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Transgender women competing in women's sports....
at 15:31 18 Oct 2019

.....this is becoming an issue it seems.

A male born woman is the world champion in a track cycling event and defends that in Manchester on at the weekend. Canadian called Rachel McKinnon

Also mentions in there a formerly male weightlifter who competed, who has now transitioned across to the women's side and won 2 gold's at the Pacific Games.

It can't just be me that thinks this is just ridiculous, it's not something that needs great debate surely - men have a huge physical advantage over women with the evidence being every sport in the world where men are faster, stronger and quicker.

When you look back at the 80s and see the lengths that the Eastern bloc would go to to win medals, and how heavily abused the women were with their hormone treatments which have turned a few into men later in life as they had so much testosterone it's obvious this will be abused.

And current case with Caster Semenya as well and her levels.

It does seem at the moment that trans rights just trump women's rights whilst everyone tries to be a bit too woke and not say the obvious.
NI only backstop
at 18:21 15 Oct 2019

Does this not make NI the beat of both worlds, in the EU and in the UK?

A good place to do business and invest?
Strongest team.....
at 13:28 11 Oct 2019

....I'd personally say it is this now:


B team
Rowe-----------El Mizouni---------------Georgiou

Plus - Dobra, Roberts, Edwards

Injured - Lankester, Bishop, Nydam, Sears

Depth is unbelievable, wonder if we will see any of those 29 genuine first teamers go out in January
Ben Stokes
at 12:09 9 Oct 2019

Not saw this mentioned yesterday, thoughts on it?

Think the photos speak for themselves personally
Keyless driving cars
at 12:50 8 Oct 2019

Why are these considered progress? They are a pain in the arris.

Where do you put your keys when driving? When you try and lock it and realise Mrs has left a spare ke somewhere in bottom of buggy or bag in the boot.

Any convenience is surely outweighed elsewhere, I'm glad my new motor doesn't have it
Great Yarmouth
at 10:46 8 Oct 2019

Been away for the weekend in a Haven park up near Yarmouth, and as my boy got a bike for his birthday we elected to across to the town yesterday so he could ride it around as more space there etc

It's sad how run down the whole town is there, admittedly going to a seaside town out of season on a fairly miserable day is never going to show it in a flattering light, it is just totally run down from top to bottom.

Everything is dated, everything is cheap and tacky and everyone seems down on their luck, admittedly again this was a Monday so most of those who do work would be at work.

These are Brexit towns, but putting that aside, is there anything that can be done to turn these sorts of town's around, I'd guess they are just too far gone.

Regardless, I had an enjoyable day, I do like a seaside town, and my over arching emotion was sadness at a town which used to be booming back in the summers
Team tonight.....
at 09:50 8 Oct 2019

...guess it will be something like the following

---------------Huws------El Mizouni-----------

Other options
Either Wilson or Chambers instead of Woolfenden
Dobra in there

[Post edited 8 Oct 9:50]
Tories going all out for No Deal then
at 08:57 8 Oct 2019

Allegedly from Dominic Cummings, bloke is a jumped up pr!ck and I'd love to see this all blow up in his face.

‘The negotiations will probably end this week. Varadkar doesn’t want to negotiate. Varadkar was keen on talking before the Benn Act when he thought that the choice would be ‘new deal or no deal’. Since the Benn Act passed he has gone very cold and in the last week the official channels and the backchannels have also gone cold. Varadkar has also gone back on his commitments — he said if we moved on manufactured goods then he would also move but instead he just attacked us publicly. It’s clear he wants to gamble on a second referendum and that he’s encouraging Barnier to stick to the line that the UK cannot leave the EU without leaving Northern Ireland behind.

There are quite a few people in Paris and Berlin who would like to discuss our offer but Merkel and Macron won’t push Barnier unless Ireland says it wants to negotiate. Those who think Merkel will help us are deluded. As things stand, Dublin will do nothing, hoping we offer more, then at the end of this week they may say ‘OK, let’s do a Northern Ireland only backstop with a time limit’, which is what various players have been hinting at, then we’ll say No, and that will probably be the end.

Varadkar thinks that either there will be a referendum or we win a majority but we will just put this offer back on the table so he thinks he can’t lose by refusing to compromise now. Given his assumptions, Varadkar’s behaviour is arguably rational but his assumptions are, I think, false. Ireland and Brussels listen to all the people who lost the referendum, they don’t listen to those who won the referendum and they don’t understand the electoral dynamics here.

