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  1. I don't feel it has anything to do with town size etc. These are very old rivalries which simply don't truly exist for the vast majority of modern supporters. I couldn't give two hoots about whose town is bigger, better or whatever. We live almost equidistant between Ewood, Deepdale and the Reebok. PNE is a bit further and certainly more difficult to get to. I know people who support all three clubs so I imagine each club has a similar number of fans traveling from outside the local area. It's a very difficult question for fans to answer but observation suggests many supporters no longer live in their team's town. The DE car park was almost full on Saturday.
  2. Your point about a large portion of the fan base living outside of Blackburn has been the case for 25+ years. I don't think it's a new feature. Prior to Jack's involvement I'd leave home at 2.30/35 to get to the ground for KO to travel 5 miles to Ewood. In the heady days of the '90s/00s we had to leave at 2.00. It wasn't unknown to be in a jam from the Houghton roundabout and even to divert on to the Bolton road and get in via Tockholes. Saturday we left at 2.35, didn't see a fan walking down LBR until we passed the Brown Cow, in the ground just before 3.00. Walking out of the DE car park all we could hear was Swansea fans singing. I feared a terrible home crowd. Given everything which is/has happened I was pleasantly surprised by the numbers on Saturday. It only took 10 seconds for the emotion of being back at Ewood to hit me. Prior to that I'd no idea how I would feel. It would have been too easy just to pack it all in.
  3. My STs have got lost in the fog of lockdown. No idea where they are. I popped in to the TO a week ago and was given paper tickets which worked well The guy who served me said all ST holders would be receiving new cards before the WBA game.
  4. My experience indicates this is incorrect. We hold two STs linked to the same email address. On June 18th we received two emails, individually addressed to the ST holder by first name, giving full details for the 2021/22 season. It seems surprising either the vast majority on here do not have an email address registered with the club or they have all been missed/excluded from a mass marketing email - logistically a very difficult task. Nothing in the post but then I think the club abandoned the ST pack years ago. Whether that is a good thing or not it isn't a sudden recent change. We've received a postal reminder car park STs are now available.
  5. My son and I both received an email inviting us to renew on June 18th. We have renewed.
  6. Yes, I agree. I know the arguments and benefits but I'm afraid I'm not convinced that we have adequately vaccinated the UK population to feel comfortable with the idea of stopping the programme for the under 40s. Like yourself I've had both jabs and I will soon have 95% protection. Am I going to change my behaviour and suddenly start using busy crowded places? Absolutely not. To do so reinforces the perception which is building amongst the population that very soon we will be safe and out of the woods. On Wednesday I was in a Zoom committee meeting discussing sports club activities. I am the oldest on the committee by at least 15 years. Bar myself everyone believes in a few weeks we can go back to normal activities. Blackburn has an ethnic population of +/- 40%. I was at the cathedral for 20 minutes yesterday for my second jab. I saw an Asian husband and wife, everyone else could be described as white British. When I went for my first jab the attendance was 100% white British. While we have millions unvaccinated we remain vulnerable to an extent which can't be measured. Vaccinating the vast majority of vulnerable is only a part of the story. Despite the figures I don't know anyone in my age group and social circle who is ready to relax or who believes we should stop vaccination for the under 40s. I haven't embraced my kids in nearly 18 months. Tom has been home for 24 hours at Christmas in that time. I have a six month old granddaughter. It's possible I can be a carrier. It would be extremely foolish to cease our programme and run a risk with our young people. Does it make any sense to negate these sacrifices? The vast majority of vulnerable is simply not enough. I know we will never eliminate Covid-19 but we can still be a lot safer than we are today. I hope I'm wrong.
  7. After posting the above I went to read The Guardian online. We have to protect the UK population before other countries through vaccination and continued emphasis on public health, social distancing and if necessary not ending lockdown. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/06/new-concerns-indian-covid-variant-clusters-found-across-england-ongoing-risk-high?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
  8. I understand the point of view and can't argue against it with one exception. You say "No one is safe until everyone is safe." I agree entirely but argue it makes far more sense to ensure everyone is safe in the UK before helping other countries. If we put ourselves in the strongest possible position to counter the virus through vaccinating the entire population we will be better able to assist others. If we slip backwards and have to refocus our efforts at home we cannot help other countries. There is going to be another wave soon, rates are rising slowly but surely. Locally the rate has risen by +50% in a week. The vaccine refusal rate is increasing as age decreases and we have to tackle this. My wife was heard to mutter at the TV tonight "Make them show a passport to get in the pub." She's not far off the mark.
