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Everything posted by olitheshayman

  1. Crikey, we've officially got the worst death rate in Europe now. Luckily one of the chief medical advisors was being a massive pillock and not even following his own advice, taking attention away from this grim fact. That's gonna achieve a great deal for public trust! Already seen a worrying number of people questioning the whole lockdown advice now when really it's just this guy being a selfish prick. If it weren't for social distancing I'd advise you all to form a human barrier around your nearest 5G masts.
  2. Couldn't find any verification of the Sarah Cummings thing, so I'd disregard that for now. But it's no secret that Dominic Cummings has previously himself worked for private healthcare company, Babylon health, who have a pretty big interest in getting NHS procurement contracts for themselves. They have historically been involved in introducing Artificial Intelligence into the NHS, which is quite a lucrative business as it allows one to harvest people's healthcare data which can be sold on to pharmaceuticals and other companies for a pretty penny. Also, as Cummings is in power, he can sell government contracts to who he wants. In this case a company called Faculty Science Ltd. won the bid to develop this track and trace app. The chief executive of this company is a chap called Marc Warner, the brother of Ben Warner, who works with Dominic Cummings as the PM's political advisor and has a similar background in artificial intelligence industry. All of them have sat on the SAGE committee. Whatever solutions are drawn up, they'll want their companies to get those government contracts to make it happen. Cummings isn't a unique player in this, but the commotion around him is illustrative of the way the NHS has been run for the last 30 years. Privatisation of the NHS has been occurring for a good 30+ years, first slowly under Major, then Blair, before it was then accelerated with the 2012 Health and Care Act. It would never be permitted to happen directly or obviously, though the people who designed the NHS' current structure have succeeded in making it complicated to understand and therefore, tricky to comprehend how you can do anything about it. If you want more info I'd recommend this write-up of how it occurs. https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v41/n21/john-furse/the-nhs-dismantled
  3. Yes, technically he can do what he likes. We've gone over its drawbacks, but over the last ten years it's been made clear that DB would like to keep the club in a manner that befits his reputation. He's been controlling at times, but he really does care and he would let us know if the scenario was looking dire.
  4. If this really was *the* science, like the only advised method then I'm baffled why it diverged so much with what other countries had tried and tested. The UK government's goal was to try and find a way that would avoid these lockdown measures which they feared would be too drastic and disruptive to the economy. So even though most other countries in Europe had taken the WHO's advice of locking down they just did not want to face this reality. They must have had a choice, but they chose badly. I remember when the penny dropped after the Imperial College study was published but rather than admit they got it wrong they rather absurdly said "the science shifted" and people just seemed to go with that.
  5. We won't see eye to eye on this, but here's why I disagree. It's obvious to me that the British government had a two week head start but blew it. Yes, any government would have struggled- it is a crisis after all and there's much more to come. Any British government would have inherited an austerity addled health service, for example- a common factor between the UK, Spain and Italy. Unlike Italy and Spain though, Britain had time to anticipate it, but didn't, and against the experience and methods of other countries chose a wildcard 'take it on the chin' strategy. We should not have wound up with 10% of deaths worldwide so far, and it's reasonable for people to be mad at what's been a shabby 2 months of far too many preventable deaths- most unforgivably in the health and social care sector where people have not been provided with adequate protective equipment. Whether you don't like the tone or not, it doesn't do any harm to demand of the government the same as what's being shown by ordinary members of the British public who are risking a lot as they follow behind with a mop and bucket.
  6. olitheshayman


    More Obebo magic. In the words of John Motson when Owen scored his third against Germany, "this is getting better, and better, and better!"
  7. It's to be expected. We haven't picked up any points since February. The mask is slipping. How long are the Wild-lovers going to keep their blinkers on? Problem with this club is the fans have no ambition to see us return to the football league, they just want fart and burp football because they don't think they deserve any better. I scream 'Wild out!' because I love this club and want to see it as high up the football pyramid as possible. All the silence from the East Stand does is encourage bad play that'll see us back in the glue leagues before you can say Pontefract Collieries. Now look at these young go-getters from Chester in contrast. They play beautiful football on the ground, they always get it forward. always. I even heard from one Chester fan who followed them into B&Q that while they were there they didn't mistake a single spade for any other gardening utensil. Time for Bosomworth and co. to show some ambition and do the right thing!
  8. Another great interview, and Jamie Paterson's story is a blockbuster in its own right, but those three mini anecdotes about Godfrey Obebo have finished me off.
  9. Ten years, stone me crows! I wish I was there. My family had someone texting us updates. We got a text saying Garforth had just gone 3-1 up. We then waited about 15 minutes for what should have been full time. No texts at all in between. Then we got a text just saying "4-3". 4-3!? Who for? Ffs! We had to text again and wait another 5 minutes. "To us. Result!" That sent us dancing around the house and screaming before we ran straight to the pub for whiskey and beer. Looking at the grainy Shaymen Player footage there's this sound when Scooby's lob drops in behind the goal-line and bounces into the net, like a mixture of an intake of air and an almighty scream. The laptop in front of the cameraman flies into the air. I doubt we'll ever experience an ecstacy like that ever again. Happy Garforth day everyone!
