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  1. Or to put it another way, the quality is adequate for this kind of use. Very few pics are printed these days or rerproduced at any size . . . the low resolution isn't a factor. Even digital camera users print increasingly fewer pictures. And of course, the camera in your phone comes 'free'. So on the whole, people in general are really not that demanding. While for convenience/portability, the phone camera wins every time. Raising prices and targeting pro or semi pro users is really the only way classic camera producers can go. Just recently, Olympus gave up any attempt to court a mass market.
  2. Oh, it's really encouraging. But there's a concern,too. Israel is administering the programme correctly, with the gap between vaccinations exactly as specified by Pfizer and using the same vaccine. as shot 1. And at present, even with a quarter of its resident population fully 2-jab dosed, it isn't yet ready to allow a mass return to school. Will Boris be so disciplined? Would be a first.
  3. I've read that it's because of the age group . . . large numbers of older people who can't get to Jab Central under their own steam. And many locations have yet to get up to speed. The nearest vac shop to me is an hour away right now but by May there will be an accredited corner chemist only 5 miles away.
  4. Sure. But they rarely follow up on the 'tough measures' they announce. (Which is why the '10 years' gets a bit of a horse laugh from me.) How many people actually self-isolate at home for the full 10 days when advised? Or even 1 day? Vast armies of self-employed can't afford to. Why aren't they all hauled into court? Because the Gov doesn't want to pay them for time off. This is the folly of pussyfooting around. In 10 years time we'll all be here discussing the umpteenth Covid mutation. Sorry, but that is what it takes to defeat Covid. Why can't you see this? 1 guy met 1 girl in Milan airport and now there are 2,658 deaths in Italy in the last week alone. The other numbers are simply unconscionable. Really, is one less summer holiday better than being dogged by viruses for a lifetime?
  5. Hard to work out what's due to the virus and what's the result of Brexit, which is adding substantially to food prices. Inflation figures after 6 months of Brexit will make grim reading.
  6. Out of interest, is anyone being pressured to take the vaccine? It was suggested that those without a 'been there, done that' cert might find it harder to travel or access certain venues or whatever. But as far as I understand, a test will always trump a vaccination, simply because vaccination is never 100%.
  7. Yes, but that takes money and effort and, most of all, involves politicians in taking unpopular decisions. . . . which they are loth to do. Boris spends more time consulting his own focus groups than SAGE. The Chinese delegation told Boris to lockdown London and the Home Counties back in February last year . . . a la Wuhan and Hubei province. He thought they were entirely mad, went on holiday and skipped all the lectures. The fact is, Boris has only ever been interested in 'flattening the curve' - a strategy which has only seen successive lockdowns and 'curves' that look rather more like vertical lines going eternally skywards. He may get lucky with the vaccine but it's not a silver bullet: think how many years it took to eradicate smallpox. An interesting read: Modelling the effects of Wuhan’s lockdown during COVID-19, China https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/98/7/20-254045/en/
  8. Not at all. The Doctor was 39. Those elegible for vaccination at present are exclusively the group 70 or older and Mr Sharma was blatantly queue-jumping. A clear case of Death by Divine Retribution. Matt Hancock is currently considering a punishment of 50 lashes for any similar offence.
  9. Cheers. Hmmm, won't necessarily spare you quarantine then. No 'jab and go'. )
  10. True, it's looking good in terms of low side-effects so far but we have no idea whether it actually works for older peope. Are you sure about reduced transmission? I have read that the vaccinated can still be carriers, like children. For this reason, countries will still insist on testing at borders/airports and the 'vaccination passport' idea is probably a non-starter. Just what I read.
  11. This trial has yet to be completed and the results and findings published. And it will be some time before we ascertain true levels of protection. Which is why most European countries are not prescribing Astra for over 55s.
  12. Er, no. . . . in theory anyway. People with certain allergies or very high blood pressure, for example, are able to manage their conditions and taking the vaccine will be detrimental or even fatal, simply adding to their complications. To what extent, we really don't know. The Astra Zeneca clinical trial of just 300 people over 65 is hardly definitive and why many European countries will not prescribe Astra for over 55s. You may, in fact, be better off taking some extra vitamin C, D and aspirin . . . a la Trump.
  13. Thank God at least some MPs are focussing on the real issues.
  14. Just unbelievable. And totally unenforceable. I wouldn't worry, Bruce, for a police state you need policemen and the Tories replaced 40,000 with speed cameras for starters. Oops.
  15. Ha ha! Yes, a real Hall Of Fame Lie that one. With bin bag PPE and e-Bay masks, it's hardly surprising people have little faith in Astra Zeneca.
  16. How Times Change 1918 Wear a mask or go to jail 2020. Don't wear a mask and get £20 quid off at Wetherspoons
  17. They didn't have Tofu, Quorn or Kesp (Cortaulds Edible Spun Protein) then. Or Linda McCartney. )) Actually, there is good chance that Brexit will soon prevent the importation of food before Covid.
  18. Worrying, yes. Also that people are asking why 'herd immunity' hasn't kicked in parts of Brazil where the numbers suggest it might. Thing is, though, the spread is very uneven . . . maybe why dividing UK into tiers doesn't really work. The postcode search on the gov.uk shows my old house in Essex in an area rate of 45 per 100,000. My sister living less than 10 miles away has a postcode which turns up over 200.
  19. They shouldn't have gone in the first place. Or anywhere, The airline lobby is almost entirely responsible for the second wave. I'm not entirely sure why Macron caved in . . . money over common sense, no doubt. Do we really need to eat lettuce at Christmas? Half the winter stuff we eat wasn't around when I grew up. And we could grow tomatoes under light bulbs just like the Dutch, but can't be bothered. £50 million of tomatoes from Marrakesh doesn't even cover the environmental damage. Cole slaw instead of oak leaves won't kill you, Covid might.
  20. In an ideal world, of course. The next generation Zeneca vaccine will undoubtedly be better than the first. But timely action - even unpopular - will pay off in the long term too. Wuhan has been Covid free for seven months now. Our totally sloppy, undisciplined approach has given us the worst stats in Europe, with day and death rates exceeding far bigger countries like Germany and Russia.
  21. Yes. It's a fact that all vaccines work up to a point and mitigate against the severity of a case. Even a mask that is not 100% will do this - the study of the cruise ship showed this. Those with masks that did contract the virus were mostly asymptomatic. There will always be new variants, the trick is to guard against importing new strains . . . and it's here that Boris has been woefully inept. He is still prevaricating on airline restrictions . . . even 1 year on. A new superspreader wiill trump any precaution to date. But any precaution is better than none. It's not rocket. science. The whole of lockdown 1 was wasted and rendered useless by allowing some 80 million people to fly in without so much as a temperature test. Even a homemade mask offers some protection . . . yet Hancock refused to make masks compulsory. We've known all about this for 100 years . . .
  22. If it prevents a visit to a hospital, it's done it's job. (Save Taxes. Protect The NHS. Die At Home.)
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