Saturday, 19 September 2015

Battrick - Season 33 Week 8

Season 33 [start]
Membership - 2541
Money - £6,287,119

Update - 12thSep
Members - 2556
Money - £8,478,198

Income: Expenditure:
Gate Receipts:181,649  Ground Maintenance:58,200
Sponsors:60,220  Salaries:99,998
Interest:79,188  Interest:0
Miscellaneous:33,500  Miscellaneous:0
    Staff Costs:53,750
    Youth Academy:0
 
Total Income:354,557  Total Expenditure:211,948

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Battrick - Season 33 Week 7

Season 33 [start]
Membership - 2541
Money - £6,287,119

Update - 12thSep
Members - 2560
Money - £8,335,589

Income: Expenditure:
Gate Receipts:39,682  Ground Maintenance:58,200
Sponsors:60,259  Salaries:99,998
Interest:80,000  Interest:0
Miscellaneous:33,500  Miscellaneous:1,500
    Staff Costs:55,250
    Youth Academy:0
 
Total Income:213,441  Total Expenditure:214,948

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Scottish Towns

You have to wonder: is the only qualification needed for being a traffic reporter on BBC Five Live the ability to take the name of any Scottish town, then mispronounce it?

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Battrick - Season 33 Week 7

Season 33 [start]
Membership - 2541
Money - £6,287,119

Update - 29th Aug
Members - 2562
Money - £8,337,096

Income: Expenditure:
Gate Receipts:284,784  Ground Maintenance:58,200
Sponsors:60,299  Salaries:99,998
Interest:80,000  Interest:0
Miscellaneous:33,500  Miscellaneous:0
    Staff Costs:55,250
    Youth Academy:0
 
Total Income:458,583  Total Expenditure:213,448

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Battrick -Season 33 Week 6

Season 33 [start]
Membership - 2541
Money - £6,287,119

Update - 29th Aug
Members - 2564
Money - £8,091,961

Income:Expenditure:
Gate Receipts:44,244 Ground Maintenance:58,200
Sponsors:60,299 Salaries:99,998
Interest:80,000 Interest:0
Miscellaneous:33,500 Miscellaneous:0
Staff Costs:55,250
Youth Academy:0

Total Income:218,043 Total Expenditure:213,448

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Battrick - Season 33 Week 5

Season 33 [start]
Membership - 2541
Money - £6,287,119

Update - 22nd Aug
Members - 2564
Money - £8,092,366
[Bought player for £912,000 sold another for £2,983,400]

Income:Expenditure:
Gate Receipts:231,066 Ground Maintenance:58,200
Sponsors:60,259 Salaries:163,335
Interest:80,000 Interest:0
Miscellaneous:2,983,400 Miscellaneous:993,000
Staff Costs:55,250
Youth Academy:0
Total Income:3,354,725 Total Expenditure:1,269,785

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Battrick - Season 33 Week 4

Season 33 [start]
Membership - 2541
Money - £6,287,119

Update - 15th Aug
Members - 2562
Money - £6,007,426

Income:Expenditure:
Gate Receipts:266,007 Ground Maintenance:58,200
Sponsors:60,181 Salaries:163,335
Interest:80,000 Interest:0
Miscellaneous:33,500 Miscellaneous:0
Staff Costs:55,250
Youth Academy:0
Total Income:439,688 Total Expenditure:276,785

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Battrick - Season 33 Week 3

Season 33 [start]
Membership - 2541
Money - £6,287,119

Update - 8th Aug
Members - 2558
Money - £5,844,523

Income:Expenditure:
Gate Receipts:427,791 Ground Maintenance:58,200
Sponsors:59,945 Salaries:163,335
Interest:80,000 Interest:0
Miscellaneous:33,500 Miscellaneous:0
Staff Costs:55,250
Youth Academy:0
Total Income:601,236 Total Expenditure:276,785

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Battrick - Season 33 Week 2

Season 33 [start]
Membership - 2541
Money - £6,287,119

Update - 1st Aug
Money - £5,426,732
Members - 2546

Income: Expenditure:
Gate Receipts:131,123  Ground Maintenance:58,200
Sponsors:59,831  Salaries:163,335
Interest:80,000  Interest:0
Miscellaneous:33,500  Miscellaneous:0
    Staff Costs:55,250
    Youth Academy:0
 
Total Income:304,454  Total Expenditure:276,785

Friday, 31 July 2015

Battrick - Season 33 Week 1

I play a cricket management game online, Battrick, from now on I am going to keep some statistics about the club here.

