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#3127961 23 May: Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors KO 6pm (TV)

Posted by Saintslass on 23 May 2015 - 07:08 PM

I have to confess that I totally failed to stifle some giggles when I saw the result of the Dragons-Warriors game.  Sorry about that. 

#3127766 23-24 May: Kingstone Press Championship Summer Bash Match Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 23 May 2015 - 03:52 PM

I enjoyed the first game.  It was a good derby game, once Workington decided to join in!  Whitehaven looked a tad flat throughout the second half and of course weren't helped by the sin binning.  Well done to Town for the win.


I'm watching London v Sheffield in favour of the goons in the south of France as it's been an age since I've seen Championship rugby, something I enjoy watching.  I hope for another good, competitive game (though I think London will miss Dwyer) and a London win for me coz they need it more than Sheffield.  Come on Broncos!

#3127673 23-24 May: Kingstone Press Championship Summer Bash Match Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 23 May 2015 - 02:39 PM

Workington have looked pretty poor up to halftime although their score will have helped give them a bit of confidence.  They had started to look like they were getting into the game around that time. Hopefully it will turn out to be a competitive second half.


The weather looks great in Blackpool.  I hope the fans are enjoying themselves.

#3127500 23 May: iPro Sport Cup Final - North Wales Crusaders v Swinton Lions KO 12 noon

Posted by Saintslass on 23 May 2015 - 10:12 AM

I've got a soft spot for the Cru and they have probably the best bunch of fans in the game.  Hope they win today!

#3126142 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Saintslass on 20 May 2015 - 09:57 PM

They may have overspent, but they were trying to make up for 18 years of neglect under Thatcher and Major. 

Yeah.  That's why Brown maintained the previous Tory government's fiscal policy for the first two years of their first term, because they were trying to make up for neglect!  The Tories had to deal with the previous Labour government's financial mess.  The Tories always have to mop up after Labour's financial irresponsiblility.

#3126015 BBC 4

Posted by Saintslass on 20 May 2015 - 07:24 PM

BBC4, due to budget cuts, can't make as many programmes as they used to, but they also buy in good stuff and you can usually find some high quality viewing in any given week.


Excellent for science and music.

Maybe if the BBC had gotten rid of that waste of space BBC3 then they would have had more money available to continue making as many programmes for BBC4 as they used to.

#3124272 15-17 May: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round 6 - Match Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 17 May 2015 - 07:13 PM

Catalans 37 - 34 Featherstone Rovers FT

They deserved it more than us, they have done well. Please ban Lima for the rest of the season.

Your guys don't like defending really do they?!


Good effort by Featherstone there, much like Batley at Widnes.  Clearly the Championship teams have found some mojo this season.

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#3123201 15-17 May: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round 6 - Match Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 15 May 2015 - 11:46 PM

This seems very negative given the result Geordie? I know we're far from perfect but I'm not sure this is the right week to bemoan it.

Geordie is spot on Mr F.  I went to the match too.  York looked like we should look.  They had energy, they were tenacious, they threw the ball around (sometimes a little bit too much, like on the very first set of the game right in front of their posts and they knocked on!) and almost all their kicks found the ground. They came within a gnat's whisker of scoring three more tries on top of the one they did score, two of which would have been in the same place as the one that finally arrived - on Swift's wing - the other was a beautiful chip through but the player chasing slipped and so he missed the ball and we picked it up.  I'm glad they scored because they deserved it.  They played the more expansive and attractive rugby.  We just look like 13 lumps of lard with no imagination and very little application.  Cunningham appears to have taken us backwards.  I only expected us to do what was necessary but even then we came up short.  Wilkin knocking on near our line, us forgetting what tackle we were on, not a single kick finding the grass, Mosoe knocking on twice, the kind of garbage that we have been serving up for most of this season.  It was dull, deadly and depressing from us even though we did what we ought to do as Superleague Champions when playing a League 1 team.  Oh, and Burns should be taken off kicking duties.  He missed three out of three.  Makinson kicked two out of three and Charnock two out of two.


