Author Topic: Captain Tom  (Read 3218 times)

ian

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #75 on: May 04, 2020, 10:59:05 am »
Just as a contrast, have you heard of this, anywhere on mainstream media? I hadn't https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200501-100-year-old-londoner-walks-100-laps-to-help-refugees-this-ramadan
I think there are a few centurions who have jumped on the bandwagon since Colonel Tom started his public walking and I, sure I’ve not heard of them all. However i suspect that I’ve not heard of this chap for the reason you may  be alluding to as much as for any other reason.

At the current rate, this will kill more really old people than Covid-19.
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TimC

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #76 on: May 04, 2020, 11:49:16 am »
Have lots of centenarians died due to undertaking athletic fundraising efforts then?

Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #77 on: May 04, 2020, 11:54:36 am »
Gotta say I don't like his paintings either.
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #78 on: May 04, 2020, 12:03:13 pm »
Have lots of centenarians died due to undertaking athletic fundraising efforts then?

The probability of a centenarian dying within 5 years of undertaking exercise is very high, so yes  :D :P

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #79 on: May 04, 2020, 12:10:19 pm »
Have lots of centenarians died due to undertaking athletic fundraising efforts then?

The probability of a centenarian dying within 5 years of undertaking exercise is very high, so yes  :D :P

Indeed, but I was just tweaking ian's tail!

ian

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #80 on: May 04, 2020, 12:58:34 pm »
Have lots of centenarians died due to undertaking athletic fundraising efforts then?

If they haven't, they should be moving faster.
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #82 on: May 05, 2020, 09:41:16 am »
She's the oldest that I've seen so far:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-52491703?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk&link_location=live-reporting-story
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #83 on: May 20, 2020, 12:11:32 am »
Captain Tom Moore awarded knighthood for NHS fundraising

What an extraordinary turn of events. So often in history the right person was in the right place at the right time, and so this time it is Captian Sir Tom Moore's turn.

T42

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #84 on: May 20, 2020, 07:24:08 am »
Captain Tom Moore awarded knighthood for NHS fundraising

What an extraordinary turn of events. So often in history the right person was in the right place at the right time, and so this time it is Captian Sir Tom Moore's turn.

Wholly deserved.

Trouble is, you can see the cynics in N° 10 sitting round and saying "what'll play well with the punters and not cost anything?  I know, let's give that walker bloke a K".
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #85 on: May 20, 2020, 09:03:29 am »
Captain Tom Moore awarded knighthood for NHS fundraising

What an extraordinary turn of events. So often in history the right person was in the right place at the right time, and so this time it is Captian Sir Tom Moore's turn.

Wholly deserved.

Trouble is, you can see the cynics in N° 10 sitting round and saying "what'll play well with the punters and not cost anything?  I know, let's give that walker bloke a K".

Is it?

I know people who have spent a lifetime of selfless service to the country and never received anything to mark their efforts, despite applications being made, an old bloke walks up and down his garden, people go crazy for a distraction and the next minute he's being knighted.

The whole bloody system is a joke, Why don't they just make him sodding king next and be done with it.
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nicknack

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #86 on: May 20, 2020, 09:17:27 am »
Captain Tom Moore awarded knighthood for NHS fundraising

What an extraordinary turn of events. So often in history the right person was in the right place at the right time, and so this time it is Captian Sir Tom Moore's turn.

Wholly deserved.

Trouble is, you can see the cynics in N° 10 sitting round and saying "what'll play well with the punters and not cost anything?  I know, let's give that walker bloke a K".

Is it?

I know people who have spent a lifetime of selfless service to the country and never received anything to mark their efforts, despite applications being made, an old bloke walks up and down his garden, people go crazy for a distraction and the next minute he's being knighted.

The whole bloody system is a joke, Why don't they just make him sodding king next and be done with it.
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #87 on: May 20, 2020, 10:13:28 am »
The honours system is a corrupt and patronising mess.

Capt. Tom seems like a decent enough bloke but in harsh reality there are NHS workers who have given their lives during this pandemic and so so many who have worked tirelessly and at great risk due to our inept politicians putting popularity first.

The recognition of the sacrifices made by those front line workers and many more looks increasingly like being a two year public sector pay freeze though I guess that will not apply to MP's.

