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  1. I remember quite vividly the absolute crap we've played for the last 10 years. I also remember the counter-attacking football under MON and the years before that. What Smith has done so far is nothing short of miraculous, i.e. from the Bruceball team in the championship to what we are today. We are building a club almost from scratch in some respects and I fully buy into his football. It's the first time in absolute ages we are fun to watch. Consider the fact that we are a build in progress and no big changes are needed. We need patience to improve. If people can't have patience with Deano after the last 6-8 managers, then please shoot me and be done with it. **** me.
    16 points
  2. Get to the station this morning, about as on time as I possibly could be. Just as I'm about to go down to the platform, buy my ticket etc, train pulls in. Right, I think, if there's no queue at the machine and I run, I can probably do this. So I sprint down the stairs, round the corner, to be greeted by the ticket machine door open and some bloke collecting the cash in it I guess. Split second reaction - get on the **** train, sort the ticket after. Get on the train and remember that this is a local line, they'll have an inspector/conductor once in a blue moon. Bollocks. Right, I think, look up what the procedure is for getting on a train without a ticket these days. I look it up to discover they'd charge me £20 potentially, when I'm paying £6 for an all day return... Prepared, I decide **** that for a game of soldiers once I get to New St I'll just be straight with someone and hopefully they'll understand I'm not trying to dodge a fair I'm actually looking to pay etc etc. Silently curse the prat that thinks the best time to empty out a ticket machine at a train station is right as the commute starts for costing me 3 days worth of travel through little fault of my own. Pull into the station and am reliably informed to go stand in a queue in the middle of the station at a hastily put together desk where a harried looking woman is staring into a nondescript tablet seemingly hoping to find retirement in it's blank visage, while a bewildered bloke looking for all the world like a plasterer that suddenly found himself in Narnia is looking at her whilst holding out a credit card. And behind him there's a dozen other people looking like they'd rather meet the cold embrace of death than stand there for a second more. Joining the back of this queue I discover that the machine isn't working. Whether that means the tablet, the printer, or the woman sat behind them I don't know, but I can probably be sure the tin lockbox with added elastic band security wrapped around that she was hunched over wasn't broken. Eventually a bloke looking like Father Christmas on secondment to National Rail comes, looks at harried woman, looks at the printer, looks at the pile of blank tickets, looks at the queue of people waiting for God and/or to be relieved of £20 to be allowed to escape the station, and shouts across the no man's land between exits 'Neil! Let this lot out!' and provides us all with the best present anyone could ask for - being let out of New Street.
    13 points
  3. Thanks. Yes it is. My commute has changed a bit, for the better I hope. Anxiety is still there, still a massive problem, the train journey had me on edge all journey (though not as bad as my first day, where I got on a train that had been delayed by 30 minutes so over the short journey was literally wedged into a corner trying to do mindfulness), but I'm hoping I'll get better with time and get back to somewhere like where I was a couple of years ago at least.
    12 points
  4. I would be genuinely gobsmacked if its anything other than a Conservative majority. The line "lets get Brexit done" has been worked out by an algorithm and it is comfortably powerful enough to convince enough people who are now so disengaged with the political process that all they need is a tag line to make up their mind. I'd go as far to say we no longer live in a democracy. A democracy requires a public that understands the consequences of what they vote for and are engaged in the political debate. It requires politicians that tell the truth or are held accountable when they don't. We have a set of politicians who just lie at will and do anything but explain the consequences to the public of the choices they propose. In the face of that people just switch off, tired of being lied to so consistently. Protecting themselves from the hideousness of what our political system has become. If you constantly switch off, never listen then four words is all you need be told to feel you've made a good decision about your future. As far as I know Labour haven't even got their four words yet. Are they recycling " for the many, not the few" again? Genuinely don't know, which when compared to the consistent robotic repetition of "lets get it done" being garbled 28 times in every interview makes the point rather starkly.
    12 points
  5. In the nicest possible way, I think you’re kidding yourself. Years after the first one, we’ve picked it apart daily on here and Newsnight has discussed it relentlessly. But for Stoke Market Man, there’s been no review, no chance to study where this is heading, just a lack of getting it done. I’ve eavesdropped a conversation in the last week where someone wasn’t sure if Boris Johnson was ‘the conservative’. People adamant that in a referendum they will vote tory. I think a re run of the referendum would be just as random second time around. People voting that don’t realise Ireland is a different country, people that didn’t realise the EU means Europe. People who presume Brexit means we’ll re open the coal mines to fire up the furnaces to make Morris Oxfords. People that think VW are shitting themselves that we might not get a great deal. Feedback on R4 yesterday evening interviewed a politics undergrad. They were asked where they get their news from, they said Twitter Trending. The vast number of people that know every detail about the latest Jungle contestants, but don’t know whether Ireland is a different country and hang on to the fact we won the war and the empire wants us back so they can finally buy our jam again. Believe it or not, I’m trying not to let it get to me!
