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  1. 6 points
    This is showing over here on Sky Atlantic on Sunday at 10.10pm.
  2. 6 points
    Custom design creation by worksofmattryan.com, sadly not for sale:
  3. 6 points
    I'm going to be all chuffed right now. A few months ago. Overweight, bloated, pale as shit, and frankly terrble. Quite frankly I looked on death's door. Well, in the words of Richard Fairbrass, The Butch Is Back.
  4. 6 points
    Who's the absolute roaster who posted that? Fucking idiot. 1. He's paid no more than any other ordinary serviceman has. Some have definitely paid way more, and their families, and guess what? They didn't get massive funding from taxpayers for anything at their weddings. 2. Like other servicemen, he volunteered. Presumably he did it on the understanding that this is seen as something selfless, not expecting anything beyond the usual remuneration for soldiers. At least that's what the media's always telling us when they bang on about "heroes". 3. Fuck this narrative that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were for our security. Neither of those countries ever attacked us, had the capability of attacking us, or had the intention to. Yes, they were run by rancid cunts who should've been knocked off, but don't make out like this was ever necessary for our security. In fact, it's been the opposite: it's been damaging to our security, because attacking them has now unleashed a generation of people who hate us and want to kill us. Not to mention that, if you're really bothered about security, then you join Mi5, Mi6, GCHQ or any of the other agencies that are better suited to dealing with guerrilla/terrorism tactics.
  5. 5 points
    I need to have a moan about Jurassic World. I'll try and keep it in some kind of coherent sense but it could be a rambling mess within the tags. Huge spoilers for the entire film within. It's not every thought I had but it's a start... TL;DR I hated it.
  6. 5 points
    I didn't really know where else to share this, I tried in vain to find that old artwork thread we had knocking around, but alas... I've had a bit of time between commissions this weekend, and wanted to try something different. Usually its cutouts on a static background and a bit of colouring to suit. This is the first time i've taken on a project like this, as in a full on composition, telling a story, and i'm really happy with how it turned out. There's about 13 separate images pulled together to create this, which is why I normally steer clear - getting them to blend seamlessly etc is time consuming and frankly, a pain in the arse, but i'm really happy with how this turned out, so giving myself a rare pat on the back.
  7. 5 points
    Sorry to bump a very old thread, but I've pissed myself for an hour rewatching this. Might be the funniest promo I've ever seen.
  8. 5 points
    We got back from a cruise today. We went back on the same ship were were married on in 2010 as it was the first time it had been back to Cork since our wedding. Luckily, it also coincided with Mrs Scratch’s 41st so all was good. Here’s a photo of us with our friends on the last night.
  9. 5 points
    I am a child that was "educated" from the early 1970's onwards in a couple of notorious schools in the North of England. The education was so poor that to this day i still struggle to type things like this. It takes me ages & some of the fucked up stuff i saw ( i managed to duck most of it myself ) i doubt people on here would even believe! One of the schools has since been knocked down, purely off the back of it's reputation. So here's the deal. If anyone is interested, i will do my "Top 10 School Mental Exploits". This is not me being "needy" or looking for attention. I just can't be arsed to spend a couple of hours trying to type what would be an easy post for most, but really hard for me,unless anyone is interested? I will gauge it on feedback & the up & down votes. Then either post my "Top Ten" or thank those who bothered replying
  10. 4 points
    Johnny Saint has been named General Manager of the WWE UK brand.