  9. No I don't condone it at all. I see this type of behaviour as completely unproductive. Initially I said this but decided against it and removed it from my post as I don't want to get in to the debate I know will follow. I do believe in protest but not of this nature and I would never turn out for anything which might go this way. Turning one's back on a match in the stand, emptying the stands in to the concourse etc. I would support but never the scenes at Old Trafford. I wouldn't want to associate myself with it.
  10. Yes and people will see what they want to see. Football fans will see a successful protest while others may see a bunch of "kids" breaking in to a football stadium and running amok. It's the second view which the BBC images showed on Sunday's 10.00pm news.
  11. I can't agree with you on this Gav. India has a population of 1.3 billion. In January of this year the government placed it's first order with the Serum Institute for 15 million doses - that isn't a typo, fifteen - and currently has a target to vaccinate 300m by August. India has now banned vaccine export which will have a significant impact on the developing world. I'm not suggesting the UK should ignore the plight of other countries but India has its own production and has announced it is keeping all of this for itself. There is no argument to support India under those circumstances. The same TV images will emerge from somewhere else. My other point is it makes more sense to complete our programme before helping others. There is no point in leaving the job half done as if we do the risk of another UK wave increases. If the UK is hit by yet another wave this would reduce our ability to help other nations. Harsh though it sounds just because India has the dramatic TV images doesn't mean any country should rush to her aid ahead of its own citizens especially when India has abandoned other countries reliant on SI production.
  12. I'm not sure of what you mean with this sentence. Personally I haven't lived in a "state of fear" through the pandemic. What I have done is significantly modify my behaviour. I don't see any reason to return to old ways. Yes, I'll probably alter how I currently live my life but caution will still be an absolute priority. Australia has a small outbreak of the Indian variant in Perth. In an unrelated incident two cricketers circumvented the ban on travel from India by entering Australia via Qatar. While utterly selfish and ignorant individuals behave with total disregard for society and scenes such as those illustrated below continue we should not consider the UK to be in control of the situation. Like Australia we should close our borders to countries in this situation. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/30/covid-victims-overwhelm-delhi-crematoriums?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other One look at the image demonstrates the problem in India.
  13. Steady. I didn't say there were or are ego problems within the trust. I do believe though the Trust should have expanded its interests but I don't think not doing so was anything to do with ego. Overall I feel there just wasn't the desire to look at any other aspect of fan representation. A real shame.
  14. I'm good thanks Stuart. We've kept ourselves safe, sound and a touch bored. Hope your family are all safe as well. Lost opportunities? For me the big one was The Rovers Trust. There was a point when membership was higher than the Arsenal Trust. From memory I think 1200+ had signed up. A supporters trust can and should be involved in many things but Rovers Trust was always a single issue organisation. Had the Trust expanded its interest and ideas, looked to work in other areas of fan representation it might well have maintained the membership numbers and become a real voice for the fans. Sadly it focused only on being ready should the club ever be for sale. When a new board was elected I understood there was going to be a new impetus. As far as I can gather from a couple of emails a year not much is happening.
  15. You're not alone in this view. There are scary times ahead and I will not be changing my behaviour at all. No pubs, restaurants, cinema, theatre etc. On Thursday I get my second shot and I'm nowhere close to thinking I'm fully protected. The issue revolves around how the majority behave and possible new mutations.
  16. Yes, I have. I have no idea what our merchandising revenue is but prior to Covid-19 I imagine it wasn't significant. If ST sales fall to the level some are predicting, personally I think 4-5000*, then merchandise sales to these numbers will be very low. I rarely see anyone around me with a bag of goodies from the Roverstore on match day. I'm surrounded by ST holders. * I say 4-5000 because after close to 18 months away I think many will simply disappear. From the little I've read we could be on 2-4000 attendances due to Covid-19 restrictions. Possibly I should be better informed but realistically we can only wait and see what government permits. I don't think a merchandise boycott will have any impact. Yes it will cause some questions to be asked but when you have to fund the club with £20m per season it's petty cash. What would make a difference? To be honest I have no idea. I became exhausted with the whole thing. I realised the negative impact on my life and decided to avoid the stress. Nothing which is being discussed or hinted at is new. There's no reason to believe a second time around will be successful. If someone comes up with something truly new I would back it. There was too much self-interest and real opportunities were lost. I know I sound negative and as though I've given up. I would argue this is not the case but that I am a realist.
