Coronavirus

News bulletin: Coronavirus restrictions relaxed further to support tourism and leisure sectors in Wales

This is a very Important E-mail update about Coronavirus restrictions in Wales. It made me decide with the tourism industry in mind, but it is relevant to ALL citizens in Wales at this concerning time.

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Coronavirus restrictions relaxed further to support tourism and leisure sectors in Wales 

Following the latest 21-day review of the coronavirus regulations, the First Minister has set out a phased timetable to ease restrictions for large parts of Wales’ visitor, hospitality, and leisure and tourism sectors. Read in detail on the Welsh Government website.

The current proposals at the review on 10 July, which are subject to change, envisage re-opening the visitor economy as follows:

6 July 2020

Outdoor visitor attractions

On 6 July the Welsh Government lifted the requirement to stay local allowing people to travel around Wales and to visit outdoor visitor attractions, subject to strict social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines.

11 July 2020

Reopening self-contained holiday accommodation

Self-catering accommodation can only be let to members of the same or extended household. This also includes serviced accommodation where bedroom occupancy can only be let to the same or extended household and not, for example, friends booking a twin bedroom or a family bedroom, etc.

This includes any accommodation that is entirely self-contained, e.g. holiday cottages, holiday caravans including touring caravans, motorhomes, boats and some glamping accommodation with their own kitchens and bathrooms that no other guests use.

Also in this category:

  • Hotels and other serviced accommodation (e.g. B&Bs, hostels, etc.) that do provide en-suite rooms and can provide room service meals.
  • Caravan parks where accommodation is entirely self-contained – but shared facilities on the premises will remain closed, such as swimming pools, leisure facilities, shared shower and toilets blocks, shared laundry, etc, and public areas in other accommodation types. This means any caravan or touring site where individual accommodation has its own supply of water for on board shower, WC and cooking with strict application of guidance on shared waste disposal and water points.

All shared facilities, aside from water and disposal points, should remain closed including toilets, shower blocks, laundry, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cafes, etc.

13 July 2020

Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants re-open outdoors

Indoor visitor attractions excluding any part of a visitor attraction which is underground.

25 July 2020

Camping and caravanning with shared facilities prepare for re-opening

3 August

Indoor hospitality prepare for re-opening

Check back later for more information.

To be confirmed

Re-opening of remaining visitor attractions subject to further scientific advice and discussions with the industry

Check back later for more information.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for safely re-opening your business 

Visitor Economy Guidance is available to help tourism and hospitality businesses safely re-open during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Additional guidance has also been produced in consultation with the Hospitality sector for Pubs, Bars, Cafes and Restaurants re-opening outdoors, which can be viewed on the UK Hospitality website.

As each premises is different, businesses should read all guidance to understand the measures to be considered to re-open the business safely.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions in relation to Coronavirus (COVID19) is also updated regularly on Gov.Wales – please check back regularly.


Important New Policy Guidance – Maintaining Records of Staff, Customers & Visitors

Coronavirus will be with us until an effective vaccine is available or there is enough immunity among the population. As lockdown restrictions ease, general rules around social distancing and handwashing will remain important in reducing the risk of transmission. Our Test, Trace, Protect strategy will be key in controlling the spread of new outbreaks, particularly as public spaces start to re-open.

As people increasingly come into greater contact with others, there is a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 in some sectors. This is because customers and visitors will spend a longer time on these premises than in other surroundings, and will potentially come into close contact with people outside of their household. These sectors include:

  • Hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes.
  • Tourism and leisure, including theme parks, museums and cinemas.
  • Close contact services including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.
  • Facilities provided by local authorities, such as libraries and leisure centres.

For businesses operating in these sectors, important new policy guidance from Welsh Government has now been published. This describes the important role these businesses play in supporting contact tracing and keeping Wales safe. As a business operating in one of these sectors, you now need to start collecting details and maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to your premises. This guidance is not a legal requirement, but it is strongly advised that you follow this advice to support the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19.


