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#2964013 Rant of the day - bills

Posted by JohnM on Today, 11:03 AM

My mate has just taken delivery of one of these, its an amazing vehicle.....






It'll still leak like a sieve,though, hence the holes in the floorpan to let the water out! 

#2963904 Rant of the day - bills

Posted by JohnM on Today, 07:50 AM

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!!!!

#2963902 Rant of the day - bills

Posted by JohnM on Today, 07:46 AM

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.

#2963886 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by JohnM on Today, 06:58 AM

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

So....you are not a fan of his?

#2963827 The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Posted by JohnM on Yesterday, 09:58 PM

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.

#2963378 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by JohnM on Yesterday, 09:30 AM

"I like Marwan Koukash's aspirational approach"


as , I am sure, do the vast majority of fans...apart from a few who seem to be keen on returning our game to swamp from which it emerged all those years ago. 

#2963057 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by JohnM on 21 July 2014 - 04:25 PM

If you look at the way both Football and RU have grown in recent years, it is through International events and international club competitions. 


We do both of these things very halfheartedly.

We do both of these things very halfheartedly.


I disagree.


We do them VERY VERY VERY  half-heartedly...(except for the last World Cup...which now seems to have vanished into obscurity)

#2962635 Bradford officially relegated

Posted by JohnM on 21 July 2014 - 06:38 AM

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.

#2961939 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by JohnM on 20 July 2014 - 05:59 AM

Turn it into a global sport? Not if some on here have anything to do with it!


Posted by JohnM on 18 July 2014 - 09:19 PM

The Crossrail project actually started around 1992 within London Underground. This it has only taken 22 years to get to its present state.

#2961127 Culture, image and Rugby League

Posted by JohnM on 18 July 2014 - 12:43 PM

Nothing you just said is remotely relevant. 


Moderator now, are we?   :tongue:

#2960204 More Bradford Schools News....

Posted by JohnM on 16 July 2014 - 10:25 PM

"I firmly believe you need to teach all religions....."

How about teaching the facts and the truth instead. The counter to Islamic fundamentalism is NOT More Christianity but less religion all round. An end to this nonsense !


Posted by JohnM on 16 July 2014 - 07:03 PM

Freed them from ken livingstone, for a start.

#2958825 Culture, image and Rugby League

Posted by JohnM on 14 July 2014 - 11:01 AM

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 

#2957324 Scottish Independence Referendum

Posted by JohnM on 10 July 2014 - 10:13 PM

tonight's BBC Question Time. Joan Burnie, the "no" campaign secret weapon! Virulently anti-English, irrational, hectoring, interrupting..