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Everything posted by PHILINFRANCE

  1. I only saw Pont Neuf, here in Paris, and I must confess that, whilst it was impressive, i.e. it was a huge project, I was not too impressed - probably the Philistine in me.
  2. Not an opening line, but I remember this from way back and it still makes me smile: She wore a peasant blouse with nothing underneath I said "Hi", she said, "Yeah, I guess I am"
  3. A very interesting observation. It happened some 30 years ago, but my recollection is that, when we happened upon the young ladies, we looked at each other in amazement, chuckled/laughed and then carried on for our lunch appointment without further ado. In respect of the extra egg, however, I suspect that our breakfasts were almost cold before my girlfriend was able to overcome her astonishment/disgust and, as I mentioned in my original post, the subject is still discussed today, some 30 years after the event. That may well be the case, but this wasn't just 'Western' clothing; this was extremely short skirts, revealing tops and heavy make-up. In addition, they were all standing/posing provocatively, hence the reason I was convinced they were 'on the game'. I am aware I have already sidetracked this thread slightly and have no wish to do so any further, but, whilst I remember City Road back in the day, with its numerous Afro-Caribbean 'ladies of the night', I don't recall seeing any Asian girls, hence the reason for my surprise.
  4. I'm pretty sure this has been discussed elsewhere and, if I understand the situation correctly, we would not be able to sign them as we can only sign 'new' players during one of the two official transfer windows.
  5. Hi NI, and Thanks for your response. I knew that Bruce Springsteen wrote the song, but, as I said, I had never heard of the film. Your explanation as to why these young ladies were dressed as they were now makes sense - it would have been early 1990 when I was in Bradford, and I must confess, I was astonished that they were acting so brazenly, especially as I have had very close contact with both the Indian and Pakistani communities over the years and know how out of character it would have been. Just think, I have lived for 30 years with a false impression....
  6. I liked the Manfred Mann song, but have never heard of the film - a quick Google search shows something about Bruce Springsteen. Is this the correct film? If so, I fail to make the connection between 'The Boss', the Pakistani family and the young, scantily dressed ladies I saw hanging around on the street corners in Bradford. Have I got the wrong film or did I misunderstand totally the outline plot.
  7. Yep! It was back in the 1974/75 season. We won 1-0 down at The Dell on Good Friday, then lost 1-0 at home to Norwich on the Saturday - we then drew 1-1 at home with Rovers on the following Tuesday. As an innocent schoolboy at the time, I had forecast three wins and almost definite promotion....
  8. Indeed he did. I believe he cost us promotion one Easter, when we needed good results against both Norwich and Southampton.
  9. Certainly one of our biggest games and, of course, I was ecstatic as a schoolboy for the reasons you mention, but I believe the draw with Coventry was of far more importance.
  10. I have only been to God's Own County on three occasions, but what memories: 1.) Elland Road, Leeds; that famous afternoon back in February 1974, in the middle of the coal miners' strike, when we beat the magnificent and hitherto unbeaten Leeds United 1-0 in a fifth round FA Cup replay. Yes, Mr Shankly, I am sure Leeds vs Liverpool would have made a cracking sixth round tie, but it wasn't to be. Thanks to the late Beryl Fudge, I was able, as a teenage schoolboy, to get tickets on a Supporters Club coach, and I remember very well my arrival in Leeds; our coach passed underneath lines of washing hanging out to dry between the houses in the streets leading to Elland Road and then, upon reaching the ground itself, we were met by hordes of screaming Leeds fans, many of whom were young boys my age, throwing stones and even spitting at the coach windows. The match itself seemed to pass by in a blur, but then came the return to our coach, running the gauntlet of angry, threatening and sometimes violent Leeds fans. 2.) Valley Parade, Bradford, January 1989; a League Cup semi-final beckoned for the winners and Alan Walsh scored in the first minute! The following hour and a half before the final whistle confirmed an unlikely victory was as nail-biting and scary as anything I had experienced since the afore-mentioned Leeds match, and then came deja vu with the hair-raising walk back to our car and painstakingly slow drive out of Bradford. 3.) Not football related, but I returned to Bradford with my girlfriend a few years later to meet up with a colleague one Sunday lunchtime and, driving through a street somewhere near the centre of town, we came across a dozen or so young Asian ladies, Indian or Pakistani, all heavily made up and wearing what, back then, was extremely revealing and provocative clothing for young ladies from this cultural background. I was quite surprised and, if I did not know better, I would swear they were 'on the game'. 4.) Finally, and this is certainly my warmest, most amusing and abiding memory of Yorkshire, we spent the Friday and Saturday nights prior to our trip to Bradford in a clean and charming bed and breakfast just a few hundred metres from York town centre. We did all the tourist bits, visited some lovely pubs and restaurants and sampled some wonderful local beers and meals. Our highlight, though, was our 'Full English Breakfast' on the Saturday morning. I had explained to my girlfriend, who is not English, what this entailed and we were both pleased to see the waitress arrive with our plates. To my girlfriend's horror, though, and much to my embarrassed amusement, she presented my girlfriend with a delicious looking breakfast and then presented me with mine, saying those immortal words, 'with two eggs for the gentleman'! To this day, my wife (for it were she) remains flabbergasted that, quite openly and without missing a beat, the 'sexist' waitress had served me with an extra egg, just because I was a man. I still laugh about this, some 30 years later.
