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  2. Hello Everybody!!! I finally get how to do this!!! I've had a few tech problems, but with a lot of help from Merlin I finally learned how to write this simple intro - thank you my friend! Well, I'm Swedish & I've hung out with Merlin and Gregorius on other forums for years. If anyone wonders about my profile image, it's a painting from my absolute favourite painter: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610). Hopefully I'll have fun on this forum!!!
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  3. I've been using NordVPN for several years now and have it always on. Very reasonably priced, very fast, no logs. Works to access Netflicks, etc. Works very well, no serious complaints. I don't access U.S. Netflicks myself but I do think you need to have a U.S. billing address. Also, my belief (and I stand to be corrected), is if you want a good, fast, no logs, reliable VPN you need to pay for it! Period! You get what you pay for as they say!
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  4. Made my appointment this morning! - April 27th. Looking forward to getting it done. Wife had hers a few weeks ago (She's a couple years older than me.) Don't know which one it will be. Hers was Pfizer. I'm 68 so I don't think it will be Astrazenica. I'll update when the deed is done!
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  5. The vaccination rollout here in Australia is basically a bloody mess. By their own admission, the government have botched the process. Now we MAY get it by Christmas
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  6. Hi everyone I was a new person so glad we're here
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  7. COVID-19 vaccines have been effective at keeping people from getting severely ill and dying from the virus, but they’ve required different boosters to try to keep on top of all of the coronavirus variants that have popped up. Now, researchers have discovered an antibody that neutralizes all known COVID-19 variants. The antibody, called SP1-77, is the result of a collaborative effort from researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Duke University. Results from mouse studies they’ve conducted were recently published in the journal Science Immunology, and they look promising. But what does it mean, exactly, to have an antibody that can neutralize all variants of COVID-19, and what kind of impact will this have on vaccines in the future? Here’s what you need to know. What is SP1-77? SP1-77 is an antibody developed by researchers that so far can neutralize all forms of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It was created after researchers modified a mouse model that was originally made to search for broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV, which also mutates. The mice used in the study have built-in human immune systems that mimic the way our immune systems develop better antibodies when we’re exposed to a pathogen. The researchers inserted two human gene segments into the mice, which then created a range of antibodies that humans might make. The mice were then exposed to SARS-CoV-2’s spike protein (which is what the virus uses to latch onto your cells) and produced nine different families of antibodies that bound to the spike protein to try to neutralize it. Those antibodies were then tested and one—SP1-77—was able to neutralize Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and all Omicron strains (including the current circulating ones) of COVID-19. The antibody works in a slightly different way than many of the antibodies people make to vaccines. To infect you, SARS-CoV-2 has to first attach to ACE2 receptors in your cells. The current COVID-19 vaccines block this binding from happening by attaching to the spike protein’s receptor-binding domain (RBD) at certain spots, a press release from Boston Children’s Hospital explains. The SP1-77 antibody also binds to the RBD, but doesn’t prevent the virus from binding to ACE2 receptors. What it does do is block the virus from fusing its outer membrane with the membrane of your cells, which is what needs to happen to make you sick. “SP1-77 binds the spike protein at a site that so far has not been mutated in any variant, and it neutralizes these variants by a novel mechanism,” study co-author Tomas Kirchhausen, Ph.D., said in a statement. “These properties may contribute to its broad and potent activity.” What does this mean for the future of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments? It’s not clear right now. It’s important to note that this research was done in mice—not humans—although studies on the antibody are ongoing. “This is very early-stage proof-of-concept work to illustrate that broadly neutralizing antibodies can be generated using a mouse model,” says Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., infectious disease expert and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “Such work, if replicated and expanded, could form the basis of new monoclonal antibody products as well as a vaccine.” Experts say that a vaccine that could take out all variants of COVID-19 would definitely be welcome. “We’d love to have a vaccine that is active against all circulating variants, including those yet to come,” says Thomas Russo, M.D., professor and chief of infectious disease at the University at Buffalo in New York. “It’s the holy grail of vaccines.” That could potentially mean that you would only need to get a COVID-19 shot or booster once a year or even less frequently, depending on how long protection from the vaccine lasted, Dr. Russo says. The researchers have applied for a patent for the SP1-77 antibody and mouse model used to create it, and plan to create something that can be used by the general public if all goes well. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/health/medical/scientists-discovered-an-antibody-that-can-take-out-all-covid-19-variants/ar-AA11wyew?li=AAggNb9
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  8. Hi All, I'm old to the scene but new to the site, hope everyone is doing well and i look forward to participating on the site. Greetz
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  9. I'm definitely a human and not a bot. I look mostly for thriller ebooks. I can help find most books if you ask.
