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  1. 6 likes
    Actually it's very simple. Morata will cost Chelsea £70m because he will trigger all his add-ons Lukaku will cost United £75m because he'll never come close to triggering his add-ons 😂 😂 😂
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    He has no excuse.... ...even Joey Cole bought the Linguaphone box set so could learn American :)
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    This is how it started in 2015/16. No squad and then a start where basically every decision went against us for a long run. It's not time to worry, it's time to absolutely panic. If the club doesn't act now, Conte won't be here in January. This is basically what I've been fearing all summer. People have ridiculed me but here we are. We have done it again. Absolutely unthinkable we could be this ****ing stupid but yeah, we ****ing are this stupid. Time to ship the whole structure at the top of the club. Absolute amateurs.
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    I think I know who you're referring to. Must admit it's a delicious irony. All last season he was boring everybody shitless with his repetitive claims that Conte was useless and Mourinho was The Second Coming, yet Conte won the title against all odds and Mourinho finished 6th despite having the most expensive squad ever assembled in the history of football. Now, to top things off, his idol has signed Matic for 40 big ones plus another 10 in add-ons, the same Matic who we've been reliably told (again and again and again) is absolute garbage. And guess what? When Utd do far better next season he'll claim Matic has nothing to do with it. Lest we forget of course this is the same guy who thought Mikel was the reincarnation of Franz Beckenbauer. I wonder if he's ever got anything right on this site? Anyway, everyone's entitled to their opinion so let's not dwell on that. Many Chelsea fans are deeply unhappy that Matic was sold to Utd but I think if they were told at the start of the summer that we would get Conte's number 1 choice (after the unavailable Nainggolan) in Bakayoko and sell Matic to Utd for 50 big ones they would have accepted that. Matic may not be a genius (as Jose puts it) but as a holding midfielder he has few peers. When he first came he played in a 2 beside Fabregas with Oscar in the 10 role and Matic was incredible, a vast improvement over the lamentable Mikel. Remember he was playing beside Fabregas who offers practically nothing defensively yet we swept all before us, in a 4231 formation. Matic screened the defence expertly, allowing Fabregas to do his thing. That free-flowing football got sacrificed as teams worked out they could outnumber us in midfield (Matic was having to do the work of 2 people) and we battened down the hatches to win the title, often with Ramires taking Fabregas' place in away games. The season after that went horribly wrong and evidently Matic wasn't happy with something, and in fact he hardly played under Guus*. I think it's telling that Conte had to persuade him to stay last summer and this summer Matic wanted to re-join Mourinho. We don't know what went on behind the scenes in Jose's last season but we do know that Matic suits Jose's formation far more than he does Conte's. At Utd, Matic will hold but instead of Fabregas alongside him he'll have Herrera, and he'll have Pogba ahead of him making up the midfield. In other words, Jose will play Matic to his strengths and the player will be happy, and he'll have a bloody good season and be a vital member of the team. Under Conte Matic had to be more than just a holding player, and while he was good there are players out there that can perform that role better, such as Bakayoko we hope, who is a bit more all-action. Swapping Matic for Bakayoko undoubtedly suits Conte but unfortunately signing Matic undoubtedly suits Mourinho, both managers playing different formations. Jose wants a specialist holding player while Conte doesn't, that's the bottom line. We'll have to see who comes out on top. It will be intriguing. Utd will be our biggest challengers this season, because of their squad and the signing of Matic. Mourinho always wins the title in his 2nd season and it always goes tits-up in his third. If he doesn't win it this season he never will. However Conte is a far superior manager so I'm not worried, despite our inferior squad. City's squad is also superior but again our manager is better. Lots of angst and soul-searching in this thread but we'll be okay, I told you before that we would sign a top striker and so it's proved and I'm telling you now we will sign 2 or 3 more players and everybody will be happy, the priority being CM and LWB as I've said before. A RWB and a CF would also be nice. I'm very optimistic about our season. Our squad is already stronger than last season's, if only marginally. The bottom line is last season Conte only had 13 players he could trust. This season he already has 14, and you never know he might also trust Batshuayi and Christensen, and we haven't finished yet. We're getting rid of so many players so we can bring in players the manager wants. Sometimes you can't always conclude all of your business early. Last year we left things late with 1 or 2 and that worked out pretty good. There's no reason why the same can't happen this time. * I seem to recall Matic scoring at Sunderland and not celebrating. Something was definitely amiss.
