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#3102749 Leeds Rhinos statement

Posted by RidingPie on 08 April 2015 - 12:19 PM

Well it all sounds good and I hope both players get their act together. Zak particularly is a great player and frankly we don't have enough great talents in this country to end up with another player like Hock, ie potential to be a world beater but wastes his talent. (and currently no, Zak isn't in the same league as Hock on that score)

#3090141 The sky at night

Posted by RidingPie on 17 March 2015 - 06:29 AM

I'd back up most of what JohnM says except of add don't use google sky maps on your phone during an observing session, it will kill your night vision.

And further add:

Plan your observing session in advance. Write it down and use a red torch t to read it if you forget (red doesn't kill your night vision)

Make sure your telescope has been outside about an hour when you start to observer. Then everything is the correct temperature, and there shouldn't be any condensation blocking your view.

Don't always look directly at faint objects like nebulae. Your peripheral vision is more light sensitive. This sounds odd but once you've got say, the Orion nebula in view try looking just to the side. You'll pick up more detail.

I know you say you've got a telescope and that's great but never underestimate the power of binoculars, especially image stabilised ones.

Also I'm going to re-emphasis JohnM's point. Join a local society. It might sound odd but it really is better with other people involved and they'll all be happy to help and offer advise.

#3076449 golden point

Posted by RidingPie on 22 February 2015 - 11:07 AM

I also disagree. Nearly every time I watch golden point (obviously I've got premiersports) I'm disappointed by the unionesque drop goal-athon the games become.

IMHO there's nothing wrong with a draw and a share of the spoils.

#3074078 NZ and French teams in expanded World Club Series

Posted by RidingPie on 18 February 2015 - 08:32 AM

Interestingly though don't Catalan's and NZ Warriors already have access to the world club challenge? All they have to do is finish in a position to qualify.

#3062993 The Great 100 (nearly) days to go poll!

Posted by RidingPie on 29 January 2015 - 06:50 PM

TBH given our current voting system, only a vote for one of the big two parties is going to produce a decisive result. Vote UKIP get Labour (perhaps) vote Green get the Tories,(the last party someone with Green view would want IMO) vote Lib/Dem, get the Tories. Same in Scotland, it may be very tempting to vote SNP but they are never going to form the government of the UK, it's horses for courses, the SNP claim to be a social democratic, left o centre party, so you've more chance , it these are your views by sticking with Labour.

Here's an article which sums up my feelings towards comment like yours Trojan.


While I'm not likely to vote green I'm certainly tired of being told who not to vote for by people I essentially don't trust.

Each to their own, but this time I'm going to vote for the closest party to my opinions and not the least bad major option. Don't know who that is yet though.

#3050223 Pettybourne leaves Wigan

Posted by RidingPie on 30 December 2014 - 08:23 AM

i have a feeling that the pies will announce a new prop at the end of the season from bath RU

Can't see him going anywhere but the NRL when he returns.

#3030917 Shaun Wane next England coach?

Posted by RidingPie on 10 November 2014 - 08:39 PM

Put it this way if your calling for McNamara's head you should be calling for wanes head because McNamara as done more for england than wane as for Wigan and probably ever will do for Wigan.

Interestingly, if you read the other thread I'm not calling for McNamara's head

And to say McNamara has done for for England than Wane has for wigan is a joke right. Wane has won the league, the challenge cup, the grand final. Had McNamara won three trophies for England I might say you had a point. But barring this 4 nations I haven't really felt England have moved forward. I mean Italy beat us last only last year. That's hardly progress.

#3027568 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

Posted by RidingPie on 05 November 2014 - 12:36 PM

At the end of the day had the ref been from a neutral country, even had he made every single decision the same, there wouldn't be calls of bias here. Incompetence, probably, but that isn't as bad.

#3018922 George Burgess (merged threads)

Posted by RidingPie on 24 October 2014 - 07:28 AM

We're told it's good our players head to the NRL because we'll have a stronger national team, in spite of our almost nonexistent international schedule. Yet union still seem to tempt them from the NRL.

this morning the glass is definitely half empty.

#3008922 The Lib Dem conference

Posted by RidingPie on 07 October 2014 - 09:08 AM

Not at all. It just marks you out as a stereotypical rugby league fan......nowt's any good!

Possibly! ;)

that said I think I've got tired, as I've got older of voting for the least bad option.

#3008910 The Lib Dem conference

Posted by RidingPie on 07 October 2014 - 08:52 AM

They've done a lot that they shouldn't. True! But they have got some stuff done for sure.

My humble take on the current parties
Labour - fiscally incompetent
Conservative - socially incompetent
Lib dems - politically incompetent
Greens - scientifically incompetent
UKIP - polar opposite of me on just about every issue.

Now that's depressing!

#2975663 Junior draft system

Posted by RidingPie on 12 August 2014 - 05:26 AM

that is correct. Youth development would need to be entirely removed from the pro game.

I think that there would be benefits of this, but it would require a commitment from clubs to fund it.

Yes and all clubs would have to fund it equally. Sadly that's where the problem lies. Some clubs can't or won't make the commitment.

#2975630 Junior draft system

Posted by RidingPie on 11 August 2014 - 09:45 PM

The biggest problem with any proposed draft system is the it penalises the clubs the put the most money in to junior development and rewards those who don't.

Why should Leeds, Wigan, Warrington and Saints who currently spend a lot on junior development continue to do so if the best players coming through are then drafted.

If the RFL funded and drove all youth development then it might be workable, however I don't think they have the funds to do so.

I also don't go for the trading registration so the players can sign for the team they want to argument. This just sounds like a way for clubs who haven't spent money on developing players to get money out of the teams who have.

At the end of the day, if you attract and develop good juniors you are rewarded for doing so. Maybe we should reward the clubs who do to encourage more clubs to invest this way, possibly with further cap exemptions especially if the player is from the local catchment area.

#2963392 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by RidingPie on 22 July 2014 - 09:46 AM

I've had a pop or two and made hilarious witticisms ever since he stepped foot in the game as I'd admire him more if he just knuckled down and got on with it, which he seems to be doing now after 12/18 months of bluster.


It really is a case of actions speaking louder than words IMO.


I disagree and think he has been delivering! The signings of Morely, Chase (both about 12 months ago now) and more recently Locke et al have all been steps forward for the club, and only now Harris has managed to start getting the structure in the team working are some people taking notice.


I don't mind the bluster and bravado either, it gets us column inches in the papers, and though some people would argue it isn't good publicity again I disagree, it isn't a drugs/bubbling/violence scandle its someone arguing about the future of the game who is passionate about it. OK he's trying to get his own way, but again we don't have to see that as a bad thing.

#2956326 Terrible news for Gingerjon

Posted by RidingPie on 08 July 2014 - 11:24 AM

Seeing as giraffe and lions are both ginger, I doubt it would be an issue.


also its got to be better than some of the greasy fried pork in Copenhagen! ;)