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Whilst we're dealing with election promises that won't happen
at 09:23 17 Nov 2019

They've only just replaced the 1974 built trains running Hatfield/Welwyn Garden City to Moorgate, leafy suburbia to the heart of the city.
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Whilst we're dealing with election promises that won't happen
at 17:59 15 Nov 2019

Light rail please. Cheaper, faster for short sprint distances, fewer of the crazy rules that dog heavy rail (eg fence everything as it's the trains fault if it hits someone standing on the track).
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Re: Job applications
at 13:50 11 Nov 2019

I occasionally put speculative applications in for roles that look interesting, and frequently get emails from agents asking if I'm interested in something which I occasionally respond to.

In the last few months I've put in for half a dozen, all have gone nowhere. On paper I looked perfect for two, two were vague but had the right job title, two were perhaps a little hopeful (a step up or a slightly different line of expertise).

Recruitment agents are, almost always, hopeless. In fact I blame them for part of the IT "skills crisis". They will get the first few CVs in and throw them at the client, very rarely understanding the skills or being able to add any value to the process of profiling candidates. They are only any use once you are past the first interview, when suddenly the pound signs light up their eyes and they want to be your best friend.

Also, never under-estimate the general poor quality of much middle-management and the HR drones that operate alongside them. Many have no idea what they are looking for, cannot conduct an interview, don't understand how to blend a team and more or less recruit a carbon copy of themselves. I go into many different companies for my current role and the paucity at this level almost always explains why I have to be there in the first place.

In the past I have done a few contract roles where I was over-qualified and have needed to explain why I wanted the job. I have also passed over candidates that were over-qualified, even though I subscribe to the "hire smarter people than you" mantra. It was because I knew they would get bored - some jobs need the infantry, some the engineers....
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Parenthood
at 19:12 7 Nov 2019

Tips?

Sleep now, for as long and as deeply as you can, for it will no longer be your friend.

Enjoy your wife, in the biblical sense, for you will go from being the most important thing in her world (unless you have a dog) to being second, but on 2% of her focus.

Tuck money away. These little humans are expensive.

Enjoy the children, change your life to allow yourself to enjoy them as you will blink and they'll be much older.
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Gomes injury.
at 08:24 4 Nov 2019

I agree. Rules say yellow for reckless, red for excessive force. That was careless for me, not even a yellow. The outcome obviously has influenced them, but that's poor application if law.
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Positives from tonight?
at 22:31 23 Oct 2019

Huws was crowded out by Nolan and Skuse. We played too deep as we let the press pin us, then the long balls into space didn't work as the ground was to wet and the ball skidded off. We had a diamond four but needed width, we got better at that point but Nolan showed he's not Downes and I think Huws should have stayed on.
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Ipswich are good, Portsmouth may not be bad, and other early League One storylin
at 09:34 19 Oct 2019

https://statsbomb.com/2019/10/ipswich-are-good-portsmouth-may-not-be-bad-and-oth


Sorry if posted previously...
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Dolly Ponders
at 20:25 17 Oct 2019

Why couldn't God have created multiple universes? If you had the ability to create a universe, and could create another, wouldn't you?
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Driving to the Alps
at 17:51 17 Oct 2019

We did this many moons ago. We took our heap over the channel on the ferry and hired a car from Calais. There were four of us and two of us took in in turn to drive. Being a French plated car old bill ignored us too, so some speed limits might have been exceeded.... We did it in one go, and our resort was very Westerly, while both the weather and traffic was kind.
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Reduced East Coast Mainline service on the day we play at Sunderland
at 18:23 15 Oct 2019

Peterborough Telegraph: New dates announced when trains will not travel between Peterborough and London King’s Cross due to improvement works.
https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/traffic-and-travel/new-dates-announced-
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Interesting incident from Oldham today
at 12:55 13 Oct 2019

Basically, yes. Unless the player is about to stick it in the net if the offence needs a caution, especially a red (or 2nd yellow), then stop play and give it.

The offside rule is waiting for disaster. A defender charging back to take a player out who was offside but not yet flagged as they haven't touched it.... At lower levels with club linesmen it's a time bomb...
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All these teenage stabbings in london
at 08:54 11 Oct 2019

This week I was reading a chapter in comedian Robert Webb's book "How not to be a boy". He was talking about emotional intelligence and how boys have historically been"taught", either actually or through example, to suppress emotions and have a stuff upper lip. He described how this results in the only emotion young men consider"socially acceptable" to be the matcho one of anger. I then heard a TV debate about knife crime and young men where exactly the same point was made and the terrible impact this is having in places. I think we can all see this clearly when you look around at political discourse, or rather the lack of discourse, at how angry people become about things as simple as football or car parking.

One of the suggested antidotes to this is to read. When you read you garner empathy with the characters and can place yourself into their position and circumstances and see what it is that challenges them and why they are behaving in the way they are.
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Drop ball rule changes
at 09:44 6 Oct 2019

The new change works well, what I've noticed is that many refs and players don't "get" the change - it allows you to stop the game without worrying about where it is or a mess with returning possession. It's better than the revision of handball rule....
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Wilson red
at 09:39 6 Oct 2019

Three games I've seen "in the flesh" have seen two decent and one "average" ref. This is better than I'd expected.

The highlights suggest this ref would have upset my expectations.
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Garbutt's goal or Vincent Young's
at 15:10 29 Sep 2019

I’ve now watched the highlights and I’m not so sure it was clean either....
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KVY
at 13:51 29 Sep 2019

Steady on. He’s played ten games in league one, has started well and looks like he might be a decent player. He looks above this level, but needs a good season or two at championship level (after we go up) to persuade a lower premier league team to part with the cash for him. In the meantime let’s just enjoy him at FPR.
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Garbutt's goal or Vincent Young's
at 18:37 28 Sep 2019

Sitting in the coop bang in line, looked clean, lost no speed on the way through, couldn't see the ball spin change. Might be wrong, it did shift!
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Garbutt's goal or Vincent Young's
at 18:32 28 Sep 2019

No deflection, clean as a whistle.

Asked the same question at full time. Two very different goals and different set of skills to execute. How nice to be spoilt for choice like that. KVY for me.
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One of our own
at 08:43 25 Sep 2019

Stolen from us. Will be chewed up and lost to turn up at Grimsby aged 24 having realised he had too much too young and thought he didn't need to work for it.

By which time the Chelsea and Man City youth teams will consist of 3,796 played and be called "The Oil Money Junior League North/South" and be swallowing all players of potential from the pyramid, destroying the viability of hundreds of teams. Only in 30 years time when people realise there is no football to watch without Sky will they realise they were being duped in the same way as the buy to let army have duped an entire generation and put a basic like home ownership out of the reach of many ordinary people.

But Brexit will still be ongoing, so TWTD will still have a topic to discuss...
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Whatever Downes said to the ref that got him booked...
at 09:41 18 Sep 2019

Have a referee that agrees with your interpretation and the balls to give the decision. It helps if they see it too!

Sadly refereeing is like the dismal science of economics, the technical aspects (offside or not) are easy, anything requiring interpretation becomes messy and if you have five people in the room you end up with six opinions.
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