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  1. Eclipse

    Fabulous perspectives from the ISS.
  2. New! Death on the roads thread 2017

    With all HGVs limited to the same 60mph, the term 'Elephant Racing' has been introduced to the motoring world.
  3. Difficult question, or is it..?

    I liken managers to players in that they have a certain talent and rating for their position, and can improve in a good environment. Given the right ingredients, a manager can bring out the best in a squad/club; he can also bring the lot down too if the chemistry turns poisonous. Take a look at almost any manager with a few years under his belt and you can apply critique to the finest degree. A classic example would be someone like Brian Clough: those great years at Derby and Forest were put into perspective with his short and stormy reign at Leeds. Take Sir Alec at United; his early years were close to disastrous and he avoided the boot by the skin of his teeth. And then look how he performed. What really intrigues me is the thought that managers have a certain style and ability to work at a particular level. Some seem born to be brilliant at the lower clubs with poor finances and difficult circumstances; with a move to a bigger club and different demands, that same manager is sometimes found out and crashes badly. Other managers are clearly a perfect fit for the very top, but struggle when working down the leagues. In other words, there aren't many managers who can crack it at the lesser lights and 'gain promotion' to the glamourous clubs - and still have success. Another thing that I find intriguing is how a player becomes a manager - and has a different rating. So many great players have ended their playing careers and gone into management, only to get a kicking; contrast that with the acclaimed managers - they often had inauspicious playing careers. The two jobs seem worlds apart! Football Management has a very lengthy and complicated description, and I don't fancy trying to write the modules for it. Why, thank you WTFiGO!?! I like to think I add to the debate with some well-timed waffle at times.
  4. Difficult question, or is it..?

    Would you consider the talent of a manager to be one of coaching raw players into top flight players? Or would you consider the ability to do a job given the constraints of the club he is with? In terms of getting the best out of what he has been dealt, there are not many with a more convincing CV than DC. Where LJ rates is another debate.
  5. Ryanair

    Wonder if they will actually introduce a breathalyser test for passengers they think might cause trouble? I dare say the move would create some negative publicity for a bit, but does the profit on booze get wiped out when a plane has to divert because of disturbance?
  6. WTF ? ''worked hard & paid her taxes''

    And God is not some celestial referee - he's not going to help you, so there!
  7. Bristol City Women 2017/18 Fixtures

    Hmm, some points to mention I think: Most games on Saturday are 5:30pm kick-off, except v Sunderland, which is a 'double-header'. The men are playing at the Gate (3:00) and then the women at the SGS (6:00). OK, seems logical when both City teams are home, but the same happens on Jan 13 - men v Norwich, women v Everton but that's a 5:30pm kick-off. Of course, I understand that these are the initial fixtures and liable to change so hopefully there will be some encouragement for us fans to see both in reasonable time. Other than that, seems the rush to the finish takes place in the Spring; two League games per month at the most, but four in April. COYV
  8. Do you look up to everybody ?

    Hmm, are we about to see a rush of products from Isewater Industries? I feel some hard hats/knee pads/legal liability protection policies coming out before too long.
  9. NFL 2017 Season

    The Hall of Fame game was last week and Preseason carries on throughout August. First Regular Season game is on Thursday 7th September (Chiefs at Patriots). I'm going to wait to see if anyone expensive gets a knock-back before the start before making wild predictions...
  10. Your favourite film quotes

  11. Diedhiou

    Looked to link up well with others and didn't go head-down for goal every time - spread play when it was the better option. Good application and seems to want to give the centre halves a rough ride - usually with a well-timed shoulder. If he's left one-on-one and the ball is lofted over the top, he shows a distinct appetite.
  12. Your favourite film quotes

    "They've got muscles, they bash in faces."
  13. Fed up with the crushing heat of British Summers ?

    I had to have cream for my polaroids, but I didn't need to wear the suit.
  14. Your favourite film quotes

    "You see in this world there are two kinds of people, my friend: those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig."
  15. Prem: one man went to mow.

    Whistle Happy - you're spot on! Of course, your desires are not going to be fulfilled while the powers look at the prime reason for the existence of the game - to make money. We know that the value of paying fans is being increasingly disregarded in the lunge for sponsorship and TV deals. We are soon going to be mere background details behind the ads, and eventually superfluous. It is any wonder there are plenty of fans who have turned their backs on the game that has turned its back on them and gone back to local club football. Reality comes in many flavours.