Large tourism companies welcome Economic Resilience Fund support of £2m from Welsh Government

As restrictions begin to be gradually eased at tourism sites and attractions across Wales, the Welsh Government’s bespoke Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) has provided vital support of more than £2 million to some of our largest key tourism companies.

Today, Minister for the Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates, visited one of the fund recipients, Zip World, which re-opened two of its three sites earlier this week, offering thrill-seekers six of the Zip World adventures.

Sean Taylor, founder of Zip World, said: “We’ve welcomed the support and hard work from all the team at the Welsh Government during this crisis.  We thank them for their continued effort to safely get the visitor economy back up and running again and for recognising the significance of our brand to the local North Wales economy.”

The ERF, which is part of the Welsh Government’s £1.7bn support package for business, is providing significant financial support to companies across Wales and complements the support provided by the UK Government. To date, it has provided more than 8,200 businesses with financial support worth more than £230m.

Other large tourism companies which have received ERF funding include Bourne Leisure; Bluestone and JH Leeke, which operates the Vale Resort. Read in full on the Welsh Government website.


Stay up to date with tourism industry news

We are committed to providing the support and assurance the business community needs during these unprecedented difficult times and have issued several Coronavirus (COVID-19) related bulletins which can be found on the Tourism Industry Coronavirus (COVID-19) Bulletins page.


Business Wales is providing businesses with tailored support and advice about dealing with coronavirus, from financial and supply chain planning to advice on staffing issues. We would advise Tourism businesses and stakeholders in Wales wanting specific guidance to visit the Business Wales website or call Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000, and to regularly visit the Public Health Wales website for up-to-date public health information for you, your staff and your visitors.

Emergency on Planet Earth #39

I WILL WRITE A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ON PLANET EARTH BLOGS THROUGHOUT THE TORY SPONSORED CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.

 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.

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With thanks to ROFA and John Pring for the following news articles. Anyone wondering about the progress of the #SaveWILG petition should scroll down as I have included a brief update, including footage of the petition being discussed by Welsh politicians.

I have also included a news report from Skwakbox below as I tried to highlight the relevant news of the day whilst struggling to find the time to formulate writing of my own. It is becoming evermore apparent that I am in dire need of my reassessment by ICS. This is part of the deal we struck with the Welsh Government to ensure that those unhappy with their Local Authority assessments could access an independent assessment.

The delays we have been facing due to the Coronavirus Crisis are unfortunate and can not be helped, but having said that I have written countless times to ICS and have to wait long periods without a reply.

I hope to have my reassessment by the end of the month, but I need time to organise such a meeting and I will be writing to ICS yet again on Monday to try to push things forward. The physical and mental strains of not receiving the support I need is exhausting, but in the meantime I you can enjoy the article below that I have managed to cobble together.

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Unite Community are organising a National Day of Action on 15th July to highlight the injustices of Universal Credit.

Unite Community campaigns for a fairer social security system for all, which works to end poverty, and which allows claimants to live with dignity.

The three immediate demands are:

  • End the five-week wait for payment
  • Make the temporary £20 per week extra permanent and give to ALL existing benefit claimants
  • Stop Benefit Sanctions

For more details click here.

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Government Reintroduces Benefit Sanctions During Pandemic

Disabled campaigners have described the government’s decision to reintroduce benefit sanctions – in the middle of a pandemic – as “barbaric” and “life threatening”.
The decision meant an end to the three-month suspension of benefit sanctions and conditionality* in England, Scotland and Wales, which had been introduced in March as part of the COVID-19 lockdown measures.

Jobcentres will start re-opening this week in England, but not in Scotland and Wales, where claimants will only receive services online and by phone.

This means that some claimants in England will now begin to have face-to-face discussions with work coaches in jobcentres.

For the full story from the Disability News Service click here. 