  10. A gem of an interview. Really looking forward to more of these!
  11. Gregory's first appearance and a goal on his debut. I remember celebrating it under the cowshed behind the goal. I was stood in the same spot the previous season when the revival of The Shaymen of Halifax began with one fan, on his own, singing it loud to the rest of us. That match was also the start of the "We are Jimvinceable!" chant. How could such a tinpot place host so many great moments? On the match, it was freakish the way Woodley went two goals up. It's hard to recall just how tense it was throughout that season thanks to the exceptional competition we got from Lancaster City. The loss of concentration for just a few seconds turned this one into a salvage job. We did so well to get back to 2-2 but every draw was two points lost on our rivals. Aspin was fuming!
  12. The twenty minute match. Absolute crap for 70 minutes. Then this happened. The interview at the end wasn't bad either 'woah, gerrof t'video!' https://youtu.be/3x1qeVi6eV8?t=270
  13. Every day passes and the prognosis gets all the more serious. A big cooperative effort will be needed to sort of mothball society and keep it running until full socialisation can be safely permitted again. This virus is unique cos it has two tipping points- the first one is the rate of infection, which, if it reaches a certain point means cases exponentially increase at an unmanageable rate. This would not only concern people with the virus but anyone who is requires urgent or chronic treatment. The second one is the illness itself, which may appear to be 'just a flu' but carries with it a dangerous underestimation. It varies greatly in effect, but if it gets to your lungs it can cause some horrible damage. Don't take the risk. Wash your hands, minimise social contact immediately (though for the next couple of days talk with your neighbours and loved ones and plan how you're all going to cope). Stay safe and healthy Shaymen fans!
  14. Glad the season's gonna be called off, deary me, what's happened to us?
  15. Hate to see how many criticisms I've seen of the players really are true.
  16. This is painful to watch. We're playing like we're ill.
  17. What happened to live-streaming online? It's so difficult since a certain Reddit page was banned. Had to make a deal with the devil and open a flipping betting account to get in.
  18. My love for the Shaymen is clouding my reason as much as possible, but the match really shouldn't be going ahead.
  19. Okay, sensible me thinks this is a stupid and reckless decision. Stupid and reckless me however thinks this is funny and that we'll get a ridiculously large TV audience but that it'll be the last before the season is abandoned.
  20. Even if it'd be the only excuse I can think of to put a TV in the Big 6, no. Big 6 before yes. Big 6 after definitely. But Big 6 simultaneously? That's overdoing it.
  21. I reckon it's a matter of time until the rest of the season's games are held behind closed doors. The situation is pretty serious. If I were organising the club or the league I'd be looking into live-streaming games for the remainder of the season, perhaps with a pay what you want policy to log-in and watch online. What else are we gonna do when there are no more gate receipts?
  22. One time Blue Square did a juggling contest at half time with a blue cube. That was a hoot! The half time schools tournament is good enough for me. The best half-time entertainment I've seen, though, was at VfL Osnabrück a few years back. They were sponsored by a coffee company and the local brewer and had two half time competitions: Schieß die Latté von der Latte (shoot the latté off the crossbar) where a big plastic coffee cup was placed on the crossbar and fans would try to shoot it down from the edge of the penalty area to win a coffee machine. The second bit of entertainment involved a race where two randomly selected fans would run across the pitch carrying a beer barrel, down a pint, place it on their head, and run back with the beer barrel to the finish line, all while the Benny Hill theme played over the tannoy. The winner got a crate of Osnabrücker Pils. Maybe Calder Valley Brewery would be up for something similar?
  23. And how much did it cost to get in back then?
  24. I don't think this stage of the season is renowned for teams getting record crowds. Could be more people coming to home games. Though we've had good all round form in the league we've not based it on Fortress Shay style dominance (on top of home defeats in the Cup and Trophy). There was a very good buzz forming up until the home defeat against Harrogate, the run after that took the wind out of our sails a little and our recent good run of form may have us in third place now, but only just, and it's still looking more fragile than sturdy. If there's a decisive game for making the play-offs, the crowd will come. Barrow at home might fetch more than a few extra fans.
  25. It was a good team, but they faltered, probably because they were being paid with Netto vouchers that Netto would only accept half the time. It felt so frustrating because they did produce bits of brilliance some weeks and then perform abjectly in others, and most of the side was the same that had reached the play-off final the previous year. Jake Wright had the most distinguished career after that. A certain other player would go on to score against Gigi Buffon in the World Cup. The rest, loan signings aside, never really stood up to the previous season's standards.
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