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  1. Meanwhile his team mates were playing Burnley at Villa park.
    5 points
  2. Only thought: Its a shitfest of backslapping which only serves to advertise shit product for the already established artist. Serious bunch of horsecrap In fact the Mercury awards which require you to pay for your own entry have more credibility and they have close to zero
    4 points
  3. Where is Laura with her annual Brits thread? It went so well last year
    4 points
  4. New Godspeed You! Black Emperor album out next month - listen to a track here
    4 points
  5. to get used to having no seats...
    3 points
  6. Those kind of are the percieved options. The problem is the narrative. We have had govt's these past 20, 30 years that have moved evr more towards the needs and wishes of big business. Not all of that has been bad, but if you look at the problems wthe world faces, they're caused to large degree by the practices of globalisism, unrestricted business operations and the like - Obviously the damage to resources and to the planet, the destruction of the rainforests, speicies extinction, lack of fish in the sea, Bees dying off through pesticides...it's endless. Then there's what the bankers have done. What the oil industry has done. Privatised everything - trains, energy, water - these things have made people very rich, but by and large ordinary folk haven't benefitted. Terrorism and wars - much (not all) of this stems from the actions of nations trying to grab oil. Plcs avoiding tax via schemes in Switzerland, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Cayman Islands... But the narrative is all about how we need to "help business", How we need to consume our way out of recession, how anyone saying otherwise is a flaky dreamer or worse. Wath the TV and the Banking sins are discussed by bankers. Tax avoidance by CHief Execs and directors of Plcs. The rest of the world barely gets a say. Because Greens and so on are small, they're not so slick, they're not funded with millions from hedge funds to pay for PR and media practice and advertising and influence. So they can look "amateurish" and their voice is lost in the "but she doesn't remember what a house will cost to build" The discussion goes on to "she's no good" not "there's a housing shortage caused by reasons A, B and C. TTIP is an example too. Being drawn up behind closed doors (not closed to big business), and dumped on us. It's a bad bad thing, but because the likes of the tories are for it, it's all being wrapped up to be delivered fait accompli. Again, it's sold by it's adherents as "good for business". Words removed are in charge of the world, as Jarvis said.
    3 points
  7. I think what you are reading is just Villa supporters at their wits end after too many years of this sh*t. I doubt anyone is quitting on this team. I don't doubt it, but I am surprised by the widespread pusillanimous despair on show here vis a vis the supporter forums for the Hoops, Burnley, and Leicester, which all strike me as distinctly more stouthearted (though not perfectly so). I guess we're just in a different place, historically, psychologically, etc. etc. And it's a pretty bleak place, all gothic spires, broken bones, desolate windswept wastelands, and chants of "we're going to lose." That's because staying up for them is a massive achievement, and a relegation battle is the expectation. That's not the case for us. We're one of the country's biggest clubs, it's galling to be down here.
    3 points
  8. But having the books in order is excellent news if we are relegated. I think you'll find 100's of thousands of fans that wouldnt be too thrilled by that consolation. It feels like paying off your 35 year mortgage only for your wife to kick you out on the street and move her fancy man in!
    3 points
  9. Not sure who your comment is aimed at but I don't see anyone on here not giving him a chance. For me whoever is in charge hasn't got the luxury of spending a month getting to know the players whilst our results continue to be poor. Tim Sherwood is in the unenvious position of having to get positive results out of most of our 12 remaining games and then and only then will he have sufficient time to really get to know the players. Some hard love is required. Indeed, we're hardly in the position to allow him a 'bedding in' period, we need instant results, if he can't deliver that then he's simply the wrong person for the job. Not sure he is the wrong person for the job even if he fails to keep us up as he is on a hiding to nothing. Of course he is. It wasn't/isn't impossible to keep us up from where we were when lambert was sacked. If Sherwood doesn't do it then he was the wrong appointment. That's not his fault if that happens (fwiw I think he's got a good chance of keeping us up). But it will absolutely mean he was the wrong appointment. Each to their own opinion. I just happen to think that this bunch of players have been coached extremely poorly and have had a losing mentality instilled into them by a manager who was way out of his depth and have seen assistant managers and coaches come and go and because of the lateness of the change of manager it would be very hard for even the best in the world. Tim Sherwood could be considered either brave or stupid to take on this role as his first real managerial job but I for one won't say that he is the wrong appointment if we go down. He may well be the right appointment but at the wrong time (it should have happened months ago if not sooner). If anyone was the wrong appointment it was the previous guy and he was cut so much slack by so many over 2 and a half years and that is one big reason why we are in the mess we are in. Tim Sherwood should be pretty bullet proof for the next 12 games as he has inherited some absolute garbage.
