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  1. They have effectively been playing with an ineligible player all season so they will definitely get a points deduction of some sort
  2. He's okay the original journeyman QB! He did well at Minnesota but they still traded him, didn't do much for the Broncos!
  3. I'm reading one of his old bios at the moment and he was ready to quit about 5 years ago when he left QPR so I am surprised he's still going and got the bug. The parallels with the job he did at QPR are uncanny and they gave him the boot because some agent thought Mark Hughes would do a better job and turned he owners head. Wouldn't be surprised if someone was doing the same thing to Mr Tan currently. Warnock is a bit of a marmite character but I've certainly got a bit of time for him after reading the book and the way he can get a team to play above their level over a season must mean he has a certain ability as a manager especially at Championship level. The fact that Cardiff aren't way adrift at the bottom is also testament to his abilities even if he has a bit of a mouth on him.
  4. I went on the Saturday it wasn't my type of music but the tickets were free and I knew what to expect as the Saturday show played out exactly the same as the Friday show. My thoughts; The Arena - I've been to a Steel Yard show in London on a hot May evening it was amazing and a totally different experience compared to a cold wet February evening!! They got the time of year for this show all wrong. The venue - Filton very easy to get in and out of and ample official/non official parking. I parked on the road a few minutes walk away as £20 to park on a runway seemed excessive when Filton has no parking restrictions?? I couldn't believe in this day and age of anti congestion, pollution etc they were advising people not to walk there?? The official car park seemed fine one person told me only took 10 minutes to get out on Friday. Plenty of buses were put on anf this didn't seem to be a problem either other than only one place in Bristol they were picking up and dropping off from. The Experience - pretty awful waiting around for hours listening to one of the worst Dj's ever or hang around the food tents listening to other questionable music this was on from 5-8.45, at the very end of the wait for MA we were greeted with some questionable 90's songs which were being played on the equivalent of a laptop speaker. Having no support band is truly awful if you are trying to put on a show and don't take to the stage until 8.45! Facilities - there were queues for toilets/bar but these flowed well and we had no problems at all especially earlier in the night with no waiting at all. Apparently the cashless system broke on Friday but this was back working on Saturday. The food and drink was freely available and like all these events very pricey. We had no queue to actually get in the venue at all. MA - After a long wait they finally took to the stage. They have no real front man so no crowd interaction and had 3 different singers which caused delays between songs. The most annoying thing was the constant beaming of bizarre video messages of a political nature behind the band throughout the show which went along with the music. Thus the reason I assume they provided no encore the lights went out everyone went home! This might have been the nostalgic 90's head trip visual aid but for me it was just annoying. Having said that the more well known songs on the album were performed very well, but some of the more instrumental offerings between some of the hits were questionable and detracted a bit from the gusto of the main performance. The benefit - this is where I felt a built disappointed for the area, bar the 2 nearby hotels I can't see much benefit for Filton. The takeaways/restaurants on the A38 were dead and a poor newsagent had some Massive Attack t-shirts in the window which I think will still be there in 10 years time as everybody just got to there and left straight after mostly by bus/car direct from inside the venue. The punters - I was surprised to see how much reach MA have I assumed it would be mostly locals but the people I spoke to were from Swansea, Oxford, London and Somerset. Bristol needs to put on a much better show to get people coming back to the area for me. The verdict; I think with a few improvements Filton could be an excellent host for an Arena I was amazed how little traffic issues there were. I thought MA were a big let down if you are paying £50 you expect a bit more of a show, people will say I didn't "get it" this was their aim one big 90's headtrip but to be honest I grew up in this era of music and yes I didn't get it! I worked out just on ticket sales the promoters would have taken £1.4m over the weekend and it just felt a bit like MA were living off their name and reputation to put this weekend on. People I have spoken to had similar reservations when the did the Downs a couple of years back.
