had a rough time and it’s led to her believing the system is against her. No validity to her arguments at all. If you want the opinions of a lucid Irish immunologist, listen to Luke O’Neill. While we’re at it, rubbishing the Imperial #9 report because it wasn’t peer-reviewed is also disingenuous. It wasn’t an academic paper, it was a report. While it wasn’t submitted for publication, it was made freely and publicly available. Far from not being peer reviewed, I reckon it’s been pored over by every epidemiologist and public health scientist in the world. Peer review is generally 3 other academics, this one has been scrutinised to a degree that most published papers never are. After all that, most scientific advisors the world over accept its conclusions. Only Swedish eugenicists seem to have a problem with it.
  8. 10 points
    Lockdown 2020 .... 19 hidden lockdown words .... and lockdown 2020 ... can you spot them ?
  9. 9 points
    As a member of the Lost Horizon crew I don't think this has anything to do with our sauna & solar stage set-up. Shangri-La seem to have nicked our name. Mind you, we in turn nicked the name from Frank Capra's 1937 film which was based on James Hilton's 1933 novel which featured the mythical mountain paradise of Shangri-La. So there's a certain symmetry to all this naming!
  10. 9 points
    Just sent the below: Dear Ruth, I hope you and your family are well during this difficult time. I, as most of the country, have been watching the Mr Cummings saga unfold over the past few days. The initial reports certainly did not sound good, however I wanted to wait until after hearing a detailed account from Mr Cummings himself before writing to you. Having watched Mr Cummings' press conference earlier today, and the daily press briefing from the Prime Minister, I feel compelled to write to you to voice my disgust at the government's handling of this scandal. During the incredibly well orchestrated account from Mr Cummings, I did not hear anything to make me think he was acting in a reasonable way, in line with the government guidance. The phrase "one rule for them, another rule for us" has been thrown around a lot this weekend, and Mr Cummings failed to assure me that is not the case here. A privileged, wealthy man travelled the length of the country for childcare support, when the rest of the UK population diligently followed the very clear "Stay Home" government guidelines. Mr Cummings' defence seems to be that his situation was exceptional, and his actions were therefore acceptable using an apparent loophole in the guidance. This is simply unacceptable. I am sure you have heard many stories of people who have struggled to care for their children while suffering with Covid-19, and many other stories of hardship and sacrifice. Assuming Mr Cummings is correct and his circumstances did warrant using this loophole in the guidelines, the question remains: why did the rest of the country sacrifice so much during similar circumstances? Why was no one else aware of this loophole? The government guidance was incredibly clear during that period, and the apparent exclusions for child safeguarding have only come to light in the aftermath of the reports on Friday evening. Indeed "safeguarding" appears to the Conservative word of the week. I must stress that I have sympathy for any parent trying to care for a child while they have Covid-19, however his actions are not acceptable. It is simply the behaviour of a member of the privileged elite, taking advantage of the rules to visit their family estate, where the rest of the population did not. This is without going in to the unbelievable, and laughable, description of Mr Cummings' trip to Barnard Castle as some form of elaborate eyesight test. This is not a political issue - this is an issue of immense frustration and anger amongst the British people, and I find that the government has completely misread the mood of the nation. Reading the comment section of the Daily Mail website for example, which are usually incredibly supportive of the Conservatives, it's clear this has upset people across the political divide. We have endured an incredibly difficult period over the past 2 months, and the actions of Mr Cummings, and the sickening defence from Ministers and MPs have frankly made the situation even worse. What Mr Cummings fails to recognise in his diversionary attack on the media is that people are furious about his initial actions of driving to Durham. This is something the UK public felt unable to do in a similar situation when we all acted for the good of the community, not ourselves. The finer details of the story, some of which seem to have been admittedly incorrect in media reports, are largely irrelevant; that's what the government fails to understand. Simply by driving to Durham and claiming his actions were acceptable is the crux of the issue. Mr Cummings, the Prime Minister, the supportive MPs and Ministers are trying to gaslight the population, trying to convince us this guidance was clear all along and Mr Cummings' actions were reasonable, and I find that quite sickening from a democratic government. I feel the longer this situation continues without strong and decisive action from the Prime Minister, the weaker Mr Johnson's position becomes, and it comprises any future public health guidelines published by the government. It begs the question: why is the Prime Minister bending over backwards to defend an advisor? If Mr Cummings has so much influence over the Prime Minister, that raises an entirely different, and more serious, set of questions. I would appreciate if you could publicly request the resignation of Mr Cummings, or an inquiry in to his actions at the very least. It's incredibly important for MPs, particularly Conservative MPs, so show strength here and not accept these flimsy excuses from Mr Cummings and the Prime Minister, against the best interests of the country, and when we have all sacrificed so much. Many thanks for taking the time to read this email.
