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(56 replies, posted in Match Reports)

One day shortly after the Second World War ended, Winston Churchill and the newly elected Labour Party Prime Minister Clement Attlee encountered one another at the urinals in the House of Commons men’s washroom. Attlee had arrived first, and was standing at one of the stalls closest to the door.

Although Attlee was the only other man in the room, Churchill entered and walked to the farthest urinal — ten or twelve stalls away from Attlee. With a smug grin, Attlee said, “Feeling standoffish today, are we, Winston?”

Churchill replied: “That’s right. Every time you see something this big, you want to nationalize it.”

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(56 replies, posted in Match Reports)

Him knowing nothing of managerial endeavour of course.

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(22 replies, posted in Life)

The thing is that psychometric and competency test are different animals. All psychometric are or should be is an in sight into how people, think, work, interact, what their predispositions are and thereby how they might fit within a team. It is not or should not be framed as a pass / fail and anybody framing it as such should be fired for managerial incompetence.

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(22 replies, posted in Life)

You are not assessing their intellectual capacity so much as how they apply it. People work in in different ways and interact differently. The classic point of conflict in teams in Belbin is between to shapers as shapers like to lead and thereby don't like to follow the other shaper. Plants will sit quietly in the corner getting on with whatever they are supposed to be doing but also dreaming up solutions to problems nobody has thought yet if only somebody would ask them. Company workers / completer finishers will do prodigious amounts of work but often do not want managerial responsibility they do wish to be recognised for their effort though and get pissed of if they are not.

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(56 replies, posted in Match Reports)

Churchill actually

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(22 replies, posted in Life)

I initially thought it was bollocks when I first came across it in the nineties. We used Belbin back then. But then you read about it and the research that went into it and a apply it... Well I became a convert and it has always been a help to me in managing people. No different to playing  footballers in correct or different positions really, you're just assessing intellectual application as opposed to ball skills.

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(56 replies, posted in Match Reports)

It is not the end. It is not the beginning of the end. It may be the end of the beginning.

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(218 replies, posted in Life)

Womans Hour this morning on Radio 4, couple of panellist discussing breakfast...

Panelist 1. "we should have another vote as Brexit will be bad for the country economically"

Panelist 2. "so's a Labour government but we don't have another election every time they're voted in do we?"

Made me laugh out loud.

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(49 replies, posted in Match Reports)

space wrote:
albert herbert hawkins wrote:

Is it safe to start believing yet or is the OMJ hive-mind still racked with mistrust and scepticism?

At 0-2 up the voice in the back of my mind (who sounds like a manic depressive Seth Armstrong) was telling me that the score line meant we would go down to 10 men and lose 3-2.   It will be a long time until I stop waiting for the wheels to come off.

Seth Armstrong! doesn't that qualify as a haunting!?! still time for a 4th

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(49 replies, posted in Match Reports)

Is it safe to start believing yet or is the OMJ hive-mind still racked with mistrust and scepticism?

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(50 replies, posted in Match Reports)

Ray Hankin's shorts wrote:
albert herbert hawkins wrote:
placidcasual wrote:

I'm off to this, staying over in B&B just out of town. Any advice about decent boozers to go to before hand? (no arm badge brigade) ones.

Any pub in Bristol.

big_smile

Just waiting for the welsh mafia to give me the kicking I richly deserve. big_smile

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(111 replies, posted in Life)

At the physio at the moment trying to to get the right ankle and leg and side working properly again. All in order to take pressure off the left knee that will need replacing at some point after 28 years of walking about with a blown cruciate ligament. Popping a cocktail of tramadol, panadol and a muscle relaxant in addition to all the heart drugs and fistfuls of fish oil etc.

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(50 replies, posted in Match Reports)

placidcasual wrote:

I'm off to this, staying over in B&B just out of town. Any advice about decent boozers to go to before hand? (no arm badge brigade) ones.

Any pub in Bristol.