    10 points
  6. People who put their Xmas tree up in November.
    7 points
  7. Completely unrelated, but I was stopped the other day by a homeless guy in new street. Asked me to buy him a hot drink. "sure" I said "what would you like?" without batting an eyelid he said "large caramel latte please" Tickled me no end Erm, he didn't tickle me, that would have been a bit weird.
    6 points
  8. Honestly it's the biggest failure of any Remain party or Remain side to not hammer this point home.
    5 points
  9. Whilst I’m perfectly fine with the window lickers celebrating Christmas all year if they want to, I was visibly distressed on Saturday when a shop assistant wished me a happy Christmas. Saturday the **** 16th of **** November. I can’t be having that for the next 6 weeks. My nipper just couldn’t stop laughing, kept on and on about the grimacing face I’d pulled as I walked away silently.
    4 points
  10. I've grown up a Rangers fan, my Villa love came along a bit later later (around the Little/Gregory eras). So I've been following Villa most of my 33yrs. I watch every Rangers game home, away, Europe. I can say without a shadow of doubt, Morelos is the real deal. In recent years he's definitely the best striker we've had since Jelavic. In saying that, he's probably better than him already. Rangers have probably held on to him a season more than we should have due to his temperament issues last season but it's been a blessing. I think missing out on the Copa America squad with Colombia during the summer was when the penny dropped and his discipline has been amazing this season. Yes, he still has that fire but he's using it in the right way. This season he's taken it to a new level, culminating with him bagging his 1st goal for Colombia over the weekend. His hold up play for someone so young is incredible, you can't even compare it to Wesley, he's miles ahead of him in the department. He's been dropping deeper to great effect this season, his passing is very good as well. People will always compare him to Edouard, both are very promising young strikers but Morelos hold up/link up play is far superior at this moment in time. I would also say he's a bit more mobile as well. The only thing is, Rangers won't sell him in January unless it's funny money. I know there is a lot of different opinions of Morelos on here, but imo if we had Morelos since the start of the season, we would have more points on the board, it's as simple as that.
    4 points
  11. funny thing is Lambert and Bruce got a lot more leeway from some fans and offered no progress. bizarre
    4 points
  12. There are theoretically any number of less bad deals, but they are all bad. Every last one of them. It's a hard thing to get people to love sewers. But if you decide disconnect from the sewage system you end up knee deep in jobby.
    3 points
  13. So I bought a v.1 wii, a gamecube controller, gamecube memory card, hyperkin wii2hdmi cable, Super Mario Sunshine, Metroid Prime & Star Fox Adventures. £140 wasted. Erm....Worth It! Yes, worth it. Why do we do these things to ourselves?
    3 points
  14. Increased electricity usage during a time where we should be massively concerned about the future of the planet. All because they can't wait until December, the selfish clearings in the woods.
    3 points
  15. I don't remember any games when you could say Hutton was the worst player on the pitch Hutton has had a great career and still has some mileage left for clubs to take a punt. He has/had good speed, bravery commitment, dribbling skills hard in the tackle. Played for some massive clubs, big money moves, capped many times by his country. flaws in every players game. good managers and coaches should of patched them up on the training ground and part of some poor teams in a dark era for Villa however we should remember the good times as he is a Villa man. His goal against the filthy and his great tackle on shane long are massive highlights for me. He should have the freedom of the city to drive his sheep through the queensways. However his compatriot lambert disgracfully discarded him made him train with the pups. However Hutton showed tremendous dignity and strength of character to come through the bad times and end on high note.
    3 points
  16. Its very hard not to be desensitized to it all looking at it from the other side. Take a walk down new street or any of the side streets off it and you'll be asked 10+ times for money, the only natural response to that is to start ignoring them. I gave a couple of quid to someone outside Briar Rose spoons a while back, felt quite pleased with myself for 5 seconds then by the time I got to the opposite side of the road "got any change mate". Yes its nice to help someone when you can but the problem is so much bigger than that.
    3 points
  17. So you're admitting that the problem for most people is foreign people being able to stay full stop? If they aren't a burden on the host state and can't claim benefits, what is the issue with them staying for over 6 months? Heaven forbid the independently wealthy, non-working class move here.
    3 points
  18. A man that knows what he wants .. young kid did something similar to me when i was in the Gambia , he came up to me on the beach and said I live in very poor family and don't have many clothes so when you leave could I have one of your old t-shorts ... But not the one you wore yesterday , can i have the Nike one you were wearing on Friday please this was about 1990 , sadly these days he'd probably want my T-shirt to use as a tent
    3 points
  19. You’ll only need to wait 5 years for a chance to enact your response. Labour should have changed leader a long time ago to have given themselves a fighting chance.
