A Season of Triumphs, Fine Margins, and What Ifs for Blackpool FC

That was the season that was. After a sour end to a campaign which in August threatened to be one of toil and chastening defeats, in the end Blackpool never looked to be in the relegation trouble which most of the pundits and those supposedly 'in the know' suggested would be the outcome of their…

This season the Championship is a paper tiger; will Blackpool F.C. feel they should have done even better?

When Kenny Dougall's two goals at Wembley nine months ago sent Blackpool back to the Championship a lot sooner than Head Coach Neil Critchley and owner Simon Sadler could have anticipated, the reality of (re)joining what has become a Premier League 2.0/Premier League-lite immediately dawned on all with tangerine in their hearts. Dialling back nearly…

Wildschoenau: what I miss, and why I may never return

Wildschoenau: Wild and Beautiful. This Tirolean high valley has much to live up to, and delivers in digger-sized buckets. It is though the use of the aforementioned construction apparatus that is slowly dragging the valley back into the pack, from its once nonpareil position of being perfectly formed and relatively untouched by human intervention. It…

Blackpool: Developers and planners vie over one of the last remaining green sites within the resort

An appeal lodged by the Tamworth-based developer Lovell Partnerships following Blackpool Council’s refusal to grant permission for the construction of 86 dwellings on land off Warren Drive in the resort is set to be heard from today(29th January 2019), scheduled to last up to 4 days. Lovell, whose successful redevelopment of the Queens Park area…

The Tirol’s Neustift Rebuffs Further Cableway Expansion, But For How Long?

The seemingly inexhaustible desire for further, bigger, longer, and higher cableways in the Austrian Tirol and Salzburgerland provinces is to many a distasteful, unquenchable process that will never be sated. The marginal net gains promised by many projects fail to justify the financial outlay but crucially, the environmental scarring of landscapes to facilitate further pistes,…

Premier League 2017/18 Season: The Verdict

The denouement of the 2017/18 Premier League season brings into sharp focus the ever-increasing gap between English football's haves and have nots. Or does it? Manchester City's total dominance reflects the creeping influence that petro-dollars are now having on the modern game. Coupled with Sky Television's largesse the seemingly limitless wealth brought to the Etihad…

Salisbury Poisoning: UK can Expect Few Favours from Serbia

The UK will in effect be crossing its own Rubicon should it take steps to request of Serbia that it denounce its Russian ally, in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning scandal. Moscow and Belgrade have long since forged impregnable ties, which have only strengthened during the perceived impression of anti-Slav bias from those seemingly…

Masterstroke Mitrovic Signing Gives Fresh Impetus to Fulham’s Promotion Credentials

Are two Serbs better than one? At Fulham's Craven Cottage, it would appear so. Benefiting from owner Shahid Khan displaying an element of patience increasing rare in today's game, manager Slavisa Jokanovic has made the Cottagers into realistic promotion contenders and used his Serbian links to recruit, albeit initially on loan, fellow countryman Aleksandar Mitrovic…

The Oxymoron of Improving Public Transport at the Expense of the Environment?

Network Rail's electrification of the line between Preston to Blackpool North is reaching its crescendo, with a tagline promising greener, quieter, and more efficient journeys for all. What though the project has meant for the attendant environmental habitats redolent with railway track sides is utter devastation, culminating in the sweeping away on an industrial scale…

Maribor Secures Munich & Antwerp flights, but Will Other Destinations Follow in the Near Future?

The jury is still very much out as to whether VLM Airlines can deliver on its grand vision, which includes the prospect of wide-body aircraft regularly linking mainland China with Maribor, Slovenia's second city. An extremely modest start to operations have seen Fokker 50 aircraft used during last summer to link eastern Slovenia with the…