In reply to Gardenbirder:
Gardenbirder said:Michael Gove.
Oh, bloody hell.
Our herring gulls are red listed birds. Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.
In reply to Clare:
Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France
Gardenbirder said:Thanks, Tony and Clare. Great to have confirmation, Tony--thanks! One main issue might be that some people distrust experts, unfortunately. I recall our not-so-esteemed MP telling us during the Brexit row that "we've had enough of experts." With folk like that it is sadly no wonder that some end up doubting everyone and only listen to other uninformed folk.
Its not the experts I distrust, its the politicians.
"Coronavirus: Little evidence of Covid transmission in schools, says Williamson" from a well known news source
Of course there was no evidence, the poor youngsters were effectively locked up for over three months....
That is one of many misleading statements handed out from politicians.
While I applaud the fast introduction of the Covid vaccination, I feel at this early stage, without the evidence to support it due to its very early days, too much is being pinned on the coming months. Things will get easier, but more data is required before we can be certain of when, with the added aspect of international holidays being promoted again, which I feel has too greater chance of setting things back.
On a light-hearted note, for those worried about being tracked, then get rid of you mobile devices, and in particular smart phones, because you're already being tracked.
As for the infertile scare, suites me, and Mrs PR, we're at the stage for grandchildren, not brothers or sisters for our only son. LOL
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Despite what is and has been repeatedly said in briefings, there has been less and less compliance, and more and more 'exercising' involving cars ever since Barnard Castle. There is no difference in traffic on country lanes here than at any other non pandemic time. If anything, there is more, as people are 'working from home' in their cars......
There is definitely less compliance, which I put down to the "Cummings Effect", even though it's not an excuse.
If Cummings shown some decency, and the law was upheld, I feel a lot more folk would fall in to line more easily.
As for the two Derbyshire girls earlier in the week, they hadn't travelled far, but I do question the integrity of the story. I know some of our police can be heavy handed, but generally, they aim to give advice with probably a smack on the wrist and send you packing. So if those girls were fined, had they done something to antagonise the situation! Or was it dubious reporting, a setup for sensational journalism....
There is also frustration of the ambiguity of the lockdown restrictions, to the point I really am not sure where I stand on the exercise basis. It seems I can only walk from my front door (not an appealing idea) or not at all. I dislike the urban environment, and probably would be covid safer in many places I know, at nearest, 30 mins drive from home. because there is nowhere else, it is all bricks and mortar, or HS bloody 2.
Sorry for swearing.
My local woods, are a druggie haven and full of discarded sofas (often with needles found in them), beds and mattresses from the council estate the other side, and it certainly would not be wise to take any optical equipment, or you'd be branded a peeping tom at best, and almost certainly receive a visit from PC Plod, and understandably so.
Out of respect for others, I'm a prisoner in my own home, a ticking obesity time bomb waiting to explode.
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