Season 33 [start]
Membership - 2541
Money - £6,287,119

Update - 25th Jul
Money - £5,388,949
Members - 2542
[NB - bought player £917,000]

Income: Expenditure:
Gate Receipts:33,019  Ground Maintenance:58,200
Sponsors:55,674  Salaries:161,940
Interest:80,000  Interest:0
Miscellaneous:362,500  Miscellaneous:917,000
    Staff Costs:55,250
    Youth Academy:0
 
Total Income:531,193  Total Expenditure:1,192,390


I will flesh this out in future.
This won't mean much to anybody, but nobody reads this anyway.

Friday, 10 July 2015

The Irish and Cricket in Scotland

For many a year there was a big rivalry between the Scottish & Irish Cricket teams, I mean you can understand that, we played one another each year, and England stole our players.

Then something happened, it was Ireland leaving the English County Scene [at the same time as Scotland] what happened next was the difference.

The RTE offered to televise a series between South Africa & Pakistan in Dublin. This got the English Cricket Board all in a fluster, a close competitor, undercutting Sky to show Cricket on TV, in the UK!

In rushed the ECB to offer CricketIreland £2,500,000 plus a bi-annual game versus England in order not to fuck with the Sky deal.

You see where I am getting to, Scotland had no ability to agree such a lucrative deal, as we have no independent media, Ireland has been funded by the ECB for the last eight years, no wonder they are better than us.

But Scotland has smouldered in the background, when Kenya was spending its money on ageing players, and the Netherlands was going through the "as soon as you got an Australian, Australia wants them back phase", and as soon as the Afghanistanis who were brought up in Pakistan are retiring it is left to Scotland, Ireland [and maybe Nepal] if they can show ability in North European conditions.

I am not dismissing 'out of hand' the credentials of the other sides, but Scotland and Ireland are the only teams who have been there throughout, and the Irish are also running out of players.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Radio Programmes

This is a small reminder to producers on the BBC about making programmes which purport to discuss topical issues.

Immigration

Do - By all means invite a respected lecturer in Demographics/a Demographer on to your programme, ask them some relevant questions, then allow them to answer.
Do not - Open the phone lines in order that 'Gary from Hampstead' can howl his underinformed opinions to the country, possibly leading listeners to believe it carries any importance.

Crime

Do - By all means invite a respected lecturer in Criminology/a Criminologist on to your programme, ask them some relevant questions, then allow them to answer.
Do not - Open the phone lines in order that 'Gary from Hampstead' can howl his underinformed opinions to the country, possibly leading listeners to believe it carries any importance.

HS2

Do - By all means invite a respected lecturer in Civil Engineering/a Civil Engineer on to your programme, ask them some relevant questions, then allow them to answer.
Do not - Open the phone lines in order that 'Gary from Hampstead' can howl his underinformed opinions to the country, possibly leading listeners to believe it carries any importance.

The Environment

Do - By all means invite a respected lecturer in Climatology/a Climatologist on to your programme, ask them some relevant questions, then allow them to answer.
Do not - Open the phone lines in order that 'Gary from Hampstead' can howl his underinformed opinions to the country, possibly leading listeners to believe it carries any importance.



Note - no Garys from Hampstead were injured [or even involved] in the writing of this ephemeral piece of nonsense.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Why so Cynical?

Now, if you know me, you will know I'm a Scottish bloke who really loves cricket, and supports the Scottish team, but .... you know, sometimes I think Cricket Scotland does not have the same vision for my national team as I do [and for the record I want them to win a lot more matches than they currently do]

The most recent questionable decision was that taken today [Mon 8th Jun 2015] to drop Kyle Coetzer for the T20 Qualifyers this summer. Now, I don't know the ins & outs, but I do know the player himself is not sure, so it must be with the board.

