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    Nike deal

    White collar and cuffs and it would be a classic Tony.
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    PODCAST: Man City 2 Liverpool 3 - Match Reaction

    Great podcast again! Scott Carson is city's number 3 keeper. Bravo left a while ago. Sadio's goal was against Brighton when we were 2-0 up and all the Brighton players blamed the keeper. Not certain Naby has turned his Liverpool career around,in fact Im certain on it. Have to say, both city's goals were avoidable in my view. Robbo passed the ball straight to Fernandiho for the first and the 2nd, that stage of the game why are both our fullbacks still trying to bomb forward when against a team like city at that time, the priority was to close out the game. I think Brownie says Robbo misjudged it(?) but to me, it's another example of him being composed in those situations, diving in and missing the ball.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    According to the Daily Wail, city have agreed terms with Haaland of £500,000 a week. What's the lad achieved in football again?
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    Man Utd (H) - Tue 19th Apr 2022 (8:00pm)

    My word, that is tragic news. A short life cut tragically short. RIP little one.
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    Man Utd (H) - Tue 19th Apr 2022 (8:00pm)

    Always look forward to this game. They're shite but it's the biggest game in the English calender. Cmon reds!
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    Top Ten Conspiracy Theories

    To this day, a sizable number of Argentines believe they sank HMS Invincible during the Falklands war and, the sinking covered up by 'the British.' The British did this by sneaking another Invincible class vessel to the South Atlantic then 'sailed her home in triumph' to fool the world, but not them! HMS Illustrious wasnt commissioned into the RN until late June 1982 well after the war ended, making her the 2nd of the 3 carriers. Ark Royal was still under constrution or maybe not even started, I cant remember which!
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    Flying. Everything planes.

    Potential BAE Hawk replacement? Aeralis, the British-designed jet fighter that could replace the RAF’s ageing fleet of Hawk trainers, has won the backing of Rolls-Royce and Martin Baker as it gears up to make a demonstrator version. The company is looking to capitalise on tight defence budgets and ageing fleets of trainer aircraft to sell adaptable jets that can be upgraded and modified. The programme recently won investment from the Royal Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office to test its system to allow electronic components to be swapped in and out and upgraded without the aircraft needing a costly recertification by regulators. Aeralis has estimated there is a market for up to 5,500 of its jets, which could be worth £150bn. Rolls-Royce has agreed to supply its Adour jet engines for the plane, while Martin Baker will provide ejector seats. It will also work with Hamble Aerostructures, which was a supplier to BAE Systems for the Hawk and before that worked on the 1960s-era Folland Gnat jet trainer. Training top pilots is a costly process starting with smaller propeller-driven craft and graduating on to faster and more powerful designs. Previously, governments had to maintain sizeable fleets of each type of plane. However, a cheaper fleet of adaptable jets opens the door for a provider to move them around the world and train pilots as needed, adapting power and capability to match the skills and needs of students. The design could help reduce the runaway costs of other programmes, especially for the fastest jets, where costs increase exponentially with speed. Tristan Crawford, chief executive of Aeralis, said: “You're not having to redevelop a new aeroplane for when you need to do something different in the future. That makes the whole cost to the customer much less and much quicker to upgrade.” Russia’s war on Ukraine has focused the minds of customers who want to make their defence budgets go further, he said. “The priority on replacement programmes has increased because of the conflict.” The fighter sells itself on its modular design. Everything from the wings and engines can be swapped out for different missions, meaning the jet can train pilots, act as a light attack plane, an aerobatics jet or even a potential refueller for drones. Modular components mean the Aeralis could adapt to multiple scenarios, from training and support to combat This means defence ministries can repurpose the craft as needs change without having to scrap them. While many military aircraft are upgraded during their lives, designing it with this in mind is what makes the plane different. Inability to upgrade military planes has historically been a costly business. In 2010, the Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol and attack aircraft was scrapped, wasting £3.4bn of taxpayer money. The Aeralis will start with the older Adour engine that powers the Hawk, but the plane could be adapted to accommodate newer, more powerful engines in the future, including supersonic models if there is enough demand, although that will push up the cost. “Airliners have a range of engines you can put onto the aircraft, depending on what the customer wants. We're doing the same thing in the sector here,” Mr Crawford said. The company plans to have a demonstrator ready by 2025 and a saleable product by 2028, when many training and surveillance aircraft will be reaching the end of their lives. The company is working with Martin Baker, a private British company, for its ejector seats. Based in Higher Denham, near Uxbridge, the business is jointly managed by John and James Martin, the twin sons of Sir James Martin, who established the company in 1929 as a plane maker. It has saved 7,671 pilots with its technology. The company moved into ejection seats in 1942 after co-founder Captain Valentine Baker died testing a company plane. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/04/18/rolls-royce-backs-new-hawk-fighter-jet-trainer/?li_source=LI&li_medium=liftigniter-rhr
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    Russia v Ukraine

