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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. 2 points
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. It was, we were on holiday in Kos the year before and it just felt like the place and right time. Over the next year I studied the place on the Internet and found the venue and put it all together. We had a wedding people said was the best they'd ever been to, Greek dancers the lot.
    1 point
  21. 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
  22. I average about 2 a week. Usually reading a fiction while also reading a non-fiction book. Sometimes with longer books it might take 2-3 weeks, but there are also times I fly through a book in 2-3 days.
    1 point
  23. No expense spared in the sense of I wanted the wedding to be the best day of our lives and everything the wife dreamed of, but as we're both lucky to not be fucking idiots didn't spend £10,000 on napkins.
    1 point
  24. Good shout on Atalanta. There is enough history out there that we all know what clubs are rotten and which ones aren't. Nazis, etc. don't just latch on to any club. They latch on to the clubs that enable that type of behavior. Millwall and Lazio are two well known examples.
    1 point
  25. Sounds like concrete evidence to me
    1 point
  26. 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
  27. Yeah, it's definitely not for everyone and for a lot of people it is understandably hard to leave family, friends, and the regular way of life behind. Also, Heimweh is real, and can be absolutely debilitating for some - I've seen some really bad cases where people would get depressed and couldn't function properly. If I were you, I would make sure that you're both 100% on the same page, because moving abroad is generally quite a big change and a stressful event, and if one of you is unhappy, it can put a real strain on relationship/marriage.
    1 point
  28. 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
  29. Aiming for a threesome then @ROBBIEFC?
    1 point
  30. Sardar Azmoun scored the only goal in the match against Iraq. I didn't watch it because I was in a fucking meeting though. *edit* lol jk that's the last match from the previous round
    1 point
  31. I'm not sure you can separate them. Fans make a club more than the club makes the fans.
    1 point
  32. 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
  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. 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
  36. It's a bit of a weird question, would you say Liverpool fans aren't respectable because of Heysel? Newcastle fans aren't respectable because of that petrol bombing? United for songs about Hillsborough? The list is endless really, there are few clubs that really push the boat out, i.e. Millwall who are literally the reason half of south London supports Arsenal, or Chelsea with a very strong far right connection. But even then, look at Burnley, a town that by it's own account has had very strong issues with racism against it's Asian community, had the racist White Lives Matter banner fly over their stadium. Yet look at the work the club have done within the community to fight against that.
    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. He will be fine buddy and thank's for the offer, he is a quick learner, he is 8 coming up this month and he is going through a lot of stages with things he likes to do, atm he has a craze for plasticine and making wee models of whatever, they started this topic at his school and he loves it. We got him this plasticine for his Birthday coming up and it's the proper ones they use at his school, had to get it from Amazon and it costs a bit but we are not worried about that as it's part of his Birthday presents, also a picture of some models he made.
    1 point
  39. Ha ha cant believe you remember that. No but I did manage to meet a few girls who just wanted a bit of fun.
    1 point
  40. When we had it you could tell when someone was getting a text message because it would make this weird noise before just before the message came through if you were close to the computer...
    1 point
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. I love Tannenzäpfle! Haven't had it for years though... I'm having this today:
    1 point
  46. Yeah they probably do but if something goes wrong you don't wanna have to tell your bank it's easyholes.com
    1 point
  47. Yeah but i never know what to say. What do you say I'm Chris wanna fuck
    1 point
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