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  1. Me also. Or at least, run it like this. *sigh*
  2. Here Maisie W is front row of flag day, bless her. Reckon she's about three there, which would make it 2000, maybe 2001. The kit will probably date it better.
  3. Did an article for the Post about this about two years ago - included a pic of Flag Day at the 3 Lions with her sat at the front aged 3. I'll dig it out in a minute...
  4. It's interesting that you sadly seem incapable of not sinking to personal insults or attacks, and yet have still failed to adequately explain how the situation isn't that Bristol City Council's taxpayers are continuing to pump more and more millions into Bristol Energy - lots more than originally planned at the outset. Yes, the council set up Bristol Energy with investment, but it is turning into the kind of bottomless pit never envisaged at the start. Do you work for Bristol Energy?
  5. Daily Mail? The Post hasn't been owned by the Daily Mail for years and years. We're now owned by, effectively, the Mirror. Bristol Energy would've gone bust by now were it not for the millions invested in it by Bristol City Council.
  6. doesn't seem to affect Thatchers, mind
  7. Bristol taxpayers just gave another few million quid to Bristol Energy. The council don't run them, no, but are bankrolling them right now. Just last month, another big bail out. https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-city-council-increases-stake-1857987
  8. They are a 'stand-alone' company to the side of the council, so are able to spend money on what they would see as marketing - they paid for a 'solar balloon' at the balloon fiesta, and so on. But ultimately, it would seem that this is the case. The money they are giving to Rovers has ultimately come from the city council, and so ultimately from the taxpayers of Bristol. So It's a good point @Bristol Rob - and I'll do some digging. On the face of it, there's nothing specifically untoward about it, it's a legitimate thing to do - so it might have to be an article pointing this out, and suggesting that Bristol City fans aren't too happy that their taxpayers' money is going to Rovers' club shop. If anyone wants to be quoted expressing their mild annoyance at this, let me know
  9. :laugh: *sigh* i am relieved to see it's been corrected now.... ha ha
  10. did a bit of digging on this one, and wrote this about Mr Menayese https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-rovers-player-convicted-violence-1949726
  11. tbf tho one of my colleagues did do a 'Facebook Live' from Flag Day and i think there was an actual report on it. I was very much off duty tho
  12. This is a really fascinating issue and this has been a good debate so far. Mo Eisa is most certainly from a Muslim background - he's called Mohammed for a start, and came from Sudan when he was nine to London. The barriers Bristol City face in attracting local kids from the city to come to games and be a City fan watching their team for real - rather than a Man Utd fan watching their team on TV - is the same for a 'white kid' from Withywood as it is a kid from an African or Muslim background from, say, Easton - namely, the cost of a ticket, and who is going to physically bring them every other week However - and this is a message to all those in the thread so far who've kinda said 'why should we make a special effort for them?' There is a difference, or there is more likely to be a difference, and it's this. A kid from Withywood may well come from a family of City supporters, or football fans at least, might have a mate who goes already who he or she can tag along with, or know some people who already go. Remember your first game? Someone took you, and made sure you went again because you said you wanted to. My first football ever was liverpool at home in 78. My dad took me. While a kid from Bedminster or Withywood or Brislington might struggle to find the money every other week, if he or she can get there, they will hopefully feel welcomed, feel part of it and naturally fit in. The point is, it's not out of the ordinary for a bloke and a ten year old lad from Hartcliffe to Ashton Gate to watch a match. A kid of Somali or Sudanese or Pakistani descent from Easton, for example, might be encouraged to go after seeing Bobby Reid last season or Mo Eisa this season visiting their school. But who is going to take them? There perhaps might not be that same tradition or history of knowing someone who goes to games. There might also be resistance from parents or other adults - who wrongly suggest that a football crowd is full of hooligans (that's what my mum said to my dad, and tbf in 1978 she wasn't completely wrong!) or racists. If they do get to come, brilliant. The important thing then is that they are made to feel welcome. I would love to think that a family of Muslims in the third row of the South Stand would get randomly hugged by their neighbour just the same as any one else when a last minute winner goes in. The point is that it might only take one negative or nasty comment to make someone feel unwelcome. Same goes for women at football, or anyone who doesn't naturally fit in to the overwhelming demographic of the existing crowd. So not only does the lad from Easton have to overcome the possible absence of the kind of football heritage around him to enable him to go to his first City game, he and his nervous dad might well not feel completely at home when they do come. That's what 'making a special effort' might look like. I know City do loads to get kids from both Withywood and Easton to come to games - helping to organise school trips, working with youth football clubs, youth clubs and community groups. It can't do any harm to send Fammy and Mo to Easton to hand out some tickets. Not only might it help create the next generation of City fans, but some of them might well follow in Bobby Reid's path and end up on the pitch! The 'special effort' also goes for us, the regular fans. We need to make Ashton Gate especially welcoming for everyone
  13. UPDATE to this whole issue. After Southville RPZ, now Imperial are not letting people park there on matchdays. While it's 500 spaces in their car park, it was a bit of an informal arrangement for ex-employees and mates and stuff, so it was never full, but it's still more cars to park somewhere else. The full story is here if anyone needs more details. https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/500-space-car-park-next-1874948 I'll keep on about this issue, Metrobus, the Park and Ride, the rubbish public transport, the lack of trains, buses, viable alternatives and so on. Until recently (and it still might well be the case) First, the council and Bristol Sport all passed this on to the other and said 'you should do something about this', and there has never really been any joined-up thinking. Or maybe even any thinking at all...
  14. Indeed, tis true This comes from this story wot i done... https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/500-space-car-park-next-1874948
  15. Nah, don't get me involved! we at least try to get slightly more interesting things than this (cue all the links to the rubbish on the Post website right now...). Can't believe i just read through this entire thread to see the context to this. :laugh: I live just around the corner from the Three Lions, and was at Flag Day. Had a good time, popped in the pub to see Dons and met up with some old mates before we went to the game together. Can't see what the fuss is about really? It would be nice to have the road closed, but then that makes it all 'official' and council and police can object and it would become a 'thing'. A thing that people would try to stop altogether. I'd imagine closing the A38 is a lot harder than closing a regular residential street for a street party, especially for what essentially is a pre-match party involving more people than can fit into a pub.
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