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at 03:15 22 Oct 2019
First time in a long time that it's looking so open with several teams legitimate World Champions in the waiting. Felt like the close season was never gonna end but after some really interesting big name surprise moves it all tips off tomorrow.
Lakers to win it...
|Leon, Leon, Where for art thou, Leon?!|
at 15:05 21 Sep 2019
Hi mate. Just wanted to make sure that you made it through customs ok and that my package and you are both still in one piece...
|Caption Competition - Priceless|
at 04:49 10 Sep 2019
There's no pwopa football for almost another week, things are quiet on here and veering towards the political and Clive needs the traffic so everybody that looks at this has to give their best caption competition offering. The highest number of upvotes wins;
at 23:49 16 Aug 2019
And the winner is.....
Huddersfield, after a massive 3 league games of the season with them being just 3 points from a play off place.
Edit: So it turns out tonights game was a "Must Win"!
[Post edited 16 Aug 23:50]
|It was only a matter of time....|
at 19:34 5 Aug 2019
...before our great start to the season came crashing around our ears.
I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere and I hate to have to be the one to break the story that will undoubtedly ruin our season almost before it's even begun.
However, I've just read from several reliable sources within the MSM that Chris Ramsey will be participating in this years Strictly Come Dancing.
|Type 1 Diabetes|
at 14:46 12 Jul 2019
Yesterday, completely out of the blue, our eldest son, 12, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He was taken to hospital and will be there until at least Monday while they run tests etc to understand the levels and reactions to this disorder so that we can all become educated and understand how and when to monitor and react accordingly to certain situations.
My reason for posting is basically to ask if any other parent on here has a young son or daughter with Type 1 diabetes and if so just how serious or otherwise, it affects their general day to day life and future plans.
As previously mentioned, it has come as a complete surprise and as I, fortunately, have no previous experience or knowledge of this disorder it's all a bit surreal at the moment and I'm genuinely not sure just how grave or life-changing this is going to be. We will obviously be getting a lot of medical advice over the coming days and weeks, however, any advice, opinions or suggestions on how to help my son and to be prepared for what lies ahead in general based on personal experiences would be greatly appreciated.
at 19:49 12 Jun 2019
Unfortunately my Mother-In-Law passed away late last year and we decided to take in her dog who is a gorgeous, loving though rather scatty cross breed. Fortunately he gets on well with the family dog and all is great except for one messy detail.
You guessed it, he pisses and shíts in the house. Can be anywhere upstairs or downstairs. He was never properly house trained with the MIL because she had no garden (he used to go in an open air non used garage) so in his mind it's acceptable to do his business on "hard" floors.
So does anybody have any suggestions on how to retrain the little shít to do his business in the garden. We leave him outside sometimes for hours on end and then he comes indoors and will run straight upstairs and crap in one of the bedrooms, almost as if to wind me up on purpose!
I've tried the shoving his nose in it and scolding him and leaving him outside for hours but it's just not working and I'm certainly not going to hit him as some have suggested.
So any suggestions or ideas on this messy situation would be greatly appreciated...
|Oi Boston, you watching the Play Offs|
at 01:47 27 May 2018
Quality entertainment. Great win by Cleveland last night sets up a fascinating winner takes all game on Sunday. And tonight will hopefully see a Rockets win to secure their place in the finals.
Only recently got into it but it's great entertainment. A new entry on my bucket list is go to a play off game because depsite all the Razzmatazz that's got to be one special sporting occasion.
You a fan?!
at 20:43 24 Apr 2018
What a great first half of football and two stunning goals from the man of the Moment. Absolute pleasure watching the guy play football. I realise that there are many on here that don't want Liverpool to win anything ever again but personally with the football they've been playing this season and with Klopp in charge I hope they beat Real in the final...
|Neymar - A Footballing First|
at 19:15 18 Jan 2018
Score a first half hat-trick and still end up gettting jeered by your own fans in the second half.
Neymar was jeered by Paris St-Germain fans after he denied Edinson Cavani the chance to become the club's all-time top scorer during the Ligue 1 side's rout of mid-table Dijon.
