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  1. Absolutely. I've seen this happen to a colleague before. Do not, do not, do not send anything to this guy. Nothing good can come of it. Send something negative: Potential big problem in terms of bullying or some pish like that. Send something positive: May well find you are covering his back for something and digging your own grave. Stay well away.
  2. The bottom line is that it would be a catastrophe for Hearts, Hibs, Aberdeen, especially if any of the other clubs in that group were to make it to the Champions League. It would make it close to impossible to compete with such a club medium term. A smaller club with smaller gates like Motherwell wouldn't be such a disaster as they'd be constrained in what they could do by their relatively small supports. It would give them a huge short-term boost, right enough. But the reality-changing nature of the money on offer is obscene and something as arbitrary as winning or losing a penalty shoot-out, or getting a really easy draw because of a shock in a previous round, could completely alter everything. I think it's fair to say that the thinking man knows the Champions League is bad for our league and ultimately having two clubs in it regularly will destroy any hope of balance forever. I honestly wouldn't even want Hearts in it. The system is bad.
  3. I went through a weird phase with these a few years ago. From memory the Zlatan one was good. He's clearly a bit of a bell-end and utterly self-obsessed, but we knew that and he seems ok enough with it. It was an interesting enough read. Enjoyed the Sven autobiography. He's a manager, so lots of self-justification, but his experience of managing England and dealing with the media was interesting, as well as his time in Sweden, Italy. Portugal etc. Maybe my favourite one. He's some boy. Sandy Clark's was completely unmemorable. Chris Sutton's was decent enough. I read the Alex Ferguson one that came out maybe three years ago or so. It was ok. Keith Gillespie's was a tough read in terms of the gambling etc, but I enjoyed it. Charlie Miller's was unmemorable. Graeme Souness interesting in places. They're much of a muchness in that there tends to be a lot of self-justification and a sprinkling of score-settling. While they don't tend to be marvelous works of literature, if you're interested in football then most of them are readable enough. So, in short, Sven and Zlatan would be my two picks. Not read one for years.
  4. It's fair to say that it's a different show when the two of them are on it. A lot of people seem to dislike either of them for whatever reason, but they are by far the best at their jobs on the show. Firstly, they are prepared to go off-message and say what they think rather than what might help them get a job or talk up a mate. Secondly, they are able to construct reasonable arguments to back up their positions. Even if you disagree with them, you can see where they are coming from. Thirdly, and this is important in a radio show, they have the ability to actually speak clearly, command language and communicate. Andy McLaren a while back and Peter Grant recently have both ended up arguing with Michael Stewart on air basically because they didn't understand his (correct) use of the English language. Think about that.
  5. I'd love to see Shed Seven again. A good night guaranteed. Sadly, I'm thousands of miles away.
  6. I cannot believe there are still, in this day and age, utter perverts who choose to consume peanut butter. Truly of the devil.
  7. I don't doubt what you're saying. However the proportion of people in their twenties and thirties (even forties) who are genuinely incapable of walking up a flight of stairs is very small indeed, and therefore I have no problem labelling the majority of lift-users and escalator-standers as lazy b*****ds. The very small number of exceptions do not mean the lazy majority get a free pass. I'm happy with that view. In Korea (a society utterly addicted to convenience) they have lifts at pedestrian bridges so that old people or those with mobility issues can cross the road safely. Yet it was routine to see huge groups of people waiting to use the lift to go up and then to go down again even though it usually took longer than just scooting over the bridge on foot. I do not believe all of these people had mobility issues. I do not believe even a large minority of them did. They were just lazy p***ks whose brains have been trained to believe that all convenience is good. The place I worked was on the second and third floor of a building. There were dozens of people in the office. I hardly ever passed another person on the stairs. I do not believe all of, or even a large minority of, these colleagues and customers were laid low by some debilitating illness. They were lazy p***ks.
  8. I think you're being generous to the general population. Same goes for people who stride along the street and then stand still on the escalator. People look for ways to make life 'convenient' without realising that convenience is not always good for us.
  9. Of course. I've had spells myself where the stairs are not an option. But I see perfectly able-bodied people pulling this shit at work every day.
  10. Mince pies and Christmas Cake are both absolutely disgusting. Christmas dinner (traditional one with turkey, potato and veg etc) is boring, stodgy nonsense and the most over-rated meal of the year. In short, Christmas is a bad time for eating.
  11. Exercise should be part of everyday living, not just reserved for the gym. Amazes me how often I see people in their prime of life taking the lift up two or three flights of stairs instead of walking. Or people who get onto an escalator then stand still. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/03/why-exercise-alone-wont-save-us
  12. Uche chat aside, it's quite clear that the biggest thing for us is getting our better defensively-minded players back in the side. Souttar, Halkett and Haring are being badly missed. The standard of goal we lost against Killie and St Mirren was just amateurish and there's no point banging on about Uche or Naismith when we're chucking in goals as cheaply as that. I think we'll see an improvement once (if) we get them back in the team. Our defending is appalling. I've never been a big fan of Berra, to be honest. Even first time around I thought he was over-rated. Obviously tough to come through in the era after Pressley and Webster, against whom most Hearts defenders would be judged harshly, but I've always thought him prone to poor positioning, poor decision-making and always liable to give the ball away at inopportune moments. A big brave laddie who gives you everything, yes, but I don't think he's ever been a very good player. Smith is a funny one. Again, I don't think he's very good. I don't like his lack of willingness to run onto a pass. This means a pass to Smith often kills any momentum in a forward move. When we had Mitchell on the other flank this was particularly noticeable. A move down the left had zip about it, a move down the right ended when the ball went to Smith. He's clearly not the best player in the world, but then neither is he as bad as some try to make out. He's a Robbie Neilson figure for me, in that he'll do fine when the defence around him is sorted.
  13. Interesting take that seeing a player play more actually hinders making a judgement... And, as I mentioned before, I think the noticeability factor works against him. He's ungainly, he's unorthodox, he gives away fouls. His negatives are more noticeable than most players'. Why are Hibs fans so fond of the phrase 'comfort blanket'?
  14. Maybe one of these things that was hard to see at the game, to give the vile bigots the benefit of the doubt. Interesting to see the New Grown-Up Alfredo picking up a needless card though.
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