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    Chorizo

    Hijo de puta! If you say it that way whilst speaking Spanish, that is fine, but if you say it whilst speaking English, you are either a hooray henry or Australian and you also say parsta. Should we call you Henry from now on?
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    Chorizo

    Anyone who says Chu-reeth-o whilst speaking English (unless they are Spanish) just sounds like a complete idiot. Much the same as anyone who does not pronounce the s in Paris whilst speaking in English sounds like a complete idiot. And if your arguement is thats how they say it is Spain, well, it is not all of Spain that say it like that anyway as, surprise surprise, they have different accents, so in some parts of Spain (as well as practically all of Latin America) they say Cho-reez-o Anyone who says chur-itz-o is just a fucktard who has confused Italian with Spanish.
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    Stuff you quite like but never buy

    Meatball Marinara is Sub of the Day on a Tuesday, and Italian BMT is Sub of the Day on a Thursday, otherwise they will be more expensive. Saturday is Ham, which is pretty rubbish, but if you go Sunday, you could get the Spicy Italian, which is not far off the Italian BMT. I only ever go on a Thursday
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    Stuff you quite like but never buy

    You boring OCD Bastard :whistle:
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    Stuff you quite like but never buy

    Thanks. When I discuss such things with The Woolstess, she tells me I am a fat boring bastard and questions why we are together.
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    Stuff you quite like but never buy

    Only 17g in a pack of Skips, McCoys are 50g generally (some multipacks have a smaller size, about 35g I think). Easy to be drawn to the McCoys
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    Stuff you quite like but never buy

    Same for me, and my intake has increased dramatically as they changed the prices in a bizare fashion a few months ago. Previously, all chocolates were 45p, a reasoable amount I thought. But now for some reason, they have reduced the price of both Twix and Twirls to 40p, whilst increasing the price of a Snickers, Mars Bar, and Kit Kat to 55p, Wispa, Boost and Star Bar are now 60p, and a Dairy Milk is top priced at a whopping 65p. Now when I go to the vending machine I only get a Twix or a Twirl, as I cannot justify the price difference for the other options, as that would be saying the others are at least 37.5% better, which they aren't.
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    The sign of a class owner

    Haha, when I saw the photo, I actually thought that the lad far right was a slightly chunkier version of Flanno
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    u-18 v Wolves

    Why hasn't N'Goo started the last couple? I know he has been coming back from injury, but surely he is fit enough to start by now as it is a while since he played his first game afte the injury.
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    U-18 game today

    I actually think he has a bit of Rush about him, works hard closing down the oppo defenders, and is predatory in the box,
  11. I know its only the Mail, but they linked us with Roger Johnson. Dunno if he is much of a ball playing CB, but I think he is decent enough. Not as good as say Cahill, but good in the air, and will be a lot cheaper if he has 1 year left on his contract. Liverpool considering move for Birmingham defender Roger Johnson | Mail Online Roger Johnson has emerged as a target for Liverpool after director of football Damien Comolli ran the rule over Birmingham City's centre back. Kenny Dalglish is in the market for a defender this summer and Johnson, who was recently called up to the provisional England squad, is nearing the end of a second impressive season at St Andrew's. The 27-year-old, who has only one year remaining on his contract after signing from Cardiff for £5million in 2009, is refusing to talk about contracts until Birmingham's Barclays Premier League future is secured.
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    What now for Chelsea?

    Hard to say. Whenever I have tried to read his stuff (Not sure if I have ever actually finished), he has tried painfully hard to be ironic and funny, whilst being painfully unfunny at the same time. But this is one the club site, so I'm not sure
  13. TB has pointed it out his error in this thread already though
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    History Repeating Itself?

