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Here's something I wrote four years ago today
at 18:44 23 Sep 2016

Just after losing to Charlton at home, Jewell still had more depths to plumb, getting some loanees in to replace some other loanees and then being too incompetent to even resign properly.

I underestimated McCarthy, notably I being able to produce a team - generally - greater than the sum of its parts but I'm still not sure what Evans is trying to do here.

Blog: Where Does This Football Club Go From Here? 23rd Sep 2012 09:21
Paul Jewell’s time at this club must now be as good as over but, whether he goes this week, in two months or at the end of the season, the malaise at this club is far deeper than a man who has tried hard but been nowhere near good enough. 35



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County Cricket latest then
at 12:23 23 Sep 2016

Middlesex having been 2/2 are now 197/2, 77 ahead of Yorkshire.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/946945.html

Hmmm, can either side win this from here, Yorkshire are looking less likely as it stands.

Damn having meetings today, can see Lord's from the office window. A little fresh but would be a nice place to spend the afternoon.
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This year's IgNobel Prizes
at 07:50 23 Sep 2016

The usual collection of bonkers-ness here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37443204

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On enforced happiness at work
at 09:37 22 Sep 2016

Dreadful idea:

http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21707502-companies-try-turn-h

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West Ham - Chelsea in next round of league cup
at 07:43 22 Sep 2016

That's going to be lively in the stands isn't it?
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Sutton Hoo news
at 13:25 20 Sep 2016

It was probably owned by one of Alan Curbishley's ancestors.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-37412519
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Random photos of people living on the River Thames
at 08:38 20 Sep 2016


https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/sep/20/houseboats-river-th

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Being banned from a Hungry Horse is probably not a life goal for anyone
at 16:41 19 Sep 2016


https://uk.news.yahoo.com/pub-bans-regulars-eating-because-083058059.html

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A history of violence in England
at 08:15 19 Sep 2016

A review of a book that looks interesting.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/19/fiery-furious-people-history-of-vi

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Anyone hear the bloke on Suffolk moaning that Robson never played one up front
at 17:51 18 Sep 2016

before Mick Mills pointed out that we did at Wembley in 1978?
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A few thoughts on yesterday
at 17:44 18 Sep 2016

Not so much a game of two halves as one of multiple parts, some of them good for us, a couple pretty poor. Overall a point apiece was probably about right but I left with a lingering frustration we hadn't played a little more of the match on the front-foot.

Villa were technically better in midfield, Grealish was excellent at times - mainly those when he wasn't thinking that he was too good to be there - but for all of their nice interplay, they rarely got good balls into our box and were left shooting from distance. All of our back four, plus Skuse and Douglas made some great blocks and interceptions to leave Bart without a save to make.

When we put Villa under pressure they struggled and the impetus of the match changed, sulky Premier League players didn't like it and resorted to nasty, sneaky little fouls but we had a real threat about us at times and with a shaky keeper in goal for Villa there was enough at half-time to suggest we could really push on for the win.

I was disappointed with much of the second half, we stood off a bit too much and whilst defending well for the most part - Chambers' aberration was the only time I thought we were going to concede - we were not much of a threat for most of the second half. The excellent pressure we put on in the last 12 minutes or so should not disguise that.

Mick did try to change to by bringing Bishop on but getting clattered so soon after coming on certainly didn't help his game - that to me looked a reckless challenge with the ball long gone. But that point though the ref had remembered that Villa used to be in the Premier League so should have the benefit of the doubt (and then some) with any decisions. I don't quite understand how Lawrence got booked but no-one else did, actually did Villa have one booking?. Regardless a lot got let go that was far worse, including Berra's pull back just outside the box.

When we did finally make a change the impact was marked, so many good chances created in a short space of time and only some excellent defending and poor luck stopped us scoring. Best looked an absolute handful and the sooner he is properly fit the better we'll be. We probably couldn't have played with that intensity for much longer but another ten minutes of it might just have been enough.

A few weeks ago Freddie Sears looked lost, the careless gifting of the ball to Brentford for their second goal a low moment. Yesterday was far more like it, hard-working but also just a few signs of some belief returning. If he can just get a goal or two... I think playing off Best will help him, Pitman as we can all see isn't really suited to playing up front on his own.

So, a mixed match at the end of a mixed week. Four points from nine is ok but there needs to be much more of the intensity of the last few minutes yesterday of we are going to rise above mid-table this season. On the plus side, we're looking more solid defensive than we have for a while, still too many individual errors, but the overall solidity is much better. Compare with the first two matches of the season if you aren't sure of that.

I think the season might be a bit like that though, good bits and bad bits, some nice football and some games where we look dreadful. Something for everyone then.
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More like proper football weather today
at 07:39 17 Sep 2016

None of this sunshine and wearing shorts to watch a match today. Welcome to Autumn.

Anyway, probably a hard match but also a winnable one. We've played well in two out of three home matches and still win the other. Let's try and keep some home form going this season and have everyone enjoying Portman Road again.

COYFB.
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Football and cheese news
at 13:21 16 Sep 2016




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Smith out for three months
at 13:13 16 Sep 2016




Damn but at least Webster gets some time.
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Rail engineering works tomorrow
at 10:12 16 Sep 2016

I hadn't realised, but trains are running from Liverpool Street to Ipswich until 11:24. Everything after that is a bus so get into town early and have a few beers.

It will be a bus back of course.

http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/timesandfares/LST/IPS/tomorrow/1000/dep/to

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Train derailed by landslip near Watford Junction
at 08:43 16 Sep 2016

Looks like everyone on board is ok.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-37382635

A train becoming derailed is not quite as dramatic as it sounds but not something I wish to experience.
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Coventry still utterly screwed by the looks of it
at 13:41 15 Sep 2016


http://www.wsc.co.uk/features/13493-coventry-s-on-pitch-woes-shine-light-on-off-

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How's your day going?
at 08:24 14 Sep 2016

It could definitely be worse:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/14/russian-scientists-trapped-arctic-

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Still to cheer you all up a bit
at 09:53 10 Sep 2016


http://www.wsc.co.uk/features/13478-garry-monk-in-danger-from-leeds-manager-eate

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