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Is this really "exciting football"?
at 17:32 4 Dec 2021

Once again, our possession of the ball was more than double that of our opponents.

Yet, once again, we only just managed to convert our colossal domination of the ball into more attacks than our opponents

From 67% possession, we yielded just 113 attacks. Yet, from just 33% possession, Middlesbrough yielded 104 attacks.

We had 103% more possession of the ball, yet attempted only 9% more attacks throughout the game. That's scandalous and certainly isn't "exciting football" in my opinion.

It is little wonder we have so many clean sheets despite having such a nonsensical defensive approach. Imagine how many more attacks teams would achieve against us if we weren't aimlessly keeping possession amongst our 5 centre backs for a significant portion of the match.

This isn't exciting football. Too many Swansea City supporters equate possession with "exciting football". I'm hesitant to use the word brainwashed, but some supporters have certainly been conditioned to think this way.
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Two wins in eleven league matches, failing to score in over one third of those.
at 18:04 2 Oct 2021

Make no mistake about it, we are in a relegation battle as it stands.

Two wins in eleven, of which those two wins came in the two matches where we most deviated from the manager's one and only style of play / game plan, which he acknowledged.

We have failed to score in over one third of those games.

We only created more chances than our opponent's in two of those eleven matches (Huddersfield & Hull).

We have a manager consistently selecting players in unfamiliar positions which, as far as I can see, offers no positives. It only harms us (Cabango at wide centre back, Naughton the centre of a three, Cullen as an attacking midfielder, Bidwell as a left winger etc).

It is very worrying.
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The Labour Party's Annual Conference 2021 Highlights
at 16:18 28 Sep 2021

"There are too many white men putting their hand up"



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Andy McDonald, the shadow employment rights secretary and last hard-left member of Starmer’s shadow cabinet, resigned over differences with the Labour leader over the minimum wage. He had been pushing for the party to adopt a £15 an hour minimum wage but Starmer’s team insisted on keeping the existing policy of backing £10 an hour.

https://www.ft.com/content/2dc75478-72db-4a53-b831-cc04b0462484 https://www.ft.com/content/2dc75478-72db-4a53-b831-cc04b0462484

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A debate on Israeli "crimes" and "apartheid" against Palestinians, which called for sanctions against Israel and passed overwhelmingly, had its live broadcast feed cut just before it begun.

https://skwawkbox.org/2021/09/27/labour-cuts-off-conference-feed-during-palestin

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John Bercow has appealed for his new party's forgiveness as he addressed his "comrades" at Labour party conference.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-58713152

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Kindler, gentler politics. (suspended) Labour MP Claudia Webbe's Trial Begins
at 16:50 27 Sep 2021

"An MP threatened to send naked pictures of a woman to her family because she was jealous of her friendship with her partner, a court has heard.

Claudia Webbe, 56, also allegedly used a misogynistic insult against Michelle Merritt and threatened her with acid."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-58706093



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Bradford child sex abuse: Children 'remain unprotected'
at 19:26 27 Jul 2021

"Some children in Bradford "remain unprotected" from sex exploitation, a new report looking into abuse over two decades has said.

The report also detailed abuse set out by another victim, known as Anna, whose social worker recommended she be placed in the foster care of the parents of the man who was abusing her.

While living there, she became pregnant at the age of 15 and went on to marry him in an Islamic wedding (attended by her social worker), which she says was allowed by the authorities.

In 2019, nine men were found guilty of offences including rape and inciting child prostitution after a trial lasting more than six weeks"



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-57982761
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US Olympic Athlete and prominent BLM activist found to be a massive racist
at 19:58 3 Jul 2021

REVEALED: Flag-snubbing 'activist athlete' Gwen Berry's history of racially-charged rape jokes and tweets mocking white, Mexican and Asian people.

The athlete - who has insisted that the National Anthem is racist - posted tweets mocking Chinese, Mexican and white people.







Another example of someone pretending to be against racism. I wonder what her motive was? What does a Nike sponsorship pay these days?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9751521/Olympian-Gwen-Berrys-tweets-dec
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The next decade for Welsh football looks extremely bleak.
at 18:59 26 Jun 2021

Numerous senior players have declined considerably and will be soon retired or are already gone.

Those coming through to replace them are much less talented.

Wales will likely have a small group of players who make the bench or start for mid table and bottom-half Premier League teams (Ward, James and Roberts), however the vast majority will do well to spend their careers playing in England's second tier, with brief spells in the Premier League upon promotion etc.

