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  1. I'm ecstatic. My Mum had her follow-up session with the oncology expert today - the operation was a complete success. There are no signs of the cancer remaining and they're pretty surprised that not even the close lymph nodes had any signs of cancer cells remaining. She is now officially in remission and does not require any further treatment. She still has a long recovery ahead and they're sending her as a precaution for an MRI (due to headaches) but as far as we're currently concerned she is cancer free. Screw you, cancer.
    14 points
  2. Stefan is on here sobbing his poor little heart out at not being given best man duties to his BFFand you're here humble bragging. Shame on you.
    12 points
  3. That’s a great post and brings up difficult questions, such as when is criticism bullying. A lot of bullying is clearly obvious but some much more subtle and criticism is received differently by different people. There appears to be overwhelming evidence that KMac was a bully, had stepped way over the line and got, eventually, what he deserved. Good man managers know how to deal with people. I watched an interview with Ron Saunders when he gave his view that different players respond to different approaches. Some needed an arm around the shoulder and some a kick up the backside. He said, for example, if Tony Morley hadn’t had a bollocking by 10am Tony thought he’d fallen out with him. Morley himself tells a great story about Ron being on his back all week and then he scored and ran past the bench giving the Vs. He said he immediately regretted it, wondering what Saunders would say after the game. He said Ron didn’t say a word, but fined him 2 weeks wages a fortnight later! Saunders was a strict disciplinarian, who knew how to get the best out of all his players, recognising their different characters and treating them accordingly, but he was never a bully. I understand the attitude that life is tough sometimes and there’s times when you need mental toughness. But bullying people doesn’t prepare people for tough times it just breaks them down. It’s a sledgehammer to crack a nut approach. My Dad had 14 years in the RAF, a couple of years at Dunlop’s and then went into teaching. The government at the time, which would have been the 60s, thought that men from industry would have life experience that would serve to make good teachers. A sensible approach that worked, for Dad anyway. He wasn’t a tough guy, but he didn’t take any nonsense. He seemed to have an affinity with kids, but was never a pushover, if you were in trouble you knew it. But he hated bullies and wouldn’t stand for any form of bullying, from teachers or pupils. That for me is the only approach. There are lots of ways to build character and I’m not an advocate of wrapping kids in cotton wool, but bullying is just wrong. Using “character building” as an excuse is equally wrong. The idea that it wasn’t regarded as bullying at the time is again wrong. My Dad taught from the 60s to the early 90s and never bullied anyone in his life but he commanded respect the kids learned and developed as people. Anyone who knows me wouldn’t class me as a hand wringing liberal and I do think that some kids today often don’t leave school with the life skills that prepare them for the world. Perhaps there is an element of mollycoddling in the education system and society on the whole. Although kids brought up in the inner city tend to find toughness pretty quickly. However the answer is never, ever bullying.
    11 points
  4. my missus is growing increasingly suspicious at to what we actually talk about on here "what can you talk to them about that you cant talk to me?" "how do you rate the works of quentin tarantino?" "go back on villatalk"
    8 points
  5. The Steer supporters in here have very short memories. Yes the lad can pull off some top saves, but my god do you not remember second half of play off semi v WBA where for twenty minutes it seemed like he was on a mission to pass the ball to their centre forward!? (Three or four times!) Even in pre season against Shrewsbury and Charlton he did the same trying to be smart about passing it out. Good shot stopper not great at anything else, liability with his feet. Heaton will be quality. Sadly it seems many on here will never forgive him for not being Butland. Who by the way dropped two absolute clangers into his own net last night...
    7 points
  6. Why are people going on about his coaching approach?! He’s been sacked for bullying. Not “hard coaching”. Not “giving lads a kick up the arse”. Bullying. The publically made allegations all seem to imply that MacDonald constantly gave youngsters verbal and physical abuse. That isn’t **** coaching.
