1 US growth stock I’d buy over Tesla

first_img Edward Sheldon owns shares in Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Hargreaves Lansdown. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Alphabet (C shares), Amazon, Microsoft, and Tesla. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hargreaves Lansdown and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Tesla Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) is one of the most popular stocks in the world right now. Here in the UK, Tesla is currently the most owned stock on the Trading 212 platform. Meanwhile, on Hargreaves Lansdown, it’s consistently been one of the most bought stocks in recent months.Tesla stock: investors love itI can see why the Tesla stock is popular. For starters, the brand is the undisputed leader in the electric vehicle (EV) industry at present. This industry is set for massive growth in the years ahead as it’s still in its infancy. This growth should provide tailwinds for Tesla.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Secondly, its car sales are expanding rapidly. Last year, the group delivered 499,950 vehicles. That represents a 36% increase on the number of cars delivered in 2019. The company is currently building new factories in Austin, Texas, and Brandenburg, Germany, in an effort to boost production and sales volume.Third, the company has an influential leader in Elon Musk. He has an incredible track record when it comes to growth ventures.Having said all that, I just can’t bring myself to buy Tesla stock at the current valuation. With a market capitalisation of $766bn, the company is valued at around $1.5m per car sold. Meanwhile, the stock sports a forward-looking price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 16 and a forward-looking price-to-earnings (P/E ratio) of around 190. These valuations are just too high for me.Given that competition in the EV space is heating up, I see Tesla stock as too risky for my portfolio right now.I’d buy this US growth stockSo I’m looking elsewhere and one US growth stock I’d be happy to buy for my portfolio today is Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG). It’s the parent company of Google and YouTube.I’m bullish on Alphabet for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s one of the most dominant players in the digital advertising space. The online advertising market is expected to be worth $980bn by 2025, up from $304bn in 2019. This long-term growth should benefit the company.Secondly, I’m excited about the long-term growth prospects for YouTube. In recent years, this platform has evolved into an entertainment powerhouse. In Q4 2020, YouTube ad revenue rocketed 46% to $6.9bn.Third, Alphabet is a major player in the cloud computing industry. Last year, cloud revenues rose 46% to $13bn.Finally, Alphabet is a big player in the autonomous vehicle space through its Waymo subsidiary. It’s early days here, but the prospects look very exciting.Now, Alphabet sports a huge market-cap itself. Currently, the company is worth around $1.4trn. Yet here’s the thing. Sales and earnings per share are expected to come in at $225bn and $69 respectively this year.This means the stock’s forward-looking P/S ratio is about 6.5 while the forward-looking P/E ratio is about 31. These ratios are still high – meaning there’s valuation risk. But, in my view, they’re much more reasonable than those of Tesla stock.Aside from the valuation risk, there’s also risk associated with regulation. Major regulators are targeting big tech at present and this adds uncertainty to the investment case. It’s also worth noting the cloud industry is highly competitive. Alphabet faces competition from the likes of Amazon and Microsoft.Overall, however, I think the long-term risk/reward proposition is attractive. I see this growth stock as a safer bet for my portfolio than Tesla stock. Enter Your Email Address 1 US growth stock I’d buy over Tesla I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Edward Sheldon, CFA | Thursday, 18th February, 2021 | More on: GOOG TSLA Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Americans order two journalists arrested

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further News October 20, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Americans order two journalists arrested RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information US soldiers freed two journalists arrested by Iraqi police a few hoursearlier on 19 October while covering the aftermath of an attack on a USconvoy in in Fallujah. The police told the journalists – AgenceFrance-Presse (AFP) photographer Patrick Baz and a Reuters cameraman – thatthey were being detained on US orders and could not be freed until USofficers arrived on the scene. They were taken from the Iraqi policestation in the town to local US military headquarters and then released. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News News Organisation Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News Americans order two journalists arrestedReporters Without Borders protested today at the arrest of Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Patrick Baz and a Reuters cameraman while they were covering the aftermath of a 19 October attack on a US army ammunition convoy in Fallujah (50 km west of Baghdad). Iraqi police said they had been ordered by US officials to detain the pair. “Obstruction of journalists trying to do their job in Iraq is on the rise and must stop,” said secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The number of attacks on press freedom there are becoming alarming.”The two journalists had gone to Fallujah police station after being told the police chief was giving a press conference, but when they got there they were arrested. Baz said in a phone call from the station that the Iraqis, who refused to give their names, were waiting for US officers to turn up and that the Americans were looking for the person who had filmed the attack. Reporters Without Borders said on 25 September that it was deeply concerned about the threatening and repressive attitude of the country’s Governing Council, which two days earlier had issued guidelines for the behaviour of the media. Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en Receive email alerts December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Billboard message transcends COVID-19 to racism

