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  1. Call me the innocent but the Bristol Sport logo is now an immovable vision in my head, in both its forms. Thanks all! It seems that we are becoming the vanguard of the 'one gender fits all' society.
  2. As is my ritual at this time of year, it appears that the fixtures have caused a few clashes with the Gas. Again. Stand by for the usual rumpus over who gets to take priority and the inevitable TV interference to make the customary changes at a later date.
  3. If you can hold on a little longer, the trade picks up for the new plate in September; they get a lot less customers in that run-up so the salespeople are often rather twitchy about being lumbered with too much stock then. Give them a chance to make you a better offer in July/August.
  4. Nobby No Mates? Guilty, your honour, with several other offences to be taken into consideration... STH for many years and can't remember when I went with anyone. Oh, actually, I can. Was my old boss (!) who rewarded all my overtime by paying for a match ticket. Just happened to be in the Russell Osman era and the game was utter bum gravy. Needless to say, he didn't buy me another ticket.
  5. Did anyone see the recent stuff about connected devices? The point was that these silly little bits of tech are usually without any security and could be an easy entry for cyber criminals; even a modern kettle could leak important personal details, rather than water.
  6. IMHO, these expressions made surrounding the deaths of people are simply just that - expressions. Whether it is a silence, applause, writing poetic verse or maybe engaging in some charitable event in the name of the deceased, the response is marked from our normal behaviour. Often it is done in public, or at least with others around us, and perhaps could therefore be seen as having a political element. Certainly it has a comforting element too. The thing that always struck me is that it doesn't appear to do the dead any good; I've never seen them rise up again. So in that respect, it is something that the living do, not those who have gone to the 'undiscovered country'.
  7. What do you mean? A player commits two bookable offences in one continuous period of play but only gets the one? Don't recall that happening before but I'm sure a ref would send them off. Unless Graham Poll was in charge...
  8. Don't ask I.
  9. What a fabulous result - and perhaps more importantly, what a great experience for the team. That will stand them in good stead for the future. It strikes me how much a contrast there was between the U20s and the senior team this weekend: one played with passion, excitement and purpose; the other dared to do just enough against a feisty but ultimately uninspiring Scottish side. And almost gave it all away. Where are we going wrong? Also good to see a major football match without those irritating video advertising boards. <Rant over>
  10. I went into a clothes shop. It had a sign outside '50% off!' Having bought some trousers I went home but found they only had one leg. I went into the butchers' and was met by a rough old woman behind the counter. "Pound of fillet,' I said. "Pound you ******** don't!' she replied. I went into the shop next door. "I'd like half a dozen roses, please,' I said. The woman looked at me and said "I think you are under a misapprehension - this is a circumcision clinic." "But you've got lots of flowers in your window," I said. "What do you suggest we put in the window?" she replied.
  11. Londonisation? It depends which aspect you want to look at - and there are many. If you compare size, population, financial or the socioeconomics then there are more similarities than differences. This is partly due to the inevitable forces impacting on any expanding city. The more noticeable points are usually made when it comes to the differences. Yes, as an old duffer who has grown up (allegedly!) in South Bristol since the sixties, I notice the changes. They are obvious in areas which are easily quantifiable (as above). But the real changes - people, attitudes, outlooks and such - weigh heavier; as a city I can see that inexorable process at work now I am getting on a bit. Accent is a good example: the multi-cultural influences and our massively intrusive world of communications is reshaping our sound, everywhere. Cultural change is like a glacier: you can't see it move but it shifts almost everything given time. I cannot imagine some things we have today occurring in my youth: naked bike ride? Would never have made it out the pub. Sexuality issues? Would have kept your mouth shut. People blowing weed in the centre in broad daylight? Unthinkable. These are indicators that the world does not stop spinning, just your view. I only visit London on odd occasions so I can't make direct comparisons with Bristol, but the impressions I have made strike me that I would never be able to live in the Capital. Bristol sometimes makes me happy, sometimes enraged, sometimes amazed, sometimes lost for words. But it's home and will remain so if I have any say in it.
  12. Doesn't Google Translate do a Womanspeak version?
  13. Usual insightful item on the show, short but a few soundbytes. It largely brought across the position City Women find themselves in: life in the top division again with a team that is greatly different to the one that beat Barcelona in the Champion's League a few years ago. The current side is a young and inexperienced compared to that one, and the leading teams are only getting better. The Gaffer will have a tough task on his hands to keep the Vixens there come next April, but I think it's more than possible. Incidentally, the girls have a game against Chelsea this Wednesday - fresh from stuffing Liverpool 7-0 on Sunday! They finish the Spring Series on Saturday with a game against Arsenal.
  14. Taping and oiling Flinty? Job for Dolls! Personally think there's a lot of placebo about this new tape. When I used to play (back in my halcyon days) it was proper tape: had to bite it hard to tear it, it stayed put all game and when it came to remove it you needed extra help from a teammate. One swift, decisive pull and no need for hair removal products. Ever.
  15. Saw a defender try that sort of trick after being felled by a fierce shot in a Toolstation game this year - crawling over the line so as to be 'off the field'. The officials spotted the move and allowed a goal.