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John Drake

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In Topic: The TV Thread

Yesterday, 01:59 PM

It's on every week (sex pest DJs permitting) on BBC4 on a Thursday and is 1980 (week by week). It wasn't on tonight as it happens...see what I did there?

 

It's watching the BBC4 TOTP repeats that makes me want it back on telly now. Love or loathe the bands/singers appearing on it (and the less said about the presenters the better), TOTP was always a great little snapshot of what was in the charts at the time. Watching the old shows brings back some great memories, and also some 'wtf' moments when acts who never made it beyond a single appearance pop up. Plus, one of the recent repeated episodes featured the last performance of Bon Scott with AC/DC, recorded just days before he died, so they captured some remarkable pieces of history too.


In Topic: General Election 2015

Yesterday, 01:42 PM

And there is the rub.  The number of people I know who, just weeks away from a general election are still saying "I just don't know who I will be voting for" is amazing. 

On the BBC news this morning, latest poll said Tories and Labour were both on 34%.  Pundits have now started talking about another election in June/July if this one is hung.

 

If the outcome of the next election is a hung parliament, my guess is that some form of minority government or coalition will emerge from it eventually, as none of the parties will have either the stomach or the resources to go through the whole process again to achieve probably exactly the same outcome a few months later.

 

If they have fought an inconclusive election after five years of preparation, planning and policy formulation, it would be nigh on impossible to present anything remotely different to the electorate with only weeks of planning in order to break the deadlock in a second election the same year.

 

The Fixed Term Parliament Act complicates the matter of dissolving parliament and calling an early General Election too. A lot of people seem to have forgotten this little nugget being passed by the current coalition in 2011.

 

I think we've moved beyond the age of majority one-party governments in the UK. The question is, when will our electoral system change to finally acknowledge that and give us the opportunity to elect a Parliament that more accurately represents the way people have voted.


In Topic: Promotion and relegation

27 February 2015 - 04:12 PM

Era We Go Again
Dave Hadfield on Rugby League's history of league restructuring, from Rugby League World issue 406

http://www.totalrl.c...ra-we-go-again/


In Topic: Models

27 February 2015 - 02:54 PM

Some mod has deleted the poster, auto-deleting all their posts.

 

Yup.

 

Dunno why they bother really.


In Topic: Rugby League World Magazine - Feedback Thread

27 February 2015 - 11:47 AM

In shops today, folks. Rush out and buy it!!

 

Post your comments on the new issue, or your thoughts on the mag in general here. We're always interested to know what you think of it. Tell us what you liked/didn't like or what you'd like to see more or less of in the mag in future.

 

Thanks!