It is a shame so little was achieved by this generation of supremely talented Welsh footballers. Not even a single World Cup finals appearance.
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A small look into expenses claimed by Plaid Cymru Senedd Members...
at 16:26 6 Jun 2021

First, let's remember Plaid Cymru's party motto...

"Plaid Cymru is working towards creating an equal nation and a nation of equals. Are you with us?"

Rhun ap Iorwerth
£744 on ergonomic office chairs, £299,99 on a cordless Dyson vacuum, £78 on coloured pencils amongst other things (including a second home). Total claimed - £175,071.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas
£535.50 and £382.50 on "family travel", £108.98 for a Sat-Nav, £619 for an iPad Pro, £50 for an iPad Pro case, £35 for a dictionary, £4 for a dustpan and brush, further claims for batteries, £885 for a laptop amongst other things (including a second home). Total claimed - £151,775

Sian Gwenllian
£540 to translate a report, £604 for chairs, a second home within walking distance of the Senedd, TWO separate offices in her constituency. Total claimed - £138,726

Llyr Gruffydd
£542 on a gazebo, return flights to Geneva for a University trip, newspapers, media subscriptions, £399 on a paper folding machine, newspaper adverts, and tickets to agricultural shows. Total claimed - £138,726.

Elin Jones
£3,112 on sending a report via Royal Mail, plus £1,722 to print that report. Has she not heard of e-mail? Two wall clocks and a coat stand for £56.35, £692 for office furniture, posting a different report at the cost of £2,833, £345 for somebody to set up her computer and other home working equipment.

There's countless more examples of truly incredible waste and extravagance from Plaid Cymru Senedd Members.

However, my favourite is how Adam Price spent £3,097 (THREE THOUSAND AND NINETY SEVEN POUNDS) one a one-way flight from Palm Springs, California, to London. He said he did this because he, as a Senedd Member, had the power to "shame" Boris Johnson. Yes you read that correctly. He spent £3,097 on a one way flight from California to return to London and "shame" Boris Johnson.

I would like to credit Swansea East's Mike Hedges who looks to be one of few who didn't take advantage of Welsh tax payers. Mike Hedges spent just £29 on a vacuum cleaner for example, not £299 on a Dyson like a Plaid Cymru Senedd Member did.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/senedd-expenses-politics-mss-20469363
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Mogadishu or Brixton?
at 23:34 3 Jun 2021



#BlackLivesMatter
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Zero Covid deaths for England, Scotland and NI. Four in Wales.
at 21:35 10 May 2021

Zero coronavirus deaths have been announced in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday.

Wales recorded four deaths.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57055340
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Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In | Official Trailer
at 15:35 5 May 2021



It looks like a very well made film for all football fans to enjoy.
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On this day in 1979...
at 14:05 4 May 2021

On this day in 1979, Margaret Thatcher led the Conservative Party to victory, defeating the Labour Party to become Prime Minister. She would serve the nation for 11 years.

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Robert Page to take charge of Wales at Euro 2020
at 18:31 23 Apr 2021

Embarrassing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56865553

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Why do fans of Wales' national team have so little pride for their country?
at 17:53 18 Apr 2021

I discovered earlier today that over 50% of Wales' players who featured in their most recent match against Czech Republic were not born in Wales.

Seven of the thirteen (54.8%) players were born in England. Not only that - these English footballers are limited in their talent and ability. England could put perhaps 20+ matchday squads together before some of these players would finally be considered for selection.

I read and hear a lot of non-Welsh football fans ridicule Wales as "England B", however quite frankly it is more like "England T" or "England U".

How many other international teams are this desperate? Perhaps Jamaica? Even the Scot's aren't this desperate (although their best player is English as well).

As someone who follows and supports both England and Wales, it doesn't really bother me. However I'd be interested to hear the opinions of those who regularly express a strong dislike of England. How can you justify your dislike of England when your national team (and club side) is dominated by English footballers?
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Prophet Muhammad cartoon sparks school protest - teacher suspended
at 17:06 25 Mar 2021

A teacher has been suspended after allegedly showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a religious education lesson exploring blasphemy.

