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Ah the story behind Judge
at 21:41 15 Apr 2021

Probably our highest earner, so could be anything up to £500k off wage bill?

Makes perfect sense to say cheerio
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Paul Cook - “I don’t trust our team”
at 23:00 13 Apr 2021

Brutal.

And if you don’t trust them, you’d expect tonight is the last time we see quite a few of those?
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Ashton not starting until June.
at 22:59 13 Apr 2021

I’d imagine he will start much sooner as Bristol won’t want him anywhere near anything substantial for them.

Could see a mutual agreement made now it is open he is coming to us.
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Wind up or exciting comment from our new American overlords?
at 11:49 12 Apr 2021

Looks like he tweeted in 2009 and then in April 2021. Nothing in between.

Weird.
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Thoughts on the "traffic light" travel system?
at 13:18 9 Apr 2021

Indeed. And we were just talking about the UK mandated tests here.

Then add on the tests you are likely to need to get into the country you are going on holiday to and you could be looking at 5 or 6 tests for each person.
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RIP Prince Phillip (n/t)
at 12:57 9 Apr 2021

This is a great little video

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Thoughts on the "traffic light" travel system?
at 10:47 9 Apr 2021

This is the Government using purposefully slippery language.

They will publish approved tests before 17th May, but it won't be to allow the use of those 'free' tests we get if you have school aged kids etc.

At the very least it will need to be a 'supervised' LFT test and one of the more accurate ones. There was a report yesterday that one set of LFT tests was only picking up 3% of cases.
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Thoughts on the "traffic light" travel system?
at 10:28 9 Apr 2021

No, definitely a PCR before return. They are looking if they can get LFT before return, but it is too open to abuse right now.

Edit: to clarify. It is only a PCR test now, as they are they only ones that meet the specificity that the Govt demands.
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Thoughts on the "traffic light" travel system?
at 10:21 9 Apr 2021

Airlines are already subsidising some tests. BA have a 'supervised' LFT for £33, but that won't be accepted in these new conditions.

They'll be angry about this of course.

LFTs are open to abuse and aren't accurate enough btw.
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Thoughts on the "traffic light" travel system?
at 10:19 9 Apr 2021

The problem we have had looking at this, is some of those countries have the SA variant in circulation and borders aren't as controlled as ours.

You'll need a test to come back into the UK and likely need a test to get into any country as well.

It's a mess and i'd avoid holidays overseas until at least September/October
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Thoughts on the "traffic light" travel system?
at 10:16 9 Apr 2021

Jet2 have just suspended all flights and holidays until the mid/late-June date I mentioned above.

May 17th was always a 'Boris Promise' and he was advised against it.
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Thoughts on the "traffic light" travel system?
at 10:09 9 Apr 2021

The bigger challenge is if you test positive in that PCR test before returning to the UK, as then you have to stay in the country and self-isolate/quarantine at your expense.
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Thoughts on the "traffic light" travel system?
at 09:01 9 Apr 2021

There is currently a loophole for the Scots that means you don't need to quarantine in a hotel in Scotland if you fly back via England.

May 17th won't be happening either, for all but a few select destinations. Mid/late June is our best estimate for wider opening, but then only with PCR test before return.
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So the new owners want to bring in American talent.
at 15:56 8 Apr 2021

We'll end up with Diana Ross...

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Guardian long read on Covid scepticism
at 12:46 8 Apr 2021

Sadly, it is quite 'profitable' for people to not believe and lead others in that direction too.

It is across social media, with people in industries that have no qualifications to comment on the efficacy of vaccines for example deciding it is all deep state etc.

And we see in Government to that the ERG morphs into the CRG and pushes the same idiotic theories.

It's depressing, but reflective of how desperate some of the population are I guess.
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Only £400K of debt left
at 12:28 8 Apr 2021

I think we'll see £40m on the books as debt once accounts are published.

Everything appears to present as a leveraged buy-out, so we have basically paid for our own sale and the cost of that will appear as a debt on our books?

A bit like Man Utd, Burnley etc.
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Purchase Of Ground
at 12:08 8 Apr 2021

Agree. Just going on what i've seen with other councils over significant cash injections as a lump over ongoing smaller amounts.

The former appears more attractive since the pandemic on other income streams.

Anyway, not the priority for our new owners i'd suggest. Money better spent in plenty of other places
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Purchase Of Ground
at 11:41 8 Apr 2021

In a Covid cash-strapped council, I would imagine an offer now could be more welcomed?
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There is the usual excitement around spending money
at 10:13 8 Apr 2021

I think it was Sunderland who actually lost over £200m while in the PL, so agree on that point.

However, we see with clubs with a similar fan base to us (like Burnley), their valuation was £170m when sold recently.

If Gamechanger can get us in the PL, they could expect similar returns potentially and that would be job done for their investors. £40m + new spending turning into £170m would be hell of a return.

They HAVE to make money and they've been quite open about that. But to do that you are going to have to spend/lose money in the short-term to achieve that objective
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Under 30s now being offered an alternative Vaccine..
at 18:39 7 Apr 2021

Agree. Everyone should, although I am secretly hoping for Pfizer or Moderna next week!
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