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  1. Without wishing to invite ridicule of the “ bringing apple for teacher” variety I’d like to echo this and specifically thank @limpidfor the fact the site exists. I don’t see people outside my missus and kids except at the Matches. I’m at home all the time ( which I usually like ). I watch CNN for its excellent reporting. And, recently, my mind has been fully focussed on this, and what to do for myself and my family. Its tough. At times it’s utterly utterly terrifying. Despair pops in occasionally of course. Ive had a breakdown in the past, 6 years ago, and I can struggle with anxiety, although ( for the most part CBT has nailed that. At 58, Ive had heart, lung, and kidney problems in the last few years. So I’ve got a fair cocktail in all that to make dealing with all this difficult. The fact that - at any time day or night - there are people, from all over the world, on this site, chatting, posting thoughts, information, fears, and hopes, and the fact that they all ( well, most ) feel like friends, and that I trust what they are saying,is important beyond measure. Thats quite some contribution Limpid and VT
    20 points
  2. 13 points
  3. Kinda. I’ve booked my mother-in-law on a cruise.
    13 points
  4. Not bad unless you want bog roll, mince, pasta or tinned tomatoes. On that basis, I think the UK is expecting to see it all out on the back of some badly cooked Spag Bol.
    9 points
  5. I went into Sainsburys in Mere Green earlier and I could not believe the amount of old people that were out and about and I mean in some instances really old. Most shocking though was seeing a really old guy on sticks, with his elderly wife and what I imagine was their middle aged daughter. Why are these really vulnerable people out. Why aren't relatives, friends, neighbours making sure they stay in and doing their shopping for them and not as I saw taking them along. I don't feel the penny has dropped for many in this country and I think that comes from lack of action by Government. Aside from asking people to wash their hands more there has been zero action. Old people should have been advised to stay in, not simply not go on a cruise ship, and others should be being told to do their shopping etc for them. This is literally life or death for many and our inaction is shocking.
    9 points
  6. The problem is people have been voting for the words removed since 1979, apart from a tory-lite Blair peroid where the NHS was put back on the rails slightly, and the NHS has been decimated. The UK has HALF of the beds per 1000 people than here in Italy. That's right, third world Italy is twice as well prepared in terms of hospital beds as is the Great British UK. I have a mate up in the mountains near Bergamo, just outside of the first red zones over here (now whole country) and it's pretty bad up there. The hospitals are only handling virus cases and struggling to keep people alive. Imagine tackling the same thing but with half the beds. The UK population is denser packed than here too, like the north of Italy but right the way up to Leeds/Manchester. If the extreme right, and let's face it that's what Cummings/De Pfeffel Johnson and the ERG dickwads that are in government are, thinks it's wise to go for the insanity that is "herd immunity" without a vaccine available then it is institutional manslaughter. Figures of 60% infection rate for this idea of "herd immunity" would mean (guessing low on all these numbers) about 36m people infected, at a 1% death rate that's 360000 dead in the UK. Does that sound like a **** plan? I've already been arguing with some EDL/Nationalist/Brexit/Hopkins profile types on Twitter who have said shit like it'll be good to get rid of the weak. If things have gone that far up there then you might as well call it the fourth Reich and **** off. The WHO have said the UK's "plan" is completely misguided, the only way to handle this is with lots of testing, containment measures to stop people leaving their houses and spreading the shit around, tracking of people's movement identified as positive and shutting down everything that is non essential. When it broke over here lots of people, me included, thought it would be like a bad seasonal flu, a few people might die and it would quickly go away. Things have gone very serious very fuckign fast here, I have to go in a couple of prisons for my work. To get there I have to download a form to declare I've not got any symptoms and my route etc. and sign it. Then when I get there I have to disinfect my hands, wear a mask and sign another form to get in. Once in the offices I have to disinfect my hands again, then same on the way out and repeat for prison number two. If I didn't have the document declaring I had no symptoms and was stopped by the caribinieri outside of the district that issued my ID card I get a fine and possible prison time. Same should happen up there right now if you stand a chance of containing it. Only reasons permissible to leave your house is work, health reasons, or being on your own to do the shopping for the whole family. Only chemists and food shops are open, with restricted hours and they have to work out the max number of people allowed in the shop based on square mater area and distances have to be respected. If you go out in the car, there is max 2 ppl allowed in the car, one in the front, one in the back. This is serious, anyone treating at as not so is a dangerously misguided dickhead.
