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  1. 85 points
    How awful, I hope he recovered from the horrific experience. Hope he got over coronavirus too.
  2. 33 points
    I was really drunk the night I got with my (now) wife after the work Xmas party. We were talking on a sofa at an afterparty, I was wearing shit brogues from Office and for some reason (probably because I'm actually really pathetic) I told her they were my late Grandfather's shoes and that I had gotten them resoled and wear them once a year. I was probably trying to appear endearing in my drunkeness. Anyway for the next 5 years I forgot about the lie. Then leading up to our wedding day I mention I need to get shoes and she asks why I dont wear my grandfather's shoes, FFS they even say Office on the soles. I lied and said they hurt too much. To this day she still believes they're his shoes, I've hidden them in the attic like a dead body, incase she one day looks and sees the office logo. God knows how she's never brought them up with my mother. Sorry Grandad, love you!
  3. 31 points
    He lost a bet, it's a bit of a joke. If anyone's actually triggered by this shit I despair.
  4. 28 points
    Best player in a Derby shirt for years
  5. 25 points
    would like to once again ask why you are defending him? no other tory has yet to come up with a reason other than because he's a tory. you don't actually have to defend him, you know? you can take a step back and look at the developments of the last 48 hours and like 99% of the rest of the country, you can think what an absolute bellend. what would it take him and the rest of his pals to do for you to not defend him? like fair play, boris johnson is going to defend him because he owes him this chapter of his career. you owe him absolutely fu ck all? he is actively taking the piss out of you and you are defending him?
  6. 24 points
  7. 23 points
    Chilwell is shit despite being England's first choice left back, we love Wilf Ndidi as we were losing without him and we arent sure if we actually want to beat Watford as Nige needs 3 points. You are now up to date.
  8. 21 points
    Beheadings? Kidnappings? Torture? Sure, no problem! Pirating Premier League games? Absolutely ****ing not, how dare you!
  9. 20 points
    so you have stuck to the rules that he didn't, and that your lord and saviour boris johnson has just said you didn't need to stick to at all? do you not see how much they are taking the piss out of us all, especially you for (presumably) voting for, supporting and now defending him? this isn't "faux outrage". i'm not sure why that phrase keeps coming up. nobody is pretending to be outraged by this, people genuinely are outraged by just how fu cking ridiculous and arrogant these absolute cu nts are. there's nothing "faux" about it. like i said, i've got no real issue or surprise in boris johnson backing cummings. like dushane said "you always back your boy". but why on earth are every day folk like you, who you've just said have made quite remarkable sacrifices that have been "fu cking hard", but the decision you felt like you had to make based on the instruction from cummings and johnson, not angry at this? what would he have had to do for you to be angry? be a labour politician?
  10. 19 points
    Honestly, without hyperbole, this is ridiculous enough to actually start making me question my relationship with the sport. The UAE's investment in Man City is ugly enough but Saudi is another level again. And we're not talking about "a Saudi businessman" here, we're talking about the actual state. I don't care who you are or what your politics in the context of the UK, Saudi is ****ing awful. I know we have some disagreements on here over left and right but I'd like to think most of us could unite in saying they're a government we don't want involved anywhere near our league.
  11. 18 points
  12. 18 points
    If the guy had addressed the nation yesterday and said "Yes, I did this. I put my family first and it was an error of judgement in light of what we'd asked others to do. I apologise but will do what I can to put things right." - It could have been a 10 minute prezzer and far, far fewer calls for his resignation. I for one, would have respected that. It's the lack of any humility, total arrogance and sheer disregard for the public's collective intelligence that enrages me. The whole 30 minute driving eye test story is just Trump-levels of absurdity. Just ****ing apologise. I swear, for such highly intelligent human beings, precious few politicians seem to have ever realised the hugely powerful effect that showing a bit of humility can have. If you offer an unreserved apology you almost instantly disarm many of your critics. It would have prevented this from spiralling out of all proportion for a start, I'm sure of it.
