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  1. 17 points
    That's incredible that, you must have been really proud. When I used to work in local rags interviewing veterans was by far my favourite type of story, always humble, always pleasant. One of the things I was most proud of in my 'career' was when this guy got in touch about the fact the government had denied him and his colleagues the chance to receive a medal from the Russians due to them being in the Arctic convoys - it was Cameron era, basically anti Russian feeling. We did a campaign and in the end he got his medal. I'd done a feature telling his story, he was 17 and the deck of the ship was something stupid like minus 18c, but he had to stand in it as he was a gunner (which also meant he ended up deaf), he said the seas was so cold that if one of the ships got hit by a U Boat they had to just leave it because they were 'already dead'. He was at D Day too, apparently him and his mates were all still 17/18 and Montgomerry cane to tour their ship before it went into battle and apparently told the captain 'these lads are walking dead, send them to bed - that's an order'. He said he'd cried reading the story and people where he'd lived had come up to him in the street and said they hadn't realised what he'd been through. I tracked another Convoys veteran down in the same town and intrduced them both, then I arranged for the Mayor to present them both with their medals at a civic ceremony with their families present. They then led the town's VE Day and Veterans Day parades for that year. At least one of them is dead now, possibly the other one by now too, but I was proud of the fact I helped to build them some kind of legacy for what they'd done.
  2. 17 points
    Personally I don't feel any national pride. I don't have any identity in that regard, it's not something that's important to me and I'm not invested in this country on that sort of emotional level. If anything, I feel a sense of national shame but that's a fleeting thing and not something I would permit to define me. You talk about perception, well my perception of what the Union Jack represents is that it's a tarnished brand. Britain is the country of austerity. It's the country of sneering at the vulnerable and unemployed and victimising them, demonising Muslims with a phony war on terror, it's a country where a Prime Minister who calls Muslim women "letterboxes" wins an election comfortably, it's a country that gives Nigel Farage the platform to spew his hate-filled politics, it's a country where black footballers get booed if they have the nerve to play for the national team, it's a country with great institutions like the BBC but when you scratch under the surface it's all a bit Yewtree, it's a country where a load of people can be left to burn in a tower block and the powers that be don't give a fuck, it's a country with a Royal family boasting the likes of Prince Andrew. It's a shitty insular little island nation with an even shittier insular island nation attitude. As for that facebook thing telling me what to do on VE Day, it comes across as a bit heavy-handed do you not think? Here's the itinerary, you must do this to be a good Brit and if you don't then you're not a proper British person and not as great or British as me. The whole thing has to be turned up to eleven, you need to spend the whole day being British and if your neighbour doesn't join in then shame them on Facebook (you just know it will happen somewhere). Fuck that. Besides which, it just sounds like a really shit way to spend the day. What if I catch the Covid and die in a couple of weeks? I'll have wasted one of my last days watching old Churchill speeches and standing on my doorstep for two minutes like a twat. And do you know what, I wish people would just forget about the world wars. They're gone, get over it. I'm thankful for the sacrifices made and all that but it was an awful long time ago, can we not move on or does it always have to be a thing? To me it is out of touch with what's happening in reality, which is that 30,000 or so are dead and we're well on course to have the worst death toll in Europe. So celebrating VE Day with such zealous enthusiasm just seems out of touch with what's going on at the minute, to me, because really there isn't much to be proud of. We're in an absolute mess.
  3. 15 points
  4. 15 points
    Asked her to get some peanut butter for the mouse traps. She came back with this because "they're more likely to go for the expensive stuff" Snooty fucking mice in mine.
  5. 15 points
    Reiterating my offer from ages ago. If anyone has a primary aged child (year 1-6) and wants some extra resources just PM me their year group and anything specific you'd like with an email address and I'll send some resources over.
