Greek Bias Against Gays Compounds Tourism Gap


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Greece Debt Crisis Hitting Tourism

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Spending by non-residents in Greece increased 12.6 percent in the first half of the year compared with the first six months of 2010, the Bank of Greece said.

Spending by non-residents in Greece increased 12.6 percent in the first half of the year compared with the first six months of 2010, the Bank of Greece said. Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg


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Greece Debt Crisis Hitting Tourism

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Tourists sit in a coffee shop at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens.

Tourists sit in a coffee shop at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens. Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Debt-ravaged Greece’s biggest
industry is missing income from a group of visitors that spends
more than $140 billion a year.

Gay and lesbian tourists, who for decades flocked to the
islands of Mykonos and Lesbos, have removed Greece from their
list of top destinations because of discrimination, according to
surveys by Amsterdam-based OutNow Consulting. The government
says it intends to boost tourism and will change the law so
Greece follows France and the U.K. in recognizing same-sex
partnerships.

“Rights do not cost much in terms of finances, but they do
a lot to promote the countries that adopt them,” said Martin
Christensen, co-chairman of ILGA-Europe, a Brussels-based rights
group. “If Greece opens marriage to same-sex couples, the
international media will for once give the country good press
that would boost morale and can increase revenue.”

Tourism accounts for one in five jobs and about 16 percent
of the Greek economy, which the European Commission forecasts
will shrink 3.8 percent this year after a 4.4 percent
contraction in 2010. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said
on Aug. 3 that spending by vacationers will be a main driver of
Greece’s return to prosperity.

Spending by non-residents in Greece increased 12.6 percent
in the first half of the year compared with the first six months
of 2010, the Bank of Greece said Aug. 18. Greece’s debt pile
stood at about 43 percent more than the size of the economy.

Timely Law

“Given their propensity to spend a higher share of their
wallet on travel and entertainment, then a Greek strategy to
appeal to gay visitors is sensible and perhaps timely,” said
Bob Witeck, who runs Witeck-Combs Communications, a Washington-
based firm advising clients on marketing to gay households.

While the Greek Orthodox church opposes gay marriage, the
Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Ministry established in
July last year a committee to examine changing existing family
law to recognize same-sex civil partnerships.

The group’s report is being studied now and the government
aims to introduce legislation allowing the registration of gay
relationships, a ministry official said by telephone on Aug. 19,
speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with policy.

The value of the international gay and lesbian travel
market in 2010, based on a survey of 18 countries, was $142
billion, according to the OutNow Global LGBT2020 Study of
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers.

Not Greece

Greece failed to make the list of the top 10 countries
where gay travelers were interested in taking a holiday in the
next three years, according to the survey. Athens didn’t appear
among the top 20 city destinations.

The U.S., where the District of Columbia and six states,
including New York since June, allow same-sex marriage and
France, which permits civil unions, and Spain, where gay couples
also can marry, were the top three countries. New York, Sydney
and Rio de Janeiro, with gay pride events attended by more than
4 million spectators, were the top three cities.

Changing the law to recognize gay and lesbian couples might
attract more gay visitors to Greece compared with places such as
Turkey, which also doesn’t recognize non-heterosexual
relationships, said Gregory Vallianatos, chairman of Greek
Helsinki Monitor
, the Greek national committee of the
International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights.

Balkans to Nepal

“Allowing same-sex civil partnership in Greece would set
the country way above other countries in the Balkans and eastern
Mediterranean and would certainly boost gay tourist numbers,”
Vallianatos said from his Athens office.

In drafting a new law, Greece would follow tourist
destinations as far away as Nepal.

The Supreme Court in the Himalayan country decriminalized
homosexuality in 2007, called for the introduction of equal
rights for gay and lesbians and asked for the creation of a
commission to study same-sex marriages.

“Nepal can earn good income from gay and lesbian visitors
as they spend more and travel more frequently than their
straight counterparts,” said lawmaker Sunil Babu Pant, who also
heads Nepal’s Blue Diamond Society gay rights group. “Gays are
also willing to support those countries that are gay-friendly.”

Greece’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture for the first time
advertised the Athens Gay Pride this year. The ministry, which
didn’t subsidize any of the events, included the “Athens
Rainbow Week’
’ in its highlights on the web site of the Greek
National Tourism Office.

Pink Pounds

OutNow research based on actual spending shows that in
2006, the first full year of civil partnerships in the U.K., the
economy was boosted by 130 million pounds ($212.9 million) from
spending on rings, receptions and honeymoons.

It represents “a large and growing pool of new consumer
spending
which economies such as Greece would do well to
position for,” said Ian Johnson, who runs OutNow, which works
with the German National Tourism Office, Switzerland Tourism,
Madrid Tourism and the Stockholm Visitors Board.

About 75 percent of gay travelers will seek a hotel that
welcomes same-sex couples, according to Hannah Burden,
spokeswoman for the Thomson, Thomson Cruises and First Choice
holiday brands of Tui Travel Plc (TT/), the U.K. majority-owned unit
of Germany-based Tui AG (TUI1) and Europe’s largest tour operator.

Thomson last year started marketing vacations for gay and
lesbian travelers, including wedding packages to the Spanish
island of Ibiza. The company uses the GayComfort Certified
accreditation system, developed by OutNow and endorsed by the
International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

“There is definitely a segment in the gay community that
spends their vacation money on destinations that are supportive
of the community,” said John Tanzella, CEO of the Fort
Lauderdale
, Florida-based association. Greece “could absolutely
increase its revenues,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Paul Tugwell in Athens at
[email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Angela Cullen at
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Lawmaker travel includes trips to Hawaii, overseas

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — At least one-fifth of the Alaska Legislature attended a conference in Hawaii this month, at a cost so far of nearly $35,000.

The Anchorage Daily News (http://bit.ly/pri8oq ) reports the final tab is still being tallied from the Council of State Governments-West conference, a nonpartisan policy group comprised of lawmakers from Western states. Its annual conferences are rotated among states. This year’s event was at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

Hotel bills for each of the lawmakers have ranged from $729 to $1,276, excluding charges for Republican Bert Stedman, of Sitka. He was in a suite with a bill averaging more than $900 a night, but he said he didn’t realize the cost until he got the bill at check-out. He attributed this to a mistake by his office but said he didn’t consider paying the bill himself because “I didn’t really mess it up, it’s an internal screw-up within the office.”

Stedman, a leader of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and a frequent traveler on state business, said he had asked his office to inquire about a free upgrade. He said he was embarrassed by the cost of the suite and that it wouldn’t happen again.

For Alaska lawmakers, summer and fall are busy travel seasons, coming between legislative sessions. So far this year, travel has included a trip to Greece for the Special Olympics for Sen. Lesil McGuire and Rep. Bob Lynn, both Republicans from Anchorage, and a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in New Orleans, attended by Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, and Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla.

Ten lawmakers are expected to attend a “Norway policy tour,” from Aug. 27-Sept. 4.

For the Hawaii trip, Alaska lawmakers also received a state meal per diem that totaled more than $750 apiece for most of them. The state also paid the $350 conference fee for most, plus shuttle bus and taxi costs in Hawaii.

Those attending, who had state-paid travel to the conference, according to the Legislative Affairs Agency, included Sens. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage; Bettye Davis, D-Anchorage; John Coghill, R-North Pole; Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage; Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla; Linda Menard, R-Wasilla; Stedman and McGuire. House members who attended included Reps. Lynn, Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak; Carl Gatto, R-Palmer; Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage; and Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake.

The newspaper reported at least two others, Rep. Lindsey Holmes, D-Anchorage, and Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, were seen at the event.

Meyer, the Senate majority leader and a leader of the Senate Education Committee, said that CSG-West conferences are good for exchanging ideas on issues like budgets and the economy. He said his conference fee was waived because he served on an education panel, and that he appreciated a conference training session on making effective political presentations.

“That’s a problem that I have personally, is that I tend to give speeches and not relay the messages,” he said.

Stedman, who also didn’t submit a conference fee for state reimbursement, said he gave a presentation on Alaska’s fiscal position and pressed Hawaii legislators about why Hawaii wasn’t trying to buy Alaska natural gas.

Last year, Alaska’s 60 legislators spent more than $710,300 on state-paid travel, both in Alaska and out of state, according to Legislative Affairs. That figure doesn’t include relocation to Juneau for the legislative session.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com


John travels to Greece to help Rovers move

John travels to Greece to help Rovers move

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GEORGE John has flown to Greece to move his dream Premier League switch a step forward after Blackburn Rovers had a bid in principle
accepted by American side FC Dallas.

The Greek-American centre back has been targeted by Rovers boss Steve Kean as a potential solution to his squad’s current defensive frailties, with the player ready to fly to England should the
deal progress in the next 24 hours.

John, 24, has yet to start serious negotiations with Rovers but yesterday flew to Greece to pick up his EU passport in readiness for should an agreement be struck.

The 6ft 3ins defender was hoping talks with the club would be held imminently allowing him to fly in to Brockhall later this week to seal the deal, but any move won’t be completed in time for
tomorrow’s Carling Cup second round tie at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

It is understood there are still minor issues to be resolved between Rovers and FC Dallas but, with a deal largely agreed with the Major League Soccer side, John is ready to follow Ryan Nelsen’s
footsteps in making the journey from the States to the Premier League.

Rovers are understood to have other defenders in their sights, including a permanent move for Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha, but John is high up on Kean’s wish list.

John’s agent Ted Philapakos, said: “George is leaving Dallas this morning (Monday) and is meeting with me at JFK airport in New York this afternoon. We are then boarding a plane for Athens later.

