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  1. Every now and then we do a purge, but I'll admit I've not done one for a while. Thanks for the reminder.
  2. I think you're more likely to see McGregor fighting Malignaggi although not quite the same level of draw. I believe Mayweather when he says he's done now. All that aside, the best fight for a long time is happening on 16th September when Golovkin takes on Alvarez. That's going to be a war.
  3. Someone I know has had their VDSL+ line upgraded for free to double their speed in the last two weeks. I'm not sure what the qualification is for this upgrade but they're also syncing well over 90.
  4. Yeah, the amount of hammerfists McGregor was raining down in the clinch was comical, should have been multiple points deducted. I'm surprised it went on as long as it did, Mayweather was looking for the big time punch which never landed properly. McGregor was fighting on empty from the fifth round on really, there was no power in his punches and his form got progressively worse. Mayweather looked in complete control for the whole fight, even in the first couple of rounds which he lost on points, he was just figuring him out.
  5. Pretty sure GoT came first. WoW isn't afraid of borrowing from other sources. See Shado Pan / Nights Watch and numerous other examples where it's lifted things from GoT.
  6. I popped in this afternoon. It's a Sport Direct, there's nothing new about it. it's well stocked, pretty much the whole range you'd expect and they have all the usual sale racks you see in any other Sport Direct store. It was busy, but not knee deep packed.
  7. It's Ok, it's not like it's about to enter what's probably the second busiest period of travel in the year for the MGP.
  8. Round 8? It's never going to make it that far. Money aside, there's nothing in this for Mayweather. He's overwhelmingly expected to win easily and he's putting his entire legacy at risk for an admittedly generous payday. Love McGregor and think he's a fantastic entertainer and ruthless MMA fighter but he's got little chance in this. However, it's a chance. McGregor is going to be unorthodox, he's going to move differently than Mayweather is expecting and the punches are going to come from weird angles. You can't completely rule out McGregor landing one flush on his chin in the opening couple of rounds but after that, conditioning is going to play a big part. He looked gassed against Diaz at times and spent a lot of time in the third round running away. There's just not that place to hide in a boxing ring. Just imagine though.... I'll watch it for the spectacle but it's not a fight anyone is watching for a boxing classic.
  9. Its possible he has dumped you into a "secret contact" state in his SMS client. Get him to install a different SMS messenger and see if they are there.
  10. I used Optimax, who are still around but it's been a long time so you should do your own research . I had an excellent experience from start to finish though for what it's worth. There weren't many providers around at the time and I selected them based on the fact they had a Liverpool suite, and that their surgeon at the time also did work for nobles so it meant I could schedule a follow up to get my bandage contacts out without having to go away again. Not sure your eyes is something you want to cheap out on in hindsight but they also had a special offer on at the time and I'm not ashamed to admit that was a big consideration at the time. It cost me £500 per eye. No idea how that compares now.
  11. Necrobumping ITT I'm over 12 years on from having mine done now and at my last eye test I was still 20/15 vision and I've had zero side effects ever since. Still remains only of my best life choices to have it done.
  12. Shut up the pair of you or take it to PM
  13. My understanding is that the IOMG do provide a subsidy for all competitors. The amount usually varies but is usually in the 100-150 range so the claim of £158 doesn't sound unreasonable. I don't think this money is provided directly to any sport or competitor, I think it's just knocked off the bill that each sporting association receives from IGAM. Personally I've not had my final bill so I've not seen the breakdown to confirm. From memory, this subsidy is never guaranteed to be provided and it's only communicated a few weeks beforehand so no sports rely on in case they don't supply it. Some sports are richer than others. Some sports choose to fund all their competitors in full because they have the money to do that. Football is one of them I believe. I remember a few Games ago there being a huge kickoff when the FA asked for each competitor to contribute £100 towards the cost, some players saying it was outrageous and they wouldn't go if they had to pay. It certainly painted a contrast with other sports that were doing bag packs at Shoprite and all sorts of sponsored activities to fund themselves. Might seem strange, but I actually think the IOMG are right to only provide a small subsidy, I don't think it should be wholly funded by them. But I can't agree with an eight day fully funded trip with expenses for an MHK or two. There's a reputational benefit to having a presence so I think it's right that someone should go, but not for the full duration, that's just taking the piss.
  14. I returned from the Island Games last night, a little later than most participants as we elected to make our own travel arrangements as we're not a rich sport and going under our own steam was significantly cheaper for us, even if it took a bit longer each way. Nobody treats it as a jolly. Every sport prepares for the event and trains hard for it, commits large amounts of time and money to get there, gives up family time and annual leave from our jobs to go, not just for the event itself but in the weeks and months prior. Not every sport represented by Manx athletes can win a medal, or enjoy massive success in their results. The important thing is that we all get to take part in an amazing event, we get to give the experience of a higher level of competition to people who may not normally have the opportunity, and everyone does their very best. To suggest that we should deny that to people is petty, asinine and offensive. It was my last one as a competitor, I've been going since 1999 so I'm too old for any more, my broken corpse of a body today confirms that it's time to stop but I hope to be involved in coaching in the future when the time is right and I'll be proud to resume representing my country. Just like every single person there this last week.
  15. I think it's about ability to concentrate. I can listen to music and not have to hear every bar, or every beat. I can turn my attention elsewhere to focus on something else and let it be background. You start zoning out on an audio book and you lose the narrative and plot. I listen to a lot of music, but it's always when I'm doing something else.