  13. 18 points
    These last 48 hours have just shown what a sorry state British politics has become. At the centre of it all a man who has generally shown contempt for the intellect of the British public. Sling a few slogans around, tug a few heart strings re. the NHS, play on people’s fears about immigration and you really can “get Brexit done”. A man who’s genius is to spoon-fed political issues to the masses and revel in it when they gulp it down (“take back control” and a deal being “oven ready”). It’s no surprise that a man who you hold up as some kind of heroic figure - and vindicate by being influenceable enough to prove right in the referendum and the election - then feels he is somehow different to you, to us and to the rules that he has no doubt influenced for the rest of the country to follow. That he would, when bang to rights, feel completely untouchable that he feels no need to even come close to an apology. The most depressing thing is seeing the dark arts kick back into play. Everyone talks about Dominic Cummings on Twitter when the story first breaks yet no ‘Dominic Cummings’ trending on Twitter? An absent Prime Minister shunting out his transport secretary to front the music. MPs simultaneously executing a PR campaign with those same tones (“this is about a 4 year old child” and “what would any reasonable parent do?”) - you only have to read this thread to see that same old Brexit target audience taking these lines, gulping them down and going on to do his bidding by making the discussion about them. Ever feel like you’re being played? It’s now in vogue for a media - whose job it is to scrutinise, to find out about these types of misdemeanours and shine a light on them - to either be called out for doing their job and their profession, which is essential to a functioning democracy, questioned. On the other side of the coin you have the BBC’s Political Editor essentially doing the government’s dirty work for them. When you throw out the term ‘fake news’, do you ever think about the man (Trump) who originally popularised that term? And why it might be advantageous for an inept or unscrupulous government to have you spouting it on their behalf? It’s all just a sorry mess right now. The ineffective leadership, the dirty campaigns of lies and deceit, the divisions in our society by those who fell neatly into line in making the whole Brexit discussion so toxic. In an era of nationalistic tone and British exceptionalism, is there really anything to be proud about in British politics right now?
  14. 18 points
    but that is literally the whole point. this virus isn’t sympathetic and it doesn’t have understanding or compassion. thousands of people have been through terrifying ordeals since lockdown began. deaths, near deaths, funerals, hospitals, all the works. but THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE THEIR FAMILIES. under NO circumstances. people have died alone. people have grieved alone. people are still being treated alone. but dominic cummings needed to travel 250 miles to surround himself with family and we’re meant to be sympathetic? fu ck him.
  15. 17 points
    Excellent. Can stop trying to like German football now
  16. 17 points
    https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11991509/loans-manager-role-explained-dean-hammond-on-why-it-is-so-important Former Leicester loans manager explains the significance of the role Last Updated: 24/05/20 9:05am Harvey Barnes is an example of the success of Leicester's loan system With more and more players going out on loan, Premier League clubs now appoint a loans manager to handle the progress of their young talent when they are playing elsewhere. In conversation with Adam Bate, Leicester City's former loans manager Dean Hammond explains the varied aspects of the role and why it is so important to player development… There is a bit of everything to the role of a loans manager. At Leicester, I used to be at the training ground two or three days a week watching the U23 team, while the rest of my time was spent out at games and going to see players. You are around the coaching staff on a regular basis and you are in the meetings discussing plans for the future. These can be difficult decisions because it is a balancing act and there are so many parts of the football club to keep happy. The U23 manager wants the strongest squad that he can possibly have. He wants to keep his best players, work with them and improve them. Others at the football club might want the same player to go out on loan so they can develop in order to make the first team or be sold on elsewhere. Everyone has their own opinion so it can be difficult, but the role of a loans manager in that can be beneficial. Solving a problem When I was young and I went out on loan from Brighton to Aldershot and Leyton Orient I had very little contact from my parent club. You were basically left to your own devices. Managers are busy and their main focus is the first team and it is the same for the coaching staff. As a result, some players who go out on loan can end up feeling lonely and isolated. They can become a little bit lost. Are the club sending me out because they want me to be a part of the future or are the club sending me out because I am not part of the future? To have a loans manager watching their games and watching their training, speaking to the manager where they are on loan, speaking to the manager of the club they are on loan from, I think it is really, really important. It is that middle man for the players. About Dean Hammond Hammond started his career at Brighton before enjoying promotion with Southampton and going on to be part of the team that took Leicester up to the Premier