  11. 4 points
    This isn't so much a shocking anecdote, but BomberPat's cross country stuff brought it back vividly, so settle in for a rambling story. I hated PE so much. I didn't hit my growth spurt until just before my GCSEs, so was a short, fat, clumsy child, and as such, PE lessons were Lord of the fucking Flies. The teachers were just the bullies but 20 years older, and favoured all the sporty kids/bullies, because obviously the Venn diagram of 'sporty kids' and 'bullies' is a perfect circle. So, for most of school, PE would either see me pissing about in the corner with the other reject kids, with even the teachers knowing it was a waste of time us being there, or forced into some kind of team game, where you'd get yelled at "LEAVE IT!" if the ball came anywhere near you. On some occasions, you might get a kick in and actually connect with the ball and have it go in the right direction, and then you'd spend the next week getting sarcastic cheers of "Weeey! Here's fuckin' Gazza!" every time you entered the room. So, then came cross country runs. Like Pat said, a truly insane thing when you look back on it. We were made to run all the way round our massive field, out onto an extremely busy main road, then through a bunch of residential streets until we came back in through the rear carpark of the school. Even at a good clip, it was a 40 minute run. Every winter (always fucking winter), we'd go through this Hell, and me and my fat mates would always hobble across the line some 20 minutes after everyone else, limping into the changing room still in our sweaty gear, soaked with rain, clutching at the stitches in our abdomens, while the other kids were already showered and back in their uniforms. Whatever lesson was next, we'd be late for it. I was always so determined to do well during cross country, talking myself up as I ran to not give up and to keep going, dreaming of the day I'd not be stuck right at the back, finally able to earn a modicum of earnest, unsarcastic respect from my peers, and have the teacher to not look at me like I was human shit. But always, no matter how hard I tried, I was in that last pack of stragglers. But then it got to year 9 or 10, when the hard lads discovered smoking. So, as we all slogged it through the town, the kids who were usually first over the line stopped off at one of their mums' houses along the route for a 20 minute fag break, literally too cool for school. By the time they'd stubbed out and rejoined the race, I'd already gone over the line. Hollow victory, sure, but my name was the highest it'd ever been on the timesheet by a mile. I was so boyed by this; by the feeling of having achieved something with my terrible body; that I tried even harder the following week, actually looking forwards to it. It was the same story as before, the sporty lads couldn't be arsed, but I gave it everything I had, and got my personal best by some distance, and a genuinely respectable time by anyone's standards. Having been trapped as this clumsy, perennially last-picked mess, and like all boys, always dreaming of sporting glory, I finally felt like I might not be so wretched after all. Look what happens when you apply yourself! The next week, the teams were being picked for county cross country, or whatever it was, and by virtue of my most recent performances, I was eligible to be at the meeting where they'd choose who'd be representing the school. Me and all the usual sporty bully pricks had all given up our lunchbreak to be there. The PE teacher clocked me as soon as he walked in; him of the creepy obsession with boxer shorts. He started off with a speech, during which he never took his eyes off of me. This isn't verbatim, but it was along the lines of "Obviously some people deserve to be here, while others are treating it like a joke and just want to get out of lessons. Some ridiculous faces here today." He picked the team. I didn't run for the school. From then until the day I left, I never put another atom of effort into PE. Non-PE related, there was a kid who was similarly low on the social totem poll who, I guess, sought to elevate himself by attacking me in ways he'd be arrested for now. During textiles class, he stabbed me right through the palm of my hand with a pair of scissors while I tried to defend myself from being stabbed in the face. I was immediately bleeding everywhere, as he tried to grass me up for having 'a blood capsule' like he was fucking Tommy Boyd. Not long after, in Design and Technology, he bent a nail into a piece of wood, heated it up in the belt sander until it was glowing red hot, and then came up behind me and stamped the whole thing down on the back of my hand. I had a weird 3D-printed bent-nail scar rising out of the back of my hand for about a year.
  12. 4 points
    Gallows and Anderson were over in Japan. They’re absolutely rubbish. I don’t mind Kairi, but I think I’m biased because I’m in love with her.
  13. 4 points
    Good news is the tumour appears to be benign, but they're pretty sure I've got tuberculosis again. For fucks sake.
  14. 4 points
    “To build up the Last Man Standing match, we’ll do a finish where both guys fail to make a count of ten.”
  15. 3 points
    Was gonna stick this up in the other show discussion thread but if your like me i find it hard to get invested in a fight and watch it all if i know the outcome. So thought it would be handy to have a thread of straight up links to spoiler free fights, could be handy if anyone misses shit or doesnt realise certain fights are happening. Id imagine it would be best to kee discussion elsewhere or use the spoiler tags in this thread if you want to reply? Regardless, i think its a good idea for a thread. No one likes spoilers. Here's one...Nikita Krylov fought Fabio Maldonado in Russia last week for Fights Nights Global, here it is (English commentary too). obviously the fight length is in the video, so just maximise it before you notice the duration 👍
  16. 3 points
    I’m so excited. It got confirmed today that next Thursday I’ll be spending the day with Rankin. He’s probably my all-time favourite photographer alongside David Bailey. I’ve no idea what to wear...
  17. 3 points
  18. 3 points
    The Swans at the aforementioned Chorlton Water Park have had Cygnets. I give you "Reservoir Swans"
  19. 3 points
    At least they have an excuse to move mania to the LA sports arena next year.
  20. 3 points
    I didn't start with a steak, sorry! It arrived today and we had some salmon in the fridge so I did that. It was fucking amazing. Best salmon I've ever had. I'm not even a huge salmon fan, but my wife has been trying to get me to have it once a week for healthiness. I'll be happy to eat it weekly now.
