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  • Birthday 27/08/1953

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  1. I'm a bit confused about the new rules. I texted my sister to say I wouldn't be able to go there on Christmas Eve as planned but she texted back to say I would as I'm part of their family bubble so it won't make any difference. Does a household bubble count as 1 household? I think Johnson's gone over the top here. I know he's under pressure to do something about the rising infections but it seems to be London and the south east where the new version of the virus is spreading. He could impose the draconian restrictions down there whilst reducing the number of days households can meet from 5 to 3 (24th-26th) for the rest of the country. I think there'll be mass civil disobedience over this as many people are already saying they'd rather pay the fine than have their Christmas ruined at such short notice.
  2. The courtroom scene at the end of 'Mr Deeds Goes to Town' starring Gary Cooper always does it for me.
  3. Peter Rabbit-6/10. Having never read the books, I didn't realise Peter Rabbit was so sadistic.
  4. I've found that the birds in my garden prefer fat balls if I crush them with a rolling pin and spread them on a bird table. They don't seem too bothered if I hang them in a feeder. Those small suet pellets are popular too.
  5. They are if you have them with salad and chips.
  6. I may be wrong but when I saw one of the replays, I thought the ball took a slight deflection off the foot of one of our defenders (Kean Bryan I think) which steered it into the corner of the goal. There's been no reference to it so maybe it didn't.
  7. Before the West Brom match I felt it would be a turning point, with either United winning their first game of the season or Wilder deciding to give the team a reboot by abandoning the negative, cautious approach for something more adventurous e.g. playing 4:4:2 or 4:3:3. The first didn't happen so we'll have to wait until Sunday to see if the second does. I want him to stay but if he continues with this system which isn't working, I fear for his future.
  8. Given the state of the economy, I'd prioritize people who work and pay taxes to get things moving again. I know this sounds a bit callous towards the more vulnerable members of society but total economic collapse wouldn't be good for anybody. The sick and elderly could carry on shielding until their turn comes along.
  9. I wonder what the players themselves think about the system they're being asked to play. Obviously, they can't challenge the manager's tactics publicly or privately but they'll have opinions and may be thinking that they aren't being given the chance to prove themselves as an attacking force and be the best they can be. If they have to keep going out and playing this defensive style of football which they don't believe in and keep losing, eventually they'll be thinking, 'what's the point?' when they run out onto the pitch and morale will suffer.
  10. I really hope Chris Wilder has spent the last 2 weeks having a long, hard think about how to reverse the decline and starts playing a more adventurous, attacking style of football instead of telling the players they aren't good enough to go toe to toe with the other teams. I'd like to see him go back to playing a number 10 behind two strikers; McGoldrick would be the obvious choice but he could be bold and play him on the right side of Midfield and try Sharp as the number 10. His attacking instincts would mean he'd go forward and be an extra body in the box. It might be that the squad simply isn't good enough to survive this season however they play but I'd rather see them go down fighting than the tame capitulations we've been seeing lately.
  11. I've just finished listening to all the Rolling Stones' studio albums in chronological order on Youtube, one every morning after breakfast. I was surprised at how good a musician Brian Jones was as I'd always thought of him as a bit of a poser who knew a few basic chords. I still think Mick Taylor was their best guitarist though and wish he'd stayed with them for longer.
  12. I've felt exactly the same about The White Album for years. They over-stretched themselves and it gets worse as it goes on.
  13. I bought an adaptor from amazon a couple of years ago which works. The scart cable plugs in at one end and the HDMI cable at the other.
  14. I've been hearing all the usual excuses for our bad run; bad luck, the lack of crowds affects our players more than other teams' players, poor refereeing decisions, VAR isn't fair to us etc and I'm sure the fans of all the other teams are making the same complaints. The problem I feel is the negative, cautious formation Chris Wilder is sticking with which is no longer working. The Villa result shows what can happen when a manager has confidence in his players and tells them to attack rather than focussing on not conceding. The next game will be an ideal opportunity for Chris Wilder to try 4 at the back with a midfield diamond including McGoldrick playing behind Brewster and Burke as Fulham offer little threat upfront and we should be able to beat them comfortably.
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