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  1. Right, then I will keep mentioning European countries. Denmark being in the EU this vaccine development has been all over the news here. It goes completely against EMA advice, the authorities on a European scale uphold the view that the AstraZeneca vaccine benefits outweigh the risks across all age groups. When you realize that EMA weighs into that view the situation in all countries seen as a whole in the bloc it makes it easy to understand. In the news clip the Danish politician says their ratio of the serious blood clotting incidents was one in every 40,000 vaccinated, from that one may be
  2. I meant to express that the EMA is assessing the situation and talking to J&J, with an announcement due next week. We have had approval for a few weeks. The roll-out to the member states was supposed to start yesterday, but J&J halted it. It is not looking good in Canada, I know. It makes me worry for you folks. The guy ruling in your neigbouring country should send what is available of the AstraZeneca (I believe it really is fine for men over 55 and women over 60, speaking as a laywoman) and hopefully J&J can be back on track with production in the US soon. As I have
  3. Really big news here: our woman in charge will get her vaccine tomorrow: AstraZeneca. The Germans' favourite island was declared a low-risk zone a while ago, so people went there. Now on said island, Mallorca or Majorca to the world, "Malle" to the Germans in colloquial language, at least 27 Germans are in quarantine due to positive Covid test (positives and their contacts) and the Brasilian variant has been identified in one positive test (nationality not disclosed). Quiz question: "Is it really safe to travel to Mallorca and other places declared low risk?" - Answer: "Yes." - "E
  4. You shouldn't have said that. Now I will go to bed with the Ride of the Valkyries going round in my head. 'Laugh'. Epic! notamermaid
  5. Ah, Siegfried of Nibelungen fame. And Hagen who threw the gold into the Rhine - people are still looking for it. Seriously, although it is a legend (or is it...?). notamermaid
  6. I also thought the Rhine was most likely due to the red sandstone. A church or cathedral probably, with some netting and wire against pigeons. notamermaid
  7. @jpalbny here is my review of the Kerner wine. I found this make in my local supermarket for less than five euros. The label says it is Rheinhessen, so somewhere between Rüdesheim, Main and Worms (about), but bottled in Bernkastel-Kues on the Moselle. This one has only 11 percent so is light and also light in colour. Kerner is a relatively young grape, crossed in 1929 from Trollinger and Riesling. It makes it fruitier and less acidic and with less mineral taste than Riesling. That is fine for me as I do not like Riesling. The label says notes of green apple and quince, which
  8. Let us travel to the Upper Rhine valley and Alsace. On 4 April, the "Badische Zeitung", covering the area of Freiburg, Breisach and the Black Forest, had a look across the Rhine at how the region of Alsace is doing. The article gives us a rare glimpse into the river cruising industry and how one company is faring. But the newspaper also gives us some details about what life is like in the French region in this difficult time. Here it is and as it is in German, I will explain a little: https://www.badische-zeitung.de/corona-welle-bremst-flusskreuzfahrten-ab-strassburg--201036969.html
  9. Oh, yeah, steampunk! Red tiles as pavement? Definitely Netherlands! I reckon a museum, perhaps natural history. No idea where. Right, need to do some work. notamermaid
  10. Now averaging 500,000 vaccinations a day. With a bit more vaccine available and tweeking the structural aspects of vaccination sites this can easily go up. Vaccine news aside, things are interesting in my country as we have a general election coming up in Autumn and things are hotting up, the stags are showing off while the woman in charge is her diplomatic best... In a bold move some of the power has been agreed to be shifted to the Federal government and if this is nodded through by the legislative we will have a change in our law to fight the pandemic. Ex
  11. I would say it is a stag. As regards country I would go for the Netherlands. A bit creepy, like a science fiction thing, but clever. notamermaid
  12. The EMA and our own health people are eagerly awaiting the results of that trial, nevertheless the STIKO, that is the body that recommends the vaccine administration protocol has already given the advice that those who have had an AstraZeneca jab should get an mRNA as second jab, due to the safety concerns. In this ongoing phase things can change of course. Quiet voices say the EMA may change strategy and not order any more vector-based vaccines. First case of blood clotting after AstraZeneca reported in Canada. notamermaid
  13. @CoolNickname Thanks for the link. Something interesting to note in there is also the fact that those people who have had Covid already have "memory" in the immune system and for them a vaccine is a booster. I have read elsewhere the guidance that those who have had Covid be given only one jab of a two jab vaccine. Noted again also in the article is the fact that it is women who have the strongest response which is also showing in the antibodies count (see my post about the Italian study). So, out with the one strength fits all vial, in with gender medicine? I am all for it.
