(25 replies, posted in Life)

err, I 'm afraid to say that those that spring to mind are...

The National Anthem

On Ilkley Moor

and rather bizarrely Hava Nagila the Jewish wedding song


(458 replies, posted in Life)

The view from Italy

https://www.facebook.com/DemocraziaVerd … Dc5NzYwMA/


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Mitaman wrote:
albert herbert hawkins wrote:
Mitaman wrote:


Which Abe has already said he'd like to join the TPP

But why wouldn't they want us in? We can't compete with Japan on anything (off the top of my head) and they are seen to offer a friendly gesture to one in trouble. Makes for good international diplomacy. We are also *currently* 5th largest economy in the world.

My main concern AHH is that the city of London which accounts for 22% (Read: 22 f**king percent!) of UK GDP will be absolutely decimated as it moves across into Europe. The removal firms are already in operation at some of the large US banks as we speak. You could argue that we will replace this with more 'healthy and diverse' industries such as AI, High-tech and manufacturing etc (which would be great), but how long would that take? The toll could be very bad before anything positive came through, could take 10 -15 years++.

All very worrying if you ask me.

If it's just about money then let's see what deal we can get from the US to become the 51st state.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

To use the EU's own language. "ever closer integration"


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https://scontent.fhkg4-2.fna.fbcdn.net/ … e=5CAB6D83


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king of the slums wrote:

Still find it really funny that May's winning what is in effect a willy measuring contest within the tories.

The free Tommy lot don't know which way to turn and are getting nervous about Brexit ever being Brexit.

Hopefully we can fuck the whole thing off and throw that lot a bone, maybe a referendum on corporal punishment, or pedos to be placed in stocks outside of every JD Wetherspoon?

And again all brexiteers are thick racists.

I'm for leaving and at this point I'd take no deal in a blink. I have been out since Maastricht purely and simply for democratic reasons as opposed to immigration or trade or finance. A Free trade block decided unilaterally to move towards pan european hegemony with no recourse to any electorate anywhere and with good reason as nobody would have voted for it. The EU could have gone a long way to fixing this by giving the parliament at least sovereign power within it's own structure. I did not and shows not sign of doing so. Ultimately the thing is still run by the commision who no fucker anywhere voted for.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

Mitaman wrote:


Brexit is the last pathetic hurrah of a post-imperialist, myth-blinded nation that, far from regaining its pride and integrity, will likely become a steadily declining backwater.

Which Abe has already said he'd like to join the TPP


(30 replies, posted in Match Reports)

Definitely harder to do the  daily thing, but match reports are not daily and pegged to a match. His are better than the pros in my opinion though that is coloured by my preference for his style.


(3,006 replies, posted in Life)

A shame, though 63 as a rock star is 103 in normal years.


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Cutsyke wrote:

My old English teacher would describe that as too flowery.

Another inspirer of young minds.  Mine never gave me better than a C during the O level essay writing. Twelve essays, twelve Cs. I have wondered whether he knows I've written professionally.

Anyhow, I like Mr Chapman's work. Rare quality in and amongst the click bate and the very average stuff in the YP and YEP.


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In 2018-19 articles, Free, Leeds United, Leeds United Match Reports 2018/19 by Moscowhite • Daniel ChapmanDecember 2, 2018

Part of the magic of Leeds United this season is how they move gracefully forward through the chaos, even when Leeds United are the chaos themselves.

Think of all the stresses and strains of only the last few weeks. A humbling defeat at promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion. Bailey Peacock-Farrell in a flap, Jamal Blackman in a hospital. Pontus Jansson injured, like Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi. Ezgjan Alioski out of form, Samu Saiz out of the team. Young players Will Huffer, Aapo Halme, Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton being relied on to get us through.

With all that Leeds have to contend with, just getting through relatively unscathed would have been enough. What actually came through were nine points, four goals scored and none conceded. There had been a worrying sequence of only two wins in eight games, but that was back before things got really difficult. Now we’ve won five of the last seven.

