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Van Wolfie

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    Van Wolfie reacted to R@M in Sheff Wed 10 years season tickets   
    Is this not, in effect, gambling? Do they have a gambling licence? Charge them!
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    Van Wolfie reacted to Nuwtfly in What a stinker of a year   
    Refusing to read this. Nuh uh. No way.

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    Van Wolfie reacted to jono in The Politics Thread 2020   
    It is certainly a serious debate that we should be having although I suggest that the current Labour Party would steer things towards an ever larger state, which to me has more pitfalls than benefits, Different sorts of hanger on but hangers on all the same. 
    my feeling is that privately run profit making utilities work .. but only when properly regulated. Those sort of businesses by virtue of their high capital costs balanced against certainty of income should be safe but unspectacular investments for pension funds and the like. This isn’t always the case ...There is no doubt in my mind that business leaders in some of those industries have put dividend before investment or have the balance wrong. Regulators should have power to instruct certain investment or limit dividend but I am dubious of going too far backwards in to total state control. 
     
    I am sure there would be “business managers” in public all run doctors surgeries. Consider the number of missed appointments. It doesn’t matter if it is state or private. Resources must be used wisely and efficiently, state or private. 
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    Van Wolfie reacted to jono in The Politics Thread 2020   
    I think that is fair enough, but I still want to challenge this “profit” thing like it’s an evil entity .. the assumption that a cut disappears to the Bahamas. It doesn’t .. it gets paid as dividends to shareholders .. who are primarily investment funds that get money to buy the shares from folk paying in to pensions. The profit gets paid out as pensions for millions of ordinary people. ..
    I think in these utilities / essential services / near monopolies  there is a strong argument for capping executive pay and for having a regulator with teeth but profit per se really tends to mean well run and efficient. The state via nationalisation is usually worse at this but I’d acknowledge perhaps it might be better at long term planning. .. hence in a private sector op you need a well founded regulatory structure. 
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    Van Wolfie reacted to SchtivePesley in The Politics Thread 2020   
    I know you're not asking me, but I tend to agree (as I think I said in my post yesterday).
    Although paradoxically I don't think Labour would have won the December election with a "moderate" leader either - so pervasive was the malin shadow of Brexit hanging over everything. I don't think anyone could have won the last election for Labour.
    Now Brexit is a given - a Labour moderate should be able to clean up (assuming it goes badly...which it may not of course) at the next election
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from i-Ram in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    Definitely. You've got to break the cycle of anxiety.
    I suffered badly with it a few years ago & took too long to go and seek help. By then I was hardly sleeping and barely able to function at home & work.
    By then, the doc could see that I was in trouble and gave me a few days worth of diazepam (low dose), to just bring me down quickly and then I was put on a course of anti-anxiety medication. It wasn't an overnight cure but it took the edge of it and removed the fear of having panic attacks - which I still had but they were less frequent and not as severe. I don't recall any side-effects at all.
    Like you, I didnt want to be on mind-altering medication for ever and after about 9 months, I felt well enough to request to be weaned off them slowly. Another 4-5 months later, I was off the meds and felt able to cope.
    Best of luck, mate.
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from ariotofmyown in The Politics Thread 2020   
    I don't think you should conclude that the usual suspects arguing on here about stuff means that the rest of us don't care about those things you mention.
    As someone with whom I rarely agree with politically but genuinely respect, where do you stand on the Labour leadership contest?. Centrist vs Corbyn follower?
    Is it better to go centre/left, water down the policies and have a better chance of winning power, or stick to the Momentum/Corbyn radical (and so far, failed) agenda?.
    IMO we really need a strong and credible opposition and for that to happen, Labour need someone moderate in charge.
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from Norman in The Politics Thread 2020   
    I don't think you should conclude that the usual suspects arguing on here about stuff means that the rest of us don't care about those things you mention.
    As someone with whom I rarely agree with politically but genuinely respect, where do you stand on the Labour leadership contest?. Centrist vs Corbyn follower?
    Is it better to go centre/left, water down the policies and have a better chance of winning power, or stick to the Momentum/Corbyn radical (and so far, failed) agenda?.
    IMO we really need a strong and credible opposition and for that to happen, Labour need someone moderate in charge.
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from jono in The Politics Thread 2020   
    I don't think you should conclude that the usual suspects arguing on here about stuff means that the rest of us don't care about those things you mention.
