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Town possibly £10m in the hole.
at 13:07 4 Jul 2020

Other than MM, Evans has consistently failed to recruit the right managers, and led us to our worst league position in our history.

The club is just a shell of what it was before he arrived.

I’m not a bedsheet holding ‘Evans Out’ kind of guy, but for what he’s done to our club I’ll be very happy the day he leaves.
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Any Canada based blues here?
at 19:34 26 Jun 2020

You've probably guessed that I am firmly in the 'go for it' camp here from my previous post, but don't think that major cities are not getting hit with rapidly growing populations and construction here.

I live in Midtown Toronto and it's turning into a downtown out of downtown with condos been thrown up everywhere. I am not sure what Vancouver is like on this front but Canada's popularity (especially with the Asian market) means many cities are rapidly growing. And it's not cheap.

BUT...if you are coming as you say for the outdoor life, the friendlier people and an overall better quality of life etc., look no further.

I love the UK and especially love England, there's so much I miss, but Canada is something else.
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Any Canada based blues here?
at 21:46 25 Jun 2020

Haha. I did pre-empt it with a warning.

You can't get tickets for the Leafs without selling a kidney or travelling to see them play away. I went to see the Marlies (their feeder team) and that was an amazing experience.
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Any Canada based blues here?
at 14:16 25 Jun 2020

First up, congratulations to your wife! What an opportunity. Vancouver is sheer rugged, natural beauty. It's very laid back and perfect for a young family. I'm in Toronto (made the move early 2019) and I'd love to live there one day

I'm laughing at the person who suggested Toronto is 'meh' - maybe they didn't make the most of it. It is very different from Vancouver but both depend on what you want. Toronto is very much a career city with that rat race feel and similar to London in cost and lifestyle. However, there is so much to do in, and just outside of the city - I love Toronto.

You'll find many differences in Canada but all are manageable.

Canadians are extremely welcoming of any new arrivals. They're patriotic but not in a 'we're the best' USA style, but in a "we want you to be part of something really good" kind of way. It's considered a cultural mosaic here. Sure, racism still exists but Canadians are far, far more embracing of all cultures, faiths, LGBTQ+ etc.

One of the first things you'll notice is the sheer size of the country. You can drive for 6 hours and not even leave a province. The air is clean, even in cities like Toronto and the summers are frigging amazing. Sure the winters are harsh but you'll find stuff to do that makes you enjoy them.

Houses and flats (condos) are generally bigger and nicer here but equally as expensive as England.

The two major mobile phone providers are Bell and Rogers and are in competition to see who can give the worst service. I quickly realised I was spoilt for choice and packages in England. Same goes for TV packages, they are expensive and limited unless you go for the most expensive package.

The food here is incredible. You will find it hard to order a pub meal in the UK after experiencing what Canada has to offer when dining out. If you like fish or meat you are coming to the promised land. I would leave my wife for a packet of Maple bacon...

Customer service is incredible. Remember to tip and that tax will be added to anything you buy here.

Craft beers are amazing. I tried to write a blog reviewing the different types, there are thousands, but gave up as there are too many good ones. Supermarkets are beginning to be allowed to sell beer and wine, but you generally have to go to the LCBO (government off licence). The LCBO is like Santa's Grotto of alcohol.

Some things can seem a little dated here still. Banks charge $3 for taking money from a cashpoint that is not their branch. Cheques are still required and requested for certain things but you get used to it.

Healthcare seems to be very good. It's less about managing numbers and more about being proactive and ensuring your long term health is good. Dentistry is second to none here.

Ice hockey is an excellent substitute for football. There's a team in blue and white in Toronto, who suck just like Ipswich if you want to maintain a depressed sporting outlook, but you probably want to support local. You used to be able to get free premier league football here but that changed this year. You can get it through DAZN.

Celebrity culture and politics are not the everyday topics here. This is one of the things I enjoy most about Canada. Sure you could probably find that stuff if its your thing, but the tabloid press here isn't what it is in the UK at all.

Canadians are incredibly friendly and all the jokes about them saying 'sorry' are true. I had a bus journey where the bus drivers door wouldn't shut properly and kept banging throughout the bus ride. Without being asked, half a dozen people on the bus tried to help fix it, even though we were all on our way to work. The bus driver was saying sorry for the 'noise', the passengers were saying 'sorry' they couldn't fix it. They are just very down to earth people.