  11. 9 points
    This is the crossover I never knew I needed.
  12. 8 points
    Pulled together a list of all acts who were on this year's poster who have been announced for other festivals next year or have rescheduled tour dates around Glastonbury: Pyramid Diana Ross, The Specials Other AJ Tracey, Blossoms, Declan McKenna, Fatboy Slim, The Lightning Seeds, Mabel, Metronomy, Nadine Shah, Pet Shop Boys, Sam Fender, Skunk Anansie, Supergrass West Holts Brittany Howard, Greentea Peng, Isley Brothers, Kano, Kelis, KOKOKO!, Nubya Garcia, Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes, TLC John Peel Beabadoobee, The Big Moon, Burna Boy, Charli XCX, Editors, FKA twigs, Glass Animals, Jehnny Beth, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Tones and I The Park Baxter Dury, Big Thief, Caribou, Fontaines D.C., Goldfrapp, Khruangbin, Manic Street Preachers, The Orielles, Sampa the Great, Squid, Tinariwen Unknown Stage Candi Staton, Crowded House, Elbow, Groove Armada, Herbie Hancock, Imelda May, Rufus Wainwright, Sinead O’Connor, Suzanne Vega, The Waterboys I've probably missed some acts and there's also acts like Dua Lipa, Anna Calvi and Happy Mondays who have dates for early 2021 but nothing for the summer yet.
  13. 8 points
    Hi Chef, I think there a combination of factors at play (and to be completely honest, everything that follows is a guess, I have no data to support any of it, it's just what I think may be happening). If you think about it, with suppression, we have moved back to where we were at the beginning of the outbreak. Except that we weren't testing at the rate that we are now (the state of the testing regime may be questionable in some places, but it's certainly an order of magnitude better than it was at the outset). So, I suspect that in most countries that have exited lockdown, levels of infection in the community are significantly lower than they were in the few weeks leading up to lockdown. Hence, we are probably back to where we were in January, with isolated pockets of infection cropping up in different places. The difference between now and then is that we have seen what happens, are taking it a bit more seriously and have far superior testing capacity to contain any hotspots that pop up. It's what we should have been doing in January/February this year but we didn't think it could happen to us (typical eh!). It looks like there is a lot of cases in some places, but I suspect there were far more before we put restrictions in place a couple of months ago, we just weren't looking as hard for them. The seasonality/impact of warmer weather has always been suspected but nobody really knew if it would play out that way. It still may play a role, just can't say for sure yet. Also, most places that have exited lockdown, still have restrictions on things that have the potential to be super spreading events. Where clusters occur, they are in exactly the places you would predict (meat processing plants, warehouses, care homes, hospitals, clubs etc) where people are in close proximity and under conditions where shedding lots of virus is probable. So, allowing people back out, having social distancing guidelines in place, practicing good hand hygiene and avoiding super-spreading events has the potential to keep this contained and suppressed (and I still think source control with masks where close proximity is unavoidable should be mandatory rather than suggested). I know people are saying "but we had fewer cases when we locked down", however the key to opening back up again isn't the absolute numbers of cases, it's the trajectory of infections and the rate of hospital admissions (and ICU admissions) that are the triggers, so case numbers can be misleading as we are currently (probably) below where we were when we locked down (since we were testing a lot less back then) and if hospital capacity isn't threatened, then places will open back up again. To give you an example of this in practice, in Ireland, we locked down at 70 ICU admissions. Capacity is about 400 and the projection (based on the trajectory of infections) was that with the 2 weeks it takes from infection to hospital admission, that ICU numbers would double within a week and double again in two weeks...meaning that we would be close to capacity within 2 weeks, so the place needed to shut down. That's exactly what