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Martyn Sadler

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#3062324 Flags flying at half mast

Posted by Martyn Sadler on Today, 02:18 PM

And Saudi investment in this country. Read it is somewhere in the region of £65bn... ethics and morality are quickly forgotten about when economics are involved.

Nice to see Michelle Obama setting an example for other women visiting Saudi Arabia.


More power to her!

#3056590 To whom it may concern

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 17 January 2015 - 10:36 AM

The Muslim mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, has told Dutch Islamists in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre to get the hell out of the Netherlands.
"It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom… But if you don't like freedom, for heaven's sake pack your bags and leave. There may be a place in the world where you can be yourself, be honest with yourself and do not go and kill innocent journalists. And if you do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off. This is stupid, this so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at."
And he said this on live television.

#3056012 To whom it may concern

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 15 January 2015 - 05:30 PM

Regardless of the relative banality of the C of E they still promote the reverence of a blood thirsty bronze age god as integral to the future of their flock.


I don't think the C of E's god is a bloodthirsty one.


Their god is probably rather more of a Stephen Fry figure.

#3055852 To whom it may concern

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 15 January 2015 - 10:48 AM

All three could apply equally to those who hold religious beliefs as to those who do not. 


I think a lot of the beliefs held by leftwingers are ridiculous.  I wonder what would happen if I began ridiculing them? 

I thought you had been doing.


I can think of many non-religious beliefs that are as ridiculous, if not more so, in my eyes than religious ones.

#3055615 To whom it may concern

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 14 January 2015 - 03:22 PM

How about drinking wine believing it to be the blood of an individual, and eating bread believing it to be flesh of the same individual.  That ought to be ripe for ridicule.

It is!


And no doubt there are some people who think that 26 men on a field chasing a pig's bladder from end to end is also ripe for ridicule.

#3055609 To whom it may concern

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 14 January 2015 - 03:13 PM

To all religions and religious states:


1.       If you hold ridiculous beliefs, then expect to be ridiculed

2.       If you do offensive things, then expect to be offended

3.       If you try  to restrict my freedom, expect me to restrict yours

Can I suggest some amendments along the following lines.


1. If you hold beliefs that some people think are ridiculous, then expect your beliefs to be ridiculed, no matter how committed you are to your beliefs.


2. Regardless of what you do or believe in yourself, you must sometimes expect to be offended by other people's actions or opinions, although those people are entitled to disagree with you.


3. If you try to restrict my freedom, don't be surprised if I try to defend my freedom.

#3054163 Ladbrokes to sponsor Challenge Cup

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 10 January 2015 - 11:42 AM

Is the CC moving fully to Sky?



The current deal with the BBC runs until the end of 2016, and negotiations with FTA broadcasters for a new contract are currently taking place.


Sky will have CC rights, but not the principal rights.

#3053416 Ladbrokes to sponsor Challenge Cup

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 08 January 2015 - 04:34 PM

The Stobart deal is nowhere near as bad, and has far less of an impact than people state. It was a failure because like many things the RFL did under Richard Lewis, the clubs were largely incompetent at implementing it.
However, 8 years ago we were signing similar deals, its not a good result to be standing still whilst everything else is moving forward.
the other worry is the length of it, it only takes us up to 2017 when the CC moves to Sky. We are going to see a huge drop in visibility when that happens, I will be astounded if we sign a deal at a better value then.
In the context of the last deal with tetleys, its better, in the context of where we were and where we want/need to be? its nothing to celebrate.

Having been at the first round draw today at Wembley my initial impression is that Ladbrokes will be the most proactive sponsor we have seen in Rugby League for many years.

It was interesting to see that Richard Glynn, the company CEO, was present today at the draw. That says quite a lot about their commitment, I think.

League Express will carry an interview with him next Monday.

#3052907 10 dead at French Satirical Mag

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 07 January 2015 - 03:24 PM

The number of terrorist attacks seems to be rising exponentially.


We are going to have to deal with the ideology that makes people think they can commit these crimes on behalf of their religion.

#3052856 UKIPpery

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 07 January 2015 - 01:41 PM

Bernard Jordan has just died
He was the d day veteran who absconded from his care home to honour his friends and comrades by attending the d day commemorations

Fifty times the man a charlatan like farage could dream of being

I didn't know you knew them both well enough to be able to make that claim.

#3049321 Yorkshire Carnegie secures £2 million funding

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 27 December 2014 - 12:49 PM

Yorkshire Carnegie have attracted a group of business people to stump up £2 million to help sustain the club over the next three years and to try to get the club back into the Premiership.


See http://www.yorkshire...rship-1-7022350.


I find it incredibly frustrating that rugby union seems to be able to gather support from cash-rich individuals even for a lost cause, and even in a Rugby League heartland, while we struggle to attract money into our sport.



#3046707 An EU court removes Hamas from a list of proscribed terrorist organisations

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 18 December 2014 - 02:26 PM

Interesting point, but surely as monarch he'd be the one to decide who was welcome or not as head of the CoE by birth right. We all know that you love a none elected head of state.

But not one with absolute power.


I support a monarchy because the power of the monarch is largely symbolic.


I'm not sure Henry the Eighth would have been very happy with that.

#3046295 Pakistan Taliban slaughter over 135

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 17 December 2014 - 10:27 AM

Only this has NOTHING to do with religion.

That isn't what the Taliban think.


They believe they are particularly pious Muslims, whose interpretation of the Koran is the correct one.


And ultimately they, and the other extreme Islamic groups, can only be defeated by someone showing that theirs is a false interpretation of their religion.


If it is the correct interpretation, then we really do all have problems.

#3044965 UKIPpery

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 14 December 2014 - 02:18 PM

It tells me he's vain. He doesn't need a stylist: he wants one and he can afford one.
Being vain doesn't invalidate what he has to say. It doesn't mean he cares more about his appearance than what he has to say. It just means he's vain and can afford to do something about it. If the end product is to his liking, then it's his call.
I'm not keen on brand at all, but he does touch upon things that are worth touching upon amongst all his self aggrandising verbosity. I don't think there's a lot wrong with that

It tells you that Brand is a narcissist, and it hints at his world view - that everything he does is to promote himself.


For example, check out his Facebook page and he is writing about visiting a food bank in Canterbury prior to the Question Time programme.


He seems to be one of those people who has to broadcast it to the world when he does something like that, again promoting his own image of himself.


He is clearly a quite intelligent individual, but totally selfish, from what I can see.

#3043938 UKIPpery

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 11 December 2014 - 11:55 PM

That's it..had enough. Not watching anymore. Why is that hypocritical talentless oaf Brand on the panel?

I'm constantly amazed that the self-publicist Russell Brand seems to have a permanent right of access to the BBC.


He must have a hell of an agent.


As far as I'm aware, even Jimmy Savile didn't telephone the grandparents of his sexual conquests to leave boastful and bullying messages on their answerphones.


Yet Brand did, and he's made himself a multi-millionaire on the back of it, with an apparently eternal right to spout incredible nonsense on a variety of BBC programmes, rousing some of the more impressionable members of the audience to make complete idiots of themselves, while no doubt boosting ticket prices for his next stand-up tour to make himself even richer.


And yes, you're right, I'm not his biggest fan.