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1  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: An Animal Abroad on: June 13, 2024, 07:21:39 AM
Great stuff animal.  Keep it up!
2  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: An Animal Abroad on: June 10, 2024, 09:47:19 AM
Welll done mate.  Really enjoying reading these updates!
3  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: An Animal Abroad on: June 10, 2024, 07:18:31 AM
Fantastic read.   Good luck!
4  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: An Animal Abroad on: June 07, 2024, 02:21:53 AM
Unlucky sir!
5  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: An Animal Abroad on: June 04, 2024, 09:37:48 AM
Great read Animal.  Wishing you the best.
6  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: An Animal Abroad on: June 02, 2024, 04:10:33 PM
Great stuff animal.  Used to love your blog!
7  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: The *official* "whatever happened to?" thread on: November 23, 2020, 08:24:18 AM
FAO Camel, Rick & others who may be interested.

Kush has had more health problems, & is currently in Harefield Hospital where he expects he may have to remain for an extended period. He's bearing up well though & is bright & cheerful, & told me he hopes to be back on the blonde streets again very soon.

He sent me a PM on blonde, so if you want to wish him well personally you could try sending him a PM, or relay the message via me. 

Oh damn, thought he was well on the mend.

Hope he makes it out for Xmas, their dinner portions are not good for that!

Can thank him for getting you posting again, at least Wink

Hi guys,

I am out of hospital sooner than had been expected (today at short notice, they let me home with monitors attached), I was only in for 5 days and things went well. I’ll be back in next week but things are back to looking up again for now. It seems the immunotherapy has messed with my adrenal glands but hasn’t doesn’t significant or lasting damage to my heart. The issues should be able to be sorted with drugs and from February when the immunotherapy ends I should be back in good shape for a while.

Thanks for the kind messages👍

Glad to here you are out Kush.  All the best.  Dung
8  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: The Next President of the United States on: August 04, 2020, 06:43:01 PM
Brilliant running commentary as always Mint.  Surely the best source of American political insight outside of the US.  Dung.
9  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Give me a break on: June 25, 2020, 02:27:29 PM
Did Selby just go through a mini session without scoring a point?
10  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: COVID19 on: June 04, 2020, 08:29:59 PM
Spain cooking the books?

https://twitter.com/jburnmurdoch/status/1268450736398098433?s=21

11  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Get well soon Camel. on: June 01, 2020, 06:43:46 PM
All the best Camel.
12  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: COVID19 on: May 28, 2020, 01:49:00 PM
There’s been a lot of posts here that actually belong on the politics thread.

Notwithstanding that, thank you Jon MW (& Science Wife) for providing objective, non-partisan and knowledgeable commentary. I know it’s too much to ask that some of the others follow your example; I thought you should know that there’s probably quite a few of us that appreciate your input.

Too many issues in this crisis are media-led, with subsequent commentary politically motivated. As I think you’ve already said, the time for detailed analysis and maybe leveling objective criticism, will be when we’ve got Covid under control (beaten when there’s a vaccine).

Don’t get me wrong, I think there’s a lot that with hindsight could have been done differently, but I totally reject any suggestions that a government of a different hue would be in any better shape than we are now. It’s one thing making the decisions, and another to be standing in the crowd and saying “No, you’re wrong, you dipshit”.

Quite - it's nonsensical that a poster who is highly anti Conservative and uses "dipshit" to describe his political opponents then claims he is impartial about COVID.
13  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: COVID19 on: May 10, 2020, 06:48:33 PM
tbf, this consigns the vulnerable and just scared (for want of a better word) to an undefined period of doing nothing much until vaccines etc but I think that's better than what I view as a ludicrous situation today where most people could pretty safely keep calm and carry on.

Think the problem is that most people are borderline idiots, otherwise I'd agree.

I could do another year of this, so it doesn't bother me one bit, other than not enough takeaways about.

Think there's loads of people like you Marky.and pretty sure for a reasonable number of people it's almost ideal. Aside from seeing my family and the odd visit to a restaurant or pub it's pretty perfectly suited to me too.

But it's killing the jobs of so many otherwise fit and self employed trades people as well as in other decent mid size companies I'm not sure the ends, today, justify the means. Someone has to work to pay for all the public sector jobs and delish pensions.

It definitely gets to a point where we have to take our medicine, and given that the gov said they're going to be trying to wean people off the furlough dough and get them back to work, I can't see it's long from coming.

My brother had a couple weeks off, but I reckon a fair few self-employed are already back to work. He is only working on jobs he doesn't have to deal with any customers, and using his regular labourer, a Portuguese lad that is sensible and does what he's told.


Not sure why Govt needs to "wean people off furlough".  Just announce a date for the end of the scheme.

If there isn't some kind of weaning to match the gradual build up of people actually returning to work there is going to be huge numbers of redundancies, many of which will be aligned so the furlough scheme is paying peoples notice.

They need to taper it down over the coming months gradually and introduce part time furloughing.

Seems artificial to me. Why do we now think benefits should effectively be 80% of salary?   If all these people are getting made redundant, then that is what the benefits system is for?   I don't see why Bob gets paid 80% salary when he is in reality out of work the minute furlough ends, while Dave gets his JSA just because he was unlucky enough to be out of work before COVID?