League. After a spell at Sheffield United, he returned to Leicester in a coaching capacity and worked as a loans manager within the academy setup. He recently vacated the role for personal reasons. “My wife had a back operation and we have three children so I had to leave because of that and become a stay-at-home dad for four or five months. I really enjoy the role and I think it suited me. I love working with players individually because I think you can give them more information. If the opportunity came again, I would like to do it.” Choosing the right club When a player goes out on loan these days it is not just a case of a club wanting your player and you sending them out. It is about doing that work behind the scenes before allowing the player to go out on loan. There are very good reasons why a club is chosen. My job was to watch our players out on loan but it was also about watching a club where we did not have a player out on loan yet but we knew they were interested in our players. We would analyse their playing style and what the manager's personality was like because some players might not fit with certain managers. I would speak to anyone I knew at that club to find out what the culture was like. What's the atmosphere? What are the players like? It all helps you work out whether a player will settle. There was a lot of analysis. Dean Hammond was a player at Leicester before becoming their loans manager Sometimes it is not so easy to understand why it does not work out for a player at a football club. It might just be that the manager and the player clash. There might be the wrong sorts of players in the dressing room who can influence the player. But you to try to avoid that. Ultimately, it comes down to those above to make the decision but the idea is to put some options to the club and the player so that they can work together to find out what's best. Once the player has made the move, clubs are pretty open. I had access to the managers. I could find out what the players were doing well, if there was an issue in terms of how they were settling in socially and on the pitch. People are happy to help. The parent club wants the player to do well and the clubs where they have gone want them to do well too. Support for the player As well as thinking like a coach, you also need to look at things from the player's point of view. Young players need mentors within football clubs and you are a kind of mentor. For a young player, having someone around you just to give some advice, just to be present when you need them, is really important. As a player of any age, you need to be able to reflect. So that support network is vital if you want that player to do well. If the player is relaxed off the pitch and feels good then he can perform on the pitch. If they are travelling long distances for the loan are they staying in a hotel or are they being put up in an apartment? That is important. Are they seeing family enough? Are they on their own or do they have a partner? Do they have a wife and children? These are simple things that we can help them with off the pitch so they concentrate on what to do on the pitch. The job of a loans manager involves watching their games. I would then watch the games back and clip them up, sending those clips to the player and speaking with them on the phone giving them my advice. I would write a report for him that he and the club could see. The information was there for everyone. I would spend time at the training ground. I would never advise a player against what the manager wanted him to do because that does not work. If a player was playing in a certain formation and that manager wanted him to play a certain way, I would speak to the player and the manager and ask that question. How is the manager wanting you to play? What are the demands of this particular role? For instance, we had Callum Elder at Wigan. He was a left-back and Paul Cook was the manager. They played out from the back and wanted the full-backs to push on. That is what Callum was good at. So we found out what they wanted from him and worked from there. 7 Callum Elder during his loan spell at Wigan Athletic from Leicester City Loans are not for everyone Academy football has its benefits but it has its drawbacks as well and going out on loan can be daunting. It makes you grow up pretty quickly. You are going into a dressing room full of professionals who are relying on this for their livelihoods so that is a change of atmosphere straightaway. As a younger player, you have to understand that pretty quickly. They are still young and they are still learning so it might take one, two or three loans before they can settle at a new club or come back to their parent club and be a success there. Sometimes there are good reasons why a player might not go out on loan. The first-team manager might want them around the group so that he can keep an eye on them every day. It is always good to have a nucleus of U23 players who you can bring up and train with the first team. It keeps first-team players on their toes if they are up against young players in training every day. They know they still need to perform. Some individuals may not feel ready to go out on loan just yet because of their age or because they do not want to be away from their family. The positive example Barnes during his loan stay at Barnsley that helped prepare him for the top Harvey Barnes is a great example of how the loan system can work for club and player. Each club improved his development because the standard increased gradually. He started in League One with MK Dons, then he went to a lower-tier Championship club in Barnsley and then he went to West Brom at the top of the Championship.
