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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: June 12, 2020, 12:36:55 PM »
Could they not just have bought their knickers or whatever online over the past three months?

Have to try them on first........

You canít try on underwear in the shops. You have to buy. If they donít fit, itís hard luck.

Whoosh    ;) ;)

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: June 12, 2020, 12:21:00 PM »
Could they not just have bought their knickers or whatever online over the past three months?

Have to try them on first........

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General discussion / Re: Films and TV shows which will be banned
« on: June 10, 2020, 12:54:08 PM »
Netflix and iPlayer have pulled Little Britain. Never watched it, but the worlds gone PC mad.

Leigh Francis (Keith Lemon) posted a video apologising for the characters he created on Bo Selecta. So thatíll probably be the next to go. Some of those characters were brilliant.

Only fools and Horses will be next. Some of the lines del boy used would cause moral outrage with some of today's PC brigade.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/7019750/Censor-Del-Boy-for-being-racist-Dont-be-a-plonker.html


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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 21, 2020, 03:50:41 PM »
Maybe there would be a way of time-stamping a test when it occurred - which would mean folks could do it at home the day of travel and present their clean status at entry to the airport. More feasible at the airport side, but dunno if there is a way of marking it timewise - and then your also trusting that its that person that pee'ed on it.

Maybe require passengers to either turn up with, or have uploaded to a website in the meantime, a GP certificate confirming a negative test taken in the previous 24/48 hours? Wouldn't be fully foolproof but would eliminate a lot of the risk.

We are talking full on pre arrival clearance to the States from Shannon now. It's not a bad idea, but I think it's maybe one for down the path....I suspect the world will try and drive on as normal through this, especially with the news turning from just last month disaster to now....seemingly more positive by the day (or maybe just less depressing).

Portugalís tourism Secretary of State was saying they are opening beaches and are prepared to let in holiday makers mid June, should airlines and outside governments allow this, puts me then in a dilemma as Iíve booked paid for a villa in Portugal at end of July!

If we donít go because we feel this isnít safe can we get our money back?

I think this is the worst case scenario (financially) for people with holidays booked. Official guidance is that the holiday can go ahead (assuming FCO do not advise against) so your insurance will not pay out and the holiday provider has not cancelled so no refund available from them. So effectively they deem it that you have changed your mind and the financial loss sits with you. Apart from the safety issue and the potential for quarantine etc, the reality is that you will not be getting the same holiday you were anticipating when you arrive because of social distancing, amenities closed etc etc.


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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: May 19, 2020, 12:21:28 PM »
Always thought the same about Lee but found this yesterday. In fairness I would have laughed at it and probably did about Chadwick too at times

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/n/notts_county/6356963.stm

Slagging someones appearance is wrong. But slagging their shooting is fair game IMO.

If by appearance you mean their physical features I agree, as was the case with Chadwick its wrong and effectively bullying. However, if any of my teammates turn up with bleached blonde hair in dreadlocks through choice they can expect to come in for a fair bit of stick and I dont think there is anything wrong with that.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: May 19, 2020, 08:52:35 AM »
I'm not sure Chadwick was his good enough to stay in the top tier of football or that this bullying or whatever you want to call it played any part in his not making it. His career followed the path of a lot of guys, I'm just glad he seems to have made it through it and seems a stronger person.

Jason Lee, theres another lad who was the subject of derision over his haircut....

Always though Chadwick's abuse was more directed and nasty.

Jason Lee's hair style was a choice  and was intended to be more good humoured. However, a lot of that seemed to be doen gto Lee's personality He seemed to take it well, I am nearly sure he appeared with Skinner/Baddiel a couple of times. Interesting article by him here
https://www.nottinghampost.com/sport/football/football-news/for-more-year-kept-out-2041951

Edit:I stand corrected. Boycey's article says he never met them.

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General discussion / Re: European Leagues.
« on: May 01, 2020, 01:05:33 PM »
Footballers to be tested twice a week... some kick in the stones for NHS and essential workers whoíve been on the front line and struggled to get tests when needed!!!

Honestly canít see how this works safely!

That is ridiculous. Maybe the government thinks that by mid June testing availability will be "caught up" for the NHS etc and if that is the case fair enough but while I am all for the football starting again  there is no way it should be diverting testing from the frontline.

Football clubs will be paying a lot more per testing kit than the NHS will be, its not like there taking tests of the NHS unless you're suggesting football clubs should be funding testing kits for the NHS?

NO of course not. I just think its a pretty poor message to put out "we cant get enough kits to test our nurses but there are some available for footballers because they can afford to pay more". Its a slightly strange one  because I would generally be pretty capitalist in my views and generally have no issue in people who can afford it doing what they like with their money but this just feels different.

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General discussion / Re: European Leagues.
« on: May 01, 2020, 09:01:20 AM »
Footballers to be tested twice a week... some kick in the stones for NHS and essential workers whoíve been on the front line and struggled to get tests when needed!!!

Honestly canít see how this works safely!

That is ridiculous. Maybe the government thinks that by mid June testing availability will be "caught up" for the NHS etc and if that is the case fair enough but while I am all for the football starting again  there is no way it should be diverting testing from the frontline.


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General discussion / Re: is now a good time to buy shares?
« on: April 30, 2020, 11:12:46 AM »
I plan to put some cash into my pension pot over this next few weeks and months. It's long term obviously but the FTSE should rise over this next 15 - 20 years so hopefully getting some cash into that now will be a good plan.

