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My main takeaway from Cook’s interview today
at 19:22 3 Dec 2021

I was wondering about that...plus dont we employ scouts in the North East to do this kind of stuff anyway ?
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Orders from Planet Blue
at 19:20 3 Dec 2021

yep if its like the UEFA one, theyll email you when its ready, plus have copies to buy in the shop anyway.

but I cant remember if they said it was due before Christmas or not for this one, but it will turn up eventually.
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[Blog] The ITFC Crest: time for an update?
at 19:18 3 Dec 2021

definitely not.
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First games console or computer you got?
at 22:24 29 Nov 2021

we had like an Atari VCS/2600, but it wasnt an Atari, it was a clone of somekind, no idea what make, but you got the same style of tank/plane combat games and a space invaders but not proper space invaders.

friends of ours had everything from a ZX81, Dragon, Vic20, Apricot, but we got a Spectrum 16k as our first proper computer, which had literally only two games you could play on it, but you could load the Hobbit, and stare at the loading screen and then it would crash as it needed 48k memory to play.
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We’re getting a new hotel by the ground…
at 13:05 29 Nov 2021

Well it's considered "Town centre" isn't it ? And, near the station, Ipswich does have a surprisingly low number of hotel rooms in the town itself for its size, most commercial/business visitors often get billeted to the surrounding area hotels which makes transport difficult for them to get to where they need easily
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The Omicron Variant
at 20:17 26 Nov 2021

it sounds like a Doctor Who episode, well I guess its the WHO who name them and they do have doctors ;)

at least its not the Omicron Persei 8 variant...
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Ambition, is it a dirty word for us now?
at 12:25 21 Nov 2021

I dont think its that bad a situation, Im not confident of getting into the playoffs but I think its very achievable still, heck it was still achievable last season when Cook came in, we only needed another 6 pts more from our last 5 games and we'd have made 6th, but Cook/players downed tools or gave up, and here we are still, so it shows I think you just need a bit of consistency in this league and you can progress up it.

but you need to win games, you need to score goals and not concede so many, basic football really
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As things stand, how confident are you we will get promoted this season?
at 12:14 21 Nov 2021

it is about trajectory and form but that was the case on the first day of the season when loads were on the these early games dont matter bus, but even if we achieve 2pts per game (and thats win all your home games draw away form and Town dont look remotely capable of that at the moment) Town only get to 80pts, whats wrong with that ? as it should be comfortably playoffs. But the cutoff is 75pts for 6th there or thereabouts most seasons.

so even with 2pts per game form, we only have around 5pts to play with.

but as you point out we arent hitting 2pts per game form, we are only hitting 1.83, and look what number you get if you maintain 1.83 for the remainder of the season. 75.24 pts. so even with current form Town are right on the cusp of missing out on 6th place and a promotion chance this season.

is it time to panic ?, no, is it time to find a new manager? no, but I think fans need to dial back the HMS walk the league stuff everytime Town do manage to win a game, and actually admit we arent doing as well as we should be.
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ITV comments on San Marino
at 13:02 16 Nov 2021

FIFA do have a ranking system based on recent results, its what they use to seed the groups, so why cant UEFA simply use that to start with to put the lowest ranked teams into a set of pre qualifiers before the group stages.

Id just reduce the number of WC qualifier groups down, weve gone from having 7 groups of 4 teams, to 9 to 10 groups of 5 or 6 teams, and it really isnt making the games look good, certainly isnt making qualification any better a system.

Its not even helping the higher ranked teams, England have comfortably won this group, yet we know full well as soon as they meet a Portugal, Italy, Spain, or maybe a Poland or Croatia/Czech Republic in the finals, we are going to struggle, and not score 4 goals per game on average.

San Marino shipped 46 goals in just 10 games. theyve gained nothing from this qualification process, they are ranked bottom of all teams in UEFA and 210th in the world which remarkably enough is bottom in the world too.

I actually thought the way the T20 world cup worked with its pre qualifiers showed how well that kind of thing worked, the lower ranked teams were well matched and the games were exciting and interesting as a result with the prize was to play against the much higher ranked teams certainly enough to spur them on. We werent getting England bowling teams out for village cricket scores because that proves nothing and doesnt help either team progress.
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Bonne poster
at 19:55 12 Nov 2021

does that highlight more we havent had players new/younger fans can relate to recently :)

I dunno Murphy, Chambers might have been a good call. Tamas Priskin is an interesting choice for sure,but are there that few goals scored at the North stand end in classic games ?

the Norwich 5-0 one is funny, "The DVD is still available!"
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Ipswich/booze/axes
at 01:05 11 Nov 2021

they seem a chain rapidly expanding, though I cant quite see the point or appeal myself, why goto a bar you cant drink at if you play some of the games, and why go to a bar to drink thats noisy full of people playing games.

