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This is brilliant from ITFC
at 14:04 22 Feb 2019




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Those Blue Action badges some of you were after
at 09:52 22 Feb 2019

Back in stock.



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Obituary of John Eaton former teacher at Northgate
at 16:56 20 Feb 2019

This is unsually good from Archant. A teacher that quite a few on here probably were taught by at some stage.


https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/obituary-ipswich-northgate-teacher-john-eaton

Also, worth a look is this photo which is not one I can remember seeing before.



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Hey Zed, here's the official line now. No need for 15 threads please
at 11:44 20 Feb 2019



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Nice article on the afterlife of a whale
at 09:22 19 Feb 2019



https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/a-whales-afterlife

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Daniel Taylor here on football's neopotism
at 10:06 18 Feb 2019

I imagine the Guardian lawyers have worked hard on this one. It's very good though.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/feb/17/everythings-a-little-too-c

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Sky Highlights from last night
at 11:58 14 Feb 2019


I hadn't seen them posted on here yet:

https://www.skysports.com/football/ipswich-vs-derby/392917

That block from Knudsen just after Nugent's pathetic dive is good.
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Down but definitely not out
at 08:23 14 Feb 2019

It's odd being proud of a team that just earnt it's first point in five matches, that sits ten points from safety, but I definitely am after last night.

That's probably the most complete performance of the season, lots of bitty ones but it's been rare that we've kept that much pressure on for almost the whole match. Almost because, yet again, we made an abysmal start and clearly tired as we went into injury time but the contrast between that and the limp defeat to an average Sheffield Wednesday side eleven days earlier was stark.

One of the biggest problems with being as poor as we have all season is that our confidence is incredibly fragile. It says something that we've recovered well from conceding with the first attack of the game in two successive matches (and also that we still make such basic errors that we make things so much harder for ourselves) but it's taken a long while for us to get over the Millwall defeat. That first half was the last time we looked as confident as we did last night.

There was a certain amount of Derby taking us lightly, especially after the early goal but that shouldn't take away from how we played. It just felt so positive, Keane and Quaner worked well together, Judge and Bishop offered a lot on the ball and the defence was (mostly) resolute.

Perhaps the biggest question remains whether we have enough of a goal threat at the moment. The team that started had four goals between them all season and we probably didn't test Kroos enough when in good positions. Jonas's shot off the line was great and we looked to have a bit more threat from corners even if we didn't quite make the most of them.

The goal was good though, a strong positive run from Quaner, plenty of supporting players and Nolan hitting the ball well and early. I'm pleased for him, he's had a difficult season and has rarely looked like remotely justifying what we paid for him. There's definitely a player in there somewhere but one that lacks a bit of belief and consistency.

Is a point going to be enough to make a difference at the end of the season? Not on it's own but had we picked up a few more draws - Millwall, Villa, Sheffield Wed perhaps - then we would be in a much better position. Equalising is good, it's been a long time since the last one at Swansea.

It helps with Saturday as well, Stoke are talented but not playing particularly well and adapting to another change in manager. It's certainly winnable but so are most games in this division. If we could win it though well maybe, just maybe, there would still be a small chance of staying up.

It's unlikely, we're too far gone but if we are to go down then I want us to go down playing like we did yesterday and I think Paul Lambert does too. Do that, stay in touch as long as we can and end the season with us all looking forward to being able to win matches on a consistent basis next season. That might be as much as we can hope for at the moment but, given most of us will be supporting the club as passionately whatever the division, then that will have to do.

COYFB.
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Cricket: WI 5/1 chasing 485
at 14:40 12 Feb 2019

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18913/game/1158064/west-indies-vs-england-3rd

Some catch from Moeen apparently.
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A mature democracy in action
at 11:22 12 Feb 2019



FFS.
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Cricket: century for Root
at 20:56 11 Feb 2019

We'll at least make it 2-1 which will be about right. The last hour of the new ball versus Root and Stokes has been fun.
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Interesting tweet from Gwion Edwards
at 10:28 10 Feb 2019

Perhaps giving the lie to some of the outlandish claims made about him on here:



It would be nice if a few weeks break let him regain some fitness and belief as the player at the start of the season would be useful now.
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This is a good piece on the proposed Stonehenge tunnel
at 14:34 8 Feb 2019

It does seem a little short-sighted to build a tunnel through prehistoric barrows at the risk of damage to whatever they contain.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/08/the-battle-for-the-future-of-sto

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200% on the lack of nuance from football fans online
at 10:22 7 Feb 2019

It's good, perhaps a little deep for some.


http://twohundredpercent.net/football-social-media-2019-edition/




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A long read on the USS Fitzgerald
at 08:59 7 Feb 2019

Really interesting and some excellent graphics.

https://features.propublica.org/navy-accidents/uss-fitzgerald-destroyer-crash-cr

"The Fitzgerald’s crew was exhausted and undertrained. The inexperience showed in a series of near misses in the weeks before the crash, when the destroyer maneuvered dangerously close to vessels on at least three occasions."
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Some pictures of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
at 08:09 6 Feb 2019

Fascinating for more than just the train nerds.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/feb/06/the-transcontinenta

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This is important on the government's removal of the presumption of innocence
at 17:26 5 Feb 2019

It is an absolute disgrace that someone can be wrongfully convicted, serve years in prison and then not receive compensation afterwards.

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/theres-no-presumption-of-innocence-for-the

* It was actually the previous government that introduced the legislation but guess which Home Secretary lay behind it.
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New Yorker piece about the decline in people studying history
at 10:02 5 Feb 2019

And why it matters:

“History instills a sense of citizenship, and reminds you of questions to ask, especially about evidence,”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-decline-of-historical-thinking
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A good piece on the failings of the Western left over Venezuela
at 11:21 4 Feb 2019

"the perversion of anti-imperialism bandied about by the contemporary Western left is the most sordid incarnation of contemporary socialism. Activists, protestors, and opposition politicians in countries such as Venezuela and Syria are treated by the followers of this crude doctrine as if they possessed no agency at all and are merely the pawns of American capital."

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/28/the-left-keeps-getting-venezuela-wrong/?fbc
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