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  1. Hansterbubble

    Let's all do the pools week 3

    No 5 Crystal Palace v Burnley for me please Nutty
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    Let's all do the pools week 2

    After that lot you’ll definitely need a number 2!
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    Small Claim To Fame.

    I had two brushes with celebrity at Holborn tube station albeit some years apart. Holborn tube sits on the corner of Kingsway and High Holborn. It’s quite a blind corner and can be a bit difficult to navigate when it’s busy. On this particular day I came bowling around the corner and ran slap bang into this fella. I bounced off him and after giving him the once over said, “You’re Phil Jupitas” he just gave me that smile he does that says “and you are a ****head”. I immediate confirmed this by saying “gosh, you’re a lot taller than I expected”. Oh dear! The second was on the east bound platform of the central line at mid afternoon. When I got on the platform there was just me and this other bloke. I wanted to be where he was standing so I was near the entrance at my next stop. It’s a bit weird to go and stand right next to some stranger, so in an early form of social distancing I moved to about two metres away from him. It was Bradley Walsh. I looked at him and said “Alright?” and he looked awkwardly back and said “Yeah, you?”. I nodded and we then looked at our shoes for a couple of awkward minutes until the tube train arrived. I just ignore anyone famous now as clearly I have nothing useful, clever or interesting to say to them! I once sat about 6 seats down in the Jarrold Stand from Darren Huckerby who was injured at the time and sitting with his wife. Luckily he was too far away for me to engage him with my sparkling wit and conversation and he disappeared at half time
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    Let's all do the pools week 2

    Number 16 for me please Nutty. I think Ian Holloway’s Grimsby will have just enough at home to hold high flying Plymouth to a score draw. Plus I was born of the 16th so it’s a cert innit
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    Corona Virus main thread

    That pen structure behind them does seem to be taking social isolation a bit too far though
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    Corona Virus main thread

    My problem with the Government’s strategy is that it doesn’t seem to me to factor in the risks we face properly. Asking people nicely not to do something is fine where the consequences of them ignoring it are minor. But that’s not what we are facing, and that’s been clear for a while if you looked at the experiences of other countries. If the risks and consequences are large then it seems sensible to take actions which factor that in. Buying masks and test kits as early as possible and bringing in rules to ensure the disease can’t spread and enforcing them if you need to, seem to me to be fairly obvious and this has been the approach of many (but not all) other countries. We took a different path and as a result may have a different outcome; it may be better it may be worse, time will tell. So my question is why take that risk? Was preserving personal freedom and the economy for a bit longer worth the extra fatalities that may arise as a result? That does seem to me to be a political question. Like everything in politics there is no right or wrong answer to this, just different views which largely seem to depend upon on where you sit on those timeless questions around people v money and central government v individual freedoms. Boris is obviously a risk taker, more so than his predecessor and that seemed to be one of the things that appealed to the voters so perhaps his approach should come as no surprise even when the stakes are so high.
  7. I read that many years ago Dylan and it is brilliant especially if you are a cyclist. He has also done a similar one where he does the Giro on a vintage bike. The Mark Beaumont Man who cycled the .... books are really good and I saw him at a book tour and he is a genuinely nice bloke. I’ve got Tomblands sitting on my bedside table. It is set in Norfolk so should be especially good! I’ve read some of Samson’s other nobels, Winter in Madrid and Dominion but they didn’t grab me in the same way as the Shardlake series. I will read Seabiscuit, it definitely fits my reading pattern although I know nothing about horse racing I’ve got the Last Kingdom series but haven’t read them yet. I saw some of the tv adaptation and as you say it was very good. Conn Igguldsen (spelling?) Emperor series about Julius Caesar we’re pretty good if you like those sort of reads. Indy mentioned James Herbert, I loved those when I was a teenager along with Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I saw they’d made a film of the Gunslinger/ DarkTower books (Stephen King) with Iris Elba. I’d recommend those although the first book, The Gunslinger, is a bit odd. Apparently King was trying to write a straight western, but it kept sliding off into the dark side. It’s only short and worth sticking with as the rest of the series is really good.
  8. I guess that I must prefer a good read to a good film, as I can think of lots of books to recommend but have drawn a complete blank on the films. Here’s a few of my favourites books from the last year or two. Dissolution by CJ Sansom - it’s the first in a series of crime novels based in Tudor England. Zoo Station by David Downing - again it’s the first of a series of novels based in war torn Berlin Fatherland by Robert Harris - set in a world where Hitler won the war Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold - explores the effect of WW2 on two German brothers. this one is a bit dark but really got under my skin Any of the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell - I read these in my teens and have started re-reading them and can’t put them down Any of Iain M Banks Culture Sci-Fi novels. Not a genre that I like usually but these are excellent, Excession and Consider Phlebas are particularly good Headlong by Michael Frayn - hilarious farce about a long lost Bruegel painting, really made me laugh Holes by Louis Sachar - aimed at young adults and a bit strange but really drew me in and kept my attention from start to end The Cyclist Who Went Out In The Cold by Tim Moore - Tim Moore is brilliantly funny and in this adventure he cycles from Finland to the Black Sea on a small wheeled East German shopping bike. What could go wrong! Actually any of his books a worth a read A World Of My Own by Robin Knox Johnson - I was genuinely impressed by his account of his solo non stop circumnavigation Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage - an old favourite, warts and all tale of the professional cycling scene from the late 1980s The Jeeves and Wooster books and or Empress of Blandings by PG Wodehouse - not to be read on the train though as laughing out loud constantly gets you funny looks! The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood - the book club at work took this one on and I remembered reading it at college 30 odd years ago and it leaving quite an impression and it was definitely worth re-reading. Really interested to know what others have enjoyed.
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    Cinema night

