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  1. Not strictly speedway...but pleased to see this one re-appear on YouTube. Went to this one back in the day...what a cracking day the Aces of Aces was.
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    Odsal

    I do quite like the Olympic Park and Westfield. But again, it doesn't have the authentic city atmosphere. I don't think I'm alone in saying I've necked a pint in one of the surrounding Cardiff city centre pubs five mins before the first race and not missed a second of action.
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    Odsal

    Agree. Plus the support from the Welsh Government is a huge enabler for a GP to take place in Cardiff. That wouldn't happen in London - its not a place that EVER goes short on visitors, so there wouldn't be any state support. Personally, I love Cardiff...I can accept that sometimes the racing has not been great. But you can say that for 95% of tracks can't you? In recent years 2019's racing was poor, but I thought there was some great stuff in 2017/2018. The city centre carnival atmosphere is unique in the speedway calendar, Cardiff is pretty accessible for most via air, rail or car and it's always a city well worth visiting. Another gripe seems to be hotel prices..well, if you are creative, you can still find a bargain. Though I'm not going to reveal my sources here! I find people's desire for Wembley to be misplaced romanticism. The surrounding area of Brent is a world away from Cardiff City Centre in atmosphere and amenities. It would be another temporary track...so the same issues at Cardiff. Plus if you think accommodation in Cardiff is pricey....wait til you get to London on your over priced transport! Finally, I honestly don't think Wembley has the atmosphere of the Principality. It's a very sterile place and whatever history and magic there might have once been under the Twin Towers has long, long gone. I'm very open minded to change, but I think all in all, Cardiff is a good as it could ever get for the British GP. I'd be hard pressed to name another stadium or city that could deliver a comparable all round package. Odsal? Well, I hope it comes back. There were some standout moments at the 85 and 90 finals. But it's another place that seems to get over romanticised. I found it quite cavernous and lacking in prestige. I preferred the more compact Shay for domestic speedway and for top level speedway, Odsal was a step down from the old Wembley, Cardiff or many of the overseas venues that have hosted World Championship or GP speedway.
  4. falcace

    Odsal

    I'm not sure if you've been to the new Wembley in recent years? Sadly, I don't think the present reality matches the name. If there was ever a magic about the place, then I think it's long gone or I am seriously missing something. I've been to a midweek England game there and an FA Cup semi final and both times, it was very underwhelming. You'd be hard pressed to find a worse part of London for a drink or a bite to eat and the stadium itself is pretty soulless...it reminds me of an airport terminal. I'm sure there was a time when Wembley was the greatest stadium in the world. Now, I'd say there were at least five better sporting venues in London alone...Olympic Stadium, Twickenham, The Emirates, Lord's and Wimbledon (haven't been to the new Spurs ground!)
  5. falcace

    'the Donald' Trump

    I don't think Donald Trump knows him very well. Never liked him anyway
  6. falcace

    European Union - In Or Out?

    And why oh why could it be that it is legal? Tough one that. Could it possibly be that those who oversee the legislation are kept in power by those who seek to avoid paying tax? It's a very cosy little arrangement. And it just gets better for the Ruling Class, as the Government hands out fat contracts (no tender required) to donors and supporters to further enrich them.....that'll keep the donations coming thick and fast. Win win. Or if you are as corrupt as Matt Hancock, hand out fat contracts to supporters and ensure you are also a shareholder of the beneficiaries too. Win win win! I await the Bermuda Media's investigation into tax avoidance with unbated breath. This is before you get into the morality of tax avoidance. If every small or medium business took the same approach as the Bermuda Media, the UK would be bankrupt. So, it's a bit rich (non ironically) for the Mail, Telegraph and the like to pontificate about how our country should be run and to claim any moral high ground on any issue when they avoid paying their fair share of tax to run the country in the first place. And if you think that's fair, you're either a tax avoider yourself, you've been lobotomised of critical thinking or you are incredibly obedient to the Ruling Class, ie. just the voter they need to keep the corrupt charade going. Quite simply, the Bermuda Media is not interested in holding the Government to account. So, let's not pretend its journalism of any credibility....it's pure propaganda. Take today's Mail as an example. The latest scandal around our corrupt PM (which roll round on a almost daily basis) sees him asking for Tory donors for a back handers to fund the refurbishment of his flat. He's the effing PM, not Del Boy! This is the sort of thing that would be a resigning matter for any Labour PM (quite rightly) - the Mail would have been apoplectic had Blair or Brown pulled this sort of trick. What do the Mail do? Open fire on the (former) golden boy of Brexit Dominic Cummings for being "Nasty" to deflect and demonise (for the millionth week running) to avoid holding the Government properly to account, whilst they maintain their own self-interest. It's Trumpian, it's shameless and it stinks.
  7. falcace

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Jeez...are people still expending energy defending a millionaire paid by tax-avoiding billionaires? He's as much as a journalist as Katie Hopkins. He is a well-paid enabler, no more, no less. Paid to over simplify issues, distract from real issues, demonise minorities for the masses.....anything to avoid holding the ruling class truly to account and keep their powers intact.... I have to admit, it is effective. Millions of people actually believe this guff....indeed they have been soaking it up so much over decades, they have become conditioned by it. Lobotomised of their critical thinking. Literally thinking what they are told. Sorry to say my dear folks are the same. At their core, good people, but after 50 years of reading the Sun and Express (in their cases)...a world view that doesn't tally with reality. This article is a perfect example of what he does....championing Englishness whilst undermining Scots, the Left and BLM...in the process. Tell, me this...if he is so proud of and loves England and is a credible journalist, why does he not investigate the murky tax arrangements of his pay masters? Why do they avoid paying tax in England? Why do they avoid paying tax used to educate young English people? Why do they avoid tax to avoid caring for the sick and elderly English people? Why force the ordinary working English people to pay extra tax to make up for the tax the owners and giant corporations have avoided? There is no love of England or English people. The only love is of a skewed, corrupt system in England that maintains their power and wealth.
  8. falcace