first_img continue reading » A can of spray paint turned a UW Credit Union billboard promoting togetherness during a public health crisis into a conversation starter about racism and social justice.In March, UW Credit Union in Madison, Wis., deployed a billboard with the message, “Even when we’re apart, we stand together,” to support the community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The billboard was due to be replaced last week, but when crews went to remove it, they found a graffiti artist had spray painted “George Floyd” over the bottom third of the billboard.“I didn’t immediately see the vandalism or graffiti. I was just struck by how the graffiti artists chose the message and added George Floyd to it,” says Anne Norman, chief marketing officer at the $3.3 billion asset credit union. “And then it transcended the COVID-19 pandemic to the current conversation about racism and social justice.”Protests and conversations about racism and social justice have flooded the country in the wake of the murder of George Floyd on May 25. Norman learned about the billboard in an email from the outdoor advertising company. A UW Credit Union billboard promoting togetherness during the coronavirus has turned into a conversation starter about racism and social justice.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jakarta injects Rp 2 trillion more for COVID-19 countermeasures

first_imgThe Jakarta administration has allocated an additional Rp 2 trillion (US$121 million) for COVID-19 countermeasures, increasing the total amount of regional funds earmarked for fighting the disease until May to Rp 3.03 trillion.Jakarta Financial Management Body (BPKD) head Edy Sumantri said the additional money was allocated from the budget for urgent expenditures, land acquisitions as well as other regional investments, including for the infrastructure development for the now-delayed Formula E electric vehicle race.“For now, we are adding Rp 2 trillion to overcome the outbreak as well as for social security measures for affected residents,” Edi said in a press statement on Thursday. He added that Governor Anies Baswedan had issued two gubernatorial regulations in March regarding the regional budget reallocation for COVID-19 matters. The money would be given to various agencies, including the health agency, social affairs agency and the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).Read also: Indonesia’s budget to fight COVID-19: What we know so far“The Jakarta administration will increase the budget to handle the outbreak if the outbreak cannot be contained by May,” said Edi.The provincial administration had allocated Rp 54 billion in March to the Jakarta Health Agency for urgent expenditures of handling and preventing the transmission of COVID-19.The budget reallocation was stipulated in a 2019 gubernatorial regulation, which allowed the administration to allocate funds to regional expenditures for urgent matters outside the control of the regional administration.Jakarta also reached out to the Social Affairs Ministry, which agreed to provide Rp 1 million to each affected family for two months.The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the capital city has continued to surge, as health authorities had recorded 971 confirmed cases and 90 deaths as of Thursday.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgCastlefinn NotesCoffee MorningA coffee morning in aid of the Syrian Refugee Crisis will be held in St. Vincent de Paul Drop In Centre on Friday 25th September from 10am-2pm. Any donations of home baking would be much appreciated, contact Siobhan Mc Kee or Edel Meenan on 087-2300821.Please come and support. Everyone welcome. Doneyloop Youth Club LtdThe Annual General Meeting of Doneyloop Youth Club Ltd will be held in the Youth Club premises,Doneloop on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 8:00pm,Everyone is welcome.Community Employment Scheme: Doneyloop/Castlefinn Youth Clubs (Donegal Youth Service)Are you currently unemployed: on the live register for at least a year, 25years or over. Would you like the opportunity to work with the young people in Doneyloop/Castlefinn Youth Clubs, if yes please contact Lee Stephenson, CE supervisor, Donegal Youth Service, Tel 074-9129630 for more information. Jiving ClassesAlways wanted to jive? Now’s your chance. Jiving classes starting in the CPI Centre on Tuesday 15th September from 8pm-9pm and running for 10 weeks, these classes are being organised by Castlefinn Celtic. Classes also starting on Monday 21st September in Donoughmore N.S. Liscooley ,class time 7:30pm-8:30pm.Walking groupCastlefinn Walking Group is starting back on Wednesday 16th September at 10:30pm.Everyone welcome and bring a friend!Computers Anyone interested in computers skills, the following courses will be run in the CPI subject to demand. All courses are FETAC accredited-Beginners-Internet skills-Word processing For more information please contact CPI on 074-9143976Castlefinn 50+ ClubCastlefinn 50+club meeting will take place on Thursday 17th September at 7:30pm in the Drop In Centre ,Diamond. New members welcome.Finn Valley CE Project LtdFinn Valley CE project CES are recruiting eligible participants, vacancies are for environmental workers in Castlefinn and Killygordon. If you are long term unemployed and in receipt of UB/UA or one parent family payment for one year or longer. Apply to the Finn Valley Community Employment Project Office @074-9193770 E-mail [email protected] for more informationWhistLadies: 1st Kathleen Mc Cay, Strabane172,2nd Molly O Hare,Strabane166, 3rd Geraldine Vambeck, Lifford162Gents: 1st Francie Curran, Castlefinn165 2nd David O Donnell, Letterkenny164, 3rd Tommy Murphy, Letterkenny1601st Half: Willie Meehan, Castlefinn872nd Half: Adrian Mc Connell, Raphoe84Snowball begins next week again €140 for 179 or better. Everyone welcome to St Marys Hall at 8:30pm every Wednesday.If you would like any information included in the weekly notes, please contact CPI Office on047-9143976 or call into centre.DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY TO HOST COFFEE MORNING FOR REFUGEE CRISIS was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Castlefinn noteslast_img read more