    5 points
  7. Seen enough of Wes to be confident he’ll be a huge success. Astounded people are writing him off so soon.
    5 points
  8. I always imagined he was the older bloke in a student house
    5 points
  9. Dont need one...let me tell you what would have been said Was a special moment as a villa fan leading villa out in front of a full house in the premier league Supporters were brilliant Friday will be fantastic atmosphere under the lights Need to cut out the mistakes Everton are a good team Kodjia is still injured The AVFC youtube channel asks the generic 'safe' questions, it then cuts before the other reporters ask the more probing ones. Nothing against smith or the club press officer, sure every club's is the same, i just find them **** boring
    5 points
  10. I find it weird that bullying is being equated to “giving a kick up the arse”. It isn’t that at all. That people are brushing this off as old school methods is **** bizarre.
    5 points
  11. Guilbert will start next week and be brilliant. I know this because ai am removing him from my Fantasy Football team
    5 points
  12. Great to hear that @trekka. I'm at QE on tues for my latest check up. "In remission" are two of the sweetest words i have ever heard. Regards to your mum
    4 points
  13. My wife just thinks it's really nerdy. Then I show her the rouges gallery in protest and it completely confirms her opinion. You lot are a **** embarrassment.
    4 points
  14. I'm nothing if not extremely predictable Yeah, but they are really really funny & make me laugh out loud and are in some respects the oil in the VT engine, that and nearly everyone having Bad Aids at some point. .
    4 points
  15. 4 points
  16. I'm genuinely really interested in reading people's views on this, it's a fascinating insight in to how the public view things, how attitudes have changed in society and where football fits in within that spectrum. Without knowing the ins and outs of this particular case it is interesting, and perhaps worthy of discussion, to question whether historic LEGAL behaviour can be viewed in the present fairly. What was once acceptable may no longer be, but does that mean people should be punished retrospectively? Again, I stress, this isn't to do with KMac's behaviour but judging past attitudes in modern situations. Whilst the previous paragraph may suggest some sympathy towards KM, it actually doesn't reflect my view at all. Football has always been the domain of the very worst traits in masculinity. It was what put me off playing from a very early stage; the bravado, the cockiness, the aggression, the lad culture. It's been mentioned to me that I may have even had a career in the game if I'd played/ been coached from an early age but it would have been people like KM which would have made me quit instantly. However, the nuances of this issue then swing the discussion in the other direction again; maybe I didn't have the mental fortitude to succeed as a professional footballer/sportsman. Where is the line between pushing a player and bullying them? And who decides? Whilst I can't agree with the poster saying (or even using) the term 'snowflakes' it would be naïve to suggest there isn't a link between lack of success and the inability to deal with criticism. Therefore, lots of failed sportsman would be more inclined to feel they were bullied than successful ones who view that criticism as character building. Criticism is vital element of growth but it's only relatively recently that the term 'constructive criticism' has been used. This isn't really a view, more of a musing on the multitude of issues that arrive in cases such as KM. I'm a strong advocate for positivity, equality and diversity. I can't wait for the day that we have openly gay players and that Kick It Out is viewed as a historic success like Women's Suffrage. Unfortunately, I doubt that will be in my life time as football seems to be the slowest to move with the times. How can the sport I love be so resistant to progress?
    4 points
  17. I think a number of posters already have. What a strange hill to die on.
    4 points
  18. Driving home on the A41 and got stuck behind some melt who must have been out on a day trip. It was like being behind Mr Magoo auditioning for Driving Miss Daisy. Put your foot down you clown! Don't these people know I have places to be and people to see.
    4 points
  19. Seeing one of those guys (you know, the ones who pull out on you, forcing you to hit the brakes all while eyeballing you as if to say “go on, react and I’ll punch your lights out”), pull out in front of me, forcing me to hit the brakes all while eyeballing me as if to say “go on, etc” and within an instant hearing the unmistakable blip of a siren and a flash of blue lights and then him getting pulled over. I’m not a believer in karma but it really made my day.
    4 points
  20. Only 20 PL losses in 5 years for Grealish. Better record than Man City. Wonder if he is aware of it. Brilliant stat to have.
