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New football laws moving forward.
at 10:11 27 May 2020

Sally Nugent (sigh...) reported this morning on the Beeb that they are considering limiting scrum time, washing hands and faces before, during (half time) and after games etc..

All seems of limited point to me.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/52776031
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Huw Jenkins buying another championship club
at 10:01 27 May 2020

Yes, I actually laughed out aloud when I read that bit.
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Huw Jenkins buying another championship club
at 09:12 27 May 2020

Regarding HJ's 5% stake in our club - this would shirley be deemed a conflict of interest, and he would/should be enforced to sell his shares should he wish to be involved in a purchase of any EFL club? All jokes aside - say, for example, Charlton's final game of the season had nothing riding on it, other than SCFC's fortunes, this could influence him - potentially.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52810887
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Huw Jenkins buying another championship club
at 17:07 25 May 2020

Talk about a superbowl.
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The return of football
at 09:20 25 May 2020

It's a tricky one. The only argument and balance I can see to resume professional football sooner than later, in parallel with some of the jobs etc. mentioned, is the short and longer term economic and hardship impact of clubs going out of business if they don't resume anytime soon. I'm not sure what that picture looks like, i.e. zero or low crowd attendance, TV money etc..

Otherwise playing football (and other contact sports) would be difficult to justify or prioritise alongside other key roles in society imho. As someone has said, it's CV-19's capability for onward transmission that's the bigger risk - 10 transmissions and it's 59,000 versus 14 with the 'flu.
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Huw Jenkins buying another championship club
at 08:56 25 May 2020

There'd be massive queues during the game - forget half time!
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Huw Jenkins buying another championship club
at 16:11 24 May 2020

Anything that draws him away from this locality has to be a good thing.
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Wishbone Ash - Big Top 1990
at 08:22 23 May 2020

Thanks for that - interesting. This is from WA's website, a lament by Mr Powell! Original tour dates (Andy Powell's WA) showed Pontardawe Arts Centre on Oct 10th. I'll keep an eye on any revised dates and will post an update - would be nice to see them again and maybe say hello to one or two from here too.

Good morning, from us. I got home from Seattle on the 15th of March, so like many of you, we are now entering into our 6th week of isolation. Two of those, for me, were spent self isolating since we’d been in a real hotspot of the Covid19 outbreak, Washington state, at the end of the tour. Most musician friends, like me, are actually finding it pretty o.k. in lockdown, since we have always had this curious dual life anyway, of maximum socialisation (touring), intermixed with periods of isolation. You go on these busy tours and then you’re at home planning the next one in virtual isolation. Home life has always been that way for me, also preferring country life over city life, any day.
One thing I’ve noticed in lockdown, for sure, is that the wildlife round here is sensing the huge decrease in human activity on the streets and roads. A neighbor had to shoo away a wild bobcat the other day, that was going for her chickens. We’ve been thrilled to see a bald eagle twice, in recent days, circling the house. An absolute rarity round here, in southern Connecticut. There have been foxes visiting and many species of wild birds, encouraged by my feeding and even a large black bear strolling down Main Street in a neighboring town!
Like a lot of you, I’ve been on quite a nostalgia kick of late, going through all my old vinyl records and recalling days of yore when I first encountered the music that inspired me to join the music world for real. In addition, I’ve recently been intrigued to watch performers, both amateur and well-known, dealing with the technology involved in putting live music content online. It has the effect of taking all artifice out of the game when you see a platinum selling artist like James Taylor grappling with an iPhone to record himself in his living room, much like your friend down the road who’s doing the same thing. That’s kinda intriguing and more human somehow.
That’s another weird thing, the voyeuristic thing of viewing artists in their home spaces. Some interiors are bright and breezy and others are dark and curiously depressing or just plain chaotic. Rufus Wainwright, seems to barely be able to dress himself each morning for his performances at the piano, whereas Sheryl Crowe is very pro, as you’d expect. Did anyone watch the One World Lady Gaga sponsored concert on Sunday? I watched quite a bit and indeed the charming home spun nature of it all was touching, all the while raising many millions to combat the current crisis and poverty.
That brings me on to the music business itself, or the business of music, something we don’t often talk about.
It’s not going to be the same after this.
The tiny percentage of monster acts and artists, won’t be affected much, but the rest of us will see a profound effect. It does make me shake my head when I receive advice from well-meaning folks about streaming stuff as a substitute or as an aid to income replacement – all well and great, but this paradigm has been an illusion for rock artists for decades…. up until now.
Small record labels are also having a tough time. What they actually do is to act like lending institutions that allow artists to physically make records and for that we are very grateful, believe me, because real old-school rock records are still expensive to make. They involve real musicians playing together in a room on actual instruments – acoustic and otherwise (try recording a big drum set, well, it’s not easy). Our current label Steamhammer, also promote us like crazy which is huge in our world. But….’Live’ is where it’s at for the vast majority of us. The album is a trailer for the tours. And Spotify etc? Give me a break. It’s a joke, quite frankly – biggest con ever foisted on performing artists in the history of the music game.
At the risk of sounding whiny (I don’t wish to do that in light of what the real rock stars, our front-line health responders, are going through right now) ) but I believe that the game will move more firmly online which is kinda miserable but challenging in another way. We all love the whole mechanics of touring and interacting with you all. I know you love it too. The physicality of it, the set-up, the break-down, the travel, the sheer work-out and camaraderie of a 2 hour live rock show is hard to beat. So all of this recent Covid19 existence has thrown into stark relief what we’ve all been grateful for – our community, our clan and now, its very destiny. We are supposed to start touring in earnest again, in September in the USA and then on to the U.K. during October and November. However, the governments of both of these countries have, in my humble opinion, been doing a lousy job of coordinating the national response and most importantly, the gradual move back into the light of safety for all of us. The plans are erratic and slipshod, it seems. One word: TESTING!!!!! Here’s another: SWABS!!!!
Our little cottage industry provides the band and our employees a modest income of around 20% – 25% of what we earn. At least 75% of our throughput – I’m talking about money we earn from our shows in clubs and small theatres is fed right back into the greater economies of various countries (18 visited last year alone); things like taxes, hotel bookings, agent fees, work permits, rental vehicles, airflights, gas, insurance, phone, gear, repairs you name it. It doesn’t take a genius to quickly figure out that the elimination of hundreds of thousands of these Dollars, Pounds and Euros that are fed into the greater economy each year, by little old us alone, is having an immediate effect. Now, extrapolate that out to the thousands of touring acts out there and the effect is a disaster for those service industries, as well as the artists.
I’m proud to say that music does indeed play a major part in the economies of many, many nations. Sure, I’d like to be able to keep more of it for ourselves, more of the income that we generate, but on the other hand it is a great feeling to be part of the daily economy and business life in general, as well as creative life. Business life can also be creative, as I’ve discovered over the past 25 years or so when I decided to self-manage, finally. Now, in respect of all that, if we musicians could only get one of those small business loans they’re talking about, it might help! Don’t make me laugh – ain’t gonna happen. We know we’re out here on our own.
This is the sad joke when they talk about substituting tiny images of us moving around on the screen of an iPhone for an actual live music event. But, enough of that! If that ’s going to be the new game in town, then so be it. Watch this space for new developments about touring or virtual appearances. One thing I can tell you is that we do have a quantity for sale, of the new CD, Coat of Arms (for our USA fans only at this time) plus a few Live in Japan CDs. There will be info here on our website and on Facebook very soon on how to order those, if you wish.
Take good care out there, stay safe and sanitized and don’t let up on your vigilance against Covid19 just yet. We need you and you need us – hopefully.
~ A.P.
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Wishbone Ash - Big Top 1990
at 07:56 23 May 2020

