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  1. The fans and the club are one and the same.
    3 points
  2. One thing I miss, is the lack of addictions there were back in the day. Yeah you had AOL or NetZero, but you also still had your friends banging on your front door to go and play sports, or ride a bike, and go through the woods, whatever. I definitely am happy that I grew up during the era I did, where I wasn't in front of a TV 24/7 or online all day, and instead got the benefits of being outdoors and building friendships that last to this day. Now - I will say, that one thing that I appreciated and adored first about the internet, was the instant connection to people from around the world. As a kid that grew up obsessed with chess, it gave me another option to play with more players, play more games, review games easier, and just increased my love for the game.
    3 points
  3. Just the decentralized, unregulated nature of it all. So much content was free. Free games, information, videos, music. As soon as large corporate entities saw an opportunity to profit, and governments started to regulate beyond blocking illegal content, it's all gone so far downhill. This site is a relic, I enjoy message board communities way more than just exposing your opinion to the unwashed masses, but they're all dying off. I hope we can keep this ancient corner of the internet alive for a few years more, because I'll miss this community when it's gone.
    3 points
  4. Enough to make sure people have access to education, healthcare, housing, food, safety, etc of a good quality. Whether that is "a little" or "a lot" depends on the geopolitical and socioeconomic circumstances of the country and what your perceptions of "a little" and "a lot" amount to. The problem is some people pretend that stuff like subsidising university education and expecting multinational corporations and billionaires to contribute 0.2% more of their income for the better of the country they inhabit is "big government" or, in UK newspaper columns, "Marxism", which infests the public debate and makes it impossible to have a rational debate with a lot of people about how relatively marginal changes to the way a country is governed can improve the lives of the vast majority of its inhabitants.
    3 points
  5. @Khan of TF365, @Tzeentch, @SchalkeUK, @Tommy, @Viva la FCB, @Ploughendplonker, @Stan, @Michael, @Bluewolf, @nawoo, @londonerlilie Your weekly reminder.
    2 points
  6. @Bluewolf, @Ploughendplonker, @nawoo, @Viva la FCB, @Khan of TF365, @SchalkeUK, @Tommy, @Tzeentch, @Stan, @6666, @Michael, @Raja1991 Your weekly reminder.
    2 points
  7. Ferrari have the strongest driver line-up for me (Well, maybe Mercedes next year too). So it'd be great if the car matches their drivers.
    2 points
  8. Lyon are another club that appear to do a proper job of running a club. Plus it's a great little city and they do well connecting with the fans, and have done a lot of Women's Football with their investments.
    2 points
  9. I actually thought it's one of the German loan words you lot use as well, but then realised that you already have a word for homesickness
    2 points
  10. Quite a few winners for these games: England's first goal was 18th minute: 3 points! 2 points! 1 point! Meanwhile 8th minute opener for Belgium: 2 points! @Bluewolf moves up from 16th to 7th; @Ploughendplonker gets himself on the scoreboard with his first point, while @Rucksackfranzose is now our new leader!
    2 points
  11. Well it's changing and rapidly, but five years ago Berlin was one of the cheapest cities in Germany and it's still much cheaper than Munich, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt.
    2 points
  12. I hope you're joking. The paranoia about Hamilton spite on this forum is going beyond parody. Half, if not more, members that post regularly in this part of the forum openly support Hamilton and about 2-3 people openly prefer other drivers, don't even dislike him. If you're a fan of a particular driver then fair enough, crack on, but not everyone is. I, like most people who sometimes get accused of hating or bashing or having an agenda against Hamilton are fans of the sport. Sometimes that involves wanting to see someone else win a championship for variety or seeing whether having a stronger and hungrier team mate will ruffle the feathers of one of the greatest drivers in history. We're excited about George, not hating Hamilton. Seeing the next generation come through and claim their place at the top is exciting for the neutral. As for the source, perhaps I should have posted initially but as I mainly use this forum on my phone I usually can't be arsed changing apps or tabs to back up my nonsense with evidence and trust people to take it in good faith. The link to the article is below, and be mindful that I initially acknowledged that there were no named sources or quotes and that it should be taken with a pinch of salt. https://www.planetf1.com/news/lewis-hamilton-not-happy-george-russell/ I personally don't find it hard to believe when you look at the full context of Hamilton's career and the team mates he has, which I may elaborate on later if I have time.