    3 points
  20. Bruce's problem is always the long-term. Just like when we had Sherwood and baggies had Pulis, at the time, I still preferred having a chancer like Sherwood over an old-school manager like Pulis who fills a team with expensive old heads, with no plan for the future and one eye on the next pay-out. We got relegated and baggies stayed up, but as expected, Pulis turned to shite and baggies went down with a team of 30-year-olds and loan players. The familiar make-up of a Steve Bruce team. Give Bruce a couple of seasons at Newcastle and they'll be playing the worst football their fans have seen in years, their team will be full of loanees from the Top 7 and players over 30, and they'll still be 'there or there abouts' in the Bottom 7.
    3 points
  21. 3 points
  22. Im a fan of smith. But can you be a premature prophet?
    3 points
  23. Katie Hopkins has had to sell her house and is now having to rent
    3 points
  24. Or instead of hamstringing himself we can do several things to mitigate his flaws. 1)keep the ball better through off the ball movement as it stands we are a very static team especially mcginn. Whilst this may seem like more work jogging off the ball is easier than sprinting to close someone down or sprinting to get back. Our best passages of play this season have involved good off the ball movement like both of Jack's goals. El ghazi and Wesley spread out and directly across the back for draggin them back freeing space for them to run into Wesley making a run in behind so Jack can find an easy 1 2 with el ghazi to create time for a pretty finish against Norwich. 2)sub him off earlier- we are struggling to keep the ball late so we should bring on either Luiz or hourihane who are both good passers of the ball so we are little more comfortable in possession so we aren't stuck at the back constantly pressing which again is tiring.
    3 points
  25. Being out of the country, I do about 1 game a year. That was the game last year. A West Ham supporting mate of mine summed it up. "You have seen Hutton score, you can stop now"
    2 points
  26. US announce that they now do not view Israeli West Bank settlements as being violations of international law.
    2 points
  27. Just because a portion of the people are being wilfully dumb, the politicians shouldn’t just pander to that and pretend its as simple as Brexiteers pretend it is. If there’s a better deal, they should try and get it. Of course ‘better’ is quite abstract. I’m sure Mark Francois and Jacob Toff Mogg see nothing less than economic year zero and filling in the channel tunnel as acceptable. People are sick of it precisely because they’ve been lied to about how simple it was. It’s not Labour’s job to help Johnson appear to fix it.
    2 points
  28. They would have to be offering the Johnson deal as leave, and it’s shit.
    2 points
  29. I think Leicester as a football club are run extremely well. Leicester's transfer strategy has been fantastic and they have mixed up their signings: Ambitious signings like Pereira, signed from Porto when Leicester were midtable and Porto CL contenders, and Tielemans was a real coup given his age and potential Very good young Championship players with the potential to step up – e.g. Maddison who has become a key player but also squad players like Gray who is useful for them Lesser known foreign players from overseas like Soyuncu and Ndidi Solid and ‘safer’ PL signings like Evans and Perez Bringing through exciting academy players like Chilwell and Barnes, for example They’ve also sold key players at a premium. Maguire for £80mil was ludicrous but they held Man U to ransom, the same with Mahrez (to a lesser extent) and Drinkwater (mugged Chelsea off). Kante they probably never wish they’d sold but they still made a very tidy profit on him after one season. Some of their more ambitious signings have actually failed though – e.g. Iheanacho and Adrien Silva, who they paid a lot of money for. They’ve also spent a hell of a lot of money over the years and clearly have strong financial backing from their owners, but then again so do we. I personally feel Leicester is a club we should be looking to take notes from, the way they’ve established themselves in the PL after coming up a few years ago is extraordinary and they’ve also won a PL title in that time. They are a very exciting team.
    2 points
  30. It’s kicking off and getting dirty in Ceredigion....we go live to the LibDem’s election HQ: Shoulda rented all three floors.
    2 points
  31. I remember last Christmas dinner, I'd pulled a cracker, read out the rubbish joke, put the little paper crown on and was ready to tuck in to my turkey, surrounded by my family when I put my fork down. I looked at my wife and said "I'm really sorry, I just can't...I can't do this". She looked really worried and asked what was wrong. I said "All this. The presents, the food and drink, the festive cheer, spending time with loved ones. How am I supposed to enjoy any of this knowing that Martin at number 38 put his Christmas tree up in November?"
