The Hotel End
June 05, 2020, 07:17:28 am
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
  Home Help Search Arcade Gallery Links Staff List Calendar Login Register  
  Show Posts
Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 36
1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Playoffs on: June 01, 2020, 11:45:47 am
Over here in Oz they have been using “canned crowd noise” to overcome the empty stadia issue in the recently rebooted rugby league which is massive here, especially in NSW and QLD. Everyone reckons its a great addition and really effective? I reckon it’s ever so slightly sh1t, doesn’t work for me.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Kit Manufacturers - Hummel on: May 29, 2020, 23:56:47 pm
Looking at world football Lanus, Torino and Metz all play in our colours and their shirts both present and historical are pretty much identical to each other and ours? I would personally like to see some flamboyant ruffles a la Prince, Adam Ant, Lawrence Lewellyn Bowen etc? However in hereditary terms the Northampton Coat of Arms is claret green and white so perhaps we should really be similar colouring to Fluminense?
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Poll - taking a Season Ticket refund? on: May 25, 2020, 12:30:13 pm
Yes they did. It was a John Peel night. Although I never went. Argument with the girlfriend probably. And she loved to argue. My God could that lass argue. She had to go. Her parting words were, "If, you walk out of that door, then dont come back". As you wish, was my response. Well, it took about about two days before the phone calls started. Screaming down the phone, arguing again, I had her mum on the phone the following day. Can I Help? NO. I could say more about what I said to mum about her daughter, but it would be in appopriate. Not here.
Jesus Kid, I reckon I married your ex girlfriend?
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Poll - taking a Season Ticket refund? on: May 25, 2020, 12:28:28 pm
Is it true that Japan also played the CG? For the benefit of the younger demographic that’s Rain Tree Crow.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Poll - taking a Season Ticket refund? on: May 25, 2020, 00:36:20 am
Complete with said Boy album cover as back drop.
Yes MC it was Circles, I couldn't remember the name even though that was what is was called the most times I went there, so thanks for that.
Many a long since departed nightclub could be the subject of much chat on here? Opus 2, PJs/Panache, Stirlings and the infamous Salon which of course went onto become Syphillrella Cockyfellas?
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Poll - taking a Season Ticket refund? on: May 25, 2020, 00:27:49 am
Legend has it U2 also played The Nags Head in Wollaston?
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Poll - taking a Season Ticket refund? on: May 24, 2020, 17:44:41 pm
AC/DC supposedly played the CG but I don’t remember it? Had the Pistols have played it would have probably have been my greatest memory ever? Sadly not to be? Wasn’t the Regent called Circles in those days?
8  General Category / General Chat / Re: Stay Safe (& Alert !) on: May 23, 2020, 11:23:41 am
I have moved your Redev posts to the Redev thread, any more on this thread will be deleted without notice... Wink
Fair comment, I was actually wondering the same?
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Stay Safe (& Alert !) on: May 23, 2020, 07:51:56 am
Further to my earlier post for those interested a rather pertinent analysis from Business Ghana,-players,-fans-and-livelihoods
10  General Category / General Chat / Re: Stay Safe (& Alert !) on: May 23, 2020, 00:39:22 am
My sincerest condolences CJ.
I’m so sorry R, may I second that.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Stay Safe (& Alert !) on: May 23, 2020, 00:35:21 am
To label me as someone who knows the problem (the current owners) but offers no solution I think your memory is failing you.  I have long advocated the Bundesliga 50+1 model as an alternative. See the Redevelopment thread and this was well before COVID-19.

And despite the continuing obsession with the Trust exhibited by the Man Who Would Be King, despite CJ's best efforts, events are moving in the general direction I am supporting.  In case it has not come to readers attention please see the following:

I think it is time to transfer this thread to where it belongs in Cobblers Corner rather than hiding it in the backwoods of this site.  The face masks debate is done and dusted but this debate is going to run.

