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    Adebayor

    I thought it was perhaps due to him and Bellamy being mates from their days at City.
  2. Me too. My daughter (first child) is 18 months old now, and I used to sing it to her all the time, the proper version during the day with her bouncing on my knee, and a very slow version to help get her to sleep at night. It was a bit heartbreaking to suddenly stop doing that and not being able to do it anymore.
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    Spurs Match thread - Monday

    What with Gerrard fit, Suarez available, Agger not injured, and even Aurelio fit, will this be the first time Kenny has had a fully fit first team squad to chose from?
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    January Transfer window 2012

    Well, we're not in Europe, and apart from next week and the rearranged Everton game, we will only have to play mid week games if we get to the Quater final of the FA Cup or further as League games get rearranged (and possible replays). So, discounting replays, I reckon we have a possible maximum of 5 more midweeks games (8 if all cup games went to a replay), and we'd need to get to the FA Cup final for that. I reckon we should be able to get by with Bellamy only playing 1 game a week
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    Uruguay Flag Day Saturday

    That would have to be a very sharp flag
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    1.30pm: Reserves v Blackburn LIVE

    I thought it was under 19s only, but I may be wrong
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    1.30pm: Reserves v Blackburn LIVE

    I think Kelly might be too old, seem to remember checking a few months back
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    1.30pm: Reserves v Blackburn LIVE

    Didn't realise some of them had played for first team as well, just checked, Henley has 5 appearances in the first team including 3 starts, and 3 others who have a sub appearance each. Only Eccleston from our side today has got anywhere close to to the first team
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    1.30pm: Reserves v Blackburn LIVE

    I didn't see the game, but we've got to remember that most of these are kids just out of the Academy, and will be in the 18 to 19 category so still very young, the others who are a little older I would say are there to make up the numbers so we can get a team out, eg Mendy, Roberts, even Eccleston, and don't have a future with us, and I agree are pretty shite. But I would think it is pretty hard to have every position filled at all age groups with lads that have a good chance to make it here. The ones in their positions that do have a future with us are either with the first team squad already (eg Flanno, Shelvey) or are with the under 18s as they are still in the 17 to 18 category. I remember seeing the reserves playing Blackburn earlier in the season and there are some massive units in that Blackburn team, so I checked out their ages and some of them are 21, 22 and even 23, thats quite a big difference in strength, fitness and experience compared to most of our lads. So yes, the shit ones do bring down the good ones, but it should still be good experience for those with a chance. And as said by someone else, I would expect a big improvement next season, in both the reserves and the academy.
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    Worst BBC 'comedy' ever - Mrs Browns Boys?

    I nominated it in the Worst TV programme thread a couple of months back. I've never seen anyhting worse
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    Evra accuses Suarez of racism

    This is like the wizards in Harry Potter not saying Voldemort! It is just a word of the English language. The word has racial conotations due to the way it was used in the past as a pejorative, and if it is used in that way then it is of course racist. However, it is still just a word, and in a discussion about racism, and whether a foregin term should be deemed to be racist, especially when the comprable word in English is nigger, then of course there is no problem in saying it as it is not being used perojatively, but is being used in a discussion about language itself. It is all about context. Have you ever used a derogatory word about women when with your mates? If so, its probably an offensive word to 50% of the population, don't you think you should pack in?
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    Those of you who are well read...

    I don't read very much, but Then We Came To The End, by Joshua Ferris is a bit like that. However that is narrated in first person plural, so don't know if it counts.
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    Worst show on TV?

    In some ways, I don't think the reality/faux reality type shows should be included. They make no pretences to be 'good' TV. You know they are shite, they know they are shite, and you should know exactly what you are gonna get. This is Jinsey is a good shout. Big fan of surreal comedy like The League of Gentlemen, and was hoping for something like that, but there just wasn't anything funny about it. It was like very bad impressions of Reeves and Mortimer doing bad impressions. However, I saw about 5 minutes of Mrs Browns Boys I think its called on the BBC and it was absolutely dire. Thought I had been transported back to the 1970s. Someone please tell me there has been a better Irish comedy series than this since Father Ted!
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    Shelvey.