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The petition that I originally submitted in October 2017 – to reconsider the closure of the Welsh Independent Living Grant and support disabled people to live independently – was considered again by the Senedd Petitions Committee on Tuesday. The relevant section can be seen from the 48 minute mark via this link.

I am delighted that the Committee have agreed to keep the petition open until everything is finalised. There are still issues that need to be resolved and my determination to see disabled people receiving the support they deserve has only been strengthened by the passing of former WILG recipient and friend Tracy Pritchard…

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A few years ago, I was very proud to be a member of the Corbyn-led Labour Party and disappointed with the direction Carwyn Jones was taking Welsh Labour. It is funny how things can change as now the exact opposite is true – Mark Drakeford has my full support as First Minister while Keir Starmer seems to be testing my loyalty to the Labour brand.

Video: Unite’s Beckett slams Tories for dumping austerity fall-out of pandemic on working class – and takes Labour to task for weak response

Coronavirus: Welsh pubs and cafes to reopen indoors on 3 August

Emergency on Planet Earth #38

I WILL WRITE A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ON PLANET EARTH BLOGS THROUGHOUT THE TORY SPONSORED CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.

 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.

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I would like to wish the NHS a very happy 72nd birthday. I will not patronise the fine institution by making zero effort to applaud thin air, but my attitude towards this fine organisation is as warm as the next person.

A more useful thing for people to do this afternoon, is to sign petitions such as this one, calling for a pay-rise for all NHS staff.

It is so important that we all recognise the importance of the NHS, and do not allow the Tories to decimate it further. I recommend that everyone should read this article that appeared on the Skwawkbox blog this morning:

Former BMA deputy chair says ‘Happy birthday NHS – but when non-COVID tsunami hits, if you love it, step up to protect it from govt who will exploit crisis to wreck it’

I fail to understand why the Tories have such a problem with a service that provides free health care to its citizens. I am quite proud that I don’t understand their desire to privatise everything, even though it is obvious to everyone that it all boils down to filthy lucre.

 

 

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This fantastic song came up on YouTube the other night, and I was very interested in the video. A quick search led me to discover that it is used in the film My Friend Dahmer – a must-watch for myself.

I don’t know why I am drawn to such questionable characters, or why I write to prisoners on Death Row? I guess it is something to do with sympathy for the misunderstood. Of course, the actions of certain individuals cannot ever be excused, but I have always taken the side of the underdog, and think it is important to find out why people become murderers. Is it nature or nurture?

From Wikipedia:

Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991.[8] The band was composed of David Byrne (lead vocalsguitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Described by the critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as “one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the ’80s,”[3] the group helped to pioneer new wave music by integrating elements of punkart rockfunk, and world music with avant-garde sensibilities and an anxious, clean-cut image.[3]

Former art school students who became involved in the 1970s New York punk scene, Talking Heads released their 1977 debut album, Talking Heads: 77, to positive reviews.[9] They collaborated with producer Brian Eno on a trio of experimental and critically acclaimed releases: More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978), Fear of Music (1979), and Remain in Light (1980).[3] After a hiatus, Talking Heads hit their commercial peak in 1983 with the U.S. Top 10 hit “Burning Down the House” from the album Speaking in Tongues and released the concert film Stop Making Sense, directed by Jonathan Demme.[3] They released several more albums, including their best-selling LP Little Creatures (1985), before disbanding in 1991.[10]

In 2002, Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of their albums appear in Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and three of their songs (“Psycho Killer“, “Life During Wartime“, and “Once in a Lifetime“) were included among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.[11] Talking Heads were also number 64 on VH1‘s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.[12] In the 2011 update of Rolling Stones “100 Greatest Artists of All Time“, they were ranked number 100.[13]

Emergency on Planet Earth #37

I WILL WRITE A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ON PLANET EARTH BLOGS THROUGHOUT THE TORY SPONSORED CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.

 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.

