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  1. 10 points
    Just got back from the march. Amazing experience. If everything goes tits up in a few weeks, , I will at least feel I did my best to do something to stop the insanity that is Brexit.
  2. 6 points
  3. 6 points
    For me the problem the league is making for itself is that the £13m a year loss figure is too tight for the division - the figure has stayed the same for the last five years - wages and fees haven't. Most of the teams in the top six are exceeding that, many of them comfortably, and we're approaching a time where the majority of teams in the division will be hitting that figure. There's then a particular and peculiar problem with the relegated teams. The money they get in the Premier league is extraordinary, and the parachute payments they receive when they're first relegated are huge; they make them the richest teams in the division. But they're not enough. Albion this year came down with a wage bill that's been difficult to support even with the parachute payments - they've no chance of achieving a £13m loss this season and they've had to borrow against next years parachute money in order to continue to operate properly this season - if they don't go up, they're in very deep trouble. Premier league wage bills need Premier league money and the £41.5m parachute payment isn't enough to cover it sufficiently to meet the £13m ELF loss limit. There are ways you can solve that - bigger parachute payments for example, but then you're handing an even larger advantage to teams that are relegated, you could maybe allow special dispensation for larger losses to teams that have been relegated, and maintain those more generous levels for five years - but neither of those are really suitable. The team can solve the problem themselves to a degree with a post relegation fire sale - getting rid of as many players as they can in the summer they're relegated - but that means accepting cheap offers and devaluing assets - it doesn't help club's accounts. Going the other way, it's worse - Fulham spent nearly £200m this summer on a team that can't compete at Premier league level - they're coming straight back down and into a world of financial trouble. They lost over £20m in their promotion season and they've doubled their wage bill since. More than that, there's the situation for clubs like ours where it's not that we don't have the money, it's that we're not allowed to invest it - for me any owner that's prepared to put money into a football club should be allowed to, in so long as he's not saddling the club with a debt or any future problem - it's completely unhelpful to have a rule that doesn't allow for an owner to "gift" money to a football club. How can money going into a club with no strings attached be a threat to the long term survival of football clubs? Wolves lost £80m in the two seasons prior to promotion and yet I believe they're a well run club - the EFL would be giving them six point deduction next season. It's a mess, one that has the potential for a relegated club to have £41.5m from the Premier league and almost go bust, one that has billionaires unable to invest in the EFL because of EFL rules and most importantly one that has clubs punished for being unable to meet a target for losses that's within a range that you could easily describe as entirely normal for a club seeking promotion from the division. The gap between the divisions has grown too large financially and the noose of £13m a season is too tight on those teams that can afford to try to breach it. Of course we want to protect clubs from going bust, but there are other ways to measure that - debt ratios and the like. What we have at the moment is a mess and needs looking at again.
  4. 4 points
    Interesting reading. According to this respected chap, we may well pass FFP by the skin of our teeth. Maybe Purslow does know what he’s doing!
  5. 4 points
  6. 4 points
    A PeoplesVote is NOT a Remain standpoint. Or it shouldn't be anyway. A PeoplesVote by its very nature is completely neutral. The most ardent Brexiteer, fearing their Brexit is being taken away or weakened, should welcome a 2nd Referendum. It is the chance for EVERYONE'S viewpoint to be put to the public (clearly this time) and it to be enacted the very next day. So if No Deal is the most popular option we do that the day after the vote. Fear that people have changed their mind/become wiser/recognised they can't break rules this time/seen evidence of impact already/more youth voting is the only reason not to have a 2nd vote. Preventing that because you're afraid of your public's answer is Undemocratic. We still vote to Leave and 90% of people would accept it.
  7. 4 points
  8. 3 points
    It would be May's deal vs remain surely.