    4 points
  21. In Mount's case it's pretty much because he plays for Chelsea and under Frank Lampard who supposedly sees himself in him etc. Grealish was ahead of him when they both played in the Championship last season. 2 games in the prem and he's suddenly in line for a call-up. Maddison is a year ahead of schedule on Jack. Luckily for us, Jack would have spent that year at Spurs if NSWE didn't intervene and I have no doubt he'd already be in the England team. If we struggle as we are likely to do, he'll continue to get passed over through no fault of his own unless he plays out of his skin.
    3 points
  22. I cannot believe the nonsense already being spouted on this thread and others after two games. We have just come up, we are playing well, everyone is settling in and acclimatising. We were leading the Champions league finalists for 65minutes at their place; after conceding two flukey goals against Bournemouth rather than crumble we dominated a game and had over 22 shots at goal. We are second only to Man City in the Premier League for shots on goal to this point in the season. It will come, Wesley is young, he will show his quality, our scouts are not mugs, they have done their home work.
    3 points
  23. Yet again, though, you’re talking about as if he treated everyone the same and it was all to do with his coaching. “We’ll make men out of these boys”. It’s literally nothing to do with coaching. That’s just his job. You seem to make the distinction at the start of your post (did his bullying whilst coaching) and then go on to blend it back in. “Could have been hard coaching to some and not to others”. It wasn’t coaching. It was bullying. Different things!
    3 points
  24. Discussing us on talkshite now, played a clip of Dean Smith talking about how well Sheffield United played against Palace to score first and see out the game Jamie O'Hara after the Smith clip finished "I worry for villa, they spent the most and can't get a point against Sheffield United" What a **** moron
    3 points
  25. or call Apple support for a fat finger wand " To obtain a special ipad screen wand, please mash the keypad with your palm now"
    3 points
  26. Not disagreeing with you....but can you tell us what you are seeing to make you think that? From what I have seen, I think there is much work to do....but not writing him off or saying he is beyond it.....must say, his expression is not filling me with hope, the whinging has to stop and the revenge( if that's the right word) needs to start. It is far too early to judge, but its not the absence of goals, its the absence of some of the work that leads to goals that concerns me.
    3 points
  27. meh, whatever. Bored now.
    3 points
  28. The average size of a male midget is 132 cm (4.33 ft)It's a little gnome fact. I've just been adding 4 Fisherman's Friends to 13 Lockets then subtracting 7 Tunes - all in my head. It's a bit of menthol arithmetic. I was in the nat west bank in manchester yesterday The woman behind the counter started singing "Downtown". I thought to myself, "What a peculiar clerk." We just got in, and someone has stolen all the new turf we had laid last week. My wife is out there at the moment, looking forlorn.
    3 points
  29. Walter M. Miller's excellent SF novel "A Canticle for Leibowitz" posits a post-apocalyptic religion based upon a surviving fragment of somebody's shopping list.
    3 points
  30. Maybe start with a few quips on the fact the lad has no mates.
    3 points
  31. signed 1 year contract extension...thoroughly deserved after performances in the 2nd half of last season and so far in this one
    3 points
  32. Oh well done Michael J Celestial body, now you've awaken him..
    3 points
  33. You know what it was only a handful of games but him and Vlaar looked really solid together before Senderos got injured.