Thi comes in the aftermath of former Cricket Scotland Chairman Keith Oliver supporting the deal to give more money to India, England & Australia at the expense of every other member of the ICC, ie his own country! But then again I suppose a gong is just reward for treachery.

Cricket Scotland has kowtowed to the ECB for too long, but only to the ECB's benefit, if you want to learn a lesson about getting into bed with English.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Game of Thrones and the Game of the Real World

In the recent span of my life I have endured some of the filth that is broadcast under the title "Game of Thrones" I guess you can tell I am not a fan.

Now I know my blog is not incredibly interesting, but even when my blog is flagging, were I to have the option "throw in a gratuitous rape scene" I would like to think I would not do that.

But then again I do not watch such drivel.

I could write a longer polemic on the subject, but I think you get what I am saying.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Lying Liars and the Lies that they Lie

So this morning the World, and the Home Counties rise to sound of benifecence wafting from the Tory Party HQ [somewhere in London [probably close BBC Radio 4 & the WI]], David Cameron is offering "A Good Life for All". Now I am usually a cynic but surely he could not blatantly lie at the launch of his party's manifesto? Could he?

"A future government would go further" he said, "by passing a law to ensure that anyone working 30 hours on minimum wage rates would continue to pay no income tax."

Um .....

A basic understanding of arithmetic, the minimum wage, basic taxation, and a little rough calculation will tell you that a person earning the full National Minimum Wage [£6.50] for 30 hours a week over the course of a year would recieve just less than £9,500 [before National Insurance], which is quite less than the annual Personal Tax Allowance of £10,600!

So are they going to bring in a new law for something which is already law? I think an easier law which would "ensure that anyone working 30 hours on minimum wage rates would continue to pay no income tax." is the one that keeps down the minimum wage so that these people never go above the personal allowance.

But surely the Tories would not do that.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Water Polo

I, like most people, know little of water polo at the highest level.

Yes, I have read of Eastern Europeans growing, then sharpening their toenails to cut the opposition, and I have read of players booting the opposition in the knackers.

But that is nothing to do with anything, back in the 1980s I was a member of Falkirk Water Polo club, just a member, never played for the team.

What I am saying is basically, if I was so bad for an inconsequential side then how good do you have to be to play regional level Water Polo?

Thursday, 5 March 2015

The UK

No matter what I have said before about Scotland, or even England, I am still extremely proud about the way we run things here. For example we do not shoot lefties on sight [like Germany and Spain have done] okay the internment of jewish refugees from Europe seems, in hindsight, a bit inforgivable, and it is, but it is a rare exception in our treatment of johnny foreigner.

I am minded to say this since the main exponent of turfing out johnny foreigner is currently Nigel Farage Esq. Farage! I hear you cry, hardly a British name? And you would be correct, the ancestors of Mr Farage were Huguenots, a French Protestant group which were at the end of such persecution at the hands of the French state that they decided it was better to leave than to stay. Many found homes in the UK, many others in the Colonies [ask yourself why so many Afrikaaners have French surnames].

What I am saying is simply this, the four countries of the UK [well, maybe not Northern Ireland] have always been tolerant of other cultures, do not now allow a descendent of immigrants to tell us how we are against immigration.

[BTW I include myself in the descendent of immigrants, I just think we should be nice to folk]

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Case for Scottish Indepence


Now I must admit that I am somewhat in favour of Scottish Independence! I am not one of the 45, I would never badger another into voting for Scottish Independence, and I am not sure it would be the best thing to do, either economically or socially, but I am still in favour of Scottish Independence.

Up until now I have not been able to give a good argument for Scottish Independence other than 'subsidiarity' [that is the concept that government is better when it is closer to the people it governs] but something changed recently.

Yesterday [Tuesday 3rd March 2015] it emerged that the Football Association of England intends to put forward a team to qualify for the Olympic Tournament in Brazil in 2018: since the only football association in the UK affiliated to the IOC is the English FA, this would mean the Olympic movement recognising England as the de facto representative body for football in the whole United Kingdom!

Think about that people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland! Think about England representing you at high level meetings, think for five minutes about how much the English FA cares about football outside England .......

