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#3045772 Have you "Made It" in Life

Posted by ckn on 16 December 2014 - 07:04 AM

Let me get this right. Your advice to an intelligent person with some issues is to become superstitious. How's that ever going to work?

No, many priests are excellent as councellors and do an excellent job in situations like that. No need to become religious, just someone who will listen.

#3045723 Have you "Made It" in Life

Posted by ckn on 15 December 2014 - 10:23 PM

I'll have stuff on ny conscience til the day I die. Some things I just can't shake off from decades ago: people I've meltdown. Lord to, people who have cared about me who I've rejected all sorts.

I think you may need a bit more help.  Just enough to help you come to terms with yourself.  Either professional or even religious, and that's said with me as a non-religious person.


I know that in my distant past I did a lot of things that I am ashamed about and wouldn't disclose publicly but the way I see it is that I've done far more in the plus column than the minus.  If someone were keeping an objective score, I rate myself as far enough in the positive that I can forgive myself for my long past misbehaviours.  It's a very powerful thing being able to forgive yourself and more than worth the effort in trying to achieve.

#3045476 UKIPpery

Posted by ckn on 15 December 2014 - 12:15 PM

When someone says that he or she intends to register a protest vote for the Monster Raving Loony Party, they get a laugh.



When someone says that he or she intends to register a protest vote for UKIP, all hell breaks out.


Why? Because all the slaggers-off know that, this time, it will actually make a difference.

There's a difference though.  A Monster Raving Loony vote is a laugh and really a throw-away on a party that's just in it for a joke.  A UKIP vote is a vote for a bunch xenophobic nutjobs who do a very inadequate job of hiding their prejudices and desire to take the UK so far right of the Tories that they make Cameron look like Michael Foot.  A UKIP vote is for fully privatising the NHS.  A UKIP vote is for xenophobia.  A UKIP vote is for removing every major employee protection.  A UKIP vote is for prejudice.

#3044414 They "borrowed" the name Rugby World Cup, guess what name is now in t...

Posted by ckn on 13 December 2014 - 10:20 AM

It's all about the ego. Same with all sports out that way.  They probably just don't know differently but if they did they still wouldn't care.

#3043934 UKIPpery

Posted by ckn on 11 December 2014 - 11:17 PM

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

I saw the guest list and decided that my current headache would be made substantially worse by the drivel coming from the panel.


What I am getting very upset about is my TV license fee being used for over-exposure of UKIP on programmes like Question Time.  UKIP are getting far too much coverage given their number of elected representatives.  The right-wing bias of the BBC is just abysmal.


Oh, and I really don't like Russell Brand.  I rank him with Farage in obnoxiousness.  Encouraging people not to vote just lets the nutjobs in...

#3043455 Hooker, a misomer?

Posted by ckn on 10 December 2014 - 06:57 PM

I think the point most RL fans are trying to make in regard to scrimmaging is that not that long ago it was exactly the same in RL, but we moved away from it. e.g. Three attempts at a scrum, a penalty, every other scrum, a penalty.  I don't believe open play in RL is any faster than it was thirty years ago, it's just that there's much more of it today.

I know I've made the point before, but if anyone wants to see RL played with competitive scrums and the requisite penalties, watch a replay of the 1983 CC final.

In those days RL props and hookers were specialist scrummagers, back row forwards had to push in the scrum, but they were also required to run with the ball.

I think it's gone too far though in RL, I'd like to see far more rigour around managing the RL scrum.  The biggest benefit to a scrum in RL these days is six defenders tied in for a few seconds, get them in, get them bound properly and keep them in until the ball has gone to give the non-offending side some time to exploit the wider gaps out wide.  A properly worked centre-field scrum can give two excellent chances, one either side of the scrum, to attack while there are nearly half the defenders missing.  What we've seen in the last few years is the loose forward off and away the second the ball leaves the feeder's hands and not being stopped by the ref.

#3043290 This forum and your continued posting rights on it

Posted by ckn on 10 December 2014 - 10:21 AM

There has been a marked deterioration in civility on this forum in the last couple of weeks.  So, for the newer posters here and for the older ones who have forgotten, a few ground rules.


1.  I expect higher standards of civility here than I do on the rest of the forum.  Pathetic little jibes like "troll on rah rah boy" to a fairly sensible post will most likely annoy me and be deleted, a repeat might see you lose your posting rights to the cross-code forum.


2.  Certain phrases are banned outright and others just annoy me so much I'm tempted to just ban the poster, never mind just remove cross-code rights.  They include anything to do with Vichy, mungoes and so on, regardless of whether they're used in "jest" or not.  If you are tempted to use a banned or outright nasty phrase to do with either sport then just think again.  There is only one context where Vichy is allowed and that's to do with FRENCH union during the second world war, using it to refer to any other unionite will get your rights removed.


3.  Those of you where there's a moderator enforced peace, abide by it.  My tolerance is wearing thin given the colder weather and too much talk about having to visit family at Christmas.  I've had enough of the faux-outrage from all of you.