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #88 on: May 20, 2020, 10:17:15 am »
Some old white dude get a knighthood...

whilst a brown guy gets a £27,000 bill.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/18/british-army-veteran-faces-27000-nhs-hospital-bill
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ian

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #89 on: May 20, 2020, 10:27:47 am »
I'm sure he's a nice bloke and good on him, but he's still being cynically used.

I could do without the entire 'heroism' narrative too. People are doing their jobs. Perhaps if we think those jobs are important, we should think a bit more on that, rather than awarding them shitty pay and treating them too often as an immigration problem.

Anyway, I hope they enjoy the applause because that's all they'll be getting. At the end of this, they'll probably get a certificate with their name spelled incorrectly on it. Thanks. Pay rise? Soz, we're bankrupt.
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #90 on: May 20, 2020, 12:50:11 pm »
Anyway, I hope they enjoy the applause because that's all they'll be getting. At the end of this, they'll probably get a certificate with their name spelled incorrectly on it. Thanks. Pay rise? Soz, we're morally bankrupt.

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #91 on: May 20, 2020, 09:17:18 pm »
Captain Tom Moore awarded knighthood for NHS fundraising

What an extraordinary turn of events. So often in history the right person was in the right place at the right time, and so this time it is Captian Sir Tom Moore's turn.

Wholly deserved.

Trouble is, you can see the cynics in N° 10 sitting round and saying "what'll play well with the punters and not cost anything?  I know, let's give that walker bloke a K".

Is it?

I know people who have spent a lifetime of selfless service to the country and never received anything to mark their efforts, despite applications being made, an old bloke walks up and down his garden, people go crazy for a distraction and the next minute he's being knighted.

The whole bloody system is a joke, Why don't they just make him sodding king next and be done with it.
Exactly. He walks no further than any other particular centenarian. He did 10 laps per day for 10 days and looks a lot better for it.

Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #92 on: May 21, 2020, 07:56:18 am »
Anyway, I hope they enjoy the applause because that's all they'll be getting. At the end of this, they'll probably get a certificate with their name spelled incorrectly on it. Thanks. Pay rise? Soz, we're bankrupt.
And all those bods who stand at the podium giving the daily covid-19 news conferences will get gongs. >:( It's a fact. You've read it here.

T42

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #93 on: May 21, 2020, 10:36:53 am »
Captain Tom Moore awarded knighthood for NHS fundraising

What an extraordinary turn of events. So often in history the right person was in the right place at the right time, and so this time it is Captian Sir Tom Moore's turn.

Wholly deserved.

Trouble is, you can see the cynics in N° 10 sitting round and saying "what'll play well with the punters and not cost anything?  I know, let's give that walker bloke a K".

Is it?

I know people who have spent a lifetime of selfless service to the country and never received anything to mark their efforts, despite applications being made, an old bloke walks up and down his garden, people go crazy for a distraction and the next minute he's being knighted.

The whole bloody system is a joke, Why don't they just make him sodding king next and be done with it.

I see your point. He did raise a £33 million for the NHS, though. Maybe an MBE? Hell, the Beatles got that, and McCartney got a whole K.
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ian

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #94 on: May 21, 2020, 11:24:48 am »
To be pedantic, he raised money for NHS charities and not the NHS. I'm sure I pay a big hunk of tax to support the NHS (which is how it should be, healthcare shouldn't be a charitable provision).
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #95 on: May 21, 2020, 11:54:34 am »
To be pedantic, he raised money for NHS charities and not the NHS. I'm sure I pay a big hunk of tax to support the NHS (which is how it should be, healthcare shouldn't be a charitable provision).
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #96 on: May 21, 2020, 12:16:09 pm »
To be pedantic, he raised money for NHS charities and not the NHS. I'm sure I pay a big hunk of tax to support the NHS (which is how it should be, healthcare shouldn't be a charitable provision).
I wonder how many CEOs of those charities are on six-figure salaries? Just askin'.

ian

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #97 on: May 21, 2020, 12:22:26 pm »
Tbh, I imagine running any major national or international charity is a significant job with extensive responsibilities, so I don't think a modest six-figure salary is that unreasonable.
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T42

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #98 on: May 21, 2020, 12:51:38 pm »
To be pedantic, he raised money for NHS charities and not the NHS. I'm sure I pay a big hunk of tax to support the NHS (which is how it should be, healthcare shouldn't be a charitable provision).

Looking at the functions of NHS charities, it looks as if they're doing things that the NHS should be doing anyway.
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