now Hammershlagen, Ive seen that in a craft bar in Hackney Wick, hit a nail into a log with a hammer one handed, you only win if the nail goes all the way in, and you were allowed to drink beer, but its a supervised game with staff on hand, no one too drunk was allowed to play, but dont think it ever was the cause of any problems.
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Real ale pub for Saturday
at 20:19 10 Nov 2021

maybe not ideal for the older patrons, but everyone nearly always forgets theres an upstairs to it.
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Look Nodge having a Farking love in right now
at 11:29 9 Nov 2021

Look I'll always dispute the impact ITV digital collapse had on causing Towns administration,as they were collapsing whilst we were collecting premiership revenues and building far bigger debts.

But if you are going to use it as an excuse, Norwich would also have been impacted by that and more so as they hadnt been getting premiership money, they lost an estimated 4million from ITV and yet they didnt collapse into a financial black hole because they did their share issue and sold land they owned for a couple of million, cut costs and that kept them afloat.

And that may well be why their approach since has been about financial security ahead of gambling on the risk of massively increasing their spending habits. And there have still been occasions in that time where it's gone close to going financially very wrong for them, they flirted with League 1 football for a season, they could have missed out on promotion a couple of times, theyve done well to avoid the mistakes of us, Sunderland and Derby, Derby were relegated with us in 2002, Sunderland followed the next season.
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Farke off
at 11:39 7 Nov 2021

But Jim was under pressure by that stage to get results, and was taking each game as must win to stay in charge, had Town lost that game we wouldn't even remark about it now, it was in a no way a surprise even though we had won, he was replaced.

This is a surprise because Farke has been doing their boards/clubs bidding, on recruitment,team selection etc yesterday wasn't a must win game for him and its the premier league there are so many reporters in and around the game at that level getting all the gossip,rumours and scoops, we knew Bruce was sacked weeks before it happened same at Spurs, and who their replacements were. This feels almost rushed into as there is an international break and they could have waited a few days easily rather than did they sack him before their bus had even got to the A140 ?
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Anyone a cup purist still and wants Cook to go full strength?
at 12:48 6 Nov 2021

I dont think its about being a cup purist at this stage, its an opportunity for another 90mins in a competitive game that the team can hone their "gel" skills together and a win breeds confidence in the squad that they can then take onto the league matches, obviously losing isnt so great, and yes there are risks for injury, cards, suspensions, but thats football, sometimes you have to take the risks to get the bigger rewards.
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Suffolk Pubs
at 20:58 5 Nov 2021

but tbf they werent promoting the article as a selection of Suffolks best pubs, for that you need to buy the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2022 published next Friday :)

it was Suffolks cosiest pubs, and Id probably have swapped in the Cherry Tree as it does have a good pub fire and is quite cosy, Kings Head in woodbridge has a decent one too, rather than Freston Boot (but maybe the food is cosy I dont know Ive never eaten there), but its that element they are going for as their criteria.

and blimey that fireplace at the Queens Head at Blyford looks very impressive.
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Might be a duplicate post
at 17:42 5 Nov 2021

I liked the original, I still have an original, I really don't know what they were thinking when they made this attempt at a copy though
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20 years ago..
at 17:39 1 Nov 2021

Yeah it was Harry's bar, we found another bar that wasnt as packed not that far away which suited us and a few other town fans who joined us
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So Dune then… have we had a thread? I thought breathtaking
at 17:29 1 Nov 2021

Part3 will be Messiah + Children of Dune, done in the same way the SciFi series did both books assuming we get there of course, but that then completes the story of Paul Atreides. I dont think theyll carry on as a franchise though with God Emperor it's very challenging to read even for Dune fans.

I know the tv series about the Bene Gesserit was announced but I've not seen/heard/read any sign lately its progressing at all, I mean sure they were probably waiting to see the reaction to the film, but theres been no casting announcements, no date for production to start let alone air dates, it's very quiet in Hollywood terms for something which will be a significant HBO show, of course it was announced before Discovery took over WarnerMedia so may it's on hold for now.

But literally there are half a dozen Star Trek & Star Wars shows that will never see the light of day that have had more info published about them than this series has
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Greene King
at 21:37 31 Oct 2021

as does every modern brewery in the country and actually most have been doing it for nearly as long as Burton made beers were discovered to have such qualities, so I suspect its just amineral mix to make it more like Burton water, a process called Burtonisation, than replicating the Oxfordshire water, as no doubt Morland were doing the same.

the taste has changed more likely because they brew with slightly different sourced ingredients in malts and hops, and a slightly different OG/ABV they aim for. I dont know if they still use the original Morland brewery yeast, use their own GK version or just a standard neutral one, all of those can impact it
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