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I am absolutely over the moon that I have just employed another personal assistant, to join my small team of staff. After losing three valued employees in March, I have endured a very stressful period where I have had to stretch the limited resources that I have, to ensure I receive the 24/7 support I need.

It is such a relief to have found someone that I can respect, and receive the same respect back. I had been messaging agencies, as it seemed that I would never find the right individual to work with. Of course, only time will tell if I have struck gold, but the early signs are very encouraging.

There are still hours available, but not nearly as many as there were. I also have another member of staff due to return from maternity leave soon, so all of a sudden everything is looking rosy as I try to establish the 2:1 support that I really need to meet my physical and mental wellbeing needs.

A good example of why I need 2:! support came the other day, when my electric wheelchair started playing up. I called the engineers, who said that they would make an emergency call, as long as I was able to get out of the chair while they made adaptations. This is a standard request, made with my safety in mind. Unfortunately, I was unable to vacate my chair as I only had one support worker present. Hoisting me out of the chair and on to a bed or shower chair, is a two-person job in order to comply with health and safety regulations. I was subsequently forced to arrange an appointment for tomorrow afternoon, while hoping my chair does not give up the ghost in the meantime.

I will achieve my ultimate goal of independent living, supported by the Social Services and Wellbeing Act, in the end. It just might take me a little longer than expected, after starting my crusade ten years ago…

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Below, I have share a video that I found on YouTube, that quickly encapsulates Friedreich’s Ataxia. This is the progressive, genetic disease of the nervous system that I live with, so I thought you might be interested. It is only a short video, so I have also added a more complex video that explains all in a scientific manner. If you are interested then you may wish to watch this, but it even confused ME, so I don’t blame you if you don’t bother.

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This was an interesting post that I read this morning, from the Debatedly Dateable blog about dating in the Covid era. I should be so lucky…

Emergency on Planet Earth #36

I WILL WRITE A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ON PLANET EARTH BLOGS THROUGHOUT THE TORY SPONSORED CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.

 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.

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This is an important insight into the experiences of disabled people during the Coronavirus crisis. It deserves your undivided attention even though you are probably busy doing nothing in the sunshine.

Launch of Inclusion London report 

Abandoned, Forgotten and Ignored: Inclusion London’s report about lived experiences of Disabled people during the Covid-19 pandemic 

Today, Wednesday 24th June 2020 Inclusion London launches its interim report based on hundreds of responses to our survey.  The report is available here The report paints a stark picture. From the outset, Disabled people have been discriminated against, forgotten, and in some cases abandoned as policymakers have ignored our needs. Or, at best considered us as an afterthought.  During the pandemic  Disabled people saw our legal rights diminished, we experienced resource rationing and blanket policies.  This led to many of us struggling to get bare necessities, losing support and independence and living in fear for our lives.

The pandemic has shone a light on the long-standing structural inequalities and discrimination that Deaf and Disabled people experience. The dreadful disparities are reflected in the grim data released by the Office for National Statistics, which says Disabled people were about twice as likely to die from covid-19.

Despite the shocking statistics, the plight of Disabled people was largely missing from public discourse. We are publishing this report to give voice to people who shared their experience with us.

We are launching this report with a panel discussion, where Deaf and Disabled people from Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations will share their personal experience and experience of communities they support and represent and support.

Webinar: Wednesday, 24 June, 5-6.30pm.  To attend this webinar please register via this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6OF_zmeHT62IIlkYQatDhA

You can support this campaign by sharing this report with your networks and supporting us on social media.