Cavani's first-half strike saw him draw level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 156 goals in all competitions for PSG. The hosts led by 4-0 at half-time and Neymar had already completed a hat-trick before PSG were awarded a penalty. However, the Brazilian's decision to take the spot-kick instead of allowing Cavani to take it resulted in whistles from the home crowd, but coach Unai Emery defended him after the match. "I think Neymar took the penalty because it was also a good day for him," Emery said. "We're happy with it. But there will be lots more chances for Cavani to score more goals." PSG defender Thomas Meunier described it as "a bit of a shame and a bit ungrateful" but acknowledged that Neymar was his side's penalty taker ."He could have given him the ball, it would have been a nice gesture of fair play," he said. "He did so much for the team today and the fact that the fans are whistling at him, well he didn't take it very well. I think most players would have had the same reaction."
|Top 3 Favourite Comedy Characters|
at 18:25 9 Jan 2018
No right answers, it's all about opinions etc etc.
My top 3* off the top of my head would be;
1. Basil Fawlty - Utter comedic madcap genius. So many LOL moments that can be
watched again and again. Pure Genius.
2. David Brent (In the first two series). Very original at the time. A heady mix of
inteligent witty comedy mixed with so many cringe worthy moments.
3. Sheldon Cooper - A bit left field but the timing and delivery of such complex and
detailed scripts is very impressive. Razor sharp wit, imo.
*As OP I have the right to change my top 3 at any time.....
[Post edited 9 Jan 2018 20:30]
|Chapecoense - One Year On|
at 21:07 30 Nov 2017
Chapecoense plane crash: How the club is still defying the odds one year on
On the night of Monday, 28 November last year I did a radio report on Chapecoense, a club from a small town in southern Brazil who had made remarkable progress.
Inside a decade they had progressed from outside Brazil's four national divisions to become the first club from the country to make it to a continental final since 2013.
At that very moment, they were on their way to Medellin in Colombia for the first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana, a Europa League equivalent, against Atletico Nacional.
A few hours later I was woken up by a phone call. Their plane had gone down on its approach to Medellin airport.
I scurried for details. Along with the team, coaching staff and directors there were plenty of journalists on board - including, I was alarmed to see, a friend of mine - Paulo Julio Clement, known to everyone as PJ.
The early details brought hope. There were survivors. It seemed there might be many of them. The local authorities requested those in the area with SUVs come to help ferry them to hospital. There was a chance.
I sent a text message to Paulo, and kept answering the phone and doing radio and TV reports.
By coincidence, that morning I was booked to do the Brazilian TV show on which I had got to know Paulo. I could have cancelled, and kept on doing radio work in English. But being on the show seemed the right thing to do, and so we spent the morning on air as the news kept coming in.
It was a rollercoaster. Goalkeeper Danilo, whose heroics had taken Chapecoense to the final, was found alive - but died soon afterwards.
The search for survivors was abandoned. There was no more hope. But then centre-back Neto was found alive. Perhaps there would be others.
There were not.
In all, of 77 people on board, 71 lost their lives.
Two of the crew - air hostess Ximena Suarez and technician Erwin Tumuri - survived along with three players - Neto, midfielder Alan Ruschel and goalkeeper Jakson Follmann.
Ruschel has resumed his career with the club, Neto is in training to make a comeback next year and Follmann, who lost part of a leg, had to retire.
All of the coaching staff and directors died, along with 20 journalists. One, Rafael Henzel, survived.
The coffins of the deceased were flown back to Chapeco for a deeply moving service in driving rain.
Equally touching was the gesture of the Colombian team, Atletico Nacional.
At the time the match was to have been played they threw the doors of the stadium open and, with in front of a packed house with thousands outside the ground, held a heartfelt service.
Nacional suggested Chapecoense be awarded the Copa Sudamericana title.
This was more than just a symbolic gesture.
It also ensured Chapecoense would make their debut in the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League, bringing in much-needed revenue for a club facing a daunting task of rebuilding.
Three managers and an ineligible player - but Chapecoense stay up
After the disaster, it was suggested Chapecoense might be protected from relegation for two or three years to give them time to rebuild.
The club were quick to dismiss the proposal.
They wanted to stand or fall by their own merits. They were giving themselves a Herculean task, but it was made a little easier by two factors.
First, there is often considerable end-of-year turnover at Brazilian clubs - teams can often go through big changes.
The same methodical steps were taken that had served the club so well in its rise. The coaching staff had indicated some future transfer targets, which were followed up. Respected coach Vagner Mancini came in to take charge, and other clubs helped out by sending players on loan.
Second, they had a few months to find a blend - the first division did not start until the middle of May.
In Brazil, the opening few months of the year are given over to the State Championships - Chapecoense compete in the state of Santa Catarina.
So they had some time to build for the big challenge - and, when it finally started, they began the first division campaign very well. After the first few rounds, exactly six months after the accident, they were top of the table.