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    Hey We're all either angry, bemused, irritated, frustrated or losing our innate optimistic confidence with every day - I'm in the last camp. But, seriously, as this is a forum of 'friends' (in the sense that we presumably share the same interest in Chelsea and hopes for the club) I do wonder whether 'venting' your anger so often and vociferously helps you. I'm not being ironic or sarcastic at all, here. I had anger/anxiety problems for years and a key to stopping them was resisting the temptation to indulge in 'reinforcing behaviours' - e.g when angry, do not continuously express the anger - tolerate the feeling, do nothing, it will subside. Again, I stress, this is a fellow Chelsea fan expressing genuine concern for another - not a joke, not facetious. my comment comes from the heart.
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    From the training photos I've seen, everyone seems to be happy, albeit also working hard. What makes you think that "morale is down"? The repetitively depressing posts of some on here shouldn't have you believing the players themselves are as morose as yourself, James, Holymoly, WHYSOSLOWYEH, etc.
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    Can he play wingback?
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    In my opinion, we have the 3rd best LWB in football, I'd only put Sandro and Marcelo ahead of Alonso. Now, I'm sure people will name players who are faster and dribble better than Alonso, but he'll kill them in every other part of the game; it frustrates me that Alonso isn't even just a tad bit quicker over a long distance, but I still think he is massively underrated and under appreciated. I say we go for a player with a decent fee, that will provide some level of competition but will understand if they don't get picked.
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    We have the money ✔️ Net spend not much ✔️ Number of weeks left in window ✔️ We are an embarrassment ✔️ Conte will leave ✔️ Incompetent board ✔️ All of these have been noted. You need not mention any of them again if it is just to remind us of your point of view.
  10. 2 likes
    I think everyone knows that... some of us just don't feel the need to post the same thing twenty times a day, however. Our silence doesn't mean we think all is rosy.
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    Well that was a bizarre game. From where I was sitting Cahill deserved a red and it was incredibly stupid for him to dive in where he did. Our complete collapse that followed I will attribute partly to him and partly to Conte. Considering how depleted we were in forward positions the decision to bring on another defender after the red was very strange. It meant we were playing with 5 genuine defenders with limited attacking ability out of 9 out field players. We were camped in our own half and completely unable to string more than 2 passes together with only Willian and Fabregas possessing the ability to keep the ball. There was also a painfully comic moment in the second half when they had a free kick and the vast majority of our team was in the wall. Batshauyi has a goal in him and is very funny on Twitter but unfortunately not good enough to lead the line on his own for Chelsea and I doubt he ever will be. Today he was completely invisible although not helped by the fact the only other player remotely close to him was Willian who is not exactly the biggest goal threat. He made no runs and every single pass played forward was won by Burnley without a fuss. I think he is a good option to have as a second striker but I would be very worried is he has to start without Morata again in any important games. At half time I was totally distraught and I would by lying if I said thoughts of 2015/16 weren't running through my head. Somehow though I ended the game feeling positive and as bad as we were in the first half I was impressed by how we bounced back in the second. The turning point was clearly the moment that Morata came on. Immediately the game completely changed and the difference between the Batshuayi statue and Morata buzzing around on the last shoulder was stark. He demanded the ball, put himself about and found space in the penalty box. His runs reminded me of Crespo and if anyone is expecting a Costa / Drogba type striker they will likely be disappointed. He is not a battering ram but he has a great touch, is fast and can dribble. He was constantly moving and a total nuisance for the Burnley defence. Clearly a class above any other player on the pitch today and this with no support at all. Simply has to start from here on in and I cannot wait to see him with Hazard and Pedro close by. On further positives Christensen and Rudiger were both very impressive. Have not had an opportunity to re-watch the goals which obviously came from defensive vulnerabilities but from what I saw we have a couple of gems. Firstly Christensen was very tidy in possession, made an impression going forward and faultless in defence. Rudiger on the other hand was a beast and in the first half was one of the only players to turn up. Reminded me of Bailly from United as both are fast, strong and put in very hard challenges. My only worry with him would be his red card potential and there was a few times I was concerned he might just snap someone in half. No serious concerns here though and we need these kind of players especially since we have lost a few hard bastards in the last 12 months. The last thing I want is for us to become soft and we have lost Diego, JT, Ivan