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    The great Barrington declaration

    That comment from the GBD authors sounds remarkably similar to the assessment given by those notorious anti-vaxxers at the JCVI, which didn't approve the vaccination of healthy under-16s for pretty much exactly those reasons.
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    Class 700s at Ely

    Super. So I guess I now have to decide whether I put up with a 700 each day I'm going to the office, or get out of bed 15 minutes earlier and get the 0932 GA ex-Norwich...
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    Class 700s at Ely

    The last couple of weeks, every time I've seen the 0845 and/or 0947 Ely -> Kings Cross it has been a 700. I thought that in 'normal' times everything north of Cambridge was 387s. Are these booked to be 700s now? If so, ugh - the 0947 is my regular commuting train, and I'm starting to head...
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    Reduced service on great northern services 23/10 due to driver shortages

    I wasn't terribly impressed with them in February 2020 (as mentioned at the time here), but the issue at that point seemed to be widespread shortforms. Though I can't really comment much on late 2018 or pretty much the whole of 2019 as I pretty much always went for GA trains at weekends for...
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    Vaccine passports or masks?

    Neither of course, but much as I loathe masks, I loathe the idea of a 'papers please' society even more, and (as you'll have noticed from my posts over the last year or so) I very much fear where that would lead us.
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    Wales: Current Covid rules illogical

    Least surprising news ever. As I've said before, masks were the prototype for all this. We're seeing the same total lack of logic here. Of course it should be very clear at this point that this is nothing whatever to do with controlling a virus but all about controlling people.
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    But is it? This is a view held by almost everyone nowadays, it seems, but actually this is a fairly new belief and I believe it is at the root of all the problems we've seen over the past 20 months. My view is that the government should put in place a decent healthcare system, put out public...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Ah, but the Government have a cunning plan to deal with the care sector logjam, by forcing the firing of tens of thousands of care home staff in the next few weeks for not being vaccinated. Clearly that will help immensely.
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    Crewe-Birmingham - why are the timings so ridiculously close together?

    Ely to Cambridge on Sundays is another example (one that is particularly irritating to me!). x57 and x03, and then once the XC service wakes up that joins in at x53, giving 3 trains in 10 minutes followed by a 50 minute gap every hour.
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    It does take that into account. If you look at the report, it is clear that the figure for fully vaccinated is *per 100000 fully vaccinated* people, and the figure for unvaccinated is *per 100000 unvaccinated* people. (For example, in the over 80s group there were 382 cases in 'unvaccinated'...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    He's not talking nonsense for once, though I question his motivation in saying that at this time, as it could of course be used as an excuse for reintroducing restrictions of some sort of other. It does mean that he's openly admitted that 'vaccine passports' would be totaly useless though! I...
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    Reduced service on great northern services 23/10 due to driver shortages

    7 years into the franchise, and they still have driver shortages pretty much every Saturday. (The only recent Saturday where they didn't seem to have a problem was a few weeks ago, when heavy rain was forecast the whole day. No doubt just a coincidence). I started a thread on this in May 2016...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Sadly I think that may be a little optimistic - if you look at yesterday's Hansard, you can see in each of the 'urgent question', the business questions and the government statement, Labour MP after Labour MP calling for mandatory masks, and a good number of them calling for vaccine passports as...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    I'm sure you don't agree with it - my post really was aimed at everyone who this affects :-) I don't expect they will care about flaws in the system. They want to normalise the behaviour for the majority. Then we'll never be rid of it (see masks, which in many respects were the 'trial run'...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Can I suggest to everyone - respectfully - that they do not go to with any venue or location that requires this. If you go along with it, even if only reluctantly, you're normalising it, just as with masks, lockdowns, and all the other nonsense. Please don't. I suspect a large amount of why...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    I agree entirely. To be blunt, we should not be vaccinating children against a disease that is of minimal risk to them when we don't fully know or understand the short-term or long-term risks of doing so. I cannot see how it can be justified in any way. Indeed, and with all due respect to...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    It may be instructive to (briefly, if you have the stomach for it) peruse this morning's 'urgent question' in parliament. https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-10-21/debates/D03681CD-9F06-4C3C-ACAC-FDEF45BF15F9/Covid-19GovernmentResponse Pretty much every Labour and SNP question is why...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    In fact, those that get heart problems or other side effects from the vaccine - which I would remind everyone is why the JCVI didn't recommend vaccinating healthy children, given the very marginal benefit they would gain from it - will *add* to the burden on the NHS. That won't help a great...
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    Vaccine Progress, Approval, and Deployment

    There's an interesting question as to whether the current vaccines - which basically concentrate on the 'spike' protein - can give as good immunity as being exposed to the entire virus, as you suggest. Or indeed whether concentrating on the spike makes it less likely to work if/when mutations...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Actually their main response seems to be to threaten to fire those who aren't vaccinated, which looks likely to be a policy announced soon. That will no doubt help the capacity of the system immensely :rolleyes: Meanwhile, it seems a good proportion of the current problems in the hospitals are...

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