NUOLUX Crystal Pearl Shot In Cat Ears Child Adult Hair Bands – absolutely love these! i wore them at all festivals this

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My evaluate is based mostly on the glimpse, top quality and functionality of the merchandise and this assessment is a true, honest, honest and unbiased critique of the merchandise centered on my private opinion. Nuolux crystal pearl shot in cat ears child adult hair bands for costume partyi been given this solution at a discounted price for an honest critique. The solution arrived really rapidly and is a quite quite hair accent my daughter enjoys it and has been carrying it all day, very good quality.Appears excellent high quality, gem stones are a fantastic dimensions. Actually amazed when i opened the parcel, appears to be like superior high-quality, gem stones are a fantastic size, fitted my nine calendar year previous nicely and was at ease, unfortunately following her putting it on and using it off about half a dozen moments 1 of the ears snapped off, so at the mo she is walking spherical with the ear taped on, disgrace as my all round effect was seriously very good, i guess it just wants to be resoldered and it will be good, i acquired the ears at a discounted cost in return for leaving genuine feed-back about it, wouldn’t have paid complete selling price but at the lower price selling price it was ok.Wonderful and sturdy the only factor is requires rubber stops on the end as it did damage my ear but other than that gripes effectively and stays in place.Here are the specifications for the NUOLUX Crystal Pearl Shot In Cat Ears Child Adult Hair Bands:Material: durable Rhinestone Metal.Cat Ear Size: 18.5*15.8 CM. One size fits most women and ladies to wear.Funny metal headband with rhinesone decoration.Great for masquerade ball,holiday prom,costume partyFashion model to complete your appointment and help organize whatever long or short fringe. I wore them at all festivals this. I wore them at all festivals this summer months and will continue to wea them day to day. Received a ton of compliments. They had been not also tight and were a superior fit.Appreciate thisi have found these all in excess of the internet and preferred to attempt them. Very good value for cash,not as cozy as i’d hoped that they’d be,but hey there £4. ninety nine what do you hope?definetly propose this.Reviews from purchasers :Really pleasantly surprisedWell made and cuteLovely and sparklyNot saying I’m Catwoman, I’m just saying no one has ever seen me and Catwoman in the same room togetherWho doesn’t want to be a cat?!looks good quality, gem stones are a good sizelast_img read more

Google Wave Will Slowly Open Its Doors to Google Apps Users This Fall

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Google just announced that it will open up Google Wave to a large number of Google Apps users this fall. According to the announcement, Google will first open up access for some schools and businesses and plans to bring Wave to all Google Apps users next year. Google Apps administrators can now sign up for Google Wave accounts here. Google had already announced that it would hand out about 100,000 Wave accounts on September 30th and this looks to be the first step towards this.Opening up Wave first to businesses and schools seems like a smart way to open up Wave to a larger number of users, especially given that the application’s features are already geared towards these users. Wave is an extremely flexible communications environment and should work well for anybody who needs to collaborate on documents or just wants to keep notes and share them with colleagues or fellow classmates. If you haven’t seen Wave in action yet, have a look at this video of the first public demo of Wave.Wave Today: Stable, Faster, Ready for the Masses Since we got our first hands-on look at Google Wave in June, the platform has matured nicely. While some early reviews panned it as buggy and slow, today’s version of Google Wave is very stable and fast. As Google puts it, “A wave is equal parts conversation and document, where individuals communicate and work together in a multimedia environment – the wave itself.” Users can, for example, write documents, but also insert maps, photos, web feeds, and widgets. Most of the usage we have seen so far has been more akin to a well-structured chat room, but once a more mainstream audience gets its hands on Wave, we will likely see a wider range of usage scenarios.Google Wave has also managed to attract a large number of third-party developers by now who have programmed a wide range of new robots for Wave. These range from the weird, like a robot that translates every wave into Swedish Chef speak, to more useful features like URL shorteners and an anti-spam application. frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

