Holiday bookings jump despite 'confusion over rules'
11/02/2021 | news | business | 464
Official calls for people to pause summer holiday plans have made no difference, UK holiday providers say.
are the nut houses empty then Removed
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11/02/2021 13:11:44 10 13
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Government response to virus is to confuse, divide and panic people..first threaten people with permanent lockdown and then offer some hope followed by more threats..we are all being manipulated by a Dictatorial Government who are high on social control power
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11/02/2021 13:14:54 3 9
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The Government is confused divided and panicking which reflects their actions.
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11/02/2021 13:16:00 3 0
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Careful, you,ll upset the lockdown fanatics.They,ll be devastated if we ever come out of it
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11/02/2021 13:11:44 10 13
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Government response to virus is to confuse, divide and panic people..first threaten people with permanent lockdown and then offer some hope followed by more threats..we are all being manipulated by a Dictatorial Government who are high on social control power
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11/02/2021 13:14:54 3 9
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The Government is confused divided and panicking which reflects their actions.
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11/02/2021 13:11:44 10 13
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Government response to virus is to confuse, divide and panic people..first threaten people with permanent lockdown and then offer some hope followed by more threats..we are all being manipulated by a Dictatorial Government who are high on social control power
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11/02/2021 13:16:00 3 0
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Careful, you,ll upset the lockdown fanatics.They,ll be devastated if we ever come out of it
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11/02/2021 13:16:11 202 25
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The Gov don't know what going to happen next month, let alone in the summer.
Book a holiday if you like, but don't you dare complain if you can't go on it.
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11/02/2021 13:44:07 104 5
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It also depends on what the governments of other countries do, which some people seem to forget. You can't have a holiday if they won't let you in or get your credit card out to pay for mandated quarantine before your holiday starts.

Additionally nobody knows what CV19 will do next.
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11/02/2021 15:42:14 14 3
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Absolutely. ...and don't complain that your not being refunded quickly enough if you can't travel. You would have made your bed (by booking in these uncertain times, lie in it.
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11/02/2021 16:20:59 6 1
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Exactly... book a holiday and take the risk, It kind of common sense to be fair. No one knows what’s going to happen and not one countries government has a Cristal Bowl they can use to look into the future.
I booked one in the UK, with the agreement that I either get my money back or can transfer the dates if necessary would covid throw a spanner in our plans. Again common sense!
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11/02/2021 16:45:52 10 1
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UK holidays a possibility but check cancellation rights.
Overseas holidays a complete non-starter. Asuming overseas country will let you in without valid test result, full vaccination or other. But, if you want to risk it fine but you take all the risk and very likely the £2K hotel costs on return as South African variant variant (and probably new ones) will have spread by then.
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12/02/2021 01:06:32 1 9
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Government is making sure 1984 comes with delay
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12/02/2021 08:42:03 5 1
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Of course, it goes with the territory. We've already booked and either cancelled or postponed a number of trips. That is what travel agents are for. If we actually get to go away, great, if no, c'est la vie. I'd rather have something to look forward to, even if it doesn't happen. If you leave it until the last minute, there won't be anything available.
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12/02/2021 11:34:01 1 0
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i agree 100%
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12/02/2021 17:57:26 0 1
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'Dont you dare'? Who are you dad speaking to a 5 yr old???
Your exactly the reason this government thinks they can treat people like imbeciles instead of humans capable of making risk assessment
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MVP
11/02/2021 13:17:55 6 9
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The government sending out "confusing messages"

Surely no one can be surprised about this.

If we had clear leadership we would not be in the die position we currently find ourselves
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JGC
11/02/2021 13:38:51 1 2
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States the blinded left
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11/02/2021 13:20:12 3 5
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No doubt the beaches will still be packed with stupid drunken teenagers & those who think that it won't affect them & who have no idea about Social distancing. The moment lockdown eases there will still be a certain class of people who don't care & the R rate will start to rise again, especially with the new Covid variants. A total lack of leadership has been shown since the start of this.
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11/02/2021 13:48:39 3 0
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It is not leadership but followership that is the problem! As you point out in your post!!
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11/02/2021 13:21:05 8 4
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How can you possibly consider a foreign holiday when coronavirus is still killing people all over the world. Whether travelling by air or ferry, you need the peace of mind of knowing that your fellow travellers are not Covid carriers infecting you. While I am sure intensive care overseas is as good as in the UK I don’t think any Brits turning up at a foreign hospital will be looked upon too kindly
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11/02/2021 19:58:06 1 0
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Today yes. In 6 months time? The situation may be completely different.
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11/02/2021 13:22:29 8 8
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"Oi, ordinary people - do not book a summer holiday" - M Hancock.

"Have you booked a summer holiday Matt?"

"Yes, but do as I say, not as I do".

Most of us are no longer surprised about the chronic double standards on display from this government of hypocrites.
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11/02/2021 14:49:30 3 0
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Hmmm. He booked several months ago. He doesn’t have hindsight. You do.
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11/02/2021 13:20:20 4 1
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Many will go BK, so don't expect any money back.
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11/02/2021 13:58:14 2 0
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Why not - that's why you should always pay by credit card. If the company goes backrupt then you will still get your refund.
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11/02/2021 19:57:20 0 0
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You can easily mitigate against that. Use a credit card, and book with an ATOL protected tour operator. That’s what it’s there for; it still astounds me how few people understand what it is and the protection it provides....
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Sam
11/02/2021 13:26:41 98 4
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Why does BBC feel the need to trot out an Australian Private Equity manager to complain that she doesn't know whether she will be able to have her 2 international long haul holidays this year?

Things are uncertain.....book at risk if you can afford it and want to.

Otherwise, wait until the summer situation becomes clearer.
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11/02/2021 14:35:35 22 0
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Agree, need to be careful she may have residency the accent does not help & there was another Aussie bloke on yesterday. I think we are all desperate for a break but the other thing Insurance how much & what will holiday insurance cover? They refuse to pay for anything & what happens if you do get it abroad or have an issue needing ICU. Vaccinations are lagging globally so another factor.
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LH
12/02/2021 18:59:15 0 0
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... when all the plum holidays are already booked up!
Suits me, I can go ANY time!!!!!
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11/02/2021 13:27:01 3 4
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Everyday we here how economy is in tatters and everyone struggling to make ends meet, yet millions seem he’ll bent on spending their furlough cash in Spain
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11/02/2021 13:30:19 4 0
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Low paid workers benefit from being on furlough .. 80% of their salary, of which they are making savings on travel, food, uniforms or spending on their kids. It's higher paid people on furlough, or those made redundant that have suffered financially .... ONLY them !
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11/02/2021 13:27:16 52 23
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Just goes to show, you can't vaccinate against stupid ..... Who, in their right mind, would book a holiday not knowing whether they can go, whether anything will be open when they get there etc etc .... NO sympathy for anyone that loses out financially if they've done so !!
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11/02/2021 13:56:47 41 11
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Sensible, rational adults that have been locked up for a year and want to have a sence of freedom. As long as everything is rfundable then whats the harm in a bit of wishful thinking?
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Bob
11/02/2021 16:06:37 3 2
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People who don't care if they lose the money or will be willing to go through the hassle of rebooking or waiting for a refund.

