Tragic events in Paris

Friday’s post has been removed following the tragic events in Paris on Friday evening.

97 Responses to Tragic events in Paris

  1. Red Arnie says:

    Right decision, Rasp. Stay safe everyone. 😦

  2. Inde says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris

  3. chas says:

    No words

  4. Red Arnie says:

    I think the game should be played. Never give in to cowardly acts of violence.

  5. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thanks for taking post down Rasp.

  6. Eddie says:

    I just got up – what happened??!!

  7. Eddie says:

    Oh no, just read the news…….

  8. stevepalmer1 says:

    Although this is a tragic happening, make no mistake this is not the first attack and it definitely will not be the last. This is what happens when you show a helping hand for a people that need help, only to get your own people murdered.

    A mass exodus from these countries into Europe was always on the cards for disaster. Religion of course does not kill people, but that is the sole reason for these deaths. People kill people but it stems from Mosques and and we allow the building of these these places which should be stopped.

    Of course you can stop all building of these religious buildings but you still cannot stop radicallisation it will rear its ugly head where ever it can.

    Many European’s will die of that i am certain, Britain have had its own terrorist’s and i expect many more. You can show as much as you can Humanity aid and help, but you will eventually bring your own problems. Expect to be withdrawing many future posts, as this will not be the last tragedy.

  9. Eddie says:

    This only shows how good is the British intelligence. Someone in the know told me that more than one attack a month is prevented in this country

    Steve – I’m a Catholic. The IRA are catholics. I’m not a terrorist. This country helped me and I’m forever grateful. We cannot stop helping people, it’s our human duty to look after those in need

  10. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning Eddie, As i said Religion does not kill people, People kill people. If you want to help people you help them in their own countries, Aid supplies protection, Never allow a mass exodus, that should never happen. especially in situations like these. Controlling your borders is the only way to protect your own people. At the end of the day whatever happens in other parts of the world, you must always protect yourselves first.

  11. Big Raddy says:

    Shocking events in Paris.

    None of us has the answer to a tiny minorities hatred.

    What say we keep the blog focussed on football? Please. (or cat in a box vids etc)

  12. Shubham says:

    Hi All, the incidents in Paris yesterday are really tragic. It is one city I have visited and have fond memories of. The similarity of the events with the one in Mumbai (November 2008) is striking. 8-10 armed people, get in, start the carnage from busy restaurants and cafes, then move into larger public places. Coordinated attacks, shooting indiscriminately and taking hostages and blowing oneself to avoid arrest. In India, we call such people Fidayeen (someone willing to die). Here we have witnessed such massacres numerous times. Brainwashed folks from Pakistan enter through our porous borders and execute unimaginable horror in the name of religion/state etc. In your part of the world, hardened terrorists from the crucible of death (the Middle East) is unleashing mayhem. With the surge in migrants from Syria and other countries, god only knows how many Fidayeens are entering Europe. It will be impossible to keep a track on all such elements, and frankly no intelligence unit can. So don’t be surprised if these incidents happen again. Stay alert.

    I pray for all innocent people who lost their lives. May god give their families strength. I wonder what will it take to have peace on this planet….

  13. Sav from Australia says:

    Hey guys, hope everyone is safe and well. I saw the news this morning and it was surreal. The State de France for goodness sake.

    Veterans Today, an intelligence clearinghouse website, is posing that it is a false flag operation. Its really sad to see the trouble that has been brought down on Europe this year. Its even more sad that this ‘divide and rule’ strategy is so successful.

    @Steve Palmer
    Hey Steve, if you want to know about why border controls have not worked and a million people randomly turned up in Germany this year, I recommend:

    Nikolai Starikov explains Europe’s refugee crisis:

  14. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all,
    I watched the England game last night, and felt that the Spanish team was a little like watching Beyern against us. Their was a vast difference in the two styles, Spain was a controlled team of players who looked to have all the time in the world. Even so they only scored 2 goals and it has to be said spectacular goals they were. The best team won on the night, and if they played again in a months time, i have no doubts they would win again.

