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citoyen

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Capt Tom RIP
« on: 02 February, 2021, 04:27:29 pm »
Well, this just about takes the biscuit...
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-55881753

 :(
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #1 on: 02 February, 2021, 04:29:31 pm »
He provided a beacon of light and hope during some of our darkest moments last spring.

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #2 on: 02 February, 2021, 04:31:39 pm »
Sad but perhaps not unexpected - 100 is a pretty good innings.

citoyen

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #3 on: 02 February, 2021, 04:54:15 pm »
Sad but perhaps not unexpected - 100 is a pretty good innings.

Being taken by coronavirus is a cruel twist of fate though.
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #4 on: 02 February, 2021, 06:00:24 pm »
Sad but perhaps not unexpected - 100 is a pretty good innings.

Being taken by coronavirus is a cruel twist of fate though.

AIUI he was already ill before contracting Covid.

Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #5 on: 02 February, 2021, 06:06:17 pm »
Sad but perhaps not unexpected - 100 is a pretty good innings.

Being taken by coronavirus is a cruel twist of fate though.

AIUI he was already ill before contracting Covid.
He had pneumonia - so couldn't be given the jab.

Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #6 on: 02 February, 2021, 06:27:42 pm »
In the UK you have roughly a 1:5,000 chance you’ll die from pneumonia. 

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #7 on: 02 February, 2021, 06:53:10 pm »
He played a blinder..
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ian

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #8 on: 02 February, 2021, 07:34:20 pm »
In the UK you have roughly a 1:5,000 chance you’ll die from pneumonia.

Not when you're 100.
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #9 on: 02 February, 2021, 07:39:23 pm »
I hope he enjoyed Barbados.

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #10 on: 02 February, 2021, 07:50:26 pm »
He had a rather good, full on final year.  Way to go.

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #11 on: 02 February, 2021, 10:11:01 pm »
In the UK you have roughly a 1:5,000 chance you’ll die from pneumonia.

Not when you're 100.

At a guess, at least one in ten very old people die of/with some form of pneumonia. Might be MUCH more, like half...

Regulator

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #12 on: 03 February, 2021, 09:27:08 am »
In the UK you have roughly a 1:5,000 chance you’ll die from pneumonia.

Not when you're 100.

At a guess, at least one in ten very old people die of/with some form of pneumonia. Might be MUCH more, like half...


Yep.  IIRC it is the largest single reason for admission of those over 70, but it's often as a result of an underlying condition/issue.
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #13 on: 03 February, 2021, 09:33:45 am »
In the UK you have roughly a 1:5,000 chance you’ll die from pneumonia.
My youngest sister died of pneumonia, together with myocarditis, aged 28.

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #14 on: 03 February, 2021, 09:39:06 am »
Sadly, I think at 100 and hospitalized with a diagnosis of pneumonia, you're very unlikely to leave.

I've never seen the evidence, but it's often repeated (and mostly believable) that if we cured cancer – all cancer tomorrow – we'd only increase our average lifespan in the developed world by two years.
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #15 on: 03 February, 2021, 11:28:02 am »
I'm going to go against the grain here,

Yes it's sad someone has died, and it's good that his fundraising provided some hope for people in dark times.

I know a lot of people who have spent their entire lives supporting charities, arguably making far more of a contribution (probably not financially) and end up with no recognition, no public adulation, no birthday honours. What makes captain tom better than them, more deserving of the almost sycophantic hero worship he's receiving?
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Regulator

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #16 on: 03 February, 2021, 11:33:41 am »
I'm going to go against the grain here,

Yes it's sad someone has died, and it's good that his fundraising provided some hope for people in dark times.

I know a lot of people who have spent their entire lives supporting charities, arguably making far more of a contribution (probably not financially) and end up with no recognition, no public adulation, no birthday honours. What makes captain tom better than them, more deserving of the almost sycophantic hero worship he's receiving?

He was in right place, at the right time for a cynical bunch of cnuts in government and the media to exploit his story...
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #17 on: 03 February, 2021, 11:37:41 am »
"He was the people's captain and that is how he will stay, how he will remain in our hearts and minds forever.""

I'm going to go against the grain here,

Yes it's sad someone has died, and it's good that his fundraising provided some hope for people in dark times.

I know a lot of people who have spent their entire lives supporting charities, arguably making far more of a contribution (probably not financially) and end up with no recognition, no public adulation, no birthday honours. What makes captain tom better than them, more deserving of the almost sycophantic hero worship he's receiving?

I think that there are several factors at work here

A social desire for a hero
A clear message that there needed to be better funding for the NHS
A tory need for a deflection

maybe more...
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #18 on: 03 February, 2021, 12:05:28 pm »
National Clap for Tom at 6pm tonight!
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #19 on: 03 February, 2021, 12:20:22 pm »
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I'm glad his final year had so many positives.
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Regulator

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #20 on: 03 February, 2021, 12:22:35 pm »
National Clap for Tom at 6pm tonight!

I presume this is some pronouncement by The UK Flagshagger in Chief during PMQs?
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #21 on: 03 February, 2021, 12:23:22 pm »
National Clap for Tom at 6pm tonight!

 ::-) To what end? I certainly won't be joining in. Says more about Boris than anything else.
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Jaded

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #22 on: 03 February, 2021, 12:24:54 pm »
National Clap for Tom at 6pm tonight!

I presume this is some pronouncement by The UK Flagshagger in Chief during PMQs?

Yes, the Flounderer in Chief is, well, floundering...
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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #23 on: 03 February, 2021, 01:22:13 pm »
National Clap for Tom at 6pm tonight!

I won't be.

I'm not joining in in Johnson's hijacking of him.

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Re: Capt Tom RIP
« Reply #24 on: 03 February, 2021, 01:56:20 pm »
What he did was great. The knighthood and promotion were fitting. RIP

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