4.  On faux-outrage, there seems to have been a large number of people who have joined the forum or recently found the cross-code one and just want to post here to let off their faux-outrage at some indignity suffered back when William Webb Ellis picked up the ball, passed it to Jesus who did a snazzy offload to Santa before shoeing a working class oik for getting in the way.  Come on... just stop.  I'm getting fed up of seeing threads on utterly unconnected subjects derailed by someone getting upset because someone vaguely connected with rugby union looked at them the wrong way when they were a child.


5.  That then leads me to my last point.  Keep it on topic.  If it's going off topic, looks like it's never going to get back on topic and I lock it then that's your problem, it's not censorship, it's called moderation.  Long experience says that it needs to be done or the site just falls apart due to playground ranting.

#3043046 UKIPpery

Posted by ckn on 09 December 2014 - 07:13 PM

UKIP has touched a nerve and immigration and the EU are bedrock campaign issues. The other three parties wish to God that wasn't the case because they each know they have let this country's working class down.


I think UKIP will take at least as many votes from Labour as from the Tories and that, even if it doesn't get many seats, the bandwagon will keep rolling.


As an instinctive and traditional Labour voter, I think that, if the post-election Miliband faction is toast, UKIP has done the party a longterm favour.

So... the proven facts that EU immigrants are NET CONTRIBUTORS to the UK means nothing?  If that's what you're voting to get rid of then I am quite happy to revive my old view that UKIP are BNP-lite as it's all about them being furriners rather than their impact.

#3041632 Whisky

Posted by ckn on 05 December 2014 - 10:54 PM

I need to find decent pub with a good range of whisky and spend a pleasant evening trying a few.

London?  Try here near London Bridge.









#3041624 Whisky

Posted by ckn on 05 December 2014 - 10:36 PM

What are your thoughts on Caol Ila or Lagavulin?


Perhaps I need to arrange a holiday to Scotland to continue my education. 

Caol Ila isn't my favourite but certainly a nice drink.  I definitely wouldn't refuse a drink of it if offered.


Lagavulin has a slightly different flavour from Laphroaig, 16yo is the best bang for your buck, as they say.  Younger than that can be a bit underwhelming if over-watered and rough if under, 16yo is very forgiving and lovely almost any way.

#3041612 Whisky

Posted by ckn on 05 December 2014 - 10:07 PM

Not overly oppressed with Ardbeg 10 year old, not as good as Laphroaig or Bowmore. It's drinkable but lacking something.


I might have to splash out on one of the other Ardbegs such as the Uigeadail or Corryvreckan as they seem to be rated highly....if I can figure out how to pronounce them.

I have some of the new Laphroaig Select, a bit light and not as meaty as proper Laphroaig.


Ardbeg is overpriced these days.

#3041172 The Lib Dems

Posted by ckn on 04 December 2014 - 10:34 PM

I defer to your knowledge and reject your cynicism.

how long would the tories have lasted if they had been a minority? Would labour then have triumphed in the next election?

A minority government worked in Scotland because it forced the governing party to be reasonable, relying on barter and negotiations to get their policies through but then the other parties also got their own policies in as conpensation. Plus it stopped the worst excesses.

That said, I couldn't imagine that happening in the Westminster playground.

#3038966 Mental Health

Posted by ckn on 29 November 2014 - 02:02 PM

2100 NHS mental health beds gone since 2011.  8 people dead (7 suicides, 1 homicide) with a proven causability to this.  Routinely no beds available in most of England in both private and public mental health care.


BBC News story on it that made the BBC news front page for a few hours yesterday then dropped.  It also made the Radio 2 news for a couple of hours.  No sign of it on any other media source.  Obviously an odious Tory being rude to a taxi driver is more important.


There's a direct consequence of this Coalition government.  Tory ideals, Lib Dem minister responsible for Mental Health, devastation to a core service of the NHS.  Do you think the government cares?  Not in the slightest beyond another fluff promise from the Lib Dems that they'll just ignore if anyone were daft enough to vote for them.


Then there's the even wider story of 10,000 NHS beds that have been cut since 2010 (official government source)  It was headline news with strikes and protests when Maggie Thatcher's government cuts forced the closure of a single ward, now all the main parties want to do is distract everyone about immigration scare stories and the media lap it all up.  I'd love to compare the Labour figures as I know they did their own fair share of cutting as well but the methodologies changed with the new government and the figures can't be easily compared.

#3038749 Black Friday...Seriously, is it worth it?

Posted by ckn on 28 November 2014 - 08:15 PM

I went to the Co-op on the way home and the cat food I wanted was half price!

#3038180 Plebgate (redux)

Posted by ckn on 27 November 2014 - 04:17 PM

Andrew Mitchell lost his libel case today after the judge said he did use the word "pleb" against the police, he also said that the policeman was too thick to have made the story up (paraphrased). :P


Something about that just tickled me...