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  1. Adam Price replaced Leanne Wood as Plaid Cymru leader last year.
  2. Yep, I clearly didn't engage brain before typing sequel. Back in the day we had Short Circuit 2 taped off of the TV on a Betamax tape. On the label on the side below the name of the movie, my Dad had written "[FOGGY]'S FAVOURITE FILM". Not sure I'd still say that's the case, but it was what I'd been waiting the best part of 30 years for. It's the film that Chappie desperately wanted to be. As for the Star Wars spin-offs – they're fine, but not better than most efforts in the core trilogies. I reckon Solo was quite sneaky, now that you've pointed out it was an action film that I actually enjoyed!
  3. I think Bumblebee counts as a sequel to the other live action Transformers films, and it's vastly superior to the lot of them. Admittedly that's quite a low bar to clear.
  4. Since Progrès Niederkorn are one of the tags on this thread, it's probably fair to mention that they've been drawn against Cardiff Met in the Europa League preliminary round today, with the second leg in Wales. Barry Town and Cliftonville got drawn to face each other. In the Champions League extra preliminary round, which takes place in 2 weeks time (so just 24 days after the previous season's final) the champions of Gibraltar are away to the champions of Kosovo. The champions of San Marino play the champions of Andorra, meaning a team from one of those countries is actually going to win a CL tie. In both competitions, Scottish teams enter in the following round. But UEFA are waiting until next week to do those draws, for some reason.
  5. All right, it's tenuous, I grant you. The rules do state that someone also counts if they're "associated with" the town. Like I say, there's a few others I'd have accepted apart from Haile Selassie, but I've genuinely never encountered anything about this Charles Brooke guy before and there's no civic pride derived from him having been born here, whereas there are plaques up on the Esplanade about the time an Emperor visited.
  6. I thought that too, but – By their own criteria, they've gone with someone even more obscure than what I was thinking... which I'd imagine takes quite some doing. EDIT: I just checked and he's not mentioned on my town's Wiki page and we don't crop up on his. But ours does give a nod to Gary Anderson and a member of Union J.
  7. The last Emperor of Ethiopia once stayed on the hotel on the sea front in my home town. So of course the site claims we're more associated with a different royal from another continent (and one I've never heard of), the Rajah of Sarawak. I'd try to lay a claim to Gabriel Clarke on the basis he once performed in a play at my old school. Years before I was there, mind. The first village I grew up in gets a 17th-century poet and angler, but Yate and Winterbourne up the road are both linked to J.K. Rowling. Weston-super-Mare almost inevitably gets John Cleese, although there's a memorial to Jill Dando in a park in the town. Clifton gets W.G. Grace, but Bristol as a whole is one of many places associated with Winston Churchill. I thought Bridgwater might be linked to Joe Strummer but apparently he spent his later days in a village closer to Taunton, so they get an obscure 19th-century poet and criminal instead. Bradley Wright-Phillips is supposedly connected to the village of Brockley. I saw his nephew play in a Youth Cup tie down the road from there in Kenn just before Christmas. Eastbourne is lumbered with Theresa May just because she was born there. Ed Balls got married there too, if they ever want to be linked to an awful politician of a different stripe. Bangor gets Aimée 'Duffy' Duffy even though she grew up on the Wirral and then in Pembrokeshire. Brentwood and Redruth get Stephen Moyer and Kristin Scott Thomas respectively, rather than my grandparents.
  8. Fog Dude

    Brexit

    That's... an interesting interpretation of what I wrote. I'd rather have the EU anyway, but it's especially bad when national and local government are clearly failing us. I really don't see how the EU is overriding the British will or interests, unless it's secretly breaking all its own rules. The tiny percentage of laws that were passed without the support of a majority of British representatives are pretty much all positive ones relating to things like consumer protection and workers' rights. Those went against the will of our government, but not against the will of our people or their interests. If you've bought into the EU being the source of all our extra bureaucracy and that it's somehow less democratic than our own institutions, then it sounds like you've fallen into the trap of believing both the right- and left-wing criticisms simultaneously. MEPs are our democratically elected officials just as much as MPs, MSPs and councillors are. And they're more democratic than peers. Again, it comes down to the fact that Brussels and Strasbourg are physically more distant than Whitehall or Holyrood. That's literally the only way things are 'further removed from the people'. If you think the EU is less democratic than the UK, then you're simply holding it to different (higher) standards and I think you need to ask yourself why that might be. Well, it'd be interesting to know what the specific example would be of a policy the EU watered down or outright stopped in this hypothetical scenario, but yeah, if that were the situation then I'd be more content for that government to have a go at negotiating a 'Lexit'. I still think that the current arrangement we have, which basically gives us all the advantages of EU membership without all of the obligations, is the best one we're going to get, and is preferable to any withdrawal agreement. Did you know the Socialist candidate for Commission President, Frans Timmermans, has proposed a Europe-wide minimum wage? That, if enacted, would eliminate Corbyn's "freedom of movement causes undercutting of wages" line of attack in one go. Sadly with Labour, the German SPD and the PS in France all set to make losses, it doesn't look like he'll have the chance to bring that in. (I voted for Molly Scott Cato and – by extension – Ska Keller for the second time in a row, by the way). Can't disagree with that at all. The fact that millions have been hoodwinked into believing that "democracy" was a one-off winner-take-all event from 3 years ago is frightening. The education system has failed those people. The media have those failed people, and the political system has certainly failed them most of all. Besides, I think we need pan-European institutions that are stronger than just UEFA and a song contest. I can't envisage a decent alternative to the EU springing up from scratch, so it'd be wiser to stay inside the one we have and keep moulding it into something more palatable. If we had to rejoin, we'd never get all those opt-outs back. Anyway, I've got my snacks and drinks at the ready for the results shows on TV tonight. How about you? Coverage of the Spanish municipal elections starts at 7:30pm CEST over there...
  9. Fog Dude

