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1  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Tips for Tikay on: April 22, 2019, 10:59:16 AM
Love the idea that Wayne Hennessey takes an interest in World War I history, but binned off the sequel.
2  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Nadal / Woods / Neither ? on: April 16, 2019, 10:32:49 AM
A very rare SI cover with no writing, reserved for very special sporting moments

Expect Nike to use the silhouette of this image widely much like they did with the Air Jordan one years ago
3  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Notre Dame ablaze on: April 16, 2019, 10:31:26 AM
some good photography out of the tragedy
4  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: ***THE OFFICIAL TV SHOW THREAD*** on: April 14, 2019, 11:32:37 AM
ready for tonight
5  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: The UK Politics and EU Referendum thread - merged on: April 14, 2019, 11:31:34 AM
A fantastic graph from you gov

Labour is losing voters to Remain and Don't Know but not to Leave. Does this mean Labour Leave voters are sticky? That Labour's Brexit stance over-caters to Leave voters? Or that Labour's Brexit stance isn't about electability?
6  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: The UK Politics and EU Referendum thread - merged on: April 14, 2019, 11:30:07 AM
the classic Simpsons episode ‘Bart Gets An Elephant’. It is 25 years old, but a parable for our times.

Bart wins a radio station phone-in and is given a binary choice: $10,000 in cash or a full grown African elephant.

Bart chooses the elephant.

The radio people are shocked. No one was supposed to pick the elephant. There is no elephant.

So they try to negotiate (‘We think we know how your mind works, Bart’) and offer other alternatives which are equally stupid, but less costly and destructive.

These include paying the $10,000 dollars to Bart’s school principal, who agrees to pull his trousers down for a whole term, or using the money to surgically transform the principal into ‘some kind of lobster-like creature’.

But Bart refuses all compromise, and just keeps shouting ‘Where’s my elephant?’ His voice is so loud it can be heard over the top of the record played by the station to drown him out.

The people listening to the radio in the old folks’ home are delighted with misplaced nostalgia: ‘Hey, they’re playing the elephant song!’ says one. ‘I love that one – reminds me of elephants’ says another.

Bart’s chant soon gets taken up by the media. “Isn’t that what we’re all asking in our own lives?” says TV anchorman Kent Brockman. “Where’s my elephant?”

Eventually, to keep their jobs, the radio people crumple and get Bart a fully grown African elephant.

Despite Bart’s continued enthusiasm, it is a disaster. It immediately smashes into the side of the Simpsons’ house, causing massive structural damage. It smells ‘worse than anything’. But the biggest problem is the elephant – now named Stampy – is economically unviable.

He costs $1,000 dollars a week to feed and maintain, and efforts to make him pay for himself raise only tiny sums.

“$58 and all of it profit!” declares a delighted Homer, “I’m the smartest businessman in the world!”

“Stampy’s food bill today was $300” replies Marge.

And so the Simpsons are forced to give up the elephant. Homer wants to sell him to an ivory dealer, Mr Blackheart. A former President of the Fox Network, he is the only character in the story who stands to make money. Bart runs away with Stampy, leaving a trail of destruction.

Eventually, Homer agrees to do the morally right thing and gives Stampy to an animal refuge.

So the Simpsons end up with no elephant, just bills for hundreds of thousands of dollars, having alienated their neighbours and trashed the entire neighbourhood

7  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: The UK Politics and EU Referendum thread - merged on: April 14, 2019, 11:26:51 AM
One of the most bizarre elements of the Brexit debate is the way a No Deal Brexit has come to be defined as the only ‘Real Brexit’.

Especially as during the referendum the Brexiteers claimed a No Deal scenario was merely a construct of Project Fear.
8  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: The UK Politics and EU Referendum thread - merged on: April 14, 2019, 11:26:25 AM
If No Deal is unacceptable (can't pass in this commons, might pass in a commons with a tory election outright majority, but would suggest that's unlikely) and the Deal unpalatable (failed to pass three times, Lab and Con struggling to find a compromise plan) then the only other ultimate outcome for Brexit is revocation.

There is no other end.

UK politics between now and Hallowe'en is about how well this stark inescapable fact is addressed.

I doubt it will be quickly but should be more fun and games after the summer hols
9  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Tips for Tikay on: April 13, 2019, 10:12:56 AM
No there isn't.

10  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: The UK Politics and EU Referendum thread - merged on: April 13, 2019, 10:05:54 AM
"Brexit has broken the system – prepare for a European-style realignment of politics"

Goodhart: "a low immigration, high-ish public spending party that throws money at universal credit, builds more social housing & nationalises social care (to save the middle classes having to sell their homes) would be a potentially popular British version of Christian Democracy"

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/04/13/brexit-has-broken-system-prepare-european-style-realignment/

11  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: The UK Politics and EU Referendum thread - merged on: April 13, 2019, 10:02:08 AM
Westminster voting intention (ft. new parties):

LAB: 32% (+1)
CON: 28% (-4)
LDEM: 11% (-1)
BREX: 8% (+3)
UKIP: 6% (-1)
CHUK: 3% (+3)
GRN: 3% (-1)

via @YouGov, 10 - 11 Apr
Chgs. w/ 03 Apr

First Labour lead with YouGov since July 2018.


the tories get decimated in the Euro elections do they not? Brexiteers go to the smaller parties, remainers less likely to be Tory anyway.

In fact not sure Labour do well either. could be some freakish looking results and wins by small/new parties
12  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Tips for Tikay on: April 13, 2019, 09:59:50 AM
no free bets in tikay's account
13  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: They are dropping like flies at the moment on: April 13, 2019, 09:58:54 AM
Liverpool v Spurs

the Anfield tunnel, the two teams line up

Smith lines up opposite Greaves and hands him a list

Greaves "What's this then?"

Smith "Its the menu for the Liverpool Royal Infirmary, you'll need it"

referenced in this article https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/tommy-smith-merseys-man-of-iron-799646.html
14  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Funk for actionman and MC on: April 12, 2019, 06:16:16 PM
There are two updaters working the festival

They are not asked to do "blow by blow" more general overview and of course there is no reader interaction so its more difficult

For a different approach you can see the DTD FB forum, and pockets of PPL social media for a more irreverent approach from someone who used to do updates

The photography is exceptionally good too, from Mickey....

https://www.flickr.com/photos/partypoker/sets/72157706497799071/with/47592990751/
15  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: *****"The Official 2017 Golf Betting and Discussion Thread"***** on: April 12, 2019, 10:38:58 AM
A golf ball skips across the water on the 16th hole at the Masters.  José María Olazábal did what the golf patrons cheered him into doing... try and skip the ball across the water and onto the green during a practice round

and someone snaps this...


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