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  1. 44 minutes ago, Bjornebye said:

    Last Saturday I was stood in the kitchen and something brushed two fingers on my hand. I thought something had fallen from the ceiling so looked down, nothing. It was too hard to have been a fly. My bird was on the couch, nothing moving was near me. I walked back into the living room, sat down and my whole forearm was cold. I'm not spiritual in anyway like that (although I'd love to believe) but that freaked me out. Probably my mind playing tricks on me. In-fact definitely. 

    I bet that put the willies up you. 

  2. 2 hours ago, Section_31 said:

    Interesting how she doesn't consider terf a pejorative term, even though it contains the word 'radical'. Radical is basically politics speak for barmpot. Words are everything, as Orwell knew. 


    I think any feminist who's built a career on it and considers there to be no issue at all with the transgender debate and especially self identifying has - if you'll forgive the phrase - no balls. 


    You can surgically become a woman but IMO you can't lay claim to the fight woman have had to endure for millenia to become equals. Said it before but can you imagine the outrage if we did the same with race? Say i wanted to be a black guy, started telling people I was black I'd be locked up. 


    If I took it to its ultimate conclusion, got skin pigmentation treatment, got a certificate to say I was black, it made me happy and my frirnds and family accepted it, could I still turn up at a slavery debate at liverpool and start talking about the struggles of "my people"?. If a black slavery expert then told me I had no right to do so, would he get flamed on social media and be accused of killing me with his tweets? Would books shops stop selling his books?



    After receiving a high school diploma, Martina (as she was then known) began her career as a flight attendant alongside her longtime partner Michael, who was a pilot. She stopped working as a flight attendant in 2012 to pursue modeling and acting full-time.


    On 3 December 2012, Martina underwent a breast augmentation with large expandable implants. Since then Martina had 23 procedures to add volume in her breasts, reaching a bra size of 32S.

    In January 2017, Big had a medical treatment that turned her appearance into that of a black woman. In February 2018, she traveled to Nyeri, Kenya, where Pastor Isaac Murage of the Gichira Baptist Church baptized her, and, according to Big, declared her to be a "true African woman." She was given the baptismal name Malaika Kubwa; in Swahili, malaika means angel and kubwa means big.


    In September 2017, Big confirmed on the Swedish television show Outsiders, that she had the biggest breasts in Europe, employing a water displacement test. 






  3. On 21/01/2008 at 15:07, Elite said:

    Name: Gaz

    Age: 21

    Occupation: Laboratory Technician

    Hailing From: St. Helens

    Living In: St. Helens

    Loving: Going the gym, meeting new people

    Hating: Not being rich 

    Reading: Factual crime stuff

    Christmas Wish List: A brain that functions

    At This Moment I Should Really Be: In a penthouse snorting cocaine with an orgy of £1000 an hour prostitutes.

    Was feeling depressed reading this at how old everyone is now before Elite doing the bit in bold like a Tinder bio and the classic of the genre below from Simon cheered me up. 

    Also @Elite a laboratory technician? You got an alibi for the night Covid was released?

    On 15/07/2010 at 15:56, Guest simon said:

    Name: Simon

    Age: 23 almost 24

    Occupation: Trainee Chef and Student

    Born: Warrington

    Living in: Warrington

    Loving: Life in general at the mo even though i havent had any for quite abit.

    Hating: Racists Rapists Pedos anything like that also Glee

    Currently reading: Nothing i wouldnt be typing this if i was.

    Christmas wish list: Laser eye surgery or an Iphone

    At this moment I should really be: answering people on fb

    Relationship status: Single not getting any not arsed.


  4. https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2020/sep/25/how-pass-master-thiago-alcantara-can-help-sustain-liverpools-highs?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    How pass master Thiago Alcântara can help sustain Liverpool's highs



    All great sides are haunted by entropy. Even in their most transcendent moments, it is there in the shadows, hissing its insistent question: “What next?”


    When Liverpool won the Champions League in Madrid the answer was clear: there was another peak still to be scaled, and they did it last season by winning their first league title in 30 years. But after two years in which they achieved the second- and fourth-highest ever points totals, how can they maintain that level? How can they avoid the trajectory of Manchester City who, after a pair of similarly brilliant seasons, suffered an 18-point drop-off? For Jürgen Klopp, the answer is Thiago Alcântara.


    The doubts are always lurking. Is this as good as it gets? How do you keep going? Whose hunger has begun to wane? Are others beginning to catch up or catch on? Peter Reid was derided when he noted that in football “if you stand still you go backwards” but he was right. It is an environment that is always changing; opponents are always adapting; age and satiation are always sapping at your own players. That’s why, proverbially at least, the second title is always harder than the first, why only five sides in the history of English football have won three league titles in a row (and two of them changed manager on the way). The growing inequalities in English football may have led to increasing domination by a cabal of clubs, but sustained success remains hard.