happened, within a week ICU numbers were over 160, within 2 weeks they were at 384. But having closed the country down 2 weeks previously, the didn't go higher than that so capacity was never breached. They opened back up again when ICU admissions dipped below 70 again (so the date for relaxing lockdown got pushed out further a couple of times until this was the case). With 3 weeks between each phase, it's easier to keep an eye on what the infection rate is doing and move to the next phase (or stay where you are/go back should the trajectory of infections start to climb steeply again). The UK is using exactly the same triggers, there is just higher capacity (due to the higher population...per capita it's slightly less, but it's in the same ballpark). So, if infection rates are falling, hospital admission are falling and ICU admissions are below the trigger points, then irrespective of the headline case numbers, opening back up is what will happen....until the triggers are breached again and restrictions have to be reimposed. But, we have more data now on what might drive higher case numbers, so it can be a bit more nuanced than it was first time and hopefully we can avoid full scale lockdown again. Sorry, I'm rambling! Edit: Oh, and the "it plays itself out in 70 days" thing...it does if you do something about it. Nobody has let it rip through their population (even the Swedes), so I suspect it would take longer than 70 days without some kind of public health intervention....and the fatality rates would be just like the models predicted (since nothing that has happened so far has proven the models wrong).
  14. 8 points
    As it happens, I've met Luc (nice bloke, more genuine than Bob Gallo who I also met!). Unfortunately, it's still its an opinion and the facts that you seem to think are sacred are not shown (you posted clip to another professor showing facts, but these were cherry-picked to illustrate a point and ignored all the other facts pointing the other way, from exactly the same paper quoted). The pre-print you've referenced also doesn't prove anything (though they do speculate...if I was reviewing it, the speculation would be removed prior to publication as it isn't supported by the data presented). The Nature paper describing the virus (which has been peer reviewed and pored over by virologists and molecular biologists the world over) also addressed the question, but provides key facts as to why it is unlikely that it was engineered (not just the RNA sequence, but the types of post-translational modifications evident that could only have occurred via evolution in an organism with an immune system). Until I see that level of evidence (published in one of the top journals in the world; Nature, Cell or Science please) irrefutably proving human manipulation, then I'll stick to what has been proven so far rather than speculating. I'm not naive enough to think we know everything, of course we don't. I also don't doubt that human interference at some level has contributed to this (and it's entirely possible that it came out of a lab through a leak, I've worked in many, all over the world and some have better protocols than others). What I will say is that if it turns out that is was engineered (and so far the evidence doesn't support this), then it is one of the most sophisticated pieces of genetic engineering I've ever seen, with a massive amount of work put in to engineer useless changes to make it seem random (and Occam's razor suggests that the simplest explanation, i.e. they are random, is most likely to be true).
  15. 8 points
    Go on, I’ll bite. I’m certainly not deluded and I see no evidence of this. So, please point me in the direction of it as it’s fairly easy to make this claim, yet pretty difficult to prove. I’ve looked at the molecular structure of this virus myself (and I understand what I’m looking at) and evidence of engineering is absent. Perhaps you can show me your research that proves otherwise?
  16. 8 points
  17. 8 points
    Some might remember a photo I put on here a few weeks ago of a swan who had decided to build her nest on our local beach as it was so quiet. Took a walk past it this afternoon and great to see that her eggs have hatched! At least three cygnets. Look carefully here and you will see them. Her partner is also close by keeping watch on his family! So some good news!