    BLM Uk protest marches

    He was handcuffed, his neck leant on for nine minutes, three minutes unresponsive until he was killed. Show us the fire please. Excuses Just a clouded judgement by a police officer. He killed him. Excuses It was his own fault his neck was leant on for nine minutes and he was killed?! No wonder black men are resisting arrest when this can happen. Excuses 15 days of testimonies. 45 witnesses. Compelling video evidence of the whole crime. A sham...according to a bloke from Dorset whose read about it on the internet. Excuses. It was probably out of character for a nice guy....?! He killed a man in broad daylight. Excuses. What seems to be annoying a lot of people is that after 177 pages of undermining Black Lives Matter, this high profile case, a trigger point for the global movement lends more weight to their core argument that black people are disproportionally targeted by police. That's a lot of wasted energy for a lot of people who struggle with change. It's not left or right either, as much as some desperately try to demonise and divide. Good people from all political persuasions recognise there is s just issue here. Change is difficult for a lot of people. Progression is difficult for a lot of people. Always has been. Always will. Some will just dig in to resist any change, no matter how just the cause. When the Suffragettes campaigned for women's voting rights they were slaughtered by the media with all-too-familiar tactics of character assassinations to undermine their cause. Surprise, surprise, it was the Daily Mail leading the charge then too. They had rats thrown at them in the street. Make no mistake, those who slavishly follow the narrative from the Daily Mail would have been throwing rats too, had they been around then. Such is their compliance with the powers-that-be. Change comes from the bottom up...and it is with BLM. Of course, people won't realise it now, but those who resist change and just campaigns for greater equality will be viewed as archaic by generations in the future.
  9. falcace

    BLM Uk protest marches

    Sorry to tell you, but HMS Speculation has long sailed off with its selective perceptions. Fair Maiden Fact has now docked in port. After 15 days of testimony, including 45 witnesses, the jury ruled unanimously. Derek Chauvin is a murderer George Floyd was unjustly killed Facts. Which leaves you as another making excuses for a murderer. Is there any other murderers you have excuses for? Might as well get them out now.
  10. falcace

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Thanks very much and for the kind words. It is strangely satisfying foraging for your meals....be it shellfish or berries. Tastes great too
  11. falcace

    BLM Uk protest marches

    Just to remind you... You are making excuses for a convicted murderer That is all
  12. falcace

    Football 2020/21

    True Dat. Where US sport is (surprisingly) at odds with the rest of society is in favouring the smaller teams to get first picks in the draft system from the massive collegiate sport system. But its also another example why US sport simply doesn't translate to Europe. Community sport, not Higher/Further Education Sport is the life blood of elite sport across Europe....it's almost non existent in the US. Guys like Ian Wright literally came through the grass roots of Sunday League Football.
  13. falcace

    Football 2020/21

    All very valid points. I don't disagree with you at all. This Super League announcement was actually very predictable and - as you say - the culmination of decades of commercial interests above sport. Anyone who still felt that the clubs in the upper echelons are community institutions have now had that notion utterly stripped from them. Manchester United and Manchester City are no more community institutions than Coca Cola or Microsoft. Man Utd are the one team in the six who I have ever had any affinity to. And even though they are American owned, there was a still a golden thread of heritage that ran through the club from Law, Best, Charlton and Busby through to Giggs, Scholes, Beckham, Neville, Ferguson at the same Old Trafford ground playing attacking football with a core of home-grown players they have developed. I think that thread was snipped when they sacked David Moyes after less than a year and jettisoned Giggs. My (admittedly naive) hope is that this moment will be used to level the playing field. So clubs up to their eyeballs in debt or financed by owners outside businesses are properly punished with relegation and TV revenue is fairly distributed across the whole game. I find it hugely ironic when a club like Real Madrid bemoans uncompetitive matches when they have skewed the payments of TV revenue from La Liga to be massively in their favour and operate under massive debts to continue to hoover up the best players globally. It's less competitive because you made it so! Had the Super League gone ahead, then have no doubt that Real Madrid would eventually be demanding a greater share of the pot than the likes of Arsenal. They will only ever be satisfied when they are winning every year, they are the highest earners and getting bigger every year. If they are worried about turning young people off football, then that's your recipe right there. Football (still) has the capacity to surprise with Leicester winning the league and a couple of years ago Ajax rose from ashes and came close to winning the Champions League. That's what inspires and interests people. The sport has to restructure so moments like this are more likely and sporting merit counts for something. i won't hold my breath though.
  14. falcace

    Football 2020/21

    Man City, Tottenham and Arsenal - none of them have ever won the European Cup or Champions League...and they think they deserve exclusive protected status above everyone else? If we are basing this on any sort of sporting merit Notts Forest, Aston Villa, Celtic, Ajax all stand taller. But it's not based on any merit. It's based on pure financial greed. This is an opportune moment for FIFA, UEFA and the Premier League to reset the structure. Chuck them all out...cut off the oxygen of their domestic audiences in domestic leagues and actually properly apply financial fair play rules and bring some authentic sporting merit back.
  15. falcace

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Actually pretty interesting... Prob should DM you this...but others may find it interesting/useful too. More than once last summer, I foraged shellfish at nearby Shaldon in South Devon...mussels, cockles and oysters. I steam them open in some white wine and they are dee-liciois. The ones that don't open, I don't eat. Am I on safe ground?
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