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Jordan Spence teams up with Alan Pardew ...
at 10:38 22 Jan 2020

It's almost as if Spence isn't as crap as popular opinion decided he was mid-way through last season.
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Wimbledon ticket sorted
at 10:22 22 Jan 2020

Me too. Good to get to sole London match this season.
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Which of these meats have you eaten?
at 08:50 22 Jan 2020

The same 10.
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Here it is........some love for us.
at 08:17 22 Jan 2020

Not at all, it's a relatively inexpensive but effective and clearly appreciated gesture. Not entirely sure why it should have to wait to November though, presumably to get two lots of headlines about it.
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Do yellow cards still count if a decision is overturned by VAR?
at 14:24 21 Jan 2020

Yes in both cases. de Gea was booked on Sunday for example despite the VAR check taking place.
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Brexit MEP unhappy
at 11:52 21 Jan 2020

The dominant theme of this year will be realising what we've actually lost once we've left the EU. It'll stop being even wryly amusing quite quickly I suspect.
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Ahhh f*ck, f*ck it, its too f*ucking hard, ffs................
at 09:29 21 Jan 2020

Nah, black jacket and jeans. Slightly above and to the left of the goal.
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HS2
at 07:59 21 Jan 2020

Indeed, the last upgrade to the West coast mainline took about a decade, ran massively over budget and saw widespread disruption. On a smaller scale anyone who regularly travels between Ipswich and Liverpool Street knows how tedious 20 years of engineering work, with no end in sight, has been.

I would agree about the country becoming less London-centric and the need to invest in more infrastructure in the North. The re-generation of regional cities has certainly helped over the past couple of decades but the transport links haven't caught up - that the failure to increase through-platform capacity at Manchester Piccadilly can cause delays across the north is poor.
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Ahhh f*ck, f*ck it, its too f*ucking hard, ffs................
at 07:37 21 Jan 2020

I'm right behind the goal, clear on the video, my arms paused for a very long time as that ball dropped.
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HS2
at 07:36 21 Jan 2020

It was a political project, pushed by Osborne at the same time as he was cutting just about any other part of the public sector he possibly could and the 'published' benefits of reducing journey times are minimal.

However, despite the costs, I'm now broadly in favour of HS2 as it represents the only way to improve existing rail capacity because by taking the fastest trains off the existing line more frequent, but slower, services can run on them without needing to leave large gaps for fast chains.

Also, the idea that it can be easily scrapped having sunk billions into it already seems fallacious. Construction has already started with large amounts of disruption in Camden - obviously that doesn't count for the Tory MPs vehemently against it. The environmental case against it is pretty weak too, it ignores the alternatives which will be more cars rather than fewer journeys.

One final point though, it needs to be the whole project and not just the London - Birmingham and Manchester part. Rail infrastructure in the north is appalling - not helped by the Tory habit of downgrading projects immediately post-election and only reinstating them just in time for the next one.

As with Heathrow's third runway, it has many problems but is still the best realistic alternative.
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Anyone out at Martlesham this weekend?
at 15:09 20 Jan 2020

Ah, guess Archant would struggle to include an image of that then.

Although they continue to publish Terry Hunt's lamentable attempts to come across as a voice of the fans.
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Retro shirts
at 14:58 20 Jan 2020

I know, I might have to buy a football shirt for the first time since the 90s now.
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Corbynism - The Post mortem
at 13:45 20 Jan 2020

I'll add this here, worth reading too on the same subject:

http://publicpolicypast.blogspot.com/2020/01/so-what-should-labour-do-now.html?m
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Anyone out at Martlesham this weekend?
at 13:14 20 Jan 2020

Ball etc.

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/a12-martlesham-heath-male-genitalia-tyres-1-6473894

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Saturday the best away win since when?
at 11:41 20 Jan 2020

"And the way we won as well, it felt like a Burley win"

Yes, I had a definite sense of that as well. A match we should have won but had to work hard to do so, I'm sure that wasn't just about being back in the Northwest.

I think the really important thing now is to build on this to become comfortable at Portman Road again. Given the run in that will be essential to getting promoted and, unlike in the Autumn, there are no big gaps without home matches.
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Fusion energy on the way?
at 11:38 20 Jan 2020

Hasn't commercially viable fusion been 10-15 years away for about 50 years though?
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Why is there no outrage at middle-class benefit cheats?
at 10:37 20 Jan 2020

The point, though, is not about what incentivises people to commit fraud, it's why the outrage at said fraud is so selective. That point is very much political.
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Why is there no outrage at middle-class benefit cheats?
at 10:10 20 Jan 2020

This is worth a read.

https://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2020/01/20/when-the-middle-class-mil

On a linked point, the reasons the DUP were so reluctant to close off loopholes will no doubt be the subject of further enquiry.
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Cricket: England making slightly hard work of this last wicket
at 09:58 20 Jan 2020

Despite that, a really good win.
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Cricket: England making slightly hard work of this last wicket
at 09:31 20 Jan 2020

Still, Marharaj has given those who've turned up something to watch:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19430/game/1185306/south-africa-vs-england-3

Rain not forecast until the afternoon so should still be ok.
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