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  1. bri

    Only in America

    you must of missed this part of the suit. The Fifa suit, filed by two former youth football players and parents of current young players, does not seek monetary damages, but calls for a medical monitoring programme for those who played football as children and young adults and may have suffered concussions. That to me makes sense, head injuries from sports are getting more attention now after what would appear years of neglect. well worth a watch to see the effects of a significant head injury.
  2. bri

    The world of a woman.

    In a chalet at the mo in the alps, it lashed it down the other night and seeing as we're in the loft area it was loud as, bouncing, in the morning I goes to her did you hear that last night. She goes yeah, loud eh...... Is it that loud when it snows.
  3. When you look at the city without an emotional context, see the managed decline of the anfield area and the absolute farcical way the council and LFC have handled themselves over the last 20 or so years it's beyond belief that they've been allowed to get away with what they've created and still be in situ. The council know that LFC are the only contributor to the anfield area and with no infrastructure in place no other major commercial investors will come. The Council along with the Peel Group are only interested in the waterfront, that's just an economic reality of any inner city area in the north west. Therefore now the club has decided to stay the City Council should get out the way of any redevelopment plans for the ground and help put a tram / rail link in from the City Centre so the area can cope with increased footfall. The club could buy the land, re build new houses, move the highway, build new commercial property (pub, Hillsborough shop, chippy. etc) for say the price of Aspas & Illori (£15m + wages). The club are guilty of managed decline, they should be buying and redeveloping property in the anfield area to relocate people rather than sweating them out. The current 56k capacity only maintains the status quo on ticket prices. If we want to see real change in our lifetime of a 65k plus and a new pricing model then those changes to the anny road and Kop end need to happen. The £10 ticket isn't a pipe dream it exists, it works and those clubs are getting to the finals of the CL. Germany as a league did it in 10 years, fan ownership and a beer in your seat. http://www.theguardian.com/football/david-conn-inside-sport-blog/2012/dec/01/german-fan-owned-clubs-bundesliga
  4. yep they could tunnel the anny road and alter walton breck to make the kop bigger. its the least the council could do with the club staying in anfield.
  5. Yep should of moved. would of shown the real intent of the new owners as being long term, serious investors. And no you don't have to build a soulless dome as this clearly demostrates. Its taken us 15 years to get a new planning application in for 1 stand. As i've said FSG are about short term investment into the ground and to flip the club whilst maximizing commercial revenues. As it stands LFC fans are customers paying the absolute maximum that they can get away with. Ayre knows it, the club will be flipped couple of years after it's built
  6. Everton first played at Anfield and we used to play in blue, nothing remains of the original Anfield, new bricks, new stands and new owners. The decision to stay in Anfield by the current owners told me all I knew to know of them. £300 million for 15,000 seats and the romance of Anfield we were sold. No new, serious, long term owners would stay in Anfield. Sadly Anfield lacks the location & infrastructure for serious commercial investment from parties other than LFC. Land values are likely to remain the same over the next 20,30 years with no significant growth. That unfortunately is a sad fact of life for Anfield, much like other inner city areas across the North West. For sound commercial investment it is not a location anyone would ever choose. Say for example Liverpool had made the decision to move to the Docks where the Echo arena is or elsewhere on the waterfront. That location has all the infrastructure needed close by to support a world class, state of the art stadium. That investment would of needed to be written down over 30 to 40 years, serious long term investment. That investment though would of bled out across the waterfront with new investors building hotels, bars, clubs, retail, offices etc and thus the land value over time would (and will increase.) This is long term, big vision investment that take 20-30 years to come to fruition. Thus when the owners sell they can recoup a large portion of that land value investment through the increase in land value That investment though could of built a 65 - 70,000 seata stadia with a new pricing structure, with a £10 seat for the man on the dole, the man who wants to take his lad, the lad that can only afford £10. We could of stood for something unique in the premiership, we could of been inclusive, we could of been the one club that stood arm in arm with the man on the street. This inclusive scheme is alive and well in Germany. A smaller league with only Munich in the same league globally as us as a name and commercial might. We could of still had Dunkin Donughts wizzing round the pitch. All 58,000 does is maintain the status quo on ticket prices. Ian Ayre's comments are basically just those of the owners Instead what we have low capital investment in a patchwork approach to stadium design. No correlation or cohesion in how the stadium looks or comment on future investment, just a maybe on the Anny road. This to me is classic minimum investment whilst building the "brand" elsewhere, commercially then flip it in a few years for a tidy profit with no debt down. Ultimately it's the club that suffers with poor, ill thought out planning and building projects. From a commercial / build project it's small time, something we would take the piss out of other clubs for doing. The city council are happy as LFC stay in Anfield and remain the only serious investor in that part of the City. Will the City run a train / tram line up to Anfield, no chance. For those wondering if we'll get the anny road or a bigger Kop, expect to see it in another 15 years. I understand Anfield has all the romance in years gone by and it's a noble idea that LFC look to redevelop the area. The decision has been made and thats that. What I am saying is along with that comes all of the above. Or stand up and demand that if the club are going to do all this then that new main stand needs to go round 3 sides with a new bigger Kop. Then we can demand a bigger stadium with a new pricing model and LFC can be the unique club in the country.
  7. bri

