Archive for the 'PB NightHawks Cafe' Category

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Welcome to tonight’s PB NightHawks

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

The big betting move in the last few hours has been on Amy Klobuchar who is to be vetted by the Biden campaign as a possible VP. I’m not sure how significant this is because there have been reports of other potential VP choices also being examined.

Certainly Klobuchar has a lot going to her.

Mike Smithson



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Tonight in the PB Nighthawks cafe as things edge back ever so slowly to normality with real cafes now able to sell coffee

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

For me the big new of the day is that a local riverside cafe has opened for takeaway sales of coffee and I’m looking forward to joining the socially distanced queue in the morning. You can’t sit down, of course, but there are plenty of park benches nearby. This is one step back to normality.

Meanwhile there’s a good New York Times podcast which focuses on Britain’s individual approach to dealing with the crisis called “Boris Johnson’s change of heart”. It is interesting to hear an overseas view of the Boris/Dom strategy.

Mike Smithson



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Time for the PB Nighthawks Cafe where the political conversation can continue

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

As ever at the moment politics are dominated by the continuing crisis and, of course, as its a Wednesday night time to reflect on the day’s PMQs. What is clear that Boris is facing a much more formidable opposition leader than Corbyn and he’s yet to get his measure. The PM’s position is not helped by the UK coronavirus comparisons with other nations.

Have a good night.

Mike Smithson



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And to take you gently into the weekend (remember those?) the PB NightHawks Cafe

Friday, May 1st, 2020

The lockdown continues with no real idea when this is going to come to an end. So while it remains the PB Nighthawks cafe will continue – a place to interact without worrying about physical differences.

Mike Smithson



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The Monday night PB Nighthawks cafe with some positive news about a vaccine

Monday, April 27th, 2020

As just about the whole world waits for a vaccine to be available there’s some positive news tonight about what’s going on in Oxford in the New York Times. The report notes that:

“…scientists at the university’s Jenner Institute had a running start on a vaccine, having proved in previous trials that similar inoculations — including one last year against an earlier coronavirus — were harmless to humans. That has enabled them to leap ahead and schedule tests of their new coronavirus vaccine involving more than 6,000 people by the end of next month, hoping to show not only that it is safe, but also that it works.”

That sounds promising.

Mike Smithson



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It’s time for the Wednesday PB Nighthawks cafe

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

One of the great things to come out of the lock down has been that many are becoming accomplished at using the excellent and easy to use video conferencing platform Zoom. It is so nice being able to have conversations with groups of friends who you can’t meet face to face at the moment.

I’m doing at least one a day and it just adds to the feeling that you are not cut off.

Anyway – have a good night

Mike Smithson



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Welcome to the Tuesday PB Nighthawks cafe

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

So the lockdown conitnues and looks set to be with us in the UK for at least another three weeks. What is quite remarkable is how well the public, that is all of us, are putting up with it.

In fact the polling shows that people in the UK give more backing to the lockdown than in similar countries where the same measure has been put in place.

The other big development is the sheer scale of what has been happening in care home with a huge number of fatalities.

Mike Smithson



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As the crisis continues time to relax in Tuesday’s PB Nighthawks cafe

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

What a strange period this is and it is hard to see things in perspective. That the man leading the fight against the virus is seriously ill after getting it himself is totally shocking and makes me for one feel very uneasy and worried.

The lockdown seems to have been going on for an eternity as we try to find something positive with each new set of daily virus statistics. We can’t even take those numbers as giving the whole picture because the number of deaths only refers to those who passed away in hospital.

Over to you.

Mike Smithson