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  1. Euro 2020 postponed until next year after UEFA talks 19 days, 20 hours ago

    Yeah, don't get me wrong, I think the first 3 of those Floyd albums especially were great and I have a very soft spot for Wish You Were Here. But I could put albums from other bands in the same vein alongside them quite happily whereas what the Stones achieved in those 4 albums more or less created a pinnacle of their genre (blues-rock, blues-country) that will probably never be surpassed. They also showed a fantastic level of invention they don't get wide credit for. I guess there's some strange chemistry in what types of music speak to you and what passes you by. Wouldn't be surprised if brain circuitry had something to do with it because there's no doubt that 'substances' can also affect your perception of music significantly. For example, I have never liked Country music (or so I thought) and only after 50 years have discovered that it's Country & Western that I don't get; the original Country music (Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Jimmie Rodgers) is just a delight to me now I … » Read

  2. Euro 2020 postponed until next year after UEFA talks 20 days, 11 hours ago

    Nothing can match the Stones 68-72; Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street. Especially when you consider that they left the singles off the albums, Jumping Jack Flash was recorded during the Beggars Banquet sessions and Honky Tonk Women was really a Let It Bleed track. You'd be hard put to find one filler track on any of those 4 albums and no-one could beat them live during that period either. » Read

  3. Euro 2020 postponed until next year after UEFA talks 20 days, 16 hours ago

    Well, one for me, one for my wife and one for my Dad. Each in their own name, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually, I don't have Netflix at all. But I do have Sky, which has tons of box sets. » Read

  4. Euro 2020 postponed until next year after UEFA talks 20 days, 16 hours ago

    Fair point. ๐Ÿ˜€ Just needs to be good enough to persuade my wife away from "Say Yes to the Dress". ๐Ÿ˜‰ » Read

  5. Euro 2020 postponed until next year after UEFA talks 20 days, 16 hours ago

    Never watched The Wire either. I'll see if I can get that. ๐Ÿ™‚ » Read

  6. Euro 2020 postponed until next year after UEFA talks 20 days, 16 hours ago

    I'm stuck at home and have never watched The Sopranos. Seems like I can get the whole 6 series - good idea? Is it as good as they say? » Read

  7. Euro 2020 postponed until next year after UEFA talks 20 days, 16 hours ago

    Yeah. Trouble is that Bernie's plans are such a huge leap from where you are - and you have to start from where you are and carry people with you. Far as I can see, the biggest deciding factor will be who controls the Senate from 2021 because the President can't do anything about this without Senate consent, no matter who he/she is. Look how long it took even to get Obamacare approved. That's why - from outside - Biden looks your best option. Not because he's more right but because he's more moderate than Bernie and stands a much better chance of carrying the Senate as well. You may not then get everything you want but you will certainly get substantial movement in the right direction (for example the Public Health Insurance option and a clamp-down on pharma prices). That's how it looks to me as an outsider anyway. » Read

  8. Euro 2020 postponed until next year after UEFA talks 20 days, 17 hours ago

    Actually, if this situation exposes some of what you are talking about then it will perhaps do a service. In the USA, around 25% of the population either have no health insurance or insufficient health insurance, simply because they cannot afford it. Even those who have it need to pay part of the cost of treatment in most cases (they call it co-payment). People pay exorbitant prices for procedures and prescription drugs whilst health insurance companies and pharmaceuticals make mega profits.. That means that many cannot even afford to see a doctor if they are ill and then have to think twice about whether they can afford any treatment or medicine prescribed if they do. The amounts charged are huge by European standards, this little video show British reactions to being told what medical procedures cost in the USA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kll-yYQwmuM Not to say that Europe is perfect by any means. Although most/all European countries technically guarantee healthcare t… » Read

  9. All eyes on UEFA emergency meeting to decide future of European football 20 days, 20 hours ago

    Thanks Ogie. My main concern is how to take care of an 89 year-old parent living alone. But these are difficulties that a lot of people will be facing. Here's a nice post I saw elsewhere: "Dammit, I just went out panic-buying and forgot to get any rice. Does anyone know whether toilet-paper is a good source of carbohydrates?" ๐Ÿ˜€ Good luck to you and yours too. » Read

  10. All eyes on UEFA emergency meeting to decide future of European football 20 days, 20 hours ago

    Honestly, mate, I don't think this has anything to do with the integrity of the PL or anyone else. It has to do with the force majeure event of a global pandemic. Interestingly, the nearest corollary would be the 1939-40 season which had to be abandoned due to the outbreak of war. Blackpool were leading D1 at the time but as far as I know they just accepted that events bigger than football had taken over. Obviously that season hadn't gone so deep but the underlying circumstances were otherwise essentially the same. If City were leading by a distance right now, I doubt we'd be hearing so much about 'unfairness' from City fans, ex-players and ex-managers as we are from the Liverpool camp. Obviously that's because Liverpool have never won the PL and haven't won the top tier for 30 years. It doubtless feels gut-wrenching to get so near after all that time and to have it snatched away through no fault of your own. But it's no-one else's fault either. It's not unfair. It's just … » Read