I did enjoy watching York play.  The players were all cramping up in the last 15 minutes.  I think at one time three were receiving the cramp attention at one go!  But they never gave up and they used all their nous to try and get round our slowing down tactics and our big lumps in the middle of the field.  When they finally scored their fans went bonkers, as did some of the players.  It was fun to watch and the rest of the crowd gave them a rousing applause.

#3122550 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 14 May 2015 - 09:00 PM

Because what we seem to be talking about with this government is fascism.  Repeal the human rights act, make it virtually impossible for trades unions to strike, bully the national broadcaster (the most respected broadcasting organisation in the world.)  They've already restricted access to the courts regarding unfair dismissal.  We know they want to make it easier for companies to sack someone for no reason.  Basically to the Tories, human rights mean the right to exploit your fellow man for as much as you can screw out of him and the devil take the hindmost.  They never change, and they never will.  Nye Bevan was right.

If you think the present government is facist then you have no idea what you are talking about.  Not a clue. 


I am amazed that lefties always side with the bad guys when it comes to terrorism yet they would be the first to shout incompetence if a bomb went off and blew people to smithereens.  We can't have the freedoms we used to have because - hello! - the world has changed.  We have Islamist terrorists to deal with; Islamist terrorist who don't bat an eyelid over decapitating people in the street or blowing innocent people up in tube stations.  This isn't the IRA, an organisation which looks positively polite by comparison to what has been unleashed on us now.  I don't want any crazy Islamist nutjobs at loose in my country.  If that means I have to lose a tiny little bit of my freedom - which already I have done because, for example, I can no longer take bottles of whatever I feel like on to aeroplanes - then that is a sacrifice I am prepared to make to give my country a better chance of being protected.  I'm just glad there is a party willing at least to do something to bring that about rather than sit back and do nothing.

#3120766 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 10 May 2015 - 07:11 PM

I'm sure you will be when you can't afford health care. :drag:

I don't know how old you are or how long you have been interested in such things as general elections, but that line has been patted out by those on the left all my life and so far the NHS is looking no more privatised than it did when I was born.  In fact, it's less privatised as during one of their sessions in power, Labour got rid of private wards in NHS hospitals thus taking away a vital form of fundraising support for NHS hospitals which has subsequently transferred itself into car parking charges and targeted fundraising events (for expensive items like CT scanners and the like). 

#3120509 10 May: Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos KO 3pm

Posted by Saintslass on 10 May 2015 - 03:52 PM

Well done Widnes. They deserved that after coming so close to winning in recent weeks.  And of course it is always a pleasure to learn that Leeds have lost!

#3120405 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 10 May 2015 - 01:53 PM

Despite the protestations of JohnM Saintslass etc, labour and Tories are virtually indistinguishable apart from small differences of emphasis.

Labour abandoned any pretence to being a socialist party long before the Blair years. They used working class voters as their stage army and then effectively ignored them while they courted big business, now it's bitten them on their pale pink bum.

I disagree with you.  Labour took a number of steps back into being a 1970s socialist party under Milliband.  I'm a moderate Tory.  There are an awful lot of us around.  Many of us (not me) voted for Blair in 1997 (that was the only election in which I did not vote).  However, we recoiled at the Milliband brand. 


The Tories under Cameron are aspirational.  Labour under Milliband was not.  Cameron's Tories want to bring everyone up to the best level; Labour under Milliband wanted to bring everyone down under their control.  Apply that difference in approach to all areas of life and you end up with a massive difference between the two parties. 

#3120144 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 09 May 2015 - 10:23 PM

PMSL, facts?

Yes.  Cameron's father was disabled and Cameron's son died.  Both those things are facts.

#3120082 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 09 May 2015 - 09:19 PM

Absolute rubbish.

I've yet to converse with a socialist who doesn't bring a bitter comment about rich people or those with private educations into the conversation. 

#3120045 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 09 May 2015 - 08:34 PM

Hmmmm those socialist luvvies are *considerably* richer than you and must have some talent. Politics of envy eh?

Socialists are all about that.