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  1. In our class in the early 80s there were the punk / new wave fans and the metal fans. Everyone used to write their favourite group names all over their school bag. I used to write Clash lyrics on mine. In 'Should I stay or should I go?', after Mick Jones' sings a line, Joe Strummer sings the same line in Spanish. So when Mick sings 'this indecision's bugging me', Joe cries 'indecision me molesta!'. I wasn't too keen on my form teacher so what I wrote on my bag was 'Mr. S**** me molesta!'. Well, he of course sees it and asks me what it meant. I can't remember what I said, but I look back now and think how such innocent japes could lead to the poor guy getting a reputation... Now I want to hear the track.
  2. It's very Terry Gilliam. I keep expecting a giant foot to descend on his head.
  3. 'People are engaging in politics. Because of the incandescent chink of light. Because of the super-f***ing- nova of possibilities.Social democracy and economic democracy - where everyone has a chance to ride on Jeremy Corbyn's gleaming beam of light.' Magnificent.
  4. Thanks for spending so much time putting that together. It's truly wonderful. I wish clubs and the companies who put together the commercial versions would realise that this is the kind of in-depth season review that fans want - not just goals only, but key moments from games, news reports etc. There were only two moments from the whole season that I wish had been added - the penalty shout in the last seconds at the Emirates, and the moment (in the Middlesbrough home game?) when Shinji almost repeated his overhead kick from last season. There were also several moments in Shakespeare's first few games that I wanted to see - we were on an amazing scoring run at that time, but for some reason the TV highlights were brutally edited so we didn't get to see the build up to the goal. I'm talking about the following: 1) Fuchs goal v Hull - there was a much longer series of passes between Vardy and Fuchs down the left in the build up 2) Mahrez v West Ham - there was a stunning sequece of hassling from our midfield that led to the goal, typifying our 'straight at our throat' attitude at that time 3) Ndidi v Stoke - there was a lovely fast intechange of passes on the right before the ball was played infield to Ndidi 4) Vardy v Sunderland - Albrighton made a fantastic burst past a defener from the halfway line before setting up Vardy As I say, the absence of these moments isn't down to you, it was the crap editing in the original broadcast highlights. I wish we could see those goals in full, as that run of 17 goals in Shakepere's first seven games was our hottest scoring streak in over 50 years - and it should have been recorded for posterity in all its glory, instead of being shoved to the arse end of the highlights so they could show 'extended' coverage of another tedious top six snooze fest.
  5. The key points from the head of the CPS: Following thorough investigations and careful review of the evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, I have decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offences. I have found that there is sufficient evidence to charge former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, who was the Match Commander on the day of the disaster, with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 men, women and children. We will allege that David Duckenfield's failures to discharge his personal responsibility were extraordinarily bad and contributed substantially to the deaths of each of those 96 people who so tragically and unnecessarily lost their lives. The offence clearly sets out the basis of those allegations. We are unable to charge the manslaughter of Anthony Bland, the 96th casualty, as he died almost four years later. The law as it applied then provided that no person could be guilty of homicide where the death occurred more than a year and a day later than the date when the injuries were caused. In order to prosecute this matter, the CPS will need to successfully apply to remove the stay imposed by a senior judge (now retired) at the end of the 1999 private prosecution when David Duckenfield was prosecuted for two counts of manslaughter by gross negligence previously. We will be applying to a High Court Judge to lift the stay and order that the case can proceed on a voluntary bill of indictment. Graham Henry Mackrell, who was Sheffield Wednesday Football Club's company secretary and safety officer at the time, is charged with two offences of contravening a term of condition of a safety certificate contrary to the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 and one offence of failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of other persons who may have been affected by his acts or omissions at work under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. These offences relate to alleged failures to carry out his duties as required. Peter Metcalf, who was the solicitor acting for the South Yorkshire Police during the Taylor Inquiry and the first inquests, is charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice relating to material changes made to witness statements. Mr Metcalf, an experienced solicitor, was instructed by Municipal Mutual Insurance to represent the interests of the force at the Taylor Inquiry and in any civil litigation that might result from the Hillsborough Disaster. He reviewed the accounts provided by the officers and made suggestions for alterations, deletions and amendments which we allege were directly relevant to the Salmon letter issued by the Taylor Inquiry and for which there appears to be no justification. Former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton and former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster are similarly charged for their involvement in the same matter. It is alleged that Donald Denton oversaw the process of amending the statements and in doing so, he did acts that had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice and we will say that Alan Foster was central to the process of changing the statements and took action