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  1. 39 points
    I finished my chemo a few weeks back and have had scans since and went to see my oncologist yesterday. He's telling me he now believes I'm in remission and there's currently no sign of the disease. I'll be back for scans every 3 months, plus other check ups as a result of my surgery, but it seems I could well have put this behind me. The words from the oncologist yesterday were sweet "go and live your life and see you in 3 months".
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  3. 19 points
    What the fuck has happened to us ? How have we let ourselves become so fucking downtrodden and apathetic ? We're continually fucking shafted at every given opportunity and we do fuck all about it. It makes me fucking sick. Thatcher has been out of power for 29 years and dead for more than six of them yet we're still in the grip of what she did. People are depending on food banks for survival that we make the donations to while £300m + can be found to put new plumbing into Buckingham Palace. Banks and financial institutions are allowed to bring the country to it's fucking knees and get richer on the back of it because we bail them out. MPs and their fucking second homes and expenses scandals. Those poor fuckers in Grenfell Tower still waiting to be rehoused. Homelessness on the increase. HS2 and the ever increasing costs. Fuck knows how much to repair the houses of parliament. Retirement age upped. The NHS in shreds. The emergency services on their fucking knees. The justice system is a fucking joke. I could go on but what's the fucking point ? The shit will continue to be thrown at us and we'll just continue to lap it up. What has happened to the will to fight for ourselves and our rights ? Rights that previous generations fought for and and some cases made the ultimate sacrifice. We could have 20 years of a Labour government but nothing will really change, because the people with the real power wont allow it. We'll get nothing unless we get up of our arses and fight for it. But we wont will we ? We'll just keep on lapping it up while the rich get richer and we get poorer. The people of Hong Kong have put us to fucking shame.
  4. 19 points
    Let's get a couple of things clear. It isn't the same thing if somebody posts a picture of a white guy with a white cartoon because its a complete false equivalence; racism doesn't work both ways and it shouldn't. You see, racial prejudice can indeed be directed at white people (e.g., white people can’t dance or a white man can't jump) but it does not hold the same weight of impact because of the systemic relationship of power. When backed with power, prejudice results in acts of discrimination and oppression against groups or individuals...and white people have never been historically oppressed. But let's remove all of that context and narrow this down to a footballing conversation: the same thing still applies. Which race of players is continually subjected to monkey noises and racist chants in big football leagues across the world? Black people. So whilst Silva's actions may seem on the surface as a harmless joke (FWIW, I do not think he is racist, just a really dumb cunt), but then so can anything...right? I'm sure the ultras in Italy would tell you that monkey chants are just a cute animal noise. Have you ever heard of somebody joking with a white guy as to why he looks naked when wearing a white t shirt? No you haven't, because skin color is primarily the topic of jocular badinage when it is aimed at black people. Why? Because their skin color (and that of other ethnicities) is seen as a deficiency or imperfection, historically. Secondly, the idea of 'it's just a bit of banter between mates' doesn't fly once you post it on social media. I don't give a fuck if Mendy found it funny. Hell, Mendy would have got mildly turned on by it and jacked off. Anybody consuming that content has the right to be offended, and not only behalf of themselves. My godson is a young black footballer - how does he compute that? What if one of his team mates photoshops his face onto that comparison as opposed to Mendy's? Fuck Silva and fuck his bald cunt of a manager. They may not be racist but they are certainly obnoxious, tone-deaf and insanely arrogant.
  5. 19 points
    They just say about how well I responded to the treatment, it was beyond what they could predict. On my 1st 2 rounds of chemo, I got more than 50% reductions each time, some tumours reduce by much more than that. They have not been any more specific than that. They told me at the outset I would never have an operation, as while they could get rid of the primary tumour if it shrunk, it was too big an operation to put my body through with everything else and they could never cut it all out. It all started to change once they started talking about removing the main bulk. I did get an additional drug along with my chemo (the type is known as a mab), which while it's not completely new it's only been around in this country for 4 or 5 years (my drug, not mabs in general). I do wonder if they still don't quite understand just how good the combination of this drug and the chemo can be. And obviously for different reasons, they use different combinations of chemo, which are then used in combination with these new targeted drugs. All in all, I almost don't care why it's worked. I've learnt a lot of the time as smart as these specialist are, they're learning with every patient. I'm just happy (although right now mostly incredibly stunned) that I've got here. The expectation he set me at the start (when I was asking for a survival rate from where I was) was he'd never had 1 patient who'd recovered from where I was, so I think I've just been really lucky the combination of drugs he picked turned out to be perfect for me.
