Any Other Business


Ignoring the shambles that politicians everywhere seem to be making of the world, at least we footy fans have had a good month or so.

Not only did we have an entertaining World Cup in which England did surprisingly well, we approach the new Pools season in a good place, considering how un-rosy the picture looked six months ago. The consensus among Poolies seems to be that they are happy with the way Raj is running things, with the changes to the playing staff, with the new season's strips and with the pre-season games (well, Boro excepted, and you always learn more from failure anyway!)

No doubt the current feel-good factor will have evaporated - as usual - by the end of August, but it surely can't plumb the depths of last season.

The pages of the new season's Monkey Business may not look too much different to last year's, design-wise, but if the website itself looks noticeably different - it is!

After seven online-only seasons (doesn't time fly!) of using the same website with only annual tweaks involving a new background image and different typefaces, we've now chucked that out and started again. That's basically to enable it to display better on mobile phones, since more people now look at the internet on phones than on more traditional laptops and desktops.

It means that on phones you shouldn't have to move or resize the screen as much because the images should appear in a more accessible format and the text should both fit the screen and be displayed at a legible size.

That 3-stripe button icon, if you see it, gives a pop-up menu, allowing you to access the various pages about contributing to MB, its history, etc., as well as the archive of each of the issues published over 7 seasons of being an online-only fanzine.

Finally we can't finish without giving our own mention to Neale Cooper, who was loved (if that's not too strong a word) by most Poolies, both for his record, his first reign being one of the most successful in Pools' history, and for his amiability and rapport with the fans. 

Renaming the Mill House Stand in his honour will keep alive his name, as does the stand named after one of Neale's predecessors who also died far too young.

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