to do so. Former Chief Constable Norman Bettison is charged with four offences of misconduct in public office relating to telling alleged lies about his involvement in the aftermath of Hillsborough and the culpability of fans. Given his role as a senior police officer, we will ask the jury to find that this was misconduct of such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public's trust in the office holder. The defendants, other than David Duckenfield, will appear at Warrington Magistrates' Court on 9 August 2017. May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings have now commenced and of the defendants' right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. In relation to six other police officers who were referred as suspects in respect of their conduct in planning for the match or on the day, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction. I have concluded that whilst there is evidence of failure to meet the standards of leadership rightly expected of their respective ranks, there were no acts or omissions capable of amounting to gross negligence manslaughter or 'an abuse of the public's trust' to the required criminal standard for an offence of misconduct in public office. I also considered administration of justice offences against some of these officers. However, the evidence did not establish either a tendency to pervert the course of public justice, nor an intention to pervert the course of public justice to the required criminal standard. Neither did the material considered establish sufficient evidence, as required for the purposes of perjury, that statements were made on oath which the author knew to be false or did not believe to be true. I have decided not to prosecute the company which was the legal entity of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club at the time as it only now exists on paper. There are no directors or others listed who form the company and therefore no-one who can give instructions to answer any criminal charge or enter a plea. Even if the company were to be prosecuted and found guilty in these circumstances, there could be no penalty as it does not have any assets with which to pay a fine. For legal reasons, we cannot prosecute the South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service and there is insufficient evidence of a criminal offence against the two most senior employees referred for consideration. There is, however, sufficient evidence of a health and safety breach against one junior ambulance employee, although it is 'non causative' which means that it cannot be directly connected to any particular death. As we cannot prosecute the ambulance service or the more senior employees and the offence carries a maximum penalty of a fine, I have decided that it is not in the public interest to prosecute the junior officer after this significant period of time when the likely outcome would be a nominal penalty. Finally, in relation to Operation Resolve, the Football Association (FA) was also considered in relation to the day's events. Its conduct was assessed against the Safety of Sports Grounds Act and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. While I considered that it was a 'responsible person' for the purposes of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act, there was insufficient evidence to establish that any breach of the safety certificate could be placed within the responsibility of that organisation, and thereby raise a burden on it as a defendant to establish a due diligence. Equally, for the purposes of the Health and Safety at Work Act, the evidence did not establish that, in the conduct of its undertaking, the FA contributed to a material risk to safety. As a result, in each instance, there was not a realistic prospect of a conviction against them. In the particular circumstances, it also followed that there was insufficient evidence against any employee of that organisation under either Act.
  6. What a round. Two highlights: 1) The perpendicular putt 2) 'Be as good as you look'
  7. Best analysis of our predicament yet: THE LAUGHING STOCK OF EUROPE If it weren't so serious, the situation in Great Britain would almost be comical. The country is being governed by a talking robot, nicknamed the Maybot, that somehow managed to visit the burned-out tower block in the west of London without speaking to a single survivor or voluntary helper. Negotiations for the country’s exit from the EU are due to begin on Monday, but no one has even a hint of a plan. The government is dependent on a small party that provides a cozy home for climate change deniers and creationists. Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary. What in the world has happened to this country? Two years ago David Cameron emerged from the parliamentary election as the shining victor. He had secured an absolute majority, and as a result it looked as if the career of this cheerful lightweight was headed for surprisingly dizzy heights. The economy was growing faster than in any other industrialised country in the world. Scottish independence and, with it, the break-up of the United Kingdom had been averted. For the first time since 1992, there was a Conservative majority in the House of Commons. Great Britain saw itself as a universally respected actor on the international stage. This was the starting point. In order to get from this comfortable position to the chaos of the present in the shortest possible time, two things were necessary: first, the Conservative right wingers’ obsessive hatred of the EU, and second, Cameron’s irresponsibility in putting the whole future of the country on the line with his referendum, just to satisfy a few fanatics in his party. It is becoming ever clearer just how extraordinarily bad a decision that was. The fact that Great Britain has become the laughing stock of Europe is directly linked to its vote for Brexit. The ones who will suffer most will be the British people, who were lied to by the Brexit campaign during the referendum and betrayed and treated like idiots by elements of their press. The shamelessness still knows no bounds: the Daily Express