  6. 17 points
    Thomas Cook have just announced that Everton’s travel to European matches for the next 5 seasons will be unaffected.
  7. 16 points
    He doesn't have to be in that group to be in that group, but he is in that group.
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  9. 15 points
    It's all about tipping points. People essentially want the same things, they want food, shelter, safety, predictability and they want the same for their kids. They won't fuck with the programme as long as they have that, or think they have it. The only time the working class has fought for something better is when it literally had nothing else to lose, such as after Second World War. Blokes came back from horror, came home to nothing, and they knew how to use guns. Needless to say, the powers that be were amiable to a national conversation. Over the next two or three decades (in the States and the UK) the economy and society boomed because the wealth was more evenly distributed. The working classes had money to spend, and they spent it. The money went back into the economy and in turn created and protected jobs. As time went by attempts were made to claw back some of that newly distributed wealth, subtly at first and then via the atom bomb of Thatcherism. Thatcher's 'genius' for want of a better word was to make us complicit in what she was doing. It was an Impreial strategy. When you look at how the British conquered 25% of the planet they didn't do it through force and fear (that doesn't work, just ask the yanks) they did it by buying off people they could do business with, who in turn would do the ruling for us. Said it before, but if we'd invaded Iraq in 2003, both of Saddam Hussein's sons would be at Sandhurst and they'd have a half decent cricket team by now, while Peter Mandelson's oil shares would be through the roof. That's what Thatcher did with us. She divided and conquered. She clobbered people she couldn't do business with (the miners, the unions, infiltrating them with MI5, upping the wages of the police and the army and stockpiling coal before executing Order 66). The ones she could do business with though, she tempted with an apple. The image of the barrow boy, the willing working class 'go-getter' for whom greed was good. It's still going strong now. People who swan around in flash shit even though they're not actually that well off. Fancy phones, fancy tellies, not much under the bonnet. If they need money it's on the blower to mum and dad. Over the next few decades as the council estates fell, they were replaced by the new build estate and the working class chap done good. Estates bereft of community, of family, of friendship, but where it was all about image. Now, that's pretty much all most people have. The house, the car on the drive, it's not a lot - but they don't want to lose it. New Labour was a trendy face of the same ideology. Updated for the 21st Century, but it still didn't deal with the underlying issue - the fact that wealth was unfairly distributed. Instead of tackling that root truth, the cause of most of our ills, it put money in our pockets that wasn't real, allowing us to borrow more and allowing the property market to overheat. We could keep on spending, but it wasn't real money. When that 'popped', once again the ruling class and its ideology found yet another way to use that to its advantage, making private debt public and selling off most of our assets. Still now, the situation is dire and most people still don't have real money to spend. The economies of major city centres outside London are built around things like student debt. Anyone who'd point this out of course is denounces as a Marxist loony lefty. It's pretty easy to make people be satisfied wit this, all you have to do is put the shits up them and then gradually reduce their expectations, settle things down a bit and then whatever is left becomes the 'new normal'. When I started my last job for example, I was on worse pay and pension than the person who started five years before me, while the girl who started two years after me was on worse than me. Yet the company was owned by two billionaires who lived on an island and owned a newspaper. Such was the fear caused by the credit crunch, and the subsequent rounds of redundancies that lasted years, that people were just glad to 'have a job' when the dust settled each time. HR told us that was actually a strategy, to create uncertainty when people were being laid off, then gradually bring things back to normal. It's like the way some people react to domestic abusers. Sooner or later, the absence of abuse, even for one night, feels like a benevolent act. All of this being said, I'm not particularly dewy eyed about the English working class. I think it's traditionally been quite right wing anyway and only largely got of its own arse to protect what little it had. The Unions in Liverpool for instance were more fixated with protecting their own members' jobs and getting their kids jobs than they were about changing the world. Most of any social movement along those lines have come from the intellectual left. The likes of Atlee, Benn etc who were to the manor born but were able to think outside of themselves. The English working class feels, I think, that it's above other working classes, that it's somehow benefited from Empire even though it hasn't. It has a generally servile sensibility. That's why slavery never took hold in England, it didn't need to.