  11. A short quote from the article. ‘The Friendship Cup’ celebrated the link during the 1966/67 campaign. There were home and away matches played with City losing out on both occasions! On November 16th Danny Bartley and John Giles scored in a 3-2 defeat at Ashton Gate, witnessed by 4,599 supporters. The away final was played in Germany, where 10,000 spectators witnessed the German side’s 2-1 win on May 23rd 1967. Fred Ford scored from the penalty spot. I remember all three of those players highlighted, but wasn't the latter our manager at the time? I am not being pernickety, but should that not have been Tony Ford who scored the penalty?
  12. I know I shouldn't laugh at this one, but I can't help myself. My Granny was a cripple from Nashville This story I tell you is true One day she went out in her wheelchair Never knowing it had a loose screw
  13. Although his best performance was probably playing against us for Doncaster, managed at the time by our very own SO'D.
  14. He was a good poster, and I have often wondered why he stopped posting. I seem to recall it ended when we got promotion, so presumably due to a lack of genuine rivalry - unless married life has left him somewhat fatigued....
  15. It also has the longest bar in the world - actually, that's not strictly true, but the bars in the old town are sort of inter-connected and the locals claim it is all one big bar. They also have their own local beer, Altbier, which is more like a traditional English beer, rather than the ubiquitous 'lager' type beers found throughout Germany.
  16. I believe I may have dined in the same restaurant sjust a few years ago - upstairs on the first floor with wonderful views of the soon, i.e. hours, to be flooded Elbe! Fortunately, the Opera House was also saved (from bombing).
  17. Most of you are probably aware, but, just in case.... https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-52675922
  18. Don't judge Germany by what you may have observed in former East German towns such as Dresden. Bavaria is conservative and, of course, right of centre, but is far from being extreme. Munich is an extremely cosmopolitan city and most welcoming to all races, religions and colours.
  19. (From Daily Mail) MANAGER Lee Johnson (Bristol City) Johnson has been manager since 2016. His club are seventh in the Championship, one point outside the play-offs. It has been nice to spend a bit of real time with my family because sometimes you can be there but not there; in the room but thinking about team selection. On the football side, we have a physical Zoom session with the lads on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The players have programmes to keep to and heart monitor apps. They have to weigh in twice a week so when they walk past their kids' Cadbury's Buttons it makes them think twice! But the modern professional is different. In my day you'd see players doing two weeks of pre-season in a bin bag because they'd put two stone on boozing in Magaluf. Not now. When I was at Watford in the Premier League we were given a McDonald's gold card and encouraged to have one free meal a day! +7 I also speak with some of the players in smaller groups. For example we got Han-Noah Massengo, a young midfielder, from Monaco. I've gone through 15 pictures of him, talking about his communication, his thought process, whether his shoulder position is good using the ball. I then show clips of him along with clips of top players in the same position. Working from home has been good in some ways and there are lessons to be learned. Could we have a recovery day over Zoom rather than coming in for 15-30 minutes? That could work with some of the smaller sides. The million-dollar question is how long we will need to get them match fit. I think four weeks but that will be tough. If the Government relax lockdown the first thing will be to organise individual sessions — four coaches with a pitch each, along with social distancing. The boys will drive in with no facilities open at all and take defined, coned-off routes to the pitches. Someone will jet-wash and sterilise equipment after every mini-session. We'll use a food delivery service rather than the canteen. +7Johnson thinks it will take at least four weeks for him to get his players back in tip-top shape It'll be groups of six to eight but you can't put the back four together, for example, because if one gets coronavirus you'll have to isolate all of them for 14 days. Then we have to find a way of incorporating matches. A normal pre-season would mean seven games in six weeks. We'll have to do in-house games at best. We might train a lot in our stadium to give them the feel of closed doors. My players are very keen to get back. They are hardened athletes. Our boys trust the club. They know we would not put them in a situation that was detrimental to their health or that of their families. For me, it is simple: you don't restart until it's safe. When you do, you resume the current season. I wouldn't have a cut-off point. For the integrity of the game it is the only way to do it. With the contracts, there are a lot of agendas but you would hope a form of common sense would prevail. I've been involved in a play-off push here as a player. I know the buzz around the city. I want to experience it as a manager. +7 Johnson says the current season must be resumed but only when it is safe to do so
  20. He was an old schoolmate of mine as well, a very nice lad was 'Chuck'.
  21. As I am sure many of the contributors to this thread with Polish heritage will testify.
  22. You may well be correct, but, if I may say so, you have an awfully antagonistic, even aggressive manner of saying so.
  23. Also worth bearing in mind is that their season ticket includes free travel on public transport for 3 hours pre and post match, regardless of distance from the ground, i.e. throughout Bavaria. Of personal interest to you, no doubt, I also understand that disabled tickets - not sure about carers - are extremely cheap. One problem, though, and I know this from a nephew of mine who lives in Munich and supports Bayern, is that season tickets are extremely hard to obtain, staying in the family for years: with home matches invariably sold out well in advance, I understand it is very difficult to actually get a ticket to watch a Bayern home match.
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