Of course you can be sure that if restrictions exist we will have a repeat of 'I haven't had a refund and I really need this money' type stories from last year, when they wouldn't have had that money if they'd gone on the holiday to begin with.
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11/02/2021 17:36:10 5 4
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Most people have moved their 2020 hols to this year that makes them stupid does it ????? Get real
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11/02/2021 19:30:02 2 3
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Are you completely unaware of the ATOL bond scheme? I guess so... https://www.caa.co.uk/atol-protection/consumers/about-atol/ Maybe worth learning about it before you post more gibberish regarding how ‘stupid’ you think people are. There is only one person looking foolish typing that tripe here...
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11/02/2021 19:47:11 0 3
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So are you saying that Matt Hancock is not in his right mind, as he has already booked his summer holidays to Cornwall. Ye they tell everyone else not to book. You couldn't make it up!!
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11/02/2021 13:25:33 1 1
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With tests, 10 days in a hotel, cost you 2 grand extra for your hol.
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11/02/2021 13:29:20 3 1
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we have flights that we moved last August to this August. Staying in a private property that won't have had anyone in since the pandemic. My wife & I will have had our vaccinations by the summer and our teenage daughter is not likely to be seriously affected here or abroad. If we're allowed to go, we will, but only if we feel safe and that we won't pose a risk to anyone else. Keep well everyone.
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11/02/2021 13:34:41 3 3
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How will you be feeding yourself when there .... Hardly matters that you are in a private property does it !!
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11/02/2021 13:40:32 0 2
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Your daughter or either of you could still bring a new mutation back. The reason it is too early to say is we have had at least 4 significant mutations in last 3 months and we may get more between now and holiday season. If they prove to be more dangerous then holidaying abroad could send us back to square one or worse!
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11/02/2021 13:32:26 0 3
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Your vaccinations don't stop you passing it on, have your hol and kill others.
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11/02/2021 13:30:07 2 7
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Here come the "don't complain if you book and it gets cancelled" mob.

Soooo predictable.
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11/02/2021 13:31:32 7 2
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That'll be because it's a valid, accurate and sensible statement !!!
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11/02/2021 13:27:01 3 4
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Everyday we here how economy is in tatters and everyone struggling to make ends meet, yet millions seem he’ll bent on spending their furlough cash in Spain
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11/02/2021 13:30:19 4 0
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Low paid workers benefit from being on furlough .. 80% of their salary, of which they are making savings on travel, food, uniforms or spending on their kids. It's higher paid people on furlough, or those made redundant that have suffered financially .... ONLY them !
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11/02/2021 13:30:48 0 3
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I see the euro rate faltering, must be all those buying up beer tokens for Benidorm
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11/02/2021 13:30:07 2 7
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Here come the "don't complain if you book and it gets cancelled" mob.

Soooo predictable.
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11/02/2021 13:31:32 7 2
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That'll be because it's a valid, accurate and sensible statement !!!
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11/02/2021 13:34:33 0 0
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Thanks Victor.
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11/02/2021 15:06:50 1 0
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It isn’t as bookings can be moved with no cost
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11/02/2021 13:32:37 7 6
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OK everyone please book your holidays,fly with Easy Jet and Ryanair enjoy your two weeks in Spain,France etc.However please please do not complain when we face yet another lock down,the schools are closed and the NHS is under pressure once again. Enjoy your suntan,your lager by the pool but don't say a word about business failing,depression or anxiety. Very selfish actions.
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11/02/2021 15:05:48 0 0
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That will only happen if vaccines don’t work, and if they don’t we are really in a mess as economy already in a dire situation, unemployment is going to rocket and significant cuts will be required to services as we can’t continue to spend more than we get from taxes
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11/02/2021 13:31:32 7 2
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That'll be because it's a valid, accurate and sensible statement !!!
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11/02/2021 13:34:33 0 0
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Thanks Victor.
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11/02/2021 13:29:20 3 1
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we have flights that we moved last August to this August. Staying in a private property that won't have had anyone in since the pandemic. My wife & I will have had our vaccinations by the summer and our teenage daughter is not likely to be seriously affected here or abroad. If we're allowed to go, we will, but only if we feel safe and that we won't pose a risk to anyone else. Keep well everyone.
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11/02/2021 13:34:41 3 3
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How will you be feeding yourself when there .... Hardly matters that you are in a private property does it !!
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11/02/2021 14:03:28 2 0
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One person will have to go to the supermarket - no different from being in the UK. I did say in my original post that "If we're allowed to go, we will, but only if we feel safe and that we won't pose a risk to anyone else". We won't go if we can't safely go out when we're there. In 6 months we'll know more and will make an informed decision. Will isolate on return if needs be / sensible to so so.
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11/02/2021 15:08:25 1 0
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You have to feed yourself anyway where ever you live, so no difference is there
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11/02/2021 13:35:16 7 12
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Anyone else get the feeling the Tory party are being deliberately vague and negative while they and their friends book their holidays at a reasonable price. Once they are done they will cause panic and sky high prices for the rest of us by opening the gates
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11/02/2021 13:36:21 4 3
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Absolutely ridiculous !
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11/02/2021 13:53:46 0 0
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They are not being vague. They have commited to providing a data driven roadmap on 22nd Feb. People should stop asking "are we there yet" and wait until that date. Until then the only valid answer is that there is not enough data.
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11/02/2021 15:03:02 1 0
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Any sensible person already knows what is going to happen. Primary schools will start opening March 8th, secondary schools will start going back in the weeks after, and all schools will be back after Easter. Things will be relaxed slowly, but by June unless the vaccines don’t work hospitality will be largely open. Less clear about Overseas holidays as that isn’t in the gift of the U.K. Govt
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11/02/2021 13:35:16 7 12
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Anyone else get the feeling the Tory party are being deliberately vague and negative while they and their friends book their holidays at a reasonable price. Once they are done they will cause panic and sky high prices for the rest of us by opening the gates
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11/02/2021 13:36:21 4 3
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Absolutely ridiculous !
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11/02/2021 13:37:02 63 12
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What a shocker- Holiday companies promoting that we book holidays to ramp up business - why is this even news BBC??

In other news - any clarity on the pope religious intentions? and also, what exactly are toilet facilites for the bears in the wood? we should be told !

Quiet news day ???

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11/02/2021 17:08:11 6 29
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Your 'other news' is not news. There's dozens of Muppets on here saying exactly the same thing and all thinking they're being clever and original.
Your not and your not.
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11/02/2021 18:17:43 1 0
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The Pope does like cats, I heard he is a cat-o-holic! ??
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12/02/2021 10:48:40 0 1
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The news is that people are still booking holidays even though ministers have said not to. It would equally be news if sales of holidays dropped off because of what government ministers have said. It may not be ground-breaking news but it is news.
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11/02/2021 13:37:32 73 5
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Why is the BBC so obsessed with this `Holiday' non - story
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11/02/2021 18:57:52 45 9
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Because they find it very difficult to publish anything positive, which is desperately needed to boost people's morale.
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11/02/2021 22:26:57 2 1
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Because it means they don't have to report on ACTUAL, factual, stories that matter. [Like a second HYS on holidays today alone..]
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12/02/2021 10:20:27 2 2
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I never understand why people who are so negative about the BBC are reading their website. Just read the website of your preferred news channel.
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LH
12/02/2021 19:01:39 0 0
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Give a dog a bone ...!!!
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11/02/2021 13:37:43 8 9
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The buyer need to beware , as absolutely anything could , and probably will change , under this shower of political half wits . God help us all!
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11/02/2021 13:38:30 123 7
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It amazes me how many people think a politician can see into the future and predict what the daily covid figures will be, if high you aint going anyway, if low then you might, its 0, its party time, stop moaning about the fact you want an answer nobody can give you!
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11/02/2021 14:23:14 33 96
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There is a massive difference between being clueless, aka Boris Johnson and his chums...and educated guesses supported by the best scientific advice!
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11/02/2021 15:17:15 4 24
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Millions will be vaccinated within the next 2-3 weeks. All high risk groups will be done. Vast majority of deaths are in high risk groups. We do not have a choice but to open the country back up very very soon. It has to happen regardless of death rate. We cannot continue like this. Society will be broken for ever. Holidays should be open by Easter at the latest. No more excuses.
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11/02/2021 16:31:43 5 1
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Well said.
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MVP
11/02/2021 13:17:55 6 9
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The government sending out "confusing messages"

Surely no one can be surprised about this.

