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by Ben@Forest
26 Sep 2020, 4:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Did you cycle to school?
Replies: 26
Views: 646

Re: Did you cycle to school?

Only in my last year of compulsory education (15/16). Got a job working some evenings and Saturdays in a supermarket which meant cycling 6 miles each way. Though I'd started cycling before that l think it was that 12 mile slog which really started a more serious interest.
by Ben@Forest
21 Sep 2020, 12:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gang of six-impact on Xmas
Replies: 210
Views: 4352

Re: Gang of six-impact on Xmas

There's a great deal of difference between someone who did a first degree in a scientific subject and then retrained as a barrister like Mrs Thatcher and Mrs Merkel who studied one to PhD level then became an assistant Professor teaching it at university level. There is, but Thatcher did actually w...
by Ben@Forest
21 Sep 2020, 11:14am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gang of six-impact on Xmas
Replies: 210
Views: 4352

Re: Gang of six-impact on Xmas

At last a voice of sanity: Xmas, spending money you have not got, buying people you don't like, things they don't need. BAH HUMBUG bring it on. The father of someone l know has just died (nothing to do with Covid). But because of Covid she last saw her father 8 months ago. Not so happy. My wife (a ...
by Ben@Forest
20 Sep 2020, 8:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gang of six-impact on Xmas
Replies: 210
Views: 4352

Re: Gang of six-impact on Xmas

[XAP]Bob wrote:Despite the fact the quote has been misattributed...

Yes - because the number of deaths we would expect, based on the previous 5 years data, is about 65k lower than the number of deaths we did record.


Interesting.
by Ben@Forest
20 Sep 2020, 7:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gang of six-impact on Xmas
Replies: 210
Views: 4352

Re: Gang of six-impact on Xmas

Jdsk wrote:
Ben@Forest wrote:
[XAP]Bob wrote:Are you saying you work out there's 64,000 Covid deaths in UK?

Sounds about right.


And how do you know?
by Ben@Forest
19 Sep 2020, 11:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gang of six-impact on Xmas
Replies: 210
Views: 4352

Re: Gang of six-impact on Xmas

There have been a million deaths worldwide... In the UK there had been ~ 64,000 deaths (that's basically 1 per 1000 population killed) above the adjusted annual average when I did the calculation more than a month ago (i.e. before the second wave). [Adjusted Annual Average - I took the rolling 5 ye...
by Ben@Forest
19 Sep 2020, 8:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gang of six-impact on Xmas
Replies: 210
Views: 4352

Re: Gang of six-impact on Xmas

The lockdown was the only tool in the bag at that time. We didn't have the testing capacity of some nations, notably Germany. And yes, it did work in the way it was meant to, as a way of suppressing the virus long enough to allow us to become better equipped. It was acknowledged that lifting the lo...
by Ben@Forest
19 Sep 2020, 7:51pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gang of six-impact on Xmas
Replies: 210
Views: 4352

Re: Gang of six-impact on Xmas

Well something filled the hospital my son was working in during April. Are you saying it was something else? If enough people ignore Covid we will have a proper Lockdown to endure over Christmas. The last 'proper lockdown' didn't work though, and despite a few transgressions people adhered to it. C...
by Ben@Forest
19 Sep 2020, 12:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gang of six-impact on Xmas
Replies: 210
Views: 4352

Re: Gang of six-impact on Xmas

Northumberland has a rate of infection of about 20 on 100,000, less than the UK average but it has been locked down because it is next to the Tyneside conurbation which has a rate of round 120 in 100,000. No, I don't get it. It can be seen as a failure of having large unitary authorities, if Northu...
by Ben@Forest
17 Sep 2020, 8:52am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you report your neighbours?
Replies: 59
Views: 1185

Re: Would you report your neighbours?

Used to live next door to a couple with a very young child. The woman was loudly verbally aggressive to her partner and may have hit him (multiple times). She certainly hit/smacked the child. Sometimes wondered if l should contact the authorities - l never did. I could hear things but could never ac...
by Ben@Forest
13 Sep 2020, 10:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Fox News UK?
Replies: 74
Views: 2048

Re: Fox News UK?

PDQ Mobile wrote:Still you got your "parcel of rogues" and liars and I expect you're happy about that?
For any means now justifies the cause?


Once, just once, argue in an objective fashion. I will snip your posts until you do.
by Ben@Forest
13 Sep 2020, 6:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Fox News UK?
Replies: 74
Views: 2048

Re: Fox News UK?

It was commonly (and accurately) reported that university towns more likely voted Remain than towns. Of course however Peterborough has a campus of the Anglia Ruskin University in the city. People who can move around in jobs (especially abroad) were bound to be more pro-EU and many lecturers or stud...
by Ben@Forest
7 Sep 2020, 6:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ZOOM meetings
Replies: 16
Views: 438

Re: ZOOM meetings

Zoom is no substitute for real meetings. The nuances of facial expressions or body language are difficult or sometimes impossible to read, it's difficult to interject with a good idea or a pertinent question at the right moment. It can also be difficult to know if some people are actually listening ...
by Ben@Forest
7 Sep 2020, 10:09am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Fox News UK?
Replies: 74
Views: 2048

Re: Fox News UK?

A brief scout about the net produced this fascinating (for it's lack of information) entry for Fox's CEO. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzanne_Scott She was apparently born in either 1965 or 66 ( :shock: !) and is as a consequence also of indeterminate age. Rather strange? I guess someone that w...
by Ben@Forest
5 Sep 2020, 8:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: PROMS-BBC disappoint
Replies: 193
Views: 3368

Re: PROMS-BBC disappoint

Sad, really. We have a collapsing economy,massive job losses, serious Brexit concerns, the closing of the foreign aid department and a virus, but Johnson and Rees-Mogg worry most about a silly song. As the national broadcaster the BBC should be concerned with all those things and it has its own fut...