  9. 3 points
    I got my NA (a 1990 one) in 2010 and it was pretty rust free. Like I say I restored it, it had been in a friends garage for 5 years. it had some surface rust underneath, but I wire brushed, rust killered, undersealed and it stayed fine. The sills just in front of the rear arches tend to go from the inside on the NA (mk 1). And that's because largely the drains for water from the top of the rear of the car and boot lip etc run down through rubber pipes and in part water gathers in the sills if they get blocked or damaged, which over time they can do. But fixing it is cheap. Mine were just starting to blister when I sold it 3 and a 1/2 years later. The later models don't suffer from the same thing. But for a nearly 24 year old car, when I sold it, it was remarkably intact. I've had cars where I've had to do rather more fettling
  10. 3 points
    Estimate of people on the march today is approx million, the BBC however are reporting as thousands, not tens of, or hundreds of, just thousands. I know its only a little thing but its there all the time
  11. 3 points
    I can't think of any 'fair' way to word a second referendum, if (a) No Deal remains an option and/or (b) Parliament cannot agree on a 'soft Brexit' alternative, and/or (c) 'Remain' is an option. A three-way No Deal/Agreed Deal/Remain choice would unfairly favour Remain, as the other two would split the Leave vote. However, if No Deal is decisively ruled out, and May's (or an alternative agreed) Deal is put up as a binary choice against Leave, it might be a fair test. But the chances of Parliament agreeing any such deal seem impossibly remote. Which HAS to put No Deal back on the table, OR revoke A50 indefinitely. Alternatively, if we accept that no soft Brexit deal can ever be agreed, we could have a binary No Deal v. Remain referendum. I would hope that Remain would win that one, but who knows?
  12. 3 points
    I dunno, it seems really good of them to think about providing useful things. Material for clothing, a basic means of transportation, and a fuel. Good work.
  13. 3 points
    Watch your devices try to sell you senokot just after passing a hedgehog. Seen a few online listening devices given away free or virtually free. Obviously you can make your own minds up why they do this, and if you care?
  14. 3 points
    had telephone interview today ... Got a job i will be starting new short term upto 3 month contract at Royal Stoke Hospital IT Department next Monday... Same hospital i went to when first had my stroke on Jan 1st. Went see doctor for first consultation yesterday and he said don't have go see him again as my progress is staggering and is happy me go back work etc. 80% of my right side of brain and he showed me x-ray was affected by the stroke with bleeds. I'm very lucky still be here and it's made me a lot more thankful after everything. Noticed i'm not as stresssed anymore and more positive I am also going go see a EFL Championship club about a First team scouting role hopefully next week or if not in the next few weeks. This week is going so well! I'm really happy
  15. 2 points
    65 families yet to be housed and the urgent review still hasn't decided on a legal definition for what a combustible might mean, but hey, at least the bonuses are still flowing job well done ---- In other news, not directly related to the above bonuses issue - this week I've seen first hand a govt report in to GRP 'fire rated' front doors. It says they've tested doors marketed as 30 minute fire rated and they can't find one yet from any manufacturer that lasts 30 minutes. Research revealed that none of them had actually been fire tested to gain their original certification, all had passed 'in theory' based on being similar to other doors.
  16. 2 points
  17. 2 points
    Ah. Thanks for tagging me - as per the text at the top of the forum, I only get notified about new threads in this forum. It's a bad idea to reuse threads in this little forum. As has been discussed MANY times, sometimes rogue ads get added. We've had examples before where this only happens to people on one ISP, or one country, or on one mobile network. They clear themselves within a few days and it's never been worth trying to track them down.. There are extra ads shown to guests, so if it's not happening after you login, then stay logged in Has this been true for anyone else? If it's really affecting anyone so badly they can't use the site, then please be patient and it will resolve itself, or go to the store and go ad free for a month for the price of a cup of coffee. At least this time it's happened during the international break.
  18. 2 points
    I had this brochure...must have been from '83 or '84 time. it was the car my Dad lusted after (we had the standard 2.3L model in Gold!) Those leather seats look like armchairs!
  19. 2 points
    It may well be that FFP is actually protecting us from ourselves....as much as it appears to be an irritant. If our owners were allowed to spend huge amounts of money on players....the first thing that happens, it puts huge pressure on everyone attached to the club, including the fans, whose expectations go in to orbit....that pressure is contagious and spreads to every corner of the club...if the expected results do not manifest themselves the pressure rises like a volcano.....Those pressures can distort good decision making.....and the downward spiral begins. The way forward is a good manager and coaching staff and a sound academy and recruitment team.....building that way inhibits the potential of out of control pressure on the club....and it's great to see players develop. The players we need are out there.....It's a question of good net working and judgement, to pull it all together. Wolves , Man City and Chelsea were fortunate.....it could so easily have back fired, like some clubs can testify.