    England defended in numbers, they did defend well, but when they did gain possession they had little time on the ball and Spain again took over.

    Englands 15 game without losing came to an abrupt end, England did have a number of chances but bad finishing was punished. Spain controlled the game from the start and England parked the bus. Joe Hart was to blame for one of the goals a bad kick out led to Spain’s second goal. Their first goal was from a Fabregas chipped cross, and the recipient, with his back to goal made a fantastic connection and had Joe Hart wrong footed as it flew into England’s goal, he laid on the ground similar to Charlie George and took the adulation from his team mates, a truly spectacular goal.

    England it has to be said were second best at everything, rushed from the start by a side who had complete control, out played by a better side, they showed England how to finish in front of goal, when to take their chances and how to execute the finish.

    England showed last night that they have a long way to go if they want to be successful, yes they had a few injuries when don’t we, but in all honesty well beaten on the night.

    England have done well now, but now we are starting to see the teams that usually win these competitions, and sadly last night we were not at the races.

  15. MickyDidIt89 says:

    As the author of yesterdays post containing my longstanding petty family grievances, and also as someone who does believe in censorship, can I say that I do agree with whoever (Rasp?) took it down.

    In the name of appropriate behaviour, respect, decency and simply timing

  16. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Is it ok today to be nameist?

    I think it is. The object being Dwayne. Two days’ ago, a skip turns up. Good. Yesterday a man to start filling it. Good. So this morning Dwayne thinks it’s ok to rock up at 7:30 to fill it with shit from another job then bugger off. Noisy shit too. Like chucking in sinks and bogs.

    I now have five teenagers in foul moods

    Cheers Dwayne

  17. stevepalmer1 says:

    Thank you Sav, very educational. And very true.

  18. Big Raddy says:

    That is strange.

    I recall a few years ago that we had one of those enormous skips to fill with building rubbish from a house we were renovating. Within an hour it was full of other people’s rubbish.

    I investigated further and found an envelope at the bottom of the detritus – it was addressed to :

    Dwayne McShitehawk

    Clearly this bloke devotes his life to filling other people’s skips

  19. Rasp says:

    Morning Micky, I’ve emailed you.

  20. Eddie says:

    Micky – don’t feel bad about your post, it was brilliant and had nothing to do with what happened in Paris.

    Why 5 teenagers? I thought you only had 1 son ☺

  21. Baggy Pants says:

    There is a top Post on the current problem in Paris on Arseblog.

  22. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “don’t feel bad about your post”
    It’s just dawned on me that “removed post” has received more comments than post itself

    Do you want to know exactly what I think about you lot? 🙂

  23. MickyDidIt89 says:

    As for you Mr Oversized Underpants, I have not dealt with you disrespecting my family heritage. YET 🙂

  24. kelsey says:

    You can’t fight a hidden enemy,practically impossible, but you can install CCTV which really should now be of upmost importance in Paris.

  25. Micky, yes it is a trifle irritating when one’s skip is filled with other people’s rubbish, but look at it another way, the rubbish deposited in your skip may otherwise have been dumped elsewhere to the detriment of the neighbourhood. So you can congratulate yourself on doing a public service.

    I’m thinking of asking Dave, Mr. Cameron to all those Socialists out there, to put your name forward for an Honour in recognition of your selfless services to your community. Well done Micky.

  26. kelsey says:

    You can fight this enemy by stopping letting all and sundry into Europe without having a clue who they are. As for the home grown terrorists we need to stop pandering to these people. If they want to live in Western society live like we do and respect our values if you want Sharia Law and to follow the backwards teachings of Islam to an Islamic country. This they won’t do as they wont get the free housing and benefits.

    bollox I will keep talking to myself 😉

  27. chas says:

  28. VCC says:

    Well said Kelsey. I will not elaborate, and give my views, as my post will probably be deleted.

