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    OT - EU straw poll...

    So Gordon Brown said today that he doesn't think the next move in the political chess game will happen in the UK. Based on conversations he claims to have had with senior EU figures, they will simply remove the deadline of 31st of October and pull the rug from under Boris - he loses the inflexible EU argument, and pressure is heaped back on the government to sort this out. If true, I think that pretty much removes no-deal as an option as Boris can't enforce a no-deal without a deadline...?
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    Burnley Tickets

    We'll be there - Wonder if they've replaced the wooden seats since last time I went (circa 2011). I presume they must have done.
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    Just for clarification, I have ALWAYS been anti-monarchist as I fundamentally disagree with inherited power, and the premise that some people are born "better" than others. Not to mention the sponging off the taxpayer (blahblahblah - The Duchy estate, tourism etc - All of which would exist at exactly the same level without a monarchy). The royal family serve no purpose whatsoever, the premise is antiquated and ridiculous, and they need to be abolished.
  4. Without digressing into politics as there''s plenty of that in other threads, I''m wondering what on Earth has gone wrong with society in a cultural sense and how the hell we fix it?Since I was a kid, I have little doubt that despite the internet and smartphones etc, society has grown interminably more stupid generally, but reading the news last night I came across a story that Snap, the company that owns Snapchat, has had $1.3 BILLION wiped off it''s valuation because Kylie Jenner has tweeted she didn''t use it very much any more.Grown men (and women) in the finance world, wiping nearly one and a half BILLION dollars from the value of a company because a pseudo-celebrity, famous for absolutely nothing, with no discernible talent whatsoever aside from having a sister who made a sex tape with a semi-successful music producer, says that she doesn''t use their product very often anymore. WHAT THE F*** IS GOING ON?!?!?!I don''t get Snapchat, I don''t use Snapchat etc but I understand what it is and why it''s popular with kids. I also understand from the news they made some significant changes to the user interface 3 or 4 months ago which were badly received. That does not explain to me anything about how we''re wiping over a billion dollars off a company''s value based on some talentless moron''s tweet saying she doesn''t use it much. Picture the scene, it''s the mid-90''s and Michael Jordan says he doesn''t eat as many Weetabix as he used to, or Will Smith says he used to really like Apple computers but he''s moved to Windows based systems, or Sarah Michelle Gellar saying she has changed shampoo brands.... Can you comprehend that translating into those companies crashing on the stock market? I certainly can''t. It wouldn''t have happened. Maybe if it had emerged that Weetabix had been using Arsenic as a flavouring product or something, but not off the basis of one "celebrity" (and they were at least real celebrities back in those days) saying they no longer use a product.What has gone wrong here? There is a serious disconnect between logic, reason, and what now passes for reality.On top of the stock value nonsense, how the f*** has Kylie Jenner and her whole family made careers from being talentless nobodies with a sl**ty sister? How is that a job?Something is seriously wrong here.Rant over.
  5. Yeah, I have to say, I found that bit pretty questionable.
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    Except "clear evidence" has been reported precisely nowhere. Nor has acting suspiciously. Even if she was caught red-handed, since when has telling the truth been treason? I would say that surpressing the truth about the catastrophic consequences, whilst driving the country straight over the cliff and bypassing parliament to do it, is far closer to "treason"
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    Except she wasn't caught red-handed. Cummings (a totally unelected figure who is driving government policy - I thought you didn't like unelected beauracrats who were unaccountable to anyone Paul?) accused her with no apparent evidence and then called police after demanding to see her phone and her refusing. She was accused of giving "secrets" (basically how sh** a no-deal is from the government reports which they are undemocratically hiding from everybody) to other members of her own government. So the accusation levelled at her, is she told the truth to other members of her own party and the government finds the truth uncomfortable as it doesn't match their lying propaganda. and Cummings called in the police to "frogmarch" her away. Is anyone else finding this sounding more and more like Hitler and the brownshirts every day?
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    Burnley Tickets