  18. 8 points
    the government doesn't 'have money', it has access to money through borrowing. same as it did after the crisis. growth in the last decade was crippled by tory austerity and tory brexit. Heres some econ for ya: the standard formula for GDP is given as: gdp = consumption + investment + government spending + (export-imports) brexit scuppered investment so that goes down, austerity scuppers govt spending so that goes down. consumption is the biggest component and is a function of people's disposable income and what is called the marginal propensity to consume (what % of that disposable income you are gonna spend). there is also something called multiplier effect. so, i pay for a haircut and that is counted in the gdp but the hairdresser uses that to pay for pints, also counted in gdp, the landlord of the pub then uses that to pay for... etc etc. in bad times, there are more poor people and poor people spend more of their disposable income. so the marginal propensity to consume is higher on average, multiplier effect is higher, the boost to consumption is higher, the tax revenue from consumption taxes (VAT) is also higher. the interest rates for govt borrowing have been ridiculously low in the last decade. so the government can borrow super cheap, spend, boost disposable incomes, boost consumption, boost gdp, boost the reciprocal consumption tax receipts. AND there has been very little inflationary pressure. so there has never been a better time to borrow to spend than the last ten years except perhaps right now for the next year. the proof has been in the pudding, the countries that eschewed austerity performed better post-crisis than those who implemented austerity. but, an even better solution would be to tax the higher earners or have some small wealth tax, which would boost the coffers without really having a material impact on gdp. a lot of rich folks earnings/wealth is static, dead money, because rich people have a very low propensity to consume, so redistributing that money to the poor is only positive. oh also that tax burden is an average and inclusive of all that shite you mentioned. also worth taking a look at the hdi / median gdp/capita / happiness of the highest tax burden countries on that map and that of the lowest and reconsidering whether high tax, high spend is a bad strategy. also it'd be fucking delightful if they made dividends taxed at parity to income. i heard on radio 5live the other day some weapon of an MD saying he couldn't put himself on furlough because he'd been paying himself in dividends. boo bloody hoo, big fat snidey business snide.
  19. 8 points
    My pleasure - it's a tale I look back on rather fondly. I have actually just dug up some of the pictures from my facebook. Please remember these are from 2011 which is why I look nothing like I do now I've just remembered one other part of the story... when we were talking to Olly, Caroline Flack turned around and said "Oh my god are you Welsh!? Let's have a picture". So I'm claiming, on a technicality, that she's asked us for a picture
  20. 8 points
    Primavera's job? The Spanish government has not decided yet about music festivals. Are you talking about Primavera's job or Spanish government's job? Yes, we all know that will not take place. But, at this very moment, there is not a prohibition from the government. There are several festivals in the same situation: BBK Live, MadCool, Low Festival, Azkena Rock, Vida, Ressurection, and many more. All of them taking place before Primavera (June/July). All of them waiting to see how to deal with the situation. For you is easy to say: "hey, give me my money back". Everybody wants the same. But if my boss refunds all his costumers in cash (I work at a tour operator), probably I will not get my salary (which, by the way, was cut in 33%, since we are in lay-off). So, to honor is duties, he gives vouchers to the clients, so they can use them later. Is it the ideal? No. But, is better than nothing. And I would say the same for any other festival. Yes, Primavera is my favorite festival. Yes, their communication sometimes can be awful. And yes, they are a business and, besides their "love" for music and music fans, they want the business to be profit (do you like to work for free?). But they gave me some of the best moments of my life (musically speaking, but even further). I like to show them some respect.
  21. 7 points
    Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and kind words. He was happiest running in the fields of Worthy eating grass and rabbit shit. In this weather he would be stretched out in the sun getting sun stroke. Doofus.
  22. 7 points
    Posted this on FB a few days ago so should share here too: Here's my homage to Glastonbury this year. A purpose built one-up, two-down residence for our fabulous garden Blue Tits, complete with Dave Grohl on stage Can't wait for next spring to see if we get some families moving in for a rave!
