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Everything posted by Thinker

  1. Over the past few decades, the SNP has become the party of choice for the Sellick-minded, in terms of voters and elected representatives. And here we are today discussing a party that would rather cover up, or discredit the teenage victims of, inappropriate sexual conduct rather than suffer the reputational damage of publicly addressing the situation. Coincidence? Could this possibiy be linked in any way to the CFC/RC mindset when dealing with such distasteful matters?
  2. The thing is, Putin isn't likely to be reasonable when negotiating the position of any "red lines". Sorting out "a lot more detail" with a belligerent nutter isn't a straightforward task, no matter what pay grade the negotiator is on. And could we ever really be confident Putin would respect whatever detail was sorted out? Vlad seems to want a large chunk of Eastern Europe to fall back under the Russian sphere of influence regardless of those countries own ambitions towards Westernisation. Is that tough shit for them? Do we let Putin have his way with them as an appeasement, in the hope that he'll behave himself in future?
  3. So... when you say "diplomatic solution", do you mean Ukraine should concede territory and surrender? And presumably, in the future, be careful to never do anything that Vlad doesn't approve of?
  4. There's one point I'd like to focus on here Buster, and that's the phrase "Goodies and Baddies", which you've used a few times. The fact that some of us are particualrly appalled by Russia's (or Putin's) actions doesn't necessarily mean we have a simplistic view of the situation. I doubt any of us on here see are that naiive, and it's a bit condescending to suggest we are. It's possible to be fully aware of the dubious ways the West has acted, and also to believe that the Russian military invasion of the Ukraine crosses a line. So no, not goodies vs baddies. More like far-from-goodies (the West) versus OTT baddies.
  5. https://www.ipsos.com/en-uk/polling-ukraine-support-for-sanctions-and-governments-handling-grows I had to use Google to find this!
  6. I worked my way through them a few years back - not at all highbrow (not supposed to be) but really fun and exciting to read. As soon as you finish one you're looking for the next. You get a fair few interesting bits of African history in them too. I think the only series I burned through at a faster rate were the Parker books by Stark/Westlake.
  7. Oh, come off it r_s. It's blindingly obvious to any of us who have been on this forum for any length of time that you've deliberately cultivated an online persona and a style of posting that's designed to get under other people's skin. If that's what you want to do fair enough, although I have no idea what it is that you get out of it. What you've got to understand though, is that for most of us this forum is a leisure activity that we have a limited amount of time to enjoy. On the Rangers Chat section particularly, we're here for some friendly banter with fellow fans. I'm sorry to say it, but interacting with you (or even observing you interacting with others) carries with it a severe fun deficit. There are very few times when I find reading your needling, nit-picking and haranguing posts a worthwhile use of time. I doubt I'm alone in feeling this way. As I said, if that's really how you wish to post, fair enough, but don't be surprised if you end up on a few ignore lists.
  8. The play-off round is referred to as the "4th qualifying round" in that list. We'd be one of the 6 teams to enter the Europa GS that way (4 from the Champions' path, 2 from the League path).
  9. Straight into the Europa group stages.
  10. It's a real shame when you can't post an article on the forum without being forensically double-teamed by pedantic smarty pants (Do they really have nothing better to do?) I'd like to draw your attention to the forum's ignore function.
  11. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure we join at the 2nd qualifying round. As I understand it, since Scotland were ranked 11th at the start of this season, that's the spot we've been playing for, which is a 2nd QR entry. (Russia's expulsion actually upgrades us to 10th, but that doesn't effect the round we start in - 2nd place teams from leagues ranked 10-15 enter at the 2nd QR). Over the course of this campaign, we've dragged the national ranking up to 9th, so whoever finishes 2nd in the SPL in the coming season (hopefully Septic) will start in the 3rd qualifying round for the 2023/24 CL (3rd place teams from leagues ranked 5-6, and 2nd place teams from leagues ranked 7-9, start in the 3rd QR).
  12. It's actually two qualifying rounds, plus a play-off round. If we win the first qualifier we're guaranteed group stage football of some sort. The "League Path" (as opposed to the "Champions' Path") to the Champions' League Group Stages is actually extremely tough, mainly because there are only two group stage spots up for grabs. The final play-off round will almost certainly see us up against a team of the quality of PSV, Benfica or Marseille. We're capable of beating these teams, but by no means can we expect to do so. If we make the CL group stages next year it will be a big achievement.
  13. Das ist nicht das, was ich gehört habe.
  14. If you read up on what Red Bull did to Salzburg, you wouldn't want them anywhere near us.
  15. That's the positive to take here. There was a point where I think we all feared that Gio might crash and burn, but he's steadied the ship and got us moving in the right direction. Postecoglou had a rotten run initially when he took over and so did GVB, it's the form during the rest of the season where they've edged it. The timing of SG's departure certainly didn't help things.
  16. He was raised as one but, credit to him, he chucked it later in life.
  17. Great news for Everton fans.
  18. To have beaten every club currently in the league, it would have to be a former top flight team that is now at the bottom, and has had chance to play and beat Forest Green etc. Oldham, or Bradford?
  19. When I bought my shares in the IPO I considered it a donation rather than an investment - I never had any expectation that I'd make money. What irks me about it isn't that the share price has plummeted, it's that the money we put in was squandered/purloined by the arseholes who were in charge at the time. Still, it all more-or-less worked out in the end when we lifted 55.
  20. Another 10 mg of diazepam for Mr Compo please doctor.
  21. Thinker


    At the moment it is absolutely mental. I recently failed with a bid of 20% over home report for a house in far-from-glamorous Cambuslang. As insane as that sounds, the flat across the close from me recently sold for an even more eye-watering markup, so I'm confident I'd recoup. (Having said that, the increased stamp duty is money down the drain.) If your mate's son is a first time buyer, he might be better to hold off. On the other hand, we've been holding off moving for years and things just keep getting worse!
  22. On a scale of 1-10 for dangerousness, what score would you give Zelensky, and what would you give Putin?
  23. I'm not a fan of this idea, but going by the reactions of others, I'm in one of the low percentiles of pissed-offness. I hate being in the same stadium as their fans. I'm glad we stopped giving them a whole stand at Ibrox, and any excuse to shut them out completely suits me. But I've no intention of going to Sydney, so in that regard this exhibition match makes no difference to me. If others are happy to pay their money for it that's their business. Also, to play devil's advocate, it was a certainty we'd have organised warm weather training during the world cup break, and probably have arranged attendance at an invitational mini-tournament too. That's an expensive business. By agreeing to play them not only is the cost covered, but we'll also get enough money for a signing or two. None of that changes my opinion of Septic or the groin brigade.
  24. No, but it's just a rumour. I could start a rumour that we're getting more money than them if that helps?
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