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Gerri Monside

Member Since 26 May 2011
Offline Last Active Sep 30 2015 11:51 AM

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In Topic: I quite like that Stuart Maconie chap

04 September 2015 - 11:59 AM

Must we really be so meek as to accept any old crumb from the table with forelock tugging gratitude?


Maconie will have written that piece on autopilot. His references aren't even up to date. It's stereotypical and counter-productive to the cause of winning over Telegraph readers to an appreciation of Rugby League. Which is probably why they asked him to write it.

Of course we shouldn't be meek.  But I don't find it steroetypical at all.  In fact, having read all of Maconie's books, he does anything but portray stereotypes and tends to offer a well balanced and well researched insight into his subject matter. I'd far rather have someone of Maconie's intellect writing a piece than, say, Johnny Vegas who does nothing but prortray the stereotype.....unless of course he's peddling irony, which I doubt. 

Equally, must we be so paranoid to suspect that the piece was written with subterfuge in mind? Sorry, but I really don't see it that way.

In Topic: I quite like that Stuart Maconie chap

04 September 2015 - 11:17 AM

So some of us would rather have nothing?  Maconie is a very well respected author, journalist and broadcaster who does speak well about the game when given the chance.  We've just had an article published in a newspaper that wouldn't normally give us anything in terms of column inches and still some of find time to complain.  Only in RL.....

In Topic: Issues to address at Wembley for the RFL ?

31 August 2015 - 06:01 PM

Don't think so if you look at the numbers in there yesterday it was certainly well over 1,000



For the second year running the row behind me was full of southerners.

I didn't have a good view from where I was so it was a very rough guess from me.


Great to see a good representation from the south.  Medway dragons always seem to take a good number. 

In Topic: Lizzie

31 August 2015 - 05:50 PM

Just had a quick glance on Gooogle & Lizzie is getting coverage all over the place including Sweden & Norway (courtesy of AftonBladet), Romania, Asia, Scotland and loads of the local papers across the UK. Twitter feed says that she's going to record Abide with Me as a charity single available on iTunes. 

Never seen anything so brave.  How she got through it I'll never know.

In Topic: Issues to address at Wembley for the RFL ?

31 August 2015 - 05:37 PM

Rugby league has always been fairly tribal in nature in the years I have watched the game but that seems to have increased in my opinion with less people having a wider interest in the game away from their own club. Just an opinion of mine but may explain less neutrals at finals.

I think that's a very valid point.  There do seem to be less who would class themselves as "general RL" supporters.  Which seems to be quite different from when I started watching.