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4 minutes ago, Cheese said:

"Sorry Grandma, the FTSE 100 index is more important than you and Grandad. On the bright side, at least we'll be able to have a proper party after your joint funeral. I know we've all banged on about your generation's 'Blitz-spirit' and that for the last few years, but I want a week in Benidorm next month."

Mine are long gone

When the apocalypse comes, I’m one of those who just picks up the kids and fucking legs it I’m afraid.

 

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My uncle lost his battle to this in Royal Bolton this morning, so he will be one of today’s numbers.  last rites over the phone held by a nurse with no family there. made an exception yester

That was one of the loveliest things to ever happen. Stood in my garden sobbing like a baby! Proud to work for the NHS 👏👏👏👏❤️

I’ve sat with my mum who is slipping away, literally breathing her last today. She idolises the Queen, and whilst she didn’t in all likelihood hear that, I know she would have loved every single

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22 minutes ago, Cheese said:

"Sorry Grandma, I know you're worried, but the FTSE 100 index is more important than you and Grandad. On the bright side, at least we'll be able to have a proper party after your joint funeral. I know we've all banged on about your generations' 'Blitz-spirit' and that for the last few years, but I want a week in Benidorm next month."

Not sure if that was aimed at me but I’ve been quite clear that the at risk groups should be shielding / self isolating while the rest of the population returns to relatively normal life 

That alone would help the NHS get through any peak, given those groups make up the largest proportion of patients who require ICU 

You mock about the FTSE 100, but let’s be honest it goes beyond that, we’re talking hundreds of thousands of business negatively impacted by this. They employ millions of people and generate billions in tax revenue. This isn’t just about protecting a few big companies. The livelihoods of huge chunk of the working population are at stake 

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Sorry John, I know you’ve lost your job and can’t pay your mortgage but we need to keep your customers away so we can protect your grandma (rather than just asking Grandma to stay at home for 6 months) 

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My missus listens to a call with our local MP apparently infection rate is 25% of national average at the moment. How long before we have local relaxation of rules ? 
 

Went in bookies today asked if you need to wear a mask. Woman said ‘ you should but we are not enforcing it, so I would not bother. Another bloke hearing this removed his mask. I left. Won’t be going back. 

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2 hours ago, Boby Brno said:

Had a walk after work around Rivi. Now sat with a glass of white and listening to the cricket in The Rivington overlooking Horrobin Lane. 
Watching the traffic negotiate the narrow road with cars parked on one side of the road. The council have put yellow lines every so often to allow cars to pull in and allow cars to pass.There is no one controlling the flow but everyone seems to be using common sense and it works.

If everyone could use that same common sense with Covid wIthout trying to find loopholes in the advice/regulations, we could get through this.

Think that last bit about sums it up... Be amazing where we would be if everyone took it seriously. Not to have a dig at those who've had to occasionally bend the rules for family issues or mental health etc...

Walked past the Flat Earth society in Inverness last week. Usually we just have a laugh at them but with all their Covid conspiracy posters I felt like bricking the windows. Imagine loosing a loved one to Covid & seeing that. 

Sounds like a nice afternoon in Rivington - enjoy 👍

 

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4 hours ago, birch-chorley said:

I think we should be looking more along the lines of protecting the economy and jobs as the priority

Get schools fully open in September no matter what Covid is doing. Allow all businesses to open up again 

The NHS has had time to build up capacity of beds and ventilators if / when a second spike comes 

Shield the at risk groups of course, but the majority of people should be allowed to crack on for the sake of the economy 

I simply don’t think it’s worth carrying on like this for 18 months to 2 years 

Theres talk that the trade off for opening schools, is shutting pubs.

According to the scientists at least.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53621613

Sounds a good plan to me.

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23 minutes ago, London Wanderer said:

Think that last bit about sums it up... Be amazing where we would be if everyone took it seriously. Not to have a dig at those who've had to occasionally bend the rules for family issues or mental health etc...

Walked past the Flat Earth society in Inverness last week. Usually we just have a laugh at them but with all their Covid conspiracy posters I felt like bricking the windows. Imagine loosing a loved one to Covid & seeing that. 

Sounds like a nice afternoon in Rivington - enjoy 👍

 

I don’t have a problem with those that have bent the rules this weekend after probably months of planning, whatever the occasion.
Always a good day up Rivi. 👍

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8 minutes ago, ZiggyStardust said:

Theres talk that the trade off for opening schools, is shutting pubs.

According to the scientists at least.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53621613

Sounds a good plan to me.

Aye, schools are an absolute must, you can’t expect to keep them shut and get people working 

How long will you keep pubs shut though, are they ok if they serve food, what about restaurants etc? 

Furlough ends in October, Business rate relief ends in March. you can’t keep businesses shut without paying towards it. Beyond what’s already been committed I don’t think we should be going any further (Furlough, rates relief, VAT etc). 

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1 hour ago, ZiggyStardust said:

Theres talk that the trade off for opening schools, is shutting pubs.

According to the scientists at least.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53621613

Sounds a good plan to me.

Pubs employ thousands of people. Pubs buy beer and other stuff from suppliers who employ thousands of people. Pubs pay rates, corporation tax, rent etc.
It’s a business like any other. 

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21 minutes ago, Boby Brno said:

Pubs employ thousands of people. Pubs buy beer and other stuff from suppliers who employ thousands of people. Pubs pay rates, corporation tax, rent etc.
It’s a business like any other. 

Trade off going to be necessary at some point, unfortunately. I suppose the risk is if too many are at home as kids aren't in school, then they'll have no money for the pub anyway. 

Whatever they decide, schools aren't going back fully anyway as things stand.

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Schools will reopen in September/October,  kids need to get back to education and their parents back to work, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if pubs closed at the expense of schools reopening.

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20 minutes ago, ex_midlandwhite said:

Schools will be back fully in September, have to be.

Given the talk of trade offs, I don't expect to be watching a footy game in person for a long time, which begs the question, how the lower leagues can play at all!

At the moment, my lad isn't going back full time. Could change though. 

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1 hour ago, Casino said:

South coast beaches rammed

Let's see the response to that

Icecream men and Donkeys need to earn a living.

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