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  1. JB

    Things that piss you off that shouldn't

    Some parents being utter, utter words removed. My daughter’s primary school recently had a walk to school week whereby children were encouraged to, well, walk to school every day for a week. If they did so, they would be given a certificate in assembly. Unfortunately, some parents had an issue with this and complained to the school (and on Facebook, apparently FFS) that it was unfair on the children who were dropped to school by car, obviously worried that their poor little darlings would be traumatised by not being the most precious little thing in the world. The school’s (pathetic IMO) response was to cave to these dick heads and cancel the presentation assembly, giving certificates out with no fuss in class and actually give ‘participation’ certificates to every child, regardless of whether they walked to school or not. Fair enough, some parents might be on their way to work and have to drop them off by car but take it on the chin rather than spoil it for everybody else. It means a lot for a 5 year-old to get a prize in assembly and some selfish clearings in the woods have taken that away from them. Then there’s the story today about the school in Cardiff where parents have been kicking off about sports day results and even sent in videos to the school to challenge decisions. What sort of person does that?! They’re kids. It’s a primary school sports day. It’s about having fun. The results don’t matter. I’ve got countless other stories like this from my time teaching. I can’t get my head around their thought processes. I just want to shake some sense into these people and the way that they think the world revolves around their kid and that it’s ok to do these things. As I said - utter, utter words removed .
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    Things that piss you off that shouldn't

    Just to echo what others have pretty much said, my best guess would be that you’re just knackered! I’ve had similar struggles in the past with gym/rugby and it’s been when I haven’t been getting enough sleep. Your calories are also pretty low for your activity levels so it wouldn’t be surprising if you were feeling burned out. Maybe try taking 4ish weeks to recuperate a bit. Get lots of rest and if you can be bothered calorie counting, then eat/drink to at least maintenance levels during this time. Maybe even take a total diet break. See how it goes. If you carry on cycling, maybe lower the intensity a bit and take it easy. Good luck!
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    Anyone Watching A Good Tv Show?

    Arrested Development (seasons 1-2) is pretty much my favourite TV show of all time. I must have watched them through about 20 times over the years. I was hoping for a return to form in season 5 and currently on my second watch through. I’m getting a little bit more out of it but it’s still pretty poor IMO. A handful of laugh-out-loud moments but generally a big disappointment. The Tobias having a son thing doesn’t work at all and seems completely pointless. Will Arnett does not look well...
  4. Limp, uninventive, inept. Typical Villa letdown. Grealish on a different planet to the rest of the team but couldn’t do it on his own. Bruce has to go. There is no valid argument for him staying. We haven’t looked like a team that has been well-coached in quite some time.
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    Match Thread: Play Off Final v Fulham

    Such a typically Villa-ish performance so far. Our players are embarrassingly static and some of them frankly don’t look arsed, which, given the occasion, I find staggering. Almost every time one of our players gets the ball near the Fulham box, there’s no support and they’re left totally isolated. The contrast between the two teams is stark. I can’t see us turning this around, unfortunately. Regarding the stamp - it’s another area where football needs to learn from rugby. A TMO would’ve picked up on that and the guy would be off. Dirty, dirty word removed.
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    Anyone Watching A Good Tv Show?

    Other half made me watch the first couple of episodes of Safe. I’m not sure if it’s meant to be funny in a take the piss kind of way but if not then it’s truly awful. Pisses me off that someone got paid handsomely to write/direct it. I’m sure there was a decent contribution from Audi with all those lingering shots of his A7!
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe

    That’s my biggest criticism of the film. The deaths had zero emotional impact. There is literally no way that the deaths are permanent. As if there won’t be another Black Panther, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy movie. In fact they’ve already been announced. How they bring them back is key to the next film. Has the potential to be really lame but given who survived, it seems to me that they’re setting up for a changing of the guard of sorts. Fair play to Marvel, though - I had no interest in comics or superheroes and to be honest, would probably have sneered at those who did, but having really enjoyed the last 3 or 4 of their movies, I’m invested now. A good film is a good film and that’s what they’re banging out consistently.
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    The "Witton Lane" Boxing Chat Thread

    Never in a million years would he have fought Joshua, Wilder or any genuine heavyweight contender. He must have known he was broken and wouldn’t have been stupid enough to get in the ring with anyone with genuine heavyweight punching power. He either thought he had enough to stop Bellew or, more likely, did it for the money knowing he’d lose but that Bellew couldn’t seriously hurt him.
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    The Film Thread

    Really enjoyed Infinity War. Lots of very cool moments. That’s 3 or 4 Marvel movies on the trot that I’ve really liked, which is something I never thought I’d say! Agree with the significant flaws identified above, though: Also: Admittedly, I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to Marvel or any comic book movies but as someone else has already said, it’s a testament to the quality of the last few films that I’m interested in them now.
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    The "Witton Lane" Boxing Chat Thread

    I’m shocked by that. I expected Haye to batter him. But then I underestimated just how broken Haye is. Couldn’t keep his balance and looked incredibly weak from the first bell. He’s done that for the money knowing he wasn’t fit to fight.
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    Gym Routine

    This pisses me off. Hopefully I’m not the only one who’s tempted to ‘accidentally’ step on them to prove a point...
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    WWE: General Chat

    And my point is that perhaps they shouldn’t have. Particularly if the company is as committed to equality and expanding the women’s division as it claims to be.
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    WWE: General Chat

    You’ve completely missed the point. So expansion and profit is more important than equal rights for employees?
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    WWE: General Chat

    No worries. I should’ve made my point more clearly . I was aware that female sports participation is not allowed. I was trying to say that I don’t think that WWE should hold an event, particular one with such an otherwise stacked card, in a country where a large proportion of its employees are not allowed to work.
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    WWE: General Chat

    Not put profit above the rights of their employees by holding an event in that country, obviously.