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St. Maximin

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  1. St. Maximin

    COVID-19

    Well they truly ballsed Christmas up last year but telling people, after the vaccine rollout, to now go 3+ years without seeing their family on Christmas isn’t something I can get on board with. I mean it might be ‘just a day’ but clearly means a lot more than that to some people. We can’t keep living in a world where our social liberties are constantly taken away and our purpose of life is to protect the NHS. People won’t listen anyway. I felt a bit stupid for not seeing my parents last Christmas despite them living in Kent.
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    COVID-19

    A lot of people are just ignorant and don't fully understand the risks. Often they have been listening to the wrong people and are easily influenced by them, perhaps through no fault of their own. My mate is 32 and healthy so probably didn't expect severe symptoms, but went to ICU out of initial fears over the vaccine, rightly or wrongly. Thankfully he was well looked after and recovered and has since been telling everyone to get the vaccine. When you see that happen to someone you know it's hard to really think "nah, I know you regret it now but sorry - too late". I think it's sim
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    Cricket

    The Paine stuff I find a bit odd. He obviously shouldn’t be sending dick pics to another woman when married but seemed consenting from what I’ve seen. Maybe they are so desperate to have role models as skippers or maybe just wanted a reason to get rid. I don’t mind him that much but he has done and said silly things though, all while he’s supposed to be the good guy in charge while they try to reshape their image. None of the teams are saints so maybe they’re trying a bit hard. I personally think they should have just deliberately played up to their reputation. Get Warner in, Wade as
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    COVID-19

    I get that our death stats were and still are concerning, but stats fluctuate I think partly due to herd immunity and what people are saying is right now we don’t seem to be in the most concerning position, whether that’s by careful planning or sheer luck. I see people talk about there being so many ‘needless’ deaths but any death is ‘needless’ surely and if you keep locking down longer and harder, far more people will die from other causes in the short and long-term. Think that’s pretty obvious really but hasn’t stopped ‘anti-lockdown’ as having lots of negative connotations here (a
  5. St. Maximin

    COVID-19

    You know it’s possible to argue with someone who is cynical of lockdowns or praising our government without reminding them how horrible or unscientific they are. Fantail had correctly said there probably isn’t a right or wrong answer here and there will sadly be negative consequences whatever we take. Everything has their own circumstances and it’s perfectly reasonable to have differing concerns, whether they’re about deaths, employment, health etc. Honestly people of all kinds of attitudes towards government policies have been bloody annoying and selfish at some point.
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    COVID-19

    You’re still not getting his point though 👍
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    COVID-19

    Pretty hard to say, at this moment in time, we have been messing up in comparison to a lot of European nations though. I’m ready for this to all go wrong though… but this virus has been so unpredictable we can’t easily forecast what’s going to happen over time.
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    COVID-19

    Yeah I agree on masks where busy, sanitising and pubs reduced to a reasonable level. At the same time people choose to go there at their own risk so I see crowds less concerning there than I would on a train etc. I don’t really agree on WFH - maybe encourage it at least part of the time, but office work is financially beneficial to some employers as well as city centre businesses. Having a better workspace and social life (depending on the person and employer) is also clearly beneficial to well-being. So I feel more if a choice should be encouraged there rather than mandatory work from home.
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    COVID-19

    A lot of people criticising the current policies and obviously I’m all for criticising governments when they get things wrong, but what’s the solution though? If we are concerned about new variants (a legitimate concern), what is the right balance? Bring back mask requirements? Shut the clubs, gigs and stadiums again too? Tell people they can’t ‘mix households’ for several months again? Those were the days… I get that the death rate is still sadly high and we know people feeling the effects badly, while people seem not to care as much. Sadly that’s an inevitable consequence of havi
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    COVID-19

    Sure, the government is gambling here but is that even looking like a bad move? I am more than happy to be corrected as someone of minimal scientific knowledge, but firstly stats seem to be suggesting covid is less of a concern here than other European nations due to the higher immunity, perhaps due to having weaker ‘restrictions’ over a long period. As for the new variant risk, well isn’t that the risk anyone plays for not adopting a zero covid policy? And that would be daft. We’ve heard about this risk for months but the gamble has paid off (so far), whereas surely it’s a bigger
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    COVID-19

