Long Weekend Thread 20 March 2020

Spare a thought for those biased BBC employees in departments which no longer exist such as Sport . It’s a pity other branches of the biased organisation are not extinguished as well… instead of spending their time undermining the response to the threat from the Chinese virus .

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360 Responses to Long Weekend Thread 20 March 2020

  1. Dinger says:

    OMG – First.
    What do I say?
    It’s odd that Boris always goes to Laura K first at his daily news briefing – even when her question merely asks about something she’s just been told.

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    • StewGreen says:

      backlinks to previous thread
      page 4 started at 8pm Thursday
      … the page tells about the new UK cases today 643
      that is less than Wednesday’s
      page 3

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    • taffman says:

      Boris’s echo chamber ?

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    • Lefty Wright says:

      Dinger
      Does the BBC have some sort of hold over what our democratically elected government can say or do? Boris should tell the BBC tossers to go and do one and immediately cancel their hold over the minds of the British population. Big Brother would be gone.

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    • Ian Rushlow says:

      It is very annoying and noticeable that Boris does this. It is akin to Winston Churchill giving a press conference during WWII and inviting a representative from the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda to ask questions on behalf of the Nazis.

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    • dfhunter says:

      I love it when outside no10 the news shouty one’s expect an answer to a “SHOUTY QUESTION”

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  2. JimS says:

    Radio 2 Nine O’clock News. Good news says Boris!

    Immediately followed by some foreign doctor on the telephone to tell us that we are doing it all wrong.

    Let’s all top ourselves BBC!

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    • Scroblene says:

      The BBC keep banging on about this don’t they Jim!

      I wish they’d just use our own scientists for advice, yeah, there may be some ideas, but I’d place plenty of 9/13 on the fact that our guys and gals know it all already!

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  3. john in cheshire says:

    I don’t suppose we know anyone who is able to break into the racist far-left bbc live broadcasts and send a ” don’t pay the the TV protection money” message? Á la V for Vengeance? Or Mr Robot?

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  4. Dazed and Confused says:

    Because Allah wills it.

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  5. Number 7 says:

    Hi guys & lasses….back again.
    I gave up commenting because the self appointed ‘official opposition’ had shown it’s cards.
    BUT..listening to the performance at lunchtime by a female presenter trying to put ‘words in the mouth’ was reminiscent of that Channel 4 woman interviewing the Canadian Professor…..
    “So what you’re saying is”.

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  6. Foscari says:

    Is Laura Kuensberg a bit thick? She doesn’t seem to listen
    to what Boris Johnson or the experts say before asking, I
    expect a prepared question. Or like yesterday when she asked
    “when could the children go back to school?
    I would like to ask Boris Johnson to ask the Chinese politely
    not to have disgusting eating habits and through that, give
    epidemics like SARS and Coronavirus to the rest of the world!

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  7. JimS says:

    Dominic Frisby on the BBC, Climate Change and Corona Virus,.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Every time the camera passes to the audience there is a guy centershot, who clearly didn’t go to laugh, clap or cheer
      (Black bald guy)

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  8. JimS says:

    The concept of ‘key workers’ reminds me of a company that I once worked for that went in for ‘crisis management’ or, more likely ‘management by crisis’.

    As each financial quarter was coming to an end there was often a panic to get some large-value item ‘out of the door’ and the revenue ‘on the books’. One particular quarter an edict went out that only jobs with a charge number related to a certain high-value contract could be processed by the photocopy/print room.

    At that time we were operating a sort of factory within a factory and my section was producing equipment that formed the heart of most of the other projects. I found myself in the position of not being able to release £250k worth of kit because we couldn’t get the £1’s worth of paperwork printed off, not having the right ‘charge numbers’. My ‘customer’ was the project that had been given exclusive priority by senior management.

    So for want of my £1 ‘nail I was unable to release my £250k ‘horse’ to win their £5M ‘battle’!

    The moral is that it is the job of management to ‘facilitate’, which often means just letting people get on with their normal jobs. It normally takes 60 million people to run Britain; six people in the COBRA room don’t stand a chance.

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  9. ScottishCalvin says:

    Another week of inaction while we wait it out. Although my plan in the next day or two is to get my savings cash into my debit account and by shares in [1] Weatherspoons [2] Shell Both of those seem to be way oversold and unlikely to go bust. Anything else people are looking to buy ahead of when all the helicopter money blasts inflation into the stratosphere?

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Nicely done Calvin – and invoking the ‘bacon ‘ test – which reminds me – must go panic buy that – tip -the best place to look for it is in the halal section where some people hide it ….

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      • ScottishCalvin says:

        Along from the pinto beans, lansangna sheets and lesser popular tinned soups. You’ll die of boredom long before you die from starvation!

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      • Dystopian says:

        As I noted the other day, Fed, plenty of bacon and British pork sausages on the shelves at Bradford Tesco, although all of the halal meat was sold out for some reason.

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  10. Celtic_Mist says:

    The BBC is fully aware of studies into the use of chloroquine and remdesivir

    “Further research has indicated that remdesivir was able to inhibit the ability of the 2019-nCOV from infecting human cells in laboratory tests, but it has still to be approved by regulators for use against 2019-nCOV in patients. The same study also found that chloroquine, a medication used to prevent and treat malaria, was also effective against the virus. A clinical trial involving two drugs used for treating HIV is also underway at a hospital in Wuhan, China”

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200210-coronavirus-finding-a-cure-to-fight-the-symptoms

    BBC “future” is only for ‘educated’ people? – this is classic ‘elitist’ left liberal ideology

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20151016-welcome-to-a-home-for-the-insatiably-curious/

    In another article they discuss the importance of Muslim clerics –

    “A 2013 study found that Muslim clerics who incorporated conservation messages into sermons raised public awareness and concern for those issues. In some senses, the religion embodies environmentalism, says Jeanne Mckay, senior researcher at Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent who led the study.”

