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#2964357 The Commonwealth Games

Posted by ckn on Yesterday, 09:02 PM

Is it just me that feels a wee bit older hearing that Liz McColgan's daughter is competing in these games?

#2964262 Rant of the day - bills

Posted by ckn on Yesterday, 06:45 PM

Ah well, that's another one down.  Merc E320, about half the miles expected for its age, advertised as "immaculate" and "flawless" with "one careful owner", the first thing I see when I get there is that the number plate is fractured and someone has used a black marker pen to complete the letters that were damaged, the bumper's lacquer is shattered in more than a few places with a few bits down to the primer, the bonnet has more than a few stone chips, and so on.  I decided to have a look anyway as if it were mechanically sound then I'd use the paintwork to reduce the price and get it redone myself.  The engine sounded just as smooth as expected on start but some of the electrical items were strangely flickering so I did a bit of a detailed inspection, the external lights were doing the same random flickering and it got red flags waving for me with one of the indicators going at twice the speed of the other three.  A cursory internal inspection found many of the handles on storage units were either broken or bodged back on, leather seats looked picked at, fabric was more worn than the miles suggested, almost as if someone had let an angry toddler loose on the car for an afternoon.  Oh, and the "one careful owner", I had to ask the seller which one of the four owners on the V5 that would have been.  The seller told me that he didn't like my tone and asked me to leave his property when I said I was more than narked at losing a couple of hours of my life on this wreck of a car.


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#2964189 Promotion

Posted by ckn on Yesterday, 04:40 PM

That reminds me, and I can't believe I forgot anyway...  Don't trust other managers.  Your number 1 problem from now on is most likely going to be other managers playing petty politics with a few playing all-in hands all the time when it comes to sabotaging you.  Some will do it because of jealousy that you're the new "favoured" one and they no longer are in that position, others will do it with a mind that the more they trash every other team the better theirs looks, yet others will do it to try to curry favour with the highheidyins, and then you get the narcissistic assclowns of the world who are happy to screw you over just for the hell of it.


You can't say "I'm not playing politics" and try to stay out of it, that's a bit like catching the kick off in a SL game then telling the charging opposition forwards that you're having a bad day so please go lightly on you.  You either play politics or get ground under without sympathy.  That said, there's a big difference between playing politics to stop you being ground under and playing destructive politics yourself; I do my damnedest to protect me and mine without joining in with the destruction and it really does help my moral compass survive in the office.

Quoting myself because I saw a perfect example of this today.  A junior manager was in our senior managers' meeting for the first time, he was giving a presentation and a jealous peer had obviously set him up by telling him that "Dave", the most senior manager there and actually detests being called Dave rather than David, preferred to see everything likely to be said in the Powerpoint presentation and that if it isn't there then Dave will get angry.  He gave a 30 minute presentation of about 20-25 slides, facing the screen the entire time except for asking "Dave" his opinion a few times before being stopped and dismissed from the meeting.  What David actually prefers is a minimalist style of no more than 3-4 slides regardless of how complex and even better no slides at all, he also wants short 10 minute things at the longest.  Somehow I think that that junior manager has blown his credibility and is unlikely to be invited back, his boss was sitting there red faced through embarrassment and a wee bit of anger.

#2963343 The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Posted by ckn on 22 July 2014 - 08:12 AM

We've had far too many threads locked or ruined by them being dragged wildly off-topic onto the nuts and bolts of promotion and relegation.  As a compromise, it may be best if we have an official thread where the specific topic is P&R.  More specifically, this is P&R between the three leagues of SL, CC and CC1 but we wouldn't get huffy if people were discussing promotion into CC1 from below and vice versa.


The same rules of the board apply.  If it gets insulting then hit the report button, don't reply yourself or you'll get caught in the moderation.


Also, please note that we will be deleting posts in other threads if they take a thread off-topic onto P&R.  If something in another thread makes you want to have a rant about P&R then bring it to this thread instead.


Have fun!

#2963342 Another one bites the dust

Posted by ckn on 22 July 2014 - 08:08 AM

or maybe we should just have one thread that debates it. John D has started to lock threads now as people are going round and round with the same points and different threads.

Hmmm... I like that idea better, a bit like a crèche for people to have their rants without ruining other threads.

#2961898 19/07/14 - Catalan Dragons v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats KO 6pm CET (TV)

Posted by ckn on 19 July 2014 - 09:50 PM

What's wrong with swearing? It's all part of our rich language. And if the guardian can do it why can't we? Is it not a bit tugging our forelock to not swear when v it fits?

This is a family friendly forum that's meant to be entirely safe for work. The occasional humorous thing might get ignored but never when it's clearly used as abuse. This isn't a new policy, it's the same one that we've always enforced.

#2961615 More Bradford Schools News....

Posted by ckn on 19 July 2014 - 10:19 AM

Just a more extreme example of pushy parents.  The school governors system is ripe for pushing your views on others.


Craig, this isn't a religious school but a bog standard one. What faith schools do is a seperate argument.

Which is why parents as governors is just stupid.  If they must have oversight make it an independend professional oversight body or individual, much like a non-executive chairman in companies.


