Burbo Speedway Reporting Revolution on Twitter continues, part 3
Drawing upon the further majesty of the 12 years of his speedway reporting career, Paul (Burbo) Burbidge’s digital social media profile continues to hollow out and/or infantalise the news content of the speedway reporting landscape. Ostensibly part of a ‘new’ breed of digitally savvy speedway journalists (“I write news for Speedway GP website and manage speedwaygp social media. I’m also Speedway Star’s Chief News Writer”), on Twitter Burbo is afraid to use the privilege of his all areas access to riders, UK speedway teams’ management and fans or all the World Cup and Speedway Grand Prix events to provide meaningful insight or independent analysis.
Still proudly dictation typist for the Speedway Grand Prix as well as easily co-opted by SGP “stars” or Poole Pirates speedway, the line between news, fact, vested interest and opinion is easily blurred. In some respects, this is the increasingly common all holds barred reality of most contemporary speedway journalism where ‘views’ are invariably defiantly but banally always their “own”.
To brighten the speedway reporting universe, here’s some Burbo 2015 highlights:
If a ‘banker’ calls and wants your ‘four-digit code’, tell them to sod off. NEVER give out a PIN. Sick of my house getting calls from scum.
Can anyone recommend a good hand car wash in #Poole?
It took me and Dick Barrie to point out there should have been a run-off between Grajczonek and Tungate last year. Too wet at Kurri Kurri?
Always happy to be quoted if anyone needs my views on Kelvin Mackenzie. Can’t believe my tweet made Liverpool Echo!
We all have our views on immigration, but the #speedway riders concerned come to the UK and contribute brilliantly to our country.
Windows isn’t for everyone, but you’d have to pay £2,000 to get a Mac with this spec. I’ve never got on with Macs.
Gutted to hear @BDJRacing13 has been released by Eastbourne. BSPA need to crack down on clubs sacking riders before they race. It’s a joke.
Still nothing from Poole regarding their last two riders. Wonder if they’re haggling for more money after being kept waiting?
Good on those who raced in the Ben Fund meeting, but I’d be keen to know why the field wasn’t as good as it has been in previous years.
Why did riders turn down the chance to race in the Ben Fund Bonanza? My gut feeling was it’s too early in the season for some.
Great to see @MaciejJanowski1 back as Poole skipper. Deserves the job. Absolutely inspired when he took over from Ward last year.
I had a feeling Poole might go for Gomolski. World U21 silver and bronze in the last two seasons, 3.94 average, no brainer
Lock up your daughters, Swindon! @ZengiRacing getting friendly with the Leszno cheerleaders.
Looking forward to catching up with the 2015 Pirates at this afternoon’s @poolespeedway press and practice. Gorgeous day for it!
Hope Owlerton is rammed for @rickysbigday today. Ricky has always been a pleasure to interview. Deserves best possible recovery.
So they’re running a Pairs event without rewarding team riding. Why? It should be 4,3,2,0 not 3,2,1,0. Bizarre. #speedway
If Eastbourne keep these crowds up, they should go Premier in 2016. Club is too big for NL, and weekend fixtures would suit PL
Talk in the Polish media about banning their riders from competing in Britain, even fining Miedzinski for daring to get injured.
Poles seem to be saying riders only get injured in Britain. Sadly, the last Brit seriously hurt in Poland didn’t come home. #RICO
The @poolespeedway boys like to be efficient – 11 points from three meetings. Fantastic start to the year
It’s a joke. The Brits should be racing in the Pairs and the SEC. Only the BSPA think otherwise.
Up with the sparrows to fly to the #WarsawSGP. This has the makings of a special event – here’s hoping for some superb racing tomorrow.
Tough to call a winner on a temporary track so early in the year. But I’ve a feeling @nickipedersenDK will have a big say in it.
[Burbo goes silent on Twitter for nine days & completely misses the biggest story of the year – the Warsaw SGP snafu, debacle & abandonment]
Belle Vue deserved a draw and could’ve nicked a win. But Poole track is due an overhaul – home riders clearly struggling with it.
Feel sorry for all the fans at Rye House this afternoon, especially the Eastbourne ones. Track shouldn’t have got that dusty.
It’s all very well getting upset about Woffy, but why doesn’t GB have more riders equipped and able to replace him in #Speedway Best Pairs?
I find it puzzling that Janowski can score 10 for Wroclaw and still not ride for Poole. No wonder British #speedway fans get cheesed off.
Those kids have nothing to lose. They won’t be favourites, but they’re on fire.
The Danes should win it. But if those Poles go well, they could win it quite a few times in years to come. That’s the reward.
Surely #speedway meetings should be stopped when the track is no longer safe, not when the result stands. Why no track inspection?
I get why Coventry are upset after Monday, but they’ve got as much chance of having that match re-run as I have of space travel.
Having said that, home club should ALWAYS control their track prep. And stop meetings when track is too dangerous, not only after heat 10.
BSI did everything to get the #MonsterEnergySWC Final on live TV in the UK. Due to scheduling issues and the late notice, it wasn’t possible
Even the best of men have a breaking point
So Greg & Nicki have a fight, and who makes the headlines in Denmark? @D_Dublu_racing obviously. Diversion tactics?
25 June (after Speedway Star report appears, the start marshal’s ‘facts’ finally get checked with the rider too)
Hi James, the start marshal alleges you swore at him – twice. Is this true? If so, why did you swear at an official?
Does anyone know the start time for the GP Challenge at @ZKS_ROW_Rybnik on September 5?
People of Sweden, is it normal to hear the F word in every other song on the radio at 7am? #pottymouth
Busy at Wimborne Road tonight. The result of having riders on track who put bums on seats
Take a bow @sandsegan as you exit the IMG stage today – you have been a immense! All the best in the new job and thank you for everything.
Take a bow @EmilRacing89 – one of the best last turns I have ever seen. Just like TR’s first-bend wall of death at Cardiff 2005. Insane!
Some haunted faces on the Bydgoszcz-Stansted flight this morning. Torun claims a few more victims! #speedway
Trying to clarify who is and isn’t classed as an Elite League heat leader for 2016 is a nightmare. The BSPA should publish a list. #speedway
The @BBCSPOTY shortlist heavily weighted in favour of sports BBC covers. Selection panel must feature athletes from a range of disciplines.