  17. 17 points
    The ‘Let’s move on’ brigade are irritating me a little. At what point does anyone become accountable for their actions ? When there is an inquest into the government’s handling of this whole pandemic and things start to get a little tough, are we all just going to be saying yeah tens of thousands dead, second highest number of deaths on the planet ( I know some countries figures are disputable!) but we’re all a little bored of it now, let’s move on.
  18. 16 points
    As a lighthearted detour from Cumgate and the ongoing pandemic, I thought a slightly unusual topic was in order. In spite of what the title may suggest it is not a coming out party, though feel free to do so if you feel a topic on Foxestalk is the way for you. It is actually about strange and unusual lies you have told that you are still living with to this day, or ones that you have been caught out on. We're not talking cheating on your ex, more pretending that you had passed your bronze swimming certificate when you hadn't. As a couple of examples to get the topic going:- 1. A few years ago, when I was a shy child, my family and I went on holiday to Italy where we met a lovely family from Barnsley who invited me to join in their poolside games/football etc across the fortnight. Upon meeting they asked my name, as you do, and I told them (Mark), for some reason they misheard and thought I was called Paul. I tried to correct them once, but gave up when they didn't heard and then accepted that I would be called Paul for a fortnight. I was eventually rumbled towards the end of the holiday when my parents beckoned by over and was greeted with an awkward conversation about why I had pretending to called Paul. 2. An ex-colleague thinks I have 4 cats and I have now been keeping up the premise for 3 years and counting. It all started when we used to share an office and as such had the usual mundane chit-chat, one day I told her that we were due to be visiting a lady that evening about adopting two cats. We did then get said cats but had to return her to her previous owner upon discovering that my wife was considerably allergic to long-haired mogs. A few months later we tried again to adopt a cat, but had a last minute change of heart as we thought we'd be moving house in the near future and would consequently wait until we'd moved. Just before leaving my job with this colleague we finally got a cat, at which point she asked how the other 3 were doing and I panicked for no apparent reason and said they were doing fine. She must at this point have assumed that I was a low budget Joe Exotic. Anyway, she's a lovely lady who often keeps in touch and we tend to bump into her when we nip back to Leamington and I have had to keep up the facade for years because I'm in too deep. I may be the only awkward chap on here, but I hope others have got equally stupid lies that they've been keeping up for years.
  19. 16 points
    Absolute bollocks. People of all political persuasions are raging, and rightly so. It's not about him or what he's done. It's that there's no apology - quite the opposite - and that we have a government willing to rewrite the rules retrospectively to suit one of their own. It's disgusting.
  20. 16 points
  21. 16 points
    ‘Faux outrage’ - as I’ve said elsewhere I’ve had to leave my recently widowed Dad off on his own for numerous weeks. Hearing a bloke of 60 get mentally shot every few days has been probably in my lowest moments of my life. Couldn’t see him, fifty miles away. There are countless examples of families missing funerals etc. Faux outrage this isn’t.
  22. 15 points
    I couldn’t give a sh1t about the doors being shut .. I’d love to win it whatever .. and I’ll be in a little group of socially distanced friends who will enjoy every minute .. it will be sort of special in a way and remembered in history .. And next year we’ll win it properly ..
  23. 15 points
    We're going to win the FA Cup for the first time in our history behind closed doors aren't we?
  24. 15 points
    From some bloke on Twitter.... 1. Dominic Cummings, one of the few men to have ever been found in contempt of Parliament, moved onto contempt for everything 2. When the story broke, and he was accused of doing things that look bad, he said he didn't care how things looked 3. Then ministers said press outrage meant nothing, only the opinion of the people mattered 4. Then polls showed 52% of people wanted Cummings to resign 5. So Cummings decided to show the public some respect, by turning up 30 minutes late to make his explanation 6. He began by saying he wasn't speaking for the govt, which must be why he was in the Rose Garden of 10 Downing Street 7. Then the self-styled "enemy of the Islington media elite" said his wife, who works in the media, had been ill in their house in Islington 8. But she was only a bit ill, so he popped home, got himself nice and infected, then went back to Downing Street for meetings with lots of vitally important people in the middle of a national crisis 9. But then he got ill too, so then it was suddenly important 10. Sadly he couldn't get childcare in London, even though 3 immediate relatives live within 3 miles of his London home 11. So because he was carrying a virus that can cross a 2 metre distance and kill, he immediately locked himself in a car with his wife and child for 5 hours 12. He then drove 264 miles without stopping in a Land Rover that gets maybe 25 MPG 13. Then the scourge of the metropolitan elites made himself extra-relatable by describing his family's sprawling country estate, multiple houses and idyllic woodlands 14. He explained that he'd warned about a coronavirus years ago in his blog 15. Then it was revealed he actually secretly amended old blogs after he'd returned from Durham 16. And anyway, if he'd warned years ago, why was he so massively unprepared and slow to react? 17. Then he said he was too ill to move for a week 18. But in the middle of that week, presumably with "wonky eyes", he drove his child to hospital 19. Then he said that to test his "wonky eyes" he put his wife and child in a car and drove 30 miles on public roads 20. Then it was revealed his wife drives, so there was no reason for the "eye test", cos she could have driven them back to London 21. Then it was revealed the "eye test" trip to a local tourist spot took place on his wife's birthday 22. Then cameras filmed as he threw a cup onto the table, smirked and left 23. And then it emerged his wife had written an article during the time in Dunham, describing their experience of being in lockdown in London, which you'd definitely do if you weren't hiding anything 24. A govt scientific advisor said "more people will die" as a result of what Cummings had done. 25. Boris Johnson said he "wouldn't mark Cummings " down for what he'd done. 26. The Attorney General said it was ok to break the law if you were acting on instinct 27. The Health Minister said it was OK to endanger public health if you meant well 28. Johnson said Cummings' "story rings true" because his own eyesight was fine before coronavirus, but now he needs glasses 29. But in an interview with The Telegraph 5 years ago, Johnson said he needed glasses cos he was "blind as a bat" 30. Michael Gove went on TV and said it was "wise" to drive 30 miles on public roads with your family in the car to test your eyesight 31. The DVLA tweeted that you should never, ever do this 32. Then ministers started claiming Cummings had to go to Durham because he feared crowds attacking his home. The streets were empty because we were observing the lockdown. 33. And then a minister finally resigned 34. Steve Baker, Richard Littlejohn, Isabel Oakeshott, Tim Montgomerie, Jan Moir, Ian Dale, Julia Hartley Brewer, 30 Tory MPs, half a dozen bishops and the actual Daily Mail said Cummings should go 35. The govt suggested we can ignore them, because they're all left-wingers 36. Then a vicar asked Matt Hancock if other people who had been fined for doing exactly what Cummings did would get their fine dropped. Matt Hancock said he'd suggest it to the govt 37. The govt said no within an hour. Cummings' statement had lasted longer than that 38. And if the guidelines were so clear, why were people being stopped and fined for driving to find childcare in the first place? 39. Then a new poll found people who wanted Cummings sacked had risen from 52% to 57% 40. Cummings is considered the smartest man in the govt 41. And in the middle of all this, in case we take our eye off it: we reached 60,000 deaths. One of the highest per capita death rates worldwide. 42. We still face Brexit under this lot. 43. It's 4 years until an election 44. And it's still only Wednesday
  25. 15 points
    This was a lie that was done to me. Still laugh about it now Cant remember how old I was, about 17. I'm at home in the lounge watching tv and my bro is upstairs with his girlfriend. 2 of my mates come round so we are chilling in the lounge. Whilst sat there I could hear my dog making some random noises in the kitchen. I go to check on him and the back door is open and all I can see is the back of the dog and his tail wagging. I was sure I had closed the door to let my mates in not 2 mins prior. So I go to the door and crouching down are 2 masked blokes. The one closest to me stands up and points a gun at me. My instant reaction was to say WTF are you doing. They then run off. All happened in a split second. So i'm standing there processing what's just happened. I go into the lounge and ask my mates who was that at the door. Thinking it was a prank. As I knew the gun was a BB gun revolver (which one of my mates, my cousin, was massively into them. Had a large collection) but they both genuinely had no idea. At this point I thought, holy shit, cause there had been some recent incidents where cars had been getting robbed due to people leaving the keys by their back doors. So I shout to my bro who comes down with a golf club and goes searching the back garden (the way they ran, which leads onto a park). I call the police and literally within 2 mins there were 2 cars, 2 X5's and the dog unit round my house. They proceed to check the area and start asking me questions. I could tell they didn't believe me, because they thought my reaction to having a gun pointed at me wasn't normal. I told them I literally didn't have time to process the fact I had a gun pointed at me. Also the barrel of the gun was tiny so I must have known it was a BB gun in that moment. So the next few days we have forensics coming round looking for prints on the door. Nobody believed me that it happened. My bro and my mates were skeptical. 2 weeks later a police officer comes round to tell me they have dropped the investigation. So we carry on. Fast forward about 12 years later. I get a random phone call from my bro who is at the pub. I answer and all he is doing is laughing his head off. He then tells me that he believes me about what happened that night. Cause his mate had just told him that it was him and one of his mates trying to scare my brother. Now I know the lad who did it, spoke to him many times over the years. I even remember speaking to him about the incident. Yet he never confessed until he had some ale down him at the pub. He said he had never been so scared when he heard the police cars. They had bolted and ran to his mates house to hide. Was all meant to be a massive joke but they were worried I had been scarred for life The funniest thing was my bro was in the middle of getting a blow job when I had shouted up to him that night. He says he will never forget that moment of about blowing and me ruining it . So sounds like the one traumatized by that night the most is my brother
  26. 15 points
    I think you’re missing the point that this is a multi-faceted issue. This is not as simple as bloke jumping in a car and driving to Durham. If it was then it wouldn’t be high on the agenda for the media right now. It’s about a government undermining it’s own advice, showing contempt for the general public, lying and deceiving at will, breaking all convention to protect the interests of a few key individuals. How this issue is handled has ramifications for how they lead us (both through the virus and thereafter) and reveals dysfunctional leadership that could justifiably account for the unnecessary death of thousands. The media are completely right to shine a light on this and then to make that light stronger and brighter when the reaction is not in the interest of the general public. If they don’t hold the government to account and standards then who does? You sat in your house? Or maybe you don’t think a government needs to be questioned.(in which case you’d love North Korea). So as much as the government and those who will blindly put their faith in that government might want the agenda to move on, it’s completely fair and right it hasn’t. And in actual fact it will not make recovery from this any quicker/slower.
  27. 15 points
    No faux outrage from me, I'm genuinely angry about it. He and his wife had the virus for starters. He put hundreds if not thousands of people at risk by carry it almost the length of the country. Millions of people have barely left the house in two month, they not seen loved ones before they died, they missed funerals. They struggled through looking after their child whilst they had the virus. I'm angry with him as much as I am with Ferguson and Calderwood, and I'm angry at the government for brushing this under the carpet and basically rewriting history to make the guidelines fit in with his actions.
  28. 14 points
    Are we a bit glossing over the fact that fatalities are dropping consistently with no sign of an increase weeks after restrictions start to be reduces across Europe? Not a lot of happy coverage of the fact that this is fantastic news!
  29. 14 points
    Jenrick did seem to have a valid excuse from what I read. With regards to Kinnock and the other Labour MP: I hope Starmer has given them a massive bollocking and has said to them because of you two clowns I can't now speak on this situation properly - I was annoyed, but not as much. With Cummings I do think there's a difference, because he's part of the team who thought up and helped communicate all these guidelines. There are people who would have liked to do what he did but were genuinely afraid they'd be breaking the law and stopped by the police. He didn't have to worry about that - he could just phone his friends at No10 if he was caught; and he had far more resources. Whenever I hear about this story and the guidelines it reminds me about a story from a care home I heard about on the radio. It was at the start of the crisis and an ambulance turned up with a person who'd had suspected co-vid and hadn't been given the all clear. The care home boss had a stand off with the ambulance crew and the person's family. The care home manager said they couldn't take someone with co-vid; there was a disagreement; they were then threatened with the police because they were breaking government guidelines. These guidlines have put people in difficult circumstances. We have one of the worst death rates in the world; care homes have been handled badly. This man it seems is so important the Prime Minister can't work without him; his decison making is important. If he'd just apologised and said as a father he'd made a mistake I'd have been annoyed at the hypocrisy but accepted it. But it's the insulting story that looks like it's been made up - I'll save you from going through all the holes. I laughed at Trump when he spoke about injecting bleach; the whole world is now laughing at us in much the same way - a 30 mile drive on his wife's birthday with their kid because he was having vision problems... I'm more annoyed at the government's response and their defence of him. There are people who were acting holier-than-thou at the start of this pandemic if they saw people breaking the government rules (like driving) - now some of those same people are defending him. The cultish behaviour adds to the annoyance.
  30. 14 points
    Corona research news! "SARS-CoV-2 lethality decreased over time in two Italian Provinces" https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.23.20110882v1 The outcomes: The death rate is decreasing based on several potential factors, mutation to less deadly disease and most important doctors are getting better at treating it because they understand it!
  31. 14 points
    Seriously debs, it’s a mild flu for 80% of people. the likelihood that both parents would be incapacitated and unable to care for their child is v v low and in that unlikely situation, there are still options, especially for the prime minister’s senior aide. Driving 260 miles against the guidelines is straight wrong and to use the child as an excuse merely makes it worse imo.
  32. 14 points
    Based on an ill child? If you're well enough to drive 250 odd miles you're more than likely well enough to be able to take care of your child. Is it really the case as well that 250 miles away is your nearest care provider, too? Obviously I hope his child recovers but what about the risk, at the time, given he & his wife had symptoms as well, to his parents and sisters/nieces etc? What about the rule, at the time that was quite explicitly given to the whole public not to visit family, not to take in visitors to your home if you or someone you know is suffering with symptoms. What makes Cummings different and why should he get away with it? Why are Number 10 explicitly denying he broke the rules/instructions when it's clear as fvcking day that's exactly what he did? It's the problem with the current government (and corrupt establishments all round) - too busy clearing up for other people's mistakes, focusing on the PR of it all and sweeping it under the carpet as opposed to taking responsibility for it all, accepting he broke the rules and accepting one of their own staff messed up in a bad way. There's making a mistake, and then there's also breaking the rules. For me, this falls in the latter category. It's just the double standards of it all that infuriates me. Instruct the public to do one thing. Allow your own advisor to do another...
  33. 13 points
    Two years to the day since my last devastating gamble. I'd lost £11,000 in less than 10 minutes a few days previous and then due to the way online bookmakers work they pestered me to ensure I knew there was £1100 in free bets sitting in my account. Id vowed I'd hit rock bottom and enough was enough but I was too weak to walk away yet and so I pitifully logged back on and cruelly turned that £1100 in to £8500 but in my sick pursuit of having to recoup my recent losses I then blew the lot a long with another few thousand I'd got my hands on. To be honest the money is irrelevant anyway, I'm glad it took everything from me to embark on where I am. I was however, a broken man after that, thsts what twisted the knife and ensured a bomb went off to mine and my loved ones life. Thankfully I gained enough strength to do something about my gambling and reach out and seek prolonged help. Initially Gamcare helped me put some blockers in place and suggested G.A which i'm forever thankful for. It's quite astounding how much my life has improved in these two years and it almost feels a lifetime ago. Yet, I'm still as alert as I was back then in the early days of my recovery to the dangers that are out there as a recovering compulsive gambler. I will not let complacency creep in, I have changed as a person but I have witnessed with my own eyes that people like me who have got better are still only 1 slip away from it all falling down again and that's why I don't let up. That's why I have a burning determination to never let those despicable bastards get me again. I only have myself to blame for what happened to me, I don't and never will lay the blame purely at those who are involved in the gambling industry but that won't stop me using my hatred of them for my own personal development and to do everything humanely possible to give my family the life they deserve. There's no celebration of the 2 year milestone, just more motivation to keep on the right path one day at a time. 🔥
  34. 13 points
    Nobody is making out like he's been doing that. What they are doing is being genuinely outraged that he's driven 250 miles whilst having symptoms of the virus, whilst the rest of us mug have been staying home struggling through for the past 10 weeks. The reason this is going on longer than the Ferguson and Calderwood incidents is because those two admitted their mistakes and left or were removed from office (although it did take Calderwood a day to do so). I don't care who he is, what he's done in the past etc, I just want Johnson to grow a pair and deal with it properly. If Cummings had held his hands up, apologised and showed some remorse this would have probably all blown over, but he's not, he's not prepared to admit his wrong doing and to say sorry.
  35. 13 points
    Out of interest, how many of them 37,000 people had their loved ones around them when they died? Do you see the issue?
  36. 13 points
    Yeah. We used to have a hardcore of 10k, which over time grew to be about 20k when we were in League 1. People don't become "hardcore" without dipping a toe in first. Also the obsession with avoiding empty seats in England is bizzare, does anyone genuinely care if there are a few hundred empties for a game against Palace?
  37. 13 points
  38. 13 points
    This whole thing is starting to feel like some sick joke, to see how loyal people can be to a political party. I can see it, 3 months from now, Boris feeding OAPs rotting bats and The Daily Mail and Sun fanatics telling us all how caring and fun he is.
  39. 13 points
    Exactly. So you do understand that this was an abnormal decision in the circumstances. To answer the question: He was meant to do whatever he expected every household in the country with the same problem to do as per the guidelines he helped put together. I don't know what that is specifically but we can all be certain that it wasn't a 250 mile road trip when they already know they have the virus. For all the uncertainty around the guidelines it was crystal clear that nobody with the virus should be travelling anywhere, let alone halfway across the country stopping at service stations along the way. Other people have already more than sufficiently covered the ethics of it vis-a-vis all the people with similar or more harrowing matters whose lives were torn apart because they had to follow the very necessary social practices that his team advised, but beyond that it's simply terrible management. When you have a job that requires a degree of leadership it's absolutely essential that people can trust your advice but if you can't follow it, they can't trust it, it's that simple.
  40. 13 points
    They need to pump in a recording of away fans singing something about Vardy's wife if we're struggling for a goal.
  41. 12 points
    It’ll be a 3 year deal. The club have a policy once a squad member turns 35 that any contract after that is 1 year and reviewed each year. People need to relax a bit. He will provide some much needed experience, especially for champions league because out of our current starting 11, only Schmeichel, Evans, (Chilwell & Barnes if you wanna be pedantic) Wilf & Vardy have had champions league experience. Which will be vital. He’s played in a great side under a very good manager too. Still, FoxesTalk knows better than the gaffer yet again.
  42. 12 points
    Who remembers when we all sent him horse get well cards in hospital
  43. 12 points
    Good news not to be glossed over!
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  45. 12 points
    DB11's post reminded me of my 'white lie' First of all- a quick disclosure- I am deaf and communicate via British Sign Language and with no speech. The disclosure will make sense once you all have read the lie. I had a torrid time learning how to drive and have failed the driving test four times prior to my move to Nottingham. So, when I moved, I signed up for lessons with a new driving instructor who took me around a quiet estate in the first lesson. Upon ending the lesson, the bloke turned to me and said blimey you are quite a good driver for a first timer and asked whether if I had any previous driving experience before that. I responded by holding four fingers up and mouthed that I have failed four driving tests previously. The bloke's eyes widened in amazement and he said- you only had four hours of driving experience? At this point, I just frozen and was too embarrassed to clarify so I just rolled with it. This is actually quite common between deaf and hearing people- I have loads of communication breakdowns in my life and sometimes would just roll with it cause I cannot be arsed/too embarrassed to clarify. The sting in this lie was that I actually passed my next driving test (on my fifth attempt overall but the first one with him) so he probably still thinks that I am the most fastest learner that he ever had!
  46. 11 points
    @Fez of Mahrez @Alexikokopops @Maybes @Katy all absolute heroes from back in the early days
  47. 11 points
    Rincewinds alive and well. I'm friends with him on FB . I think he's just enjoying retirement.
  48. 11 points
    Nobody on either side should be seeking to politicise this. It's not about Right v Left or Blue v Red. It's about the competence of government during this crisis. Simple as.
  49. 11 points
  50. 11 points
    Get the tannoy man to shout ‘your shit aaaaaaaaaah’ every time the visiting keeper has a goal kick
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