It would clearly be impossible to maintain such momentum, but those early points proved very useful.
Chapecoense also performed with great credit in their debut Libertadores campaign, and it could have been even better.
Big centre-back Luiz Otavio was suspended for their trip to Lanus of Argentina in the middle of May.
It seems there had been some mix-up in sending out the confirmation email, but the club were informed before kick-off that he was not eligible.
They picked him anyway - and he scored the decisive goal in their 2-1 win.
The game was awarded to Lanus - and the lost points cost Chapecoense their place in the knockout phase.
Lanus, meanwhile, are contesting the final against Gremio of Brazil, with the second leg on Wednesday.
Chapecoense, then, were back in the Copa Sudamericana.
But their quest to retain the title ended with a 4-0 aggregate defeat by compatriots Flamengo.
There was some controversy with the first goal - though it seems the referee was correct.
Chapecoense striker Wellington Paulista, briefly of West Ham, was not happy.
"They sent a referee from Bolivia, or wherever, to complicate the game," he said. "We had a chance. But this ref from Bolivia, or wherever, put an end to our dream."
The referee was in fact from Peru, and the taint of prejudice in Wellington Paulista's comments was especially sad coming from a player of Chapecoense, a club whose suffering had united the continent.
In addition to their continental adventures, Chapecoense also played a friendly in Barcelona in August, with Ruschel returning to the field in a match that raised the club's profile in Europe.
But ensuring first division survival had always been the club's priority.
After the encouraging start to the campaign, things rapidly became more difficult for Chapecoense.
Vagner Mancini's strategy was aggressive. He reasoned the road to salvation lay in taking risks to ensure enough games were won. But the team started to leak goals - and defensive solidity traditionally has a high value in the south of Brazil.
Mancini was sacked and replaced by youth specialist Vinicius Eutropio, but the team's away form slumped, and the experienced Gilson Kleina was brought in.
He has overseen a strong finish to the campaign, with the team pulling away from the relegation dogfight and making sure of their place in next year's first division with four rounds still to go - a mighty achievement.
The season ends on Sunday with a home match against Coritiba, and Rui Costa - the director in charge of football - said of staying up: "I feel like a winner of the Champions League."
A difficult year off the field
Investigations are ongoing, but the cause of the crash seems clear enough.
The aeroplane was operating at the very limit of its fuel capacity, and should have refuelled between Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia and Medellin.
The little LaMia airline had recently established itself as a specialist in carrying football teams around South America.
Shortly before the same aircraft had taken Argentina, Lionel Messi and all, on a long journey that was also dangerously close to fuel capacity.
LaMia had two operational aircraft and their licence was suspended shortly after the crash.
Celia Castedo, from the Bolivian air authority, had apparently pointed out beforehand the obvious deficiency in the flight plan, though she says she had no power to prevent the plane from taking off.
Fearing for her life, Castedo quickly left Bolivia to seek asylum in Brazil and has spent the past year there.
By the end of 2016 an investigation by Colombian officials said there was no technical failure and blamed the pilot, the airline and Bolivian regulators.
Back in Chapecoense, two associations have been formed to represent the families of those who perished - although there is considerable overlap between them.
ABRAVIC have been dealing with day-to-day issues, such as school fees and medical bills.
AFAV-C is focused more on bureaucratic and legal problems - such as the potentially complex question of the extent of Chapecoense's liability for the accident.
There have been tensions.
The president of AFAV-C is Fabiane Belle, wife of the club physiologist.
"After the initial commotion," she said, "we did not have any crisis management. We were left without support."
ABRAVIC president Gabriel Santos Cordeiro de Andrade said "we had a little problem at the beginning. As Chapecoense lost many directors, they had organisational difficulties in the first months, but now we're moving towards an agreement".
Those who died a year ago will never be forgotten by the people of Chapeco, and their memory has been honoured by the displays of the team in 2017.
In the long term a small-town provincial club can hardly hope to compete on equal terms with the giants of the Brazilian game.
But with the same low-profile solid approach that has served them so well in recent times, Chapecoense will aim to keep punching well above their weight.
|In other Holloway Post Match comments news;|
at 23:53 27 Nov 2017
QPR manager Ian Holloway:
"I've seen a fair few things, even in my time in nearly 2,000 games as a player and a manager. For me it feels like a win, for them it probably feels like a defeat. I will fight for this club until I die and so will my team and they did tonight. It feels great."
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