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Control-freakery gone mad
at 11:46 24 Jul 2024

If only the last five conservative prime ministers had had the moral fibre to stand up to showboating extremists within.
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The Biggest Challenge of my Life
at 16:49 23 Jul 2024

Your problems clearly started with Jaguar cars. Should have paid more attention to Aston Martins.

Good luck in the grim north. Next stop the London Marathon?
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Are the days of £100m + transfers over?
at 16:42 23 Jul 2024

He still cost €150 million Euros to sign.

Mercenary players stabbing their clubs in the back are something else that needs factoring in to transfer fees. Haaland had a 50 million release clause in his contract. Thus freeing up 70 million to go in his and his dad’s back pocket.
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Are the days of £100m + transfers over?
at 06:33 23 Jul 2024

Over? Did you not notice Mbappe trousering 150 million € for going to Madrid a couple of months ago? There is a slight hiatus whilst English clubs work out how to cheat the system now that 8 year contracts aren’t allowed and selling hotels to yourself might be questionable.

If there was a decent elite player available. I’m fairly sure some club would be happy to burn their own fingers. Not Arsenal though who are still counting the cost of spending £100 million on Rice whilst releasing Xhaka.
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55 years ago!! Apollo 11 one small step
at 10:16 21 Jul 2024

Concorde was promising that everything Dan Dare experienced was coming true back then as well

It’s not just football, music and golf that peaked in the 60s
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Beer
at 10:13 21 Jul 2024

I did the advertising for a beer called Caffreys which some on here might remember. The brewer was both surprised and delighted when it took off because you got more beer out of the barrel than they put in. People were happy to pay a premium for gas.

To my mind (and taste buds) anything called ‘porter’ or stout is a crime against beer I’m no great fan of fruit flavoured beers either
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A very important 4 weeks ahead isn't it
at 05:45 20 Jul 2024

Add in a manager who’ll shamelessly tout himself for any available job at every opportunity and a tightly knit squad being at risk of unravelling with a job lot of additions.

On the other hand the whole point of promotion is to see how the players who excelled in a lower division did in a higher division. Time was when supporters looked forward to that rather than cover other teams’ players.
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Anyone remember when I used to say ‘Evan’s Out’ every week?
at 05:38 20 Jul 2024

Au contraire. I’m wondering who’ll be first to want McKenna out and Ashton to go taking the yanks with him.


Possibly in early October. I’m sure you’ll be in the mix.
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ITFC ...112 million shares
at 18:45 19 Jul 2024

Ponzi scheme. Keeps original investors in pocket whilst diluting the shares for new investors.

Be interesting to know if the incoming cash was borrowed.
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Cross Keys, Aldeburgh
at 17:45 19 Jul 2024

I’m a tad out of date but used to regularly pop in there and the potty bar whilst beach fishing - it was a good pub with good grub. Depends when you’re going and what you’re looking for….Aldeburgh is a bit of a hellhole in summer and slightly cut off from the rest of the world.

An off piste suggestion is the bell hotel in Saxmundham. Rather pretentiously a restaurant with rooms’. But good value and an easy drive north to Covehive, Blythburgh m Southwold etc, east to Thorpe Ness and Aldeburgh - or north to Snape , Orford (and orford island)
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Anyone collect anything?
at 17:31 19 Jul 2024

I have a collection of cased fish glaring down at me in the man room. And a large collection of ye olde angling books and bird books gathering dust in the same place. Plus several vintage split cane rods I put to good use.

I used to have a large collection of malt whisky and Armagnac - but I’ve drunk most of it.

I have several crates of boxed, unused Le Mans slot cars hiding in the attic too on the off chance they are an investment I’ll probably end up racing the grandkids with them.

Currently I’m collecting French rescue dogs. We now have three.
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Stansted Airport help
at 15:25 19 Jul 2024

Does your sister not talk to the neighbours?


About a year after we moved in here I decided to tidy up the front and lifted the doormat. There was a front door key there.
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Points deductions
at 11:59 19 Jul 2024

Yes but if Leicester, Chelsea and Man City were all relegated before a ball was kicked it renders the entire season a little pointless.
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New Carpets and Pet Safety
at 10:35 19 Jul 2024

Let me help.

Carpets hold the dust - wooden floors highlight it.

You can xacuum a carpet. You can scratch a wooden floor

Pets can walk on carpets. They slip and slide on wooden floors and scratch it

A carpet stays in place - wooden floors move and buckle win the weather

A carpet is nice and snug under your tootsies - a wooden floor isn’t.

Basically it’s Lino for the 21st century.
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Seeing lots of people say we’ll comfortably stay up….
at 17:07 18 Jul 2024

Delap ought to be better than Jackson - but better than Hirst? Not on last season’s evidence. Omari yes - but signing him is standing still - and is he up to the Prem?

I’d be surprised if Johnson looks a huge upgrade. The whole defence have got to get to know each other fairly quickly - five strangers some of whom are better individually might not be as good as last years mix. Bedding in a new goalie might change the whole dynamic too

However to my mind the problems are at the other end of the pitch…. Town usually needed a hatful of chances to score - and midfield looks a little vulnerable to speedy counter attacks. Shall we say, assuming they stay on the pitch
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VAR poll
at 16:53 18 Jul 2024

Did approval ratings go up when VAR gave England a penalty when Kane kicked a Dutch defender?
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Seeing lots of people say we’ll comfortably stay up….
at 16:36 18 Jul 2024

I’m old enough to remember the last time Town went up. They did pretty well adding only a central defender too injured to play and another central defender who ended up at full back. It was the following seasons when lots of signings arrived that things went pear-shaped very rapidly.

Other than the Hull defender I’m not convinced any of the new signings are a step up from what was already available - and there is the question of a job lot of incomers on eye watering salaries and signing on fees having an effect on a tightly-knit squad. I’m not sure McKenna touting himself for every available job will have gone unoticed either.

Stil. Assuming FFP will derail Forest and Everton again….. staying up is not entirely out of the question …. Perhaps.
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Seeing lots of people say we’ll comfortably stay up….
at 16:00 18 Jul 2024

I too worry that there are better teams than WBA and Leeds in the Prem - and more of them.

I wonder if McKenna has the tactical nous to cope with better teams week in, week out targeting Town’s obvious weaknesses. Or that VAR will not be kind to them.

Still…. Leicester look down already so who knows.
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In Vegas this week….
at 10:13 18 Jul 2024

Stopped off very briefly on a road trip in 1976. Can honestly say 48 yrs on it’s still the ghastliest place I’ve ever been to. The Grand Canyon by contrast is one of the most breathtaking sights on earth…. And is the drive onwards to California is quite an experience too, or was.

Probably not there any more but down one dirt track at the canyon where there was a metal railing you could lean on and peer down a vertical drop of precisely 1 mile. I expect health and safety has done for that.
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Which 3 Town players have gotten into your fpl?
at 10:05 18 Jul 2024

Omari might get some worthwhile points for the money but Leif? Depends how complétive your league is but putting in a defender from a newly promoted team is always an expensive mistake.
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