    As someone with whom I rarely agree with politically but genuinely respect, where do you stand on the Labour leadership contest?. Centrist vs Corbyn follower?
    Is it better to go centre/left, water down the policies and have a better chance of winning power, or stick to the Momentum/Corbyn radical (and so far, failed) agenda?.
    IMO we really need a strong and credible opposition and for that to happen, Labour need someone moderate in charge.
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from Tamworthram in New joke thread   
    A man entered a restaurant and sat at the only open table. As he sat down, he knocked the spoon off the table with his elbow. A nearby waiter reached into his shirt pocket, pulled out a clean spoon, and set it on the table. The diner was impressed. "Do all the waiters here carry spoons in their pockets?"
    The waiter replied, "Yes. Ever since an efficiency expert visited our restaurant. He determined that 17.8% of our diners knock the spoon off the table. By carrying clean spoons with us, we save trips to the kitchen."
    The diner ate his meal. As he was paying the waiter, he commented, "Forgive the intrusion, but do you know that you have a string hanging from your fly?"
    The waiter replied, "Yes, we all do. Seems that the same efficiency expert determined that we spend too much time washing our hands after using the men's room. So, the other end of that string is tied to my winky. When I need to go, I simply pull the string, do my thing, and then return to work. Having never touched myself, there really is no need to wash my hands. Saves a lot of time."
    "Wait a minute," said the diner, "How do you get your winky back in your pants?"
    "Well, I don't know about the other guys, but I use the spoon."
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    Van Wolfie reacted to Mostyn6 in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    just try and do something daily for an hour, for a couple of weeks, that will sort you right out. Along with eating at set times. Won't sort your anxiety but will improve your mood, which will improve your sleep.
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    Van Wolfie reacted to Squid in January 2020 transfer window   
    obviously cocu's fault for going for actual decent players.
    sack him
    bring back nigel clough
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    Van Wolfie reacted to i-Ram in Krystian Bielik bad knee injury   
    That’s the spirit. Should cheer him up if he pops in for a bit of a read during his downtime.
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    Van Wolfie reacted to Van Cone De Head in Krystian Bielik bad knee injury   
    No,but I’ve done my banjo string and that was nearly career ending.
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    Van Wolfie reacted to Andicis in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    Thank you @David and @Van Wolfie, very helpful. I think I'm going to ring up and make an appointment to see a doctor about it. It has to be worth a try.
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from Andicis in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    Definitely. You've got to break the cycle of anxiety.
    I suffered badly with it a few years ago & took too long to go and seek help. By then I was hardly sleeping and barely able to function at home & work.
    By then, the doc could see that I was in trouble and gave me a few days worth of diazepam (low dose), to just bring me down quickly and then I was put on a course of anti-anxiety medication. It wasn't an overnight cure but it took the edge of it and removed the fear of having panic attacks - which I still had but they were less frequent and not as severe. I don't recall any side-effects at all.
    Like you, I didnt want to be on mind-altering medication for ever and after about 9 months, I felt well enough to request to be weaned off them slowly. Another 4-5 months later, I was off the meds and felt able to cope.
    Best of luck, mate.
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from Mostyn6 in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    Definitely. You've got to break the cycle of anxiety.
    I suffered badly with it a few years ago & took too long to go and seek help. By then I was hardly sleeping and barely able to function at home & work.
    By then, the doc could see that I was in trouble and gave me a few days worth of diazepam (low dose), to just bring me down quickly and then I was put on a course of anti-anxiety medication. It wasn't an overnight cure but it took the edge of it and removed the fear of having panic attacks - which I still had but they were less frequent and not as severe. I don't recall any side-effects at all.
    Like you, I didnt want to be on mind-altering medication for ever and after about 9 months, I felt well enough to request to be weaned off them slowly. Another 4-5 months later, I was off the meds and felt able to cope.
    Best of luck, mate.
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    Van Wolfie reacted to maxjam in The Politics Thread 2020   
    Welcome to the Culture War that infects everything - from trivial BAFTA's that will only give awards to shows that meet diversity targets regardless of quality to more important issues such as picking the leader of the opposition based on ticking a box rather than quality to lead/oppose the Tories.
    What an age we live in...
