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    Simon Rattle - British Conductor

    Name me a better conductor from these Isles. I’ll wait. Huge loss to the London Symphony Orchestra https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55617039
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    Life on Venus (?)

    First off I saw this So dig some digging and this appears to be the big news: More explanation here: https://www.quora.com/Was-life-discovered-in-the-clouds-of-Venus-in-2020/answer/Brian-Roemmele?ch=2&srid=Pi3
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    Watching With or Without "Crowd Noise"

    Not sure what the options were like in the UK or elsewhere but on Bein Sport we had the option of crowd noise being added in or not on the audio/language button. Before kick off I told my wife I didn't want to listen with a fake crowd soundtrack and I watched the first ten minutes with the...
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    If you were [working*] today

    If you were a minimum wage worker in the jobs market today while this coronavirus is running rampant throughout the United Kingdom would you risk your health in working at a supermarket. This is just to finish the year and make sure people can buy food. I most certainly would not risk my health...
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    Don’t F**k With Cats (Netflix)

    Anyone seen it? I watched all three episodes on a flight back from Christmas last night. Was pretty fascinating, there are some a) sick fuckers around and b) some people with a lot of time on their hands about* *yes I understand the irony of that given how many times I have posted in the...
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    “Explosion” Heard Across London

    Very early news coming through No confirmation of what it is yet. Seems to have been heard over 50 miles. Sonic boom perhaps? Edit: Met Police calling it a bang:
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    Transgender Sportswomen in Sport

    read this from Samuels in today’s Mail: “Maxine Blythin, the transgender cricketer with ambitions to represent England's women, also plays at club level for a local men's team. For Chesham second XI, she has an average for 15. For her women's team, St Lawrence and Highland Court, her average...
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    Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Bomb Blasts

    Awful awful stuff with at lease 137+ killed: At least 137 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police and hospital sources say. At least six explosions have been reported. Three churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa...
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    Unbiased Officials

    Thought this may deserve a threa if it’s own rather being lost in a 100 pager. This is the 4th official celebrating the Liverpool winner. How can we believe they are unbiased?
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    Michael Jackson

    So what are we saying now with this new documentary movie? Confirmed nonce like Gary Glitter or are there still some doubts from people that really like his music? https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/25/michael-jackson-documentary-leaving-neverland
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    Texas Police Officer Kills Man in his Own Home

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45450558 Image copyrightBOTHAM SHEM JEAN/FACEBOOK A police officer in the US state of Texas has shot and killed a man in a flat after mistakenly thinking she was in her own unit, police say. The unnamed Dallas officer entered the apartment after her...
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    Why We Fight

    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/dan-snows-history-hit/id1042631089?mt=2#episodeGuid=ba741751-86b2-4639-90f5-e4546d17c4a6 It’s a podcast from Dan Snow’s History Hit. His guest is a former soldier and now an conflict academic and PhD and he talks about: Dan talks to Mike Martin about the...
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    Avicii dead

    found dead in Muscat, Oman aged 28. Had some decent hits.
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    Today’s US police shooting of an unarmed person thread

    Seems like there’s another shooting every week in the states where a cop shoots or kills an unarmed individual, often without punishment. Latest one in the news was Stephen Clark: NY times link Unarmed, black, 22, shot at 20 times by police because he was holding a mobile phone. The police...
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    Another child sex gang found guilty

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5539487/Child-sex-gang-seven-predatory-men-abused-girls-young-13-convicted-Oxford.html Another seven of these scum bags off the streets. When do we think we’ll stop seeing gangs like these coming to light?
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    Final Salary Pensions / Deficits / Benefits (long post)

    OK so the Carillion thread has brought to light the fact a lot of people are very much in the dark over Final Salary (Defined Benefit - DB) Pension Schemes. They have always been held up as "gold plated" and guaranteed and by and large they have been fairly excellent. I'm going to run through a...
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    Max Clifford dead

    collapsed in his cell. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/10/max-clifford-dies-collapsing-cell/
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    Scottish Guy arrested in Dubai, UAE

    A Scot is facing three years in jail in Dubai after claiming he touched a man's hip while trying to avoid spilling his drink in a crowded bar. The "cultural misunderstanding" has left Jamie Harron, of Stirling, stuck in the emirate for three months facing jail, jobless and in huge amounts of...
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    “Offensive” Spurs banner re: Alonso

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-4943348/Tottenham-vow-track-fans-Alonso-banner.html#article-4943348 Tottenham vow to track down fans who allegedly displayed offensive banner referring to Chelsea player Marcos Alonso's 2011 car crash that killed 19-year-old woman Tottenham...
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    Kids.....What's the point of them?

    I understand why in centuries gone it made a lot of sense to have children. For a start there was little you could do to stop them appearing if you actively engaged the Mrs in coitus. Secondly, people needed a large brood as half wouldn't make it to their teens and the other half would earn a...
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