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Do we really need a manager?
at 06:07 6 Jan 2018

I mean, most of them are complete feckwits, why don't Town break the mould again and try something new. A self organising team responsive to events on the field as they happen.

Bluey can do the post match interviews.
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Need an antidote to last night and fondly remember John Peel?
at 12:51 3 Jan 2018

I happened upon this rather lovely programme with lots of wonderful Scots musicians remembering the Scouse blow-in to Stow:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b085zx5p
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Had a chat with a Liverpool supporter I go kayaking with in the Co-op today
at 20:50 6 Dec 2017

What I mean is we belong to the same kayak club and chanced upon each other in the Co-op, not that we were paddling down the aisles.

Anyway, we were talking about the old days and he said the only ground he got punched as a travelling supporter was Portman Road!

However, he also said that the old North Stand (which he called our Kop) was, when you took into account the catchment area, easily the loudest home support in all the grounds he went to. We were a full on bunch of supporters back then, weren't we?
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A beheading fatwa for 'disrespecting' a fictional character?
at 11:09 22 Nov 2017

And it isn't Muslims kicking this one off:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/bjp-politician-puts-bounty-deepika-padukon
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New variant on sinister hugging - Putin and Assad
at 12:59 21 Nov 2017

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/assad-putin-saving-country-171121061839648

The final sentence gives a sense of the cost of 'saving' Syria - 465000 lives lost and 12 million displaced.
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80s synth pop interview heaven
at 09:31 21 Nov 2017

Well, quite interesting if you ever fell in love with the Eurythmics music:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42051131
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Finished watching 'The Vietnam War' last night, big thanks to Benters for the
at 08:58 11 Nov 2017

heads up.

A lot of the footage brought back memories of what I saw on TV at the time but I had never seen clips of the VVAW flinging their purple hearts and silver stars over the clumsy barricade on Capitol Hill before - was that new to anyone else?

I'll be thinking of them along with my recently passed Arctic Convoys uncle and all the people I knew who were bombed by the Luftwaffe when we are silent at eleven tomorrow.

And of the Hillsborough victims today after catching up with Phil Scraton's 'Desert Island Discs', The Sun still has quite a debt to repay there.
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COME ON YOU...BALOUUUUUS
at 10:58 31 Oct 2017

I'm expecting Mick to rely on the simple bare necessities tonight...
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Eureka! The Messiah revealed, our next manager can only be
at 05:57 30 Oct 2017

Eric Cantona

The boo boys can be manoeuvred down to the front of the stand by the rest of us ready for the karate kid when they get uppity, Phil can be enervated by obscure references to trawlers and seagulls, we'll do well in the National League...

Going back to sleep with an easy mind now.
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'In Our Time' this morning was about dinosaurs...
at 12:38 26 Oct 2017

Even Ol' Adenoids has joined the 'Mick Out' camp!

Apparently they grew feathers and turned into birds and that's why the meteorite hit, I might not have been fully listening. Could have been something about playing T. Rex on the right when he should clearly have been the big man in the middle of defence, not sure but I'm taking it as code that Mick is about to fly the coop...
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At least he puts Ipswich/Nodge before Wolves/West Brom
at 15:57 23 Oct 2017

But that might just be alphabetical ordering:

“I know what it feels like to play at Easter Road. Getting on the bus, driving down Princes Street, going down Easter Road and getting abuse from the Hibs fans,” said captain Christophe Berra, who will return to the derby fold after an eight-year hiatus. “It’s something a player should thrive on. It’s the biggest game of the season for us.

“I’ve played in derbies down south, Ipswich versus Norwich, Wolves versus West Brom, and I never had the same feeling I did when I was playing Hibs. I was born and bred here, I know what it means to the fans. Tuesday night, under the lights, live on telly – it doesn’t get any bigger for us.

“You need to be fired up, but you have to be controlled in that aggression as well. You have to be clever, you have to be patient. It’s three points but it’s more than that to the fans – and the players,” added the defender, who lost only three of his past 11 capital derbies. “You don’t want to be walking about the city two or three days afterwards taking stick because you’ve been beaten.”

From: http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/teams/hearts/craig-levein-keen-to-keep-th
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As a diesel driver and hypocritical environmentalist I found this interesting:
at 16:59 21 Oct 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/how_toxic_is_your_car_exhaust

Unfortunately a bit inconclusive and not even electric car drivers come out of this unscathed, might be useful also for any of you who are London based and thinking of changing your car.
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So are crime rates up or down?
at 15:10 19 Oct 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41677046

13% up in the last year to June, but improvements to recording of crime may have something to do with it. With a downward trend in murder in figures to 2014 this new increase is particularly disturbing. No doubt blue_oyster will explain it all for us.
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Trousers
at 10:03 19 Oct 2017

I did a wash on Tuesday and, as usual, I turned my socks, shirts and pants inside out because it makes sure that the dirtiest areas get closer to the detergent inside the drum of the washing machine. But as I put a pair of trousers in, been used for gardening so muddy here and there, I wondered why I never turned trousers inside out. Most of a pair of trousers faces the skin on the inside, parts covered by pants and socks being the exception, but tends to brush against it rather than the direct contact of the other garments mentioned.

Also, could be the subject of a board poll this, legs sweat less than armpits, feet and crotch so not so much need to turn them inside out. And trousers are more inclined to get muddy and so on from the bottoms upwards on the outside.

Perhaps I should set up a checklist of my trousers and use it to count when I have washed a pair of trousers without turning them inside out three times before turning them inside out for the fourth wash. Any TWTD posters do this?
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Exitbrexit? I'm in...
at 09:00 18 Oct 2017

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/reversing-brexit-would-have-significant-im

Edit: I've changed the title from 'Exbrexit' to 'Exitbrexit' as the former sounds like I was once in favour of Brexit and that's not the case. I guess I was non-committal or sceptical at the time of the 1974 referendum, to be honest I cannot remember if I was or which way I voted or if I even voted.
[Post edited 18 Oct 2017 10:26]
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'Every time you think [Brexit] can’t get any worse, it does.'
at 08:38 16 Oct 2017

Not a quote from me from the former head of the civil service Sir Bob Kerslake:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/lesley-riddoch-brexit-crisis-more-calamitou

Whether you are Remain or Leave there are some interesting points to chew over in the above article, the one I find most intriguing is the view that we are at the moment being ruled by a coalition and we will be whoever wins the next election.

'The Labour leadership, while notionally pro-Remain, really want to leave while the Tory leadership, who are pushing through Brexit, are on the whole in favour of remaining. The Labour leadership has to argue half-heartedly for Remain to hold its coalition together and the Conservative leadership has to argue unconvincingly about the benefits of leaving to hold its coalition together.'

And, oh, the cost -

'We need at least a four-year transition period and we are nowhere near starting proper talks about trading relationships because we need to sort the payment issue out. £50 billion looks like a lot of money but in the scheme of government spending, it isn’t.'

So if you are wondering why that £330m a week isn't being spent on the NHS, well that's three years worth of it right there - at least the transition period is down from the ten years mooted by Deloittes at the start of the year, no mention of the 30,000 extra civil servants they suggested though.

Still, at least we can flounce off and join the other five countries who exist without trade deals.
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