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    Your apocalypse essentials

    It’s happening. Been nice knowing you all. Except for Stig. He’s a cunt.
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    Stranger Things

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    Who stays up?

    Norwich are down and it’s looking like two of Burnley, Everton and Watford are joining them. Cast your vote for which team you think will beat the drop. I’m going for Burnley to shithouse their way to another season in the premier league. Also think if it goes down to the last game of the season then Burnley are the only team with a chance of getting something. Think we’ll know after their next two games if Watford have got a chance or not. Everton only having two games left against teams in the bottom half of the table doesn’t look good for me, Clive. Though they have got a nice ten day or so break coming up soon with only three games left in April. Fixtures: Burnley: Norwich (A) West Ham (A) Southampton (H) Wolves (H) Watford (A) Villa (H) Spurs (A) Villa (A) Newcastle (H) Everton: Utd (H) Leicester (H) Liverpool (A) Chelsea (H) Leicester (A) Watford (A) Brentford (H) Palace (H) Arsenal (A) Watford: Leeds (H) Brentford (H) Man City (A) Burnley (H) Palace (A) Everton (H) Leicester (H) Chelsea (A)
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    Revenge Neggers.

    I realised, with great sadness today, that revenge negging is endemic on TLW. One of the vilest crimes known to mankind, and it happens on here without anyone saying anything nowadays. Now Fuge is back, I expect a concerted efford to hunt down all revenge neggers and cock choke them right in their little weasel mouths. I'll start a list of the the filthy bastards. 1) Welsh. Revenge negger extraordinaire. A stain on all his family. 2) Fowlers God. Captain Turdseye will back me up. Wilfully revenge negged us both the other day. To be fair, he does seem a little subnormal mentally, but that's no excuse. 3) Melons. It is with great sadness that I announce she has turned to the dark side. She not only revenge negged me, but she referred to the period blood in her toilet bowl in the neg comment. That shit isn't right. I was traumatised for up to 3 minutes after reading it. I am going to hunt down Flying Pig and neg him for failing to control his woman. See how much pain you have inflicted on the man you love, Melons! So if you are revenge negged by any of the duplicitous, shithouse aids infected vermin that frequent here bump this thread and we shall release a torrent of negs on them.* * I will take all negs without revenge negging, like a man.
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    Aintree 2022

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    Russia v Ukraine

    This is fucking horrific. Fuck anyone implying Ukrainians did this to their own people.
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    Watford (H) - Sat 2nd Apr 2022 (12:30pm)

