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Post by RDW on Thu 19 Mar 2020, 9:37 am

First topic message reminder :

With not much sport going on I want to create a thread for anything to do with the global pandemic.

Feel free to use it however you want.

If you need to release stress or anxiety about what's going on to a bunch of strangers who don't know you then go ahead.

If you're self isolating and want some benign chat then crack on.

If you're struggling and looking for anyone to help with anything then reach out here and see if anyone can help out.


This may not be used or it may kick off and help someone out - either way please be nice. We're literally all in it together!


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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10:09 am

SecretFly wrote:Eureka!

I solved it all.  Was awake researching until 5.00am.  Slept on my recliner for an hour.  At 6.00 I woke up in a sudden dart with the truth racing through my mind like a white light of a speeding train.

The Earth truly has become Flat.  The best kept secret on the planet OF the planet.  Remember I said this..

My tin foil hat army will be most pleased to hear the good news.

That puts people like Musk and Branson to rights, they were planning on using the earths rotation to speed up transport between here and Australia. Bet their pi$$ed off.

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Post by super_realist on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10:32 am

There aren't many more loathesome men than Elon Musk

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Post by jimbopip on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11:11 am

WELL-PAST-IT wrote:
SecretFly wrote:Eureka!

I solved it all.  Was awake researching until 5.00am.  Slept on my recliner for an hour.  At 6.00 I woke up in a sudden dart with the truth racing through my mind like a white light of a speeding train.

The Earth truly has become Flat.  The best kept secret on the planet OF the planet.  Remember I said this..

My tin foil hat army will be most pleased to hear the good news.

That puts people like Musk and Branson to rights, they were planning on using the earths rotation to speed up transport between here and Australia. Bet their pi$$ed off.

Mr Fly, remember when you really the tin hatters makes sure the fall in well away from the edge. We don't want a repeat of last time.

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Post by dyrewolfe on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12:03 pm

jimbopip wrote:
WELL-PAST-IT wrote:
SecretFly wrote:Eureka!

I solved it all.  Was awake researching until 5.00am.  Slept on my recliner for an hour.  At 6.00 I woke up in a sudden dart with the truth racing through my mind like a white light of a speeding train.

The Earth truly has become Flat.  The best kept secret on the planet OF the planet.  Remember I said this..

My tin foil hat army will be most pleased to hear the good news.

That puts people like Musk and Branson to rights, they were planning on using the earths rotation to speed up transport between here and Australia. Bet their pi$$ed off.

Mr Fly, remember when you really the tin hatters makes sure the fall in well away from the edge. We don't want a repeat of last time.


I think I've figured out where SecretFly lives...

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Post by dyrewolfe on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12:05 pm

super_realist wrote:There aren't many more loathesome men than Elon Musk

Oh I dunno.

His companies are making great advances in space travel, green energy and transport. We're basically relying on people like him to ensure humanity doesn't come to a premature end.
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Post by super_realist on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12:32 pm

dyrewolfe wrote:
super_realist wrote:There aren't many more loathesome men than Elon Musk

Oh I dunno.

His companies are making great advances in space travel, green energy and transport. We're basically relying on people like him to ensure humanity doesn't come to a premature end.


Humanity is at a no risk of a premature end. You really shouldn't listen to the pseudo science doomsday cults like Extinction Rebellion. There is no scientifically backed claim that we are due to go extinct due to climate change whatsoever. Climate change is of course real, however the hysterical claims of groups like ER simply are not justified.

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Post by Soul Requiem on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12:35 pm

dyrewolfe wrote:
super_realist wrote:There aren't many more loathesome men than Elon Musk

Oh I dunno.

His companies are making great advances in space travel, green energy and transport. We're basically relying on people like him to ensure humanity doesn't come to a premature end.

Volkswagen make reasonably decent cars that doesn't mean a great deal in the scheme of things and yes I am equating Elon Musk to that.

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Post by tigertattie on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 1:03 pm

Musk is an Ego Maniac but at least he's trying to do some good (while making oodles of cash though)

Richard Branson on the other hand is just, yuck. Suing the NHS for contractual nonsense. Horrible man! Wanting the government to give his rather flush airline company a handout. Horrible man!