    Fucking twats. This is the moment a woman in Kharkiv, above and below, mourned over her father after he was killed in the latest round of shelling of Ukraine’s second city. The woman is comforted as the body of her father is removed by medical workers Credit: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters Authorities in Kharkiv on Monday morning told residents to spend the whole day in bomb shelters, citing unrelenting shelling that has intensified as the battle for Donbas gathers momentum. Kharkiv authorities said a man and a woman died as a result of the strike just before noon. Photographers with Associated Press said later at least three people were killed. One of the dead was a woman who appeared to be going out to collect water in the rain. She was found lying with a water canister and an umbrella by her side. Ukrainian personnel run for cover after explosions are heard in Kharkiv on Sunday Credit: Felipe Dana/AP A separate video posted on a local Telegram channel showed what it said were explosions in Novi Domy in the southwest of the city during the day. Several parked cars were destroyed in the strike but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said that in the past four days 18 people had been killed and 106 injured by Russian bombardment of Kharkiv. Nine civilians were killed and 25 injured by missile and artillery fire in the region on Sunday alone. Ukraine’s general staff said on Monday evening that Russian forces had gone on the offensive in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions in what it described as “signs of the beginning of the offensive operation in the Eastern Operational Zone”. Russian forces appeared to be trying to pin down Ukrainian forces at Slobozhansky near Kharkiv while unsuccessfully trying to gain ground near Izyum, it said. An apartment building on fire in the city Credit: Alex Chan Tsz Yuk/SOPA Images/Shutterstock Firefighters attend a burning building after the shelling Credit: Alex Chan Tsz Yuk//SOPA Images/Shutterstock Earlier Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Donetsk region, said Russian forces had taken control of the villages of Kremenaya and Lugashchnine, both northwest of the town of Severodonetsk. “Evacuation from there is already impossible,” he wrote on Telegram early in the morning. Residents of Luhansk were warned that this was their last chance to evacuate. Ukraine on Sunday launched a counter offensive designed to cut supply lines to Izyum, where Russian appears to be massing the troops for the northern trust of an encirclement of Donbas, the mainly Russian speaking and heavily industrialised region where war first broke out in 2014. The Russian military said on Monday its missiles struck more than 20 military targets in eastern and central Ukraine over the past day, as it stepped up a campaign to hit weapons factories, railways and other infrastructure targets before the offensive. Residents of Vasylkiv, a town south of Kyiv that is home to a military airbase, reported a large explosion on Monday morning. Russian missiles also hit Lviv, killing at least seven people, according to Maksym Kozytsky, its regional governor. “At the moment, we are able to confirm that seven people have died. We also know that 11 people are injured. A child is among them,” he said. "Three victims are in critical condition," he added. Mr Kozytsky confirmed there were four missile strikes with three hitting military infrastructure and one a tyre shop. Lviv, Ukraine's most western city close to its border with Poland, has largely been spared from attacks since Russia invaded on Feb 24. But its mayor warned the city "must be ready" for further attacks. Andriy Sadovyi told Fox News: "We must be ready for a new Russian attack. And together we must protect our country. "It is a very special moment in our life. We have only one country, we have only one land. I believe in our victory, never give up. Only victory." Mykhaylo Podolyak, a presidential adviser, said: “Five powerful missile strikes at once on the civilian infrastructure of the old European city of Lviv,” Video posted on social media sites showed smoke in the area after the blast. It was not immediately clear what was hit and there was no official confirmation from authorities. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/04/18/russia-bombs-18-residential-buildings-easter-sunday-attack-kharkiv/
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    Russia v Ukraine

    They only have 2 other Slava class cruisers, one stationed in the Arctic the other around the Indian Ocean. Both are within a week or so steaming of the Black Sea. I gather Turkey has closed the Bosphorus to shipping but whether they'd prevent one or both cruisers passage, who knows? Fact is, would the Russians want to put another Slava class cruiser in the firing line, literally, after this? The Neptune missiles allegedly used have a range of about 150 miles so, either the cruiser has to stand 150 miles offshore or sail closer as the Moscow did and be open to attack? Yes, they have other ships. One got bombed to fuck and destroyed in harbour, another escaped with some damage. If a heavily armed Slava class cruiser couldnt defend itself, it asks the question about other ships similar capabilities. Personally, I dont think it is as black or white as the sinking is not much help. Militarily, it is a loss of a significant and expensive(!) asset. True, it will not cause the end of the fighting but it does impact Russia's operation in the theatre.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    What, the same fan base that fills up their cars etc with diesel, petrol or LPG not to mention the myriad of products that are made from oil? Nah, where would you stop, saying the fanbase cant use cars, public transport, plastic products etc because of city's ownership?
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    Russia v Ukraine

