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  1. The fucking MSM is totally to blame for this. It's a total non-story. Hoyer Transportation had some staffing issues (maybe it was the Cold From Hell ) and BP who is a client had to close a handful of garages with the old "Waiting for Delivery" signs up. I don't believe the fuel transportation industry has a problem as is in the HGV sector. The drivers are the cream of the crop, they go home every night as flammable goods trucks are legally not allowed to park-up overnight. Wankers in the MSM think "Ho! This will get the sheepies going" and run a story insinuating shortages. Maybe it would be a good idea for newly appointed Nadine Dorries MP of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to get her finger out and tell the media editors to instruct its reporters to report facts not "coulds" "maybes" and other made up bollocks. I won't hold my breath. All reminds me of : For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
  2. There are two petrol stations in my area and they have now sold out. Delivery time for re-stock not known but they are still queuing and you cannot get into the supermarket car park at all to do a shop! The next nearest garage is 6 miles away. Pictures on local news sites of people filling up multiple jerry cans in the boot of their cars. How predictable. Too slow to get a grip on these "toilet roll panic buyers". They should have programmed the pumps to deliver £30 of fuel max and switched pumps off if they spotted any car with boot doors open and obvious signs of jerry can filling. All totally driven by the tossers in the media who stoked it up more than what was fact. This did not even need reporting originally because it only affected a handful of BP garages. It's never ever been uncommon to drive past a garage with cones out in the entrance and a sign saying "Waiting for delivery"...and you just go back later or go elsewhere.
  3. Along with..."I ain't gonna lie but..."
  4. Welcome to Grand Solar Minimum. You might want to pour yourself a stiff scotch!
  5. This has really pissed me off. I'm a born and bred Londoner, used to love the place until it became clear that the rot was set in for good in around the late 90's. In 2000 I escaped to Hampshire. I still hold a great interest in the London Underground and its colourful, fascinating history and how it works. Seeing this pile of ordure done to a logo and typeface that is famous throughout the world and preened over by this jumped up little cont of a mayor. Frank Pick and Edward Johnston must be spinning in their graves.
  6. I do not wish to provoke a shit-storm but his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme was good. I had a school friend who did it and a cousin who did some work in Africa and came back saying it was the most epic, eye-opening thing she had ever done at that stage of her life.
  7. Because cats rule over all. Worship us!
  8. Now my "sensible head" says that there is a lot of tectonic plate and volcanic activity going on around the world at the moment but look at this! Pacific island that worshipped Prince Philip 'as God' struck by 5.2 earthquake | World | News | Express.co.uk Lawks! And I might also add, utterly ridiculous of the BBC to show identical "tributes" on their channels last night. Now I have to wait to see the reschedule of the Final of Masterchef to see who won. Sort it out FFS
  9. I just knew that SN10 would fall over. Bah! Takes many many attempts to get it right.
  10. I had a virus about then too. Not usually a person to get colds etc. but this one hit me sideways. I must have coughed non-stop for 3 weeks/ 24hrs and it lingered for around 6 weeks. I coughed so much in the first fortnight that I got double bloodshot whites to the eyes and hubby had to decamp to the spare room and even then he was awake all night with me hacking away! Horrible. But I seriously think a lot of these "positives" are winter viruses. The symptoms (if you have them) are getting pretty blurred now with good ol' winter 'flu and very heavy colds. A chap down the street was tested positive for "covid" and he isolated by going out in his little Boaty-McBoatface fishing boat in the middle of the Solent on New Years Eve! He's either mad or hard as fuck Sadly I do have a friend who definitely has covid and if he survives it will be a miracle. He is a cancer patient and therefore severely immunosuppressed, became ill and begged to go home on the "virtual ward" scheme but was re-admitted and ended up on a ventilator for 8 days. Rallied, put on CPAP and then deteriorated again and is now back on ventilator with a last ditch hope of more steroids but his lungs are at 15% and are like concrete. Christ knows what his life will be like IF he survives. Edit: Just been out for a fast walk in the fog for my daily "exercise". Just got home and found out that our pal has gone to a better place. Thankfully his 3 children (who are grown up) were able to assist him with love on his last earthly journey. Rest well fella.
  11. I can relate to this. I have a natural wool duvet and it's certainly much heavier than the feather or man-made material duvets. I love the weight of it....feels "safe" and cosy. I have also read that the weight is good if you suffer from the curse of "restless legs" as well as anxiety. Weighted blankets are also good for anxious pets too and seem to be very well tolerated.
  12. “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” ― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
  13. Wow, I'm envious! I'm afraid our telescope is nothing as nice as that! It's a cheap and cheerful bought for my husband when he was recuperating from a major operation. Had a fella in to fit a carpet recently who is a keen star gazer and said not to be disheartened as even the cheapies do a reasonable job of basic viewing if you set them up properly. The nice thing about yours is the tracker. How many times have I got something in the sights for it to disappear a nanosecond later at the tempting higher magnification! A place not too far away is Cranborne Chase which was designated an International Dark Sky Reserve a year ago. Knowing my luck I would troll over there and the clouds come rolling in.
  14. Been looking at Mars for weeks as it passes close. Beautiful orange orb. Also Saturn and Jupiter have been close to each other as well. I have a 5" reflector and every time it's a really clear night and I get it set up in the garden to cool down slowly so it doesn't mist the mirror, by coincidence I always seem to time it on a full moon which rises and washes everything out...or the clouds roll in. Bah!
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