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  1. BBJ

    The greatest ever Villan?

    I saw this article in today's IRISH INDEPENDENT. He'd certainly get into the all-time best ever Villa team but might Paul McGrath be our best ever player? It is one of the great regrets of a lifetime in football that I never got to manage Paul McGrath. He left St Patrick’s Athletic a couple of...
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    The Carabao Cup Thread 2019-20

    Hope springs eternal - it's been 1996 since we last won this - and the journey starts at Gresty Road on Tuesday night. Surely we'll win this one? It's a chance for some of those who warmed the bench on Friday evening to shine - I'd like to see both Hourihane and Lansbury in action.
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    Six Nations, 2019

    It all starts rumbling on Friday evening in Paris with France taking on Wales. And then there's the BIG one - Ireland v England at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. Ireland are favourites both for that game and the Championship. That's probably about right but, on a given day, anyone of five teams can...
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    The Kortney Hause Thread

    I hadn't ever heard of him till six minutes and fifteen seconds ago. Welcome to the Villa, young fellow.
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    Will Sky Sport steal the soul of Gaelic games?

    Well, they've certainly stolen the soul of football in England so I thought you might be interested to get a sense of what's happening on this side of the Irish Sea. Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp was one of my favourite Liverpool players as a young girl, but he won't be featuring on my list...
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    Villa v Wolves, 10 March 2018, 5.30pm

    Now this is THE BIG ONE! If we were to win, not only would be keep up the pressure on both Cardiff and Fulham, it would start to put doubts in the minds of our Black Country neighbours. As of now, they are just 3 points ahead of Cardiff (might be 6 after tomorrow of course). But why shouldn't...
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    An unexpected consequence of marriage equality

    A Dublin father-of-three is set to marry his 85-year-old friend of almost 30 years after the pair agreed that it was the best way for a house to be passed on without incurring a hefty inheritance tax bill. Both men spoke to Liveline on RTE1 Radio today, explaining that while they were not gay...
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    Villa at Elland Road, Friday 1st December

    You know, I think we might nick this one 1-0 or 2-1.
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    Little Known Facts About Yourself

    I'll start the ball rolling. When at school, I appeared in a film made with my classmates. I'm the schoolteacher.
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    Fear Is A Man Of The Cloth!

    Imagine my astonished surprise when sitting down to dinner the other evening with a group of assorted clerics to find myself seated opposite our great leader! Yes, the amazing truth can now be told that Jonathan Fear has another life. He is also Doctor Laurence Graham, the President of the...
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    Spectrum Versus the League of Conveniently Out-of-Copyright Villains:

    Jack is our 21 year old grandson, he has autism and he has written his first book. I've read it and it's excellent (in my totally unbiased opinion). A quick plot summary - "Dr Chapeau de Guerre’s Institute for Special Robotics is a summer school for teenagers with autism. But there’s something...
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    Ryanair Cancellations

    Good old Ryanair. We were booked on a flight to Manchester today and they sent us an email late Friday to inform us our flight was cancelled. Apparently, they're having to axe around 50 flights a day for the next few weeks on account of their pilots having to take holidays. Or so they say -...
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    True Supportersor Bandwagon Followers?

    I'm not sure if this is the right forum in which to post this so if the high head yins feel it should be elsewhere, don't hesitate to move it. I have supported Aston Villa since, well, quite a while ago. I've been to Villa Park dozens of times over the years. Yet, I am reluctant to pepper my...
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    Ryanair Landings

    Last night, I travelled from Manchester to Dublin on Ryanair and it was my thirteenth flight this year. Twelve of them have been on Ryanair and the other was on SAS. I don't have too many grumbles with Mr O'Leary's carrier - it's inexpensive and usually punctual (although last night was an...
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    The Film - or The Book?

    It's become a cliche to say that the book is always better than the film. And, in my opinion, that's usually the case. The imagination is usually more graphic than mere moving pictures. But not always. I think that the film can often make a less accessible book more understandable. For example...
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    Car Parking At Hospitals - Should We Have To Pay For It?

    Personally, I think it is iniquitous that bona fide patients have to pay through the nose for car parking when they have to visit the hospital. Likewise, when someone is an in-patient, to charge their nearest and dearest over the top when visiting is also beyond the mark. On the other hand, I...
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    "Living Danishly"

    I've just finished reading "The Year Of Living Danishly". Here's how Amazon summarizes it. "When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t...
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    Contraceptive Gel for Men

    I'm instinctively crossing my legs whilst reading this..... A GEL SQUIRTED into the sperm ducts of monkeys has been effective at preventing pregnancy, offering hope of a solution for men who are reluctant to go under the knife for family planning. While several birth control options exist for...
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    Who Do You Think You Are?

    Great programme, isn't it? Anyway, I've always had an interest in family history and have, over the years, done quite a bit of research. From that, I've discovered that seven of my eight great-grandparents were born in present day Northern Ireland whilst the eight was born in Liverpool. For our...
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    Remembrance Sunday

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. Most of us know will have seen or heard this many times. What I didn't know until recently is that the poem "For the...