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at 06:47 28 May 2017

As I'm sure a few are aware of already last week or so Virgin Media had a lengthy 4 day outage in the area which in itself is very poor however their customer service was abysmal in this so I decided as the other network is in my area to go with a 78mb provider (virgin boast up to 300 but that would rarely be seen unless your website or service is hosted locally)

Needless to say the front runners on the other super fast network are
EE, John Lewis, Sky, BT and Plusnet

Plusnet are who I think I'm going with as they are pretty on the button with service and support although o do recall when on adsl they flagged a lot at peak times.

Are there any particular ups and downs or testimonials peope have

Reliability is more important than speed in my case as I have to do large data transfers at night for work but the speed does need to be better than standard broadband
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Why do we still question Mick will be in charge-
at 09:31 12 May 2017

I think at this point wether we like it or not it's a certainty that he will be. Gotta let go of last season and hope lessons are learnt from more than just MM, and try to look forward to next season - If we keep dwelling on the bad times, and baying for blood, we are as good as dinosaurs to.

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There should be a law against this...
at 23:17 8 May 2017

Living in a flat has many challenges, and to keep this short, lets assume the police are staffed enough to act on the following.

Make too much noise, the police will be called

So I have a neighbour who cooks at 1130pm at night. Okay, nice smelling stuff is pleasant, but we are talking burnt eggs and off cheese, plus add the stench of burning- its basically like burnt birdseye meaty discs every night since the new tennant move in.

Honestly i think that smell is more potent senses of the lot of em, especially when something is nasty - but does the law cover smell like it does Sound?

Yes obviously if there was the smell of carrion they would be over in a flash im sure- but i really am at a loss of how to tell my neighbour his cooking is sh*t and 11:30pm is not a great time for it.

Any Advice? J2Blue how do your neighbours approach you when you get out the frying pan?
Why you should renew, Why you should cancel
at 18:47 7 May 2017

I have to say it is getting a bit silly now. I am in the camp of those who are not going to be at FPR next year, but I still respect the optimism of those who are.

Bickering over the fact of how you are a better fan and person for chosing to do one thing of the other however is very poor form. While I like to think some times me not renewing is a form of voting with my feet, I do remain somewhat unconivinced the club really take action on it. My decision not to renew is that it is just far to expensive to justify being utterly disapointed week in week out, not because im being an activist.

We're in this sh*tstorm together, slam the club dont dont slam each other.
Milne is right, A massive rebuilding is needed: BUT-
at 18:18 7 May 2017

However, surely it would be clear to me that if a massive rebuilding is going to happen, a change of Manager is needed to go along with that? The problem we have now is ***IF*** Mick gets to rebuild and gets a decent team together, we finish in and around the playoffs, and then he goes at the end of his contract, he has put a team together which the next manager may not be able to work with so well.

Problem being is if ME decides to invest in significant squad building this year, he's not likely going to repeat it next year- and with a new manager unable to invest in his team; the cycle continues.

The club has played a very very poor hand with the fans this year, one of the worst I've ever seen them play in my life time - so in my mind only three options make a lick of sense:

1. They need to invest in Mick, extend his contract and financially invest in the squad so he has a few years with the money he never had to really make a difference and not plug the gaps.

2. They need let Mick run out his contract and really scout good managers who can work with you at this level, and hope we can grind another year of so/so success

and the popular vote I'm sure

3. Cut their losses with Mick, get a new manager in sooner rather than later, invest in him with plenty of time to get his support staff and scouting underway before the season starts.

But again, Investing in the squad with a manager who looks all but gone at the end of his contract has to be the stupidest thing they could do; and looks most likely to do.

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An Amazon Convert - What to watch
at 20:36 6 May 2017

Recently the whole marketing of amazon's "You get it on prime, so you may as well use it" suckered me in. I stepped down from Spotify, to get Amazon Music for £7.99 (in addition to the prime cost) and also cancelled my Netflix sub for Amazon video (the missus will be reversing this decision in June when Orange is the new black comes out)

All in all there are a few issues I have with it, Spotify uses an API, Netflix is more straight forward, but I'm getting there.

