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Freeloader complains about not being given free stuff
at 10:02 19 Jan 2018

Not that anyone in this 'story' comes out of it particularly well.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/hotel-bans-influencers-instagram-social-
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Cricket: England 116/1 needing 271
at 08:46 19 Jan 2018

That's after 18 overs, should see this through and go 2-0 up.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/10883/game/1072311/australia-vs-england-2nd-o

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Random reading: on advice books for new parents
at 14:23 18 Jan 2018

This is an interesting read, not just for those of you with small kids.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/16/baby-advice-books-industry-attachme

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FFS. Another one for the honours list (n/t)
at 21:51 17 Jan 2018

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Wolves are out, we'll have a game on the 27th
at 21:39 17 Jan 2018

And Bournemouth are 3-0 down to Wigan.
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Cricket: good debut for Ngidi for South Africa
at 10:30 17 Jan 2018

Six wickets in the second innings to wrap the match up.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18065/game/1122277/south-africa-vs-india-2nd-

Anyone see any of it?
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TV advice
at 12:06 16 Jan 2018

I know this one has been done on here before but a quick google couldn't find it so here goes.

I'm looking to upgrade my TV, as the current one is rather old. My flat isn't too big so I'm probably limited to a 40 inch screen and HD is obviously a given.

What else should I be thinking about here? Apps, soundbars etc? Budget is £500 or so max.

I've currently got Virgin but I'm sick of paying over the odds to watch a bit of cricket and the odd football match so might get rid of that soon.

This kind of thing looks about right.

https://www.johnlewis.com/samsung-ue40mu6400-hdr-4k-ultra-hd-smart-tv-40-with-tv

Any thoughts? Things I should definitely avoid?

Thanks in advance.
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Some thoughts on Saturday
at 08:35 15 Jan 2018

One win won't make the large question marks hanging over the club go away but, after a strained few weeks, it was an enjoyable match with plenty of action, a good atmosphere and a superb goal to win it.

For the most part this season the crowd at Portman Road has been quietly supportive, making some noise but generally responding to the team. Other than Boxing Day, the overt negativity of the previous couple of seasons has been thankfully absent but it's been a while since the atmosphere has been that loud all match. Clearly the Leeds fans contributed greatly to the atmosphere giving us something to respond to but so did the Fortuna contingent who normally make a lot of noise without many others joining in.

It's much more fun when it's like that and I don't see a great problem in giving Leeds the extra tickets. The obvious caveat to that point is the cost of the damage that was caused and the negligence of sitting home fans below them. It isn't as if there weren't enough seats in the rest of the ground. There may be some questions about the stewarding of Leeds fans elsewhere in the ground judging by a few things I've read.

As for the match, Leeds were pretty good on the ball in midfield, using it and breaking well but rarely doing anything particularly dangerous. There two best chances in the first half came from errors by Kenlock, the first when he let the ball roll under his foot particularly poor. We seemed to be all over the place for the chance they should have equalised from late on too.

We created opportunities throughout but, as with a lot of our recent player, decision making and the final ball was a bit lacking. I really don't think that Waghorn and McGoldrick can play in the three behind Garner. The net effect seems to be to reduce the effectiveness of all three, I don't think Didzy is up to speed since his injury and Waghorn ends up far too deep to be a goal threat.

Celina, although he was in and out of the game a bit, probably had his best game in a few weeks. He really made the most of the extra space at the end of the first half and clearly the goal was special - even if certain people were asking why he was shooting from that far out as he hit it.

We are very stretched at the moment though, injuries are piling up and we desperately need a couple of additional experienced players for the rest of the season. For all that's gone on we are still only four points off the play-offs. Wolves and Derby look good, Villa effective but everyone else is pretty erratic still. We would need a very good run to make up ground but it isn't impossible either.

Saturday demonstrated to me why the concerns about us falling completely away were overdone, we have a core of decent Championship players who will play well at least some of the time. Add in some genuine quality and we'll get more than enough points to stay mid-table.

The direction from the top of the club, or lack thereof, remains stark. The only apparent strategy is to remove many of the highest earners from the wage bill and clear the decks for a sale. It may be a necessary transition but if no-one pays Evans the £25m he appears to want what happens then?
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Cyrille Regis has died
at 08:07 15 Jan 2018

Only 59 which is far too young.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/cyrille-regis-dead-



He was still playing in 1994, I remember him and Warky having a slow race for the ball when we played Wolves in the cup at Molyneux.
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Flying cars update
at 07:43 15 Jan 2018




https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Speeding-Car-Goes-Airborne-Plows-Into-S

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I'm pleased our German friends got to see a win at long last
at 21:18 13 Jan 2018



Crazy fools.
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Barney Ronay on the use of video replays in football
at 12:17 13 Jan 2018

I make him pretty much spot on here.

"Refereeing decisions are not the real problem here. The real problem is the ludicrously disproportionate attention devoted to discussing refereeing decisions. The number of actual injustices, as opposed to disagreements, is minuscule next to this overwhelming fog of rage."

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/jan/13/var-football-referees-emot

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Bullying and racism allegations against coaches at Chelsea
at 14:33 12 Jan 2018

This is unpleasant reading. Obviously Rix has a conviction for underage sex with a 15 year old and they have declined to comment on these allegations.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/12/graham-rix-gwyn-williams-accuse

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Guardian piece on the retirement of Jeremy Alexander
at 13:33 12 Jan 2018

A nice little piece of nostalgia.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/12/fifty-years-football-hurst-moor

[Post edited 12 Jan 13:33]
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House of Saud on iPlayer
at 20:35 11 Jan 2018

Well worth a watch for those interested in geopolitics. I've just watched Tuesday's episode, plenty of unpleasant but known stuff and a few I hadn't heard of.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09m53d9

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Is Hoppy around or is he making his pitch to a Guernsey based gambling firm? (n/t)
at 12:22 11 Jan 2018

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Interesting piece on Brentford's non-academy approach to recruitment
at 10:46 11 Jan 2018

Whether it is ultimately successful, Brentford's approach of trying to out-compete their budget is admirable and something I wish we would do more of.

Instead we're stuck in an old mindset where the first-team manager runs the football side of the club - that works mainly when it is Mick McCarthy, less well when Keane or jewell or when the manager leaves.

"It's not the head coach that signs the player, or the owner, it's everyone," Ankersen tells football.london. "I always tell the player that it's the club that buys him, not an individual."

http://www.football.london/championship/brentford-rasmus-ankersen-transfer-plan-





"It's not the head coach that signs the player, or the owner, it's everyone," Ankersen tells football.london. "I always tell the player that it's the club that buys him, not an individual.
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A couple of nice bits of ITFC-related reading this morning
at 08:06 11 Jan 2018

Here is Gavin Barber's Dad on Ted Phillips:

http://turnstileblues.co.uk/blog.aspx?nid=1110


And Alistair Ross on a new book Green Shoots: Irish Football Histories which has a fair few Town connections included.

http://turnstileblues.co.uk/blog.aspx?nid=1109
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David Bowie died two years ago today
at 16:02 10 Jan 2018

So a song for you all.



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These mud slides in California look really grim
at 07:45 10 Jan 2018


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42624408

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