“The reason we are going to Athens is while George is technically a Greek citizen he does not have a Greek passport and you need one to be registered as an EU player. So we hope to pick that up
either on Tuesday or Wednesday, it is not a problem it is just red tape.

“Between now and then we would hope to have some negotiations with Blackburn Rovers about personal terms and the idea is if we can get an agreement in place then we will travel to England.

“Until then it really depends on what Blackburn Rovers want to do, it is not completely in our hands. I understand George might not be the only centre back they want.

“Dallas are allowing him to travel. Of course it is a fantastic opportunity and we would not be travelling if we didn’t think that.”

In May 2011, John trained with the Greek national team and Rovers believe he has the pace and strength to be a success in the Premier League.

Meanwhile Rovers boss Steve Kean remains hopeful Canadian starlet Junior Hoilett will sign a new contract imminently, although the Lancashire Telegraph understand there remain several issues to be
sorted out and a resolution could yet take some time.

Comments(35)

roverfiftyguy

says…

10:00am Tue 23 Aug 11

After witnessing the cynical dismantling of my beloved BRFC, since the Venkys regime took over, I feel it’s time for not only the Rovers fans to unite, but for the LET to finally listen to it’s infighting readership. These forums have now descended into distracting chaos, with fans simply attacking other’s views with a tirade of personal abuse – behaving like a mutinous crew on a rudderless ship. Whilst the captain (LET) has failed to show leadership in skippering a rapidly sinking vessel. There have been personal attacks on Andy Cryer, basically because Venkys are oblivious and the LET do not appear to be representing the frustrated fans voices. Some have asked, and rightly so, for the LET to conduct big polls such as ‘Should Kean be Sacked?’ and ensure the owners see them. I also feel that the LET has failed to referee and censor warring fans in it’s forums – allowing racist and other unacceptable insults into it’s columns. The legacy of the incredible Jack Walker is heartbreakingly being ripped apart, day by day and it’s time for the LET to take some swift and positive action. I feel the paper owes this to Jack Walker, and to it’s own readership that has purchased the paper over it’s history. Blackburn needs a Premiership football club to help create jobs and the additional revenue a Premier club generates. It’s time for the LET to do it’s bit for the town. Stop the infighting and within your columns by conducting serious polls and – ENSURE THAT VENKYS HEAR THE FANS VIEWS – in India. Otherwise BRFC are set to rapidly plummet through the divisions into oblivion, taking it’s town and it’s proud history with it. Remember LET, that when Venkys’ short reign is ended at Blackburn – as it surely will – the townspeople and fans will still be here to hail those whom helped their beloved football club in their hour of need. Or indeed, disinherit those whom they feel failed in their capacity to do so.

After witnessing the cynical dismantling of my beloved BRFC, since the Venkys regime took over, I feel it’s time for not only the Rovers fans to unite, but for the LET to finally listen to it’s infighting readership. These forums have now descended into distracting chaos, with fans simply attacking other’s views with a tirade of personal abuse – behaving like a mutinous crew on a rudderless ship. Whilst the captain (LET) has failed to show leadership in skippering a rapidly sinking vessel. There have been personal attacks on Andy Cryer, basically because Venkys are oblivious and the LET do not appear to be representing the frustrated fans voices. Some have asked, and rightly so, for the LET to conduct big polls such as ‘Should Kean be Sacked?’ and ensure the owners see them. I also feel that the LET has failed to referee and censor warring fans in it’s forums – allowing racist and other unacceptable insults into it’s columns. The legacy of the incredible Jack Walker is heartbreakingly being ripped apart, day by day and it’s time for the LET to take some swift and positive action. I feel the paper owes this to Jack Walker, and to it’s own readership that has purchased the paper over it’s history. Blackburn needs a Premiership football club to help create jobs and the additional revenue a Premier club generates. It’s time for the LET to do it’s bit for the town. Stop the infighting and within your columns by conducting serious polls and – ENSURE THAT VENKYS HEAR THE FANS VIEWS – in India. Otherwise BRFC are set to rapidly plummet through the divisions into oblivion, taking it’s town and it’s proud history with it. Remember LET, that when Venkys’ short reign is ended at Blackburn – as it surely will – the townspeople and fans will still be here to hail those whom helped their beloved football club in their hour of need. Or indeed, disinherit those whom they feel failed in their capacity to do so.
roverfiftyguy


French Rover

says…

10:08am Tue 23 Aug 11


The most important bit in this story is the news that Hoilett’s contract is STILL not signed and sealed!

He is an absoluetly outstanding talent and we should get his terms sorted out urgently before someone comes in with a sizeable bid and gives him exactly what he wants.

How can Rovers still be in a position in the negotiations where we still have ‘several points’ to sort out?!

We have been talking to him and his father for weeks already….get it sorted this week Rovers!
French Rover


philmoulden

says…

10:13am Tue 23 Aug 11

this it it ,last chance saloon ,youve made your signings and saturday will be the day when we will do all to take our club back if you dont produce a result ,i want to see flowing football of the kind that will challenge all who come before us ,clean sheets and goals scored ,i want to sweep everton off the field with a confident looking team , if this dont happen by saturday ,venom will spill from the terraces , ,were not taking this sh!t no more ,this is our club which we live and breath everyday whilst u venky,s dont have the decency to address us ,you can get you hands off our club and stick your chicken right up your ar5e ,all youve done since you took over is make 1000,s of loyal supporters lives a living misery ,1000,s of posts on here screaming for info and quietness from you ,shame on you ,2 games this week ,thats all u got left !

no matter what the weather

this it it ,last chance saloon ,youve made your signings and saturday will be the day when we will do all to take our club back if you dont produce a result ,i want to see flowing football of the kind that will challenge all who come before us ,clean sheets and goals scored ,i want to sweep everton off the field with a confident looking team , if this dont happen by saturday ,venom will spill from the terraces , ,were not taking this sh!t no more ,this is our club which we live and breath everyday whilst u venky,s dont have the decency to address us ,you can get you hands off our club and stick your chicken right up your ar5e ,all youve done since you took over is make 1000,s of loyal supporters lives a living misery ,1000,s of posts on here screaming for info and quietness from you ,shame on you ,2 games this week ,thats all u got left !

no matter what the weather
philmoulden


Billypieman

says…

10:15am Tue 23 Aug 11

roverfiftyguy wrote:
After witnessing the cynical dismantling of my beloved BRFC, since the Venkys regime took over, I feel it’s time for not only the Rovers fans to unite, but for the LET to finally listen to it’s infighting readership. These forums have now descended into distracting chaos, with fans simply attacking other’s views with a tirade of personal abuse – behaving like a mutinous crew on a rudderless ship. Whilst the captain (LET) has failed to show leadership in skippering a rapidly sinking vessel. There have been personal attacks on Andy Cryer, basically because Venkys are oblivious and the LET do not appear to be representing the frustrated fans voices. Some have asked, and rightly so, for the LET to conduct big polls such as ‘Should Kean be Sacked?’ and ensure the owners see them. I also feel that the LET has failed to referee and censor warring fans in it’s forums – allowing racist and other unacceptable insults into it’s columns. The legacy of the incredible Jack Walker is heartbreakingly being ripped apart, day by day and it’s time for the LET to take some swift and positive action. I feel the paper owes this to Jack Walker, and to it’s own readership that has purchased the paper over it’s history. Blackburn needs a Premiership football club to help create jobs and the additional revenue a Premier club generates. It’s time for the LET to do it’s bit for the town. Stop the infighting and within your columns by conducting serious polls and – ENSURE THAT VENKYS HEAR THE FANS VIEWS – in India. Otherwise BRFC are set to rapidly plummet through the divisions into oblivion, taking it’s town and it’s proud history with it. Remember LET, that when Venkys’ short reign is ended at Blackburn – as it surely will – the townspeople and fans will still be here to hail those whom helped their beloved football club in their hour of need. Or indeed, disinherit those whom they feel failed in their capacity to do so.

Fantastic post. Over to you Andy Cryer. You are the person who has the capability to make Venkys aware of the feelings of fans. Please get on with it today.

[quote][p][bold]roverfiftyguy[/bold] wrote:
After witnessing the cynical dismantling of my beloved BRFC, since the Venkys regime took over, I feel it’s time for not only the Rovers fans to unite, but for the LET to finally listen to it’s infighting readership. These forums have now descended into distracting chaos, with fans simply attacking other’s views with a tirade of personal abuse – behaving like a mutinous crew on a rudderless ship. Whilst the captain (LET) has failed to show leadership in skippering a rapidly sinking vessel. There have been personal attacks on Andy Cryer, basically because Venkys are oblivious and the LET do not appear to be representing the frustrated fans voices. Some have asked, and rightly so, for the LET to conduct big polls such as ‘Should Kean be Sacked?’ and ensure the owners see them. I also feel that the LET has failed to referee and censor warring fans in it’s forums – allowing racist and other unacceptable insults into it’s columns. The legacy of the incredible Jack Walker is heartbreakingly being ripped apart, day by day and it’s time for the LET to take some swift and positive action. I feel the paper owes this to Jack Walker, and to it’s own readership that has purchased the paper over it’s history. Blackburn needs a Premiership football club to help create jobs and the additional revenue a Premier club generates. It’s time for the LET to do it’s bit for the town. Stop the infighting and within your columns by conducting serious polls and – ENSURE THAT VENKYS HEAR THE FANS VIEWS – in India. Otherwise BRFC are set to rapidly plummet through the divisions into oblivion, taking it’s town and it’s proud history with it. Remember LET, that when Venkys’ short reign is ended at Blackburn – as it surely will – the townspeople and fans will still be here to hail those whom helped their beloved football club in their hour of need. Or indeed, disinherit those whom they feel failed in their capacity to do so.[/p][/quote]Fantastic post. Over to you Andy Cryer. You are the person who has the capability to make Venkys aware of the feelings of fans. Please get on with it today.