  11. All eyes on UEFA emergency meeting to decide future of European football 20 days, 21 hours ago

    Yes, but if (as looks likely) games can't be resumed until August maybe, or September or even later then completing the current season before starting the next would actually mean losing next season. In addition, the current squads don't hold beyond June 30, that's why UEFA have provisionally set the last week of June for the EL & CL finals (though I doubt they will actually take place). Some players already have contracts at new clubs from July 1st and neither UEFA nor anyone else have the power to arbitrarily undo or change the contract situation between players and clubs. That means that if the season can't be completed by end June then it will have to be abandoned. There's no bias in that; it's simply a matter of fact. And maybe your appraisal of the SARS-CoV-2 situation is that completion by end June will be possible but personally I very much doubt that from what I have read. In which case the only realistic outcome will be to abandon the season. Personally I'd have no … » Read

  12. Update on FFScout Memberships 22 days, 21 hours ago

    You presume wrong. I wasn't specifically referring to Hillsborough, nor will I debate now it unless we discuss Heysel at the same time and with equal concern. This would probably not be the place for that debate anyway. » Read

  13. Update on FFScout Memberships 23 days, 2 hours ago

    Yeah, well this is what anyone that cares about football will be concerned about; not whether Liverpool will be awarded a title they haven't won but how many clubs will go bankrupt and cease to exist. It might be next August/September or even later before some clubs get another penny in revenue. And will the TV Companies be happy to keep paying for a product they aren't getting? Is there any insurance to bridge that gap? I'd be more troubled that than whether one club feels hard done by as a minor side-effect of a global pandemic that is killing people. The Liverpool fan says it's unfair that Liverpool should get the title snatched away when they are nearly there. Perhaps he should address that complaint to the Covid-19 virus, which has caused the problem. I know some Liverpool fans like to play the victim but if the season can't be completed it won't be down to a man-made decision. The only decision the authorities will get to make is how best to deal with the circumstances… » Read

  14. Update on FFScout Memberships 23 days, 6 hours ago

    If that's the best suggestion the rest must be dire. It's riddled with irrationality, 1. "Crown Liverpool champions". Why? They didn't win the PL yet. To exclude City's (admittedly slight) chance arbitrarily would be plain unfair. 2. Why don't Leicester play off in this plan? Chelsea are 5 points behind them with 9 games to play and they are 5 ahead of Wolves. So Chelsea are as likely to catch Leicester as Wolves are to catch Chelsea. That makes your playoff idea irrational and arbitrary too. 3. Expanding the PL to 22 is an insane notion; a winter break and reduction of FAC replays was just introduced in order to ease the number of games and you want to add 4 more? In a season when WC qualifying will be going on and, quite likely, the Euros will need to be squeezed in during the summer (2021) as well? It's a crackpot idea. There are only 2 rational possibilities if the season can't be completed. One is to freeze the table now and treat it as if that's after 38 games. … » Read

  15. Update on FFScout Memberships 23 days, 19 hours ago

    England v Australia, 3rd Test 1981. British Open Golf 1999. Olympic 10,000m Final 1972 (Viren was the greatest athlete of all-time in my book). And in football... Man. Utd. 1971-2. First 20 games: W14, D4, L2 (= 2.3 ppg in modern terms). Next 11 games: W0, D4, L7 (= 0.36 ppg). It does happen. My point is not that it's likely. It's that it's possible. » Read

  16. Update on FFScout Memberships 23 days, 19 hours ago

    Yep. Some bookies had even paid out on Newcastle winning it. » Read

  17. Update on FFScout Memberships 23 days, 19 hours ago

    The point is that improbable isn't the same as impossible. If you want a PL example, Arsenal were running away with it in 2008, only to go on a run where they won once in 8 games, collapsing to 3rd. It isn't likely that Liverpool would collapse like that but neither is it impossible. The PL isn't won on the balance of probabilities. It is won by scoring more points than everyone else over 38 games. Simple as that. » Read

  18. Update on FFScout Memberships 23 days, 20 hours ago

    Wait a sec. In the 2005 CL Final, Liverpool were 0-3 down at half time. Just say something had happened and the game had to be completely abandoned - would it have been right to award the European Cup to Milan? And how would that look in hindsight, knowing that Liverpool mounted a completely improbable comeback in the 2nd half and eventually won on penalties? You just can't award the PL title until the season is over and if the games can't all be played then it's null and void. Anything else would be utterly unfair to City. Stranger things have happened and as it happens, Liverpool have been in terrible form anyway, losing 4 of their last 6 games. If Liverpool get given the title it will be meaningless. They haven't won it yet, as Klopp himself has been saying for weeks. » Read