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200311-can-green-islams-environmental-fatwas-help-climate-change

    Oh, another article that mentions the coronavirus studies –

    https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/world-51571196

    The BBC future site reeks of ‘futurism’ and ‘scientism’ both of which are part of the left liberal belief system..

    The BBC’s cousin had an article on it – naturally it is quite disparaging..

    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/19/politics/fact-check-chloroquine-trump-fda/index.html

    More information from the Sun or Express which don’t benefit from license fees –

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11211097/malaria-drug-first-approved-coronavirus-treatment/

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1257323/Donald-Trump-coronavirus-Chloroquine-USA-news-update-latest-death-hydroxychloroquine

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  11. Celtic_Mist says:

    ICYMI, Nigel Farage was on Fox News Hannity – pity he had to go to a major foreign network.

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  12. Celtic_Mist says:

    Reuters Twitter feed is quite agreeable – just the news without the propaganda.

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  13. andyjsnape says:

    Coronavirus: Supermarkets ‘drastically’ cutting product ranges

    “reports” the beeb

    I thought this is worrying, can’t get certain items.. but no its just means instead of 15 types of sausages the manufacturers are maybe making 5 types

    WORRYING times (not) as reported by the scaremongers

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    • Dystopian says:

      Oh well at least they can’t blame any of this on Brexit anymore.
      All that cliff edge stuff is now happening “despite Brexit”.

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  14. Thoughtful says:

    “Spare a thought for those biased BBC employees in departments which no longer exist such as Sport ”

    Why? Thanks to the unique way the biased mob are funded their jobs and incomes are not in any doubt, unlike the millions of others forced to pay for their excess.

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    • JamesArthur says:

      Thoughtful

      It did strike me that all of the most protected workers are in public sector….so the private sector pay the taxes to fund public sector (inc BBC) wages and pensions and when the shit hits the fan who is at the back of the queue.. the private sector…

      Why don’t those public sector workers who are paid over average national wage and no longer have to commute/pay for child care etc take a 10% wage cut to help fund the private sector off of whom they have survived for so long..

      I know it isn’t real money the Government is giving out but it will affect the balance of payments debt etc and if we emerge in to recession who will be hit the hardest again – yes the private sector..

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      • Dystopian says:

        I think also , the BBC, who always virtue signal about the “poorest in society” should put their money where their mouth is and give everyone a TV license fee payment holiday.

        Perhaps Boris should suggest it to his friend Laura.

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      • Khaa2091 says:

        Happy to do so, and contributing to the fund (and hoping that it doesn’t go to build safe spaces for troubled transgender teens).

        COI – NHS, currently trying to prepare train and ensure that my patients continue to get care.

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      • Khaa2091 says:

        Happy to do so, and contributing to the fund (and hoping that it doesn’t go to build safe spaces for troubled transgender teens).

        COI – NHS, currently trying to prepare train and ensure that my patients continue to get care.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Quality trolling there thoughtful

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  15. Celtic_Mist says:

    Not BBC but she has lost it?

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  16. chancygardner says:

    I am stuck in Portugal in a motorhome, feeling somewhat detached from ‘home news’. I’ve also deliberately avoided the bbbc for several weeks because I’m not interested in how the virus disruption has affected women’s football or transgender lipstick.

    However, I reluctantly visited the bbbc website today to see what progress might have been made by the government and sure enough, received confirmation that Boris Johnson is talking absolute corona.

    If only he had listened to Prof. Fizzcrank, dutifully contacted by the bbbc, who has stated that it won’t take twelve weeks to beat the virus. No sirree! It’s going to take two years and in any case it will mutate and turn into some quatermass-like blob and even after you’ve caught it and think you’ve got over it’s going to keep getting you with repeat attacks for ever and ever and we are thus destined to be permanently miserable without a doubt…..

    Because that’s a much better moral-boosting announcement isn’t it?

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    • Up2snuff says:

      chancy, funny thing but just yesterday I was noting the vast difference between declared Covids in Portugal and in Spain.

      Hope you keep well. You may be in a very good place to be.

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      • Foscari says:

        One of the main reason why there is such a high death rate
        in Italy , Spain and worsening situation in London is the
        amount of illegal immigrants in these places. There are far less
        in Russia and eastern Europe.
        For example in London where there could be up to 100,000
        illegal immigrants these folk are living four or five
        in one bedroom flats.
        They have to work , be it with a cold , the flu or CORONAVIRUS. Most
        of them will of course get better. BUT in the meantime they
        are spreading this very contagious disease all over the place.
        They can’t follow the Government guidelines, even if they wanted to, about mixing with people.
        I know this might sound crazy to many especially coming from
        me. BUT maybe there should be some kind of amnesty for
        these illegals so that they can get some protection which would be good for the rest of the legal population.
        Please tell me if I am being crazy. But remember we are talking
        about NOW. And the situation we are in.

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        • Fedup2 says:

          Fos – you’re talking crazy – no amnesty – sends a long term impression which will bite us even worse
          ( imagine) in the future .

          Pity they can’t just be detained and deported ….

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          • LastChanceSaloon says:

            Fed
            We are in a war.
            Enemies in civilian clothing are spies.
            Spies are subject to summary execution.
            No Id?
            Bang.
            Repeat 8 million times.