has asked in all seriousness whether the inferno in the tower block was due to the cladding having been designed to meet EU standards. It is a simple matter to discover that the answer to this question is No, but by failing to check it, the newspaper has planted the suspicion that the EU might be to blame for this too. As an aside: a country in which parts of the press are so demonstrably uninterested in truth and exploit a disaster like the fire in Grenfell Tower for their own tasteless ends has a very serious problem. Great Britain will end up leaving its most important trading partner and will be left weaker in every respect. It would make economic sense to stay in the single market and the customs union, but that would mean being subject to regulations over which Britain no longer had any say. It would be better to have stayed in the EU in the first place. So the government now needs to develop a plan that is both politically acceptable and brings the fewest possible economic disadvantages. It’s a question of damage limitation, nothing more; yet even now there are still politicians strutting around Westminster smugly trumpeting that it will be the EU that comes off worst if it doesn’t toe the line. The EU is going to be dealing with a government that has no idea what kind of Brexit it wants, led by an unrealistic politician whose days are numbered; and a party in which old trenches are being opened up again: moderate Tories are currently hoping to be able to bring about a softer exit after all, but the hardliners in the party – among them more than a few pigheadedly obstinate ideologues – are already threatening rebellion. An epic battle lies ahead, and it will paralyse the government. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said that he now expects the Brits to finally set out their position clearly, since he cannot negotiate with himself. The irony of this statement is that it would actually be in Britain’s best interests if he did just that. At least that way they’d have one representative on their side who grasps the scale of the task and is actually capable of securing a deal that will be fair to both sides. The Brits do not have a single negotiator of this stature in their ranks. And quite apart from the Brexit terms, both the debate and the referendum have proven to be toxic in ways that are now making themselves felt. After the loss of its empire, the United Kingdom sought a new place in the world. It finally found it, as a strong, awkward and influential part of a larger union: the EU. Now it has given up this place quite needlessly. The consequence, as is now becoming clear, is a veritable identity crisis from which it will take the country a very long time to recover. (translated and shortened from Lachnummer Europas) (From the Guardian BTL)
  8. If rumours coming out of the BBC sports department are to be believed, Steve Cram's days as the corporation's Voice of Athletics may be coming to an end. Talks are continuing, but it appears that his contract will not be renewed. Pressed by journalists for an update on negotiations, Cram remarked, "I'm not going to give a running commentary".
  9. Well, they ballsed that up pretty royally. Maya Yoshida's faffing around in the box let Iraq in for an equaliser, and Japan now face the prospect of a nightmare double play-off if they can't beat Australia or Saudi Arabia in their last two games. Shinji waited in vain for his 110th cap, but he'll still be hoping he gets the chance to join that short list of players who've scored in three successive World Cup tournaments. A play off would likely pit them first against Uzbekistan, and if they get through that, probably Panama in the inter-continental game. Panama!
  10. Japan's WCQ v Iraq has just kicked off. Shinji's on the bench again. He didn't have much chance to shine last week in the Syria friendly, coming on for the last five minutes. This game is being played in Iran in a largely empty stadium, but it's a huge game for Japan. Two teams go through to the finals, and the top of the group looks like this: Japan 16 points Australia 16 points Saudi Arabia 16 points Japan have a game in hand (this game), but they need a result here because they face Australia and Saudi Arabia in their two remaining games. Oh, there we go - Yuya Osako, who is keeping Shinji out of the team, has just put Japan ahead with a back header reminiscent of another Shinji rival - Leicester's number 23.
  11. Great interview.
  12. Japan are playing Syria in a friendly - kick-off in 20 minutes (11.30 am UK time). It's a warm up for the big WCQ next week v Iraq. Shinji's rival for the lone striker position, Yuya Osako, is fit again, so Shinji drops back to the bench despite doing well in the last game v Thailand, in which he scored his 50th goal for Japan.
  13. This is difficult! The season's only just finished but already it feels like it's disappearing into the fog. I imagine a lot of us could reel off 2015/16's 38 games just like that - in the rght order - with goalscoreres. I'd be amazed if anyone could do it for the season just finished. Having said that, here goes: Fans Performance of the Season - Bit hard to judge from the TV, but Sevilla, especially the TIfo Team Performance of the Season - . First half at West Ham Individual Performance of the Season - Huth v Palace (a), Shinji v Palace (h), Albrighton's cameo v Sunderland from the bench Ranieri/Shakespeare Performance of the Season - Shakespeare's first game - back to basics. Absolute Scenes of the Season - Yep, Sevilla again. Understated Hero of the Season - Huth (I give thanks every day that he and Morgan didn't miss any games last season due to injury)
  14. Bloody Abramovich hogging the trophy with his minions carrying the Putin photo.
  15. Our ten PL seasons (of 38 games) in order of points won: Manager: Points: Position: 2015/16 Ranieri 81 1 1999/00 O'Neill 55 8 1997/98 O'Neill 53 10 1998/99 O'Neill 49 10 2000/01 Taylor 48 13 1996/97 O'Neill 47 9 2016/17 Ranieri / Shakespeare 44 12 2014/15 Pearson 43 14 2003/04 Adams 33 18 2001/02 Taylor / Bassett / Adams 28 20 There was also the 42 game Mark McGhee season. 29 points, 21st place.