Billypieman


Ianwhittam

says…

10:22am Tue 23 Aug 11


Brilliant comments, genuine supporters attacking each other, mostly out of sheer frustration at what is going on at the club, is not positive in any way. I have said in several posts that we all need to stand together, united in our support of Blackburn Rovers

Arte et Labore
Ianwhittam


harri11

says…

10:29am Tue 23 Aug 11


lets hope we thrash wednesday tommorow 8-0, and then still have that attitude and confidence going into the game against everton and beat them 4-0! spurs at the bottom of league!….not for long tho lol

DKO! RAFA OR HUGHSIE IN.

P.S VENKEYS, YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO US MORE, I REKON ALL OF US ON HERE WOULD DO A MUCH BETTER JOB THAN STEVE KEAN.
harri11


zappedagain

says…

10:33am Tue 23 Aug 11


According to the Mirror (I know) Venkys are at Ewood for tomorrow nights game.
Fans- let’s show ’em what we think of it so far!!!

zappedagain


Come the Revolution

says…

10:35am Tue 23 Aug 11


Sensible reasons for our dissatisfaction posted above. Over to you Andy.
Come the Revolution


bluerob

says…

10:37am Tue 23 Aug 11

roverfiftyguy wrote:
After witnessing the cynical dismantling of my beloved BRFC, since the Venkys regime took over, I feel it’s time for not only the Rovers fans to unite, but for the LET to finally listen to it’s infighting readership. These forums have now descended into distracting chaos, with fans simply attacking other’s views with a tirade of personal abuse – behaving like a mutinous crew on a rudderless ship. Whilst the captain (LET) has failed to show leadership in skippering a rapidly sinking vessel. There have been personal attacks on Andy Cryer, basically because Venkys are oblivious and the LET do not appear to be representing the frustrated fans voices. Some have asked, and rightly so, for the LET to conduct big polls such as ‘Should Kean be Sacked?’ and ensure the owners see them. I also feel that the LET has failed to referee and censor warring fans in it’s forums – allowing racist and other unacceptable insults into it’s columns. The legacy of the incredible Jack Walker is heartbreakingly being ripped apart, day by day and it’s time for the LET to take some swift and positive action. I feel the paper owes this to Jack Walker, and to it’s own readership that has purchased the paper over it’s history. Blackburn needs a Premiership football club to help create jobs and the additional revenue a Premier club generates. It’s time for the LET to do it’s bit for the town. Stop the infighting and within your columns by conducting serious polls and – ENSURE THAT VENKYS HEAR THE FANS VIEWS – in India. Otherwise BRFC are set to rapidly plummet through the divisions into oblivion, taking it’s town and it’s proud history with it. Remember LET, that when Venkys’ short reign is ended at Blackburn – as it surely will – the townspeople and fans will still be here to hail those whom helped their beloved football club in their hour of need. Or indeed, disinherit those whom they feel failed in their capacity to do so.

Totally agree with this post, the quality of reporting over the summer has been very poor.
I get the impression that the LET are afraid of upsetting the Venkie’s.
Time to stand up and be counted , ask the questions for the fans.

Who owns Ewood park

Who owns Brockhall

Did they pay off the debt

Are they looking to invest in new players, or just sell to fund new signings

Why do they only go to away games

Are they prepared to face a fans forum or phone in on radio lancs

[quote][p][bold]roverfiftyguy[/bold] wrote:
After witnessing the cynical dismantling of my beloved BRFC, since the Venkys regime took over, I feel it’s time for not only the Rovers fans to unite, but for the LET to finally listen to it’s infighting readership. These forums have now descended into distracting chaos, with fans simply attacking other’s views with a tirade of personal abuse – behaving like a mutinous crew on a rudderless ship. Whilst the captain (LET) has failed to show leadership in skippering a rapidly sinking vessel. There have been personal attacks on Andy Cryer, basically because Venkys are oblivious and the LET do not appear to be representing the frustrated fans voices. Some have asked, and rightly so, for the LET to conduct big polls such as ‘Should Kean be Sacked?’ and ensure the owners see them. I also feel that the LET has failed to referee and censor warring fans in it’s forums – allowing racist and other unacceptable insults into it’s columns. The legacy of the incredible Jack Walker is heartbreakingly being ripped apart, day by day and it’s time for the LET to take some swift and positive action. I feel the paper owes this to Jack Walker, and to it’s own readership that has purchased the paper over it’s history. Blackburn needs a Premiership football club to help create jobs and the additional revenue a Premier club generates. It’s time for the LET to do it’s bit for the town. Stop the infighting and within your columns by conducting serious polls and – ENSURE THAT VENKYS HEAR THE FANS VIEWS – in India. Otherwise BRFC are set to rapidly plummet through the divisions into oblivion, taking it’s town and it’s proud history with it. Remember LET, that when Venkys’ short reign is ended at Blackburn – as it surely will – the townspeople and fans will still be here to hail those whom helped their beloved football club in their hour of need. Or indeed, disinherit those whom they feel failed in their capacity to do so.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with this post, the quality of reporting over the summer has been very poor.
I get the impression that the LET are afraid of upsetting the Venkie’s.
Time to stand up and be counted , ask the questions for the fans.

Who owns Ewood park

Who owns Brockhall

Did they pay off the debt

Are they looking to invest in new players, or just sell to fund new signings

Why do they only go to away games

Are they prepared to face a fans forum or phone in on radio lancs
bluerob


P_Rover

says…

10:38am Tue 23 Aug 11


Another lie from Kean – last week he said he was going to Toronto but yesterday it was reported that his father was flying in to finalise the deal??!?!?!? Which is it Kean – what’s going on ?! You cannot help yourself can you??!?! Tell the s*dding truth and stop taking us all for fools.
P_Rover


DanVan87

says…

10:40am Tue 23 Aug 11

Morning BRFC Fans!

After watching Rovers first two games of the season, it makes for slightly worrying viewing. I know that it is ONLY Rovers first two games and there is a long way to go, but the signs so far have been anything but reassuring.

Firstly, it is blatantly apparent as it has been all summer, that we need to make several new signings in order to even be competitive in the league in my opinion.

We need at least two new defenders, one of which should be George John of FC Dallas, which upon checking his performances out on youtube (not that that is much to go by) he seems a very tidy player with all the attributes to be a very useful player. Things to note is that he seems to have a very simple game, cut the ball out, pass it off to another player (harder than it seems for some players) and secondly that he started every game for FC Dallas last season so it appears he avoids injury quite well. I would also be happy with a loan player from one of the bigger clubs, Nedum Onuoha would be my first choice, he is strong, quick and would be adept at Right-back or Centre-back.

I feel we still need to strengthen midfield even with the impending arrival of Simon Vukcevic. although it appeas this fellow can play across the midfield, I think we need a proven PL creative midfielder that can pull the strings going forward. I feel there is no better candidate for this than Niko Kranjcar, he is fast, direct, very good at passing the ball and has a mean pair of shooting boots, and better still it appears Tottenham may let him go for a reasonable fee.

Lastly we desperately need forwards. Probably two. It seems that Raul deal is dead in the water after he decided to stay with Schalke which is a shame as he would definitely have become a fan’s favourite. On the other hand, the deal to bring Vedad Ibisevic to the club is gathering pace, with a bid that has supposedly been made. He seems a very good player, one we have been missing since Santa Cruz’ first season at the club, that being height and strength. Although rumour has it he is currently injured until late September, I feel it would be well worth the risk, and who knows with our excellent medical staff he may be ready sooner than that. However I still feel we need a 20 a season striker to complete the squad, and if Venky’s are true to their word (skeptical) they must spend the big money in order to land him. This player being Papisse Cisse. It is clear we need him, he is scoring for fun in the German Bundesliga and in my opinion easily score the goals we so desperately need.

The other point I wish to make is that upon viewing Rovers games during the summer and in the PL, I am not sure we have got the tactics right just yet, I like that Kean wants his men to play flowing, passing football but the players then seem to forget how to defend. It is none more apparent than against Villa where we would quite happily knock the ball around very nicely but when Villa began to attach we just fell apart and Salgado and young Hanley were exposed far too easily. The midfield for me was the mistake, Dunn, Pedersen and N’Zonzi were, for large periods pedestrian, they lacked any desire to close down the man and help the back-line. Dunn in particular was not good enough, he walked for most of the game before he was pulled off. Petrovic will be a much better midfield engine, freeing up other players to be more attacking.

Anyway just a few thoughts

Up the Blues

Morning BRFC Fans!

After watching Rovers first two games of the season, it makes for slightly worrying viewing. I know that it is ONLY Rovers first two games and there is a long way to go, but the signs so far have been anything but reassuring.

Firstly, it is blatantly apparent as it has been all summer, that we need to make several new signings in order to even be competitive in the league in my opinion.

We need at least two new defenders, one of which should be George John of FC Dallas, which upon checking his performances out on youtube (not that that is much to go by) he seems a very tidy player with all the attributes to be a very useful player. Things to note is that he seems to have a very simple game, cut the ball out, pass it off to another player (harder than it seems for some players) and secondly that he started every game for FC Dallas last season so it appears he avoids injury quite well. I would also be happy with a loan player from one of the bigger clubs, Nedum Onuoha would be my first choice, he is strong, quick and would be adept at Right-back or Centre-back.

