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  1. One of the benefits of online newspapers is that if you have the time, you can see how different newspapers report the same things differently, or don’t report things at all, or give different slants and opinions depending on the prejudices of their usual readers .Guardian / Daily Mail devotees clearly not only have different news and views but live in different worlds
  2. “Genuinely need it”? Not enough , it seems just to “Need it “ but to “Genuinely need it” OK .I am sure there will be will be the odd “lead- swinger.“ The doc can quickly scribble “ plumbus oscillitans “ or some other pseudo latin sick note and they can be on their way. The “Worried well “ also .. But Is the system really under such threat by legions of the “Non - genuine “? Or are people made to feel they are supplicants, fended off by having to justify to themselves that they are not guilty “time wasters.” Faced with alarming symptoms, many of us would be relieved to find our symptoms, which we have presented in good faith, to the best of our lay ability - and therefore most “genuinely”, do ultimately prove to be a “wast of time” - in the sense we are not going to die, just yet.
  3. MIRs is an excellent , impartial advisor that is free to to any employee or employer seeking their advice. Reading the report , there is a clear message that this issue could have very probably been more easily resolved , or even avoided altogether , if advice had been sought from MIRS early on. For the infinitesimal cost of a phone call and a little time, the angst and upset to both parties - and probably to others , a lot of everyone’s time and the considerable financial penalty that resulted, very probably could have been avoided.
  4. I am not sure that her doctor was ‘dragged in” in any way and I am not sure why you “feel sorry” for her. In early to mid March, things were very uncertain and frightening for many patients especially those with medical conditions that might make them more vulnerable to the virus. It was entirely reasonable and understandable, given her medical condition ,to seek advice from her doctor. That is what she did.
  5. It is not about the money.It is about control and decision making Where many people might see the offer as generous and helpful, for those in a position of authority it will not be welcomed. Seen as a nuisance, it will be resented, viewed as undermining to their decision making and a threat to their control and authority.They will want it to just go away.To be to ignored. If pressed further, the response will to belittle it and provide a patronising ,”Now children, I am very busy but because you’re being a bit silly, I am going make this simple so you can understand..” explanation.
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    Are you OK?

    There will undoubtedly be a lot who are “Not OK“ and during recent restrictions I suspect there are some who are a very long way indeed from being “OK “ - and will be at risk, especially as their usual professional contacts have reduced their services during Covid , I am told. It is a serious problem that has been largely hidden but will steadily emerge. It will be wonderful if all that is needed is a brief enquiry and the offer of a colour-in poster,but I suspect it’s going to be more serious than that for some.
  7. Be ready for winter viruses - Get a Kunkel, Yessir!
  8. There are still some of us around who will have encountered some of the “ex-colonials” who settled here in the fifties and sixties. Many were delightful and quickly settled and made many friends. It is fair to say some were not. When they reminisced about black people their attitudes and terminology shocked local people ( Yes, it was offensive to most reasonable folk “ even in those days” ) and the way they spoke to and treated local working people was not that far removed - at the very least, coarse and ill mannered. As a youngster It gave me some thought into how they must have behaved when unchecked in their former corners of the Empire and what racism was, even though I don’t think I would have used that specific term.
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    News about Covid has been been less frightening than for long time, to the extent that people are now feeling more confident to do the violent and hateful things to each other they have been impatiently waiting so long to get back to. Locally, a word has been written on a wall No-one knows what the word is. It is so unspeakable that no-one can speak it.
  10. MOTs have little relevance regarding accident prevention, though the Test succeeded in clearing a lot of pre-war bangers off the road in the early sixties. The vast majority of accidents are caused by driver error. Mechanical problems as the underlying causes of accidents are unusual. Apart from the effects of drugs and alcohol, drivers crash when they lack skill and experience, and it also happens when their attention is distracted, especially with emotional stress- relationship problems, and worries about job and money. We should not drive after alcohol, but we should also not be driving when we are very upset, anxious, recently bereaved, or furiously angry or distracted by worry,- or by mobile devices- “ Sorry, I didn’t see you, mate!”is often said to motorcycle crash victims.They did look - but did not “ see!”. The commonest “mechanical “ cause of accidents always involves, “That difficult nut that holds the steering wheel”.
  11. When surveyed, most drivers say they are safer-that is have less accidents, than the average. At first glance this seems nonsensical - how can the “majority” be better than the “average”. Yet it turns out to be correct- 7O % or so have less accidents than the average. The answer is that a small number of drivers are responsible for a large number of the accidents -theirs are repeated and frequent. Perhaps this group should have to fund their intensive retraining ,education and testing. Those who prove irremediable despite these measures should not allowed to drive again.
  12. Tax: 1.The poor - lots of them. But..they have liitle money.= So little revenue from them, 2. The Very Wealthy. Relatively few. Successfully employ advisors and tactics ro avoid taxation. Limited takings here, too. However, there is a third option... 3.Ah! the good old Middle Class,. These folk generally play by the rules , pay their bills, tax their their cars,etc, etc, - Cough up, you lot
  13. Any opinion on Covid that doesn’t include a candid “We really can’t be that sure as we as we haven’t been here before” should viewed cautiously. Scientists are good at analysing “knowns”.Trying to predict situations based on very few “knowns “ and an unknown number of “unknowns”, is likely to throw up surprises. Predicting childhood illness in the future months may produce such surprises. - The focus is on Covid, but it may not even be Covid -related. Children have spent an such an unusually long time away from their peers, this might result in an unusual pattern of infectious illness. The importance then is to be able to act quickly and adapt -and not delay reintroducing previous measures if needed.