It took me a while to get onto Amazon Original shows, as I have some weird idea it will be low budget crap. However... I dipped my toes in the water with Bosch... I love it, it isn't over the top and actually highlights the ramifications of police actions after the fact, other than Guy shot bad guy- hooray- we move on.

What other shows on prime would you recommend? American Gods will happen, but I will wait for the first season to be out in it's fullness before I start.

I heard "Man in the High Castle" is supposedly good, and am well aware of Vikings.

What other amazon exclusives have come out that have pleasantly supervised you, and what should one avoid.

at 12:02 4 May 2017

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Alone on loans
at 08:33 3 May 2017

I appreciate this might be a far out opinion, thought it is one I think every time I see the loan argument pop up. In modern football as terrible as things have become, it seems that the big clubs like to gobble up as much talent and potential talent as they can leaving a limited selection of players with superstar potential for the rest of the leagues.

My main point here is that given the change in outlay as above, are loans really these throw away 'pointless' signings which guts the continuity of the club, or are they simply just season long transfers - where by the destination of the players is well known in advance.

The Tom Lawrence Player's Player of the Year award certainly suggests the players see the lad as much as a true blue as they would anyone else, so on that note I personally don't see loans as gap fillers under the new loan rules.

That said I think the loan system is massively flawed. I believe there should be a ban on loan fees, as the benefit of the parent club is the development of one of their potential stars via competitive footy- something they can not offer the player themselves. I also think there should be a cap based on a league average which a club is expect to contribute toward the players wages.

Given the need to develop grass roots I have always thought that clubs should compile a short list of players they want getting game time including lowest acceptable competition for the player, and then submit the lists a centralised FA youth panel which then offers the information to the clubs. Once this is done the parent clubs can then see who wants their players and then indicate which destination they prefer for the player.

It may seem a bit extreme, but for all the flaws American sports have, their general excellence of youth development is to be admired, something that the leagues themselves are heavily involved in.

In conclusion I feel loans are not a bad thing at all, but the system needs some big improvements where by the parent clubs should receive no financial profit from any loan dealings.

That is all
The Curse of Great Colman St
at 20:20 2 May 2017

Forgive me for posting something about 5 months late here, however I couldn't figure out in my head the answer to this riddle today-

I appreciate this topic was covered when the "Pump and Grind" business went in at #1 Great Colman Street, and I recall my comment was it looked like it ran out of money before it opened and had to open before it was ready, and looking in the place as I walked past today, i could see the same water damage never got fixed, and the substandard paint work on the exterior never got finished - So the fact it closed is not where the mystery lies.

However; That, and the place round the corner which has been a Diner have both been hotspots of high turn over Tennant/owners over the year. In my head this is a prime location for night and day life - It's near the buses, and the 66 picks up from it's doors, it is close to most of the town's taxi ranks, and it is right near the main shopping street (although it barely qualifies as that any more)

So why in a world and time of "Location Location Location" does it seem that this area can not sustain profitable businesses, The nightclub, the corner building and the big ex diner now estate agent (I think that is what it is) In my mind this would be a prime spot to run a business - unless its the age old issue in Ipswich where very high rent is charged which seems to run businesses out for newer more lucrative suitors once the property values climb.

That is all

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I would be quite happy if
at 20:24 28 Apr 2017

The new kit was a blue style of kit similar to that of Liverpools, with White shorts of course. Let us hope
TWTD Cookbook
at 17:55 27 Apr 2017

With Lucan's comments on J2Blue's Salted Caramel post as well as some really good (and bad) foody posts and replies over the years, I have the impression quite a few of us fancy ourselves in the kitchen (in more ways than one im sure)

It has me curious, does anyone have any recipes they absolutely love and claim as their crowning achievement in the Kitchen? I'd love to find out more as I get the feeling a lot of us on here are foodies deep down
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Could next season be better?
at 17:48 27 Apr 2017

Despite initial concerns about some of Mick's signings over the winter, for the most part they didn't do too bad. Seems as we have hit decent form lately (I can hardly count Rotherham as that never would have been a full starting 11 if something was still to play for), the possibility of landing Huws, and some strengthening, McGoldrick and Sears coming back into form - We might not do too bad...