Not seen those before, really funny - Animal from the muppets reincarnated!
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ST update
at 13:54 22 May 2020

Thanks Phil.
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ST update
at 13:28 22 May 2020

I think there would be an entirely different approach and mood from the fans towards resisting refunds if the chairman and players had already shared the burden Phil - you seem to think the same. I presume this would be represented by the Trust?
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Wishbone Ash - Big Top 1990
at 12:07 22 May 2020

Yes, but Andy Powell still plays that flying V (a guitar you could not play while sitting down lol)!

I'll defo keep an eye out for the Martin Turner version though.
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ST update
at 11:05 22 May 2020

My understanding is that the refund mooted is for this season, not next. Next season is a whole different issue, given the uncertainty.
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ST update
at 09:20 22 May 2020

Fair enough.

They are, though, elected (admittedly by Trust membership) with the SD placed on the board to be as close as possible to the finances, as well as other things. How effective all that is has been debated to death, so I don't want to open that one up again!

For me, I have no problem with The Trust recommending anything, given they MAY be privy to certain aspects that can't be shared publicly, who knows. Perhaps for the sake of simplicity, we may have one (negotiated) alternative option only, or refund.
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ST update
at 09:09 22 May 2020

Why not? Genuine question.
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ST update
at 08:34 22 May 2020

Apologies if already said, but possibly the bigger issue is next season ST partial/full refunds. If at least one refund for this season is issued, even if a statutory right then this would set a precedent and open the floodgates for next season?

Maybe he/they are keen to mitigate the £1M this season, to avoid the £6M odd loss next? The options put forward (if/when that happens) may tell us more. I would imagine they would like one common solution for this season, perhaps "negotiated" and therefore recommended by The Trust, but again, individuals could still opt for refund, shirley.
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Wishbone Ash - Big Top 1990
at 21:34 21 May 2020

Listen to an album called Argus, Leon.
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Wishbone Ash - Big Top 1990
at 21:33 21 May 2020

Would love to see them again, hopefully Swansea, to make a night of it! Funny thing is, when you look around in these gigs, there's grey (or no, or both in my case) hair everywhere.
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Wishbone Ash - Big Top 1990
at 20:23 21 May 2020

Brilliant - probs the original line up (Upton, 2xturners,powell)?
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Wishbone Ash - Big Top 1990
at 20:16 21 May 2020

We didn't live in God's own back then. We drove down for a McDonald's in baglan and ventured on as I'd heard they were there. We had a 3 month old baby so left him and Mrs J in the car, rushed in and saw The King Will Come, then had to leave, doh! Years later, they played Bridgend rec, a short walk from us - they were brilliant. With the permission of the lead guitarist (not Andy Powell), I peeled his play list off the stage (on 2nd encore). Prized possession.
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