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‘But Remember This Battle’ – Written By A Paramedic

This piece was written by a paramedic who has been on the frontline of the fight against the virus:

‘The Time Has Come , The Vaccine Is Here We Have Waited So Long, In Grief And In Fear My Colleagues And I , Through Tiredness And Tears Have Worn Masks And Shields , To Treat Families And Peers You Clapped For Us , To Help Us Win But Everyday , Our Green Line Grew Thin.

‘The Front line Was tough , Crews Saw Heartache And Pain But We Grew Stronger Together , While The Virus Remained The Public Were generous , With Food Sweets And Gifts But What Every Crew Wanted , Was Safety From Shift My Colleagues Are Struggling , The Suffering Is Clear But No Hug For Support , As It Would Be Too Near.

‘At A Distance I Try , To Sympathetically Ask But The Truth From A Tear , Falls Over A Mask The Hospitals Full, With Ambos’s In Queue For All You Conspirators, Please Take A View The Doctors And Nurses , All In A&E Treating The Sick , In Full PPE.

‘A 12 Hour Shift , Is Finally ended The Crew Are Safe , And The Patients All Tended The Fear Is Still real , As The Threat Is Unseen I Shower And Change , To Ensure I Am Clean My Hands Are All Cracked , My Face Is All Sore As I Scrub This Disease, Out Of Every Pore.

‘We Have Missed Love Ones And Family , With Government Pleas Wear A Mask and Isolate , So At Last We Are Free I Pray To A God , And Ask ” Why Let This Happen” The Suffering And Pain , Is Like Armageddon The Scientists Worked Hard , Day And Night For A cure At Last A Vaccine , They Had To Be Sure.

‘Was Safe And Was tested , With Brave Volunteers Who Stepped Up Had The Vaccine , To End Fears And Tears With The End In Sight , And Hope Finally Here We Can Hopefully Clap , Hug Each Other And Cheer But Remember This Battle , In Years that will Come COVID 19 Attacked , BUT THE NHS WON !!!!!!!!!!!’.

Written by Dave Tamarro

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How To Stop Your Boss From Bothering By ‘Soundproofing’ Your Work Station

Even though many of us are still ‘enjoying’ working from home, it is inevitable that, at some point, we are going to have to head back to the office. 

This means that you won’t be able to avoid your bosses beady eyes as they gaze over your shoulder while you try and catch up on your favourite Amazon Prime programme or as you try and shop for your partners birthday present. 

But fear not because all is not lost. 

If there is one thing we have learnt since we started working from home, then it is just home important some peace is. 

With this in mind, then why not tell your boss that when you go back into the office, then you are going to need to soundproof your workstation!? 

This will mean that you will have ‘no choice’ other than to put up loads of soundproof foam which will also have the benefit of keeping your boss away from you as you work. 

It will also mean that you can ignore ‘that’ annoying colleague who is always asking to borrow your stuff without any intention whatsoever of giving it back. 

It’s a ‘win win’ situation. 

Plus, you will finally be able to watch your favourite drama series in peace! 

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Captain Sir Tom Moore Has Taught Humanity An Important Lesson

Today marks the day when Captain Tom Moore became Captain Sir Tom Moore after he raised over £30m for the NHS at a time when the country was bunkered down during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sir Tom Moore was born in Keighley on 30th April 1920 and grew up in the town. His mother was a school teacher and his father was a builder.

Captain Sir Thomas Moore served in India, the Burma Campaign and Sumatra during the Second World War and he later became an instructor in armoured warfare.

After the war, his grit and determination helped him to set up a successful concrete business. 

Fast forward to 2020, and as some people were climbing over themselves to deplete the supermarket shelves of pasta and toilet paper, Sir Tom Moore was figuring out a way of helping the truly remarkable men and women of the NHS. 

As NHS staff, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and EMTs were finishing their life-saving shifts, only to be met with empty shelves by the time they got to the supermarkets, Sir Tom was dedicating his time to helping the men and women who were saving peoples lives.

So Sir Tom took to his feet and aided by his trusty walker, he decided to do a charity walk for the men and women of the NHS. 