    Alex Ferguson is unique. Nobody else in English football has ever had such success over such a protracted period. That he benefited, particularly in the 90s, from Manchester United’s adept exploitation of the new commercial possibilities of the Premier League is clear, but equally he crafted three great United sides, the last of them when United were no longer the sole financial powerhouse. But his capacity constantly to evolve is extremely rare.


    As a rule of thumb, even the very best managers can sustain around a decade at the very top of the game. To do it at one club is especially difficult. As the great Hungarian coach Béla Guttmann observed, “the third year is fatal”: players become familiar with a manager so his words lose their power; an intensity that once was motivational begins to grate; opponents work sides out – and in the age of detailed data analysis that is a process that has accelerated significantly.


    It’s a guide rather than a universal formula but, seven decades on, Guttmann’s Three-Year Rule still broadly holds true, particularly when the task becomes to maintain the level rather than to keep ascending. José Mourinho’s struggles in his third seasons are well-documented. The two occasions Pep Guardiola has reached a fourth season at a club have seen a marked downturn.


    Ferguson was a master of culling players at just the right time to refresh his squad and pour encourager les autres. Bob Paisley, more ruthless than his predecessor Bill Shankly, was a master of buying at a time of success to prevent the onset of stagnation. Others, the dynasty managers – and Klopp would seem an example of that type – prefer to create a movement, a sense of collective destiny. The club becomes a sort of family, striving for a common goal, and that perhaps extends the period before weariness sets in. Ferguson’s early sides at United, being rooted in a core of players who had come through the youth set-up, had elements of that.


    The danger, though, is what happened to Shankly’s first Liverpool or Don Revie’s Leeds: a team that grow old together so that when the crash comes it is universal. Klopp suffered something similar at Dortmund: after six years of excellence, his players collectively hit a wall in their seventh.


    One of the strengths of the side he has built at Anfield is that a core have peaked together. Only James Milner of last season’s regulars was over 30 at the start of the campaign. But with that comes a danger: at some point new blood needs to be introduced. That is not simply a matter of age but also of style – and that’s why the signing of Thiago is so striking.


    The midfielder is 29. He does not lower the age profile of the team. In that sense, Thiago is a short-term solution. But he is a very different type of midfielder to those already at Anfield. The job of Liverpool’s midfield previously was to win the ball as high up the field as possible. They were the perfect example of Klopp’s observation that Gegenpressing is the best playmaker in the game. In that, Klopp is at the forefront of a German school that has shifted the focus away from retaining possession towards regaining it.


    Thiago represents a shift away from that: on a theoretical level, it is a step back towards the mainstream, towards something less radically percussive. This is the opposite of what Guardiola attempted in his fourth season at Barcelona, when he seemingly tried to take his revolutionary juego de posición a step further.


    But Thiago is such an unusual player, such an extraordinarily gifted passer, in terms of accuracy, intelligence and variety, this can’t be regarded as a conservative move. Rather he should allow Liverpool better to control games without expending the same levels of energy. As well as running and pressing opponents to death, they should now be able to pass them into oblivion as well.


    It will, though, mean changes. Trent Alexander-Arnold, for instance, was notably less involved as an attacking presence in the second half at Chelsea on Sunday – after Thiago came on, he delivered just one cross and played 28% fewer passes into the final third than he had in the first half. That may be temporary as players get used to each other and, even if it is not, it’s not necessarily a bad thing – a reduced workload may benefit the right-back in the long run, it may make Liverpool defensively more solid, and his forays down the right may be even more effective for being less consistent – but there is obviously a risk in potentially sacrificing a reliable attacking weapon in the quest for great variety. But then that’s the nature of evolution: progress rarely comes without some cost.


    The specifics of how Thiago will fit in will become clearer over the next few weeks. For now, though, the most significant thing is that Klopp has made a decisive tweak to his gameplan. He has introduced a very fine player who is also a disruptive element and that, at least, should keep entropy at bay a little longer.


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  5. Looks like a big jump in positivity rates in Mookland



    Speaking as the daily increase in cases reached a record high, with 558 Scots testing positive in the past 24 hours



    The latest daily coronavirus figures also show a rise in positivity rates - with almost one in 10 (9.5%) of those tested confirmed as having Covid-19.


  6. 33 minutes ago, Barrington Womble said:

    Hopefully. The Zoe app I think tends to track a bit ahead data wise and that was at about 9k at the begining of this week and is now at 17k. It's only early I guess in this new rise, so we probably need a couple of more weeks data. And hopefully of course some of these new rules have a positive effect. 

