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El Matador

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  1. Completely agree. The current restrictions won't be sustainable once there's a big drop in numbers though.
  2. Its the role of the government to weigh up the scientific advice against all the other issues. If hospitalisations and deaths are back down towards summer levels with the vaccine rollout going to plan, there's no way that the government will be keeping these restrictions in place, no matter what the scientific advice is.
  3. Is there evidence for that? I have to go into my office in Central London some days and everywhere around there is deserted.
  4. They've had considerably less deaths per head of population than the UK and their numbers have been on a downward trend for weeks. There's obviously a number of variables involved, but I don't think we're in a position to say that Sweden have failed.
  5. I can't see how a curfew has any significant impact. The streets are hardly full of people after 10pm. Its also a move that makes me extremely uncomfortable from a civil liberty point of view.
  6. I struggle to see how any of those would make a significant impact. School closure is the only tool left that has the potential to make any change in my opinion. Other measures feels like doing something in order to be seen to be doing something.
  7. Agreed. Numbers clearly on the way down in most areas before the lockdown. If anything I'd say the numbers call into question whether this national lockdown was necessary or whether the regional approach was working.
  8. As someone that grew up in the central belt, I can confirm that it's definitely not a new term
  9. Not my experience at all. Pretty much without exception, everywhere I've been has taken it seriously. Also if you close pubs, people don't stop socialising. You just move it from pubs to homes. I struggle to see why there's such a widespread belief that closing pubs is the answer.
  10. Pubs and restaurants opened in the summer and there was no increase in cases. Why is the assumption now that pubs are the main problem?
  11. What is this based on? Mask wearing is a relatively minor tool in minimising the spread of the virus and the vast majority of people are complying with the government advice/legislation by wearing a mask where mandatory. A lot are also wearing a mask where its not mandatory. I can't believe that a small minority refusing to wear a mask in the supermarket is going to have any significant impact on virus transmission so its really not worth getting worked up about.
  12. Completely agree. Getting rid of cash is one more element of personal control lost.
  13. I am cynical for thinking that this could be more to do with ticket sales rather than local lockdown?
  14. My company have made them mandatory if you leave your desk but no need to wear them when you're at your desk. Assume that will be standard practice.
  15. I can't tell if you're being serious but no quite clearly that's not from today.
  16. Viruses have always been around and we've continued to have festivals up until this year. The difference with this virus is the fatality rate. However if drugs are developed to reduce the fatality rate for this virus such that its similar to the likes of flu then there's no reason not to hold festivals, even if we don't have a vaccine.
  17. The View at lunchtime on the pyramid stage 2007. Was a weird slot for them and I don’t remember it being great. Actually 2007 was my first year and I don’t remember many great sets at all. Probably a mixture of the weather being a constant downer and not moving around the stages as much due to the mudbath. Super Furry Animals is the only set I remember loving.
  18. Arctic monkeys 2007. Wet, cold and underwhelming.
  19. Alternatively its an attempt to show that Swedens strategy is failing by deliberately cherry picking countries with low death rates to compare them against
  20. Why is South Korea on the graph but not Italy or Spain?
  21. El Matador

    Camp Fires

    Realise I'm going against the grain here but I'd be happy for the festival to ban camp fires. Last thing id want if I'm crawling into my tent in the early hours is a roaring fire right outside and spending the night lying awake terrified my tent is going to go up in flames. There's no shortage of areas around the site where you can congregate to have a chat with your mates without impacting those camped nearby.
  22. We went. Was max 50 people in there. As a huge fan of his it was incredible to see him in such an intimate setting. Even had his kids onstage for a while.
  23. Completely agree - they were incredible especially given that it was looking like it might be cancelled. The crowd wasn’t especially big but everyone in there was completely into it and they looked blown away by the reception they got. Really hope they’re back next year.
  24. The hottest and the most pungent set I’ve ever seen (the two may have been linked). I was really looking forward to them but the heat in that tent was horrendous and meant that I struggled to get into it.
  25. 1. Lets eat grandma 2. Killers 3. Jon hopkins
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