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Post #555321  Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2022 9:45 pm 
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Rog, your presence on here, your class, your understated humour, your dignified responses. I’ll bet Meg loved you every bit as much as you loved her. I’m so so sorry for your loss. It isn’t fair. I pray you have every bit of strength you need for the next few days weeks and months and that you can draw family around you like a blanket. My thoughts are very much with you in this tragic loss. As others have said, and from your own words she seems like a beautiful woman inside and out.


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Rog, your presence on here, your class, your understated humour, your dignified responses. I’ll bet Meg loved you every bit as much as you loved her. I’m so so sorry for your loss. It isn’t fair. I pray you have every bit of strength you need for the next few days weeks and months and that you can draw family around you like a blanket. My thoughts are very much with you in this tragic loss. As others have said, and from your own words she seems like a beautiful woman inside and out.

Showing your own class there Ash Nicely put


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Rog, your presence on here, your class, your understated humour, your dignified responses. I’ll bet Meg loved you every bit as much as you loved her. I’m so so sorry for your loss. It isn’t fair. I pray you have every bit of strength you need for the next few days weeks and months and that you can draw family around you like a blanket. My thoughts are very much with you in this tragic loss. As others have said, and from your own words she seems like a beautiful woman inside and out.


Thanks for the kind words everyone.

I don't really have any family here aside from a brother I've not seen in 35+years. He's 2 continents away. It's just me now but I have a lot of very good friends who are helping a great deal.
I created a collage last night which I'll have at the funeral.
It's difficult sorting thru the pictures, videos and music etc. I never had an event like this on my radar at all. It's very tough.

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It's obvious but to see it, is cool. The season isn't over. We look good now and some are acting like its a foregone conclusion its a title race and everyone else. I'm not thinking anything substantive until April. For now, I'd like as much distance between us and Chelsea, Man Utd, Tottenham and yes, now, Newcastle so that hopefully a double digit lead going into to January or by the end of January acts as a buffer for slip ups.


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No idea how good the USA squad is but I'd say Henry's prediction has any chance it needs to be 0-0 after 60 minutes or if America some how nicks a goal against the run of play because it will be mostly a defensive game for America.

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I'm going to disagree on Van Bronckhurst in the worst XI

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Post #555328  Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 10:18 am 
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Tweedledum and tweedledumber at it again. They can't argue their stance on lockdowns and still blame others for their stupidity.

When even Andrew Neil, who was a very staunch Brexiteer, says the games up, then the games up.

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Yes absolutely. We are 2 years away from the brexit loons saying it’s a mistake and denying they ever voted for it I reckon.

The biggest irony about the whole thing is that it seems to have made post brexit immigration and asylum issues way worse. In the town nearest where I live which is over 100 miles from Dover 3 of the largest hotels have been essentially taken over entirely by the home office to house asylum seekers for over a year now and there’s rumours of a fourth happening too. I mean one was a Hilton hotel. I have nothing againest people escaping difficult situations and immigration neither makes my life better or worse so I’m not againest it but it seems an unscalable problem that can’t be fixed and the one shining beacon the xenophobic brexit lot seemed to cling to is actually far worse than better.


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...The biggest irony about the whole thing is that it seems to have made post brexit immigration and asylum issues way worse...
But how exactly has Brexit increased asylum seeker numbers? According to the House of Commons Library Report of March this year, in 2021, 48540 people applied for asylum, the largest number since 2003. Of those 43% were nationals of Middle Eastern countries, 28% were nationals of African countries, 18% were nationals of Asian countries, and just 12% were from Europe. After years of falling levels of applications asylum seeking is on the rise, but surely that is more to do with wars and the harsh political and repressive conditions people live under in non-European countries?

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Post #555330  Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 11:31 am 
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...The biggest irony about the whole thing is that it seems to have made post brexit immigration and asylum issues way worse...
But how exactly has Brexit increased asylum seeker numbers? According to the House of Commons Library Report of March this year, in 2021, 48540 people applied for asylum, the largest number since 2003. Of those 43% were nationals of Middle Eastern countries, 28% were nationals of African countries, 18% were nationals of Asian countries, and just 12% were from Europe. After years of falling levels of applications asylum seeking is on the rise, but surely that is more to do with wars and the harsh political and repressive conditions people live under in non-European countries?

