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(20 replies, posted in Life)

Having arrived back in HK on the 23rd I was still somewhat jetlagged on New Years Eve. Fortunately misses AHH had arranged for me to cater for a dinner party for five. My joy of course knew  no bounds when she added four more, two of them vegetarian in the 24 four hour run up. So, New years started early and included three shopping trips, endless prep and marinade, and then breathless coordination against late arrivals and early leavers. I fell asleep at 22:15 and had to be woken to see in the new year.

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(25 replies, posted in Life)

TKD will certainly keep you fit and it's quite a lot of fun and looks good. Bit hard on the knees though all the jumping and kicking.

Never done Ju Jitsui. Very lock based and great in close. Not so good on punches and strikes. The bloke who taught me was Singapore Chinese and he sparred with a couple of US marines who were tight with the Gracies. They are very big on that 90 percent of fights ending on the floor but as Mervyn said "you have to get me there" In his case he breaks baseball bat handles with his ridge-hand so taking him to the floor is by no means a given.

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(25 replies, posted in Life)

90Piesanhour wrote:

Anyone dabble, or hold a black belt in one?


At the tender age of 53 I have managed to get to my 6th week doing Tae Kwon Do. I'm either mad or brave, or both, or neither. Tell you what, though, it's a good work out, and no mistake.

I got to a provisional black in my late twenties early thirties in Hapkido. I also did Judo as a kid some Karate in my 'teens and a bit of Shaolin Kung Fu in my early thirties.

Consider why you are doing it against what you are studying. Tae kwon Do is Korean and taught in schools in Korea, Hapkido is what they teach the special forces and the presidential bodyguard there. If you are doing it for fun and a work out enjoy, do not make the mistake of thinking it will make you effective in the street. Never kick anybody above the knee if it's for real.

If you want to train in something that will protect you the easiest thing to train in the UK would likely be Systema - what the Russians teach the Speznaz or Krav Maga the Isreali military stuff. Flying Eagle Hapkido that I studied is not much taught in the UK, Sin Moo Hapkido is but is mostly locks , you might as well do Aikido which would be easier to find. It all starts to go too shit though if you've had a few and the training can be a little intense. When I trained seriously  I did probably 5 days out of 7 for about 4 years. I also had a canvass bag packed with river pebbles hung from the ceiling that I'd condition my hand with every day. Heads are boney things to hit and you want to damage it and not your hand. If you do the work (and pain)you should be able to go through pine board within six months.

If you are doing it for defence I'd suggest cross training with a bit of boxing just to get used to taking a shot and keeeping you guard intact to counter.

If you just want the work out consider Tai Chi, less impact on your knees at your age.

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(51 replies, posted in Match Reports)

Mega Armageddon Chickens wrote:

I've got a ticket but strangely and unusually I don't seem that excited.

I remember not being able to sleep before Notts County in 84 I was that giddy.

I remember not being able to sleep after due to post traumatic stress disorder stemming from a hair razing journey in a VW camper van driven by a maniac called Richard Milne. also remember Lorimer causing utter consternation by shooting and nearly scoring from fourthy yards and getting covered in anti hooligan paint having tried to climb up the floodlight pylon.

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(478 replies, posted in Life)

Misura, that's the most coherent piece commentary I've seen on the US election, the runners and riders and previous incumbents that I can remember through the whole bloody election. Thank you.

Misura wrote:

I'm not 100% myself what the marches were about, and probably the same can be said for the people on them. But it's cool to wear a pink hat, like a tweet, do it 'cos everyone else is. The word 'empowerment' ain't what it used to be. I suspect/hope that they cover a broader spectrum than just criticism of Trump.

If we are to push for a more equal society, the first door to knock on is that of religion, as that is the root of the problem. The abrahamic religions are patriarchal in nature, and that's where the inequality originates.

The US is in it's current position because of the policies of Obama, Clinton and Bush. It's conservative beliefs are anchored in the Christian church, and it's recent fuckery of the world has in no small part been caused by Hilary Clinton. The lay the blame at Trump is childish. The question that america should be asking itself is about a system that throws up a choice between Hilary and Trump, and a voting system that seems like number wang.