    2 points
  13. That's a good shout - blank re-writable CDs to put your own mixes on to before iTunes and then Spotify became a thing. Napster was also popular back in the day.
    2 points
  14. Chatrooms. It was amazing. I was like 13 or 14 and tried to hit on grown women. Just going on there and watch random people talk to each other. Amazing. Also being in clans during my early Counter-Strike days was kind of amazing. Even though I was always too shy to talk on the microphone and felt like an outcast.
    2 points
  15. For anyone who’s single and wants to meet someone, forget Tinder. Go on Facebook marketplace, search for wedding dresses and you’ll come across recently divorced women wanting a rebound. And you can filter by size to your acquired taste.
    2 points
  16. Go to a bar, have a few drinks, chat some girls up, have a good time and eventually bring one of them home with you. How do you think people got laid before internet?...
    2 points
  17. Thinking about this recently after we saw the demise of Barcelona. Whenever I say more respectable, just use whatever metrics you so choose, but explain why and how you choose said team(s). I could only come up with a few clubs - Bayern Munich - The big bad giant. Can't really complain how they do business, remain in the green, and still apply to the 50+1 rule. Certainly they are the reason the Bundesliga isn't more competitive, but it's hard to argue with their model, as they are continuously considered one of the 'big' clubs in Europe, but in terms of transfers, they spend very smart for the vast majority of their moves. Borussia Dortmund - Talk about a team that turns a profit. Dortmund always see to have a young star that they are able to sell for a boatload amount of money, and then reload. The best part? They are still very competitive in the process. Ajax - Just a historical club that continues to have one of the best youth academies and constantly has some of the latest and greatest in terms of young talent. Athletic Bilbao - I believe they are still going with their rule of only having players from the Bilbao region. Granted, they seem to stretch this with some players, but still, it's their identity and despite struggles with relegation, they have held true to their identity and held true. Union Berlin & Freiburg - Both clubs with very unique traditions and both are definitely 'fan and local focused'. I've enjoyed seeing the raise of both clubs, and will continue to do so, and I'm not surprised that their memberships have grown. So, let's discuss. What are your thoughts?
    1 point
  18. Anybody else into paintings and other forms of art? I've been painting for 25 years, although I've done less and less of it as I've gotten older. Here are some paintings that have stuck with me throughout the years for different reasons. Il Bacio (The Kiss) by Francesco Hayez (1859) I first saw this piece...maybe 20-ish years ago. I never knew if it was the details in her blue dress, the feeling like these two were escaping a crowd, the intensity of the kiss, or the idea of a lost love, but this painting grasped me immediately. I remember seeing in and just staring at it, and have even used this painting as inspiration for some of my writings. Absolutely brilliant. Paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky Storming Sea at Night (1849) The Brig Mercury (1848) The Warth of the Seas (1886) Passage of the Jews through the Red Sea (1891) So these are just magnificent to view in person. Here is an idea in regards to the size of these paintings - I have always had someone about the sea and ocean travel from early childhood, and these paintings, and the fierceness of the water against such a helpless looking ship just brings stories to my mind about he wonders of seafaring back in the days and some of the horrors, and obstacles they faced so far away from land.
    1 point
  19. My favourite style is traditional East Asian ink wash and watercolour paintings, especially landscapes and seascapes. Simple and minimalist, but also complex at the same time. Some of my favourites:
    1 point
  20. Why the shock, if I was going to spend thousands getting married to me it was important the people I really cared for were there. The whole thing cost me half of what it would cost in the UK and it was unique, I shared that with my closest family, not distant family or people I don't care about.
    1 point
  21. Another one of my favorite artist in when it comes to seafaring, is the great Bonaventura Peeters the Elder (1614-1652), and here are some of his classic works. Seascape with Sailors Sheltering from a Rainstorm Port in the Orient The 'Hercules' and Eenhorn' off the port of Hoorn Arrival of the Boat
    1 point
  22. Got married in Kos in Greece in a special wedding venue in the mountains overlooking harbour in 2018. Had about 30 guests who all flew over with us. I paid for the full event, wedding, meal and a free bar which got well and truly drank dry. Got to admit, it was exactly the wedding I'd hoped for during our time together, the people that mattered. That way you don't mind spending the extra to make it such a special day. I hated the idea of getting married in England and inviting people I wasn't arsed about.
