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at 01:22 13 Jul 2019

Lots of information online about how many meet expected standards. Nothing i can find beyond that though. Anyone know what scores are typical as opposed to seriously top end? If 65% hit standard then presumably most of those were some way above it. I'd like to see a distribution graph but can't find one. ...
I have no real interest in Glastonbury-
at 09:32 29 Jun 2019

but it kept me up last night with the noise... So I watched bits.

Dont get "Stormzy" at all. Modern rap music is so uninspired. The rhythms in the lyrics are monotonous and repetitive- and it seemed very hard to make out any of the lyrics.

Just noticed, however, that Wu Tang are playing today. Blimey. Maybe I should have gone.
Lingaard video
at 17:10 20 Jun 2019

Heard about it on the radio. Wondered what shocking nonsense he'd stupidly put on social media.

Got home. Its just some blokes in a hotel suite, saying goodbye room, and swearing a bit. What on earth is the issue?

Bit silly, bit crass, but seriously. We used to have players taping spitroasting girls- and now there is uproar because someone pretended to shag a pillow, with his pants on?
I know it's trite to moan about shirt prices
at 22:09 14 Jun 2019

But this is ridiculous. My daughter is really engaged with the women's world cup, I'm encouraging it. Watching with her, buying the Wallcharts etc.

Thought I'd buy her a shirt. small kids shirt FIFTY FECKING QUID. Shorts are nearly as much again.

The FA are such a bunch of twots.
England have been poor throughout
at 21:20 6 Jun 2019

Barely kept the ball outside of their own defensive third.

Chased shadows.
For the select few TWTD blues and guitar nerds
at 22:29 5 Jun 2019

I spent last weekend at the Red Rooster festival near Thetford. I ate, drank, laughed and listened. Would prefer something a bit more blues leaning but it was good. I was aware of a guitarist called Todd Albright but had not seen him previously. He specialises in 12 string 20s and 30s music- Leadbelly, Willie McTell etc. His guitar just sounded F'in awesome. Just. Wow.

Little interview here which really shows off the guitar in question which is pretty unique.

Such a massive, pianistic sound. Need one! I already have a 6 string by the same luthier but I fear I am going to spend the next six months selling stuff or trying to justify the expense to myself and the wife....

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Paul Darrow has died
at 17:51 3 Jun 2019

And a little part of me along with him.

Staying with us required a degree of stupidity he could no longer manage. (reference for the proper nerds)
Yoghurt knitting
at 23:34 19 May 2019

What's the most yoghurt knitty environment you have ever experienced?

I went to an extraordinary open mic tonight. 2nd act played 12 minutes straight of what could best be described as improvised avant garde folk noodling.

Next a very pretty lady in huge pantaloon trousers and shawls played sophisticated jazz folk chords with songs she had written inspired by the words of a Sufi poet.

After that a bloke in flip flops played self penned Dylanesque songs accompanied by a friend who played a traditional Armenian double reeded instrument.

He went on to say that he would be pleased to offer energy to the open mic project before explaining he had been arrested today and assaulted by a policeman with'inhumane energy' and swearing a lot. Turns out he was done for driving his van without insurance because he couldn't afford it. No excuse. .. seriously. ... He then sang about 'the land'. Before his mate did a folk song on an African instrument with metal pingy things and a lacquered shell of some sort.

Oh. I forgot the elderly couple who played very sophisticated instrumentals on guitar and mandolin inspired by places they have visited around the world and the animals they saw there.
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The FA Cup appears to be dead
at 18:36 18 May 2019

Not taken seriously by the big clubs, or even the lower prem clubs, but still a complete non contest come the final. Very sad to see.

The FA and PL have allowed money to detroy the game in so many ways.
Red Rooster festival in Suffolk and nerdery
at 21:12 9 May 2019

Anyone going? Anyone know any of the acts?!

Is it too nerdish to work through the lineup via youtube creating a spreadsheet of which ones seem most interesting?
Home theatre
at 12:23 18 Apr 2019

We use a smart tv in living room for netflux anazon etc and still have a dvd too. I have a rarely used old surround sound system with optical and coax inputs.

Thinking about a projector for the basement and moving the surround stuff down there for films and streaming with sound that wont disturb the kids upstairs at night.

