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  1. I didn't say it had to be in the stadium... Half a mile up the road there's a pub serving beer at £3.50. 8 Zlotys a pint is VERY findable, and for all the usual brands, Tyskie, Lech etc. Even in the town centres of places like Wroclaw Poznan and Torun, the three most recent big towns I've been to. All you are doing by pushing the price up is to prove my point even more. Suppose it's £4.50 a pint, then you are comparing UK speedway admission at the equivilent of 4 pints to Polish speedway admission at 6-8 pints. It makes UK speedway even more reasonable in comparison. Which has the implication that if it can't draw the same crowds in, that it's so much worse value for money than what the Poles get.
  2. Welcome back to the 19th century/ There are 2 x 13 amp fuses, 2 x 5 amp fuses, 2 x 3 amp fuses and some fusewire replacement.... it may or may not be enough to prevent a power failure on the night.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Might be sooner than you think, depending upon the outcome of medical tests on Terro Aarnio, who had a bad fall in Poland yesterday. Originally a suspected broken arm, but no breaks were found in the xray, but there's bound to be other damage there.
  4. Interesting to compare to a common product rather than to wages. Take a pint of beer as an example. How many pints of beer would admission be in each country? In the UK, with beer in the pubs at £3.50 (round figures) a pint and CL / PL admission in the order of £17.50 (ish) you could say that that speedway admission costs about 5 pints of beer. In Poland, that "£10 admission" would be about 48-50 Zlotys (depending on how it was rounded up or down) With beer in Poland being around 7-8 Zlotys, you could say that the admission there is in the order of 6-8 pints of beer. By that logic (economists call it "opportunity cost") speedway in Poland is actually more expensive than in the UK.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    You have to hand it to the Brummies Spin Doctors, turning a stone cold last finish into "Brummies were knocked out in the semi-final stages" That's as near to a silk purse that a sows ear can ever be turned into.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    It's a sad state of affairs indeed that in some walks of life, experience engenders optimism, but in speedway experience engenders cynicism.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    That'll have the creative thinkers mulling over how to deceive the paying public again, in another attempt to make them believe that "nothing's the matter". I wonder what they will come up with this time? Well we've had the "run out of electricity" excuse, so can't use that one again...what else will they come up with? A burst water main? It almost worked for Belle Vue, but you never know, learn some lessons from it and do it properly next time. A bomb scare? Could be serious consequences if they get found out pulling off that hoax, so it's doubtful Staff Shortages? What would happen if there wasn't a Clerk of the Course, or a Start Marshall because they got "held up in traffic" or something? A Food Hygiene issue causing the whole stadium to be quarantined? A localised suspected Smallpox outbreak again causing the whole stadium to be quarantined? Suspected Rabies found in one of the greyhounds causing the whole stadium to be quarantined? Take your pick, any of them will be as ridiculous as the next. Well, would you put it past them try it on again?
  8. Will Kyle Newman come back to haunt the Brummies?
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    Birmingham Brummies v Edinburgh Monarchs