Anyway. this is the community thread so I'll simply say:

Flounder saying to jimbo that he "used to be cool" is the best ever insult dressed up as a compliment as I've ever seen!
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Post by jimbopip on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 1:17 pm

I was "tactically ignoring" that vile calumny. It was in the poorest taste; rather like the time a new boy at training asked, "You used to be fast didn't you?" Sad

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Post by super_realist on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 1:17 pm

tigertattie wrote:Musk is an Ego Maniac but at least he's trying to do some good (while making oodles of cash though)

Richard Branson on the other hand is just, yuck. Suing the NHS for contractual nonsense. Horrible man! Wanting the government to give his rather flush airline company a handout. Horrible man!

Anyway. this is the community thread so I'll simply say:

Flounder saying to jimbo that he "used to be cool" is the best ever insult dressed up as a compliment as I've ever seen!

If the NHS has done something such as breaking a contract it doesn't mean they should get off Scot free because they're the untouchable NHS.
It isn't beyond the law.

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Post by LondonTiger on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 1:25 pm

tigertattie wrote:Richard Branson on the other hand is just, yuck. Horrible man! Wanting the government to give his rather flush airline company a handout. Horrible man!


Cancelled all flights out of India leaving people trapped. No compensation, or other arrangements made. Now has agreed to provide flights subject to a large Govt payment. Kind benevolent Dicky Branson.

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Post by tigertattie on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 1:56 pm

jimbopip wrote:I was "tactically ignoring" that vile calumny. It was in the poorest taste; rather like the time a new boy at training asked, "You used to be fast didn't you?" Sad

I've never had anyone say that to me.

All I've had was "by jings you shifted rapidly there" as the ice cream van driver finally stopped as I chased him down the street!
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Post by 123456789. on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 4:43 pm

"You used to be fast" pales in comparison to "I used to think you were good looking".

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Post by Guest on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 7:14 pm

Hi guys,

Just checking in with my experiences which may or may not help at this point - either way just to say I'm feeling much better again then last week, but still fairly under the weather. I have no idea at this point whether I've had it, although I've had all symptoms (coughing being one the least noteworthy however) and am stripping my bedsheets every 2-3 days due to sweating in the night, but it's really taken the wind out of me anyway. I make this about day 16 with symptoms.

The first person I know confirmed is a family member who works for the NHS down in south Wales and he has had it much worse than I have (if I have had 'the' virus). He's had 3 weeks of symptoms as well but came very close to hospital which as a doctor himself and living with another doctor was a worrying sign. He is younger and fitter than me so it does make me doubt whether I've had 'it' but it sounded very bad, he couldn't lie down for the best part of a week due to pain but is now is due back in work by the end of this week. After initially saying 'he hopes he catches it early' so he can get it over with, his recommendation now - which I suggested all along - is 'you don't want to catch this thing'. He is living with another family member and another NHS doctor and it sounds like they both have it although it sounds like both males have been struck hard while the sole female in the house has got off with only losing her sense of taste!

Hope everyone is keeping well. Have enjoyed reading the celebrity stories but unfortunately having nothing I can contribute myself!

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Post by RDW on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10:09 pm

Just a reminder this is a the community thread folks - some of this chat is better placed on the serious thread!

Good to hear you're on the mend guestalt.

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Post by RDW on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10:18 pm

In other new, one of my biggest worries is resolved - we have a flat! It's in an area of Sydney called Pyrmont which is right down by the waterfront and has a vast array of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, casinos etc.......which will hopefully be great to experience at some point in 6 months time...! There's lots of parks and open space on the wharfs which will help our once a day exercise.

Mrs RDW is still struggling on the work front - she's spoken to recruiters who have said in normal times she would be snapped up immediately, but all companies have frozen their job adverts while they sort out what the hell they're going to do as a company. Hopefully in the next few weeks when things have settled in a bit they start looking at recruiting again. She is definitely going spare having nothing to do!

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Post by tigertattie on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10:37 pm

Glad you are on the mend Guestalt. I’m clearly no doctor but if you’ve felt rotten for 16 days it would sound like you have had that virus. I mean this in the nicest way possible, but hopefully you have had it as it should mean you’ve got it over and done with (assuming people come out of it with some form of immunity)

Part of the issue of the virus is that the boffins simply don’t fully understand it. The latest word is that the severity of symptoms is down to viral load which is the volume of virus that’s gotten into your system.

