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I read the news today (oh boy) - Current world events
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They should just cancel the next two Ashes test matches. It’s not a contest as England are not even a half-decent opponent.

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meanmistermustard said
They should just cancel the next two Ashes test matches. It’s not a contest as England are not even a half-decent opponent.

  

Still good to see our local bloke, playing his first game, destroying England’s experienced middle order.

You guys should take up lawn bowls, or curling, or something that isn’t cricket… 

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The Hole Got Fixed said

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They should just cancel the next two Ashes test matches. It’s not a contest as England are not even a half-decent opponent.

  

Still good to see our local bloke, playing his first game, destroying England’s experienced middle order.

You guys should take up lawn bowls, or curling, or something that isn’t cricket… 

  

“You guys”!

This has got nothing to do with me or Scotland, we just reached our first T20 World Cup last year. Instead, we sit back and look on as England get thrashed in yet another sport. It’s a great joy. 

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Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty on five of the six changes she faced:

conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts;
conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity;
transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity;
conspiracy to commit sex trafficking;
sex trafficking of minors.

Though the conviction will undoubtedly be appealed, at this moment she faces the rest of her life in jail. Rightfully so, in my opinion.

A huge victory for all the victims of Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell, and for all of us who have suffered from sexual abuse, to see that even the rich, connected and powerful can be brought to justice and have to answer for their crimes. Must have others quaking in their boots.

Though still trying to avoid Virginia (Roberts) Giuffre’s civil suit in the US, now claiming they lack jurisdiction, not a good day for Prince Andrew.

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England failed to learn the lessons needing learnt from the embarrassment of the first Ashes tests by being even more embarrassing and incompetent in the fifth test. All wickets gone for 56 runs after a strong start in their second innings. 

And Novak gets kicked out of Australia after the Australian government realise it doesn’t sit well with their put-upon citizens by letting in someone unvaccinated who’s rich and famous after two years of tough restrictions.

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Plus there were Australians who had to wait months to get into the country while this vaccinated rich dude could just breeze in.

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Starr Shine? said
Plus there were Australians who had to wait months to get into the country while this vaccinated rich dude could just breeze in.

  

*unvaccinated

 

meanmistermustard said
England failed to learn the lessons needing learnt from the embarrassment of the first Ashes tests by being even more embarrassing and incompetent in the fifth test. All wickets gone for 56 runs after a strong start in their second innings. 

And Novak gets kicked out of Australia after the Australian government realise it doesn’t sit well with their put-upon citizens by letting in someone unvaccinated who’s rich and famous after two years of tough restrictions.

  

England were a total laughing stock. Narrowly avoided a whitewash but by the barest of margins, though they certainly deserved to lose in a whitewash. My 4th grade cricket team would have put up a better fight and demonstrated better application whilst batting.

 

Good riddance Novak. Something like 72% of Australians surveyed wanted him gone, not surprising given how he was coming to Melbourne – a city which went through far more than he realised, I think. Hopefully, because his visa was cancelled, he has to remain locked out for 3 years like anyone normal and not uber-rich would.

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If covid numbers have been low and restrictions have been less enforced Novak will be back next year. The only reason he’s been kicked out is the reaction from the people and the government being unhappy at the thought of repercussions.  The Australian tennis people will want him in and the government like the attention and money he brings.

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Unless he gets vaccinated I think his career is over. The French Open and US Open require vaccination. He may get in to Wimbledon, but that’s also uncertain. 

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Scotland once again show England how to win a rugby match. We retain the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 1984.

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Rubbish, @meanmistermustard, you last retained it in 2019, after winning it 2018 for the first time since 2008.

I also think 20-17 is a much closer score than you suggest. Had the Scottish trounced us, I’d consider that us being taught how to win a rugby game, but that scoreline was to close to think we were being taught any sort of lesson.

Were the score the other way around, I’d have just thought it a close game that went our way on the day; as is, I think it was a close game that went your way.

But then, I suppose Scottish victories are so rare that you have to crow about them when they happen. ahdn_john_08_gifa-hard-days-night-george-10

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Rubbish, @meanmistermustard, you last retained it in 2019, after winning it 2018 for the first time since 2008.

I also think 20-17 is a much closer score than you suggest. Had the Scottish trounced us, I’d consider that us being taught how to win a rugby game, but that scoreline was to close to think we were being taught any sort of lesson.

Were the score the other way around, I’d have just thought it a close game that went our way on the day; as is, I think it was a close game that went your way.

But then, I suppose Scottish victories are so rare that you have to crow about them when they happen. ahdn_john_08_gifa-hard-days-night-george-10

  

Sorry. I’m talking about back-to-back wins not a draw as was in 2019. As for rare victories, we’ve won three of the last five, drawing once (when we were battered for the entirety of the first half yet you needed a last minute try and conversation to escape defeat). 

But I’ll let your comments pass as the pain and hurt from being getting beat can’t be nice to deal with on a Saturday evening, especially after the trouncing in the Ashes.

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Great Britain guaranteed two medals at the Winter Olympics, both coming from curling (mens and womens teams).

 

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Sad what’s happening in Ukraine. I’m not surprised Russia would something like this to a country.  People at least around here was nah USSR is over, Russia won’t doing anything. In some cases a snake is still snake even if sheds its skin. That’s not toward the Russian people,  but the government.  

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Putin is power hungry. He said openly he wants to restore the Russian Empire from 100 years ago, although he shouldn’t be able to do that. 

No one wins from this situation, except maybe Putin? a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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Putin is power hungry. He said openly he wants to restore the Russian Empire from 100 years ago, although he shouldn’t be able to do that. 

No one wins from this situation, except maybe Putin? a-hard-days-night-paul-10

  

I don’t think Putin will win either. More likely almost everyone will lose, many millions in the most horrendous ways imaginable, except for some businesses and business people who will make eye-watering, actually sickening amounts of money. 

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Reuters are reporting that, after receiving her passport back, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, convicted in Iran six years ago of plotting against the regime, and last year of spreading propaganda against the regime, along with another British/Iranian dual citizen whose name I can’t spell so can’t pull up the details of his charges, which I believe were spying, are headed to the airport to leave the country.

Amazing news if she is finally able to leave a country that has unjustly held her prisoner for so long, and a great day for not only her but also her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, who has campaigned so long and hard for her release (including undertaking two hunger strikes), and their daughter, Gabriella.

Edit: Tulip Siddiq, the Ratcliffe’s MP, has tweeted:

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The other dual national reported to have been released is 68-year-old Anoosheh Ashoori, who has been held for 4 years.

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Ooo, the Metropolitan Police (London’s police force) have announced their latest round of fines for the breaking of lockdown rules in and around Downing Street, and both PM Boris Johnson (as well as his wife) and Chancellor (Finance Minister) Rishi Sunak have been fined for attending illegal gatherings.

They made the laws and they broke them. Boris Johnson repeatedly told the House of Commons that no rules were broken. The Metropolitan Police disagree. A minister who misleads Parliament, according to Parliamentary protocols, should resign.

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Three shocking mass shootings in the US in days, a supermarket, a church, and the latest, an elementary school, which has seen 19 children aged 10 and under killed, along with two teachers, and there are those who believe their interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is more important than all these lost lives.

I am glad to live in a country where politicians changed laws on gun ownership in response to mass shootings here, rather than a country who watch mass murder after mass murder and do NOTHING because they’re being paid by the gun lobby.

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