We're currently in a paradoxical world, where on the one hand there is a lot of energy expended on fighting 'isms' of all forms, but in doing so a great number of people seem to be employing 'acist' behaviour. There's a flip to it, that says its not just the content of the comment, but the power relationship between the parties. So, Trump is rightly criticised about his comments from 2005, but his detractors then seem to delight in mocking his small hands, placing those sculptures of him naked and thinking up bizarre sexual situations from the man. The kind of comments that if directed against Hilary would have led to hysteria. Then a great number of people claiming to represent female sisterhood are mercilessly taking the piss out of Kellyanne Conway for her dress sense & physical appearance, whilst ignoring what Madonna has become. The blind support and praise of Obama and Hilary due to race & sex, without actually critiquing their record as politicians is dangerous. The amount of damage to the world that the US has caused under their watch is truly scary.

It just strikes me as very cliquey, and when i see madonna, lena dunham, shia lebeouf and amy schumer supporting something, I tend to gravitate to the opposite position.

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(2,462 replies, posted in Life)

And for all of you who missed it or couldn't be arsed this is Clare Hollingworth. If you want a career in Journalism then breaking the news that a World War has broken out isn't a bad start

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_Hollingworth

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albert herbert hawkins wrote:

Frankly I'd like to have seen a debate on here about his merits before he died. Fourth Division Champions twice. Hardly the stuff of legend. Somebody please explain the difference managerially between him and Colin Wanker. Apart from Colin having a trophy at a higher level.

Admirable as the charity work is, as is the the speaking up to some bonehead no-mark at Wembley he ultimately never really delivered whilst serving up the sort of football that most on here where bitching and moaning about when Colin was at Leeds. And where the fuck is Gore when I need him.

apart from Colin being a Cunt and Taylor apparently being a reasonable human being that is

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(2,462 replies, posted in Life)

Frankly I'd like to have seen a debate on here about his merits before he died. Fourth Division Champions twice. Hardly the stuff of legend. Somebody please explain the difference managerially between him and Colin Wanker. Apart from Colin having a trophy at a higher level.

Admirable as the charity work is, as is the the speaking up to some bonehead no-mark at Wembley he ultimately never really delivered whilst serving up the sort of football that most on here where bitching and moaning about when Colin was at Leeds. And where the fuck is Gore when I need him.

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(2,462 replies, posted in Life)

Anyhow Clare Hollingworth died in Hong Kong last week. As the journalist who reported the the start of world War two as it happened by holding the phone out the window, she's a bit more interesting than the Turnip-meister.

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Misura wrote:
albert herbert hawkins wrote:

Not sad about Taylor, they should plough the cunt under and see whether he can fertilise the grass he despised so much as a coach. I don't think he was good. he was just another Charles Hughes POMO wanker that destroyed player production in the UK in 70's and 80's. They only greater travesty than his appointment as England Manager was leaving the hapless cunt in charge after the Euro 92 debacle.

Not a viewpoint i'd personally agree with AHH, but you're more than entitled to it. As a matter of interest, what's your view on Howard Wilkinson and his style of football? Wasn't that POMO? Didn't Leeds score more goals from set pieces than open play the season you won Division 1?

My view on Wilkinson changed whilst he was with us. I was dismayed as I think many were when he sidelined Sheridan. Surprised and reassured by the acquisition of Strachan. And converted by the addition of McAllister. I doubt  was alone in that Journey of feelings. McAllisters addition to the other three in midfield confirming we'd be playing football in the top flight not hoofball. This contrasts of course with the Taylor who thought Geoff Thomas was a good bet for England in central midfield.

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Young Marxist at Tescos wrote:

Some interesting international selections. But you can't blame him for halting player development.

This country has reached the semis of the World Cup twice. One of those was a home-based tournament. We do not regularly produce players capable of coping with the latter stages of major competitions. Never have. Nothing, long-term to do with Taylor

I don't blame him solely but he was one of Hughes leading disciples all of whom have done the game a great disservice in the uk that we are still to recover from.

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Depends what Barnes was getting booed for. If he was getting booed for being black then well done for stepping in. If however he's getting booed for being an overrated shit cunt then bollocks!

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(2,462 replies, posted in Life)

Not sad about Taylor, they should plough the cunt under and see whether he can fertilise the grass he despised so much as a coach. I don't think he was good. he was just another Charles Hughes POMO wanker that destroyed player production in the UK in 70's and 80's. They only greater travesty than his appointment as England Manager was leaving the hapless cunt in charge after the Euro 92 debacle.

