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  1. Mad Cyril

    Any civil engineers/surveyors here?

    Ahoy. A plot of land near my office is being surveyed in advance of work commencing on a new building. Part of the survey involve large triangular grids covered in many small propellers/turbines which have been mounted on rafts and are currently floating in the dock. Does anyone know what...
  2. Thorpe Groyney

    1872 FA Cup - Royal Engineers v Wanderers

    The Kennington Oval is hosting a repeat of the 1872 FA Cup Final, as they did all those years and decades and centuries ago. Wednesday 7th November, 7pm kick-off. Tickets are a tenner for adults, kids a quid. If you want to go, get in quick, they've nearly sold out already...

    Underperforming Telly !!!

    I realise i'm leaving myself open to the undeniable "wit" of the Shrimper nation here, but nonetheless i have a problem and quite frankly don't really know where to turn I have lost the picture on my tv .. i can still hear it ok so i'm loathe to just bin it and buy another straight off, its not...
  4. Mohave Shrimper


    My mum's landline has been down since Sunday last week (!) and these useless ***** just can't get it right! * Fault reported Sunday 19th June, told deadline for the fault to be fixed is Thursday 23rd 5pm. * Monday 20th Engineer visits house, tells my mum he’ll be fixing it from 8am...
  5. Winkle

    Plane Crazy!

    After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that...
  6. superblue24

    Delivery Times

    Something that really gets my goat, and I mean REALLY gets me angry is why I have to take a half bloody day any time I want to have anything delivered, or an engineer call-out. Does nobody in this world "get" the fact that people tend to be at work between the hours of 9 til 5 on working days...
  7. canveyshrimper

    The Australian Army

    Text of a letter from a kid from Eromanga to Mum and Dad. (For Those of you not in the know, Eromanga is a small town, west of Quilpie in the far south west of Queensland ) Dear Mum & Dad, I am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than...
  8. Tangled up in Blue

    Blair: Gaza's great betrayer

    It's more than a year since Israel launched its immoral attack on Gaza and Palestinians are still living on the verge of a humanitarian disaster. So what has Tony Blair done to further peace in the region? Virtually nothing, argues the historian Avi Shlaim Comments (98) Buzz up! Digg it Avi...
  9. DoDTS

    Memory Lane Episode No 3 Season 1931-32

    Forget all the current gloom and doom for a minute or two and go back in time for a couple of minutes with Episode 3 that appeared in the Southend v Leyton Orient programme: No. 3 A GOOD START NOW TWO HOME GAMES Southend had started the season with three straight wins, all by two goal margins...
  10. Thorpe Groyney

    Rush Hour of 6 July - Fenchurch Street Line Screwed Up

    One of things I do on the Drivetime Show (87.7 Gateway FM) is the travel updates and I've just received this from c2c. "bad news on the Fenchurch Street line. All routes are being disrupted due to signalling problems between Barking and London Fenchurch...
  11. Napster

    Rd 2 Heat 5 - Charles Babbage FRS v Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS

    Bob Cratchitt - Charles Babbage FRS v Aberdeen Shrimper - Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS battle of the science/engineers!
  12. Breaking News Chairman's Blog 19/05/09

    I promised to advise on the frequency of blogs at least through the close season. Following a number of emails from supporters on the subject I have settled on three weekly intervals which will take us into the end of the first week of the season (9th June, 30th June, 21st July, 11th August)...
  13. Yorkshire Blue

    SZ's Southend United Hall of Fame - Oliver Trigg

    Oliver Trigg was the man who kicked it all off. Literally. The time was six pm on 25 August 1906. Southend 'A' versus Southend 'B' at Roots Hall, the first practice match, in aid of the Victoria Hospital. Trigg was given the honour of 'kicking off' in his capacity as chairman of The Southend...
  14. Slipperduke

    Redknapp's "Mish Mash" Players

    Michael Dawson summed it up best in the post-match interview. Most players, having secured a place at Wembley would bound onto the screen with a broad grin, congratulate, "the lads," and then scamper off for a late night on the bubbles. Not this time. Instead Dawson hung his head in shame. How...
  15. chadded

    The 'Stan

    First of all, I'm writing this from my perspective of the last six months, I'm no hero, but plenty of my collegues are. Hopefully no one will think I'm writing this is order to show off, or to earn rep. Indeed, please don't rep me for this at all. I realise I'm probably not the only serviceman...
  16. Mad Cyril

    CORGI registered plumbers - boring post alert.

    Can anyone recommend a reliable CORGI registered plumber/heating engineer who works in the Benfleet area? I need a new boiler (Probably a Worcester) installed el pronto. No less than four seperate engineers visited my house last November and not one of the b*****ds bothered to get back to me...
  17. You want cars.....?

    KTM X-Bow We love the fact that this wild-looking KTM car came about after a bunch of enthusiastic engineers from KTM decided to build a fun sports car. Usefully, they had some friends at nearby Audi who came up with the powerplant - the 236bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged unit that's found under...
  18. My Observations

    Being at Uni, my only Southend outing since September was Forest away which wasn't a particularly good performance aside from Leon's red card, but my obersvations today were: No creativity Without Bailey/Gower, we really are incredibly uncreative. Black gets dragged in too central, Maher has...
  19. * ORM *

    Flying horror stories

    I have no problems with flying but coming back from Amsterdam tonight I could have done without the 1 hour delay because they had to start one of the engines manually. The sight of a pilot and three or four engineers scratching their heads around an engine with a manual in hand didn't fill me...
  20. fbm

    Crowds and the new stadium effect

    Last season Swansea averaged about 8K at the Vetch. Now they've nearly doubled it. Certainly if we can provide a stadium to be proud of then we should increase the crowds significantly. Very good article in the programme by RM about the stadium. Reading between the lines don't expect...