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100 Top Sci Fi Books
at 10:57 7 Jul 2020

It says the list is limited to one book when they're from a series.
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100 Top Sci Fi Books
at 10:54 7 Jul 2020

20 for me. Some I really struggled through. I remember Dune in particular being a bit of a slog (and I only read it as I was addicted to playing Dune 2 as a 14 year old).
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The upcoming Brexit disaster
at 23:31 6 Jul 2020

Ultimately the people to blame are those who voted Tory in 2015. We'd had five years of them reminding the country what a Tory government means, even with the Lib Dems holding them back somewhat.

Instead of going 'ah yes, this is why they should be kept as far away from power as possible, let's have Ed Millband instead,' they have Cameron a majority, allowing him to kick off this sh1tshow.

I'm still pissed off by the tosspot who came on here celebrating that result in the vein of the Norwegian commentator after they beat England in the 1980s.
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Joe Garner
at 23:09 6 Jul 2020

I found Garner an incredibly frustrating player to watch. So often he wouldn't jump to contest a ball in the air, instead preferring to throw himself to the floor to try and get a free-kick.
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Who are the best ever team to be relegated?
at 11:42 6 Jul 2020

Man City 1937/38 must be a decent shout.

Champions the previous season and the division's top scorers in the season they went down. I think possibly the only team ever relegated from the top division with a positive goal difference?
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Boris Johnson doesn't believe in gestures, he believes in substance
at 20:04 3 Jul 2020

Almost everything that comes out his mouth is untrue in some form or another.

The people who voted for him should feel nothing but a deep sense of shame, but unfortunately I suspect most of them are quite happy for him to continue to be Europe's answer to Trump so long as it means not having 'Marxists' in charge.

How the fück do we get out of this situation?
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David Starkey - there wouldn't be so many damn blacks...
at 16:50 2 Jul 2020

Some interesting material on Liverpool Museums website:

Many of the ports have stories about the slave trade passed on by word of mouth and in popular histories. Liverpudlians are very familiar with the stories of tunnels under the city for transporting slaves between the docks and the town and the cellars where they are said to have been kept and shackled. But one can find similar tales of tunnels and cellars in Bristol and in Nantes. Perhaps more surprisingly, there are stories of slaves being kept in the cellars of isolated farmhouses in Morecambe Bay and working in the local quarries - a reflection of Lancaster’s brief foray into the trade.

https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ports-of-transatlantic-slave-trade
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David Starkey - there wouldn't be so many damn blacks...
at 15:07 2 Jul 2020

I doubt it will stop him getting invited onto QT, Newsnight etc regularly.

LBC might even offer him his own show.
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I don't do the twitbook
at 22:31 1 Jul 2020

Why has 'Marxist' suddenly become the accusation of choice for bellends of a certain persuasion?

I noticed even a usually sensible ex-Tory local councillor using it, which is even more stupid when you consider Tower Hamlets is one of the most right-wing Labour councils around.
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Football trivia quiz question
at 19:25 30 Jun 2020

I'd guess Carlisle as they have a large terrace behind one goal and a large standing paddock at the front of one of the side stands.
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What is going on at the top of the civil service.
at 18:34 29 Jun 2020

'elitism'? You really do come out with some prize horse$hit.

I know several civil servants. All of them started in local government and got jobs in central government because they excelled in their fields.

If only they had managed to resist all the moronic things that have been implemented in the last decade...
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More evidence of China's crimes against humanity
at 18:17 29 Jun 2020

It's equally worrying that there is barely any opposition to this amongst the Chinese population, which is the only group of people their government is really scared of.

Even the ones who have lived in the UK for years are largely unwilling to admit their government is doing anything wrong. They have been completely brainwashed into believing that the government is the country, criticism can't be separated and everything they do is for the good of the country.

The only way I can see it being resolved through external pressure is having a united front against them internationally. Unfortunately most of the bigger players (except Canada, France and Germany) are in the hands of complete f*ckwits at the moment, meaning there is zero chance of this happening :(
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Town players describing our current predicament
at 22:54 28 Jun 2020

Alan Even-Worse-than-Sunderland
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First time since October 2007 that a Labour leader has been ahead
at 23:57 27 Jun 2020

A damning indictment of the British electorate more than anything else IMO.

(not that any further evidence was really required after the last 5-10 years)
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Rebecca Long Bailey sacked from Shadow Cabinet
at 16:11 26 Jun 2020

Because they aren't occupying/oppressing anyone?

When I read that bit from the New Statesman that was posted earlier in the thread, all I could think of was that there is a quite obvious reason why Israel's security forces are singled out.
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Rebecca Long Bailey sacked from Shadow Cabinet
at 16:01 26 Jun 2020

Do people do the linking of stuff like this because Israel is the only Jewish state, or is it because Israel is the only state occupying and regularly brutalising the inhabitants of an external territory?

I see all kinds of nonsense written about Israel, but personally I think most of it is down to anger about the latter. I appreciate there are plenty of other countries doing bad things (Russia, China, North Korea), but Israel claims to be a liberal western democracy so is probably held to higher standards.
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Rebecca Long Bailey sacked from Shadow Cabinet
at 18:27 25 Jun 2020

It just looks like a stupid anti-Israel comment to me.

I suspect the sacking was more about trying to show he's taking a tough line, or possibly just an opportunity to remove another left-winger from the shadow cabinet.

With regards to some earlier points about an article not mentioning Minnesota police receiving training from Israel, this article makes it clear that they have:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-us-police-training-end-knee-neck-prote
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4 years this week since the referendum
at 12:37 25 Jun 2020

Agree with DK that there's little chance Labour would have regained many seats in Scotland. Labour are done for good up there I'm afraid, paying the price for the pro-union stance and allowing the SNP to position themselves as the party of the left.

If the four candidates mentioned had run in another Labour leadership race, I suspect Corbyn would have trounced them again.

All in all, the whole piece just seem designed to back up a certain viewpoint about Labour. Not just in reference to this, but I do find the description of Corbyn opponents as 'moderate' quite grating.
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Local Football Question
at 19:41 23 Jun 2020

Professional clubs used to have 'A' teams that were a mix of their best youngsters and players that didn't make the reserve team. The 'A' teams of Town, Norwich, Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham all used to play in the Thurlow Nunn league (as, bizarrely, did Gillingham reserves). I seem to recall being told that the London-based 'A' teams played all matches away from home.
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The Novak Djokovic guide to ruining your reputation...
at 19:34 23 Jun 2020

I presumed 5) would be 'Endorse Trump for re-election'
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