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  1. Cricko

    Zone Update How do we improve the site?

    We are always looking for ways to improve the site. We have looked at vBulletin 5, it seriously is not for us...we even looked at changing to XenForo, which is a clean site started by the ex vB designer Kier Darby who in his early days of rapid growth used to help us mere mortals to build this...
  2. OldBlueLady

    Junior Blues Christmas Party 2016

    We're pleased to announce the Junior Blues' Christmas Party details for this year. http://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/junior-blues-christmas-party-3420734.aspx We've split it because it's been over-subscribed in the past and we felt this would give people a better opportunity...
  3. * ORM *

    Putting the Great back into Britain

    For those doom merchants after Brexit UK Retail Sales showing huge positive growth.UK GDP back in line with expectations. UK manufacturing had one of its biggest monthly jumps in 25 years. UK consumer confidence up. The pound starting to show signs of strengthening. Britain doesn't need Europe...
  4. Replica shirts

    Hi We are currently researching the growth in the buying and wearing of replica football shirts by adult fans since the 1970s. We are aiming to gather the experiences and opinions of fans who have bought or been given replica shirts (be it occasionally or every season!), and of fans who...
  5. Rootshallbloke

    Dave has the hump with his local council!

    This made me smile on the BBC news this morning. PM leaning on local Tories?, naughty boy! David Cameron is involved in a row with the Conservative leader of his local county council over cuts to services. The PM has written to Oxfordshire council leader Ian Hudspeth saying he is "disappointed"...
  6. blues_r_best

    Budget 2014

    One thing is confusing me, from the bbc website: How can the debt be lower if there is still a deficit?
  7. steveo

    Tories also responsible for.....

    UK unemployment rate drops to 7.1% IMF increases UK growth forecast Britain's car industry is booming I was hoping to post guardian links but they don't seem to report any good news.
  8. steveo

    IMF cuts global growth outlook but raises UK forecast

    Bad news for Barna. This isn't really going to plan is it Barna? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24444134
  9. Cricko

    The Nakid Truth

    Taken from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Naked-Truth-CameronIs-he-the-worst-prime-minister-in-British-history/349274725156523 How close was David Cameron to having a week that was not a total disaster for himself or the government. I really thought he was going to make it by Thursday,But...
  10. Cricko

    High Street Crisis

    Nice to see some lovely stores bucking the trend.I think it tells you all you need to know about it's demise and where this country is heading. http://news.sky.com/story/1058041/high-street-crisis-chain-closures-accelerating "Pound shops, pawnbrokers, charity shops, cheque cashing (payday...
  11. Shale Gas/Fracking

    Finally the government has done something that might actually encourage growth. There is an abundance of shale gas in the North of England. It has the potential to dramtically reduce energy prices and also reduce carbon emissions since gas power generation emits a lot less carbon than coal. In...
  12. Autumn budget statement - The end of the line for Cameron/Osborne?

    I think that today's statement will end any hopes that the Tories will be in government after the next election. We do need a plan B. Unfortunately Osborne has backed himself into a corner where any sort of meaningful stimulus will be seen as a political defeat. If he's supposed to be some...
  13. Tangled up in Blue

    Heseltine argues for growth

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20142837 At last someone's arguing for growth.And he's a Tory too.:winking:
  14. Regional growth fund

    After months of the coalition doing their best to eliminate any chance of economic growth they have finally announced a policy that suggests that they haven't entirely forgotten the meaning of the term 'econmic growth'...
  15. Can a footballer learn to control anger?

    Or for that matter can any human being learn to control anger? Well the simple answer is yes we can learn to control anger. But in general anger cannot be managed simply by someone trying harder next time to avoid getting angry (as some seem to think). I have never heard of footballers...
  16. The Flying Scotsman

    Double Dip coming up?

    So the economy shrank by 0.5% in the last quarter. Another three months without growth and we will be back in recession. Inflation rising, VAT rising, Cuts happening across the board, Interest rates set to rise etc etc etc... Anyone else feeling as depressed about all this? I personally think...
  17. Yorkshire Blue

    2022 World Cup

    This BBC blog makes Convictland favourites to host the 2022. I just can't see it myself. 1. Financially - A US world cup is that much more lucrative than an Australian one. 1994 was the most profitable World Cup ever. The historical strength of the dollar, the size of the US stadiums, the...
  18. Class sizes

    Bit in the papers today about britain having the biggesr class sizes in europe but does size really affect the learning growth of the child in the class. My daughter has 15 in her class with a teacher and a helper and my youngest has 12,my oldest has just started senior school and has 24 in his...
  19. Tangled up in Blue

    Possible coalition split on immigration?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/aug/27/immigration-vince-cable-growth Interesting article.I saw a statistic in a Guardian article the other day which caught my eye.Apparently for each UK citizen working in another EU country(like me)there are four EU citizens working in the UK.
  20. Cricko

    Zone Update Your new site.

    Hi all, this is going to be pretty long winded so bare with me...We now think we are about "there" with all we can do for now. We will of course continue to make The Zone one of the top boards outside of the Prem....There are certain bugs like the names in groups and other little annoying things...