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World Cup host cities 2026 for anyone that cares
at 21:52 20 Jun 2022

Not sure if anyone saw the confirmed list for four years time but interesting that there’s no;

- Chicago
- Denver
- Vegas
- Nashville

Two Texas stadiums, one of which is in the middle of nowhere, one stadium in Santa Clara, no where near the city and a small market like Kansas City with no international flights and not that much hotel capacity. I read into why Chicago and Vegas didn’t and it bid was rather interesting what FIFA demand of host cities these days. Vegas had no interest, even with that brand new stadium.

Nashville stadium is a brilliant location for bars. Chicago the third largest city in the country and a great city in the summer and I’d take Denver over KC all day.

48 teams I believe, so hopefully we make it!
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Ah so airports across Europe are a mess this summer it appears
at 18:15 18 Jun 2022

I guess everyone cheering on international restrictions for two years while happily working on their laptops to are now going to be all angry when it takes them 5 hours to get their luggage this summer.

Funny how that all works when an industry gets decimated eh.
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Couple of decent questions from last nights Trivia
at 13:49 16 Jun 2022

That’s pub quiz to you and me.

Name the 5 EU cities that are not capitals with a population over 1M….

The largest margin of victory in a World Cup is 9 goals. One nation has achieved that feat twice but also not qualified since 1986… Name the country

We were doing quite well until the entertainment round.
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Hold onto your butts
at 03:32 12 Jun 2022

Here comes the correction. Anyone who has been following the markets closely knows that when the Feds turned the tap off things were going to get interesting. I have been very curious about the US housing market thoughoutt the craziness.

I think we could be in for another 2008 in some respects. Although the global financial systems are not at as much risk compared to the ridiculousness of the sub prime days, peoples property values certainly are. Not sure if same could be said for the UK but it but starting to already see some similarities, happening faster than many people thought. I wouldn't call it a bubble but it's not been far off.

It was far too easy to borrow money in an unstable world.

Every man and his dog decided to leave the city in 2020, interest rates went to 0.5% and the sunbelt boomed with work from home workers. I predicted at the time it was unsubstainable. I suspect people championing work from home might be singing a different tune in a few years when they see how replaceable they are but that's another topic. They will be the first to sell their houses when interest rates spike, inflation hits home and the 401k they took out for that downpayment without penalty now has tax due on it. I don't think people will default but I do think a lot will try and get out of their loans quickly.

I am sure it as been similar in the UK but houses were not lasting an hour on the market, the basic supply and demand during the pandemic was insane. However, there is really interesting data especially over here right now spells out big trouble.

- Home prices are higher relative to income wages than 2007 in many markets
- Austin/Phoenix and many other places could see a 40% correction coming
- The feds actually purchased $3 trillion in mortgage backed securities during quantitive easing

All this combined with inflation huge COL increase means very interesting times ahead. Those who waited it out to buy during covid will be the smart ones. I think people lives during the pandemic were so turned upside down they lost a sense of reality. People seemed convinced they will be able to work in the middle of nowhere forever on New York wages. It just doesn't work like that.

Having quite a few friends who lost their jobs and done the 'real estate" thing over the last year they all seem a bit worried. Obviously the US market rather affects the global markets so let's all hope the best I guess.

Are we seeing similar patterns in the UK?
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Italy
at 18:22 29 May 2022

I watched a CBS documentary yesterday about one of their football reporters from Brooklyn, he had Italian heritage, his dad arrived as an immigrant 50 years or so ago. The network sent him to Italy for a month touring the country, going to Serie A and national games (including the loss to N Macedonia).

I’ve been a few times myself, including a trip to Sicily but not seen anywhere near enough of the place. What an absolutely stunning country with so much to offer. Culture, beaches, food, sports, climate, scenery and just the lifestyle. Unfortunately, historically corruption seems to be at the heart of it all. I can only assume that’s why there is literally no new stadiums in the country which stops them hosting a major tournament? They haven’t had a sniff since 1990 if memory serves?

I was in Rome for England v Ukraine last summer and what a city to go for a football match (especially as it was only ex pats and not 50k England fans in town). But the stadium and facilities are so so dated. I guess they’re not holding a tournament anytime soon. Shame as what a summer that could be. Anyone on here make it to 1990? I know they put us on Sardinia for the entire group stage.
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Canelo absolutely outclassed
at 06:21 8 May 2022

Don’t punch above your weight - I guess that saying really does hold merit.
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A meaningful PL game and the final round of the Masters
at 14:49 10 Apr 2022

Not a bad Sunday afternoon. Off to enjoy breakfast and a few pints of the black stuff, hopefully accompanied by some fake Liverpool fans looking glum.

Would be nice to see a couple of twists and turns in the golf as well. Only a 3 shot lead now I believe.

