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We stayed in a music themed hotel where you can have guitars sent up to your room. It was hopelessly corporate though. On the stage beside the main foyer, they have Irish folk music nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays. When we got back on Wednesday night he was playing that Irish folk classic 'American pie'.
 

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Didn't know where to put this, it suits many threads.

So I was doing my soccerball work, and one of the photographers/cameramen set himself up in my bit of pitchside. Again. I've told him before that he can't set up there but again he played the (admittedly very charming) smile and "I no speaky the English, is this ok?" at me. No it's not, for many important reasons, and I've told you before, you're taking the piss out of me with a smile on your face. But this time I said whatever, dig your own hole. See what happens.
I should say this is the only camera dude who stands with a tripod, therefore blocking the view of the ticket buying fans.

I should also say that I am NOT a fucking steward, and I am not SIA.

Two minutes in, one of the more sensible stewards gets my attention, points at him. I just tap the chap on the shoulder and say "turn around".

A group of fans told him to fuck off somewhere else. He tried to play his charming card again, didn't work. "I didn't pay £x for you to get in my way, fachk off". He scarpered. I mean, they were polite, they were all pensioners actually, but insistent. This dickhead forced them to make their point very clear.

Half time, I run to the toilet, the smoking area and the tea urn. All crucial things. Come back to my spot and the "fachk off" people wave me over. I'm trepidatious, but I go over. They say "would you like some cake?" and then they offered me a lovely chocolate bun with some kind of crispy chocolate icing. It was really delicious actually and the people were nice and appreciated that I got dickhead to fuck off.

After the game, I told this story to my colleague, who's stationed on the opposite side of the pitch. (What happens in soccerball is photographers spend one half on one side of the pitch, and they go to the other side of the pitch for the other half.) So I told him and he said "that guy with the tripod? He didn't do well on my end".

Anyway, I ate a lovely confection.
 

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Didn't know where to put this, it suits many threads.

So I was doing my soccerball work, and one of the photographers/cameramen set himself up in my bit of pitchside. Again. I've told him before that he can't set up there but again he played the (admittedly very charming) smile and "I no speaky the English, is this ok?" at me. No it's not, for many important reasons, and I've told you before, you're taking the piss out of me with a smile on your face. But this time I said whatever, dig your own hole. See what happens.
I should say this is the only camera dude who stands with a tripod, therefore blocking the view of the ticket buying fans.

I should also say that I am NOT a fucking steward, and I am not SIA.

Two minutes in, one of the more sensible stewards gets my attention, points at him. I just tap the chap on the shoulder and say "turn around".

A group of fans told him to fuck off somewhere else. He tried to play his charming card again, didn't work. "I didn't pay £x for you to get in my way, fachk off". He scarpered. I mean, they were polite, they were all pensioners actually, but insistent. This dickhead forced them to make their point very clear.

Half time, I run to the toilet, the smoking area and the tea urn. All crucial things. Come back to my spot and the "fachk off" people wave me over. I'm trepidatious, but I go over. They say "would you like some cake?" and then they offered me a lovely chocolate bun with some kind of crispy chocolate icing. It was really delicious actually and the people were nice and appreciated that I got dickhead to fuck off.

After the game, I told this story to my colleague, who's stationed on the opposite side of the pitch. (What happens in soccerball is photographers spend one half on one side of the pitch, and they go to the other side of the pitch for the other half.) So I told him and he said "that guy with the tripod? He didn't do well on my end".

Anyway, I ate a lovely confection.
West Ham 0-2 Leicester City??
 

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will note that in future.
the two porn kings and the Baroness are people I enjoyed seeing getting bottled out of the directors box.
It's quite a family friendly place actually. Kids for a quid, and a kick ass light show if I may say so myself. I've found a lot of the hooliganism stuff is just playacting, and the home fans don't do it usually. There's still enough old boys around to tell me tales. They just roll their eyes nowadays.

It's not the only place I work. The big American Spaceship in North East London has more interesting chants.

It really does depend on where you are in the stadium though. You'd have no idea what's going on down the other end, even if it's madness. Generally, being near the away fans is where the funny is.
 

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It's quite a family friendly place actually. Kids for a quid, and a kick ass light show if I may say so myself. I've found a lot of the hooliganism stuff is just playacting, and the home fans don't do it usually. There's still enough old boys around to tell me tales. They just roll their eyes nowadays.

It's not the only place I work. The big American Spaceship in North East London has more interesting chants.

It really does depend on where you are in the stadium though. You'd have no idea what's going on down the other end, even if it's madness. Generally, being near the away fans is where the funny is.
The three people I mentioned are by far the worst thing about the club.
They deal they got on the stadium was very corrupt - it cost an enormous amount (hundreds of millions) to get the seats closer to the pitch. Seb Coe insisting the track was retained was also heavily to blame.
The value of the club has sky rocketed at public huge expense and they pay very little rent and little or nothing for the conversion work.

The trio also strongly pressured Deco to switch countries.

Nothing really against the club otherwise until all that happened - not the fans fault.
Sir TB is the was head of football development for the FA in the 2000s and the changes he spoke about wanting then are exactly in line with all the great young players Engerland have now.
Have heard numerous stories about what a gent Sir TB is. Top bloke!
 

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The one from 2006 or the one that opened a couple of years ago?

I meant the newer one.

I haven't been to the red place for years, and only ever for corporate stuff, never a game. I recall the security had a bad mix of incompetence and professionalism. "Your names not on the list so you're not getting in, but I haven't seen the list. But you're not getting in until I see the list, I have the list, but I don't know how to open an email attachment"
 

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I meant the newer one.

I haven't been to the red place for years, and only ever for corporate stuff, never a game. I recall the security had a bad mix of incompetence and professionalism. "Your names not on the list so you're not getting in, but I haven't seen the list. But you're not getting in until I see the list, I have the list, but I don't know how to open an email attachment"

The new one is a fabulous ground by all accounts and a great facility, even without the cheese room. Spectacularly over budget of course, because the CEO made the great mistake you often see on Grand Designs and decided to project manage the build himself.

But I also suspect that the architect who designed it supports the other lot because it looks like a toilet seat from above.
 

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Got new glasses for the first time since before the pandemic.

I'd been using my spare pair that i didn't like, and both arms on the spare pair were held on with tape... since before the pandemic.
 

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I just swapped out my two shed guitars for a couple of attic strats.

I'm liking this old geezer with a guitar collection I've become

Think I'll treat myself to a new one for chrimbo
 

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