He initially thought that he would raise just a few thousand pounds. 

But as people, from all around the world, heard about what he was doing and who he was doing it for, that ‘few thousand pounds’ turned into £32.79 million. 

Sir Tom Moore has reminded humanity about how important it is to keep yourself motivated when everything around you has gone to pot.

He has also reminded us why we should never give up on our goals and why we should also remain determined and resolute during these times of national emergency. 

Sir Tom Moore represents a generation of men and women who, in the face of adversity and hardship, did not give up and never took things for granted. 

But when you look around now and read stories of violence, discrimination and hatred, it makes you wonder what humanity is going to do when there are no longer people like Sir Tom Moore around. 

My grandad is going to be 101 in August. I have never heard him moan or complain. 

But when we look on social media now, as an example, we are flooded with an on-going torrent of whinging, hatred and general complaining. 

I can relate much more to Sir Tom’s generation than I can to my own. 

I just wish that there were more people like Sir Tom and my grandad around, to guide us and to teach us the meaning of true, honest leadership.

On his website, Sir Tom’s message is: ‘Let’s make tomorrow a good day for people‘. I think we all need to take a leaf out of Sir Tom’s book. 

Talking of books, I don’t have the time nowadays to read many of them.

But I will take the time to read Sir Tom’s autobiography: ‘Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day’, which is available both on Amazon and Audible

Sir Tom; I salute you and everything you stand for. You have reminded us that we should never give up. 

Image credit: Emma Sohl

‘A Picture That Will Define This Moment In History’

When future generations look back and study this period of our history, they will likely wonder why the heck we weren’t willing to take the necessary measures needed to help protect ourselves from COVID-19.

At the moment, most countries are not forcing their citizens to wear face masks.

Some people think that governments should make the wearing of face masks compulsory, others believe they shouldn’t.

I don’t know why you would not want to take basic precautions which could help to protect you (and your family) from the deadly virus.

But hey, we aren’t here to preach.

Instead, we saw this image on social media (@BrynnTannehill) and thought that is summed up the feelings and sentiment of many.

If we followed the official guidance being given to us, then we could stop COVID-19 in its tracks.

So why aren’t we following this guidance?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Isn’t It Time To Ban People Who Abuse Emergency Workers From Accessing The Emergency Services?

For the past few weeks now, we have heard time and time again about members of the emergency services being abused and assaulted.

The very people who we ask to put their lives on the line to keep us safe are now becoming the intended targets of vicious and cowardly violence.

Some of those responsible have been caught. Many haven’t.

But other than a fine and a few weeks inside, what deterrent is there to stop people from abusing emergency workers?

Surely it is about time that we started some sort of ‘banned from using’ register that recorded the details of everyone who has been convicted of assaulting a member of the emergency services.

If your name is put on the register, then you should be banned from being able to access the emergency services.

Why should the people who dedicate their lives to helping others be subjected to abuse and violence from a small minority of individuals who take the emergency services for granted?

This ‘banning’ would not prevent individuals who are on the register from getting help for other people.

But it would mean that if someone who has been convicted of assaulting a paramedic needed the ambulance service, then it would be down to the discretion of the paramedics whether or not they responded to their abusers call for help.

Something needs to be done to stop the violence which is being directed at our emergency services.

The current system does not seem to be acting like a big enough deterrent.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Masked Machete-Wielding Men Break Into The Wrong House During Bizarre Sexual Fantasy

We each have our own fantasy’s when it comes to sexual liaisons. 

But if you have ever become turned on at the idea of someone breaking into your house armed with machetes, then it would appear that you are not alone (if you live in Australia).

One such male hired two men to break into his house, armed with machetes, so that they could then tie him up. Once tied up, then the plan was for the two masked men to stroke the ‘victim’ with a broom. 

By this stage, you might think that this article is ‘fake news’ but, alas, my friends, it is not. I will add the link to the original article at the bottom of this page. 

Anyway, back to the bizarre story…

So, according to the client’s wishes, the two masked men broke into what they thought was the correct address. And, to be fair, it was the address which they had been given by the ‘client’. 