Dozens of furious Muslim parents protested outside the historic Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire today, which had to delay its opening and told pupils to stay at home amid chaotic scenes at the gates. The protesters had been demanding the resignation of the teacher. Muslims make up 41 per cent of the population in Batley, a historic market and mill town in the Kirkless region

Headteacher Gary Kibble 'sincerely apologised for the great offence to the community'. Today's protest comes five months after history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on the street near his school in a Paris suburb by an Islamic extremist last October after showing Prophet Muhammad cartoons to his students.

Reacting to the images being shown, Mohammad Salad Hussain, founder of the Batley-based Muslim charity Purpose of Life, said: "'We feel like he's (the teacher) hiding away and that's not good enough, he needs to show his face. A lot of us have questions for him about how this ever happened in the first place, something clearly went very wrong."

"Officers were guarding all school entrances".

How very sad - let's hope our fantastic intelligence agencies are able to prevent any abhorrent retaliations like we saw in France against Samuel Paty.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-56524850



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Meghan Markle admits to lying during the Oprah interview
at 14:41 23 Mar 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have admitted they did not get married three days before the Royal wedding after an official certificate blew their claim apart.

In the interview with Oprah, Meghan said: 'You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that.' But the claim was blown apart yesterday after the General Register Office revealed the couple's wedding certificate for the first time. It proved they did get married on May 19, 2018 in the lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle after all. A spokesman for Harry and Meghan has now confirmed to the Sun their ceremony three days before their wedding was not a marriage.

It's incredible how she was able to lie to tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of people in that interview. It makes one wonder what else did she lie about during that interview? What a vile woman she really is.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9392537/Prince-Harry-Meghan-Markle-admi
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Oxford University President Forced To Step Down Amid Racism Controversy
at 20:05 20 Mar 2021

The first Indian female president of Oxford University's students' union has said she was subjected to a racist 'cyber lynching' before she was forced to resign.

She told the Indian Express: 'There was a conscious attempt made to unearth posts made by me...It was only after I won that they were brought up.' She claimed she had been a victim of a 'cancel culture mob' fuelled by 'anti-Hindu prejudice'.

In one post, she had captioned a photo of herself in Malaysia with the words 'Ching Chang'.

She was also accused of being 'insensitive' to Jews after posting a photo at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, saying: 'The memorial *CASTS* a *HOLLOW* dream of the past atrocities.' When told her actions were perceived as insensitive, she replied: 'I don't agree with you there.'

Ironically she ran on a campaign promising to "shine a light on racial injustices for members of the BAME community". Once, again, it appears Jews don't count? I suspect Rashmi would have been parachuted into a Labour safe seat upon graduation had she held British citizenship.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9383629/First-Indian-female-president-O
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Is this the UK's "Rosa Parks" moment?
at 16:36 19 Mar 2021

A Labour Party activist who was kicked off a train for fare dodging before hurling abuse at a station guard said the arrest was her 'Rosa Parks moment', a court heard.

Anyannah Ndukwe, 56, was spotted tailgating another commuter through ticket barriers at Oxford Road train station in Manchester in July 2019.

The activist was stopped by Northern Rail official Steven MacDonald, who asked the woman if she had a valid ticket.

Ndukwe responded: 'Are you taking the f***ing p***,' before telling him 'You are a f***ing d***head' and walking away, Bolton Magistrates' Court heard.

She then boarded the train, which was consequently delayed by an hour while British Transport Police were called to escort Ndukwe away from the scene.

She stated to the court: ''The train I was catching was leaving at 3.25pm and I was in a hurry to catch that train. I felt violated like Rosa Parks and I felt I was re-enacting that moment. I guess I was staring racism in the face. People asked what had happened on the train. Two passengers felt uncomfortable with what they were watching.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9380999/Teacher-kicked-train-fare-dodgi
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Labour's candidate for the upcoming Hartlepool by-election
at 02:21 19 Mar 2021



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Sol Campbell blames racist supporters for him not being offered the Arsenal job
at 15:32 15 Mar 2021

Sol Campbell claims football fans need to ditch their 'archaic' attitudes to non-white managers… insisting he's one of many talented bosses missing out on jobs at the biggest clubs.

"It takes time, but for me I want it to start now. It's hard for me because I've got all my badges, I've played for some of the best teams and played with the best players, but I can't manage some of the best teams in the world

Obviously the fans have got to realise that regardless of where you're from or what colour, you should be open to someone who has got the qualifications and maybe is not your favourite... but at least allow him to have a chance."

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/sol-campbell-the-importance-of-roots-and-w

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-9363145/Sol-Campbell-claims
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