  5. Sports Direct have a much quicker and easier guide for running shoes its a machine on the floor (well the Yate shop has one), find out what your foot is and buy online much cheaper Wiggle always has offers and discounts for new customers. I went to the shop by the Eye Hospital "Easy Runner" was very disappointed they just got me to run outside for twenty seconds and then tried just to sell me the same pair of Adidas, they said I was a normal runner and didn't put me anywhere near their gait machine! I'm a big fan of Adidas Ultraboost but my latest pair I was quite disappointed by as the fit seems to have changed quite a bit. I would always spend at least £75 anything less you aren't getting a decent shoe imo, having said that the running shops tell me the more expensive ones £100+ just have a lot more cushioning that my running style doesn't need.
  6. I was going to take the kids using their free City 7's tickets but the club said these can only be used for "leagues games" (even though this match is cheaper?), well worth the 30 minute wait on the phone! So they will now be watching on TV!
  7. It's an interesting debate as the likes of Gaby Logan and Claire Balding have been excellent hosts on sports program's (including male sports) for years. I don't remember them getting too much flack as they are good at what they do, but as a pundit you appear to be on a whole different level of scrutiny. I can't say I am a big fan of any of the newer crop of female TV pundits bar Michelle Owen who I thing does very well on Sky unlike Bianca Westwood who seems to play up to the "Bird" image.
  8. It was a long night. I thought the Sky coverage was very poor made me think I don't mind all the Canadian adverts when watching the Bears in the regular season!
  9. They don't get anything out of it other than a sense of achievement and a pat on the back from Staff (more than one person has survived in the past). The only person who benefits from the show is Ant Middleton who has an ever growing Channel 4 program CV and an upcoming talk show tour (even advertised in the advert break subtly!). I do think he's quite good though to be fair so good luck to him. Whilst I think putting the ladies up this series has been a good thing to do to evolve the show they do appear to be over focusing on this new concept rather than just getting on with it, I'd say some of their cull decisions are definitely backing the women a little. There was one guy featured in a previous episode who we barely saw yet was culled for no apparent reason? Whether he was so bad he asked to be edited out we will never know. There are also a couple of gals who they have barely focused on so it will be good to see how they get on towards the end. I'm quite surprised as some of the remaining ladies are definitely as good as their male counterparts who are left which I honestly thought wouldn't be the case which advocates the decision to let ladies join.
  10. I've got a copy of this if anyone wants it finally finished reading it over Xmas not really my cup of tea but I'm sure others will have more of an interest. If anyone wants to pay the postage you can have it for nothing as I only get down the Gate a couple of times a season these days.
  11. What are peoples thoughts on the London games next season; London will see the Rams play the Cincinnati Bengals, the Chicago Bears face the Oakland Raiders, the Houston Texans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mexico City's Azteca Stadium will host another international game, as the Kansas City Chiefs face the Los Angeles Chargers. Good to have the Rams and Bears over not so sure about the rest Mexico appear to have the best match up despite their pitch woes. I'll be selling a kidney to try and get Bears tickets but knowing my luck will be half term when I'm in Portugal!
  12. Book by Paul Lumber - finally finished it so thought I would pass my copy onto someone else I didn't think it was great but might interest others more, if anyone wants it let me know and Ill send it to you if you cover postage as I don't get down to the Gate very often these days, cheers.
  13. I've been twice & didn't have a great experience I'm afraid. But I'm sure your trip will be fine if you keep your whit's about you. Did a boat cruise but was in a very small ship - this is where everybody got the Eartha Kits as god knows what they washed the food in so be careful. I remember us tourists waving to a small group of local children from the boat and we all had to take cover as they hurled rocks at us!! The hustling is beyond belief we were in Cairo and a guy came out of our hotel and said he could walk with us to the Needle. He ended up taking us to his brother art gallery!! Don't take photos of anyone they will want money, the police at the pyramids will want money to take a picture of you and one of my party took a picture of some kids working in a field when we were on a donkey ride next thing we know the 50 kids come running over all wanting money! Hopefully its calmed down a bit since those days. Last time I went was Sharm, was much nicer but the resort is still closed as its not safe for Brits. so I won't go into my troubles there.
  14. I'm in NFL hibernation after that Bears defeat!! Probably would like to see Chargers get the Bowl as Rivers has to pay for all those children somehow!!
  15. He's done well since converting from Scottish to British!! Sad to hear how its all gone sour for him with injuries. The bookies don't think he will get through the opening game let alone the tournament (100/1 to win the trophy!)
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