But it turned out that their ‘intelligence’ was not up-to-date, as they ended up breaking into the ‘wrong’ house.

Can you just imagine being the unfortunate victim of this sexual-fantasy-gone-wrong? 

One minute you are sat watching repeats of ‘Neighbours’, eating your Vegemite sandwiches, the next minute you are being tied up by two machete-wielding masked men who want to tickle you with a frigging broom! 

The two masked bandits ended up getting arrested after the genuine victim managed to call for help. 

The peculiar role-play had been arranged via social media. The male ‘client’ who wanted to be tickled by the two masked men lives near Griffith, New South Wales. 

He provided his address to the two men who were to break in with machetes, but he forgot to tell them about the fact that he was due imminently to move house.  

So technically, the masked men had got the ‘right’ address – but just the wrong time. 

A lawyer for Terrence Leroy, one of the accused, said: 

“It was a commercial agreement to tie up and stroke a semi-naked man in his underpants with a broom. Entry was not with intent to intimidate.”

When the two males realised their error, it is reported that they shook the victim’s hand and apologised for the misunderstanding before leaving to track down their punter. 

The judge who was presiding over the case managed to look at the sequence of bizarre events with a broad and open mind. 

“They carried the machetes either as a prop or something to use in that fantasy,” he said. “The fantasy was unscripted, and there was discretion as to how it would be carried out.”

The judge ruled that evidence did not suggest the men’s actions were intentional.

After the two men left the victims house, they made contact with the client and promptly made their way to his new address. 

But the ‘client’ himself was not entirely happy with the weapons which they were ‘packing’, and so he asked them to leave the weapons in their car. 

One the ‘act’ had been completed, the happy client cooked the masked duo some noodles, eggs and bacon before they sat around and had a chat about the encounter. 

But the real victim in all of this had already called the cops and the police ended up intercepting the duo at the client’s address. 

There are some stories which you really could not make up. And this is one of them. 

Fair play to the BBC for spotting this hoofing example of just how peculiar some of us are. 

Message To Londoners: ‘Don’t Use Public Transport’ Message To Londoners: ‘The Congestion Charge Is Going Up’

So Londoners (and people who work in the London) are being urged not to use public transport unless absolutely necessary.

That is fair enough. 

After all, it is almost impossible to keep a two-metre gap on the London Underground as anyone who has used it will tell you. 

So for many people, the only way of getting into work (assuming that you work in London) is to drive. 

But then Transport for London announced that the ‘congestion charge’ is not only going to be extended (hours of operation) but that it is also going to go up to £15! 

So the people who have been told NOT to use public transport are now going to have to pay a premium just to go to work!? 

And what about the frontline NHS/emergency services personnel who have been separated from their families for weeks as they work to try and save as many lives as possible? 

Well, there have been concessions for NHS employees – which is excellent news. 

But this concession is not being extended to the brave men and women of the Metropolitan Police Service who have been working hard to try and keep Londoners safe. 

Talking about the ridiculous situation, the Chairman of the Met Police Federation said:

“Police officers in London have worked tirelessly to keep the public safe at no small risk to themselves. 

“To be told that they now have to pay the Congestion Charge when other key workers retain an exemption is a slap in the face.

Ken added: “At a time when we are being discouraged from using public transport to get to our places of work, this seems to go completely against Government guidelines.”

For many people, there is a perception that the ‘powers that be’ are making the most of a lousy situation since people are being told not to use public transport while at the same time being told that the ‘congestion charge’ is not only increasing but that its hours of operation are also being extended. 

Where have all of our equitable morals gone!? If you know, let us know in the comments…

Thousands Of Cops FINALLY Get To Enjoy Their August Bank Holiday As Notting Hill Carnival Is Cancelled

I am reasonably sure that thousands of Met Police officers will be rejoicing at the news of the fact that the Notting Hill Carnival has been cancelled this year.

For years now, overstretched and overworked police officers have had to forfeit their August Bank Holiday weekend to police an event that many feel has become too big for the streets of London. 

During my own time in the Met Police, I policed Notting Hill Carnival quite a few times. 

