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  1. The media.

    Be honest, Most of us only know stuff from the media...social,TV or tabloids. How can anyone know what we are being fed is actually true?..take Murdoch if he wants to tell the world his version of events then his outlets will tell us what he thinks..sadly many believe the stories hook line and...
  2. Southgate gets 4 year's hmmm.

    The FA will not learn ! Surely the sensible thing was to give GS 2 year deal with the option of a further period. Imagine if England in Russia are yet another major embarrassment,what then pay him off and start again. Giving big Sam a cool million quid was mad,just think how many children's...
  3. Mad Cyril

    Best chain working lunch establishment.

    If I step outside the office I tend to use Leon or Wasabi. Not cheap but nothing is in Canary Wharf. When I worked on Fleet Street I used Pilpel, a small falafel and humus chain which was fantastic. Anyone else got any favourites?
  4. Southend: Real ale desert

    Just wondering why Southend seems to be completely devoid of decent ale pubs or the new style of brewhouse/craft beer establishment that is cropping up in other towns and improving their night-time economy? Chelmsford has the Ale House as a speciality venue and countless real ale pubs like the...
  5. Mad Cyril

    Best place to buy fireworks of dubious legality

    I have been invited to a BYO firework display which is quite clearly going to turn into a p1ssing contest between the adult males. Can anyone recommend an establishment that sells fireworks of almost unimaginable power at surprising low prices? None of this Standard/Black Cat crap that...
  6. Mad Cyril

    Snide condiments - A false economy?

    I just paid three quid for a sausage sandwich with ketchup and when I got to my desk and unwrapped it I was horrified to find twi sachets of Harrison's tomato ketchup. Needless to say the establishment will not be getting any further business from me. I have also just finished working for a US...
  7. Uncle Leo

    Biggest load of drivel I've ever heard

    Not sure how they got my details, but some loons have sent me an email suggesting I sign a petition to protest about there being no women (other than HM The Queen) on British bank notes. Whoever wrote this needs to get out more. "Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, has announced...
  8. GNH

    **STOP PRESS** Spread Eagle public house being refurbed!

    I drove past our beloved drinking establishment earlier to day to find it is closed for 1 week for refurbishemnt. Is this the first time in living memory that it is being "done up"? What will it look like afterwards? Will there still be plastic glasses? So many questions.....I want answers!
  9. Thorpe Groyney

    Top Gear: Alan Partridge Speaks Out

    Good column here from Steve Coogan. "As a huge fan of Top Gear. I normally regard the presenters' brand of irreverence as a part of the rough and tumble that goes with having a sense of humour. I've been on the show three times and had a go at their celebrity-lap challenge, and I would love to...
  10. Phone Hacking - Do W Care?

    Now maybe it is just me, but I really don't care about the phone hacking story. Yes, it seems as though the law may have been broken, and anyone found guilty should receive the punishment they deserve, but should it really be dominating the news agenda to the extent it is though? To me it is...
  11. Why I Own A Green And Gold Scarf...

    I’m not a Manchester United fan. When Freddy Eastwood dispatched a venomous 25-yard free kick past Tomasz Kuszczack in the Carling Cup, I was as ecstatic as every other Southend supporter crammed into Roots Hall. I do, however, own a green and gold scarf. Supporters are funny groups of people...
  12. 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...
  13. Ronnie Biggs

    What are the Zones thoughts on this? Jack Straw says Biggs is wholly unrepentant and will not grant parole to a very sick, elderly man who is obviously now no threat to anyone. Is it sour grapes on behalf of the establishment or should he be made to stay inside until his final breath?
  14. Manchester Shrimper

    Clement Attlee

    I'm going away for the weekend but my nomination for British hero is up for the first round this afternoon so here's why you should vote for him: Clement Attlee served as Winston Churchill's deputy in the War Coalition before winning the 1945 election and leading the most...
  15. TrueBlue

    TrueBlue's Real Food Heroes Part 1

    I am bored so I am going to do a shot series on who the real food heroes of the world are. Today I give you none other then.... COLONEL HARLAND SANDERS Kentucky Fried Chicken, pioneered by Colonel Harland Sanders, has grown to become one of the largest quick service food service systems in...
  16. Slipperduke

    EPL Half-Term Reports Pt II

    Bolton - Not one of our most popular pupils, this one. Prone to fits of violence and if there's a ruckus in the playground, you'll invariably find him at the centre of it. That said, he has settled into his work better this term and is beginning to achieve some reasonable grades. A bit more...
  17. DoDTS

    Question A shrimper christmas carol

    A SHRIMPER CHRISTMAS CAROL It was in the offices of Southend united after the Huddersfield match, Paul Brush-Cratchett and his son Tiny Tilly approached Uncle Ronald to ask about time off at Christmas. “Humbug” retorted Ronald I want you two and the team in training all over Christmas. Uncle...
  18. Aberdeen Shrimper

    Biggest sell out of all time?

    Johnny Rotten, lead singer of the Sex Pistols and later of Public Image Ltd, and one of the craziest non-establishment anarchist's on the planet, has finally completed his slow descent from punk icon to sell out. Let’s check the evidence, shall we...
  19. DTS

    My best mans speech.

    Help............. Never done one before and dont want to let my mate down. If you can be arsed to read it below can you give me some feedback. Have I cained him too much? Anything traditional I have missed? Anything that you have heard hundereds of times before? I have tried to avoid...
  20. stu blue

    roughest pub you have ever had the misfortune to enter!?!

    i think i may have been in the roughest pub i have ever stumbled across in recent years (and i have visited a few public houses in my time, but dont tell the misses)...i will not mention the drinking establishment for fear of upsetting fellow shrimpers who may be from that area, but any tales of...