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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    It felt pretty destroyed for a while back there when I was legally not allowed to leave my house without an 'excuse' for months on end. Schools were closed. Places of worship were closed. And then when we were finally allowed out, we 'had' to avoid socialising, being within 2 metres of other...
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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    Pandemics happen. Just like earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. They're a part of the awful, glorious mess that is living on this planet. What the last couple of years have shown us is while we can try to be 'clever', in the end we can't stop the inevitable, any more than we can stop an...
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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    :lol: Oh dear! We do seem to be at the stage of 'throw everything we can find at the wall, in the hope something sticks half as well as that thing we got a lot of panic over a couple of years back'. Have the media not heard of the law of diminishing returns? As somebody has commented there...
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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    Ah well the monkeypox didn't really impact much, and this 'wave' of Covid doesn't seem to be bothering most people. Obviously now it's a good time for polio to make a comeback... :rolleyes:
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    December 2022 Timetable Changes

    3-car does help, yes. In the past it was often very irritating when waiting for the 1900 at Cambridge with 150 or so other passengers trying to get on, it came in from Stansted already quite busy and only 2 carriages! I should probably add that they are still fairly busy trains in my...
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    December 2022 Timetable Changes

    I do wonder how wise it is to try and route more people onto the already rather busy Birmingham-Stansted services. It is one of the traditional ways to do it (indeed, the very first time I travelled from Liverpool to visit Cambridge back in 1995 this was how I was told to travel, the change at...
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    All railway ticket offices in England to close?

    I'm not convinced that 'pretty much nobody' is entirely correct - I do still see people use cash in London quite a bit - but I would agree that it is significantly rarer in London than elsewhere. I do often encounter a card terminal thrust at me at tills by default, followed by some surprise...
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    All railway ticket offices in England to close?

    I agree - it isn't a secret that I think keeping cash as an option is absolutely essential :-) But the problem over here in partial-DOO land is the lack of facility to pay on board, combined with messages such as those GA are currently playing at their stations every few minutes saying 'YOU...
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    Southern, Thameslink & Great Northern 'Not On Strike' Details

    They seem to have arrived now. Sunday frequency (1 Kings Lynn to Kings Cross, fast from Cambridge; 2 'Thameslink' from Cambridge, one semi-fast, one stopper, though both terminating at Kings Cross, nothing through the core) starting about 0730, though at 'weekday' times (eg. the up Ely...
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    Station platforms, it's gone too far, it's crossed a red line (literally)

    I'm not sure anyone has actually answered the original question, which is what reason there is that the red lines are 'needed' as well as the yellow. I was at Stevenage yesterday and a yellow line on the platform was apparently sufficient to protect us from the LNER and GN trains passing...
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    All railway ticket offices in England to close?

    I've yet to see anyone explain how my usual example of getting a PlusBus addon to a season ticket is supposed to work without a ticket office. I don't see that is going to ever be added to TVMs or online purchase, so I guess we just lose this rather useful class of tickets? It does seem a...
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    Cost of Living Crisis ?

    The policies of the last two years made many a lot poorer, but also many got to save rather a decent amount of money through not commuting, not going out, etc. It was a very unequal couple of years in terms of whether you financially prospered or struggled, highly dependent on what business you...
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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    Agree entirely - I implied something similar in post #164 above, but this sums it up nicely.
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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    There are always outliers and unexpected things, but the main risk factors - age, ill health, obesity, vitamin D deficiency - were known about by April 2020. For example, we had a perfect case study with the Diamond Princess. The problem is that if OAS becomes an issue with a future variant...
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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    They are indeed, but I find this part of the article *very* interesting: I think that's the first mention of 'original antigenc sin' I've seen mentioned in a 'mainstream' news article - something I've been wittering on about for almost a year or so now since I first learnt about it from some...

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