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    Van Wolfie reacted to Sexydadbod in The Politics Thread 2020   
    Corbynista’s and other lefties don’t seem to have learnt their lesson after the general election. A lot of them are coming out and saying the Labour Party HAVE to have a female leader, preferably Rebecca Long- Bailey, why must the leader be female? Shouldn’t the best candidate be the most important rather than ticking boxes? If the best labour candidate is female then fair enough, but don’t select them just because they’re female and appeasing the PC brigade then moan when we get smashed in future general elections . I couldn’t give a toss whether you’re male, female, black, white or any other ethnic minority, if you’re good enough, you’re good enough but don’t just pick them to appease the sjw’s, this is coming from a ‘leftie’
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from Steve How Hard? in New joke thread   
    A man entered a restaurant and sat at the only open table. As he sat down, he knocked the spoon off the table with his elbow. A nearby waiter reached into his shirt pocket, pulled out a clean spoon, and set it on the table. The diner was impressed. "Do all the waiters here carry spoons in their pockets?"
    The waiter replied, "Yes. Ever since an efficiency expert visited our restaurant. He determined that 17.8% of our diners knock the spoon off the table. By carrying clean spoons with us, we save trips to the kitchen."
    The diner ate his meal. As he was paying the waiter, he commented, "Forgive the intrusion, but do you know that you have a string hanging from your fly?"
    The waiter replied, "Yes, we all do. Seems that the same efficiency expert determined that we spend too much time washing our hands after using the men's room. So, the other end of that string is tied to my winky. When I need to go, I simply pull the string, do my thing, and then return to work. Having never touched myself, there really is no need to wash my hands. Saves a lot of time."
    "Wait a minute," said the diner, "How do you get your winky back in your pants?"
    "Well, I don't know about the other guys, but I use the spoon."
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from i-Ram in The Politics Thread 2020   
    I would imagine that's how most of the non-Boris supporting Tories felt as well.
    How many elections does a far (or at least further) left Labour party have to lose before they realise that they need someone moderate in charge instead of the student union placard politics of the last 5 years?.
    You're right, it is depressing that we could very well end up with another 5 years of ineffective opposition to Boris.
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    Van Wolfie reacted to JuanFloEvraTheCocu'sNesta in The Politics Thread 2020   
    It doesn't matter which side of the fence you sit on, it should concern all of us that our current government has no effective opposition.
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from Norman in The Politics Thread 2020   
    I would imagine that's how most of the non-Boris supporting Tories felt as well.
    How many elections does a far (or at least further) left Labour party have to lose before they realise that they need someone moderate in charge instead of the student union placard politics of the last 5 years?.
    You're right, it is depressing that we could very well end up with another 5 years of ineffective opposition to Boris.
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    Van Wolfie reacted to SchtivePesley in The Politics Thread 2020   
    Christ on a bike – it’s carnage on Labour twitter. I’m unfollowing people at a rate of knots and feel like I’m escaping a cult!
    It’s no secret that I supported Corbyn, but it’s like people have learned nothing from the last 4 years.
    Good policies count for nothing if you can’t articulate the message in a balanced way, and the mainstream media will destroy you if you try and appear radical.
    Starmer is the only obvious choice. Much as I’d like to see a female leader, I just think none of them have the charisma to pull it off.
    Meanwhile Labour twitter is going mad about Starmer not being radical enough and questioning every element of his left wing credentials.
    God this is depressing
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    Van Wolfie got a reaction from SchtivePesley in New joke thread   
    A man entered a restaurant and sat at the only open table. As he sat down, he knocked the spoon off the table with his elbow. A nearby waiter reached into his shirt pocket, pulled out a clean spoon, and set it on the table. The diner was impressed. "Do all the waiters here carry spoons in their pockets?"
    The waiter replied, "Yes. Ever since an efficiency expert visited our restaurant. He determined that 17.8% of our diners knock the spoon off the table. By carrying clean spoons with us, we save trips to the kitchen."
    The diner ate his meal. As he was paying the waiter, he commented, "Forgive the intrusion, but do you know that you have a string hanging from your fly?"
    The waiter replied, "Yes, we all do. Seems that the same efficiency expert determined that we spend too much time washing our hands after using the men's room. So, the other end of that string is tied to my winky. When I need to go, I simply pull the string, do my thing, and then return to work. Having never touched myself, there really is no need to wash my hands. Saves a lot of time."
    "Wait a minute," said the diner, "How do you get your winky back in your pants?"
    "Well, I don't know about the other guys, but I use the spoon."
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