  20. 2 points
    I do get your point, but no it's not.
  21. 2 points
    A thread outlining one person's experience of being invited to appear on a BBC programme.
  22. 2 points
    it's all a load of bollocks really the big boys should be able to spend what they like as long as the club is not saddled with the debt. The owners should sanction the spend from their own company and the club should make money from tickets and TV income and so on. If the 2 are separated I don't see an issue. If dodgy owners gamble the clubs income then fair enough.
  23. 2 points
    shit just got real, Uri Geller will stop Brexit.... with his mind power might be the first time I've ever referenced the Jewish Chronicle
  24. 2 points
    Having the same issue. has taken me 5 attempts to post this message without being diverted away from the site. Really frustrating
  25. 2 points
    Oooh, my time to shine. I've driven the 07:51 off of Rowley Regis before (though not yesterday) and I'll offer this: 1] Leaving early counts as a part cancellation. Trains depart at the time on the timetable. They don't close their doors at that time, doors can take upward of 30 seconds to close, especially when people are blocking them. In the peaks (morning and evening rush hour) trains can run on two or three minute headways at pinch points on the network and losing 30 seconds at every station can mean lost paths through those pinch points and longer delays further down the line. 2] Everybody thinks their clock is correct, especially those who turn up 15 seconds before departure time and wonder why they can't get on. Station clocks arent always synchronised so while the clock at Rowley is showing 07:49:50 the clock at Stourbridge might be showing 07:49:35 and the clock at Smethwick might be showing 07:50:10. It sucks, but it's reality. Most trains will be dispatched by using a clock which is in the cab or on the wrist of the guard. 3] It's amazing how many people who are running for the train at the last second are holding a steaming hot cup of coffee.
  26. 2 points
    Might have seen him play
  27. 2 points
    How long you out for?
  28. 2 points
  29. 2 points
    I bloody love Snoddy. I remember one time, I think it was against Sunderland we were slightly getting edgey and just seeing the game out in our usual Brucey scrappy fashion. I remember Snoddy at one point battling near the touchline for the ball against a few players and I screamed "Go on Snoddy!!!" He then promptly won the ball and ate up a few more precious seconds. I am 99% sure that 3 pts was down to my passionate cry of "Go on Snoddy!!!" I still think about it everyday and I am sure Snoddy does too. Love you Snoddy. Miss you Snoddy.
  30. 1 point
    Good to have villa represented all over the globe
  31. 1 point
    Fair point and explained well.
  32. 1 point
    We've been sorting the attic and I found our photo folder for our old Beetle. Started life as a 1300, we had a new engine and they sent a 1600cc. We told them and they said it wasn't worth their while returning it, so we could keep it as an upgrade. We did, and it made braking much more exciting. There's a running joke in our house about my missus 'helping'. I was out on the street changing the exhaust, I was taking the old one off and I was under the car contemplating life. Next thing I know, she's stood in the road and asks if she can help. She stood on my hand which was on gravel. I yelped, jumped up and head butted the open end of the exhaust. I had a perfectly circle cut, like a cookie template, smack in the middle of my forehead for about a month.
  33. 1 point
    Not to me, but as you say, it's subjective. I'm sure either would be fairly similar to own. Also another thing - the lower powered ones are better. No need for the extra power, fuel consumption, insurance and tax costs of the larger engined versions.
  34. 1 point
    Well, it could. But if Leave won again, we'd just be back where we were.