Bit of a strange rationale? Yes equities will be expected to steadily increase in the longterm but that is no different to where it was before this crisis. Its not 15 years since the last crash so there will be a good few peaks and troughs in the period you referred to.

I personally think the market is overpriced at the minute following the recent rally. I think there is a retail buyer "bounce" at the minute because people think it is underpriced due to how far it has fallen and that was probably true 3 weeks ago. I think the  FTSE is higher than it was at the start of march. I think there will be a fall later in the year if it becomes apparent that  there was actually a recession on the cards before Covid and the recovery is going to be more painful than most people thought. There is definitely an opportunity in specific stocks worst hit (leisure/travel etc) but the problem is that they are high risk. A proportion of these will go bankrupt so its the ones with strong balance sheets and low leverage that will survive and do well as more highly geared competitors disappear.

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General discussion / Re: European Leagues.
« on: April 28, 2020, 06:23:37 PM »
I have to say I think it's getting less likely there will be football anywhere at this stage until a new season starts whenever that might be!

Looks that way alright.

The only chance the Pl has is seeing how Germany get on. If they can make it work there is a chance that it goes ahead in a compressed timeline. However, Germany are way ahead of the UK in testing, preparation etc so even if the Bundesliga managed to make it work, I would not be confident the PL would be able to replicate.

I would not be surprised if the league officials just wanted to get a few rounds played, give Liverpool the chance to get the 2 wins they need, get all clubs on the same number of games played and then call it a day if any issues crop up with Liverpool declared champs, placings at the top decided on standings and no relegation. WBA/Leeds promoted and a 22 game season next year with no league cup, more midweek games etc.

Not ideal and there will always be the risk of legal challenge on the borderline cases on European qualification etc but it would address the UEFA directive to determine positions on sporting merit (albeit that requirements looks to be disappearing fast).   

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General discussion / Re: Things your other half does that annoy you
« on: April 28, 2020, 05:21:42 PM »
I could write a list but...

1. General nagging. If I think I'm the great fella and do something like tidy up the living room before watching tv at night, she'll mention the thing I didn't tidy up. Do they not know we respond well to a pat on the head.
2. She's a perfectionist with the farmer's work ethic, so she feels guilty unless you're doing something all day every day. I'm not that person and especially not on a Sunday when I want to lie on the sofa watching sport on tv and reading the papers! Back to the nagging again!
3. Indecision - we had about 30 shades of beige test patches behind our fridge at one stage when deciding on a colour for the kitchen. Ended up going for beige.
4. Falls asleep without fail whenever we start to watch anything, especially on a Friday night. I don't mind when we have opened a bottle of wine as I get to dust off the rest.

I dont mind the falling asleep part, what grates with me is the inevitable Saturday night scenario


Wife: "Oh lets watch the rest of The Sixth Sense tonight, it was getting good"
Me: FFS, right go ahead, I'm going to go and watch Match of the Day in the other room.
Wife: (Huffing) I thought it might be nice to watch this together. We never spend time together anymore
Me: I watched it all last night like we planned...
Wife: (Angry) Why did nt you wait for me. I wanted to watch it too. Fine, you go watch your football
Me: Ok
Wife: You're just going to go and sit in the other room then. FINE!
Me: Ok I'll watch the film ......again...... by the way Bruce Willis is dead.
Wife (silence)
Me: I 'll go and watch the football.....

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General discussion / Re: Gardening
« on: April 21, 2020, 04:56:30 PM »
Yes much more effort put into front of house by contractor as itís on show and in my case attached to another house,back garden I have filled buckets of stones off it around the fence edge,also tried to make holes in garden before I threw down garden seed and every time I drove fork in it seemed to hit something hard.

Cut the small rush clumps out at the stump one day,tried to get root and all and filled hole with top soil taken from a site my brother is building on. Seeds havenít really done anything yet a week later,possibly crap quality or need more time. Few handfuls of fertiliser help??

Some fert will make a big difference but I would say the lack of rain over the last few weeks has not helped. Get the hose on it for a while would help a lot.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 20, 2020, 02:21:49 PM »
Is Angela Merkel the only politician to come out of the Coronavirus with an even greater respect (internationally) than before?

New Zealand and Portugal seem to have  had decent leadership as well. Decisive action early seems to have been key. Obviously NZ has the advantages of being a relatively small island but Portugal I would have viewed as similar to Spain and the response and management seems to have been very different.

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General discussion / Re: Running
« on: April 10, 2020, 05:20:57 PM »
anyone recommend a bluetooth MP3 player that you can use when running?
Don't want to bust the bank on an ipod touch as i feckin hate apple and all their tie ins.

On a similar note I am looking for a decent set of wireless headphones for running. I have bought a couple of cheap pairs that have worked well for a while but then just gave up for no reason so looking to get a pair that,s a bit more long lasting if anyone can recommend.  I usually just pair with the Iphone so just needs to be bluetooth
I use these.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DHMS6C3?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Not completely wire free, but are bluetooth.
I couldn't use those little wire free buds at all.

Cheers LL, those are the kind of ones I am after. I tend to find when running that one keeps popping out occasionally so I would nt want the buds.

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General discussion / Re: Running
« on: April 10, 2020, 03:55:59 PM »
anyone recommend a bluetooth MP3 player that you can use when running?
Don't want to bust the bank on an ipod touch as i feckin hate apple and all their tie ins.

On a similar note I am looking for a decent set of wireless headphones for running. I have bought a couple of cheap pairs that have worked well for a while but then just gave up for no reason so looking to get a pair that,s a bit more long lasting if anyone can recommend.  I usually just pair with the Iphone so just needs to be bluetooth

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