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  1. My good thing for yesterday is that I got to visit 2 libraries and borrowed 7 books - some of which I didn't even know had been released yet.

    I still don't know when the library where I work will re-open, but things are steadily getting back to normal in terms of being able to borrow from everywhere else :D

    I was also able to buy 2 books from a local independent bookshop and my dad and I had 2 very nice take-away lunches from a nearby cafe for £5 in total B)  Although I did learn that take-away soup in a cup can get quite messy :lol:

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  2. 46, 667 - More counting now that I'm home from voting. 

    Due to Covid, there's a one-way system at the local polling station - and the usual entrance isn't even the exit today :lol:  Luckily, it's all well signposted, but it was quite confusing at first.

    Counting the votes will take longer than normal due to Covid precautions too. I wonder if that will include quarantining the ballot boxes in the same way we have to quarantine library books? 

  3. 46, 664 - I only watched through the sequel trilogy this year. There are now so many films, it's impossible to fit all 11 live-action ones in one day - unless you start at about 2am :lol: 

    Glad you enjoyed Bad Batch. I don't have Disney+. I'm hoping they will make Mandalorian etc available on disc at some point for those of us who either can't afford subscription services or can't access them due to location. Plus, I like having physical discs - especially with something like SW, where you can have a whole chronological display of them all. 

  4. 46, 661 - Friday counting.

    Thankfully no-one was hurt in the fire, although it's caused some local roads and local schools to be closed all week due to issues with the building being unsafe and concerns over pollutants in the smoke. In the case of the schools, they were not able to open windows and ventilate the classrooms properly, which is required at the moment as a Covid precaution.

    In happier news, I achieved my goal of writing 30,000 words this month :) Although the story still isn't finished yet. I thought it would be, but my characters have had other ideas :rolleyes:

  5. 46, 660 - That is an astonishing amount of money @Malahide It would take most people in normal jobs 10-20 years to earn that much :wacko:

    I went out shopping earlier today and saw a large fire near the motorway that runs through my town :o The fire is in an industrial building near the road, and the smoke was so thick, they may have had to shut the road for a while due to visibility/safety issues. There is also advice to keep windows and doors shut due to concerns about the smoke.

    I just hope no-one was hurt. It started a couple of hours ago, around lunchtime, so hopefully people may have gone out of the building to have their lunch. 

  6. 4 hours ago, dmway said:

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    Agreed on the Super League too. That was a bad idea. Having said that, let me add that I wouldn’t be too hasty blaming the Americans exclusively for this silly idea: the last teams who haven’t withdrawn from the league are from Spain and Italy, and none of those teams are owned by Americans. Enough said.



    46, 658 - The two Spanish teams are both apparently around 1bn euro in debt - which is probably why they're clinging to such a potentially lucrative project.

    Although the Real Madrid president really needs to stop talking now - he's embarrassing himself with his insistence that it will still happen - and his entitled attitude that it "must happen" because his club "need" the money to make their planned summer signings. He clearly hasn't grasped the concept that sometimes plans change, especially when a pandemic means you're short of money :rolleyes: 

    I know that Haaland kid is good, but I'm not sure it's worth breaking Europe's entire league system to sign him!

    And if Real are staying in, then Barcelona will. Given the rivalry between those two, neither wants to let the other potentially get in alone on something that could help the financial situation. 

    I don't know what the accounts are like at Juventus these days, but I'm guessing they wouldn't turn down the chance to earn stupid amounts either. 


  7. 46, 656 - Agreed @Malahide It was a ridiculous, greedy idea. And the club owners are apologising. I can only hope they genuinely mean it. 

    I think part of the problem is the owners of some of the clubs (e.g Liverpool, Manchester United) are Americans who don't understand the traditions of European football. A closed, invitation-only league would be boring - and they'd be keeping the money to themselves as well. That's not how we do things. We want our leagues to be fair and open to whoever is good enough to get promoted into them. Look at how exciting it was when Leicester won the Premier League, or the shock of seeing Atalanta get into the Champions League. 

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  8. On 4/13/2021 at 6:50 PM, Manohlive said:

    Did the shot make you sick?   I hope not.  

    I had very few side effects. Some cold shivers the first night after the vaccination and I felt a bit fatigued the day after, but nothing really apart from that. I know some people have felt feverish and had cold/flu-like side effects, but I didn't.

    My good thing for today is that I managed to have a day out to another town. I returned some library books, borrowed 2 more and bought 2 more books from an independent bookshop that's one of my favourites. I also got to visit one of my favourite comic shops and catch up with the owners for the first time in months, as well as buying a Star Wars graphic novel to add to my collection :) 

    Then to round things off, I treated myself to lunch at a cafe in the town, seeing as we are allowed to sit and have meals at outdoor tables. Luckily, the weather was sunny enough for that today.

    It just felt so good to actually go somewhere - and to be able to chat to other people, talking to the staff in the library and the shops. 

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  9. 1 hour ago, doctornickriviera said:

    but is there the need for a monarchy in a modern democracy? 

    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 with theirs. 

    The way I see it, the Queen is a stabilising influence. She might not be able to make laws, but she can advise the PM (and admonish if necessary). And she's respected around the world in a way that Boris is not. If I had to choose between being represented globally by the Queen or Boris, I'd pick the Queen every time.  


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  10. 13 hours ago, Frankaz said:

    46 646 It's been like that up here near the coast (especially Cullercoats and Whitley Bay) even during lockdown. We've been going to quieter places in the countryside instead.

    There's probably going to be more trouble this week with pubs reopening...

    46, 647 - I dread to think what the pubs are going to be like  :unsure:  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 parish councils and have to wait for the councils to have their meetings and agree that they feel safe to reopen. 

  11. 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 Majesty must be going through :( The grief of losing your soulmate, but also being expected to appear calm in public and not show "too much" emotion. Most of us, when we lose someone, can mourn them in private, but there's probably going to be most of the world watching her husband's funeral... How on Earth do you cope with knowing that? My thoughts go out to her.   


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  12. 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 :rolleyes:

    And I didn't have any other side-effects from the vaccination. 

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  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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  15. 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 vaccinating everyone very quickly, so they may well have reached us 30-somethings already. Although I worry about some people refusing the jab. My sister is in her 40s and given the conspiracy stuff she was spouting last time I had any contact with her, it wouldn't surprise me if she's refused it :(  

    But it's good seeing my social media fill up with friends having their vaccines. We even get a sticker :D

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  16. 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.  

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