and Matic in a short space of time. The referees performance was certainly not enjoyed by the crowd and I tried my best to evaluate him on his performance and not those sitting next to me calling for his head. Not seen any highlights but straight away I was sure Cahill was a goner. Fabregas too probably deserved a second yellow but that does not mean the ref was any good. Alonso was booked after about 30 seconds for nothing and it seemed every time one of our players so much as ran near a Burnley shirt they were getting booked. On the other hand Burnley seemed to get away with many obvious free kicks, unfortunately the kind that never get shown on MOTD. The atmosphere was on a knife edge today but by the end everyone seemed to be fully behind the team and lifted by Morata's cameo. It felt as if a goal was coming even with only 9 men and I have seen a few reports about booing the players. I can say categorically that the boos were clearly directed at the referee and my only disappointment was the ironic cheers when Batshuayi completed a pass and also when he was subbed off. No matter how badly someone plays this is embarrassing and also the chants for Diego were odd. By the end everyone was signing Morata's name as they should do seeing as our favourite Brazilian Spaniard is getting pissed somewhere on a beach in Rio. We are in desperate need of 3/4 players but fortunately our first eleven when available is still one of the best in the league. It is much easier to sign usable squad players than world class first choice players so I am not ready to write our season off just yet. We will get by with Luiz or Christensen in midfield next week against Spurs and in fairness I couldn't see Cesc effecting that game much anyway without any one else to play with on his wavelength. It will be tough and we will not have much of a bench but providing Pedro comes back we should be well placed. Spurs have their own injury issues with no available right backs and Danny Rose is currently on the naughty step. In a weeks time when we leave Wembley with three points this will all seem like a distant memory! :)
  12. 2 likes
    Morata , Morata Morata , now , **** off child.
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    Willian does his usual stand still and feint move.
  14. 2 likes
    Can we talk about the ****ing game and not transfers or manager contracts?! Ffs...
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    I properly hate football sometimes
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    To me, Chalobah is the one we screwed up.
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    Jesus H. The ridiculous lengths you will go to in order to try to defend Mourinho.
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    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/west-ham-12million-bid-neymar-10917748 First time I ever heard the name Neymar, he was linked with West Ham. They could see he was going to be some footballer from from miles away. Now the only ones seeing some footballers from miles away are the fans at their home games 😋
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    Sure - but every time a manager plays an underperforming player he gambles with his job. Ultimately the situation we have at the club is created by the board and their actions. Not backing title winning managers with a proper squad has happened on more than one occasion and bar a minor miracle will happen this summer as well. When things goes downhill we sack the manager and start over again. What is Conte supposed to do? Give Musonda, Baker, Kenedy and Boga plenty of minutes and lose his job by Christmas? Or play the 12-14 outfield players that performs into the ground? Of course the latter. But that will have consequences for those players long term and is not sustainable. The first step to solve this is to give the manager a squad. But we are failing at that hurdle time and time again. That is the boards fault - absolutely no doubt about that.
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    You shouldn't believe the ITKs... neither those to be found on Twitter, nor those to be found amongst us here. The reality is that whilst negotiating purchases, we are also negotiating sales. One deal will always be done before another, so sometimes we sell and then buy, at other times we buy and then sell. The press have no more idea about what's going on than we, the supporters, do, When one of their stories runs out of gas, they find/invent a new one. We've sold Matic, so any midfielder they now write about is his replacement, neatly forgetting that we got his replacement (Bakayoko, lest you had forgotten, too!) before we sold Matic. What we are in fact doing is looking for a back-up to the three players who will most play in our midfield two. A back-up to a back-up, in a way.
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    Steve McClaren likes this.👍 :)
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    We really shouldn't get overrun with 12 players on the pitch.
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    Chris Mears on Twitter: Annual spending on defence : USA £820bn Cuba £700m Man City £200m Bosnia £180m Congo £135m
  24. 1 like
    Easy there Thought Police... It's just my thoughts on what the delay is in the transfer market, and also, it's what I would do if conducting business with a company in the same desperate situation as our club is. We'll all have to wait and see, but if we weren't allowed to give our thoughts in the mean time, then there wouldn't be a need for a transfer thread.
