Covid stuff

One rule for us, another rule for them! As BBC radio DJ Maressa Innerarity is fined £1,000 for lending her speakers to a plague rave, when will Boris Johnson be receiving his demand for payment?

It must be quite expensive being Boris Johnson. For starters, there's the taste for the finer things in life he's had since pretty much the day he was born. For example, he once described his £250,000 salary for writing a column for the Daily Telegraph each Monday as "chicken feed". There's also the British Prime Minister's rather well-known dalliances with women who aren't his wife at that particular moment. In…

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Ever wondered what touring in a Covid world is like? Mike Skinner of The Streets provides a detailed explanation – and when you read it, it’s no wonder he cancelled his tour!

Despite many Covid restrictions having been removed over the past few months, disruption is still happening in many areas of life. And few are being affected more by this than the live events business. Of those events which are still going ahead, they risk turnout being up to 40% down on normal levels. So it was no surprise to read yesterday, courtesy of Music Week, that some 25% of gigs…

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Directions to the nearest job centre, please! With talk that the pandemic could be nearing its end, what could conspiracy theorist DJ Danny Rampling fill his days with next?

The Covid-19 pandemic has been going on now for the best part of two years - and there is some talk in the scientific community that it could now be nearing its end. Increasing levels of immunity due to vaccines and infections mean the virus has far fewer options than in the past, if they've got this right. It sounds logical - but as I'm not a virologist, I'm making…

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So what ARE they basing their decisions on, if not the evidence? Welsh government forced to admit it has no idea how many cases of Covid originate from nightclubs

We all know what the state of play has been for the past two years. When Covid hit the UK in March 2020, the whole country went into lockdown. Nightclubs were closed, just like almost everything else did at the time. Given that we knew next to nothing about Covid and how it was spreading, this wasn't a great surprise. But whilst the likes of clothes shops and hairdressers got…

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The Flying Lotus used the pandemic to make changes which brought him a Grammy nomination – what a contrast to the lazy so-called innovators of dance music…

I'm going to start this post with a passage from The Bible, of all places. The book of James, chapter one, verses two to four state "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything". It's a…

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Does even he know what he’s talking about anymore? A notably gammon faced Danny Rampling is filmed in London talking about being a “sovereign person” – and he sounds pretty irate about it!

Yesterday, I woke up and my back was giving me a little bit of bother. It would play up whenever I attempted certain manoeuvres - something which frequently happens when you look after three small children. I ended up swerving cooking dinner by ordering food from the local Chinese takeaway. My back is feeling better today, so I suspect I'll be a bit more active. And that's how my weekend…

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Nightclubs across the UK all reopen next week and vaccine passports are on their inevitable way out – so, when will Danny Rampling apologise after getting it so utterly wrong?

So it's official. Nightclubs were closed last month in three of the UK's four countries I response to the Omicron surge. At the time, the anti-vaxxers were foaming in the mouth and telling us the whole nation was about to go into a China style lockdown - where even leaving your house without permission was illegal. Vaccine passports also came into force in England, having already been in place a…

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Is there a Novak Djokovic in dance music’s ranks? As tennis player is deported from Australia for being unvaccinated, some people are keeping very quiet about their own indiscretions…

Last week, the news was dominated by a surprisingly small number of stories - and one of those was to do with a tennis player. Novak Djokovic went to Australia to play at The Open. This is when things started to go wrong. Firstly, it was claimed the tennis authorities had given him an exemption from being vaccinated against Covid-19. Then the Australian authorities detained him due to problems with…

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As Boris Johnson ponders scrapping vaccine passports for England – if he’s still in his job next week – have they actually done anything to reduce the spread of Omicron?

These days, how much time he spends talking about Covid restrictions is the easiest barometer for measuring how much politcal trouble Boris Johnson is in. We saw this last month - during the first wave of the Downing Street parties scandal, he moved England to Plan B restrictions. And it appears the same might be about to happen again. Newspapers are full of talk that Plan B could be dropped…

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Aren’t this lot spending £37billion on a test and trace regime that doesn’t work? Sacha Lord’s freedom of information request on the Downing Street parties has been turned down – because it would cost too much to answer it..

The journalists who are meant to be covering British politics have been shown up over the past month as being almost as useless as those in the dance music press. They were hesitant to cover the Downing Street parties at first and only forced to do so due to a public outcry - due to at least one tabloid newspaper holding its own Christmas party at a time when they…

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