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On balance and taking all things...
at 09:26 9 Nov 2017

into consideration I think Shefki Kuqi, although less skilful was a more valuable player for Ipswich Town Football Club - anyone remember them? - than Pablo Counago.
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Mea culpa 2
at 20:40 13 Oct 2017

This is a grovelling apology to Benters:

I have been on here a few times saying that his liking for Ghost Ship is ridiculous and that it is a real weakness in the mostly fine range of beers brewed in Southwold.

A few weeks ago I had a pint of this in Slovenia - honestly - and really enjoyed it. I then had another pint in the interests of scientific research just to check my previous findings, which were confirmed. I wasn't sure that two scientific experiments were enough so I then.....
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The proof...
at 16:47 30 Jun 2017

The expression is not 'the proof is in the pudding', which makes no sense.

The expression is 'The proof of the pudding is in the eating' which actually means something.
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Chip-pan fire in Great Ashfield
at 07:47 2 Dec 2016

and I had to learn about this important news on the EADT website.

Facters is losing it bigtime.
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Roger Hunt n/t
at 13:51 31 Aug 2016

n/t
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Ipswich is the top...
at 10:12 29 Aug 2016

sporting town or city in East Anglia, according to a study published today.

What? Better than Ely? I can't believe that.
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10/10 in EADT Quiz on the Nineties of ITFC
at 07:58 28 Apr 2016

I trust.

Except children obviously..
[Post edited 28 Apr 2016 7:59]
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Memory Man
at 15:22 22 Jan 2016

Memory Man

A Liverpudlian was touring the USA on holiday and stopped in a remote bar
in the hills of Nevada. He was chatting to the bartender when he spied
an old Indian sitting in the corner. He had tribal gear on, long white
plaits, wrinkled face.

“Who’s he?” said the foreigner.

“That’s the Memory Man.” said the bartender. “He knows everything. He
can remember any fact. Go and try him out.”

So the Liverpudlian goes over, and thinking he won’t know anything about English Soccer
Football, asks “Who won the 1965 FA Cup Final?”

“Liverpool,” replies the Memory Man.

“Who did they beat.

“Leeds,” was the reply.

“And the score?”

“2-1

“Who scored the winning goal?”

“Ian St. John,” was the old man’s reply.

The Liverpudlian was knocked out by this and told everyone
about the Memory Man when he returned to Liverpool.

A few years later he went back to the USA and tried to find the
impressive Memory Man.

Eventually he found the bar and sitting in the same seat was the old
Indian only this time he was older and more wrinkled. Because he was
so impressed, the Liverpudlian decided to greet the Indian honourably in his native
tongue and give the proper hand gesture of peace.

He approached him with his right palm raised and said the greeting “How”.

The Memory Man replied immediately.

“Diving header in the six yard box!!







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F U N E X
at 21:32 30 Dec 2015

S V F X
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If you are finding the Syrian situation ...
at 08:34 14 Dec 2015

difficult to keep up with and understand this will either sort it all out for you - or possibly make it even more shrouded in mystery:




President Assad, Syria ( who is bad ) is a nasty guy who got so nasty his people rebelled and the Syrian Rebels ( who are good ) started winning ( Hurrah!).
But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic State or Daesh: an acronym for the Arabic phrase meaning ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’, a wider geographical area. Daesh are definitely bad! Some rebels (Democratic Syrian Rebels) continued to support democracy ( who are still good.)

So the USA ( who are good ) started bombing Daesh ( who are bad ) and giving arms to the Democratic Syrian Rebels ( who are good ) so they could fight Assad ( who is still bad ) which was good.

(By the way, there is a breakaway state in the north of the country run by the Kurds who want to fight Daesh ( which is a good thing ) but the Turkey think they are bad, so we have to say they are bad whilst secretly thinking they're good and giving them guns to fight Daesh. Which is good but that is another matter.)

Getting back to Syria.
So Russia ( who is bad, cos of the invasion of Crimea and incursions into the Ukraine )has decided to back Assad ( who is still bad ) by attacking Daesh ( who are also bad ) which is sort of a good thing?
But Russia ( still bad ) thinks the Democratic Syrian Rebels ( who are good ) are also bad, as they are fighting Assad, and so Russia bombs them too, much to the annoyance of the USA ( who are good ) and who are busy backing and arming the Democratic Syrian Rebels ( who are also good).

Now Iran ( who used to be bad, but they have agreed not to build any nuclear weapons and bomb Israel, and so are now good ) are going to provide ground troops to support Assad ( still bad ) as is Russia ( bad ) who now have ground troops and aircraft in Syria.

So a ‘Coalition’ of Assad ( still bad ); Russia ( extra bad ); and Iran ( good, but in a bad sort of way )’ are going to attack Daesh ( who are bad ) which is a good thing, but also the Democratic Syrian Rebels ( who are good ) which is bad.
Now the UK (good) and the USA ( also good ) cannot attack Assad ( still bad ) for fear of upsetting Russia ( bad ) and Iran ( good / bad) and now they have to accept that Assad might not be that bad after all compared to Daesh ( bad).

So Assad ( bad ) is now probably good, being better than Daesh. And since Russia and Iran are also fighting Daesh that may now make them good. USA (still good ) will find it hard to arm the group of Democratic Syrian Rebels being attacked by the Russia for fear of upsetting Russia ( now good ) and Iran ( also now good ). So they may be forced to say that the Democratic Syrian Rebels are now bad, or at the very least abandon them to their fate. This will lead most of them to flee to Turkey and on to Europe or join Daesh ( still the only constantly bad group).

To Sunni Muslims, an attack by Shia Muslims ( led by Assad and Iran and backed by Russia), on them, will be seen as something of a Holy War, and the ranks of Daesh will now be seen by the Sunnis as the only Jihadis fighting in the Holy War and hence many Muslims will now see Daesh as good.

Sunni Muslims will also see the lack of action by the UK and the USA in support of their Sunni rebel brothers as something of a betrayal and hence the UK and the USA will be seen as Bad.

So, now we have the USA ( now bad ) and the UK ( also bad ) providing limited support to Sunni Rebels ( bad ) many of whom are looking to Daesh ( bad ) for support against Assad ( now good ) who, along with Iran ( also good) and Russia ( also now good ) are attempting to retake the same country, i.e. Syria, that Assad (now good) used to run before all this started in 2011?



The mind just boggles…if it was not so tragic.






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Reality
at 10:56 7 Dec 2015

I have never watched any tv unreality programmes, but I see that Kieron is out of the jungle.
The report on the BBC quotes him as saying he is gutted.

The big question which remains unanswered for me is whether he said 'gu'id' or 'gutted'.
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Music
at 16:30 25 Nov 2015

Many will consider this to be rubbish, even without reading it carefully.
I think there are valuable truths in it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34801885
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Tony Mowbray
at 22:13 25 Sep 2015

I have been away in the North Yorks/ Cleveland area for a fortnight or so. Among other places I visited Saltburn Next The Sea, the birthplace of Mogga.

We also visited the major art gallery in Middlesbrough ( a city incidentally that I become more fond of each time I visit it). Prominent among the greetings cards on sale was one with a painting of a footballer in red 'Boro shirt alongside these words:

If I had to fly to the moon I'd take my captain Tony Mowbray with me. He's a magnificent man - Bruce Rioch

That seems to me to be a superior sort of greetings card!
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Favourite Pope
at 14:51 6 Sep 2015

This thread is here especially for the late Bulbeck Blue.

Mine is, of course, Adrian IV.
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Best Symphony Orchestra?
at 14:46 5 Sep 2015

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
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