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C H Calthrop

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#3126979 Ghosts etc

Posted by C H Calthrop on 22 May 2015 - 11:49 AM

Lets not forget there were adults in the UK who thought this was real. 




#3126880 Sol Mokdad / UAE Rugby League (merged threads)

Posted by C H Calthrop on 22 May 2015 - 09:25 AM

Some people on this thread should really get out more. A wolrdwide conspiracy against RL, a lockdown against RL by the BBC, media cover-ups against RL. I'm sorry to break the news to some on here but in the real world RL just isn't that important, if it was such a threat to RU then RU forums would have threads about RL and the danger it poses to them but (unlike this forum with it's obsession on all things RU) they never talk about RL. What does that tell you?

Go on a lot of RU forums then?




#3125434 The Leeds-Bradford Deathway

Posted by C H Calthrop on 19 May 2015 - 07:18 PM

This will upset a few people, but what the hell!

In the linked article, the cycle way is clearly marked with "GIVE WAY" triangle. At a give way triangle, you are supposed to give way, surprisingly. If you don't and you're in a car, you will face a big repair bill. If you don't and you're on a bike, you will face serious injury at best, death at worst.

Why shouldn't bike riders follow the rules of the road? If only for their own safety.

Cycle riders in this case are not being invited to ride on the road but a pavement with cycle related decoration seemingly designed by winners of a Blue Peter competition. As a cyclist and a commuter cyclist, sometimes when the weather is good I propel my 13 1/2 stone frame + bicycle at around 22 mph in order to get from A to B. On a pavement shared with pedestrians, women with pushchairs  and so on safety is not a consideration in these flights of road design fantasy. Essentially they are 3rd rate money wasting projects designed for people with the cycling requirements of Miss Marple.




#3122430 Has Union got League in its sights?

Posted by C H Calthrop on 14 May 2015 - 02:49 PM

It would be naive to think that embryonic RU organisations would adopt this strategy without senior Union admin influence or at least acknowledgement. Clearly it is a measure, an experiment to promote RU and remove competition in a way the adds to the whole of "World Rugby", which is Union. Union in League clothing is an appropriate description. A minor/' simplified offshoot of the true game will be their idea. They have a long history of it and we have a long history of letting it go on.




#3119487 Sol Mokdad / UAE Rugby League (merged threads)

Posted by C H Calthrop on 08 May 2015 - 08:29 PM

They are reporting this in Australia ; http://www.smh.com.a...508-ggxodk.html

 

But I can't find anything about it on Sky and of course no mention on the BBC.

Well the story, the "arrested" development, has just been blocked on the general page of this RL forum so even we can't seem to manage not to sideline it. Lets hope what is left of the RL media can give it some air.  




#3116308 Burgess Watch......

Posted by C H Calthrop on 03 May 2015 - 05:36 PM

Can't say it was a "few isolated morons" MB. Thats more like nowadays. Beck then it was endemic. The swing low song did come from the Twickenham crowd in '88 towards a black player, so I'm.not sure English RL was any better than English RU regards race relations.

The more obvious example of racism in the RU hierarchy was in South Africa. The 'white mans game' was the sporting wing of apartheid, the consequences of which are still in effect today (regardless of Mandela's incredible gesture). Most black South Africans couldn't care less about Rugby.

Endemic among a few isolated morons. British RL had a black captain in 72.




#3114936 My bbc paranoia

Posted by C H Calthrop on 01 May 2015 - 02:36 PM

I have little regard for those who denigrate my sport. Same Wordsworth quote from me too.

I'm with you all professional RU players should be banned. 




#3114933 My bbc paranoia

Posted by C H Calthrop on 01 May 2015 - 02:33 PM

Not me. See post 262.

Ah I see, a subtle, nuanced subterfuge parodying previous RU inspired nonsense.




#3113439 Burgess Watch......

