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Messages - BrettWilliams

The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Gardeners' World
What's the best way to remove algae from fence panels before re-painting? I don't tell want to use the pressure washer because some of the wood is knocking on a bit and I'm not convinced it'll stand up to it.

I was presuming just a wire brush, face mask and elbow grease.
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Mundane Moments
Just fed my daughter's Venus fly trap a very small, dazed fly. I really hope I haven't just killed the whole plant. I'm not sure you're supposed to feed them.
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Telly Thread
We had a work day out to be in the audience when I was in my previous job. I've never seen telly live before and it's pretty impressive how he orchestrates the whole thing, martials and presents the facts he's given with no turnaround time between scenes. But he comes out to 'warm up the crowd' and he's basically a 70's radio DJ letch, a theme that continues during the off-air bits throughout.  

Yep, a friend of my wife's used to work as a TV runner in her early days and came into contact with Kyle. She said he was a terrible human being - arrogant, vain and totally self-obsessed to the point he'd bollock junior staff if they didn't hold a door open for him or show him the correct level of deference. 
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Telly Thread
Can we not all just agree that Jeremy Kyle is a cnut of the very highest order, and our TV screens are all the better for him not being on them for a bit?
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: The managerial merry-go-round
Pulis leaves Middlesbrough.

Time for him to call it a day - he's made plenty of money out of the game. Utter tactical dinosaur in the Gary Megson mould who will only ever survive at a club where fans are happy to completely sacrifice any style or finesse.

Former work colleagues in Stoke said that, while acknowledging his role in getting them to the Premier League and keeping them there (albeit by spending a fcuk-tonne of the chairman's money), by the end of his tenure in the Potteries he'd managed to totally destroy the enjoyment of a Saturday afternoon at the football. Ultra-defensive tactics and an obsession with mostly seeking to profit from set pieces - Stoke rarely scored and when they did it was often as a result of a fella with a long throw hurling the ball towards the opponent's goal while a bunch of his teammates (all well over six-feet tall) tried to bully the ball into the net.

Pulis ultimately got found out when the fanbase (and his employers) started questioning whether they ought to rightly be expecting more from the the capital investment in the squad. He doesn't seem capable, or willing, to alter his style - and he's not going to in his early-60s.
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: NFFC news thread
There's a Portuguese coach who we are 'not' interested in, according to E Po.

I look forward to hundreds more stories about personnel we have no plans to hire.

Couple of pages a day needing to be filled between now and the start of pre-season training, plus website and social media sh!te. I'd buckle in if I was you, or fcuk off the Post for a few weeks. The reporting will get much more desperate than this.
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Them there t'other clubs
Are we not that because of our sojourn in the dark reaches of the [shudder]third division[/shudder]?

I think he meant promotion from the third division. Neither us nor Leeds has gone back down again since, and we came up before they did.

On the final, my worry is that the pressure should all be with Villa. They're surely in big trouble financially if they don't make it this time, whereas I don't think that same urgency is felt at d*rby. This can easily be framed as 'Frank delivering a couple of years ahead of a schedule/project building/would-be-nice-if', etc.) I'd certainly be peddling that line if I was them - talk up Villa and see what happens.