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Could Keogh be the Mark Fish moment
at 14:32 3 Aug 2020

It's more like the myriad Karl Henry moments where people got really upset about a Summer transfer rumour. Every fecking transfer window that MM was here.

Or even Gerard Wiekins for those who can remember that far back.
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Has there been anything locally about rising Covid cases in Ipswich?
at 10:28 3 Aug 2020

Just FYI on context:

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The real man of peace in Northern Ireland
at 10:09 3 Aug 2020

Yes, a man who did so much to make peace possible.

I've just seen this quote on Twitter which is certainly one to be remembered for:

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Pylons
at 09:15 3 Aug 2020

Pylons, like cooling towers and wind turbines, have a certain industrial beauty to them.

I think your question needs to differentiate between transmission - i.e. bulk transfer of energy - and distribution - local networks to houses and businesses.

At transmission level high voltage cables suspended by pylons are the most efficient way of transporting electricity, the cost of putting that much infrastructure underground would be enormous. There is redundancy in most places and any damage is relatively easy to repair. There's a different case to be made for sensitive environmental areas, areas of natural beauty and the like.

At a distribution level, those power cuts you mention are often caused by falling trees, East Anglia is particularly vulnerable here (the storm in November 2000 was definitely not a fun day to be working for the distribution business....). Again though, the cost of putting lots of infrastructure underground is expensive, repairs are also easier than repairing underground cables. In more urban areas, then cables are generally underground and it is normally possible to switch routing if there is a fault fairly quickly.
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Has there been anything locally about rising Covid cases in Ipswich?
at 08:57 3 Aug 2020

There's a single line in an FT piece today mentioning an increase

"Away from the newly locked down areas, the latest data suggests that Covid-19 has also surged in recent days in towns and cities including Liverpool, Swindon and Ipswich."

Link, may be paywalled:

https://www.ft.com/content/a2dbf1c0-dcce-4eae-b1f6-f2c31bf0db8a?emailId=5f277bc4

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Does anybody here really believe that we might get promoted next season?
at 08:13 31 Jul 2020

The negativity from Town fans is completely overdone at present. Yes, last season was poor but the clear evidence was that teams with a clear game plan and way of playing, especially with better players, did well in the division.

There are obviously not questions over Lambert's judgement last season but he isn't a complete idiot, his managerial record isn't just due to a couple of good seasons at Norwich. Some perspective would be nice.
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Every now and then Trump surprises you with his tweets
at 14:13 30 Jul 2020

Ah, he's now on for postponing the election due to mail in ballots.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53597975

At least he knows he's losing badly, less good that he wants to take America down with him.
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Charlie Elphicke then - Wrong un
at 13:54 30 Jul 2020

The Tory party come out of this badly too, giving him back the whip for a vote of no confidence and then letting his wife be the candidate for the last election.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-53515005

Hopefully he gets a custodial sentence.
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Brentford just scored twice in five minutes, now 2-1 up
at 21:45 29 Jul 2020

Not sure that's totally fair, consistent performances- even without results - might have been something to build on for this season. At the time it was reasonable to see reasons for optimism I them.

That Lambert didn't build in them, nor on the good start to 2019-20 are bigger reasons for criticism.
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Brentford just scored twice in five minutes, now 2-1 up
at 21:24 29 Jul 2020

There's one goal back....
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Brentford just scored twice in five minutes, now 2-1 up
at 21:14 29 Jul 2020

Proper old ground innit:

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Brentford just scored twice in five minutes, now 2-1 up
at 20:54 29 Jul 2020

3-0 (3-1 agg). Going to need something special from Swansea now.

Mick's not impressed by Swansea's defending
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Brentford just scored twice in five minutes, now 2-1 up
at 20:04 29 Jul 2020

Ok, one good chance at each end since I posted that. Put it on just in case.
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Brentford just scored twice in five minutes, now 2-1 up
at 20:02 29 Jul 2020

I still don't care that much but there's now a chance of some play-off excitement.
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Every now and then Trump surprises you with his tweets
at 19:37 29 Jul 2020

He's realised he's losing inthe last few weeks and gone full on racist, destructive narcissist. The desire to remove troops from Germany is another piece of that, like he's doing Putin's bidding again.
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A shocking graph highlighting C19 deaths in the US and Brazil
at 11:29 29 Jul 2020

It might work better with an effective test and trace programme, or at least one better than the UK one appears to be, but the

I think this FT link might be pay-walled but fits with the discussion here, a surge of cases in several European countries as - some - people interpret the end of lockdown as a reason to give up on other precautions.

https://www.ft.com/content/bcddc297-b7f2-444d-908f-54e8ce6f4f98?shareType=nongif


Also this, I don't see any essential problem with people travelling abroad - mentally it is probably a good thing - but behaviours on holiday need to be sensible which may not be the case.

"Tourists are a particular worry. Officials are concerned they are picking up the virus in crowded bars and nightclubs at resorts in countries such as Spain and spreading it among family and friends at home."
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The pivotal time in the history of a club
at 10:07 29 Jul 2020

It was 19 goals in eight matches up to Reading in December 2017, two in the next eight. Injuries, loss of belief, increasing negativity - it was a weird season.
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Putting Together Various Bits I Have Read And Observed
at 09:54 29 Jul 2020

"our perceived good old days under Burley and Sheepshanks"

Ah, yes back when we were the fourth most successful club, in terms of points per game, over about three seasons (after Man Utd, Arsenal & Sunderland), challenging for promotion to the Premier League each season.

Yes, definitely only a perception that that was better than not being good enough to make the third division play-offs.
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The pivotal time in the history of a club
at 09:35 29 Jul 2020

I don't disagree that some fans were blinded by their hatred of McCarthy by the end and they certainly made it toxic at Portman Road and notably at Brentford where a large number of fans turned up with the sole intention of abusing MM throughout.

The first half of 17-18, particularly at home we were really good. One poor performance on Boxing Day and that was all forgotten.
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The pivotal time in the history of a club
at 09:13 29 Jul 2020

They have understated our finishing position in 17-18, we were 12th not 16th.

Those fans who thought MM was holding us back from the top six were the best ones but it isn't really down to the fans, it wasn't them who let Hurst rip up an established Championship side and overpay for a load of lower division players.
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