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    Surely a bench of serious options gives out manager...more options? More options makes it harder for the opposition manager to figure out what we can change. More options gives us a viable plan B (see last season when we shifted Oscar, Brana, JT and Fabregas from the starting XI). This season, if the first XI doesn't hit the ground running we have no options to change. There are no players available. 15 senior outfielders. 5 of those is for the tree CB positions. We have 10 players for 7 positions (wing backs, CMs, AMs and S). Madness of the highest order. Gurj SS said it well. I also don't think that many have grasped the severity of the situation. 15 senior players for a European top club is beyond poor planning. It's incompetence of the highest order and it's the FOURTH ****ING TIME we've allowed this to happen. No excuses left really. Anyone who says "but there's still a few weeks left of the window" are clearly not tuned in to how severe this situation is. This season is over before it even started and the outcome is oh so predictable. There's only one person who'll pay for this debacle and unfortunately it'll be the wrong person - for the fourth time.
  26. 1 like
    Let's judge them when they lose their captain to a red after 14 mins, have their best player and midfield powerhouse out injured, then lose their playmaker to a second red card.
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    The game is crap. We are crap. Defending chanpions playing like a relegation team. And one reason is one of the two things you mention.
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    Let's be honest even if we got 3-4 bodies in by now I'd be surprised if even 1 of them made it into the starting 11 in the next four games. The reality is that the window is still open for another 3 weeks and until that point I don't see the point in getting wound up about it. It's not a great situation to be in but I don't expect it to last.
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    Might see you then. Might. Depends on the placebos.
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    Light a fire? Won't get much spark out of any of the bench 'options', that's for sure.
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    How do you know that? That's how it works on this forum, time and time again Conte (Italian speaker, improving English) is asked a question about Matic, following several other questions about other players Conte says something along the lines of 'You'd better ask the club about that' Logic says there are several different ways to interpret this Press (and forum) choose the interpretation which means - 'I cannot answer this because the decision to sell him was not mine and I do not agree with it' Long, detailed debate ensues based on this interpretation being true Further claims are made and also taken as 'true' based on this original 'truth' - e.g. Conte is at war with the Board, Conte will walk Once you work this out - you either quit the forum (rational choice) or (as in my case) you find yourself absolutely driven to try and impose reason on fellow posters (which, I have concluded, means I'm as bonkers as them, only in a different way!) And we all support Chelsea at the end of the day!
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    Bang on. We should just use our promoted players from the youth team as backup players, and if they are good enough they'll find their way into the match day squad. JT was already ready and was sent on a short loan for a final test, that was done the right way - short quick loans for testing is fine. 2-3-4 year loans are just a waste of time for the club and the player - we've probably set quite a few careers back if not ruined some by using a our loan system.
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    These are the clichés that simply have to be quoted from a cue card on day one. See if you can guess the club....... * "This special club. History" * "Biggest club in the world. Theatre of dreams" * "Pep".
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    7 of those players were not part of the squad last season, so it is pointless to include them as it has no effect on Conte. Begovic was replaced by Caballero, and we have brought back Musonda and Christensen as well as Bakayoko, Morata and Rüdiger, so what we are left with is ten players out and five players in in 2017. Still proves the case that we are short and need new players though, but nothing like this tabloid angle. There is a job left do be done by Marina & co, but there is no reason to panic. As long as we bring in three-four players that Conte wants, we will be in a massively better position than six or twelve months ago. We have strengthened at the back as we have kept our starting line-up and replaced fringe players without realistic chances of playing important games with young, high-potential players capable of playing Conte's system. Christensen and Rüdiger will breathe down the others' necks and offer depth and competition of a higher standard than last season. Can't see any Chelsea fan that is unhappy with our business in defence. At wing-back nothing has happened. We obviously need a new player for either side, and as I have said for a long time they both need to be upgrades on the reliable yet limited options we have today. It is not a question of if we are bringing in two new wing-backs, it is a question of who. Hopefully, we get players that are top of Conte's list so we not only strengthen the squad but the first XI also. In CM we have replaced Matic with Bakayoko and we are yet to replace the fringe role Chalobah had last season. Bakayoko is arguably an upgrade on Matic, as Conte thinks he is a better fit. As long as we get another CM in as well - I really like the Sanches links - we have strengthened here also. Although you could argue that four players for two central midfield positions leave us a little thinner than in an ideal world. The front three is difficult. Musonda gives us another option to use in tight games even if he is still raw, and to give the other three a bit of a rest in less important matches. Fabregas will probably play more in AM than he did last season, considering some of Conte's comments a few says ago. Costa is not returning to the squad, and in terms of quality that is a huge miss. In terms of Conte being able to do the work he wants to do, it is an improvement. He wants reliable players, and Costa was never one. In that area, Morata is a clear an upgrade as you will ever get. But it is too soon to know how he will manage to replace Costa quality-wise. Thankfully, Michy seems like a new signing after his impressive spell in pre-season. He oozes confidence and seems to be in great shape. Think we are dropping our interest in Llorente because of this. Difficult to say where this leaves us, but I'd argue we are at least at the same level as last season. That we managed to keep Hazard is an under-communicated achievement in this transfer window. All in all, if we get the three players we need: Alex Sandro, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Renato Sanches we will have massively upgraded both the first XI and the squad and every Chelsea fan should be over the moon. It is not a question of numbers, as we will bring in three to four players for these positions either way, it is a question of whether we actually manage to get the players that we really want.