Download the report here 

Best wishes
Tracey Lazard
CEO, Inclusion London

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The following is another email that I feel I should share with my readers. The NHS in Wales are conducting a well-being survey for anyone over the age of 16 in Wales. The link to the survey can be found below:
Good afternoon
The 7 Health Boards across Wales have been working with Swansea and Cardiff Universities to develop a study that aims to understand the impact of coronavirus on the emotional well-being and mental health of the Welsh population. We would like to encourage as many people as possible over the age of 16 years living in Wales to complete the survey.
For those individuals who would be willing to participate in the survey, or wish to gain more information about it, please click this link www.wales-wellbeing.co.uk/survey or visit the website www.wales-wellbeing.co.uk. The survey should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. If anyone would like to participate in the survey but would prefer a paper copy it can be downloaded from the website or individuals can phone 07737558980 and leave their name and address to request a copy. (Unfortunately the phone number is unmanned and has an answerphone that is solely used for posting surveys to people who request this).
The survey results will be analysed at a National, Health Board and Local Authority level and will be used to guide the NHS in Wales, and our local services, to support the well-being of the population over the coming months.
Thank you.
Equality Branch
Megan John
Disability Equality and Inclusion Officer
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The following facts are taken from http://www.did-you-knows.com – I thought they might keep you quiet for a minute or two.
  • Did you know 11% of people are left handed
  • Did you know August has the highest percentage of births
  • Did you know unless food is mixed with saliva you can’t taste it
  • Did you know the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes
  • Did you know a bear has 42 teeth
  • Did you know an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
  • Did you know lemons contain more sugar than strawberries
  • Did you know 8% of people have an extra rib
  • Did you know 85% of plant life is found in the ocean
  • Did you know Ralph Lauren’s original name was Ralph Lifshitz
  • Did you know rabbits like licorice
  • Did you know the Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters
  • Did you know ‘Topolino’ is the name for Mickey Mouse Italy
  • Did you know a lobsters blood is colorless but when exposed to oxygen it turns blue
  • Did you know armadillos have 4 babies at a time and are all the same sex
  • Did you know  reindeer like bananas
  • Did you know  the longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds
  • Did you know  birds need gravity to swallow
  • Did you know the most commonly used letter in the alphabet is E
  • Did you know the 3 most common languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English

Emergency on Planet Earth #35

I WILL WRITE A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ON PLANET EARTH BLOGS THROUGHOUT THE TORY SPONSORED CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.

 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.

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I am in a very tricky situation. I am searching as always for Personal Assistants to help me to live an independent life to the full. 

It is a fulfilling role that also pays well if you are interested in taking up the role, please do click on this link for the full job advertisement and get in touch.  

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This is becoming a daily occurrence – this spam email that promises everything that l yearn for, but unable to attract. Fortunately, my desperation does not override my common sense, but l am sure that there are some poor buggers who fall for such cruel tricks and eagerly click on a link that opens a virus on their computer. Here is the latest message l received:

Hey,

We have sped up the match making process by asking 59 women living in your city if they would be willing to meet you for a casual sex encounter, and as of five minutes ago, 14 have replied. Amber, Katrina, and Heather have all expressed their interest and would like to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. Tap continue to view their photos, and start scheduling encounters.

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Emergency on Planet Earth #34

I WILL WRITE A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ON PLANET EARTH BLOGS THROUGHOUT THE TORY SPONSORED CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.

 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.

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I am just writing this blog very quickly after First Minister Mark Drakeford announced a series of changes to the lockdown requirements in Wales.

Drakeford remained cautious, but he is probably under huge pressure from the business community to relax many of the rules that are designed to keep us safe. I thought that he juggled the need to protect the vulnerable and provide hope to the private sector, really well.

A full report of the press conference can be found by clicking here. I have also copied a Tweet below which provides footage from this afternoon’s briefing. The most important thing we should all take from this update is that the Coronavirus crisis is not over and that it remains crucial that we all stay local and carry on practising social distancing and hand washing measures.

What l fear will happen is that a great many people will regard this relaxation of the lockdown as a cue to return to the pre-Covid 19 lives. We all want to be free and live our lives to the full, but the sensible ones amongst us will realise that we have to be patient a little while longer…

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The football season has started again, with several crucial games being played out over the next few weeks.  The fact that the capitalist wheel of production is now back in motion underlies my distaste for the modern game and justifies my decision to relive season 1983/84.