    Tip of the iceberg.

  29. chas says:

    Right, perhaps best if I stay away for a few days.

  30. One more for the list, Corbyn attended Michael Meacher’s funeral wearing a red tie and with a rolled up newspaper stuffed in his jacket pocket. He was photographed alongside Ed Milliband and even managed to make dear old Ed look smart.

  31. Rasp says:

    Guys, nobody’s posts have been deleted. We sincerely hope that will not be necessary. We have a responsibility to protect the integrity of the site and to ensure that we do not allow offensive content.

    The events of yesterday will polarise opinion. This is a simple football blog not a political forum. We have a laugh, we talk footie bollix and we make friends.

  32. Gööner In Exile says:

    Afternoon all, horrible events in Paris, no one deserves that, but I am as saddened by the reactions of some on here.

    It is not about refugees or asylum seekers it is about a group of fundamentalists managing to convince young people that they are in a bad situation because of someone else, and also that they are a persecuted faith.

  33. Well said Rasp, let’s ALL keep politics off the blog.

  34. Red Arnie says:

    I’m glad the international game is going to go ahead. Usually, I care little about international friendlies. But I will be watching this one.

  35. GunnerN5 says:

    I’ve limited my comments on AA , and will continue to do so,due to a few other bloggers who are as flaky as a bar of Cadburys chocolate.

    But today is a sad day so I choose to comment.

    The free world is once again turned on its end due to the actions of a smallish group of radical fanatics who need to be obliterated and fortunately many of the free world countries are actively involved in that pursuit.

    Here in Canada we are blessed to live in a society where all ilks of religion, race, sex and/or politics are not just tolerated but are an intricate and deeply involved/integrated part of Canadian life – and that’s just the way I like it (and want) it to stay.


  36. Big Raddy says:

    Well said Rasp,

    As we old Gooners say, Victory through Harmony

  37. Aaron says:

    All I am going to say is I totally feel for the people of France today, and everywhere else in the world that is touched by these acts!

  38. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “Right, who’s for a bracing walk. It’s great out there. 40mph winds, driving rain, leaves everywhere. Come on. Let’s go”

    I walked alone. Love weather I do.

  39. Eddie says:

    I walked the dogs in the dark, in the rain in the woods, fantastic.
    The old german sheppard sweeps all the leaves with her tail making lovely shish shish noise

    Came back drenched, cold, ready for stuffed marrow.

  40. Gööner In Exile says:

    Simple pleasures indeed Micky and Eddie. Me and George took the dog for a walk, not so windy here but a bit wet. Doesn’t stop G he wanted to stay out and play with his diggers or go for a bike ride. I had to bribe him in.

    Quite a good day until I was getting him ready for bed he patted my chest and said “you got boobies” to which I said what and he replied “me not got boobies”. Now I should be shocked at the use of the word boobies, I have no idea where he picked that up. But I am more annoyed that I apparently have them. May be time for some bike rides.

  41. Eddie says:

    Ha ha ha ĢiE☺ I will leave the bike but to micky. As for children picking up expressions – i watched a cartoon where one character called another “smelly old witch” !!!! I was genuinely shocked, no wonder kids have no respect for their elders

  42. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening all, It seems that the tragedies that happen in the world has stopped people from conversing, I am one that feels the pain of others, but even so life carries on, If we all feel that politics and fanaticism is not to be talked about, then i advise people to stay away from the news. Having said that if we do nothing and say nothing and hide in our shell , then the people who have contrived all these atrocities have got one over us.

    Fighting against terrorism especially when they are faceless is almost impossible, Not going to the theatre or any pubic gathering is probably the safest way to go, but why should we.

    Everybody knows, that allowing people into the countries on face value has been a very stupid act, but when your ruled by other countries its very difficult to get the right people to blend with our societies.

    Now a people that has different religions to the parent countries they are entering, They want to amalgamate with the people, they want safety and they want homes. Many will need the charities of those countries while they settle, but not many will want to join the society they have entered . They will still follow the religion they have fled from they will want their children brought up the same as their parents was and they will not abide by the laws of the country.

