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Talk of the Town VHS - 1995/6
at 07:32 19 Feb 2020

I used to have a copy of this, bought for me for my eighth birthday. There were a few behind the scenes clips included, including one of a young player (called Ben) signing his first contract with the club.

What became of him? I'm pretty sure he never played first team football for ITFC, but did he make it anywhere else?
Protest watch...
at 14:04 15 Feb 2020

Ticket offer today
at 09:25 15 Feb 2020

What's the deal with todays ticket offer? Do I simply need a member's customer number to get the £10 tickets?

If I buy a silver membership today, do I get access to the cheap tickets?
Recommendations please - wireless earbuds
at 08:26 6 Feb 2020

Morning all!

I'm keen to swap out my old wired earbuds for a snazzy wireless pair, especially given that my new phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack.

Can any of you fine folks recommend any particular brands/models to me please? Ideally I'm looking for something that comes in at under £50, has good battery life, and pretty good sound quality (in that order).

My current buds are a pair of Sennheisers, so I know I'm probably going to have to accept a drop-off in quality, but I'd be keen to know what you guys know.
Tommy Smith
at 16:12 27 Jan 2020

What is this absolute obsession with signing him again? He doesn't fit in with the style that Lambert wants to play, and there's no room in the squad/budget for another first-team CB to be just hanging around on the off-chance of an injury/change of tactics.
Union Berlin v RB Leipzig
at 17:48 18 Jan 2020

Pretty clear statement from the 1.FCU fans ahead of their game against Leipzig tonight:

[Post edited 18 Jan 17:51]
Woolfenden 'trebling his wage'
at 13:12 14 Jan 2020

Why is there this seeming acceptance of the fact that Woolfenden will leave because Sheffield United will pay him a significantly higher salary?

Last time I checked, it wasn't up to him. They could offer him £10m a week, but if the fee to the club isn't right then there'll only be one place he'll be playing his football come 1st February.
at 12:43 12 Jan 2020

Keep some consistency going forward and we should have no issues getting promoted come May.

After a sequence of just one win in nine league games we still find ourselves third, with a game in hand, and just three points off the top two.

If we'd kept our form together over those nine matches (thoughts below), by my calculations we'd currently be nine points clear of Rotherham in second place. That just goes to show that this league is wonderfully inconsistent, and if any team can keep a run together they'll find themselves comfortably top.


Blackpool - 2-2 - no change
Wycombe - 0-0 - +2pts
Coventry - 1-1 - no change
Bristol - 1-2 - +3pts
Portsmouth - 0-1 - no change
Gillingham - 0-0 - +2pts
Lincoln - 3-5 - +3pts
Wycombe - 1-1 - +2pts
This Cyprus stuff
at 08:08 7 Jan 2020

Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the process that's been followed, and the allegations of the trial having been unfair, surely it sets a worrying precedent that there are suggestions that the Foreign Secretary has pressured Cyprus into handing down a more lenient sentence?
This Özil/China/Arsenal stuff
at 17:10 15 Dec 2019

WT actual F?

I think what irks me more than anything about it is how overt it's been. It's not even as if China and Arsenal are trying to be discrete about what's going on.

The game's gone.
Today, vote for basic human decency
at 06:49 12 Dec 2019

And when you come to cast your vote today, call to mind the most vulnerable person you know and vote on their behalf.

Perhaps they're left dependent on food banks, are reliant on Universal Credit or PIP and are at the mercy of a bureaucrat's pen, or work a zero hours contract for a pittance of a wage in an insecure job.

I met a woman whilst campaigning last week. She is unable to work owing to multiple and complex physical and mental health problems. She had had her benefits reviewed that morning and stopped.

What precisely was her transgression?

She had taken the time to wash that morning, prior to her meeting, and "didn't smell".

Because she had been able to have a shower she was deemed unworthy of receiving even the most basic level of support from the state.

In the polling booth today, call to mind that vulnerable person. If you feel you could look them in the eye on Friday morning and tell them with a clear conscience that you voted Tory (because, let's face it, you know what's best for them, don't you?) then go right on and do it.

If, however, you believe in compassion, care, and dignity for one's fellow man or woman, cast your vote for whichever party in your constituency has the best chance of turfing the Tories out of government.

If you don't know, you can find out here:

Make your vote count today, and make sure that you use that vote as an opportunity to speak up for those who are too downtrodden and marginalised to speak up for themselves.
Suits - recommendations please
at 13:25 4 Dec 2019

I need to pick up a new suit for a funeral next week, and could do with some advice as to where might be my best bet.

I'm after something in Black/Charcoal/Navy, ideally in a 3-piece, and have a budget of £200 (although I could probably stretch to £300 for something perfect).

I've tried M&S and although they have a good range, and sell the various items separately, they have very little in the way of tailored fit suits in store, and I'm loath to order online, especially when I'm in a time-is-of-the-essence situation.

