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  1. To be fair, as far as the environment is concerned, Corona Virus is probably the best news it's had in years. It'd be interesting to see just how many tonnes of CO2 have not been emitted as a result of China's 2 months shut down alone.
  2. I doubt there's many 92 hectare brownfield sites in Germany for them to build their mega factory on so there was always going to be a cost ecologically.
  3. HOW DARE YOU?! Havent you been following the BBC's coverage of Womens football? surely you've had enough of it forced down your throat by now to understand that its EASILY as good as mens football.
  4. i cant shake an incredibly bad feeling about this game. 2 weeks off - Check News Stories about players enjoying themselves on holiday - Check Local(ish) team - Check Reasonable expectation of at least a point - check the only thing going for us in my opinion is that Lawro has predicted that we'll lose.....
  5. how would you have liked him to have been treated differently? there's no denying that we were ball bag towards the end of his tenure - football is a business, and a results business at that. you don't perform - then you're on your bike. if we'd sat and rested on sentiment, there's no telling where we'd have ended up.
  6. what a bloody lovely bloke. Genuinely cant think of a better/nicer fella to own a premier league football team in my lifetime.
  7. "Wealthy young man in holiday night out with friends shocker" about as boring a non-story as its possibly to write. Fortunately ALL other footballers in the world sit at home every weekend with their carpet slippers on watching Ant & Dec.
  8. What ya tryin'a say!? We arent "big Things"?! Cheek of it.
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    bloody hell chap, don't apologise! Your experience seems to be (unfortunately) quite common amongst people who do suffer with depression as the NHS (although absolutely amazing in so many ways) does seem to fall short with Mental Health which was definitely what my Wife found when she was suffering. You may have already thought about this, but have you tried contacting any of the mental health charities for some help? My Wife is an ambassador for Rethink which she got in to by going to one of their support groups. I think the closest one to Leicester(sorry - assuming you're local) is Derby. That being said, there are quite a few charities that do some amazing work out there. don't be afraid to reach out to them - you certainly wont get a one size fits all response and most definitely not a "man up". Don't give up on your GP either - keep badgering that fvcking receptionist as there's no way they should be refusing to let you see a Dr when you have depression. They make appointments all day long for hypochondriacs with a cold or a sore elbow, the least they can do is let you talk to a Dr. Depression ABSOLUTELY IS WORTHY OF SEEING A GP FOR. And above all else - keep talking, even if it's to a bunch of strangers on a football forum. We blokes (and i'm the absolute worst for it) bottle far too much up which all too often ends up in us doing something rash. ATB Tommo.
  10. i think we're crying out for a Grealish type player. Don't get me wrong - playing against him - he's an absolute cvnt - Dives at every opportunity, always in the refs ear, etc. but having that on your team is a great asset to have, even if he's deplorable to play against! To quote an old Foxestalk phrase - he's got PASHUN. Whether that is translated to his new club when he inevitably moves on from Villa is another matter i suppose. It must be easy to put everything into a game when you're playing for your boyhood club.
  11. This didn't get the appreciation that it deserved......
  12. i reckon it'll be the greatest peace deal, maybe ever, SO great. the Palestinians aren't going to know what to do with so much peace. they'll have peace coming out of their ears
  13. Tommo220

    Corona Virus

    looking at it from another side, they've managed to build a 1000 bed temporary hospital in 6 days on the outskirts of Wuhan. Thats astonishingly good, whether it's prefab or not! Over here, we'd still be engaging in public consultations and making sure no badgers are going to be upset! On a completely separate note, i read a book a while ago on the Spanish Flu pandemic - "Pandemic 1918". Really interesting read and amazing to think how far we've come from a knowledge point of view in such a relatively small space of time.
