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  1. Really enjoying the variety on this list so far. It's mostly live action sitcoms as you'd expect, but we've also had two anthology shows, lots of different types of animation, sketch shows, Morecambe & Wise, Buffy and even a cookery programme. You can usually trust this forum to have eclectic tastes!
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    Football Predictions League 2018-19

    You only need to say sorry to yourself for missing out on the chance of maximum points. How come you're lucky enough that you only seem to forget during rounds when there are more Sunday matches than Saturday ones? Your Valladolid pick is void, by the way.
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    Football Predictions League 2018-19

    Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Chelsea Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City Huddersfield Town 0-0 Newcastle United Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United Southampton 0-1 Arsenal Wolves 2-1 Bournemouth La Liga Levante 0-2 Barcelona Valladolid 1-3 Atlético Madrid A-League Adelaide United 2-2 Melbourne City Newcastle Jets 1-0 Perth Glory
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    Football Predictions League 2018-19

    Ha, forza calcio, but even more than that, long live Austrian football! The two matches there earned me six points, which means I'm off the bottom of the table and still in contention in the Cup too. The results in both competitions have been in the opening post since Sunday night. It was a low-scoring round with an average of just 5.29 points, but there was still quite a bit of movement. Only Glenryck could join me on double figures, with Stinky the sole other participant to get more than one exact score right. Briefcase has extended his lead back to 7 points over MVP RULZ. In the FPL Cup group stage, Group A has been pretty straightforward with Rory out already and 3 players sealing their progress to the next stage with 2 rounds to spare. Group B has seen a lot more draws so the only thing mathematically decided so far is that FailedPromoter won't be advancing, but other than that it's still wide open. As mentioned above, 2-2 draws were the order of the day in Italy which wasn't a lot of help to most people. Another pair of draws in Austria didn't turn out to be that helpful either. Closer to home, wins for Spurs and Liverpool on the road proved fruitful, whereas crucial narrow victories for Burnley, Cardiff and West Ham caught quite a few pickers out. A surprisingly comfortable success for Chelsea wasn't much good for the majority either. A new set of regular and Cup fixtures will be up in the original post very shortly.
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    Football Predictions League 2018-19

    Was that 2 more than you were expecting? I hope your nephews know more about Australian soccer than mine do.
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    TLC - it’s really soon

    What, if anything, will be hanging above the ring for the Corbin v Strowman match??
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    Agreed, these are sad times over there. Forty years ago, many Catalans voted for the Partido Andalucista out of solidarity because they recognised it wasn't fair that they were getting democratic, decentralised institutions when Andalusia wasn't. That solidarity hasn't been reciprocated now. One explanation is that lots of people who live in Catalonia have Andalusian grandparents, while the reverse isn't true. I'm not really a fan of the main 3 parties in the Andalusian Parliament (if I lived there I'd have probably voted for the animal rights party PACMA, that want to stop bullfighting), but the fact that a fifth party, from the extreme right no less, has entered is very alarming. I mentioned in a PM to Carbomb a couple of weeks ago that I was worried Vox might win a seat... and then they ended up with a dozen! They've had a boost in the national polls in the past week since the regional election too. It shows Spain isn't immune to global overtly far-right movements in the way it thought it might've been. I say 'overtly' because as you point out, the PP already had a whiff of barely reconstructed Francoism about them.
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    Christmas food and cooking

    Is it wrong that I chuckled at "12:45pm — Gammon in" on Onyx's list? Anyway, last couple of Christmases have been quiet, but this year I think we're expecting a dozen people. My sister's put herself in charge of organising everything and even posted a menu in a family Facebook group convo, which seems a bit over the top. Apparently Yorkshire puddings and sage & onion stuffing are a side dish now, according to her. Among the mains will be carrots, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, broccoli, sweet potato, peas and of course roast potatoes with veggie haggis, non-beef wellington or nut roast. My other sister is allergic to the last of those. And some of the guests aren't vegetarian. This hasn't been thought through. Luckily I'll be out of the house most of Christmas Eve when they start to prepare all of this. I think we tried cranberry sauce a couple of times and I didn't go down well. Dessert's gonna be Christmas pudding which I was persuaded to sample once and couldn't stomach, so I'll probably be excusing myself from the table to go and munch on chocolate in front of the end of the telly instead.
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    Paul Hardcastle's Domestic Football 18/nuh nuh nuh 19

    The FA Cup semi-final only went to a replay because they wrongly had a goal disallowed in the original game, then they had to win it all over again when a player short 3 days later. You're right that Bayern Munich and Arsenal basically bottled the other two competitions, though. Focus on the FA Cup result against Man United that season, not the league game. Man City weren't just in Division One back then, they finished 22nd! What a difference a Sheikh makes...
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    Football Predictions League 2018-19

    What would be the point of playing each other twice? Am I meant to pop round Rory's house in a few months' time to make my picks? 😝 Seriously though: yes, it's the top 4 that go through. I'll make that clearer in the next update to the table.
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    Football Predictions League 2018-19

    Premier League Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool Burnley 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion Cardiff City 2-1 Southampton Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City Leicester City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United 2-0 Crystal Palace Serie A Cagliari 1-3 Roma Lazio 1-0 Sampdoria The proper Bundesliga Admira Wacker 2-2 RB Salzburg Rapid Vienna 0-0 Sturm Graz
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    Little Tommy Robinson

    I'm guessing now might not be a good time to remind everybody that David Dimbleby will be presenting his last edition of Question Time a week tomorrow. Don't think they've announced his replacement yet.
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    It's Political Correctness Gone Mad!

    I'm a vegetarian, but one with no time for PETA's publicity-hungry misplaced priorities. I use the first of those phrases nearly every day and don't have a problem with the rest. The alternative suggestions get sillier as they go along. It's almost as if words are less important than actions. If only there were a popular saying to remind people of that...
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    Football Predictions League 2018-19

    It's good if this competition makes you check leagues and form guides you otherwise wouldn't. Some people are probably like me and pick 'blind'. (Would explain why I'm in last place, to be fair!) PSV had suffered one domestic defeat before the weekend, though, in extra time at home to second-tier Waalwijk in the cup. Feyenoord fans sneakily threw an extra ball onto the pitch when it looked like PSV might equalise near the end. Most people were caught out by that scoreline. At least there's a title race there now. Why were you drunk by 2 o'clock? 😆 Never mind, don't answer that. Anyway, the results have been in the original post since Sunday night. The table was easy to figure out straight after that because there was no movement whatsoever in the main one and the average score was exactly 8 points. Joint top scorer MVP RULZ cut Briefcase's lead to 4. In the Cup, Rory and I are almost eliminated already but Group B is still wide open due to lots of draws. Away from the Netherlands, a score draw at St Mary's, Sunderland being held at The Bescot [Bank's] Stadium and a heavy home reverse against the form book for their rivals Newcastle were all tough to guess beforehand. Six goals in the North London derby and an Arsenal victory also turned out difficult to foresee, but triumphs for Chelsea and Liverpool in the other derbies and for Oldham and Lincoln City in the Cup proved a lot more fruitful for most. Another set of FPL Cup and regular fixtures are coming up in the opening post in a few minutes.
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    The Languages Thread

    Caer is Chester but I think Butch might be referring to a more Welsh-speaking place like Caernarfon, whose inhabitants were usually referred to as Cofis in Bangor. I learned the proper Welsh word for microwave from Pam Fi Duw? on S4C (whose writer unfortunately turned out to be a nonce) back in the day long before the silly onomatopoeic one was popularised UK-wide by The Apprentice.