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A (brief) history of the fire brigade in Ipswich
at 08:59 6 Dec 2016

Should bring back some memories for the board fire enthusiasts.

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/days_gone_by_how_the_fire_brigade_in_ipswich_w

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Just catching up on MOTD from last night
at 21:38 4 Dec 2016

I see Fraser Forster picked up some tips from Bryan Gunn during his time at Norwich.
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May I recommend this tweet and the ones that follow
at 21:14 2 Dec 2016




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Grauniad Best Sports Books of 2016
at 16:33 2 Dec 2016


https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/02/the-best-books-on-sport-of-2016-hu

Anyone read Wilson's 'Angels with Dirty Faces' yet? I'll get it when it comes out in paper back
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Norma Jean Bauerschmidt RIP
at 11:40 1 Dec 2016

An American lady who decided that going on a road trip at 90 was a better option than chemotherapy. Definitely the right approach.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/91-year-old-inspired-thousands-skipping

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Wickham's out for the season with a cruciate injury
at 14:07 29 Nov 2016

Annoying for him when he was in a bit of form again:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/29/crystal-palace-connor-wickham-c

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Tony Pulis owes Palace a decent Championship player
at 16:17 28 Nov 2016

or the equivalent of one:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/28/tony-pulis-crystal-palace-appea

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Paul Nuttall is this month's UKIP leader then (n/t)
at 11:56 28 Nov 2016

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Loft for Words Match Report
at 11:31 28 Nov 2016

I'm not sure QPR were quite as good in the first half as they seem to think; certainly they were in the last 15 minutes of it when we sat back too much but I expected them to really go at us from the start after last week.

http://www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/queensparkrangers/news/44375/holloways-hon

This paragraph was interesting:

"Ipswich, who were in front at the break anyway, couldn’t possibly be as bad again in the second half and sure enough McCarthy put a number of measures in place at the break – stopping Hall carrying out from the back, crowding Chery, getting in behind QPR’s wingbacks, seizing control of the midfield through Douglas – that stopped the R’s dead in their tracks."

He's right on the referee who was awful throughout, although probably missed that Perch's first challenge was pretty poor too; I think he only got booked then for moaning.

And hard to argue with this bit too:

2Attendance – 16,510 (1,225 QPR) Sad to see and hear Portman Road, which is a quality football ground right in the middle of the town and very atmospheric when it gets going, half empty and almost completely silent even in comfortable victory. This is your Financial Fair Play fall out – two clubs working with a hand pressed firmly on their heads, who already know where they’re going to end up this season, charging in excess of £30 to get in. Don’t expect a lot of people to turn up, and for those that do to be in particularly high spirits, in those circumstances."
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Cricket: Are England going to make India bat again
at 08:52 28 Nov 2016

or collapse pitifully against spin?

Only 134 behind so there really should be a fourth innings but I doubt we'll be able to set much of a target. A very frustrating match:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2016-17/engine/current/match/1034813

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A bit on football banning orders from WSC
at 13:26 25 Nov 2016

Nice picture of Ipswich station here too:

http://www.wsc.co.uk/features/13593-thirty-years-of-football-banning-orders-have

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The best thing about Harry's notes this week is the Olsson red card
at 11:33 25 Nov 2016

Three stages of incompetence: chesting the ball back almost into his own goal, then diving on it and handling it and finally appealing the red card.

Utter comedy.



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For locals, it’s not uncommon for a drinking binge to continue for about a yea
at 13:45 24 Nov 2016

Interesting piece about life in the Russian North, It's a bit cold up there.

http://inrussia.com/tiksi-bay


Loads of great pictures, but the incongruity of the boat on a frozen lake makes this one stand out.





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MK Dons 'fans' considering a boycott
at 13:40 24 Nov 2016

I imagine they will gain much sympathy with this.



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Ali Dia - 20 years on
at 13:36 22 Nov 2016

Back when football could still laugh at itself and wasn't deadly serious - although I imagine Souness was probably best avoided for a while after that.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/22/ali-dia-story-20-years-on-south

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Security at Old Trafford is a bit limited
at 11:36 22 Nov 2016


https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/22/manchester-united-investigation

The only way anyone would be found asleep at PR is post-match etc etc.
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Swiss Ramble piece on the Champions League
at 09:19 22 Nov 2016

For anyone who wishes to become more depressed about the greed, concentration of wealth and distorted competition in European football.

http://swissramble.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/uefa-champions-league-safe-european-ho





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On a different note: Planet Earth II
at 09:11 21 Nov 2016

How good was the jaguar taking out the caiman yesterday?
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Two big failings on Saturday
at 07:55 21 Nov 2016

One is entirely Mick's fault, the other the players concerned need to have taken more responsibility, especially the senior ones.

1. Defending. Obviously, it was abysmal, none of the back four had a good game with basic errors and switching off throughout. For all the pelters Knudsen has got since Saturday, and he was poor, I'm, not even sure he was our worst full back. Not much leadership visible from Berra and Chambers as it all went wrong. We were in trouble as soon as Knudsen lumped that ball forward so aimlessly.

2. Formation in midfield and attack. Well, what formation? Some degree of fluidity is something to be admired but we weren't so much fluid as incoherent for much of the match. There was often no-one near the box with Sears wide and McGoldrick deep looking for the ball. It was a mess throughout, only really looking more structured once Varney came on in the last twenty minutes when I thought we played quite well.

That is very clearly McCarthy's fault and starts to fit a pattern of not being sure what to do. Of course we miss Murphy but that formation needed a focal point and, without one, was inept. Whether it might have been better without such an awful start is something of a moot point really.

I still don't see that we the relegation probabilities that some are claiming, we're average and inconsistent rather than truly awful but the sense of drift around the club is set to continue. I can't see that Evans won't sack McCarthy in this sort of overall form so those desperate for a change will carry on agitating for one - I'm more and more convinced that the problems here run a lot deeper than that though.
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Time's 100 most influential photographs
at 07:55 18 Nov 2016

This is very good, plenty of familiar ones but some I've not seen previously.

http://100photos.time.com/?emailid=56caea37cb56e61518751d61&segmentId=22011ee7-8

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