    The parent country language will only be used to make themselves understood but will revert straight away back to their own language as soon as possible.

    Every thousand refugees a country takes in, will include ten trained assassins who will create mayhem, and murder as many as they can before they blow you and your family and then themselves..

    We need to know where these refugee’s get a thousand pounds to pay for their passage which is just a mask to let these assassins by pass the system that is not in place.

    for the people that really need help, help them in their own countries, bring them here and end up regretting every single one of them,

    We need that Referendum now, not later, we need to be in total control of our own country and Migration needs to stop now, until people can prove to all, that they can be considered.

    Doing nothing, saying nothing is totally the wrong way to go, banning and guarding our borders is as important now as it was in wartime, the thing then was we knew our enemy. If we are not sure ban them all take no chances at all.

  43. Eddie says:

    Stevo – 500 Syrian civilians are killed every week for the past 4 years.

    Now back to leaves – I’m going to kill my white and blue wisteria. It sheds too many leaves and it’s the wrong colour. Unless someone wants it?

  44. stevepalmer1 says:

    I have wisteria Eddie the buggers never flower, why not.

  45. stevepalmer1 says:

    Who gives out those figures, Eddie

  46. Eddie says:

    wisteria is all about pruning at the right time the right twigs. mine is full of flowers, ugly colours (THFC) but incredible scent

    news agencies steve – 210,000 killed in 4 years, more than half civilians, at least. We are not really allowed to talk politics on this blog, but you ask yourself a question steve – why are the americans and Europeans bombing arab countries, yet the longest and most bloody wars are in Africa and nobody gives 2 hoots about it. I will help you, 1 reason is oil.

    one of the best films I have ever seen – “The Crying Game” on TV

  47. Gööner In Exile says:

    One of the best I have seen “Hotel Rwanda” based on a book called “An Ordinary Man”. One scene in that movie made me pause the film and me and Mrs Exile needed about ten/fifteen minutes to compose ourselves before continuing. But watching that film would make anyone with a heart re consider their views on asylum seekers and refugees.

    The old saying stands true today “one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter”, one of the most important men of the modern era was such a person, and his funeral was televised around the world, and attended by world leaders who would have had serious questions to answer had they not attended.

  48. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Whoa Exile

    Assuming you are referring to Mandela, then that is plain wrong.

    There are no parallels whatsoever between ISIS and the ANC even back before the ANC adopted unarmed resistance which finally prevailed.

    Sorry, but some things need to be corrected

  49. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Shit and bugger. Did not want to have to make a comment like that, as I was about to try and lure Chas back 😦

  50. Eddie says:

    I had a conversation recently about best films and I said: “most of my favourite films were made about horses, “The horse whisperer”, “Seabiscuit”, “War horse”, “Lassie” 🙂

    micky – try misspelling a few words – chas will be out with a knife 🙂 or give a couple of wrong results from some 50 years ago – he will spot that

  51. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Funny you say that, as I do like a helicopter in my films 🙂

  52. Eddie says:

    GB&i v RPW is a good game, old boys still have it 🙂 Super Rob….. aahhhhh

  53. Eddie says:

    “out of Africa” then

  54. Gööner In Exile says:

    Micky I am saying that Mandela openly admitted acts of terror (bombing utility services etc) and was travelling to meet other similar groups in other areas to step up the armed side of ANC (MK) which he was in charge of in his own autobiography, I am not drawing parallels between him and ISIS, but there was a reason Amnesty International would not fight for his freedom.

    I have no sympathy with anyone who has to resort to violence, I’d much rather they adopted the Ghandi approach.

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Helicopters and preferably some snow

  56. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I wish I hadn’t of commented now, and we are not going to agree. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Let’s get back to…..
    anything else

  57. Eddie says:

    give us some titles, I am struggling….. “Battle of Britain” – were they helicopters?