    Batteries not included?
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    How many fans would or would not have attended is a matter of speculation. Probably a fewer number but the hardcore that attend would have still been there. The possible lower income would have been offset so some degree by the lower appearance money needed to pay for a 3 point NL rider compared to what would have been paid to a CL #1. OK a short term financial hit, but one that could be recovered from. What the long term financial hit will be of losing the trust and confidence of the paying public will be, only time will tell. But when the public lost confidence in Gerald Ratner, Perrier, and others, history tells its own story. As for resigning, the Birmingham promotion is made up of The Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost...if one resigns, there are still two left. And it sends a message to other promoters about the consequences of their conduct too. Consider the alternative...the last time a promoter came up with a "no electricity here" excuse, he was elevated to Chairman of the BSPA. Is that really the precedent that you want the sport to follow??
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Thanks Brian. As you say, fans can put two and two together. The fans are also the customer, who in any other business, is "king". Reading the posts above, it's clear that the lesser of the evils would have been to stage the meeting, be honest with the fans and maybe even promote it as has been said before by other people along the lines of "the rules are against us", or "David v Golliath" or "we will never surrender" or any of the other cliche's that invoke a rallying call when the odds are against us. The problem is that the official, and erroneous, policy was to lie and deceive the people who the club counts on as its paying customers. This is playing with fire on a Gerald Ratner scale. There is no "innocent" means of deceit. The fans were lied to, and the very least that is owed now is an official apology, on the microphone, on the centre green, in front of everyone who is left in a position to forgive. And if the person responsible for this shambles has any honour, a resignation should be tendered too.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    This is what you call audacity! And somewhat interesting that this post on Facebook comes 5 days before next Wendesday's fixture, but it didn't feature 5 days before Wednesday just gone. In fact the Brummies Facebook page was remarkably quiet all last week.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    No Comment
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    F.A.O. Phill Rising

    A suitable epitaph to adorn the tombstone of the sport.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    An electrifying performance!
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    F.A.O. Phill Rising

    My guess as to what'll happen...
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Maybe the Speedway Star investigative journalist can look into this matter too?
  18. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Maybe Speedway Star will send an investigative journalist around to dig deep into the truth of the matter?
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    What can you do given a few bread loaves and some fishes? Prophecies'R'Us or what? Shades of the mysterious Kings Lynn electrical issues of 2010 if you ask me. British Speedway, making Brexit look like an organised efficient process, every day.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    The regulations are the BIble of the sport. And just like the Bible that gets interprated one way by the Catholics, another way by Greek Orthadox's, another way by Jehovah's Witnesses, so the SCB regulations get interprated differently, whether you are Matt Ford, or CVS, or Buster Chapman, or just a mere mortal. Isn't that why nobody outside of the love/hate relationship that those who are involved have with this state of affairs, can take the sport seriously?
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Wolves...CVS...the man who knows best at all times what's in the best interests of British Speedway...what else do you expect? However, up to the box for the official word... https://www.scbgb.co.uk/regulations How do you interprate rule 16.5.2.2 on page 44 of the 2019 regulations? - "No facility is permitted to replace a rider, who although included in a Re-declaration has not made an appearance for that Team since being re-declared"
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Unless they've changed the rules, you don't get a facility for a rider who hasn't ridden for you, whatever the reason. (Emiliano Sanchez, 2007, springs to mind, but as I say, the rules may have been changed.)
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    Brummies v Eagles 1.5.19

    Is he the one who's biding his time before taking over from Peter Kildemand in the Stal Gorzów team in Poland?
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    Birmingham v Leicester

    I can recall, I think it was in about 2008-2009, it had been fine all day. the stadium was filling up nicely, and then almost without warning, at about 7.15pm the heavens opened. And it didn't stop. An hour later, no-one could believe it was still raining and the inevitable happened, the meeting was called off, with those who hadn't gone already, facing a wasted evening, and those who pay the bills, having a big hole in their finances. I got the news at about lunchtime. I looked out of the window,. with spots of rain appearing on the glass, looking at a few weather forecasts on the web, and thought, yeah, sensible decision. And let's face it, what would any of us have done in the same situation? I wonder if those fans who want promoters to take the extra risks would want to club together to fund the insurance premium for a policy that will compensate promoters for the financial losses that they could incur as a result of taking the extra risks and falling foul of them? Such "pluvius insurance" policies do exist. See if you can negotiate one, and pay for it? Maybe this could be something that the Federation of British Supporters Clubs, (or whatever that concoction that the BSPA was proposing, is called) could mastermind? They need something to do.
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    Speedway Related Co Finances

    Not one set of accounts has been audited, and only one set described as "full". Hardly the stuff to engender trust and confidence is it? And of course Terry Russell's company is running at a loss again. (shock)
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