    Haha, found this thread by going via my posts as I knew I had posted on it and couldn't be bothered using the search function so didn't see the other thread as I'd only been on the MF this evening. Thought it was strange that no one had already posted!
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    Shelvey.

    Gotta Hat-trick tonight against Dirty Leeds
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    John Terry? Racist?

    I've noticed in a few reports of this story that they keep showing a picture of Terry during the incedent with his hand over his mouth a bit like what you might do if you have sworn in front of a child I reckon the papers will have a few photos like this and will be able to look at them in order, and they have a feeling that is his reaction when he realises he has said something he shouldn't have. They keep showing these photos without referencing the hand over his mouth, but would not be surprised if they are setting up a story along those lines, perhaps waiting for a guilty verdict. A bit like when they started to run stories almost daily on Giggs being a famliy man, subconsiously setting it up in peoples minds, before it was made public that he was the one with the injunction (but after the twitter leaks).
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    Fat Sam twittering

    The real Sam Allardyce now has a weekly column in the Evening Standard, and I can't help but read it in the style of Big Sam. I think I saw Big Sam tweet about it as well. This was from a week or 2 ago and is the type of thing that I can just see Big Sam using to set up a punchline tweet Perhaps following up with something along the lines of getting him in the mood for burying his shaft up the wife's avenue whilst listening to one of the shit 80s bands he always mentions. And this one was perfect for a mention of Rooney
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    Shelvey.

    Kenny agrees Kenny: We'll reap loan benefits - Liverpool FC Kenny Dalglish has explained why he believes Liverpool will reap the long-term benefits of utilising the loan system following Jonjo Shelvey's move to Blackpool. The 19-year-old moved to the Championship side last week, signing a temporary deal until December 31. Shelvey wasted little time in making an impact after he scored with a sensational free-kick on his debut in a 5-0 victory over Bristol City on Saturday - and Dalglish believes the loan can play a fundamental role in the midfielder's development. The boss told Liverpoolfc.tv: "It's helpful to everybody. Jonjo's a very promising player for us, but the difficulty for us is to get him a game. "He needs games and it's a fantastic opportunity for Jonjo to do that. Blackpool have got a good quality player and it's educational for us because we'll get to see him play. "It'll also be educational for Jonjo because he's playing at a good level with a good club - and another real bonus for him is he doesn't have to move house. "It is important for us to use as many opportunities as we can to develop the players - if we can't give them games here, then we've got to look to get them playing somewhere else. "For Jonjo it's a chance for us to see him, and for him to develop and push harder for a first-team spot here. "We've put him out because we want him educated and to see him develop, not because we want to see him go. It's purely progress for him. "The loan system has got various options to it that you can use it for. In Jonjo's case, it is purely for his development and benefit, and also for our benefit." Shelvey's switch to Blackpool meant he became the seventh Liverpool player currently out on loan, joining Alberto Aquilani (AC Milan), Joe Cole (Lille), Dani Pacheco (Atletico Madrid), Peter Gulacsi (Hull), Stephen Darby (Rochdale) and David Amoo (Bury). Dalglish has revealed Liverpool keep a watchful eye on their players lent to other teams and believes each of the deals provide a range of benefits for both player and club alike. "They're not forgotten - we know what's going on," explained the Scot. "We get a summary of what games they've played in, what they've done, how they've done and how the club they're with are feeling about it. "We keep monitoring them so we know where we're going. In some instances, for Alberto, it's an opportunity for him to go back home and if he does well then they'll purchase him. "For Joe Cole, it was a fantastic opportunity for him to go and play Champions League football and also in France, which is a league that I think will suit wee Joe down to the ground and he's done really well since he's gone there. "There are a lot of benefits for Peter Gulacsi. It's useful for him as he's not in the team at the moment, but when he gets back in he'll play games at a higher level than what we can give him. "There are benefits for everybody, but the most important thing is it is helpful for the players and if they can't get a game here, then if it's possible we'll put them out on loan if it suits."
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    Shelvey.

