Honor James

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About Honor James

  • Birthday 10/03/1944

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  1. Stage struck? Wanna be a theatre star? Casting call in Oldham tomorrow for a new play about rugby league. http://www.totalrl.com/forums/index.php?/topic/303350-casting-call-for-rugby-league-in-the-blood/ You never know if you can or you'd like it till you try ...... that goes for everything.
  2. `Rugby League in the Blood’ is a new play, currently at its final draft stage, which is based on the shared memories of members of the Oldham and Rochdale communities and tells the story of the special relationship between Rugby League and those two towns. Rugby League's official charity arm, Rugby League Cares, is on the look-out for performers and volunteers to help bring to life this exciting new piece of theatre. Four performances are planned, in October, and local people are invited to get involved in the production at every level - from performing to stage management, ushers front-of-house to backstage assistants. The community cast call takes place on Monday June 19 at the Oldham Coliseum at 6.30pm, when writer Mick Martin, who is producing the play, will be on hand to discuss the various roles. Mick, whose other works include `Once upon a Time in Wigan' and `Broken Time' (which tells the story of rugby’s great split in 1895), has been working with local volunteers to produce this new play’s script, as part of a Rugby League Cares project, `From Stories to Stage'. The writers have accessed the communal memory bank of reminiscences and stories about Rugby League in both towns. “It’s been a fantastic process," said RL Cares heritage consultant, Trizia Wells. "We have gathered some brilliantly evocative memories which Mick and his fellow writers have been turning into a thrilling piece of theatre, and we are now at the stage where we need local people to come forward and help us bring `Rugby League in the Blood’ to life. “There are lots of opportunities to get involved and it’s something everyone can be part of: you don’t need previous experience of the theatre or acting, and you don’t have to be a Rugby League fan.” The play will premiere at Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale - Wednesday October 18 as part of the town’s 2017 Literature Festival, and three further performances will follow at: The Flying Horse in Rochdale - Wednesday, October 25 Oldham Library – Thursday, October 26 The Mahdlo Centre, Oldham – Friday, October 27. Anyone interested in becoming involved is asked to attend the community cast call on (this) Monday (19 June), or contact Trizia on 07903 300386, or email trizia@theheritageconnection.co.uk
  3. Or 17 (heritage) Australians playing as `Italy' in the World Cup. Nice for the people playing but logically, and in terms of realistic international development of the game (as played by ordinary young people in Italy, Greece etc.) meaningless. Same goes for `Greece', `Serbia, `Lebanon, `Urugay' ...... etc, etc. This is not an anti-Australians-of-Italian-heritage campaign, and it's great that all those young people with forbears from other countries play the game, and play it well. I just wish they would see that to properly represent any country you do need at very least a sizeable `hub' of genuinely domestic players. No harm then in a salutary sprinkling of external `glitz'. Or alternatively, why don't all those Australian heritage players representing countries from all over the world just proudly announce their heritage status, and celebrate it as such. Heritage Rugby League World Cup sounds good to me - played every four years, in Australia, two years after every World Cup. What a fantastic celebration of Australia's brilliantly diverse population that could be.
  4. So to you it's OK, I guess, that our competition is all too frequently and openly seen and accepted (by an awful lot of Brits and certainly DownUnderites), as a handy bolt-hole for out-of-favour NRL players who (being not yet absolutely beyond their sell-by date) can serve penance time, until one or other of the NRL coaches (short of cash but needing a top-up) thinks: "Oh well, he's probably learned his lesson by now." OK - it's a point of view. But me? I'd rather watch my team lose than "sell my birthright for a mess of pottage", and I'll be right at the front cheeering louder than anyone.
  5. The Antipodeans we should be encouraging to join us are - like the players who are chosen from our clubs to play in the NRL - those promising young stars of the future who are willing from there to come here and commit to our competition(s)' Willing to become part of a club - a true brother among team brothers - growing, developing and then we hope taking a rightful star's place in their adopted teams. We have had some amazing players come here from `Down Under' and do just that. Well ..... that's my take on it done. :-)
  6. Looking in though ... from my perspective Which, granted, has always been way off the more normal sports fan's "win now, win only, win no matter what" If a considerable amount of restraint is not exercised by Super League owners and CEO's under pressure to `win now, win ...... etc.' Our top flight could become clogged - a mere handy repositary for second-string and `temporarily failed for some reason' NRL players needing digs until rehabilitated at home A mere repository in which our own, recently healthy looking, up-and-coming future, may shrivel again, as young British Club hopefuls lose interest, seeing their own potential Super League opportunity drift steadily torwards those `middle' years beyond which they will (unless phenomenal) no longer be young enough to attract a Super League scout's attention. While drifting off along with our young hopefuls, will go any chance that a genuine, UK based England (Scotland, Wales or Ireland) team may one day, regularly contest internationals on a level playing field with Australia and New Zealand. BUT If none of that matters at all - to the people who play, who watch and in particular who manage the northern game - then Mr Draper is probably right to celebrate yet another `glitter-scattered' signing. Let's hope this one stays a bit longer than Albert Kelly.
