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Anyone else watching Auchinleck Talbot v Hearts?
at 13:14 22 Jan 2022

Live on BBC One (Scotland) at the moment. Of course I knew where Auchinleck was and didn't need to look it up on Wikipedia bit I have found out that their ground was donated to them by a baron.
TWTD, your challenge should you choose to accept-Town players/managers by county
at 09:01 17 Jan 2022

We've done Town players by nation at least twice to my knowledge but I do not recall a run through of players by the county in the Home Nations (and surrounding islands). So I've done all the hard ones for you but left a few easy ones so that you can pass a few minutes filling in the gaps...

Tyrone Mings - Bath and North East Somerset
Kelvin Davis - Bedfordshire
Marcus Stewart - Bristol
Tom Adeyemi - Buckinghamshire
Mick Lambert - Cambridgeshire
Tommy Smith - Cheshire
Christian Walton - Cornwall
Sir Bobby Robson - County Durham
Kevin Beattie - Cumbria
Russell Osman - Derbyshire
Kieffer Moore - Devon
David Best - Dorset
Neil Thompson - East Riding of Yorkshire
James Norwood - East Sussex
Sir Alf Ramsey - Essex
Cole Skuse - Gloucestershire
Simon Milton - Greater London
Paul Mariner - Greater Manchester
Peter Morris - Hampshire
Mick Hill - Herefordshire
Jordan Roberts - Hertfordshire
Joe Pigott - Kent
Chris Makin - Lancashire
Luke Varney - Leicestershire
Jamie Clapham - Lincolnshire
Aaron Cresswell - Merseyside
Paul Goddard - Middlesex
Clive Woods - Norfolk
John O’Rourke - Northamptonshire
Jackie Milburn - Northumberland
Tony Mowbray - North Yorkshire
Dave Hill - Nottinghamshire
Kevin Wilson - Oxfordshire
Dalian Atkinson - Shropshire
Lee Martin - Somerset
Frazer Richardson - South Yorkshire
Paul Cooper - Staffordshire
Roger Osborne - Suffolk
Mick Mills - Surrey
Chris Swailes - Tyne and Wear
Sam Morsy - West Midlands
Conor Chaplin - West Sussex
Richard Naylor - West Yorkshire
Ben Thatcher - Wiltshire

Ryan Fraser - Aberdeenshire
Scott Fraser - Angus
George Burley - East Ayrshire
Billy Baxter - Fife
John Wark - Lanarkshire
Neil Alexander - Midlothian
Gerry Creaney - North Lanarkshire
Frank Brogan - Stirlingshire
Scott Duncan - West Dunbartonshire
Alex Mathie - West Lothian

Wes Burns - Cardiff
Emyr Huws - Carmarthenshire
Gavin Williams - Merthyr Tydfil
Lee Evans - Newport
Geraint Williams - Rhondda Cynon Taff
John Elsworthy - Monmouthshire
Dai Cornell - Swansea
Tom Lawrence - Wrexham

Gareth McAuley - Antrim
Bryan Hamilton - Belfast
Sean Friars - County Derry
Cloin Healy - County Down
Keiran McKenna - County Fermanagh
Allan Hunter - County Tyrone

Barry Cotter - County Clare
Damien Delaney - Cork
Tommy Carroll - Dublin
Alan Lee - Galway
Stephen Hunt - Laois
Ronan Murray - County Mayo
Jonathan Douglas - County Monaghan
Daryl Murphy - Waterford

Brett Pitman - Jersey

English counties unaccounted for: Berkshire, Isle of Wight, Isles of Scilly, North Somerset, Rutland, South Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire

Scots counties to fill in: Argyll & Bute, Ayrshire, Banffshire, Berwickshire, Borders, Caithness, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Highland, Inverclyde, Kincardineshire, Moray, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Na h-Eileanan Siar

Welsh counties: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan

Norn Irish: Armagh

Republic of Ireland: Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow

Other islands: Isle of Man, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Lundy

And, of course: John Lydon - Summer County...