    2 points
  32. There have always been low-information voters, in elections as well as referendums. There is no way to have universal suffrage and have everybody be an expert. However, elections and referendums do have a way of focusing people on at least some core messages. The biggest problem with 2016 is not that '£350m per week for the NHS' was a lie, but that the Remain side couldn't muster up a more powerful counter-argument. You are quite possibly right to be pessimistic about both the conduct and outcome of a second referendum, especially one fought between Boris' WA and Remain, but again, the reason the Remain side should be fearful is after three years of chaos barely anyone has shifted. We still aren't anywhere close to winning the argument, and it's a cop-out to say that's just because - or even mainly because - of the electorate's ignorance.
    2 points
  33. What's more terrifying is that the only reason they won is because Jack was in their mini-team. We are so reliant on him on so many levels. He's just a level above. I think I love him.
    2 points
  34. I hate the above but it's right. The worst thing is, passing Johnson's deal doesn't even come close to getting Brexit done. But the optics of 'getting it done' will mean millions will disengage and stop caring.
    2 points
  35. Are you more concerned with making it a level playing field or improving things? Indeed. Reduce barriers rather than build walls and fences. At the same time the issues that lead to mass migration through need (rather than smaller movements of people through desire) would require addressing - all sorts of things from regimes trying to kill their own citizens, countries and regimes trying to kill their neighbours' citizens, famine, climate change, economic inequalities, &c. Obviously all that suggests it's rather a pipedream but given that I view it as a good thing to have it as an end goal, it might just be a start to move towards it and I'd say we should do that by adding to the rights and opportunities that currently exist rather than by reducing them.
    2 points
  36. He’s had a dozen games at this level. As have most the side. Lots of very premature prophets around.
    2 points
  37. 2 points
  38. Nice one Pete I Agree , I wasn’t the only car around when Keith ( I learnt his name a bit later) fell over , it looked a bad fall as well ... I was the only one that bothered to stop , which sorta pissed me off a little , I thought people were better than that was something similar in Guildford the other month , man in a wheelchair had come out of Sainsbury’s had a trolly full of shopping , but was clearly quite distressed , everybody walked past him and looked the other way ... quick chat with him and it turned out he wanted a wheelchair access taxi , none of the companies he called had one readily available .. i rang a few with not much luck but one told me that Guildford station legally had to have some on the rank , so I drove down there spoke to the taxi driver with a wheelchair ramp and told him the situation , he pretty much wound his window up and ignored me , thankfully the second driver said yeah no problem I’ll follow you to him and off we went ... wheelchair man (Paul) essentially does all he can to be normal , wants to do his own shopping just had a mare that day with the taxis ... he gave my daughter one of his donuts as a Thank you , so she got an important lesson in one good turn deserves another People are often quite generous when it comes to giving money but don’t appear to want to engage with the people face to face like they will catch something off them.
    2 points
  39. Depends what you what to do really long term. We can stay up no problem with 3-4 excellent guys from the championship combined with likes of Grealish and McGinn. I imagine the long term goal of owners is to challenge for minimum europa league place which is what Wolves and Leicester are doing. If you look at Leicester transfer strategy they combine signing best prospects from lower leagues (Maddison, Gray etc) with some up and coming players from abroad. Ricardo Pereria who was regular at Porto and now first choice for Portugal, Denis Praet experienced ion Seria A and Soyuncu who took a year to settle but now looks a good CB. Add in the odd dreaded "premier league experienced" player like Johnny Evans and Ayoze Perez and that's a very very good transfer mix imo and it's reaping dividends for them this season so far. We all saw in the MON days just limiting yourself to pretty much signing domestic players does have limits in run ins to the season and also all the endless home games we'd draw in those seasons.
    2 points
  40. Sounds okay. Can you carry on describing what else they’d be doing?
    2 points
  41. Anyone here used Streetlink before ? was just coming home when I saw someone staggering a bit on the road before falling over . i pulled over and went to help him and although a bit drunk ascertained he’s a homeless man , managed to get him to a bench so he’s no longer half laying in the road , then went home made him a cup of coffee and a sandwich and dropped it off with a few blankets but I’m kinda at a loss what else I should do ... google suggested Streetlink as it helps local authorities to be aware , but just wondered if anyone had any experience with that ? Seems you have to register first ...Or any other suggestions ?
    2 points
  42. Gents, apologies for the slight delay, here are the notes from the meeting held earlier this week:
    2 points
  43. When your loved kid makes you a cake for father's Day and it isn't very good you still say you liked it and appreciate the effort because the kid put all his heart in it. Obviously he can't cook, but you will eat it with a smile on your face. That's the way I feel about Hutton. Not very good, but a great professional, had some very good games, most poor ones, but it was definately good to move on. I will definately not call him shit, I will look fondly at his time with us.
    2 points
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