  58. MickyDidIt89 says:

    No choppers in the Battle of Britain 🙂

    Maybe now I’ve actually been in one, that side of things will fade. Never had to be a war film, just a helicopter 🙂

  59. Eddie says:

    Brooklyn Beckham was good in the UNICEF game, why have we released him?

    Sol almost got sent off after taking on Ronaldinho

    Ferggie was asked before the game how does it feel to be back as the manager at the Old Trafford. Sir alex took his time and finally said “No comment”

    and then he laughed at his own joke 🙂 it was funny

  60. Big Raddy says:


    Very heavy night … I am too old for that type of silliness but somehow after the first bottle of champagne I forget my years.

    Out to clear away a mountain of leaves

  61. Jeremy says:

    Regarding the Spain England game I feel the seeding system for tournament qualifiers does England no favors in the long run. The team is rarely under any real pressure or forced to grind out a tough result against superior opposition.
    Being from Ireland we’ve already played Germany and Poland twice this year (Congrats Eddie) and each game was a high pressure and tense affair. England don’t really get to play those type of games until after they’ve qualified. A non seeded draw would give England more opportunity to play these types of games.
    If we’re talking favourite films I’d put forward the Japanese film Survive Style 5+, which stars some of the biggest names in Japanese cinema, and also Vinnie Jones!

  62. Big Raddy says:

    I thought Lassie was a dog

  63. Eddie says:

    nonsense Raddy, it was a horse 🙂

    Jeremy – thank you, but I didn’t play in the competition 🙂 Are you pog mo hoin, nb’s mate?

  64. Gööner In Exile says:

    Jeremy it’s a fair point, I have no idea how England are seeded 9th in the world given our recent tournament history, but I guess that’s the problems with qualifiers, they are the ones we seem to do well in (Ashe draw is normally made before the next tournament) and then we go and win them all and keep our seeding.

    I’m not really sure an unseeded draw would be good though as you could have the possibility of facing tougher ties in the group stages than some will suffer in the main competition.

    I liked that they widened the European Championships though as it will allow some teams to get tournament football that they have been sadly missing since the break up of so many soviet bloc nations increased the number of teams in qualifying, hopefully Ireland can get the result they need and we will have plenty of interest in the competition, I loved watching Ireland in Italia 90 and USA 94.

  65. Jeremy says:

    Ha Eddie I know what you mean. Mitchel and web do a great sketch about two guys sharing a desk at work and one starts doing the whole ‘Did you see the match last night? Oh my God we really beat ye. We destroyed ye. You must be so embarrassed!’ The other guy says ‘I don’t know how much you had anything to do with it. You were here working with me when the match was on.’
    He then makes fun of that kind of support by comparing it to films saying something like ‘I watched The Godfather last night. You must have been devastated when I came up behind you and shot you in the back of the head.’
    I probably ruined the joke but it’s pretty funny when they do it.

  66. Jeremy says:

    True GIE. It wouldn’t be a perfect system. I guess it’s the argument between rewarding teams that historically do well with a seeding system that makes it practically impossible for big teams to miss out on tournaments at the expense of smaller teams. Although Netherlands managed it this year somehow.

  67. Eddie says:

    Jeremy 🙂 yep, WE win, but THEY (the team) lose

  68. Gööner In Exile says:

    Can probably draw comparisons to Champions League, EPL teams have historically done well, 4th place qualifiers getting in to Group stages fairly regularly, at least 3/4 teams progressing to knockouts. But that’s where the party ends, keeps our coefficient high but it has to be said that all PL teams are a long way behind Madrid, Barca and Bayern, possibly even PSG now.

  69. Gööner In Exile says:

    Anyone see that our Matthieu Flamini is going to be the next filthy rich energy tycoon? Clean energy but if it goes to plan perhaps he can buy the club off Kroenke.

