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Why is the US…
at 09:39 24 Jan 2022

Because the Baltic States. Possibly eastern Poland. Maybe Finland, even. Where would you like Putin to stop? The borders of the USSR, or the preceding Russian Empire?

They'll tolerate him using influence and trying to destabilise, but not an all-out invasion. That has bad precedent.

That having been said, I'd still be surprised to see Russia invade. Would be a daft decision on Putin's part, given the inevitable backlash and strengthening of measures in other places he wishes to influence. Also a very blunt instrument for someone with his background and training.

If you're looking in pure military-strategic terms, it gives absolute dominance of the Black Sea, opening up the northern flank of the Middle East. It flanks Poland to the north and opens up a route (which was taken in 1943-44) into central Europe. Or south west into the Balkans.
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Times up, Bozo
at 08:56 24 Jan 2022

The next one will be an examination of the Met Police "in light of their failings on protecting women in the capital" (and their co-operation with the inquiry into No. 10 parties).
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Times up, Bozo
at 23:44 23 Jan 2022

We have yet to play out the scenario of a Bowdlerised/redacted/thin summary Gray Report, everybody suspecting what's really within, a Parliamentary battle to see the contents, flat denial, leaks and revelations. Much more chewing to come, meanwhile UK government grinds to a halt, writhing frantically, spewing out vacuous, populist policy initiatives in desperate diversion.
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Second T20, England bat first, score predictions?
at 23:36 23 Jan 2022

Cor, that was close!
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Second T20, England bat first, score predictions?
at 22:15 23 Jan 2022

Very close. Excellent start for us bowling, to follow that up.
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Went to the Ipswich Town Women away at Keynsham today
at 21:27 23 Jan 2022

What a good game of football. Some slick passing, good interplay, determined tackling and serious pace down the wings. Keynsham hard-working opposition, but outclassed for much of the game - their goalkeeper put in a heck of a performance.

Also, as someone noted, a distinct lack of sh1thousery, play-acting or abuse of the ref. Very refreshing.

Great to see a decent contingent of the South West Supporters there, including HarryfromBath. Seriously outnumbered the home fans.
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Cook’s summer signings
at 10:41 23 Jan 2022

I still can't get my head around this concept that Ashton (just days after he arrived at the club) was using up FFP-limited club funds to sign players which the Manager neither asked for nor wanted, while the latter just quietly swallowed it and the Board let him get away with it. Simply does not strike me as a realistic scenario to have someone come in acting so far out of control and nobody does or says anything, even Cook after he was sacked.

Sure, Ashton may have had some input in terms of already available contacts, but that would be more in the way of being set before the Manager as "these are perhaps fairly achievable deals" rather than the only possible options.
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Free kick incident
at 09:42 23 Jan 2022

Watching on iFollow, thought the same at the time. Maybe the ref decided to play an advantage, given it put us into such a good position?
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Form table
at 00:03 23 Jan 2022

The interesting thing being that we're not catching up on 6th place particularly fast, but because of recent good form, the number of teams between us and there is thinning out. Which puts us in pole position for capitalising on any slip up by the teams in the play-off places.
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This is how the Zombie invasion starts...
at 11:31 22 Jan 2022

Unfortunately, not sure they'll do too well in Pennsylvania this time of year. Well below freezing with not much food available.
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Tragically bad luck
at 14:33 21 Jan 2022

It says no-one has been arrested, why isn't the person who fired the shot being done on some kind of manslaughter or reckless endangerment charge?
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Quite saddened by Meatloafs death - which got me thinking.
at 14:28 21 Jan 2022

With me it tends to be musicians/members of bands, thinking "I'll never get to see them live now". Bowie was one I was a massive fan of in my youth, but contrived to miss the one decent chance I had of seeing him play.
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Bristol City's reviews of Bakinson...
at 10:18 21 Jan 2022

That is an important point. We have him on effectively a half-season trial. If he turns out to be too difficult to handle, he's back out again.
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Russia to invade Ukraine looks likely to happen....
at 10:13 21 Jan 2022

Biden's comments were correct - a cyber attack or training insurgents are not considered the same level as tanks rolling across the border. Perhaps not worded precisely enough, or (deliberately, to make him look bad?) misinterpreted.

The Russian economy is not in a very good place (IMO part of the reason for this sabre-rattling), plus it is possible to hurt close Putin associates, if not the man himself. They stash a lot of their loot abroad, after all.

A problem with the international reaction is that nobody except Russia really wants to go to war over Ukraine. It's a distraction no-one wants at the moment, as economies struggle to recover from Covid. I think it's been about as strong as one could have expected.
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Bristol City's reviews of Bakinson...
at 10:03 21 Jan 2022

Attitude is often environment-based. Perhaps he didn't get on with one or more of the staff, there was something about the training regime or how he was used in matches which rubbed him up the wrong way? Maybe it was demanded that he was gung ho when he simply isn't that kind of bloke (or vice-versa)? Perhaps he's an insuffrable joker and Pearson doesn't have a sense of humour? He might just have got off to a bad start and been labelled as such for all time.

We don't know.

Lots of things which may have applied at Bristol, but might not here, or could be handled differently.
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So how are Harper, El Miz and Carrol feeling this morning...
at 09:54 21 Jan 2022

The problem being there is no proper competition for First Team reserve players to hone their skills outside of the League and cups (the latter of which we are no longer in, anyway). The U23s are limited and risk stunting the development of younger players if flooded with seniors all the time.

Rotation in the League is constrained by the limit on squad size for outfield players over the age of 20.

Our only alternative is loaning them to fellow L1 sides, which could damage Town's own chances of promotion and, in any case, may not be affordable for them if our wage structure is more generous than the average.
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Bristol City's reviews of Bakinson...
at 09:45 21 Jan 2022

I'm sure "The Teacher" has carefully studied the players we have, assessed what he needs for the systems he's using and, in conjunction with Ashton, identified someone with the right skillset to fill necessary roles.
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Tyreeq Bakinson joining on loan…
at 09:46 20 Jan 2022

Don't understand why that makes it an 'Ashton signing'.

How do you know it wasn't someone McKenna had already identified as a good prospect (he does have a background in Youth football, after all)? Moreover, why would anybody be accepting the signing (even on loan) of random players the manager hadn't asked for?

McKenna may want something specific in terms of skillset, or perhaps he doesn't rate those we currently have in the squad for what he feels he needs.
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The One Show - Most loved BBC programme vote
at 21:13 19 Jan 2022

No Reggie Perrin, either.
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Is Walton our highest paid player now?
at 21:01 19 Jan 2022

Or Bonne, with his perhaps adjusted wage-share in the renewed loan?
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