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  1. So, any recommendations for somewhere nice to visit tomorrow afternoon? A favourite live traffic camera, a police helicopter live feed pay site, art, recipes, second hand soul vinyl emporium, funny puppies... ...where do you go when the wife is out and you've got 20 minutes?
  2. I've done some searching and I can't seem to find a thread about brewing (apologies if there is one but it didn't come up in my searching). I've always liked beer but I got in to brewing my own beer about 3 years ago now, mainly for fun at first but then I progressed to trying to make the best beer possible. I started with kit beers and I've done probably 15+ of those, with mostly very positive results. I've recently taken the plunge to all grain brewing and I'm loving it! The cost of the set up for all grain is a more but the quality is higher, whereas you can get the set up for kit brewing for around £50, and still produce very good beers. I've done some great kits, including the youngs kits (American amber ale, american Pale Ale were both good), the woodfordes kits are good (made by muntons I believe) and I've done Wherry, admirals reserve, and they are all two can kits so have all liquid malt extracts and produce pretty good results. I've recently got a grainfather to to start all grain brewing and it's brilliant, the quality is brilliant, brewery quality to be honest and perhaps better. Does anyone else brew, or have you done homebrew in the past or are thinking about doing it? Anybody done anything other than beer?
  3. Sometimes I consider taking a year off the internet. I think I might really like it.
  4. Would you knowingly destroy another person's business if you could increase your own sales by 50%?
  5. limpid


    We don't have a general thread for privacy issues. I'll start with this link for those in the Birmingham area on the 17th Feb. PS. Please remember that when you do this, you are reducing (or removing) the revenue paying for the "free" sites that you use. Please consider donating to them instead. Particularly the smaller ones. Like VillaTalk. PPS. If you want to discuss donations to VT, please start a thread in "Site Issues". This thread is for privacy stuff.
  6. Moving to Basel in July and would be good to meet up with some fellow Villa fans, will prob attend a few FC Basel matches too but will definitely head home to watch some Villa games too. Looking also for some local 5 or 7 aside footy to play and of course a decent bar where the footy will be on. Any advice etc please PM me and if keen to meet up then let me know, cheers Steve
  7. maqroll


    Obviously a hot button issue these days...today I read an article about a high school wrestler who is a male that identifies as a female, and he's destroying the competition, sparking some debate about if he/she should be allowed to compete against girls. IMO, it's an honest question, and with merit, but nowadays you'll get crucified for even questioning it. I support transgender rights, but where do you draw the line? In a case like this, in sport, it's so obviously unfair to the girls. What about their right to compete on a level playing field so to speak?
  8. Can you think back to your early days on the interweb and the first times when it reached it awesomeness potential I was on the web quite early in the "Mosiac" days but it was all a bit meh at that point ... I think they thing that made me realise the webs true potential (other than for looking at porn) was the "I kiss you all over man" who sadly I can't find any trace of but it was essentially some Greek (??) man who had created a dating profile if I recall he was a cross between Borat and and a Harry Enfield impression , but it appeared to be genuine He had the immortal line of "I Kiss you all over" and then people started getting pictures taken with this phrase and uploading ... Probably the first instance I can think of when the web went viral other notable mentions would be the Geeky looking kid with braces who was selling his virginity on ebay and bidding had went up to a few million $'s and [http]Claire Swire - who made the mistake of sending an email to a work colleague telling him how nice his man juice tasted though at 2000 this was quite a late entry so what other pioneering internet sensations can you think of
  9. Happy New Year fellow VT'ers! What are you all upto tonight? Going out? Staying in? Me, for the first time since 1996 I'm not going out, going to a house party or probably even staying up to see the new year in. I must be getting old But not that old, as I wait for my missus to finish work I'm sipping a nice bottle of Mescal and playing my old house records on my new turntable. Whatever you do, stay safe and have fun. UTV!
  10. I don't think its too early? I became festive on Friday... the Christmas lights were turned on in Edgbaston, so i saw that from my work window. The German Market is up and running and I heard my first Xmas song on the radio driving home on Friday. Winter's Tale by David Essex btw So, what we all got planned? Staying at home? Visiting relatives? On holiday? (Tony, i'm looking at you) I shall be round my parents again, as usual. I do like this time of the year. Not for Christmas itself, but everyone seems far more social and friendly. Loads of parties to go to! On the flip side, it can be the worst time of the year to be single. I'll be working until Christmas Eve and between Christmas and New Year, but I don't mind as the office is quiet and the roads are quiet!
  11. I'm quite excited about gaming again and am wondering what we have for 2016? Persona 5 is one (I think is out this coming year?), and also rumours of a Star Wars MMO too (although with no announcement that could come early 17). What else are we looking to next year?
