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  1. This game is winnable if United come out playing confident, attacking football from the start instead of putting in the sort of Jekyll and Hyde performance we've seen lately, where they're overly cautious in the first half then come out like lions in the second. I'd like to see us reverting to the old formation with Freeman in the Duffy role and Mousset coming on as our secret weapon for the last 20 minutes.
  2. A few months ago I was on a 52 bus going through Handsworth when it passed a couple of schoolboys. One threw a stone which broke one of the windows so the bus had to stop at the next bus stop whilst the driver radioed for advice. The 2 schoolboys walked past the bus laughing so I pointed out the one who'd thrown the stone. "Nothing I can do," he shrugged before asking us all to get off and wait for the next bus. They're untouchable.
  3. There's an excellent tribute band called Ultimate Eagles playing at Sheffield City Hall on Sept. 27th, ticket prices: £31.36.
  4. I remember seeing the comedy Roast of Joan Rivers a few years ago on which a female comedian said: "Joan Rivers' vagina is so old it has a separate entrance for black guys." Some people may find that offensive whilst some may find it a witty reference to the days of apartheid.
  5. Abolishing VAT would be a good thing as it is a regressive tax; everybody pays the same regardless of income so the less you earn, the bigger % of your income it takes away. Income tax is the fairest form of taxation as it is progressive; the more you earn, the more you pay. They should replace the money lost from VAT by increasing income tax whilst raising the threshold. I'd also like to see an end to the con trick of separating income tax and National Insurance which is income tax by another name, so the basic rate is actually more like 27% not 20%.
  6. All we've learned from an election in which less than 38% of the voters could be bothered to vote, is that as a nation, we're politically apathetic. This was a golden opportunity for those who voted to leave the EU to express their anger at how they've been betrayed by our politicians but the majority just couldn't be bothered. Perhaps someone should start an Apathy Party which would be allocated all the votes of people who didn't bother to vote. They wouldn't have any policies and none of their MPs would bother to vote on anything. If that happened, they'd win by a landslide.
  7. It's hard to understand how a country that has produced so many classic pop songs over the last 60 years comes up with such mediocre, nondescript songs when Eurovision comes around. Reform Herman's Hermits or get the Rolling Stones to write and perform one last classic song like 'Star Star' next year.
  8. It beggars belief that a BBC presenter would tweet something like this with the intention of it being racist. It's more likely that he was having a cheeky dig at the royal family to emphasize his working class credentials and it never occurred to him that some people would connect a picture of a monkey with black people. He'd probably had a few drinks and forgot that we're living in an age of pc zealotry, with large numbers of self-righteous individuals looking for any excuse to take offence at anything they see as being a slur on any minority group. Monkeys have been a source of humour for decades because they look like funny little furry people, e.g. the PG Tips adverts in the 70s and films like 'Dunston Checks In'. During the war, it was illegal in Germany for monkeys to make the Nazi salute, presumably because some people had been training them to do so as a rebuke to the Nazi Party. He should have been given a warning and told to apologize live on air but this is what tends to happen when people with a moderate sense of humour feel the desperate need to be seen as comedians.
  9. In that case, we can tell the Head of the Environment Agency that he doesn't know what he's talking about. https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/england-run-out-of-water-25-years-scotland-is-the-answer/
  10. There are simple things which everybody could do which would make a lot of difference. I recently read a magazine article which said that human urine is one of the best plant nutrients, so I now have a 1 litre glass jar in the bathroom which I pee into instead of wasting gallons of water flushing away a few millilitres of waste every day. When it's full, I pour the contents into a watering can and fill it with water to water the plants. It not only cuts the amount of water I'm taking from the reservoirs but will also cut my water bills. If everybody in the country did this, it would save huge amounts of water and postpone the day when our reservoirs finally run dry.
  11. I can understand the anxiety of the protestors, who face a bleak future but they're wasting their time by calling for global action on climate change because it isn't going to happen. They won't stop the population of Africa from doubling every 25 years, the loggers from destroying the rain forests or developing nations prioritizing economic growth over the environment. They need to focus on their future lives in this country and realize that the biggest threat stems from the population size which was 45 million after the war and has now risen to 67 million due to decades of unsustainable immigration. The Head of the Environment Agency recently predicted that our reservoirs will run dry in 25 years, due to a combination of climate change and population size but as things seem to be happening quicker than the experts forecast, it'll probably happen a lot sooner, especially if hundreds of thousands of extra people continue to come here every year. These young protestors need to cure themselves of the political correctness that prevents them from facing up to the harsh reality of the long term consequences of large scale immigration and start protesting outside parliament, demanding an immediate end to it, because every extra person coming here brings the day when those reservoirs run dry a little closer.
  12. Losing 3 key players seems like a huge blow, but there could be a silver lining to this particular cloud as it means Wilder will have to freshen up the team which has looked stale in the last few games. Cranie and Stearman are the obvious replacements for Basham and Egan but it's the midfield which has been poor lately. McGoldrick should replace Fleck and I'd even consider replacing Norwood with Lundstram, who isn't as talented, but would bring some physicality into that area. Madine and Hogan with Duffy behind should get the job done.
