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  1. Well, I couldn't conceive of a way to make The Cider House a viable business pursuit anymore. I'm closing the bar. The restaurant industry in Maine is dependent on brisk summer sales to carry us over the winter. This is not happening, not this summer, anyway. And maybe next, who the hell knows. I've worked in restaurants since 1985, and opening my own little bar was a dream I had for years. I was able to achieve it, and Covid has come to take it away. I have my health, and that's the most important thing. Now it's back to square one, but with business loan debt of around 30K USD and no job.
    30 points
  2. Eating is one of life's greatest joys for me. I know a few people that only really eat out of necessity and it makes me kind of sad.
    9 points
  3. It would appear that the league will be asking players to make their own way to grounds, in their own vehicles, alone and potentially already in their kits. This adds a whole new level of excitement to project restart. How many teams will have players that got lost and arrived late, who will be first to collect a speeding fine, points on their licence or a driving ban, will we get live coverage of Moise Kean and his flat tyre on the hard shoulder of the M62 and how far into the season will we be when Alan Parry sadly announces to viewers on Pick that "Dele Alli isn't available for today's game as he's forgotten to bring his boots"?
    9 points
  4. That’s a coincidence, I was only looking up some information films from Brazzers the other day. Say Hi from me.
    7 points
  5. In Ad Astra, Brad Pitt plays a rocket scientist who owns a car. Thus achieving the trifecta of things that do not impress Shania Twain. (Nicked from Jake Yapp's excellent daily podcast)
    6 points
  6. I'm pretty sure it's colloquially known as "The Ebola" (with the "T" capitalized).
    5 points
  7. I imagine there’s some family from Venezuela or Botswana or Nauru that have saved up and visited Britain to experience some utterly different culture. When they get home and they’re asked what do you remember, they’ll just shudder and say ‘We went to Morecambe. dirty bastards put gravy on my fish.’
    5 points
  8. It's not post on poster when it happens this way around is it?
    4 points
  9. *** Good news *** Representative for some portion of the state of Iowa Steve King is kaput, having been defeated in his primary last night
    4 points
  10. Sorry @sidcow but this is one for me! People blaming an (often falsely) perceived decline in literacy or standards of English on 'Americanisation'. While the USA certainly has a significant impact on the development of the English language today, many patterns and concepts believed to originate from over the pond actually don't at all. There's the classic 'soccer' for example, which is British English in origin. And many people seem to think that an '-ize' suffix is an American bastardisation of our language, when actually that was typical of British spelling patterns years ago which travelled to America from us but didn't change over time as British English did; in fact '-ise' became more popular over here due to the influence of French. (On a side note, this is why it's still Standard English to use '-ize' in most words such as 'organize', but not in words of French origin, such as 'televise'; the latter spelt with a 'z' would indeed be an Americanism.) Plus, whether people like it or not (and as a teacher I do despair when it comes to how students often write and speak), language is always going to change and this provokes reaction. It's like when people moan about a word being entered into the dictionary - that really pisses me off. A dictionary is descriptive: it records common language use. Its purpose isn't to dictate what is correct.
    4 points
  11. Of course he has. He used to be a mortgage advisor.
    4 points
  12. I’m still waiting for closure on the speed boat story.
    3 points
  13. Bloody annoying when I disagree with someone whose posts I almost always agree with For me, there are two scenarios I'd unquestionably join in, either if the spark was started in the UK by British police and they'd started attacking the public and media. I'd be there in a shot. I'd also probably be there for these ones if it wasn't for covid. I know there are always people banging on "this isn't the time" whenever a protest inconveniences them in some way, but for me, the risk right now isn't worth it for what started as an overseas event. But I don't get to decide where other people's line is. Seeing those pictures in Stockholm makes me incredibly uncomfortable though. We know outdoor transmission is far less common - but that is presumably because most of the time when we're outdoors we're not packed into a confined space. Being pressed up against that many people looks incredibly risky to me.
    3 points
  14. There is nothing in the UK even within an order of magnitude of the type of police violence and discrimination that goes on in the US. It's an absurd comparison. Tell me what relevance lying down and chanting "I can't breath" has in the UK. I suspect more people will die from the spread of the virus that could be directly traced back to these protests than have died over the last several decades at the hands of British police. It is incredibly reckless and irresponsible.
    3 points
  15. People feel discrimination in the UK, Sweden, Australia and other countries. This event is a rallying moment.
    3 points
  16. I think they're very important, but perhaps less for the TV shows themselves than for being a part of his remarkable ability to change his outward appearance, a la the chameleon. So far he's gone from playing a bomb-throwing anti-EU columnist, to a buffoonish Tory charicature bumbling on TV, to a liberal Tory mayor, to a Brexit waverer, to a Brexit warrior, to a sort of weird alt-right adjacent English nationalist pre-election, to a wannabe national cheerleader after it. I can't think of many public figures who have managed to reinvent themselves so frequently and with such ease.
    3 points
  17. Sorry dude, you dont know what you are talking about........you seem to be all over the place from early lockdown on your lesser views on Jack, then raving about him, then dropping down again saying he's worth 35m and at the same level as Iwobi. Then now he's the most naturally talented Villa player you've ever seen but again you only rate him at £35m, yet that wouldnt put in the top 100 fees for players ever and if he is the most talented player you've ever seen then how have we won so many trophies including the European Cup. How can you think he's the most naturally talented Villa player then quote 35m when I gave you a list of players at his level that have been sold in recent seasons that werent lower than 50m+ We know how the coaches rated him, we know how he played in the last couple of years, we hear about any serious bids....that's just how football is. Think I'm done with this discussion with you on this, it makes no sense......I respect your opinion, even though it seems to be constantly changing but it's very left field opinion.
    3 points
  18. Gidman was proper seventies cool.
    3 points
  19. Because I watch football with my eyes and not price tags. Iwobi is pretty crap
    3 points
  20. Food is truly one of life's great pleasures. Cooking is me, is a hobby and I enjoy it the same as watching a movie or playing a game. Surprises me when people don't care.
    3 points
  21. Yeah he loves a bit of daytime telly.
    3 points
  22. Now he's just shouting at the TV guide.
    3 points
  23. One of the best parts of holiday and travelling for me. Sampling local cuisine
    3 points
  24. It took 3 years. We shouldn't be surprised though. Trump told us who he is in his campaign. He didn't hide the racism, he flaunted it, he didn't shun the violence he encouraged it. He was as obviously as devoid of intelligence and empathy as he was inflated by an undeserved ego. His lies were many and obvious, his promises of greatness as empty as his plans to deliver it. His life of grifting, crime, bankruptcy and loyalty to only himself was there to see on full view. He abused everyone around him and failed upwards. I've heard people say that the majority of Americans did not vote for Trump. I do hear that, but America has built and fiercely guarded a system that is designed to promote people like him into power. It is a condemnation of the opposition to Trump that they were so unpalatable to the American people that a man so obviously unfit to lead ended up where he is. There is a swamp in Washington, the people of America are turning a very harsh light on it right now and sadly seeing that the swamp is the only thing left that has bipartisan support. Trump needs to go, but when the only other option is Biden all you are doing is voting for more of the same with a more effective delivery of pretending to care. Biden will follow the rules of the establishment, but how does that help when the establishment is the problem? I do think Biden is better, but his campaign too has been littered with outrageous lies, racial insensitivity. Better than Trump is a low bar and only just clearing it is simply not good enough. 2016 to now has been tough on the mental health.
    3 points
  25. Maybe I’m being cynical, but is this announcement because it will nicely coincide with things starting to open up, deaths finally falling to a very low level and the country being brought back to a semblance of normality? so Boris can say “look once I took direct control everything went great and I’ve saved the day!” of course anyone with a brain would be saying well why weren’t you in control from the start?
    3 points
  26. corona's impact on transfer fees is overrated and will largely be driven by the likes of utd trying to push the market down the amount of money utd have to spend may be reduced....that's not Aston Villa's problem...our value of Jack should remain the same as it was pre corona unless we have income issues and are back to selling him to balance the books which under this regime I don't believe to be true
    3 points
  27. I think he has been an awful signing. The more I think about it the more it seems like a signing to appeal and market AVFC to a wider audience (Egypt). I remember the hype around him as the next big thing around the WC and he was poor and underwhelming. The name on the back of the shirt is what draws you in to wonder why he’d been dubbed that as an Egyptian. Just watched that latest training video released by the club and they are doing drills of balls over the top to be controlled and finished. He chests it and it runs 20ft away from him before he scuffs a shot and falls over. He can barely beat his man, relies on a kick and rush style that just looks amateur to me. We really find it hard to bring in quality and have done for years. I really want us to have a watertight recruitment team that can find potential gems that already play consistently at a decent level. Trezeguet is and always was going to be a flop. We need to distance ourselves from signing “might turn out alright” types. They are just not worth it. Talk already of him going back to Turkey and we’ll no doubt make a loss on him;- bad business. Not suited to this league at all, technically not good enough or quick enough imo. That should have been the first thing noted on any AVFC scouting report and I found it disappointing DS actually flew out to Africa to watch him play and still thought he was good enough. Hasnt worked out at all.