  23. 7 points
    Hello plaskins, I may (or may not) be able to help you out here. I bought one of the original posters, way back when they were available. I had it up in a frame on the wall in my last house. However, I really wouldn't want it up in the wall in this house, as despite my 'belief' in the man, it really would be incongruous in this setting. Therefore, it is actually surplus to my requirements, as I hope / intend to never leave this house until my time on this planet stops, if I can somehow achieve that desired plan. So, to cut a long story short, you can have my copy and I'll send it to you in the post. However, there is a caveat in that I don't currently know where it is, and also in what condition it is in. If you put a gun against my head, I'd say that it's properly wrapped up in good condition in a cardboard tube in my garage. I'll have a look in the garage tomorrow to verify this. If not, I will look elsewhere, as I know that it is around here somewhere. In connection with the above I will message you tomorrow sometime. Also note that I wouldn't want anything for it, and am just happy that it'll go to an appreciative person / home.
  24. 7 points
    I was one of those on the early-ish side of doommongering for this year's festival being cancelled, but I'm pretty bullish for next year. Look, there are loads vaccines in the works, lots of them look promising and several of them are expected to be ready this year. And once one of them is proven to be good, there will be so much weight thrown behind getting it manufactured at real, real scale. We don't even all need to be vaccinated for the festival to go ahead, just around 80% immunity, either by the virus or by vaccine. I know the governments of the world can't base their plans around a Deus ex Machina turning up and fixing everything, because it might not happen. But it really looks like it will. It does. The human genome project was initially a very long multi-year affair, until Celera Genomics came along and did it for a tenth of the cost faster than the rest of the world, sequencing the human genome in just three years. Nobody could believe it could be done so fast and so cheaply, for $300m and now we can sequence a genome for $3,000 to $5000 in just one to two days. The political will and financing to develop vaccines fast hasn't been there for years, but the technology has moved on so much since there was last an urgent need in the wealthy countries. The human race is capable of extraordinary things when its back is against the wall. What I'm saying is, I've been drinking and I'm going to Glastonbury next year, and so are all you lovely people on here.
  25. 7 points
    the issue with having a nuclear deterrent is this: If you fire it first then it’s not a deterrent, if you fire it second it wasn’t a deterrent
  26. 7 points
    Morning folks...latest update in CoV news...Excellent paper from a team at Peking University published a couple of days ago in Cell (for the non-scientists out there, if the New England Journal of Medicine is the pinnacle of Medical research, Cell is top dog for Biology). This one has been peer reviewed (since lack of this has been used as a stick for other studies!). What they have done is characterised neutralising antibodies from convalescing COVID patients. This used to take for ever and was not something that could be done during the early stages of a pandemic, but they have used the advances in single cell sequencing that have become more readily available over the last while to trawl through the bits of B cells that make antibodies and find those that target the virus. They found 14 directed against the ACE2 binding region of the virus, the best of which showed very strong activity in a mouse model (genetically engineered to express the human ACE2 receptor...not a natural model, but better than some other in vitro studies that used non-human cells with "ACE2-like" receptors). When the mice were treated with the antibodies, it reduced viral load by a massive amount. Not only that, but it worked prophylactically too (ie, given before the mice were exposed to the virus, it protected them from infection). They identified a number of antibodies, all directed against the same part of the virus, but to slightly different parts, meaning that combinations them would still kill the virus if the virus mutated bits of itself to avoids being killed by one of them. Early days, but convalescent plasma therapy has been shown to work (just not feasible to get the large amounts of plasma needed to treat everybody), and now that we know what the antibodies themselves look like, manufacturing synthetic ones is possible. The team have pushed this new antibody forward into a clinical trial already (we use antibody-based drugs for loads of diseases, so it's not a new approach, just the target is new this time).