The only good thing about having the prima donna’s back on the football field is that l can now resume my betting habit. This is something that l keep under control by only betting what l can afford to lose.

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This is the latest spam email that l have received this morning. My heart goes out to those who think this is a genuine email.  They are obviously sadly deluded or are so arrogant and big headed that they can believe such far fetched  stories:

Hey,

I am Jenna and I will be helping you with your account.

Thank you so much for choosing us to help you find beautiful women searching for casual sex encounters. I am also a member of the site and I live really close by.

I am so happy that you were assigned to me, because I think you are very attractive. Additionally, my friend Amber and I think it might be fun if we both got with you at the same time 🙂

We are both twenty seven years old and you can see our nudes and hot videos here [I have deleted the link for your safety – NLD].

I am the one with the huge tits and she is the one with the perfect a-s.

We can totally meet up tonight babe if you are looking to hook up with two really hot chicks at the same time.

There are also three other women that you should check out. They have already told me that they would like to get you in the sack.

Emergency on Planet Earth #33

I WILL WRITE A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ON PLANET EARTH BLOGS THROUGHOUT THE TORY SPONSORED CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.

 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.

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I was very excited to receive the following email yesterday:

Hey,

Is anybody else around? I had a great workout this afternoon, and a really nice shower. I couldnt get you out of mind so I started playing with myself.

I really wanted you to see so I filmed it.

Can you show me how big it gets babe?

Text me after you watch the whole clip, my number is posted at the end. I know you will enjoy yourself.

Cassandra

In Loneliness Awareness Week, l think it is particularly cruel to send these type of emails to isolated souls with a high sex drive. There was a link in this email to the film that Cassandra had so kindly shot for me. As a gentleman, l managed to resist clicking on this as l am wise enough to realise that this would have led to a complete computer crisis.

I just can’t help but wonder who writes this type of thing and whether they actually profit from such spam?

I could also hedge my bets and let Cassandra know that l am ready and waiting for further emails and pictures before showing her just  how big it gets…

Well, there’s no harm in hoping.

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Following yesterdays post regarding football scores for the 1983/84 season,l received a Facebook comment on my post that suggested l should try Soccerbase as a solution to my statistical searching.

I followed the link that my friend and comrade, Keith Sinclair, had provided and was excited to find exactly what l was looking for. This will make a huge difference to my project as l venture back to 1983/84. The fact that l am choosing to go back to a time when Thatcher was in power is a little confusing to me as l know that she was laying all the foundations on which modern Britain is based. I will explore such questions in full during the blogs l write about the 1983/84 season.

All l know is that football had not grown into the monolithic beast that it is today – sure there were signs that the capitalist take over was already underway, but on the whole football was still a working class sport rather than a business.

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Karma is a beautiful thing..,.

 

Emergency on Planet Earth #31

I WILL WRITE A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ON PLANET EARTH BLOGS THROUGHOUT THE TORY SPONSORED CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.

 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.

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I had thought about ending this series of blogs, but l wouldn’t want to be knee -jerk in my reaction like Boris Johnson and company. I prefer the more cautious and pragmatic approach of first Minister Mark Drakeford.

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I have copied the article below from the Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) website. The original  piece can be viewed by clicking on this link. I am happy to promote this virtual festival that l hope becomes a regular feature of our calendar, to remind everyone about the importance of independent living to disabled people.

11 July WILD will launch with an online festival by & for disabled people – the likes of which you haven’t seen before! Celebrating who we are & coming together to redefine what it means to be a disabled person in the 21st century. Sign Up. Share & RT

Web: http://wwww.wildaboutculture.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WILDcrips

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/427804564769420/

Twitter @WILD_CripsaY8jFs41

Wild is a long-term initiative to re-imagine the transformation to an inclusive society with independent living being a central part in that transformation.