  7. After reading that team list, and having earlier today posted two international news items on the totalrl.com news stream (see links below), I scratch my head in despair. Is there any chance for genuine international Rugby League to get off the ground? Not while Antipodean coaches continue to believe that people in Lebanon (or any other country) really want, in numbers great enough for viability, to watch an `international' side made up of Antipodeans "with heritage qualification", `represent them' somewhere on the other side of the world. Or a side that, if they ever cross the ocean to Lebabon (or wherever), is lightly peppered for the event with native players. I was subbing this news item to post: http://www.totalrl.com/cedars-meet-knights-saturday-contest-phoenician-cup/ Lebanon? Malta? Can you see a player, in any one of those four squads playing this weekend in Cabramatta, New South Wales, for a team called Lebanon or a team called Malta, who plays his weekly Rugby League and therefore, one assumes lives, in either of those countries? I can't. And then I saw this second news item: http://www.totalrl.com/bennett-explains-inclusion-heighington-mcqueen-england-squad/ Who are people like Bennet kidding? Themselves? I doubt many people here in UK believe at this stage that selecting two (older, second-stringer) Australian born and bred players, to represent England, is anything more than one man's arrogant self indulgence. Isn't it time we all grew up? What international Rugby League needs is international teams of native (or at least, long term resident) players, from every country that plays the game, playing each other. It needs every four years those teams playing each other in a proper, inclusive, multi-layered, knock-out format World Cup, through which every national side has a chance to progress to the highest layer they can reach; at the end of which, all but one national side will lose but because of which, THE TOP 17 PLAYERS from EVERY COUNTRY PLAYING will have played AT LEAST ONE GENUINE INTERNATIONAL MATCH. How else will national sides beyond the top 3 or 4 improve by experience? No reason why teams of Heritage players can't still play each other. You could even have a Heritage Rugby League World Cup; you'd get some great matches! Well-organised, you could sell that as a semi-exhibition type, touring phenomenon similar, in a way, to the other code's British Lions (for example). Pipe dreams? We are all ultimately the scope of our own dreams and our determination to make them reality.
  8. Thank goodness, Such a lot a money to waste on a training session for a coach who can only spare you three days. Some dedicated coach that is! Spend money as required? ......... by all means. Waste money? ......... when there are still people living cold and hungry in winter in so many parts of the world. "Do they know it's Christmas time at all?" Remember that ..... or has it been relegated recently to the dustbin of history?
  9. That looks absolutely correct to me. Not being in government, or even in opposition, neither the Leave nor the Remain campaign `teams' were in a position to promise anything at all. Neither was that their purpose. That is the purpose of political parties contesting either a general, a bi, or a local government election. The purpose on this occasion was to persuade every registered, eligible voter, to listen to the arguments put forward by teams on both sides of the question `Should Britain pull out of the European Union?'. The purpose of the eligible electorate, was individually to think about those arguments (all of them) very carefully, weigh them in the twin balances of merit and probability and, having done so, make the responsible effort it requires to go to a polling booth on the designated day, put a pencil cross in a printed box on a piece of paper, fold it, and drop it through the handy slit provided in a large, sealed box. That's all. That's what happened. And in Britain generally, what happens thereafter is that voters hear the result, feel delighted or disappointed depending on how they voted, and then get back to doing whatever it is they normally do. Anything else is just hot air. Fun, of course, but entirely irrelevant.
  10. Dull, dull, dull .......... We have just witnessed the most invigorating political `event' (action, phenomenon - call it what you will) in British politics in a generation. Whether we like it or not (both winners and losers in the referendum vote), we have before us a future that offers an opportunity to change: - to act instead of grudgingly accept - to think instead of put off thinking `just for now' - to embrace compromise and work with its verdicts, rather than sulk, skulk and blame - to listen, discuss, compromise where only compromise will work and then - to be bold, decisive, grasp the banner of liberty to choose and the best the Conservative party can come up with, to surge forward at the head of us all is ....... ... a fence-sitting, self-righteous geriatric in kitten heels. Oh brave new world!