  27. 7 points
    I quick google of "hamster mask" just gave me this absolute delight 😃
  28. 7 points
    Not made it into any papers but I do have a story from The Brit Awards probably around 10 years ago no. I think I've told this story on here before but... My team won an all expenses paid trip to go... sat fairly near the front (over the barrier was where all the celebrities were sat.) When the event finished one of my teammates tried to jump the barrier but got caught and escorted out by security. Myself, two friends and MANAGER were all quite drunk and noticed that there was now gap in security watching the barriers. A quick hop over the barrier, over the camera run and another barrier and we were in. We managed to speak to a load of your typical Brit Awards celebrities (Olly Murs, Caroline Flack, Emma Willis, Paddy McGuinness, Keith Lemon are the ones I remember - so use the term celebrity fairly loosely here). We spotted Rihanna and tried heading over that way but security clocked on. To be fair they were sound and said they knew what we had done but were causing no problems so they left us to it but that Rihanna was probably a step too far They directed us towards the exit but what they didn't realise is the exit they sent us to was the one all the celebrities were using so we got to walk out the red carpet! So the press are there taking everyones pictures, including ours... I love the thought that back in the office the next day everyone was probably trying to figure out "who are these people?" Finally - we got to the "fans" section of the walk out, some hanging around outside and a group of teenage girls asked us who we were and if we could sign their books. At the time Mumford and Sons were very new so nobody really knew what they looked like. I said we were Mumford and Sons, we signed their books and left. Somewhere, someone has my signature thinking I'm a Mumford or a Son Pretty sure our pictures wouldn't have made it into any papers though.
  29. 7 points
    I don’t understand the people holding out hope it goes ahead, why would you actually go? There will be no vaccine at that point so you would go risking the chance you become infected? Taking it home to your loved ones? Even if you are young how are you to know that you or your family don’t have an underlying health issue that you aren’t aware of? You’d be taking unnecessary risks with life.
  30. 7 points
    I woke up very concerned today. Yesterday we had 4,406 new confirmed cases and 693 new deaths, which is higher than any country in mainland Europe right now. When the news leaked that lockdown would be eased, I thought it was going to be a gradual reopening of more non-essential shops and businesses, construction sites, public buildings, but still heavily enforcing social distancing and stay at home orders. I thought it would be a marginal improvement but not a real noticeable difference. It now looks like this is going further than I expected, and Boris is looking to tell Brits they can have picnics & unlimited outdoor exercise from Monday as lockdown is relaxed as well. No doubt this means now that people will be visiting others, meeting up in larger groups, and probably putting this whole thing to the back of their mind. I’m worried vulnerable people are being put to unnecessary risk to curb to pressure from bored, ill-educated, and opportunistic twitter bots and public commentators who get a hard on for Trump’s America where swathes of the population beg on their knees to go back to work. I’m worried we are rushing to catch up or overtake mainland Europe who are (if you look at the facts) nowhere close to easing lockdown measures such as this. People in Spain and Italy are only now being allowed to exercise. However, because it’s being reported as an easing of the lockdown, and attention is being drawn to the British government to do something too because so many of us are completely devoid of nuance, or reading between the lines. I’m worried that there is pressure to release lockdown because simply it looks bad if Britain isn’t doing it and other countries are. This is regardless of whether Britain is ready for such thing. I have very little trust in the government at the moment. They, and many others, denied this was a problem right up until they couldn’t say it was anymore. Then, they had the audacity to try and say that they considered it a problem all along. We are now the worst affected country in Europe and virtually no British media is allowing this to be portrayed as the case. They are playing into the fact that a lot of people are fatigued about this and probably don’t care. They don’t want attention to be drawn to the government who ill prepared us. While some countries locked down early as a precaution, were were just told to wash our hands and then ridiculed when we’d attend a public gathering. I didn’t sign up to live in North Korea, criticism of the government and scrutiny of their failed measures is not treason, and the leader is not supreme. It makes the government look like they consider the British population a Petri dish. It feels like the government is willingly walking into a second wave to try and deter attention that we are the worst affected country in Europe. I don’t trust that these new measures will be thought out well at all, and I’m deeply concerned about the knee jerk reactions that are going to come off the back of it. A second wave would put us up to Christmas and face the risk of cancelling the entirety of next summer to. To those whose immediate response is “well the British Public won’t stand for it”, “bunch of rubbish”, or “they’d never go that far here” - think about the last time you thought that and what actually happened. Just some thoughts...over and out. I’m worried more unnecessary deaths are going to come from this governments desire to look ahead of the curve when they are really trailing behind.