  6. 15 points
    All the Tory outriders and fanatics are in overdrive trying to deflect the blame. They don't care where the blame goes, it's spraying everywhere except the party of their beloved leader. It's the most North Korean shit you've ever seen. But it's understandable, their morals are at stake, their whole life-view, their opinions are in danger of being invalidated forever for backing the wrong horse, it's personal. And so we see all of them frothing at someone. I've seen people slagging off the dead nurses because their family received £60k, but they argue that dead soldiers are not paid. I've seen NHS waste blamed, but no specifics about what NHS waste is. I've seen the media blamed. I've seen China blame. I've seen Labour blamed for not being 'an effective opposition' I've seen immigrants blamed. I've seen refugees blamed. And we've also seen The Sunday Times and Channel 4 now BANNED from the daily press briefings. And yet since then, The Observer this week were warned by the government about their editorial, and now we have the Panorama doc, and we also have Good Morning Britain eviscerating Tory MPs each morning to the point they are no longer making MPs available for an interview. Allied to that, the right complain about the BBC, they complain about Sky (Beth Rigby and Adam Boulton), they complain about The Guardian, they complain about The Daily Mirror, and now they complain about the Financial Times. This government is being propped up by: - The BBC - The Daily Telegraph - The S*n - The Daily Mail - Facebook and Twitter activists and fake accounts It's unequivocally the worst government this country has ever seen. It's divided the country, it's driven people to the brink of mania, it's made pariahs of the judiciary, of teachers, of doctors and nurses, of universities, of scientists. Now we have this festering pile of shit. Enjoy.
  7. 13 points
    My Mother went into care with dementia. She had always been a proud independent woman but with one or two other issues the dementia came and it got to the point that we couldnt care for her and nor could she as she was going to hurt herself....going missing for 24hrs, turning up with her money gone, her handbag empty and shes had a slap.....but the home were wonderful, and someone from our family went every day. Shes gone now and we miss her, and it hurt to place her there, but we knw her last years were good, and the staff were wonderful.
  8. 12 points
  9. 12 points
    Just become a Grandad for the first time today when my daughter gave birth to a bouncing 9lb 5 ounce baby girl today. I should feel old but it has given me a Cocoon feeling of feeling younger than I should. Will probably be run ragged in a year or so and feel twice as old!
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  13. 10 points
    Mother in law died on April 15th of it, she had a few health issues but was only 70. Funeral is tomorrow, going to be weird only 10 people and it will all be wrapped up in 40 minutes.
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  16. 10 points
    RIP. Real shame seemed like a really top bloke although not the greatest player always gave a 100% .and that's all you can ask . Great quote this When the final whistle went on Liverpool's Champions League semi-final against Chelsea at Anfield in May, the victors' former striker Michael Robinson leaped in the air, screamed "Yes!" at the top of his voice and broke into tears - which would not have been a problem except that he was commentating on the match for Spanish television and an entire nation heard him. "Liverpool are in the final but Michael can't speak," Robinson's colleague, Carlos Martínez, told viewers. "He's crying too much." By the time the whistle went in Istanbul, two weeks later, the tears were gushing down his cheeks
  17. 9 points
    If we don't get awarded the title, I would be done with football.
  18. 8 points
    Yeah I get it. 75 years since allied troops defeated nazi tyranny and all that. But am I the only one not overly excited about celebrating the end of a war that killed 75 million people? I just can't bring myself to throw the bunting up and start cheering. It just doesn't put me in a celebratory mood. I feel I'll spend VE day largely on reflecting about what this horrendous species is capable of doing to one another more than anything else.