I know many are worried about the virus but a wee light of hope, George Alagiya, BBC news Reader has been battling cancer and has fought of the virus. Go George!
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Post by Luke on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 1:45 am

Glad your getting better Guestalt, hopefully your family member will also pull through.

RDW, good news on the flat. And they're obviously just giving other people a chance, before your Wife comes in and takes the working world by storm. And kicks all there asses.
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Post by RDW on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 2:00 am

Thanks Luke - would make a nice change from her kicking my ass!

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Post by Luke on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 4:53 am

RDW wrote:Thanks Luke - would make a nice change from her kicking my ass!

Well you know what they say, practice makes perfection. And your just showing how much you love her, by letting her practice on you.

Though I've often wondered who they were? Used to think they may be the shadows, but according to jimbopip they're a non speaking instrumental band, who may or may not have been starving all the time. So it couldn't have been them.

Speaking of which, jimbopip hope everybody close to you is fine and healthy, and your good.
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Post by RDW on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 5:02 am

Given that it's 5am in the UK I take it sleep is still coming difficult Luke!

I've not got much chat today. Currently listening to Brucey's Live in New York album while working from home - an absolute masterpiece of a live show.

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Post by RDW on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 5:35 am


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Post by jimbopip on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 8:16 am

Luke, yes everything is cool here at the Pipabode. I'm missing being able to see Princess Daughter, Feckless Rogue and NotZander! MrsPip is holding up well considering what astrain being incarcerated with me must be. Young Pipetto is doing the teenage boy thing of staying in his room and XBoxing with his mates and only showing his face when there is food on the table. Nothing has changed for him then!

Flounder I do hope you'll be happy with all the other pyromaniacs in Pyrmont. You twisted Firestarter.

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Post by RDW on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 8:29 am

jimbopip wrote:Luke, yes everything is cool here at the Pipabode. I'm missing being able to see Princess Daughter, Feckless Rogue and NotZander! MrsPip is holding up well considering what astrain being incarcerated with me must be. Young Pipetto is doing the teenage boy thing of staying in his room and XBoxing with his mates and only showing his face when there is food on the table. Nothing has changed for him then!

Flounder I do hope you'll be happy with all the other pyromaniacs in Pyrmont. You twisted Firestarter.

Yeah that's what he's doing...

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Post by alfie on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 9:41 am

RDW wrote:In other new, one of my biggest worries is resolved - we have a flat! It's in an area of Sydney called Pyrmont which is right down by the waterfront and has a vast array of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, casinos etc.......which will hopefully be great to experience at some point in 6 months time...! There's lots of parks and open space on the wharfs which will help our once a day exercise.

Mrs RDW is still struggling on the work front - she's spoken to recruiters who have said in normal times she would be snapped up immediately, but all companies have frozen their job adverts while they sort out what the hell they're going to do as a company. Hopefully in the next few weeks when things have settled in a bit they start looking at recruiting again. She is definitely going spare having nothing to do!

Good to hear you have sorted the accommodation issue , RDW... From my visits to Sydney I reckon it's a nice spot.

Not surprised your wife is struggling to get headway in the work search though. My sister is a recruiter and is currently wondering what to do with herself while all she can do is tell people "sorry I cannot find you anything at the moment" ... Actually worrying that her business may collapse completely if we don't get on top of this sooner rather than later...

Could be worse . We only have to stay safe. My parents had to dodge bombs...

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Post by jimbopip on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 10:28 am

Alfie, did your parents live in Niddrie then?

That's a reference to a rather "robust" area in Edinburgh. I like to remind the Luvvies that social deprivation exists in the Athens of the North as much as anywhere else.

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Post by tigertattie on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 10:38 am

jimbopip wrote:Alfie, did your parents live in Niddrie then?

That's a reference to a rather "robust" area in Edinburgh. I like to remind the Luvvies that social deprivation exists in the Athens of the North as much as anywhere else.

Niddrie is just full of families that were moved from Glasgow tenaments. We couldnt let the West do all the re-homing, we did our part too. The people of Niddrie even the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th generation (Senga for example has a great grandson and Senga is only 35), still speak with the Glasgow Nasally Twang.
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Post by super_realist on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 10:52 am

Known as Nids

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Post by McLaren on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 11:46 am

Super

Niddrie is nicer than Methil.
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Post by super_realist on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 11:55 am

McLaren wrote:Super

Niddrie is nicer than Methil.

I'll take your word for it.