    Don't be - Theres not many games up North outside of the big boys, and you already said you couldn't make Burnley. That was why I offered, as at least you can definitely get to one. I'll certainly not get to all the northern games so it seemed silly for you to have to pray for a general sale on the 2 or 3 northern games that might get that far, whilst I would have access to a solution for that.
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    Strictly come dancing

    The only lineup Strictly should have is anyone who agrees to participate in that sh** being lined up against a wall and executed. Ed Balls included. One of the very few shows on TV that is even more boring than cricket.
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    Burnley Tickets

    100% agree - Like I said earlier, I think a good mitigation here would to have capped the number of games priority access applied to for those who did 10 games last season but didn't have an away season ticket. Away season ticket holders, to be fair probably should have first choice on all away games - I have never been one, but I don't think away season tickets should have been scrapped. If you're willing to commit to every game then you absolutely should have access to every game. That reward should have been tiered for those like me though, who attended lots but not every single one. Capping the priority games for non-away season ticket holders would have rewarded those who followed us a lot last season without skewing the availability for others. I hope that the other 749 are well intentioned people, as it would be very easy to exploit the access to tickets for the big games, for profit. I won't do that as it's the wrong thing to do, but more cynical people might. To your point about exiles having access though, I messaged Kiwiscot earlier as it happens as I'm aware he lives too far away to be able to make a Premium membership worthwhile and said I would help make sure he could get to at least one game this season.
  11. Took your advice Jools from the other thread - The Michaela school is famous across the education world but mainly through a swathe of controversial measures - didn't remember the head's name but the minute I read your opening sentences then I knew you were talking about the Michaela school. Amazing set of results there - thanks for sharing, I hadn't seen that.... it may well start to shape the education conversation if that's repeated next year. Not to say it's the only way to skin a cat, Finland has a totally different set up and by far the best education system in the world. They focus on collaborative learning, and cross-curricular topics. I actually almost applied for a job at a school in Birmingham that is imitating the Michaela set up - it's just opening this year. I didn't in the end because having to be in school for 7.30 for "family breakfast" would have meant I didn't actually see my own family and there were other bits that just weren't conducive to family life as I have a two year old and would have had to commute about 40 mins (out of traffic 40 mins, much longer with traffic) up busy motorways to get there. There's lots of question marks for me about the methods of Michaela, the results are inarguable and it seems to me the pupils get a great depth of curriculum, but some of it just doesn't sit right - they don't do art, DT, IT etc - I wonder whether the depth comes at a cost of the breadth and whether you can really say children are educated, or whether it is merely an exam factory. It's difficult to say without having seen it first hand. I will say that Birbalsingh must be an extraordinary leader - whether her methods are right or not, to achieve that level of consistency across a school is unprecedented and I'm sure most heads will tell you that consistency is one of the biggest hurdles in leading any school. One point of query - you say strict marking, but my understanding is there is no marking there because Birbalsingh (rightly) sees it as an inefficient waste of time exercise. It's widely known that it is the least effective form of feedback and incredibly time-consuming. Ofsted don't even assess the "quality of marking" any more, they just check what the policy is and then measure whether the policy is being consistently implemented. Where did you find strict marking as part of her methodology? Delingpole's commentary shows a lack of understanding telling teachers to "pull their socks up and get on with teaching" - schools have policies and QA processes to ensure you're in line with their policies. His critique is better levelled at the school administrators if the policy is bad, or even more appropriately at the government which has imposed a huge workload and much of it pointless admin tasks which eat up teachers time so prevent lots of meaningful teaching and learning discussion taking place. He also fails to understand that Michaela's lessons are pre-planned and taught to the letter without deviation so the teachers aren't really teaching - they're regurgitating a script. There's lots of good, healthy debate to be had in the education world over the next couple of years regarding Michaela and it's methods though, that's for sure. I have more questions than answers at this point and there's actually quite a lot around this that is thought provoking. For example - I have always wanted to use education to further a child's world perspective, increase aspiration and enable them to get the best opportunities in life. That's pretty bread and butter stuff for most teachers I guess. Michaela's results have given a lot of disadvantaged kids masses of opportunity. .. but has it provided them a well-rounded education? does it actually prepare them for the real world? Is it essentially an exam factory which teaches to the test and nothing beyond that narrow spectrum? The criticism that is quoted in your text, is actually pretty valid when you consider that schools need to prepare people for adult life and there's lot of queries about how well their methodology works int hat context. Like I said, more questions than answers for me, but I appreciate you sharing. Lots of food for thought there.
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    Rain Forest

