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  1. As one of my science teachers used to say, "Only a man with half an eye and a cork one" could fail to see what is obvious.
  2. When I attended the JNI in the 1950s we always knew it as the Monaco. It was notionally out of bounds for school pupils but many were undeterrred by this prohibition.
  3. His father is a doctor! 😀
  4. It seems logical that if someone dies in an ICU while suffering from Covid then Covid played a large part in the death. As most of the Covid deaths are in older people it is likely that they would have other chronic diseases, hence the reason for the small number of certificates with Covid as the sole cause of death. In addition if a young person died of kidney or respiratory failure secondary to Covid infection Covid would not appear as the sole cause.
  5. What in hell was he trying to do? Welsh was running back towards his own goal.
  6. One thing that does annoy me is someone who can't distinguish singular from plural!
  7. I suggest that you might actually have developed Covid and should phone for advice.
  8. Interesting. The histogram appears to show that 2020 death rate is the highest since the 2008-9 swine flu pandemic.
  9. My picture has been fine throughout. Does it never occur to you that the problem might be at your end?
  10. The operative word is "may".
  11. If my memory serves me there was snow falling towards the end of the game and as the bus made its way to the airport.
  12. Who said Boris was responsible for everything? It seems that, in your eyes, some people are not entitled to express an opinion.
  13. And so you should! Sounds as if you think the sun shines out of Boris's backside.
  14. Here's a look at Boris from a Herald columnist. Sums him up beautifully. Fidelma Cook: I do not accept Boris Johnson's mealy mouthed apology but I will accept his resignation By Fidelma Cook PREMIUM Fidelma Cook: I do not accept Boris Johnson's mealy mouthed apology but I will accept his resignation CONTEMPT. Disgust. Controlled anger. That’s what I felt watching Boris Johnson’s performance at his briefing on the milestone 100,000-dead coronovirus figures. For a performance it was, as crafted as he and his advisers are capable of. The drooping head, dropping to the chest for the key shot of unbelievable sorrow. The hair more wildly disarranged than normal to show all personal care suspended; the Basset Hound hang-over eyes pleading for understanding and pity as he looked up and into the camera. AD ‘I’m sorry,’ he said, as if that made everything alright. Can we move on now, public penance done? As PM, he says he takes responsibility, which must be a first in his feckless selfish life. So he plans to resign or signal a Government of national unity? Er, no…he’s said he’s sorry, what more do we want? Where to begin. A competent PM and Cabinet for a start, not a cabal of hucksters greasing up the palms of their cronies. Men and women, starting with Johnson, who are capable of compassion and empathy; for God knows I’m finding it hard to identify one from their utterances. Has the country ever been so badly served? A smirking, self-loving overgrown schoolboy, who finds himself so loveable we must too. Too lazy, too emotionally detached to give a damn for anybody else, leading at a time of the perfect storm of crisis after crisis. He’s surrounded himself with fellow Brexiteers – some of whom actually believed in what they were saying – so his wisdom cannot be questioned. He made a vice out of loyalty, protecting the likes of Dominic Cummings and Priti Patel, and barely bothered to defend his own frequent outrageous lies because so far the country and the alleged official Opposition have hardly protested at all he’s thrown at them. But now people are dead or dying in numbers that can’t be shrugged away – his people who followed every decision he took or didn’t take; who believed his boastful promises which could never be fulfilled even as they watched the mocking grin never far from his lips. AD But then it’s always been just a game to this egoist. Hell, he only had one job – to get Brexit through and then he could bask in the glory of still-boyship leadership until time for the big pension and the title. And then the inconsiderate bastards picked up a virus and started dying. Well, he’s done his best – ignored his own scientists’ advice when it felt right; Dillied and dallied until he’d taken soundings from the country. Gave them Christmas, didn’t he? Let them out when others said they should be locked down. And now he’d apologised, although carefully pointing out that hindsight is a wonderful thing. I mean, he’s not a seer is he…only a PM with all the information at his fingertips; well if he could be bothered to study it. But there’s a collective blame here too – a watered down version of all we saw with Donald Trump. God knows enough people stepped forward at the start to question both his morals and his probity – most provided evidence. The public, the majority it seemed, thought him a good laugh, a cheeky chappie who would get things done. Particularly Brexit. Made a fine fist of that, eh? And the right-wing press, the rapacious owners and on-the-make columnists aided and abetted their ‘Boris’ , treating him as an amusing, if a little wild, wonderkind. AD One cannot blame certain sections of the public if they were seduced by this carefully crafted image promising sovereignty, fun and good times. To hell with gravitas and dignity, give me my Union Jack boxers. But we can blame the rest of us – omitting, of course, most Scots who are well versed in English phonies and carpetbaggers. Now don’t tell me it’s none of my business as I live in France. When my fellow human beings are dead and dying because of arrogant self-interest it is all our business. When a weak, self-justifying apology is offered instead of the shameful truth and we see page after page of people now gone forever – it is worse than no answer. So, no, Boris Johnson. I do not accept your mealy mouthed ‘oops, sorry.' I accept nothing less than your resignation….and take the rest of the contemptible shower with you. Our columns are a platform for writers to express their opinions. They do not necessarily represent the views of The Herald.
  15. If the Green Brigade were eligible for the vaccine, would this put them off?
  16. The angle at which the two photos are taken are different. I suspect that the Sally Ann had moved to their new premise in Broomlands in the intervening years.
  17. Chapeau in France is only a hat!!! Yet another attempt to make yourself appear/feel a cut above the hoi poloi.
  18. And you fish face!! Just pointing out your ignorance(or is it stupidity?).
  19. Brazil sits astride the Equator. For most of the country there is little difference between summer and winter. June temperature in Rio is as high as our normal summer temperature.
  20. I think there is something missing here. Makes it difficult to know what to think.
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