  10. 14 points
    Beat me by 5 seconds. Know what that means? Your joke was a pace joke. Doesn't count.
  11. 14 points
    I wish I could go back in time to the start of the season and tell Everton fans that they’d be only three points behind Manchester City after five games. Just to get their hopes up.
  12. 13 points
    Those stadiums were designed at pace so they don't count.
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  14. 13 points
    I think Solskjaer has the support, you could hear the chants of Ole through the crowd, even at end when West Ham were passing the ball amongst themselves.
  15. 13 points
    You're missing the point. Nobody is getting misty-eyed about shit jobs from the past: stuff like the Durham Miners' Gala isn't a celebration of black lung, it's all about keeping alive the traditions of solidarity that, over time, made people's jobs and lives less dangerous and shit. Recent years - well, the last 4 decades, really - have seen that progress rolled back. The destruction of heavy industries was matched with attacks on the unions; with the result that as the world of work changed dramatically (and became more fragmented) unions were unable to change with it. The result is a rise in insecure work and "in-work poverty" (a phrase which, by rights, shouldn't need to exist). As has been mentioned, re housing, the Thatcherite re-shaping of society (to the extent of denying its existence) led to people being discouraged from feeling any kinship with others in the same boat. New Labour went further in stamping out any threat of a return of working-class solidarity by pretending that "we're all middle class now" (effectively erasing poor people from any discourse). Maybe it's this erasing of the poor and denial of class differences for so long that now makes discussion of class seem anachronistic: that the last time anyone other than shouty SWP bores talked about the working class was when we were all in black & white and wore flat caps (not as a fashion statement). The 2015 Labour leadership election started to change this, because people were encouraged to look around them and see the cleaners, the Deliveroo riders, the heavily-indebted students, the checkout workers, the hospital porters, the unpaid interns, the waitresses deprived of their tips, etc. as a vast body of disparate people in diverse occupations facing a similar set of injustices arising from the same causes. In the absence of any modern language to define these people "working class" will do. I don't expect them all to share my values - there are other groupings of people that will do that - but I do recognise that we're in the same boat and that a victory in an employment dispute for McDonalds workers or NHS subcontractors or whoever else will give inspiration and encouragement to others in unrelated employment. That's the "class solidarity" that I believe we need.
  16. 12 points
    It's absolutely fantastic. Especially after the totally over the top, feet off the ground, ridiculous media coverage that was, in the weeks/months after he got appointed. The media was operating with a Solskjær table, meaning they fucked off the real PL table and only displayed it with the games after he took charge. Safe to say, they haven't used that in a while but I would like to see it now. Long may it continue, I'm loving every second of this. He's so out of his depth it's glorious, the fucking idiot.
  17. 12 points
    When I was 14 you used to be able to get 2 bottles of Merrydown for a fiver from an offy who would happily serve alcohol to children. My parents used to give me a quid a day in the week for lunch from the chippy. Having gone hungry at school all week first time I went to this offy on a Friday night, I drank both bottles as quickly as humanly possible before spewing my ring up absolutely everywhere, fingering someone who looked like Anne off the Chase and then getting arrested. In many ways, life since has just been one long, slow decline.
  18. 12 points
    I’m hearing that Fabian Delph may not have been a key factor behind Manchester City’s recent success.
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  20. 11 points
    Currently baking like a woman possessed for the weekend long Coffee Morning I'm running at work for https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk. Here's hoping we raise a decent amount. It shouldnt be like this though
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  23. 11 points
    “Fair play to Watford, hopefully this gives them confidence to have a go at City this weekend.” *stares at Usher*
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