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  1. I'm always amazed at the facility of some Europeans with language - whenever I go to a new country I always try to learn the local language to basic phrasebook level before I go, but in some Scandinavian countries I've never got any further than "Ikke norsk/dansk" before the person I'm speaking to breaks into perfect idiomatic English. Holland's incredible for it too, although I suppose they've got the excuse of their own language being so close to English in the first place.
  2. The solution is probably not a million miles away from what has been happening - a slow, steady restart of most activities with the option of rolling things back and reapplying restrictions when case numbers almost inevitably rise. And as has already been pointed out, football especially at the lower levels isn't all that high a priority...I'd suggest the only reason the top tier of the SPFL is back up and running on sufferance is because it provides a useful opium of the masses for a large section of Scottish society. "Accepting the risk is going to be there and looking to get back to some sense of normality with restrictions in place" is pretty much what's been going on over the last couple of months and continues to happen, so I'm bemused why you advocate that happening on one hand and then claim SNPbad after they do exactly that.
  3. The word you misplaced in that sentence is "yet"...just because you've been playing Russian roulette and have been clicking on empty chambers up until now doesn't mean you've actually become bulletproof. The simple truth is that after getting the virus down to extremely low levels of community transmission, the more that opens up in society (pubs, schools and indeed football) the greater the chance of it rearing its head again in a big way becomes...it's only abated rather than actually gone away, and if we all just said f**k it and went back to our normal lives - like I'm sure most of us would like to - the chances are we'd be back to square one very quickly indeed.
  4. Open mouth, insert foot from local MP...
  5. I'm hoping it's not the bit I'm thinking of as you leave Stonehaven as the track's a fair distance up at that point. That's bad enough, but the most worrying thing is the amount of smoke that seems to be issuing from it on the TV pictures.
  6. I imagine attendances will be capped pro rata of how many people can be allowed safely in. Grounds with hard standing or ones with only two or three sides in use will of necessity have lower capped capacity than ones with extensive terracing with all four sides in use....as an example, Newlandsfield with big terraces ond all four sides in use would be capped higher than say New Western Park. The nature of the newer more compact grounds will mean less people will be able to safely watch than they will be in some of the older ones.
  7. Weird how folk gravitate towards the Hoff The photo we used wouldn't have even passed the most cursory examination so I was amazed it took him a while to cotton on....from memory he was doing a Kay's catalogue pose wearing a motorcycle jacket and a pair of budgie smugglers.
  8. Very true - those who subscribe to a belief in one of those fringe theories very rarely subscribe to only the one of them, and concoct a bizarre overarching unified theory that when you break it down is preposterous. There's almost a determination to ignore any evidence to the contrary as well...I remember some clown on Twitter bleating that the Boston marathon bombing was a false flag and photos of it were staged using amputee actors. A friend of one of the injured tweeted straight back saying they'd met one of them that morning and they definitely had two legs then. Didn't stop the theorising though. Regarding 9/11, I'm willing to believe the fourth plane might have been shot down by the USAF as that scenario isn't beyond the realms of possibility, but some of the truther stuff out there is astonishing....there's actually footage of the two WTC planes crashing and the Pentagon one was a plane too - a mate of mine was working in the embassy in DC at the time, and one of his workmates saw it happen while driving into work, as did hundreds of other motorists who were a few hundred yards away on the interstate at the time. Most of the time the simplest scenario will be closest to the truth - I remember that Jon Ronson documentary where he interviewed the likes of Alex Jones were frothing at the gash at what went on in the Bilderberg group...Ronson interviewed the guy who organised the meetings who basically said it would be a lot weirder and probably would be more of a story if groups of influential people DIDN'T occasionally get together to discuss problems facing the world and how to tackle them.
  9. We had one that used to routinely leave his pass lying on his desk while wandering round the building - it was the work of 30 seconds to Pritt Stick a photo of David Hasselhoff to it. We let the front desk in on it - he walked about with it for at least a couple of weeks before he finally noticed.
  10. No doubt happened in the Red Lichtie district.
  11. The Allies lost most of their casualties in the ensuing attempt to build a bridgehead following the landing, as the bocages of Normandy - which are fields surrounded by 15-foot hedges - suited defenders much more than attackers. On D-Day itself about three-quarters of the casualties were on two of the five beaches....the Saving Private Ryan Omaha beach accounted for about 2000 deaths and the Canadian Juno beach about another 1000.
  12. Probably something as simple as broad at the bottom, narrow at the top is the easiest way for fairly primitive cultures to build tall structures, which means any time one of them tried to the results came out looking vaguely similar.
  13. There was a weird Victorian fascination for the pyramids and what they signified, not least the bizarre theory that its dimensions predicted future events. Using the metric system didn't suit what they were trying to prove, so they tried again with imperial measurements which worked slightly better but still not well enough...they then invented their own set of measurements in order to make the results fit - the "pyramid inch". Insanely, this crank theory was a part of the reason Britain held out so long in adopting the metric system, as if the inch was good enough for the ancient Egyptians... And then it turned out that Napoleon's surveyors had got the dimensions a bit off in the first place when they measured it - they had it as a few feet bigger than it actually was and obviously also failed to take into account that the whole thing would have originally been faced in limestone which would have affected all the dimensions anyway.
  14. Yeah. there'll be a general awareness of who they are and perhaps a mild preference for one or the other based on a player from that country having played for that side, but that doesn't translate into actual support...most of us probably have a team we have a vague soft spot for in most of the more well-known countries, but it's not like that soft spot makes the club any money. The other one I can never understand is the blind insistence that X's sole European triumph decades ago is any better remembered or celebrated than any other out-of-nowhere Euro cup wins from smaller nations....offhand, can anyone remember all that much about Steaua Bucharest or Mechelen's Euro successes? Thought not...and they were in the 80s. By the same token however we're supposed to believe that people in say Helsinki or Tirana talk in hushed tones and can still rhyme off the lineups of the successful Scottish teams of 20 years before that?
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