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Everything posted by padawanbeck84

  1. That's a whole other question. I'm not fanatical about the royals myself, and the idea of one family being put above the rest of us does look increasingly outdated - especially if you don't believe the religious aspect. Equally, I wouldn't like the idea of our politicians having any more power than they already do - especially some of the current lot. We've seen in America and Brazil how you can very easily end up with very unsuitable people being president. And a number of other European countries still have monarchies (Netherlands, Spain, Norway etc) and they seem to be happy wit
  2. 46, 647 - I dread to think what the pubs are going to be like The situation is not helped by the tabloid press hyping things up and making their readers think that it's some sort of national duty to rush to their local and get absolutely trollied. I pity the police and ambulance people who'll have to deal with the aftermath. Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for confirmation as to when some of the local libraries will reopen. The larger ones have confirmed they will reopen immediately, but the smaller ones (including the one where I work) may take a little while longer as they're run by pa
  3. It has also been confirmed this afternoon/evening that the rapper and actor DMX has died, aged 50 U2 posted a message on their social media pages in support of him just a couple of days ago following the news that he was in hospital having suffered a heart attack. He was put on a life support machine, but sadly did not recover. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56687578
  4. Buckingham Palace has just announced the death of the Queen's husband, Prince Philip. He was 99. He had been in hospital recently, but died peacefully at home at Windsor Castle. He was the longest-serving Royal Consort in the history of the British royal family, having been married to the Queen since 1947, when she was still Princess Elizabeth. Philip could sometimes put his foot in it with awkward comments (sometimes bordering on racism), but I think part of that was down to his age and the attitudes he would have been brought up with. It's difficult to imagine what Her Majes
  5. 45, 645 - Evening weather update: we had even more snow earlier this evening. @Malahide I think you must have sent it over here
  6. 45, 644 - Latest weather report from the UK: We had some snow overnight! @Malahide It's melted away now, but our neighbour's car had a blanket of snow on it first thing this morning.
  7. 45, 643 - We had a few odd flakes of snow this morning, along with some hailstones, but only for a few minutes. Apart from that, it's been a lovely warm, sunny day. Let's see if the snow reaches over here in the next day or so. Could cause mayhem if it does - most things shut down if we get even the slightest bit of snow And I didn't have any other side-effects from the vaccination.
  8. 45, 641 - Morning counting. I didn't sleep much last night - I had some minor side effects from the Covid jab, cold chills and shivering a lot, but I'm feeling better this morning. Hopefully that's as bad as the side effects will get. Some of my friends have had cold/flu-like symptoms for a couple of days afterward, but I seem to have avoided that so far.
  9. I had my first Covid vaccination this morning. It looks like the health service in my town may well have already got round to doing my whole age group - and there was a good, steady stream of people coming in to get theirs, so hopefully that means most people in the area are accepting the vaccine when they're called for it. It was very quick and I barely even felt the needle. Nothing to worry about at all I have the appointment sorted for the second dose - and it's just after my birthday. My present for this year is being protected from Covid.
  10. 45, 640 - @Malahide Around half of our population have had a first dose, although there's a larger gap than normal (currently 12 weeks) between first and second doses, so there's not that many people who have had the second dose to be fully protected yet - mainly only the very elderly and clinically vulnerable. The thinking is to give as many people as possible at least partial protection as quickly as possible. It seems to be working so far. Our government may be a mess, but our health service is brilliant at these kinds of things Apparently my town/local area is motoring through v
  11. 45, 638 - I hope the lockdown works and the situation improves soon @Malahide And that you stay safe and well. Our local GP surgery has rung me this morning to make a vaccination appointment, so I shall be at least partially protected by the end of the week I wasn't even aware I was eligible, but I think it's because I'm being assessed by the local autism centre. They count autistic people among the priority groups for vaccination and may well be extending it to those of us still being assessed, as a precautionary measure.