    1 point
  23. I remember when they were the dominant force in France. Seems like ages ago now though. Lovely little city though.
    1 point
  24. Ward-Prowse is a great but unremarkable player but the same could be said about Milner or Henderson, they aren't flashy players but they work hard, you know what you get with him, and he has played a lot of football and has international experience. He is an instant improvement player, whereas Jones and Elliot require time to develop. Does Liverpool have the time to develop them? Not every player explodes onto the scene like Trent Alexander-Arnold. Liverpool should by all rights be a trophy winning team, as they have in the last few years but can Liverpool afford the investment in time for youth? The elite core is rapidly approaching their 30s and some have already past that mark, it isn't unreasonable to expect a decline in returns for some of these players. Will the door be shut for Mane, Firmino, and Salah by the time that Jones and Elliot are viable starting players? It's a big risk to take. Not everyone is a genetic freak like Ronaldo or Milner and can play at an astounding level into their mid to late 30s.
    1 point
  25. That's individual fans acting outside of a football ground. I think it's different when you're talking about them vs. the matchgoing fans. You can't really separate a football club from the fans that fill the stands though. They're a part of what makes the club a club. So if we're seeing mobs of match attending fans be racist... then that does reflect on that club's fanbase. If fans were wholly separated from clubs, we wouldn't have shit like Lazio being called Nazio because of their Nazi sympathising fans. I really only respect clubs in a footballing sense though, I know that fanbases (especially of very big clubs that have support all over the world) are going to contain all types of people: normal people and dickheads both find homes at various football clubs around the world. But I mostly respect those clubs that are a part of "European royalty" - massive clubs that have sort of become institutions of football. And I also respect clubs like Leicester and Atalanta that are well run and build themselves into something despite the odds against them with: i.) the "old boys club" of big clubs trying to constantly consolidate power; ii.) the new money clubs buying their way to the top. Personally, I don't really respect Atletico Bilbao's Basque policy... I think it's a bit weird tbh and sort of fosters ethnic tensions. But that's just me personally.
    1 point
  26. Sounds like concrete evidence to me
    1 point
  27. I agree with this - although I'd add education as one of the core services (I guess it's probably a social service) a government should be providing. Governments exist to provide for the people they collect taxes from. So providing infrastructure, basic services people need (like police, hospitals, schools) and making them as high quality as possible with the tax revenue available should be the number one priority. I don't really think the government has any business telling people to: play video games less, watch tv, not drink as much sugary bullshit drinks, smoke less, etc... (although I think there's a decent argument that things like smoking and obesity put an unnecessary strain on shit like the NHS - which is paid for by tax money... so the government does have an interest in the public being more healthy. It's a good argument, tbh, I just don't agree with it). Imo it's not the government's job to be everyone's nanny. However, I do agree with the government having broad emergency powers for shit like COVID. Nobody wants to lock down, but I think the measures are pretty logical (especially before we had a vaccine available).
    1 point
  28. I worked with a guy from Madrid for a few years. He had the opportunity to go back home to work so he took his wife (American) and kids back to Madrid. Long story short they were back in the US within 1 year. His wife refused to learn Spanish and ultimately she completely shut down.
    1 point
  29. I didn't call Berlin expensive, but just said that since I knew Stuttgart was, I assumed Berlin was also, but that I wasn't sure. Ha - I had no idea Lübeck was expensive. So I'm assuming that it's a really nice area then? The photos look immense.
    1 point
  30. 8/10 for me. I 100% it and loved it. The story IMO was a bit bland (felt like it didn't end up going anywhere, and would have liked a more meaningful ending). Plus another point off as some of the side missions felt a little tacked on, most didn't actually do enough for me. Visuals, gameplay, acting, world etc were outstanding though. Beautiful in 4K too, some lovely bits to it. I'm taking a break from it, but will go back for the DLC, Iki Island which was released last week.
