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Derby latest.....
at 21:27 17 Sep 2021

Covid’s a very clever virus. It knows how to distinguish between people we know and strangers, it selectively targets countries to produce driver shortages, and now it apparently targets football clubs who’ve tried to raise income by massively overvaluing the sale of their ground to already involved parties. A very sneaky little virus indeed.
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Really Boris? Is this what you think our country needs to focus upon
at 17:31 17 Sep 2021

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Really Boris? Is this what you think our country needs to focus upon
at 17:21 17 Sep 2021

She's peeing in the wind. Since when have this lot worried about doing something that "introduces significant bureaucracy to trade, adversely affect the free movement of goods, and undermine the UK's position"? It's literally the main manifesto position they were voted in on.
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Be sure not to drive with a dodgy break light
at 17:17 17 Sep 2021

"A broken nose, broken cheek bone/ eye socket and deep cuts to his head and other injuries" doesn't sound like an assumption. Put it this way, I wouldn't assume he tripped and fell based on that statement of what sounds like fact (albeit unverified).
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Really Boris? Is this what you think our country needs to focus upon
at 17:13 17 Sep 2021

How the hell does it take 6 years to train to be a weights and measures inspector? It took me 5 minutes to learn when a pint wasn't a pint. You can become a doctor in 4-5 years and get your licence to practice 1 year after that!
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Thought the Cook interview today was good
at 17:08 17 Sep 2021

Lol, made me chuckle. The words are all meaningless aren't they, unless things improve on the pitch.

Still, he's had hell of a week or two poor guy no getting away from it.
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Did you enjoy School?
at 17:05 17 Sep 2021

I was in the Lloyds Massive, down on the Cornhill. I'm not sure I realised how lucky I was back then given I was surrounded by young lasses all dolled up (although they were a few years older and scared the hell out of me if I'm honest).

The bank was great, they gave me a shot at loads of different things from the back office logging cheques through to working on the counters (under close watch!). It was far better than the office placement I had. It was in a lovely complex on the edge of town and we had to get an employee bus there, but they pretty much the highlight as they stuck me in the mail room all week. I did get some exercise delivering and picking up post I suppose. It was on the banks of the Orwell, so think that might have been Wherstead Park. just Googled it and it looks like it was back when Eastern Electricity had their HQ there.
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4231 is clearly a system that works
at 16:49 17 Sep 2021

It'd be a disaster. And besides, we've got a surplus of Cms apparently all good enough or too good for this league, apparently. Carroll can sit and keep the ball ticking over all day long in his sleep. I saw him do it plenty of times down here anyway. He's never going to become a bully type in there, but in terms of mopping up and keeping things ticking over he should be more than good enough. It all depends on their instructions and roles they've been given.
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This Celina red tape issue
at 16:46 17 Sep 2021

Hair? The last bus home? Seeing us win? Unfeasibly large testicles?

Yes, I'm sure you're missing something. Aren't we all?
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Really Boris? Is this what you think our country needs to focus upon
at 12:58 17 Sep 2021

I suspect your first para will be the case. The missing information is what they intend to do about metric, but I can't see them outlawing that system. It'll probably be a choice, as you say, for retailers to sell exclusively in one system of units, or the other, or both.

I'm not sure what you're trying to say in the 2nd para. I'll be confusing to those who've grown up metric only for weights (everyone under 40-50). There's no getting away from that. And presumably it complicates the workload of trading standards and the like.

It's not the end of the world (e.g. we use miles and metres all the time), just seems a bit, er...pointless.
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Key phrases from this mornings interview
at 12:48 17 Sep 2021

I'm a bit surprised we're only hearing words like hungar, desire, belief. That's only part of the answer. They can believe all they want, but if they're not set up properly that belief means nothing (it just turns into delusion).

Maybe he's right (and he's far more likely to know than me!). Maybe we are just missing that belief and confidence. The problems look a bit more structural to me though.
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I think beating Mick's physical Cardiff side is an achievement
at 12:44 17 Sep 2021

They're looking a bit iffy at the moment. Forest were battering them before Kieffer Moore cae on to turn the game the other day, and that's a team at the bottom of the table who've just sacked their manager.