    The forgotten story of....

    here you go. http://www.nasljerseys.com/Players/C/Crosbie.William.htm http://www.nasljerseys.com/Misc/Tornado%2067-68%20World%20Tour2.htm Brilliant, I'd have b&w photo on the wall
  8. bri

    The forgotten story of....

    I read this yesterday, incredible bouncing round all those places in the 60's, what a tale in the ale house a year or so down the line. There must be a whole load of photos of that tour somewhere, would make a great book
  9. bri

    Bit coins

    how do you invest in lite coins?
  10. bri

    Bit coins

    the value of currency is based on trust, as others have said the early players have made on this, difficult to know if the value will keep on increasing. Bitcoin is limited to certain amount being produced, something like 22 million. If people begin to hoard them then the currency ceases being used, thus the trust in it's validity dissipates. Then you've got people with computers in their house worth tens, hundreds of thousands of pounds with no way to secure that value as the currency isnt recognised. Not like in a bank where they'll insure your account up to a certain amount if they go bust. Then you've got the lad in Wales who threw his hardrive away with £7.5M worth of coins on it!!! what happens then other than coins lost. Then you've got the hackers, then you've got the wallet holder companies that can store your bitcoins for you that can go belly up at any point. Like the one the other month did and they reckon the fella did a runner with all the coins. Just seems like the early worm tech , geek , cash in moment and good luck to them. See what comes along next
  11. bri

    Fulham away

    just sorted ours today by joining fulham £20 then getting the tickets via the neutral section which is next to the away section. 4 per fulham fan card.
  12. bri

    This 'Ghost Midfield' of ours....

    The Arsenal result makes the results against Soton, Newcastle and Swansea stick out more. I can see why were playing 3-5-2 pretty well now. As a 3 were reasonably solid, we retained and bought well in those positions in the summer. The front two is where we have immediate threat (all be it no cover) so we have to pack the midfield. The one area where on the whole we failed to improve in (Coutiniho aside) Pack the 3 in the middle of the park in a 2 and a 1 or a 1 and 2 depending on who were playing and have the 2 wing backs bombing on to give the width. I actually like the formation but it means players have to be solid in their positions. I only go so far in saying "oh your asking a full back to be a wing back and that's out of his normal parameters." Yeah maybe in Div 2 but at the top of the premier league. If your taking that view at the top of the game there's something wrong with the coaching. There is something seriously wrong in anyones coaching book if you can't ask a full back to get forward and whip a cross in every now and then. I thought they were all failed wingers anyway. For all his engine work and every teams needs someone to dog it out Henderson just lacks the quality in his final play / ball. The two attempts he had one left and one right were just outright poor. The finish with his left was just shit. Lucas does a shift in breaking it up and moving it on and Gerrard isn't the Gerrard when he was 25, box to box. In fact the only coach to coach Gerrard well was Rafa. Playing him in the area where he knew he could do the most damage. under RH he was dreadful trying to play every position and in the end looking lost. Under BR for me again he's been too deep only occassionally getting into that No 10 position effecting play around the box. So I can why BR is packing that midfield with 5 as he knows it's limited and as soon as we can get the ball to the front two the better. That said Arsenal all looked like ball players yesterday I thought they passed it brilliantly, one, two touch. When we click we click well but I don't think we have that "ball player" mentality running through the team yet
  13. bri

