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  1. X-moose 2k17 P-ART-EE TIE-M

    So what do you want? What are you buying for others (of note). Are Furby's still in? DO YOU WANT SOME LEDs?! PUT THEM ON EVERYTHING! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! (It's not too early so shut up you idiot)
  2. Things you'd love to do

    Couldn't find any prior thread, so thought I'd start one... Oh, and keep it clean! I'll start with: I'd love to spend a day at Maho Beach, St. Maarten.
  3. Christmas Party Season 2017

    Got the invite... Will probably decline next week. Someone is right now trying to persuade me go, suggesting we "cause some anarchy" She's nice and I'm quite fond of her, but her potential to cause anarchy is fairly low IMHO.
  4. Lots of discussion currently on these. They're getting worse. **** vile cynical money grubbing and has to be getting close to getting gambling regulations involved soon. They're shit. Jim Sterling had some good videos recently on them, might link to them later here.
  5. Web Browsing Suggestions

    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?
  6. Nottingham Villans

    So... from the housing market thread it seems there are a few Nottingham based Villans so thought I'd start a thread and see who is out there. Maybe we could arrange a VT Nottingham meet up for a TV game this season.
  7. Let's rather annoyingly start with a Huddersfield Town story. Annoying because they're in the Premier League and we're not. Good guy Dean Hoyle. Loyal Huddersfield fans can watch home Premier League games for £5.26
  8. Home Brewing

    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?
  9. Sometimes I consider taking a year off the internet. I think I might really like it.
  10. Business Ethics

    Would you knowingly destroy another person's business if you could increase your own sales by 50%?
  11. On This Day In History

    A thread to celebrate whatever happened on X years to the day. Funny, sad, political, sporting - an opportunity for dewy-eyed nostalgia. It's 28 years today since Maradona did the most iconic warm-up ever -
  12. 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
  13. Transgenderism

    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?
  14. Big Think - This may be a worse case scenario generally, but I actually think some industries job losses will be even more acute. I'm currently working with people developing systems that will put many thousands out of work. So if you think it's shit now, how do you think Tory England (cos let's face it, Scotland's leaving) is going to deal with this? We must surely also add May that is trying to right royally screw up education for the poor, just to hammer in an even bigger wedge between the haves and have nots. The medium and long term picture for the majority is a race for the bottom as far as quality of life is concerned. Sticking two fingers up at this failing society and getting out of it becomes more attractive with every passing year. Especially with independently developed technologies improving all the time. A growing number of my friends are seeking alternatives. A few are proper hippy types in permaculture collectives and such. Another is raising a family in a yurt. This isn't quite as drastic as it sounds. It's a multi yurt, a large central space with smaller connected yurts - Think glamping more than camping. Others have moved to warmer climes and have installed solar power equipment. They grow much of their own food and trade with local farmers for dairy and meat products. They work in the UK over Summer to cover their bills such as N.I contributions. Another friend is making a 'Hobbit House' under a hill - Though I must admit her outside toilet gives me the fear! She should have an inside bog at some point. Her guest house is nearer completion. Visiting folks over Christmas it became obvious even friends earning good money were wanting out. I signed up to a couple of off grid collectives and it surprised me how much has been forgotten. For example it's possible to grow Mediterranean fruit further north in walled enclosures, as they create their own microclimate. Throw in a couple of polytunnels and you're starting to get towards being self sufficient for fruit and veg. Mixing the old and the new seems like the way to go. Septic tanks under the garden that break down effluent into nutrients that slowly pass through the walls of the tank and into your garden. These folks get a quite a bit of power out of a fairly small pipe. Apologies to Darren and the Tree Hugger thread. I'd discussed this with maqroll before, and I don't think you have to be a tree hugger to want something different in today's World.
  15. New Years Eve Plans