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  10. I think we'll leave this one right here . . . Anyone who wishes to start a new thread is welcome to do so. Let's keep things civil please!
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  11. The EU response to this round of land grabbing by Czar Putin has been weak. The American response has been no better. Explaining these failures with financial reasons doesn’t work. War spending would be good for the economic troubles caused by the global lockdowns and interruption of commerce. I believe aggression is the result of signs of weakness. If anyone was serious about defending Ukraine and were willing to make a stand with Ukraine against a super power like Russia or in the case of Tibet against China there might be a chance to stop aggression. The West is lead by weak, appeasing, greedy pigs who only want to posture and boast while they rob their taxpayers blind. Ukrainians live in a constant state of war and have no hope of the cavalry coming to their rescue. They are brave in the face of imminent destruction. Americans needs to take a lesson from Ukraine’s people.
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  12. Ridiculous system requirements, and now they wanna put a watermark on those systems that use a workaround. Here's some more... https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-10-worst-things-about-windows-11
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  13. The whitest paint in the world has been created in a lab at Purdue University, a paint so white that it could eventually reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning, scientists say. The paint has now made it into the Guinness World Records book as the whitest ever made. So why did the scientists create such a paint? It turns out that breaking a world record wasn't the goal of the researchers: Curbing global warming was. “When we started this project about seven years ago, we had saving energy and fighting climate change in mind,” said Xiulin Ruan, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue, in a statement. The idea was to make a paint that would reflect sunlight away from a building, researchers said. Making this paint really reflective, however, also made it really white, according to Purdue University. The paint reflects 98.1% of solar radiation while also emitting infrared heat. Because the paint absorbs less heat from the sun than it emits, a surface coated with this paint is cooled below the surrounding temperature without consuming power. Using this new paint to cover a roof area of about 1,000 square feet could result in a cooling power of 10 kilowatts. “That’s more powerful than the air conditioners used by most houses,” Ruan said. Typical commercial white paint gets warmer rather than cooler. Paints on the market that are designed to reject heat reflect only 80% to 90% of sunlight and can’t make surfaces cooler than their surroundings. Two features make this paint ultra-white: a very high concentration of a chemical compound called barium sulfate – also used in photo paper and cosmetics – and different particle sizes of barium sulfate in the paint, scientists at Purdue said. Researchers at Purdue have partnered with a company to put this ultra-white paint on the market, according to a news release. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/us/scientists-created-the-worlds-whitest-paint-it-could-eliminate-the-need-for-air-conditioning/ar-AAOyydl?li=AAggNb9
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  14. I don't do photos, but if you have a modicum of cooking skills, this is really easy. I searched around for a sauce to go with salmon, in the end I put them all in my head and came up with this. Put 1½ inches of white wine in a pan. Add a little dill, tarragon, fennel seed, half a bay leaf, & salt/pepper - I have a mix of fresh and dried herbs which I use, just use dried if you don't have fresh.. Poach the salmon in this liquid for 10 minutes (it must not bubble) just very gently cook. Take the salmon out and set aside. Then I cooked the stock for a while, to infuse the herbs. Took out the bay leaf and added 2 drops of fish sauce. (had this in the cupboard) Thickened it with a little cornflour and water. Added the salmon back to the sauce to warm it through, it was amazing. Another go-to recipe, I'll be doing this one again. I served this with home grown sprouting broccoli and Jersey new potatoes.
