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  1. Loved the first two. Third (tiger) I disliked so much I didn't bother getting it.
  2. I phoned the Royal Mint the other day about a proof coin I'd received which had some obvious flaws. The lady who answered was likeable and polite. She talked through the Mints standards and quality control. Word for word she said their 'quality control is naked eye and at arm's length'. She seemed genuinely surprised and taken aback when I suggested this was a poor show compared to other national mints.
  3. Agreed. The gold looks ok, but the coloured is stunning in hand.
  4. It was on the splash page for the series earlier in the year. The page just links to the coins sets now but originally it said : edit : if you do a google search on royal mint music legends it still shows in the description, but not when you go to the page :
  5. From the Mint itself : There is only one coin left in this series - RM stated it was a series of three at launch - would love to see Bowie as Aladdin Sane (as he's dead his face could appear).
  6. Disagree strongly, especially on the gold versions. And Elton Johns worldwide pull dwarfs Queens and his version has smaller mintages. The jury is out on the silver versions, though I'm not pessimistic about their potential.
  7. No first day cover. Did that release later for Queen ?
  8. Received mine from gs.be today. Just a stunning coin - the equal of any of the Perth Lunar series. This is going to be a hit.
  9. Even by your figures Germany has nearly three times as many ICU trained nurses as we have. That's presently a significant limiting factor in who gets care and who doesn't in the UK - trained staff not just number of beds and we have a severe shortage of them. Let's not also forget that even by our much lower staffing levels we have a shortage of 50,000 nurses (my wife is one). Mental health in particular is absolutely decimated. Down from 25,503 beds to 18,182 Germany shared all its testing development with the WHO. We turned down using it. You're putting words in my mouth, I didn't say the UK test was redeveloped. But it was Hancock himself who said weeks ago - and repeated this morning on live TV - that the UK had decided to create its own test. And it's Hancock who has said time and time again that 'no test is better than a bad test'. As an aside it was Hancock who said on live TV this morning that we had 'successfully reached the peak'. Successfully ! Despicable.
  10. Germany had a test, which has proven to be very accurate and reliable, developed by 15 January. They made it available to the World Health Organisation (WHO) who then made it available around the world. The UK (in common with the US) decided to develop our own test instead of using this. We didn't do very well hence the Government keep trotting out the line 'No test is better than a bad test'. When they do this it never gets picked up that we had a reliable test available from Germany/WHO organisation months ago. At the start of the year Germany had 500,000 hospital beds which they raised to 1 million for Covid.The UK had 100,000 hospital beds down from 121,000 ten years ago. Germany had 28,000 ICU beds while the UK had 4,100. Germany has raised it's ICU beds to 50,000. Critically their health system was and is staffed and equipped enough to look after those numbers of people. Germany started large scale testing and trace contacting very early while we chose to allow Cheltenham, mass festivals and things like allowing people to come from the most infected city in the world to travel to our country to attend football matches (Liverpool vrs Athletico Madrid 11/03/20). Sources : https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/nhs-hospital-bed-numbers https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-germany-hospital-b/germany-aims-to-double-number-of-hospital-intensive-care-beds-idUSKBN21627M https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Healthcare_resource_statistics_-_beds Testing in the UK is being led by an ex lobbyist (represented businesses with major NHS contracts) friend of Hancocks, who donated to his leadership campaign. He was not a Minister until he was appointed one for this purpose and has little to no ministerial experience. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/15/testing-efforts-led-by-ex-lobbyist-who-backed-hancock-leadership-bid Here's the experience of a normal person in Germany - thinks kids have Coronoavirus, tested within 24 hours, allowed to self isolate her and her kids in a hospital when it proves positive. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/mums-warning-after-two-kids-21850123 The bottom line is over the last ten years the Government have decimated our health service.
  11. I'll take 10 of these please mate. PM me price with postage and payment details please.
  12. No it's not. What are you suggesting is the % death rate from people who catch flu ? Flu numbers are notoriously imprecise but estimates I've read suggest anything from 5-20% of people catch flu each year with a death rate of anywhere from 0.01% to 0.1%. Covid death rate seems to be anything from 1-3% - thats where quaratine and isolation happens. If medical services are overrun that increases significantly but we aren't considering that. I'd suggest lots of factors mean the Covid numbers are imprecise (I know people are dieing at home not being recorded or checked for Covid, for example) but the numbers are clearly not even close.
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