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As a disabled person l can tell you a lot about loneliness. Thankfully, l am mentally strong and resilient. This is fortunate as l have many fights to win before l can reach that elusive state of happiness.

I realise that not everyone is as lucky as me and l would therefore encourage everyone to pick up the telephone or send a message to friends or family  that are alone and isolated at his time.

Having said all that, there is something about ITV’s campaign to Get Britain Talking that l find really nauseating. If people to pour their heart out then they will find the appropriate time to do so and do not need to be guided by pebble-brained celebrities during bubblegum TV.

I cannot think of anything more awkward than negotiating a manufactured silence and the only thing that Ant and Dec’s mini break would have achieved, was a mass electricity surge as the nation twiddled their thumbs and put the kettle on. It really was cringe worthy stuff.

While ITV’s message is a positive one that should be applauded, l do think there are better ways to encourage people to look after their mental health and well-being.

If they are watching Britain’s Got Talent , then it is probably too late…

Memory Match – 30-04-52

It has been a while since I last wrote a Memory Match column. I spent 2015-2018 writing these articles for the Wrexham AFC matchday programme when we were proud to be a community club.

Unfortunately, the club’s treatment of disabled supporters is nothing short of a disgrace, while the treatment of the proactive Disabled Supporters Association leaves a lot to be desired. I am therefore withdrawing my support of the club until ALL disabled supporters are given adequate and inclusive facilities from which to enjoy the football served up at the Racecourse.

Instead I will go to watch 90 minutes of action, wherever I feel I am welcomed. It goes without saying that I will always have one ear on the Wrexham result as it is not the actual club that I have fallen out with. It is merely the way the club is being run that I have an issue with. I will continue to attend matches when it is my turn on the platform rota and away matches, but I am not wasting any more time at the bottom of the stand with an abysmal view of the action while exposed to the elements. It is a disgrace that disabled supporters are being treated in such a way at the start of the 21st century.

I still want to continue with these Memory Match articles as they proved popular. I also enjoy writing them and remembering a time when it was enjoyable to visit the Racecourse and watch a decent standard of football.

** This was written before the Coronavirus outbreak. But l see no reason why my opinions should change. It goes without saying that l wish everyone associated with the club the very best of health, but I remain convinced that Wrexham AFC will only prosper by being inclusive for ALL supporters. ** 

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30/04/52

Wrexham v Stockport County

League Division Three (Northern Section)

Racecourse Ground

Result: 0-0

Wrexham: Connor, Speed, Fisher, McCallum, Spruce, Tapscott, Wynn, Hewitt, Bannan, Tilston, Tunnicliffe 

Stockport County: Ward, Staniforth, Kavanagh, Wilmott, Paterson, Cocker, Haddington, Connor, Black, Weigh

Attendance: 4,716

It is always important for any team to get off to a good start to the season, but the 1951/52 campaign began with six consecutive defeats for Peter Jackson’s men. An opening day defeat at Chester (2-1), was not a good omen for things to come, and our confidence obviously took a battering. Defeats against Barrow (3-1), Chesterfield (0-3), Barrow (2-4), Bradford Park Avenue (5-0) and Workington (2-0) left us rock bottom of the table with little hope for the months ahead.

We didn’t manage to climb the league ladder until late December, when we whacked Southport 3-0 at the Racecourse. Although we managed to stay clear of bottom spot for the remainder of the season, it should be noted that we didn’t manage to climb above 15th, in a terribly inconsistent run of form.

Players and fans alike were probably relieved to be staging the final game of a rotten term. Expectation was low as the visitors had been pushing for promotion to Division 2, and were only denied by Lincoln City, who eventually finished ten points clear of the chasing pack. The form of the Hatters had been so impressive that Division 1 strugglers Huddersfield Town had poached their manager, Scotsman Andy Beattie, in a failed bid to prevent relegation. The joint managerial team of Alex Herd and Billy Newton arrived at the Racecourse hoping to secure a permanent position with the club.