  11. Match report submitted by Media Manager, BARLA ... Steve Manning JAMAICA B 10 : BARLA LIONS 58 Three minutes into the game Matty Harling took raced through a gap to go 60 yards to open the BARLA account , Bradbury added the extras 0-6, a break down the right hand side for Jamaica was halted by BARLA on the 20 m line, both teams tested each other and some strong defence from Heppell and French forced a error, on the restart a good show and go and a 30m dash from ostle on the 30 min mark , Bradbury missed the extras-0-10 , of the restart Bri Ritchie took 2 hit ups from the 6 and on his second broke the line drew the fullback and passed to hunter who crossed right corner, Bradbury missed the conversion 0-14, some good work released grainey down the right side to score 0-18 , this time Leicester adds stage extras 0-20,some good Jamaica defence stopped the flood gates opening HT 0-20. Second half and the Jamaicans upped there game and a big hit on Hopkins spilled the ball, Jamaica took advantage and some good play and Jamal McKenzie crossed The BARLA line , conversion missed by grant , 4-20 BARLA responded immediately with a hunter try , Leicester added the extras 4-26 , 50mins in ostle released hopper under the posts 4-30 , Leicester added the extras 4-32 , a good passage BARLA from right to left on 54 mins,and Cahill dummies over 4-36 Leicester missed the conversion. Some good defence and a ball spill and Shaw collected and barges over the Jamaican line, this time Leicester added the extras 4-42, BARLA worked hard up the middle and Cahill was to quick to the line for the chasing Jamaicans 4-46 Leicester again added the extras 4-48, Jamaica crossed the line through the big man Antonio Baker , grant added the extras 10-48, some good exchanged but BARLA come out on top when hunter crossed for he's hatrick, 10-52 Leicester missed a difficult touch line conversion , Jamaica tried a short kick off but Leicester received the ball and outpaced the Jamaicans down the middle of the park and then added the goal to he's try 10-58. The game ended that way with both teams contesting in a good hard game of rugby league played in good spirits. . BARLA LIONS : 1. Danny Cahill : Driglington, 2. Braden Hunte : Mirfield Stags, 3. Sam Grainey : Leigh East, 4. Perry Singleton : Barrow Island, 5. Matty Harling : Hull Dockers, 6. Josh Bradbury : Saddleworth Rangers, 7. Andy Ostle : Ellenborough Rangers, 8. Ryan Bowie : Eastmoor Dragons, 9. Matt Elliott : Walney Central, 10. James Shaw : Oldham St Anne's, 11. Jordan Thomson : Hensingham, 12. Branden French : Shaw Cross Sharks : 13. Harry Bromwich : York Acorn, 14. Marcus O'Brien : Millom,15. Liam Wood : Seaton Rangers, 16. Tommy Hopkins : Askam, 17. Sam Heppell : Hull Dockers, 18. Sean Leicester : Thatto Heath Crusaders, 19. Bryan Richie : Distington, 20. Jordan Welsby : Blackbrook. Tries: Harling, Ostle, Hunter 3, Grainey, Hopper, Cahill 2, Shaw, Leicester Goals: Bradbury, Leicester 6. JAMAICA B : 1. Robert Rodney : Duhaney Park, : 2. Demetrius Campbell : Liguanea, 3. Jamal McKenzie : Liverpool J Moore University, 4. Lewis Bowman-:-Unattached, 5. Andrae McFarlane : Duhaney Park, 6. Ryan Grant : GC Foster College, 7. Romeo Monteith : Washington Blvd, 8. Jade Harrison : Vauxhall, 9. Mathew Simms : University Of Technology, 10. Kadeem Williams : Unattached, 11. Antonio Baker : Mico University College, 12. Aston Stephenson : London Skolars, 13. Romaen Campbell : Washington Blvd, 14. Shannon Harris : Liguanea, 15. Donovan Jackson : Liguanea, 16. Demone Mcdougal : University Of Technology, 17. Mark Edwards : Excelsior Community College, 18. Paul Terrelonge : GC Foster College, 19. Stefan Lounds, 20. Ethon Dwyer : Jamaica Defence Force. Tries: McKenzie, Baker Goals: Grant Man of the Match: Brian Ritchie, BARLA Lions.
  12. Former Rhinos captain backing Sinfield Iestyn Harris it is ..... doing his best to sound like he thinks it's real but, like so many Rugby League fans beaten by that inevitable, dyed-in-the-wool pessimism despite himself. Noddy Badge for trying though. Read his thoughts is you haven't already: News | Leeds Rhinos | Official Site: Tweet it if you haven't already Tweeted. http://www.therhinos.co.uk/news/28075.php#.VnKjg9vc-u1.twitter But most of all, no matter what club you support, if you are a Rugby League supporter and you care about the game of Rugby League then vote, vote, vote ! Words are fine but in the end it's only actions that win and winning action starts with `the man in the mirror'.
  13. That reminds me of a band called Fivepenny Piece - from Ashton-Under-Line I think but not sure because I only heard them in Zimbabwe, on a vinyl record lent to us by a chap newly out from UK. Long moons ago now but I found this on You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6ijUgBZDRg Big Jim. Longely out ynil heard