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Brussels
at 19:45 1 Oct 2019

Any good for a weekend break?

Want some interesting sights and easy to get around, doesn't need great nightlife.
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So we’ve drawn with 3 teams who will be in the mix...
at 21:39 14 Sep 2019

And beaten 4 who probably won’t (might be a bit harsh on Burton), all without really playing well.

That’s fine isn’t it?

I mean it hasn’t been great, and there are still obvious issues with the balance of the team and style of play but, all things considered, 15 points and unbeaten from those 7 games is decent enough.

Suppose the big question is whether we really are a good team not quite gelling or just an average team. I’m still leaning towards the former at the moment.....
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I’m excited
at 09:22 10 Aug 2019

COYB

A win today could be absolutely massive.
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22 households refuse to leave Whaley Bridge
at 21:30 4 Aug 2019

Not sure that’s fair on the emergency services is it?

Easy for me to say, and it must be a horrible situation, but they are risking their own lives and those of the people who will be required to try and save them.
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'Sleepwalking into Fascism'
at 08:39 25 Jul 2019

Someone used this term on another thread and it really resonated with me.

It's always fascinated and mystified me how 'normal' Germans allowed the Nazis to perpetrate such evil but the exact same phenomenon is happening in the West at the moment, with 'the left' the new bogeyman.

Now, I'm not saying this will end the same way but the modus operandi is identical. They have control of the overwhelming majority of the printed media and have launched a relentless, vicious assault on the free press that present a balanced, or left leaning, view (the BBC, Channel 4, CNN etc).

You can see the evidence on this very site. There have always been a few far right English Nationalists but there are many who would consider themselves (and I would previously to have considered) to be normal people, decent people, who have been poisoned. They now spout nothing but hatred and bile, throwing around phrases such as 'Enemy of the people', 'traitor', 'treason' whilst being totally unable to explain why.

I challenge anyone to read the below text and deny the parallels. Scary times.

'Men like me were the greater offenders, not because we knew better (that would be too much to say) but because we sensed better. Pastor Niemöller spoke for the thousands and thousands of men like me when he spoke (too modestly of himself) and said that, when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he was a little uneasy, but, after all, he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing; and then they attacked the Socialists, and he was a little uneasier, but, still, he was not a Socialist, and he did nothing; and then the schools, the press, the Jews, and so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing. And then they attacked the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did something—but then it was too late."

One doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of your way to make trouble.’ Why not?—Well, you are not in the habit of doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty.

You speak privately to your colleagues, some of whom certainly feel as you do; but what do they say? They say, ‘It’s not so bad’ or ‘You’re seeing things’ or ‘You’re an alarmist.’

And you are an alarmist. You are saying that this must lead to this, and you can’t prove it. These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don’t know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end? On the one hand, the believers intimidate you. On the other, your colleagues pooh-pooh you as pessimistic or even neurotic. You are left with your close friends, who are, naturally, people who have always thought as you have.

And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying ‘Jewish swine,’ collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed.'

It's time for the liberal (small L) majority in this great country to unite and speak out against the rise of the right. We must not be cowed into silent compliance or things will continue to deteriorate until it is too late.
[Post edited 25 Jul 8:43]
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Gav’s going to be busy this morning....
at 06:02 26 May 2019

Not sure about this new guy
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I wonder if Colin will retire...
at 16:29 12 May 2019

Should Cardiff hold on to win at Old Trafford today?
[Post edited 12 May 16:30]
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Will there still be 4 million Leeds fans....
at 19:10 27 Apr 2019

Sleeping on the streets of Ipswich next week?
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Annoying Things
at 19:46 19 Apr 2019

Easter eggs that don’t break neatly in half.

It kills me.
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Here's what I don't really get about Brexit...
at 10:13 11 Apr 2019

How have we allowed it to become such a massive deal and do such immense damage to our country and its people? I don't mean that as a dig at one side or the other, just at the process in general.

It's a fringe issue really, a squabble between two wings of the Tory Party that morphed into an argument between the Traditional Monied Elite (Brexit) and the 'new' establishment (Business, Parliament etc).

The EU was never a particularly big issue for anyone outside of a few UKIP loons and never featured very highly on concerns heading into elections. Bluntly, almost all of the populace neither knew nor cared about trade deals, customs unions, ECHR etc etc and it didn't impact their day to day life at all.

Yet we have allowed the media and a few politicians to whip up such a storm that families are divided, friendships ended, MP's getting death threats and usually sensible people are talking about TREASON and civil unrest. The whole thing is just mad.

We don't seem to be angry about children being murdered daily with no police left to stop it.
We don't take to the streets about the NHS being under unprecedented pressure, with cancer rates and A&E wait times moving in the wrong direction.
We don't talk about the fact that many crimes are no longer even investigated in the 5th richest country in the world.
We don't protest about our prison system nearing collapse.
We don't ring radio shows to loudly rant about the deterioration of the education system and ever worsening shortage of teachers.
We don't see many threads on here bemoaning the embarrassing lack of infrastructure and increased problems on our roads and rail (potholes anyone!).

We have somehow become all consumed with this fringe issue that no one cared about 5 years ago.

When you actually stop and think about it, it's absolutely bonkers.

I don't know how or why we've ended up at this point but I'd be very interested to hear CIL's views on it, particularly regarding the role of the media. Someone must be benefiting from this situation and it certainly isn't us.

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Buttler wicket yesterday
at 07:43 26 Mar 2019

What do we reckon?

I know it was technically legal but I’d hate to see cricket go the way of football with the ‘win at all costs’ approach to sportsmanship, especially on the back of the Aussie’s cheating.

Suspect and hope that Ashwin regrets his actions this morning.
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You can always rely on the Scottish football team
at 17:14 21 Mar 2019

To lighten the mood.

Ouch.
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Amazed at the negativity on here
at 21:44 12 Mar 2019

A team sprinkled with academy prospects have gone and got a thoroughly deserved point away at at team in the play offs, playing passing football and showing considerable character.

Expected almost universal satisfaction on here and yet almost all the threads seem to be negative, including people having pops at Emmanuel, Kenlock and Dozzell.

WTF is wrong with some of you people?

Exactly how well were you expecting us to play tonight???

Thank goodness the away fans have a different attitude.
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Jon Nolan
at 20:28 23 Feb 2019

Superb today I thought.
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Away Supoort today
at 19:53 23 Feb 2019

Excellent I thought, both in numbers and noise.

For a team miles bottom of the league, and from the other end of the country, it really was impressive.
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Tickets available on the gate on Saturday?
at 09:29 21 Feb 2019

NFT
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The championship really is bonkers
at 17:16 16 Feb 2019

Stoke, with £12m Afobe, Shawcross, Adam and Bojan on the bench.

17th in the league.
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Jack Ross
at 14:13 16 Feb 2019

Amazing the effect Sunderland can have on a man.

A few months ago he looked like Bonnie Prince Charlie in a Burtons cardigan, now he looks like Tommy at the end of Trainspotting.
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Blue Action Banner Idea
at 10:02 15 Feb 2019

Now we've actually shown a bit of fight is it time to revisit the Dylan Thomas banner? A big banner across the SBRL with:

'Do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light.'

Would look class.

Could live at the training ground during the week too, Ipswich expects.
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I really hope Judge stays next season
at 22:12 13 Feb 2019

Don’t think he’s been anything like at his best yet but how refreshing to see a town player demanding the ball and looking comfortable when he gets it, even in tight situations.

Great attitude too, and a pain in the arse to play against.
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