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I actually thought
at 22:08 23 Jan 2021

we didn't play that badly today, were slightly unfortunate to lose.

The terrible, lacklustre passing back and among the defenders has gone. We pushed them back, ran with the ball. Even created chances.

Sure, we were still quite toothless in front of goal, Dozzell's passing was rather wayward, there were costly errors (Nsiala's challenge - which I thought was a bit soft - and McGuinness sticking his leg out for that ball in) and Thomas/Nolan ought to have come on ten minutes earlier. But it wasn't as dreadful as some recent perfomances.

Little steps and all that.
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Just driven past an advert for
at 13:05 22 Jan 2021

zero-alcohol gin - a substance with apparently no redeeming features whatsoever.
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Not surprising
at 16:57 21 Jan 2021

Said weeks ago that this would turn out to be the case.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/21/politics/biden-covid-vaccination-trump/index.
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No honour amongst thieves.
at 12:54 14 Jan 2021

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/14/trump-refusing-to-pay-rudy-giuli
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Sweden abandons its light touch policy on Covid
at 07:35 9 Jan 2021

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/sweden-tough-covid-laws-country-abandons-nonlockdown-1
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You're probably being watched, sized up
at 11:30 8 Jan 2021

as a climbing-pole, at least.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/08/food-for-thought-french-bean
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Some explanation of how
at 11:29 7 Jan 2021

the Trumpist crowd was able to overrun the Capitol Police yesterday (from Politico):

Stephen Voss, photographer: I arrived at the Capitol’s west side. I was there only 10 minutes before I started seeing people using the metal barricades to push toward the Capitol. At 2:04, the Capitol police were spraying pepper spray toward the crowd and the crowd was fighting back. One rioter also sprayed the police with pepper spray.

Stephen Voss [outside]: The police were getting it hard; they didn’t have a lot of equipment. I saw one policewoman who had no helmet, no shield, no baton. She’d been sprayed in the face with pepper spray and she looked like she was in agony but she was holding her ground. Rioters kept running toward the police. I watched this for about 40 minutes. When some of the rioters would get hit with pepper spray, they’d fall back and others would shout, “We need more people on the line.” It was an all-out battle for a while with a lot of pepper spray in the air. The police had very few gas masks.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/01/07/capitol-storming-siege-congres

I think it's fair to say that while everyone was expecting violence on the streets, they perhaps were not mentally prepared for a full-scale assault on the seat of Congress, desecrating a core site for not just democracy, but the whole US psyche. I think we in the UK would be quite shocked and surprised if a demonstration suddenly tried to break into the Houses of Parliament.
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Happy Christmas
at 10:42 25 Dec 2020

To Phil, Gav and all the denizens of this realm of TWTD!
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Familiar name checked
at 18:14 22 Dec 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2020/dec/22/david-squires-on
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Bumps
at 09:02 13 Dec 2020

“As with any major change, deal or no deal, there will be challenges and bumps to overcome,” said a Government spokesperson, referring to Brexit. Does that mean being relegated to the third tier of nations, failing to match our rivals even at that level and with lots of prople who should have been careful what they wished for? Also being stuck with not very competent people in charge, blaming it on any factor but their own mismanagement.
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From veg packing to goal scoring
at 23:30 8 Dec 2020

via Soham.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55146467
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Keep seeing/hearing
at 20:29 3 Dec 2020

these weird pregnancy adverts. You know the ones - "Did somebody say gestate?"
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Under the radar (on TWTD, at least) has come this staggering announcement
at 22:56 1 Dec 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/01/william-barr-no-evidence-voter-f

Staggering in who it is saying that, one of Trump's closest allies.
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Edit: Didn't see the thread below!
at 17:04 25 Nov 2020

[Post edited 25 Nov 2020 17:05]
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The injury thing (again)*
at 08:55 25 Nov 2020

Obviously, we are not the only club whose players - important players - get injuries, even long term ones. But we do seem to be losing almost all our key men** for the majority of the season (and often from pretty much the start), virtually every year. That doesn't appear to be happening at most other places - or they are somehow able to get around the situation.

Is it a matter that players don't get enough recuperation and overdo it during pre-season preparation? Do we rush them back into the team too quickly after injury? I don't know any answers, but we can't be left working on drastically reduced squads so often.


* This is not meant as an excuse for last night
** Particularly the creative ones.
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One good thing yesterday
at 12:19 22 Nov 2020

There was a lot less of the aimless passing it about at the back. By no means eradicated and there was still the tendency to send the ball back to the 'keeper, but it didn't seem so frequent or, mostly, to go on for so long.
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Donald Trump's legal case
at 09:32 22 Nov 2020

Or, rather, a complete demolition thereof: https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.pamd.127057/gov.uscourts.pamd.1

A fairly long and technical read (with the odd caustic footnote), but interesting and quite amusing at the same time.
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Useful interim measure
at 10:52 11 Nov 2020

while renewables and, particularly, battery storage get up to speed over the next 20 years? Possibly more cost-effective than the current, larger projects and can be individually decommissioned when the time comes.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/nov/11/rolls-royce-vows-to-create-6000
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