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  1. Fans of every club dream of their club achieving the top honours in football. By winning the PL City have proven that it need not just be a dream. This proposal dashes the hopes of the many to fill the pockets of the few. It should be opposed by all who love the game, crushed and consigned to the dustbin of history. And UEFA should hang their heads in shame.
  2. I was aware of my own existence. No idea how young I was.
  3. Totally understandable. When we experience one bad event after another it wears our resistance down so that eventually even a small setback can feel massive. None of us have an inexhaustible supply of drive and energy so what you're feeling is natural. It takes several positive experiences to overcome a negative one, and the further we're down the more it seems to take. But the negatives can still be beaten and in most cases there are better times ahead that are worth going for. The trick is to recognise that and not become overwhelmed by the setbacks. Hope you're feeling better today.
  4. Crinklyfox


    Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows What are those blue remembered hills What spires, what farms are those? This is the land of lost content I see it shining plain The happy highways where I went And cannot come again A E Housman
  5. I'm no legal expert but I'm betting that we have at least one or two on here so can anyone advise regarding the following: Hamza signed his first professional contract with City in 2015. Signing a contract, the details of which are not known by myself, would normally bind a person to the requirements of the employer, which are likely to reflect the requirements of the governing body (FA). Before that time it is not reasonable to expect that the employed person is required to abide with those contractual requirements, and I believe that the tweets date back to 2013 and 2014. It may be that Hamza legally has no case to answer. In which case City should tell the FA to go away (I'm being polite here).
  6. Loved Rodgers 'I've found a gem' look when Hamza came off.
  7. One way traffic. Can't remember when we've looked so dominant.
  8. Written as a protest song and a top ten hit in 1965, unfortunately still relevant.
  9. In my opinion we will not be successful in addressing climate change unless we address the all the causes of climate change as an essential part of the solution. This planet has an ever-increasing population which places its demands upon all resources, including food and energy. Our solutions to those demands are contributors to climate change. If we want a sustainable planet without the imminent threat of irreversible climate change I believe that we must drastically reduce the world's population, not by war or euthanasia but by strictly limiting birth rates. This will require international co-operation not seen to date and will jeopardise economies which are structured to thrive in increasing markets. This will be highly unpalatable but we are living with a gun to our head, and unless we realise this the necessary action is unlikely to be forthcoming. The target is a much smaller population which uses the planets resources in a sustainable manner.
  10. Depression is an illness. When I was diagnosed I was in a similar situation to you - married, stable home life, couple of lovely children. When you become depressed there are physiological changes. These can make you feel down or just prevent you from experience happiness as you should. This situation has to be sorted before you can recover so seeing your GP and getting necessary medication to restore your body to its norm is an essential first step. And don't beat yourself up because you feel the way you do - we can all get ill. Please let us know how you get on after seeing your GP. There are many ways to try to overcome depression and a load of people on this thread who will try to help.
  11. The 'If I disappeared who would be bothered?' is an example of biased thinking. Your parents (and I speak as one who has his own children) would probably spend the rest of their lives racked with guilt thinking that they had failed you if you disappeared. You're at college so you're intelligent. Try to work out the odds of you actually existing. There are millions of people in this world, any combination of man and woman other than your parents wouldn't have resulted in you. So you've beaten odds that make winning the National Lottery look like a piece of cake. And if you won the lottery would you throw it away? No, you'd enjoy your winnings. Maybe not today but there are lots of days to come and you have youth on your side. Hang on in there.