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  15. found link other site use differ name here
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  16. I found "forums" in the old unmoderated NewsGroups back in the '90s and was addicted. Since then I've administered two that are still running, been a senior moderator of an expat forum of over 300,000 members, a lot of them active, and been a member of many. I decided on a new user name here, I'm slowly retiring the old battle scarred original. Just out of curiosity did this place spin off directly from Bolt or come via Novanon or NeoVistas?
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  17. Seven Things You Might Not Know About A Clockwork Orange 1. A Clockwork Orange was not the original title of the novel. In Anthony Burgess’s diary for 1958, he begins a plan for the novel that would eventually become A Clockwork Orange. It appears he originally intended the novel to be titled The Plank in Your Eye, an allusion to Matthew’s Gospel. During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is reported to say, ‘Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?’ This title reinforces the biblical themes of the novel, but also refers to the state ‘fixing’ Alex while ignoring its own corruption. The plan for The Plank in Your Eye also reveals that the novel was to be set in the year 1980, and that Alex was originally going to be called Fred Verity. 2. The Droogs have their origins in the Manchester of the 1920s. Burgess always considered himself a Mancunian, even after he left the city for good in 1940. Much of his fiction contains characters from Manchester or references places from around the city, yet A Clockwork Orange at first glance seems to be free of any Mancunian influence. However, when Burgess recorded passages of the novel for a 1973 vinyl release, he very deliberately used a broad Manchester accent, associating it with the crimes and thuggery of Alex’s narration. Remembering his early life in Manchester, Burgess writes, ‘It was an ugly town and its proletariat could erupt in ugly violence’, and recalls being set upon by a feral gang: ‘Ragged boys in gangs would pounce on the well-dressed, like myself, and grab ostentatious fountain pens.’ His first experiences of crime and violence were on the Manchester streets, and combined with his observation of the mods, rockers and the Teddy-boys, and the Russian stilyagi gangs, the droogs were born. 3. Much of the Nadsat language is taken from other works of literature It is generally accepted that Burgess’s invented slang in A Clockwork Orange is derived from the Russian language. This is true, but ignores the complexity of Burgess’s work in the novel. Along with Russian, Nadsat incorporates Elizabethan English, Cockney rhyming slang, Romany words, biblical references and military jargon. Within this heady brew are references to literary works, in particular those of James Joyce and Gerard Manley Hopkins. The linguistic contortions of Nadsat were inspired by Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. When Alex tires himself out after a night of ultraviolence, he claims he is ‘shagged and fagged and fashed’, which is a quotation from Hopkins’s ‘The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo’: ‘O why are we so haggard at the heart, so care-coiled, care-killed, so fagged, so fashed, so cogged, so cumbered.’ 4. Burgess thought Elvis Presley should be cut from the novel as he would be forgotten by 1962. During the first act of violence in the novel, the droogs wear masks to conceal their identities. Alex wears a mask of the former Prime Minister Disraeli, Georgie has Henry VIII, Dim has the poet ‘Peebee Shelley’ and Pete has Elvis Presley. In the margins of the typescript, Burgess notes of the latter: ‘Will this name be known when the book appears?’ Even though Elvis was at the height of his popularity when Burgess was writing the novel, he viewed pop music as ephemeral and largely worthless. 5. U2 wrote the soundtrack to a theatrical version of the novel. In 1990, the Royal Shakespeare Company staged a production of A Clockwork Orange at the Barbican Theatre, London. It was adapted from Burgess’s own script, and starred Phil Daniels as Alex. Instead of using Burgess’s own songs that appear in the script, the production employed Bono and The Edge to score the action. Burgess was unimpressed with the results, and described the music as ‘neo-wallpaper’. U2 would go on to release a track from the soundtrack: ‘Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk/Korova 1’ was the B-side to their single ‘The Fly’ from their 1991 album Achtung Baby. The RSC production of A Clockwork Orange also has