    Thanks for those Bob. I haven’t seen any of them although I did read the book of the Ritual a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. I shall tune in to one of them tonight.
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    Cinema night

    Any good recommendations Dylanisabaddog? I had a look at Netflix last night but felt a bit uninspired.
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    Football Pools help needed..

    This one for me too please Nutty.
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    Corona Virus main thread

    It worked for me. I just clicked the browse for free option.
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    Great goal, total disgrace. I'm done.

    It’s quite odd that the one part of his body that he can’t use is deemed to somehow place him at an advantage. As I posted elsewhere it was his perfect run and a brilliant through ball that created that advantage, and VAR is seemingly eradicating this from the game. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
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    Red card for VAR ?

    I think this just shows that technology does not automatically lead to improvement, if the people operating it do not appear to act rationally and logically. This decision seems to be a very literal interpretation of the rule, and to be honest that is me being pretty generous. What really irritates me is that it totally ignores the purpose of the rule. It’s hard to see how Pukki gained any advantage from his finger nail being ahead of the last defender when his feet were clearly behind. The advantage came from his clever run and the lovely through ball. We definitely deserve better officials than the ones we’ve currently got and some sort of umpire’s call is desperately needed to bring some common sense into the game.
  15. Merry Christmas to all the pups! For the six I’d like to suggest an away win in Birmingham City v LEEDS UNITED. Our game looks tough, but Kenny McLean seems to often pop up with chances in these games so how about Kenny to score anytime. Good luck TIL and Jellytot, and to everyone else with their picks.
  16. I have been quite impressed with CRYSTAL PALACE’S form over the last couple of weeks so I am going to give them the kiss of death and suggest an away win for them against Watford. in our game I think a win, in any shape or form would be nice. For a riskier bet how about Zimmermann to score. Good luck everyone and especially To Swindon and Splutcho wit their picks
  17. Morning pups. For the six I am going for GERMANY v Belarus. The Germans should be too strong at home for Belarus who only won and draw once so far and I think a win will guarantee their qualification. For BTTSanon I’ll go for Russia v Belgium which I think will be an interesting game between two good teams. Mind you I am lousy at picking these Good luck to ZLF and BTTSanon and all the other pickers!
  18. I’m expecting an away win in the Watford v CHELSEA game. In our match I think we are looking at an away defeat, but how about Pukki to score anytime. Good luck Cosmic Twin and MMMK.
  19. Apologies for missing last week but was feeling under the weather. I feel a bit strange backing this one, but I think Ipswich to win away at Southend looks good. Sunday seems a long way off but I think we will rise to the occasion, so 1-0 for me please. Good luck everyone but especially KiwiScot and Michael B.
  20. Hi pups, It’s a tricky week, I’m going to go for an away win Estonia v GERMANY hoping that the Germans will have a bit too much fire power for Estonia. How about Denmark v Switzerland for BTTS. Good luck everyone and especially to Nutty and BTTSanon.
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    Brighton Tickets

    I’m happy as I finally managed to get a ticket with my standard away membership, which I was genuinely beginning to doubt after failing to get one for West Ham or Palace. Looking forward to it very much and my first trip to the Amex
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    Sticker book!

