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About redapple

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  1. Gutted about the death of Dave Greenfield. Always been in my life since I saw them (The Stranglers) aged 12 , about 70 odd gigs ago. He was a magnificent keyboard player whose melodies will live on.
  2. I think we could as long as politicians, councillors, planners and health & safety aren’t involved.
  3. Undoubtedly true, but Blair didn’t exactly change society for the better either.
  4. I think that’s a fair comment, and it’s not right to generalise about a generation but comments I’ve seen and heard over the last few weeks come across as seriously “I’m alright Jack”. Personally I’m self-employed and worried about the economic impact but I’m more than a little concerned about my elderly relatives as well as my partner whose due surgery next week.
  5. What’s upset me most about this whole Corona Virus episode has been the dismissal of older people and those more vulnerable by lots of younger people. Don’t they have older relatives ? Don’t they know anybody who has diabetes, heart disease, etc ? For me it’s really confirmed what I had feared about society , that it’s become selfish in a way that it’s never been before.
  6. I’m in agreement with most if not all of your comments, but my only point was that a lot of the players have spoken freely about their respect for LJ. They’ve commented on his huge enthusiasm and knowledge of the game. I might currently be only a ‘taxi’ driver but believe me I know enough about human beings to know when there telling the truth. I never felt comfortable revealing tit bits on this forum and didn’t for 4 years. But reading some of the nasty stuff on here a few weeks back about LJ losing the changing room, the players laughing at him etc , I just felt it might be an insight to let people know that is clearly not the case. Re communications between human beings and other human beings, I’ve found that however much training people have and whether they’re huge celebrities , local councillors or footballers they don’t always toe the corporate or sensible line when in a cab. Most of what I hear goes no further than my Mrs but she has no interest in the goings on at Bristol City anyway !
  7. I’m North Somerset licenced and based and do school runs that end in Long Ashton and Failand. Hence when I log on for Uber I’m the closest car to the training ground. I have picked up several Rovers players & staff when they used to train at Cribbs , and quite a few Bears. Ashton Gate is also a good place to wait for work with all the conferences they have there. I picked up a chap from Guernsey who was a consultant for Bristol Sport from there . He was moaning about how slow Bristol City Council are in replying to queries regarding the planned new development. He’s never known a place with so many people off sick.
  8. I get what you saying, I’m not stupid. A few of the players most noticeably Nathan Baker, are very polite but guarded. Hence you can tell when some of the other lads are talking freely and openly and not toeing the line.
  9. These lads are living the dream and earning decent money. They must live in fear however, that an injury, a loss of form might end all that. If they can double or triple their money/length of contract then it gives huge security. Hopefully most players also have ambition with their careers and want to test themselves against the best and experience playing in the best stadiums. Its up to the managers to tap into the players fears and motivations. The gains are only short-term these days but they can benefit both parties.
  10. I’ve been privileged to take a lot of the players while Ubering in the last 4 years. Initially I would be polite and just ask neutral questions but more recently I take the plunge and ask the sort of questions fans want to ask. There are previous threads.
  11. Saracens and Man City are vastly different cases. Saracens became victims of their own success. They produced a lot of their own players, yet they had to pay top money to prevent poaching.Also because they had so many internationals they had to have not just a big squad , but a big equally talented squad. Unlike Soccer , club and international matches clash and players can miss up to 8 games a season.
  12. Although Rugby is likely to change its rules to become more flexible in the wake of the Saracens issue. A lot of people feel that Saracens became victims of their own success.
  13. I agree with what you say, but there are managers in every era who adapt to the times and are successful. Our own manager I can tell you is very highly rated and respected by the players , which doesn’t make him a good manager, but gives him one less problem and makes getting players buying into ideas easier.
  14. They ain’t Liverpool ! And we must be due a red card for the opposition soon ?
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