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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Derek W, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Yep - Covid Toe! :eek:
     
  2. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Covid 19 will seem like a mere little starter if bird flue H5N6 mutates a bit to improve its ability to spread by human to human contact. Human to human transmission apparently has happened in China. Until recently such transmission was considered impossible and the risk of such transmission is very slight. The survival rate in humans is around 50%, based on a small sample of only around 50 cases. There's nothing to worry about ... yet. The red tops will love the story.
     
  3. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Oh, no! Now chimneys are going viral. o_O :confused: ;)
     
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  4. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Smoking kills:eek:
     
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  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    But chimneys do get high! ;)
     
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  6. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Lang may yer lums reek:).
     
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  7. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    I 'liked' your post, Andrew, without any idea of what it means. :D

    I tried it in Google Translate, but it failed. :confused: ;)
     
  8. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    "It is to be hoped that your chimneys will continue to exude smoke (and keep you warm)."

    :D
     
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  9. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    That's the trouble will spell checkers that are not content aware.
     
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  10. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

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  11. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    I think you meant "with"....... ;) (this could become recursive :D)
     
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  12. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    I'm fairly sure that you're propagandising us again, Andrew. ;) :D
     
  13. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    In scotland people traditionally visit neighbours on hogmany (new years eve) and into the early hours of the first of January. This is sometimes called first footing as the first person to arrive (the first to put his - yep expected to be a he) foot through the door in the new year is a particularly honoured visitor. The first footer should be tall dark and handsome (and male)else bad luck is likely for the next twelve months. While I generally recon 2 out of 4 aint bad I always hung about at the back until someone else was safely in the door. The requirement for the first footer to be dark haired is a result of folk memory fear of vikings. I looked like a viking and (assuming you get canankerous old git vikings) still do.
    The traditional gifts brought by first footers are black bun (a cake heavy with dried fruit) and a lump of coal as people generally struggled to keep warm in winter and staying up so late with the fire on in the middle of winter was a bit iof a luxury. The traditional cry of the first footer is "Lang may yer lum reek". In other words may you continue to have sufficient resource to buy coal and sufficient health to build and maintain a coal fire. In a rural community of coal (or peat) burners the first indication that a neighbour has fallen seriously ill or died in winter is a lack of smoke from their chimney.
     
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  14. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Many thanks for your explanation - as you'll guess from my surname, my father had half Scottish blood in him, and I can remember him going through the ritual when I was young. These days, I wouldn't be able to find a piece of coal or peat.
     
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  15. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    The way fuel prices are going, I'm sure a financial donation would suffice! ;)
     
  16. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    I did occur to me after I posted that with the approaching epidemic of fuel poverty then if there were such things as gas and electricity vouchers they could be a modern substiute.
     
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  17. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Just be glad it's not camel toe:rolleyes:
     
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  18. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    Down our way, first footing is likely to be some pisshead kicking your door in!
     
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  19. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    Its not unknown up here.
     
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  20. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    More of a west coast thing tho... :rolleyes:
     

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