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Posts posted by bigcatdiary

  1. 21 hours ago, moomin man 76 said:

    Really happy with the digital subscription I have taken out.

    I ended up taking out the subscription, as it now appears that none of the supermarkets in Carlisle wish to stock the magazine.

    Certainly looks like the best option going forward, I will be changing when my subs needs renewing

  2. My star again didn’t come on Thursday or Friday this week so I emailed for a digital issue and it came through very quickly, I will be seriously considering this for the future, very impressed.

    Paper copy arrived in Saturdays post, that’s 4 days for RM to deliver something 24 miles away, absolutely abysmal.

  3. 4 hours ago, Gasser90 said:

    As far as I know we don’t get any more team points to play with by using a 1 star rider, that’s what doesn’t make sense to me. By picking a “4 star” rider your clearly having an advantage over picking a “1 star” rider yet we still only have 35 odd points to play with for the rest of the team 

    Exactly my point, basically some teams have gained an advantage by using older Rising Stars, if every Premiership team had used a rising star with little or no Championship experience their would have been no real difference.

    I think Palin is a cracking young rider and in time could be very good but he isn’t at the same level at the moment that Josh Bates or Tom Bacon are, if Rising stars had been given 4, 3, 2 and 1 point starting GSA and were included in a 1-7 team total I doubt a few teams would have built the same way.


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  4. 15 hours ago, hyderd said:

    I understand what you are saying,so we speedway fans should be demanding that our clubs tracks are not just rideable, but raceable,If the racing is good then fans will return the following week, regardless of who is in our team.If fans stop going because no GP riders are on show, that wont help British speedway. It's the racing that counts, not the riders name.

    The point exactly, the sport needs to get the tracks to produce racing not gate and go crap that does nothing for no one.

    Good racing will attract fans, that and getting back to encouraging teams to sign just our own locally grown talent will go a long way to avoiding problems like the Polish league rules in the future.

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  5. From the BSPA WEBSITE 


    BRITISH Speedway clubs have today agreed a start date of early May for the 2021 season.

    Fixtures will be published next week for both the Premiership and Championship.

    Plans are in place for a new concept in both leagues with more details to follow. The plans have been made to adapt to the current situation regarding Polish restrictions on the amount of leagues riders can race in, plus the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic.

    There is a clear pathway for the development of British Speedway and young British riders, not just in 2021 but in the years ahead.

    In addition, whilst there is disappointing news about losing Swindon and Somerset for 2021, these decisions have been made by these clubs to protect their futures from 2022 onwards. They will be welcomed back into the sport next year.

    Another club has expressed an interest in joining the Championship and this will be explored in due course.

    More details regarding the 2021 season will be revealed alongside our broadcast partners Eurosport in the coming days.

  6. 21 hours ago, Vic Meldrew said:


    It was inevitable that putting the magazine in a clear plastic type envelope sends the wrong message to Royal Mail staff, i.e. it is probably junk mail and goes to the bottom of the pile for delivery.

    Clear plastic envelopes shouldn’t dictate anything, that’s the stamps job.

    If the RM cannot cope with current demand it should take on more staff.

  7. 8 hours ago, Vic Meldrew said:

    I am sick to death of posts on this thread talking about the non or late arrival of their Speedway Star magazine.

    If you have a problem then contact the publishers direct or take the matter up with your local Royal Mail contact.

    It was inevitable that putting the magazine in a clear plastic type envelope sends the wrong message to Royal Mail staff, i.e. it is probably junk mail and goes to the bottom of the pile for delivery.

    It’s not a lot better complaining to RM, standard computer generated email in reply.

  8. Mine arrived on time today and what a read it is.

    Some great stories this week, I particularly liked the Castagna, Tatum and Refs stories and the potted history of the KO Cup is an excellent series.

    The FIM supremo certainly had some choice words for the U.K. Promoters and to be fair a lot of what he said made sense.


  9. 21 hours ago, tyretrax said:

    The RM told me my complaint isn't with them but with SS. They have a contract with SS, not me, so it's up to SS to complain. :blink:

    All I got was a computer generated general reply mentioning COVID problems. Their complaint system is utter rubbish a bit like their deliveries at the moment.

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  10. 11 hours ago, PHILIPRISING said:

    TEMPTING but if first class is bad how much worse would second class be? The additional hardship for us is that the cost of sending out replacement issues, which we do when possible, comes with a postage charge of over £1 for each one. It all adds up... But even this week the non-arrival of SS appears to be less than one per cent of those despatched. 

    Digital has one massive advance ... it is 'delivered' at one minute past midnight each Thursday morning.

    I must be honest and say I have been tempted to try it, Phil have you ever thought of giving subscribers one or two free digitals to try it when renewing annual subscriptions.

    As an afterthought what percentage of subscribers are digital.

  11. 1 minute ago, PHILIPRISING said:

    THIS is certainly the worst week we have experienced and it isn't localised so no explanation there.

    I think their is enough comment to suggest local sorting offices are holding back magazines when they are under pressure with big demand, our postmen mentioned that that other weekly magazines were at least two days late this week.

    What makes it worse is the only thing my Postman delivered today was four pieces of junk mail. 

  12. 3 hours ago, PHILIPRISING said:

    OFFICE has been inundated with calls from subscribers not getting their copy ... yet again, apologies, but nothing we can do other than froth at the mouth

    It’s pretty bad in the Peterborough area, myself and several local friends are all still waiting for this weeks copy, which considering we are about 10-15 miles away from the printers just shows how hopeless RM is.


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