    They did develop at slightly different speeds, with Giggs ahead of the rest as he was exceptional, but they were all about the same age and came through more or less within a season or 3 of each other. Giggs, Beckham, Neville and Butt all won the Youth cup together, Scholes and Phil Neville got to the final the following year. I would expect the same progression to happen with us as they will develop at different speeds too, especially as the age gap is a bit wider with players like Kelly being 20 down to Sterling at 16. but we've got a group of kids who will hopefully come through about 2 to 3 years apart who could well be good enough to be part of the squad, and that will mean that we can concentrate our signings to spend bigger money on first XI players that could win us things. The issue could be that they aren't quite good enough for regular first team appearances and decide to leave to get that though, bit like Keith Gillespie if comparing to the group from Utd. Still early days, and it is probably unlikely that they will be as good or succesful as the Utd lot, but things are looking promising, and as a group of kids coming through at more or less the same time, there aren't many comparables (apart from the lads at Villa I mentioned).
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    History Repeating Itself?

    I've said the same myself, think we have the best group of youngsters coming through all at the same time since the Utd lot. Although I am really impressed by the group that Villa have got coming through, all about 20ish (Albrighton, Clark, Bannan, Delph, Delfuenso), so ours may end up being the best to come thhrough since them!
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    The Secret Footballer

    Didn't Kevin Davies have to ask his Twitter followers how to make a pop tart...?
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    The Secret Footballer

    Has a weekly coloumn with the London Evening Standard, so I guess he is into doing something like that, but not sure he would be doing 2 a week and for differenet papers
  18. Number 6 and 22 are men surely. The cheats!
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    Well Andy Carroll is a cunt

    Come to think of it, what's happend to Catch22, there hasn't been a circular discussion about wages, net spend and league position for ages! Actually, didn't he have an unhealthy knowledge of European managers? You don't think.... Has anyone actually ever seen Catch22 and WrongIslander in the same room?
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    Well Andy Carroll is a cunt

    Mongs tend not to have problems with other mongs...
  21. Just found this artical, which is old, but shows how crazy they are about it over there and its growth potential. All you need is a tiny slice of the pie, but when that pie is a country with 1.3 billion people, the numbers become massive. Lebron James Wants to Make $1 Billion in China– Expat Corner | eChinacities.com Lebron James Wants to Make $1 Billion in China May*26,*2009By Fred Dintenfass, http://www.eChinacities.com** Yesterday’s article WHAM! The First Western Band in China covered Wham!’s efforts to become the first western band to play in China. Wham! came to China because they wanted to become the biggest band in the world, in just 2 years. In the early years of an incredible career, basketball superstar Lebron James has declared a similar wish: to become the world’s first “billionaire athlete.” In the same way Wham! used China to catapult their already burgeoning career James hopes to use the Chinese market to propel him to even greater heights. Just like Wham!, almost 25 years before, James’ efforts haven’t always met with success. At the same time China’s opening up has made it easier for foreign companies and products to succeed in China, China’s greater influence as an international market and political force has made the consequences of upsetting Chinese officials or consumers much greater. This week, a Chinese investment group is proposing to become minority owners of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jian Huahuang, a Chinese businessman who has been involved with brokering deals with the New York Yankees and other American sports franchises, is leading an effort to purchase up to 15% of the management company that owns and runs the team and their arena. Every report of the deal talks about the effect this might have on James’ decision when he becomes a free agent in 2010. Many speculate that James – one of the hottest players in the NBA, and a Ohio native – will strike out for a larger market and a more winning team. However, most recent estimations regard the deal as a good way to keep James in Cleveland. If the deal goes through the team will be able to offer him a higher salary and the Chinese connection will grant him better access to the world’s largest emerging market for basketball. Over 300 million people in China play basketball, almost as many as the entire US population, and Kobe and Lebron were ubiquitous even before the summer Olympics. Despite the success of homegrown Yao Ming and the lesser success of Yi Jianlian, the most popular basketball player in China – and by extension perhaps, the world – is Kobe Bryant. Last year, I polished subtitles for a short video that. though written by a college aged man, sounded like a love letter to Kobe written by a 14 year old girl, complimenting him repeatedly on his handsomeness, hoping Kobe bears a son this year, and pleading for Kobe to return to China. James is hoping to supplant Kobe as China’s favorite b-baller and parlay his Nike sponsorships into bigger endorsement deals that will lead to billions. James claims to have been learning Mandarin so he could do interviews by 2008 (it’s not clear whether or not that ever occurred or if he is continuing the lessons) and has already made four trips to China. There are rumors he is buying a house in Beijing. “You have to think globally,” James has said, “I have a lot of fans in China, and they’re important to me.” Chinese fans return the love, “I want to shout and shout for him and watch his game,” said a Chinese teenager named Guo, with James’ initials painted on to his arm, “I’m proud of watching him play. I’m mad about him.” For some, James is more than just a basketball player, he’s a symbol of a way of life “I think he is more than an individual. He has started a new craze around the world,” Guo continues, “I will support him like I’ll cry for China at the Olympics.” Huang Risheng, writer for China’s Titan sports newspaper says, “The Chinese are looking for individual heroes,” he says, explaining James’ reception by Chinese fans, “We are not open enough, not extroverted enough. We like the individual effort, just one man saving the whole team like James.” Revenue from basketball in China has grown 10 times in the last five years to a projected 1 billion USD this year. James, who currently makes 23 million a year, is looking to surpass Tiger Woods (with whom he shares a birthday), who’s yearly income is now around 73 million US Dollars. James has a massive 7 year, 90 million dollar endorsement deal with Nike which he signed right out of high school and the deal has played a major part in his popularity in China, as well as caused him some problems with Chinese fans.
  22. On point one, the news is global already by the sound of it. But it will be the joint marketing that will really increase peoples awareness, so doing promotional stuff together in Asia etc. But let's say that only 0.001% of basketball fans in China decide to support us on the back of this, that is still 300k people, all they need to do is spend just over £3 per person on average to give us a £1m a year extra. Then there is the extra we will be able to charge sponsors for sponsorship as we have an extra 300k fans on top of that.
  23. It may be a stereo type, but East Asians are known for their fanaticism, as well as an increasing level of disposable income, and lets say a kid is a big basektball fan, and is getting into footy but doesn't have a team yet, seeing one of their favourite basketball players wearing a Liverpool shirt may well be a factor in who they end up supporting, and influence what football merchandise they end up buying. The population of China is really starting to get exposure to the West and its sports, basketball is massive over there and is its fastest growing sport (I think I read there are a couple of hundred million people who play basketball in China!!) in part because they have a Chinese guy in the NBA (who is massive!). There is over 1.3 billion people in China alone, is it really that hard to believe that we might be able to get a shit load of fans on the back of this and they go on to buy a load of merchandise
  24. Its not that he owns a stake that will get them buying our stakes, that is just part of the agreement they have come to, it is the joint marketing opportunites, seeing him promote us, mentioning us, wearing our shirt etc that will get them buying the shirts.
  25. As has been said, its a win win. LeBron no doubt has some spare cash that he is wanting to invest anyway, and this way he will increase his exposure a bit in the UK. I'm sure that there will be quite a few Liverpool fans who like Basketball will go out and buy his top etc. And it will give us a load of exposure in the States. Imagine if Beckham bought a minority stake in the Lakers, it would be all over the news over here for a short while, but ongoing I would say at least a quarter of any articles on him in the press would say something like "Beckham, also shareholder of US basketball team LA Lakers,..." giving them continued exposure. I'd imagine it'd be the same for us, and whilst I can see it being mentioned less, but it will reach a much wider audience. But the main place we will both gain is in Asia. I'm sure there will be joint marketing pushes out there, so next time we are doing a pre season tour I would not be surprised to see LeBron out there, maybe go out onto the ptich before one of the games wearing a Liverpool shirt with his name on the back, and I'm sure they do signing events, press conferences etc where you will see say Gerrard and LeBron together. We may not see much of it over here, but I reckon it would be massive over there.
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