  12. Well we have to accept it, either begrudgingly or in ecstatic fervor, Donald Trump is going to be the President of the United States of America. Regardless if you’re on the “good, the world of politics needs a shake up” side, or in the “ WTF, OMG aaaarrrghghgbsuhckluhdfjnjdfeil!! we’re all doomed” side, I thought that this demanded it’s own thread. So feel free to post thoughts & observations of the orange, spray-tanned monstrosity here and I guess I’ll see you in the camps after he wins the election for Emperor of the World in 2018, (alongside his Vice-Emperor Farage.)
  13. It's that time of year sports fans!.. Not everybody's cup of tea but sure is a barging or two about saving a couple of quid off the Christmas Shopping Lists. Good one to start off with and expect more to be announced throughout the day. http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/black-friday-and-cyber-monday-alert-service
  14. Any writers here? We've got a readers digest thread, but I wondered if we have any writers here? I have four books on the go, with another 3,200 in my head. Ouch. Currently working on a book for kids, one for teens and one that would interest adults.. I better not get bits mixed up, I'm not sure Tommy, aged 5, will want to read about a young girl who sets up her teacher, kills him, then goes missing. So, writers, throw those pens in the air... .NOW!
  15. What's with this creepy clown stuff? I keep reading about it, has been happening in the States for a while but in the Mail there has been one in Birmingham too. I don't get it. Is this some "social media craze?" what goes through these people's heads to think, 'I'm going to go out tonight, linger in bushes and just hang around to scare people', it's messed up. To make a conscious decision to go out, intent on terrifying people at night, crosses a line. It angers me to be reading this, it's not just creepy, if that was me walking home and one jumped out I would interpret it as a direct and imminent threat. I'm no Bruce Lee and very passive, but I wouldn't run away from some scumbag in a clowns outfit unless they had a weapon, then yeah I'd probably think twice. Part of me actually wants to encounter one. one day the news will be reporting on creepy crown fatalities due to someone acting in self defence. Putting people in a fight or flight response is a gamble for these idiots and one day they will bite off more than they can chew. Or as I presume, they only pop out on people they think they can terrorise, which makes it all the more pathetic and cowardly. I don't wish bad on people but these clown pricks need a good pasting. This has to be one of the stupidest social trends I have ever seen. Mail text, from link: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/killer-clown-spotted-birmingham-suburb-12001425 The craze of people dressing up as ‘killer clowns’ has led to another terrifying incident in a Birmingham suburb. The first image has emerged of a menacing clown lurking in bushes in Shard End, in the city, late on Sunday night. It becomes the latest report in the region after unconfirmed reports of similar incidents in Evesham, Worcester, and Droitwich.
  16. Either through war, disease, climate change, lack of water and arable land, overpopulation, Villa win a match, you name it...what would be your strategy to survive and even prosper if you had six months to prepare?
  17. Everyone, everywhere, is either full on weird, or, they have a little weird routine, or their own little weird life hack. Let's examine the latter two, if anyone else has any to share. Right, so in another thread I just mentioned something so I'll say it here, yes it's weird but I stand by it. VT'ers this is a little confessional. Ahem. Right. Here goes. Oh boy.... Ahem I do a lot of walking, am on my feet a lot, and generally am well exercised. This causes me to get really hard skin on my heels and side of feet that is so rough I only have to take off a sock and it sounds like someone ripping a newspaper in half. My confessional weird life hack is, when needed, maybe once a month, I'll get my black and decker detail sander, stick on an 80 grit or a 120 and sand my feet! It's safe, effective and rapid. F----- feels good too. the shame, the shame!
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jun/16/aston-villa-roberto-di-matteo-discipline So Roberto Di Matteo has intimated that he is willing to give second chances to the current crop of players. I have added the pool which includes what I believe have become our most vilified players. But the question is, are you actually willing to give them a second chance or do you think their performances and attitude last season is irredemable? For me, now the dust has settled, if they can really show they are willing to pull there socks up then I would give them all a chance in the Championship and stop the jeering.
  19. Apologies if I forgot an obvious sport or didn't list a worthy one...(For comedy's sake, feel free to file a grievance here). Otherwise, on the tin, and whatnot... Association Football Rugby Union Rugby League Cricket Boxing (Pound for Pound) Cycling Baseball Ice Hockey Basketball Darts Snooker American Football Canadian Football Australian Rules Football Hurling Formula 1 NASCAR Men's Tennis Women's Tennis Men's Golf Women's Golf Greatest Race Horse
  20. There has been so much negativity around us this season, for so many valid reasons with which we're all painfully familiar, but I thought it might be good to try and balance that with what we have to be positive about. Just a bit of fun really, but after our first home win, why not let ourselves feel positive (even just a tiny bit!)? We are Aston Villa after all, the greatest football club in the world, and the team with the best name in the world. We have a great ground which I love, and even objectively is very nice. Seasons are good and bad, and they come and go, but our club will always be Aston Villa. So, I'll start; I think we've got a got a decent player in Jordan Ayew, it's a small positive, but that's all we need. Your turn...