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Post by tigertattie on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 2:05 pm

McLaren wrote:Super

Niddrie is nicer than Methil.

According to the Hibs twins, Methil is no more!!!
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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Thu 02 Apr 2020, 11:00 am

It appears that I am young again.

Both Mrs. WPI and myself have been a bit under the weather for the last few days, not THE virus, more cold, sneezey feel low sort of thing, so, I thought that as I suffer from a mild heart condition I had better check on my BP. I dusted the dust off the BP Machine box and set it up, relaxed myself as I have totally irrational fear of such machines. 121 over 81,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WHAT? Did it again 124 over 81. Now I am 66 next month, my bodyis broken in too many ways to list, I have a virus of some sort and my BP is usually despite the pills in the 140s over high 90's, in stressfull time hitting the 160's and 100 plus.

Now is this due to a lack of work related stress? I would have thought the worries about lack of income, and boredom would have sent it soaring.

Now again both Mrs. WPI and myself believe we have had and gone through THE virus with very mild symptoms, so mild we are unsure. So does Covid-19 affect your BP in a good way, or is all this time at home doing me good?

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Post by super_realist on Thu 02 Apr 2020, 11:08 am

160/100 is pretty terminal, glad you have got it right back onto 120/80

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Thu 02 Apr 2020, 11:35 am

My BP hasn't been close to 120/80 for about 30 years, so why now?

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Post by alfie on Thu 02 Apr 2020, 12:52 pm

jimbopip wrote:Alfie, did your parents live in Niddrie then?

That's a reference to a rather "robust" area in Edinburgh. I like to remind the Luvvies that social deprivation exists in the Athens of the North as much as anywhere else.

Haha ... As a matter of fact there is a Niddrie here in Melbourne too (Australia imported a lot of names ) and while it probably isn't high on the list of upper income suburbs the residents might be a little aggrieved at the association Smile

I probably should have said "my parent's generation" as I was intending to make the point that growing up during the Great Depression and then surviving (if lucky) a World War was a rather rougher trot than most of us post-war kids have known...and even this very nasty virus ordeal is a lot less to have to put up with.

Probably won't keep the younger ones from complaining about slow internet speeds for too long though. Smile

Glad to see the 606v2 sense of humour is coping well with the crisis OK

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Post by dynamark on Fri 03 Apr 2020, 1:45 pm

On the BP I had a new hip couple of years ago and didn't quite realise why they were checking me every 10 minutes it was awful very very low but I had no idea.I felt Ok other than the obvious but you just don't have any inckling as the individual.
Hospitals don't seem to be a very good place right now seems to be an awful lot of transmission to very poorly folk happening Im not moaning but its happening

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Post by lostinwales on Fri 03 Apr 2020, 2:25 pm

There was some concern a couple of weeks back that hypertension was a very common factor amongst those that have died of the virus (>70%?) and even some talk that the common BP treatments may leave you more prone to infection by the virus in the first place.

The most recent thinking seems to be that this is rubbish. Hypertension is just very common in people above a certain age and who are suffering most anyway. Also a suggestion that the drugs may even help prevent infection.

I am going with the most recent thinking Very Happy

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Post by jimbopip on Fri 03 Apr 2020, 3:18 pm

Afternoon chaps, how are we today? Hug

All this talk of Blood Pressure reminds me of the most stupid question I have ever been asked. bear in mind some of the nonsense that I regularly encounter on these boards.

Once, back in the day, when I was teaching in a Secure Unit we had a new lad arrive. 17, big, not too bright and on remand for various violent offences including armed robbery. He followed the usual pattern of trying to intimidate staff and "clients" relentlessly in his first couple of weeks. Then he settled down a bit. Unfortunately we had quite a few staff on sick leave with seasonal influenza (oh the good old days Very Happy ) so we were doubling up groups whenever we could. I took two groups out to the yard to play football. New big violent lump met Old Hand big violent lad. We all had a soft spot for Old Hand because he had not really committed any crimes, he had been the victim of dreadful abuse at home and we were slowly moving him to an emotional state were he was not likely, not too likely, to inflict significant harm on himself or others.
Well you can guess how it ended up; New Lump tried to bully Old Hand. Old hand laid right into him, as they say in Glasgow.
My colleague, who had a fever and was leaning on the wall for support pressed his personal alarm and gave me the look that said, "That's all I can do. You're on your own mate" I put myself between them and put Old Hand in a restraint. I figured this was the best course of action because (a) Old Hand hadn't tried to kill any staff for a while, and (b) New Lump was in no fit state to do too much at that moment.
The cavalry arrived and no-one else had been hurt. The duty manager, all mouth and trousers, said "I've got him Jimbo you can let him go." No he didn't have him and Old Hand was now beginning to panic, being held by two men! I let him go and he flew backwards and the back of his skull smashed the tip of my nose. Inside my head I heard the sound your gear box makes when you mash up the syncromesh by forgetting to put the clutch in.

