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roboto

Member since Feb 2011 • Last active Dec 2019

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  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    I only really know Hokkaido as I visit my in-laws there every year. First two weeks of April is probably a bit too cold for most of the routes I’ve done there though.

    Others will be more qualified than me to talk about the climate and roads on Honshū, Shikoku or Kyūshū but in general I’ve found it very easy to plan routes and find my way around with very limited knowledge. Get yourself sorted with a data SIM card or portable Wi-fi hotspot and it’ll be easy to navigate.

    Enjoy the cities and the cleanliness and find some nice routes that take you across the mountain passes. I’d be tempted to look at a route that will take you from Kyoto to Tokyo and going through places like Osaka, Nara, Nagoya, Shizuoka and Yokohama. Loss of touristy stuff to do in those places and it’s a popular Route that will take you past Fuji. South coast shouldn’t be too chilly around that time of the year. I think.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    You can say that again.

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    Been quiet on here for a while cos football has been a bit shit recently and work is killing me. Would like to get to the footy drinking session (without driving) if it’s still going ahead though.

    Re: Derby drinkers. There’s obviously a lot of stuff that hasn’t been published and a lot of rumours flying about. I believe Keogh was sacked for gross misconduct as he couldn’t fulfil his contractual obligations as a player due to an injury that wasn’t in the line of duty and was avoidable had he thought about his actions. The statements and leaking of information about the dismissal seem to be coming from his camp which leads me to believe he’s not getting good advice. I think I’d be willing to take a severe pay cut (to just £thousands per week) and get some top quality healthcare and rehab if it meant keeping my long term job. Sure it would sting a bit compared to my regular take home salary, but it’s better than what he’s now getting. Nothing.

    The club has punished the other two named players the most they can within their contracts without firing them. I believe it’s an 8 week fine and more community service on top of what the court dished out. I’m not sure what punishments the other players may have received, the only other one I’ve heard involved was one our brightest academy prospects and he’s not been involved in the first team squad since it all happened. Mason Bennett is also now playing for the U23 team (who are coincidentally top of the U23 Premier League at the moment).

    Anyway, it was nice to beat a really shit Boro team today and glad that Saville finally saw a red card after several shit challenges against us over the years.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Two Seven Sisters would've been more accurate/easier to photoshop. 🤷♂️

    It was hard to choose between the most embarrassing thing I saw last night. The Spurs result or the state of the memes thread.

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    😢

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    I need to go back to reverse hexing...

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    I’d say that a successful scout would be the ones uncovering hidden gems at lower levels with less hype around them. Although it pains me to say it, I think the Leicester scouting system is better than Southamptons. Picking up players like Vardy, Mahrez, Maguire, Kante (although he was quite well known when they signed him) etc. for so little and getting exceptional prices for them if they’re sold on.

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    Aye, it was a hell of a dive. But our defender probably should’ve tried staying on his feet in the box when we’d been awarded two penalties in the game already.

    Bit of a “meh” start to our season so far. Hoping we get going soon and get some decent points on the board. Maybe starting in the League Cup tonight?

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    I wouldn’t say Southampton have a strong scouting network. They’re a good stepping stone into the EPL though. None of those names were unknowns. Van Dijk and Wanyama had both done very well at Celtic. Mané was playing for Red Bull Salzburg and Tadic was signed from Twente by Koeman. All for pretty big fees as well.

    Ings was a Southampton youth player before being allowed to leave for Bournemouth and then Liverpool, before Southampton signed him again.

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