    Noticed this on the Zoe app before dated today:


    Rapid rise in cases takes numbers back to May levels in just 3 weeks

    September 25, 2020

    According to the latest COVID Symptom Study app figures, there are currently,16,130 daily new symptomatic cases of COVID in the UK on average over the two weeks up to 20 September (excluding care homes). The number of daily new cases continues to climb in the UK, with the highest numbers still in the North of England and the Midlands with London playing catch up. 

    The R values for the UK are currently England 1.4, Scotland 1.3 and Wales 1.4. 

    The latest figures were based on the data from 6,847 swab tests done between 7 September to 20 September. 

    Prevalence figures

    The latest prevalence figures estimate that 147,498 people currently have symptomatic COVID in the UK, this figure has more than doubled since last week (69,686), for the second week in a row. This figure does not include long term COVID sufferers. Worryingly, in the North West, numbers have tripled in the last seven days from 12,544 to 36,316 estimated cases. In the North East and Yorkshire numbers have more than doubled from 12,916 to 27,731. This doubling of cases is also seen in London where cases have gone from 9,291 to 18,200 a significant jump in numbers. A full regional breakdown can be found here.

    COVID Symptom Study Watch List

    The COVID Symptom Study app’s Watch List this week has been extended to include 25 regions of the UK. All 25 regions have seen a huge increase in the number of COVID cases, meaning that all areas are of concern with many like Manchester and Glasgow affecting 1 % of the population. As COVID-19 continues to spread widely across the UK the COVID Symptom Study app Watch List will become less relevant.



    Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London, comments: 

    “The number of cases in the UK continues to rise at an alarming rate as we are seeing figures doubling weekly across the country, in particular we are worried about places like London and other major cities like Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow where cases are surging and the R value is around 1.4. 
    The government has confirmed that our data from our loyal app users  is playing a critical role and currently providing the most up-to-date figures. This is down to the way our app works, as a survey with millions of data points, we are able to produce data approximately 3 days ahead of the ONS’s household survey. We also have a greater number of positive swab tests, 151 positive tests in two weeks, around three times more than the ONS survey. 
    Having more positive swab tests and millions of people logging in everyday builds a clearer picture of what is happening in the different regions. We need as many people as possible logging in  the app right now, the more we have the better our data will be. We are urging people who want to help us track the progress of this second wave to download the app and log for themselves and their families.”
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  7. 16 minutes ago, Mook said:

    The Beach Boys made better albums than Pet Sounds.


    Beach Boys all the way for me, from their early surf stuff right up to 1973 they were making amazing music that was often in a genre all of its own.


    CCR were ok, I'll probably get slated for this but I think they're a bit overrated on this forum. My ex used to listen to them non-stop which probably put me off them a bit to be fair.

    Why didn’t you tell him to mix it up a bit?


    CCR for me. Only band that would have possibly beat them, for me, is Springsteen and E Street. I’ve loved them for years and never grow tired of listening to them.


    I also love the story of CCR, the fallout with the record label, the band all hating each other and what happened with his brother.

    I watched their acceptance speech into the Rock and Roll hall of fame the other week and it’s awkward as fuck. John Fogerty clearly hates the remaining two, who hate him, and then he goes on after it to do the CCR songs with Springsteen and Robbie Robertson and bans the others from joining in.

    The Beach Boys are the second best band in this thing though and have made some great music. Some shit music as well but what band hasn’t?


    Also, Kokomo is great. Fuck you. 

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  8. Personally I’ll cope ok with it. More worried about my daughter but we’ll be alright. Be a lot easier to deal with if the footy is still on like. 

    I don’t think there will be a second lockdown like last time anyway, they might bring in more restrictions but I’m sure schools and shops will stay open while pubs and restaurants might close or be takeaway only. 

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  9. 16 minutes ago, Bruce Spanner said:

    Valance has shares in the company producing the vaccine, he stands to make a fortune if they are first to mass production.


    I think this is 'happy' coincidence though.

    Yeah I know, I read the article. Maybe he’s the Sepp Blatter of the scientific world but it has nothing to do with the point I made as he signed neither of the letters in question. 

    As Mudface said, is he’s trying to play a con to make money then he’s doing it wrong by selling off most of his shares. 

  10. 5 hours ago, Stront19m Dog™ said:


    No, it was written in support of him. But that wasn't really the point. You're trying to paint opponents of draconianism as acting out of self-interest, it's only appropriate to point out that the people behind government policy stand to gain from it.

    I’m not ‘trying’ to paint them as acting out of self-interest. I’m specifically saying the people who signed that letter are dodgy. It’s all there in black and white. Dealing in facts as you like to say. 

    Vallance could be the most corrupt person on the planet for all I know but it’s got absolutely nothing to do with my point. And  to think you accused me of strawmanning the other day!