I feel we still need to strengthen midfield even with the impending arrival of Simon Vukcevic. although it appeas this fellow can play across the midfield, I think we need a proven PL creative midfielder that can pull the strings going forward. I feel there is no better candidate for this than Niko Kranjcar, he is fast, direct, very good at passing the ball and has a mean pair of shooting boots, and better still it appears Tottenham may let him go for a reasonable fee.

Lastly we desperately need forwards. Probably two. It seems that Raul deal is dead in the water after he decided to stay with Schalke which is a shame as he would definitely have become a fan’s favourite. On the other hand, the deal to bring Vedad Ibisevic to the club is gathering pace, with a bid that has supposedly been made. He seems a very good player, one we have been missing since Santa Cruz’ first season at the club, that being height and strength. Although rumour has it he is currently injured until late September, I feel it would be well worth the risk, and who knows with our excellent medical staff he may be ready sooner than that. However I still feel we need a 20 a season striker to complete the squad, and if Venky’s are true to their word (skeptical) they must spend the big money in order to land him. This player being Papisse Cisse. It is clear we need him, he is scoring for fun in the German Bundesliga and in my opinion easily score the goals we so desperately need.

The other point I wish to make is that upon viewing Rovers games during the summer and in the PL, I am not sure we have got the tactics right just yet, I like that Kean wants his men to play flowing, passing football but the players then seem to forget how to defend. It is none more apparent than against Villa where we would quite happily knock the ball around very nicely but when Villa began to attach we just fell apart and Salgado and young Hanley were exposed far too easily. The midfield for me was the mistake, Dunn, Pedersen and N’Zonzi were, for large periods pedestrian, they lacked any desire to close down the man and help the back-line. Dunn in particular was not good enough, he walked for most of the game before he was pulled off. Petrovic will be a much better midfield engine, freeing up other players to be more attacking.

Anyway just a few thoughts

Up the Blues
DanVan87


burner

says…

10:42am Tue 23 Aug 11

Billypieman wrote:

roverfiftyguy wrote:
After witnessing the cynical dismantling of my beloved BRFC, since the Venkys regime took over, I feel it’s time for not only the Rovers fans to unite, but for the LET to finally listen to it’s infighting readership. These forums have now descended into distracting chaos, with fans simply attacking other’s views with a tirade of personal abuse – behaving like a mutinous crew on a rudderless ship. Whilst the captain (LET) has failed to show leadership in skippering a rapidly sinking vessel. There have been personal attacks on Andy Cryer, basically because Venkys are oblivious and the LET do not appear to be representing the frustrated fans voices. Some have asked, and rightly so, for the LET to conduct big polls such as ‘Should Kean be Sacked?’ and ensure the owners see them. I also feel that the LET has failed to referee and censor warring fans in it’s forums – allowing racist and other unacceptable insults into it’s columns. The legacy of the incredible Jack Walker is heartbreakingly being ripped apart, day by day and it’s time for the LET to take some swift and positive action. I feel the paper owes this to Jack Walker, and to it’s own readership that has purchased the paper over it’s history. Blackburn needs a Premiership football club to help create jobs and the additional revenue a Premier club generates. It’s time for the LET to do it’s bit for the town. Stop the infighting and within your columns by conducting serious polls and – ENSURE THAT VENKYS HEAR THE FANS VIEWS – in India. Otherwise BRFC are set to rapidly plummet through the divisions into oblivion, taking it’s town and it’s proud history with it. Remember LET, that when Venkys’ short reign is ended at Blackburn – as it surely will – the townspeople and fans will still be here to hail those whom helped their beloved football club in their hour of need. Or indeed, disinherit those whom they feel failed in their capacity to do so.

Fantastic post. Over to you Andy Cryer. You are the person who has the capability to make Venkys aware of the feelings of fans. Please get on with it today.

WOW !! Great insight. OK, LT, DO SOMETHING POSITIVE. Do you even know if Kean or Venkeys actually know of our feelings? TELL THEM. An opinion poll is a good start. It’s approaching the end of the morning on the 23rd – MOVE ON IT !!!

[quote][p][bold]Billypieman[/bold] wrote:
[quote][p][bold]roverfiftyguy[/bold] wrote:
After witnessing the cynical dismantling of my beloved BRFC, since the Venkys regime took over, I feel it’s time for not only the Rovers fans to unite, but for the LET to finally listen to it’s infighting readership. These forums have now descended into distracting chaos, with fans simply attacking other’s views with a tirade of personal abuse – behaving like a mutinous crew on a rudderless ship. Whilst the captain (LET) has failed to show leadership in skippering a rapidly sinking vessel. There have been personal attacks on Andy Cryer, basically because Venkys are oblivious and the LET do not appear to be representing the frustrated fans voices. Some have asked, and rightly so, for the LET to conduct big polls such as ‘Should Kean be Sacked?’ and ensure the owners see them. I also feel that the LET has failed to referee and censor warring fans in it’s forums – allowing racist and other unacceptable insults into it’s columns. The legacy of the incredible Jack Walker is heartbreakingly being ripped apart, day by day and it’s time for the LET to take some swift and positive action. I feel the paper owes this to Jack Walker, and to it’s own readership that has purchased the paper over it’s history. Blackburn needs a Premiership football club to help create jobs and the additional revenue a Premier club generates. It’s time for the LET to do it’s bit for the town. Stop the infighting and within your columns by conducting serious polls and – ENSURE THAT VENKYS HEAR THE FANS VIEWS – in India. Otherwise BRFC are set to rapidly plummet through the divisions into oblivion, taking it’s town and it’s proud history with it. Remember LET, that when Venkys’ short reign is ended at Blackburn – as it surely will – the townspeople and fans will still be here to hail those whom helped their beloved football club in their hour of need. Or indeed, disinherit those whom they feel failed in their capacity to do so.[/p][/quote]Fantastic post. Over to you Andy Cryer. You are the person who has the capability to make Venkys aware of the feelings of fans. Please get on with it today.[/p][/quote]WOW !! Great insight. OK, LT, DO SOMETHING POSITIVE. Do you even know if Kean or Venkeys actually know of our feelings? TELL THEM. An opinion poll is a good start. It’s approaching the end of the morning on the 23rd – MOVE ON IT !!!

burner


Always_a_blue

says…

10:44am Tue 23 Aug 11


These contracts are procrastinated as we have no MD, CEO or probably Chief Scout. We have no club doctor so injuries aren’t getting sorted as everyone with any tie to the old regime has been booted out or sworn an oath to the Venky’s. I wouldn’t be surprised if the LET are under a gagging order by the Venky’s. I am even afraid for my post now as anyone who has risen against this lot have dissapeared out of sight!! Shhh, they are watching all of us!!!

The Walkers should be hanging their heads in shame. God bless Jack!!
Always_a_blue


fitz808

says…

10:57am Tue 23 Aug 11

i completely agree with the sentiments to reduce the needlessly antagonistic posts. on the whole, the infighting is down to frustration.
+
but there are untertiones in many of the above posts which suggest that somehow the LET is expected to have a hotline through to venky’s ownership. i thinks it’s unrealistic to expecy venky’s to care more about the LET than it does about other news organisations. i don’t see that andy cryer can do much more than he’s already doing.
+
also, by definition, people are suggesting that venky’s are not already listening to fans’ opinions. they have, on a few occasions, responded directly to concerns. if the response is not what you want to hear, that does not mean it is a lack of response. they have their vision for the club, and we as fans have our own. the perfect storm is for them both to match up, but it cannot always be the case.
+
are the management and owners inexperienced at this level? – i think we can say a resounding yes. however, are they attempting to build something positive? – i would say yes to that too. others clearly feel not. all we can go on is the information to hand, and they have stated a number of times what they want to do with the club. there are attempts occuring in the transfer market, which surpass what has happend in recent years, and they have in essence bought the right to build the club in their vision. some of us will agree and go with it, others won’t. that does not mean that they are not trying.

i completely agree with the sentiments to reduce the needlessly antagonistic posts. on the whole, the infighting is down to frustration.
+
but there are untertiones in many of the above posts which suggest that somehow the LET is expected to have a hotline through to venky’s ownership. i thinks it’s unrealistic to expecy venky’s to care more about the LET than it does about other news organisations. i don’t see that andy cryer can do much more than he’s already doing.
+
also, by definition, people are suggesting that venky’s are not already listening to fans’ opinions. they have, on a few occasions, responded directly to concerns. if the response is not what you want to hear, that does not mean it is a lack of response. they have their vision for the club, and we as fans have our own. the perfect storm is for them both to match up, but it cannot always be the case.
+
are the management and owners inexperienced at this level? – i think we can say a resounding yes. however, are they attempting to build something positive? – i would say yes to that too. others clearly feel not. all we can go on is the information to hand, and they have stated a number of times what they want to do with the club. there are attempts occuring in the transfer market, which surpass what has happend in recent years, and they have in essence bought the right to build the club in their vision. some of us will agree and go with it, others won’t. that does not mean that they are not trying.

fitz808


kazz

says…

10:58am Tue 23 Aug 11


Come on mr cryer its over to you
kazz


Rovers4TenYears

says…

11:14am Tue 23 Aug 11


[quote][p][bold]zappedagain[/bold] wrote:
According to the Mirror (I know) Venkys are at Ewood for tomorrow nights game.
Fans- let’s show ’em what we think of it so far!!![/p][/quote]Please do it in the break but not during the match. It will greatly disturb our players!