a surprising connection to another piece of popular culture: it was choreographed by former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips. 6. The film was not banned, but Stanley Kubrick withdrew it from distribution in the UK. The film version of A Clockwork Orange was originally released in January 1972, but after reports of a number of copycat crimes it disappeared from cinemas. It was not banned though. Such was the frenzy of negative press attention (it takes up six large-format bound volumes in the Kubrick Archive), Kubrick himself withdrew it from release between 1973 and his death in 1999. As Kubrick shunned any publicity for the film, it was left to Burgess to defend its themes and relevance on chat shows in the UK and the USA. Burgess fictionalised this period in the novel The Clockwork Testament (1974), in which the poet Enderby has to defend his film adaptation of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s narrative poem The Wreck of the Deutschland. 7. Vincent Van Gogh inspired a key scene in the film. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange has a conspicuously futuristic aesthetic, with its brutalist buildings and post-modernist kitsch. Yet the influence on Kubrick’s vision is much wider than this. When Alex is sent to prison, there is a scene of the prisoners stomping round a small yard in a tight circle. This is a recreation of Vincent Van Gogh’s 1890 painting ‘Prisoners Exercising (after Doré). Gustave Doré’s original engraving shows a similar scene, albeit without Van Gogh’s use of colour. https://www.anthonyburgess.org/blog-posts/seven-things-you-might-not-know-about-a-clockwork-orange/
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  18. I adore tinned salmon, there is absolutely nothing that tastes as good, but if I want a salad and there is no tin in the cupboard, I cook fresh salmon in foil in the oven for a while, then, when it's cooled, I add white wine vinegar, salt and pepper, sometimes a few chopped capers and cornichons - it changes the taste completely.
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  19. thanks for the welcome and everyones warm welcome to me in joining the community you've had my mouth salivating all yesterday looking at your recipes ... i'm always on the lookout for new ideas
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  20. Use Nord as well. Speeds are fast, but sometimes the connection is a bit flaky or drops. Switching to a different city usually fixes it. I sometimes use it to watch shows from the UK and it's always been fast. There are several comparison sites out there - sorry, I deleted my bookmarks, so can't give you a specific site. Just be careful, some of the comparison sites are just shills for a particular (and often obscure/questionable) vpn service. If you check at places like CNET you should be able to find some solid reviews & comparisons.
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  21. I got my first shot of Pfizer/Biontech on 3 May and I'll get my second on 13 June.
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  22. Yea, looks like they're gonna be moving that up....
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  23. Hi As you can see I'm away, I was going to say owner of our place, but to be fair our members own it I just run and fix it if needed. Thanks to Merlin for inviting people here and gets a lot of wbb refugees and takes care of everyone :) not had a look about yet but from what I've heard and seen so far this place seems a great place to be :) thanks again.
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  24. I had my first Pfizer jab on Feb 1st, I'm due my next one in about 2 weeks. I had absolutely no side effects at all, even my arm didn't bother me. (I had B12 injections 25years ago, bloody hell, I couldn't move my arm for hours - they are much better now) My son had the same Pfizer one as me and he had a few iffy hours. I'll take whichever they give me Thanks Merlin for changing my nick to Kath. Yes, I am known as Phlox in some places, but it's mostly Kath
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  25. Got the Pfizer Shot about 1 month ago ..... Only minor inconfort for 24 hours .....
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  27. As of today we’ve added three more themes to choose from. Two Dark themes and one Light theme.
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  28. hi as i m newbie here hope i will find my space here thanks to all
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  29. Hi jok3r. Welcome to the board! Enjoy!
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  30. Hi Jonny and welcome to Merlin Warez.