Not so VC, you have indeed offered the German model as an alternative, and I enthusiastically endorse it! This has been a suggestion on this board for around 2 years by my reckoning? However, we currently appear to remain in a minority of 4 or 5 at best, which by my calculation makes it rather unrealistic as a proposal? If you recall I stated that what’s required is a realistic alternative? However, if you also recall I have been linking comments from Dr Rob Wilson on this forum for about a year and it seems common sense may be gaining momentum? What the German model needs above all else to succeed is government legislation. A few months ago that seemed as likely as the Duke of Edinburgh winning men’s triple jump gold at the Tokyo Olympics? Please god maybe, just maybe there is a hint of a new dawn on a brighter future? Perhaps if the trust were to link with other trusts and do a bit of lobbying, this may assist in getting this at the forefront of discussions? Hopefully the membership would endorse such a proposal, just a suggestion?
12  General Category / General Chat / Re: Stay Safe (& Alert !) on: May 21, 2020, 13:09:35 pm
Whilst I’m on a roll what’s my opinion of Kelvin Thomas? Well, not great, why? Well he is not a true supporter with NTFC running through his veins and by his own admission is looking to sell the club. Therefore, whatever your view he does not offer a desirable solution for the medium and long term future of the club? However, as a non-supporter/investor he comes across as a decent guy who has not exposed the club to unsustainable debt to outside creditors and as a result has maintained a solvent club for the supporters to enjoy? Further to this he has apparently pumped millions of unsecured finance into the club for which he and his associates deserve a lot of credit? Does he offer an attractive and positive future, obviously not? However, at this point in time I will be grateful for his tenure given the fact that he has offered financial stability and protection from outside creditors during his tenure?  I personally think that when you compare him to other investors such as McRichie and Cardoza he is a decent and genuine guy? Is he the ideal guy to have at the helm, clearly not? Does that ideal owner exist, at this point in time I am not sure they do? But when vilifying and condemning Kelvin Thomas and his associates what is the alternative that offers an attractive and attainable future for the club we all (and I emphasise all) love?
13  General Category / General Chat / Re: Stay Safe (& Alert !) on: May 21, 2020, 12:16:20 pm
CJ, a sensible and balanced post.

Tel clearly has issues with the Trust and has done so for a long time.  He is acting like a jilted lover.  Over the weekend he referred to the Trust as the “Kingsley Park momentum party” and “Kingsley Park Navel Gazing Society.”  Ho ho.  I wonder if it is it a case of the The Man Who Would be King but no one would let him into the Kingsley Park robing room.

There is also an assumption that posters such as myself are annoying trouble makers, always stirring the pot and inciting dissent. There is a fiction in Tel’s postings (he is not alone) that he represents the majority. Note the numerous “we” references always linked to accusations of “agendas” and incorrect references such as, and to quote the man himself, that critics have an “incessant opportunistic attitude towards swiping at the club”.  Half a dozen posters on here do not constitute a majority of any supporters but he and they seem to think they are.

There is a further consistent thread and that is references to critics being anti-club. More misleading nonsense.  We, (how dare I use the first person plural?!) the supporters are the club and we will be here long after the present custodians depart.  There is a very clear distinction between criticism of the owners and criticism of the club.  The failure to see that distinction is deliberate and very convenient resulting in the “we” camp loyally defending the “club” and you lot, the critics, being rubbished. 

There is much to be critical about concerning our owners and my criticism is set out extensively in the Redevelopment thread.  The Trust has been the only NTFC supporters group to openly raise questions with KT and make public statements on the East Stand and the club’s finances.  It is fast approaching 5 years since KT’s arrival and, putting to one side the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, in that period up until March this year and there has been little or no progress on any front. Financially the club is in a position very close to the one it was prior to Cardoza leaving, namely one of unsustainable debt and a chronic lack of investment in the stadium and the general infrastructure of the club. If that does not cause alarm bells to ring nothing will.

Time and time again supporters are badly let down by our club’s owners promising much and delivering very little. The pipe dream of a benevolent sugar daddy turning up at Sixfields still persists in the minds of many.  The definition of insanity is doing (in our case wanting) the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The latest custodians and their performance over 5 years is there to see but when the reality is staring some in the face they are blind and in denial.  Redevelopment, 5USport, managerial merry go round, relegation, stagnant crowds anyone?

And then along came a pandemic...................................