Rovers4TenYears


chorleysmat

says…

11:17am Tue 23 Aug 11


i see robarts backing kean in the mirror only because when (please god soon) we get a propper manager he will prob be are new kit guy lol
chorleysmat


chorleysmat

says…

11:21am Tue 23 Aug 11


[quote][p][bold]Rovers4TenYears[/bold] wrote:
[quote][p][bold]zappedagain[/bold] wrote: According to the Mirror (I know) Venkys are at Ewood for tomorrow nights game. Fans- let’s show ’em what we think of it so far!!![/p][/quote]Please do it in the break but not during the match. It will greatly disturb our players![/p][/quote]yeh i agree in the break but we need to all stick together 2moz and get this sorted !!!!!!

chorleysmat


kazz

says…

11:24am Tue 23 Aug 11


Wow, roverfiftyguy what a brilliant article. Lets hope mr cryer can grow some balls and make the fans voice heard
kazz


bluerob

says…

11:25am Tue 23 Aug 11


Great article in the Telegraph by Henry Winter, sums up the situation perfectly.
Really hope somebody in the Venky organisation read it and take it on board

bluerob


Armchair Warrior

says…

11:30am Tue 23 Aug 11


Don’t mean to pour cold water over the above posts but Steve Kean may yet be one of the most sought after premiership managers come next May
Armchair Warrior


A Game of Blue White Halves

says…

11:31am Tue 23 Aug 11


[quote][p][bold]bluerob[/bold] wrote:
Great article in the Telegraph by Henry Winter, sums up the situation perfectly. Really hope somebody in the Venky organisation read it and take it on board[/p][/quote]You can read it on the Salgado article (comment 82) – copied and pasted.

A Game of Blue White Halves


chorleysmat

says…

11:42am Tue 23 Aug 11


[quote][p][bold]Armchair Warrior[/bold] wrote:
Don’t mean to pour cold water over the above posts but Steve Kean may yet be one of the most sought after premiership managers come next May[/p][/quote]you need to start taking your tablets again mate lol !!!

chorleysmat


showbiz

says…

11:46am Tue 23 Aug 11


[quote][p][bold]Armchair Warrior[/bold] wrote:
Don’t mean to pour cold water over the above posts but Steve Kean may yet be one of the most sought after premiership managers come next May[/p][/quote]Steve? Steve? Is that you?

Because NO-ONE else other than you could really believe that’s going to happen.

Total and utter twaddle.
showbiz


Woody Riversider

says…

11:57am Tue 23 Aug 11

DanVan87 wrote:
Morning BRFC Fans!

After watching Rovers first two games of the season, it makes for slightly worrying viewing. I know that it is ONLY Rovers first two games and there is a long way to go, but the signs so far have been anything but reassuring.

Firstly, it is blatantly apparent as it has been all summer, that we need to make several new signings in order to even be competitive in the league in my opinion.

We need at least two new defenders, one of which should be George John of FC Dallas, which upon checking his performances out on youtube (not that that is much to go by) he seems a very tidy player with all the attributes to be a very useful player. Things to note is that he seems to have a very simple game, cut the ball out, pass it off to another player (harder than it seems for some players) and secondly that he started every game for FC Dallas last season so it appears he avoids injury quite well. I would also be happy with a loan player from one of the bigger clubs, Nedum Onuoha would be my first choice, he is strong, quick and would be adept at Right-back or Centre-back.

I feel we still need to strengthen midfield even with the impending arrival of Simon Vukcevic. although it appeas this fellow can play across the midfield, I think we need a proven PL creative midfielder that can pull the strings going forward. I feel there is no better candidate for this than Niko Kranjcar, he is fast, direct, very good at passing the ball and has a mean pair of shooting boots, and better still it appears Tottenham may let him go for a reasonable fee.

Lastly we desperately need forwards. Probably two. It seems that Raul deal is dead in the water after he decided to stay with Schalke which is a shame as he would definitely have become a fan’s favourite. On the other hand, the deal to bring Vedad Ibisevic to the club is gathering pace, with a bid that has supposedly been made. He seems a very good player, one we have been missing since Santa Cruz’ first season at the club, that being height and strength. Although rumour has it he is currently injured until late September, I feel it would be well worth the risk, and who knows with our excellent medical staff he may be ready sooner than that. However I still feel we need a 20 a season striker to complete the squad, and if Venky’s are true to their word (skeptical) they must spend the big money in order to land him. This player being Papisse Cisse. It is clear we need him, he is scoring for fun in the German Bundesliga and in my opinion easily score the goals we so desperately need.

The other point I wish to make is that upon viewing Rovers games during the summer and in the PL, I am not sure we have got the tactics right just yet, I like that Kean wants his men to play flowing, passing football but the players then seem to forget how to defend. It is none more apparent than against Villa where we would quite happily knock the ball around very nicely but when Villa began to attach we just fell apart and Salgado and young Hanley were exposed far too easily. The midfield for me was the mistake, Dunn, Pedersen and N’Zonzi were, for large periods pedestrian, they lacked any desire to close down the man and help the back-line. Dunn in particular was not good enough, he walked for most of the game before he was pulled off. Petrovic will be a much better midfield engine, freeing up other players to be more attacking.

Anyway just a few thoughts

Up the Blues

Very good thoughts too 🙂

Arte et labore

[quote][p][bold]DanVan87[/bold] wrote:
Morning BRFC Fans!

After watching Rovers first two games of the season, it makes for slightly worrying viewing. I know that it is ONLY Rovers first two games and there is a long way to go, but the signs so far have been anything but reassuring.

Firstly, it is blatantly apparent as it has been all summer, that we need to make several new signings in order to even be competitive in the league in my opinion.

We need at least two new defenders, one of which should be George John of FC Dallas, which upon checking his performances out on youtube (not that that is much to go by) he seems a very tidy player with all the attributes to be a very useful player. Things to note is that he seems to have a very simple game, cut the ball out, pass it off to another player (harder than it seems for some players) and secondly that he started every game for FC Dallas last season so it appears he avoids injury quite well. I would also be happy with a loan player from one of the bigger clubs, Nedum Onuoha would be my first choice, he is strong, quick and would be adept at Right-back or Centre-back.

I feel we still need to strengthen midfield even with the impending arrival of Simon Vukcevic. although it appeas this fellow can play across the midfield, I think we need a proven PL creative midfielder that can pull the strings going forward. I feel there is no better candidate for this than Niko Kranjcar, he is fast, direct, very good at passing the ball and has a mean pair of shooting boots, and better still it appears Tottenham may let him go for a reasonable fee.

Lastly we desperately need forwards. Probably two. It seems that Raul deal is dead in the water after he decided to stay with Schalke which is a shame as he would definitely have become a fan’s favourite. On the other hand, the deal to bring Vedad Ibisevic to the club is gathering pace, with a bid that has supposedly been made. He seems a very good player, one we have been missing since Santa Cruz’ first season at the club, that being height and strength. Although rumour has it he is currently injured until late September, I feel it would be well worth the risk, and who knows with our excellent medical staff he may be ready sooner than that. However I still feel we need a 20 a season striker to complete the squad, and if Venky’s are true to their word (skeptical) they must spend the big money in order to land him. This player being Papisse Cisse. It is clear we need him, he is scoring for fun in the German Bundesliga and in my opinion easily score the goals we so desperately need.

The other point I wish to make is that upon viewing Rovers games during the summer and in the PL, I am not sure we have got the tactics right just yet, I like that Kean wants his men to play flowing, passing football but the players then seem to forget how to defend. It is none more apparent than against Villa where we would quite happily knock the ball around very nicely but when Villa began to attach we just fell apart and Salgado and young Hanley were exposed far too easily. The midfield for me was the mistake, Dunn, Pedersen and N’Zonzi were, for large periods pedestrian, they lacked any desire to close down the man and help the back-line. Dunn in particular was not good enough, he walked for most of the game before he was pulled off. Petrovic will be a much better midfield engine, freeing up other players to be more attacking.

Anyway just a few thoughts

Up the Blues[/p][/quote]Very good thoughts too 🙂

Arte et labore
Woody Riversider


Woody Riversider

says…

11:59am Tue 23 Aug 11

fitz808 wrote:
i completely agree with the sentiments to reduce the needlessly antagonistic posts. on the whole, the infighting is down to frustration.
+
but there are untertiones in many of the above posts which suggest that somehow the LET is expected to have a hotline through to venky’s ownership. i thinks it’s unrealistic to expecy venky’s to care more about the LET than it does about other news organisations. i don’t see that andy cryer can do much more than he’s already doing.
+
also, by definition, people are suggesting that venky’s are not already listening to fans’ opinions. they have, on a few occasions, responded directly to concerns. if the response is not what you want to hear, that does not mean it is a lack of response. they have their vision for the club, and we as fans have our own. the perfect storm is for them both to match up, but it cannot always be the case.
+
are the management and owners inexperienced at this level? – i think we can say a resounding yes. however, are they attempting to build something positive? – i would say yes to that too. others clearly feel not. all we can go on is the information to hand, and they have stated a number of times what they want to do with the club. there are attempts occuring in the transfer market, which surpass what has happend in recent years, and they have in essence bought the right to build the club in their vision. some of us will agree and go with it, others won’t. that does not mean that they are not trying.