    1 point
  31. I can't help you Western Europe. I did stay a couple of years (not consecutive) in Germany, but I was younger and lived with my Aunt in Kaiserslautern. I lived in Russia for 3 years. Seeing family, and spending time doing some online writing to make ends meet. Granted my family is spread throughout Russia so I could travel from city to city and live and still make money. After that, I moved to China and taught English, which was quite an experience. Stayed there for just short of 2 years and by the end couldn't get home quick enough. I've thought about moving to Europe. I have a job that would allow me to work anywhere as long as I have internet, but alas I have obligations that keep me here. Been thinking of either Stuttgart or Amsterdam as they are both Security Hubs for the European sector of the company I work for, but again, I could live in the middle of Lake Constance and as long as I have internet, I am good to go.
    1 point
  32. 2 years in the Netherlands and almost 7 years in Asia. The most important thing is making sure you have sufficient income, everything else is secondary.
    1 point
  33. I actually lived outside the US for 5 years at one time, and then 4 periods of a year a piece. Think about what you'd like to do and where you'd like to go. My father packed up and left back in 2005, and traveled the world for 5 years, before coming home. I still think he misses those days, but I digress. Shoot any questions you have, and where you are looking to go. Some places are easier to go to and work than others, or if you just want to be integrate yourself into a specific culture, then plan out what your goal is and how you are able to pay for it. Go for it though, man! I miss those days of traveling all over the place.
    1 point
  34. Rally. He's good at that, like most Finns!
    1 point
  35. Hednesford Town Raith Rovers Sweden Uruguay Lille Norwich Bayern Munich AC Milan Aalborg
    1 point
  36. No doubt, but I was introduced to football via Serie A, and watched it religiously in the early 2000's. I didn't include any Italian clubs as they all have demons. I remember Roma getting in trouble for some false accounting with youth transfers. Then the whole Totti and then DdR issue just makes them look like a bunch of morons really. And going bankrupt doesn't make you a bad club, IMO. There are circumstances that can lead to it, and as long as Dortmund paid back the loan, then I don't see that as bad or cheating, which is why I rate the respectability of a club. For sure though, that story makes Bayern look even more respectable.
    1 point
  37. I played in a lot of Yahoo games. Was really big into Euchre at the time. My wife and I still call each other "p", which was slang for "partner" in those chatroom games.
    1 point
  38. Well let me know if you need any help. I used to teach underprivileged kids in my area before COVID, and have been teaching kids and adults chess for 10 years now.
    1 point
  39. Is he doing stand-up comedy now?
    1 point
  40. MSN - indirect statuses were the in-thing. Joining massive group chats trying to work out who the fuck everyone was. GTA cheat codes Brian Lara cheat codes - BIGBALLS MINICILIP - so many games I'd play for hours and hours. Couronne, Minicilip Pool, Crypt Raider. Windows Media Player with the cool graphics to play your song to. Omegle Limewire - downloaded your favourite songs and then realising it was also a virus. Also not quite Internet, but playing Snake on my mum or dad's Nokia any given time, and doing so for hours. With the rubbery gel-like buttons on the phone.
    1 point
  41. A very underrated player imo. I thought he was brilliant
    1 point
  42. Tell him it won’t be that long til he’s in your position on a diet while his fucking kids rub it in
    1 point
  43. As little as possible. Collect taxes and use it to build and maintain infrastructure, organise and fund social, healthcare and emergency services. Other than that, fuck off and let people be.
    1 point
  44. Thanks everyone. Credit to all the great folks who run this forum and all the comedians that contribute. It's been a daily source of entertainment for me.
    1 point
  45. Honourary degrees (specifically ones given to celebrities). Headline-chasing universities proudly handing out degrees to reality stars or whatever who haven't done any work towards it is sickening. Universities like to portray themselves as free-thinking educational institutions, which most people seem to buy, but in reality they're attention-seeking cut-throat businesses.
    1 point
  46. I love Tannenzäpfle! Haven't had it for years though... I'm having this today:
    1 point
  47. One from the Indian wedding ceremony in the morning... And one from the evening for you all
    1 point
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