I'm based in Norwich, but probably willing to travel to Ipswich/Cambridge/Spalding Outlet Village if I'm likely to benefit from the journey.

Any recommendations? Ideally I'm after something multi-purpose, but in a worst case scenario I'm willing to pick up something cheap and cheerful for next week, and spend a little more time sourcing something more day-to-day.
[Post edited 4 Dec 2019 13:28]
Advice please - bereavement
at 13:44 26 Nov 2019

My partner's grandmother passed away this morning after having been diagnosed with cancer back in the spring. My partner was there with her when she passed, and I was on my way down to London to be with them all when I got the news. She and her mum are heading back up to Norfolk now, so I've headed back home to get the house all nice for them, and essentially be at their beck and call.

I'm just not entirely sure where to go from here with it all. I've been fortunate enough not to lose a loved one since I was 13, so it's all a bit new to me, let alone knowing how to look after a loved one who's lost someone.

I've taken the day off work today, but my natural way of dealing with things like this would be to get back to normality ASAP rather than moping about the house, that said I know people all deal with things differently, and what works for me might not work for her.

I've no idea what I should do, and what I'd like to do (go back to work tomorrow, go to the company Christmas meal on Friday, and carry on with work and engagements as normal) probably isn't necessarily what I should be doing.

Any advice please guys?
Corbyn on Brexit
at 08:35 21 Nov 2019

Unless I've missed something, why is it so vitally important that he come down on one side or other of the argument? From what I've read in recent days, Ted Heath refused to 'pick a side' at the time of the 1973 referendum, and the world didn't end.

Given that the Labour policy is to renegotiate the deal so that it allows the UK to remain within the Free Trade area, and then put it to a referendum with the other option being to remain within the EU, surely it makes sense for Labour to remain neutral if their stance is for the people to decide?

I'd much rather see a Labour government essentially saying "here are the two options, and here are the facts surrounding both. Now go away, have a read and a think, and draw your own conclusions", as opposed to having them champion just one side of the coin.
at 19:23 9 Nov 2019

How does the setup work with them? Does the club pay them to run the catering setup, or do they pay for the privilege?

Either way they seemed to plumb a new low today. Missus wanted a pie at half time so we did the usual bit of leaving on 40mins to maximise our chances of getting anything.

Even then, in the SBR, there was one single solitary veggie pie, and they'd already run out of Carling.

F*ck knows what would have happened if there'd been a crowd today.
Minute's silence - Blue Action
at 19:09 9 Nov 2019

Don't know if it was because it was poorly announced within the stadium or what, but the silence today seemed particularly poorly observed within the SBR.

Blue Action guys had to be shushed into silence, and even then there was still a pretty audible murmur coming from them throughout the silence.

Very poor form.
The Tory car crash continues apace
at 09:02 7 Nov 2019

They've just selected Nick Conrad as their candidate in the (until now) safe seat of Broadland up here in Norfolk.

The same Nick Conrad who said, at the time of the Ched Evans trial:

"I think women need to be more aware of a man’s sexual desire. When you’re in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity there’s a huge amount of energy in the male body. There’s a huge amount of will and intent and it’s very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm. It’s the old adage about if you yank a dog’s tail then don’t be surprised when it bites you. You can’t keep snakes in the garden and think they’ll only bite your neighbours. If you tease, if you jump into bed naked with a man, if you give him all the signals and then he acts upon them, then you are partially responsible. What I’m trying to say is that women also have to understand that when a man’s given certain signals, he’ll wish to act upon them and if you don’t wish to give out the wrong signals, it’s best probably to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him.”

Nice chap. He'll fit in well.
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Lincoln tickets
at 14:41 3 Nov 2019

Already starting to look a bit sparse in terms of availability, especially if you want to sit somewhere with a view.

What do we reckon the chances of other areas being opened are?
James McClean/Poppies/Royal British Legion
at 18:07 2 Nov 2019

Given that Poppy Season (tm) is now well and truly upon us, and anything that moves must be emblazoned with as big a poppy as possible lest it be deemed unpatriotic, and guilty of "NoT supPOrrETinG aRE Lads", I'm sure it's not long until James McClean starts receiving his annual not-at-all-ironic abuse from certain sections of society for not doing what they demand he must do.

I was pondering earlier - surely the RBL should come out and perhaps just say something reinforcing the fact that whether or not to wear a poppy is a personal choice, and everyone's opinion is valid regardless?

Or would highlighting the fact that poppy-wearing is not mandatory severely damage their trade in poppy-branded sh*te?
Grenfell report
at 08:17 29 Oct 2019

Absolute whitewash in my opinion.

The LFB and the residents were on a hiding to nothing the moment the cladding was installed, the compartmentation was compromised, and for as long as the owner ignored residents' concerns over fire safety.

But hey, they're a nice easy target.
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