    3 points
  10. We don't have a month to waste. Sherwood needs to get this team firing starting at Newcastle on Saturday otherwise we will be up **** creek without a paddle (currently we still have one paddle left).
    3 points
  11. It would be typical Villa to get the books in order and then get relegated
    3 points
  12. Ukraine is basically already over and it will end up losing about a third of its territory and most of its heavy industry in the end. What remains (mostly peasants and muddy fields) will probably join NATO, but Vlad will have his buffer zone. The Europeans simply aren't prepared to die in a ditch over Ukraine, Russia will - and arguably is. As for the photo above I don't think Russia will openly go for the Baltic States for the simple reason it would cause a direct confrontation with parts of the West. The US is prepared to fight to uphold Article 5 of the NATO Treaty (an attack on one is an attack on all). UK will also uphold its commitments if it really has to as will the Poles, but as for the rest of Europe, particularly Germany, I'm not so sure. Russia might test the boundaries with some unconventional action in the Baltics, but a sufficiently robust internal response will send the appropriate signals. Europe took it for granted at the end of the Cold War that any conventional threat to the continent was inconceivable and cut their armed forces accordingly. In consequence it would now take years to bring most NATO members up to strength to participate in an actual war, as opposed to peace keeping. UK has been equally guilty of this wishful thinking as even a cursory glance at the RAF or Royal Navy will illustrate. I don't think a general war with Russia is at all likely as things stand, but this should serve as a wake up call that the world isn't quite as pink and fluffy as many would wish it to be. Ultimately European countries must have both the will and the ability to fight for what they believe in, because in historical terms liberal democracy is still a blip, not the norm. As a wise man once said, "speak softly and carry a big stick."
    3 points
  13. If last sat was anything to go by, we'll be the phoenix that looks to be rising from the ashes only to contract bird flu and die.
    3 points
  14. Someone has uploaded Renford Rejects to Youtube!
    3 points
  15. lib dems used to have principles, as did labour, as did tories. now they're intellectually bankrupt and all middle-of-the-road neo-liberal parties. shocking state of affairs, but predictable, because we've developed into a society that doesn't like people with ideas. we only want quips, good appearances and someone to hate.
    2 points
  16. 2 points
  17. Worst case scenario if we go down? Lerner cuts his losses and sells to the first bidder. That bidder arrives in a fanfare declaring that he'll take the club back where it belongs. 6 months later he gets done for tax fraud (along with his associates) and all financial support is pulled. No team investment proceeds, we sell players and we slope down the Championship table. Things become worse when fans stop coming and the selling continues until we're in the bottom 3 of the Championship. You can work out the rest. (well you did ask).
    2 points
  18. I don't think Ben & Jerrys do that flavour anymore. Wasn't a big seller.
    2 points
  19. Assuming your view that all the greens are incompetent (they're not, though some of them are) then I'd still vote green if that's where your views lie - why? because The others are incompetent too - not the greatest motivation I know, but still... Also, the greens won't "get in". People like Caroline Lucas, who is "in" is very competent - MP of the year, as Jon said, btw. But the more votes they get, the more of a push it gives other parties to take on board the types of views that you say you hold. In the same way the tories have shifted towards UKIP, because they "get votes", Lib Dems and labour will and have shifted "greenwards" We need more of that, IMO. They don't deserve all the slagging they get, but they do deserve some of it, most even. Where they suffer, I think, is on not getting credit for stuff they made happen, and for stuff they stopped the tories from doing.
    2 points
  20. Look, Tim Sherwood should really have made sure he was in charge of Villa for more days than he has been. It's the 25th of Feb, and he's still only been boss for eleven days. It should be double that, by now. What's going on??
    2 points
  21. Surviving with 29 points is a tough ask. Extremely rare occurrence since the PL was formed. Yea i know.. [emoji20] I think we will lose to the baggies at home, which will kill us i think. Losing at home to those muppets is a killer regardless of where we are in the league!
    2 points
  22. Lambert did well in respect to keeping us up (barely) & buying players that have improved the team for little money, on good contracts. His biggest problem was knowing his best 11 and getting them to play effect football.
    2 points
  23. Our luck is due. Scrappy win over Newcastle followed by a stuffing of the baggies and we'll find ourselves 6 points clear of all the fuss. I'd take a single point though.
