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  2. Thank you so much, Firefox et al... You 'done a great job in blocking all of my advertising tracking codes. Thus making all of my websites virtually worthless... Well-done, that man! (...or woman, as the case may be...) Thank you so much!!! Great job!!! 😄
  3. Vic Rolfe

    Online shopping

    I'm working nights at the moment, by the way...
  4. Vic Rolfe

    Online shopping

    I love online shopping, Why? Because if I have to get out of my bed during the day, to go to a supermarket for my groceries - guarantied, I will have to carry whatever I have wasted my money on into the house by myself. But, if I order my stuff online, I can amost guarantee that someone else will do the job for me!! 😂 🙂
  5. Vic Rolfe

    A message to Meimei

    Just for the record, here is a copy of my youngest daughter's epitaph for Meimei: And here was my reply. It's basically a Message to Meimei, wherever she is now! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
  6. Meimei was my dearly loved 14 year-old Siberian Husky in the Philippines. She passed-away peacefully the other day. I can't complain at that as she was well-loved and well looked after by my two youngest daughters. She enjoyed life. She was a real surviver and she lived to a ripe old age. My only regret is that due to these ridiculous and largely useless travel bans, I was not able to be with her even once during the last 15 months of her life. 'Just one more of the billions of Covid-19 fall-out stories from around the world... I rescued her from a pet shop when she was only 18
  7. Vic Rolfe

    Skin Gunk

    So I am (or was?) a highfalutin Marine Consultant. 700 quid a day. No problem and no questions asked. Until Covid struck... Grounded! At the best of times, an onboard Client Rep. is only as good as his or her last job. And most of us are self-employed. So we need the big bucks to carry us through the hard times. No company pensions or sick pay for the likes of us... And then here comes this cellulitis out of nowhere. A highly debilitating disease that can lead to amputation or even death if not treated correctly. I won't go into details here but, suffice it to say that I would, with
  8. Beer brewing has been going well. But some work would be better...

  9. Available to travel from Bristol, UK, late PM for any Cable or Offshore Wind Client Rep. work - OIM, DPO or similar - and/or general project assistance, if required.
  10. Undergoing ENG-1 and UK Offshore Medical examinations.
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    In Norwich, UK, throughout, for GWO-BST, BOSIET and MIST training courses.
  12. I have finally had enough of the Financial Times and have now cancelled my subscription. When asked for my feedback, this is what I gave them: I could have added that in the good old days, the ft was a highly respected "paper of record." Nowadays, I have better things to spend my money on.
  13. 'Finally Getting off CS NIWA and heading for the UK - hopefully!! (Five months into a six week project?!!)
  14. And more power to Lord Sumption !! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8281007/Former-Supreme-Court-judge-LORD-SUMPTION-gives-withering-critique-Governments-lockdown.html https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2020/03/lord-sumption-speaks-against-hysteria-driven-government-policy-.html
  15. More power to Anders Tegnell !! All makt åt Anders Tegnell !! !! My letter to the ft. Needless to say, they didn't publish this. So, haha, I decided to publish it myself: Just in case you should decide to publish my letter, please do feel free to edit as necessary - as long as you maintain the essence of my point. Thank you - and keep up the generally hi
  16. Here's someone talking some sense, for once, in this crisis: You don't need to take my word for it. This is from a former Supreme Court Judge in the UK: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8281007/Former-Supreme-Court-judge-LORD-SUMPTION-gives-withering-critique-Governments-lockdown.html For the record, I do not consider Lord Sumption's comments extreme in the least. I would place his views firmly in the middle ground when it comes to the great lock-down debate. I agree with every single word that Lord Sumption wrote. I would like to go even further and bring in the
  17. Well worth a read International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) - report from a webinar with Anders Tegnell: https://www.icfj.org/news/swedens-top-epidemiologist-challenges-conventional-wisdom-covid-19 And well-worth watching Johan Giesecke's LockdownTV video conference interview for The Post, at Unherd.com: https://unherd.com/thepost/coming-up-epidemiologist-prof-johan-giesecke-shares-lessons-from-sweden/?=thepostindexfrmemail
  18. A while back, antibody testing was all going to be a big thing. Boris, before he got totally lead astray by his advisors, reckoned at one point that it was going to be a "game-changer..." Now, all of that has disappeared from the daily propaganda because extensive anti-body testing throughout a representative sample of the UK population is liable to prove that the UK Government didn't do their homework. They put too much faith in a single, grossly flawed model - and then they made a complete and utter mess of things. And don't tell me that we don't have a reliable antibody
  19. Anders Tegnell - my hero!! (And I want one of those T-shirts!!) From Prospect Magazine, May 01, 2020: https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/will-swedens-herd-immunity-experiment-pay-off The title of the article is a little misleading, since Anders himself has said that Sweden is not running an experiment - and allowing the building-up of a widespread immunity to the SARS-Cov-2 virus among the Swedish population was never a part of the the plan... (Sorry, I just can't bring myself to use that "H" word, when referring to widespread immunity to a
  20. The cover photo shows the Perfect Strangers Band, with Bhebot on lead guitar at the Amazonia Bar in Ermita, Manila - some time in August, 2005 Here's the lyrics to the Led Zeppelin song, the title of which I stole for my blog! Ramble On - from Led Zep II Led Zeppelin - Ramble On Lyrics Courtesy of azlyrics.com
  21. From the Spectator - 4th May, 2020: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/sweden-tames-its-r-number-without-lockdown (My emphasis...) And they, (the UK Government,) still don't seem to get it? The only question now, in my mind, is why has the UK, despite all of its efforts with a full-on lock-down for weeks on end, had a much higher death rate than Sweden, where they never did go into lock-down? (Social distancing and several other measures, yes - but not a full-on lock-down by any stretch of the imagination...) Possibly, Sweden's much
  22. 'Just as well I am not in Thailand right now - after four months on a dry ship... I see that they have now extended their alcohol ban - (or "booze ban" as the Bangkok Post calls it, in line with the government party line) - until the end of May... "Booze ban"? So, what...? One is allowed to have a glass off fine wine, is one? Or is alcohol in any shape or form hence forth to be known by the derogatory term for cheep beer?

  23. Well... Four weeks into a two week quarantine in the UAE - and they still won't let us out of here. Well done, lads...

  24. Cover image: NOW AND THEN: The Seaman’s Union on Ruperra Street, Newport - used with the very kind permission of the South Wales Argus Before you shoot me, please note the quotation marks! So who did say that? During a recent email rant with a friend of mine, over not being able to get off a ship in the UAE, having already spent four weeks in quarantine - and despite the fact that Emirates are providing a limited number of repatriation flights to the UK - I mentioned to him that nothing had changed since the 1966 seaman's strike. We are still treated like the "scum of the
  25. I see that Thailand have extended the ban on international passenger flight arrivals, (with the usual minor exceptions,) until the end of May. Oh... And British Airways are about to cut 12,000 jobs. Which totally pales into insignificance, of course, behind the World Food Program's analysis: WFP Chief warns of hunger pandemic as COVID-19 spreads And that's on top of the existing 135 million who are already in that position. Bringing the grand total to over a quarter of a billion... I would just rephrase that bit about "due to Co
  26. Look after your immune system! Healthy diet Plenty of exercise And less stress Healthy diets and less stress will be easier to achieve all round if we don't completely destroy our economy? The human immune system is a pretty amazing thing - but you do need to look after it. A basically healthy person can get away with a few vitamin tablets to substitute for a less than ideal diet. And you can also get away with some halfhearted exercise - at least, as far as your immune system is concerned. But what your immune system doesn't need is stress. So let's all get
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