Mind you, they're just off the PO positions so he can't be doing that badly with the resources he's got.
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A good fridge freezer and/or one of those big bookcases you divide rooms with
at 12:35 17 Sep 2021

Sausage and mash with £80 of peas?
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Really Boris? Is this what you think our country needs to focus upon
at 12:33 17 Sep 2021

It was made illegal to only sell in imperial units, all due to EU standards and the like. Not sure when it came in - but you could be right, it was around Blair's time (I suspect the PM made no difference as it was new EU legislation).

Even if it happens at all, this may well have limited impact as people have got all the kit and containers and the like to work metrically, so we'll probably end up with a rule that says you can use either and a lot of people will carry on as they are.

It doesn't seem the slightest bit important to me, but there we are.
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Did you enjoy School?
at 12:26 17 Sep 2021

I didn't really think about that at the time, I just gone on with it. I don't remember especially liking it nor disliking it in general. There were a couple of subjects I disliked (Chemistry especially), but that was more down to not liking the teachers. But that was balanced with subjects I did like, I had quite a large friend circle and I got involved with a bit of extra curricular stuff like sports early on (before getting injured and having to have a break from sports for 3-4 yrs) and then working as a stagehand on the schools shows.

Like Joe I was a bit of a coaster, and sailed through with a bit of natural aptitude and fairly minimum effort if I'm honest. Totally fecked up A-Levels, but had a blast doing so. But was then lucky enough to grab a place at Uni through clearing and decided it was time to knuckle down occasionally and from there on managed to find a balance between working hard when I needed to and switching off in between. I'm kind of an all (if I'm interested) or nothing (if I'm not) kind of guy. That got me through Uni fairly well, and allowed me to carry on with further degrees doing wonderful things until my mid-20s.

TWTD.
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Really Boris? Is this what you think our country needs to focus upon
at 11:49 17 Sep 2021

They've got that flexibility now. I can buy anything I want in imperial in Swansea market, and often do - pound of mince, quarter of sweets.

(Although maybe that's just because metric hasn't reached here yet! Still, at least we're looking trendy with this new mullet hairstyle that's just come into fashion).
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Really Boris? Is this what you think our country needs to focus upon
at 11:46 17 Sep 2021

Wind up the libs innit.
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hybrid cars
at 11:46 17 Sep 2021

We borrowed a Honda Civic saloon for a few months once and it got us around no problem with pretty respectable MPG. I assume that's the same sort of thing. To all intents and purposes it was a 'normal' car. No faff, decent turn of speed for what it was, constant MPG with none of this rubbish economy when running off the petrol engine, and it seemed bullet proof. Boot was half decent too - more than big enough for a fold up bike I'd have thought.
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Taking my boy to his first match at Lincoln - tips wanted!
at 11:39 17 Sep 2021

That's a very good point. Photos are really good and yes, just get stuck in to the whole atmosphere. You're right, the football is secondary really. I took my boy to Anfield for his first away game when he was about 6 and the thing he remembers from it is going to the Lego shop before and standing next to Lee Trundle in the stands (it was a Swans match).

He saw us win at Villa Park and he talks more about the curry buffet before with the other town fans!
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4231 is clearly a system that works
at 10:42 17 Sep 2021

It doesn't necessarily rely on getting the ball forward quickly. The formation is separate from how its deployed. I've seen teams go direct with it, play the ball slowly forward tiki taka style and probably everything in between. You can press and win the ball high up the pitch or sit deep and only press in your own half. There are many different ways it can be deployed depending (ideally!) on your strengths.

Agree on the two sitting DMs. I've not seen enough covering from our 2 DMs for my liking. Either a DM should drop into CB and one of the CB moves to RB/LB or the CM drops into RB/LB. That's the way I've seen other teams counter the flank threat when their full back bombs on. You're right that we just seem to leave a hole.
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