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  1. It went the same way as the Waltz and the Tango once Rock and Roll came around.
  2. I honestly thought we'd seen the end of the insufferable headless chickens and the shrieking panic merchants but they seem to have found their purpose again in the last week or so. I swear to god, they are absolutely loving this. This is their "world war 2" moment and they're not keen on letting it pass them by. They are absolutely fucking gagging for Omicron to be a disaster so they can say they told us all so. I see Deepti Gurdasani has already started with that particular tone and she's not alone. You do begin to wonder at which point things will ever get back to normal.
  3. First sentence. No. That is overly simplistic. The second wave happened despite major parts of the country still being locked down which proved what was suspected all along - that lockdowns delay problems they don't fix them. We were right to try it but a combination of an unwillingess to admit we were wrong and a "nobody is allowed to die" policy prevented that lesson being learned. Second sentence. The 500k model was wrong. Period. Interventions or not. Ferguson should have admitted that and disappeared from public life immediately. Given that covid only seemed to almost exclusively affect very old people with serious underlying conditions and even then was only about 8% fatal at most on those who actually caught it within that cohort, then yes. Drama is a perfect word to describe the mindless panicking andf endless screeching. The country should have opened back up in May last year and the virus allowed to run throughout society tyo build immunity while the weather was warm, we had the Louisa Jordan operational as an isolation hospital and the NHS wasn't under undue pressure. We should have locked away our most vulnerable to protect them.
  4. In all honesty, my fears over covid disappeared when it became apparent by sometime in April that claims of 500,000 deaths in the 1st wave were not going to happen. The second that deaths started levelling out from the initial exponential curve was the end of me being worried at all. I really haven't been able to get my head around the panic in huge swathes of the population since then. It seems that a lot of people love a bit of drama in their lives.
  5. Apparently you should isolate for 10 days if you have covid and suspect it might be Omicron. Honestly, could we have a more incompetent PM?
  6. Mask wearing to be reinforced. We're saved!!!!!!!!
  7. That person asking the questions is a disgrace. Gagging for more restrictions.
  8. Meanwhile, some clever wordsmith wag has worked out that an anagram of "Omicron" is "Moronic". Calling it the Moronic variant seems strangely apt.
  9. Whit? You personally told us a wee while back that the SG were deliberately lying about masks being effective because they didn't want PPE to run out. You assured us of that. A wee "white lie" you called it. Make your mind up Welshy.
  10. As usual Welshy, I have no idea what you are banging on about.
  11. OK this isn't funny any more. Took my dog out to the toilet and she picked the exact moment a massive gust of wind hit, to drop a shit into the stones. 8 individual pieces. Not one of them stayed where it was. Neither did she. She tried to run back into the house. And the bag I was using to lift it wasn't up to the task. The wind blew it away just at the very second I was picking up the 8th piece. And I ended up with a bag containing 7 pieces of shite cartwheeling down the street on its own and me standing there holding the last piece in my bare hand. 20 minutes later and I'm still scrubbing my hands with a nail brush. If anyone wants to buy a dog, I'm accepting offers. Send a PM.
  12. Fortunately other tanning salons exist in the town so it's not a disaster.
  13. Genuinely surprised it hasn't happened somewhere already. We've seen a few powder puff protests but nothing sustained which might seriously concern any authorities anywhere. I suspect it's because people protesting against restrictions don't want to be seen to be associated with the anti-vax crazies who are currently the loudest voices. In a funny way, I think the nutters are the only thing keeping a lid on riots. Make no mistake though. The public are not buying the restrictions shite either. The English downing tools on masks and social distancing the second the legal mandate dropped is clear evidence of that and Scots are absolutely no different from them. As an aside, the great worry here is that when we have a genuine national emergency where restrictions WOULD be necessary, the public won't support them again because they'll know they are facing years of restrictions. Both governments may have thought they were very clever lying to the public about how long things would last but IMO it's a clear case of them winning the battle and losing the war.
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