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#3145125 NZ$90,000 A GAME?

Posted by RidingPie on 22 June 2015 - 10:22 AM

It's been interesting to see Johnson's form pretty much collapse while he's been injured.

#3142046 RBS

Posted by RidingPie on 17 June 2015 - 09:57 AM

and after making loss after loss for the last few years, once the government has ditched the last of its shares (even though it hasn't guided the business) it will miraculously start making profits again.

#3140639 Wigan Warriors to play home games in London (merged)

Posted by RidingPie on 14 June 2015 - 06:09 PM

I can't see why anyone has problem with this. If it fails it's going to hit Wigan and their image and not the RFL. ( I don't think the RFL's image can get any lower there)

What are people worried about if this is viewed as a success?

#3138163 Wigan Warriors to play home games in London (merged)

Posted by RidingPie on 10 June 2015 - 01:59 PM

I'd be surprised if it was one of those three, since those will probably be the top three money spinners at the DW all season - unless they are getting one hell of a deal down in London.


Possibly start off with a good competitive clash where they aren't going to get many away supporters anyway. Possibly someone like Huddersfield (sorry not meaning to dis your away support but the attendance at the JJB was very similar to the Catalans attendance and you're a good team). Then if there's a lot of interest try and get a crowd to a bigger stadium that the DW for a Wigan V Saints/Leeds match.

#3137086 Electoral reform

Posted by RidingPie on 08 June 2015 - 08:24 AM

And I blame Clegg.  He knew what the Tories are like, but he didn't care.  He sacrificed all his party's principles in order to get power.  And they have paid a heavy price, and IMO will continue to do so for many years to come.


You can blame Clegg for a lot, but not this, since all being done by a majority conservative government! Maybe look at Labours failure to win the election is a more realistic angle to vent on.

#3134226 Marquee Player rule approved

Posted by RidingPie on 03 June 2015 - 11:35 AM

I can see both sides of the argument, and I'm not slavishly devoted to the idea of the marquee player rule. However, what edges it for me is to look at the England team that played in the World Cup semi-final and to note how many of those players don't play in SL, and, in one case of course, no longer play rugby. The sport isn't going to become more attractive if we let the top talent drift away.


exactly! How great would it be if after the Union WC if Leeds, or Hull or Bradford signed Sam Burgess? OK I admit he's probably going back to Aus when he goes, but it means some clubs can realistically try.

#3133716 Electoral reform

Posted by RidingPie on 02 June 2015 - 12:17 PM


 what an utter nonsense of an article, comparing the electoral reform society to an alcoholic is a terrible metaphor. An alcoholic has a serious addiction to a dangerous substance (as sadly proven today by Charles Kennedy) whilst the elector reform society are asking for a fairer voting system. I honestly can't see any similarity for comparison!


Lets look at a few points

"Yes, it may be the same electoral system the British people voted to retain in 2011" - Not true, the electorate rejected AV, nothing proportional was on offer! Also the press made it in to a Nick Clegg popularity campaign


Saying the referendum was “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the way we do politics in the UK” is a lied laid bare by the No to AV campaign strategy of saying that is wasn't the right change. Many of their adverts quoted Clegg saying AV was a miserable compromise, or I think David Steele saying AV wasn't the way forward.


He's also then going on about what the seat distribution would be under AV. Most people now are arguing for a proportional system AV is not and never has been a proportional system.


This article is the typical cherry picked nonsense I expect from people who want to support the status quo.


There are better systems, I think what the ERS needs to do is pick a system and get the all the people in politics who want reform, left and right to back it, and start a proper debate.

#3130570 Update on Magic?

Posted by RidingPie on 28 May 2015 - 07:54 AM

The problem is though that we want our England internationals to be packed to the rafters. I'm sure the RFL will have the stats on this but I suspect most of the tickets sold will be to people outside the North East. A real sign of building momentum would be Newcastle getting more sponsorship and fans through the gate. At that point then yes lets move a test match there but be prepared to ship fans up if sales are flagging.

#3119162 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by RidingPie on 08 May 2015 - 11:27 AM

One positive point for me is the chances of Boris becoming PM have diminished dramatically. As someone who flits between blue and gold on the political spectrum he is one person in politics I genuinely cannot stand and fear ever attaining real power.

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#3114965 Marquis player rule coming in from 2016?

Posted by RidingPie on 01 May 2015 - 03:48 PM

True but their biggest (hopefully) expense is covered. The people on the terrace and sponsorship on the shirts and all the corporate stuff, should be the icing on the cake.

That said many big sports clubs purposefully run at a loss knowing they'll be bankrolled. Frankly I can't understand that.

#3114946 Marquis player rule coming in from 2016?

Posted by RidingPie on 01 May 2015 - 03:14 PM

Yes, and still clubs lose money

Which since the full cap near enough is covered by sky this can only be down to lack of business sense.

#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.