    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!
  16. 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.)
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. OK peeps, by popular request, I've started this retro gaming thread. No rules other than to reminisce and maybe lay out in as much detail as you want to what exactly your gaming history is, what your favourites are/were. Do you still play them? Online, retro machines, emulators etc. Anything goes, so have at it. My CV ! Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K+ (+ as in not the rubber button one), Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128K+2 Commodore Amiga 500 various PCs including a Blue Lightning BLX75 (oooh), a Playstation 2 and an original X-Box. Both of which I still own (somewhere...). Also spent plenty of time on my mates' SNESand spending fortunes in arcades. I'll chip in with games later but to start off I'll copy my contribution to the 10 best as they're pretty much all retro anyway Stunt Car Racer, Turrican, Manic Miner, 4 player Atomic Bomberman, Rainbow Islands, Chase HQ, TOCA 2 Touring Cars, Midnight Resistance, Green Beret, Ghosts & Goblins, Commando, North & South, Nitro, Speedball 2, Chaos Engine, Xenon 2, R-Type, First Samurai, Moonstone. Oh man the list is endless. What a well-spent childhood 1 POD - PC - This game brought me to Arkansas (yes, really). At my peak I was ranked IIRC #3 or 4 in the world. The hours are uncountable. The broken steering wheels are uncountable (5 actually). Ubisoft had an absolute gem with this masterpiece and they singularly failed to get it out to the masses and to the audience that it deserved. Nevertheless, they continued to release gorgeous new tracks and cars for years after its release, and it was an early example of an 'online game service'. Stunning racing game with an excellent physics engine and is now a forgotten, or rather a 'never known' stone cold classic. 2 Kick Off 2 - Amiga - What's to say? The Dino Dini classic. The gameplay was unparalleled. The goalkeepers were legendarily difficult. The zipstick was the ONLY viable controller. The memories of gangs of mates in sitting rooms playing world cup competitions. Happy happy days. 3 Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix - Amiga - Truly a ground-breaking racing game when it came along. The polygons are well dated now, but the gameplay isn't. Was and still is one of the most playable and enjoyable racing games of all time and set the standard for everything that followed. At my peak I could win races by just using the trackside cameras, I knew the tracks so well. 4 Championship Manager - PC - Perhaps the game I put most hours into (other than POD), in its various guises from the 92/93 version up to the 94/95 one including the Italian version and on into the more modern and technical ones. I lost days in a row playing this and it's responsible for me supporting Cremonese ! 5 Sensible World of Soccer - Amiga - The spiritual successor to Kick Off 2 and much more accessible (read : easier). To be able to have the whole world of leagues to choose from was a dream come true to a footy nerd like me and I spent hours and hours devising ever more obscure tournaments and tweaking this and that. A truly brilliant game for its time and probably still great fun now. 6 Street Fighter 2 - SNES - One of the most faithful arcade conversions I've ever seen, and to think they managed it on the relatively (by today's standards) humble Super NES. Everything was almost perfecftly faithful to its coin-op cousin and this reminds me of my secondary school years dossing in my mates' gafs while they alternate between SF2 and Super Mario Kart. I was never particularly good at it though. I was more a Blanka user and that says enough to any SF2 afficionado. 7 Gran Turismo 4 - PS2 - Slightly later in my gaming life, the accuracy in this game and the choice of cars as my car-mad mate tweaked the suspension to infinitesimal degrees trying to eek out another tenth of a second for me. This was another huge leap forward in racing games and it was nearly the only thing I played on my PS2 until GTASA came out later on. 8 Spy Hunter - Spectrum 48k - Probably the first game I got hooked on. I got my 48k when I was 7 years old and Spy Hunter was part of a pack (gif) that came with it. Still an all-time classic game and had to make this list really if I was to truly chart my gaming progression. 9 Sid Meier's Civilization - Amiga - What. a. game. What a vast and thrilling game. Another in the "I'll be here 'til Tuesday" line of computer games that I often let myself get hooked by. I sank day after day into this one. Many games followed it. Populous et al. But none ever quite captured the character of the original. 10 Fallout 3 - PC - The most modern of the games on the list and my introduction (and so far only attempt) into a proper sandbox world. What a work of genius! Beautiful, atmospheric, immersive, tense, humourous, great soundtrack. I had it recommended to me by a mate as it was a bargain bin purchase by the time I came along. But it was a great example of where things had moved on to since I was a proper gamer. It also showed me that I still have that gene where I can very easily get hooked on something and lose days of my life. Honourable mention Mortal Kombat - Arcade - I finished it with every character. That cost a pretty penny. I was always better at this than at SF2 so for that I'll always be grateful! EDIT : See? I'm at it already. I simply have to add Half Life in here. Those of you who weren't gaming when this was released simply cannot appreciate the quantum leap that was made by this game. Overnight it made everything that had gone before completely redundant and antiquated. In fact it took years for anything else to match it. Definitely one of the single most important games ever made, and it goes without saying one of the very best and most copied too. I love love loved that game.
  20. This clown nonsense

    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.
  21. Your Apocalypse Strategy

    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?
  22. 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!
  23. Been a while since we had a weekend thread... so I thought I would start one! So, what's everyone got planned? I'm relaxing tonight, might be in Manchester tomorrow and chilling on Sunday. Want to watch Stranger Things on Netflix as well. Not exactly a rock n roll weekend but it'll do for me as I feel shattered.
  24. Memory Lane

    What are some of your more vivid memories over the years? I was just remembering how as kids, we used to order butterfly knives and throwing stars from this massive catalogue of cheesy 80's "Ninja" gear. We were obsessed.
  25. 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