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    Coronavirus

    I think it's more like 80%. From what I can gather, in the final reckoning, their figures might well look closer to everyone else's but we'll have to wait and see. At present they have done a brilliant job for a whole variety of reasons. There's a good article here in Time magazine. https://time.com/5812555/germany-coronavirus-deaths/
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    Coronavirus

    The good news is that lately several scientists have apparently come up with new testing kits that can be used quickly and simply. One is from Oxford, Bosch have one in Germany and Abbot I think in the US have also developed a kit. There are surely others. Let's hope this can allow us to increase testing and break the chain that is so deadly. I tip my hat to these people. I'm still at a loss as to how an aeroplane gets off the tarmac!
  3. TheSage

    Coronavirus

    The average figure for flu deaths between 2014 and 2019 is 17,000. It was a lot lower last year but as high as 28,000 in 2014. A lot depends on the severity of the winter and how many have the free flu jab that is routinely offered to everyone over 65 and all others in a high risk group. But as Wrex says, it is a killer disease.
  4. TheSage

    Coronavirus

    That's one of my criticisms too, Toyah. I think everyone has now recognised the severity of the problem across the world but it's taken a long time for most countries to wake up and start belatedly to address the issue. Around the time northern Italy was in lock-down we were encouraging the go ahead for all sporting fixtures, concerts, theatres and pubs, and schools were all open. Apart form the shocking fact that we were letting people walk straight in here from Italy and China without being stopped and checked. Flights are still arriving from New York. I just don't get it. It's looking like we need to test and trace a lot more people (goodness knows why we are not doing that either), ensure that everyone in the NHS has the right equipment, all of us stay at home, and hope that this buys us time to find a vaccine. But it isn't going to be easy or pleasant. Flu I think still kills 17,000 a year in the UK - and we know all about that and have a jab for it! This is far worse. There are some brilliant scientists out there all over the world and hopefully someone, somewhere can come up with a vaccine before the year is out.
  5. I can't argue too much with the above comments. It's hard to remember them all and we have, indeed, had a few shockers. Tanser, of course, has done quite well in the Scottish Premiership since leaving us but he was thrown in here at the deep end, in a terrible team, and looked poor. It's him or Deakin for me, too.
  6. Job done. Doesn't take long. Interesting.
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    TV Licence scam

    I've had a couple of those in the past 3 months! They look very official but the address bar gives it away and both my e-mails went into my spam box. I delete and don't open or pay any attention to any of those things. But it's a good idea to warn people. It will catch out a few and that's clearly why they are still doing it.
  8. TheSage

    Coronavirus

    Unsurprising. He mixes with a lot of people. Luckily, I think he's only got mild symptoms.
  9. TheSage

    Coronavirus

    Nice sentiments. Going back to this ventilator business, the government got it wrong. No 10 said a few days ago that we weren't joining, we had left the EU and we'd get our own. But strangely last week on QT Hancock lied and said that we had joined the scheme. Now, today, we have another story. We didn't get the e-mail! But we will join a scheme in the future. You couldn't make it up. The EU tell us that the UK was invited again to join on 6 and 10 March, received communication to that effect but declined. Three days before the EU deadline expired, the UK asked British firms if they could help, so we still had time to apply at the last minute but instead let the deadline pass(Financial Times). Countries can source their own, in addition to being part of the EU scheme, but definitively the purchasing power of 26 countries is greater than a single one acting alone. And they don't necessarily use the same sources. We are asking a lot of companies that have never made ventilators before to try and build them from scratch, and to put all our eggs into this one basket. Let's hope it works. A Nantwich firm supposedly offered 5000 (plus testing equipment) via a UAE source but the government failed to take up the offer within 5 days and we lost the contract (Nantwich News). MEC Medical also offered their services but were ignored. Several days later the government tells us it's ordered 10000 from Dyson, if feasible. I applaud that. But for goodness sake, make use of every single company and every single outlet. Don't just rely on Tory Brexit donors. And don't lie to the press about not receiving invites from the EU and making up excuses for not joining the scheme when we've got Hancock on record 7 days ago saying the opposite. We should be straining every sinew, exploring every outlet, joining every scheme we can, to get these machines.
  10. That's a great point. I hadn't thought about it before. Slightly off tangent (I confess) but nevertheless quite interesting for the old 'uns, I was reading a book about Jimmy Greaves, perhaps the greatest goalscorer in these islands that we'll ever see, and it was said that he had 4 outstanding qualities that explain his greatness: speed over 5-10 yards, composure, the knack of being in the right place at the right time/knowing where to run, and lastly - I'm getting there - he was two-footed. He could score with any foot just as easily. I think from memory they said he was left footed but I'm fairly sure he scored more with his right. But whatever it was, he was truly gifted and that was in large part down to his ability to use either foot.
  11. I too think we should move heaven and earth to finish this season. It's got to be the right thing to do - and the fairest. I can't see us starting next season in August so we're already way behind the clock. If next season gets curtailed and teams only play 36 games instead of 46, then so be it. The fixture computer can work out the games and we'll have to get on with it. But I'd rather not leave this year hanging in the air, 3/4 done.
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    Coronavirus