    I think the government definitely want it to feel less like there’s a pandemic with their reluctance to make masks mandatory. Whatever the rights or wrongs if that, it definitely improves the mood in public. I still want people to wear masks in busy transport/shops, but otherwise it’s a pretty depressing sight and I sometimes wonder where people get this desire to be an outlier comes from, say if you’re wearing it at a social event, gig etc. I’ve seen people complaining nobody else is wearing a mask at weddings, which I find a bit odd tbh. Time will tell if the government’s policies
  12. Do some people just look taller/smaller for various reasons or are the stats just a bit off? For example I always thought Mitro doesn’t look tall but apparently he’s 6ft2, whereas Sean Longstaff always looks gangly but is 5ft11 apparently? 🤔
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    Ryan Fraser

    Nah he’s had a few assists, but has been largely turd. Good to know that he, Joelinton and Shelvey actually have footballing ability though. Crazy what some proper coaching and fitness can do…
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    COVID-19

    It can’t always be this though. If we kept some level of ‘restrictions’ in place I’m not sure (from my minimal knowledge) how much worse things would have been given what ponsaelius has said mentioned about other countries in Europe. Though say if we’d kept a strict lockdown for much longer and covid deaths were way lower, I’d dread to think of the other economic/health/societal issues we’d be facing. Seeing how much happier everyone is around me combined with seeing an economy thriving makes arguing for more restrictions here harder to justify, but then again I’m biased to my own surroundings
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    Cricket

    This is only bad news for England then
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    Cricket

    Gaztoon’s points make sense to me. No need for needless arguing with him. He’s speaking hypothetically as nobody has been punished yet and he’s clarified that. And for what it’s worth we can’t get too fixated on the nuances of the situation. Whether or not something was banter, whether or not it was from a minority, whatever gammons on Twitter might say etc… racism is racism and shouldn’t be tolerated whichever way it is. I’m glad he’s apologised and for the record I’m not really into this whole ‘cancel culture’ thing. If Vaughan was to offer a sincere apology then he shouldn’t be lo
  17. When Bruce was on TV enjoying the cricket in Dubai I am pretty sure he would have been there regardless of whether he was still manager. It was an international break after all...
  18. St. Maximin

    Cricket

    Always thought the 'I' was a bit optional in BCCI tbh. No surprises here.
  19. He’s definitely not merely a ‘Championship striker’. In fact that’s a pretty flawed description as I’m not sure how many Prem goals you have to score to qualify as PL irrespective of team. There aren’t many top 10 strikers that hit double figures. What I do feel is apparent is he needs to be the main man. He showed in previous Prem seasons he doesn’t have a bad record as the main striker and obviously he’s prolific for country. His bad form for us was when he was second fiddle to Gayle. I’d kind of still want him back but he definitely shouldn’t be ahead of Wilson.
  20. With the takeover, definitely. More due to Ashley going. It's not made me think the Saudi state are all great lads now or that they really wanted my approval.
  21. Good post, thanks for clarifying. When it comes to 'doubt' I would say I doubt the intentions and outcomes of these investments are for a change of reputation on a large scale. The use of Saudi flags in the ground on Twitter, whoppers dressing up in tea towels and the fans defending KSA I find not only embarrassing but distasteful. However, for sportswashing to have major concerns (that I imagine AI and the media have written about), there needs to be a change of reputation on a much bigger scale, perhaps with a notable proportion of the UK's football fanbase fightong the Saudis' c
  22. Wasn’t aimed at anything you said mate but there’s this underlying assumption by people arguing their sportswashing concerns that Arabs are trying to please us with their calculated methods of investing in sport. The article I posted I think is decent, from someone who knows a thing or two about KSA and PIF. By all means they want to engage with the west but it’s a business move as they attempt to diversify and grow their economy. The cynical idea they are trying to draw attention away from human rights abuses I feel lacks evidence and even if they are, then it’s not very effective f
  23. Ok then I’ll enjoy seeing the Saudis become heroes over the next few years and all of a sudden their human rights abuses will be magically forgotten about, as all the journalists writing about them will join our side too. After all, Arabs just want to please us westerners.
  24. I do. If that’s sportswashing then it’s pretty pathetic really. If they want to buy a club to change their reputation and that’s the kind of success they get, then they haven’t achieved much and neither is that a reason for the likes of Amnesty International to start ranting away about the concept. I cynically think just don’t think certain countries are fit to own clubs or host sporting events and need to use some concept to make their concerns seem less controversial. What I’m waiting to see is attention being directed away from human rights abuses, when by and large the opposite s
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