    But you have nothing to go on with these young kids going on loan, because you would not have seen them playing before the loan to know what their standards were. How much had you, or any of us, seen of Walker, Cleverly, Bannan or Coleman etc before their loans to the Championship? I reckon not a lot if at all, so how can you say that they didn't improve? What we do know is that they weren't playing regularly in the Prem before their loans, but following their loans they were, and to a decent standard, no doubt helped by their experience gained the season before, and that is the best evidence we have. The fact that it may not have been with their parent club is not the point, because their next loan was another step in their development, and their performances during their time in the Championship would have helped secure their loans in the Prem. Do you think Ferguson would send Cleverly to Watford if it wasn't going to not only improve the player, but be of benefit to Utd as well? Perhaps after this loan if he plays well enough, a Prem team will be prepared to take a punt on Shelvey to take him on another loan, but that is unlikely to happen until they have seen him playing competitive football. Do you think it is easy to find a team in the Prem to loan a player to where they are going to get the games to make it worthwhile? How many young players have had loans to a Prem side where they have had a decent number of games without being loaned to a lower league before hand? Off the top of my head I can think of Sturridge who was already 21 and had 30-40 Prem games under his belt and Wilshere who has been regarded for a number of years now as Englands most promising young player. So which teams in the Prem do we realistically think would be prepared to take a risk on Shelvey on loan where he will get a decent amount of playing time? Training with better players does not fully prepare young players for competitive football. The extra effort and intensity that is put in by all involved, having a phsical battle with someone bigger and stronger than them, the split second decision making under pressure, the pressure of playing in front of big crowds, the knowledge of what is required to play 90 minutes of high pressure football week in week out, knowing when to pass and what pass to make in a match situation. Things like that and the confidence they can bring are learnt through match experience. Also, people learn from their mistakes, and younger players are more likely to make mistakes, so at least the mistakes they are learning from are not in the spotlight and the pressure of the Premier League, and where their mistakes are less likely to be punished. And one final thing, even if he does not make it here and we decide to sell, he is at least getting in the shop window and we are likely to be able to get a higher transfer fee for him than we would if he had not been out on loan.
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    Shelvey.

    Hahahahahahaha! I'll take the bait. Well you state that "He will not improve much in the Championship if anything at all.", your proof being that "How many players have really improved after a loan spell in the Championship?" A number of people have mentioned a number of players that have been loaned to the Championship, and have improved becasue of it. The fact the some of those have since been loaned to the Premiership does not discredit that arguement, it infact strengthens it, as in all likelihood they were able to get the loans to the Prem following their succesful loan in the Championship. So its quite clear how a number of us have had the teremity to suggest you are wrong. Then there is also Seeing that he has played one game, and stood out in it, regardless of whether the loan improves him or not, you're wrong on the bolded part already. That's a bit like getting bowled out first ball.
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    Shelvey.

    The Cleverly who won Watford's Player of the Season award whilst on loan the year before going to Wigan. Stop wasting all our time.
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    Shelvey.

    Seamus Coleman, Barry Bannan and Shawcross are some of the younger guys who it helped relatively recently
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    Caroline Wozniacki

    It gets worse Wozzilroy - Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki nickname | Mail Online
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    Boardwalk Empire

    I wouldn't say the sex put me off, but it was completely unnecessary and just did not fit in with the story line or the type of programme it is. I'm waiting for Omar to play a bigger role as well (he will always be Omar to me, a man gotta have code)
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    The remarkable life and times of Craig Johnston

    I remember seeing a thing on tv years ago, can't remember if it just a section on Football Focus or the like, or an actual documentary, but it was how he came about inventing / designing the Predator footy boots, which I hadn't raelised until I had seen it. He's a man of many talents.
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