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(1 replies, posted in Life)

Macca got turned away from a nightclub in LA fairly recently by a doorman who didn't know who he was. Clearly he should have told them he was Heather Mills' ex husband. big_smile

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All the former winners of the world cup should cecede from FIFA and hold the real world cup, any non winners to compete by invitation only. Without The former winners nobody will give a flying fuck what FIFA think about anything whilst they hold a tournament in Qatar where Australia and the USA will be amongst the favourites.

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(478 replies, posted in Life)

Agree with loads of that and everything else posted around that video. Put it up on facebook myself earlier after getting sick of the teeth knashing and garment rending of many on mine including the wife

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(29 replies, posted in Match Reports)

90Piesanhour wrote:
zicoslovechild wrote:

That sounded tight.
3 points and another clean sheet. ..get in.

Uncomfortable listening. God knows what it was like to be there....

Up to 9th!


Back to where we were under Grayson but this time we have a decent defence and lightweight attack as opposed to decent attack and lightweight defence.

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(62 replies, posted in Match Reports)

You've stopped living the dream Mita's, this time next year we'l be premieres big_smile That or 25% of you money back, stand on Massimo.

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(62 replies, posted in Match Reports)

With the exception of the back four, that side was better. So i tend to agree. At 150-1 i might have a tenner on us going all the way. stranger things have happened and all that.

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(35 replies, posted in Match Reports)

Did Mowatt play in the hole when he came on? That left peg coupled to his lack of pace would suggest that if he's to have a future with us there would be the place.

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(35 replies, posted in Match Reports)

We are back to that fine line again. We hit the post twice against Derby an should have won last night by all accounts. Had we done so and come away from Derby wwith a 2-1 win we'd be in the top six and all getting a bit giddy.  Monk said "we need to finish teams off" and something about getting the second and third goal. He makes more sense than most who've been in charge recently. Earning his money at the moment but without setting the world alight. At least he's not a gobshite like the last bloke.

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(47 replies, posted in Life)

Here you go,

http://www.jbl.com/home-speakers/JBL+ON … ck#start=1

Though I fancy one of these though it's been vetoed by the domestic CEO

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing … dition=all

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Cuts wrote:

Currently locked out of around 400 songs on iTunes  as I can't recall the password or the password of the Hotmail account.
connected to that account.

Just listen through the computer speakers. I suppose I should get one of those dock things, anybody know a half decent reasonable priced one? Our front room's not that big.  My ipod has the wide connection all my kid's have the narrow one.

I started buying music on Cd again but I like the convenience of iTunes, if I only want one song for example. I had a Spotify account but never quite got the hang of it.

Get one made by a speaker manufacturer. I got one made by JBL, we used to use some of theres' professionally

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(47 replies, posted in Life)

iPod into a JBL speaker dock. The living room's size and shape does not justify anything else. Been digital since the eighties when I was a sound recordist as were pretty much all my colleagues. The only exceptions being collectors of rare recordings on vinyl - pop or classical. And I am talking collector, the head projectionist I worked with had over 2000 LPs then and this was the late eighties. the film director we worked for - Tony Palmer - had the entire top floor of his house in Kensington park gardens just for music. LPs CDs 1/4 inch tape, video on NTSC, VHS, Beta, Beta SP. That place was the music equivalent of Aladins cave though he had worked with everybody from Cream and Lennon through Mitsuko Uchida and Julien Lloyd-Webber.m When we moved studio in 1991 we threw out two Lin direct drive decks, this makes KOS tear up even now. Couldn't give them away back then! The whole analogue / digital thing is largely a cock measuring exercise unless you are wedded to stuff released only on vinyl that has not been digitally remastered. For the un-initiated

DDD good
ADD nearly always good
AAD flip a fucking coin

What does tend to amuse me and many other former or current sound recordists is people worrying about digital against vinyl whilst listening to 3 cord pop in a rectangular living room with wood floors and hard reflective surfaces.

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(13 replies, posted in Match Reports)

If anybody had been offered us four points off the play offs still in the league cup and still having the same manager at the start of November back befere the season started, well I'm pretty sure we'd all have had their hand off. Tougher games coming ion the run up to Christmas, but we appear to be growing as a team, not just in confidence. Il Duce may yet avoid his ticket rebate.