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  1. What about those of us who don't even carry an un-smart phone? I'm sure it's extremely nice to be in contact with all your friends and acquaintances at all hours of the day; but it's not for me. And there is nothing on the internet that is so good, it's worth paying twice for. I can get internet at home; I can get it at virtually all hotels nowadays. I don't need it when I'm out doing something else. I'm 55. If I was a bit paranoid, I would be worried about being locked down permanently when the smartphone devotees have their way. (Incidentally, I was in
  2. You might not be legally able to book with a US agent, or if you are, you might not get the legal protection that a US resident does. Take care.
  3. Two main grounds for claiming that dementia etc. are primarily afflictions of the thin. 1 - they affect people who live a long time. Fat people live less long so are less likely to live long enough to get dementia. 2 - take a look round a nursing home. It's full of thin people. People who look after themselves don't need less care. They need the same amount of care, but they need it later. As you have pointed out, we're all going to die; and logically, that means we're all going to die of something; most of us are going to be ill before we die; ill people need treatment.
  4. Yes, well when the figures look stupid, it's probably because they are stupid. $1.24 trillion in lost productivity? That's about £8,000 per US worker, or about 20% of the average person's wage, lost just because of people being too fat. Do they really think that fat people, on average, lose 40% of their working life to illness? That figure is nonsense. And of course they haven't taken pensions into account. Dementia and other similar conditions are very much disproportionately suffered by the thin. Mainly because the fatter people have died of something else first. We all di
  5. Mum's older, so she wins. However ... Queen Elizabeth II has an official birthday as well as a personal birthday. Treat your mother like a Queen and go on an Alaska cruise at the best time of year on her "official 60th birthday", perhaps on the Queen's UK official birthday of 12th June 2021; or on the Queen's Canadian official birthday on 24th May 2021. Or any other convenient date.
  6. You are finding malice when it isn't there. I will try and explain "they were dying anyway" to remove your misapprehension. At present, three quarters of the people who die in the UK with covid (and it isn't a big number anyway, it is significantly less than the number dying with flu and/or pneumonia) are dying at home. Not in a hospital. This is not because coronavirus comes on suddenly and there is no time to get to hospital; it is not because they have given up on otherwise healthy people and sent them home - they continue treatment in hospital until the last gasp. These peo
  7. I'm more optimistic than most. I reckon that coronavirus has already ceased to be a major problem in the UK (it's killing fewer than flu and pneumonia now, and has been for the last couple of months; the worst affected borough in England lost 1 person in 100,000 in July, and three quarters of boroughs lost no-one.) My belief, or at least hope, is that the virus has run its course in the UK and by May or so next year, this will have been noticed and all restrictions lifted. In the UK, now, it's killing only those who were dying anyway. Either it has become less potent or it has a
  8. Amy Johnson may have been used because C&MV sailed to Australia and Amy Johnson was the first to fly solo to Australia.
  9. Good points. I hadn't thought of nighttime emergencies.
  10. I can't imagine an emergency that would stop you getting to your muster station but allow you to get to your cabin. They have to have a full supply within reach of the lifeboats, I think, even if they also have a full supply in the cabins.
  11. The reports of spikes are badly misreported. For one thing, they never mention that the number of increased cases found corresponds quite closely with the number of tests taken. double the tests, double the positives. Hardly a surprise. For another, they don't mention the good news. Deaths are dropping by about 20% per week and have been doing so since May. Regardless of the supposed number of cases, the number of people who died with coronavirus in the UK in the week to 7th August was 109. In a population of 66 million, it's not a big number. And these of course includes pe
  12. I think the simple answer is - they won't. Fortunately there are very few cruise ship evacuations, and even more fortunately those that have happened tended to be slow-developing and not in really rough seas. But if a ship is sinking rapidly and the seas are rough, then older folk will die - it's one of the risks of enjoying your last years rather than sitting in a nursing home just breathing for as long as possible! It's a flippant sort of answer, but it's accurate. The risks of doing anything get greater as we get older.
  13. Some of us aren't bothered about changing it. I'd prefer not to get coronavirus, of course, but assuming we eventually get a vaccine, then nothing will have changed. I will continue travelling by ship with hundreds of other passengers, I will continue sharing germs, and my body will continue fighting them off (something it is very good at). As you say, very big changes would be needed to stop sharing germs. (Stopping at home, primarily.) The big changes aren't worth it.
  14. You are completely missing the point. Your hotel is open as usual in July. This is subject to change. What could the email have said? "There is a virus called coronavirus about in the world and it is causing disruption, and we don't know what will happen in July.". Would that have been useful? Most of their customers would already know that.
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