  17. Yes, we are both very well thanks Simon. I wouldn't criticise anyone for their individual choice on anything. I might argue the point but not criticise which I view as two different things. What I object to is supporters who still insist on telling those who chose to renew we are "part of the problem." For me the difficulty is we have supporters who divide the fan base with these and other similar remarks. While such views exist those divisions will not heal. It only takes five minutes on here to know this is still happening. As for a QEGS group I've only very, very vaguely heard of this and have no idea what is involved. I have though read the language expressed and approach used towards others. This immediately puts me off as I don't believe speaking to others in such a fashion is acceptable.
  18. Yes, I feel it is the owners who need outing. If there was new ownership they would presumably have their own ideas on CEO and manager. I will renew. It's never in question and is a decision, as I expect you know, I don't have to make. I won't deny my son the chance to watch Rovers when he has no possibility of understanding why I might choose not to take him. If I had to make the choice for me alone? Difficult but I would probably renew. Why? Being a supporter is about watching a season of dross interspersed with a few wonderful moments. It was ever thus.
  19. It's just more of the usual nonsense from people who like others to think they're doing something......... while others actually get on and do it.
  20. Interesting to read there are still fans blaming, at least in part, those who still attend or intend to for our current situation. While this continues, what is it now ten years?, the fan base will never unite to oust the owners.
  21. Thanks for the link. An interesting article I would never have found. In our house behaviour patterns have changed and this is likely to continue. We had hoped to visit French friends who live on the Mediterranean coast this summer. We felt driving there and being in their home would be as safe as possible and a level of risk we are happy to take. Now France is entering yet another wave, millions not prepared to take the vaccine, including our friends, we do not feel it safe to travel. A wedding we are invited to in Italy has been postponed, again, till summer 2022 because the couple do not feel comfortable with the idea of asking people to travel. In my view reluctance to accept the vaccine by the general population of a country will influence people's decision or not to travel. We would not visit somewhere with a low uptake. I'm a very strong supporter of the EU but in this instance EU leaders have got this totally wrong. Merkel, Macron and Der Leyen are especially guilty and are failing the German, French and EU populations through their overwhelming efforts to blame anyone and everyone other than take responsibility for their own failure. I do not know anyone in my social circle who has any sympathy for the current EU situation. Virtually everyone I know well is a Remainer. The general view being fine, if you don't want the vaccine it should be sent to countries who do want to use these vaccines. It's the EU's choice. If Europe wants to open up, wants to stimulate tourism and travel it needs to bring vaccination to a very high level. Fast!
  22. No den I don't have any connection with Brockhall and the Covenant. It was me who had Ewood Park designated an Asset of Community Value (ACV) on behalf of the Rovers Trust about ten years ago. I did consider if we could apply for Brockhall to be designated an ACV at the same time but it was clear there was no case to be made.
  23. Five years ago, prior to the Referendum, I was posting of the potential consequences of Brexit for agriculture and horticulture which are covered by broadly similar regulations as this business. My comments were often brushed aside. I had +/-35 years experience of import/export within the EU. Bleak? Tragic? Enraging? For his employees yes as their employer voted Leave without considering the potential impact on his business. Ignorance of the highest level on his part. The poster on Twitter is presumably sympathetic to Peter. My view would be more on the lines of "you voted for Brexit, blame yourself, no one else "
  24. Same in Chorley and very effective traffic light system at Aldi. Tesco and Sainsbury's locally have been absolutely appalling in their handling of Covid-19. I avoid both shops unless I have absolutely no choice. If this is ever over I won't return to these supermarkets or any other retailers who I feel failed their customers in a similar manner.
  25. Put on a face mask. Light a match. Blow as hard as you can. If you have a decent mask the flame will not even flicker. We have around 20 my wife made. Every one passed this test.
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