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    Rugby League, Skinhead culture, Reggae, Ska, Rocksteady, Northern Soul

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  1. When I was on the list Greg Mcallum reviewed the tapes and had a (usually) a one to one chat, particularly if it was a bad performance. Coaches were listened to and most of them were very fair with their comments
  2. Read what I said, he needs to take a look at his performance, that’s all.
  3. I don’t bag refs and I don’t believe in conspiracy theories but Hewer needs to take a look at himself
  4. Phil

    Child abuse

    Thanks Vambo Yeah I’m actually fine GJ as I alluded, I can take it out of the box and put it back again. I have to say Andy’s man club which many of you may be aware of, is a fantastic forum for getting this kind of thing out in the open.
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    Child abuse

    I’ve started writing this a dozen times and given up before starting again. I was repeatedly abused by a teacher at school, I don’t know if any of my peers were but let’s face it, it’s highly likely. I only “came out” with it few months ago to a female friend. I didn’t know what was happening, we didn’t have “sexual abuse” in the 1970s did we? He’ll be dead now so there’s no resolution to be gained legally. I locked it away successfully in the end but it took me years and a couple of suicide attempts to realise it wasn’t my fault “look what you made me do you little ####” he said, and to stop despising myself, how could anyone love or like me if I hated myself so much? Not sure what to add to that folks.
  6. Phil

    The Culture Wars

    Been thinking about all this 'cultural appropriation' hoo-hah that's going on. Personally, I'm all for cultural appropriation, namely the appropriation of sounds, images, ideas, art forms et cetera associated with cultures other than your own. Cultural appropriation drives synthesis and synthesis (literally the collision of different cultural ideas to create new ones) is a major element of creative originality. Some of my favourite musical forms are the result of synthesis (o...r, to put it bluntly, cultural appropriation), for example the music of Kurt Weill who blended traditional German musical instruments with his idea of what Jazz sounded like as gleaned from newspaper reports or the psychedelic music of the 60s, which blended crude appropriations of Indian music with the blues. Indeed, all modern rock music is rooted in cultural appropriation, located as it is in the adoption of electrified, urban African American music by white art students from such racy suburban enclaves as Richmond, Cheltenham, Twickenham, Shepherds Bush or Ealing. Even the high modernisms of cubism or fauvism are inspired by naive interpretations of African tribal art. In a nutshell, pretty much everything is a form of cultural appropriation, some of it is crude, some of it is extremely sophisticated but all of it representing a desire to explore, to understand, to appreciate. Appropriation is not an attempt to ridicule, no matter how naive it can be at times. As time has moved on, we have become more sophisticated in the manner of our appropriation but it remains appropriation nonetheless. Imitation is still the greatest form of flattery, even if it is not always the most enduring or comfortable. Of course, historically there have been political movements (and philosophers/critics associated with those movements) who have decried, derided, resisted or even penalised cultural appropriation. However, the cultural forms associated with those ideologues are generally uninspiring, cold and sterile. Thinkers such as Konrad Nonn or Alfred Rosenberg were fiercely anti-appropriation and sought to promote cultural purity. Nonn was critical of art and architecture which he described as 'children of other shores' while Rosenberg devoted himself to the destruction of music and art which he described as degenerate. He believed that jazz was a hideous combination of 'the worst negro and Jewish elements'. Basically, while some examples of cultural appropriation may seem somewhat embarrassing or naive to modern, progressive sensibilities, it is important that we encourage it for it is the food of progress. The alternative is frightening, literally frightening. Before the new ideologues of the twitter clerisy jump too soon to judge, they should ask themselves why they feel justified in (or qualified for) doing so, what they hope to achieve by so doing and examine where such critiques lead.
  7. Mmmm 🤔 Couldn’t be dark skins could it?
  8. Phil

    Tattoos in rugby

    No I’m a Yorkshireman
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    Tattoos in rugby