If your happy that 2m people are going to become redundant due to the virus rather than their work or their employers decisions and then let them struggle to find any kind of similar role then there's absolutely no reason to mess around weaning!

Sure, some of them should be going anyway and there will have been some good luck/bad luck situations around timing.

Personally I think softening this blow is probably a good plan.

60% July with introduction of part time furlough
40% August
Finished 31st August

Is better than just cutting it dead on the 30th June



Happy is the wrong word! That said millions lost their job after credit crisis and the current benefit system was deemed good enough for them so I don’t see why Covid redundancies gets special treatment.

Because they're not redundancies. Furlough means temporary, redundancy means your job has gone.

Redundant would be of no one was ever going to go to the pub again for example. I'm pretty sure most people will just go back to what they were doing before after it's all over

Yes obviously.  But if the furlough is just extended because it is known that the workers will be made redundant when it's over then it's just benefits dressed up by another name.  It's only furlough if the jobs exist when they go back.

Hence there is no need to "wean people off" furlough.  End it (at the right time) and you are either employed or redundant.
14  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: COVID19 on: May 10, 2020, 02:25:28 PM
tbf, this consigns the vulnerable and just scared (for want of a better word) to an undefined period of doing nothing much until vaccines etc but I think that's better than what I view as a ludicrous situation today where most people could pretty safely keep calm and carry on.

Think the problem is that most people are borderline idiots, otherwise I'd agree.

I could do another year of this, so it doesn't bother me one bit, other than not enough takeaways about.

Think there's loads of people like you Marky.and pretty sure for a reasonable number of people it's almost ideal. Aside from seeing my family and the odd visit to a restaurant or pub it's pretty perfectly suited to me too.

But it's killing the jobs of so many otherwise fit and self employed trades people as well as in other decent mid size companies I'm not sure the ends, today, justify the means. Someone has to work to pay for all the public sector jobs and delish pensions.

It definitely gets to a point where we have to take our medicine, and given that the gov said they're going to be trying to wean people off the furlough dough and get them back to work, I can't see it's long from coming.

My brother had a couple weeks off, but I reckon a fair few self-employed are already back to work. He is only working on jobs he doesn't have to deal with any customers, and using his regular labourer, a Portuguese lad that is sensible and does what he's told.


Not sure why Govt needs to "wean people off furlough".  Just announce a date for the end of the scheme.

If there isn't some kind of weaning to match the gradual build up of people actually returning to work there is going to be huge numbers of redundancies, many of which will be aligned so the furlough scheme is paying peoples notice.

They need to taper it down over the coming months gradually and introduce part time furloughing.

Seems artificial to me. Why do we now think benefits should effectively be 80% of salary?   If all these people are getting made redundant, then that is what the benefits system is for?   I don't see why Bob gets paid 80% salary when he is in reality out of work the minute furlough ends, while Dave gets his JSA just because he was unlucky enough to be out of work before COVID?

If your happy that 2m people are going to become redundant due to the virus rather than their work or their employers decisions and then let them struggle to find any kind of similar role then there's absolutely no reason to mess around weaning!

Sure, some of them should be going anyway and there will have been some good luck/bad luck situations around timing.

Personally I think softening this blow is probably a good plan.

60% July with introduction of part time furlough
40% August
Finished 31st August

Is better than just cutting it dead on the 30th June



Happy is the wrong word! That said millions lost their job after credit crisis and the current benefit system was deemed good enough for them so I don’t see why Covid redundancies gets special treatment.
15  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: COVID19 on: May 10, 2020, 10:22:29 AM
tbf, this consigns the vulnerable and just scared (for want of a better word) to an undefined period of doing nothing much until vaccines etc but I think that's better than what I view as a ludicrous situation today where most people could pretty safely keep calm and carry on.

Think the problem is that most people are borderline idiots, otherwise I'd agree.

I could do another year of this, so it doesn't bother me one bit, other than not enough takeaways about.

Think there's loads of people like you Marky.and pretty sure for a reasonable number of people it's almost ideal. Aside from seeing my family and the odd visit to a restaurant or pub it's pretty perfectly suited to me too.

But it's killing the jobs of so many otherwise fit and self employed trades people as well as in other decent mid size companies I'm not sure the ends, today, justify the means. Someone has to work to pay for all the public sector jobs and delish pensions.

It definitely gets to a point where we have to take our medicine, and given that the gov said they're going to be trying to wean people off the furlough dough and get them back to work, I can't see it's long from coming.

My brother had a couple weeks off, but I reckon a fair few self-employed are already back to work. He is only working on jobs he doesn't have to deal with any customers, and using his regular labourer, a Portuguese lad that is sensible and does what he's told.


Not sure why Govt needs to "wean people off furlough".  Just announce a date for the end of the scheme.

If there isn't some kind of weaning to match the gradual build up of people actually returning to work there is going to be huge numbers of redundancies, many of which will be aligned so the furlough scheme is paying peoples notice.

They need to taper it down over the coming months gradually and introduce part time furloughing.

Seems artificial to me. Why do we now think benefits should effectively be 80% of salary?   If all these people are getting made redundant, then that is what the benefits system is for?   I don't see why Bob gets paid 80% salary when he is in reality out of work the minute furlough ends, while Dave gets his JSA just because he was unlucky enough to be out of work before COVID?
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