So I return to the same point, assuming these opinions are vindicated and the current owners have failed the club, what and who comes next? Whether it’s the owners, a manager, whatever, vilifying and condemning the present is the easy bit, negotiating a path to an alternative and obvious improvement should be the overriding priority and emphasis in any debate? So, whether it be the redevelopment thread, here, or Curle out, constant criticism is pointless without an indication of an attainable alternative? This has been my argument all along and it continues to be a persistent failure in the endless discussions and protestations of many? FFS what is the real alternative that offers a realistically achievable and brighter future? I promise you, if it’s attractive and attainable I’m on board and so will be most others?
14  General Category / General Chat / Re: Stay Safe (& Alert !) on: May 21, 2020, 11:54:16 am
Call me old fashioned, but we seem as divided and disjointed as ever?
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: How to end the Season..... on: May 15, 2020, 18:50:54 pm
Wont be played at Wembley.....costs too high for such a big ground with no revenue through the gates....heard the final will be at a ground halfway between the two finalists!
Bit of a long shot but travelling in an eastward direction that’s probably Melbourne?
16  General Category / General Chat / Re: A big thank you to our socialist government on: May 15, 2020, 18:23:16 pm
I know it's a complicated situation Dale, all I was saying is, in my view, we don't use our natural assets as much as we should. Just a small example, when I was a kid all the kids in rural villages used to go fruit picking in the evenings after school or the school holidays. At the moment, we have thousands of people not at work but there are plane loads of people being flown in from Romania to pick fruit, does that make sense ?
   You sometimes hear "They are doing the jobs that the Brits won't do" but, surely, in these strange times we should have tried to get locals to do this job rather than flying people in ? Was any attempt made to recruit locals ? if it was I didn't see it.
   I know we live in a "Global" world and things are never going to go back to what it was like in the 70's but one lesson we really should learn is to keep some of our own industries going, probably by nationalising them, so in emergencies, we can "ramp up" our own production, rather they finish up buying useless gowns from a bloke who makes tee shirts in Turkey !
Well, regarding labour that’s a different point altogether, I agree with that. By the way, when you were a kid was that fruit picking or scrumping? Absolutely delighted I’ve got to use that word again, I don’t know why?
17  General Category / General Chat / Re: The Doris Luke Sweep them all up R.I.P. Thread on: May 15, 2020, 08:47:40 am
Little Richard is now playing the piano in the sky, aged 87 years RIP
Sweet Pea Atkinson, vocalist with Was not Was has passed away.
18  General Category / General Chat / Re: A big thank you to our socialist government on: May 15, 2020, 04:14:09 am
After all this is over our economy is going to be in a bit of a state, surely then the Government should think of launching a "Buy British" campaign. OK you can get a pair of shoes, a coat or a shirt made in China, a few quid cheaper but we should support British industry. A big part of the current problems with PPE and the like, is we don't make anything anymore, in the 1970's if you wanted gowns or anything like that, Leicester was full of textile factories, we made EVERYTHING in the UK !! Now if China decides not to sell to us or double the prices we can't do anything apart from pay up. Whoever made the decision to decimate British industry for political gain, should be turning in their grave.
Interesting points Rog.

Whilst I note you were merely suggesting a "Buy British Campaign" these are the facts from the House of Commons Library.

Some key statistics on the UK’s trade with China.

In 2018:

UK exports to China were worth £22.6 billion; imports from China were £44.7 billion, resulting in a trade deficit of -£22.1 billion.
The UK had a small surplus with China on trade in services, outweighed by a deficit on trade in goods.
China accounted for 3.5% of UK exports and 6.6% of all UK imports.
China was the UK’s sixth largest export market and fourth largest source of imports. UK trade with China increased rapidly since the turn of the century – in 1999 China was the UK’s 26th largest export market and 15th largest source of imports.

So on face value a deficit of 22.1 billion, however should trade restrictions ever be applied against China, 22.6 billion of exports would go down the tubes so the question is the capability of the UK to sell those exports elsewhere and address the inevitable job loses that may be generated by those export losses? Could we or do we have the capability, resource or access to raw materials to manufacture the goods imported from China and do we have an alternative market for the current 22.6 billion of exports? If we do manufacture the current imports from China, would we have to import the raw materials from elsewhere, which simply moves some of the trade deficit from A to B? What percentage of the imports from China do UK businesses use to make goods that they then export to other countries? Would forcing those companies to buy British drive up their costs making them uncompetitive internationally and ruining their capability to export making the trade deficit and employment statistics even worse?  Perhaps it is all possible, perhaps it is not? However, the point is it as not as nearly straight forward as you would imagine and may be a disaster, or on the flip side a raging success? What you don't do is make a decision blind without a proper evaluation, because the end result may not be nearly as favourable as imagined? So whilst the "Buy British" policy would no doubt be a massive vote winner it may, and I emphasise may, be a smoke and mirrors policy that has nowhere near the intended impact? So voters beware of any jingoistic rhetoric from our friends in the House of Commons? All this applies to the situation with EU as well and some of this just may come out in the wash? Don't be surprised if in 10 years time in turns out that the split with the EU achieved absolutely nothing? That being said, the UKs largest trade deficit remains with China, the biggest surplus is with the US.

