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There's been a mid-air collision over Buckinghamshire
at 14:31 17 Nov 2017

Plane and a helicopter it seems.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/17/aircraft-helicopter-midair-crash-b

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Friday Virtual Pub
at 14:01 17 Nov 2017

Much as I would prefer a real one at the moment, this will have to do for the next couple of hours.

As it's distinctly Autumnal I'll have a porter:



And for the jukebox:



Who's next?
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The Making of an American Nazi
at 14:40 16 Nov 2017

This is both excellent and deeply disturbing:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/the-making-of-an-american-n

It also manages to encompass nearly every TWTD trope, just missing flying cars, cheese and parking at Gatwick.
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New shirt anyone?
at 11:57 15 Nov 2017



https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-15/how-a-shirt-covered-in-swasti

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The obituary of Lord Hutchinson of Lullington is worth 10 minutes of your time
at 09:25 14 Nov 2017


https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/nov/13/lord-hutchinson-of-lullington-obitua

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This is a nice story
at 12:37 13 Nov 2017

The search for three players in a photo from an old youth tournament.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/13/peter-widing-photograph-capturi

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Maybe after last week the nation's politicians can have a better one this week
at 11:17 13 Nov 2017

Ah, of course not.



Classy.
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Anyone else see Venus and Jupiter appear close together this morning?
at 07:35 13 Nov 2017

Lovely clear sky so very visible on my walk to work.
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Shearer's documentary on football and dementia at 10:30 tonight
at 21:06 12 Nov 2017

Looks like it might be interesting:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09g0gzk

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Doncaster vs Rotherham is on Sky now
at 12:34 11 Nov 2017

Keiffer Moore and Josh Emmanuel both start if anyone is interested.

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Interesting article on DFID and the UK's approach to International Aid
at 14:57 10 Nov 2017


https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/the-war-on-aid-the-hidden-battle-ins

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"Burn in hell, communists, filthy rubbish"
at 11:34 10 Nov 2017

A slight over-reaction to a by-election defeat.

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/tory-activist-suspended-after-flashpoint-wit

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Cricket: Mixed news this morning then
at 08:57 10 Nov 2017

Aus women 95/4 in reply to England's 280. Look at this catch from Taylor:



The men's team managed to lose seven wickets for 4. At least Bairstow and Crane have dug in since:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/10883/game/1124863/Cricket-Australia-XI-vs-En

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Pictures of New York & LA from the air
at 10:07 9 Nov 2017

Curiously fascinating.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/nov/09/aerial-photographs-

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Time for a no confidence vote in this government?
at 10:34 8 Nov 2017

Incompetence piled on incompetence. Simon Clegg and Paul Jewell could do a better job of running the country.

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/no-10-knew-about-priti-patel-israel-meetings-

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Cricket: Steve Finn out of Ashes, torn cartilage
at 09:13 7 Nov 2017

Arse.
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I don't recall anyone discussing Death of Stalin on here
at 15:59 6 Nov 2017

It is, however, very good and very funny and I highly recommend it.

A good blog on the film here:

http://cinesthesiac.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/deep-red-death-of-stalin.html

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Priti Patel or Damien Green then?
at 15:14 6 Nov 2017

Which is going to have to resign first?



If only there was a halfway competent opposition.
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I see this tax scandal includes some people from Mrs Brown's Boys
at 13:10 6 Nov 2017

So, that's two good reasons to scrap it.
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A few thoughts
at 08:23 6 Nov 2017

Nothing like a comfortable win with some good goals to make everyone feel a little better about things on a Monday morning. We're still going to be frustratingly inconsistent across the season though - even within some matches - but having players who score goals regularly will make a big difference.

The first half on Saturday was, of course, pretty rubbish from both teams although a little bit more competent than the first half at Burton last week which was truly dreadful. That little bit of composure from Bru, where he took the time to think about a pass and some nice interplay stood out a long way amidst the dross around it. That and a well placed shot deserved the fortunate response of an inept wall; the keeper had looked dodgy all half.

Contrary to some claims, I'm not sure there would have been much booing had it been 0-0 at half-time, it would have taken too much effort to pull the crowd out of it's collective apathy. For all that though, those who were there remained supportive, wanting to get behind the team but needing a little bit of encouragement from those on the pitch.

The second goal so soon after half-time allowed us to relax, I'm sure everyone was aware that had that half started like the first we would have ended up sitting back too much and inviting shots from distance. Bru again with the patience and composure, an excellent cross from Spence but that header from McGoldrick. I wasn't expecting him to win that and beat the keeper as the cross came in but he did brilliantly.

After that it was comfortable, Jonas is going to score with one of those first time shots from distance at some point, Neil Thompsonesque that one on Saturday, but his attacking play gives an extra dimension to the side. As discussed a bit yesterday, he just looks more confident in his ability this season.

Celina has probably never had a problem with confidence, he might drift out of the game at times but when he's involved the ability shines through. Mick spoke about his judgement this week which was probably fair but it's improving and he's becoming more involved in play. Add the goals to that and he's going to be great to watch this season. The confidence and composure to hit that shot so early and so hard didn't give the keeper a chance. Anyone know who the kid in red was he celebrated with? He had ran all the way down that section and I'm sure his Dad's efforts to get him to support Town got a massive boost at the weekend.

Preston were ideal opposition though, the early threat from Hugill was severely curtailed by his booking but also by Webster who might have had his best defensive game for us. He didn't try and do anything on the ball which probably reflects some poorer games since he came back from injury; it looked like MM had told him to defend first and then try and play after that. Other than two early chances we defended a lot better as a team, and kept Preston to long shots from distance or impossible angles.

The one real concern I have remains the balance of the team: playing four forwards is entertaining when we are going forwards but it does leave us very stretched in the middle of the pitch. It was a factor in both the appalling lack of cohesion in the first half as much as it was in the excellent attacking play in the second. The suspicion remains that MM hasn't worked out the best balance yet, even without including Huws and Adeyemi.

In 2014-15 we had a solid defence but, in our best spell in the Autumn, rotated in midfield: two of Skuse/Hyam/Tabb with Williams, Bru or Bishop and then Hunt or Anderson wide of Murphy and McGoldrick. That worked because the structure and shape of the team remained consistent and we didn't change the defence much (although Parr and Mings interchanged and Berra missed a match through suspension). That is what we need to manage this season if we are to push on from where we are now.

Can we do that? If we can get a bit more continuity, turn a few defeats into draws then possibly. This division looks wide open at the moment with only Wolves and Sheffield United really looking consistent over more than three or four matches (well and Sunderland of course).

Had we had a new manager last Summer and managed the same set of results then I suspect the sense of optimism would be a lot higher; that's understandable under any manager the failings and blind spots become more obvious over time. If we can be a few points off the play-offs by the end of this year though, things might look quite interesting going into January.

And here are the goals again, real shame they don't show the move that lead to the free kick.



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