If we had clear leadership we would not be in the die position we currently find ourselves
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JGC
11/02/2021 13:38:51 1 2
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States the blinded left
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11/02/2021 13:29:20 3 1
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we have flights that we moved last August to this August. Staying in a private property that won't have had anyone in since the pandemic. My wife & I will have had our vaccinations by the summer and our teenage daughter is not likely to be seriously affected here or abroad. If we're allowed to go, we will, but only if we feel safe and that we won't pose a risk to anyone else. Keep well everyone.
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11/02/2021 13:40:32 0 2
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Your daughter or either of you could still bring a new mutation back. The reason it is too early to say is we have had at least 4 significant mutations in last 3 months and we may get more between now and holiday season. If they prove to be more dangerous then holidaying abroad could send us back to square one or worse!
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11/02/2021 13:29:20 3 1
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we have flights that we moved last August to this August. Staying in a private property that won't have had anyone in since the pandemic. My wife & I will have had our vaccinations by the summer and our teenage daughter is not likely to be seriously affected here or abroad. If we're allowed to go, we will, but only if we feel safe and that we won't pose a risk to anyone else. Keep well everyone.
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11/02/2021 13:32:26 0 3
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Your vaccinations don't stop you passing it on, have your hol and kill others.
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11/02/2021 14:05:17 2 1
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Wow - if everyone thought like you we'd lock ouselves up forever.
Time to accept that the virus is a way of life and get on with living.
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11/02/2021 14:13:28 0 0
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I did say in my original post that "If we're allowed to go, we will, but only if we feel safe and that we won't pose a risk to anyone else" so your response was a bit pointless really.
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11/02/2021 19:14:13 0 0
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The vaccinations are not a guarantee of passing on the virus, but you last six words are very nasty, vindictive, totally insane and imbecilic.
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11/02/2021 13:41:05 6 6
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There are many in the UK, like myself who enjoy and like visiting EU countries, their cities and resorts.It is not unpatriotic, just cosmopolitan and a chance to escape the UK.We are allowed to be disappointed and sad in this post-brexit age.
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11/02/2021 13:44:35 5 6
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It's sad that people can't cope with what is relatively benign in comparison to what some of our forebears went through. Yes its all a bit of a pain but the only thing that's really important is health. Be a bit more creative, you don't NEED to go to the pub, you don't NEED to go abroad, so count your blessing of which we all have many and buckle down for a bit longer.
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11/02/2021 13:45:50 1 1
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Nothing to do with Brexit you can still visit the EU without a problem once Covid is over, nobody should be travelling in the meantime whether in the EU or not.
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11/02/2021 14:20:16 1 2
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If you want to escape the UK just go and don't bother coming back. Have holidayed in this country for years now. We are as cosmopolitan as anywhere else in the EU and steeped in history.
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11/02/2021 14:29:37 1 1
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I for one will not be taking a holiday in little England...for a multitude of good reasons and proven experience...but being stuck in Alcatraz for the last 12 months has indeed been trying1
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11/02/2021 13:41:46 161 3
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It's really not confusing, you can book a holiday if you want but you may not be able to go so make sure you can get your money back if the rules don't change in time. It looks likely things will be good enough to allow holidays (maybe not abroad though) but NOBODY knows so stop moaning.
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11/02/2021 14:58:40 83 0
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Quite right, you just have to make sure your money is retrivable if all goes pear shaped. Simple really and not at all confusing.
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11/02/2021 15:07:12 0 22
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a holiday is not a holiday unless its abroad
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11/02/2021 15:26:16 5 1
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you ended your comment "... so stop moaning".
Careful! As the leadership at KPMG knows, you can't say such things these days. Got to treat everybody with kid gloves, even if they are mostly well-paid professionals
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11/02/2021 17:06:07 1 2
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You are correct. If only Grant Shapps had used similar wording, it would have been a non-story
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12/02/2021 09:38:48 0 0
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Now don't be telling people to stop moaning about the effects of the C19 pandemic - the 'hurt' and 'outrage' you cause might result in you having to tender your resignation!
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LH
12/02/2021 18:55:29 0 0
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"Stop moaning"? You head of KPMG?????
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11/02/2021 13:16:11 202 25
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The Gov don't know what going to happen next month, let alone in the summer.
Book a holiday if you like, but don't you dare complain if you can't go on it.
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11/02/2021 13:44:07 104 5
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It also depends on what the governments of other countries do, which some people seem to forget. You can't have a holiday if they won't let you in or get your credit card out to pay for mandated quarantine before your holiday starts.

Additionally nobody knows what CV19 will do next.
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12/02/2021 09:21:10 0 0
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TUI (and probably others) guarantee a refund if there is quarantine at the destination. Nothing about quarantine on return to the UK, though!
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12/02/2021 11:25:55 0 0
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Spot on , it's that simple.
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11/02/2021 13:41:05 6 6
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There are many in the UK, like myself who enjoy and like visiting EU countries, their cities and resorts.It is not unpatriotic, just cosmopolitan and a chance to escape the UK.We are allowed to be disappointed and sad in this post-brexit age.
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11/02/2021 13:44:35 5 6
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It's sad that people can't cope with what is relatively benign in comparison to what some of our forebears went through. Yes its all a bit of a pain but the only thing that's really important is health. Be a bit more creative, you don't NEED to go to the pub, you don't NEED to go abroad, so count your blessing of which we all have many and buckle down for a bit longer.
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11/02/2021 13:51:22 4 1
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Correct. We don't NEED to do anything other than eat, drink, sleep and visit the toilet - but what a boring life that would be. We WANT to do these things.
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11/02/2021 13:45:45 1 4
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You wait - The gov. will plan around their summer recess... and everyone else can make and do....
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11/02/2021 13:41:05 6 6
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There are many in the UK, like myself who enjoy and like visiting EU countries, their cities and resorts.It is not unpatriotic, just cosmopolitan and a chance to escape the UK.We are allowed to be disappointed and sad in this post-brexit age.
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11/02/2021 13:45:50 1 1
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Nothing to do with Brexit you can still visit the EU without a problem once Covid is over, nobody should be travelling in the meantime whether in the EU or not.
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11/02/2021 14:14:19 3 0
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I think you will find the rules on travel to the EU have changed since brexit, i.e 90 day limit, different passport controls, health cards etc, you are no longer an EU citizen when in the EU and the loss of those rights.
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11/02/2021 13:20:12 3 5
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No doubt the beaches will still be packed with stupid drunken teenagers & those who think that it won't affect them & who have no idea about Social distancing. The moment lockdown eases there will still be a certain class of people who don't care & the R rate will start to rise again, especially with the new Covid variants. A total lack of leadership has been shown since the start of this.
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11/02/2021 13:48:39 3 0
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It is not leadership but followership that is the problem! As you point out in your post!!
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Jay
11/02/2021 18:14:08 0 0
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And if nobody feels compelled to follow the leader, that is surely indicative of how crap said leader is? You have to win hearts and minds, not expect blind allegiance, even if that is what the tory party faithful demand we all do "back Britain Britain Britain"

