While the nation is understandably distracted by the pandemic, the b4$tards have voted through to have post-Brexit food standards and environmental standards removed from the Agriculture Bill after promising they wouldn't. Welcome to American sub-standard food.
I was supposed to be flying to Lisbon first thing this morning then driving into the Badajoz area of central Spain for a few days. Got me wondering what sort of plans or major family holidays others on here have had to cancel or reschedule and whether they'd had refunds, vouchers or lost money.
Just a heads up for anyone thinking of going to this one.
Schools break up for summer on Friday. I live in Somerset about 5 miles from J22 on the M5 and I know from experience that the Saturday after the schools break up is the worst day of the year for southbound traffic on the M5 heading for holiday locations in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset and at its worst can be nose to tail from where the M4 & M49 join the M5 down as far as Exeter and beyond. There are alternative routes such as the A38 but these also get jammed in places like Bridgwater and Taunton by people trying to avoid the worst sections of the M5.
I wish I could offer advice on what to do but I'm sorry, I can't. My wife & I usually go into Burnham on Sea on Saturdays which is the other side of the M5 from us but we never go anywhere near it on the day after the schools break up or bank holidays and although I'd like to go, I probably won't be going to the Exeter game but there's always the Yeovil one tomorrow .
All I can say is, leave early, keep your fingers crossed, be prepared for a frustrating journey and good luck.
I was going to post this video for a bit of fun on the last night of the transfer window (because that's what it was about) but that evening was too depressing and I didn't feel like posting it. But having done it, I thought I may as well put it out there now.
We didn't get much coverage which I have now come to expect, but it did make me laugh when Colin Murray said after the Norwich game that "it looked like it was going to be Farke in hell but it turned out to be Farke in heaven". Just as well it was on after 9pm or he may have got in trouble for that.
So far this season - Brizzle, Villa, Stoke, Rotherham & Ipswich - are all below us in the table and we are yet to lose to anyone above us in the table. Shows what a strange division this is without the huge disparity between the top and bottom in the prem due to money.
Read a very interesting article on your hero's shady background and relationship with Russia & Putin. What a guy!
*********************** Trump's businesses went bankrupt so many times in the 1990s that many legitimate banks wouldn’t lend to him anymore. He turned to Russian oligarchs -- Putin’s ruling clique -- to bankroll his projects, and launder their dirty money for them. This was, and continues to be, a huge part of his business. He’s a Russian money launderer.
"We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia." Donald Trump JR, 2014
Trump’s main financial backer for the Trump Tower Toronto was a Russian-Canadian billionaire who got the money by selling a massive steel mill in Ukraine for nearly a billion dollars. $100 million of that money was paid to a Kremlin-backed fixer, likely as a bribe to VERY high Russian officials. The Chairman of the Bank who financed the deal? Vladimir Putin.
Trump bought his home in Palm Beach, Florida for $41 million. A few years later, with no real increase in the value -- he sold it for $95 million -- the most expensive home in America at the time! Why? A major Russian oligarch bought it -- we don’t know yet why he effectively ‘gave’ Trump $54 million. But it’s classic money laundering practice.
Trump's real estate deals were often fuelled by Russian money, typically passed through shady shell companies. 77% of Trump Soho apartments were bought with cash by such mysterious companies. At least 13 people with links to Russian oligarchs or mobsters lived in Trump properties, including one of Russia's top mobsters. One even ran a high-stakes illegal gambling ring in the apartment right below Trump's!
"Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets" Donald Trump JR, 2008
Trump’s financial broker and “Senior Advisor” was a Russian convicted felon named Felix Sater, widely known as a mafia figure who once stabbed someone in the face with a broken margarita glass, requiring over 100 stitches. Sater helped set up shell companies, and arranged funding for Trump’s projects, including plans for Trump Tower Moscow. He’s also part of Putin’s inner circle. Here’s one email he wrote to Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen in November, 2015:
"Michael, I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin. I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected. We both know no one else knows how to pull this off without stupidity or greed getting in the way. I know how to play it and we will get this done. Buddy our boy can become President of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will." New York Times, August 27, 2017
Trump’s other main business is casinos -- which are classic money laundering vehicles. One of his casinos was 100 times found in violation of federal rules protecting against money laundering, and paid the largest fine ever levied against a casino for having “willfully violated” anti-money laundering rules. Trump has a legal obligation to do “due diligence” for all his businesses to prevent laundering. His senior executive’s comment on this was “Donald doesn’t do diligence”.
Putin is a former KGB officer who has used chemical weapons, assassinated people in other countries, invaded the Ukraine, occupied Crimea, shot down the MH17 airliner with almost 300 passengers on board, aided a murderous regime in Syria, condoned the beating and torture of gays, stolen up to $200 billion from his own people, hacked foreign elections and launched what NATO calls the largest hybrid warfare campaign in history to undermine western liberal democracies. He is also widely believed to have ordered the murder of Russian journalists and critics, and bombed hundreds of Russian civilians to fake a terrorist attack and justify a war in Chechnya.
Yet when asked at their press conference if Trump had any criticism of Putin, he had none, and ridiculed US law enforcement for investigating Russian attacks on US democracy! Why? Trump has been working for Putin's corrupt inner circle for almost 20 years. And it's that corrupt circle that promises to make him rich for the next 20 (he's refused, in violation of all ethics, to divest from his businesses as President). Trump *may* be a Russian intelligence asset, he *may* have colluded with Putin to sabotage the US election. But what is clear is that he is a corrupt Russian money launderer, in the pocket of a KGB dictator.
Fair play, our former player gave us a lot of praise for our performance against Huddersfield. There are many who wouldn't have done. He obviously appreciates the fact that sometimes you have to do whatever you have to do to get something.
Deserves his own thread for keeping us in the game last night. Thought he was poor in the Notts County replay, trying to punch crosses I could have caught and regularly causing panic in our defence but fairplay, he was excellent last night and we might not have a quarter final to look forward to if he hadn't made some very good saves in the first half especially that first fingertip save which was world class.
We have 7 consecutive home games against Newcastle, Watford, Huddersfield, Leicester, Brighton, Bournemouth & West Brom. It's always said that you need to win your home games and all of these must be seen as winnable so a decent points tally from these 7 games plus maybe the odd point away should see us close to 20 points well before the half way stage of the season. We need to make The Liberty a fortress, starting tomorrow.