The promise of frictionless trade which was a total lie putting vastly increased pressure on home office resources like errrr border control.

The end of the Dublin agreement which meant the principle that only one Member State was responsible for examining an asylum application. This stopped asylum seekers from being sent from one country to another ie France to the UK.

And more and more and more.


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Post #555331  Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:47 pm 
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Not the slightest bit excited about the World Cup starting today


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Looks like Qatar have invested in the VAR too. It’s their 12th man. Very dubious cancelling out of a goal against them in the 2nd minute.

Dodgy keeper, dodgy VAR.

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Looks like Qatar have invested in the VAR too. It’s their 12th man. Very dubious cancelling out of a goal against them in the 2nd minute.

Dodgy keeper, dodgy VAR.

I didn't see anything wrong with the goal. Will be interesting to look at the replay at half time.
Qatar 1 down now though, Ecuador are all over them.


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Post #555334  Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 4:32 pm 
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Ref very quick to get the yellow card out.


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Looks like Qatar have invested in the VAR too. It’s their 12th man. Very dubious cancelling out of a goal against them in the 2nd minute.

Dodgy keeper, dodgy VAR.

I didn't see anything wrong with the goal. Will be interesting to look at the replay at half time.
Qatar 1 down now though, Ecuador are all over them.

The half time re-showing demonstrates what a ludicrous decision it was via VAR.

Nobody (at the time the ball was played) was anywhere close to being offside. But they got round that by not showing it to anybody.

Strangely the second goal was a far more valid candidate for being disallowed if one were that way inclined.

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long time gooner wrote:
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I didn't see anything wrong with the goal. Will be interesting to look at the replay at half time.
Qatar 1 down now though, Ecuador are all over them.

The half time re-showing demonstrates what a ludicrous decision it was via VAR.

Nobody (at the time the ball was played) was anywhere close to being offside. But they got round that by not showing it to anybody.

Strangely the second goal was a far more valid candidate for being disallowed if one were that way inclined.

Thankfully it doesn't look like it will affect the result, hopefully at least. Rooting for Ecuador to get a third and put the game to bed.


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bromley gooner wrote:
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The half time re-showing demonstrates what a ludicrous decision it was via VAR.

Nobody (at the time the ball was played) was anywhere close to being offside. But they got round that by not showing it to anybody.

Strangely the second goal was a far more valid candidate for being disallowed if one were that way inclined.

Thankfully it doesn't look like it will affect the result, hopefully at least. Rooting for Ecuador to get a third and put the game to bed.

La Marca are running an article on their website that asks “Are Qatar the worst quality hosts ever?”. Savage but close to the truth.

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Superb match play by Mark Allen - well done sir.

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Thanks everyone for the kind words. I don't normally post a lot of personal stuff but Judith suggested I do as the initial diagnosis was a possible kidney cancer which is what Steve Gleiber had. I am mostly upset that we didn't even get a chance to proceed further with anything to do with her potential cancer and instead just watch her not eat for so long.

She was in the outpatient section of the hospital. No one in there had any heart monitors or life support stuff on them as all the patients were meant to go home. We were very suspicious when they moved her into her own room 2 days before she passed but were assured that it was normal and there was nothing to worry about.

I've had to do many things that I had never even thought of the past few weeks. Arrange a funeral, wake, grave site, church, burial, her clothes to wear, death certificate info, relatives, emails, phone calls. We had no children so I am here on my own now. Also creating funeral videos, booklets, a picture to place on the coffin and some personal effects.

It's very tough. Her parents both lived over 25 years longer than she so I thought we'd have another quarter century together.

We had just bought a place after looking after her parents for 7 years until they passed away in 2013 and 2017. We rented a place for a year while I fixed their old place then we moved here. I fixed this place up for her with a new deck, full smart home stuff, cabinets and security etc etc. I did all the rooms. Everything was mostly done - then covid hit. But we just isolated as the place was very comfortable for us and we got on brilliantly. We were barely ever out of each others sight for over 3 decades.


Sorry to hear that Rog. I can only hope that shared time with family and friends provides a tiny bit of solace.


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long time gooner wrote:
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I didn't see anything wrong with the goal. Will be interesting to look at the replay at half time.
Qatar 1 down now though, Ecuador are all over them.

The half time re-showing demonstrates what a ludicrous decision it was via VAR.