There were no signs of the chaos easing off at Bramall Lane. Leeds were able to field two senior centre-backs for a grand total of twenty minutes before Liam Cooper’s knee gave way, and he gave way to Halme. Sheffield United’s centre-backs were marauding forward with a bravura style that Marcelo Bielsa claims to admire, although his praise — he says Chris Wilder is doing things, “I wanted to develop and I couldn’t do it” — disguised a hint that Wilder is working with ideas that Bielsa has discarded. Overlapping centre-backs, mate? Yeah, I got their first album, but I guess you like their more commercial stuff.

Fronting it all was Billy ‘Not William’ Sharp, a striker with a better knack for scoring against Leeds than for us, one of the Championship’s many ominous ravens that need more than tactical plans to thwart them, they need Don Revie’s friend, Gypsy Rose Lee. Leeds hadn’t won at Bramall Lane since the day in 1992 that confirmed our league title; such records should be irrelevant, as 2018 is a different world to 1992 — half the team wasn’t born then — but they’re not irrelevant at Leeds. We’ve been fighting the same cosmos since 1919, if not before.

Then there was the referee. We knew that no matter how many shirts were pulled off or Roofes were pulled down in the box Leeds wouldn’t be getting a penalty, because Leeds don’t get penalties. But given Bristol City had Josh Brownhill sent off against us a couple of weeks ago, there seemed to be no reasons either karmic or corrupt that Enda Stevens could not have been sent off for two yellow card offences in the first half, or David McGoldrick for trying to break Mateusz Klich’s leg. “The best person to talk about the performance of the referee, regarding the final result, is the head coach of Sheffield United,” said Bielsa, and Wilder had already taken that invitation, with some justice. But not punishing McGoldrick’s early foul could have been key.

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McGoldrick’s movement between attack and midfield was one of the features of Sheffield United’s play that Bielsa said Leeds took time to solve, “because our plans did not work.” Oliver Norwood and Chris Basham were Bielsa’s other problems, and in the first half all three could be seen striding through midfield to take long range cracks at Peacock-Farrell, who saved well from McGoldrick. Bielsa says he rearranged Roofe and Pablo Hernandez based on the advice of an assistant coach, Pablo Quiroga; then he used Clarke to replace Alioski for the second consecutive half-time, which must have been miserable for Gjanni, knowing he deserved it, but ecstasy for Jack, knowing he deserved it too.

Halme had already replaced Cooper, and although Clarke was an attacking addition, there was no feeling that Leeds were aiming for the throat the way they had in the the second halves against Bristol City or Reading. Twice last week I wrote about how Samu Saiz is crucial when Leeds are playing to win, that if he didn’t start against Sheffield United I would have to shrug and say, ‘I guess that’s why they call him El Loco.’ Saiz didn’t start, and didn’t even play; Shackleton replaced Hernandez in the final moments. I guess that’s why, etc, and I guess this was Bielsa’s proof of his concept for whenever someone like me questions why Saiz is sitting like a wallflower with his dance card unmarked.

When Saiz plays it’s thrilling and dramatic, but Bielsa kept Bramall Lane a venue for the stern resolve behind the last three clean sheets kept by a defence newly built around Kalvin Phillips. Phillips controlled possession at the back while Jansson and Halme played safer than Leeds had at the Hawthorns; responding to that game, Bielsa said, “We had special interest in not making a mistake.” It wasn’t quite that easy. Halme played very well, and he is confident, but that can also lead him into trouble, as when one miskicked clearance gave McGoldrick a shot at Peacock-Farrell, who was unbalanced but saved well with his feet. Halme is also inexperienced, as seen when Billy Sharp did as he does, sneaking away at the back post where the fates demanded he fire his close range header into the net. The fates covered their eyes when Sharp headed the ball into the floor.

Kemar Roofe sent his own header narrowly wide, and Klich almost repeated his goal at Hillsborough earlier in the season when he went skipping square through four tackles, but his shot was not powerful enough to beat Henderson. Clarke played a one-two with Hernandez that let him shoot, but Leeds were, unusually, not seeing enough of the ball to be so creative very often.