We already know that the English FA only cares about Rangers and Celtic when it comes to UK football outside of England, and that is only because they are the only teams with crowds large enough for the English FA to want to get a peice of it! Now I do not castigate the English FA, they, after all wish to look after Football in England, but that is the important bit, they look after England! This is not "Better Together"! This movement is for the betterment of England, not for UK football. And since the IOC only recognises the English FA there is nothing we can do except break from the status quo.

As I said before, until now I had no good argument for Scottish [and Welsh & Irish] Independence, but now the English FA is a serious threat to FIFA recognising Scotland as a seperate Footballing Nation. Many will call your bluff and say that this is nothing: the IOC & FIFA are two entirely different groups of self-interested bloodsuckers, but we all know the big teams in FIFA detest having to play wee nations as they bring in less money from TV rights, they much rather only play England/UK than 'minnows'.

But worse, when the English FA selected a team for the 2014 London Olympics they categorically stated that this was a one-off since there UK had qualified by right of being hosts, whilst the Scottish FA held firm and had nothing to do with it, the Welsh FA relented, and gave its consent based upon the English FA's promises. England has now broken their promise, not even two years after the last Olympic Games, what did you expect from a dominant neighbour who has no real interest in the integrity of a whole where the three minor partners do not even add up to the largest? That would be like expecting that the Leaders of the political parties in the UK to put in place their pre-referendum pledges to give Scotland greater autonomy after a no vote: we haven't heard much about that since September, have we?

Do not trust them, they are trying to undermine one of our most important assets: they are trying to undermine our Football team!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The England World Cup Top 2015 [Cricket]

I have been following the ICC World Cup from the start, but although I understand why England have been even poorer than Scotland from the start, I was yet to understand why the England team were wearing synchronised sweat stains on their shirts.

Do we look N'Sync?

But I think I have it, after England's three disastrous defeats to their alleged peers, they are clearly the sign of the team vomiting upon themselves in disgust at how poor they actually are.

I just 'lurve' your vomit stains

It is cool, England, stop practicing at how bad you can look in defeat, and practice playing cricket, then you might get less bog awful!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Cricket

This England side is not a good side, they are playing against Scotland in the World Cup. Now lets us mull that one over: The English team are professional, they play cricket for a living, they know nothing but cricket: the Scotland, yes some of them play professionally, but they are largely County players but they turn up for th,eir country.

But this is where the whole shizza turns were Scotland to turn up a good bowler England would poach him, it is not like they have South Africans. If the tables were turned? No, England pick non-English folk who ply their trade in England, and who can blame the Scots/Irish cricketers for trying to earn a living in English Cricket?

But there needs to be limits, Irish/Scots cricketers in English Cricket ought still be Irish/Scottish never English, it was never the ruination of Irish Cricket, but the fact that three of their players are now "English" hinders the Irish team, and still England are poor!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Robert Peston

I am sorry Robert Peston

The simple fact is that you do not have a clue about what you are talking, you have simply learned classical economics and have repeated it since.

You say things like deflation is bad because it will put off consumers from buying goods now, but this idiotic concept makes it sound like people who are paid on the weekly can put off their food shopping for a year, the larger economy might like us to stop eating, and only buy TVs but this cannot work.

Deflation helps the poorest day to day, but you do not adress this in your pieces to R4, you say what is best for the wealthy, who have looked after themselves.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Cricket on 5Live

I am getting a bit tired of the cricket coverage on "the UK's News & Sport Network", as it only seems to include one part of the UK: England. Now I am not asking for full coverage of all of Scotland & Ireland's matches, I know that they do not have the broadcast rights for Scotland's matches. But on a day [well night] when 5Live Sports Extra broadcast the entirety of an England practice match against an Australian Capital Territory XI, which will never count in the statistics since it was thirteen a side, the Sports News never once mentioned that Scotland and Ireland were playing a full One Day International [albeit in Dubai].

I know it is not as popular up here, but you could at least mention that it happened, otherwise some might take it that England does not appreciate the international game, and instead just care about playing Australia & India [and India only for the huge sums of money they get for selling the TV rights there], then again, if you had read up on the stitch up job "the big three" did on everyone else, especially the small teams, you would have the same opprobrium for English Cricket as I do.

Now, I will have to check up on how Scotland is doing out in the Middle East.