Or am I smacked up off me head on Salted Caramels and being too optimistic
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Apparently Barton's Ban was the shortest possible ban
at 17:23 27 Apr 2017
Melt(down) in the middle
at 07:17 27 Apr 2017

As some of you know, I just bought lots of meat from an online hamper place, so to go along with this I bough a George Foreman grill - You know, the ones which help make health meals, but we ultimately use to make ham and cheese toasties occasionally once the novelty goes away.

Well part of my Vegetarian nightmare kit had these "Melt in the middle" burgers, a cheese and jalapeno mix, but come the end of the cooking it was more like, melt in the middle- buttttt- escaped all over the pan/grill plate.

Now, I know TWTD is the place to go should a burger related quandary arise, and as a result I thought it relevant to ask the fellow posters if there are any secrets to making melt in the middle burger work, or is this just another case of Chicken Kiev style utter disappointment which is aimed to titivate but not grace-my-plate (in one piece)

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My mate who has a sauce in the club
at 14:44 22 Apr 2017

reckons ketchup on a portman pie is an abomination
Didn't May last June
at 11:59 18 Apr 2017

Say there would be no general election before 2020, and she asserted, "I say what I mean" - I wonder what/who forced her hand
I don't dislike Mick
at 12:41 13 Apr 2017

However I am in the camp of people who feels he and the club need to look at different directions in the summer. Mick's football isn't interesting or in my opinion worth the cost Ipswich charges, however it is probably the best formula for the squad that he had.

I am still very much in the mindset that the problems are higher up the hierachy of the club. The level of backing Mick has had vs his predecessors has been pitiful, despite having made the club the most on transfer fees.

I think Mick has to go for three reasons-

1. He is better than the level of support he is being giving, and the brass are quite frankly taking advantage of the situation, with Milne even taking a back handed swipe at him on a recent radio show in a lazy attempt to shift focus away from the club.

2. If town wants to provide us with '5 Point Plans' they need to have a manager in place who is proven working in such a structure. MM hasn't had the best track record with younger players, so it is almost impossible to imagine MM will suddenly conform to this plan.

3. We just need a new coat of paint. I think the only way to get season ticket numbers up, is to promise something different next year, and if such changes won't hapen in the board room, the next logical conclusion is that it has to begin with the head coach who controls what we see- regardless of if that brings better or worse results.

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Should we be excited for Benyu...
at 01:19 9 Apr 2017

He seems to really be setting Aldershot onfire with his loan. I want to get excited, but I can't help but remind myself of Jack Marriott who were exciting us with his loan form, yet shown the door by Mick.

Do you think he is going to be given a chance here, or think he is just being given game time to stop potential unrest with the player before he is shown the door.

Seems as I mentioned him, Mariott had scored seven from 40 games including cup ties this year so has not be prolific this term by any means.
Saturday Survival Guide
at 08:10 30 Mar 2017

I realise I have been in the camp huffing and puffing about not getting a ST next season, I was on the fence for a while despite claiming the above. That is until the catchphrase "One of our own" on the renewal literature actually rubbed me the wrong way considering Evans and Milne are very much not fitting of the phrase "One of out own" when a lot of the changes to the club ticketing policies seems to alienate "Our own"

But hush now, that has been talked about across many posts and many posts more interesting than I could ever make about it.

The real issue is I have just realised my Saturdays next year will be inhibited in a huge way, no real way I can avoid my family. At first I considered getting a burrito every saturday and I was set, until recent posts highlighte din Ipswich I dont have this as an option either.

For others who are planning to take a break from their loved ones at portman road, what do you plan on doing to fill a saturday afternoon to escape the weekly grind? Any inspiration is welcome as I can only visit B&Q so often before the novelty expires.
Town's biggest asset
at 07:09 20 Mar 2017

It seems most of the Town players have drawn a degree of ire from us lot during the course of the season- so in contrast to that I am kind of curious who would people say are their top three town assets as players this year? (not including loanees)

For me it would have to be

1. Bialkowski - If Mick got a Mill for keeping us up, then surely Bialkowski is due a similar payday, without him, we would have been further up the creek

2. Webster - Stepped up the leagues really well, shame he didn't get chance to pair up with Smith most of the season as I think they will work well together

3. McGoldrick - Although he's not scoring a whole lot, he has really be decent in the creating chances department- the odd few chances we create.

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