Leeds were, though, sticking to their game plan, but adhering closest to elements we don’t often see, or perhaps appreciate. The deciding goal came through a mistake by Sheffield United’s goalkeeper Dean Henderson, a loanee from Old Trafford, but the mistakes were forced by the commitment Leeds United have shown since the summer, that they didn’t show in the spring. John Egan hurried his back pass because Hernandez was pressing him on the corner of the penalty area, and Henderson kicked the ball straight to Jack Clarke because Clarke was only yards away from Henderson and his goal line. Hernandez had run carefully into the middle of the goal, staying onside as Clarke took the ball and clipped it over Henderson’s despair; Pablo’s finish was simple, and the celebrations were ecstatic.

The players weren’t celebrating a tap in, or a moment of individual skill, although Clarke was graceful under pressure while setting Hernandez up. It was a celebration of work rate and resolution, and of something Bielsa repeats like a mantra: commitment to style. “It’s not a good thing to evaluate our style,” in this game, said Bielsa, “because we played long balls [so] we shared the possession” with Sheffield United. But pressing, effort and attacking high as the best form of defence are key parts of Bielsa’s style, and they were all part of the goal.

There was still time for Conor Washington to shake Leeds United’s crossbar with an overhead kick, but as the woodwork deflected that effort to safety football packed away its tarot cards, claimed the injured body of Liam Cooper as its single trophy, and conceded divine defeat. Billy Sharp didn’t score, Samu Saiz didn’t play and Leeds United won. It’s been hard to imagine the chaos enveloping Leeds United’s season becoming any worse; it’s now hard to imagine how, without that chaos, Leeds United could still get even better. In the meantime, this — five wins in seven games, and three clean sheets in a row — will just have to do. ◉


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Long Moscow White interview below, there's five parts.

http://www.thecitytalking.com/david-bat … terview-1/


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In 2018-19 articles, Free, Leeds United, Leeds United Match Reports 2018/19 by Moscowhite • Daniel ChapmanNovember 28, 2018

Leeds United tried to be helpful in the first half by producing a replica of the first half against Bristol City on Saturday, so I could just copy and paste whatever I wrote about that into this report, with some of the names changed around.

One of the new names was Lewis Baker, who did me kind service by not extending into any second half mentions. I don’t know how Marcelo Bielsa concluded from his analysis of the Bristol City match that Baker would be more effective against Reading than Samu Saiz, but I guess it’s one of those times when you have to shrug and say, ‘I guess that’s why they call him El Loco.’ You also have to say, ‘I guess he called that one wrong,’ and I guess he realised it by half-time. By full-time, or at least very shortly after it, Baker was sitting in his Range Rover in the car park outside the West Stand, as immobile behind the wheel as he was on the pitch.

This was Baker’s big chance, which is why this assessment is so harsh. To get into Leeds United’s team ahead of Saiz isn’t easy, and it’ll be even harder once Izzy Brown is fit. Bielsa gave Baker an opportunity, and watching him spurn it was as confusing as watching a labrador refusing to take a biscuit. This was everything Baker must have wanted since he arrived at Leeds; probably since Tony Pulis arrived to ruin his loan at Middlesbrough. It all dissolved through thoughtless, uninspiring football. Only a couple of things he did were really bad; most of what he did just wasn’t anything.

Baker wasn’t the only underwhelming member of our midfield. Bielsa has described Adam Forshaw as the best player in the squad, but I think he’d play better if he wore blinkers to stop him looking and passing sideways. And a neck brace to keep him looking forward. And a map to show him where the far end of the pitch is. And give Kalvin Phillips a cattle prod to use whenever Forshaw turns to pass backwards.

Forshaw is a player who can set a game’s tempo, which was great when he was the only player in Paul Heckingbottom’s team who didn’t look like he’d been turned to stone by Thomas Christiansen’s parting curse. But in Bielsa’s team his preference for three touches and two turns when a first touch pass would do slows the team down, and his tick-tock passes to Phillips or Liam Cooper make Leeds predictable. There were forward runs, from Mateusz Klich, Pablo Hernandez, Gjanni Alioski, Kemar Roofe; but after a bright start, they stopped believing that Forshaw would give them the ball. The parts slowed down, the machine seized up, and Forshaw, sensing the inertia and remembering his responsibility, tried to restart the locomotion in the ten minutes before half-time, just as he did against Bristol City. But it was too late to start anything.