What Are You Saying No To?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now When you are doing one thing, you are not doing the countless other things you might be doing. When you say “yes” to one thing, you are saying “no” to everything else. Therefore, a “yes” to small things is a “no” to bigger, more important things.When you say “yes” to procrastination, you are saying “no” to the results that are only produced when you spend time doing the work to produce them. If you procrastinate, you also move back the date by which you will produce those results. You are very literally pushing those results farther into the future, farther away from you.When you say “yes” to living in your email inbox, passively waiting, reacting to all of the requests that come your way, you are saying “no” to your real work (unless you are being paid for answering email, which you are most certainly not). Your real work is producing some outcome, an outcome that isn’t going to happen because your effort has gone elsewhere, mostly to smaller, much less important things.“Yes” to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and YouTube is a “no” to calling your clients, following up with prospects, or creating the proposal someone is right now waiting for you to deliver.“Yes” to an open Browser is a “no” to reading something that will improve your business acumen and allow you to better serve your company and your clients, a “no” to doing something that would provide you with personal growth, a “no” to investing time in your most important relationships, and a “no” the countless other things on the list of things you wish you had time for.You have plenty of time to do all of the things that you want to do, but recognizing that time requires you to say “no” to small things so you can say “yes” to bigger things. You have to say “no” to comfort and entertainment and “yes” to doing the things that are meaningful and important.When you say “yes” to small things, you are saying “no” to yourself and your future. Start saying “no.”last_img read more