No wonder we've gone to the utter dogs with these British empire fantasists at the helm.
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11/02/2021 13:41:30 6 7
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Perhaps people are banking on the simple fact that the UK population is soon going to be pushed to the point where we decide that being robbed of our liberty and freedom has gone on long enough, and finally fight back. Austrian and Italian governments have recently been forced to seriously curb there excesses due to very strong public opposition. Maybe Brits too will grow a pair.
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11/02/2021 13:54:36 2 11
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What a load of tosh. The only thing being robbed is your life.
We are not Italians or Austrians...and we have the biggest pair in Europe.
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11/02/2021 13:54:45 1 4
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We need to do what is right, not what is selfish. Our forebears put up with the best part of 10 years of war and they got on with it. The British people are stronger than you think and most will do what is necessary, inciting people to rebel (which is what you are effectively doing) is not a very good idea, it never leads to anything good.
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11/02/2021 14:02:53 1 2
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Well said.
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11/02/2021 14:14:41 2 0
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as soon as a ''pair'' start appearing our government are shutting it down . as soon as some one starts talking about it , there platform disappears . we stand no chance of anything productive on this island so long as the ''Eton mob'' are in charge . we are more oppressed than china ever was . it is a shocking place to live now.
(that's funny spell check asked for a cap on Eton but not China)
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11/02/2021 13:44:35 5 6
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It's sad that people can't cope with what is relatively benign in comparison to what some of our forebears went through. Yes its all a bit of a pain but the only thing that's really important is health. Be a bit more creative, you don't NEED to go to the pub, you don't NEED to go abroad, so count your blessing of which we all have many and buckle down for a bit longer.
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11/02/2021 13:51:22 4 1
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Correct. We don't NEED to do anything other than eat, drink, sleep and visit the toilet - but what a boring life that would be. We WANT to do these things.
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11/02/2021 13:51:56 48 7
bbc
Most people seemed to get it right last summer in the UK (barring some idiots here and there).
Deaths, hospitalisations and infections all eased over the summer and only really started to pick up again once schools and universities went back.
I've not booked anything yet, but I could certainly use a break from the four walls I've been staring at for the last few months.
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11/02/2021 14:14:55 27 20
bbc
Try the floor and ceiling then.
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11/02/2021 15:46:33 3 3
bbc
Well go for a walk or a drive then. You have only yourself to blame. It is absolutely essential to get out as much as possible for fresh air and well being, even just to go to a local shop for groceries.

But whatever you do DON'T stay inside all the time, as it will only cause severe depression and a sense of worthlessness.
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Bob
11/02/2021 16:04:48 4 1
bbc
Cases among school age people were higher in August than they were in September.

Schools did not cause rises.

Universities did, but not schools.

I'd also say that post-summer we gained a more transmissible 'Spanish variant', it just didn't get any media attention at the time.
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LH
12/02/2021 19:08:30 0 0
bbc
Have you NO windows????
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11/02/2021 13:53:12 46 3
bbc
We dont have a crystal ball nobody knows what things will look like in summer, will the vaccine really bring virus cases right down? Maybe, maybe not, its a very uncertain future that we face, so planning a holiday may be a nice thing to do but it may not happen.
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11/02/2021 14:00:12 45 4
bbc
and as long as the holiday is refundable then what the problem with having something to look forward to?
130
11/02/2021 15:20:06 0 2
bbc
It doesnt need to bring cases down, it needs to bring deaths down! If its isnt working we may as well close the door and wave a white flag.
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11/02/2021 15:40:06 0 7
bbc
Of course holidays will go ahead. You surely are not that naive to believe all the scaremongering filth that those imbeciles Shapps and Hancock keep stating do you?
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LH
12/02/2021 19:07:46 0 0
bbc
Crystal ball? Or, Swarovski testicle???
43
11/02/2021 13:53:16 3 1
bbc
Not taking any bookings until we the all clear to do so from Cornwall cotts
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11/02/2021 14:22:22 1 2
bbc
Seems you're in a small minority
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11/02/2021 13:35:16 7 12
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Anyone else get the feeling the Tory party are being deliberately vague and negative while they and their friends book their holidays at a reasonable price. Once they are done they will cause panic and sky high prices for the rest of us by opening the gates
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11/02/2021 13:53:46 0 0
bbc
They are not being vague. They have commited to providing a data driven roadmap on 22nd Feb. People should stop asking "are we there yet" and wait until that date. Until then the only valid answer is that there is not enough data.
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Jay
11/02/2021 18:20:10 1 0
bbc
Like the data driven road map we had last year and then jettisoned without a care for a 3rd, longer than ever lockdown?

Maybe we can spend 500m on eating out to help out again? It really helped out alright, if helping out means spreading the virus at the taxpayers expense?
45
11/02/2021 13:54:31 138 10
bbc
It seems to me that it's not a confusing message the govt is giving, just not the message the travel industry wants.
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12/02/2021 15:11:16 10 1
bbc
Confusing is the new term used for 'the answer I/We/our industry I didn't want to hear'
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LH
12/02/2021 18:57:01 0 0
bbc
It's all too 'confusing' for the Labour Party, who are confused by EVERYTHING ... even the SIMPLEST statement!!!
39
11/02/2021 13:41:30 6 7
bbc
Perhaps people are banking on the simple fact that the UK population is soon going to be pushed to the point where we decide that being robbed of our liberty and freedom has gone on long enough, and finally fight back. Austrian and Italian governments have recently been forced to seriously curb there excesses due to very strong public opposition. Maybe Brits too will grow a pair.
46
11/02/2021 13:54:36 2 11
bbc
What a load of tosh. The only thing being robbed is your life.
We are not Italians or Austrians...and we have the biggest pair in Europe.
77
11/02/2021 14:20:23 1 0
bbc
It is widely acknowledged that here in Brexitania we 'have a pair'...a pair of brain cells that is!
153
11/02/2021 15:51:36 1 0
bbc
Pair of what? Why do some people make such meaningless and senseless remarks on sites like these, instead of something sensible and constructive to help boost people's morale?
39
11/02/2021 13:41:30 6 7
bbc
Perhaps people are banking on the simple fact that the UK population is soon going to be pushed to the point where we decide that being robbed of our liberty and freedom has gone on long enough, and finally fight back. Austrian and Italian governments have recently been forced to seriously curb there excesses due to very strong public opposition. Maybe Brits too will grow a pair.
47
11/02/2021 13:54:45 1 4
bbc
We need to do what is right, not what is selfish. Our forebears put up with the best part of 10 years of war and they got on with it. The British people are stronger than you think and most will do what is necessary, inciting people to rebel (which is what you are effectively doing) is not a very good idea, it never leads to anything good.
56
11/02/2021 14:08:09 3 0
bbc
you forget that during those 10 years of war our families were allowed to try and enjoy themselves - pubs were open, tea dances took place, people went on holiday.
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11/02/2021 14:21:06 2 0
bbc
"We need to do what is right, not what is selfish."

Oh you mean like not destroying the education and mental health of the young people that are our future?