  14. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50827313 BBC bigging our Wilfred up this morning. Wilfed Ndidi: Leicester midfielder rising above N'Golo Kante comparisons Wilfred Ndidi has probably got a little tired of hearing N'Golo Kante's name over the past couple of years. After all, since the 22-year-old defensive midfielder joined Leicester in January 2017 he has regularly found himself compared to the Chelsea midfielder, who was an instrumental part of the Foxes' title-winning team in 2015-16. But maybe now is the time for the comparisons to stop. Ndidi is not just filling the void left by Kante, he has developed into one of the best players in his position and is arguably the fulcrum in a Leicester team that is fighting for a top-four finish in the Premier League and at one stage looked like battling with Liverpool for top spot. It is also probably no coincidence that Leicester's title challenge - admittedly unlikely against an imperious Liverpool side - faded when Ndidi suffered an injury in early January. His return is significant for the Foxes, who beat West Ham 4-1 on his comeback last week to end a three-game winless run, and who face Aston Villa in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday with the tie level at 1-1. So how did Ndidi develop into one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe? It all started with a ball made of Sellotape... Makeshift footballs and strict discipline - where it all began There is something simplistic yet regimented about Ndidi's role on the pitch - break up attacks, win back possession and pass. Rinse and repeat. The type of footballer he is can perhaps be traced back to his upbringing. Born in 1996 to a military father, Ndidi grew up in a Lagos barracks. Discipline and education were the priority while football was a passion his father frowned upon. "Any time my dad went to work I would go and play," Ndidi said in an interview with BBC World Service. "I would then get the signal that he was coming and go back to what I was doing, so he didn't know I'd been playing. I got caught several times but was still going. I love football. I just want to play." While many of his Leicester team-mates started their careers in the academies of professional football clubs, Ndidi's football education came on the roads around the military barracks he grew up in. "We would wrap sheets of papers up and using Sellotape make it into a ball," he adds. "There was no money to buy footballs. "We played on the main road, using two tyres as goals. The big guys were using the good pitch, we had nothing to use and just played on the road." It was during these formative years that Ndidi came across a person who he credits as one of the most influential in his career. Coaching the army barracks youth team was former Nigeria international Nduka Ugbade, a tough disciplinarian who pushed the young players to their limits both physically and mentally. "Ugbade is one of the biggest names in African football," Africa-based sports journalist Oluwashina Okeleji tells BBC Sport. "His opinion is respected and if he speaks to you, you listen. There is no limit with him. No excuses. He is a hard trainer but will not stretch you beyond your ability." Still, the tough training was too much for some but, as a skinny teenager who was also smaller than his peers, Ndidi felt such a work ethic would benefit him. 'Take the ball and pass' - keeping it simple pays dividends The discipline he developed from being coached by Ugbade meant he treated every game equally - competitive or friendly - and his big chance to impress the wider world came in a tournament in Nigeria, where international scouts were watching. "There were about 40 teams that came for the tournament," says Ndidi. "I got the ball and made a run, a one-two run into the middle. I gave a simple pass to the striker. No-one had seen him so I just gave it to him between the defenders and he went and scored. That was the only game I played." For Roland Janssen, a Genk scout at the tournament, that one game was enough. Impressed with the teenager's work rate he invited Ndidi for a trial with the Belgian side. "When I came to Belgium the coach was Alex McLeish and he was putting me at right-back and left-back," Ndidi continues. "Then a new coach came in and put me in midfield but it was so strange because the first game I played there I was substituted in the 32nd minute. "After that I went back to basics - take the ball, look around, pass, take the ball, look around, pass." 'Kante is brilliant but there's no-one better than Ndidi' Keeping it simple has undoubtedly worked wonders for Ndidi and statistically he is now one of the best players in his position. Such is his influence that when he missed three games this month for Leicester through injury, the Foxes failed to win any of them. He missed two Premier League matches during that spell on the sidelines yet still tops the table for most tackles made in the top flight. And by some distance. Most tackles in the Premier League (midfielders) Player Tackles Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester) 86 Joao Moutinho (Wolves) 65 James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) 62 Emiliano Buendia (Norwich) 57 Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton) 57 "I think he is the best in the Premier League at tackling and winning the ball back," Ndidi's team-mate James Maddison told BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast. "Kante is a brilliant player but actually winning the ball back and taking the ball off the opposition I don't think there is anyone better than Wilfred. "Sometimes you get a player like that and what he does doesn't get talked about on the back pages, it doesn't maybe get talked about on Match of the Day. "However, us as team-mates know what he does and it lets players like myself and Youri Tielemans do our thing higher up the pitch because we know we have that solidarity behind us." Stopping attacks while studying at university Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi on why he's studying business at University. Ndidi's statistics are all the more impressive when you consider he is combining being the best defensive midfielder in Europe with studying for a degree. Having found himself with plenty of spare time after training, Ndidi last year enrolled onto a business management course at De Montfort University in Leicester. "It is easy to get carried away with the bright lights of the big cities when you move to England, but that's not Ndidi," continues Okeleji. "He is learning how to invest his money properly. Legends of the game have struggled in Africa after their playing careers have come to an end. "Instead of going home and watching films he wanted to do something productive with his time. "He may sometimes play PlayStation with his friends but otherwise it is just about football and studying." 'He wants to be his own man' It takes a lot to frustrate Ndidi, described by those who see him behind the scenes at Leicester as one of the most laid-back players at the club. At Genk, he was nicknamed Teddy Bear because of his calm demeanour and ability to take being the butt of some of the team's jokes in good humour. But comparisons with Kante are one thing he struggles to smile about. "Any time someone mentions it to him it does upset him a bit," adds Okeleji. "There is obviously great respect there but now he wants to be his own man. He feels he has established himself in his own right."
  15. i've just sent it to my wife - two blue ticks on whatsapp and no reply is a good thing right?
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