    Ok, here we go. I have 25 to swap and 80 that I need. Hopefully the names and numbers make sense but shout if you need any clarification. Swaps Jeremy Goss (1), Jamal Lewis (20), Todd Cantwell (30), 97-99 home kit (45), 02-03 centenary kit (47), 03-05 home kit (48), 16-17 third kit (51), 19-20 away kit (54), Rob Green (57), Steve Bruce (71), Gary Doherty (75), Jon Newsome (92), Leroy Fer (118), Adrian Forbes (120), Ruel Fox (122), Colin Suggett (154), Kevin Drinkell (169), Rob Earnshaw (171), Les Eyre (173), Darren Huckerby (179), Jordan Rhodes (196), Mark Robbins (198), Johnny Gavin (223), Prolific Norfolk boy (225), The Irish Messi (227) Wanted Steve Bruce (2), Ken Brown (7), Michael McGovern (13), Max Aarons (14), Grant Hanley (16), Christoph Zimmermann (17), Ben Godfrey (19), Alex Tethys (22), Louis Thompson (24), Kenny McLean (27), Emi Buendia (28), Josip Drmic (34), Ibrahim Amadou (37), Christopher John (40), 87-89 home (42), 01-02 away (46), 11-12 home (50), 19-20 home (53), Andy Marshall (62), John Ruddy (64), Ron Ashman (66), See Bassong (68), Barry Butler (72), Ian Culverhouse (74), Adam Drury (77), Craig Fleming (79), Duncan Forbes (80), Darren Kenton (84), Malky Mackay (87), Michael Nelson (90), Rob Newman (91), Martin Olsson (93), Bernard Robinson (98), Dave Stringer (99), Elliott Ward (102), Dave Watson (103), Colin Woodthorpe (105), Terry Anderson (107), Mark Barham (108), Sammy Clingan (110), Lee Croft (111), Louis Donowa (115), Ken Foggo (119)*, David Fox (121), Damien Francis (123), Jeremy Goss (125), Gary Holt (127), Wes Hoolahan (128), Jonny Howson (129), Andy Johnson (130), Bradley Johnson (131), Mike Milligan (138), Don Pickwick (146), Bill Punton (147), Nathan Redmond (149), John Ryan (151), Robert Snodgrass (153), Darren Beckford (159), Terry Bly (161), Jamie Cureton (165), Hugh Curran (166), Dion Dublin (170), Grant Holt (178), Ralph Hunt (180), Ryan Jarvis (183), Cameron Jerome (184), Noël Kinsey (185), Ted McDougall (186), Leon Mackenzie (188), Josh Murphy (191), Kevin Reeves (195), Robert Rosario (199), Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (203), Jack Vinall (205), John Bond (206), Ken Brown (207), Dave Stringer (213), Mike Walker (214), John Polston (222), Iwan Roberts (224), Duncan Forbes (226)
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    Sticker book!

    Thanks for the update Herman. That’s good advice and I will double check to make sure I haven’t missed any! I’m definitely up for some postal swapping. I’ll post up my spares later today so that if you or anyone else fancies a swap they can let me know. It looks like you can send a private email by clicking through the avatar, so once they’re up let me know what you need and we’ll get some swaps sorted. I also saw a few stickers were being sold on eBay. Quite expensive, but an option if you’ve only got a few left to get and can’t get to the Archant’s offices in person. Just in case you haven’t seen it Pete Raven was suggesting on the other sticker book thread, to email Archant to get the ‘real’ Ken Foggo sticker (119). I’ve got the Graham Paddon misprint already, so have sent Archant an email to get the proper one.
  24. Morning pups. I’m hoping to find a better pick after some mixed fortunes over the past few weeks. I’m going to pick the form team in League 1 Oxford Utd who I think will continue banging the goals in. Away win Accrington Stanley v OXFORD UNITED. For the match bet I think it will be a close game, so a Norwich victory by 1 goal looks good to me. Good luck pups and to Hector and Jellytot with their picks
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    Sticker book!

    To be fair I bought 10 bags last week and these contained no duplicates and then a further 25 bags this week. Again these 25 bags we’re all different which is excellent. The duplicates come from the fact that of the 25 bags I bought this week, 5 were the same as last week. I sort of wish I had just blitzed it and bought 50 bags at the start as I wonder if I’d have just got a straight run through? That’s less fun though. If I was a local, I’d probably vary my supplier to add some randomness in to my collecting. So very interested to see how your second run goes Herman. Anyway, the biggest test will be to see how long I last before ordering some more. Maybe next time I can get Pete to select my bags Countdown style, 5 bags from the top of the pile 5 from the bottom, and 5 from the middle .