    Brexit

    Without wishing to go through the same arguments from months ago: yeah, if I were confident that Westminster, as well as my county, district and parish councils were all functioning well then there'd be a case for not having another layer of governance on top of that. But they're clearly not fit for purpose at the moment. As I've said before, I have a little bit more time for criticisms of the EU from the left than from the right, but I'm becoming increasingly exasperated by both extremes. The quotations from Tony Benn are mostly from the 1975 referendum, when the EEC still had no directly elected element. Trying to equate what he was lambasting then to the EU of 2019 is disingenuous. The only more recent quotes relate to the Single European Act (which obviously he didn't like because it was Thatcher's baby, even though it was an historical inevitability of integration, and brought greater prosperity to the continent) and one about not being able to vote out the Head of the Commission which is a thing you can actually do now. I can't find anything scathing from him after Maastricht or Lisbon were passed, and his son is now avidly pro-EU. An equal target of Benn's ire was, notably, the House of Lords, which still hasn't been properly reformed. The only type of Brexit on offer at the moment is a right-wing one, though. A revolutionary Communist would probably accept short-term suffering in order to create the conditions for an uprising. I'd rather not have people suffer needlessly at all, thanks. Even the unicorn 'jobs-first' Brexit some on the Labour side have been talking about just panders to bigots and takes away our rights. Freedom of movement works both ways, as you ought to know from your Catalan vantage point. I agree, of course, that it would be great to see the Conservative party disintegrate. It looks like they might've done at the Euro elections, but in local and general elections they sadly appear to have a much lower floor. Especially when someone like Corbyn is the alternative. The only realistic alternatives I could see to the EU would be either a really too loose arrangement, or else a 'Europe of Nativisits' as envisaged by Steve Bannon. Both of those seem far worse than the status quo. It's far from perfect, but it's the best expression of Europeanness that we're going to get, and I think we're better off trying to reshape it from the inside. All it would take would be for the majority of MEPs and heads of government to be left-wingers, then if that wasn't enough, further treaty change. But not enough progressives can be bothered to vote for the first two of those, it seems.
  10. Fog Dude

    Brexit

    The Commission's the Cabinet. The Council is more like the German upper house, the Bundesrat. You are right that more people should point out to Leavers that almost no positions in this country are directly elected, though. Someone should ask no-dealers how they voted in the last WTO election. The terminology is almost deliberately confusing. The Council of Europe is a completely different organisation which counts most European countries as members. Its main purpose is to uphold the Convention on Human Rights. It's where the "they want to force us to give all rapists and prisoners the vote!" myth comes from. What the media often refer to as the Council of Europe is actually the Council of the European Union. That has a rotating 6-month presidency. The second half of last year it was held by Austria, which is why there was a summit in Salzburg. Meetings of heads of government are called the European Council. Summits used to take place all over, but now they normally happen in the purpose-built Justus Lipsus building (the one with the snazzy room of mirrors in the ceiling and bright colours on the floor) in Brussels.
  11. Well, it could be argued you bottled the Cup final having won it last season. There's never been a trophy for winning the main league competiton, but I suppose I could look into it... Ha, that's only because I was kind enough to leave @The Maestro in after he dropped out. When he quit he was averaging enough points for lower mid-table: The stats at the bottom refer only to people who finished the reason. The averages take into account full missed weeks, but not partial ones. There seems to be a pattern emerging with Briefcase, MVP RULZ, TildeGuy and Glenryck always there or thereabouts year after year. Vegeta is invariably at least in upper mid-table, with Grecian and ultimo a little further back, and Rory and myself consistently struggling in recent campaigns. FailedPromoter ended up sandwiched between us because he failed to convert correct results into spot-on scoreline guesses. The other newcomer who stayed the course, AdamTH17, managed a top-half finish. Scoring was quite low, with nobody breaking the 400 mark this time. And that's it. For those who can't get enough football, enjoy the Nations League, Women's World Cup, U-21 Euros, Copa América (which I'd completely forgotten until Tiger Rick posted about it yesterday) and Africa Cup of Nations. For the rest of you, take a break for a couple of months and recharge your prediction batteries. The sign-ups thread for 2019-20 should appear during the knockout stage of the last of those tournaments. For the first time ever, here's a behind-the-scenes sneak preview of how next season is already shaping up. The plan at the moment is for the first 10-match card to go live in the early hours of Wednesday, the 31st of July.
  12. Another season of the FPL is now over! This post was updated throughout the season. There's also a link to the last table update here. Week 40 results Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion 1-4 Manchester City Burnley 1-3 Arsenal Leicester City 0-0 Chelsea Liverpool 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton Scottish Premiership Rangers 2-0 Celtic Ligue Un Lille 1-0 Girondins de Bordeaux Olympique de Marseille 0-3 Olympique Lyonnais German Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Mainz La Liga Real Sociedad 3-1 Real Madrid Serie A Sampdoria 1-2 Empoli Roma 2-0 Juventus Austrian Bundesliga Sturm Graz 1-3 Austria Vienna Belgian First Division A Royal Antwerp 1-1 Anderlecht Eredivisie AZ Alkmaar 1-0 PSV Eindhoven Russian Premier League Zenit St Petersburg 3-1 CSKA Moscow Swiss Super League Young Boys Bern 3-1 FC Basel Superliga Midtjylland 4-0 Copenhagen Major League Soccer Atlanta United 1-0 Orlando City Série A Santos 3-0 Vasco da Gama FPL CUP FINAL REPLAY Grecian 10-9 Briefcase
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