    Bolsonaro is an arsewipe. Same breed as Trump, Boris and other similar populist tw@ts who have somehow conned their way to power. His responsibility for this should see him hung, drawn and quartered - no other country has quite the same level of global importance for climate change and this c*** just does not give a toss. $16 million in aid has been offered by the G7 to support him in tackling the issue (which he caused in the first place) and his response was to cry about Macron calling him a liar (accurately) and refuse to accept the help unless Macron said sorry. The world's most important carbon sink is literally burning down in front of us, and this little cretin is more interested about petty point-scoring and posturing. Genuinely hope he is deposed and quick - don't even care how, be it by election or be it by someone taking him out - he is the biggest threat to the future of the planet right now.
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    Gemma Collins

    I only know her from one gif that is etched in my memory.... one of the greatest of all time.
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    Not on twitter, or any other social media these days - it was featured in one of the rolling news tickers I was reading - I forget which one though.
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    Great minds and all that
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    Seems I'm not the only one who has this line of thinking. Pre-eminent historians who literally study Hitler for a living also see some parallels... https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/britain-prorouging-boris-johnson-parliament-suspension-richard-evans-weimar
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    Burnley Tickets

    Yep, fair point - the other thing it has done though is removed the tiering of anyone not in the 750. Those who went to 9 away games treated the same as those who have never been to a city game. That’s where it falls down for me. They should have put in a prior purchase history clause in to the prem membership scheme to stop Liverpool fans etc from piling on. My opinion is old system was fine and the only thing that needed to change was balancing home season ticket points with away membership points.
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    Thanks, similar perspective on that front then
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    No point scoring here Ron, but interested to hear your opinion on the first past the post system and it’s role in democracy?
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    Burnley Tickets

    I think Nutty is arguing about Premium membership vs general sale rather than the 750 priority access vs premium; although that wasn't clear to me either initially.
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    Burnley Tickets

    I went to Hull on a Tuesday night in November in swirling wind and driving rain, to watch a 0-0. I made a 300 mile round trip to Bristol, and 200+ mile round trips to places like Wigan, and Bolton. I also made a 400 mile round trip to be there for the parade and several home games during the season. I don't consider myself to be "better" or more of a supporter than anyone else, I know not everyone is able to do that, but I do think that kind of effort deserves to be rewarded and I don't feel at all bad about having priority access. This membership scheme isn't about making it fair for those that can't afford to go regularly etc, in fact it has quite the opposite effect as all it does is put another financial barrier in for those people. Given the system in place, I actually think the fairest way to have done this would be to cap priority access to 5 or 6 games. That way those fans that put the miles in last season would be rewarded, but those who have premium membership would have a better chance of tickets. That's not to say that is the fairest way of all, but within the constraints of the system that is in palce, I think that kind of mitigation would have helped.
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    Just park.com

    Yeah, there are quite a few of them - parkonmydrive being another - used several times, and they are indeed a great way to park near grounds - It's a regular go to for me on away days. Hogesar is right though, there is no come back if your car was to get damaged, however that's exactly the same in a car park etc.
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    So 600,000 people in six months is impressive. 1.2million in one day is not. Got it.
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    Herman was right, it’s more Adolf than Josef. BoJo has a strong legacy of expressed racism; and his new plan is to shut parliament down whilst stuffing the lords with people who agree with him on his lunatic ideas.
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    https://newsthump.com/2019/08/28/queen-brilliantly-steers-attention-away-from-prince-andrew-by-suspending-democracy/
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