Full list for those interested is here.
19  General Category / General Chat / Re: Mike Ashley on: May 11, 2020, 02:52:49 am
Oh and corporation tax in Oz is 30% compared to 19% in UK.
By way of an addition for the ill advised, businesses turning over less than 50 million AUD its 27.5% corporation tax, 26% for the 2020/21 income year, and 25% for the 2021/22 and later income years. Corporation tax payments remain deductible from your personal tax calculation. I’ll give you another fact, just prior to 1971 the higher rate of tax in the UK was around 90%. It got cut for one reason alone. The higher rate tax payers took your advice and became part of the “good riddance gang”. The UK government and the numpties at the HMRC finally woke up to the fact that having an internationally competitive rate of tax means they currently retain the possibility 45% of something rather than 90% of fcuk all. As a result during the 1970s, progress was made in reducing the level of post-war poverty and inequality, with 3 million families in Britain in poverty in 1977, compared with 5 million in 1961. This was despite significant population growth at that time. This coincided with a large reduction in higher taxation during the same period? You see this can be the problem, unqualified individuals with ridiculous agendas making rash and dangerous decisions that sometimes have serious consequences for the people they claim they want to help?
20  General Category / General Chat / Re: Mike Ashley on: May 11, 2020, 00:42:51 am
That sums it up really. There are a lot of businesses doing very nicely in this country with the owners earning a nice wedge. The owners have also found cunning ways to earn even more by swerving the revenue. There is a huge divide between the top earners and the average worker. The richest 10% of households hold 44% of all wealth. The poorest 50%, by contrast, own just 9%. Let's face it, it is called greed. Oh and corporation tax in Oz is 30% compared to 19% in UK. If business owners wish to re-locate from the country that brought them up then good riddance. One thing this covid malarkey has proved is that the workers we really rely on are undervalued to a very high degree and businesses and governments need to realise that wealth distribution needs to be much fairer.
Ill informed as ever, corporation tax payments in Oz are discounted off your personal tax bill. Been looking something else up on the internet and jumped to another ridiculously out of context conclusion have we? Name one cunning way that small to medium size business people can swerve the revenue, just one? As I said no respect, no gratitude, no assistance, just petty jealousy, ridicule and contempt, thanks for confirming. Once again generalised statements without any concept of reality? However, you will be no doubt delighted to know that your philosophy is fairly common and had an influence on our decision to pull the plug and come here so congratulations. Unfortunately that mindset doesn’t come for free, it costs the UK an absolute fortune in lost revenue and lost employment which has a significant impact on the very people that deserve a better deal. By the way I still run businesses in the UK that employ a number of people, so it’s not really totally good riddance. Whilst there were no redundancies as a result of the move we would have now been employing a significant number of additional people and the cost to the Inland Revenue is probably around a million a year in lost revenue. That’s from just us, there are many more like us and the louder and more numerous the SOGs of this world get, the more there will be. Interestingly I haven’t really experienced any of this in Oz, totally the opposite to be honest. I would like to think that is a contributing factor as to why Australia has gone 28 years without a recession, which has had a positive effect on everyones quality of life in the country. In the UK Around 22% of people are in poverty, compared to 13% in Australia. 17.5% of children under the age of 16 are in poverty in Australia compared to a shocking 30% in the UK? You should become a UK politician SOG, you’ll fit right in?
Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 36
Powered by EzPortal
Parental guidance is urged as this messageboard may not be suitable for all persons especially those under the age of 16 as the forums may contain words, phrases and expressions not considered appropriate for a younger audience so please express caution. If any posts in the forums offend you, please let us know and we will look at them and if we agree with your complaint, we will remove them. You are personally responsible and potentially liable for the contents of your posting and may be sued should your posting contain content of a defamatory or other illegal nature. Every message posted leaves a traceable IP number. We check the forums at various times of the day and remove offending posts. Other supporters are welcome but abusive or silly posts will be removed and the offenders potentially barred from future access to the site. We advise that you never reveal any personal information about yourself or anyone else (for example: telephone number, home address or email address), and please do not include postal addresses of any kind. This messageboard is not endorsed or in any way affiliated with Northampton Town FC. All postings on this board become copyright of The Hotel End & may not be reproduced without the permission of the board administrator. By signing up to this message board you agree to this. The Hotel End cannot be held liable for the actions or postings of its members. The Hotel End reserve the right to edit, delete, move or close any thread for any reason. The Hotel End may disclose user information to government authorities at their discretion or when required by law. The Hotel End may also disclose user information when The Hotel End has reason to believe that someone is causing injury to or interference with its rights or property, other The Hotel End users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. By registering for The Hotel End, you agree to indemnify The Hotel End its representatives, and agents, and hold them harmless from any and all claims (including claims for legal fees) which may arise from your participation on the The Hotel End. You also agree that The Hotel End is not responsible for the materials posted by users of The Hotel End. In addition, you grant The Hotel End and its affiliates, worldwide, royalty-free perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display any message or content posted on The Hotel End and/or e-mail sent by you to The Hotel End (in whole or in part). The Hotel End reserves the right to make the rules up as it goes along. Thank you - The Hotel End I love Quidco
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum - Create your own Forum

Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy