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  1. Oxford's alcoholic travel problems!: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/sep/26/anti-covid-alcohol-spray-causes-oxford-united-coach-driver-breath-test-chaos
  2. Even more important is more encouragement for young people to realise training in a vocational subject, which will include all essential services to the home (plumbing, electrics, construction etc) are likely to be far more valuable than a non-vocational subject. There seem to be far too many of these courses offered, with graduates often struggling to find employment after completion..
  3. Kasper has, no doubt. many strengths. His main weaknesses are - at times - indecisiveness in coming for a ball at set pieces and - for me, the main one - his distribution in trying to build from the back. Perhaps understandable to a certain extent as this has only recently become part of the keeper's game, but too often we back under pressure because of a poor decision on who to pass to. Opponents like Man City, our next league game, can particularly take advantage with their high pressing and speed in their forward line.
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/sep/19/timothy-castagne-rodgers-has-given-me-the-confidence-to-go-faster Well worth a read
  5. My favourite player would probably be Shilton (helped by the fact he is from Leicester), but Weller and Glover would come close- and in a few years I think there will be many going for Vardy. Certainly not my first memory, but Claridge's injury time goal against Palace in 1996 must be my favourite. Enjoy again...
  6. I agree. Furthermore, both test series were played competitively and with a great spirit. The number of Pakistan players running up to congratulate Crawley on his innings in the 3rd test will live long in the memory.
  7. I don't think Boris can be compared to Trump, apart from a similar inability to grasp facts, probably due to a lack of work ethic in comparison to most other other top politicians. Certainly there is a perceived lack of direction with almost countless u-turns after just a few months. The most disappointing aspect of his leadership is the communication skills he has previously shown in his political career. The clip above demonstrates this perfectly - he has completely lost the audience, although I din't think he had them from the start. It is still a time of crisis but he seems to have no sense of direction. Perhaps would not be so bad if his ministerial team were doing a good job (Sunak probably the exception), but does anyone have confidence in Hancock/ Williamson? And his failure to sack Cummings (who seemingly flouted rules) has likely led indirectly led to more people catching Covid
  8. I read this was confirmed a few days ago. It was always a ridiculous idea to automatically have a break when some games played in autumn like conditions.
  9. Perhaps I am being too pessimistic about when crowds (and other associated match day revenue) can return to normal. I realise significant sums are guaranteed for duration of TV contracts(another 2 years) but nevertheless gate and matchday revenue can be half of tv rights. i would be very surprised if this revenue stream will be more than 20% of budgeted amounts a few months ago. The government has published guidelines for when fans can return and it is clear grounds will can be no more than 30% full at a maximum with 2m spacing. I doubt whether even this could be achieved in larger stadia because of the difficulties at entrance and exit. Even the spectacle of live tv is lessened when therei s no crowd, as is the intensity of most games without a crowd motivating players. If I am not the only one who finds this, tv audiences may also fall, potentially reducing income from future tv deals. Commercial revenue.is also likely to be hit because of above Yet - what I think is the reality of club's income next season and perhaps further ahead - is not reflected in wages and transfer fees being generated in the close season eg Chilwell quoted at over £70m, Sancho at over £100m, Aubameyang wages offerred is £250k a week, which is as though everything is normal Although the FFP rules seem worthless now, nevertheless even the wealth of most owners will have been hit by the impact of CV19. Should football be more realistic about the future? I think so, but then,as I said at the start, I may be a pessimist. Or perhaps a realist?
  10. But only for the next month or so ... Ocado will be bringing M&S air brought to your doorstep then
  11. A poll on Watford Observer website shows 85% against this decision. It is difficult to comprehend the removal of their third manager within a season, particularly as Watford are clear of bottom three.I can see Watford going down, struggling to find a new talented manager (given he will know he has half a season at most unless Watford are in top 6). Even if Watford had been relegated, I doubt there would be a better management team than Pearson and Shakespeare. - who would have had support of Watford fans. The owners risk losing support of their fans with their short sighted approach.
  12. I am not a scientist but my understanding is as follows - although I don't understand the process! (Nor have I seen your video clip.) Both B cells and T cells a re formed in the Bone marrow (B are kept there); T cells being stored In Thymus. T cells can get rid of cells already infected (killer T cells) and instruct (helper T cells) to generate B cells. B cells will bind itself to something (in this case CV19) as it is not recognised and neutralise it. The T cell essentially instructs the B cells to clear up any cells still infected which themselves help generate antibodies (which is a protein, which is part of cell construction) used to neutralise pathogens. Cells which have been previously infected remember those pathogens and fight them off the next time they enter the body. (This is essentially how vaccines work— which use a small, harmless amount of protein from a disease to allow the immune system to generate antibodies should that disease enter the body in the future.)
  13. So if we keep Chilwell for at least one more season, perhaps he could be replacement. Should certainly get game time next season. I can't see any of the youngsters getting a game (except as a sub close to end), not so much because it's a must win game but with no competitive match practice for nearly 4 months would be asking too much as everyone else has played games.
  14. This is a good summary of vaccine progression - the Chinese version would appear to be ahead, but I presume any is still months away even if everything goes according to plan. https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2020/jul/15/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker-how-close-are-we-to-a-vaccine Both are testing in Brazil (and S Africa for Oxford vaccine: if successful in these hotspots could be rolled out more widely. But even if successful and rolled out, will there be sufficient take up amongst the population to rid us of CV?
  15. He did well until he was injured in October, only returning to training a week or so before lockdown. Oxford missed his ability.
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