Back in Europe and Burnley get to be Goliath for a change

first_imgShare on WhatsApp features Twitter “Premier League, you’re having a laugh …” inevitably that one got a run out after Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson, back from his impressive World Cup with Iceland, hit a rare first-half shot over the bar. It prompted our fans to get back to the gulf theme, with a reminder that Aberdeen had just sold a player, for higher wages, to English fifth-tier Salford City. “Adam Rooney … he went to non-league.”But the home chant that really hurt came midway through the second half, when for all our dominant possession we showed little sign of scoring, Joe Lewis had made a stunning save from Jack Cork and the Aberdeen fans were sensing another “great European night” to add to their impressive collection – Bayern Munich (twice), Hamburg and Juventus – bigger names than ours have been here. And on the Battle of Britain front, Spurs, Liverpool and Bobby Robson’s Ipswich against Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen when they weren’t just competing for European trophies but winning them. But that was then and this is now and if you really want to know about the gulf, here’s a stat for you: two Premier League games in England are worth the same as a whole season’s Scottish football TV revenues.And yet, they felt justified in taunting us. “Shite Blackburn Rovers … You’re just a shite Blackburn Rovers …” Normally the mere mention of our local rivals would be enough to provoke a Claret roar of some kind. But we were at that point in the game where I was starting to get the familiar sinking feeling I have known many, many times in over five decades following Burnley, that the pre-match hope and excitement are being dashed. So we stood silent and let them enjoy their moment of pure mockery. A few of us smiled. Perhaps it was the Scot in me that made me one of them. I was hating losing the football but didn’t mind them winning the wit.It wasn’t meant to be like this. From the moment the draw was made and a young Burnley fan went viral with “SCOTLAND! We wait over 50 years to get into Europe … and we’re going to fucking SCOTLAND!”, the script in our minds was all set. A day out. Take over the centre of Aberdeen. Sing, eat, drink and engage in good-natured banter, much of it about the globally recognised superiority of English league football over the Scottish game. Get to the ground. Sing even more. Make sure both sets of players know we are there, and hear how much we’re up for it.So far so good. And then … well, it just all felt a bit pre-season. The weather was far too good. The sun was taking too long to set – they were even singing “the northern lights of old Aberdeen” at one point and, given BT Sport had decided not to bother broadcasting the match live, despite seemingly being offered it for zilch, my climate change anxiety had me wondering why they bothered wasting electricity by putting on the floodlights.On the field, Chris Wood’s first touch was not quite there. Gudmundsson and Jeff Hendrick were not quite reading each other’s passes. Matt Lowton’s crosses were not quite hitting the spot. Our normally brilliant centre-backs were not quite being as perfect as we know them to be and one of them, James Tarkowski, gave away the penalty.Then, with World Cup goalkeeper Nick Pope off holding his arm in the way Tom Heaton had early last season with an injury that kept him out for months and let Pope seize his chance and become player of the season and a World Cup player, the script was well and truly going off message. We were not playing as well as we can. Aberdeen were playing better than they normally do.What a difference to our first competitive game last season, one of the best in the 57 years since, aged four, I first saw the then reigning league champions in one of our two previous European adventures. (I have no memory of it but my dad, sadly no longer here to see history repeating itself, assured me he took me to the game against Reims.) First game 2017 and we are 3-0 up away at Chelsea. And here we were, first game 2018, 1-0 down to bloody Aberdeen.But this is the thing about Burnley under Sean Dyche. When we click we are brilliant. When we don’t, we grind things out. So many times in the past, I know where that clock-watching second-half sinking feeling is heading … we might as well go home. But a bit like Fergie’s teams, Dyche’s teams never give up. Into this Scotland-England duel came Welshman Sam Vokes and the Aberdeen defence – I thought Scott McKenna was superb until the equaliser by the way – started to face the kind of attacker they are more used to, hard, bustling, doesn’t get knocked about, makes sure they know he’s there – but with quality too, and one moment of it 10 minutes from the end was enough to turn McKenna and blast the ball home to secure that precious away goal. Check out my Instagram stories if you want to know how much it meant to the Burnley fans. You’d have thought we’d won the final. Is it really in Baku, Azerbaijan? Seemingly so. Do we need a visa? Facebook Burnley in Aberdeen. Next stop Basaksehir? Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters Pinterest Aberdeen put up a much stronger fight than many – including the supporters I met on the train north – had expected Sportblog Share on Twitter Share via Email It’s still happening, even if Aberdeen didn’t get the memo. They can’t be as good as that for two weeks running … can they? Do I click on that flight, or wait a week … oh go on, the price will only go up if I wait. Climate change? I know, but this is history and it’s not every year Burnley get to go to Turkey. Aren’t they meant to be joining the European Union, Boris? That one won you a few votes for Leave. Sorry not to keep politics out of it but there’s a campaign on for the People’s Vote on the final deal don’t you know? Most of my obsessions begin with B. Burnley. Brexit. Bagpipes. Love Burnley. Hate Brexit. Hate losing. Love Scotland. Thanks for a great game Aberdeen. See you next week. Come prepared for a drubbing. It’s in the script. Burnley Aberdeen Share on Pinterest Europa League Sam Vokes grabs crucial away goal as Burnley salvage draw at Aberdeen Share on Facebook As our fans started to reclaim the noise, I could have done without the “In-ger-land” chant, the “God save the Queen” and the “football’s coming home” that followed – club before country every time for me whatever your nationality – but as the rest of the ground struck up with Flower of Scotland, for those few minutes after the equaliser it did indeed feel like the Battle of Britain cliche had been justified.“We love you Burnley, we do …” Normally that is what we sing in the dying embers of a game we are losing and in which we have given up hope but where we want to recognise the players have put up a proper fight. We were singing it during injury time, content with the draw now, and ready to give our players a big ovation when they came over to us at the end. It was the Aberdeen fans who looked the more disappointed. Our players looked relieved.I bumped into our first-team coach, Tony Loughlan, as he led the players out for a warm down. “We’ll take that,” he said. I also bumped into Craig Brown, the former Scotland manager and now an Aberdeen director, who said it had been one of the best atmospheres at Pittodrie he could recall. Our fans played their part, for sure. But it was the Aberdeen players who really got it going, by putting up a much stronger fight than many – including the Aberdeen supporters I met on the train north – had expected.So now it’s back to Turf Moor for the second leg, and the hope and expectation kick in once more. We take nothing for granted, of course, especially now. But I am sure I am not the only one who got back to the hotel and checked out flights to Istanbul where, if we get through, we’ll be playing a team I had never heard of until the draw was made, Basaksehir. Check them out. They’ve got Gaël Clichy and Emmanuel Adebayor. And at least this time we will get to use our passports. As they have been singing in Brexit-voting Burnley ever since last season ended: “We’re all going on a European tour, a European tour, a European tour …” Topics “One-nil to the Sunday league, one-nil to the Sunday league …” There was a period on Thursday night when Aberdeen were leading us off the pitch as well on it.That particular piece of Aberdonian self-mockery was designed to highlight the “gulf” between the Premier Leagues of Scotland and England. A £3m wage bill was leading £61m thanks to a first-half penalty from Gary Mackay-Steven. Sam Cosgrove, a £20,000 signing from Carlisle, was leading the line for Aberdeen against internationals who earn that in a few days. If the “gulf” cliche had had a fair run-out in the buildup to this Europa League tie, so did that old favourite “Battle of Britain”, though football economics would say this was more David at home to Goliath with Burnley, a relative pauper alongside the six clubs above us in the Premier League, unused to the Goliath role. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more