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And Now For Something Completely Amazing
at 02:00 17 Aug 2017

Some years ago [mid-80's?] a young lady friend of mine [a dancer] invited me to a [very] modern dance program in Philadelphia by a group whose name I later forgot. I saw them perform several times until other attractions redirected me.

For several years, I tried to remember their name, but could not. Finally, earlier today, I was able to find them on the 'net, and with great satisfaction took a long look, interested to see whether and how they had changed.

The group is "Momix," and their site's URL is below. They are still amazing and fetching on the eye. If you'd like, have a look around their site, and perhaps also on Youtube. Some of you will join me in great fascination.
My favourite song , favourite poem, favourite prayer
at 01:42 17 Jul 2017

I posted this some years ago, and feel strongly the need to do it again. It's my favourite song, my favourite poem, and my favourite prayer.

You might want to post yours for our enjoyment, too.

When it rains, it pizzles. Game live also on official site.
at 17:02 15 Jul 2017

Right, the Swansea official site has announced that the Philly game will be live on the site. Probably the same one on YouTube, from MLS.

When it rains, it pizzles.
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Yanks can watch the Philly game live, probably Canadians, maybe Brits, too
at 12:38 15 Jul 2017

Yanks can watch the Philly game live, probably Canadians, maybe Brits, too.

Go to the Union website, URL below, and click the link at "Download the free MLS app." I don''t normally do this, but I did. Sign up for the app. It's not too intrusive -- email address, favourite MLS team, and zip code. The zip code is the one that might stop Brits, I don't know. Try it and let us know if it works.

I won't suggest this, if the British postcode does not work, the normally not given to cheating among you could try using a US [or Canadian] zip code. I'd guess a Canadian postcode would work, with a Canadian-based email address.

Don't forget to click the button for no email offers, etc.

The game will be shown live on Youtube.

p.s. I don't know about the North Carolina game, but i doubt it.

The subject URL:

[p.s. Sorry epaul, I did look to be sure this wouldn't be a ferdy, but my eyes were still sleep-fogged and I missed yours. I leave mine up just in case someone else misses yours. Thanks for posting it. Davillin]
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I used to disagree with my friend Darran's standard reaction to a player leaving
at 20:05 13 Jul 2017

I used to disagree with my friend Darran's standard reaction to a player leaving -- "F*ck him" -- but now I'm beginning to think that all this time I have misunderstood him.

His reaction has been struggling to get to the surface of my consciousness, more strenuously as we get closer to Mister G. Sigurdsson's departure (if it happens).

And I'm not happy with me for it.
Flash. Leon Britton on his way . . .
at 19:31 9 Jul 2017

Leon Britton will soon be on his way to Philadelphia! Fact. No transfer fee involved.
Do dogs like classical music? Look . . .
at 01:22 1 Jul 2017

Do dogs like classical music? Check out this short video:

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Watch this amazing video of two elephants saving baby elephant!
at 22:00 20 Jun 2017

Watch this amazing video of two elephants saving a baby elephant from drowning. Note the alacrity with which both adults respond. Note their very rapid and intelligent decision-making. Watch the third adult in the background, behind a fence, being extremely upset, knowing what's happening, probably because he or she can't get to help with the rescue.

You know, they always say how very intelligent elephants are. Well this should convince even the most skeptical among us.
As of last night, Spring is definitely here in Pennsylvania
at 04:25 14 Jun 2017

As of last night, Spring is definitely here in Pennsylvania! I had a visitor out front. In the photo with the white car, he's in front of my next neighbor's house; and in the one with the white rectangle, he's in my driveway.

Happy Spring, everyone!

Oh, bluddyFin'ELL! Can there be worse than Boob Bradley?
at 01:55 9 Jun 2017

Dear reader: If you drink, have a stiff slug before reading this. If you don't drink, be forewarned that this is going to drive you to drink!

United States Boss Bruce Arena Confident he 'Can Coach Anywhere'

United States coach Bruce Arena believes he "can coach anywhere" and told Goal his countryman Bob Bradley was in a "no-win situation" before he was sacked by Swansea City.

The Premier League club, owned by Americans Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, fired Bradley in December, less than three months after hiring him.

Bradley said last year he feared his departure could damage the future prospects of Americans managing abroad, but Arena remains confident in his ability.

"I think I can coach anywhere," Arena said. "I think every situation you go into takes a little bit of time, and you've got to get adjusted to it. But I've met the top coaches in the world -- you can do it. Every situation is different."

Arena said Bradley was not entering a good situation at Swansea, who were already facing the prospect of relegation when he came aboard.

"When you look at Bob Bradley at Swansea, that might have been a no-win situation, and probably due to ownership more than anything. He was kind of set up, in some ways, to fail.