  21. 3 points
    Some great write ups in here. Bisping may have had my favourite MMA career of all time. It feels like we've seen him at his worst and his best. A proper rollercoaster of ups and downs. I've absolutely hated his guts at times, yet his Title win might be my favourite ever. Like most, my first exposure came from his participation in TUF 3. He stole the show that season. He seemed like a super likable, funny guy. "Goodnight. I'll most likely murder you in the morning!" Brilliant. Plus as someone who was going to University in Preston at the time, it was awesome to see a guy who lived 15 minutes away go all the way to winning the tournament. I've never liked football or cricket or whatever. This was the first time I could get behind someone from my own country playing sports overseas. Around that time I actually bumped into him in Preston city centre doing a bit of shopping. Obviously new to fame, he seemed really happy to be recognised and had no problem stopping for a chat with me and my dorky mates. We were there live for his fight against Elvis Sinosic at UFC 70. He was the main draw for us and the reaction he got, at the time, was unlike anything I'd ever experienced before. The place was absolutely deafening. I thought I'd seen big reactions for guys like Stone Cold Steve Austin or The Rock. They were nothing compared to this. It was insane. It all went a bit shit for quite a while after that though. I know he never had a problem playing heel and that he knew that being hated was always better than being boring, so I could never determine whether that played a factor in it. Perhaps he'd just taken it too far. Either that, or was just turning into an insufferable prick. First there was the Matt Hamill fight, where he barely won a controversial decision, yet cut a post-fight promo like he'd just destroyed him. I might be remembering it wrong, but I'm sure he acted a prick at the post-fight press conference too, refusing to admit it was close, never mind the fact that the majority of the media and fans had scored it for Hamill. Then you had his performance on the UK vs. USA season of TUF. Squirting water in people's faces. What a twat. Even as a Brit, I couldn't wait for Dan Henderson to chin him. That KO at UFC 100 is still one of the most satisfying of all time. Henderson was the biggest babyface, and Bisping was a loud mouth bell-end, so to see Dan connect so beautifully, then follow up with another just for a laugh, I fucking LOVED it. The Rivera stuff may have been the worst of all though. It was all done in jest, and was doing wonders for building up their match, yet Bisping seemed to be purposefully taking it personal just to be a prick. Gozzing on the corner was indefensible. After that, I was quite happy to watch him continuously fail in Title eliminator fights. Something changed along the way though. Once you had guys like Vitor walking around looking like the Incredible Hulk, despite supposedly needing to be on TRT for a, "testosterone deficiency," Bisping started to stand out as the only guy willing to fight fair. When everyone else was taking the (neon) piss out of the very obvious loophole, he was happy to face them clean regardless. Around this time, I actually ended up sitting near him at the Barão vs. McDonald show in London. We managed to bag some free tickets from Dana back before Conor and Ronda made the sport too popular for that to be a regular thing. We got a couple of £400 tickets that were at the back of the floor seats. They were actually pretty rubbish seats, with it being impossible to see what was happening whenever the action hit the floor, but it allowed us to sit amongst a bunch of celebrities and fighters. I remember rolling my eyes at being sat next to Bisping, still convinced he was a knob. Annoyingly though, he proved me to be completely wrong. He was sound all night. Happy to chat with everyone, super friendly, not complaining when a single trip to the toilet took over an hour with how many photos he had to take with the fans, I did a total 180 on him that night. That was further compounded when I met him before the Machida vs. Muñoz show in Manchester, when he was great again. I guess we'll never know if he grew up a bit during that time, or decided to reign it in a bit with the heel act, but from then onwards he slowly turned into one of my favourites. By the time he was fighting CB Dollaway and Thales Leites, it felt like he was winding down a good-but-not-great career, which was a shame. Then when they announced the Anderson Silva fight, that became his version of a title fight. He might never win the belt, but at least he’ll get a shot (and likely lose) to one of the greatest of all time. I had to be there. For me, almost as memorable as the fight itself is the go-home promo he cut in the back of a taxi with Ariel Helwani. Proper passionate, you couldn’t help but root for him. I remember watching that before heading to the arena and it felt like Christmas morning I was so excited. The Anderson fight is easily the most dramatic fight I’ve ever seen. When Anderson hit that knee and started celebrating, people were grabbing their coats and leaving. I was checking I had everything in my pockets, planning my exit. But then! I’ll never ever forget the buzz that slowly spread around the arena as people started to realise that the fight wasn’t over. I’m genuinely getting goosebumps thinking about it now. Everyone slowly standing up or running back to their seats, the noise getting louder and louder as the ring card girl walked around the Octagon to signify the next round. It was absolutely magical to