  12. No waffle that I can see. I'm an old codger now so ignore me if you wish but I was young once and went to college. Those who haven't been to college mostly don't realise how hard it can be and the stresses that it can bring. I was lucky enough to have some good friends, we helped each other through the difficult times. Reading your post I can't help thinking if your mates are really your mates because it doesn't look like they're providing that support to you. You may need to branch out a bit but that means effort on your part which is difficult if you're feeling low, however the rewards are worth it. I'm guessing that you will have some interests, things you like to do, and colleges are usually fairly decent at having groups that support interests - if not there's the wider local community. You'll be approaching exam time this term so there may not be a lot of free time this academic year, but you could resolve to use your free time after exams to look around and see what's available. Finally the dark thoughts. You're not alone in getting them, there's an evil little voice that loves to tell you that you're inferior to everyone else, that you're no good at anything, that people don't like you, etc., etc. I know that voice and it thrives when you're alone and unsupported and goes up in volume every time something you don't like, such as not being invited to a party, happens to you. I attacked it from within. I found Cognitive Behavioural Therapy of use, I didn't have any counselling but picked up a book after I was diagnosed as suffering from depression and read about it. It's basically a way of putting your thoughts into the right perspective, not the biased view that the evil voice gives you. Anyway it worked for me and even though I've never got rid of the voice now I can put it in its place. It can't hurt to give it a try.
  13. Going through the motions. BR had better get into them at half time.
  14. We all have the potential to influence by our words and our actions; similarly, the words and actions of others can influence us. When it comes to our nearest and dearest (including those whom we may want to become our nearest and dearest) the stakes are raised. What we say and do and what they say and do has more effect on our lives, hence we can feel a heightened sense of anxiety when broaching 'difficult' matters with those people. This is a natural reaction and not one that is associated with any mental condition in my view. For example, if a total stranger calls me an idiot I can laugh it off - I have built up no respect for them and they mean nothing to me. However if this comes from one of my children it's like a stake to the heart - I love them and would do anything to preserve their well being. And the reverse applies, it's easier for me to give insult to a stranger than those I love. I'm sure that the worry you feel is concerning you but so far as I can tell it's a natural reaction to caring for someone. And your desire to support those whom you care for does you credit.
  15. In my working life I was one of two UK representatives on a European Technical Commission which met in Brussels quarterly and developed technical advisory papers and standards for the EU. I worked with Engineers of similar background from other EU countries. Most of them were on the commission for the same reason as I, to protect and represent their national interests; however there was also a common goal. I got on pretty well with my counterparts from the other member countries and felt that we were working for the common good. I wanted the UK to retain its influence within Europe. I didn't like a lot of things about the EU but it's not something that can be ignored. Altogether I felt that it would be better for the UK to remain in the EU than leave. Following the referendum we should now be committed to leave. Leaving under the deal offered will help the UK retain some of it's trade benefits but our influence is gone. We will be faced with having to obey EU laws and regulations that we have no influence in shaping. Even if we had a second referendum and voted to remain our credibility as Europeans is shot. I recall the great Ayrton Senna. He would go up against other drivers and create situations where one of them had to pull out or a crash would result. Once the other driver had given way he was in Ayrton Senna's pocket for good. That's how I feel about the deal May has agreed with the EU at the cost of a couple of Brexit Secretaries and a few Ministers. If we accept this deal this will be welcomed by business but have a negative effect on the constituent nations of the UK. I can think of few countries that would risk their sovereignty for a trade deal. So having wanted us to remain I now feel that we should leave as the advantages of remaining are severely reduced. I also feel that it would be in our long term national best interest not to accept the May deal. This would mean leaving without a deal (which will cause the EU and particularly the Irish Republic some problems) and which will most likely cause the UK financial problems which it may take five to ten years to overcome; however this is preferable to the damage to our sovereignty the May deal would cause.
  16. Impressed by the attitude. This would have been an easy one to play at 50% - they gave 100%.
  17. And now Sam Curran's making the headlines. Four wickets including a hat-trick in 2.2 overs in the biggest T20 collapse I've ever seen (last seven wickets for eight runs). I'd wish him more success if he wasn't playing for the same team as Ashwin.
  18. Derek Hines. Arthur Rowley's strike partner and apparently the 4th highest scorer in LCFC history.
  19. No unless he wants to go. Tielemans is brilliant and I want him in our club. But many of us demand loyalty from our players and give them hell when they don't display it (Mahrez). So unless we're fully embracing double standards we shouldn't be selling a decent player who wants to stay.
  20. Bairstow and Warner in the IPL, what a show!
  21. Heskey! Are they joking? Seemed like a gentle giant to me and I can't remember him as a dirty player unlike W**e.
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