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Laura Corin

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  1. As I haven't provided walk photos for a bit, here are two bunches of flowers I cut from the garden.
  2. @Soror and @Jenny in Florida I'm sorry things are tough right now. ------------------ I managed a proper night's sleep last night. At lunchtime I did a walk-run which felt great. It was more of a HIIT workout than I've done before - sprints then walks up hills between, keeping my heart rate high. It felt good.
  3. Worth reading the whole article for nuance BBC News - Long Covid less common than feared - ONS study https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58584558
  4. Yes. My local cemetery has examples of several family members dying within days in the 19th century.
  5. I spent my honeymoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Idyllic. I can't remember the penguins but otters! Otters!
  6. I have a list of essentials but I try to shop seasonally, looking at what is good right now. At least half of what I buy - by volume in my cart - is veg and fruit, and I'm picky about what I select. So it probably takes half an hour in one shop.
  7. I would suggest Francis Spufford. My favourite is Golden Hill. Light Perpetual is good too.
  8. I think so. A supervisor should know but should also hear what the detective said .
  9. I would also pamper the staff. I make up a Christmas hamper every year for them.
  10. Yes, I ordered labels for my mum. Familiar things around - is there any form of art that she can continue? Music, familiar scents?
  11. Honestly, before Delta I hoped that enough people were getting vaccinated in the UK that something like normal life would be possible. Then Delta, and it all went to hell in a handbasket. I'm sorry. I don't know if this would work for you, but each time I go to see my mum, I do a lateral flow (quick) test in the morning. It's not a perfect system, but it eases my worries a bit.
  12. The UK's death rates have been similar to those in the US, although I think higher vaccination rates in the UK are starting to improve things. I don't know anyone who has died of Covid. A very large proportion of early deaths were in care homes, and my mother's home was not affected.
  13. The latest Tim Spector Zoe video, mostly about vaccines. https://youtu.be/3Jj8Nplg1NI The most striking chart is UK incidence of death compared to vaccination status - official government figures including some Delta. There's also a country comparison for hospital admissions. Most European countries are using some combination of masking, distancing, vaccine passports.
  14. Covid plan for the winter in England. Currently Scotland already has mask mandates for most public indoor areas but England does not. I expect the booster plan to be similar in Scotland, so as an over-50 I will be offered an mRNA booster six months after my second AZ jab, so in November. I have already booked a private flu jab for October- first appt I could get. BBC News - Boris Johnson warns Covid risk remains as he unveils England's winter plan https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58560031
  15. Managed to make it to the little beach after work - ran for less than two miles, but it felt good to do even that much. Walk at lunch, 14,000 steps in all.
  16. It's going to be so hard to work out, with all the other variables - when Delta arrived in different countries, use of different vaccines, etc. However, the most vulnerable - including my 97-y-o mother - actually had the jab - Pfizer - on the original schedule before Christmas. It was only later that the UK went for the 12-week schedule. Very messy data if you try to go beyond the big picture.
  17. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/13/uk-children-aged-12-to-15-to-be-offered-covid-jab
  18. Risk of death from Covid after vaccination. Large sample. BBC News - Covid deaths rare among fully vaccinated - ONS https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58545548
  19. Husband went to see my mum this week to give me a week off. I'm so busy and stressed this week I think I might have lost it otherwise.
  20. I just read that the evening class I am taking is pausing for a cup of tea and a chat half way through. So much for masking. So glad I decided on the remote option.
  21. Delta most common symptoms - large study https://covid.joinzoe.com/post/new-top-5-covid-symptoms
  22. Husband and I receive test kits in the post every two years to complete at home and mail back for analysis.
  23. It was probably Boots the Chemist - that's the biggest chain. I really don't come across murder and mayhem. Recent local crises included: a piece of farm machinery toppling into the village stream, causing temporary diesel pollution; the sighting of someone with a suspicious van who may have been looking for dogs to steal (there are a lot of rumours going around about dognapping, as demand for dogs went skyhigh during the various lockdowns; I'm doubtful that very much of it was actually going on). That's it. Filming is happening of a new set of Val McDermid thrillers that are set in my county - I may have run through the back of a shot.
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