    The Peel Group

    Forgetting the tax issue what's that 50 years worth of work then some
  14. bri

    The Peel Group

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-biggest-company-youve-never-heard-of-lifting-the-lid-on-peel-group--the-property-firm-owned-by-a-reclusive-tax-exile-8890201.html When the BBC announced in 2007 that it was to move five major departments and 1,500 London-based jobs up to Salford, Manchester, one of the reasons it cited was a commitment to “distribute production spend… more widely across the whole of the UK”. Its new £200m, five-storey home – MediaCityUK – on the banks of the famous Salford Quays would be a shining beacon of regeneration that the then-Labour government was trying to encourage in less-affluent regions beyond London and the South-east. However, the company that rents the 200-acre waterfront site to the BBC is, in fact, one tiny cog in a giant network of companies ultimately controlled by a billionaire tax exile who lives on the Isle of Man. Over the next 20 years, the BBC is due to spend hundreds of millions of pounds in licence-fee payers’ money to the Peel Group, one of the largest private-owned property companies in the UK. At the apex of its complex corporate structures sits John Whittaker, a fearsome dealmaker whose aggressive business strategies have seen the firm colonise huge swathes of the North. There are hundreds of subsidiary Peel companies registered in the UK, all ultimately owned by a private family trust, the Billown Trust, registered in the Isle of Man. Almost three-quarters of this entity is owned by John Whittaker, 71, and his children, with the remaining stake taken by the Saudi Olayan Group. The tycoon is a director of an astonishing 312 companies, according to Companies House. Almost all are Peel Group subsidiaries, which include interests in Liverpool, Durham and Doncaster airports, the Manchester Ship Canal, Scottish ports, and docks along the banks of the River Mersey. The jewel in the Peel crown was, until 2011, the Trafford Centre, a huge out-of-town shopping mall in Manchester eventually sold to CSC for £1.65bn. When the sale was completed, Whittaker’s empire managed to legitimately avoid paying around £200 million in capital gains tax because it took payment in CSC’s shares. Last week, MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report that warned of a danger to the BBC’s reputation if it forms questionable business partnerships. “The BBC’s relationship with significant partner organisations also involves potential reputational risks for the BBC, for example, the extent to which partner organisations are transparent about their tax status in the UK and the amount of tax they pay,” it said. The committee demanded that the BBC executive provide evidence to the governing BBC Trust showing that it assessed the “potential risks” of allowing the Peel Group to have a “dominant position” at Salford. “It should also make clear its expectation that, as an organisation funded by the licence fee, it expects companies with which it contracts to pay their fair share of tax.” Peel Group’s MediaCityUK venture in Salford is heavily reliant on public money, including more than £400 million in rent for BBC studios and office space. The labyrinthine nature of the Peel Group’s corporate structure means it is difficult to say how much tax it pays to HM Revenue and Customs. In June, the MPs made a visit to the premises and the committee chair Margaret Hodge said the Peel Group was not contributing enough to the Inland Revenue, claiming the group paid a maximum average of 10 per cent corporation tax. “They do not pay their fair share,” she said. A Peel Group spokesperson said: “It is inaccurate to suggest that Peel is not paying its fair share of corporation tax. All Peel Group operating businesses, including Peel Media (the developers and owners of MediaCityUK), are UK domiciled for taxation purposes and pay the appropriate level of UK corporation tax.” He declined to comment on the tax affairs of Mr Whittaker, of whom surprisingly little is known. Mr Whittaker seldom makes public appearances, and when he does they often stay in the memory. When the Trafford Centre opened in 1998, Mr Whittaker dressed up in a spotless white naval uniform with gold epaulettes and abseiled down into the mall from the bridge of a mocked-up transatlantic cruise liner. Despite Mr Whittaker’s advancing years, his ambition shows no sign of faltering. His next big project is to transform 50 miles of bleak industrial land between the Port of Liverpool and Salford Docks into a £50 billion redevelopment called “Ocean Gateway”. The scheme, which will take at least five decades to complete, will include a £5.5 billion overhaul of the city’s waterfront with 50 skyscrapers, four hotels, a marina and a cruise liner terminal. However, there is significant local disquiet over pumping yet more public money into a company that – albeit legally – appears to avoid so much tax. Peter Kilfoyle, a former Labour Cabinet Office minister, is campaigning for more openness and transparency in Peel’s dealings on Merseyside. His think-tank ExUrbe claims the Peel Group has received millions in EU and UK public grants. Mr Kilfoyle is also concerned about the influence the group has over local planning and points out one of its directors, Robert Hough, was chair of the North West Regional Development Agency and now chairs the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. He told The Independent: “Everything we know about what Peel does is legal. But that is vastly different from what is in the public interest. “We have to ask ourselves if putting public money into organisations like Peel, who operate through a web of companies that funnel a lot of money offshore, is actually in the national interest. Just because it is legal doesn’t mean it cannot provoke disquiet. Where does the investment go?” Mr Hough said: “The roles and responsibilities of all LEP board members, including the chairman, are clearly defined and have been formally discussed by the board.”