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Italian Jacks?
at 11:35 8 Nov 2017

I know we have many posters on this board who are expatriate Jacks.

Are there any living full time in Italy? I'd be interested to know.
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Just got home
at 20:10 4 Nov 2017

That was so UNBELIEVABLE that I have literally been struck dumb. Goodnight.
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Hereford recommends........
at 11:35 18 Oct 2017

the flapjacks in Home Bargains. Big buggers, three different varieties available - chocolate topping, white topping or cherry - and an amazing 29p each. Yes, 29p!

Ideal for cycling trips, filling a gap when flying Ryanair, half time at the Liberty, etc, etc.
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Garth Crooks' Team of the Week on BBC Football website.
at 15:35 16 Oct 2017

Otherwise known as "who scored on the weekend?" predictably contains no Swans.

In the bit where you can select your own options to make your own Team of the Week, the only Swan who appears out of numerous players is Tammy. Fab does not appear in the list of seven keepers, five of which conceded goals on the weekend.

I think Garth submits his list to all the scummers in BBC Wales Sport for them to run an eye over it before he publishes it.

Good ole Garth
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MOTD2
at 09:35 16 Oct 2017

Both Sunday games were the subject of late penalties which cost the dominant side in the match two points, and will have their respective managers spitting feathers.

Chris Houghton no doubt gave defender Bruno a dressing room roasting after the match, when his rash elbow into the face of Calvert-Lewin had Michael Oliver pointing to the spot, and Rooney rescuing an unlikely point with the spot kick right at the end of 90 minutes.

Brighton are no great shakes, workmanlike but very limited, basically a physical and hard working Championship side, but their enthusiastic and noisy supporters make them a tough proposition at home when they get the crowd behind them. Everton, as highlighted by the post match analysis, are lacking confidence going forward and look a shambles in defence. Rooney and Siggy just don't blend well together, much to the delight of our Aberdare contingent!

Newcastle looked very good at Southampton, playing neat, quick football, with Captain Pointer at the heart of most of their attacking play. Always risky to rely too much on him though, he's always likely to have a brainstorm and do something very silly. They were heading for a deserved three points when Shane Long burst into the area to pick up a forward pass, pushed the ball away from the defender but also away from goal, just inviting the foul, and Lejeune duly obliged instead of just standing him up. He clattered into Long who went down like he was poleaxed. Another penalty which gave the opponents a point they didn't deserve.

The most interesting thing for me was the form of the various sides. I think Brighton are relegation candidates, and surprisingly I think Soton are too. Everton are chaotic right now, but they have too much in the way of resources to go down. Newcastle were the real surprise, they look very good and should be targeting a top ten finish.

Thoughts?
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Anyone think Clement
at 16:04 15 Oct 2017

Will select either Bony or Sanches to start next week, fitness permitting?
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Anyone get the club e-mail today?
at 12:28 4 Oct 2017

Entitled 'How Can We Add to Your Matchday Experience?"

There wasn't a box to tick which said 'try winning a feckin match'
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Mobile phone new purchase - advice required
at 13:38 27 Sep 2017

My last phone was manufactured in the Stone Age and it's time to buy a new one. I've kind of narrowed it down to a Samsung Galaxy S7 and I'm going to carry on with my Sim only deal from Vodafone, so I'm just looking to buy the new handset.

My colleague in work has bought 'new' handsets on Ebay and she's recommending I do the same. I'm talking about stuff from private sellers and various weird and wonderful shops and businesses that sell on Ebay, rather than licensed Samsung dealers. The phone I want is going for around £325 this way, compared to around £500 from a proper outlet.

What does the panel think? Any pitfalls I should be aware of, other than the obvious 'don't deal with scammers, rip off merchants and anyone from Liverpool'?
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Man Utd league cup tickets for sale
at 10:10 25 Sep 2017

Just had an e-mail saying tickets are for sale as follows:

Season ticket holders (their own seat only) – from 10am on Monday, September 25 to Thursday, September 28.

Adults - £20
Concessions (Over-60s & Students and Under-16s) - £10



General sale – from 10am on Friday, September 29.

Adults - £30
Concessions (Over-60s & Students and Under-16s) - £15



Fair play, that's decent pricing. Season ticket holders are rewarded, plastic Man U fans from Lampeter can feck off.
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Free kicks in central positions
at 14:27 11 Sep 2017

Why can't we work out something clever on the training pitch instead of the usual 'blast it ten yards over the bar' option, as demonstrated by Sanches yesterday?

When Carroll and Sanches lined up for that one, everyone in the ground knew Sanches was going to have a pop, because he'd deferred to Carroll for the first one earlier in the game. I was willing to bet it would be ten yards over the bar, and so it proved.

Why not feign a blaster, then poke it forward past the wall for someone quick to run on to, someone who a second before was messing about in the wall or something and not looking like he was going to be involved in a move.

Come on, guys, try a little invention, we haven't got Siggy any more!
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I see the scummers...
at 21:51 15 Aug 2017

won again. We won't hear the end of that on BBC Wales tomorrow. All hail Colin W*nker, the new Alex Ferguson.

And Villa have (almost) lost again. What price Steve Bruce to be the first Championship manager to get the Spanish archer?
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Tafarn Morlais, Llangennech
at 09:02 14 Aug 2017

I've bigged them up on here before, but just wanted to repeat the praise and tip you folks off if you're looking for somewhere good to eat. Took missus and old mum to Sunday carvery lunch there yesterday, absolutely superb.