  31. 6 points
    Aye, I am going for the whole nine yards with the wife. 3 month's into lockdown. Two colleagues dead from Covid19 and my mother recovering from a bowel cancer op in Hope Hospital carried out under the most stressful conditions I can't really bare to recall. I know you are trolling but feel free to come back at me if you really want to belittle people for wanting to close themselves off from the reality of this current shit storm of a world for a few days and escape in their garden for a few days. Fuckin prick..
  32. 6 points
    Just something different by the way, but I just wanted to mention that I really appreciate your input again @Ken19. It is still nice that you came back after a break a while back!
  33. 6 points
  34. 6 points
    Thank you for all your positive thoughts! My mum is out of hospital and back at home!! 👍🏻 hope your Dad is continuing to improve Northern Ringo! 🌈💙
  35. 6 points
    Re-watching this in full for the first time – rocket fuel from start to end. I love that the band have their own redemption arc with the farm: turned down replacing Kylie in 2005, were victims of fortune in 2007, blew the roof off the JP in 2017 with a set they more or less called their best to that point, and then go better that two years later. It's a great story and clearly means the world to Brandon. Good on 'em
  36. 6 points
    Thanks everyone the cough and the fever. No breathing issues so I wasn’t at risk of hospitalisation. Luckily my lungs have always been strong.
  37. 6 points
    So lets just hope they do not repeat the same mistake and put the Covid-19 virus on the lineup for 2021
  38. 6 points
    Front runners in the race for a vaccine are the Jenner Institute at Oxford Uni in partnership with Astra-Zeneca (British/Swedish)...next in line is GSK (British) in partnership with Sanofi (French). Far from American Pharma leading the charge, British and European partnerships are leading the world on this! Both are building on work that has already taken years to get to this point, so while expedited compared to normal, they aren’t entirely rushing things. Ethical distribution has also been built into the partnerships from what I can see. British scientists and research institutes are world class. One of the things that saddens me most about Brexit (sorry!) is the possibility of losing fantastically productive partnerships we have with British research groups as part of EU research programmes. Hopefully someone somewhere sees sense and buys into the programme like the Swiss, as I’d really like to keep working with British labs!
  39. 6 points
    And this, in a nutshell, is why many of us are so keen to see Scotland leave the UK. Pathetic comments.
  40. 5 points
    Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how incredible Autechre will be.
  41. 5 points
    Tame Impala was supposed to play 2021... but with 2020 delayed I wasn’t sure anymore. Fingers crossed.
  42. 5 points
    In 2018 gorillaz was very high on their wishlist, but higher on Herman’s. Normally they are available the whole summer (as usual with Damon’s projects). Damon has a thing with Werchter but I think it will Pukkelpop this time.
  43. 5 points
    current 2021 lineup vs the 2020 lineup 2020V2021.pdf
  44. 5 points
    Trident is the multi-billion £ Elephant in the room. What is the point of it? Join CND here.... https://cnduk.org/
  45. 5 points
    Getting pissed no festival. I'll have me own.. Flags up, tent up. Pissed.. Sold tent.. Left no trace.. As it should be
  46. 5 points
  47. 5 points
    105 year old in my town taken to hospital with cv 19 and back out again ... amazing stuff
  48. 5 points
    Colleagues keep asking why my Zoom background is two Wayne Rooneys.
  49. 5 points
    Finally people can stop complain about this. Time to start to hype for 2021!
  50. 5 points
    I can't recall seeing this thread before, although may have posted something on it before, but I get the feeling not. I don't know exactly why I chose to open this thread up now. It's highly likely that it was to be given the opportunity to write some inane shite, which seems to be my forte. However, opening it up is to find out the news that you have spoken of. It goes without saying that I think you can reach out to anybody on here, should you need to. It's a who cares for the carers type thing. Nobody on here's going to forget what you did for that poor chap at Glastonbury who was having a melt down. You made the effort for him, and now we are all here for you. Just wanted you to know that.

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