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  17. Fedup2 says:

    Chancey – I’m guessing there are worse places to be stuck – and I’m in a ‘ me too ‘ in reverse as my flights out of Blighty are cancelled and I d rather be elsewhere than Londonistan at the moment .

    I think they’re pushing it to be the 4th world and will get worse when the ‘ kids’ are released from school / prison …

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    • chancygardner says:

      I feel your pain Fedup.

      Yes, by some quick thinking we managed to get into a remote part of Portugal near Evora. This just before motorhome sites are potentially obliged to close the gates to new arrivals.
      Counter to the doom and gloom I just read on the bbbc the birds are singing, it’s peaceful, there are fragrant wild flowers aplenty, the sky is blue and there is time to dwell in this old land steeped in history

      As you say, not a bad place to ‘find’ oneself.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Chancy
        Although I’m not exactly wandering the streets of Londonistan there is a ‘febrile’ feeling largely concentrated around supermarkets .

        I think that initial panic buying will reduce as time passes -if- it is shown that key food supplies continue to be available and restocking takes place – particularly – mysteriously – with toilet rolls .

        I’m really suffering – I was forced to buy full fat cravendale yesterday instead of semi skinned – but we all need to make sacrifices ….

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        • Up2snuff says:

          Shock, horror, Fed. Full fat! I go into meltdown if I cannot get that and have to have ‘thin’ milk.

          Permit a small diversion. Speaking of lactose addictions or otherwise: there was a shortage of budget yogurts at a well-known foreign supermarket invader recently. Some of the more expensive ones were ‘Yukk’ in the taste test.

          As a fairly responsible, thinking, adult (unlike a nurse the BBC forced me to listen too) and faced with a choice of near adjacent stores, Snuffy set out to see what alternatives might be on offer. Grabbed a pack of four and headed for the checkout.

          Taste test result – lovely! Fruit test – definitely there and real.

          Then I read the small print. Made from soya. Oh dear, full on environmental guilt fell upon me. Oh woe! Thrice woe!! I have sinned against Greta and the Horror Bin.

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          • Celtic_Mist says:

            When Chancy, Fed an Up are on form – great antidote to doom and gloom BBC!

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            • Up2snuff says:

              Celtic, we all have to do our bit. You set ’em up, others will knock ’em in.

              So unlike the BBC.

              They will just keep on knocking.

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            • Fedup2 says:

              Trying not to be too cheesy – but stocked up on Stilton ….

              On the subject of hoarding

              A newer remedy is being discussed – reverse bogof – pay double for the second one .

              Add that to the ‘shaming ‘ pictures of people panic buying with ‘check out’ cctv snaps and we’ve got the makings of a workable deterrent .

              The award for the best ‘false news ‘ put on twitter / YouTube so far must be footage of south London feral third world smash and grabbing from a ‘Poundland ‘ which turns out to be from the riots / personal expressions of avarice from a few years ago ….

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          • Mrs Kitty says:

            @ snuffy at 9.02 am Maybe this will help, I was told by my osteopath to stop drinking milk as it was bad for my complexion so being a Yorkshire Lass and needing milk in my tea I experimented and found soy milk with added calcium and vitamins was a good substitute. I’m drinking soy milk on medical advice, that’s how I soothe my mind and it has worked.

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            • Up2snuff says:

              MrsK, thanks for that tip. Unfortunately the milk goes downward (including my shirt &/or sweater – am getting old) when I drink it. I might try pouring some over my head to soothe my mind after the BBC have been at it. Good tip.

              Seriously, though – der Deutsche Supermarkt in my neck of the woods has had huge supplies of longlife milk and also almond and soya milk, despite any panic buying going on there. I’ve bought one carton of each ICE (that’s In Case of Emergencies) although the long-life is ‘thin’ milk and things will have to get really serious before that is consumed.

              I like the thought of almond milk. 1. It puts the Horror Bin’s and Greta’s respective noses out of joint, and, 2. I’m nuts anyway and nuts for nuts. 🙂

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          • BRISSLES says:

            “Shock, horror, Fed. Full fat! I go into meltdown if I cannot get that and have to have ‘thin’ milk ”

            Up2 ! someone after my own heart !!! cant abide ‘watery’ milk, its full fat or nothing for me. (well, I could drink black coffee at a push)

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            • Up2snuff says:

              Brissles, my dear old thing (no cricket – oh woe) my lactose abuse – am addict, I own up – stops at tea and coffee these days.

              I take both without milk. Am trying coffee without because I have seen a possibly ‘quack’? InterWebby remedy for rheumatics which suggests that black coffee may help. Am testing it out.

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              • BRISSLES says:

                Up2 sweety, some of these ‘remedies’ can be a tad “Emperors New Clothes”, but if you really suffer with joint pain, then I’ve just embarked on treatment with Methetrexate – and found an unbelievable difference in mobility. A game changer in fact.

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                • Up2snuff says:

                  Noted and will research. Thanks for the tip, Brissles.

                  I used to enjoy milky coffees, made 50:50 milk:water, all boiled in a pan but haven’t had one for weeks. Will probably stop the test soon and see what happens. Then repeat the sequence. I’ve tried the Cod Liver oil through the same testing procedure but found it was no help to me. Olive oil does seem to be a very slight benefit but am not certain yet.

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  18. Guest Who says:

    As an ‘at risk group’ by virtue of a lung condition I have been diligently following advice, and have to say the efforts being made on behalf of my weak end of the herd by the powers that be is appreciated.

    But I do reflect on the actual stats, especially when Male Hollywood royalty, EU royalty and actual royalty of a certain age are being diagnosed left right and centre and now taking it easy on social media.