experience live. Proper spine-tingling stuff. “Fucking hell, it’s not over! Oh My GOD! IT’S NOT OVER! IT'S NOT OVER!” When he went on to win, man, what a moment. Just the best live experience ever. I think everyone collectively decided he needed to retire there because it was never getting any better than that. Then the unthinkable happened and he got the Rockhold fight. I still smile ear to ear thinking about everything involving that. Just watch the last thirty seconds of this. Absolutely hilarious. "Weak as piss! Kiss my arse!" Haha! I love it! To think this was the same guy that everyone hated! Has there ever been a greater babyface turn? When he won the title, it was like a movie. Ninety nine times out of one hundred that fight would've probably gone the other way. It was the most amazing, unbelievable, satisfying fluke in history, made all the greater by how much he rubbed it in Rockhold's face. He said forever that this was his destiny, and by that point it was hard to argue. Somehow, despite that division being filled with killers that would almost certainly destroy him, he somehow managed to hold the belt. Fantastic. We went to his defence against Dan Henderson live and it was tonnes of fun. Almost unbelievable looking back that these were the same two fighters from UFC 100. I couldn't have wanted a more different outcome. It was heart-in-your-throat stuff every time Henderson caught him with that left. And then finally, just when my love of MMA was at its lowest, Bisping vs. GSP provided the best build up and most exciting fight of the year. Fair play to the lad. Even at the very end he was making me more interested in his fights than anyone else on the roster could even dream of. It's a shame Conor McGregor exists because without him I think Bisping is probably the greatest at talking up a fight and getting you invested one way or another. God, I'll miss him. He'll leave a huge void now he's gone. If anyone has not seen it, the "My Destiny," special they did on him building up the Henderson rematch is pitch perfect. I've watched the last ten minutes loads of times. It never gets old. Finally, let's all remember, even in retirement Bisping has been the king of trolling - Luke Rockhold will never get that rematch. Fucking get in.
  22. 3 points
    Make yourself a cuppa and read the replies to this. They are spectacular.
  23. 3 points
    Used to go to a local boys club back home when i was about 10 or 11. Was primarily football with a little bit of gymnastics thrown in at times, the chap was an old scout master and was from the 'old school' and very much the disciplinarian which even in the early/mid 1990's was not something any of us were used to especially at that age. Mums thought it was a bit OTT whilst the dads always took the alpha male approach about it doing us good and our generation needing toughened up - the usual stuff you can imagine. You didn't think anything of it at the time but rather than splitting teams by doing bibs v non bibs he used to always do shirts v skins. Again, didn't think much of this as occasionally happened at school and boys brigade when the weather permitted so it didn't seem out of the ordinary although i remember at the time a couple of the mums questioning it but being happy with the reasoning behind it. The other thing was he also used to record EVERY single session of football from a wee tripod and camcorder he setup in the wee fire escape type alcove running off the main hall. We didn't bat an eyelid at the time as he always said it was for scouting purposes as he "knew" people at all the big clubs including Rangers & Celtic and would send off the best performances for the scouts to look at. Looking back now it's absolute lunacy but you drank the koolaid so to speak at that age and took everything he said as gospel. Eventually he started to introduce residential summer camps but the interest weaned and the whole thing petered out after about 18 months or so and folded. Didn't see or hear anything of the chap again untill a few years later when we switched the news on and realised that the youth club leader was the very same man who went into Dunblane primary and murdered all those children.
  24. 3 points
    Personally, I'd have much rather they just turned Nia heel and had her pair up with Stephanie against Ronda. That's far more Austin/Vince than this shit. Ronda breaks Steph's arm, so Steph enlists the toughest person she can find to destroy Ronda. Simple and straight forward story-telling. That's how they would've done it with Vince. He wouldn't have spent show after show ripping the piss out of both heels and babyfaces alike. Plus, Nia is badly miscast as a babyface now. It worked for the storyline and Title win against Alexa, but now it's just stupid. The giant woman throwing around tiny girls shouldn't be the babyface. I understand they wanted to tell that, "Don't Let the Bullies Win! Be a Star!" storyline with her, but the negative reaction she got for that awful speech at Backlash should be all they need to know this isn't working at all. Oh well, not to worry. Once Money in the Bank rolls around we won't have to worry about any of this anymore. By then, it'll just be a case of how long Ronda will take to recover from whatever injury she ends up getting when in there with Nia. Honestly, as bad the booking is, deciding to put such a hot commodity in the clumsy hands of Nia might be the worst decision of all. She's fucking terrible.
  25. 3 points
    I just did a full wash with a dishwasher tablet instead of a laundry one. How's your Thursday going?
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