    Can't believe people get paid for writing this shit (Adam Leventhal, The Athletic), especially the last paragraph. Dissecting the VAR penalty decision that went against Watford at Anfield It was a moment that eased Liverpool nerves, as Watford were still in with a chance of nicking a late equaliser. The VAR award of an 88th-minute penalty at Anfield for Juraj Kucka’s foul on Diogo Jota allowed Fabinho to rubber-stamp a 2-0 win. Mission accomplished, nothing to see here, routine win over relegation fodder complete. Get the guitar going in the Albert pub next to the Kop, sing some songs and move on to the next one. We’ve got a title to win. But there are always two sides to the story. “It was the only sad moment for me,” Roy Hodgson said after the game. It was a decision that riled, and he wanted to make it known. “VAR’s done a lot of very good things since it’s been instituted in English football and this year is better than last year. But I still find it very hard to accept when a situation happens which literally nobody (is calling for), the referee didn’t see a penalty, Jurgen Klopp is asking me what’s happening and I’m saying, ‘I don’t know, what is it?’. “Not one Liverpool player complained about having been fouled and then suddenly for the game to be stopped in the 88th minute and being given a chance to seal it 2-0 it leaves a rather unpleasant taste in the mouth.” So how, and why, was the decision made? Was it simply an open-and-shut case? Did referee Stuart Attwell have no choice but to award the penalty? The Athletic has looked at the incident and sought guidance from the Premier League. In isolation, the sight of a defending player facing away from the ball and pulling an opponent to the floor is unlikely to end well, and so it proved for Watford. But looking again at the start of the incident does give it a slightly different perspective. As the corner is delivered into the box, Jota’s right arm is seen over the top of Kucka’s head. It could be argued that Jota, whose eyes are focused on the ball, is simply trying to evade his marker. However, another view could be that the action of pushing an opponent’s head towards the ground is an unfair infringement. “It was a tussle, it wasn’t a clear foul, and you could end up arguing (over) who grabbed who first,” said Hodgson. Move the incident on a few frames and there is likely now to be only one outcome: the award of a penalty. Kucka now has two arms around Jota, who is already struggling to stay on his feet. Yet the ball, which is cleared at the near post area, never gets close to reaching the area in which the incident took place. “The player who won the penalty, he just jumped up and got on with the game and was trying to get involved in the next attack, so he obviously wasn’t too bothered about a penalty,” said Hodgson. So, in real time, how was the decision reached? A Premier League source advised The Athletic that VAR John Brooks told the on-pitch referee to delay while he checked the incident and then asked him to take another look on the pitchside screen. It was explained there had been no complaint on the field, from Jota or anyone else. At Stockley Park, Brooks decided to pull back the footage of the corner as the ball was cleared. According to sources, the initial contact (Jota’s arm on top of Kucka’s head) is almost certain to have been taken into consideration but would not have been deemed enough of a reason to turn the decision in Watford’s favour. Yet, the one area that was acknowledged as being difficult to be definitive on was why this grappling incident (over so many others) was given so much attention. That explains why Hodgson waited to meet referee Attwell by the tunnel at full-time. So what was said? “I wasn’t criticising his refereeing performance in the game, that I can say. I don’t think he refereed the game badly at all. What I had to say to him was on another matter,” he said with a glint in his eye. Hodgson added: “I’ll let him answer that question,” when asked what Attwell had said in return. Yet referees do not explain their decisions. Why not? It was explained by the Premier League source that this is an issue that does get raised in meetings, but the general opinion is that referees would only be asked to speak after a mistake and can only then say that they did what was right at that moment. But in this instance, would it not have been more helpful to all concerned if the deliberations between on-field referee and VAR were heard? That, however, would require a change in the International Football Association Board (IFAB) rules which says there is to be no in-match communications heard by anyone other than the officials. The upshot is incidents like this, where an action is taken with little explanation during or afterwards, and managers like Hodgson are left wondering what might have been. “The biggest myth in football that I’ve ever come across is that refereeing decisions don’t change games — everyone in football I know thinks they do”, Hodgson remarked. Watford fans will hope this incident does not come back to haunt them come the end of the season.
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    Personal news

    That’s awful Dave. My condolences to you and your family.
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    Russia v Ukraine