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  31. May 12, 1937: The Royal family is seen at Buckingham Palace in London after the coronation ceremony of Princess Elizabeth's father King George IV. From left: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Princess Elizabeth, Mary of England, Princess Margaret and King George VI. AFP/Getty Images Following a 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II has died at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland, Buckingham Palace reported on Thursday. She was 96 years old. We take a look at Queen Elizabeth II's extraordinary life. Left photo (October 9, 1926): Princess Elizabeth is pictured in her baby carriage for her first outing. Right photo (October 9, 1938): Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret ride in a carriage with the King and Queen to attend a morning service in Scotland. AFP/Getty Images Circa 1930s: King George VI rides horses with his daughter Princess Elizabeth. Ullstein Bild/Getty Images July 5, 1937: Lord Elphinstone (left) greets the British Royal Family. From left: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (second from left), Princess Margaret (third from left), Princess Elizabeth (third from right) and King George VI (far right) at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland. Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images Dec. 31, 1939: Photograph of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret leave for their Christmas break in Sandringham. Universal Images Group via Getty Circa 1940s: Princess Elizabeth changes the wheel of a military vehicle during World War II. AFP/Getty Images November 20, 1947: Members of the British royal family and guests pose around Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on their wedding day in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, London, England. AFP/Getty Images 1950: Queen Elizabeth II makes her Christmas Day broadcast from Government House, Auckland, New Zealand. Mirrorpix/Getty Images Feb. 9, 1953: Prince Charles, with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II and his sister, Princess Anne, left, as they sit in an automobile following their arrival in London by train from a six-week Christmas vacation at Sandringham,England. Eddie Worth/AP June 2, 1953: Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the bishop of Durham Lord Michael Ramsay (left) and the bishop of Bath and Wells Lord Harold Bradfield, walks to the altar during her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, London, as her maids of honor carry her train. Intercontinentale/AFP/Getty Images March 23, 1954: Queen Elizabeth II, followed by the Duke of Edinburgh, wearing formal dress as they are greeted on their arrival at Parliament House for the State Banquet in Australia. Fox Photos/Getty Images April 3, 1957: Queen Elizabeth II (center) with Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the Duke of Beaufort. Associated Press May 17, 1962: Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Grenadier Guards during a military inspection in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in London, England. Evening Standard/Getty Images October 15, 1969: Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Cross railway station in London, England with her four Corgi dogs after holidays in Balmoral Castle and before welcoming at Buckingham Palace the American astronauts of Apollo 11 who walked on the moon. STF/AFP/Getty Images May 1970: Queen Elizabeth II visits the Town Hall in Sydney with Emmet McDermott, Lord Mayor of Sydney, during her tour of Australia. She is there in connection with the bicentenary of Captain Cook's 1770 expedition to Australia. Keystone/Getty Images July 29, 1981: Prince Charles and his bride Diana, Princess of Wales, wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their marriage at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England. Associated Press July 26, 1981: Queen Elizabeth II presents her son Prince Charles with a trophy after the Prince's team, England II, beat Spain 10-5 for the Silver Jubilee Polo Cup at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, England. Associated Press June 9, 1982: United States President Ronald Reagan and Queen Elizabeth II attend attend a gala dinner at Windsor Castle in London, England. McCarthy/Getty Images September 4, 1982: The Royal family share a joke with Geoff Capes as they attend the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland. From left: The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Geoff Capes. Mirrorpix/Getty Images March 20, 1995: Queen Elizabeth II and South African President Nelson Mandela walk from the president's office to parliament in Cape Town, South Africa during the queen's week-long celebratory visit to the country. Walter Dhladhla/AFP/Getty Images June 4, 2002: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip ride in the Golden State Carriage at the head of a parade from Buckingham Palace to St. Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee along The Mall in London, England. Sion Touhig/ Images November 18, 2007: Queen Elizabeth II (center) and Prince Philip (right front) are joined by Prince Charles (left front), Prince Edward (right back), Princess Anne (center back) and Prince Andrew (left back). Tim Graham/AFP/Getty Images May 18, 2011: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the Guinness Storehouse and watch the pouring of a pint in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit to Ireland was the first by a monarch since 1911. Pool/Getty Images July 27, 2012: Queen Elizabeth II speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London, England. Pool/Getty Images June 14, 2014: Members of the British royal family watch the fly-past as they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour. From left: Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; Prince Harry; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images June 12, 2016: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, wave to guests attending "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday on The Mall in London, England. Arthur Edwards/WPA Pool/Getty Images May 13, 2017: Queen Elizabeth II drives her Range Rover around the Windsor Horse Show in Windsor, England. Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images June 14, 2018: Queen Elizabeth II laughs with Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, during the pair's first engagement at a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Markle married Prince Harry in May 2018. Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images April 17, 2021: Queen Elizabeth II watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh, into St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9, 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. Only 30 guests were invited to his funeral due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Yui Mok/Getty Images May 11, 2021: Queen Elizabeth II reads the Queen's Speech on the Sovereign's Throne as Prince Charles (right) listens in the House of Lords chamber during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London, England. Chris Jackson/Pool/AFP/Getty Images June 13, 2021: Queen Elizabeth II (center) with United States President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden in the Grand Corridor during their visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. Steve Parson/Getty Images February 5, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II cuts a cake to celebrate the start of the Platinum Jubilee during a reception in the Ballroom of Sandringham House in King's Lynn, England. Joe Giddens/WPA Pool/Getty Images June 2, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II watches with a smile from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Color ceremony in London on the first of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Jonathan Brady/AP September 6, 2022: Queen Elizabeth greets newly-elected leader of the Conservative party Liz Truss as she arrives at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeen, Scotland, for an audience where she will be invited to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Jane Barlow/WPA Pool/Getty Images
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  32. Slow Cooked Scottish Beef Stew Fall apart beef cooked in the oven or the slow cooker - this Scottish beef stew is perfect for Burns night - or any other night! Course Dinner Cuisine Scottish Keyword autumn, bowl food, Burns Night, Family Meal, How to make a beef stew, Stew Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 4 hours Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes Servings 6 servings Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 kg Aberdeen angus braising/stewing beef chopped into bite-size chunks 2 tbsp plain all purpose flour mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper 2 large onions peeled and chopped 3 cloves garlic peeled and crushed 2 tbsp red currant jelly or cranberry sauce 500 ml red wine 2 large carrots peeled and chopped 2 medium potatoes peeled and chopped 1/2 small swede peeled and chopped 700 ml beef stock water plus 2 stock cubes is fine 2 tbsp tomato puree 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 4 bay leaves 2 tsp dark brown sugar ¾ tsp salt ¾ tsp crushed black pepper To serve: Fresh thyme sprigs Chunks of fresh bread Instructions Preheat the oven to 160c/325f Heat the oil in a large pan. Dust the chunks of beef in the flour and fry the beef for 7-8 minutes until golden brown all over. Add the onions and cook for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Add the red currant jelly, then pour in the red wine and simmer for 5 minutes. Add in the carrots, potatoes, swede, stock, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle boil then place a lid on and cook in the oven for 3-4 hours – stirring a couple of times during cooking (alternatively you could transfer to a slow cooker and cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours). Serve topped with a little fresh thyme and some freshly cut bread. Notes The nutritional information provided does not include the bread. Nutritional Information Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 639mg | Potassium: 1155mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3425IU | Vitamin 14mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 7.7mg Recipe Cuisine Scotland
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  33. Hello! I'll come on hottest from the music video Warez-BB, hope to find a new "home" here. Thanks!
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  34. Hello RobertoW. Welcome to the board. Emjoy!
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  35. Hello, Textnumak, was just browsing the net to find out more about a movie and came across this forum, but the most looks interesting.
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  36. Hello! I come from the long lost Warez-BB, hope to find a new "home" here. Thanks!
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  38. We stand behind Ukraine in our free world. Well I do, I guess most of us here would say the same. I'm an atheist so I don't pray to god. I just pray to karma it goes well. We in the whole world do not need another war which will kill thousands of people, some of them civilians. We don't want to count the dead young men, leaving behind young families and parents because of this Russian Pride/acquisitive/ bully tactics. I hope the whole world can help to resolve this threat.
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  39. Ukraine has been a pawn for a very long time. It has never been about what’s good for Ukraine or her people. Why would anyone believe that has changed? After all the death and destruction there the US and Russia find themselves still trapped in a propaganda battle neither is ready to stand down from nor commit to total war over. Have you seen any real footage of life for the people of Ukraine? They live in utter poverty without basic services. No one seems to care. There are no PSAs or pleas to help them. It makes me wonder why so many Save The Animals, Save The Children, Save Africa, Save “this or that” causes are drummed into our ears but not a thought for Ukraine?
