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Shocking Turnstyle error
at 07:20 27 Jan 2020

Shocked and horrified? It's ITFC, not Mi5.
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We were a class above Lincoln today
at 18:04 25 Jan 2020

Thought we were decent. We do lack that brutal, cutting edge.

Beat Rotherham on Tuesday and we are looking in really good shape.
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HS2
at 06:38 25 Jan 2020

Oxford MK and Cambridge is likely to be a massive corridor of growth. Some track exists from the old varsity line and it is a live funded project.

As you suggest, the West bit was pretty quick and easy, the East bit is preexisting network but the real issue is the central bit from Cambridge to Bedford. In this section, the old varsity line has been repurposed as the guided busway that runs from CB to Huntingdon. When you also think that they want build an expressway from Huntington to Oxford too this is where the monumental issues are.

The Government have made it clear that this is no longer the 3rd priority after Crossrail and HS2 as Network Rail are already ridiculously overstretched. I think it's been earmarked as privately funded but its in reality in limbo.

It's like a micro version of HS2. It begins with pomp and ceremony with ridiculously little thought, an obviously lightweight budget and timescale that is well short of realistic. Inevitably, true costs are now emerging and its completion has been kicked to 'late 2020s', which actually means 2040, assuming something shinier doesn't come along, putting this further down the priority list.

The proposed budget was something ridiculous like £500m. About 2 months of HS2 spend. If completed it will actually be about £3 billion, you'd imagine.
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This virus
at 19:10 24 Jan 2020

Agree. Their mortality rates and disclosures should be taken with a huge smattering of salt too.
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Man Utd aren't matching the ambitions of Pogba!
at 05:55 24 Jan 2020

I've always been highly doubtful of this transfer. Had a good world cup but is essentially a midtable centre back.
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Blue passports: Your Mother was a Hamster
at 05:46 24 Jan 2020

Everyday it says 'Arctic snow storm set to ravage the UK!'

It's not dropped below 5c in West Suffolk this winter.
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The best league in the world
at 19:19 22 Jan 2020

I watch the Prem very occasionally but only if I'm not doing something else etc. I rarely make an effort to watch it. I probably wouldn't follow it at all if it wasn't for fantasy football.

I do really like the championship, it's an excellent league. I'm far more likely to watch that than the Prem. I find football on quest pretty poor though.

I probably go to 60% of all town games.

I followed England in the qualifiers for Euro 2016 home and away. I did every England game in France too. I'm hoping for a few England games at Euro 2020 as I have 15 odd caps left. Demand is seismic though.
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Who is better, Son or Ginola? Is trending on twitter
at 13:15 22 Jan 2020

Son. Ginola was an excellent show pony.
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Which of these meats have you eaten?
at 09:22 22 Jan 2020

The Chinese giant salamander is critically endangered in the wild because of pollution and capture/killing.

The one on the market would have no doubt been specifically farmed. A real shame.

I also suspect they mean peafowl as peacock only specifically relates to a male peafowl.
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Suffolk hotels/B&Bs
at 18:48 21 Jan 2020

Red Lodge is decent now. Really new and shiny. 20 minutes to Cambridge.

As Jeera says it's not been a single track road with a track stop for 10 years.
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HS2
at 09:03 21 Jan 2020

Bang on. That Cambridge to Ipswich service is a disgrace.

The best way to get from Cambridge to Oxford is a 2.5 hour drive. Train has to go through London.

Manchester to Liverpool was 57 minutes when I looked for Saturday. It's 34 miles.
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Ten days until the UK leaves the European Union
at 08:56 21 Jan 2020

I studied politics in depth 2005-2007 and it was just a peripheral issue, occasionally discussed along with a plethora of other academic issues. It was unnecessarily brought to the centre of politics to appease a long-standing, minority of Tories.

The complexity of the issues at hand was underestimated by everyone. In the run up to the referendum I didn't hear any of the following backstop, N. Ireland border, soft/hard etc. Just emotional sound bites to dumb down the web of complexity.

Best case scenario is that little changes and it proves to be the most expensive, clerical exercise in history. Worst case scenario is that the world's biggest trading block that has never witnessed an internal conflict continues to grow and thrive on our doorstep as we see a widening wealth deficit as a totally unregulated tax haven and resentment of previous generations who voted for it through rose tinted glasses or ignorance.

The notion that we will simply start increasing trade to remotely significant levels with Africa, India and other territories is fantasy and escapism.
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The most important 45 minutes of the season...
at 16:59 18 Jan 2020

Wycombe scoring in 90+4 is a wounder but winning that game shows characters.

Upatowen.
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Strongest match squad in years.
at 16:03 18 Jan 2020

At least Lambert's deal is up soon. Oh.
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Woolfie in Daily Mail
at 08:28 17 Jan 2020

Simply incredible insight. Not sure how the secret scout isn't working for one of the best clubs in the world:

'He felt more comfortable with an opponent who did not trouble him'.

Genius.
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No more heading the ball ?
at 17:37 16 Jan 2020

Sounds sensible. I remember training sessions when I was younger and there was sometimes 15 minutes of pointless heading before a little game.
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Can’t see Tranmere being on Saturday
at 17:34 16 Jan 2020

I'm in the Peak district at the moment and the weather is ok. Bit windy but the weekend is meant to be ok.

I appreciate their drainage is awful there though.
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Are people really moaning after that?
at 08:18 15 Jan 2020

I think it's good that we sounded the more up for it team despite playing in a storm away at Oxford on a Tuesday night. Shows there is some fire in the belly. Onwards.
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Edwards
at 08:15 15 Jan 2020

I thought he was a chalk on the boots winger. I assume that's where he played for P'Boro when he had that excellent goal scoring spell before we bought him?

As you say, he's not really defensively minded and physically struggles whenever I see him. I also think Donancien does an underrated job at RB when fit.

Round pegs and all that.
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Weather looks horrible (n/t)
at 20:17 14 Jan 2020

I thought this was league one. Get on with it!
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