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/gonzalo-lira-is-a-pro-putin-shill-in-ukraine-and-a-sleazy-manosphere-dating-coach Colour me surprised.
  10. Watched all of Power in the last month or so and got all the spin-offs to watch now. That’s worth a go if you haven’t seen it, not top tier but enjoyable enough. Other decent ones I’ve watched recently: New season of Yellowstone and it’s 1883 spin-off. Both excellent Yellowjackets - Horror/drama Station Eleven - Dystopian show Our flag means death - Pirate comedy, great cast in this Latest season of Dave American Rust - crime show with Jeff Daniels From - New horror programme, very good this really enjoying it Latest season of Evil Mayor of Kingstown - New one by Taylor Sheridan who created Yellowstone. About the American prison complex industry BMF - Gangster one about the real life Black Mafia Family by the people who made Power Chapelwaite - Based on the Stephen King short story Jerusalem’s Lot Dopesick - Michael Keaton show about the opioid crisis in America. Really good DMZ - HBO miniseries based on the comics where a civil war has split America in two and a woman in the demilitarised zone is trying to find her kid Reacher on Amazon Prime - Much better than the Tom Cruise films, good fun Last season of Gomorrah The Ipcress file remake on the BBC The last days of Ptolemy Grey with Samuel L. Jackson Brassic - Sky comedy with Joe Gligun. Much better than I thought this would be, some absolutely hilarious moments. Grumio from Plebs is in it as well and Michelle Keegan Pennyworth season two - really good this, glad it’s been renewed for another season That Dirty Black Bag - Western with Dominic Cooper
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    More pressure on Moshiri now. Wonder how much will have to be applied before he cuts his losses and fucks them off. https://www.ft.com/content/8d620d96-4859-464d-9050-f770a7d6604a Everton-owner Moshiri holds largest stake in Royal Liver Building Everton Football Club owner Farhad Moshiri holds the largest stake in Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building, which was put up for sale days after a longtime Russian associate of the British-Iranian businessman was hit with sanctions, according to a document seen by the Financial Times. Moshiri, who is under growing scrutiny for his ties to billionaire oligarch Alisher Usmanov, owns 49.9 per cent of one of Britain’s most famous office buildings, which is on the market for only the second time in its more than 100-year history. Real estate services company CBRE started marketing the property to potential buyers earlier this month for in excess of £90mn, acting for a group of investors that acquired it for £48mn in 2017. While property investment group Corestate Capital fronted that acquisition, the Luxembourg-based company’s accounts show it only has a 35 per cent stake in the Royal Liver Building. Another document seen by the FT breaking down the building’s ownership structure details the size of Moshiri’s stake. A group of unnamed “international” investors are the other owners. Shortly after the 2017 acquisition, Moshiri told the Liverpool Echo that he had beenpart of the consortium that had bought the property, but it has not previously been reported that the British-Iranian businessman holds the largest stake in the Grade 1 listed building. When CBRE announced the sale on March 15, it said it was marketing the building “on behalf of current owners, Corestate Capital”. Corestate told the FT it was unable comment on the building’s ownership structure, but said that it made the decision to sell the building in October 2021. “The fact that the sale of the building is now taking place is due to favourable market conditions,” Corestate added. “These have not been present in recent years predominantly driven by Covid and Brexit. The building has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme over the past five years and is now let to several major Liverpool companies.” A spokesman for Moshiri said that “Corestate took the view that now is the right time to sell and made that recommendation to all investors”. He added that the businessman had not ruled out buying the other 50.1 per cent stake in the Liver Building. CBRE declined to comment. The lack of public disclosure on the size of Moshiri’s stake in the building highlights the opacity of the Britain’s property market, which the government is looking to address with a new register of beneficial owners. Filings at the UK’s Land Registry only show that the Royal Liver Building is owned by a Guernsey company that was incorporated by Corestate Capital. Moshiri is a longtime business partner of Usmanov, whom the UK government imposed sanctions on on March 3. Thisdented the finances of Everton, as the Liverpool club had to suspend sponsorship deals with companies connected to the oligarch. Everton is one of the Royal Liver Building’s tenants, with sales documents sent to prospective buyers showing that the club accounts for 14 per cent of the building’s letting income. Moshiri, who is shareholder of Usmanov’s USM Holdings and was previously its chair, owns more than 94 per cent of the Premier League side’s equity. The BBC reported this week that Moshiri has ties to several offshore trusts that own British properties connected to Usmanov. Moshiri’s spokesperson told the BBC that he was no longer a director of one of the trusts and had never been involved in the management or control of another. Designed by Walter Aubrey Thomas, the Royal Liver Building was the tallest office building in Europe when it opened in 1911, as the headquarters of the Royal Liver insurance group. The 322ft-high building dominates the Mersey waterfront and is best known for its two Liver Bird sculptures, which sit at the top of its clocktowers and a version of which appears on Liverpool Football Club’s crest. Moshiri owns his stake in the building through a company called Rising Waves Limited, which was incorporated in the British Virgin Islands a month before the 2017 acquisition.
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    Upcoming TV Shows

    First trailer for The Offer about the making of The Godfather.
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    Greatest Movie Villain - Nominations

    Charles Grey as Mocata in The Devil Rides Out Tim Curry as Pennywise in It James Hong as David Lo Pan in Big Trouble In Little China
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    Summer 2022 Transfer Thread