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    Of course it's the more important date. Just that people on here will have you believe that everything is peachy when I bet Conte thinks it's anything but.
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    I'd be stunned after our purchase of Morata if we signed him... Think he'd be great but can't see it happening. I read somewhere Fellaini is wanted in Turkey so Matic is more likely to replace him not supplement him...unless Jose is modelling his tactics on the Ice Wall is Game of Thrones.... Then again I suppose Winter IS coming... ...bet even the White Walkers would run away from a cold December evening kick-off in Stoke :) ...unless they brought a flask of Bovril with 'em!
  38. 1 like
    Not a great advert for Sikh referees. Worst decision I've ever seen.
  39. 1 like
    Nope. That is, well I'll say it again, "fair dinkum cobber".
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    They should have got Dennis to come back and give him a hand like he did with Franco 😂
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    God yes! Imagine that. Time we'd reached any sort of agreement it would be time for the January window! Might work actually!!
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    Can't help but feel that we should try to get Martial, or do a deal involving him and Matic. He is clearly talented, just not being used rightly or being appreciated by none other than Jose. He should be playing up front and not wide. Some just don't get it and keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. His first season with Van Gaal as a striker prove he's very effective there. And the impossible thing is he's only 21. If Jose doesn't want him, we should do a deal. He'll be perfect here I feel.
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    Oh yeah, almost forgot we have been linked to Wilshere. Not sure how I stand on that one - he's obviously a good player but has an air of 'promise that was never quite fulfilled' about him. Still - a squad of; Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger, Christensen Moses, Alonso Kanté, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Wilshere, Baker Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Musonda Morata, Batsuayhi 17 seniors and 2 youngsters. Give us a S3 and a LWB and we're done.
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    With Morata in and Costa & Matic out we have 14 over-21 outfield players. In an ideal world we'd have 3 keepers + 20 senior players + 2/3 u21s. Asking for lots of new signings makes sense! As it is we're filling gaps with youngsters and loan returns who aren't even the most talented that we've had, as the best ones have already left. With honourable exceptions such as Christensen and Baker.
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    Why would they need to tap him up ? Wayne Rooney is said to wear Everton Jim jams , Costa wears Athletico shirts on his day off and has been pining for a return seemingly since the moment he got here , he's probably got an AM cover on the iphone he got the famous text on.
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    Excellent. Now just the Matic-replacement, Hazard-reserve and alternative wing back options to go!
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    The way Martin Tyler described the goal tells you everything about the pro Liverpool anti Chelsea bias he operates within. I honestly thought he was orgasmic in his ecstasy , " That's why he left Chelsea to get a game , and Liverpool are grateful he did " or words to that effect . No mention of wanting £30k per week which was apparently the real reason ( juni will know better than I ) Once again there were a few seconds of "dead air" where I'm imagining his director read him the riot act before he came out with some conciliatory nonsense as a transparent sot to Chelsea. Good luck to Solanke , he's behind Sturridge and Origi as it is , New Ian Rush or not.
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    Upgrades! Pedro has become one of the most important players we have. A match winner. Hate to hear him being undervalued. If Alonso played for Monaco last season I'll bet we'd be calling him a £50 player. Luiz is Luiz. One of a kind.
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    I'm sure he'd say the same about you were he to suffer having to read your posts. Lucky Brian for missing out!
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