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#3047297 Salary cap of kick and clap

Posted by Shadow on 20 December 2014 - 08:17 AM

Not really. When they were throwing money around like confetti in football, who would have thought that it (football ) a genuinely popular game with genuinely big money could ever hit any financial problems ? Not many.
If RU wants to encourage that spendthrift mentality then that is up to them. But RL should concentrate on what is good for RL because it will end in tears for RU.
I can only assume all the old G&T set like Dennis Thatcher are not involved in RU anymore as their false choppers would be flying out to hear such talk.

How many football clubs folded through the excesses though?
The RU clubs that want to spend spend spend have rich backers willing to fund them, what will happen if it goes ahead is as Mr Wind Up posted, a small number of clubs will win everything and the others will pick up crumbs, much like football.

#3047296 Women in the Infantry

Posted by Shadow on 20 December 2014 - 08:09 AM

Some of the women I served with I'd trust with my life some of the men I'd trust as far as I could comfortably spit a rat.

#3047094 Obituary Corner

Posted by Shadow on 19 December 2014 - 01:40 PM

I liked her.

Well you would, wouldn't you 

#3046903 Soviet Union

Posted by Shadow on 19 December 2014 - 06:24 AM


Sure the SU was a terrible regime, repressive, cruel, brutal and murderous and ultimately, yet another failed socialist experiment.  However, the terror that is  ISIS/Procol Harum/ Taliban-stan/Sharia etc where murderous terror can and does strike anyone, anywhere at any time, any place, is truly terrifying to all of us.

John, I know you're an intelligent man and respect your views on many things (apart from motorcycles  :tongue: ) but I would suggest you take a look at some of the history of the Soviet Union again. Under Stalin the death toll of their own citizens was well into the millions, there was systematic slaughter in the Ukraine on an industrial scale. Later the suppression of minorities, intellectuals and dissenters under Krushchev, Brezhnev and to an extent Chernenko and Andropov as they tried desperately to keep control was swift, brutal and faceless. The scale and breadth of the brutality of the regime was staggering and that's before you start to look at it's influence in other countries, be it eastern Europe or the third world. It was a truly vile regime.

#3046902 Panorama. Apple

Posted by Shadow on 19 December 2014 - 06:11 AM

I would make a conscious decision not to buy a product or service from a supplier whose behaviour I found to be "unethical" I do not find myself compelled to buy from those who make a positive ethical stance.

#3046901 How much do you pay to play?

Posted by Shadow on 19 December 2014 - 05:58 AM

Spent three weeks in the Sothern Highlands at a group 6 second division club and realise the cost of living in Aussie is a lot higher than in Europe..so par for the course (exchange rate).When you paying 5$ for a VB then off course it works out more expensive  ;)



you could buy a decent beer for that much money. :tongue:

#3046705 How much do you pay to play?

Posted by Shadow on 18 December 2014 - 02:25 PM

So its very similar to what the Dutch pay now before the extra contribution the NRB are asking.

Shadow is there a set/ minimum fee from the RFU or do individual unions (Counties) set their own membership contributions ?

Part of the players contributions will go towards being a member of the club,who will then use that to pay for being a member of their own county union who then use that to pay their RFU membership.
Is that roughly how it works in England?

I don't know what the situation is re RFU contribution or costs, I will see if I can find anything out but can't promise

#3046131 £40 Million for Wimbledon

Posted by Shadow on 16 December 2014 - 06:54 PM

The BBC are considering allowing BT sport access to the Wimbledon Tennis Championship.
They have been paying £40 million a year for the exclusive rights.
I wonder how much they pay for golf?
Another example of how they are happy to waste money on "posh" boring sports.

You may be shocked to discover that the BBC charter missed out the vital clause making you the arbiter of what should be shown, I certainly was.

#3045882 Sydney Siege

Posted by Shadow on 16 December 2014 - 12:01 PM

Easy to be wise after the event, but they could have just got a police sniper to shoot him

Or maybe they prefer to put people on trial rather than summarily execute them

#3045880 UKIPpery

Posted by Shadow on 16 December 2014 - 11:59 AM

The only way to stop a gravy train is to ride it.


#3045229 Rugby League virtually ignored at SPOTY - moans here please

Posted by Shadow on 14 December 2014 - 10:17 PM

At least it'll annoy the Ryder Cup lot, and that's what we call a Good Thing.

A rare moment of cross code unity😃

#3045225 Rugby League virtually ignored at SPOTY - moans here please

Posted by Shadow on 14 December 2014 - 10:11 PM

Team award: a RU team.

A World Cup winning RU team though.
They achieved more than any of the other choices.

#3045118 UKIPpery

Posted by Shadow on 14 December 2014 - 08:04 PM

Go on craig, they're clearly not paying any attention. Ban the pair of them  :biggrin:

#3045100 Have you "Made It" in Life

Posted by Shadow on 14 December 2014 - 07:43 PM

I reckon Shadow will score at least twenty.


Only 9 I'm afraid. The majority seem dreadfully vulgar, A Hot Tub? Personalised Number Plates? 55inch TV?

If you are trying to "make it" in Essex or Cheshire perhaps  :tongue:

#3044400 Does this make me a bad person?

Posted by Shadow on 13 December 2014 - 09:51 AM

A free bar plus £150 cash (which I am sure you will declare to HMRC :rolleyes:), we get a massive £15 allowance to spend on a Christmas lunch which we have to claim via our expenses process. I've never bothered in 7 years with the company. <_<

We were actually told "it's a nett £150, your tax will be adjusted by the payroll dept" so we're fine. 

I do have a bit of a headache after several pints of double drop.  :bad: