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Everything posted by monasqueen

  1. Sweden is not necessarily the country that the UK needs to follow. Their cases are rising again, fast. They've had a 70% increase in cases over the last week. They have also recently had a regional lockdown. "It is “futile and immoral” to seek herd immunity as a protection from a pandemic, and the transmission of an infectious disease like Covid-19 cannot be fully halted without a vaccine, Sweden's chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has said." Reading between the lines of this recent article, they are still trying to work out their best way forward.
  2. It's probably all down to how you define an "employee". I suspect she was not "on the books" and being paid a salary with ITIP and NIC deductions, which would make it correct that she was not an "employee". A lot of people work for entities as "self employed", such Manx Radio presenters. Some of these people might say (for instance - not saying they do in reality) that they "work for the Radio station", or wherever, and they may even say that they are "employed", when it is their company that is employed (contracted). Just surmising that Rachel's company may have been contracted to t
  3. But if you are across with a car anyway, it doesn't cost any extra to stop off at Asda, Sainsbury, etc., and fill the boot.
  4. This is the article in question. There is apparently a "new" completion date of 31 March. What are the chances of that being met, even if we have unseasonal sunshine and calm weather for the next few months?
  5. What happened in Scotland is that anyone north of the border who sold carry-out alcohol lost a lot of sales, because masses of people started to go south of the border to shops in Carlisle or wherever. The English supermarkets south of the Scottish border have seen a large increase in sales, so Scotland has lost out on related tax and profits. If minimum pricing is brought in here, once we are back to being able to travel across without restriction on our return, the supermarkets in Morecambe and Lancaster will see a surge in alcohol sales. Is this what our Government wants to happen
  6. There's an interesting article in The (UK) Independent about how long epidemics and pandemics can be expected to last, which ends up with "Despite humanity knowing more about coronavirus than in January, conversations are still plagued with uncertainties. Who knows if and when a viable vaccine will become available in the near future, and if it doesn’t, how long the pandemic will last? Past epidemics and pandemics show that it can take years for viruses to no longer pose a threat, with some remaining in circulation to the present day." Doesn't give much hope for a quick ending...
  7. The telephone trace system will never work while you've got people like one I know, who gives his grandmother's old phone number and address as his own.
  8. There's a lot more to Sweden than Stockholm. The countryside is lovely, with lots of little communities. Sweden is divided into 21 county councils and 290 municipalities. Municipalities are also divided into a total of 2,512 parishes. (From Wikipedia)
  9. You didn't experience the wondrous snaking queue round and round the back car park of Shopshite, then. Tesco was usually bad, and M&S was too. All wonderful when it was cold and wet.
  10. That may be no bad thing. Let everyone else make their mistakes, then we can learn from them, and cherrypick the correct way forward. It hasn't been discovered yet, by anyone.
  11. It'll also put off the skateboarders, the guy who has his dogs pulling him along, anyone with a wheelchair, and blind or partially blind people. Who on earth authorised that to be plonked there? Crazy.
  12. There are people in Jersey who are jealous of our position. "THE government has moved to reassure Islanders about the spread of Covid-19 in the wake of confirmed cases affecting two schools and the Fire and Rescue Service. A sharp rise in the Island’s tally of known active cases, which has trebled during the past fortnight, has sparked fears that coronavirus is now present in the community, rather than stemming exclusively from arriving passengers and their contacts." https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2020/10/16/official-reassurance-after-surge-in-covid-19-cases/ "Border incompetenc
  13. If we adopted the Jersey model, we'd all be going around as we did in lockdown. Social distancing, face masks, etc. etc. Doesn't sound too much like "dealing nicely" to me. Had my social hug yesterday. I'm happy as things are.
  14. If the first figure was correct, and later on the number of legs was counted, that would amount to about 1500.
  15. Thanks, quilp. Perhaps he was practicing for Santa's arrival at Laxey this year.
  16. Someone has come low over our house and into Laxey Bay, within the last few minutes. WTF???? I presume they must have jumped off Snaefell somewhere. Is there an outfit in the IOM that does such things? I've never seen one here before.
  17. I understand he has a nickname locally - Furbrush
  18. Going back to Jersey versus Guernsey, I find the Jersey Evening Post article on the topic of Guernsey's new Chief Minister rather amusing! As they say, "the two islands took different very approaches in response to the Covid-19 outbreak"
  19. If you look at the overspend on pretty well every project that there is out there - the Prom etc..., should anyone be surprised that Manx Radio is incapable of making a profit? It needs advertising to help pay its way, but some of the adverts are so woeful that, hardly surprising, a lot of people say they can't listen to them and switch off.
  20. China has been well on top of ways to deal with this virus from the very start (apart from letting Wuhan whistleblowers die from it.) It leads me to believe that a) they are massively massaging their statistics, and/or b) knowing how to deal with virus escapes from Wuhan, because they get them all the time????
  21. Sorry, false information. Lancashire is now in Tier 3. Manchester is still being leaned on.
  22. As luck has it, Manchester is being forced to toe the line. There was a potential problem in people piling onto trains - travel is supposed to be for essential purposes only, and people are supposed to stay local, though how that is supposed to be policed is another matter.
  23. As an update, half a dozen starlings visited this morning. Welcome!
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