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What Leeds had to do was start again, with Saiz on for Baker and Jack Clarke replacing Alioski. There’s not a lot to say about Alioski in this game, other than to observe that, after his ridiculous dive to try to win a penalty, I still just think he’s funny. That he went off with Baker at half-time, though, suggests that Bielsa might be tiring of the joke.

Clarke was tired before the end of the game — he played for the Under-23s on Monday — but thrilling and dangerous as soon as he came onto the pitch. Saiz, for one, seemed delighted to have him out there with him, pinging passes to the right wing whenever he felt impish, rather than passing a sober ball to old man Hernandez, although there was plenty of that too. While the first half was the same, some second half differences from the Bristol City game are that Saiz arrived sooner and played against a full team of eleven players, better than Bristol had, and that’s good because there can be no doubt about whether Saiz or a red card was more important to this result, and we might retrospectively give him more of the credit for Saturday, too.

I don’t see how Saiz can be left out at the moment, although I expect when the team is announced to play Sheffield United I’ll have to shrug and say, ‘I guess that’s why they call him El Loco.’ But even then it’s a stretch. Bielsa is reputed to always play with an enganche, a number ten who, contrasting with the well drilled team around him, can play how he likes between the midfield and the forwards. Without Saiz, nobody takes that role for Leeds; with Saiz, that role becomes crucial.

It’s not complex. Saiz plays a very simple game based on going to where his teammate is with the ball, putting himself into a good position to help him, and then making sure he keeps and does something with the ball when he gets it. Sometimes he messes up, but usually this works, and his constant roaming sets the rest of the team into motion. Roofe is always busy, but with Klich running off Saiz’s movements Roofe will take more possession out wide; instead of standing on halfway for a sideways pass from Forshaw, the full-backs go to play with the wingers, using Saiz to distract defenders and connect their overlaps.

That’s how it was for the goal. The ball dropped to Hernandez in Reading’s penalty area and, because Saiz was worrying their defenders nearby, there was room for Douglas to run behind Hernandez and take the ball from his brilliant backheel. It was all over from that moment; Roofe couldn’t finish the cross, but Stuart Dallas popped up to hit the rebound in. Both United full-backs were around Reading’s six-yard box, and that only happens when Saiz is on the pitch.

That ought to have been enough, but Bielsa replaced Klich with Jamie Shackleton — ‘I guess that’s why etc’ — who played in his preferred central midfield spot, but was not as robust as we might have preferred. Cooper and Phillips were superb all night in central defence, but only one of them is a defender, and Douglas was the only other one left in a team that, by the end, had as many teenagers as defenders. There was brief chaos when Douglas followed his player into midfield and Saiz, visibly disbelieving, ended up at left-back; and worse when Shackleton lost the ball in midfield, Douglas was caught out by the counter attack, and was destined to concede a penalty from the moment Joshua Sims took the ball and ran at him. It was the 88th minute, and Reading seemed destined to equalise.

Destiny is a funny thing, though. If Jamal Blackman hadn’t broken his leg he probably would have been starting this game, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell benched for accumulating too many under par performances. Hell, if Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan hadn’t been so useless last season, Peacock-Farrell might have been let go by Leeds in the summer, his fate sealed by a disastrous loan spell at York City. If Paul Clement hadn’t substituted his two chosen penalty takers, Peacock-Farrell might have faced an easier spot kick, that he might have let in. As it is, destiny broke Blackman’s leg, gave Peacock-Farrell his chance in the Championship last season, and sent him a well taken penalty by Marc McNulty low into the corner, giving Peacock-Farrell what he likes best: something really difficult to do, that he finds easier than the simple stuff.

That Peacock-Farrell has had a time of it since Leeds lost to West Bromwich Albion was obvious from the way he celebrated saving; not for him the stern reorganisation of his defence against a corner, when he could be pumping his fists in the air and roaring at the South Stand instead. Who would begrudge affording him this excess, though? The team ran to embrace him again at full-time, while Elland Road sang his name. I’m sure he didn’t dream as a schoolboy that Do The Conga by Black Lace would be the soundtrack to his adult goalkeeping heroics, but destiny is a funny thing. ◉


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Between now and some time in  January we've half a team of potential first choice players to come back.




