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  1. What are you listening to?

  2. Your unpopular opinion about Chelsea

    THE STORY OF THE POPPY The inspiration behind the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance. In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance. HISTORY OF THE POPPY During the First World War (1914–1918) much of the fighting took place in Western Europe. Previously beautiful countryside was blasted, bombed and fought over, again and again. The landscape swiftly turned to fields of mud: bleak and barren scenes where little or nothing could grow. Bright red Flanders poppies (Papaver rhoeas) however, were delicate but resilient flowers and grew in their thousands, flourishing even in the middle of chaos and destruction. In early May 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lt Col John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. McCrae’s poem inspired an American academic, Moina Michael, to make and sell red silk poppies which were brought to England by a French woman, Anna Guérin. The (Royal) British Legion, formed in 1921, ordered 9 million of these poppies and sold them on 11 November that year. The poppies sold out almost immediately and that first ever 'Poppy Appeal' raised over £106,000; a considerable amount of money at the time. This was used to help WW1 veterans with employment and housing. The following year, Major George Howson set up the Poppy Factory to employ disabled ex-Servicemen. Today, the factory and the Legion's warehouse in Aylesford produces millions of poppies each year. The demand for poppies in England was so high that few were reaching Scotland. Earl Haig's wife established the 'Lady Haig Poppy Factory' in Edinburgh in 1926 to produce poppies exclusively for Scotland. Over 5 million Scottish poppies (which have four petals and no leaf unlike poppies in the rest of the UK) are still made by hand by disabled ex-Servicemen at Lady Haig's Poppy Factory each year and distributed by our sister charity Poppyscotland. THE POEM IN FLANDERS FIELDS In Flanders' fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders' fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe; To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high, If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders' Fields. The poppy is A symbol of Remembrance and hope Worn by millions of people Red because of the natural colour of field poppies The poppy is NOT - A symbol of death or a sign of support for war - A reflection of politics or religion - Red to reflect the colour of blood - Wearing a poppy is a personal choice and reflects individual and personal memories. It is not compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those it helps – our beneficiaries: those currently serving in our Armed Forces, veterans, and their families and dependants.
  3. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Genuine question. Surely he can't have been playing anywhere near as badly for Monaco last season. He must have had something to persuade the club to splash out for him? Looking at last summer's other two major signings, despite the recent dip in form, I feel that Morata has the potential to be a world class striker, while Rudiger is at the very least a solid defender, who undoubtedly offers something to the side. Bakayoko on the other hand, far from showing signs of settling in, has regressed, bypassing any settling in period, last night's performance being a 30 minute disaster of epic proportions. So with a little benefit of the doubt, assuming that there is an at least competent player in there somewhere, struggling in vain to get out, is it possible that Conte's training methods and/or treatment of Bakayoko have led to this latest low point? Bakayoko himself must know that he's been poor at best for most of the season, and so he might even be wondering why he continues to keep a place in the starting lineup. On a more general note, last night's game - or more accurately the last two games, need to be the low point of the season. From here on the only way is up. It has to be, otherwise I think we can all say so long Antonio.
  4. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Here's how a loan deal makes sense to me. Firstly, it's fairly apparent that Conte doesn't rate him, so with Morata fit (and sometimes even not), gametime will be limited. If he does turn out to be a regular starter at Dortmund, then it should do him a world of good, and all being well, he'll come back a better player. Just look what a spell in the Bundeslega did for Andreas Christensen. By the same token, Conte not rating the player takes the pressure off Morata. As long as he's fit/not suspended, he's a pretty much nailed on starter. Furthermore, loaning Batman frees up a place for Giraud, who has a wealth of Premiership experience, should make an effective impact sub at the very least, and I dare say, could well put pressure on Morata, who as a further added bonus, might well learn something of playing as a Premiership striker from Giraud. Having said all that, I'd be very much against selling Batshuayi outright.
  5. Who would you take over Andy Carroll?

    My ever so good self. At 61 years of age, arthritic and asthmatic with a dodgy knee, I'd be every bit as capable of laying on a treatment table, or even sitting on the substitute's bench as would Wor Andy. Besides which, I haven't got a daft ponytail or a Geordie accent. Come on Chelsea, what are you waiting for!
  6. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    I've always thought of "Millwall with money" as more of a compliment than an insult.
  7. Ethan Ampadu

    Chelsea's youngest ever full international, played 30 minutes for Wales last night.
  8. Danny Drinkwater

    Chris Sutton ruined his Chelsea and England career by being sh*te.
  9. Thanks for the info. I'd heard of the Erskine Appeal but didn't know of its origins. The Rangers badge arrived yesterday, and in common with the Chelsea Poppy, the actual thing looks far better than the image. In retrospect, it's not surprising that the official Rangers Poppy badges had sold out, next time I'll make sure to order in plenty of time. I will however, be buying my Christmas Cards from the Poppy Shop, probably a Bargain Box of 50 cards for £8.99 and a pack of Christmas Truce 1914 cards.
  10. I'd been looking for a Rangers Poppy Shop badge, but have just discovered that they were only available from Poppy Shop Scotland, which to my eternal shame, I didn't even know existed. So instead I bought one of these from eBay:
  11. I shall say this only once. You pal are either on a windup or you're a f**kwit. Or maybe both.
  12. César 'Dave' Azpilicueta

    "That guy's a nutter"
  13. Mine arrived this morning, so there's still time to order in time for Remembrance Sunday. As it happens, I was on the phone the Poppy Shop this morning, ordering catalogues for elderly friends and relatives who aren't online. There are of course many alternatives to the Chelsea FC Poppy Pin, including the Passchendaele 100 Collection, which have been selling like hot cakes, or from one of the many other Collections (including the Christmas Collection) available from the Poppy Shop. Finally. a big thankyou is due on behalf of the British Legion to all those who have ordered or are about to order from the Poppy Shop.
  14. I've just bought a Chelsea FC Poppy Lapel Pin from poppyshop.com, which for anyone who doesn't know, is the official Royal British Legion onine charity shop. Only £2.99 plus VAT and P&P, a truly excellent way of showing your support for the Royal British Legion and for the club, you can get yours here: Poppy Shop Chelsea FC Poppy Lapel Pin

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