Do you have the slightest idea of how many between 5 and 25 are having their lives wrecked. Listen to what the teachers, doctors and psychologists are saying about this. Of course, people like you refuse to believe any of this.
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11/02/2021 13:27:16 52 23
bbc
Just goes to show, you can't vaccinate against stupid ..... Who, in their right mind, would book a holiday not knowing whether they can go, whether anything will be open when they get there etc etc .... NO sympathy for anyone that loses out financially if they've done so !!
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11/02/2021 13:56:47 41 11
bbc
Sensible, rational adults that have been locked up for a year and want to have a sence of freedom. As long as everything is rfundable then whats the harm in a bit of wishful thinking?
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11/02/2021 14:40:18 1 1
bbc
If it looks like a con it is a con, what happens when these firms go bust who pays back, jo public. How most travel firms are still operating is mad like Heineken yesterday profits down by a billion, how? Everybody is on the lash at home? This year people gotta crack the nut & plan for 2022 but same thing how many travel firms can survive a poor 2021? Buyer beware seems the advice.
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11/02/2021 13:58:00 87 12
bbc
The only "confusion" is what the BBC sows. You either book a holiday or don't book a holiday it is up to you. Can the public not make their own decisions on anything now???
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11/02/2021 14:13:25 7 35
bbc
Not if they are breaking the LAw they cant.
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11/02/2021 14:20:53 7 0
bbc
Seemingly not in the eyes of the media. We need a Govt instruction before we get out of bed in the morning seemingly. Can watch news anymore as it is just cringing what politicans are being asked every day. Route map will be announced week comm 22 Feb until then make your own choices based on the unknown.
10
11/02/2021 13:20:20 4 1
bbc
Many will go BK, so don't expect any money back.
50
11/02/2021 13:58:14 2 0
bbc
Why not - that's why you should always pay by credit card. If the company goes backrupt then you will still get your refund.
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11/02/2021 13:53:12 46 3
bbc
We dont have a crystal ball nobody knows what things will look like in summer, will the vaccine really bring virus cases right down? Maybe, maybe not, its a very uncertain future that we face, so planning a holiday may be a nice thing to do but it may not happen.
51
11/02/2021 14:00:12 45 4
bbc
and as long as the holiday is refundable then what the problem with having something to look forward to?
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Bob
11/02/2021 16:12:59 1 0
bbc
Funny how on every article that relates to border measures the top comments are always about how we should have done it months ago and etc etc, yet comments like yours goes directly against that yet has a 13:1 upvote ratio.

Ask the right question and get conflicting answers.

Should we have closed borders? Yes.
Do you want a holiday? Yes.
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12/02/2021 01:16:33 0 0
bbc
Some feel they well screwed up the whole country they don't want anyone to have something to look for.
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CJR
12/02/2021 09:10:48 1 1
bbc
great you get your money back, but the company that you have booked with has to incur costs to refund you, then when things get back to normal and prices rise to recoup these losses, you then moan these companies are ripping you off. Seems like you want your cake and eat it, if anyone is daft enough to book at the moment, the caveat should be if the holiday doesn’t go ahead you lose your money
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11/02/2021 13:41:30 6 7
bbc
Perhaps people are banking on the simple fact that the UK population is soon going to be pushed to the point where we decide that being robbed of our liberty and freedom has gone on long enough, and finally fight back. Austrian and Italian governments have recently been forced to seriously curb there excesses due to very strong public opposition. Maybe Brits too will grow a pair.
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11/02/2021 14:02:53 1 2
bbc
Well said.
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11/02/2021 13:34:41 3 3
bbc
How will you be feeding yourself when there .... Hardly matters that you are in a private property does it !!
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11/02/2021 14:03:28 2 0
bbc
One person will have to go to the supermarket - no different from being in the UK. I did say in my original post that "If we're allowed to go, we will, but only if we feel safe and that we won't pose a risk to anyone else". We won't go if we can't safely go out when we're there. In 6 months we'll know more and will make an informed decision. Will isolate on return if needs be / sensible to so so.
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11/02/2021 14:04:49 2 2
bbc
It all depends on whether European countries insist on vaccination certificates on entry.
Also whether those countries still have high Covid or mutant cases rife. Would I want to be turned back at their borders with no certificate!
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11/02/2021 14:21:24 1 1
bbc
Well take a certificate then!!
112
11/02/2021 14:56:17 0 0
bbc
The article is about U.K. holidays so it doesn’t really matter what European countries rules are does it.
127
11/02/2021 15:16:14 1 0
bbc
Oh come on, surely you must have the savvy to properly research any foreign country's rules of entry before departure, and what documentation is required. What you have said is just as remiss as someone trying to gain entry without a passport or visa.
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11/02/2021 13:32:26 0 3
bbc
Your vaccinations don't stop you passing it on, have your hol and kill others.
55
11/02/2021 14:05:17 2 1
bbc
Wow - if everyone thought like you we'd lock ouselves up forever.
Time to accept that the virus is a way of life and get on with living.
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11/02/2021 13:54:45 1 4
bbc
We need to do what is right, not what is selfish. Our forebears put up with the best part of 10 years of war and they got on with it. The British people are stronger than you think and most will do what is necessary, inciting people to rebel (which is what you are effectively doing) is not a very good idea, it never leads to anything good.
56
11/02/2021 14:08:09 3 0
bbc
you forget that during those 10 years of war our families were allowed to try and enjoy themselves - pubs were open, tea dances took place, people went on holiday.
57
11/02/2021 14:08:59 5 8
bbc
There'll be a full and robust holiday season this summer. Whatever the govt. says. They've lost control.
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11/02/2021 14:09:01 5 4
bbc
Booking a holiday now?

Don't worry, you'll be just fine.

Have a simply lovely time.

I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
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11/02/2021 14:21:04 2 1
bbc
If you're fully vaccinated, and going somewhere they are similarly, very little but thanks for your concern
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11/02/2021 14:10:27 27 5
bbc
What’s the problem with booking a holiday as long as there is a decent cancellation policy?
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11/02/2021 15:09:43 12 32
bbc
There is no problem, and hopefully most people's holidays will be able to go ahead.

The best thing anyone can do at the moment is plan ahead, and take absolutely no notice of those totally insane hypocritical imbeciles Hancock and Shapps, because all they are intent of doing is ruining people's lives and spreading scaremongering filth all the time. Very nasty indeed and need to be got rid of.
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12/02/2021 09:20:04 1 0
bbc
The message should simply be book at your own risk. As the article admits, there are many tourism related businesses teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, so no one should assume that any monies paid will be returned, or if so when. The next whinge will be "I booked a holiday and the government refuses to compensate me".
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11/02/2021 14:10:37 32 3
bbc
If people are willing to 'take a risk' then that is their choice.

Catching the disease with insurance usually now refusing to pay for Covid-related problems and needing to isolate in hotels at their own expense are possible downsides.

Hopefully holidays will be 'on', however, do not moan if you have made a costly mistake in booking too early.
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11/02/2021 14:20:05 12 10
bbc
What costly mistake - just move it if you're unable to go
61
11/02/2021 14:11:44 3 3
bbc
there is no confusion those that want to go away will even if covid19 is still because they only care about them self
74
11/02/2021 14:19:33 2 5
bbc
Oh please - don't talk such total and utter rubbish
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11/02/2021 14:59:52 1 2
bbc
tell: Just like the way you think, because you are unable to post anything sensible and constructive, and continue to condemn anyone regardless of what they are doing or what they want to do.