    Quite a jump today in the UK. Over 100 sadly died. 12 confirmed cases in Stoke and worries over an outbreak at a care home in Bradwell. Almost 100 cases in the rest of the county. Terribly sad news - not just here but from all over the world. It's easy to become matter of fact when such high numbers exist in so many places worldwide. You wonder what on earth will happen if it spreads quickly to some of the countries in Asia and Africa who have far less well developed health systems and economies. It's tragic. And for how long?
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    Joke thread

    Well, if we're going down the smutty route. The teacher asked little Johnny if he could use the word contagious in a sentence. Yes, said, little Johnny. Yesterday I heard from dad say to my mum, "That bloke next door is painting his house with a two inch paintbrush. It will take the contagious."
  14. There are a lot of contenders for the crown in this category and we've had that many rights backs in recent seasons alone that it's nigh impossible to go back much more than ten years and remember them all with clarity. One or two names on here were more centre backs than full backs so I wouldn't judge them over harshly, playing out of position. And of course basing our judgments on not much more than a handful of games is very difficult. As records go, the last couple of seasons takes some beating so we should perhaps, fairly, see a lot of names from then.
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    Coronavirus

    It's easy for me to say this because I'm not self employed. Nor do I have a mortgage to pay. But to still allow lots of workers out on public transport and town centres and homes is asking for further trouble. I wonder if even stricter measures will come in - especially in London. I read somewhere where they could perhaps use black cabs to get vital workers to and from work instead of tubes and buses. I don't know if that's possible. The two key points about this virus haven't changed from day one if you want to get it under control. Namely, test and trace and test again and trace, and enforce rigid social isolation. Those are the only two policies that have been shown to "work", based on the evidence we have from around the world. We were slow to do number one and virtually abandoned it in favour of a herd immunity strategy. And number two has slowly evolved even though we always appear to do it several days after we should have done it. We need to be proactive and not reactive. It's tragic that we still haven't supplied every vital worker with the proper kit, though at long last we are apparently getting there. It remains extremely worrying in the UK. Measures announced yesterday were welcome but news about using the Excel Centre as a hospital and having to plead with thousands of retired health workers and final year students to step up to the plate illustrates just how serious this has become. Maybe someone can tell me why we've sat out the EU procurement scheme (of which we are a part still) to access ventilators, masks, surgical equipment, and testing kits.
  16. Good stuff. It's nice to see Joycey doing a little something for the fans, bored sick at home and missing the footie. Well done. Nice.
  17. One of moments that sticks in my memory, though far from his worst offence, was the interview he gave before appointing Bruno. He'd got these 3 outstanding candidates on his short list and everyone would swoon at their quality and be amazed that he'd enticed them here. And he then appoints a Portuguese waiter who, incidentally, has had 5 jobs since leaving us!
  18. It has to be Wilson. For some unknown reason he just didn't fit in here and despite his pedigree looked very poor. Jermaine Holwyn was also shocking but he was playing for us in the Championship and not when we were on the cusp of non league, like Wilson.
  19. TheSage

    Coronavirus

    Back in Blighty, the predicted shut down has begun, although I suppose it could get even tighter. That was the most impressive I've seen from Johnson tonight - far more serious and frank. Alleluya.
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    Joke thread

    I asked a fella if there was a B&Q in Stoke and he said, "No, there's an S and a T and a......."
  21. TheSage

    Coronavirus

    This morning - for the first time - I detect that there is a bigger effort now to social distance and queue sensibly in shops. Yes, I know we shouldn't be out and about normally but many still need to go to the chemists and buy things like bread and milk, once a week. Hopefully, the message is sinking in. Have a safe day, everyone.
  22. TheSage

    Coronavirus

    We needed a lockdown several days ago instead of dither and delay. We are still allowing flights in from Italy, Iran and China! Utterly farcical. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2005755 https://www.ft.com/content/b887d344-6c8b-11ea-89df-41bea055720b?desktop=true&segmentId=d8d3e364-5197-20eb-17cf-2437841d178a
  23. Blimey. It took me a couple of minutes and I still only got 9/10 with a lot of hard thought. Diminutive midfielder fooled me. Great quiz though. Brings back memories. I guess we can picture nearly every goal!
  24. TheSage

    Coronavirus

    GPs surgeries are closed, unless you have special permission to go in. The general public are NOT following advice. There are still lots of people in supermarkets, shops and DIY stores, side by side, cheek by jowl. We might raise an eyebrow at what's gone on in Italy and France and Spain but it's coming our way very soon - because a lot of folk are brain dead. It's just a matter of time before we get the police and army enforcing a lock-down. Possibly within 24 hours I'd say judging by the idiots defying the advice and bragging about it on social media.
  25. TheSage

    Coronavirus

    Spot on. The advice from the WHO and from Italy and China was to test and isolate asap, and not let the fire burn, thinking you can control it. We needed to learn from other countries and follow their advice. We've very quickly changed tack after that report from Imperial College landed on their desks, proving that their theories were completely wrong. Let's hope it isn't too little, too late, but there are a great many medical experts out there who have been saying for a very long time that we needed to act sooner and learn from the WHO. Let's hope we haven't missed the bus. Johnson has been poor and unconvincing. His waffle, mixed messages, and off the cuff comments don't sit well with me and he's not acted quickly enough. Let's hope we can turn this tide sooner rather than later but there will be a lot of questions asked when we've got through it all.
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