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  1. Maybe. But the ONS study involved 27,000 Covid cases and a 27,000 control group. Studies without control groups are clearly drawing invalid conclusions. BBC: ”And like many other reports, the analysis suggests women, 50- to 69-year-olds and people with other long-term health conditions are the most likely to have some of these symptoms 12 weeks after a Covid infection. Are these the best figures on long Covid? The ONS study is big, detailed and very carefully put together. They looked at data from more than 50,000 people, half of whom had tested positive for coronavirus. And they were testing people at random, so we can be pretty certain that we're comparing a group of people who had Covid with another group who didn't. That's not true for all analyses. They say their estimates are closer to the truth than the higher estimates they gave in April, because they have long-term follow-up on a lot of people and they've improved their statistical analysis.”
  2. 'Long Covid' less common than feared - ONS study Comprehensive analysis suggests long Covid is less common than previously thought, with one in 40 people in a survey reporting coronavirus symptoms lasting at least three months. The Office for National Statistics' previous analysis had suggested one in every 10 people were affected. BBC
  3. That is, of course, because they are not comparing them to a control group, like the ONS did! ”At least one symptom” represents one of about 20 Covid “symptoms” which are the same as the common cold, a headache or just “feeling tired”!
  4. WELL, WELL, MOST OF THEM DON’T HAVE LONG COVID AT ALL! “More than half of people suffering from long Covid may not have the condition and may just be suffering from normal bouts of ill health, research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests. The ONS surveyed nearly 27,000 people, who tested positive for Covid, in the UK Coronavirus Infection Survey and used three different methods to estimate the prevalence of long Covid. In one analysis, they found that five per cent reported at least one symptom 12 to 16 weeks after their infection. However, the study also found that 3.4 per cent of people who had not been diagnosed with Covid also reported the same long Covid symptoms. Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at The Open University, said: “That’s not all that much less than the 5.0 per cent for the infected people, which does show that having one or more of these symptoms isn’t uncommon regardless of Covid-19.” Telegraph
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    Apparently they said the same about Captain Cook.
  6. Currently reading The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell, a 900 hundred page love story that I’ve always wanted to read but can’t recommend. I would recommend The Magus by John Fowles, a journey of deception for the reader and you won’t know what to believe.
  7. With the ONS saying that there were only about 250 “with Covid” deaths in people “double vaccinated plus 14 days” up to 2 July, what is the evidence for the need for booster jabs? I’m guessing that that covered at least 60% of the adult population, being at least 30 million people. So 250 deaths out of 30 million!
  8. Nah, we just need to get the balance right, a steady 20 degrees throughout the year. And either get rid of the seasons or migrate to the 20 degree countries every six months, possibly by way of twinning with a similar country in the Southern Hemisphere!
  9. Good point. If we made more emissions from our cars and warmed the globe we wouldn’t have to burn fossil fuels to heat our homes! Win, win.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    Oh dear: “Comments from European Central Bank officials have caused the euro to weaken. Despite confirming in the monetary policy meeting last week that the pandemic bond-buying programme would begin to slow down, ECB President Lagarde said yesterday that she favours continuous fiscal aid to support the economy.” Smart Currency
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    and ... and ... and loads of other businesses are doing really well and we’re on the cusp of an economic boom. You can always find “news” to fit an agenda.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    OMG, how will we cope! Hang on. Just had my coffee, noticed a full fridge from Aldi, drove to see the family yesterday, enjoyed a beer in the pub last night and off to the restaurant tomorrow. Other than that I’m on my knees due to the lack of everything caused by Brexit.
  13. Shamima Begum. Arrogantly telling us we need her services to combat terrorism. What an idiot. She had a big chance to throw herself at the mercy of the British public, to plead for forgiveness and to show total contrition, but instead she set herself up as the Megan Markle of Isis.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    If Covid has had no effect what’s the EU’s excuse for such a rubbishe economy? Or is it because they’ve lost the UK? Hmmmmm.
  15. To be honest, I wasn’t being genuine. I was contrasting yesterday’s useless BBC analysis on 1.2% of Covid deaths this year being in the fully vaccinated with their failure to notice that despite vaccinations they also published figures to be 500% worse. The reporting and the headlines are deplorable and swing wildly only one way.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    Some people are happy to make sacrifices (if need be) on a point of principle. Others measure things on a solely material basis.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    On the contrary, it’s been brought on by a democratic vote. Try as you might to undermine that annoying fact.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    “Price rises have seen the biggest jump since records began in 1997 as the economy continued to reopen. Official figures show that the increase in the cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index, hit 3.2% in the year to August. Higher prices for food, petrol and used cars were all behind the spike, up from 2% the previous month. The cost of living rose less rapidly in July because of lower clothing and footwear prices. However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) urged caution in reading too much into August's price increases, which it described as "temporary".” BBC Thank God remoaners weren’t in charge during the war. “Don’t panic, don’t panic .... “.
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    Football 2021/22

    Well, well, pleased to see the United fans getting back on the forum again.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    Yes, the ONS says it’s temporary due to exceeding pre-pandemic levels. Very good news of course compared to depressed Europe with its mix of poor and corrupt countries dragging the others down.
  21. I’m generally happy with the BBC’s reporting, but its Covid coverage has been lazy (Hugh Pymm), it rarely investigates and it fails to ask challenging questions. Occasional Newsnight pieces with Deb Cohen and Carl Heneghan questioning the Narrative are the exception but they never make the headlines.
  22. Can anyone make sense of the BBC’s conclusion: “On Tuesday, the UK reported a further 26,628 cases and another 185 deaths within 28 days of a positive test. The most recent data showed there were 8,413 Covid patients in hospital. On 15 September last year, there were 3,105 daily cases and 27 deaths reported, along with 1,066 Covid patients in hospital. However, vaccines are now offering extensive protection against severe illness.” Vaccines have helped so much that we have 700% more cases, 500% more deaths and 700% more in hospital!
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    Contact tracers?
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