Think twice about posting such rubbish in future.
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11/02/2021 13:58:00 87 12
bbc
The only "confusion" is what the BBC sows. You either book a holiday or don't book a holiday it is up to you. Can the public not make their own decisions on anything now???
62
11/02/2021 14:13:25 7 35
bbc
Not if they are breaking the LAw they cant.
82
11/02/2021 14:21:52 3 0
bbc
If they are breaking the law then they are unlikely to go - duh!
113
11/02/2021 14:56:50 16 0
bbc
There is no law against booking an holiday
131
11/02/2021 15:23:27 4 18
bbc
What laws? The so called insanity imposed in this country over the past year is not 100% legal in the first instance, and to only protect the most highly incompetent, totally insane Johnson and his vile mob of anything.

The worst government in modern UK history, and need to be got rid of before any further damage is caused by them.
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11/02/2021 15:27:37 9 0
bbc
I didn’t know that booking a holiday was breaking the law
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11/02/2021 17:13:27 8 0
bbc
It isn't against the law to book. It is against the law to go on holiday at present.

The issue if you leave it will be prices will skyrocket, so best to book now and then get refunded if the law still says you cannot go.

I think most people understand that.
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11/02/2021 19:42:53 0 1
bbc
So are you saying that booking a holiday is breaking the law or wrong. Because if that's the case then Matt Hancock has broken the rules as he has already booked his holiday to Cornwall
355
12/02/2021 01:10:12 0 0
bbc
And booking holiday breaks what law then? Conservation of energy?
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LH
12/02/2021 19:01:22 0 0
bbc
Eh? The only people "breaking the law" are those who "make the decision" to disobey the Law!!
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11/02/2021 13:32:26 0 3
bbc
Your vaccinations don't stop you passing it on, have your hol and kill others.
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11/02/2021 14:13:28 0 0
bbc
I did say in my original post that "If we're allowed to go, we will, but only if we feel safe and that we won't pose a risk to anyone else" so your response was a bit pointless really.
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11/02/2021 14:45:50 2 0
bbc
U make valid points & have used IFS, easy to judge & we are all feeling this lockdown it's brutal. Trouble is the future will always be an unknown so we cannot fear that just work the best solutions & have good guidance from where it matters. We can't be worried about saving a country's tourism industry when we have 2 million plus unemployed & maybe more soon, this will come into play in 2021.
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11/02/2021 14:13:56 24 2
bbc
Despite what some might wish to believe, to my knowledge ,no country in the world is run by clairvoyants. Book now if you want, but don't moan if it gets cancelled.
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11/02/2021 14:19:08 11 6
bbc
Won't be moaning but have every confidence I'll be going
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11/02/2021 14:53:04 4 4
bbc
Look, over the past year all we have had from this highly incompetent, totally insane Johnson and his vile mob is nothing but lies and the biggest failure of all to get to grips with the pandemic.

After a whole year of living through pure insanity, people who have worked hard deserve a holiday, and all that has been stated over the past two days by Hancock is nothing but scaremongering filth.
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11/02/2021 14:54:16 1 2
bbc
The article is about U.K. holidays,
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11/02/2021 13:45:50 1 1
bbc
Nothing to do with Brexit you can still visit the EU without a problem once Covid is over, nobody should be travelling in the meantime whether in the EU or not.
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11/02/2021 14:14:19 3 0
bbc
I think you will find the rules on travel to the EU have changed since brexit, i.e 90 day limit, different passport controls, health cards etc, you are no longer an EU citizen when in the EU and the loss of those rights.
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11/02/2021 14:49:16 0 0
bbc
The point many are now missing they need insurance and how much does that cover and cost now.
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11/02/2021 14:14:29 1 1
bbc
Producer interests in the holiday business are much like Estate Agents when it comes to 'expert opinion'. Regardless of any logic or any economic impediment to these industries, the trade bodies are duty bound present (and often exaggerate) a rosy picture of their prospects. A case of ...they would say that wouldn't they!
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11/02/2021 14:18:39 2 1
bbc
Yes, how odd hey - fancy businesses which are on the brink of bankruptcy trying to talk up their prospects and lobbying the government to try and help them - should just roll over and die I guess.
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11/02/2021 13:41:30 6 7
bbc
Perhaps people are banking on the simple fact that the UK population is soon going to be pushed to the point where we decide that being robbed of our liberty and freedom has gone on long enough, and finally fight back. Austrian and Italian governments have recently been forced to seriously curb there excesses due to very strong public opposition. Maybe Brits too will grow a pair.
67
11/02/2021 14:14:41 2 0
bbc
as soon as a ''pair'' start appearing our government are shutting it down . as soon as some one starts talking about it , there platform disappears . we stand no chance of anything productive on this island so long as the ''Eton mob'' are in charge . we are more oppressed than china ever was . it is a shocking place to live now.
(that's funny spell check asked for a cap on Eton but not China)
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11/02/2021 14:14:29 30 6
bbc
Try to learn the rules.....no confusion.

Obey the rules....no prosecution

Book a holiday....prepare to be disappointed.

The risk exists....and the choice is yours.
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11/02/2021 14:16:45 22 7
bbc
I'm all booked up and can't wait. Have no doubt I'll be going, but thanks for your concerns. At worst I'll reschedule for later in the year or 2022.
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11/02/2021 14:50:29 3 0
bbc
But if you cancel or move the holiday what is the problem. At least if you have booked the worst that can happen is it doesn’t take place and you’re mildly disappointed. If you haven’t book the chances are you will find when you do try and book that the holiday you wanted has gone, and it costs significantly more. There are 2 sides to every thing
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11/02/2021 13:51:56 48 7
bbc
Most people seemed to get it right last summer in the UK (barring some idiots here and there).
Deaths, hospitalisations and infections all eased over the summer and only really started to pick up again once schools and universities went back.
I've not booked anything yet, but I could certainly use a break from the four walls I've been staring at for the last few months.
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11/02/2021 14:14:55 27 20
bbc
Try the floor and ceiling then.
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11/02/2021 14:14:29 30 6
bbc
Try to learn the rules.....no confusion.

Obey the rules....no prosecution

Book a holiday....prepare to be disappointed.

The risk exists....and the choice is yours.
70
11/02/2021 14:16:45 22 7
bbc
I'm all booked up and can't wait. Have no doubt I'll be going, but thanks for your concerns. At worst I'll reschedule for later in the year or 2022.
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11/02/2021 14:42:46 4 1
bbc
Good for you, which makes a nice change for someone here to act and think positively, instead of the many people who have got nothing better to do but state pure negativity on this site all the time.
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12/02/2021 08:59:48 1 0
bbc
Hope the company doesn't go bust. Not unknown. I'll wait for awhile might cost more but my money will be safe. Make sure you use a credit card
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CJR
12/02/2021 09:21:40 2 0
bbc
Think you better reschedule for 2022
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LH
12/02/2021 19:12:20 0 0
bbc
... unless you've caught Covid!!
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11/02/2021 14:18:25 48 8
bbc
Media please stop creating confusion. It is quite clear that currently booking a holiday comes with risk. Why all of a sudden do we need Govt guidance/rules. We know the risks and can make our own choices. Focus on pandemic BBC and not trying to create confusion. Pandemic brings uncertainty and Govt got malbasted for giving dates and then not delivering and not you want dates they wont give!
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11/02/2021 14:34:15 15 3
bbc
As quoted in the article above "So long as they ensure they can amend or cancel their booking easily, they won't be left financially worse off if lockdown continues longer than anticipated." So not too much risk I would suggest
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11/02/2021 14:38:03 2 4
bbc
You are correct as we certainly do not need the highly incompetent Johnson and his vile mob to give their useless guidance. Plus the fact that Hancock not so long ago was stating that we should be able to have a "good summer" and bragging that he has already booked his holiday in Cornwall.

