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  1. I think you're looking for the P&O of about 20 years ago, before it went downmarket to attract enough customers to fill the larger ships. I know you've been attacked for saying this, but most people do feel more comfortable with likeminded people. Snobbish? Maybe, but it's much the same with clubs, restaurants, shops and a lot of places - they each attract a particular clientele, whether based on age, social background, money, whatever. And it isn't just money either - some of those with money behave appallingly. Are you looking for a middle class professionals' cruise line, perhaps? Solicitors, doctors, accountants, senior civil servants etc.....? A/B grade? Not sure Cunard matches that though. Grade Social class Chief income earner's occupation Frequency in 2008[3] Frequency in 2016[4] A upper middle class Higher managerial roles, administrative or professional 4% 4% B middle middle class Intermediate managerial roles, administrative or professional 23% 23%
  2. Apart of course from the number of cases of Covid, which is doubling every few days and can now, according to Australia, be contracted simply by passing someone on a street corner in a matter of seconds.
  3. Personally, I'd like to see an end to all the 'extras' that get charged these days and go back to the time when pretty much everything was included. Prices would rise a bit, but Saga seem to have no shortage of customers, and it's one of the main reasons why people choose it.
  4. More and more people on trains and in shops refusing to wear masks, probably because they're primarily to protect other people Given that the latest information from Australia suggests that a few seconds passing contact in the street is enough for transmission, and not 15 minutes close contact, that's extraordinarily selfish behaviour. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/24/its-in-the-air-you-breathe-what-you-need-to-know-about-sydneys-delta-covid-variant
  5. Me too - go for it Graham! Life's for living and enjoying and you and Pauline are an example to us all! 😎
  6. Morning everybody. And a lovely sunny one across most of the country (I should say countries!). The 21 June end of all covid restrictions is approaching fast, but the Indian variant is spreading fast. Any thoughts on that? I'm very worried that we're about to enter yet a third nasty period, and I'm just hoping the advice of all those scientists urging caution is listened to and acted on. Just a few short weeks delay could avoid another calamity.
  7. There's always the Bicester area for the shopping village - if there's room in the car!
  8. Wise....even in May the sun can do a lot of damage.
  9. Is it just me or is anyone else seriously concerned about the extent of opening up taking place in England tomorrow when the much more infectious Indian variant is spreading so fast? The predictions of another wave worse than the last one before the end of summer don't look good.
  10. Spot on Eddie. It's a recently manufactured word with a claimed history of a few years that doesn't actually exist. The only people using the word cheugy are the Press and its readers! Sort of a late April Fool!
  11. Brilliantly put. As you say, scroll by if you're not interested in a topic, but don't expect everyone to talk about cats, dogs, weather and wine. There are more interesting things and we shouldn't be barred from discussing them just because others find them boring. I find the contrasts between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland fascinating at the moment, and the different reactions to this wretched virus. I also find the different leadership styles fascinating!
  12. I suppose that depends whether you prefer the general sleaze infecting this government to someone who thinks before he opens his mouth, and has respect for the law.
  13. Can't see a problem here. If all those microchip stories are true, we've already got our digital passports.
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