    It seems the bug is egalitarian in spread but its impact is quite specific, hence the young, healthy types crawling over each other for a bog roll under the delighted gaze of the media appears at best poorly directed.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Guest, do we need to send you one in the post?

      We could have a quick whip round – a few sheets (unused, please, purlleease) from everyone and we’ll have you back in the Dunny by the middle of next week. (via Second Class post)

      Maybe should we should lay out a bit extra for First Class post as you are a first class poster on here.

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  19. fakenewswatcher says:

    A BUG for BORIS. The beeb sees a chance to get at Boris and government again, this time via politicising the virus. This impression started last night with Fiona’s Question time. Nothing government is doing is good enough. Labour would obviously have done so much better (although Andy Burnham tried not to play that card too strongly).
    Listening to merely a snatch of Toady, I get the impression that this is the perfect chance for beeb to declare that govt is ‘not doing enough’ in a score of areas. Then again, I had switched on when McDonnell was coming to an end, so it may simply have been a bad moment.
    The sneering tone adopted by Webb when it comes to discussing Boris/government, is always a give-away. It emerged when he had a little chat with a poet who read us ‘Northern Morning’, and speculation on what a ‘Southern’ morning might have been like.
    Thankfully, the Bishop who did ‘Thought for the Day’ didn’t also feel the need to politicise the virus.
    Anyway, Matt Hancock is on, so we will hear whether there is ‘impartiality’. At the moment he is being forced to listen to the heart-wrenching report from the nurse, who came across empty shelves at the end of her shift.
    He is playing it well, though.

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    • JamesArthur says:

      Fake

      Is it only me that gets fed up with the BBC using nurses to make emotive presentations…they ain’t all angels as one of my friends found out after being pushed aside by one in supermarket…

      Everyone is in the same boat – at least as a nurse she is still getting paid and probably overtime…

      I work in NHS so see behind the publicity – there are fantastic people there just like in every walk of life but they are doing their job – one for which they are trained and paid….just like everyone..now might be a different situation but it is still what they are trained for and paid to do…

      So BBC take some responsibility – stop with the sensationalist emotive hysteria creating stories it just ramps up bad behaviour…

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      • Up2snuff says:

        JA, there’s some things that were a bit suspicious about that women’s presentation/Instagram/Facebook thing. If she really is a qualified nurse, with the level of intelligence required for that, and she has a family (and husband?) but no food in the house at all what does that say about her?

        I’d be cautious about believing it.

        The BBC on the other hand seem to have no trouble.

        I wonder why?

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    • Up2snuff says:

      fnw “although Andy Burnham tried not to play that card too strongly” made me chuckle. That was well observed by you.

      Again, I wonder why?

      Actually, I know why. City Mayors are currently not exactly covering themselves in a lot of glory as so-called ‘leaders’. “Oh, hallo there, Sadiq. Didn’t see you cowering in that corner.”

      In addition, the Covid Crisis shows Mayors up for what they are in a small country like the UK with devolved governance in the Union – mayors are an unnecessary, expensive, wasteful, luxury.

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      • LastChanceSaloon says:

        U2s
        David Cameron, the left wing idiot, the heir to Blair, gave us more of these Common Purpose enemies.
        Fortunately Cameron did have one good idea.
        For which we will be eternally grateful.

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        • Up2snuff says:

          LCS, yes, Balance Sheet UK may have to make some serious trims after this CV thing is over, otherwise our great-great-great-great-great-great great-great-great-great-great-great great-great-great-great-great-great great-great-great-great-grandchildren are going to be hock for all their lives.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Fake – having seen the differences in the press conferences by both Bojo and POTUS – significant differences and I think the Thursday one would be the last live one as BoJo talked about 12 weeks – which is an optimistic number – the MSM desperate for certainty when there are so many variables eg

      Virus behaviour
      Public compliance
      Medical response
      Weather

      Et al .

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    • Dystopian says:

      Fake, I thought all the nurses went to food banks not supermarkets?

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  20. theisland says:

    Dame Vera is 103 today and in different times HMQ would be nipping round for a cuppa.
    Angel Radio has a programme entitled ‘Songs that Won the War’ at 2.45pm today.

    Speaking of War, tomo was asking on the last thread if anyone knew the name of the ‘correspondent’ who first asked Trump about his use of the term ‘Chinese virus’. I don’t know his name but finally found a relevant clip on YT here from the WH briefing on 17 March. Mugshot at 0:11.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      The Island – isn’t it nice that Dame Vera is still about – her song ‘it’s a lovely day tomorrow ‘ was written for a more serious time but is relevant today .

      I remember watching the World at War ‘ – where she features in the episode which included the ‘forgotten (4th ) army in Burma . I had a relative there .

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      • Up2snuff says:

        I think I grew up on tales of that lot. Taught to read at an early age, I was given a Children’s Readers Digest Annual for Christmas. It contained lots of tales of daring during WW2 and including General Slim and the Burma Chindits.

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    • G.W.F. says:

      the island

      Songs that won the war. Yes. Thank you Dame Vera.
      And here is a song to win the war against ChinkVirus.

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  21. digg says:

    Turned on BBC UK national news this morning and first up…

    A Manchester lady GP, Iqbal I think, interviewed on camera strategically placed in front of a huge Arabic worded poster on the wall in her surgery…

    For a moment i thought I had tuned into Al Jazeera by mistake.

    Seems like they really don’t want to miss a trick do they?

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    • Halifax says:

      The Elephant in the room is Ramadan it starts April 23rd ….I’ll bet the BBC has excuses ready ……

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      • Ian Rushlow says:

        April 23rd – St George’s Day, Shakespeare’s birthday (and anniversary of his death). The BBC will do their level best of correlate and hijack these occasions (‘Was St George really a Muslim?” “Did a Muslim woman write Shakespeare’s plays?” etc).

