Toby reveals that he’s every man the PM is – he’s sick as a dog, too. He may not make it to next week but he still wants the lockdown to end, especially in light of the way the local constabularies have reacted to the government’s directives.

What’s the direction out of this thing?

In the meantime, what should we do to bide the time? Anything on the telly? And to fill the void for our American listeners who long for baseball, James talks up a documentary on… cricket?

Addendum: The article by Toby can be found here.


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  1. Al Sparks Thatcher

    Re: Babylon Berlin: If you’re referring to Liv Lisa Fries as being “hot”, well, I agree she’s sexy, but not quite hot.

    Like most European television, and perhaps motion picture movies as well — and this includes UK productions — the young women look fairly ordinary, sexy in their own ways, but with the blemishes that most people have.

    That’s a good thing, and refreshing to this American.

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    • March 30, 2020, at 7:54 PM PDT
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  2. Al Sparks Thatcher

    I guess I’ll have to give Tiger King a look.

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    • March 30, 2020, at 7:57 PM PDT
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  3. Leslie Watkins Member
    Leslie Watkins Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Nice podcast, guys. Godspeed. It’ll be nice when we can have fun again. 

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    • March 30, 2020, at 8:06 PM PDT
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  4. Al Sparks Thatcher

    And one last thing. I enjoyed your discussion on the overreaction to the virus. I had hoped my country would have a more nuanced reaction to it. Instead it’s basically done the same thing the rest of the world has done.

    Though overall, your police is still much worse than ours.

    The Telegraph does have an article on their front page that starts with:

    One of Britain’s most senior police officers has told colleagues their handling of the coronavirus crisis will be remembered for generations and urged the public not to “judge too harshly” following growing criticism of officers’ tactics.

    Note that this person (Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu) is sort of defending his colleagues, while at the same time issuing a warning. I guess condemning his own people would be career suicide, so I’d say it was cleverly done.

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    • March 30, 2020, at 8:09 PM PDT
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  5. neutral observer Thatcher
    neutral observer Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m genuinely surprised that you two are not using the British Imperial cure: Gin & Tonic. You can get your quinine that way!

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    • March 31, 2020, at 8:29 AM PDT
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  6. Joe D. Lincoln
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    • March 31, 2020, at 8:52 AM PDT
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  7. Joe D. Lincoln

    I’ve been taking Zicam both the oral spray and the nasal spray every day for the last week or so even though i have no symptoms. James – since you seem to have helpful zinc ideas, you got to let us know more. I wonder if in the future, there will be some mild amount of chlorophyll in most zinc like products?

    Amen to the comments on face masks. I was thinking about getting some, but the experts told me that was foolish, so did my office mates. I do remember thinking, “then why do the Japanese wear them.” Admittedly, though, I felt like I was already late and they might not be available – but it is a pretty good example of our ‘expert’ overlords lying to us (who also made fun of Donald Trump for barely closing the border). If, as some claim, that Trump ‘provably abetted’ the spread of the Virus in the USA, then so did the media and all of our super duper expert overlords.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 9:33 AM PDT
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