Baring other long term absences we should be considerably stronger in the new year without signing anybody.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

Reggie Perrin wrote:
albert herbert hawkins wrote:
Reggie Perrin wrote:

If I'm reading this right Macron is insisting EU trawlers keep access to British waters to fish as 30% of the total EU fishing haul is from those waters.  How do you negotiate with that?

Spain won't sign off without concessions on Gibraltar which isn't possible as they self determine. 

It's gangsterism.

Royal Navy for the first issue, Royal Marine Commandos for the second.

I've seen more reasonable negotiations on The Sopranos.

Yep, they've been presenting a facade of reasonableness for 18 months whilst actively looking to fuck us. We should have already walked away.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

Reggie Perrin wrote:

If I'm reading this right Macron is insisting EU trawlers keep access to British waters to fish as 30% of the total EU fishing haul is from those waters.  How do you negotiate with that?

Spain won't sign off without concessions on Gibraltar which isn't possible as they self determine. 

It's gangsterism.

Royal Navy for the first issue, Royal Marine Commandos for the second.


(4 replies, posted in Leeds Now)

Ditto. Better than most of the newspapers.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

Clearly, had he any moral standards at all in 1981 he should have been fighting outside a football ground wearing a Fila tracksuit top.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

space wrote:

It only matters if he's posh.

He's not. I'll let him know at Christmas he can slaughter what he likes.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

Expanding Man wrote:
albert herbert hawkins wrote:

Incidentally the only mate I've got who's heavily into  shooting, grouse, stags etc is a saxophonist by trade, formerly of Simply Red, who's also not posh

And no doubt when the chap shoots the stag and kills it, he poses for a picture with it.

Holding back the ears...

The only thing I've seen him posed with are some rather large fish. And this english style hunting, bolt action rifles, he's not running around with an armalite like the septics. Nor are the stags endangered. Struggling to see what objection you could have for shooting a stag over cows and sheep being slaughtered for meat, unless of course you are a vegetarian.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

And the father in law who will shoot foxes whenever he's the chance, not that this often but he's done so in the past as he runs sheep. Where does he sit in the Fuzzy Dunlop scale of indignation.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

Mitaman wrote:

This is a reasonable up-to-date summary.


ha ha, hard to disagree with much of that.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

Loose Lips wrote:

Fuck Mogg.

Competent? It's easy on the outside cunting in. He has little responsibility other than to his masters in the finance world pulling his chain.

Moved funds to Ireland but pushes Brexit.

His masters would be his investors both, company and customers. He has not moved his company to Dublin. He has entities in a dozen or so jurisdictions in line with investment statutes. His company, I believe, has two operational offices, one in London, one in Singapore, none of which would be out of the ordinary for company's operating in that industry to the best of my knowledge.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

fuzzy dunlop wrote:

Rees Mogg is a cunt who looks like the last thing a victorian child saw before being beaten to death by a makeshift dildo. There are magpies more genuinely arsed about the plight ofBritish people than him. He's bricking it about these new EU laws about transparency of of shore finances coming into place next year thats why he wants us fully out. And sorry Albert, if your fox hunting mate had something to do with simply red then he's probably a cunt too.

Read what I wrote. The guy who makes his living from hunting, now in US, is a different person to the saxophonist turned stag hunter. Both are by any measure working class.

Another mate who neither hunts nor fishes but was trying to sellex soviet aircraft out of Iraq at one point lives in Moggs constituency. He reckons the guy though odd is a well liked and diligent constituency MP. He is technocratic and an  ideologue (according to him) but that doesn't make him in favour stuffing urchins up chimneys any more than say Skinner's views make him a Soviet stooge.


(458 replies, posted in Life)

Merely a counter on the posh cunt charges being laid against Mogg above, "he's pro fox hunting, the posh cunt blah blah blah" like everybody who hunts foxes traces his lineage to the Norman conquest. The only person I know who hunts  with hounds is the fella i mentioned who's certainly not posh. Incidentally the only mate I've got who's heavily into  shooting, grouse, stags etc is a saxophonist by trade, formerly of Simply Red, who's also not posh, in fact his dad was an armed bank robber.