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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2020, 12:19:58 pm »
It's not just the politics.
Please remember those tens of thousands who've lost someone dear.
This was my  Christmas card this year.....

I couldn't bring myself to produce my usual Land Rover related cards this year. I'll be celebrating (that's not really the word) Christmas apart from my lovely wife. Helena was taken from me on April the fifth by that horrible virus from the east. We were forced apart by the thing three weeks before that day and I was prevented from being anywhere near her from that day on. I was given no chance to say "Goodbye" or to be with her at the end. In fact I was never told how seriously ill she was.
Helena had taken a fall at home in February and broken her pelvis. After a brief stay in hospital she'd been removed to the local Intermediate Care Unit conveniently close to home, in Lewes. By mid-March the pandemic loomed and my daily visits came to a halt. I was reduced to regular phone calls to enquire of her condition. On the last day of March I contracted the virus and was removed to the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath where I remained for the next three weeks. Mine was a reasonably light illness and I was able to continue my frequent phone calls to the Lewes Unit to enquire about Helena. On April the Second they told me that Helena also had also contracted the virus. "Never mind, she'll be fine" I was told, "She'll be home by the time you're recovered." I believed it, every time I phoned it was the same story, "No problems, she's doing fine, nothing to worry about."
On the morning of the fifth of April I overheard a voice on the nearby Ward Sister's mobile phone. Helena had slipped away in the early hours. My wife and my love and my friend of forty years was gone. No chance to see her, no chance to hold her, no chance to even say goodbye. Just gone.
Three weeks later, in the midst of Lockdown, an ambulance returned me to an unbelievably empty home.

I sincerely wish you the happiest of Christmases that the current clime will allow and my very best wishes for a better coming year.
Lord knows, we all need it.
I'm sorry if you had to read this twice to make any sense of it but nothing I do seems to make much sense any more.
Merry Christmas....


I had intended to spend Christmas and the new year with a few friends at the MNRS as my wife and I have done for the last 25+ years.
I internded to take my wife's ashes down for one last visit.....
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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2020, 01:17:31 pm »
“Following the science” would have entailed 90% of the population being told never to leave their house for 1-2 years on pain of summary execution. It would clearly work. They actually did this in Spain pretty much for a while.

So, given that the population were highly unlikely to go along with this, it comes down to how many have to die so you can go out to the shops. 10,000?, 100,000? Anyone want to take a punt on “acceptable losses”?

In a similar vein, it is already clear that “track and trace” has failed in every Western democracy. People don’t comply because they don’t have to. The police won’t enforce any lockdown because they know they will get slapped down.

Or you can live in China, where they do these things.
A touch of reductio ad absurdum there. We could be New Zealand, or South Korea. The society we've now evolved to worships perceived freedom, but of course that's always at the expense of others.

Getting people to comply has been made a damn sight more difficult by Johnson allowing his henchman to get away with a flagrant breach of covid regulations, giving the opportunity for the irresponsible to think that gives them carte blanche to act in the same way.
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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2020, 07:51:29 pm »
Global Moderator Comment Brexit-related posts split to new Topic https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=27340.0
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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2020, 10:03:47 pm »
Thank you Laurie for your heartfelt Christmas card post.  All the best for the coming year.  It must be hard hearing the covid word and argument on a daily basis.

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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #29 on: December 23, 2020, 12:31:29 pm »
There's something about the caving fraternity that is unique.
I could not wish for a more wonderful group of friends as I have in the Members of the MNRC.
Also I'm sure they are representative of all caving clubs throughout the country.
Thankyou one and all.
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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #30 on: December 23, 2020, 01:44:26 pm »
Best wishes from me too, though we've never met - you've had a tougher year than most of us, and your company is appreciated!

Happy Christmas  :hug:

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« Reply #31 on: December 23, 2020, 03:41:46 pm »
And the same from me, Laurie.
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« Reply #32 on: December 23, 2020, 04:49:44 pm »
And me.
"That, of course, is the dangerous part about caves:  you don't know how far they go back, sometimes... or what is waiting for you inside."   JRR Tolkein: "The Hobbit"

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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #33 on: December 24, 2020, 07:31:01 am »
I couldn’t agree with you more Laurie about the uniqueness of the caving community.
I obviously have differences of opinion to some people on this site.  However the love of caving binds us all.
There is nothing better to clear your mind of all other thoughts and problems than to enter a cave and traverse it in the best possible style your team can achieve..  working together, Immersing yourself in the environment of the cave. 

I walk mostly these days and your mind can wander back to the problems you face from time to time.  It never does in caves, even when you are waiting for your turn to descend pitch.

I love reading caving stories.  You can’t get enough of those.  I’m sorry I can’t contribute to that core part of this site.

I think that’s why the friendships formed underground are so strong.


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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #34 on: December 24, 2020, 05:21:43 pm »
You could say the same about the Club motorcycling scene.
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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #35 on: December 28, 2020, 12:08:08 pm »
Oh what lovely people. I seem to remember skiers brought it back from their last winter holidays. Now this lot are on the run. So will they be allowed back in? Can we get their names and addresses? Perhaps a public flogging on The One Show might be appropriate?

bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55465079

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More than 200 British skiers fled a coronavirus quarantine in the popular Swiss resort of Verbier on Saturday night, reports say.

A spokesman in Valais canton said 420 British guests had booked into Verbier accommodation before Christmas and now only about a dozen were left.

Switzerland imposed a 10-day quarantine backdated to 14 December because of the new virus strain spreading in the UK.

The country also stopped flights from the UK and South Africa on 20 December.

Some Swiss hoteliers only discovered the guests had vanished when room service trays were left untouched outside doors, Swiss media reported. Others were called by British tourists demanding their money back once they had safely crossed into France, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes reports from Geneva.

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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #36 on: December 28, 2020, 12:32:21 pm »
Meanwhile - from the almost empty space that occupies Michael O'Leary's head - apart from the tiny corner dedicated to shafting everyone - 'Jab And Go!':

https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en

Needless to say most of the happy young people on the ad currently saturating Sky News won't even have been vaccinated by the time their 'summer holiday' comes around. That's assuming any of the countries featured in the ad will let UK visitors enter by then. Anyway, it's not going down too well it seems - anywhere.

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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #37 on: December 29, 2020, 10:25:11 am »
Dirty old mines need love too....

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Re: The Eyam Spirit???
« Reply #38 on: December 29, 2020, 10:51:47 am »
Funnily enough the media, especially the BBC, seemed to be doing their best to avoid mentioning this skiing story other than as a 'News in Brief', especially given the 'ambiguities' about how they got there, where they've gone to, how they're getting home and who will meet them when they do. I wonder why, given it's of huge importance in a pandemic? Could it possibly because some of their friends and colleagues are there? Perhaps their sons and daughters are currently beach-partying in Sydney?

We're not doing very well at promoting the 'New Way' of post-Brexit Britain around the world, are we?

 

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