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  40. The analysis of the drone strike, the last one before the complete US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, by both the New York Times and the Washington Post, came to the same conclusion that it killed no ISIS terrorist but an aid worker and several children who ran out to greet the father when his car arrived at the court yard. The car carried, not the ammunition but water, thus there was no secondary explosion as the US has claimed. The driver, Zamarai Ahmadi, who was employee of a California based non-profit organization, Nutrition and Education International (NEI). Drone strike killing innocent people has been a recurring theme in that area for quite a while now. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/interactive/2021/kabul-drone-strike-questions/?itid=hp-top-table-high https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/10/world/asia/us-air-strike-drone-kabul-afghanistan-isis.html
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  41. Bonjour mes belles amies. C'est un si bel endroit. Je suis ravi de me sentir si bien accueilli. Mon anglais peut ne pas convenir. Merlin a été recommandé par un cher ami et permettez-moi de dire un rendez-vous diss, ce n'est pas le cas. Hello my beautiful friends. Such a lovely place is this. I am delighted to feel so welcome. My English may not be suitable. Merlin was recommended by a dear friend and let me say a diss appointment it is not.
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  42. I notice that although it's called canning the process involves not cans, but jars. My mother and her friends all "bottled" fruit and made jam back in the 50s, I don't know anyone who has the time and patience for it now thought. I had a surplus of kumquats a few years back and made kumquat liqueur.
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  43. I have been around forum life since 2005. twncam is my main nic and used at most all sites I joined. As I was a mod at wbb back in the day, I did use one different nic to remain anonymous on a few sites which was RoadRash. But these days it is always twncam.
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  44. Hi JohnLuna. Nice to meet you. I'm retired from the computer business myself. Four years now. I had planned to retire at 65 but the company I was contracting to cancelled my contract so I ended up retired a year earlier. Best thing ever happened to me! I am loving every second of retirement!!! Welcome aboard!
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  45. From your Wales online reference: This demonstrates that getting vaccinated doesn't make it impossible for you to fall ill from the virus. No vaccine is 100% effective. Commenting on the results, senior lecturer in epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London Deepti Gurdasani wrote on Twitter: "This doesn't tell us about level of vaccine efficacy, except it's less than 100%. Take precautions even if fully vaccinated." One issue with the delta variant is that vaccines not appear to be as effective as against other variants until several weeks after the second dose. A single dose of a vaccine is only 33% effective against Delta Covid, according to Public Health England. Several weeks after a second dose, that figure rises to 60% for AstraZeneca and 88% for Pfizer. However, that still means that vaccines are having a significant effect on the number of people being hospitalised or falling ill. Paul Hunter, a professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia, said: “Hospitalisations per case have plummeted. Vaccination is stopping severe disease. We don’t know vaccine protectiveness against the Delta variant for severe disease, but vaccines do protect more against severe disease.” In a further sign that the vaccine rollout is working, analysis by the Guardian newspaper showed that England is also seeing a record low period for the proportion of cases that end in deaths three weeks later. The newspaper also found that the number of deaths as a proportion of hospital admissions one week earlier is also remaining very low. The death rate had never been lower than 10% of the number of admissions one week earlier before April, but it has since remained consistently at or below this level. From your fullfact.org reference: A widely shared post on social media claims that Public Health England (PHE) has released a report revealing that two thirds of Covid-19 deaths are people who have been vaccinated. This is missing important context. The risk of death with Covid is very much smaller after vaccination, but it is not zero, and the vaccine take-up has been very high among those most at risk. Most people dying are therefore already vaccinated, because there are very few high-risk people left unvaccinated in the UK. The text of the post reads: “Whilst you’ve been distracted by Hancock’s affair, PHE released a report revealing 