Nobody (at the time the ball was played) was anywhere close to being offside. But they got round that by not showing it to anybody.

Strangely the second goal was a far more valid candidate for being disallowed if one were that way inclined.


Even better was the cartoon characters that were used to 'model' the offside. But it seems that because the goalie is miles of his line does that mean the other defender doesn't count?


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The half time re-showing demonstrates what a ludicrous decision it was via VAR.

Nobody (at the time the ball was played) was anywhere close to being offside. But they got round that by not showing it to anybody.

Strangely the second goal was a far more valid candidate for being disallowed if one were that way inclined.


Even better was the cartoon characters that were used to 'model' the offside. But it seems that because the goalie is miles of his line does that mean the other defender doesn't count?


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The goalie being miles off his line would affect it in that there would have to be two other defenders goal side/level.

But the timing of the cartoon is suspect. There was no connect to anything else. When the ball was played forward everyone appeared to be well onside.

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long time gooner wrote:
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Even better was the cartoon characters that were used to 'model' the offside. But it seems that because the goalie is miles of his line does that mean the other defender doesn't count?


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The goalie being miles off his line would affect it in that there would have to be two other defenders goal side/level.

But the timing of the cartoon is suspect. There was no connect to anything else. When the ball was played forward everyone appeared to be well onside.

There was a very strong sense of brushing over the incident quickly to preserve the Kumbaya vibe. Very poor look.

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Ash wrote:
Rog, your presence on here, your class, your understated humour, your dignified responses. I’ll bet Meg loved you every bit as much as you loved her. I’m so so sorry for your loss. It isn’t fair. I pray you have every bit of strength you need for the next few days weeks and months and that you can draw family around you like a blanket. My thoughts are very much with you in this tragic loss. As others have said, and from your own words she seems like a beautiful woman inside and out.

Very well put, Ash.

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The England armband thing is hysterical

So English and a classic piece of stupidity from the FA. Announce in advance you are going to do it and send fifa a letter telling them, fifa then threatens to book the captain and the FA then withdraw the idea. We’ve made our point etc

Great protest lads :14laughter:


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Saka starts for England. I really hope he has a good tournament and ultimately that means goals and assists because for some reason he seems to be an easy target for many in this country - partly because he keeps out other flair players (you can't play them all and he absolutely deserves to play ahead of all of them) - but people in this country wont look at the all round good play, they will simply judge players by goals and assists. Saka is an easy player to bring off for the likes of Grealish or Foden as well.

For my money the likes of Maguire, Sterling and Mount are very lucky to be starting and are only doing so on the basis of loyalty from Southgate because their form has been nothing to write home about at all


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The England armband thing is hysterical

So English and a classic piece of stupidity from the FA. Announce in advance you are going to do it and send fifa a letter telling them, fifa then threatens to book the captain and the FA then withdraw the idea. We’ve made our point etc

Great protest lads :14laughter:

Although he is now allowed to wear an armband that says ‘No discrimination’. Much the same really, as in equally ineffective.

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Saka is bright early
But part of me wishes he was at home wrapped up in cotton wool!


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Saka is bright early
But part of me wishes he was at home wrapped up in cotton wool!

And he’s just got even brighter.

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Saka scores a brilliant goal !!!!!!!!
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I love that kid.

Such a great example of a sportsman


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Yea get in there you beauty


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Alright Gareth sub Bukayo off!

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Has to be said Bellingham is some player. Touch, skill and composure


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Saka scores a brilliant goal !!!!!!!!
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I have a spurs supporting mate who every time Eng play just texts our group chat saying Saka has been poor etc - he literally did it within 15 minutes of this game starting......


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Has to be said Bellingham is some player. Touch, skill and composure

He really is TG I think he would really thrive under MA and with our set up…..not sure he’d get in the team though!!!


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Rich wrote:
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I have a spurs supporting mate who every time Eng play just texts our group chat saying Saka has been poor etc - he literally did it within 15 minutes of this game starting......

He’s been great that said I don’t think Trippier is on the same wavelength as him and has made some indecisive passes.


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Iran putting in a few naughty late tackles - interesting to hear the partisan English pundits say the ref has a duty of responsibility to protect the england players......it is funny because you never hear this when they commentate on a prem game between a good team and a clogger team


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Saka is on cloud 9


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Saka for the Golden Boot. :58big-emoticons:

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