  13. Watching the game was a strange and ultimately depressing experience, which left me with the feeling that we won't get automatic promotion and even if we went up via the playoffs, this squad is nowhere near good enough for the Premiership. The squad seemed to be suffering from a collective multiple personality syndrome; they played cautious, measured football in the first half, looked like Liverpool at the start of the second half then went into their shells after scoring the goal. They've been over-achieving all season and the effort seems to have drained their batteries. McGoldrick needs to play in midfield in place of Duffy or Fleck, who look like shadows of their former selves and Norwood isn't playing as well as he did when he first joined us. Chris Wilder needs to get the financial backing he needs to move us on instead of extending the contracts of players in their thirties, no matter how well they're playing at the time because we need a couple of young, athletic players in midfield. It's been a great season but it seems to be fizzling out just when we need to be finishing with a bang.
  14. I listened to the radio commentary and it sounded like a dull, uninspiring game between two uninspiring teams, with United only turning it on in the last few minutes. John Fleck's getting a lot of criticism for his performance but I don't think he's been very impressive all season. I'd rest him for the next game and play McGoldrick in his place with a front two of Sharp and Madine.
  15. The issue of foreign workers being net contributors or net takers is quite complex and depends on which figures you read. It seems that when they first arrive, they contribute more in taxes than they take in benefits but over time, that trend reverses and they start taking out more than they pay in. Another factor which you rarely hear about is the amount of money they send back to their own countries, bleeding the British economy of its lifeblood. I know this is from the Daily Express which will have some forum users claiming it's made up, but here it is anyway. https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/585860/Foreign-aid-British-Migrants-11bn-other-countries-year The figures about net contributions also ignore other costs such as translators, keeping foreign prisoners in UK jails, the burden on schools, housing etc. and many more.
  16. I've just had the same message on voicemail which is a little ironic as I'm just about to claim a tax rebate.
  17. I think television is greatly responsible for the decline in standards; at one time, swearing was banned from tv programmes and that helped set standards of public decency so you didn't hear it all the time. When they started showing films which included swearing, it was like knocking a hole in the wall of a dam and suddenly you started hearing it on chat shows, tv dramas and from stand up comedians. This gave swearing the green light by normalizing it and you started hearing it more and more. TV has a subtle impact on people's attitudes and maybe if it was banned again we might hear less of it on the streets.
  18. I've listened to a lot of debates on Radio 5 over the last few weeks; the Brexiteers claim that leaving with no deal won't present any major problems and we'll have a smooth transition whilst the remainers always predict it will be a catastrophe, leading to some kind of Armageddon for this country. There have also been impartial political analysts giving a more objective view who say the truth is somewhere in-between and both sides have been exaggerating. They say there would be problems and difficulties if we left without a deal but they wouldn't be nearly as bad as the remainers are claiming. If leaving the EU is going to be so disastrous, I wonder why we were given the referendum in the first place and how did we get into a situation where we're so reliant on being trapped inside this protection racket where we have to pay £9 billion a year to trade with a trading bloc with which we have an annual deficit of £62 billion a year?
  19. One of the main arguments put forward by the remainers for overturning the referendum result is that it wasn't voted for by a clear majority of the adult population, yet they now claim that a march by 1 million people should influence government policy. Since when did 1 million represent a clear majority of the adult population?
  20. Is anybody else concerned at the policy of only being able to buy tickets through a ticketing agency called Seat Geek at Bramall Lane? I have a deep mistrust of buying through these agencies because I read so many stories of problems with computer systems, charges, mistakes and difficulties in trying to correct mistakes. I tried to register with them and at first they didn't recognize my password so I changed it and they still didn't recognize it, so I changed it again and they finally did recognize it. There's too much reliance on technology these days with organizations assuming everybody is in their twenties and computer savvy. I've read a lot of complaints from people who've experienced difficulties, especially confirmation emails not arriving and being unable to navigate their site. I'd rather turn up to the sales desk to renew my season ticket, even if it means queuing for ages because there's only a couple of desks open.
  21. https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/men-accused-of-sexually-abusing-and-threatening-sheffield-girl-appear-at-court-1-9645750 Here they are demonstrating how much our lives have been enriched.
  22. It's blindingly obvious why this country is spiralling out of control but we're a society in denial. We didn't have all these problems when we were monocultural but the more multicultural we've become, the more divided and violent society has become. It's not just here, it's happening in all countries which have adopted a multicultural identity.
  23. Obviously it doesn't. The point I was making is that the Leave vote was a result of people's general anger over mass immigration over the last few decades and used the referendum to express that anger as we have never had a referendum on immigration and the ensuing multi-cultural society that has been imposed on us.
  24. The match reminded me of last season's fixture on the opening day ; Brentford were the better footballing side but United beat them. They played exhibition football with no end result because of poor finishing and a series of outstanding saves from Henderson who deserved to be voted MOTM. I'm sure that us having an all British team is the secret of our success because of the battling British Bulldog attitude of the players. Brentford only had a couple of players with British sounding names and didn't have the same sense of determination as our players showed, despite being very good footballers. Next Saturday will be a massive challenge but with United, anything is possible.
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