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  1. As usual Ms Ora is typical of the people who just say sorry. She's sorry she was caught, not because of hosting the party and can no doubt shrug off any fine. Far too many people think that the rules simply don't apply to them.
  2. Basically you need a system whereby the immigration official in whatever country you are visiting can immediately see whether you have been vaccinated and the expiry date. An official passport stamp would go some way to establishing this. It's no good if they have to go through some convoluted electronic procedure which might work for some developed countries but not others. And different vaccines might have differing periods of immunity. There will need to be an internationally accepted standard of proof of vaccination. Still a lot of work to do there I think. And bear in mind that
  3. A programmable identity could make life more interesting. Might confuse your wife though... There there is the matter of the appropriate slot...
  4. I don't think that is right actually, he is cetainly opinionated and, if you recall, previously torpedoed Johnson's bid for the Tory leadership on th basis that he wasn't up to the job. He is certainly not a yes man in any way at all. His problem is that he is actually quite clever but becomes fixated with issues such as when he was Education secretary and ended up antagonising the people he needed to carry with him so he had to be moved. He has a tendency to go OTT and is best used in a support role rather than being in charge.
  5. Yesterday Michael Gove published a 2000 word article in the Times. It was well written but he drew an apocalyptic picture of an imminent total collapse of the NHS if the latest restrictions are not followed, people with heart attacks being turned away from A&E at hospitals stuffed full of covid victims etc. It would not be possible to differentiate between areas within counties because infections simply spread from the nearest hotspots (although that is certainly not happening around here). It was strong stuff. Project Fear indeed! Overnight a complete change of tack by HMG, some Tier
  6. Unlikely I'm afraid. A few years back we crossed to America on Queen Mary 2 and even that huge ship moved around quite noticeably in the ocean swells. The best way to minimise movement is to try and be fairly low down just aft of midships. It's no accident that many cruise ships choose that for their main dining facility. Stabilisers can reduce rolling to a minimum but not piching where the ship is simply heaved up and down bodily by the sea.
  7. But that does depend on where your journey starts and ends in the UK as you point out. (and other personal circumstances). Moreover, these are just the published timetables. The Bay itself can dictate the actual crossing times on many occasions at any time of the year so you still need to be prepared for this. I do agree that there is a different attitude of mind between the outward and inward trips. In the past when visiting parts of France such as the Dordogne we have made time to stop off at places of interest on the outbound trip. But if you try to do that on the way back you don't re
  8. I think it's a new ball game now. Fast crossings are simply too expensive and environmentally undesirable. Fuel costs increase exponentially for those last few knots.
  9. Wherever you draw the line there will be anomalies but I do think more effort should have been made to consider classification down to district level. The data trail clearly exists as I have been following my borough council figures for a while now and we are significantly lower than the rest of the County. The current system simply seems to level up. The whole of Kent is in Tier 3 when the problem is in one corner. Much of the county is rural with low infection rates and was previously in Tier one. It still has those low infection rates. Even in London there is a wide disparity betw
  10. Well, the Spanish do seem to advertise 'full English breakfasts' in their cafes don't they?
  11. Joking aside, it's a pretty good presentation of the ship and its facilities I thought.
  12. Robert Jenrick of the chumocracy claims this morning that the reason for not breaking the areas down into smaller units is it is not possible to isolate smaller areas because people travel for work, education and shopping. “The virus doesn’t respect the boundaries of boroughs and districts,” Given that people have already been doing exactly this and that many areas are nevertheless seeing much lower infection rates that the cities just where is the logic? Truly we are blessed with a Government of towering intellectuals...
  13. cvabishop

    2021 Timetables

    I would have thought that the most obvious option for tourists visiting th CI would be by plane. You hardly need to take a car with you and ferry travel time is much greater than the flight and potentially uncomfortable too.It's a bit of a no brainer for the average person really.
  14. Looking at the published stuff today it does seem that there is little attention to detail in designating tiers. HMG has settled for a broad brush approach which appears to have the hot spots dictating the surrounding areas. They don’t seem to have broken things down much beyond County size averages so rural authority areas with low infection rates are being lumped in with their nearest city. One might have hoped for a more sophisticated analysis. The overriding consideration seem to have been to strictly curtail family and pub based contacts to drive down infection rates in anticipation
  15. You could do worse than have a look here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55041371
  16. Maybe, but yellow fever affects only a realtively few countries whereas Covid-19 is global and there will be big incentives for individuals to forge credentials to further their business interests etc. It's a different ball game altogether.
  17. Well quite, but the issue is just what constitutes acceptable proof and how can you verify it?
  18. The anti vaxxers are gonna love that... Leaving aside the Schengen issue, passports are already obligatory for international travel. Schengen may no longer be viable if EU countries want to maintain control of their own borders for pandemic purposes. Rock and a hard place.
  19. Try doing that during a course of eye injections as I have been having all year! Actually they don't bother me very much now, much better than the dentist. I do get the impression from the medical staff that other patients don't quite see it in the same way though...😲
  20. On a sort of much, much larger scale and one requiring a much higher degree of security. A letter from your Vet (sorry, GP) won't hack it. Whatever form it takes it needs to be universally recognised and accepted. That's a big ask. The nearest we have to that at the moment is human passports.
  21. Any attempt to introduce a paper based system would be immediately undermined by forgeries. Quite possibly there would be ways of subverting electronic systems as well plus not everyone has a smartphone. A logical place to store the information would be on the passport system to which immigration authoritie have access but this would be a huge job plus just adding it once won't be enough if regular booster shots are required. Surely the only hard evidence of fitness to travel that would work would be reliable 'instant' tests at the point of boarding and maybe arrival but these would
  22. They were blue back in 2009.
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