Happy Sunday TWTD posters, yes to all of you!
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Took a deep dive into the analytics and I have worked out what the problem is!
at 22:12 2 Apr 2022

We are not scoring enough goals to win football matches.

Joking aside as positive as everyone is under KM and I still believe we have truly got our man, we really struggle to create if teams stick 8 or 9 behind the ball. Something is missing there. Outside of the Morecambe game it's not like our strikers are missing dozens of chances. Interestingly our best effort was a ball over the top that Norwood chested down and struck. As pretty as it has looked at times, are we overplaying with this neat and tidy stuff?

Sometimes to beat them you've got to get on their level a bit. Either way, forgetting what happened under Cook and taking out the dropped points against the sides around us recently, to just score 1 goal in must win games against Chelt/Morecambe/Cambridge isn't going to get it done in a playoff race.

Other teams are giving the bad teams pasting here or there and one goal against should not be death sentence against Cambridge, that's worrying. Still confident it will come good next year.

At least have a World Cup to look forward to this summer. Oh, thanks Fifa.
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England USA on Black Friday
at 18:38 1 Apr 2022

That will be a fun TG holiday this year. We better smash them, it was bad enough in 2014 when they got out of the group and we didn't. We have moved on from the Rob Green days though!
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Edmundson
at 16:56 27 Mar 2022

Does he get his place back? That’s debatable now for me.
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What’s done is done from earlier in the season
at 18:06 26 Mar 2022

but if we get 6 points from the next 2, which I think we will, how far back do people anticipate we will be from 6th? I think we will narrowly miss out but there clearly is still hope yet. Some of these teams will stumble at some point and a few play each other yet.
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Who would you play up front today?
at 13:24 26 Mar 2022

I thought Bonne was excellent when he came on last week, does he get the nod? Curious to see how he plays it against a form team.
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Plane Crash MU5735
at 16:08 21 Mar 2022

China Eastern . Much improved record over there since the 1990s and a new plane. Was 737-800 series which most global airlines operate (not a max). Inverted apparently and dropped 20,000 ft in two minutes.

Not good
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-60819760
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Without looking it up; Who were the last non top flight team to win the FA Cup?
at 21:57 20 Mar 2022

I couldn’t believe how long it had been. Considering everyone says PL clubs haven’t really taken it too seriously the last ten years or so it’s interesting to note which sides make up most of our finals.

Liverpool, Chelsea and City, 3 of the final 4 standing. League cup final, Liverpool v Chelsea.

Parity is so dead in English football.
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Boxing fans
at 16:12 13 Mar 2022

Do yourself a favor and find the full re-run of Wood v Conlan last night!
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Still not quite sure it's over
at 17:32 26 Feb 2022

Call me a glass half full guy but when you look at the table for how much work we had to do in mid Jan, if we would have got 6 points in the last few days we would be one point off and it's still February! Yes I know, shoulda woulda coulda but I can't see us suddenly start leaking goals for fun, so if somehow any striker hits some form, it could still make it a little bit interesting. Some congested fixtures coming up for teams.

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The most frustrating game I've watched in a long time!
at 17:09 26 Feb 2022

It's bad enough when you have all the possession, look far superior and don't create (seen that too often) but when you should score 5, it's truly gutting. Bonne should have had a Hatrick, his first miss was something from a 90s Danny Baker video. Norwood completely missed the ball for a guilt edge first half opportunity and other times we just run out of ideas in the final third. Thompson looks good at times, but all too often completely lacks concentration, see their goal. He had one good delivery from what, 10+ corners? When we got in behind them no composure in the box from Burns et al. I've never seen a more dominant away performance not get three points. One goal from the last 180 minutes isn't going to get it done. For all the neat and tidy stuff, it just turned into a really a tough watch. All the equalizer done was turn it from a disastrous result into a really bad one.

Shame as he has them playing some really nice football.
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So no cutting off Russia from Swift then?
at 03:50 25 Feb 2022

The Germans keeping Biden well and truly in check. If Afghanistan didn’t send enough signals, Putin surely now smells blood. The Ukrainian people at least will still put up a fight even if everyone else just stands by with a few tough words and some “sanctions”. It’s laughable really, what has Putin got to lose, he knows no one is actually going to do anything about this. NATO will just look weaker and weaker (and get a lot less American money in the future I might add).

Genuine question, what are the repercussions on an international stage nowadays, I mean outside of hosting a major global tournament.

Tick tock…. Taiwan

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Next four games crucial
at 14:45 13 Feb 2022

Beat the teams below you and others above you will no doubt drop points. If we can get 10 out of 12 on the board before Wycombe I think we will be in great shape for a push towards the top 6. Yesterday was a very decent performance IMO. Side note watching on iFollow I literally have no idea what game Mick Mills is watching sometimes. Might try and find the opposition commentary .
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UK quarantine
at 18:14 30 Jul 2020

Has anyone entered the UK and had to do the 14 day quarantine? Asking for a friend.
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