62% of alleged Covid deaths are people who’ve been vaccinated.” This claim comes from a longer article published by website The Daily Expose, which cites its source as a technical briefing on Covid-19 variants published by PHE on 25 June. The article claims the briefing shows that, of the 117 Covid-19 deaths caused by the Delta variant that have occurred since 1 February, 60% of them were people who had received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccines and, of this group of vaccinated people, 70% had received both doses. These figures are roughly right. Of the 117 deaths, 3 involved people whose vaccine status was unknown, 70 were people who had received at least one dose of the vaccine (61% of the 114 known cases), and 44 were people who had not been vaccinated (39%). Fifty of the deaths (44%) were people who had received both doses. However, this does not mean that the vaccines do not work, or are dangerous. None of the current vaccines are 100% effective against Covid-19, but they do make a big difference. The same PHE briefing also reported that two doses of the vaccine are 96% effective against hospitalisation with the Delta variant. The UK’s vaccination programme has prioritised ensuring that the elderly and vulnerable were vaccinated first, meaning these people are also the most likely to have received their second vaccine dose. However, this group is also the most at risk from Covid-19, and no current vaccine removes all risk. Writing for The Guardian, statisticians Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters said that someone aged 80 who is fully vaccinated essentially is at the same risk from Covid-19 as an unvaccinated person of around 50. The most recent vaccination figures, as of 1 July, show that 44.8 million people in the UK have received their first vaccine dose, and 33 million have received their second. Moderator's note: Posts that contain statements of fact or statistics require a reference link.
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  46. Where is your reference link? Posting an opinion or thought without a reference is fine but if you post facts, numbers or statistics without any kind of reference link or proof then those facts, numbers & statistics don't mean a thing. "all i know from English data last week around 60 - 70% of all covid deaths is from people who have had their 2nd jags/jabs and it's the Delta/Indian strain that's causing the deaths". Please show us where this is documented.
    4 points
  47. Wife and I got our first dose of Moderna a couple weeks ago. Damn grateful for it...
    4 points
  48. well i use to be a warez.bb member and as everybody knows its gone . i got onto this site via warez.bb twitter . and here i am cheers to all
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  49. German onion tart (zwiebelkuchen) Onion tart is served in the southern part of Germany at wine festivals. To achieve the perfect flavour use smoked speck, rather than bacon. Serves 4 Preparation 45min Cooking 40min Skill level Mid Ingredients Pastry 40 g cold butter, diced 40 g cold lard, diced (or replace with butter) 175 g plain flour 50 ml iced water ½ tsp salt Filling 350 g onions (2 medium onions) 70 g smoked speck, rind removed, cut into 5 mm dice 40 g Gruyere cheese, grated 100 ml milk 100 ml cream 1 egg 1½ tbsp plain flour ½ tsp salt pinch white pepper pinch nutmeg pinch paprika Instructions Resting time 1 hour Chilling time 30 minutes To make the dough, combine butter, lard and flour in a bowl. Use your hands to rub in the butter and lard into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add water and salt, quickly knead until smooth. Roll out dough on a lightly floured bench. Grease a 24 cm round tart tin. Ease the pastry into the tin so it comes up the sides and press into corners. Trim pastry to top of tin and set aside in the fridge for 30 minutes. To make the filling, preheat the oven to 190ºC. Cut onions in half and then in 3 mm slices. Fry the smoked speck in a non-stick pan over medium heat until lightly browned. Add onions, reduce heat to low and fry until softened and fragrant. Remove speck and onions from the pan and set aside to cool. Add cheese and mix well. Pour the onion and speck mixture onto the pastry. Combine milk, cream, egg and flour in a bowl. Stir with a whisk to combine, then add salt, white pepper, nutmeg and paprika. Pour milk mixture over the onions and speck and bake for 40 minutes, or until cooked through. Recipe Cuisine: German
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  50. Still waiting for appointment at this stage The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the COVID-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca is preferred for adults over 50 years old and the Pfizer (Comirnaty) is preferred in adults aged under 50 years. Still a bit of concern for me though given my heart condition........
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