I can't see myself ever moving back to the UK. I thoroughly encourage you and your wife to make the jump. From a personal point of view, there are times when I really, really miss my family and friends but this is a better quality of life than I ever would have had in the UK.

If you think of anything specific you want to know, please ask. I am the other side of the country but will help in any way I can.
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Which year part of Milne's 5 point plan are we up to now?!
at 11:14 24 Jun 2020

The current plan is to get five points.

Should take 10 games on recent form.
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Disappointed
at 12:21 21 Jun 2020

I've been on TWTD for 20 years and I love it.

Once you assume that everybody on here is an absolute idiot and realise that only your opinion matters, life is great. Just put anyone who disagrees with you on ignore and you'll soon find you have plenty of like-minded friends.

Right, I'm off to my Human Resource training session, 'Small Men Walking Tall', we have a guest speaker called Paul Hurst this week. Come along...
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Devon or Cornwall
at 12:53 19 Jun 2020

I cannot recommend this place enough if they're open and taking bookings any time soon. They have a two bedroom cottage inside the grounds of the pub that you can rent for the weekend. Sheep and cows come up to your kitchen window in the morning and they'll even walk your dinner and pints over to the cottage if you can't be bothered to sit in the beer garden. Just a magical escape.

It's in Devon.

http://www.rugglestoneinn.co.uk
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One of my best friends has passed away
at 12:23 6 Jun 2020

Very sorry to hear this Dan.

In my 30s, a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer and we lost them within a week. I found this incredibly hard as I didn't even get a chance to see them one last time and felt robbed of a loved one.

What helped, was when I was back in a good place, I bought something to remind me of them. It's a painting (and I've never been into paintings!) but it's something that keeps them in the present with me and is a positive, tangible memory to have.

You can make it anything you want but you might find this helps. But above all, look after yourself right now and know that you were lucky to have each others friendship.
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We decided to keep the office closed until September today...
at 00:13 4 Jun 2020

What are you going to do with all the buns and meat patties?
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Proverbs & sayings
at 12:04 3 Jun 2020

‘Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end’
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Lambert:
at 11:57 28 May 2020

And our back four for the last 10 years.
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Do we give enough credit to Burley and that brilliant 2000 team?
at 11:51 28 May 2020

Burley was the master of finding the right man for the right job - basically playing players in their correct positions and recognising who would compliment the system (players) already in place. Watching him assemble that team was a joy to watch and you had faith in his decision making.

Only Royle has really done that since. The rest of our managers have either been prevented from doing so by a lack of funds or, for most of them, by their complete incompetence.
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Gambling
at 11:57 15 May 2020

I am sure their knowledge of football in Belarus is second to none now.
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Gambling
at 11:50 15 May 2020

William Hill report people are betting on table tennis and German horse racing whilst the football is off.

Desperate times call for desperate measures I guess.
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Well done Trudeau... Trump you utter dangerous cretin
at 12:21 2 May 2020

The first episode of Tiger King tells you all you need to know about America...
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Joke
at 11:53 2 May 2020

Wasn’t sure what to wear to my Premature Ejaculation Group.

So I just came in my pants.
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Overrated Town players
at 23:29 12 Apr 2020

Lee Chapman.
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Watching the BBC re-run of the 1990 WC semi-final earlier.
at 23:18 12 Apr 2020

Interestingly, Lineker saying on Twitter he didn’t cry after the game but watching it back just now he burst into tears.

We would’ve won the final easily.
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Video of a quiet London
at 12:17 7 Apr 2020

Thanks for sharing this. Never seen anything like it.

My only wish, and I am a bit of a hippy, is that the shops would turn their lights off and be a bit greener. Nobody is out looking in their windows etc. Pointless and at a time when companies are complaining about being unable to pay staff.
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Memories of the 2000-2001 season - when we came 5th in the Prem
at 04:08 29 Mar 2020

I had £10 on Titus to score first against Sunderland at 50/1.

This helped pay for the pair of glasses I broke celebrating.

Kids these days don’t know scenes ;)
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