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    COVID-19

    Read my posts in the previous page. I get the feeling that at times some of you lot feel like this is some sort of competition and the fact the a lot of countries are pausing the vaccinations with the AZ vaccine is for political reasons. That is so far from the truth. The matter of fact is that these are serious adverse events which have happened in young and healthy adults and warrants further investigation. None of these countries would like to stop the vaccination for no reason. All countries in Europe have far more to lose than win by pausing the vaccination. I'm sure the vaccinati
  2. Hindsight says this was true for the last decade, but it is an incredible gamble going forward. If 'normal' inflation returns the cost of servicing the debt would be catastrophic. Given the recent money printing, and the lack of anywhere for that money to go, inflation is at least a strong possibility in the medium term. I'll hold my hands up and say I'm not too sure on the realities of inflation, I know what it is and why it must be feared but I couldn't articulate how this affects it, but it's generally the mainstream consensus amongst (dare I say elite?) economists that we have to be m
  3. Hindsight says this was true for the last decade, but it is an incredible gamble going forward. If 'normal' inflation returns the cost of servicing the debt would be catastrophic. Given the recent money printing, and the lack of anywhere for that money to go, inflation is at least a strong possibility in the medium term.
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    Wine

    One of these for me tonight: Then one of these (the 2004s are in a good place at the moment):
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    Wine

    Here's what the pandemic has taught me: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Glass-pocket-flask-200ml-bottles/dp/B01N4LO4BM Just get a funnel, and decant as much as you want to save into small bottles like the ones above, very close to full, screw cap on, store in fridge. Usually works for up to 10 days, very resilient. I have posted little bottles like this for tastings and they are even fine after being jostled during transit. If you have half bottles, that's another way of doing it - though screw caps work better than corks, which push in a bit more oxygen. Works better than vacuum systems, Cora
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    The Job Thread

    https://www.ncl.ac.uk/hr/policy/redeployment.php
  7. The prom queen sash on their shirts is endlessly amusing.
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    Wine

    Lots of Rioja votes, so a quick note that Decantalo, Vinissimus and Gourmet Hunters - the Spanish mail order companies that currently deliver to the UK - will probably be inaccessible post-Brexit given the proposed changes to VAT/duty/tariffs.
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    Wine

    Given the four markers here (lager, Southern Comfort; Gallo Rose and merlot) something fairly soft and sweet for a wine would seem like the thing you are looking for as a stepping stone. Some possible things that are mellow whilst still having nice flavours - and potentially being a good pathway into other wines - would be: Lidl Clairette de Die (white, sparkling and sweet - but the fizz and acidity cut the sweetness to some extent) an Anjou Rose (a bit more 'wine flavoured' than a Gallo Rose, and a bit less sweet) A Beaujolais - not a nouveau, but anything else will do. (Red and fruity,
  10. Under the restrictions that the NE has been under for a few weeks now, they shouldn't be having him. Only single person households can mix with one other household (aka a support bubble). Families can mix with one other household or bubble for the purpose of childcare for under 14s.
  11. UK lockdown all in Q2, whereas they had a big chunk in Q1.
  12. What the fuck? I went for a test at Great Park yesterday and it was empty - only saw one other car in the twenty minutes I was there.
  13. I was going to post the same thing. Reserva is smoother because of the oak regime. CNVE probably the best you can commonly get in supermarkets, Faustino good but can be quite light. There is 25% off at Sainsburys at the moment and the Contino they sell is superb - but expensive. If not Tempranillo, Right Bank Bordeaux like St Emilion, or Northern Rhone Syrah.
  14. I thought Jon Snow paid a lovely tribute the The Wire's 'fuck' scene by saying nothing, and limiting communication merely to use of a 'oh, for fucks sake' expression.
  15. Prediction: there will be a majority for something in an indicative vote, and then the same motion will be voted down in a 'meaningful' vote.
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