    I have a full sleeve on one arm and aim to have the other finished soon. My wife and daughter are both tattooed, we all love them. I do appreciate they’re not everyone’s cup of tea but as my mom used to say “it wouldn’t do if we all liked the same things”
  10. Lizzie Isaacs writes about why we should remember August 2nd, 1944, when the Romani camp in Auschwitz was ‘liquidated’ by the SS guards, despite the courageous resistance to the very end from the men, women and children who were incarcerated there by the Nazis. As we stand or should be standing, to remember the night when the Romani camp at Auschwitz was liquidated, we should also think about our reasons for doing so. If you think about the Holocaust as a historical event that happened in Europe with no connection to us in England then sadly you have missed the point. Yes, we all lament what happened to our people, we all grieve for our European cousins who suffered but it wasn’t just about them, it was about us all. The reason all Romanies need to learn about and understand what happened is because if we don’t know what happened how can we expect the Gorja to acknowledge or remember it. After “The night of the resistance”, on May 16th1944, the night the Romanies fought back against the original plan to empty the camp, the SS set about lulling them into a false sense of security. They spent the following two months telling the Romanies that they were Aryans and therefore safe, nothing bad was going to happen to them. However, a very cruel and callous plan was being hatched by those in charge of the camp at Auschwitz. Because of what happened on the 16th May that year the SS guards were actually afraid of an uprising and if any one group came close to causing that uprising it was the Roma and Sinti occupants. So, on the morning of the 2nd of August all the men and boys in the Zigeunerlager were rounded up, put on trains and sent to other camps, where the majority of them would later die. That night, with the strongest out of the way, the women, children and the sick were rounded up and sent to the gas chambers. Now, anyone who has been to Auschwitz will know that the Zigeunerlager was situated quite close to the train track and the gas chambers. It is said that the majority of people who came into the camp were sent straight to their death, they were told they going to have a shower, they were stripped naked, men, women and children together, and told to walk into what they thought was a shower room. It was only when the showers flowed with gas that they knew they were going to die. This was true mainly for the Jews, however the Romanies knew what was happening because they had been kept in the camp for months as forced labour. Each day from their barracks they saw the trains come in and the people sent to gas chambers, they knew exactly what their fate was. You see, the plan for the Romanies was different to the one for the Jews, the gas chambers were built for the Jews originally. The plan for the Romanies was that they would die out of natural causes, starting with the sterilisation program. If you couldn’t have children the race would die out, right? Most Roma and sinti did die of causes other than being gassed to death. They died of starvation, brutal treatment, inhumane living conditions and many were rounded up from their camps and shot on the spot, not counted, just recorded as “a number of Gypsies”. In Auschwitz the Romanies were given their own family camp, they weren’t split up like the Jews, families could stay together. Now this wasn’t to be kinder to them, it was because the guards knew that if you tried to take the Romani children away from the parents they would go mad, so it was done to keep control. In the camp, they lived in awful conditions. The barracks were made to hold 200 people but three or four times the amount were squashed in, whole families had to share a small bunk. If you weren’t killed on arrival, you could last up to three months in the camp before dying. The Zigeunerlager (the Gypsy camp) had its own Dr, Joseph Mengele was assigned to work there. He would carry out horrific experiments on the Romanies while he was there, seemingly just for the thrill of it. Often the experiments killed the person, if not they were murdered anyway so Dr Joseph could dissect the bodies. For some reason it was decided the Romanies had served their purpose and could be eliminated and on the 2nd of August that plan came to fruition. With the weakest left in the camp it seemed easy to round them up and take them to the gas chamber; however, it was not as simple as that. Witness accounts say that the Romanies fought to the very end. There are stories from other inmates that say they could hear screams coming from the Romanies and the guards, everyone in Auschwitz knew they were fighting till their last breath. Rudolf Hoss, the commandant of Auschwitz, in his memoirs wrote of the night, and what he said is very telling. “It was not easy to lead them into the gas chambers, I was not there but Schwarzhuber told me, no liquidation of Jews had ever been so difficult”. That night over 3000 Roma and Sinti were murdered and the bodies burnt in the pits. The Zigeunerlager was empty. All in all over 21,000 Romanies died in Auschwitz. Although the official number killed in the Holocaust stands at 500,000 this is a very conservative estimate; it is likely that up to 2 million died across 12 different countries. In some of those countries the Romani population was almost wiped out completely. The Romani population lost a bigger percentage than any other group including the Jews.