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  1. I’m aware of that. I’m referring to the governments oft repeated statement that the only reason for lockdowns, restrictions etc is to protect the hospital from being over run. If the government are relying on both scientific and anecdotal evidence that the strategy of letting it rip through the community will turn out just fine I would have hoped they would have prepared for it, ie had the stocks of lateral flow tests, upped the swabbing capacity, upped the resources of the 111 team. I’m not a ‘bed wetter’ who’s hiding in a cave and I’m not saying this strategy is not going to work. I just don’t believe the government intended to stop contact tracing at this point, to rely on later flow testing and the honesty and responsibility of the community that comes with that. These are reactive policy changes forced on them by the situation and that doesn’t fill me with confidence.
  2. Has official contact tracing by 111 been completely sacked off then? And if it has was that part of the ‘living with it’ master plan or as a reaction to an out of control situation that saw a poorly resourced 111 service quickly overwhelmed? If the later it doesn’t fill me with much confidence that we are relying on anything but luck and hope that the vaccinations will in fact do a good enough job of stopping the hospital coming under pressure.
  3. It’s even further out than that actually as several have recovered and not active anymore yesterday’s total positive cases was 1876. So 2114 - 1876 = 238.
  4. I’m trying to work out what these new rules coming into force tomorrow regarding fully vaccinated people not having to isolate if they are contact traced as close contacts. Does close contacts include people you live with? Ie if someone in your house is COVID positive if you are fully vaccinated can you go about your normal life, work etc? Or does close contact just mean friend you’ve been socialising with, colleague you’ve worked with etc? Can’t find any clarification online, if anyone’s seen anything can they point me in the right direction?
  5. No where does it say the well intentioned individuals were from ‘within the MUA’.
  6. Couldn't agree more. I can't even understand why couples go to tesco together. I just think one of them could be at home relaxing or doing something much less boring instead. It's a waste of someone's hour to be there if they don't have to be, it only takes one to fill the trolley. And I do everything humanly possible to avoid taking my kids down there with me!
  7. When I turn up at the polling station with the kids in tow, and the candidates and/or their supporters are standing around wearing rosettes and smiling creepily at us as we approach, I then vote for the one that the kids find to be the least creepy.
  8. Why do we celebrate mediocrity in absent or semi absent fathers? They get a gold star for being 'vaguely interested'?? Seems to me we don't look at single mothers the same way. Anyway, Gladys, the way I have come to view my ex is that I have no control over what he says or does and I can't change that. The only thing I can do is to make sure my reaction to any situation he creates is the best one for my children. I'm not sure what that is in your case but you'll have to use your instinct on that. But one rule I always go by is never to communicate (whether that's text,email or phonecall) when angry or on spur of the moment, always let time pass so if you do respond to something it's a considered response. And good luck, it's never easy!!
  9. Yesterday I was behind a DOI vehicle that jumped a red light light at the top of royal avenue junction. If I had got the reg I would have reported them.
  10. It was reported in the local press last spring when he was originally charged. Although his occupation was not mentioned.
  11. just out of interest....what did the petrol stations do with multiple customers with full tanks of petrol but unable to pay for it if they didn't have cash or another card to use?
  12. Precisely. I can see my nine year old almost wrestling with herself over it.
  13. Wowsers. Heart attack bap! What's the stuff on the fries?
  14. Bunch of bananas in the front of your trolley on a Tuesday night innit?
  15. It's a shame none of his porridge sculptures survived.....I'd have liked to have seen them.
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