  35. 1 point
    Whilst I agree it's a terrifying outcome I still believe it's only fair. You can't not have a vote because you're scared of the answer, from whichever side of the argument you're on. The difference here is people would know EXACTLY what they were voting for so if they still make the wrong decision then so be it! I'll sit back and watch the world burn. I do suspect though that now Remain would win and by some margin. I've not heard of any people who would genuinely change from voting remain to leave (whilst acknowledging some remainers just want it done) given the opportunity. This isn't case with original Leave voters. Add in age of new voters, evidence of fraud, evidence of impact on pound, health service and industry and I think we'd make the right choice as a country. If we STILL didn't, I think I'd genuinely Leave the country myself! Couldn't be surrounded by that much idiocy. I can understand naivety from the initial vote (not helped by the ambiguity in 'leave') but I'd struggle with someone still making that choice now. Look at petition site - 365k odd want No Deal. 4.2m odd want Revoke. The tide has turned, people want the madness to stop.
  36. 1 point
    Just come back from volunteering (marshalling) at walsall arbo parkrun - a real mood lifter. This afternoon I'll be prepping for interview(s) at work, wondering what questions I'll be asked on jobs i know nothing about. Sunday at a friend's house for a slap up lunch and a long overdue catch up
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    Absolutely. There's no internationally agreed standard definition. There's not even really an agreed definition here, just look at how Manchester is carved up, but the definition of "Tokyo" is very loose. The city proper is enormous, about 10m people according to the UN but the 38m region is just a region like "the south east" might be here.
  39. 1 point
    I beg to differ. I can drink water, tea, wine, beer, etc., and have no huge need to piss until I've drunk a considerable quantity - let's say three or four pints of beer. But one cup of coffee, and I'm busting within 5-10 minutes.
  40. 1 point
    Aye, it's a Google assistant more than a useful speaker. However the Google Home infrastructure is cool, you can hook up Google Chromecast audios to any audio output devices that you have, as well as Google home devices and group them together. You can activate these with your voice. For example, "Hey Google play Led Zeppelin on downstairs speakers." Then all the grouped devices will play music in sync, activated from this little pod thingy. It's cool because you don't need to shell out loads of money on new hardware if you already have decent speakers around, you just hook up a Chromecast audio. That's how I intend to use it, I was delighted to be able to get this because I'm doing up my house with this in mind. I'm just trying to figure out how to get a Google home attached speaker in the bathroom ceiling. I like the idea of casting audio books whilst on the crapper.
  41. 1 point
    This England team is going to be special in the next year or two. Haven't been this excited since 2004.
  42. 1 point
    Where's the lmarsha_926 mock up of a kappa version of next season's kit (*pallet background preferred)?
  43. 1 point
    Well it was nearly going to be his new club as well
  44. 1 point
    Dean Ashton now that was a bloody good player ruined by injuries
  45. 1 point
    He scored for NI though.
  46. 1 point
    Every time this topic gets raised your all over it. I guess you might have a name for this behaviour ?
  47. 1 point
    While I agree that we should definitely win. This is Villa we're talking about here. I can certainly see how we could **** it up.
  48. 1 point
    Bielsa is renounded for teams that fade away in the 2nd final third of the season. possibly due to their high tempo game plan and pre season training of fell running. Leeds are notorious for fading like a flower. a match made in Villa heaven. Also Bielsa had lost a lot of good karma with his dirty tricks. By luck or judgement Villa are full of fresh players. Mings didn't play much, Hause hasn't played much. Grealish had a nice crimbo in dubai as part of his new contract, McGinn got suspended. Steer, well a change is as good as a rest. The only knackered one looks like abraham well soz championship we have Kodjia and Davis who are fresh as well. The championship is a real test of endurance cos of its physical nature. Due to the way things have worked out Villa have plenty in the tank sir!
  49. 1 point
    I'm waiting to turn right at a busy T junction when I see an old fella waiting to cross the road. I wave him across to let him know I have seen him . Next thing you know he's opening my passenger door and getting in the car whilst mumbling about not recognizing me at first but glad I was there as it was raining . Now my kidnapping days are long gone since Portugal but I genuinely felt like going along with it to see how long it took him to work out that he had just got In a stranger's car . It took him about 5 minutes and 3 turns up roads he didn't want to drive down before he clocked on. He was so embarrassed but I was laughing so much I took him home anyway.
  50. 1 point
    People are talking like he was crap last season...
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