    I dont think we should underestimate the worth of 'propoganda' victories. It's also a real victory taking out one of the aggressor's major control assets. As regards saying the sinking is a bit pointless, I think any battlefield commander or admiral would say the sinking wasnt pointless. You'd also need to ask if it was pointless, what was the thing doing there making itself a virtual sitting duck target in the first place? It effectively means naval support for any land bridge objective Russia had to severe Ukraine's access to ports and the Black Sea is, severely disrupted and may make that objective now unachievable. Any intended amphibious landing is now a much harder task without a ship that's capable of providing a substantial shore bombardment and support.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    Yeah the naming rights seems to have quietly been sidelined. I read they get a huge wedge from the corporate sponsorship plus, companies are probably weary of meeting the £20m deal for naming rights knowing it would hardly get mentioned against the Anfield name generally?
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    Russia v Ukraine

    It was allegedly, long range missile launch platform, command and control for flight, potential shore bombardment and support for any amphibious landings and blockade of South West Ukraine. However, Im not party to the Kremlin's plans so only they could tell you and even then, probably wouldnt. It's also a propaganda victory for one side and a loss of a capital ship for another.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    What did FSG ever do for us!?
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    Russia v Ukraine

    Yes, might have later but doesnt appear so at the time the picture was taken.
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    Thiago Alcantara

    If reports are to be believed, we're supposedly looking to open contract talks with Sadio and looking to sign this Gavi 'wonder kid' from Barcelona. Must admit, I was coming round to thinking the club may cash in on Sadio if Mo signs his bumper contract, maybe Bobby too?
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    Russia v Ukraine

    Allegedly one of the first pictures of the damaged Russian cruiser Moscow, listing to port. She clearly didnt sink in choppy seas while under tow as the Russians claimed at least when this picture was taken. She appears holed at the waterline allowing ingress of water and at this point, the crew having abandoned ship or worse. As Ive said before, when a ship gets holed, it's a perilous position to be in. Providing water tight compartments are not compromised and there is power to pump water out, it doesnt always mean you lose the ship. A few years ago, Nottigham, sister ship to Sheffield, collided with an outcrop of Howe Island badly damaging the bow underwater. Only a valiant effort by the ship's company prevented Nottingham sinking plus they had power for pumps. A missile strike is an explosive event that can create lots of damage including loss of ability to pump water out and maintain bouyancy. Trying to put fires out with water also adds to the problem for obvious reasons. Judging by this picture which appears to have been taken some hours after the alleged missile attack, the sea wasnt particularly choppy. That's not to say by the time they had her on tow the conditions hadnt worsened. The chances of getting back to dock even if the sea had remained calm would have been remote in my view considering the list. If you have any hope of rescuing the ship, you need to get it back in a dock asap. But, you cant tow a ship with a big hole in its side quickly else you force even more water into damaged compartments making matters worse. Maybe that's what the Russians did although it seems to me they knew the vessel was lost and clearly going to go down? Either way, the missile(s) did their job.
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    Creme Fucking Eggs

    This. I think the filling is a bit 'gritty' as well, not as smooth as they used to be.
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    Flying. Everything planes.

    Ha! Good spot!
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    Flying. Everything planes.

    Soz, out of juice! Yeah you look at the number of older guys working on that Lanc and you wonder how many will still be there by the time they finish her. people dont get younger, after all.
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    little things that annoy the shit out of you

    Iceland's Harry Ramsden's fish and chips. TV advert makes you think you're buying a good sized fish and chip portion but when you actually buy it, you realise they've used smaller plates and a woman with tiny hands to make the fish look massive! Twats.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    They keep their heads down over this though, dont they? Gobshites.
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    Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish

    Magic this. Bob Wilson ever the twat. You can see the King thinking 'What's this nob talking about?'
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    Summer 2022 Transfer Thread

    Darwin Nunez, we arent signing him unless one of Sadio or Mo leaves, are we? If Mo gets his bumper contract, I can see the club sacrificing Sadio with a year left on his contract.