The atmosphere is always quite lovely when it begins. But then as the booze starts to flow and London’s street gangs head to the carnival, the atmosphere always changes. 

Ask a Met Police officer who has policed the event about how ugly things can turn on the Monday evening.

Each year, dozens of cops are assaulted, some seriously, as they try to police what has become Europe’s largest street festival. 

During 2019’s NHC, a woman had her lip almost bitten off by a male who just came up to her and decided to bite her face. 

You often get groups of lads just running through the crowds, punching anyone (police or not) who they feel like it. I have seen it with my own two eyes. 

Of course, it is not just the Notting Hill carnival that results in police officers being assaulted. But for some reason, the severity and the sheer number of police officers who do get attacked while trying to police the Notting Hill Carnival is just ridiculous. 

So I am happy that my former oppos in the Met Police will, this year at least, get to spend the August Bank Holiday with their loved ones rather than with some individuals who love to hurt them. 

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

When You Order Your Booze Online But The Shop Forgets To Take The Security Tag Off

I never really used to buy my groceries online before the lockdown but, like many other people, I try to buy as much as I can now with my various online shopping accounts.

Things had been going quite well, and I was quite impressed with how quickly my regular supplier could ship stuff to me just before it went out of date.

I must admit though, that I am not overly impressed with the ‘find a replacement’ option if my local store has run out of goods which I am trying to buy.

For example, ordering condoms but getting balloons was particularly disappointing.

But imagine ordering a bottle of your favourite tipple only to find that the supermarket who you ordered it from, forgot to take the security tag off the top of the bottle!

And not just any security tag. A security tag that prevents you from drinking your liquid gold.

If I had a ninja sword, then I could slice the top clean off.

But if, like me, you do not own such a sword, then how the heck are you supposed to get to the much-needed booze!?

Emergency Services Personnel Encouraged To Tell Professional Bystanders To Foxtrot Oscar

This message is intended for members of the emergency services who happen to be approached by ‘professional bystanders’ who want to film them because they are DARING to eat some food whilst on duty. Most of us have seen the images and videos which have been recorded by professional bystanders which show our life-saving heroes answering their body’s call to nature by eating whilst on duty.

Earlier this year, we shared an article regarding an incident whereby a professional bystander approached three Met Police cops who DARED to eat various items which did not constitute part of their ‘five-a-day’. The person filming the encounter made himself look like a complete twonk. Not that he cared.

We won’t name who the professional bystander was, because he really wants you to follow him on YouTube and he wants you to watch more of his boring videos because he gets paid for the adverts which are shown in his weird videos. All you need to know, is that he is the sort of individual who, when confronted with the sight of someone who is in mortal danger, would run the other way.

But, off the back of the article, we wanted to share a message with the amazing men and women who dedicate their lives to serving their community; The heroes who serve in the emergency services. And the message is a relatively simple one; If you are in uniform and a professional bystander approaches you armed with their mobile phone/camera that is being pointed directly at you as they film, then just ignore them.

The moment you interact with a professional bystander who is filming you, then you have given them exactly what they need; footage of you reacting to them. If these professional bystanders try and upload footage to social media of you ignoring them, then the footage won’t be as popular, and it won’t get as many views.

And that is what motivates these professional bystanders to film you; views. The more views they get, then the more adverts they can cram into their videos which show you ‘biting’ on trap which they are laying for you. So when these ‘individuals’ approach you with their cameras in the ‘prone’ position, in the hope that you will engage with them, don’t say anything!

Just ignore them. Tell them that you will only speak to them once they stop filming you. And then just tell them to foxtrot oscar. This hardcore element of professional bystanders need to be given the attention they deserve; None. It is a bit like the attention seeking colleague who works on your team or in your office; if you give them no attention, then they lose.

So next time you are enjoying a coffee and a bit of cheeky cake and you get approached by a professional bystander who is demanding to know why you are keeping your body alive by feeding it, then ignore them until they put their camera away. And then just laugh at them as they walk off. Their pride will be dented enough so they think twice about making a twonk of themselves again.

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