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  22. Halifax says:

    If you are looking at or intend to look at the BBC webpage on your smart phone may I suggest that you do not unless you have a rubber cover on it…..just read this

    No-one can escape the news about coronavirusbut amid the gloom some people are doing their best to keep us all entertained.

    South London rapper Psychs is raising awareness about the virus with his latest track – Spreadin’.

    He says he made the drill track because the virus is “what everyone is talking about at the moment”.

    Obviously supported by a BME male picture.

    Who would think that a Samsung S7 can bounce 16 inches and remain intact !!

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    • StewGreen says:

      The bingo and surgeons photos seem to have disappeared
      But now there is a Mothers Day story
      “Afsar surrounded by her family on a recent outing”

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  23. Foscari says:

    A typical BBC internet ” Welcome to the BBC” main page.
    If it’s changed by the time you look the headline one
    on the left is a picture in a Mosque. The one in the
    middle shows a mixture of doctors performing an
    operation . And the third one on the right is of a lady playing
    quarantine bingo.
    I am 100% sure that BIG BROTHER from the diversity dept
    gives “instructions” to the Internet and most of the other
    departments how we are to be “educated” in every aspect
    of what he, she, or it wants us to think,

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  24. G says:

    Listened in to the, “World’s Radio Station” in the small hours. A programme called, ‘Assignment’ which focused on the serious housing shortage in Ireland which, commentators explained, has not seen any improvement and, indeed, gets worse by the day. The programme lightly (needless to say) touched upon immigration. No mention of the plan to flood Ireland with muslims/blacks.
    “In 2008, Ireland had the highest birth rate (18.1 per 1,000), lowest death rate (6.1 per 1,000) and highest net-migration rate (14.1 per 1,000) in the entire European Union – and the largest population growth rate (4.4%) in the 27-member bloc as a result.[11]” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_Republic_of_Ireland#Ethnic_groups_and_immigration

    Another dishonest BBC programme then.
    Varadkar, obviously a totally dedicated fan of Bliar: ‘cram them in, don’t need to consider housing, medical care, schooling and all other public services.’ Would you employ the likes of these people to run your business on your behalf?

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  25. StewGreen says:

    UK now has 40 corona deaths per day
    road accidents deaths are 8 each day
    ..(but they on average much younger people)

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  26. Guest Who says:

    Katty’s go-to RT Guy.

    She, meanwhile is doing what the bbc does best, namely quoting allegations made on those the bbc is ideologically opposed to.

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  27. Celtic_Mist says:

    A real newsfeed – only the news –

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  28. digg says:

    BBC Women’s Hour…

    Where are all the women in the Coronavirus War Cabinet?

    Expert: I just want to see more women out there!

    Good God they are even trying to get diversity into this now regardless of any reason as to why they should be there!

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  29. JamesArthur says:

    OMG
    Wimmins hour..Some woman …banging on about the women in Govt not being given a high profile in Corona crisis

    Assumes they are not involved in decision making and then banging on about how woman can make better decisions…Do they really?

    Apparently the crisis planning and actions haven’t involved woman..I would be a bit peed if were one of those woman in a high position making major decisions…

    Does she live in a different world to me? Yes because she thinks Teresa May would be useful//

    It really is warped programme that hates men and has disproportionate use of cliche and unsubstantiated opinions

    Journalism at it’s best..R4 off for day.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      The female Docs appearing on BBC R4 during the Covid Crisis have been pathetic (with exception of two who had been/were Deputy CMHO England) and there is a JD now on the BBC Home Page who is ‘frightened’. Obviously not well trained then. (Professional: you may feel scared but you hide it and radiate exterior calm and competence to your patients and get on with the job.)

      To be fair, I did hear a hopeless male GP on TWatO yesterday. A Dr Paul Evans was brought on to have a whinge. Please bear in mind that GP Practices are private businesses but work under the umbrella of a Heath Trust. Bear also in mind that a GP of any years of standing will be earning in the upper reaches of £100K.

      Whinge No.1 “The Government/Health Trust haven’t given me a laptop for when I have to go out to see patients.”

      Er, what? Go out and buy one you pathetic individual.

      Whinge No.2 “The Government/Health Trust haven’t given us PPE equipment (bio-hazard suits/masks).”

      But you are a responsible individual, you knew about this virus months ago. Why haven’t you sourced them for your Practice?

      (Later, we discover he had gone out and bought a mask from a builders merchants and was using that. These are actually better than medical masks although he claimed it wasn’t.)

      Meanwhile …
      … this morning’s female BBC Nurse has been promoted …
      …… to the top of the Home Page.

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  30. LastChanceSaloon says:

    I scrutinise the current pandemic statistics.
    Hungary and Poland have fewer cases and fewer deaths than other states.
    Hungarian cases due to Muslim “students”!
    The very states whose leaders cared about about their indigenous populations.

    Conclusion, to prevent epidemics of viruses, rapes, terrorism and other criminal acts we need to export ALL non Europeans.
    PDQ.
    Few people were listening in 1975 when I began stating these facts, hopefully more genuine British people are ready to listen now.

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  31. LastChanceSaloon says:

    David Frost UK Brexit negotiator in isolation.
    Doubtless infected by Barnier, an extreme left virus.
    I hope Mr Frost recovers.
    Barnier can die, one fewer enemy.

       18 likes

    • The Sage says:

      I am no fan of Michel Barnier, but I wish him a speedy recovery. It does our side of the Brexit debate no favours to wish death on others. I think your comment is unworthy.

