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Merry Christmas
at 16:48 24 Dec 2020

Haven’t posted much this year on account of a kid, covid and general stuff. But I still enjoy lurking about the place, and keeping up with all the informed (or otherwise) opinions on everything from Town to UK politics. In fact I’ve especially appreciated the latter since moving abroad, it’s often felt like a genuine insight into what people are feeling at home that it’s hard to get elsewhere.

So I just want to wish you all the very best, and hope everyone has a half decent end a pretty sh1t year. Take care and COYB
NZ Election
at 12:20 17 Oct 2020

Surprised no thread on this yet - looking forward to inevitable spleen-fest that must surely follow
So when Pep goes...
at 14:19 30 Nov 2019

Would we take on as Lambert's tea boy?
at 14:23 7 Nov 2019

Recently found out that I'm going to be someone's old man in about six month's time. When is it acceptable to start playing commentary of old Ipswich games at night? How the hell are you actually supposed to talk to kids - more like a pet, or more like an adult? Which curry do babies like best? Any tips for not going entirely mental? Cheers in advance!
What a time to be alive.
at 16:51 29 Oct 2019

Possible general election on my birthday, which brings me to ask; can they stop you voting if you’re extremely drunk? Asking for a friend... though I don’t see why not since permanently stupid people are also allowed.

Also, very sad that Heidi’s stepping down. We shall not see her like again...
Anyone remember
at 12:21 20 Oct 2019

The last time we played well on TV? I must’ve been about 4 feet high by my reckoning.
Unpopular opinion of the day
at 09:45 19 Oct 2019

Scrums just absolutely ruin rugby. Everyone I know who has played at any level loves them, but in terms of spectacle I find them to be incredibly tedious. What am I missing?
Anyone clock Wonder Roy's pre-match moment of genius?
at 11:40 15 Oct 2019

Q. "Ross Barkley, what's his best position?"
A. "On the bench".

As if we needed another reminder that he lacks any understanding of the game beyond being a bully and a loudmouth.
Somewhere to grab a cheap lunch near the ground?
at 13:07 12 Sep 2019

Going with my old man this weekend so can't just fill up on liquid bread as per usual - he wants something to eat beforehand and I haven't actually eaten in the town for yonks. Any recommendations for somewhere that does a half-decent meal near the station? Don't mind a fair walk, anywhere within about 20 minutes is good!
Fair play Kosovo
at 09:03 11 Sep 2019

Really good to see them come and actually have a go. Technically a lot better than I'd expected too. Really quite remarkable when you consider where they've come from, and in a very short span of time too (the below is a good read re. this if you've not seen it).
Connolly to Lincoln
at 10:08 30 Aug 2019

Good move for them, he was way way too good for L1 2 years ago!
Dear Boris,
at 16:43 21 Aug 2019

This isn't really a Brexit thread. But can you please hold off tanking the pound for a couple of weeks?

I was hoping to visit the wife's family in Poland but if we're hitting parity with the zloty then I'm going to have to reconsider.

[Post edited 21 Aug 2019 16:44]
Meltdowns aside;
at 11:19 2 Aug 2019

Is anyone else really pumped for some football tomorrow?

I've been acting like a kid all day, don't know how I'll be able to sleep tonight. Get like this every year before the start of a new season, it's like Christmas and birthday all rolled into one.

The wife can keep her PL rubbish, tomorrow's where it starts!
0-0 Town!
at 14:27 27 Jul 2019

Get in.
Anybody watching the women's challenge cup final?
at 12:17 27 Jul 2019

Good to see the BBC pushing women's sport that isn't just football...

Surprisingly good standard of play actually. Reminds me of the olden(ish) days when backs were actually smaller than the forwards and the lower standards of aerobic fitness means there's more space for creative players to have a big influence.
Dominic Cummings special advisor
at 10:56 24 Jul 2019

This can only mean more banter, surely?

A sample, for anyone who hasn't seen this before;

"Those of you in the narcissist-delusional subset of the ERG who have spent the last three years scrambling for the 8.10 Today slot while spouting gibberish about trade and the law across SW1 – i.e exactly the contemptible behaviour that led to your enforced marginalisation during the referendum and your attempt to destroy Vote Leave – you are also in the pirate category. You were useful idiots for remain during the campaign and with every piece of bullsh*t from Bill Cash et al you have helped only Remain for three years. Remember how you WELCOMED the backstop as a ‘triumph’ in December 2017 when it was obvious to everybody who knew what was going on – NOT the cabinet obviously – that this effectively ended the ‘negotiations’? Remember how Bernard Jenkin wrote on ConHome that he didn’t have to ‘ruin his weekend’ reading the document to know it was another success for the natural party of government — bringing to mind very clearly how during the referendum so many of you guys were too busy shooting or skiing or chasing girls to do any actual work. You should be treated like a metastasising tumour and excised from the UK body politic."
Referendum time!
at 14:15 13 Jul 2019

I need you, the public, to help me out of my curry ordering impasse. Specifically the naan...

Peshwari or Keema?

This is a once-in-a-lunchtime decision so I would like to see everybody taking taking this very seriously.

As context, I'll be enjoying it with a murgh masala and a lamb pasanda.
London Drinker Idle Moments Quiz
at 13:33 4 Jul 2019

Any partakers in this cornerstone of life in a public house?

I'm racing a colleague but am b*ggered if I can get no's. 4 and 9 -

54 TTH of EP
300 P for a PG in B (TP)

For any correct (or at least beliveable) answers I will reward with a shower of uppies!
Cricket - England peaking at the right time?
at 08:25 4 Jul 2019

Look a different beast now Roy is back. The Aussies still worry me but we look like that team that nobody's going to want to play again.
Government spending
at 11:55 1 Jul 2019

So far I make it that we'll be massively investing in the following in case of a no-deal Brexit;

social services
"decisive" increases in the defence budget
"great" infrastructure opportunities, even if we have to start borriwng heavily
a fund for left-behind communities
bail-outs to farming and fishing

All the while;

slashing corporation tax
slashing business rates
cutting tax for high earners
cutting tax for low earners

Have I missed anything? It looks like all the rain this summer has done wonders for the magic money tree. Of course, nothing as heinous as a small sop to youngsters by offering to write off some student debt they'd never pay, but still it makes you wonder about "fiscal responsibility"...

Edit - yes, this has been done to death. It just really boils my p*ss that people who've spent ten years telling me that austerity was for my own good are now pretending there are pots of gold just waiting to be spent.
[Post edited 1 Jul 2019 11:57]
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