@lord_palmerston is my Twitter nom-de-plume. I set up under a pseudonym being wary of personal data on the internet. But having this blog too, which has started to take on a life of it’s own, it’s time to “come clean”.
I’m Stuart Crow, a resident of Portsmouth, Tory, Pompey supporter, member of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust. I was a season ticket holder in the Fratton End from the time it was rebuilt to the end of last season, but am currently having a year off. I also worked for the club from 2008-10 and again from 2011-13. I too could do with a break after years of watching the chaos unfold during the working week and then supporting the team at weekends. It all gets rather wearing, and my admiration for those who have been working at Fratton Park throughout and are still there now is boundless.
I have extensive experience of retailing as a merchandiser, analyst and forecaster, having worked both in small businesses undergoing rapid growth and big businesses dealing with changing structures and market conditions. It’s a striking theme that whatever line of retailing a business operates in, the challenges (and often the mistakes often made) are consistent.
As will be clear from this blog, my real non-business interests lie in politics and journalism. Things that arouse my wrath at present include the incompetence of our Lib Dem-led Portsmouth City Council, which has extended past my original bête noire, Northern Quarter, to just about everything they do. The sad state of Southsea, the drinking zone PCC has created in Palmerston Road (and the attendant traffic chaos), the dilapidated state of South Parade Pier and seafront in general are all likely to be things I am blogging or tweeting about. I’m keeping busy with a number of small projects and interests but beyond that I am “available on a Bosman” at the moment.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I hold strong views in many things, but I leave them at home when it comes to football or business. I am definitely not related to Bob Crow.
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