  14. This dreadful catastrophe is very sadly, not unique. Look at what is happening elsewhere in the UK in care homes and further afield. We should remember that many care home tragedies at this time involve homes with dementia residents. Anyone who has ever spent more than a just 15 minutes visiting someone an EMI unit will appreciate just how difficult it is deal with someone who is unable to understand everyday things such feeding, toileting and ”exhibiting challenging behaviour “ with the added problem of “wandering” (or the new term pc term “Purposeful walking). To long-forgotten social behaviour regarding defeacation, urination , spitting can now be added emotional crises.Just keeping to your own room and not wandering into someone else's and exhibiting any of the former traits are things which demented people, because of their condition, simply can no longer comprehend. The residents are highly vulnerable : 1.An age and condition related immunological vulnerability to this virus. 2. A compounding factor -the danger as a result of their cognitive failure. Infection control in these situations is at best an aspiration , more realistically , a nightmare. There is huge burden of responsibility on staff. In a few weeks they have had to evolve from carers to being untrained guards shielding them from this virus. It is certainly not a job that I would be able to do.
  15. Northern Fuels facebook page mentioned they had some.Don’t know about delivery.
  16. Masks - is the aim to reduce “transmit” or “receive” ? These two are widely different aims. If someone already has any disease spread by droplets then the most simple barrier would be at the very least a consideration to others. This seems to be the basis of the eastern cultural use of a mask when one has a cold. They probably do nothing to prevent the wearer “receiving “ the virus and with repeated touching and fiddling with unwashed hands may indeed heighten the risk of the wearer contaminating the very areas they are hoping to protect. Receive The higher grades of tightly fitting masks are known to be effective in protecting the well trained wearer. The problem here is that they are so close fitting that they are uncomfortable and a almost immediately the build up of moisture laden exhaled breath makes the wearer hot, steamed-up and uncomfortable -so they have to have some sort of exhaust valve. The valve on all but the most sophisticated masks is a simple one way flap valve without a filter so the “exhaust “ from the wearer -will be a forward or sideward projecting plume of condensing breath droplets. This protects the wearer- but not any one else
  17. My aged memory is different .I don’t remember this wonderful time in the 1950’s when children didn’t get seriously ill or this fond belief that their immune systems coped so wonderfully well with such things “naturally “. However, I do remember kids getting ill frequently with all manner of things and a clear memory of how savagely and permanently withered the legs of the survivors of polio were frequently left.
  18. I agree. Some of the charges are just silly.Part of the problem is a sort of geographical blindeness. Many years back, I had a wonderful chat on the phone with a chirpy young lady who was about to despatch a large item to me from Sussex.I gave my address but my description of where the Isle of Man was ran contrary to her firm ideas of the geography of the British Isles. - If somewhere wasn’t “Ing-gland” it must be “I er-lund “ which in turn be” Nor-vern“ or “Suv-ern”and there was Sco- land. .She was very understanding about the fact that clearly I did not know where I lived and said if I wished, she could arrange for me to pick the item up from one of their offices... in Southampton. Anyway,...2 weeks later the parcel arrived in IoM. (Credit due to Post Office) .The label was addressed ..etc... etc.. “ Isle of WHITE” ( sic) btw, I have found “ Ship2Man “ very reasonable for big items like furniture etc.
  19. If the question is about CEO Health and Social Care and the Chief Medical Officer, (and the Whatever of whatever, the Director of this . etc., etc., etc.,) Then the question is not so much “ Are there any?” As the answer as everyone knows is, “Yes” Faced with the biggest public health crisis since the H1N1 Spanish ‘flu. in 1918/19, the question should be : ” Where are they?”
  20. Politicians of all ilk have a degree of safety and immunity. Any self-respecting microbe would avoid.
  21. Social behavior has been changed by Covid-19. Where in company, a cough might have been useful to hide a fart ,it is probably now more acceptable the other way round.
  22. Using the words “Road Tax” in earshot of a politician or a CS provokes a drawing of the handbag to pursed lips and a pious correction that it is a “vehicle licence” and the revenue was never intended “just for roads”. Even if you can swallow that one, do not have the impertinence to ask if you are getting value for money. Cough up.
  23. So then, if the most basic and reasonable communication had been established between this chap (who ever he is - I am not interested) and the marshall (s) (ditto), he could have safely continued to the Wild Life Park and then come back along that track ending back up onto BallaCrye Road on the correct side of the barrier - and been quickly on his way home.
  24. Are those ice- warning signs up there simply the wrong way round or are they intended to give some sort of retrospective information, “ Didn’t you notice the ice?”
  25. Meditation was the process we used and and we’ve given answers. Enlighten us.
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