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Geoff Lee

Member Since 20 Apr 2004
Offline Last Active Mar 31 2015 10:46 PM
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In Topic: General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

31 March 2015 - 09:27 PM

In this election I  would seriously consider voting for a party that is prepared to raise with the electorate the issue of the Transatlantiv Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This is currently, secretly being negotiated between the EU and American corporate business and if passed will give legal powers to big business to sue governments if they take any action to harm their profits.

For those who want to know more of it's dangers have a look at the 38 Degrees web site. It's an eye opener.


In Topic: RIP Ray

10 March 2015 - 10:39 PM

Unlike many posters, I was fortunate enough to have known Ray quite well as we did a lot of work together on our joint projects.  As a child he lived for a while a couple of doors away from my grandparent's house in Horace St. He went to Knowsley Road school like I did although around 7 years later. However I first got to know him well when he was looking for a publisher for The Petition and I introduced him to the Parrswood Press, who were also my publisher.

On one occasion in 2002 we even did a joint book signing session in WH Smith in St Helens sat at tables opposite each other, with me signing copies of "One Spring" and him "The Petition". We also worked together for a while on early drafts of "Rugby League In Its Own Words". After a while though it became clear that it wasn't going to be successful as a joint venture between me and him so we went  our seperate ways but never fell out and still helped each other and remained good friends for the rest of his life.

Rugby League has produced some great characters and he was certainly one of them. I was pleased to have known him and have worked with him. And if there is a place called Heaven, then he will be in his element now with all the old Saints who are already up there.


In Topic: More news about the Collectors' Fair at Cougar Park

08 January 2015 - 10:30 AM

Yes, South Stand Loiner, I will have those books you want. Both are novels set against a strong though quite different rugby league background..

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"Rugby Football. A United Game" is based on the idea what might have happened if the Northern clubs had been in the majority around the time of the great split in 1895.

"The Glory and The Dream" is a novel set in the early post war period of rationing and shortages about a young lad growing up in South Lancashire wjth a dream to follow his Dad's success playing rugby league. Interestingly Roy Chesters fictional town of Garton is not very far from my fictional town of Ashurst.


In Topic: More news about the Collectors' Fair at Cougar Park

05 January 2015 - 08:54 PM

Not quite, Parksider. It was Peter Lush who circulated a dozen or so of the old RLCF regulars and so helped organise this event albeit from his home in North London. When the word started to go round , a Keighley fan told me about a possible problem with parking near to the ground. I had a walk round to check, put messages up on the internet and so hopefully made sure that no one finished up paying a parking fine.

On Saturday we will collect the names of all those who might be interested in getting the organisation going again on a more regular basis but I am not sure how early it will be before we can reintroduce the auction.

You will find me and Peter there on the London League Publications table.