"Everyone has to be in the right position. Look at David Moyes, an incredibly good coach. All those good years at Preston North End and Everton, then you go to Man U, now that's a tough job. Am I saying I'm qualified to coach at Man U? That's a whole different animal.

"It's made it tough on [Moyes'] career and he's had some challenging times over the last five, six years at different clubs."

Arena, now in his second stint as U.S. coach, has experience coaching stars like David Beckham and Robbie Keane with the LA Galaxy.

But he believes the global perception of American soccer still hinders opportunities for both players and coaches from the U.S.

"I think, unfortunately, there's still the notion that Americans can't play, and Americans can't coach in our game," he said.

[Davillin's note: It ain't just a 'notion," Bruce.]

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Dav's Stats for 2016-2017 has completed its work
at 19:36 1 Jun 2017

Dav's Stats web page has completed its work for 2016-2017.

If you would like to have any of the graphs originally on Dav's Stats, either send Dav a P.M., or post your request on PlanetSwans.

Looking forward to more Swans success in 2017-2018.
[Post edited 1 Jun 19:36]
One Reason Why I Love the Scots
at 00:32 30 May 2017

Here's one reason why I love the Scots. [You may figure that out.]

Scots outraged as Barack Obama drinks diet version of Irn Bru on golf trip to St Andrews

The former US President tried the drink during his first visit to Scotland.

Alexandra Richards
8 hours ago

Scots were left outraged when Barack Obama was given a sugar-free Irn Bru during his visit to Scotland last week.

The former US President was enjoying a round of golf at the Old Course at St Andrews when he was handed a sugar-free version of the iconic Scottish drink.

Unlike Donald Trump, Mr Obama has never visited Scotland before. Twitter erupted with angry Scots dismayed that this was the former President's first experience with Irn Bru.

Matt Kilcoyne posted: “Who the hell gave Obama sugar-free Irn Bru?!?! What treachery to all that is Scottish and holy is this?”

Another wrote: “Obama was POTUS, give the guy some full fat Irn bru for Christ sake.”

One user believed that this was a punishable offence: “Who ever gave Obama Diet Irn Bru needs to be met with the full force of the law.”

[Note: The remainder of the article has nothing to do with IrnBru, so I deleted it.]
New Statistical Information about the Season
at 23:37 21 May 2017

I ask you to please read these short paragraphs in order to understand some things about the following statistical information in two graphs based upon the same data.

The statistics attempt to show how different players contribute to the team's points total, based on number of games he played.

Some statistical studies can be iron-clad and literal, while some, by the nature of the data cannot. The latter, however, can have value in more of an comparison fashion, as do these. In other words, comparing players who are all measured by the same definition seems to level the playing field.

The statistical data here includes the number of games a player played, and the total number of points the team earned in those games in which he played.

At the outset, the statistician must decide what "a game" is – at one extreme it would be one in which a player played every minute, and at the other extreme one in which a player played even a single minute. The definition of "a game" for purposes of such a study would have to be somewhere between "every minute" and "even a single minute."

I've produced this study for a number of years and have laboured over this decision, something like this:

• more than 45 minutes probably is a bit draconian because experience tells me that a player can influence an outcome at fewer than 45. In my mind, that number is more like 30 minutes, so I have made a statistical decision that for purposes of this study, a game is "more than 30 minutes played."

Experience also tells me that scoring a goal or making an "assisst" is not even close to the sole criterion for "contribution," as a player in any position has as much to contribute, as the Swans' season has demonstrated.

The two graphs below are both based on the same data, with one arranged by "games played" and the other by "team points earned" [highlighted in yellow].

I give both graphs so that you can decide for yourself how much weight to put on the contribution to team output of a player who played only one game in which the team got all three points, compared, for example with a player who played closer to 38 games.

Dav's Stats, FINAL update. [Assistance requested.]
at 20:13 21 May 2017

Dav's Stats for 2016-2017 final update and upload at the URL below. Boy, do they look great now, at least for the last few weeks.

Assistance requested:

Please feel free to download any or all of the charts.

I know how to download and save a chart on a Mac [click on graph and drag it to desktop], but I'm not sure how to do it on a p.c. Will someone please post how it's done? Thanks.
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What'd I Tell You? “Ill-informed and cheeky"
at 16:13 17 May 2017

Lovely pissoff article. What'd I tell you?

Don't expect this crap to end until there's either no more shyt or no more fan.
Dav's Stats at the instant of Safety -- updatd and uploaded
at 16:02 14 May 2017
Dav's Stats Updated after Sunderland Away, and Upladed
at 21:37 13 May 2017
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3 Things – 2 updated "safety" graphs and complete "Dav's Stats"
at 23:07 8 May 2017

3 Things – 2 updated "safety" graphs and complete "Dav's Stats"

Dav's Stats:

Dav's Stats Updated after Everton and uploaded
at 21:58 6 May 2017
Stats updated and uploaded
at 18:43 30 Apr 2017
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