Great post Fitz808

Arte et labore

[quote][p][bold]fitz808[/bold] wrote:
i completely agree with the sentiments to reduce the needlessly antagonistic posts. on the whole, the infighting is down to frustration.
+
but there are untertiones in many of the above posts which suggest that somehow the LET is expected to have a hotline through to venky’s ownership. i thinks it’s unrealistic to expecy venky’s to care more about the LET than it does about other news organisations. i don’t see that andy cryer can do much more than he’s already doing.
+
also, by definition, people are suggesting that venky’s are not already listening to fans’ opinions. they have, on a few occasions, responded directly to concerns. if the response is not what you want to hear, that does not mean it is a lack of response. they have their vision for the club, and we as fans have our own. the perfect storm is for them both to match up, but it cannot always be the case.
+
are the management and owners inexperienced at this level? – i think we can say a resounding yes. however, are they attempting to build something positive? – i would say yes to that too. others clearly feel not. all we can go on is the information to hand, and they have stated a number of times what they want to do with the club. there are attempts occuring in the transfer market, which surpass what has happend in recent years, and they have in essence bought the right to build the club in their vision. some of us will agree and go with it, others won’t. that does not mean that they are not trying.[/p][/quote]Great post Fitz808

Arte et labore
Woody Riversider


ossyrover1

says…

12:24pm Tue 23 Aug 11


[quote][p][bold]chorleysmat[/bold] wrote:
[quote][p][bold]Armchair Warrior[/bold] wrote:
Don’t mean to pour cold water over the above posts but Steve Kean may yet be one of the most sought after premiership managers come next May[/p][/quote]you need to start taking your tablets again mate lol !!![/p][/quote]sucked in, he is a p1ss taker LOL

ossyrover1


trueblueaccy

says…

12:40pm Tue 23 Aug 11


There won’t be enough supporters on wed to protest – most will vote with there feet by not goin. Its a shame but people won’t pay good money to watch the same **** as last year. If muppet Kean can’t understand that we won’t turn up to watch players that got us in exactly the same position last year then he must go! And whoever comes in to replace him is goin to be left with the same **** + all these last gasp signings that hes being allowed to bring in.
trueblueaccy


adcr

says…

12:43pm Tue 23 Aug 11


i’m 50/50 on either buying a lottery ticket or putting a bet on that by the end of the season rovers will be in the top 8 and kean will still be in charge. i bet its longer odds than winning the national lottery. and with my winnings, i’ll buy the club back, and turn it into a club that is controlled by a supproters consortium (were fans vote on all transfers and hiring and firing decisions). now, nobody need worry anymore.
adcr


BioBlueNWhite

says…

12:45pm Tue 23 Aug 11

I was Ewood for the Wolves game, and Formica looked one of our best players, chasing after balls, good touches etc, I cannot believe he was dropped for Villa game. That is simply bad management.

I question if Salgado, Dunn and Roberts are good enough for the Premier League, all have no pace in the fastest paced league in the world.

It is hard to try and gauge what Venky’s are up to, but a few seasons ago we were looking like we could have gone bankrupt. So whilst I am not going to sit here and criticize them just yet, they must be able to see they have made a terrible mistake employing somebody with no experience or proven track record to manage a Premiership team, in fact I would question if he would even be given the job by a Championship club.

In some ways I feel sorry for him as this will be his last top flight job. I cannot understand what games he watches, every interview he says about taking positives. He is not a natural leader and certainly not a winner, summed up in the quote give to Beeb “The third goal then killed us because once we scored we were in the ascendancy” They scored in the 67 minute, 23 minutes is plenty of time in football.

Loser!

I was Ewood for the Wolves game, and Formica looked one of our best players, chasing after balls, good touches etc, I cannot believe he was dropped for Villa game. That is simply bad management.

I question if Salgado, Dunn and Roberts are good enough for the Premier League, all have no pace in the fastest paced league in the world.

It is hard to try and gauge what Venky’s are up to, but a few seasons ago we were looking like we could have gone bankrupt. So whilst I am not going to sit here and criticize them just yet, they must be able to see they have made a terrible mistake employing somebody with no experience or proven track record to manage a Premiership team, in fact I would question if he would even be given the job by a Championship club.

In some ways I feel sorry for him as this will be his last top flight job. I cannot understand what games he watches, every interview he says about taking positives. He is not a natural leader and certainly not a winner, summed up in the quote give to Beeb “The third goal then killed us because once we scored we were in the ascendancy” They scored in the 67 minute, 23 minutes is plenty of time in football.

Loser!
BioBlueNWhite


Spaced Out

says…

12:50pm Tue 23 Aug 11


I promised my wife a new bespoke kitchen last year but due to outgoings going up and the bank not prepared to give me a loan I’m getting it from BQ.
Oh well!!

Spaced Out


FormbyRover

says…

1:09pm Tue 23 Aug 11


Some of the comments regarding Kean are outrageous. Yes the man is deeply out of his depth and yes I am praying for Hughes to come back but do we have to hope he dies, or gets run over, as some posts today have said ? Like BioBlueNWhite says, this will be his last top level job so you can hardly blame him for hanging on. The problems at Rovers are simply down to Venkys. Football is a results based industry and ours, since Kean took over, have been poor. This is Venkys fault for persevering with the current manager. Please don’t expect Kean to resign. It ain’t going to happen.
FormbyRover


baz58

says…

1:27pm Tue 23 Aug 11


[quote][p][bold]P_Rover[/bold] wrote:
Another lie from Kean – last week he said he was going to Toronto but yesterday it was reported that his father was flying in to finalise the deal??!?!?!? Which is it Kean – what’s going on ?! You cannot help yourself can you??!?! Tell the s*dding truth and stop taking us all for fools.[/p][/quote]To blooming right, tell us truth, you are treating us like idiots, everyday you change your stories, sick of you and venkys.

baz58


Reg Rover

says…

1:31pm Tue 23 Aug 11

Reg Is Banned
The Lancashire Telegraph has banned any paid advertisements for Reg of the Rovers website.
In a draconian act of censorship, Editor Kevin Young has banned “Reg”, despite having advertised since the website was created in December 2010, the telegraph editor has issued instructions that Reg is banned from advertising in the pages of the Blackburn based newspaper.
I have not spoken to the editor directly, his instructions were passed onto me by a member of his advertising staff citing a “conflict of interest” whatever that means?
I have been very critical of the new owners since they took over the club; their running of the club has been met with ridicule from all sections of the media, except the Lancashire Telegraph. My criticism has been echoed by many supporters in addition to the National Press so I am not alone voice. I just want to know what is happening to my beloved Blackburn Rovers.
To emphasise my points I May have gone over the O.T.T. at times but have only reported facts as they have occurred. These are well documented on the “Reg” website.
It is strange that a newspaper should try to gag someone’s opinions, especially in these days when the press itself is objecting to “gagging orders” handed down by high court judges to protect revelations regarding celebrities personal lives, another matter altogether, I have just an opinion that Blackburn Rovers are being very badly run and employ an inadequate manager. On the other hand Mr Young may be acting under pressure on him from within Ewood Park.
If that is the case and I am not saying it is, then the owners are going to need thicker skins if they are to own a Premiership club, soon destined to be a Championship club if Kean remains in charge.
Reg
http://www.regofther
overs.co.uk

Reg Is Banned
The Lancashire Telegraph has banned any paid advertisements for Reg of the Rovers website.
In a draconian act of censorship, Editor Kevin Young has banned “Reg”, despite having advertised since the website was created in December 2010, the telegraph editor has issued instructions that Reg is banned from advertising in the pages of the Blackburn based newspaper.
I have not spoken to the editor directly, his instructions were passed onto me by a member of his advertising staff citing a “conflict of interest” whatever that means?
I have been very critical of the new owners since they took over the club; their running of the club has been met with ridicule from all sections of the media, except the Lancashire Telegraph. My criticism has been echoed by many supporters in addition to the National Press so I am not alone voice. I just want to know what is happening to my beloved Blackburn Rovers.
To emphasise my points I May have gone over the O.T.T. at times but have only reported facts as they have occurred. These are well documented on the “Reg” website.
It is strange that a newspaper should try to gag someone’s opinions, especially in these days when the press itself is objecting to “gagging orders” handed down by high court judges to protect revelations regarding celebrities personal lives, another matter altogether, I have just an opinion that Blackburn Rovers are being very badly run and employ an inadequate manager. On the other hand Mr Young may be acting under pressure on him from within Ewood Park.
If that is the case and I am not saying it is, then the owners are going to need thicker skins if they are to own a Premiership club, soon destined to be a Championship club if Kean remains in charge.
Reg
http://www.regofther
overs.co.uk

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[quote][p][bold]Armchair Warrior[/bold] wrote:
Don’t mean to pour cold water over the above posts but Steve Kean may yet be one of the most sought after premiership managers come next May[/p][/quote]My god, and people say there is no such thing as a ‘Steve Kean Fan-club’.
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I mean look at this comment. It couldn’t be more farcical.
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Greek Bias Against Gays Compounds Debt Crisis Hitting Tourism

Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) — Debt-ravaged Greece’s biggest industry is missing income from a group of visitors that spends more than $140 billion a year.

Gay and lesbian tourists, who for decades flocked to the islands of Mykonos and Lesbos, have removed Greece from their list of top destinations because of discrimination, according to surveys by Amsterdam-based OutNow Consulting. The government says it intends to boost tourism and will change the law so Greece follows France and the U.K. in recognizing same-sex partnerships.

“Rights do not cost much in terms of finances, but they do a lot to promote the countries that adopt them,” said Martin Christensen, co-chairman of ILGA-Europe, a Brussels-based rights group. “If Greece opens marriage to same-sex couples, the international media will for once give the country good press that would boost morale and can increase revenue.”

Tourism accounts for one in five jobs and about 16 percent of the Greek economy, which the European Commission forecasts will shrink 3.8 percent this year after a 4.4 percent contraction in 2010. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Aug. 3 that spending by vacationers will be a main driver of Greece’s return to prosperity.