Posted by C H Calthrop on 28 April 2015 - 08:21 PM

Very astute RU is indeed a team game.

And yet the RU hacks don't seem to ascribe failure to the other 14 born and collapsing players in said teams. The truth of the matter is the average RU hack only looks up from his pasty and claret when there is a RL player on the pitch. 




#3113408 Burgess Watch......

Posted by C H Calthrop on 28 April 2015 - 07:47 PM

They did, but not exactly a lot of trophies.

Mehhhh! For every 6 nations champions there are 5 entire RU teams with zilch per year. That is if you count the trophies of the Britain Isles v Italy V France. And correct me if I'm wrong only England have ever kicked their way to a RUWC. That is a hell of a lot of natural born brainwashed Union players with not exactly a lot of trophies over the years. 




#3113196 My bbc paranoia

Posted by C H Calthrop on 28 April 2015 - 12:05 PM

Sounds more like the league authorities have decided to respect the branding of another sport.

"Or else" is the addendum to that comment. 




#3111461 Sol Mokdad / UAE Rugby League (merged threads)

Posted by C H Calthrop on 24 April 2015 - 10:24 PM

What sort of 'evidence' are you wanting? Isn't the fact that situations like this one in the UAE could be avoided evidence enough? And no, "league" isn't the problem, "rugby" is. The official name of the sport is Rugby League Football, we should consider using the shortened version "League Football" rather than "Rugby League".

before you rebrand a sport with clubs competing in it that date back to 1865 just in order to satisfy virginal UAE union administrators and the terminally short of attention you'd better be sure that a change will pay off many times over. You are after all throwing RL heritage right out of the window undoubtably to the benefit of our competitors. And considering it never held Australia back, a country most notable for castrating the machinations of RU in the 1920's rather than pandering to them I would say keep "Rugby" , be better at informing the audience and decry the detractors.




#3111259 Sol Mokdad / UAE Rugby League (merged threads)

Posted by C H Calthrop on 24 April 2015 - 06:23 PM

The name should be changed because it's not only causing these problems abroad, it's actively putting off potential fans in places like the UK and the USA too. 'Rugby league' is a terrible name for our sport.

 

The name should be changed because it's not only causing these problems abroad, it's actively putting off potential fans in places like the UK and the USA too. 'Rugby league' is a terrible name for our sport.

No the name isn't causing these problems, organisations that don't want RL are causing these problems.




#3110193 A government drive to boost participation in rugby in English schools

Posted by C H Calthrop on 22 April 2015 - 04:28 PM

:rtfm:




#3110147 My bbc paranoia

Posted by C H Calthrop on 22 April 2015 - 03:19 PM

SL is not an English competition, it was intended as a competition for Europe. Of the English clubs prior to the restructure only one English club in the competition was north of Leeds and south of Widnes; a club struggling for a fan base in four figures and an more importantly an identity. Whereby the club saw it's target market as expat Australians and those born and rasied in the RL heartlands working in greater London or the South East.  At this level it is clearly regional because it has had several clubs outside that narrow geographical band alnog the M62. Oldham, Gateshead, Sheffield, Workington could not survive in the competition along with two welsh clubs. Sport England figures would also indicate that it at semi-pro and amateur level it is predominantly a regional sport. If RL was not a regional sport London Broncos would at least have above average SL crowds and would not have the need to have given away thousands of free tickets over a period of many weeks with little or no response.

 

Try playing or watching RL regularly outside the traditional region areas, most towns do not have a RL club let alone the villages. 

 

As for the Skiing argument, skiing is a popualr sport with people in the UK in spite of not having facifilites widespread across the country. By the same token The is only one track in the UK that has F1 racing yet few would argue that it does not have significant

Try ski-ing or watching ski-ing regularly outside the tiny areas in which you can do it, most towns do not have a ski-ing club let alone the villages. 

RL is a popular sport with people in the UK inspite of not having top rank teams widespread across the country.