         32 likes

      • LastChanceSaloon says:

        Unworthy?
        Unworthy of what?
        How long does it normally take for you to complete a sentence?
        I suspect that, in addition to being lily-livered, your pseudonym is ill chosen.
        No sagacity detected.

           9 likes

        • Jeff says:

          Don’t be ridiculous.
          You don’t wish ill health on a political opponent however much you might disagree.
          Have a nice cup of tea and calm down.
          Please.

             4 likes

  32. Thatcherrevolutionary says:

    Someone mentioned the updating website giving numbers by country of Chinese Flu cases and fatalities.

    Would quite like to see this along side the excellent reporting of The Region Of Peace website where the daily tally of deaths has been kept faithfully since September 11th, 2001.

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  33. theisland says:

    Yesterday

    Also why are cross-Channel passenger ferries e.g. to/from Dover and Newhaven still running?
    https://www.dfds.com/en-gb/passenger-ferries/corona-virus?utm_source=optimise&utm_medium=corona_button_gb&utm_campaign=corona_info_button

       30 likes

  34. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    I see the virus has reached a Russia now with their first confirmed case. Ivor Chestikov.

       42 likes

    • Sluff says:

      I have six motor vehicles on my drive and yet this morning went and bought another one.
      Apparently I have Carownervirus.
      I’ll get me coat.

         31 likes

    • Up2snuff says:

      Emmanuel, that’s sad.

      Wasn’t Ivor married to, or the partner of, – for a while – the famous striptease artiste, Eva Vestoff?

         12 likes

    • JamesArthur says:

      Emmanuel.. second laugh of the day…thanks

      One of my friends who is the least political person you can think of just said – the BBC are supposed to be trusted but they are just making it worse with all their doom, gloom and hysteria..

         20 likes

    • Calon lan says:

      Lol EG, just spat my tea out. Is this Russian chap related to tretchikoff wot painted the green lady?

      BTW Thanks to all for the sanity on this site, the country seems to be going mad. Seems quiet in my valley, lot of community ‘pulling together’. Hope everyone is keeping safe.

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  35. StewGreen says:

    R4 Now about Railway Chaplains
    “the work of the chaplains who support railway staff on the near-10,000 miles of Britain’s railway. Dylis George, a Pastor in South London, is our travelling companion”

    He was talking about the Ariana Grande attack
    and how he DROVE upto Manchester to help.

    Interesting that he didn’t use the train.

       25 likes

    • Nodding Dog says:

      Wouldn’t he get free train travel? Pretty sure railway chaplains did in BR days and would’ve thought it would still be the case even after privatization.

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  36. Jeff says:

    Somehow I don’t think this will be popping up on the BBC news…
    Yesterday a pal of mine alerted me to a few rather interesting posts on You tube.
    Some “unusual” shopping practices in parts of multicultural London.
    It looked like Bedlam…or Baghdad…
    Lots of bearded blokes and their shrouded wives were bundling though queues of more civilised shoppers and loading their trolleys before anyone else could get a look in.
    Oh, it was simply charming. Nothing could reflect London’s rich cultural tapestry more clearly than these images.

    Perhaps when all this kerfuffle is over the Beeb can turn these unusual shopping practices into a revised game show.
    Islamic Supermarket Sweep.
    Just an idea…

       43 likes

    • Tabs says:

      Here is a London video of a scuffle to get into the store.

         11 likes

      • Dave S says:

        No trouble in my almost 99% ethnic British small shire town. Not that sort of place. Sainsbury’s had a pensioner hour yesterday. Nobody abused it. Tells you something .
        Never go to London now. Not been this century except for a quick in and out on business maybe twice a year. In very early out asap.
        A shithole.

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        • richard D says:

          I was informed this morning, by the local Tesco Extra, that the store will have ‘over-70’s only’ hours on two or three mornings next week.

          I was also told that there were lines of people outside the store before it opened at 06:00 this morning, and that their daily stocks of all of the usual goods which get removed from the shelves almost the instant they are put out, had disappeared before 06:15.

          So I asked if the ‘senior hour’ will start at 06:00 on the chosen mornings next week….

          “Oh no” was the reply “they’ll be from 09:00 to 10:00. We’ll just be open at 06:00 as normal before that….”

          That’ll all work out well, I thought…….

             40 likes

        • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

          Dave,
          I got an email from Sainsburys this morning (Friday) telling me they were letting pensioners in for an hour early on Thursday (yesterday) morning.

             11 likes

      • Rob in Cheshire says:

        Was this a deleted scene from “Zulu”?

           11 likes

  37. Sam S says:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/business-51906530?__twitter_impression=true

    Climate change: The rich are to blame, international study finds
    By Roger Harrabin
    BBC environment analyst

    …The gulf is greatest in transport, where the top tenth gobble 187 times more fuel than the poorest tenth, the research says…

    Just brilliant – experts in science giving non-expert opinions on philosophical concepts of blame and moral responsibility.

       29 likes

    • Beltane says:

      Would that be the same Roger Harrabin that regularly donates his large BBC, Guardian, other MSM and public speaking fees to charity?

         23 likes

    • LastChanceSaloon says:

      “International study” from Leeds.
      “The researchers combined European Union and World Bank data ”
      I bet they did.
      Yet another report whose conclusion was written first.
      From Julia Steinberger current Wikipedia article.

      “Steinberger supports the work of Greta Thunberg and the school strike for climate activists.”

      Neutral, even-handed, balanced, impartial are just a few of the antonyms to biased which are inapplicable to the BBC.

