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Archie McSquackle

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  1. If Wilkinson plays tomorrow night, and I expect him to, he really needs to show a bit more presence. Saturday wasn't the first time that he failed to move towards a ball coming into the box just because a defender was standing slightly in front of him. He really needs to be putting in more of an effort to get by players rather than meekly standing by. Other than that, I think he shows more link-up play and passing ability than Bair or Shaw but that wouldn't be particularly difficult.
  2. I'm no Rangers aficionado but my memory is of him mainly playing in midfield. No matter the position, he was well down the pecking order for an international cap.
  3. Am I right in saying Bair has a two year deal? If so, I'm assuming Kettlewell saw him as a project signing and wasn't expecting him to be playing as much as this at this stage. Even so, he looks very limited and very much the back-up he was intended to be. The less said about Shaw the better.
  4. Just watched it tonight. Disappointed at the start, lost a bit of oomph with that news but enjoyed the series.
  5. The new series is getting a lot of publicity, Robert Carlyle seems to be everywhere. I've never watched any of it - is it any good?
  6. He doesn't seem to be at all bothered by the danger to him or that his dog could have become trapped below the forest surface when it came back down.
  7. I think I heard them saying on the TV that the flood defences were designed for a river height of 3.8m but it got up to 5.1m. Either that was considerably greater than a 1 in 200 year event or the statistics used to determine the volume of rainfall were well off. Drainage to new developments has to be designed for the worst rainfall event in 200 years (100 years in England). Technically, this could happen this year, next year or at any time in the next 200 years. There's also an additional climate change allowance which has been increasing over the years and varies depending on the requirements of each council area. It used to be 15 or 20% but 30 or 40% is more common nowadays. I believe SEPA requires 35% in the east and 55% in the west for projects under their jurisdiction, which this presumably would have been. Obviously floor prevention is different but new development only needs to be designed to cope with a 1 in 30 year storm without flooding. For worse storms it is permissible to have flooding within surrounding areas as long as the water doesn't enter buildings, stop escape routes or flow off the site. It's all very theoretical though and highly dependent on maintenance so drains being blocked by leaves doesn't help. TLDR - it was a hell of a lot of rain that was always going to cause flooding.
  8. Are most of them not just parked outside their own homes? Has there been advice that people should move their cars to higher streets? I think it's just one of those things in these circumstances.
  9. Whenever there's a news story where the locals are fleeing whatever impending doom is coming their way, I've often wondered, is there a similar line of broadcasting units and reporters heading in the opposite direction?
  10. They said we shouldn't travel unless absolutely necessary a few weeks ago and I still went to Livingston to see Motherwell. They were right - it was absolutely unnecessary.
  11. Liam Kelly makes his debut for Scotland tonight as one of 8 changes. Going by the France line-up, he could have a busy night. Wouldn't surprise me if he and Clark get a half each.
  12. So which country were you doing out of hosting games? Wales or Ireland?
  13. Yeah, saw him presenting a Sky game recently and hadn't realised they were using him. He's not going to Sportsound now - that ship has sailed.
  14. Folk in cars, particularly those in huge Range Rovers, scared of driving through wee puddles. If the water isn't up over the kerb then it's only a few inches deep.
  15. Just before half time I was thinking I'd seen this sort of match plenty of times before at Livingston. Pretty untidy with hardly any chances and it looked like one goal might settle it. The sending off changed that and we were well beaten. Could have done better at the goals but it could have been more. I was impressed by Mackay on the right wing, you don't see many players taking on people like that and it resulted in Spencer (then Gent) having a torrid time.
  16. The folk that supply your pies have been providing us with some of these pies as well recently and someone involved has been posting on our thread. He posted saying he thought the pies were only going to be available in the home end but I'm pleased to say he was wrong. Fair play to Livingston for the free hot drinks and also to the stewards for opening up another section to allow folk down the front to move to avoid the rain. Plenty of clubs wouldn't have done that (I'm looking at you Hibs and Hearts).
  17. Scratch that, they're selling them to away fans after all.
  18. They're quality. Shame I'll have to wait for the next game at Fir Park by the sound of things.
  19. I assume any problems with drainage will be down to the layers below the pitch and the drainage infrastructure, all of which should be designed for significantly greater rainfall than this.
  20. Was that a one-off or do you have a history of call-offs with drainage problems? Expecting lots of games to be off to be honest. Edit: Livi La Vida Loca has pretty much answered while I was posting
  21. Mrs. McSquackle and little Miss McSquackle seemed to be more keen than me for me to go to this. Something to do with them going shopping so I've bought a ticket. Always a tough place to go and, although we've been playing well, my hopes are tempered by our lack of a killer touch. 1-1 draw for me.
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