    Ben Doak’s exit will hurt Celtic, Liverpool are signing a supremely talented 16-year-old Celtic’s loss looks like it will be Liverpool’s gain once more. It appears that 16-year-old Ben Doak has decided to sign his first professional contract with Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League and Champions League title chasers, despite Celtic’s best attempts to hang onto him. Doak’s departure will be bitterly felt in their part of Glasgow. It is the latest in a procession that’s seen some of the Celtic academy’s most talented players leaving for Europe’s elite clubs in recent years, including Bayern Munich (Liam Morrison and Barry Hepburn), Manchester City (Josh Adam) and another departure to Anfield last year in goalkeeper Liam Hughes. His case is different, though, as Celtic made such an effort to convince him to stay. Manager Ange Postecoglou handed him first-team opportunities in January and February, and a clear pathway to more regular first-team football was communicated. It is believed that Doak being given game time in those two recent matches against Dundee United and Rangers was not just a political move, he was with the first team on merit. Although Doak has been earmarked as a promising talent, even those who have followed him closely during his Celtic career have been surprised by his ascendance, which attracted attention from Chelsea as well as Liverpool. He only really came to prominence beyond the Celtic and Scotland youth set-ups after a man-of-the-match performance on his debut for Scotland Under-17s against their Wales counterparts in September. Then he made his first-team debut for Celtic in January just two months after turning 16 — and barely one month after his B team bow in the Lowland League. The lad only graduated from Celtic’s St Ninian’s school programme last year. Everything has progressed incredibly quickly. Doak, like Arsenal’s Celtic old boy Kieran Tierney and Celtic colleague Stephen Welsh and Mikey Johnston, is a graduate of Celtic’s partnership with St. Ninian’s High School, based in Kirkintilloch, just north of Glasgow. The programme is designed to help academy players train as frequently as possible without compromising on their education. The academy kids train three or four times a week, before and after school, and many of the ones who live further away from Glasgow have to get up before the crack of dawn and might not get home until 8pm or later and then still have homework and revision to complete. The programme requires serious commitment from players and their families. Martin Miller was an academy coach at Celtic when Doak joined its junior levels, and was also involved with the family via the school programme. He saw enough of Doak at St Ninian’s to know how exciting he is. “That’s a boy with pace — a lad you couldn’t describe as shy,” Miller says. “Plenty of self-belief and ambition, very quick and very good on the ball.” Doak is a lightning-fast winger or attacking midfielder, with a deceptively good first touch and close control that are disguised by his sheer speed. In the 25 minutes he played in those recent substitute appearances against Dundee United and Rangers, he was direct, confident and driven — the antithesis of the rabbit-in-the-headlights that some young attacking players become when making their senior debuts. Remarkably, he was even unfazed by the occasion of an Old Firm game at Celtic Park. If anything, he was too overeager to make his mark, getting himself booked after being subbed on in the 87th minute against Rangers. Miller recalls the last time a Celtic 16-year-old made his debut in a home game — when Jack Aitchison, now of League Two leaders Forest Green Rovers on loan from Barnsley of the English Championship, was subbed on late in the final game of the 2015-16 season and, after two minutes, scored the last goal of the runaway champions’ 7-0 win over Motherwell. There was a big difference in when they were introduced, though. Doak was subbed on for the final quarter of that must-win home game against Dundee United with the score still goalless and asked to help secure the three points. The pressure of the latter fixture four days later, of course, speaks for itself. “I remember Jack came on at 16 against Motherwell and scored, but that game was won,” Miller says. “(For Doak) against Dundee United, the game was still to be won — and the other game was against Rangers! It says a lot about the two people, about Doak and Postecoglou, that they could work well in that situation. “It was a brave decision, and he never let the manager down either. It looked like he had been in the first team for years.” But Doak’s involvement in those games has not helped Celtic’s cause in the longer term. He informed Postecoglou of his intention to leave a couple of weeks ago, and has subsequently no longer been included in match-day squads. Postecoglou has expressly stated his intention to only play those who buy into his Celtic project. Sometimes, the draw from elsewhere can be too powerful for a young player to resist. While there has been concern about Celtic’s retention of young players, in this specific instance the outcome seems outside of their control. The opportunity to join one of Europe’s best teams, who have a pedigree for developing young talents and promoting them into the first team if they are deemed good enough, was too compelling a Liverpool sales pitch. While Celtic will reflect on another gem who got away, Liverpool will be adding another potential star to their set-up at Kirkby. Doak’s blend of talent and self-belief will stand him in good stead.
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    Shaving Thread

    There are a few threads knocking round on various shaving related subjects, but we need definitive one. My problem with shaving is I have a really thick stubble, even straight after I have finished shaving I still have a five o'clock shadow. So I decided to get a double edge safety razor, and shaving brush and cream for christmas and it's boss. Much cleaner shave and the price of the blades are about 10p each if you buy them in bulk. So I've got a bit of a happy medium now, shave twice a week and have a bit of stubble in between. Using a double edge razor also makes you approximately 200% harder and more handsome than men who use disposable or cartridge razors, I've found. This is what I've got so far: An Edwin Jagger DE89. A Bluebeards revenge synthetic shaving brush ( I'm a veggie so I don't fancy the badger hair one. ) Taylors of Old Bond Street shaving cream. Merkur double edge razor blades. I'm also going to get a Merkur razor soon. Poll to follow.
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