So the usual self righteousness from that vile hypocrite, who does not give a toss about anyone else.
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11/02/2021 14:14:29 1 1
bbc
Producer interests in the holiday business are much like Estate Agents when it comes to 'expert opinion'. Regardless of any logic or any economic impediment to these industries, the trade bodies are duty bound present (and often exaggerate) a rosy picture of their prospects. A case of ...they would say that wouldn't they!
72
11/02/2021 14:18:39 2 1
bbc
Yes, how odd hey - fancy businesses which are on the brink of bankruptcy trying to talk up their prospects and lobbying the government to try and help them - should just roll over and die I guess.
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11/02/2021 14:13:56 24 2
bbc
Despite what some might wish to believe, to my knowledge ,no country in the world is run by clairvoyants. Book now if you want, but don't moan if it gets cancelled.
73
11/02/2021 14:19:08 11 6
bbc
Won't be moaning but have every confidence I'll be going
86
11/02/2021 14:24:11 2 0
bbc
"Have every confidence" is what every PM says, just before they sack a minister!
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CJR
12/02/2021 09:38:11 2 0
bbc
Yep in 2022
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12/02/2021 10:36:28 0 0
bbc
You won't ??
61
11/02/2021 14:11:44 3 3
bbc
there is no confusion those that want to go away will even if covid19 is still because they only care about them self
74
11/02/2021 14:19:33 2 5
bbc
Oh please - don't talk such total and utter rubbish
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11/02/2021 14:10:37 32 3
bbc
If people are willing to 'take a risk' then that is their choice.

Catching the disease with insurance usually now refusing to pay for Covid-related problems and needing to isolate in hotels at their own expense are possible downsides.

Hopefully holidays will be 'on', however, do not moan if you have made a costly mistake in booking too early.
75
11/02/2021 14:20:05 12 10
bbc
What costly mistake - just move it if you're unable to go
138
11/02/2021 15:35:36 5 0
bbc
It could be costly if you go and can't get back. I recall a lot of whinging about that from stranded people last year. There will be no emergency evacuation flights this time around
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CJR
12/02/2021 09:23:17 0 0
bbc
All depends on T&Cs my friend, some will not let you.
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11/02/2021 13:41:05 6 6
bbc
There are many in the UK, like myself who enjoy and like visiting EU countries, their cities and resorts.It is not unpatriotic, just cosmopolitan and a chance to escape the UK.We are allowed to be disappointed and sad in this post-brexit age.
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11/02/2021 14:20:16 1 2
bbc
If you want to escape the UK just go and don't bother coming back. Have holidayed in this country for years now. We are as cosmopolitan as anywhere else in the EU and steeped in history.
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11/02/2021 15:57:41 2 0
bbc
I am afraid that is illegal at the moment, I have never considered Blackpool cosmopolitan, but that is my opinion.I also prefer Madrid to Manchester and Barcelona to Birmingham and those preferences are not illegal, you might bear that in mind rather than telling me to leave the UK and not return..
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11/02/2021 18:46:07 1 0
bbc
Si Cotic: That is NOT at all the correct thing to suggest and you should give it far more thought before so nastily condemning people like that.

Where people want to go to is UP TO THEM. Plus the fact that many people have relatives who are living abroad so by visiting them it is ALSO a holiday.

So I suggest that you show some compassion in future and CONSIDER other people's circumstances.
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11/02/2021 13:54:36 2 11
bbc
What a load of tosh. The only thing being robbed is your life.
We are not Italians or Austrians...and we have the biggest pair in Europe.
77
11/02/2021 14:20:23 1 0
bbc
It is widely acknowledged that here in Brexitania we 'have a pair'...a pair of brain cells that is!
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11/02/2021 14:20:39 2 3
bbc
Boris should fix a date when overseas holidays will be allowed to resume.

This will remove uncertainly.

However, to ensure he does not have to review this date in light of future events he would be advised that summer 2030 may be possible.

Any date before this with the virus mutating would be very risky.

The alternative may be, wait and see.

Forcing a decision may bring disappointment.
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11/02/2021 14:43:52 3 0
bbc
He can’t fix a date as to when overseas holidays will be allowed as it isn’t in the Governments gift, it depends as much on the country you wish to visit. Many European countries are well behind the U.K. in vaccinations for example, and have many restrictions as to who can enter the country
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11/02/2021 18:11:23 0 0
bbc
What a totally insane load of rubbish.
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11/02/2021 13:58:00 87 12
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The only "confusion" is what the BBC sows. You either book a holiday or don't book a holiday it is up to you. Can the public not make their own decisions on anything now???
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11/02/2021 14:20:53 7 0
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Seemingly not in the eyes of the media. We need a Govt instruction before we get out of bed in the morning seemingly. Can watch news anymore as it is just cringing what politicans are being asked every day. Route map will be announced week comm 22 Feb until then make your own choices based on the unknown.
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11/02/2021 15:34:11 3 16
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PBKev: Johnson and his vile mob are never ever able to answer straight questions with straight answers, and always deny any wrongdoing.

That totally insane hypocrite of an imbecile Hancock even had the audacity to say that he made no apologises about the quarantine implementation. That again is a nasty typical remark from someone who does not give a toss about anyone else but themselves.
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11/02/2021 14:09:01 5 4
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Booking a holiday now?

Don't worry, you'll be just fine.

Have a simply lovely time.

I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
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11/02/2021 14:21:04 2 1
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If you're fully vaccinated, and going somewhere they are similarly, very little but thanks for your concern
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11/02/2021 14:04:49 2 2
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It all depends on whether European countries insist on vaccination certificates on entry.
Also whether those countries still have high Covid or mutant cases rife. Would I want to be turned back at their borders with no certificate!
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11/02/2021 14:21:24 1 1
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Well take a certificate then!!
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11/02/2021 14:13:25 7 35
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Not if they are breaking the LAw they cant.
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11/02/2021 14:21:52 3 0
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If they are breaking the law then they are unlikely to go - duh!
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11/02/2021 13:53:16 3 1
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Not taking any bookings until we the all clear to do so from Cornwall cotts
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11/02/2021 14:22:22 1 2
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Seems you're in a small minority
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11/02/2021 13:54:45 1 4
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We need to do what is right, not what is selfish. Our forebears put up with the best part of 10 years of war and they got on with it. The British people are stronger than you think and most will do what is necessary, inciting people to rebel (which is what you are effectively doing) is not a very good idea, it never leads to anything good.
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11/02/2021 14:21:06 2 0
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"We need to do what is right, not what is selfish."

Oh you mean like not destroying the education and mental health of the young people that are our future?

