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The Sir Roy Gardner Era: Pilgrims – from bad to worse!

Plymouth Argyle and Home Park Properties have been handed a winding up order by HM Revenues and Customs relating to unpaid taxes. The club recorded a £2.8m loss in the last financial year, caused mainly by rising wage bills and falling attendances which in turn has been caused by poor performances by the Pilgrims. The club has until 8th of December to pay the unpaid taxes or face going into administration. Sir Roy Gardner and the shareholders came in with big promises, but instead has led Plymouth into severe financial trouble. This is not the first time that Plymouth have been handed a winding up order, just over twelve months ago they faced the same situation. Initially I thought that Gardner and new board would be good for the club but it seems that isn’t the case, Plymouth have gone backwards financially and competitively; can Plymouth survive this?

England and Australia started the 2010/11 Ashes test series in anger on Wednesday. England were limited to 260 all out on the first day; Ian Bell and Allistair Cook top scored with 76 and 67 respectively. Peter Siddle was hero of the day for the Australians claiming six wickets for 54 runs. 260 runs was always considered a low score on a pitch that favoured the batsmen. England started reasonably well with the ball, reducing the Aussies to 143 – 5 but then came the Hussey and Haddin show, their partnership added 307 to the total before both Haddin and Hussey fell in a matter of overs. England just had to clear up the tail, eventually bowling out the Aussies for 481 giving the home side a first innings lead of 221 runs. England came out to bat for the remaining hour of day three, the intention now is for England to play for a draw and that was obvious as Andrew Strauss and Cook played blocking shot after blocking shot! England captain Strauss realises that winning this game is almost impossible; their only hope is to play defensively to see out the first test. I make no bones in saying that Australia are the better team in the first test, if England get away with a draw they can count themselves immensely lucky in my opinion!

Sarah Palin who said recently that she could win the next presidential elections after the recent republican gains thanks to the tea party movement has made a gaff of George W proportions. The former Alaskan governor said and I quote “Obviously, we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies.” when being quizzed by radio show host Glenn Beck about the issues in Korea. I really hope that she doesn’t get elected president; if she does I hope to get myself and family back to the UK before that happens. I would love to see Obama serve another term but I am a realist!

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