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  20. 8 points
    1st you call me thick, dumb cunt etc. then simple search engine search and you think I'm stalking you? This isnt really high level OSINT, not after you have told us how many internet directorships you hold, bearing in mind I've been a member of the site for >15 years, and you have a name that is not so common. I did tell you I was in Security, if you need any pen testing done (real stalking) this takes time and effort, so costs a few quid - hopefully such a top exec would know this as you would have had all of your sites, apps etc tested. and verified and if you are running regular contracts with the NHS - I'd hope there is a contractual obligation for regular vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Do I know what you do? No, but I do know you have worked in a sales role - is that still the case? fuck knows, but I'm willing to bet you have not completed a medical degree since you left your sales role, ergo point carries looking at the evidence - prima facie - sales Yes, they can (btw Fibonacci, what is with the numbering sequences here? they need context) what would be useful is to know why? we have had no issues with surgery closures over here to my knowledge, but we also enforced strict quarantining for overseas arrivals, and halted incoming flights from problem areas - another question for your side of the globe (another reason to be negative I would suggest). So we can take confidence on why (local?)surgeries are closed, why people are not getting the required referrals from your family members and friends, how far does their network spread - are you aware of numbers in the NE, London, Watford (which I think was (almost) out of Oxygen in march/early April. Again context man, what the fuck is this referring to?? Well hello there - Dr Leo Spaceman in the house! "Hospital are by and large empty in the UK" - ok, provide the evidence (I'm not disputing the fact, but its a fucking sweeping generalisation, as Wom mentioned previously, he believes, consultants are unable to work as ancillary staff are busy on covid wards - so what is your suggestion here> stop treating the Covid patients and redeploy the staff? Seriously this is a question I have asked previously, what do you do?) Yes DR Leo - its for you to provide reasons, as you have previously stated, this is where you can provide insights, provide something insightful, rather than bland apathy. "Urgent suspected cancer referrals are down 75%" Globally? UK wide? Wales, England?? down your fucking street?? you work in Healthcare, an old favourite, so you are using this to legitimise a statement, as you have done previous to 27/04 - for the sake off brevity I looked only at the last weeks worth of posts as there is an awful lot of bad statistics and bollocks on this thread (including my own wasted bits and bytes). BTW, is it Dr Leo Spaceman or Siralan Sugar - difficult to pin down such a talented felafels, how do you fit it all in as well as post on here and manage your digital currency portfolios? Now, Scott posted that he work as a data analyst for a large bank - I have confidence now that Scott is going to be useful for analysing data, I will take on board what he says and compare to other data analysts, Col works in care (in a defined role) -again I have confidence in what he is talking about, but old Dr Leo - all we know is you work in Health Care, and you think everything is going to be just fine, just need a good positive attitude - what's that old boy you're dead? well at least smile you're through the worst now. come on now mother, put on a brave face and give us a smile whilst the nurses use FaceTime to have a last goodbye. this preoccupation with my mathematic ability? Are you getting confused with Carl Hiassen's neighbour? Do me and Howie have to form a tag team against the Siralan Dr Leo Spaceman Galvatron beast for the Berlin Countdown? (Final countdown - that was by Berlin as well wasn't it, maybe we can get Carol Vorderman out of retirement to do the round cards) Ok Dr Siralan, lets look at the positive / negative aspects - let's try and have some perspective: "It could be a lot worse" "Maybe its not as bad as we think" there are ~50,000 dead in the UK, we have 95 - we are ~33% of the population size and with lower population density, it still doesn't account for the difference in recorded deaths. How much fucking worse could it get?? the country and it's inhabitants have been shat upon by the government once again, and people are out banging pots and pans because the fucking burst Albino Humpty Dumpty who has a responsibility for the situation is alive and out of his fridge. I stated in early March this was going to be a monumental fuck up in the UK, RP was trying to look at the positive aspects of it, here we are ~50,000 early death caused by a failure to act, lives sacrificed by government policy, policy that appears to be heavily influenced by an unelected Randian oddball who has a team adept at creating and distributing misinformation via digital media. Again, the war analogy fails with relation to Covid, the closures of the pits in the 70's and 80's is a much better analogy, as those who are excusing the deaths (whether they be a month early or 60 years early, whether the person has underlying issues or not, these are deaths that could have been reduced or prevented by better handling). The argument then was the same as now, it was a financial cost, to try to save them would have impacted other areas - we don't know how true that was as we have no direct comparison, with Covid - its all around the world, the comparisons are easy. Still got to keep on smiling eh, nearly over, only ~50,000 down? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/16/number-coronavirus-pandemic "People are understandably looking for good news. But the truth is, we’re nowhere near controlling coronavirus" This is my reason for referring to epidemiologists - I was not suggesting you should add another string to your heavy bow. "There have been more than 93,000 cases of Covid-19 identified in the UK. Let’s round that up and say it is 100,000. So if the reports from the BMJ editorial are accurate, the actual number would be that multiplied by five, in which case there would have already been half a million infections in the UK. If this really is the peak and we see as many cases on the way down as on the way up, that would total 1 million infections from the initial surge in the UK – hopefully all of those people would then be immune. That would leave about 65 million people in the UK still without immunity. I am going to be unusually optimistic here, and assume that everyone who has Covid-19 becomes fully immune (not a given), and that the virus is towards the less transmissible end of the range of estimates currently available. If this is the case, you would need half your population to have been infected to achieve a level of population immunity that would stop the epidemic continuing to grow and overwhelming healthcare systems. As I write the UK is reporting more than 10,000 deaths from Covid-19. Due to the realities of collecting data during an infectious disease emergency like this, that is likely to be an underestimate. Again, if we assume this is the peak and there is the same number on the way down that’s 20,000 total from the initial surge. And to get to population immunity you have to multiply that by at least 30: based on the current data, that’s about 600,000 deaths to get there, minimum. Play Video 3:27 What the UK's coronavirus death toll is not telling us – video explainer Finding a vaccine to offer a complete solution to this pandemic is, even in the best scenarios, still a long way off. But it is not hard to see many ways we can slow the pace of the pandemic and save lives. One of them is greatly improved testing to identify cases and their contacts, which could be supplemented by clever digital methods to spot who has been at risk. Governments around the world are attempting ways to keep jobs and businesses afloat while lockdowns are in place – but the pressure remains to swiftly end such shutdowns. I get that this is going to be a mammoth strain on the economy. But the deaths of many thousands of people would be too: it is simply not possible to thoroughly insulate an economy from the impact of a pandemic of this kind. Where I live, in Cambridge Massachusetts, I keep hearing sirens. This crisis is not close to over, quite the reverse. The pandemic is only just getting started. • Dr William Hanage is a professor of the evolution and epidemiology of infectious disease at Harvard" Now - if this fella is not too optimistic and looking at his numbers, you can see why, then neither am I. So onto a non-antagonistic, serious question - Do you think that your positivity could in anyway be influenced by your ties to the NHS and the need to see it return to "normality" - I'm not having a crack, asking a serious question if most of your family is in one way or another involved in the supply of good and services to the NHS - are they being impacted? Could this provide a subconscious bias? of maybe yer just a salesman at heart who always looks at the bright side. I just don't see an upside to the way the UK has dealt with this, and people need to be fucking angry, I'm not talking about constantly angry and fucking sullen, there are some great things happening from Tim Burgess ditching the blonde locks and hosting listening parties to Tim Booth doing free gym classes and countless comedians, band, writers doing free gigs etc, but people need to get angry with the government and the press who helped install them. There should be a fuck load more angry voices than the lefty socialist corbynistas, because if there aren't it means things are going to have to get much worse for things to change, so fuck apathy, look at the state of the nation, get angry, define yourself, fuck positivity. This took a fuckload longer than it should have.
  21. 8 points
    Like Yoda midway through a stroke.
  22. 8 points
    Due to Evertons value dropping sharply during the Covid crisis revised plans of one of the BMD have been released..Cladding to be added at a later date
  23. 8 points
    That cunt Jordan has been at this since the 1st second the lockdown was put in. When are people going to realise we are not in lockdown for the safety of the individual. If that was the case there wouldn't be fucking queues outside b&q and Amazon delivering more shit than ever. We're locked down because we don't want to swamp the health service. What if someone from b&q dies of covid (probably already has), is that corporate manslaughter? No, it's death from a virus and providing the employer took reasonable measures to keep their employees safe, it's fine. Football is no different, I don't know why they think it should be. Every week it's the same pattern. There a PL meeting on a Friday and everyone gets a slap and they come out after saying about a unanimous desire to finish the season - Saturdays press carries no dissent. Then it starts on the Sunday, these self interested cunts , drip , drip, drip, leaking to their mates in the media "the humanity of it all, how can we play football when there's dying". You play football every week when people are dying. It's just cunts trying to find a better way for themselves out of this season and none of it has anything to do with the health of the nation.
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    Johnson entering 10 Downing Street via a side entrance