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  1. Did Kat have that? Definitely existed
  2. I heard there was no other woman involved, certainly. re Batley and Spen. Jeez Galloway is odious. While I think Owen Jones can make good points, he looked horribly comfortable with GG. The bravery of Kim Ledbetter to stand is phenomenal, but I have to think the Hancock scandal came at just the right time for that win.
  3. For sure, and it’s semi entertaining to see support for reunification diminish slightly in the Republic. If a referendum in the North were to show a clear wish for reunification, then yes, as a democrat and Irish person, I would have to support it. I wouldn’t be so keen, on say, a hypothetical 52:48 result. The public service and NHS, if nothing else, cost a fortune. Schools are completely different etc. As Hereward has touched on, the policing and military spend would explode. I may be a coward, but there is a bit of, lord let this pass over me it’s even the political parties. Sinn Fein in the South is a different beast to that in the North, catering for fairly disparate tastes (how they pulled that off I’ve no idea!).
  4. Oh @Hereward, I’m so sorry you feel that way. I’ve been a lurker for more time than I like to think about, but I’ve always looked up to you, and admired and respected your views. As an Irish person in Ireland, we are probably culturally conditioned to revile the stories (those in the UK possibly less so), and many years ago I would have instinctively objected to your frank support for the Conservatives, but as I’ve aged I see how those views were formed. I could always see you held them in good faith though, and your explaining how and why gave me pause for thought. I probably put you in the Ken Clarke, David Gawke, Matthew Paris camp, and I would have a lot of sympathy with them. In UK terms, I’ve probably evolved to Lib Dem. am extremely grateful that I live in Ireland where pr-stv means that votes can and do shift easily. anyway, you are appreciated, I’d love to be your friend, and I miss the tractor porn jokes.
  5. Congrats on the Baba (and commiseration on the cmpa/ intolerance. In one of the (few) truly progressive things my co has done, is introduce 8 weeks fully paid paternity leave to all new fathers. It’s great. A friend of mine is looking at his second (in 2 years) in November. 6 yers go, as the mum, I got 18 weeks fully paid (then 10 @230€ a week), and now the dads are getting 8 weeks. It’s truly fab.
  6. I understand that the COVID architecture was on different (modern) systems and is mostly autonomous from HSe legacy infrastructure (thankfully). Easter didn’t appear to bounce that high so I don’t expect the previous (extension of travel limits, introduction of outside sports eg golf, tennis, limited amateur soccer, GAA etc) relaxation to bump much, and this weeks relaxation won’t show too next week. J was shouting with delight when told he could register for vaccine next week. He didn’t expect to be so moved.
  7. For sure. It’s still going on. A friend of mine was bringing his daughter to the Rotunda (very badly impacted, one of the 3 maternity hospitals in Dublin) and apparently it’s really tough. Loads of staff working OT, days off etc, but very difficult, slow and time consuming. Coming into the 5th day now. (Obvs know they are based abroad, and many are state sponsored, so utter pipedream alert). I’d love to see them tried for attempted murder on thousands of counts. Utter barstewards. COVID wise, Ireland appears to be in an ok place. First day of non essential retail today since just after Xmas. Hotels back in 3 weeks. Hopefully outdoor dining at a similar time (all restaurants have been closed since Xmas). Currently vaccinating 50-59 yr olds. Good take up rated. NIAC (national immunisation advisory council) owed the use of AZ and J&J to those under 50 provided an mRNA isn’t available, which should be helpful. Expecting registration for vaccination to be opened for 40-49 year olds late this week, early next week. Probably another 4 weeks before they get to 30-39 year olds though, as the 40s is a very large cohort.
  8. This sounds lovely, though I’m more likely to have for lunch than dinner. I’d been looking for a good home made soup that wasn’t either cauliflower, or butternut squash/sweet potato. I never think my tomato or mushroom soups are worth the effort to do at home.
  9. Oh I’m like a zoo keeper at the penguin enclosure at feeding time, instead of fish it’s haribo and rice cakes. the problem is she runs interference with the 2 year old. He’s much happier doing whatever she does. And tbf, she is very good. Also, she thinks Khan kids is a video game. He is a terror though.
  10. Nope. No vaccines here for those under ?65 without underlying vulnerability or front line health care worker. Will be age based from here (which I agree with) but as in late 30s will probably be late May/early June before I get my first sho
  11. I love my children. They are 2 and 6. They are funny, and kind, and interesting and BLOODY IMPOSSIBLE to work with effectively. Te first two COVID cases got diagnosed in their Creche which means 2 weeks (assuming they are negative ) of them being home while I try to work. And it’s awful. It just is. Between requests for nappy changes, or fighting, or requests fr treats as they know I’ll say yes to shut them up. Argh.
  12. Argh. The first two positive cases in my children’s Creche today. Small likely to be home for 2 weeks. Big probably out of school too. I HATE working with a 2 year old in the house. Looks like work hours just expanded to as and when seven through eleven. Hoping I’ll get my first shot in May, probably June though. excuse me while I go order premium spirits
  13. Is Book 5 nearly done? Would be wonderful if so
  14. I nominated novels, and nominated what I enjoyed, which was, this year, all books by women. I typically prefer to read novel length fantasy to sci fi, and I nominated in accordance with that for novels (I nominated some sci fi shorter fiction by both men and women). There are authors I like, follow on SM, whose books I read in 2020/21 that I didn’t nominate, so it wasn’t solely SM focused. I don’t see how or why I should have to explain or apologise for my all female novel slate though. I’d be quite happy to nominate men next year, if I enjoyed their work. I do think the snide blog post was unwarranted so I’ll probably make an effort to see some of the other nommed work, or simply vote no award
  15. So with less than 3 weeks of nominating left is anyone here nominating anything. I think I will nominate A Deadly education by Naomi Novik. I know I read a short by Elizabeth Bear I liked so will have to look that up . I think Ursula Vernon / T kingfisher might have something nominatable. Otherwise I’m not sure I read that much new this year.
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