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  1. Highgate

    Cat thread

    That's a fairly uncontroversial theory there 🙂
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    Dear Moon

    May 1972 must have been a pretty good time to be alive. And Forest were relegated.
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    Cat thread

    Cats.....a poor man/woman's dog. What can they do really? Better than goldfish mind. Oh, and dogs are definitely smarter! 🙂
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    Dear Moon

    The problem with the industrial revolution is that it has degraded the environment, wiped out countless species, and seriously threatens our own civilization. I'm all for space exploration, but no matter how successful it is and no matter how hard we look we'll never find any place as hospitable as Earth. The phrase, 'there is no place like home' couldn't be more apt. However, the technologies we will develop in our quest to explore space may well be instrumental in helping us live in a cleaner and more energy efficient way. Who knows, it's a potential win/win,. That's the optimistic version anyway I suppose.
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    Bees vs Wasps

    That's the Ichneumon wasp and yeah they have a grisly life cycle no doubt. It's a bit harsh to blame the plain old paper wasp for that behaviour though. Not only are our familiar wasps good pollinators but they also control pest species. So much so, in fact, that it's getting popular for gardeners in the US to put up nest boxes for them in their gardens.
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    v Blackburn Rovers (H) Match Thread

    Encouraged with our first half performance last night, and with the way we tried to play throughout. It seems our biggest problem is the 'number 9' position. I don't think Frank knows who to pick there yet. Do we have anyone in the squad that will give us 20 a season in the Championship? At the moment Mount is our biggest goal threat. Without an established finisher, it will be difficult for us to be competing for promotion come the end of the season. Pretty much stating the obvious here i know.
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    Dear Moon

    Setting aside all the work that satellites do (including making us aware of how much damage we are doing to our planet) and the research carried out in International Space Station, no matter how much the Space Program has cost it would have been worth it, even if it achieved nothing else other than the taking of this picture. If that wasn't a momentous and perspective shifting moment in human history. Then i don't know what was.
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    Dear Moon

    I don't see what the problem is with thinking long-term and aspiring to an eventual goal of making ours a multi-planetary species. There is no reason why having such a goal should convince authorities here to not their responsibilities regarding Earth and it's population less seriously. I don't follow the logic that having a potential plan B for humanity should be taken as granting further license for our governments to thrash planet Earth or forget about the needs of it's inhabitants. We are never going to find a better planet than this one, we evolved here after all and our physical and mental make up is attuned to Earth's environment and nowhere else. But it's not our only environment, so is the whole solar system and this corner of the Milky Way for starters. Why, wouldn't we want to explore and discover it? Imagine what we could achieve if each country agreed to collaborate and divert a portion of it's military budget (not going to happen I know) and spent it on space exploration and research instead. As soon as we've put our heads together and invented some form of non-lethal space cutlery, the first item that should be on the agenda, in my view, is a giant telescope on the moon. Think of the images we could with a ground based telescope on the Moon, with it's negligible atmosphere and nights that last 2 weeks. Our first mini-colony could be building and taking care of that. It would be well worth the cost.
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    Dear Moon

    You'd have to start off sane first.. 😄 Dang, there goes the civility on this thread.
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    Dear Moon

    To be fair all species have a tendency to colonize wherever they go, provided the environment is suitable. Problem is, we've just been too destructive in our colonizing on Earth. We can't do too much damage to the plant and animal life on Mars 🙂
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    Dear Moon

    While I think you are correct that Earth and the people on it should of course be the priority, it seems to me that we could scarcely spend money more productively than on astronomy/astrophysics and space exploration, all the while having the eventual goal of inhabiting other planets/moons. Earth won't be habitable for ever, and if we are going to survive as a species we are going to have to spread our wings so to speak. Our destructive behaviour shouldn't be too damaging if we are limiting our colonies to previously lifeless locations. It's by engaging in such projects that we will increase our technological expertise which if applied correctly can be of enormous benefit to humanity here on Earth.
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    Third European Club Competition

    Unfortunately being money driven could be said about all competitions. I think it's good that there is an incentive to win the group, the idea that your second round tie should be easier, based how you did in the group stages. So seeding there based on group position is a positive thing in my view. Seeding at the start of the group stages? It wouldn't bother me if that were dropped, but given that's it's mostly based on how a team did in the league, or in the CL previously I haven't got too much against it. I wouldn't argue against the competition being a knock out format from the start again and dropping the group stages altogether, with all teams big or small starting the competition from Round 1. No or very few 'qualifying' matches.
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    Third European Club Competition

    Would simply calling it the European Cup again solve that problem for you? The seeding in the second round is based on how teams did in the group stages, which is fair enough. The fact that it's getting harder and harder for the teams from smaller countries to qualify for the group stages is a bit of a shame though.
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    Will Hughes on Rowett

    It's nice and reassuring to give Mel the benefit of the doubt, but he should have known really. It was clear from his time at Birmingham that Rowett only knew one way to play football. They simply couldn't bear his negative style any longer even though their league position was good. If Mel wanted Derby to play creative football and build the team around our Hughes, our brightest talent, then Rowett was the wrong man to pick. He really should have known that. And it wasn't the first time he made that mistake. There was the Nigel Pearson horror story after all. The appointments of Pearson and Rowett have surely left us all confused at to what Mel meant when he talked about the 'Derby Way'. There is no way of knowing really, surely he didn't mean lumping it down the 'channels'. Anyway water under the bridge now I suppose. Let's hope he has got it right this time round. The early signs are promising.
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    Will Hughes on Rowett

    Well he was 'surplus to requirements' in a sense. Given the fact that Rowett requires his teams to play like a bunch of frightened and talentless cloggers, there was no way Will was ever going to fit in.
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