The Defender is a great bit of kit. It just feels like it can go anywhere and survive a nuclear blast. Also, good design means that maintenance is far less of a drag than on similar wagons.
Soon to be replaced. It's expensive to make, expensive to run, extremely environmentally unfriendly, has trouble meeting safety regs( no more sideways seats in back) , noisy, quite unreliable but that has improved. In recent years.
.but I still want one!!!!
One thing I have learnt in 50 years of car ownership.
Motor vehicle = money pit.
Just bite the bullet and accept that whatever the make, whatever the model, whatever the fuel, whatever the age, in the long run it'll cost you. Just accept that there is a price to pay for personal mobility...treat it as a utility, just like gas, elec, phone, etc.
Look at you all, falling at the good doctors feet. A bit of money and you all think he is god. No matter what any of you think or say, he only wants what is best for him, His disrespect knows no bounds because he thinks he can trample over rules/people with his money. Wigan Saints and Wire have seen the light and their previous apparent support for his 'brilliant ideas' has disappeared. Ripping up 'respect' documents and constantly bagging the ruling body does not get my support. He is in it purely for his own ego.
It does amuse me how most of his quotes are just what he thinks people (the fans) want to hear.
A disrespectful, arrogant bully. So he's got a few quid......so what
In reality, I think that over many years, the governing bodies, the club owners, the fans etc have been doing their best to make the game, the teams etc, the best they can. It may not always seem like that, of course. No one sets out to make things worse. However, as I have said again and again and agin, they are up against changes in demographics, transportation, lifestyles, competing activities ad more and these are things that they cannot change. I feel pretty strongly that in the SL/championship m62 catchment zone there is limited scope for real growth.one clubs gain turns out to be another clubs loss. Happy to be proven wrong after say 5 years of the new scheme if the total support increases by say 10 or 15 percent, but even that is chicken feed compared with what is needed. Thus representation in other areas is so so important and should be at the centre of our thinking. That London has turned out the way it has is so disappointing, but both Doncaster and Sheffield ..in what you might call ideal leagues territory have been even more disappointing.
Franchising has failed. Look at the mess some clubs have got themselves into.
Something had to change.
Franchising failed? Since there was no franchising, it could not fail. What we had was licensing, and the failure, if there was one, was the failure to rigorously enforce the rules. Meanwhile, the architect of licensing, Richard Lewis, is deemed competent enough to run the All England Tennis club, an organisation that makes more money out of selling strawberries at Wimbledon each summer than we make from Sky TV.
In my opinion, if there were to be any changes it should have been done by refining and enforcing the licence system, not by ditching it, and certainly not by replacing it by the flat cappers charter, this system of transition to village teams, M62 retrenchment, managed decline and cannibalisation.
It seems that we want our game to be more successful, more popular, more widespread , more talked about etc. However, when such a game is discussed on here it will be disparaged because it is more successful, more popular, more widespread, more talked about etc. How can soccer be any good when it is watched, played and talked about by so many? How can it be better or more skilful than our tiny, provincial, shoulder-chip of a game? Maybe the "Alf Tupper" faction don't want the game to be successful and popular. At least the RFL are realistic, choosing to retrench to the M62 corridor, and lowering its sights on who it lets in.
In addition, although Khoukash, Lenegan, Davy , Moran, Caddick, Pearson etc are just slightly richer than me, they are not very rich men in sporting terms and in no way are they "upper class". They are, though clever - how many of us on here have a n MSc in Magnetohydrodynamics? - intelligent entrepreneurs, which is why they tear their hair out at what is going on with our game in the UK