    2 points
  24. The mascot / Keane and Vieria bit is glorious!
    2 points
  25. Although there is an argument that if we go down TS was not the right appointment, there is also the argument that the players have completely gone thanks to the previous regime. It may be too late.
    2 points
  26. Fair enough, but I suppose it would be good to acknowledge that mistakes made by a manager who has worked with a squad for two and two thirds seasons, and has had the chance to recruit his own players, are not really on a par with mistakes made by a manager who has had 4 days to work with a squad he doesn't really know, while still putting his own management team in place.
    2 points
  27. Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation. The clue is in the name
    2 points
  28. which is why I'd support a 'none of the above' box at the bottom of the ballot paper takes away one valid excuse for not voting and allows a legitimate registered quantifiable protest against the whole sorry lot of them
    2 points
  29. Yea, you should vote, but everyone seems like a huge dickhead. I wouldn't trust any politician, from any sides of the spectrum, so who'd you vote for? The Greens don't know what they're doing Labour just seem to change their minds on key points whenever they look at opinion polls, + Ed **** Milliband is NOT PM material - well done Labour for even putting him forward. Conservatives just try and buddy up with businesses and screw over the 90% of the working population. Lib Dems? ROFLCOPTER. UKIP? **** those ignorant arseholes Bez from the Happy Mondays? Seems more likely now I've just written this down, ffs. So if - as a 28 (nearly) year old man - I was going to vote for one of the parties, I just don't know which one. My vote spectrum test always comes out at Greens, but as I've said, they're just incompetent, and I do have a few beliefs that side with the Tory side of things, I.e. you get and deserve what you work for. And finally, I think socialism would work if there weren't so many **** scroungers around, giving the people who actually need social help a bad name - thanks newspapers for shoving their worthless faces into my eyeballs every morning.. This country man, we don't know what the **** we're doing, where we want to go, what we want to be and how we want ourselves to be portrayed.
    2 points
  30. Not sure who your comment is aimed at but I don't see anyone on here not giving him a chance. For me whoever is in charge hasn't got the luxury of spending a month getting to know the players whilst our results continue to be poor. Tim Sherwood is in the unenvious position of having to get positive results out of most of our 12 remaining games and then and only then will he have sufficient time to really get to know the players. Some hard love is required.
    2 points
  31. yeah, unless you're a fascist nut job, you should try and vote lots of people have sacrificed quite a lot to get us the vote, don't give up, hold your nose and vote for the least bad
    2 points
  32. this is a game, cant believe some clowns want the associates to go from this tournament
    2 points
  33. It's cos he's taller, innit?
    2 points
  34. It's interesting that people see this as Russia invading Ukraine as opposed to Russia resisting NATO expansion into Ukraine. We've continued to do exactly what we told Gorbachev we wouldn't do when he gave us East Germany, which is push NATO further and further east. It's a dangerous game of brinkmanship I think to push Russia to the edge of a war.
    2 points
  35. I think what you are reading is just Villa supporters at their wits end after too many years of this sh*t. I doubt anyone is quitting on this team.
    2 points
  36. I'd sign up for it but can't be bothered...
    2 points
  37. But religion is whatever anybody says it is. That's the whole point of it, you can make it up as you go along. Which is exactly what you do, all of you - Muslims, Christians, Hindus, the lot. Sunnis squabble with Shi'ites over stupid points of doctrine, so do Protestants and Catholics, orthodox and reform jews... they all claim to be The One True Faith, and nobody - NOBODY - can prove them to be 'right' or 'wrong'. Which is why religion has no place in making decisions about the running of states.
    2 points
  38. FIFA have sold the TV rights for the 2026 World Cup in the US to Fox. About five years earlier than they normally would. At a very, very reasonable price. This has absolutely nothing to do with Fox having threatened legal action against FIFA for moving a product that they'd paid for from the summer to the winter. No. Not at all. Put that thought from your mind.
    2 points
  39. That tub has been overfilled, you'd never get the lid on like that.
    2 points
  40. He needs to remove Gabby , Sanchez and then start on building a team that create something Give Gil more of a free role rather than sticking him on a flank and move away from relying on Full backs for creativity so maybe try Sinclair and Bacuna on the wings with delph and Westwood in the middle and Gil free behind Benteke
    2 points
  41. I just love the goal at 50 seconds on this vid. It takes a special player who can have a 10 minute plus real of breathtaking goals.
    2 points
  42. Why, have you taken more of a liking to the queen? Dat dress at dat memorial service dat time.
    1 point
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