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46  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: US politics & the Trump era on: October 05, 2020, 10:31 pm
I dunno, maybe he has a point:


What do you reckon, Althusser? Should we get out there and grab some of that sweet SARS-CoV-2, get a bit of youthful vigour back in our bones?
47  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: US politics & the Trump era on: October 03, 2020, 09:15 pm
On more reading, it seems that the Hicks result was Thursday. I didn’t watch it, but apparently the doctor who briefed the press earlier from Walter Reed was very evasive.
48  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: US politics & the Trump era on: October 03, 2020, 08:42 pm
I see that he was found positive before the debate. I didn't think it could get any worse.

Is that true of Trump? I think he and his team may have known that Hope Hicks was infected, but Trump was unknown at that point. Whatever, it’s spectacularly irresponsible for the Trump family to have refused to wear masks while watching the debate.
49  Pages / Archive: News / Murray humbled by Wawrinka on: September 27, 2020, 08:48 pm
Andy Murray had a short stay at the rescheduled 2020 edition of Roland Garros, losing 1-6 3-6 2-6 in the first round to former champion Stan Wawrinka.


In a neat piece of symmetry, Murray's last competitive match on clay also came against Wawrinka at this tournament in 2017, albeit at the semi-final stage.

Time has moved on considerably for both men, though Wawrinka has returned to the seeding positions of Grand Slams after injury woes of his own. Murray was out-of-sorts today and was dispatched with ease by his Swiss friend.

In the first set, Murray's first-serve percentage languished at 21%. That was clearly never going to be left unpunished by Wawrinka, who can blast an opponent off the court even when they are serving well.

The Scot's service game improved as the match went on, but he couldn't find the high levels required to get back into the contest. In the end, Wawrinka hit 42 winners and strolled to the second round in a little over 90 minutes.

Murray's next scheduled competitive appearances will be at the Cologne double-header tournaments, to be held on indoor hardcourts from 12th October.

50  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Corona virus on: September 24, 2020, 09:35 pm
I was in Exeter today. The streets were crawling with groups (many containing over 6 people) of, I presume, students.
51  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: US politics & the Trump era on: September 03, 2020, 09:21 am
Report from the NY Times suggesting the US are going to rush out a COVID vaccine before phase 3 trials are complete. That seems like a much more plausible route for Trump to win reelection than the law and order thing.

Yeah this worries me a bit. Even if the vaccine was stringently tested as usual, no way should the orange filth take credit for it. But he would sure as hell try and it could push some undecideds towards him. nervous
52  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: US politics & the Trump era on: August 31, 2020, 08:22 am

How do betting odds correlate to final outcome? I assume Clinton had short odds in 2016?
53  Pages / Archive: News / Re: Murray rolled by Raonic on: August 27, 2020, 09:42 pm
Result 48 hrs out of date.  Get a grip

54  Pages / Archive: News / Murray rolled by Raonic on: August 26, 2020, 09:19 pm
Andy Murray was beaten in the third round of the Cincinnati-New York Masters on Tuesday evening by Milos Raonic, 6-2 6-2.


The Scot could not find any sort of rhythm against Raonic, well-known for the strength of his service game. Indeed, the Canadian won nearly 90% of points on his first serve.

This was a weather-affected contest and a defeat that Murray took great displeasure from. After the match, Murray made his feelings known:

I don't know how much of it was due to the conditions at the beginning or if I was just a little bit slow. I don't know.

But I was really not happy with that at all. I have much higher standards than that. Not good enough tonight.

Wins earlier in the week over Frances Tiafoe and Alexander Zverev, however, should be a source of encouragement for Murray and his fans as he looks towards the US Open, the draw for which is due on Thursday and which will be held at the same venue from 31st August.
55  Pages / Archive: News / Murray beats Tiafoe on Tour return on: August 23, 2020, 09:49 am
Andy Murray won his first ATP level match of 2020 at the Western and Southern Open, beating American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-1.


This Masters 1000 tournament is traditionally played in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. However, in another sign of the upside down world imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the event is this year being held in New York - despite the courtside hoardings suggesting we are in Cincy as usual.

Happily for Murray and his fans, this Tour comeback was preceded by several exhibition tournaments so the Scot had had prior opportunities to sharpen his skills.

Tiafoe, aged 22 and ranked 81 as the Tour resumes, presented a decent test for Murray. The first set followed serve into a tiebreak as neither play could seize an advantage despite impressive ground strokes from both.

In that tiebreak, Murray looked onto a loser as he fell to 2-5, but his trademark battling qualities saw him save a set point before taking one of his own.

In the early stages of the second set, some bafflingly varied play from Tiafoe (including a sub-80 mph first serve) couldn’t be capitalised upon by Murray and the American took the set.

Murray stepped up to put things to bed in the third, however, with two breaks allowing him to coast to the victory.

Murray has been awarded a wildcard for the US Open, which begins at this same venue next week. This tournament will serve as a useful warmup and a huge test awaits in his next match - the world number 7, Alexander Zverev.
56  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: August 19, 2020, 09:46 pm
And, as we know, the whole world is gagging to sign preferential trade deals with out of the way countries with a population in the low millions!

At this point I'm almost certain the Littlebuddha account is an elaborate and long played prank. Why else would it so perfectly parrot the Brexit party piece of trade deals? Think

The many threads and tedious arguments created by the artist calling themselves Littlebuddha will one day feature as a video art installation in the Tate Modern, titled “Wumming - a retrospective”.
57  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: August 19, 2020, 09:06 pm
And there I was thinking that the U.K. government had been scrabbling around the world, trying to recruit trade experts and negotiators to represent it, since 2016. Turns out they were hiding in Scotland, Wales and NI after all.
58  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: August 18, 2020, 08:49 pm
Which one has had a glancing blow from a captive-bolt stunner?

59  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: August 17, 2020, 08:52 pm
LB and Boogers are like the Joker and Batman - but who’s who?
60  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Corona virus on: July 24, 2020, 09:17 pm
Not nuts boogers, just fussy about what we put into our bodies, particularly if they haven't been properly tried and tested.  I know this wasn't a vaccine, but try telling the survivors of Thalidomide that.

Nobody, beyond willing trial participants, will be getting a vaccine without it undergoing several rigorous stages of safety and efficacy testing.

As you say, thalidomide wasn’t a vaccine, so I don’t know what that has to do with anything.
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