  12. I had a phone-call from the local GP surgery about half an hour ago to offer me an appointment for my first Covid vaccination. Surprised me as I had no idea I was eligible. I thought they were still doing the 50-60 age group - but then I realise it may be because I'm registered with the local autism centre. Some of my friends are autistic and had recently had their first doses. I don't have a formal diagnosis, but I am in the middle of the assessment process (still - I was supposed to have the second part of my assessment some time last year, but the centre had to shut for most of the yea
  13. 45, 636 - @Frankaz The problem is that *everyone* will probably pile outside and make places overcrowded (again) Although, if all goes well, I might be able to spend some time with my best friend for my birthday in a few months' time. Fingers crossed. Excited counting as today is the first Grand Prix of the new F1 season
  14. I finished the third chapter of my maths textbook today. It was quite straightforward in the end. And I'm feeling confident enough to work through the next chapter instead of skipping it. So I shall start that tomorrow. I also finished reading Pliny's Natural History, which was very interesting. Although it says my edition is "A Selection" rather than the whole thing, so now I'm going to try and find out if there is a more complete version available. I'm impressed that it mentions places as far away from Rome as the Hebrides and Orkney Islands, all the way to Bahrain and Sri Lanka
  15. I'm really enjoying your photos @Ducastista_992 My good thing for today is that I finished sorting my Spotify Star Wars playlist into in-universe chronological order. 385 tracks so far, although it's not totally complete as I still have some Clone Wars Final Series tracks to add and have only just started adding The Mandalorian soundtracks to it. To confuse things further, the original trilogy scores have at least two versions of their soundtracks and many of the others have duplicate versions on Spotify for no apparent reason. At least with all this time at home, I have plenty
  16. 45, 634 - Night-time counting. And I'm updating my booklist ready for when the libraries and bookshops reopen next month As much as it's nice to be able to order online, there's nothing like being able to browse the books in person. Especially when a book you *didn't* know about jumps out at you and shouts at you to read it.
  17. 45, 633 - But now it's an FA Cup football weekend And next weekend is the first race of the new Formula 1 season. We've only had 3 days of pre-season testing and I'm already considering whether I need to make changes to my fantasy team
  18. And now it's made me laugh too. I imagine it's quite good as a stress reliever Given what a horrendous mess his time in office was, there are several million people who would like to punch him in the face. It also reminds me of the German version of Madame Tussaud's, where their historical figures section used to include a wax Hitler. He had to be removed as people protested against him being included, to the point where visitors attacked and decapitated the model. Not once, but about 3 times. Eventually the museum got the point, removed the figure and apologised for including him i
  19. Dear Grim Reaper: please *stop* picking on us motorsport nerds Racing driver (and former Top Gear presenter) Sabine Schmitz has died, aged just 51. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/motorsport/56420308
  20. It's almost as if they want to see how much they can annoy people... And we still have about 3 more years of them If I had the money to emigrate, I would have done so already. Cursing that I can't, as I hate the direction our country is taking.
  21. I'm glad you're feeling better. Another U2 friend over on FB has had a similar experience with her vaccination, so you're not the only one. At least you know your body is learning how to protect you against Covid if you do ever come into contact with it Still another 6 weeks until my Dad can have his second dose. He had his first one a month ago, but over here, you have 10-12 weeks between them. Which is annoying, but it does mean more people are having first doses, so getting at least partial protection.
  22. I've enjoyed my studying today. I have nearly finished the Basic Geometry chapter in the Maths textbook I'm gradually working through. I knew about angles in a triangle and in a square, but some of the other stuff in the chapter was new to me. Or if it wasn't, I'd forgotten it since school Today involved learning about (and practising) constructing triangles. The abbreviations are not as scary as they look once you learn what they mean. And I feel quite scientific now that I can use them I will hopefully finish the last two exercises tomorrow. I was planning on skipping chap
  23. 45, 631 - Thank you for explaining that @dmway I haven't got to the ablative case of Latin yet, but I shall look out for those resemblances when I get there.
  24. That was classic Murray
  25. I'm honestly sitting here in tears. The legendary British motorsport commentator Murray Walker has died, aged 97 He's best known for commentating on Formula 1 racing - for so many of us F1 fans, he was the voice of the sport. I grew up with his commentaries, his distinctive voice and enthusiasm. There was a lot of humour, but also very emotional moments too. I don't know how he managed commentating on the Imola Grand Prix in 1994, but he kept professional and calm even as tragic events unfolded on that horrible weekend. And his iconic commentary in 1996, when Damon Hill crossed the
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