    3 points
  34. Get yourself a Corsa
    3 points
  35. After all the overblown excitment of the transfer window where many were looking forward to top ten or higher finishes, we are down to earth with a bang - the top teams (Spurs), even on a bad day will wear you down and the middling teams (Bournemouth) have discovered the killer touch and organised resistance that is required to win points At the moment we are in adjustment mode - mistakes that are inconsequential in the Championship, U23 or Belgian Leagues are critical in the PL - Against Bournemouth we did not start with the concentration required and only really got going 15 mins in when it was too late. I beleive that Elmo and Taylor are playing because DS and Terry realise that you can't change everything at once - Heaton, Engels, Luiz, Trez, Wesley are all finding their feet with a new club, the rest are getting used to the speed and athleticism of the PL - Only Mings, SJM and perhaps Engels seem to have settled quickly I didnt buy into the hype during pre-season - we (seem to have) bought some solid players and they gelled well against limited (Leipzeg apart) opposition but the cauldron of the PL is a different matter entirely. £130m (?) spread over a dozen players only buys "solid" not "spectacular". We obviously do not have unlimited resources BUT another winger and another striker (or even just one wide forward) woud have made all the difference. Our bench does not give many forward options - imagine how differnet it would have been if we had Maupay and Benhrama to bring on (or start). AEG and Jota look like bit part players so far. We've not seen Nakamba but we have cover in midfiled so I'd have prefered to spend that money on a forward option instead The players have the ability to get much better. Jack in particular is too good a footballer not to take lessons from the first couple of matches and adjust his game - at the moment I think he is trying too hard and as players around him adjust and improve he will go from strength to strength - we do need to get better quickly though. If we continue on for a while without a win, the nervousness and frustration could find players going backwards not forwards For me it will all stand or fall on Wesley - lets hope the scouting team have got it right and he delivers what is expected. He's trying hard I think but I've been unwhelmed with what Ive seen so far. Not many occasions where you can think "wow hes going to be a player". If Smith can't get a tune out of him then its going to be a very long hard season I trust Smith to get things right and find a way of playing that produces results but I'll be very happy this term to finish 17th - I'm expecting a long and frustrating season, we need to manage expectations and guard against being overly critical
    3 points
  36. We do have an idea what's gone on. The club sacked him because upon formal investigation, they found his actions, that they referred to as bullying, to be unacceptable. Unless we think this investigation was fraudulent or incomplete or something, getting into the semantics of what constitutes bullying is odd.
    2 points
  37. All about Chinese money Lets see how they feel when the house of cards Chinese economy collapses.
    2 points
  38. In theory we have 3 up front. DS wants to play a genuine 4-3-3, but so far it's been more of a 4-1-4-1. When you look at Firmino at Liverpool (who also isn't a natural lone striker), his role works because he has goal threats either side of him. Clearly we're not going to replicate the threat of Mane and Salah, but we could certainly get a bit closer to that kind of shape. It may come as we get more stability in central midfield, and higher fullbacks. I think we were robbed of the chance to find out whether that was possible against Bournemouth, because they scored the early goal. The high front 3 with the false 9 works much better on the counter attack or counter press, and we never had a chance to test that against Bournemouth because they parked the bus. It may also be that we need Guilbert or Targett in to push the wingers higher, but I understand why DS has reservations about them defensively.
    2 points
  39. One goal behind Mo Salah.........love it in DS we trust!
    2 points
  40. It's just a sign that you need to grab The Bull by the Horns and not try to Red Lion incomplete data. Cheers!
    2 points
  41. If you make the stag do great enough it will give you plenty of material for the speech anyway!
    2 points
  42. Hope he's had his jabs.
    2 points
  43. YOU CAN LEGALLY MARRY A MICROWAVE! Especially because I identify as Tupperware.
    2 points
  44. Not seen once upon a time yet but If anyone cares this is how I’d rank his films personally Reservoir dogs 10/10 Django unchained 9.5/10 Pulp fiction 9 /10 Kill Bill Vol 1 9/10 Jackie Brown 8/10 The hateful 8 8/10 Inglorious Bastards 8/10 Kill Bill Vol. 2 7/10 Deathproof 6/10 I love most of his movies tbh kinda a self confessed fanboy
    2 points
  45. "he...hehe... and this one time... it was last monday actually... Slavov swapped my A & E keys on my keyboard!!!... the bastard." *turns to other tables* "he...hehe.. und vis eins tiem... vas voss list Montag eck-suh-allov.. Slavov sVopped mein Av & Ev keeys on mein kevbored!!!... das bastardov." Stupid @StefanAVFC..
    2 points
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