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(218 replies, posted in Life)

You know I listen to the today program on Radio 4 most mornings, well afternoons out here. I'm pretty sure the presenters are all pro remain but are very even handed in their approach to the whole think. What is startling is they seem to pull the arms and legs off pretty much every fucker who comes on from whichever party whatever standpoint they have. The only exception somewhat bizarrely seems to be Rees Mogg who whenever I've heard him on there they can't lay a glove on him.

Personally I've always been out since 1992 after the sovereignty grab. Never gave a toss about migration, I'd actually happily ship some of the white British the opposite direction. What I'd not factored in was the inability of our politicians to do their fucking job or implement a plebiscite in any coherent manner.

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(68 replies, posted in Match Reports)

I'm taking some encouragement from the strength of the bench, though it's not making up for the fact that our back three is a donkey a head-case and a very recently converted midfielder. I trying to channel positive thoughts  and hoping the Argie svengali has managed to discover hidden depths in Berardi and cooper and has somehow turned Phillips into a Beckenbauer clone in  6 weeks.

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(218 replies, posted in Life)

Mitaman wrote:
albert herbert hawkins wrote:
Harvest wrote:

Can barely keep up with this now. What a fuck up from start to finish.

Let's chuck in Clinton repealing Glass Steagals as his last act in office big_smile

Exactly AHH, this one act is singuarly responsible for so much damage, it is impossible to calculate. Capitalism very nearly worked before they repealed this.

Always seen as the great liberal which is ironic. That one act setting in track a chain of events that's fucked working people in the west in a manner King John could only dream of.

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(218 replies, posted in Life)

Harvest wrote:

Can barely keep up with this now. What a fuck up from start to finish.

Let's chuck in Clinton repealing Glass Steagals as his last act in office big_smile

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(494 replies, posted in Football of a non LUFC persuasion)

Mitaman wrote:
albert herbert hawkins wrote:
Mitaman wrote:

Almost certainly there will be a 'Napoleon' hat on at least one front page.

Permission to get jingoistic yet sir?

I thought we did very well, looked like a Roy Hodgson team in the second half sadly.

Permission 100% granted Albert. I expect you to walk into the Captains bar on Saturday wearing a Napoleon hat, speedos (traditional style) and some of those white wellies that fish mongers wear.


I was dusting off "once more into the breach" which of course ends "Cry God for Harry, England and St George" had we got through though I'm sure I'd have progressed to Trafalgar and Waterloo by the weekend. If you can't get jingoistic over international football, what's the point? Particularly when we're playing the French.

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(494 replies, posted in Football of a non LUFC persuasion)

Shame, but I'm not to unhappy. We've a young side that can play decent football.Just annoying that the next one will be in a fucking desert thanks to that cunt Blatter.

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(494 replies, posted in Football of a non LUFC persuasion)

edging back to us again, I don't think Croatia have much left in the tank

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(494 replies, posted in Football of a non LUFC persuasion)

Mitaman wrote:

Almost certainly there will be a 'Napoleon' hat on at least one front page.

Permission to get jingoistic yet sir?

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(494 replies, posted in Football of a non LUFC persuasion)

yeah but how a weird a sentiment is that for England fans!

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(494 replies, posted in Football of a non LUFC persuasion)

Even moderate form and no bad luck / dodgy decisions  should see England through to the final. I like how Southgate has the team set up. Let's seen. Nice to be able to even contemplate such heights as opposed to starting the inquest by tabloid

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(494 replies, posted in Football of a non LUFC persuasion)

I remember the coins in 1970, m'dad used to get them with the petrol. Don't remember any merchandise from 74, just that turn. No video recorders so just a few action replays and you had to remember. I could't and it was a few years before I could do it. 78 was when I really fell in love with football, Archie Gemmils goal doing more than anything else. We were actually on holiday in Scotland at the time.

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(494 replies, posted in Football of a non LUFC persuasion)

You know, if you were an England Player you'd have to fancy our run to the final surely. If they're not up for it now there's no fucking hope. Whilst none of them are likely to role over, none of them have any more quality than us as far as I can see. Who know's maybe even Sterling will get his finger out.