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.