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    Things that used to be common place in people’s homes

    Wait, what? You could conceivably make that point about toploaders, although it's still subject to the observation that the moon has about as much chance of pulling a ride in your bath. For front-loading washing machines a north-facing clockwise spinner and a South-facing anti-clockwise spinner...
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    Why have climate change concerns suddenly increased?

    So you say that in spite of at least half the posters explicitly stating that the climate is changing due to human behaviour. I mean we could all go to a lot of trouble to declare just how concerned we are, but that wasn't really the question being asked was it? For the record, climate change...
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    Why have climate change concerns suddenly increased?

    I do that with all Facebook ads. If you are willing to take the time to respond to every single as by clicking "I don't want to see this", "I don't want to see anything from this advertiser" and "not relevant", the number of ads you get soon drops right off. I could quite happily eat insects as...
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    Vaccine passport disaster in Scotland

    As a "large scale event" they will only have to check a proportion of the attendees. I suspect the proportion may be rather small, and I rather hope it will lean quite heavily towards the VIP entrance
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    Plot To Replace Printed Timetables With QR Codes

    Seems like a lot of people I know who would normally look at a smartphone for everything still use the posters at the station, as much as anything else because they still work on the way home if you have a flat battery after a night out. I doubt I'd trust a printed timetable for longer journeys...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    The Labour Party is a large and diverse organisation, which at the very least has a number of MPs who are bitterly opposed to everything the party leadership says and does. Added to that the Scottish and Welsh Labour parties are largely independent organisations, with rather different...
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    Why have climate change concerns suddenly increased?

    Certainly that person I've never heard of appears to think that a list can be used in lieu of an argument, and apparently thinks that people who support some or all of the things listed (which is basically everyone) was born yesterday. I can't see what that has to do with NGOs though, and I...
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    Things that used to be common place in people’s homes

    Sounds like a genius plan. I only saw a few years of real tea though before the rise of the ba I'd quite like one for instant coffee. Got to be greener than those fancy pouches Nespresso comes in.
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    Lumo - new Open Access operator on the East Coast Main Line

    It's the lack of lean I struggle with on the 80x seats, so sounds quite promising! All of this sounds like great news just as I'm starting to resume regular trips down to London.
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    Vaccine passports or masks?

    The trouble is that vaccine passports are one of those things you can keep in the cabinet and only apply to groups you want to annoy and suppress. They're putting the entire Scottish nightclub industry in mortal danger, but not that many people go to clubs so less people care, as can be seen...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    Oh, no argument from me - the fact that the rise is limited to the people least likely to suffer harm is unquestionably a good thing. It does show the raw "numbers infected" number to be pretty valueless though, and if that number didn't exist there would be no basis for getting overexcited and...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    There's a pretty big hanging "if" there. The cheapest and most easily implemented solution to the rising numbers of positive tests is to stop making people take them, and stop counting and tabulating the results when they do.
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    As regards the NHS, I don't doubt for a second that the government is entirely focused on political advantage in the way they are treating the NHS. They constantly use it as a shield to defend their incompetence and possible grift on Covid. Equally they are encouraging people to blame Covid and...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Worth pointing out that that posting is more than 2 weeks old. It would have made it inevitable with Hancock around, since he'd be too terrified of people seeing unusued precautions as "waste", but I suspect Javid can ride through that more sensibly.
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    Things that used to be common place in people’s homes

    I've given up on it. It's certainly never saved me any money, and being cozy in the rooms I'm actually in is a far higher priority than heating the spare bedroom
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    Vaccine passports or masks?

    Refuse to vote. Masks are an unpleasant waste of everybody's time and energy, while vaccine passports affect fewer people, buy are a completely unacceptable intrusion into normal life which needs to be treated as the authoritarian menace that it is
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    Why have climate change concerns suddenly increased?

    Aside from COP26 I don't think any of it is particularly happening "now". Certainly there's a bit of a media frenzy, but that's just a mix of COP26 and needing something to fill the front pages now that Covid isn't working so well. In terms of consumer and voter concern there has been a...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    80-90% sounds about right to me. Aside from the "random" announcement being played just after I've got on the bus about half of the time, I've never noticed anybody even commenting on my lack of a mask there. Nobody seems to much care in shops anymore either, with compliance starting to drop a...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Lots of tests from the southwest were going up to the lab in Wolverhampton which was testing everything negative. A combination of suddenly going to correct testing, and a bulge from people with recent incorrect tests getting redone maybe
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    Things that used to be common place in people’s homes

    If you don't know where they are they aren't hot enough

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