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  38. Sluff says:

    The empty shelves in the supermarket prompted me to visit a local Indian shop, which is a treasure trove of Indian cuisine.
    At the checkout were two young Indian looking people wearing masks. My bill was £6.04 and I had a tenner but offered some extra loose change as well to round it up. The checkout boy looked very perplexed and 3 minutes went by while they worked out what to do with my offer.
    It turned out neither of them spoke any English at all.
    Weird thing is that having recently visited India, I can attest that English is widely understood and, for example, bilingual shop signage is common.
    So……..who are they and what are they doing in our country? More contemporarily, how will they know what Coronavirus-related action they need to take?
    Yet another triumph of open door mass immigration.

       50 likes

    • Tabs says:

      Just to offer some balance…

      I went into my local post office yesterday for a book of 6 1st class stamps. The young lad who served me could barely speak English and struggled for a few minutes to follow the shop owners instructions to put 6 times 70p onto the cash till.

      He was English and white so I would assume this is the level of youngsters today regardless of their country of origin.

         29 likes

    • Nodding Dog says:

      There’s a petrol station near me which only seemed to employ Indian looking people.They’d only be there for a few months before they were replaced by somebody else from the Indian subcontinent certainly something fishy going on there.

         18 likes

      • john in cheshire says:

        I remember the petrol shortages in, I think 2000, when the delivery drivers were on strike. More than one taxi driver told me that ethnic owned/run petrol stations were only serving ethnics.

        They’re now busy buying up everything in the expectation they’ll be able to sell it at grossly inflated prices. I hope it backfires on them and they’re left with lots of stuff that they can’t sell.

           24 likes

      • Roland Deschain says:

        Something similar happened near me a couple of years ago. Turned out they were busy cloning customers’ credit cards. Of course, by the time they were found out, the perpetrators had long departed.

           16 likes

        • Nodding Dog says:

          Roland.That’s what happened to one of my work colleagues his card was cloned at that petrol station.I always paid cash as I didn’t trust them one evening on the way to work the chap behind the counter wouldn’t except the £20 note saying it was fake hoping I’d pay by card but as I only had cash it was that or nothing.After a ten minute standoff he finally took my legitimate note.

          There’s been problems at other stations too such as swapping notes for fake ones and another chucking a blind woman out of the shop because she had a dog with her!

          Thankfully there’s a Morrison’s or a local family run garage in a nearby village which I now use they’re also much cheaper too.

             12 likes

  39. theisland says:

    Lots of work to do.

       30 likes

    • Up2snuff says:

      Essential even, ti. They mentioned themselves – albeit in last place – in a list of ‘key workers’ on R4’s TOADY.

      Uh uh, BBC. You’re not even in the top ten, any more, thanks to the InterWebby.

      The most important workers are working in sewage farms, water treatment facilities and working for the water companies.

         26 likes

      • JamesArthur says:

        Up2

        The BBC are producers of the stuff sewage workers have to deal with and corona virus has just made it worse…

           13 likes

        • Up2snuff says:

          JA, yes, Jonny Dymond doing his bit to produce more at the helm of TWatO today.

          Vox pop, lady hairdresser, two kids, one at Primary other at Secondary School. No money coming, no longer working, applying for Benefits. “Do I feed my kids or do I pay the rent?”

          No doubt probably brought on to the BBC to complain about Government/Universal Credit/Government/EvilTories/Government/Benefits System/Government (circle all those that apply)

          I didn’t stick around to listen. Off switch hit. I have every sympathy for someone in a difficult situation and would try to help if they were known to me, in range and in genuine need.

          But Jonny missed two essential questions that the BBC and we needed to be asked on air. “Where was the woman’s husband/partner?” and “Why is he not helping you and his children.” For all we listeners knew, there could be a second wage earner in the household.

          Very defective, Jonny. The BBC needs to ‘up its game’ or it will be ‘game over’ for it very soon.

             22 likes

  40. Square-Eyed says:

    Brown Man Good, Orange Man Bad

    I gather President Trump announced at a news conference yesterday that he has approved further trials and public use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and chloroquine for the treatment of covid-19. You can see excerpts on Bill Still’s website.

    Now if Wonderboy Obama had made the same announcement we’d have known that all our troubles were over.

       38 likes

  41. StewGreen says:

    The Haterati are doing a Twitter pile-on against Tim Martin
    with the #BoycottWetherspoons hashtag
    for saying on Sky that his pubs are safer than crowded supermarkets.

    Piers Morgan has lashed out at him

       26 likes

  42. Celtic_Mist says:

    What am I missing here?

    “As flu season approaches, hard numbers on how many people died from the flu in 2017 have come in. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the flu, as well as flu-related complications, was responsible for 80,000 U.S. deaths last winter. That’s the highest flu-related death toll in the U.S. four decades, according to the Associated Press.

    To compare with other years in the history of having the flu shot, the flu typically kills about 12,000 Americans in a mild year. In severe years, the flu season death toll has spiked to around 56,000. The 2017 flu vaccine turned out to not be very effective, which is one reason for the sudden increase in flu-related deaths.”

    https://fortune.com/2018/09/26/flu-shot-deaths-influenza-cdc-vaccine-2017-2018/

       16 likes

  43. StewGreen says:

    I see the UK Health Minister has deleted her FAKENEWS tweet

    The Italian embassy lashed into her , saying of course Italy is not leaving older patients to die.
    https://www.nextquotidiano.it/nadine-dorries-la-viceministra-britannica-che-dice-che-in-italia-lasciano-morire-gli-ultrasessantenni/

    nadine-dorries-italia.jpg

       9 likes

  44. Sluff says:

    BBC1 1 pm news
    ‘And we talk to one of the thousands of couples who have had to cancel their wedding plans’.

