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  1. How is Princess Diana a more serious suggestion? She was just an airhead who never achieved anything of particular note. If people liked her celebrity that's their prerogative but to consider her great achiever in British history worthy of being on a bank note is taking the absolute piss.
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    You think WWII is the only war in history which holds water in which the UK going to war in an act of defence for them or their allies? What about when Napolean was rampaging through Europe, the HRE was tearing itself apart and throwing its people out of windows in the 30 years war? or Milosovic was handing out a full-out race genocide in Yugoslavia? The reason the UK joined WWI was not down to a royal family dispute - we originally declined to join the war. We only joined WWI in the end to defend the people of Belgium from an attack from Germany which had nothing to do with the Belgian people. WWI was a needless war, but Britain's entry to it was not and neither was it glorifying war. I have no idea why urban_spaceman's great-granddad took a bullet but I doubt it was to glorify war and I doubt anyone sees remembrance of him and people like him as glorifying war either. No one likes war, but sometimes it absolutely is the lesser evil and that is in a hell of a lot more instances than just WWII - is one of the most unfortunate parts of the world we live in. And to defamate remembering those who died in battle is frankly vile and pretty morally bankrupt.
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    Newcastle 0 - 2 Leicester

    He's certainly been much better than Evans this season so far and can't understand why people want to see Evans in for him. It's nothing to do with him being from Nottingham. Once players have been at a club for a while, some fans get almost bored of them and want to see fresh faces in and so pick up on every mistake they make. Albrighton is starting to get it a lot too now and Schmeichel got it a lot last season - one or two poor performances and all of a sudden they're stale and past-it and need replacing. Whereas newer players still have their novelty factor so get away with a he'll of a lot more. It's always been the way. I remember Graham Cross getting dog's abuse in his latter years despite putting in plenty of good performances, every time he had one bad performance he was past it.
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    Newcastle 0 - 2 Leicester

    Maguire MOTM? Should have given away a blatant penalty and the last ditch tackle was only because he was miles out of position originally and they got in behind him?
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    Newcastle Away Match Thread

    Silva not even on the bench speaks volumes about him.
  6. I thought someone would have jumped in already to be the pedant but i guess i will. 5 is only the mathematical average if 0 is an option. This is 1-10 scale not a 0-10 scale, therefore 5.5 would actually be the average (then you'd have 5 options above average and 5 options below average). So 6 is just As much a sensible option as 5 being average on this scale, though both are flawed (with 5 you have 4 options for above average and 5 below average - with 6 you have 4 options for above average and 5 for below) but hey ho. I agree it should be 6 as average though, that tends to be pretty standard. Edit: unless the new system includes 0s. I can't remember of it does or not.
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    I honestly think the last thing the majority of the UK population want right now is another general election. The last one, the Conservatives were rightly punished for holding a needless, far-too-soon election and if Labour pushed for one now I'm pretty sure they'd be punished as well. No one I know wants a general election any time soon at all, all this constant short-termism and elections every year or two just hamper anyone being able to do anything.
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    Wolves (A) Match Thread

    Is it extra time or straight to pens?
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    Wolves (A) Match Thread

    Ricardo is one of the most lightweight defenders I've ever seen.
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    Wolves (A) Match Thread

    Strong team. I like it. I hope we take this cup seriously.
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    Jonny Evans

    I'm also surprised people are praising him so much. Thought he looked very mediocre and against someone other than the worst attack in the league he could have punished much more. I'm not writing him off yet, but first impressions are he's not the answer to your defensive problems.
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    North Korea

    1984 was largely based on Stalinism as it was written at the time when Stalin was arguably the most powerful man alive and Orwell had written a scathing attack on the Soviet backstabbing in the Spanish civil war in "Homage to Catalonia", in which he fought on the side supposedly backed by the Soviet Union and he was very much a huge proponent of the Soviet Union prior to the Spanish Civil War. But anyway, all the stuff about centralised government propaganda about keeping things in constant confusion, the cult of personality ("Uncle Joe" as he was known), people's lives being wiped from existence, people having show trials, and even the rat based torture was just lifted out straight out of Stalin's reign, which was probably much worse and controlling even than modern day North Korea - let's not forget this is a regime where gas vans used to go out and murder anyone indiscrimenetly if they fell out of line or that his officials themselves were even murdered if their daily "purge list" didn't have enough murdered names on it. Not only was it self-sustaining, many intellectuals at the time even continued to continue it a force for good even when this stuff game out - people like Jean-paul Satre and Pablo Picasso continued to venerate Stalin, decades after he himself had died and everything about his regime had come out. One of the most poigninant things Orwell wrote in Homage to Catalonia and the point about Ingsoc (the English Socialist Party) was though even though Orwell was a Socialist himself, he recognised during the Spanish civil war, he had become too much of an idealogue that he backed Stalin even when it was clear he was a tyrannical, evil dictator, just because he'd become too attached to ideology he would follow anything that fell under that, just as plenty of public intellectuals continued to do. But yeah, don't be so sure this couldn't work on a larger scale if a government had the chance and controlled a larger proportion of the world, that's exactly what Stalin managed in the Warsaw Pact and his puppetjng of Eastern Europe in the post--war, post-Yalta period between 1944-48 when 1984 was being written and what it was largely inspired by and North Korea and the Kim family were a puppet of Stalin and installed by him, so it's no surprise they continue his legacy which everyone else has thankfully abandoned.
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    Gray ??

    Well, when Gray scores 12 goals this season we can say he offers a similar amount then.