  70. Eddie says:

    Bloody hell GiE, I thought you were joking! £20 billion industry, wow, I’d love him to buy the Club

  71. Jeremy says:

    Yeah I guess there’s no perfect system really. I think the last tournament Ireland qualified for we were the only team that qualified despite our seeding. Every other team that qualified was expected to based on their seeding.
    The year France knocked us out of the play offs those games were seeded even though seeding those games had never been mentioned untilled it turned out France and Portugal were involved. In those cases it can seem like everything is stacked against the smaller teams. Thankfully they changed that this year.
    Maybe not seeding the actual tournaments themselves would be a compromise. Then everybody still gets to see the big teams like Brazil and England and Spain etc while giving the smaller teams a fair chance. The last world cup group with England, Italy and Uruguay was pretty exciting and provided some early drama to a tournament that usually only gets really exciting at the knock out stage.
    Obviously I’m biased here ha.

  72. Messi to sign for Arsenal!

    Messi is ready to leave Barca and his choice would be to join the Gunners.

    But he wants a staggering £600.000 a week.

    It’s all true of course, it says so in the Daily Star. 😀

  73. Rasp says:

    Morning all, would someone care to write a few lines about something football related to get us all back on track?

  74. Red Arnie says:

    yes, back to football, please. Enough of mourning for Beirut and Paris interspersed with angry rants. 😛

    I look forward to a Giro hatrick tomorrow. 😛

  75. Red Arnie says:

    sorry, forgot to say, motning Evonne, motning Rasp, motning all.

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    That is fabulous news about Messi and just the tonic we need
    Ok, so that’s cover at right wing sorted 😀

  77. RA says:

    Bonjour, mes amis, 🙂

    Rasper, aka Lucky, I could write a brief, very brief note as a Topic just to kick things off, if there are no other mugs takers, and if so, i will leave it on here as usual.

    First, let me say, Je suis Paris, and I hope you, RC78, and other French bloggers are OK and my thoughts are with you and the French people.

  78. Eddie says:

    Nay, boy inside of messi wants to play with the Gallaghers. City would be an obvious choise

  79. Eddie says:

    Micky – the only films with snow and helicopters are bond movies. Please don’t tell me you like comedies

  80. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Never been in a helicopter. It is on my bucket list

  81. RA says:

    Rasper, Big ‘Un, aka, Lucky and the Viking,

    No answer to my ‘offer’ — but if you need a quick Post, one is now sitting at the end of the previous Post by Steve.

  82. Eddie says:

    for dear chas. Admittedly cats are funnier than any other animmals

  83. Bonjour Monsieur Derrier Rouge et tout les AAers.

    Yes Micky, Lionel would make a great bench warmer, he could have a cushion stuffed with £50 notes. Trouble is I think the Spanish tax people are after him so he would have to disguise himself, perhaps as Joey Barton. 😀

    Eddie and BR, what a lovely couple you two would make, a few years ago I took a helicopter trip up onto the Franz Joseph glacier in New Zealand, we landed on the snow and spent a while wandering about taking photographs. It was an amazing experience. One of many in a fabulous country.

  84. RA says:


    You asked what does “soft shoe shuffle’ mean.

    It is a phrase meaning a form of tap dancing wearing shoes that have soft soles soft and was sometimes used to warm up before a performance without making a noise.

    i use it for various things, depending on the content of my comment.

    As Chas is not currently available – more’s the pity – can I say that the use of the archaic word ‘Nay’ in your writing makes it seem like you are doing horse impressions? 😀

  85. Rasp says:

    Apologies Redders, I’ve had a manic morning and been away from the blog.

    Obviously we’d be very grateful if you could come up with something for today 🙂

  86. Eddie says:

    RA – really ? 🙂 ok, I will stick to Nope in the future. I deliberately made some spelling errors to flush chas out, nothing. I am worried about him. I hope he is well and just being a drama queen 😉

    NG – it is micky who likes films with snow and helicopters. Wow, your trip to NZ sounds awesome!

  87. Rasp says:

    New post everyone …………..

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