Spending by non-residents in Greece increased 12.6 percent in the first half of the year compared with the first six months of 2010, the Bank of Greece said Aug. 18. Greece’s debt pile stood at about 43 percent more than the size of the economy.

Timely Law

“Given their propensity to spend a higher share of their wallet on travel and entertainment, then a Greek strategy to appeal to gay visitors is sensible and perhaps timely,” said Bob Witeck, who runs Witeck-Combs Communications, a Washington- based firm advising clients on marketing to gay households.

While the Greek Orthodox church opposes gay marriage, the Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Ministry established in July last year a committee to examine changing existing family law to recognize same-sex civil partnerships.

The group’s report is being studied now and the government aims to introduce legislation allowing the registration of gay relationships, a ministry official said by telephone on Aug. 19, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with policy.

The value of the international gay and lesbian travel market in 2010, based on a survey of 18 countries, was $142 billion, according to the OutNow Global LGBT2020 Study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers.

Not Greece

Greece failed to make the list of the top 10 countries where gay travelers were interested in taking a holiday in the next three years, according to the survey. Athens didn’t appear among the top 20 city destinations.

The U.S., where the District of Columbia and six states, including New York since June, allow same-sex marriage and France, which permits civil unions, and Spain, where gay couples also can marry, were the top three countries. New York, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro, with gay pride events attended by more than 4 million spectators, were the top three cities.

Changing the law to recognize gay and lesbian couples might attract more gay visitors to Greece compared with places such as Turkey, which also doesn’t recognize non-heterosexual relationships, said Gregory Vallianatos, chairman of Greek Helsinki Monitor, the Greek national committee of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights.

Balkans to Nepal

“Allowing same-sex civil partnership in Greece would set the country way above other countries in the Balkans and eastern Mediterranean and would certainly boost gay tourist numbers,” Vallianatos said from his Athens office.

In drafting a new law, Greece would follow tourist destinations as far away as Nepal.

The Supreme Court in the Himalayan country decriminalized homosexuality in 2007, called for the introduction of equal rights for gay and lesbians and asked for the creation of a commission to study same-sex marriages.

“Nepal can earn good income from gay and lesbian visitors as they spend more and travel more frequently than their straight counterparts,” said lawmaker Sunil Babu Pant, who also heads Nepal’s Blue Diamond Society gay rights group. “Gays are also willing to support those countries that are gay-friendly.”

Greece’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture for the first time advertised the Athens Gay Pride this year. The ministry, which didn’t subsidize any of the events, included the “Athens Rainbow Week” in its highlights on the web site of the Greek National Tourism Office.

Pink Pounds

OutNow research based on actual spending shows that in 2006, the first full year of civil partnerships in the U.K., the economy was boosted by 130 million pounds ($212.9 million) from spending on rings, receptions and honeymoons.

It represents “a large and growing pool of new consumer spending which economies such as Greece would do well to position for,” said Ian Johnson, who runs OutNow, which works with the German National Tourism Office, Switzerland Tourism, Madrid Tourism and the Stockholm Visitors Board.

About 75 percent of gay travelers will seek a hotel that welcomes same-sex couples, according to Hannah Burden, spokeswoman for the Thomson, Thomson Cruises and First Choice holiday brands of Tui Travel Plc, the U.K. majority-owned unit of Germany-based Tui AG and Europe’s largest tour operator.

Thomson last year started marketing vacations for gay and lesbian travelers, including wedding packages to the Spanish island of Ibiza. The company uses the GayComfort Certified accreditation system, developed by OutNow and endorsed by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

“There is definitely a segment in the gay community that spends their vacation money on destinations that are supportive of the community,” said John Tanzella, CEO of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based association. Greece “could absolutely increase its revenues,” he said.

–Editors: Rodney Jefferson, Mark Gilbert


GREECE – Factors to Watch on August 23


ATHENS |
Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:30am EDT

ATHENS Aug 23 (Reuters) – Here are news stories, press
reports and events, which may affect Greek financial markets on
Tuesday:

GREEK BANKS MAY POSTPONE RELEASE OF H1 RESULTS DUE TO
ROLLOVER DELAYS

Greek banks are considering postponing the release of their
first-half earnings results until September, due to delays in
finalising the details of the proposed rollover plan for Greek
bonds, financial daily Imerisia reported, citing unnamed
sources.

www.imerisia.gr

GREEK BANKS ASKED TO REPLY ON BOND SWAP BY SEPTEMBER 9

Greek banks which will participate in the IIF’s proposed
rollover plan are expected to notify the Greek government by
September 9 on the amount of their government bond holdings,
daily Kathimerini reported.

www.kathimerini.gr

GREEK COLLATERAL DEALS PUT BAILOUT AT RISK-MOODY’S

Euro zone states seeking collateral for aid to Greece should
think again if they want its bailout to stay on track, a rating
agency said, as one of them said it would only press for such
guarantees as a last resort. [ID:nLDE77M036]

PROTON BANK’S BOND ISSUE TO TAKE PLACE SOON-SOURCE

Small Greek lender Proton Bank’s capital boost via a
convertible bond issue to address a liquidity squeeze will take
place soon, a source at the bank told Reuters on Monday.
[ID:nLDE77M031]

GREEK ECONOMY MAY CONTRACT BY UP TO 5.3 PCT IN 2011

Greece’s economy may contract by up to 5.3 percent this
year, the country’s finance minister projected during a meeting
with social partners on Monday, a labour union official who took
part at the meeting said. [ID:nATH006328]

HELLENIC’S GREEK THESSALONIKI REFINERY RESTARTING

Hellenic Petroleum (HEPr.AT) will restart its Thessaloniki
refinery in Greece on August 24, a source with direct knowledge
of the process said on Monday. [ID:nL5E7JM1EB]

BOOKIES SEE EUROPE STOCKS EXTEND TENTATIVE RALLY

Financial bookmakers expect to see the leading European
benchmark indexes inch higher on Tuesday, adding to their
tentative recovery rally and mirroring small gains on Wall
Street and in Asia. [ID:nLDE77M01Y]
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Indian tourism at risk on debt crisis

The ongoing debt crisis in the US and Europe is expected to impact in-bound tourism into India this season, according to hoteliers and travel companies.
“There is definitely going to be an impact on inbound tourism this season, as it was in 2008. Especially in the case of Europeans

coming to India, as they will start travelling within Europe and take short holidays,” Kuoni Travel India Destination Management India South Asia CEO Dipak Deva said.

There could be at least 8-10% dip in total inbound tourists, especially those coming from the UK, Italy, France and Spain.

The loss, however, will be partly offset by tourists coming from Asian countries such as Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Russia and the Middle East, Deva said.

Usually, foreign tourists visit India during the autumn and winter seasons.

“There was an expectation that global economies would see a recovery in 2011. Unfortunately, this is not happening,” EIH Ltd Chairman PRS Oberoi said.

Recently, ratings agency SP had downgraded the US’s credit rating, while many countries in Europe, including Spain, Italy and Greece, continue to reel under a debt crisis, thereby raising questions over the health of the global economy.

In such a scenario, business travel is likely to be hit more than leisure tourism, industry players pointed out.


Cyprus: Winter sun ideas for 2011-12

With plenty of offers about and operators adding luxurious new hotels, Cyprus looks set for a solid season. Jeannine Williamson reports

Cyprus ticks all the boxes as a winter-sun destination. The sea is warm enough for swimming in November, the average temperature on the coast is 20C in December and the island enjoys an average six hours of sunshine a day.

Sales are hotting up too, with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation reporting that winter 2011-12 bookings are up 29% on last year, despite fierce competition from other winter-sun hotspots.

Cyprus remains Olympic Holidays’ leading winter-sun destination and commercial director Photis Lambrianides expects winter bookings to benefit from the fallout of the recent unrest in North Africa and the Middle East.

Winter prospects

“There’s every likelihood people will turn to a traditional favourite like Cyprus for their winter-sun break this year,� he says. “Cyprus is a long-established and steady destination and I expect it to perform well in 2011-12, with good initiatives by hoteliers continuing from summer and prices being pegged.�

Cosmos product manager Gemma Carroll is also positive about Cyprus bookings, even though she believes it can struggle against other winter-sun destinations such as the Canaries on account of its slightly lower temperatures for some of the winter months.

“The winter market is definitely up on the same time last year, although with people now tending to book much closer to departure it’s too early to predict how it will end up,� she says.

“In general, we expect the majority of bookings to come in the shoulder periods, such as October, November and March, and anticipate it will be driven by the couples market more than the family market.�

One challenge, notes Alexis Josephides, Sunvil’s programme director, is that reduced airlift, particularly to Paphos, has led to fewer hotels remaining open. The majority of Sunvil’s available beds in the winter are in small family-owned hotels, inns and villas.

“For years the CTO has tried to market Cyprus as a winter-sun destination but with limited success,� he adds. “It’s worth noting, though, that Cyprus has a long summer season compared with the likes of Greece, Spain and Portugal, with many properties still counting September and the first half of October as peak months.�

Operator news

Prestige Holidays has added the all-suite, adults-only Asimina Suites in Paphos for the winter. Facilities include three pools, spa, tennis, gym and restaurants, and Prestige offers include complimentary half-board for arrivals between October 15-31.

Guests can take the plunge at the five-star Columbia Beach Resort and sister property Columbia Beachotel in Pissouri Bay on the southwest coast. This winter the two hotels are launching packages featuring the new onsite diving centre, Kembali Diving, due to open in November 2011.