    The said couple featured are, wouldn’t you know it, lesbians.
    Amazing, isn’t it?

    What really is amazing. They were white!

       44 likes

    • Beltane says:

      Equally amazing is that the BBC seems naively unaware that the overwhelming majority of those watching the 1 o’clock news will be the same people who are sick to death of the absurd transparency of their agenda.
      Blissful ignorance defined, with a silver lining made from self-hammered coffin nails.

         26 likes

    • Nodding Dog says:

      I didn’t see your post Sluff before I posted but I nearly put the same about them being both white and not a mixture of colours.

      Talking of mixed couples SKY Bingo now on ‘the list’

         4 likes

  45. davylars says:

    A funny conundrum here.
    With the BBC announcing letters being sent out to 60,000 retired nurses and health workers asking them to return to work.

    Firstly are these people over 66 if so perilously near to the self isolation instruction.
    Or as I Suspect. Have these people taken early retirement on a generous public sector gold plated pension payout that we all paid for anyway….

       31 likes

  46. Nodding Dog says:

    As I was just typing a reply further up the thread I just glanced up to the BBC news on TV.Coming up we speak to one of thousands of couples who’s wedding plans have been put on hold.What a surprise it looked like two ladies!

       24 likes

  47. StewGreen says:

    libmedia “Wah, Orange Man bad … he called it Chinese Virus ”

    ETgFvCVXYAEUkEw.jpg:small

       23 likes

  48. andyjsnape says:

    Where would we be without the beeb!!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/research/under-siege

    I guess a lot less made up news and reporters opinions
    What a joke!

       19 likes

  49. Roland Deschain says:

    Shamelessly nicked from Twitter, to lighten the mood a little.

    Coronavirus Rhapsody

    Is this a sore throat?
    Is this just allergies?
    Caught in a lockdown
    No escape from reality.

    Don’t touch your eyes
    Just hand sanitize quicklyyyyy
    I’m just a poor boy, no job security
    Because of easy spread, even though
    washed your hands, laying low
    I look out the window, the curve doesn’t look flatter to me, to me

    mama, just killed a man
    i didn’t stay inside in bed
    I walked by him, now he’s dead
    mama, life was so much fun
    but now I’ve caught this unforgiving plague

    mama, oooooh
    didn’t mean to make them die
    if I’m not back to work this time tomorrow
    carry on, carry on as if people didn’t matter

    oo late, my time has come
    sends shivers down my spine
    body’s aching all the time
    goodbye everybody, I’ve got the flu
    gotta leave you all behind and face the truth

    mama, oooooh
    I don’t wanna die
    I sometimes wish I never went out at all

    I see a little silhouette of a man
    what a douche, what a douche
    did he even wash his hands though
    security is tightening
    very very frightening me
    Gotta lay low (gotta lay low)
    Gotta lay low (gotta lay low)
    Gotta lay low masturbate
    Masturbate O O O O

    I’m just a poor boy, facing mortality
    HE’S JUST A POOR BOY FACING MORTALITY
    spare him his life from this monstrosity

    Touch your face, wash your hands, will you wash your hands?
    BISMILLAH NO WE WILL NOT WASH OUR HANDS! (WASH YOUR HANDS!)
    BISMILLAH NO WE WILL NOT WASH OUR HANDS! (WASH YOUR HANDS)

    BISMILLAH WE WILL NOT WASH YOUR HANDS! (WASH YOUR HANDS!)
    WASH YOUR HANDS! (never, never, never wash your hands oh oh oh oh oh oh oh)
    No no no no no
    Oh mama mia, mia (mama mia wash your hands!)
    COVID-19 has a sickness put aside for me, for me

    So you think you can stop me and just shake my hand?
    So you think we can hang out and not break our plans?
    Oh baby, can’t do this with me, baby,
    Just gotta stay home, just gotta stay home with my fever

    oooooh

    Curving can get flatter
    Anyone can see
    Curving can get flatter
    Curving can get flatter, you’ll see

    Just look out your windows….

       31 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      Are no memories sacred ?

      I fear another outbreak of luvvies making one of those records – one stage up from the horror of Gal Godot.

      Or maybe even worse – now that super journos like peston and Robinson are in their bunkers – they might come up with a charidee tune – headlined of course by the Maitliss and piers Morgan cheerleading to the tune of ‘we re all doomed ‘ ….

         9 likes

  50. Ian Rushlow says:

    BBC give a little plug for M&S: “Coronavirus: M&S invokes wartime spirit as virus impact hits”.
    Based on their recent advertising, presumably M&S are referring to the Zulu Wars. And from the Zulu perspective.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51972422

       10 likes

    • The Sage says:

      From the UK’s chief scientific advisor:
      And that the best estimate of the “infection fatality rate” (the proportion of people who die after being infected) is in the range of 0.5% to 1%.
      So not much worse then than a bad winter for flu, which in 2017/18 managed to polish off over 25,000 people and without a single plane being grounded, school closed or economy crashed. Or anyone really caring that much.

         18 likes

      • Celtic_Mist says:

        The ‘scientists’ are saying now that the lockdown will go on for a year – which would be just in time for the second wave.

        Somebody somewhere is going to have to ‘wise up’ because such a scenario will not be tenable from any point of view

        “The report reads: ‘It was agreed that the addition of both general social distancing and school closures to case isolation, household isolation and social distancing of vulnerable groups would be likely to control the epidemic when kept in place for a long period”

        https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/20/social-distancing-must-last-end-year-chief-scientist-says-12430631/

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