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If The Guardian or The Mirror has something up their sleeve now may be the time
at 08:02 28 May 2020

Not a single article relating to Cummings (other than his ‘rise’ to his role at Downing Street) on the BBC front page. I can’t believe it but I think they might actually manage to front this out. Some were hopeful the papers had something else, alluded to by Peston on Monday, and if so now might be the time to regenerate some momentum.
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Breaking news from The Daily Star
at 07:53 27 May 2020

https://www.thepaperboy.com/uk/daily-star/front-pages-today.cfm?frontpage=60162

I’m astounded personally; you can’t drive if you’re blind???

(Seriously, you know you’re in trouble when the Daily Star starts taking pot shots)
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Why is the Little Britain apologising politician sketch in my mind? (n/t)
at 16:52 25 May 2020

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League One season to be curtailed this week - Telegraph
at 18:33 17 May 2020

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/05/17/league-one-clubs-expected-vote-e

But the possibility still seems to be there to extend the Play Offs to eight teams. I mean... seriously?!
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This Twitter thread shows why the EFL shouldn’t expect any help from the PL
at 09:08 17 May 2020



“I’m alright, pull up the drawbridge!”
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Looks like only a small number of ministers are now making the decisions
at 07:56 15 May 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-52670086

Know it’s from the ever unpopular Laura Kuenssberg but still makes for an interesting, and slightly concerning, read as I can imagine it simply makes the phrase ‘the lunatics are running the asylum’ truer than it would be anyway.
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The Newcastle United takeover
at 21:20 5 May 2020

The moralistic side of me thinks that the overall Geordie celebration surrounding the takeover by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, considering the human rights abuses, is just another example of football's death. Someone who has been accused of ordering the execution of a journalist can be greeted with happiest and open arms because the football club is more important than this.

And yet if they had taken leave of their senses and offered a deal for Town to Marcus Evans would I be happy to accept the abuses for the chance of redemption and rebirth for the club? Morally definitely not but football wise...?
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Solutions to the football question
at 11:43 3 May 2020

This isn’t as much a thread in when or how football should restart but the form of games when it does. I personally feel it’s wrong not to finish this season as so much rides on it - if we were sitting where we should be we would want a chance to go up and there will be huge questions surrounding Bolton’s points deduction, for example, if this season is void.

Whenever football restarts I think this season needs to finish. If they need to curtail or change the format for next season then so be it; at least all clubs will be aware of the process prior to it starting. This does affect players on contracts which expire on 30th June so perhaps the transfer window should be opened if the season hasn’t restarted so they can sign for other clubs, or maybe an agreement in place between the PFA and the clubs for rolling contracts until the end of the season proper. This is the hardest issue to solve.

But I don’t think it’s in the competition’s interest to scrap the season altogether even though I fear that’s what they’ll decide to do.
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Following on from BanksterDebtSlave’s toilet roll poll...
at 11:40 2 May 2020

Who are the 16% who hang their roll next to the wall? You barbarians!
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So at which point is the cure more deadly than the disease?
at 14:16 30 Apr 2020

I presume the above is one point which will be considered when debating the relaxing of lockdown restrictions - when do the measures currently in place have a more devastating effect on mental health, partially as a result of seclusion and financial woes, which in many cases could result in hospitalisation and/or an increase in suicide rates when compared to those who fall ill and pass from Covid-19? And how close are we to this already? This isn’t taking into account those who fear visiting hospital because of the virus resulting in illnesses not being screened and treated adequately.

It’s such a fine balance between the two and I honestly don’t know if there’s a clear definitive answer to the question.
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A worrying article on PPE
at 19:15 21 Apr 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52362707

For some reason this is buried on the BBC website but makes for a sobering read. There’s no doubt we should have more PPE than we do but I’m not sure if every manufacture across the globe combined could create all which is needed worldwide.
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UEFA planning Champions League final on 29th August
at 19:24 16 Apr 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52316964

Forget league football being a struggle, continental football must carry on.
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How can we generate more PPE?
at 09:46 13 Apr 2020

Obviously we can discuss the prior issues of stockpiling expense but we are where we are now unfortunately - how can we ensure enough PPE is created and distributed to those who need it, considering I presume all factories involved in manufacture are working flat out. Maybe take Amazon delivery drivers off day-to-day purchases to help delivery to hospitals and social care providers? But if manufacture is the issue how can that be increased?
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Why on Earth would a car be sitting outside with lights on...
at 00:30 6 Apr 2020

For half an hour at this time of night?

Random question which no one will be able to answer, I know.

[Post edited 6 Apr 0:31]
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The BBC coverage...
at 20:47 23 Mar 2020

“Let’s go to Downing Street... let’s go to Scotland Yard”

Why can’t these reporters stay at home and relay the news via video call???

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It’s the French lockdown then
at 20:34 23 Mar 2020

Not to leave homes unless for urgent family matters, travelling to and from essential work, exercise and essential shopping. Police to have powers to enforce the rules.

All shops to be closed selling non-essential goods. Wedding and baptisms etc. cancelled. Outside gyms and leisure facilities closed.

This will be in place for three weeks then being reviewed.
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The way to deal with this?
at 10:59 22 Mar 2020

All people outside of key workers (doctors, nurses, surgeons, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, teachers, nursery staff, those involved in food and medical supply, those involved in waste disposal, vets, those in the military relating to maintaining law and order, social workers) to be placed in enforced isolation for twelve weeks. Promote jobs for delivery people in relation to food from supermarkets so people don’t have to go out to buy and implement

All flights to be cancelled for the duration. Same with Euro Tunnel and ports.

When the twelve weeks is up lift restrictions but everyone who is travelling into the country is placed in state quarantine for two weeks. Keep this in place until a vaccine is in place.

Would it work? Or, after the three months, is there still a risk key workers could still carry the illness and restart the pandemic again?
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The last hurrah? Team for Fleetwood
at 13:09 1 Mar 2020

I can see Lambert making a few changes after the criticism yesterday.

Norris
Woolfenden - Chambers - Wilson - Earl
Skuse - Huws - Nolan
Judge - Keane - Sears

Holy and Garbutt made errors for the goals and Lambert seems especially angry with the latter. I doubt Bishop will be able to play two games in quick succession and obviously Downes is suspended. I think Huws will be risked because who’s the alternative otherwise - the seemingly out of favour Dozzell? Unless we change shape back into a wing back system with Edwards and Garbutt for Wilson and Huws from the above.
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