  14. Thanks for the link. I must admit that I did not look into the Pfizer incidents that much as at first they looked and were kind of addressed in the media as being anecdotal or at least an individual risk that is standard when you vaccinate older people and many across the board, i.e. high numbers and all ages down to 50. Nothing flagged as a risk with the authorities that needed investigating as a general "flaw" of the medicine/medical procedure. I will try to give you some info but it is in German only. From the official report of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut dated 9 April. Up to 2 April Comirna
  15. I have never seriously contemplated riding in the sidecar. Perhaps I should give it a try. I wonder if hiring is an option around where I live. In this small but nice museum they will probably know: http://www.motorrad-museum-montabaur.de/start.htm They have a motorbike with sidecar in there. notamermaid
  16. Indeed it is. Bratislava was part of my river cruise and we had about four hours to explore. It felt not enough as I found it interesting to see the old, the communist and the new in a mix. I would like to explore more there. This street is full of international places to eat and drink in, reflecting the fact that this is a modern capital. Large cities had their appeal on this river cruise, but Bratislava had its own rough charm. that I preferred to Vienna which is rich and sophisticated - strange, I know. A wild card it is. notamermaid
  17. It is. I did not go in, but just enjoyed the fact that it looked out of place, like some giant picked up this pub in Scotland and dumped it there in this street. There is a Mexican restaurant next door which kind of is an unusual sight, but it fitted into the street environment more. Yes, I know. I did not want to make it difficult, just quirky. If one does not want to guess and eliminate places or go by a clue this one is easy to find on google... Now, waiting for someone to tell me, who is having fun in the background and has not posted for a while? Or someone new
  18. I have been able to find the study (not peer reviewed yet): https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.02.24.21251664v1 J&J have proactively stopped the roll-out of the vaccine in the EU. Slight correction to a previous post of mine: roll-out was to begin tomorrow, not administering of vaccines, that is/was due to start in Germany on 19 April. My apologies. No comments from the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut yet in the news that I have looked at. notamermaid
  19. Hmm, I think I declared a wild card in a sleepy state last night. As no one has taken it yet I proceed and take it myself. Right, here goes. Just one hint: it is of course not as straightforward as it looks. Please name the city and river where this pub is located: notamermaid
  20. One thing has struck me on television lately and it is sad. I do not want to point fingers - especially as I can eat pasta in abundance without putting on weight - put you people over there in the US are a little on the heavy side. Sadly, almost all the people that CNN have named and remembered in a 20 to 30 seconds tribute - that I watched on many weekdays - were clearly overweight. And we have heard that old, male and overweight is the worst combination when getting Covid. Look after yourselves people, bin the soft drinks and take the cheese off the pizza, then take the stairs!
  21. Oh that is not good, I did not expect that at all. Here is a report: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/13/us-regulators-reportedly-call-for-pause-in-use-of-johnson-johnson-vaccine-due-to-clotting-issues.html That will have our own Paul-Ehrlich-Institut busy with thinking about this. We are set to administer the first shots in Germany tomorrow. Bug*** Australia will not be using more Adenovirus based vaccines, by the way, they are going to order more mRNA vaccines instead. Edit: checked CNN coverage - yep, very similar pattern to the AstraZeneca : all six cases ar
  22. I think it became clear that the OP will be on the Elbe as the Viking Astrild was designed for that river and presumably they will be on that ship. Tides are indeed not an issue unless you are on an itinerary that sails into one of the estuaries - there are a few where this would have a certain impact. For the Elbe there may be issues with high water in winter. Many landing stages are on water, i.e. they swim so that they will rise and fall with the level. Almost no adjustments are needed. Other docking areas are not designed like that, so adjustments are necessary for the crew to do with the
  23. @jpalbny Thanks for the info. Now I understand and do not need to look it up. "Bevor der Hahn dreimal..." is a completely innocent phrase in German... Do you read and read out the original King James Bible in the US? I prefer that one to the modern which I find lacks a bit of "verbal oomph". I have learned the German one of course, but have heard and read some comparisons of the English ones. notamermaid
  24. Good morning. ☀️ I hope the sun will give you all happy thoughts today. I woke up to a grey sky. Now I really want to know what that biblical quote is and why cc software would censor stuff from this most splendid of books. As we all know there is some real "parental guidance" text in there, but a crow? Must see if I can find this in German. Sorry about last night, my file with photos was inaccessible by the time Renmar replied, @Renmar thanks for replying fast, and I turned my smartphone off just after saying goodnight. Please feel free to post a photo - o
  25. Yawn... Kind of still awake but I will leave the photo for now and leave you all with a wild card. Please continue the fun without me and have a nice evening 🙂. notamermaid
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