If this deal dies in the next few days, then it won’t be revived. To marginalise the Brexit Party, we will have to fight the election on the basis of ‘no more delays, get Brexit done immediately’. They thought that if May went then Brexit would get softer. It seems few have learned from this mistake. They think we’re bluffing and there’s nothing we can do about that, not least given the way May and Hammond constantly talked tough then folded.

So, if talks go nowhere this week, the next phase will require us to set out our view on the Surrender Act. The Act imposes narrow duties. Our legal advice is clear that we can do all sorts of things to scupper delay which for obvious reasons we aren’t going into details about. Different lawyers see the “frustration principle” very differently especially on a case like this where there is no precedent for primary legislation directing how the PM conducts international discussions.

We will make clear privately and publicly that countries which oppose delay will go the front of the queue for future cooperation — cooperation on things both within and outside EU competences. Those who support delay will go to the bottom of the queue. [This source also made clear that defence and security cooperation will inevitably be affected if the EU tries to keep Britain in against the will of its government] Supporting delay will be seen by this government as hostile interference in domestic politics, and over half of the public will agree with us.

We will also make clear that this government will not negotiate further so any delay would be totally pointless. They think now that if there is another delay we will keep coming back with new proposals. This won’t happen. We’ll either leave with no deal on 31 October or there will be an election and then we will leave with no deal.

‘When they say ‘so what is the point of delay?’, we will say “This is not our delay, the government is not asking for a delay — Parliament is sending you a letter and Parliament is asking for a delay but official government policy remains that delay is an atrocious idea that everyone should dismiss. Any delay will in effect be negotiated between you, Parliament, and the courts — we will wash our hands of it, we won’t engage in further talks, we obviously won’t given any undertakings about cooperative behaviour, everything to do with ‘duty of sincere cooperation’ will be in the toilet, we will focus on winning the election on a manifesto of immediately revoking the entire EU legal order without further talks, and then we will leave. Those who supported delay will face the inevitable consequences of being seen to interfere in domestic politics in a deeply unpopular way by colluding with a Parliament that is as popular as the clap.

Those who pushed the Benn Act intended to sabotage a deal and they’ve probably succeeded. So the main effect of it will probably be to help us win an election by uniting the leave vote and then a no deal Brexit. History is full of such ironies and tragedies.’
Interesting from Gary Rowett...
at 22:11 5 Oct 2019

...put comments from Barton about us down to fact that we are absolutely flying and trying anything to knock us off our run at the moment.

Colin Murray had said along lines that every week a manager says something negative and is then beaten, Rowett giving an indication as to what they may be trying to do
KVY injured? (n/t)
at 16:05 5 Oct 2019

Prince Phillip
at 10:29 2 Oct 2019

Rumour going round that he has passed, guess nothing confirmed anywhere yet
On my way to the New White Hart Lane...
at 15:13 1 Oct 2019

....a new ground to tick off, and looking forward to seeing the new stadium - anyone been yet? Everyone I know who has says it is stunning.
FOR SALE - NFL tickets - Bears v Raiders - Spurs Stadium this Sunday
at 13:21 30 Sep 2019

Any one interested please give me a shout ASAP.

Bears v Raiders at the new Spurs ground, 6pm kick off on Sunday.

Tickets are £120 for the pair, which is face value and the fees from ticketmaster, postage, etc rounded up by about £2.

I can drop tickets round to somewhere convenient if Ipswich/nearby or can do Special Delivery at whatever that costs
Netflix recomendations
at 20:06 29 Sep 2019

Quarter of the season gone after next weeks game (n/t)
at 22:57 28 Sep 2019

Skuse central in a back 3 today (n/t)
at 13:15 28 Sep 2019

Clean sheet record...
at 10:28 27 Sep 2019

If we get to the 49th minute tomorrow it will be a new record period with conceding a goal.
Essex could be in a bit of trouble....
at 16:00 26 Sep 2019

.....if it is a dry day in Taunton tomorrow. Will be asked to chase something under huge pressure.

Even if target is only 120ish it won’t be fun
Is that everyone fit now? (Bar Sears, Nydam and Bishop)
at 13:41 23 Sep 2019

All those who missed pre season, all those who have picked up knocks, have all had serious minutes in the last 10 days for either the first team or the U23s.


Tough decisions coming up for Lambert this week
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