Having parents as governors in schools would be just as stupid as having unqualified governors for GPs, vaccines would be banned and all expenditure on routine stuff would be scrapped to meet the needs of this week's Daily Mail scare story.

#2961327 More Bradford Schools News....

Posted by ckn on 18 July 2014 - 06:57 PM

Its more a case of people who have expressed concerns being labelled racist or 'Islamaphobic' that has allowed such BS to fester, not just Ofsted not being able to do anything.

It's not just the muslim lot though that are at it, the catholic schools have had an easy run at it for all of the 20th and 21st centuries so far, they're still a law unto themselves and largely unanswerable.  When I was a kid I once went out with a girl who went to the local catholic girl's school, the girls were compulsorily "excused" certain classes in biology because girls shouldn't know things like that until they reached adulthood.


My solution is to ban all religious schools, nationalising the existing ones and turning them into secular schools.  It's automatically fair according to a ECHR decision if it's done fairly and consistently to all religions.  If the parents want to have their kids given religious education then the very wealthy religions can fund their own proper Sunday Schools where kids can "learn" at weekends.


Posted by ckn on 18 July 2014 - 01:18 PM

To be fair though, BoJo like Ken, knows the job isn't about what you do but what you're perceived to do and making a noise.  It's why he keeps talking about building London's next airport in a bit of the country over which he actually has no control at all, why he's forever linking the bits of London he can sell to big businesses who want to put their name on things, and so on.


Ken's main 'win', from memory, was bus fares and improved routes.  He might have made a lot of noise about other things but what he can actually 'do' is limited.

Ken's greatest achievement as far as I'm concerned is the Oyster card setup.  A fairly flawless project done on time and budget at a time when it seemed that no big public sector project could be done without doubling cost for half quality.

#2959700 Random internet link of the day

Posted by ckn on 15 July 2014 - 09:09 PM

32 tons of bacon stolen in 4 years by one man.

#2959306 Cabinet Reshuffle (renamed thread)

Posted by ckn on 15 July 2014 - 08:58 AM

A bit of positive news just out on the flashing ticker on telly:  Gove out as Education Secretary and moved to Chief Whip, a role that he'll probably hate because it's not going to get his Pob-like face on telly very much.  Quite canny politics by Cameron in moving a potential opponent to a powerful but hidden role.

#2959305 Cabinet Reshuffle (renamed thread)

Posted by ckn on 15 July 2014 - 08:56 AM

Gove has been an unmitigated disaster as Education Secretary. That said, if Cameron loses the next election, Gove will run for leader and get a lot of support from the Tory right.

Can you imagine Gove as Tory leader?  He'd make Miliband and Clegg seem like world statesmen.  A perfect way to drive out the moderates still hanging on to their Tory vote.

#2959300 Cabinet Reshuffle (renamed thread)

Posted by ckn on 15 July 2014 - 08:49 AM

I think Hague has been quite badly treated, he's done a very good job as Foreign Secretary and has given a quiet, stately performance in the role that has done Britain proud.  While the rest of his party is doing its very best to make us pariahs in even our ally countries, he's been building relationships and putting a very positive foot forwrd.


See? I can praise a Tory who is doing a good job...


I'm disappointed that Cameron didn't take the opportunity to weed out the trolls in his party like Gove and Hunt.


Only this week that cretin Hunt has set up the building blocks for another PR stunt and dig at Europe.  He's planning to charge EU nationals 125% of the cost of NHS treatment, directly against the aims of the EHIC scheme where each EU national is guaranteed treatment at the same "cost" as a local would get.  The only reason he wants to do that is to release some "facts" about all these furriners coming here and taking our NHS funding, completely ignoring all the UK ex-pats and tourists who rely on EHIC and take local state funding in their EU country of choice.


Then there's Gove who hit out at striking teachers who are counting the cost of yet another year of under-inflation pay rises.  Those under-payments build up, especially when other essential costs are going up by over inflation.  Are they supposed to just doff their caps to their Tory overlords for being so kind as to actually keep schools running instead of re-purposing them as workhouses?

#2958644 So, this World Cup thing, then...

Posted by ckn on 13 July 2014 - 08:21 PM

Well done to North Korea for their stunning World Cup win


#2958542 One of the most unusual tries you will see in modern RL.

Posted by ckn on 13 July 2014 - 06:11 PM

Players were still pushing in ALL scrums until the early-mid 90s. Watch 101 great tries or any video from back then. When I was at school in the 80s we were certainly taught how to scrummage properly RL style inc. binding and swinging for the ball (for hookers)

Where is it generally agreed that players dont push? For me its good that this tactic remains, and forwards should be aware of it. It certainly adds another dimension.

If pushing is not allowed it should be in the rules, however I'm massivley in favour of a return to proper scrums to tire out the forwards and add uncertainty. I believe the ref should put the ball in the scrum

If anything, a few more like this would encourage people to bind in properly and not lose binding the second the ball comes in.  Then you'll get the real reason why scrums still exist in rugby league, 6 forwards and one back from each team completely tied into a small space giving far more space than normal out wide for an attacking play.