The form book went out of the window this afternoon, as Wrexham were on top for the fist 20 minutes. A neutral would have thought it was the home side who had been challenging at the summit throughout the season.

It really was a sparkling display by the Robins and only a lack of incisive finishing kept the game goalless. Hatters keeper Denis Ward made a fine save after Tommy Bannan looked certain to score, but this was one of the only times that Ward would be called into action during the opening period. We were on top, but the pressure we were piling on to a shambolic visiting defence, did not result in any shots on goal.

At the other end, Bob Connor was largely a spectator. He was only called into action on one occasion during the first half, when he was forced to scramble away an effort by Stockport’s Jack Connor. Meanwhile, Ward was lucky not to concede when both Ron Wynn and Tommy Tilston threatened to break the deadlock.

It seemed that the second half would follow a similar pattern to the first, as Ron Hewitt struck the crossbar shortly after the restart. His effort rebounded , and signalled the start of more sustained Wrexham pressure, which was dealt with by dogged County defenders Fred Kenny and Gordon Wilmott.

Despite being in the driving seat, the Wrexham defence still had to stay alert. This was underlined when full back Les Speed made a mistake that led to an opportunity for visiting attacker Ray Weigh. His shot cannoned back off Connor’s legs. Stockport did come back in to the game from this stage onwards, but neither side really threatened to steal both points.

County finished the season in third spot, while Wrexham’s final position depends on which source you believe. According to Wrexham: A Complete Record 1872 – 1992 we achieved a fourteenth place finish at the start of the book, but the season by season data near the end of the book states that we limped to a disappointing  eighteenth. Wikipedia also shows us in eighteenth, whilst the English National Football Archive suggests we ended up seventeenth.

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Just two days after the end of the season, Peter Jackson released his retained list. The squad was cut substantially from 35 professionals, to just 20 for the following season. Willie Jessop and Cyril Lawrence could feel particularly disappointed as according to the North Wales Guardian, both were “ninety-minute triers” and popular amongst fans. Eyebrows were also raised by those not included on the list:

“In contrast, one player who has said quite frankly more than once, that he wants a transfer is retained! That player is Archie Ferguson – a very good goalkeeper – but is it wise to keep a player who is not happy with his club? Is it fair to the player or the club?”

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It is also interesting to note that Tommy Griffiths, who had been trainer-coach for two seasons relinquished his position. A former centre-half and captain of Wales, he had begun his playing career at Wrexham. He had taken up a role as a director at the Cae Ras three years previously, but resigned to become trainer-coach.

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We failed to find any glory in the cup competitions either. A lacklustre season was summed up by a second round defeat in the FA Cup, at the hands of Leyton Orient. We did push the East Londoners all the way though. A first round triumph over Halifax Town (3-0), set up a contest with the O’s that finished 1-1 at the Racecourse. The Third Division (South) side hosted the replay, which they eventually won 3-2, after extra time. Brisbane Road has never been a happy hunting ground…

A thumping 7-2 victory over Colwyn Bay in the fifth round of the Welsh Cup promised much. Chester held us to a goalless draw at the sixth round stage, so it was off to Sealand Road to turn them over 0-2 on their own patch. The semi-final saw a clash with Merthyr Tydfil, in a game played in Cardiff. Unfortunately, we lost the match 2-0.

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I was saddened to learn of the passing of former player Cyril Lawrence at the age of 99, via the Official Blackpool FC Website. 

Lawrence was on Blackpool’s books, but never made a first team start for the club before leaving for Rochdale. After 4 seasons and 44 appearances for the Dale he was transferred to the Town where he racked up 50 games in a 2 year spell.

I have just looked up Cyril’s date of birth and in a weird coincidence it is tomorrow – 12/06/1920.

My thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.