  21. chrisp65

    A New England

    So being discussed at the moment, whether England should have an England / English anthem. BBC Any opinions on whether it even needs another anthem? Surely the current national anthem would suffice, with anything else just being what organically happens, rather than being officially endorsed? Personally, as an outside observer, I genuinely have almost no opinion. I guess there are obvious contenders, New England, Jerusalem, Tubthumping...
  22. This question appeared on a facebook group a while ago and thought it was a good question, so credit to whom ever on here that posted it. So i ask the same question on here, why is Villa hated so much by other clubs fans and the media? what has the club done so wrong? As far as i can see, we're one of the league founders, we've never done any dodgey transfer deals (only questionable ones) and as far as i am to understand, we are the reason why west ham play in claret and blue as we gave a spare kit to them (could be wrong) but at least it shows sportsmanship.
  23. One thing is clear. The "losing" has to be removed from the club. Randy has tried various ways to effect what happens on the pitch (manager, CEO, Transfer commitee, bombsquad, young-hungry.....etc) all to no avail. We're at the stage now where every department of the club is tainted &/or ruined. AVFC needs a complete clearout and a new beginning. Maybe we can spare a few who have been tainted but not "too affected" keep them and add a new blood to the main body of the club. (For example Ayew, Amavi, Traore and the youngsters who haven't been exposed to too much "shiteness". Ideally the sale of the club would be the best option, ridding the club of RL TF PR Almstadt and (unfortunately) Garde too. Gaby, Nzog, Guzan, Richardson, Westwood, Sanchez, Hutton, Bacuna, Sinclair, Gestede and maybe a few other put on gardening leave immediately and permanently till they are sold (yes another Bombsquad) then new owners can start again from scratch ready for July 1st return to duty. IF RL CANNOT SELL I see only one other option. Bomb the above players along with The General, Tom Fox, P Reilly & Almstadt RL should then appoint S Stride & G Taylor as Oversee-ers to appoint a new set of staff (GT even as manager till they find the right man - I'd be OK on HDE even allowed to sweettalk CEO, board and other admin potentials) a new start with little or no trace of the "Old-Failure-Guard". get people like Brian Little, Big Ron in as temps for whatever roles they can benefit too to lift the aura about the club THEN INVEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Untill this happens, they only way is down and further downs league & finances wise.
  24. Hey there I was wondering if anybody has some interesting techniques to look busy at work when you really aren't busy at all. Maybe you don't want your boss to give you a task or your Co-worker to ask for a favour because you are already stressed enough with the work you have. How do you give people the illusion that you are always working hard and giving 110%? How to look busy: Play a youtube video called "Typing/Keyboard Sounds" whilst browsing/not working. (I pause it from time to time so it doesn't sound suspicious).Take a screenshot of an installation process about 3/4 of the way through. Open it when you leave your desk so suspicious people think you're just waiting for the installation to finish.Print random stuff from time to time, use the file shredder later to discard of the fake work.Make friends in the IT-department. Your browsing history (or any data your employer would check) will always be clean . From time to time say your Laptop has some kind of error and it has to be looked at. If your boss' IT-knowledge is limited to Outlook, Excel and Word, just make up some random bull**** that sounds complex, but say it in a tone that suggests it's basic knowledge so he won't ask about it. --> i.e. "Boss, my metasploit connection just timed out after 2.7 seconds and nsf-payload vanished. It's still working on my desktop so I'll go show the IT-guy to make sure the Laptop isn't damaged." Then have a donut and smoke with the IT-Guy Any more?
  25. I have to say rugby is breath of fresh air compared to football. I'm fed up of diving players, all the nagging from players and managers at officials, officials making incorrect decisions and much more. I'd personally like to see the following; Referees to have access to video technology throughout the game so EVERY decision is correct. Some argue it could slow the game down but so what if we have the right decision? We could even employ "challenges" like they do in tennis perhaps?Time to be paused when the ball is out of play and there are injuries. This then avoids any injury time and ensures game time is 100% accurate. No more "Fergie time".Referees to have on board video cameras and microphones so we can hear what is being said. Sin bins. Sometimes I think players can get a yellow card on purpose to break up an attack and it's worth doing to protect their lead. The yellow can often feel like an inadequate punishment whereas if the player went off for 10 minutes they might think twice about being unsporting. It could make for some interesting scenarios with teams having fewer players for short periods of the game.Not a rule, but sheer passion is something that has gone missing in football too often. Look at the players fighting for everything in rugby and then how gutted they are at losing. Also when they sing the anthems the passion is immense in rugby. The footballers for England are often half-hearted with the anthem but not that long ago there was a lot more passion. 1996 England football side is a good example of this. How do you get passion back or increased? I think the above rule changes would help and also if the rules on home grown players was tighter so more players play for the clubs they've progressed at. The club is more in their heart then. Is there anything you'd take from rugby to bring into football? Mixed fan areas? Reduced amounts of prize and TV money? Salary caps?
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