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New folder on the Seven! :P On July 4th, I installed some software on the Seven! Afterward, I noticed a new empty Pictures folder named Slide Shows!

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I Like General Electric! :D It has nothing to do with the fact that a friend worked there! :lol: Put four kids through college, getting a Master's in Engineering!

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rbos86 wrote: 24 Apr 2024 21:23 I'm going to a concert, in Utrecht.

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets.

I like it, know what to exoect, since I own the blu-ray of such concert in The Roundhouse, London.
I want to see and hear it with my own perspective.

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Been there..!
It was awesome, they played a lot of early Pink Floyd -work, from every early album, but not from 'Dark Side of the Moon', and other later albums. Just the work from Syd Barrett's years, and further.
Titles like 'Astronomy Domine', 'Atom Heart Mother', 'Scarecrow', 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' and 25 minutes of 'Echoes'...Wonderful!
The sound was good, the visuals sublime, the atmosphere amazing.

Time to think, how to return to the regular world..!
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To absolutely no one's surprise, Football did in fact not come home at Euros 2024!
But good news for Brits, its less than 2 years until the start of the World Cup 2026 across North & Central America, where a certain amount of football fans can once again become borderline hooligans!

Also means it should be a good at least... 4 month before I hear anyone saying its coming home.
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I think this streak of football not coming home may not end in our lifetime. Which I'm happy to hear.

Since England last won a major tournament in 1966, no major World Cup upsets have happened but the following have actually managed to win the Euros:

- Czechoslovakia (1976)
- Denmark (1992)
- Greece (2004)

Actually, the English team has not achieved a top 3 finish since they won. Even Sweden achieved that, winning the bronze back in 1994!

- Sweden (bronze, 1994)
- Poland (bronze, 1974 and 1982)
- Turkey (bronze, 2002)

But hey, there's always next time eh? :mrgreen:
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I do feel for our coach, Gareth Southgate. He gets so much hate & abuse from certain fans whenever one of our team messes up, or slightly isn't in the right place or ideal play, as if we're all on FIFA and he is controlling them directly with his gamer juice'd PS5 controller.
We have 2 consecutive appearances in the Euro's tournament final match, we got to the quarter finals of the last World Cup. We even won one of the Euro's matches this time on penalties, which infamously we absolutely suck you know whats at.
Man is cooking, let him continue cooking. Instead a certain section of the fans just immediately rip into him and blame it all on him.

Also our women's team is doing really well the past 3-5 years too, so that is pretty nice.

for some reason, it is stuck in England's psyche that we need to win a tournament in a game we invented*

*but not really, the football has existed since at least Mesoamerica times, and China/Japan started using it for an organised game, the Brits found out and as we usually do, stole the idea and slapped a few extra rules on that do nothing but cause annoyance and hate in the fandom...
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Redirect Left wrote: 15 Jul 2024 10:31 Also our women's team is doing really well the past 3-5 years too, so that is pretty nice.
Now the lionesses I do fear. We are playing you tomorrow, the winner goes through and the loser is forced to play a play-off round. May the best team win!

Regarding Southgate, with the players available he should do better. You were lucky to escape the group stage, let alone make it all this way. England had no place in the finals, and the tactics made stars invisible. England needs a new manager.
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Chrill wrote: 15 Jul 2024 12:54
Redirect Left wrote: 15 Jul 2024 10:31 Also our women's team is doing really well the past 3-5 years too, so that is pretty nice.
Now the lionesses I do fear. We are playing you tomorrow, the winner goes through and the loser is forced to play a play-off round. May the best team win!
Sweden vs England (for Womens matches only) is a relatively well coloured routine. Wins on both sides, some of which were painfully so. Google says our last encounter was a 4-0 for England, and then a few years ago (2018!) you beat us 2-0 so, it seems fairly random which team gets the win with us there.

One thing I will say for our current team & coach for the Lionesses. They've done so much for not just women's football, but also women's teams in general here. They're all massive supporters of getting more women into sports and it really shows whenever they've been asked or spoke about it.
Before the Lionesses got massive as of recent years, oddly it was the Olympic Womens Curling team after they narrowly missed Bronze at South Korea 2018, and then scooping the gold in China 2022 , which somehow gained interest in both the sport of Curling, and also women too into the sport, which as you can imagine isn't all that well catered for in terms of sports centres and infrastructure here, at least outside of parts of Scotland. So it kinda helped pick that up a little too.
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Curling is famous in Sweden every four years, we do have a lot of wins there.

Yes, the women's game has absolutely exploded in recent years. It's amazing to see. I think what people connect with is that it's more genuine. There is not too much money to ruin the players, it's affordable to attend, there is no hostile hooliganism so you feel welcome and safe. It's what sport should be.

I saw Sweden play Brazil last year at our national arena in front of maybe 30,000 people (FOR A FRIENDLY!) and it was fantastic. The Brazilian fans were cheering even when Sweden scored, everyone was just happy to attend. It was a wholesome party!

And it helps that we win. Sweden were ranked Number 1 in the world as recently as last year, and we are currently ranked 6th today.
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Chrill wrote: 15 Jul 2024 13:44 I think what people connect with is that it's more genuine.
100% this, you see it in both on pitch and off too. The fans are a lot more mellow, the players themselves are more friendly with each other. You see a lot of needless spats amongst players in a lot of men's sports, recently i noticed it even in Tennis at Wimbledon that just passed, and the women players tend to just shrug off anything negative.

There has been matches i would really like to have attended, such as the FA Cup finals, or Manchester City vs Manchester United. But i am always put off by the narrow chance of some fecal matter really hitting the fan and being caught up in it.
Maybe I'm just a coward, but it really does put me off going to big football, just because of how bad the environment can get sometimes.
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