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Unexpected problem potentially affecting the long awaited new stadium
at 12:45 10 Aug 2022

I know progress towards a new stadium has been very slow and hugely frustrating, and that most fans want to remain in the Hammersmith & Fulham Borough anyway, but there is an unforeseen issue, to do with electricity supply, affecting all new construction in West London, specifically in Hillingdon, Ealing and Hounslow.

From Computing magazine:
Developers in three West London boroughs are being told of limits to new building because the grid is full to capacity. This is likely to be the first of many such announcements.

Property developers in three west London boroughs have been told of limitations on new building because the local electricity infrastructure cannot cope, with part of the blame being placed on data centres.

As reported yesterday by the FT, the Greater London Authority (GLA) has written to builders warning them that it might take until 2035 for grid infrastructure to be upgraded sufficiently to allow new connections in Hillingdon, Ealing and Hounslow.

Electricity networks in the area are running to capacity, and the GLA specifically mentioned the presence of data centres that "use large quantities of electricity, the equivalent of towns or small cities, to power servers and ensure resilience in service".
QPR related, topical (gasp) quiz question for you. No cheating
at 11:55 15 May 2022

Who is the former Rangers player now playing at League Two play-off contenders Mansfield Town?

No using search engines!

Unhelpful hint #1: He is now back in his home town.

Unhelpful hint #2: He has played at least 50 times for every club he has been at.

No prizes, just the smug satisfaction of being clever clogs of the week
[Post edited 15 May 11:59]
Klaus Schulze RIP
at 14:16 28 Apr 2022

Very sad news, the electronic music pioneer has died after a long illness

He was originally the drummer in Tangerine Dream but left to create his own synth-based music, much of it on the new fangled Moog.

Here he is playing with various collaborators including innovative guitarist Manuel Goettsching. The story goes that they were invited to a party and in the course of it, they were encouraged to have an impromptu jam session. They duly did so and thought no more of it.

Some time later, Goettsching was in a record shop and heard some impressive guitar playing. Then the penny dropped: The unknown guitar hot-shot was actually him! The jam session had been secretly recorded, mixed then released as album.

RIP King of the Moog
So you will be supporting Villarreal against ManUre, won't you?
at 13:35 7 May 2021

Exhibit A:
56 pass goal (spoiler alert: Not by Barca): Brilliant or boring?
at 13:28 31 Mar 2021

A friend supports MK Dons, mainly because it is his local team, and posted the video of this goal on his Facebook page.

I have to admit it is quite something to be able to keep the ball for what seems like an age, but after watching the video for a while, you may start to think the clip is on auto repeat
Another musician gone: RIP Keith Tippett, pianist/composer, once of King Crimson
at 12:44 17 Jun 2020

Another sad loss. Here is some of his recent work. Is it jazz? Prog? Simply rock? Unusual, yet haunting, in my humble opinion, and it shows that the piano still has a lot to offer even in this hi-tech age.

Stay-cation holiday blues
at 13:26 29 Apr 2020

Well, just another day and a half of work and I am on home. In these troubled times, I am extremely grateful to be fit and well and to have a job and income, mind.

We were due to be heading to the south coast of Crete but something like that will be a pipe dream for months to come.

My employer won't allow people to cancel previously booked holiday - which is fair enough, the company would grind to a halt if everyone put off their holidays until the lockdown ends - so we will be sampling the delights of the parish in which we reside and trying not to murder each other

Anyone got any good holiday at home survival tips?

PS: I am soooo glad I booked an extra day for packing and getting organised especially now all "packing" is going to involve is removing my work laptop from the dining room table.
Haircuts! What's your plan? Will you cut your own?
at 12:37 31 Mar 2020

OK, so this is a pretty trivial subject at this time of crisis and upheaval, but I am getting to the point where my crowning glory - or to be more accurate, grizzled French crop - is going to need some serious attention. I've never cut my own hair and am nervous as hell.

What are you lot planning to do? I am considering getting some electric clippers but am such a clumsy oaf that I will probably end up slicing the curtains in half, along with my own ear.

Off topic: Quality local journalism alive and well in Rochdale
at 18:26 14 Feb 2020

Sample article:
With VAR, Blackburn's second goal might have been chalked off
at 16:50 29 Jan 2020

OK, the game is gone, but just for your interest, if you stop the video at 1:17 in, you can clearly see that the ball is outside the quadrant for the corner.

That said, VAR might have penalised us for something. You know, like breathing, not being a big club, wearing socks with too coarse a weave...

We continue.
Anyone been to all these now defunct football grounds?
at 13:56 18 Oct 2019

I don't go to many away games - lightweight - but was surprised to find that I have actually been to five of them.

I'm impressed by The Old Showground's collapsible floodlights!
One-venue mini-tournament to kick start the Champions League
at 13:05 18 Jun 2019

Do you think FC Santa Coloma's Ultras will make it all the way to Pristina?
Off topic: Which adverts would you *like* to keep popping up on here?
at 13:15 14 May 2019

I've always liked this one:
That Mark Hughes aftertaste: A Stoke fan's view
at 12:24 12 Apr 2019

"Jese, Berahino, Imbula, Wimmer, N'Diaye ...has any club in the history of the Premier League ever assembled such a cesspit of a dressing room? (Oh yeah, QPR did. Who was their manager again?) Just to put NJ's task into perspective, 4 of those w@nkers are still here. #scfc"

I feel their pain, even though we have moved on, scars and all.

Hats off to those of you who went last night
at 12:49 11 Apr 2019

I have been critical of our fans recently but man alive, take a bow, those who went

That place...
After the results we’ve had this year...
And yet you could clearly be heard on the radio (BBC Radio London), above the howling wind and some of the most inane, irrelevant and pointless – cough – “commentary” I have ever heard in my life. Respect!

Mind you, I was grateful for their babbling because it did serve to conceal the horrors on the pitch. I really didn't want to think too hard about what was going on so listening to Emma Jones and "Paul" - an ex-Millwall player I think because he seemed to have forgotten that he was on Radio London not Den FM - going on about litter, the weather, and umpteen other topics of no relevance to what was apparently going on on a football pitch below them was a blessed relief.

The high - or low - point was when there was the stadium announcement about the issue with the trains. I know that you need to band together for safety at The Den but it had sounded for some time as if our two intrepid pundits were getting rather too close and so when Emma said Paul would need to give her a piggyback home, only for Paul to say he couldn't because of the state of his back and Emma to then offer him a piggyback, my monocle started to steam up.

Occasionally, they got bored with their directionless chuntering and offered a few asides about what was unfolding on the pitch. My wife was upstairs and could hear me shouting “Tell us what’s happening!”

Still, we got a point and (magical thinking alert) if I need to listen to 90+ minutes of endlessly meandering waffle for us to get a point or – gasp – points, if that's the sort of sorcery it takes, so be it. I was too scared to go back to the telly, not just because it was an awful game with serious consequences for the team which conceded but also because I thought I might break the spell and put a curse on us.

We continue. COYRsss
Taarabt watch: Another false dawn, or....?
at 16:38 22 Feb 2019

The corset has finally been sent to the dry cleaners and the mercurial Moroccan is back! Perhaps....

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