They have about four sittings starting at 12.00 noon, but they overlap, so you get two hours at table, more than enough time for a leisurely lunch.

Not cheap, but top quality. £9.95 a head for one course, to be honest you'd need to be a real porker to manage a starter or dessert.
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Hinterland
at 10:31 30 May 2017

Did anyone follow that Welsh police drama series on BBC Four recently?

I think they were trying to achieve the same dark 'tone' as all those cracking Scandanavian series in recent years like The Bridge, Beck and Wallander, but failed miserably in my opinion.

The atmosphere they generated wasn't too bad, but I felt they fell down on common sense plotting, which they sacrificed to raise the dramatic tension. For example, in that episode where they were chasing an armed fugitive who'd abducted his small son and had holed up in a remote farmhouse, keeping the widowed owner at gunpoint.

Of course, the rogue detective went out on his own to find him, despite an organized search going on, and was duly taken hostage with no-one knowing where he was. All they had to do was send the police helicopter out to the last known area he was in and spotted his car outside the farmhouse, but that was too simple.

Gave me a chance to brush up on my Welsh with the subtitles, anyway.
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Where are all the congratulatory messages
at 14:12 14 May 2017

flooding in from Wales' capital?
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Tafarn Morlais, Llangennech
at 09:37 16 Apr 2017

Took my old mum and missus there for lunch yesterday.

No novelle cuisine there, just good honest grub, well cooked, lots of it, a fair price and pleasant service. Highly recommended.
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Next season
at 13:04 10 Apr 2017

Just been having a look at who we'll likely be playing next season, thinking about away trips, etc.

That giant-killing minnow club who we beat in the League Cup Final and all patronizingly felt sorry for - Bradford City - may well be our league equals next season.

FFS.
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Great philosophical questions of our time
at 11:56 3 Apr 2017

Post your contributions here please.

Here's mine, to start the ball rolling.

How is it, when your first pair of shoelaces on a pair of shoes wears out or snaps, you can never find the same length replacement pair in the shops? is there a factory somewhere making a special length of shoelace which they are only allowed to sell to manufacturers of new shoes?
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American Justice
at 10:13 22 Mar 2017

There was a very interesting documentary on BBC2 last night called American Justice, which looked at the system in operation in Jacksonville, Florida, reputedly one of the toughest US States in terms of administering justice.

It followed two cases, a murder investigation of an elderly man and his niece in a trailer home, and the trial of a young black man, accused of second degree murder in an unusual case where he and his cousin had allegedly broken into a home with intent to commit an armed robbery. His cousin got shot dead by an occupant of the house, but he was charged with murder due to a law which makes perpetrators of crimes like this responsible for what happens to accomplices. The guy who actually shot the alleged burglar was facing no charge, having supposedly acted in self defence. Seems bizarre, but that's actually the way the law works in Florida at least.

Before you say, good, they got what they deserved, the guy was actually acquitted at trial, because it came out that the accused were actually friends of the home owner, had been at a party with him the night before, and claimed that the homeowner had invited them around the following morning to discuss buying a rifle from them, and 'to smoke some weed'. The deal had gone sour, there was a tussle and the shooting started. So far from it being an armed robbery, the jury believed it was just a fight amongst a bunch of potheads over ownership of a rifle.

Being a big fan of American crime fiction myself, particularly Michael Connelly's novels, it was very interesting to see how real life law enforcement personnel go about their jobs - the police, the DAs, the defence attorney, the judges, etc., etc. I must say the defence lawyer for the young black guy looked scary with her tattooed on eyebrows, but she got him off.

Question for our US friends - the show also featured the chief DA on the election campaign trail. At what level do officials have to get elected? For example, is it just the chief DA., or all the DAs under her too? Just the Chief of Police, etc. etc.?
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Terrorist Attack at the Louvre - Let's hope they continue to be as thick as this
at 11:01 3 Feb 2017

"A French soldier has seriously injured a man after he tried to enter the Louvre museum in Paris carrying two backpacks.

A police source told Reuters news agency the man was armed with a machete and tried to get into an underground shop at the museum.

Paris police chief Michel Cadot said the attacker was carrying two backpacks and shouted "Allahu akbar (God is greatest)" as he "launched" himself at the soldier in the Carrousel du Louvre area of the popular attraction.

The soldier fired five times, hitting the man in the legs and stomach and seriously injuring him."
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Builder - help needed
at 20:09 26 Jan 2017

OK guys, a serious post, I'm relying on the Planet Swans community to help me out here. So called attempts at humour in response to this appeal will not be looked upon kindly.

My 84 year old mother lives on her own in a 1960s semi detached dormer bungalow in Baglan. A few days ago she found a very wet patch had appeared in a relatively small area of carpet at the entrance to the dining room, right in the middle of the house. Further investigation has revealed a lot of water on the concrete floor below the carpet with no obvious source. There's no obvious broken pipes round about, it's not dripping down from anywhere and we just don't know if there are any fractured pipes under this patch of concrete floor.

I'm asking for recommendations for an honest and reliable builder or some other qualified professional tradesman who could go and investigate, possibly as far as digging some of the floor up, finding the fault and fixing it.

I obviously don't want her to be ripped off or have some cowboy go in and make matters worse.

Please can anyone help?
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