    3 points
  28. Leicester fans have been critical of Ben Chilwell all season long even though he is an England regular & clubs like Chelsea & Man C have shown interest in him. Lots of City fans seem to think that Leicester is now an elite club & Chilwell isn't good enough. I happen to disagree !! In terms of Madisson & Grealish, they are to of the very best young English players around right now and I wouldn't accept anything less than 80 large for either one. We drew a line in the sand when Man U wanted Harry Maguire and Villa need to do the same with Jack. He belongs in the Prem & hopefully Villa can stay up and keep Jack.
    3 points
  29. I have zero interest in the remainder of the season I really have totally gone off all football during this lockdown I am almost totally put off by the whole concept and morals of the modern game This lockdown may have been the final nail in the coffin for me I feel totally disconnected from the whole thing
    3 points
  30. Illiterate scousers... post #276534 Can I have a taxi to flat 2 Warchester Drive Whats the house number mate? Flat 2 No the house number, oh its number 2 flat 2 How are you spelling Warchester mate? W o r c e s t e r like the crisps
    3 points
  31. I was close but some family in Wales won the speedboat that I was sure was going to be mine
    2 points
  32. The swerve to disrespecting soldiers was an incredible move by the right People still really don't get it, or that's being polite... People really don't want to see it for what it is
    2 points
  33. Anyway, there’s Ebola there
    2 points
  34. Not the first time I've said this, but if you're going out, gathering in huge crowds, during the middle of a pandemic to protest domestic affairs in a different country, you're an absolute **** idiot. I can understand it in the US, this is an incredibly important matter. But people in Stockholm, London, anywhere else...Your protests about US affairs are not important. Stay safe, and get the **** home you morons.
    2 points
  35. Inside Number 9...veers from hilarious to wrist-slittingly sad. Great writing I must say.
    2 points
  36. “Everybody’s lives matter” - Boris Johnson
    2 points
  37. Yes, although arguably the taste itself was even more offensive.
    2 points
  38. I honestly think the lad is going nowhere
    2 points
  39. Iwobi FFS. El Ghazi is a better player than Iwobi
    2 points
  40. I think if we do ever go up we will do a "Bournemouth" and survive for a few seasons using our tried and trusted method of buying/selling that works well at the moment, whether it would work in the Premiership remains to be seen, Wolves & Sheff United seem to have brought & sold wisely and are doing well, But The Premiership is a whole new ball game as Villa are finding out, I was surprised that DS never came in for a couple of our players in the Jan window, paper talk and tittle tattle claimed they wouldn't spend the (press quoted) money we were asking, with hindsight had you have brought them or brought more wisely, you might well have been further up the table and out of danger, who knows?, but I do hope you stay up.
    2 points
  41. I think Sheffield Utd are probably the best team in the league playing three at the back, very well drilled in what they do and they’ve been doing it for a long time. I think the onus is on us to come up with a system that can can go some way to countering the main strengths of what they do. For me that would require Villa to play with two front men, with Keinan Davis being tasked to disrupt that back 3 as much as possible, stick amongst them like glue. If Samatta plays off of Davis then he should get chances. Grealish & McGinn can push up and leave two deeper laying midfielders, I’d go with Nakamba and Drinkwater. I go with drinkwater because we don’t really have any other options as a sitting CM, Hourihane definitely not someone who can do that. Luiz can replace Drinkwater if/when he blows up.
    2 points
  42. I'm not a betting man, but I'd put good money on a married, blonde scientist, probably in her early thirties having joined the advisory team in the last week or so.
    2 points
  43. Now one of the mods ban him for posting in the wrong place
    2 points
  44. When gaming corperations come across as more adult that the US administration. Oh well
    2 points
  45. This fella stinks of leadership. He's an intelligent, confident, articulate and rounded individual and exactly the type of character I like associated with this football club.
    2 points
  46. All these years I've been using beefstew1 as a password, but I'm beginning to worry it's not stroganoff.
    2 points
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