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About murphaph

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  1. I bet not one single person on here has a problem with the immunity they possess thanks to previous vaccinations.    Yes these ones have been developed in record time but also under perhaps the most scrutiny of any set of vaccinations ever. It seems most of this branch of the scientific world has been focused on this single issue and the trials have been huge to compensate for the shorter than typical duration.   As Mike says you have a 1 in 100 chance of expiring thanks to this virus. Much higher as you get older so for most of us 1 in 100 is actually optimistic.   Those are terrible odds. Much rather the idea of taking my chances with a vaccine that so far has killed nobody than a virus that is killing millions.   An acquaintance of mine works in the Charité in an office role. She says from her window you can see the field hospital outside where Covid patients are treated and she has a view of the front door and the back door. Ambulances pull up to the font door and hearses pull away from the back door.   Do you want to leave via the back door or take your chances with a vaccine?
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    There's that classic clip of that bit of banter with the Geordie swilling back Guinness who deadpan seriously says "we should go back to having an empire like". He genuinely thought he could just vote to have the British Empire back. 
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    It's like the retirees or holiday home owners in Spain voting for Brexit arrogantly assuming it would have no impact on them. From the Times (though the Schengen rules were known before the referendum so this should have come as no surprise unless you incorrectly assumed these rules wouldn't apply to Brits):   "After Brexit, no more year in Provence — it’s 90 days max From January 1, visits to the EU will be limited to 90 days in any six months, which threatens to hit second-home owners hard..."   Likewise the leave voters in Kent who are now complaining about border infrastructure and lorry parks.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    You know what they say. Don't shit on your own doorstep.
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    I don't remember any of this on the side of the bus or coming out of the mouth of even one single prominent leave campaign member:
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Given all these uncertainties even at this late stage it really is inexplicable how do many retired Brits living in Spain voted for this mess.   This report somehow passed me by:   The Irish government commissioned a study to determine just how much ferry and associated freight capacity there is between Ireland and the rest of the EU and according to the findings of this report there IS already sufficient capacity to fill the gap if the land bridge grinds to a halt.
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    The WA cuts both ways though I would have imagined. If the UK insists on breaching it through the IM bill and now possibly also the Finance bill then things could quickly turn tit for tat as the whole WA unravels. Personally I would hope the EU would be the bigger man and not go down that road lest EU citizens in the UK face repercussions (and the UK Home Office has recent form). The EU can "make its feelings clear" through other means, mostly trade related.
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    Further direct ferry crossings from Southeast Ireland to France:
  9. President Donald J. Trump

    Oh that's too funny. To think some people here made this caricature of a man out to be some sort of trailblazer.   He leaves a shattered economy, shattered foreign relations and millions of shattered families behind.   BUT his time is over. America can be great again and not an inward looking "great" in Trump's mould.   I was listening to Inforadio today and learned that today marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of CARE International:   This is America being great in the world.  
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    Yeah Dublin and Shannon airports have US pre-clearance. You land in the states as a passenger of a domestic flight if you're flight is pre-cleared (late afternoon and evening flights aren't as the US CBP staff don't work evenings.   This stuff is actually a legacy of the weak Irish economy of decades gone by which led to massive illegal immigration in the US by Irish people. It was easier and cheaper to turn people back in Ireland.    I can certainly see IAG shifting LHR routes over to Dublin. It's cheaper for the airlines for a start.
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    Thanks a mil. Dublin is well placed to pick up any slack there. It already has seen enormous growth in transatlantic services over the past decade. More links with NY would obviously be welcome as US banks relocate positions to Dublin as the UK departs the single market.
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    I wonder was the UK's drop in GDP at all related to the low levels of investment in the country over the past few years which has driven down productivity (because no shiny new machines means more manual labour. The UK is less productive than France for example) as Covid has knocked out so many worker bees while in Germany and Ireland the machines aren't getting sick.
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    If Britain handles Brexit as well as Covid they too could have an economy the size of Spain's in short order!   Huge contraction in the UK and a modest bounce back projected. With Brexit looming I'm not even sure that positive projection is realistic for next year!!
  14. President Donald J. Trump

    That's a great analogy. The rage of rejection is evident in both alright!
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    And the UK supermarkets are starting to say more about what might happen to their NI/RoI operations.   M&S operates on both sides of the border and I believe their most profitable stores are in the Republic so it may make a bit more sense for them to try to maintain those operations insofar as possible but the NI only supermarkets like Sainsbury's and Asda may see things differently as NI is a much smaller market and they already avoid the profitable RoI market just because of the currency difference which is nothing compared to managing the issues arising out of NI and GB being in different phytosanitary regimes when it comes to prepared foods.   I wonder will a larger all Ireland market make the island more attractive to the French supermarket giants...   They have been known to set up operations relatively far from home before.