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  1. Freightmaster

    New Scottish COVID-19 Restrictions 07/10/2020

    Bah, Humbug: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54643340 I don't think that using patronising, contemptuous language such as saying that family Christmas gatherings will not be "allowed" this year is the best way to get the Scottish public to comply with any potential yuletide...
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    RealTimeTrains website

    Here you go: The 'carriage numbers' referred to are the white numbers in brackets after the destination. MARK
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    England's new three-tier lockdown system

    Average Joe's for the win!! :D (screenshot of Average Joe's team celebrating from the movie 'Dodgeball')
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    Urgent TOPS Requests

    As of today, you can search by unit number on RTT to get the current allocation for NT services, and it should then be pretty straightforward to work out what the next working(s) are... For example: 323234 - https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/C32218/2020-10-21/detailed 150146 -...
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    Chiltern Class 68 Diagrams

    Here you go: https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/chiltern-68-operations.206514/#post-4668586 MARK
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    Covid : Infection rates v death rates and a possible second wave

    This. Transmission of the virus beyond London was artificially suppressed back in March/April due to the closure of factories/offices/schools/universities coupled with large swathes of the the public, vulnerable or otherwise, being too scared to leave their homes. Six months on and although...
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    England's new three-tier lockdown system

    Unfortunately, this is a classic example of the 'sunk cost fallacy': https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunk_cost#Fallacy_effect In other words, just because something (local lockdowns in this case) isn't having the desired effect doesn't mean that the answer is to 'double down' and keep doing it...
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    Non-Urgent TOPS Requests

    It worked down to Crewe from Carlisle on this vSTP service: https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/62686/2020-10-10/detailed MARK
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    Covid : Infection rates v death rates and a possible second wave

    Another graph comparing current death rates (for the past 28 days in this case) with the equivalent 28 day period back in March/April: But people think that the NHS is about to be 'overwhelmed' within the next 7-10 days by a tsunami of ICU patients???? :s MARK
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    England's new three-tier lockdown system

    Mostly middle aged/older people who blame young 'Covidiots' for spreading the virus indiscriminately, while blithely breaking the rules themselves on a daily basis because they are being 'careful' :rolleyes: It's a bit like drivers who constantly rant about the number of "idiot drivers" on the...
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    Urgent TOPS Requests

    Should be 67013 and 67024 (real headcode 1Y83) MARK
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    Urgent TOPS Requests

    It went straight back to Coatbridge on 4S88. 1602861636 Still at Crewe as at 4pm, I'm afraid. MARK
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    Wales is to ban travel from COVID hotspots

    I actually think they are doing just the opposite - making it clear that they don't want to get dragged into Mark Drakeford's politically motivated game of one-upmanship with the UK Government regarding travel restrictions to/from England. 'Policing by consent' requires the police to consent...
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    England's new three-tier lockdown system

    Which specific part(s) of Lancashire? As I understand it, the tier system goes by local authority (e.g. Blackburn and Darwen, Blackpool, Preston are currently in the 'high' tier) rather than by County? MARK
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    Media Coverage of COVID -19

    According to this DM article, they don't!! www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8838727/Academics-circuit-breaker-study-admit-death-figures-estimated.html Whoops!!! :oops::rolleyes: MARK
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    England's new three-tier lockdown system

    Michael Portillo, going by his excellent performance on Question Time the other day. He even has bizarre middle names, just like Boris! I doubt he will fancy coming out of retirement though... MARK
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    Covid : Infection rates v death rates and a possible second wave

    At least. It's a very infectious (albeit not particularly deadly) virus. MARK
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    Covid : Infection rates v death rates and a possible second wave

    To put the magnitude of the current 'second wave' into perspective, someone on another forum put together a striking graph which directly compares Covid deaths for the first six weeks of each wave: ...but the general public (and most politicians) still seem utterly convinced that all hell is...
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    Further Restrictions Announced by Johnson (22/09)

    Or in layman's terms, "don't kill granny!" Whereas in this country we have a mediocracy, or arguably a idiocracy MARK

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