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    Scotland goal disallowed

    Bit harsh.
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    We did have a plan for a coronavirus epidemic

    Finally we get to see the plan via a freedom of information request. Previously we were told there was only a flu epidemic plan. What was needed for a coronavirus was stockpiles of PPE, a computerised contact tracing system and screening for foreign travellers. In August the government refused...
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    Private hospitals did well out of covid

    Multi-million pound contract and no delivery. £400m a month to look after 8 patients a day. Link The Treasury agreed in March 2020 to pay for a deal to block-book the entire capacity of all 7,956 beds in England’s 187 private hospitals along with their almost 20,000 staff to help supplement...
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    What are you listening to today?

    Just found a dozen CDs I'd forgotten I had by Mason Brothers, Mark Geary, Hem, Ida, Human Drama, Shannon Worrell, Lisa Hannigan and Lisa Taylor. My favourite folk album of 2008.
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    Latest news on the Cherry-throated Tanager

    3 chicks fledged this week taking the worldwide total to 17 birds! A rare breed!
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    GB stickers on cars no longer valid

    Penalties will apply and you may not be allowed entry into some countries. You now need a UK sticker. Also GB number plates are no longer valid; you need a UK sticker on the car. Why? The UK government seems to have made the change to make things more difficult for UK citizens. Thankfully the...
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    Wolves turn down £30m bid for Traore . . .

    . . . from Spurs
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    What's the news of his injury? Last I heard he'd miss most of pre-season, but we're way beyond that now.
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    Top three in the medals table by population size

    1. San Marino 2. Bermuda 3. Grenada For countries with more than a million people, New Zealand lead.
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    One rule for Johnson, another for the rest of us

    Being on a small plane with someone or standing by their side doesn't count for the PM Link
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    Warning signs of Gulfstream collapse

    Worrying Link
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    A first for the Olympic Games

    The podium positions for the men's shot put was the same as it was in Rio. First time it's happened in an individual event.
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    Operation Avalanche

    Low budget, quirky film on BBC catch up. 60s feel with a clever script. Worth a watch. But is it a true story?
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    Boris Bunter

    On a visit to Scotland, Bunter was randomly selected by Scottish police as the codeword for Johnson. They decided against it as they thought he might be upset at being linked to a fat, posh, public schoolboy.
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    Scrapping Btechs

    Any one in education got views on this? Ths seems a backward step as Btechs seem a valid alternative to A levels for progressing to further education. Ex Tory minister Kenneth Baker is opposed to it in the link calling it vandalism. The T levels may be putting employers first, but surely...
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    Fully vaccinated only for Premier League from October

    Latest government thinking. Also for other events with over 20,000 people. Will we pass the 20,000 threshold?
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    Amazon rainforest emitting more CO2 than it absorbs

    Fires and drought now mean three times more CO2 being produced than is being absorbed. Link
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    Anyone tried a mobile phone company 4G broadband service?

    They seem to be relatively cheap and my 4G phone download speed seems to be more than adequate. I have been a Virgin broadband user for over a decade, but recently it goes off now and again; never more than for a few hours, but at the price I don't think it should be happening!
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    No 1 on 30 July 1966

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    Have you got your flags out?