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  1. Embarrassed by your weak bladder?

    Aye, great minds, etc. Still have the masses wandering to and from the vom, but better to have some swivel space. As an aside, a bloke next to me gets up every game around the 15-20 minute mark during a suitable stoppage and returns a few minutes later - without fail, usually looking a little odd. Don't know if he needs to have to shake hands with the unemployed or if he goes to have a Barclays (some sort of unusual fan ritual, perhaps?). My old man remembers going to the old Wembley and being crammed into a terrace with no prospect of reaching the stalls for ages. A great yellow cascade went down the steps and down into the greyhound track; bet the dogs must have stopped running when they caught a whiff. And an old teacher (Wolves fan) mentioned he was at a match when someone popped their fun-sized Mars bar into his coat pocket and filled it for him.
  2. NFL 2017 Season

    He's 33, should be able to make a decent effort to recover providing the injury is not complicated. But that's the second clavicle he's done, although not the same one this time.
  3. NFL 2017 Season

    Wisconsin collectively watch as their hopes are snapped. X-ray proves conclusive. Meanwhile, Miami have emerged from the mire. Who knew?
  4. Concorde Documentary on BBC4 9pm tonight

    Tried a vintage open bi-plane at Dunkeswell many years ago. The world looks very scary when it's above your head.
  5. Filton Airfield

    Ah, a heady mix of council dithering, lack of suitable financial clout and some huffy military types after the war caused a lot of headaches. (Sound familiar?) Filton was, on paper, a far better place for a commercial successful airport but was, of course, not owned by the council. Lulsgate Bottom (for that was the early name for the current airport) was a special RAF airfield established in the war that was renown for its frequent foggy aspect - needed for training aircrews, apparently. After the end of the war, the council were looking to take over and recreate the glamour of the old Whitchurch airport. Even if it was a leap in the gloom. Having cleared an entire village to make a new runway at Filton, the new birds flying from there were getting bigger and louder - witness the Brabazon. A real concern happened when the Britannia came down nearby in 1957, so perhaps that might explain a few cold feet regarding the choice. In the end, the RAF eventually agreed to a fee to release Lulsgate. The Corporation ran it until the charismatic Les Wilson really made it turn a profit, but a change in national law required the asset to be made a plc. The reasons for Lulsgate are many and not necessarily logical, but politics were a big player in post-war aerospace Bristol.
  6. Stadium Lighting (Merged)

    When the club gets things wrong, we moan. When the club gets it right, we must applaud. The boards were much better tonight - not obscuring the play, but I'm sure the advertisers would have been satisfied about their exposure. Good job and thank you!
  7. Concorde Documentary on BBC4 9pm tonight

    The story of Concorde really revolves around two main themes - firstly the enormous effort to create it only matched (and exceeded) by the enormous cost, and secondly how the engineers reacted to the Paris crash by reinforcing the tyres/fuel tanks. This proved to be an effective solution and the aircraft had its air worthiness certificate returned. We flew it for a while but the downtime and the shadow of the disaster brought about the decision to end the service. The bird still flew but it was a creature born of politics and ended by the same. I was in Bath on the day of the last flight back to Filton, but recall the times on summer evenings when Concorde flew over my house - there was no mistaking that birdsong! Incidentally, I have bought a ticket to see 216 at the new BAe Collection museum - opening day is next Tuesday - and the ticket allows free entry for a year! See aerospacebristol.org
  8. NFL 2017 Season

    Some narrow squeaks in tonight's games. And then there is Aaron Rodgers. OBJ's foot got turned around badly under an opponent; could be some serious surgery needed now. Elsewhere, Miami have found a way to score. Who knew?

    Saw you doing a piece at The Grove. Good work, fella.
  10. Great Save - Great Goal - City Ladies Video

    Best team performance of the season so far! Showed some form in the pre-season but this match gives us a better indication of the state of the team. The Gaffer effectively said we are in the lower part of WSL1 - that is, the rest of the division after the rich clubs are left to grab the honours. Keeping out of the drop zone (such as it is) is a target in reach and we should be able to climb higher. Lots of good work by the girls today. Next up, away to Spurs in the Conti Cup this Thursday and the next league game is at home to Reading on 28th. COYV
  11. Eternally funny comedy shows .

    If the Timelords are collecting then perhaps a bit of 'Til Death Us Do Part' or 'Steptoe and Son' might find a place. The latter's Christmas Special of 1974 is a masterpiece. Dare I say Monty Python is a given? Agreed, they could be a bit hit or miss, but surely a classic.
  12. Non League Day

    Correction: Saturday evening's game is Hengrove A v Hallen - 19:45 (Hengrove v Street was last night's game - apologies! The match was closely fought and heading for a no-score draw until Street hit a winner very deep into stoppage time.)
  13. Golf Memberships

    Conversely, consider spending about a grand a year on marital counselling. Don't get fresh air and healthy exercise there. You pays yer money...
  14. Non League Day

    If anyone is at a loose end and missing some grass roots football - this Saturday is Groundhopper Day again in the Toolstation League. Early birds are: Welton R v Keynsham T, 10:45 followed by Radstock T v Oldland Abbots, 13:30 Then all the main 3pm games, and finished off with Odd Down v Bitton, 16:30 Hengrove A v Street, 19:45 Anyone thinking of giving the telly a miss?