Once everything has calmed down I was sent to A&E, suspected concussion, broken nose. Which was were I was asked the stupid question;
"You seem fine, all things considered, but is your blood pressure always this low?"

How would I know? Who knows these things?




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Post by Luke on Fri 03 Apr 2020, 9:27 pm

So my brother (technically half brother, but I've never been good at technical stuff). Is now in complete isolation lockdown for the next 7 days. Society is saved, well from him anyway (love you Phil should you read this).
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Post by RDW on Fri 03 Apr 2020, 10:20 pm

Jimbo - your never ending supply of stories is excellent. That concussion explains a few things Wink (speaking as a man who has had several)

Luke - good to hear family rivalry going strong. Get him on this forum if he's not already!

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Post by tigertattie on Fri 03 Apr 2020, 10:43 pm

During all this Sh1te it really brings it home how much family and friends are worth far more than material things that we buy with money.
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Post by lostinwales on Sun 05 Apr 2020, 11:54 am

tigertattie wrote:During all this Sh1te it really brings it home how much family and friends are worth far more than material things that we buy with money.

Family. Can't live with them. Can't live without them

For those of you on tw@tter this thread made my day
https://twitter.com/ericspiegelman/status/1246488909221003264

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Post by Galted on Sun 05 Apr 2020, 12:39 pm

tigertattie wrote:During all this Sh1te it really brings it home how much family and friends are worth far more than material things that we buy with money.

Speak for yourself, I'd happily swap the wife and kid for a bigger TV and a decent surround sound system.
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Post by jimbopip on Sun 05 Apr 2020, 1:44 pm

I've found a use for young Pipetto, my teenage son and financial burden.

One of the early symptoms of Cov-19 is loss of taste and smell: I have taken to sticking my head into his bedroom, as long as I gag I know i'm not infected. vomit

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Post by 123456789. on Sun 05 Apr 2020, 11:33 pm

https://twitter.com/maxevans13/status/1246077069467009025

Max Evans is reacting pretty badly to the whole situation and seems to have indulged in the borderline racist narrative that the 5G is linked to Coronavirus.
His three point plan is as follows:
1. Say no to 5G
- Not sure if he means Huawei 5G or just 5G generally.
2. Say no to Vaccine
- Not sure if this is all vaccines, although I had Mumps even though I've had the MMR vaccine
3. Say no to Radiation
- Tapping into my GCSE B in Physics this means no more internet, radio, television, microwaves, light, radiotherapy, Chemotherapy

I think with him and Rory Lamont we have the foundations for an all Scottish conspiracy theorist XV.

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Post by RDW on Sun 05 Apr 2020, 11:35 pm

I've unfollowed him - his posts are just awful just now.

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Post by 123456789. on Sun 05 Apr 2020, 11:44 pm

I unfollowed Rory Lamont a while ago but had a look after I saw some of Max Evans' recent stuff, he seems to have had a tough time and be coming through the other side.

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Post by king_carlos on Sun 05 Apr 2020, 11:55 pm

Oh dear Max. Tim Vissers response sums it up really. I know rugby players aren't always the sharpest tools in the shed but that's some woefully uninformed and poorly timed drivel.

There was a time when Max and Thom looked like future stars for Scotland. Sadly wasn't to be.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sun 05 Apr 2020, 11:57 pm

Just follow Max’s brother, Thom, so you can see pictures of his mrs...

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Post by 123456789. on Mon 06 Apr 2020, 12:53 am

Max Evans has a decent career and in a better Scotland team would have done very well I imagine. One of the few backs from his era that would be in and around the squad today. He wasn’t as good as Jones or Hutchinson when they’re on form, nor as solid as Harris but he wouldn’t have been far off. Thom Evans was a very good player and if it wasn’t for his horrific injury would have been nailed on as a starter for years.

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