Do you have the slightest idea of how many between 5 and 25 are having their lives wrecked. Listen to what the teachers, doctors and psychologists are saying about this. Of course, people like you refuse to believe any of this.
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11/02/2021 13:38:30 123 7
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It amazes me how many people think a politician can see into the future and predict what the daily covid figures will be, if high you aint going anyway, if low then you might, its 0, its party time, stop moaning about the fact you want an answer nobody can give you!
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11/02/2021 14:23:14 33 96
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There is a massive difference between being clueless, aka Boris Johnson and his chums...and educated guesses supported by the best scientific advice!
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11/02/2021 17:00:41 10 1
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The best scientific advice said "don't book holidays yet" in last week's briefing. So DON'T
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11/02/2021 17:17:20 1 2
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You seem to fall in to the first category
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11/02/2021 17:27:13 2 6
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The best scientific advice from many distinguished Professors has been ignored, not only by politicians but shamelessly by media. Lockdowns make no long term difference and little help in short term. It is a disastrous policy
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12/02/2021 09:07:24 0 1
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scientist are no better at predicting the future than the next man as data had shown time and again.....
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12/02/2021 09:24:55 0 0
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Dim
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12/02/2021 17:28:27 0 0
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Spoken by someone who doesn't like the answer - lacks an understanding of why we are being told we can't do what they want and simply doesn't understand that most of Europe won't let UK residents into their countries because they are far behind with vaccinations. Selfish and foolish people want holidays now. WAIT.
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11/02/2021 14:19:08 11 6
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Won't be moaning but have every confidence I'll be going
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11/02/2021 14:24:11 2 0
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"Have every confidence" is what every PM says, just before they sack a minister!
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11/02/2021 14:35:17 1 2
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How do you know - I don't remember this clown sacking any minister sadly - can you?
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11/02/2021 14:25:15 0 0
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Whilst holidays abroad may still be problematic (as we cant control what other countries enforce), holidays in the UK are less of an issue. If the Govt restrict travel in the Summer hen you ought to be able to get a refund on your booking. A lot of companies are offering Covid clauses
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11/02/2021 14:26:03 12 5
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This time last year we'd not started the Covid pandemic and in April we had well over 1,000 deaths a day. We had no vaccine either. Yet by the Summer many Brits were on the beaches of Europe. With a vaccine why are people so full of doom and gloom that we can't get away this year. I'm off to Croatia who will have all their vulnerable vaccinated by the end of April so I'm confident we'll be fine.
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11/02/2021 17:23:03 2 0
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Good luck!
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11/02/2021 14:28:40 2 1
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I doubt if any insurance company will pay out, if you have to cancel. Just wait. Patience. I haven't flown for at least 13 years. Stayed in the UK. Have had great holidays. Caveat Emptor.
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11/02/2021 14:30:34 0 1
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Most holiday companies are being extremely flexible as they were indeed last year so you are being overly pessimistic I would suggest. At worst a moving on of your holiday
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11/02/2021 13:41:05 6 6
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There are many in the UK, like myself who enjoy and like visiting EU countries, their cities and resorts.It is not unpatriotic, just cosmopolitan and a chance to escape the UK.We are allowed to be disappointed and sad in this post-brexit age.
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11/02/2021 14:29:37 1 1
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I for one will not be taking a holiday in little England...for a multitude of good reasons and proven experience...but being stuck in Alcatraz for the last 12 months has indeed been trying1
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11/02/2021 14:28:40 2 1
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I doubt if any insurance company will pay out, if you have to cancel. Just wait. Patience. I haven't flown for at least 13 years. Stayed in the UK. Have had great holidays. Caveat Emptor.
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11/02/2021 14:30:34 0 1
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Most holiday companies are being extremely flexible as they were indeed last year so you are being overly pessimistic I would suggest. At worst a moving on of your holiday
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11/02/2021 14:18:25 48 8
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Media please stop creating confusion. It is quite clear that currently booking a holiday comes with risk. Why all of a sudden do we need Govt guidance/rules. We know the risks and can make our own choices. Focus on pandemic BBC and not trying to create confusion. Pandemic brings uncertainty and Govt got malbasted for giving dates and then not delivering and not you want dates they wont give!
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11/02/2021 14:34:15 15 3
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As quoted in the article above "So long as they ensure they can amend or cancel their booking easily, they won't be left financially worse off if lockdown continues longer than anticipated." So not too much risk I would suggest
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11/02/2021 14:46:28 2 0
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Agreed, got a lot of bookings with premier inn for short breaks, and just a few clicks of a mouse to move them. Had dates booked in January and February and moved them to April and May, and will move again as many times as necessary
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11/02/2021 14:24:11 2 0
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"Have every confidence" is what every PM says, just before they sack a minister!
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11/02/2021 14:35:17 1 2
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How do you know - I don't remember this clown sacking any minister sadly - can you?
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11/02/2021 13:26:41 98 4
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Why does BBC feel the need to trot out an Australian Private Equity manager to complain that she doesn't know whether she will be able to have her 2 international long haul holidays this year?

Things are uncertain.....book at risk if you can afford it and want to.

Otherwise, wait until the summer situation becomes clearer.
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11/02/2021 14:35:35 22 0
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Agree, need to be careful she may have residency the accent does not help & there was another Aussie bloke on yesterday. I think we are all desperate for a break but the other thing Insurance how much & what will holiday insurance cover? They refuse to pay for anything & what happens if you do get it abroad or have an issue needing ICU. Vaccinations are lagging globally so another factor.
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11/02/2021 19:03:27 5 0
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I feel sympathy for the Australians who are stuck here and elsewhere around the world, who just want to go back home to Australia, but cannot as Australia limits the numbers of people going there, even their own nationals (but not tennis pros and their entourages!!).
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11/02/2021 14:37:38 5 0
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At least the Beeb seems to have stopped calling all holidays taken in the UK "staycations".
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11/02/2021 14:18:25 48 8
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Media please stop creating confusion. It is quite clear that currently booking a holiday comes with risk. Why all of a sudden do we need Govt guidance/rules. We know the risks and can make our own choices. Focus on pandemic BBC and not trying to create confusion. Pandemic brings uncertainty and Govt got malbasted for giving dates and then not delivering and not you want dates they wont give!
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11/02/2021 14:38:03 2 4
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You are correct as we certainly do not need the highly incompetent Johnson and his vile mob to give their useless guidance. Plus the fact that Hancock not so long ago was stating that we should be able to have a "good summer" and bragging that he has already booked his holiday in Cornwall.

So the usual self righteousness from that vile hypocrite, who does not give a toss about anyone else.
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11/02/2021 14:39:19 0 0
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In some cases people may want to risk losing a low deposit to secure a booking now, particularly in the UK. The decision might be, although currently uncertain, they would prefer to risk a modest deposit whilst locking down a reservation and just as important the price now. I wonder what will happen to holiday prices once restrictions are lifted, I would guess they will rise rapidly with demand.
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11/02/2021 13:56:47 41 11
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Sensible, rational adults that have been locked up for a year and want to have a sence of freedom. As long as everything is rfundable then whats the harm in a bit of wishful thinking?
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11/02/2021 14:40:18 1 1
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If it looks like a con it is a con, what happens when these firms go bust who pays back, jo public. How most travel firms are still operating is mad like Heineken yesterday profits down by a billion, how? Everybody is on the lash at home? This year people gotta crack the nut & plan for 2022 but same thing how many travel firms can survive a poor 2021? Buyer beware seems the advice.
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11/02/2021 14:41:07 1 7
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Just wear two masks and you will be OK. Or maybe three. Better still get a large plastic bag, put it over your head and seal at the bottom with duct tape. This will ensure that you don't get COVID on holiday. This will be the latest advice from HMG. Mark my words.
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11/02/2021 18:07:00 1 0
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Just what you describe is obviously what you should be doing, in respect of making one of the biggest idiotic comments of the day.
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11/02/2021 14:16:45 22 7
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I'm all booked up and can't wait. Have no doubt I'll be going, but thanks for your concerns. At worst I'll reschedule for later in the year or 2022.
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11/02/2021 14:42:46 4 1
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Good for you, which makes a nice change for someone here to act and think positively, instead of the many people who have got nothing better to do but state pure negativity on this site all the time.