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  1. Certainly a massive difference to the Upper Holte. Going back to the media BS, there's absolutely no way it was 5000+. Possibly one tenth of their guestimate, but '2000 fans leave seats during VAR check and only 1500 return' isn't good clickbait.
  2. Just more social/media BS. VAR typically causes a 2 minute delay after each goal. Upon conceding, some fans use the moment to take a leak or buy a pie. Of the half dozen fans around me that I noticed get up on the third goal, everyone of them returned. Based on that, I estimate the media are 5-6000 out.
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    The '20s

    In fairness, @maqroll’s original post questions do seem more detailed and interested than the dreadfully rhetorical ‘Good weekend?’ question.
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    The '20s

    Much doom will be predicted; significantly less doom will actually happen. Political and economic events will occur and seem massive at the time before quickly fading in to history. I was a bit of an activist in my late teens but another 3 decades have taught me that things usually work out okay - with or without my protest and worrying. I’m not expecting anything as major as my grandparents and parents had to live through - now 80 years ago. The continuing news theme of the decade will be the world climate whilst the single news item of the decade will be the death and mourning of Elizabeth II. I also expect the benefits and concerns surrounding artificial intelligence and privacy will be significant news. On a personal note: in the first half of the 20’s I’ll be helping settle my two children and their partners in their first homes, seeing my son get married in late 2021 and a year or two later, walking my daughter down the isle. It’s very possible I’ll be a grandad in the next 5 years. I hope to retire mid-decade, around age 55, when I plan a couple of years overseeing the total refurbishment of my home and then to spend my days visiting family and friends. Hopefully I’ll be researching world holidays to be on with my wife a few times a year. *insert angry Greta gif* Personally, my worry for the 2020’s is possible redundancy cutting my income and either delaying my retirement or forcing an earlier retirement with fewer life options. Personal fears for the 20’s include the inevitable decline in the health of my parents and wife’s parents. I lost my stepdad last year and it’s possible this decade could see me at up to 5 more parent funerals. I can’t contemplate health issues concerning my wife or children. I expect the 2020’s to be a decade of huge personal highs and lows. It’s sure to be eventful!
  5. There are several cuts of beef that are classified as steak. Are the cuts in similar areas of the vegan?
  6. If I worked as a food or drink server, I would make it my mission to educate everyone that said “Can I get...” by saying “No, you can’t because you don’t work here; however I can get it for you, if requested correctly. Would you like to rephrase your question?” I expect I’d be sacked within the hour.
  7. Why is it okay to criticise someone for displaying wealth in public (perhaps ‘waving’ a valuable phone or watch around or having an easily accessible wallet or purse) as “asking to be mugged”, but not okay to suggest dressing more appropriately may reduce the risk of unwanted attention or even assault? Putting it another way, if someone ‘has the right’ to dress how they want without criticism and fear, why does that not extend to being able to have items of value on one’s person in public?
  8. Good claret and blue colour combo.
  9. Predicted a 65 Tory majority. Looks like it could be worse.
  10. Was paying £48.50/month after my previous 18 month contract (£30/month) had expired a while ago. Rang saying I wanted to cancel and got put through to ‘retentions’. Said I thought it was poor value for what I was getting (just the Entertainment package, box sets and HD), was too much money for my budget and that my current box locked up at least twice weekly and needed a power reset (true). Friendly Sky guy said they really wanted to keep me and immediately gave me ‘Diamond VIP’ status with a free film to download, free prize draws and instant customer service access (better than the 20 minute wait I had!). I remained unimpressed as ‘VIP’ status didn’t help my budget or my intermittently faulty Sky box. I kept refusing his offers of a new contract (£38.50, £34, £29) and I let him fill any silences. I was offered a 1 TB Q box but I knew that couldn’t give me TV in another room which I currently use via the RF out on my old Sky box. To replace that I’d need the 2 TB Sky Q with a multi-room box. Eventually I was offered the 2 TB Sky Q box, a multi room box, the Entertainment pack and HD for £24/month for 18 months (installation fee of £40). I have halved my monthly fee (a saving of £401) and upgraded to Sky Q with multi room. Definitely worth 40 minutes on the phone. 5 week wait for installation though. Not sure whether to question and push this??
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    Dean Smith

    4 out of 10 for first half. 6/10 for second half. Not good. Obviously not helped by the injuries before and then during the game but we were below acceptable in the first half. At least we have a manager that won’t hide from the issues. I thought we were better in the second half, so whatever Smith said at half time, it helped. Trying to find a positive here!
  12. The one word you chose to clarify was the most obvious!
  13. Couldn’t put it better myself. As I have no faith in your last sentence, your example figures are an illustration of what I fear will happen.
  14. Quite possible. My concern is that JC’s perceived lack of clarity over brexit, and his subsequent fall from his peak popularity in 2017, will cost Labour more seats than your prediction. In comparison to the above, 20 less seats for Labour, together with Lib Dem just missing out in 10 or so seats, could see a majority for BJ; I assume followed by a January Brexit. A lot will depend on how big the tactical vote is and if there is a significant difference between the amount of Tory and Labour votes that Brexit party take. I’m currently unconvinced it will be significant enough to be effective in lowering the current Conservative ‘majority’. If the current polls are to be believed it could be a difficult night. I’ll be driving and listening to the results come in between 4am and 6am on the morning after. Perfect timing for many key results but I’m unsure whether I’ll be shouting ‘Oh for fox sake!’ at too many near miss results or revelling in a shock result. Proportional representation would avoid the danger of persistent ‘near miss’ results and also mean my vote genuinely counts. Frustratingly for 30 of my 32 voting years, it hasn’t.
  15. You can get 16 to 1 odds on a Labour majority if you fancy a punt. I would be shocked if you were correct.
  16. BBC’s man of the match. Very unusual for a motm to be awarded to a player on the losing side.
  17. My theory on the apparent anomaly: it’s a lot easier to spot empty seats when they are in blocks rather than scattered around. Against wulves there were a couple of blocks empty and netting over the front few rows in the Upper North Stand. There were also empty blocks for segregation in the Lower. What wasn’t so easily visible were the empty seats scattered around the Trinity and DE stands. Fans sat either side of an empty seat tend to ‘spread out’ which makes the empty seat less obvious. What looked like only 1 in 20 was probably more like 1 empty in 10 or 12 sets but that adds up to a couple of thousand plus probably another 500 or so thinly scattered across the Upper and Lower Holte. I assume it was down to some season ticket holders not realising it was included and some season ticket holders being away over the half term school holiday.
  18. 29 years with an amazing wife who makes me smile and laugh everyday. Never take each other for granted and have consistently made time to be a couple and not just a ‘Mom and Dad’. That she’s been a fellow season ticket holder for 29 years is a bonus.
  19. I left a laughing emoji straight away but one likes to ensure!
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