    8 points
  7. It’s been rough, I’m not gonna lie. Amazon Prime Now crashed a couple of times and I had to wait at least a full minute at Walter Smith butchers, because the bloke in front didn’t know if he wanted a plain sausage roll or a Stilton one (I got both). I did a little cough behind him and he soon hurried up.
    7 points
  8. The best solution I have heard so far is Liverpool are crowned champions. Leeds and Albion are promoted. No relegation. Following season 4 go down and 2 come up. I don’t know how this will determine European places though.
    7 points
  9. What's next? League voided. VAR reviews it. Villa chosen for relegation, clear and obvious mistake not to.
    7 points
  10. One of Sid a true Villa Legend.
    7 points
  11. Villa fans at Highbury in 1981 Villa fans in Aston Park watching vs Ipswich in 1981:
    5 points
  12. Don't want to brag or anything but might have 2 shits today.
    5 points
  13. I think the unprecedented nature of this pandemic means you can make it up as you go along a bit. Clearly the PL don't have a set in stone codified plan for an abandoned season or it would already be reported. Given that, let's try to minimise unfairness as best we can. At this stage, if the season is cancelled entirely and stricken from the records, Liverpool and their idiot supporters are unbelievably, crushingly hard done by. Bookies haven't even been taking bets on them to win the title for weeks. Relegation is still very much a 6-way dogfight. It's sport. We need to be sporting about it.
    5 points
  14. Just have a mass game of wembley doubles. Put a neutral keeper in the sticks. Job done. Viewing figures would be huge.
    5 points
  15. I think we all need to go to the Winchester, have a pint, and wait for all of this to blow over.
    5 points
  16. I'm getting a shirt with COVID, number 19 on the back next season.
    5 points
  17. Either I've totally misunderstood the hundreds of hours of coronavirus news stories that I've watched and read, or there is only one outcome to this Premier League season. It will be cancelled. We haven't even begun to suffer the huge amount of damage and pain that Covid 19 will cause in the next six months and more in the UK. I'd take Villa's relegation if it meant that coronavirus would go away, but sadly that's not an option.
    4 points
  18. I'm in Cadiz, southern Spain at the moment. Well travelled. Quite a strange and apprehensive atmosphere here. Streets deserted, few bars open earlier and now all closed. Beautiful city to wander the empty streets (great photography place) we have been to supermarket to get enough food and vinos to get us through until our flight back on Monday. Lockdown here starts imminently but assume and hope we can fly back to home. We wear masks on flight, and my hands have never been so clean. Take care brothers.
    4 points
  19. That's taking the aversion to salads a step too far.
    4 points
  20. I’ve been on it for two weeks. Digested CNN, read all the research, the lot. Chose the time for family info...got the doubters on board. Everyone knows what to do. With luck, warm weather, and the self care many people are taking we might keep it on the best case side. The panic buying will pass as supplies reappear, some rationing is brought in, and people get over the shock. There is lots of evidence from many past traumatic events in many places to suggest on the whole a disciplined calm will set in at some point. As people get sick, then well, there will be a growing immune population to help out. Its deadly serious, but not the plague. Ive 2 kids and a Son In Law in the forces. There’s a lot of preparations underway to alleviate the problems. ( I’ve no idea what). Italy doesn’t have to be typical. Im now moving into “ good mental health” stage.....there’s nothing more to be achieved, and constantly reading and looking at the topic can no longer add anything beneficial. I hope in time most feel that way and speculation and extreme cases get less ‘unnecessary’ circulation. So that’s me done with news, newspapers, the lot. I’ll keep VT open, but I’ll read very little now. I post this on the off chance it might help one person formulate their thinking. Sorry I’ve gone on. Good luck All
    4 points
  21. Yup. Done it for myself and for the Mother In Law ( we’ve only 1 surviving parent between 2 of us). Im going nowhere. She will walk in her local park, that’s all. Same for both houses.. Systems in place for deliveries, packages, food packaging. Procedure for showering and changing after going out.....only other close family allowed in....they’ve all got the idea re what to do on arrival. Whole house been disinfected, First Aid kits checked, candles etc. Mobile phone ‘ policy’....they are germ collectors so need to be treated carefully. Just in case. It’ll soon be second nature, and hopefully soon become redundant. But worth being a bit excessive rather than regrets later. Good luck Mark
    4 points
  22. I don't see this being an issue, given the broadcasting partners will want to maintain what i'm sure is a very lucrative relationship with the Premier League. There's also no way they can just demand a refund for the entire season when they've made billions in advertising off of what has already been broadcast.