Guests, including children aged 10 and above, will be able to take part in a range of diving activities suitable for complete beginners to experienced divers, gain Padi certification and go on wreck dives. Half-day introduction courses start at £48 and there are preferential room rates for guests booking three or four-day diving packages.

With bad weather highly unlikely to stop play, Cyprus is a golfer’s paradise where players can tee off throughout the winter. New for this year is Elea Golf Club, a 71-par course just outside Paphos that was designed by Nick Faldo.

Visitors can pit their wits against Faldo’s ‘Mediterranean Masterpiece’ on the new winter golfing packages on offer from the five-star Almyra hotel in Paphos. The packages include two rounds of golf at Elea, two rounds at the well-established InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort, taxi transfer to the courses, packed lunches and a restorative massage in the hotel spa. The package leads in at £530, excluding accommodation. For golfing widows, or non-players, there are spa packages from £140.

The Elea course and Minthis Hills Golf Club are both new to Cyplon’s winter programme and the operator is also offering reduced green fees, a free spa treatment and 14 nights for the price of 10 at Aphrodite Hills.

Cyplon has introduced several properties this winter including the rural Avalon Village House outside Limassol, leading in at £428, and the boutique-style Library Hotel Wellness Retreat in Kalavassos village from £752.

Moreover, golfers flying with Aegean Airlines on its twice-daily Heathrow-Larnaca service can check in one golf bag for free on top of their 20kg bag allowance.

Flight news

Monarch this summer started scheduled flights to Paphos from Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester, with up to 11 flights a week, in addition to existing services to Larnaca from Birmingham, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester. Flights to Larnaca also operate during the winter. All flights are available to book until October 2012.

Price check

Cyprus is not the cheapest of destinations, and some agents report that selling the destination can be a tough call with consumers keeping a close eye on their holiday spending.

“I have been there and I love it, but when you have places like Egypt, Turkey and Greece going so cheap it’s very hard to push as people are price conscious at the moment and the prices are quite high,� says Kimberley Marshall, assistant manager at The Co-operative Travel in Eastleigh.

“I would say the quality in Cyprus is far higher than the likes of Greece and Spain but you do pay for it.�

Neil Jones, senior travel consultant at Westgate Travel in Mid-Glamorgan, says: “People are worried that it’s a lot more expensive than places like Greece and Turkey.� However, he points to the market for long-stay winter holidays as one area where the island has long excelled.

“The year-round sunshine is a massive bonus and hotels offer great rates for long stays from November to March,� he adds.


British holidaymakers flock to USA

Holidays to the United States are in increasing demand from British tourists due to the pound’s steady gains versus the dollar, says Bolton-based Travel Counsellors.

The firm is also reporting a surge in bookings for the duration of the 2012 London Olympics, as Britons look to escape the busy Games period.

Travel Counsellors, which employs a network of more than 700 home-based sales agents around the UK, said competitive air fares as well as sterling’s modest rise over the past 12 months have led to the US becoming more popular for summer family holidays this year.

The US jumped from fourth spot to be the second favourite destination for Travel Counsellors customers who booked and travelled in July, behind firm leader Spain.

Turkey dropped from second to third place but Travel Counsellors boss Steve Byrne said UK tourists were still finding good value there due to a 30 per cent rise in the value of the pound against the Turkish lira over the past year. Italy and Greece made up the top five destinations for departures in July.

Travel Counsellors reported a surge in the number of late bookings, with a 23 per cent rise in reservations in July for travel that month and an increase of 18 per cent for August so far.

Mr Byrne said: “People are still being cautious with their spending and are clearly holding on to their money for longer. However, holidays are still high on the list of priorities for the British public and are often the last thing they will want to give up.”

The average spend has remained at just over £2,000 per holiday despite the tough economic climate, he added.

Meanwhile Travel Counsellors said it has seen an surge in getaway bookings over the duration of the 2012 Olympics compared with the same period this year.

It said bookings over the past month to depart between July 27 and September 9 next year have risen 20 per cent compared with those placed in 2010 for this year.

The US is the most popular destination followed by Turkey and Cyprus.



John to Blackburn transfer moving closer to completion

George John

AMSTERDAM — FC Dallas defender George John has been allowed to leave the club to sort out his paperwork ahead of a potential move to Blackburn Rovers, MLSsoccer.com has learned. John is currently on a roundabout trip to Greece and England that could eventually lead to a move to the English Premier League side.

“The fee has been agreed in principle,” John’s agent, Theodore Philipakos, told MLSsoccer.com on Monday. “We haven’t negotiated personal terms with Blackburn. Dallas and MLS have allowed him to travel, and we’re taking steps toward that.”

John, 24, is a dual citizen of the United States and Greece. He is due to arrive in Athens on Tuesday with his agent in order to obtain a Greek identification card for use in his UK work permit registration.

FCD, however, emphasized that the deal is not completed yet.

“George flew to Greece [on Monday] to take care of passport issues,” FCD president and CEO Doug Quinn confirmed in a statement. “We are talking to Blackburn about a possible transfer, but no deal is finalized at this time.”

Once John receives the proper documentation, he will head to Ewood Park for contract talks with Rovers, provided there is basis for a deal.

Since being picked 14th in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, John has worked 68 regular-season contests for FC Dallas. He became a first-choice center back in 2010 and started the MLS Cup final last November, which FCD lost to the Colorado Rapids.

Based on his strong performances, John was called into US national team last December, but an injury ruled him out. An injury also kept him from accepting a June call-up to the Greek national team.

Should he join Blackburn, the Seattle-area native would become the fifth American to suit up for the club, following in the footsteps of Brad Friedel, Jermaine Jones, Jemal Johnson and David Yelldell. John would also become the second MLS veteran in Rovers’ back line, joining captain and former D.C. United man Ryan Nelsen.


What I Did (and Didn’t Do) On My Summer Vacation

As a child growing up in Greece, my favorite poem was “Ithaca” by the Greek poet Cavafy. My sister Agapi and I recited it long before we could properly pronounce the words or understand its meaning. It begins:

When you set out on the voyage to Ithaca,
Pray that your journey may be long,
full of adventures, full of knowledge.

Some of my happiest moments came through travel. I still remember the excitement of my first trip out of Athens — a visit to Paris when I was 11 — and the indelible memory of my first taste of the world outside my homeland. And I have the most amazing memories of my first trip to America, when I was 16, as part of a program called the Experiment in International Living, and of my time, a year later, studying comparative religion at Visva-Bharati University, outside Calcutta.

Today, much further on in my own life’s journey, I have a fuller sense of the rich wisdom of Cavafy’s lines. And the long journeys that carry us toward our own Ithacas don’t necessarily have to be long ones. There are adventures and knowledge to be found very close to home — actually, without even leaving home. Maybe it’s because I travel so much for work but, for all the allure of distant and exotic places, there is still something even more magnetic to be discovered in my own backyard.

Even before The Great Recession, “staycation” — which the New York Times called a “tarted-up pseudoword” — captured something real: our collective realization that adventure and discovery don’t have to involve boarding a plane. And that there is no correlation between the recharging benefits of a vacation and miles traveled.

Maybe it’s the rushed, hyper-connected, always-on aspect of our lives that has led us to appreciate the joys of unplugging and recharging at home. And there’s no better time than these waning days of summer to redefine travel by pausing, reflecting, and looking around our homes and hometowns with fresh eyes before we gear up with our next big travel plan taking us to a faraway land.

A fun way to start is by buying a guidebook for the place you live (and, of course, checking out your local Patch). You’ll be surprised at the number of amazing local destinations you never knew about, the landmarks you see every day but never visit because you’ve always dismissed them as tourist traps or have seen them so much you no longer give them a second look. And, though it may sound strange if you are not going anywhere, go ahead and set a budget for your time off — and enjoy the satisfaction of realizing your vacation money goes a lot further when you don’t have to spring for plane tickets and hotels.

Part of the benefit of a vacation comes from breaking routine, getting out of habits, and experiencing the world around us in a new way. The essence of travel is not found in the number of stamps in our passports — to really travel is to better understand a place through exploration and effort.

As an added benefit to exploring near home, there’s no threat of lines, delays, TSA workers grabbing your junk, or the myriad inconveniences of air travel like having an Airbus 330 grounded for 5 hours due to a stowaway mouse.

This summer, with all of HuffPost’s new launches and international expansions, I’ve had no time for a “traditional” vacation. So I created my own vacation here at home, with weekend massages, facials, yoga classes, and explorations of my new neighborhood.

I realized, for example, that I live just blocks from the High Line, New York’s magnificent park set on a former elevated train track. Or, tucked away on a small street, the Cherry Lane Theatre, where I just saw a beautiful new play, Manipulation. Then, Cafe Cluny, where I discovered the best pistachio ice cream (with real, whole pistachios inside) — better than any pistachio gelato in Capri.

Just around the corner from HuffPost’s new office is the legendary McSorley’s Old Ale House, which did not admit women until 1970, and whose gas lamp chandelier was covered with World War I-era dust until April, when the city’s health department demanded that it be cleaned off.

I made a conscious effort to see my home neighborhood with fresh eyes and those nuggets of rich local history were my immediate reward.

All in all, my travel-less vacation has left me with more time to unplug and recharge, meditate, and enjoy one of my favorite things: piling up all my work and staying in bed on a Sunday morning, making calls and answering emails. It’s a quiet reminder that when it comes to travel, the journey to knowledge and adventure need not be long.

For more unique, informative and inspirational takes on travel both on the home front and abroad — both redefined and traditional — be sure to check out HuffPost Travel, Gadling, and, for great deals and to book a trip, AOL Travel.

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