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4 hours ago, WalkingCivilWar said:

… my apologies (especially to Jake’s SON).
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Daughter must be used to it. She is hanging on really tight. Haha

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3 hours ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

Alas, Perry only reopened the country after 200 years of Sakoku (era of isolation) in 1853. I believe prior to that Christians had been expelled from the country or if they were here by some way, they were living on the island of Deshima in Nagasaki prefecture.  😁 😉

The KFC for Christmas thing, I believe, started sometime in the '60's (?) when some US military types wanted to make an authentic Christmas dinner. With globalization not having kicked off entirely and the country still rebuilding after WW2, the nearest equivalent they could find was the dirty bird. For some reason, it caught on with the mainstream populace and fried chicken has been what you eat for Christmas dinner ever since.

Also to clarify, I've just discovered we are getting our fried chicken from a local joint in the country town I live in. You actually have to reserve it a good one month in advance from KFC to have any chance of picking up your 24 piece bucket. We were a bit late in getting in the queue.

My kids are taught Japanese in primary school and told me about this tradition today, I thought they were pulling my leg! I know its traditional for Jewish people to eat Chinese food on Xmas day in the US but KFC on Xmas day in Japan (a country which I assume doesn't even celebrate Xmas) is another thing entirely.

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3 hours ago, DubDee said:

wish I was in your section. I lined up twice (not during the breaks) and it took over 30 mins each time.  at the end of half time they ran out of beer, which is remarkable when they knew exactly how many would attend and not too many were drinking a lot. had to hit the spirits

I went to grab a beer at 3/4 time and the queue on level 1 (GA section) was too long. So I ran upstairs and went into the bar on level 2 which was instant service and a perfect view of the G.

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8 hours ago, monoccular said:

I guess a conspicuous absentee from the past players was the guy who played 42 games between 1989 and 1992, first in #48 and later in #24. 🤭

Bugger I had to look that up, well played.

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40 minutes ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

You didn't take your shirt off again did you, Uncle Bitters?

I remember back in the day that you did so after a win over the Dogs (although that may be me struggling with my recollections as I enter middle age).

Haha not bad Col ! 
Some years ago, I did suffer an allegation of such behaviour but disproved it  on  the basis that I would never have been seen in the ugly shirt worn by the fat guy who was captured on film !

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4 hours ago, Grimes Times said:

The barman in the Blazer told me that the taps where not turned on at the start of the day so to try and use all the old stock up. When that was low or gone the MCC then turned the taps on.

Really? That’s yuk, we’re drinking stale beer! The catering was inadequate, and the plastic cups in the bars, not ok. 
but the day was so fantastic, complaining is irrelevant (of me)

it was such a happy day, headed over to the London tavern after, huge fun, great to be immersed in the red and blue. 💙❤️💙

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19 hours ago, Fork 'em said:

 

Unbeliebe mate and honestly felt like i was sitting there!

Thank you so much to everyone on here who provided some great stories and vision. I really do get chills when i watch that cup presentation with all the past players.

Thank you all once again.

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6 hours ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

Alas, Perry only reopened the country after 200 years of Sakoku (era of isolation) in 1853. I believe prior to that Christians had been expelled from the country or if they were here by some way, they were living on the island of Deshima in Nagasaki prefecture.  😁 😉

The KFC for Christmas thing, I believe, started sometime in the '60's (?) when some US military types wanted to make an authentic Christmas dinner. With globalization not having kicked off entirely and the country still rebuilding after WW2, the nearest equivalent they could find was the dirty bird. For some reason, it caught on with the mainstream populace and fried chicken has been what you eat for Christmas dinner ever since.

Also to clarify, I've just discovered we are getting our fried chicken from a local joint in the country town I live in. You actually have to reserve it a good one month in advance from KFC to have any chance of picking up your 24 piece bucket. We were a bit late in getting in the queue.

Love this info! (But don't forget about Dejima 😉)

I feel you mate, been over 6 years for me and the pangs of homesickness definitely became harder to handle with the Dees suddenly becoming the best footy team inthe world. I am absolutely intent on getting back for next september, cannot miss the chance of seeing another one.

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2 hours ago, daisycutter said:

talking of missing soldiers, i didn't see paul roos or peter jackson on sunday, nor any acknowledgement of their part in the club's rebuild to a flag.......unless i missed it

yep, roos in particular has barely had a mention on Sunday and in other articles and interviews ... very unexpected

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I went along for part of it yesterday. I said it before and i'll say it again, I still think it would have been better to stage a massive Best and Fairest count whilst replaying highlights of the entire season throughout (i.e. passages of play when each round's votes read out). It would have been a 'live' event, and unique in that it is something that is generally too exclusive for most to attend. Don't get me wrong, it was obviously a successful day purely based on crowd numbers, but I think that would have been far more engaging than replaying a game we have already watched a million times on what are small screens from our seats at the MCG (which they are from a distance) for 2.5 hours. A live Best and Fairest count would have led well into the winner celebrations and the belated Premiership celebrations.

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On 12/5/2021 at 11:26 PM, Satan said:

Other than seeing kate on the field and a brief mention by Gary  I dont think she spoke today. Interesting concept a president not being heard 

Didn't dream it! I think it was early on in proceedings.

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Other highlights:

The little cameo from Noel McMahon on the big screen was an unexpected moment of amusement - reckons the '21 team is "half as good" as the one from his day. Probably one of the biggest laughs of the day in what was expected to be a touching or emotional video - just funny instead.

The tiny red-headed pitch invader who got away from his (was it Lever's son again?) minders and made a break for the centre circle while the players' families were gathering for the presentation. What's a grand final without that?

A bunch of the players deciding it was a good luck to have their polo collars folded over their footy jumpers. Stylish.

Hibberd re-enacting his run with the cup!

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On 12/5/2021 at 8:31 PM, DemonOX said:

Just be happy u could attend demonscranbourne as some of us would have loved a crapy seat at the G today but couldn’t be there for one reason or another. 

Not really. I could have just watched it on the screen at home then on the screen at the MCG. It was frustrating as there were so many free seats closer 

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16 hours ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

Alas, Perry only reopened the country after 200 years of Sakoku (era of isolation) in 1853. I believe prior to that Christians had been expelled from the country or if they were here by some way, they were living on the island of Deshima in Nagasaki prefecture.  😁 😉

The KFC for Christmas thing, I believe, started sometime in the '60's (?) when some US military types wanted to make an authentic Christmas dinner. With globalization not having kicked off entirely and the country still rebuilding after WW2, the nearest equivalent they could find was the dirty bird. For some reason, it caught on with the mainstream populace and fried chicken has been what you eat for Christmas dinner ever since.

Also to clarify, I've just discovered we are getting our fried chicken from a local joint in the country town I live in. You actually have to reserve it a good one month in advance from KFC to have any chance of picking up your 24 piece bucket. We were a bit late in getting in the queue.

When i was living in Japan in my early 20's we used to love the Fried Chicken from Lawsons (equivalent of 7-Eleven). I think it was in a dirty/good way 😄

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8 hours ago, Dees_In_October said:

Thanks , I was actually getting food then so I missed it 

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The one pointless aspect of the day were the 2 screens set-up at ground level on the far side of the ground. Far too small to be of any use. Perhaps a condensed replay as well, there were parts which cut quite easily be cut. 

 

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3 hours ago, demonscranbourne said:

Not really. I could have just watched it on the screen at home then on the screen at the MCG. It was frustrating as there were so many free seats closer 

You should’ve done a Me, that is, simply go down and occupy one of those empty seats. I was originally up on level 4, about 10 rows from the back wall. I ended up on the fence, literally front row. 🙂

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