Issue is how do i get streams through the projector. I could use my laptop but i dont think it has optical or coax audio out so i wouldnt get the 5.1 sound. It does have hdmi.

Does one get a roku or something? Do they deal with 5.1? What solutions do the folks of twtd employ...?
B0llocks to the football- Anyone been to Red Rooster festival?
at 16:51 30 Mar 2019

Near Thetford. Trying to persuade the family to go, but have 2 nos out of 3 so far so am toying with the idea of running solo...
Is this one of the most stupid things to be said by an MP ever?
at 22:49 26 Mar 2019

I know there's an awful lot of strong competition but seriously...
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Why is a supposedly good quality broadhsheet giving this charlatan publicity?
at 11:07 23 Mar 2019

Isn't it time we grew up and grew out of this sort of nonsense?

Time to prosecute mediums and psychics for fraud as well.
More kids football whining
at 23:32 17 Mar 2019

FA not to blame this time.

Am I being a whiny old git?

Played an U9s game in our cup competition today. We are 4th of 6 in our group. Should be equal third really- but we had a mad 10 minutes against a lower side last time out. We were playing the side top of our group. They drew with the joint top side and their other results in the group of 6 have been 9-3, 11-1, 11-2.

Opposition manager was telling his team at half time that it was "embarrassing" that they were only 4-2 up (as overheard by my daughter). He went on to order his keeper to come up and play as sweeper in OUR HALF in the third quarter (that stopped after we very nearly caught them on the break for 4-3). Thought that was hugely disrespectful to a team with no subs, and 2 under 8s playing their socks off and matching them, despite their obvious belief that they were at another level to us.

At the end I jokingly said "hey- give us player x back (one of our best players switched to them last summer) and we'll draw with you next time". Their Manager's response was: "I wouldn't go that far..." and he then turned his back on me and walked off.

U9s FFS. Get a grip.
at 07:47 13 Mar 2019

From where I was there was as clear a penalty as could be towards the end of the first half. Bristol defender virtually caught it with both hands. Was I imagining things?
Only seen highlights but...
at 20:27 2 Mar 2019

Kenlock created our goal.

Chambers appears very very very easy to get in behind.

Nsiala's mistake was painful- but not surprising from someone lacking regular games.
iplayer. stewart lee series3 ep 1
at 00:11 2 Mar 2019

Go and watch it now. My unpteenth viewing. I'm a bottle of prosecco and a mom perfomance at man v fat 6 aside down... But its a masterpiece...
Fascinating stuff from the Pope
at 12:50 24 Feb 2019

What did the Pope say?
In comparing child sexual abuse with human sacrifice he said:

"I am reminded of the cruel religious practice, once widespread in certain cultures, of sacrificing human beings - frequently children - in pagan rites,"

"The inhumanity of the worldwide phenomenon becomes even more serious and more scandalous in the Church, because it is in contrast with its moral authority and its ethical credibility. "

Am I alone in noting the tension inherent in his comments? Not just the obvious easy stuff about how the church has failed to deal with abuse- but more intriguingly, the fact that the entire religion is based upon the concept that jesus (in human form) sacrificed himself to appease god for humanity's sins. Isn't that, at its heart, essentially the same as sacrificing a human (or animal) to a god to appease it?
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What do we think of the Talksport cricket coverage?
at 10:29 23 Feb 2019

Its been a while now. Time to settle in, get used to it and for them to knock off the rough edges.

It seems there is a fair bit of bickering going on between TMS folks and Talksport folks. Twitter spats between Agnew and some bloke called Liam Fisher at TS, amongst other things. Which is pretty sad.

I am still irritated by TS getting the coverage. Happily- they have not littered the coverage with ads. However, I dont have a DAB in the car, so cannot listen whilst driving. With Radio 4 I could make use of LW.

In terms of the actual coverage- Mark Nicholas would be well worthy of a spot on TMS. Some of the guests have had some interesting input. But the routine commentary crew seem to be below par. I'd much rather listen to Swanny or Tuffers than Darren Gough- just more entertaining and articulate characters. The Talksport bloke (who's name I forget- but he's not a cricketer) is not the man for ball by ball commentary imo.
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