    4 points
  23. The suggestion that Leeds and WBA get promoted is an absolute nonsense. How on earth is that supposed to work then given that other teams can overhaul them with the amount of games left. If you are going to promote with the outcome unknown, you may as well say relegate the three that are in the bottom now. Its just the same theory. Under the most dramatic circumstances with a world pandemic, the only right and proper way to do this is to call the whole season void. You just cannot give or take away things on the basis of probabilities and might be's.
    4 points
  24. Young Jack with The Merse it's in the blood!
    4 points
  25. Opppps, 2% Must of done a Kurlak and finger slipped! Top 4 Aye We
    4 points
  26. Ok you’ve got my attention... now can we get Drinkwater in their side as well somehow?
    4 points
  27. A lot of people on Twitter are mentioning this ‘75% of games played’ rule, which says that a season can be finished if 75% of the games have been played. I think it was in relation to when a club withdraws, but people are saying it could potentially be applied here and the league positions taken as they are. The funny thing is that without playing our game in hand, we haven’t played 75% yet We’re at something like 73.5. How lucky is that. Thanks Arteta
    4 points
  28. I don't really see what the fuss is about. If the season can't be completed in full, then it's void. It's that simple. I wouldn't be promoting or relegating anyone based on an incomplete season. Appreciate it sucks for some clubs, and it's incredibly fortunate for others, but it is what it is. It's that black and white in my mind.
    4 points
  29. Is anyone else using this thread as their main source of info on the coronavirus? Being a misanthrope I haven't changed anything that I usually do, where I work they have hand sanitizer in all the corridors and I have always used them anyway, when I get home I don't have to worry about spreading it to anyone other than myself, I'm just keeping on keeping on right now. Regardless of my apathy towards the whole thing when people are talking about it at work I feel like I'm more well informed than most, in fact people at work have been coming to me for info on what is going on and that is purely from reading this thread, I haven't bothered reading up on it in the newspapers or anything but purely because I've found myself regularly looking at this page. Well done you lot, providing a fair and balanced opinion that everyone else I know (without them even realising) find more informative than the papers.
    4 points
  30. It only takes killing a couple hundred thousand people to keep Villa up. I'm all for it.
    4 points
  31. Thanks for the memories Dean. Time to move on with a new direction at the club. Suso must leave as well. The league is suspended and will not play again for months in my opinion. The new man will have ample time with the players to move things forward. Sad to say that Corona virus might just save our club. The board must act now. VLD.
    4 points
  32. Agreed, probably keeping many people in Whitehall awake too. That said, it *could* be a transformative moment. Suspending our collective cynicism for a minute... IF we are the one country that’s got the response correct and the UK is largely virus proof by late summer, we’ll be one heck of an attractive destination for FDI as the rest of the world struggles with a persistent outbreak - quarantine cycle. Reckon we’re also looking at massive state investment in the economy, seeding and priming start ups in the new industries. Things are likely to be quite different in any case, whether we’ve got this right or wrong.
    3 points
  33. I've been missing football since we last won a match.
    3 points
  34. 3 points
  35. Yep. Even taking out the fact that it would massively benefit us, scrapping the seaosn is clearly the least worst option by far. The only question really is how it's done.
    3 points
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