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Urgent Friday lunch question - are sprouts an acceptable substitute for peas?
at 11:32 7 Jan 2022

It's Friday so fish and chips will be going in the oven in an hour or so. I have no peas but do have frozen beans (not a euphemism for the effects of the cold weather). However, I also have a vegetable crisper with many unused Brussels sprouts leftover from Christmas in the fridge. They need using but will they ruin lunch, do they sit easy with breaded peppered sole? Can I put tartare sauce on the plate and have it mixing with the sprouts?
Starmer tests positive for COVID-19 again...
at 12:04 5 Jan 2022

I appreciate that we need a calmer leader who cannot greatly upset too many of the populace but four bouts of self-isolation and now two COVID-19 infections does not convince me that he is the careful steadying hand that is needed.
R I P Richard Leakey
at 09:55 3 Jan 2022

Reading through the biography I think I may have found a reason that Factual has not posted an RIP for Leakey:

'Leakey's second stint in the civil service lasted two years. He sacked 25,000 civil servants...'
Recent book about Aberdeen's European Nights
at 12:00 1 Jan 2022

Town warrant an entire chapter, Peter Weir says that when Aberdeen drew holders Ipswich in the UEFA cup he didn't have to look up who any of the players were, they were so well known.

Sounds like Alex Ferguson was still reeling from being taught a football lesson by Liverpool the previous season and was determined to thoroughly research and tactically better us. Dismissive comments attributed to Mick Mills did little to dissipate Aberdeen's resolve and Mick was given a torrid time as a result, his worst ever two games in a Town shirt?

After the match Mel Henderson wrote to Aberdeen hoping to put the record straight and, in fairness, they published his letter in their next programme. The chapter in the book also uses a lot of remarks by Mariner to describe what happened in the home and away legs. Sir Bobbly sent the team out after half time in the second leg with the assessment that if they scored the whole stadium would be lifted and we would not stand much chance but if we scored the crowd would lose heart and we could manage the game out. Mariner's assessment of the circumstances that led to Weir's fifty fifth minute 'not a Worldy, just a decent shot' coming about through Mills getting unexpectedly beaten and Cooper not saving a shot he normally would have done is a little bit poignant.
Listening to Richard Osman's Desert Island Discs at the mo - World Cup of bands?
at 09:27 31 Dec 2021

He has just mentioned a casual idea for comparing music:

But what if someone actually did run a World Cup to find the best band? Useful way of spending January whilst we get deprived of football by match postponements? Anyway, my band entry is Led Zep and this one is for an impressive opening victory in the qualifiers:

Here's a nice Yuletide conundrum on vaccines
at 07:07 23 Dec 2021

Gordon Brown, who might just be the most ethical and moral Prime Minister the United Kingdom has ever had - but also the most error prone (until Johnson, that is), rightly highlights the uneven distribution of vaccines around the World. But how much of this inequality arises from wilful self interest of richer nations and how much from the practicalities of distribution from where vaccines are manufactured and from the necessity of low temperature storage and the problems that arise from that? And how much resistance there is from some races and religions to the vaccines? Has any of that resistance been 'planted' online by racist memes or is it valid when past misdemeanours in medical practices are considered?
Pray for Gav
at 15:51 20 Dec 2021

As if the stress of finding a second hand Audi at the moment is not enough, now this:

'The firm, which is owned by Pladis Global, said brands such as Jaffa Cakes, Penguins and Hobnobs could go up in price by as much as 5%.'
First North Shropshire, now Chile
at 11:37 20 Dec 2021

Thankfully Kast has not done a Trump but has conceded to Boric just an hour and a half after the polls closed (first Sunderland, then Chile). Let's hope there is no repeat of 1973 and the military respect the democratic vote.
R I P Pompidou Centre and Millennium Dome architect Richard Rogers
at 07:09 19 Dec 2021

Think his legacy will be on view in various places around the World for a while yet.
Good morning - at last Town have a manager who looks promising and Hurst suffers
at 09:04 17 Dec 2021

Resounding defeat for Neil Shastri-Hurst in a seat that the Tories have held for almost two hundred years, Greens get more votes than Reform. If only the Monster Raving Loony Party had put up a candidate then we could have seen UKIP's vote into the tens rather than the low hundreds...

Is it wrong to hope?

[edit] Just looked at the full result and seen that there was a Monster Raving Loony, looking at the photo in the link I posted I must have mistaken him for the UKIP candidate...}
[Post edited 17 Dec 2021 9:18]
Cook's matches
at 14:18 12 Dec 2021

Cook's matches

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