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Auld-Yin

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I've got family in Seafield - pm me her maiden name and I'll try dig up some stuff for you to tease her with.
I'm divorced now but I could probably tell you much about the goings on on Seafield!!!!
 

Auld-Yin

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It was indeed :-D
I will declare that I had little (none) input to the arrangements as it all took place between a NI emergency tour (Motorman) and an exercise in Norway, the summer Ex at Bardufoss in N Norway as part of the AMF(L) infantry battalion.

I also have to state that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, that is the only time I visited and stopped in Blackburn! :)
 

Fang_Farrier

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As a dentist, do you support all the shutting down of dental treatment due to this nonsense? Do you think Dental Surgeries are really a hotbed of Covid transmission?

I am possibly not the best person to ask, my style has often been described as the opposite to Risk averse!

Also, as a PDS dentist, I have been working throughout in the Urgent Dental Care Centres so that may also skew my viewpoint, as will the fact that I am living and working in one of the least affect areas in the UK.

Dentistry has always worked on the principle of Universal Precautions, as such we assume that everybody might have something. Thus we have worn, gloves, eye protection, tunics, (even the shoes are proscribed) since the 80s when HIV came on the scene. Although HIV was the driver, what was noticed very quickly that dentists and nurses' experience of herpes dropped dramatically. It used to be a real occupational hazard, both in nail beds and in eyes.

So when this pandemic started, as a profession it was recognised that we were more at risk due to the nature of producing aerosols during our work,., the TLA AGP was suddenly vital to our existence. Aerosol Generating Procedures.

The initial approach was that we would divide patients into red and green pathways, similar to how it was being done elsewhere in medicine. (Covid+ and Covid-) however it was decided that in fact it should be on a procedural basis, given that we just don't know who is Covid+ or not.

For low risk procedures we will wear gloves, surgical mask, visor, plastic apron.

For high risk, gloves, FFP3 mask, visor (with foam at top to stop aerosol falling into eyes), surgical gown. It also be worn with a head covering, overshoes and at one stage we were double gloved.

So now we have lists of procedures that are definitely AGPs, those that might be and those that are probably not.
For instance if we use short blasts of our air spray we are probably safe enough but if used in a prolonged fashion then it is an AGP. However nobody will tell us what is a short burst and what is prolonged!

However, latest estimates show that since we stopped in March, there have been well over 20 million treatments less than for the same period last year (over 2 million in Scotland). For us to have continued safely with the required PPE, then it would have required a minimum of an additional 40 million complete sets of PPE for the dental teams at a time when the supply of it was already limited.

So in summary, I feel we perhaps over reacted, but then again, hindsight has shown that this was the case across the entire NHS.
I was never given an option of whether to continue to work or not. the PDS were expected to man the UDCC but For someone of my experience it was a piece of the proverbial! All those years of NBC training as a cold war warrior came flooding back.
 
Oh how I laughed.

The MP for Skye, Lochaber and Ross is accused of libelling Ollie Taylor by using Twitter to ask if he had a “valid reason” for taking pictures of the Northern Lights in Caithness at the weekend.
He told how Mr Blackford called him yesterday to try to defuse the row, adding: “He’d deliberately stoked the fire then tried to run away.
“He grovelled a bit, even more, so it seemed when I told him lawyers had contacted me.
“We had a small chat about the fact he has distant English ancestry, and I have a mix of Scottish, English and Irish family.”
In Mr Taylor’s letter of claim, his lawyer Charles Holland points out that his client lives in Halkirk, Caithness and is paying council tax.
It also accuses Mr Blackford of behaving in a manner that was “likely to cause serious harm” to Mr Taylor’s reputation by falsely suggesting he had “committed a criminal offence.”
The letter alleges Mr Blackford sought to humiliate and shame the photographer, adding: “My client appears to be the only recipient of a tweet of this nature from you.
“My client and no other person has been selected by you for a public dressing-down.
“This constitutes unlawful discrimination and harassment.
“You sought to bully my client in public, and you did so in a fashion that can fairly be described as menacing and sinister.
“Your tweet appears to have been designed to humiliate my client. It was discriminatory.”

Did you read Scotlands mammy's response? She said he was, as always, dignified in apologising :)
I never knew Sutherland was part of Blackfords constituency. Mebbe the boundary changes expanded it.
 

Fang_Farrier

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Did you read Scotlands mammy's response? She said he was, as always, dignified in apologising :)
I never knew Sutherland was part of Blackfords constituency. Mebbe the boundary changes expanded it.

Sutherland is LibDem territory

As is Caithness, where the victim resides
 

HCL

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I will declare that I had little (none) input to the arrangements as it all took place between a NI emergency tour (Motorman) and an exercise in Norway, the summer Ex at Bardufoss in N Norway as part of the AMF(L) infantry battalion.

I also have to state that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, that is the only time I visited and stopped in Blackburn! :)

Which one? The Scots or Eng one?
 
It's the same commercialised boll0cks being punted everywhere.

The days of family gatherings, listening to Andy Stewart, shortbread, first footing and lump of coal are long gone, except in the fevered imagination of the terminally nostalgic.
Along with days of being able to leave doors unlocked or trusting tradespeople not to rifle through drawers.
 

Fang_Farrier

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Blackford is confused because the victim has taken photographs on SKye
Blackford is confused because he's a bigot. He thought because the guy was English, he must live in England!
He was trying to score cheap political points with the party faithful and indulged in a bit of English bashing. Ithas spectacularly backfired and I hope the courts take a dim view.
If he thinks there aren't any English living in Scotland he should visit his constituants. Skye is full of them.
 
Blackford is confused because he's a bigot. He thought because the guy was English, he must live in England!
He was trying to score cheap political points with the party faithful and indulged in a bit of English bashing. Ithas spectacularly backfired and I hope the courts take a dim view.
If he thinks there aren't any English living in Scotland he should visit his constituants. Skye is full of them.
“I also saw Ian Blackford apologise for doing something that he recognises he shouldn’t have done on Twitter. And I think that’s the right thing, when people get something wrong is to readily apologise for it. And i think that’s the grace and dignity that I associate with Ian Blackford every single day of the week.”


Grace, dignity and Blackford all in the same sentence.
 
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Seadog

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Scotland is first country in the world to make female sanitary products free.

Proposed by SLab and unanimously passed in Holyrood by all political parties.

Credit taken by SNP minority administration.

I read somewhere that not every they is pleased as the free sanitary products are "to benefit girls and women".
 

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