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Back From Krackow
at 09:55 7 Jul 2024

Did you go to the Schindler Factory museum? That gives an excellent history of how Jews and non-Jews were treated.
And I agree that Auschwitz wasn't as harrowing as I thought it'd be, although the walk through the gas chamber (albeit a reconstructed one) is pretty chilling, and the cabinets of human hair, belongings, etc are incredibly sad. My abiding memory is standing at the spot where the victims were herded off the trains and 'selected' either for work or the gas chambers. Looking back from that spot towards the infamous entrance block with the railway track passing through it you actually feel you are at probably the most infamous place in the history of the human race.
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Krakow
at 16:05 24 Jun 2024

To Auschwitz yes. The bus wasn't full but it's probably best to book up first. Booking online should have been quite easy, but being an IT dinosaur I somehow managed to book the outward and return journeys the wrong way round, but they gave me an immediate refund and I re-booked straight away. The tours of the camps are quite long, and because it's so busy they do hurry you along, especially at the Auschwitz 1 site. At the end of the Auschwitz 2 tour you're allowed to wander around the site unaccompanied. As someone else said, it's an incredibly thought-provoking place. The memory of seeing the cabinets full of the victims' suitcases, shoes, spectacles and human hair will stay with me for a very long time. Walking through one of the gas chambers and adjoining furnace is certainly a very eerie experience.
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Krakow
at 14:40 24 Jun 2024

Lovely city, great nightlife and fairly cheap for food and drink. We stayed at a budget hotel quite close to the station and it was a great base for wandering into the city centre or getting the train or bus to places outside the city. We visited the salt mines and did all the Schindlers List stuff such as visiting Schindlers Factory which is now an excellent museum, the Jewish ghetto, and of course Auschwitz which is a couple of hours bus ride away. Loads of companies offer tours of the salt mines and Auschwitz but it's much cheaper and more convenient to book tickets and travel yourself. I gather it's well worth going to watch one of the two local football teams, Cracovia or Wisla, but unfortunately neither were playing at home while we were there. There's a waxwork museum in the centre of Krakow that's so bad it's actually quite good apparently.
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Stu Armstrong
at 14:10 5 Jun 2024

Yes, but "His hair's like Baldrick out of Blackadder (the first series)" doesn't really scan as well.
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Oriol Romeu
at 10:00 29 May 2024

So when the paralytic person at the office Xmas party says "I love you", do you believe them?
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Jack Stephens
at 09:54 29 May 2024

It was interesting that while everyone was else was charging off down the pitch to celebrate with the fans, Jack Stephens and KWP had the humility to console the distraught Leeds players. The shot of Jack with the Leeds guy reminded me of the iconic Freddie Flintoff/Brett Lee photo from the 2005 Ashes.
Jack plays some stupid passes (and did so twice in the first few minutes on Sunday) but what he brings to the team often outweighs the odd mistake. Trouble is, most people don't see the good things and only pick up on the bad. No-one will ever know if we would have gone up without the much maligned 'shoehorning of Jack Stephens'. Indeed, maybe we would have even gone up automatically. But by hook or by crook we did go up, and so Russell Martin's decision has been vindicated. I doubt if Jack will change, and no doubt his odd mistake will be capitalised even more in the Premier League next season, but I hope that everyone might cut him a bit of slack if and when it does.
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Oriol Romeu
at 09:23 29 May 2024

I was at the car park bash and I didn't get the impression he wants to play for West Ham. I got the impression he was so pissed he didn't know where he was, let alone who he wants to play for.
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Could Adam Lallana Make A Surprise Return To Southampton
at 07:36 29 May 2024

Purely on the basis that the vast majority of people on this forum have been wrong about almost everything over the past year, yes we should bring Lallana back.
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Leeds
at 08:23 28 May 2024

Will you be writing to 'Wussell' to apologise for all the sh*t you've given him all season?
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Oh dear
at 11:47 27 May 2024

I thought their fans were incredible inside the stadium, especially just before the match with their scarves and the Marching On song. Outside the stadium was a bit different though. Maybe we just got off of the tube at the wrong time but virtually every Leeds fan on Wembley Way seemed to be a pissed up middle aged bloke acting like they owned the place and constantly singing that "we are Leeds, we are vile...' song about the PM.
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Anyone here going to the party
at 11:28 27 May 2024

I got a ticket. They're posting it to me
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I wonder what J W P honestly thought at 17.00 yesterday.
at 09:13 27 May 2024

At 1700 yesterday he was probably thinking the same as us: "when's the ref going to blow his f*cking whistle?"
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Matt Le Tissier To Play In Saints Legend Side On Saturday At Totton.
at 08:30 25 May 2024

My first thought is that the Simon Says team is badly lacking leaders. They've changed their entire system to accommodate young Illingsworth, but while he's undoubtedly a good club man, he's blatantly not up to it at this level of charity football. After all, if he was any good, why hasn't another charity team, such as Dogs Trust Rovers or the Cats Protection League Wanderers come in for him?
Seriously though, have a great day Nick, and perhaps try to stay away from Psycho, you don't want to be watching the big game tomorrow in Soton General.
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Interesting question, would you ever want Saints to lose a match?
at 17:33 22 May 2024

Whilst not exactly wanting Saints to lose, I was at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s when a home win wasn't exactly the worst result from a personal health point of view.
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Russell Martin Sunak
at 10:07 22 May 2024

Saw on Twitter that some Leeds fans were saying that Sunak was jumping on the football bandwagon, and that the whole country would be behind Leeds now Sunak was claiming to be a Saints fan. They've obviously not noticed that Sunak was born and brought up in Soton and is a lifelong fan of the club. Furthermore, if Vladimir Putin, Fred West and Ghengis Khan all came out and confessed their love for Southampton FC, the rest of the world would still want Leeds to lose on Sunday. Except for the inbreds down the road, obviously.
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Have Leeds fans been able to get tickets in the Southampton end?
at 09:56 21 May 2024

Given that there are 468 million Leeds United fans (and that's just in Leeds itself), there's obviously going to be one or two who sneak in to our end. They'll be easily identified when they complain about the lack of bread & dripping at the food stall.
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Biggest game of the season
at 07:14 18 May 2024

Do you ever stop moaning?
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Who Is Doing What Tomorrow
at 12:30 17 May 2024

When did players start arriving for home games in a bus? Don't most of them live in Ocean Village? Hardly worth the bother. If they can't be arsed to walk or drive couldn't they hire those electric scooter things?
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Could Adam Lallana Make A Surprise Return To Southampton
at 11:17 14 May 2024

Yes, when he left he put a full page message in the St Albans Junior School end of term newspaper.
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5 Things About West Brom
at 14:32 13 May 2024

Sky seemed to turn up the microphones every time Will Smallbone took a corner. The Harry Potter chant wasn't particularly funny or original the first time they did it, but after the fourth or fifth corner I was rather hoping the commentator might explain why they were singing it, and why alopecia's not really a laughing matter.
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