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  1. Another one from a German perspective is "The Forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer. The twist here is that he was a Frenchman from Alsace with a German mother who fought for Germany. It is a very harrowing story although some doubts have been cast on its authenticity.
  2. I saw that in the 99p sale. Caught my eye as I'm reading Anthony Beevor's "D-Day". Great book with lots of detail and great sub-stories. The one fault is keep having to refer back to the maps all the time to make some sort of geographical sense. They should issue the maps as separate sheets ! The interesting point he makes again and again (and also came out in "Italy's Sorrow" by James Holland) is what an effective fighting force the Germans still were in 1944.
  3. Hit it in someone's garden - 6 and out. I remember a few years ago watching a day-night game involving Essex at Chelmsford and one of the batters put it out of the ground and into an adjoining garden and David Lloyd climbed over the wall and got it back (on camera) !!! Good job they didn't have a dog
  4. What about the rule where, if the ball hits a building, then it has to be caught with one hand to effect a catch !
  5. But remember, if the batsmen is caught out, NO runs are scored even if one (or more) has been completed law 32.5 https://www.lords.org/mcc/laws-of-cricket/laws/law-32-caught-1/
  6. cricket

    The city thing, particularly for Lancashire/Manchester is a strange one. Old Trafford is very close to Cheshire and a large number of cricket people from Cheshire follow Lancs as it is so close AND Cheshire do not have a 1st class presence. A lot of people Cheshire people identify with/are identified as Mancunians - half of Joy Division were from Cheshire (the other half from Salford); the Charlatans are from Macclesfield also - but they are always identified as "Manchester". If you were to have a Manchester franchise there might be more supporters from outside of Lancashire than say Liverpool.
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    They are following the Austalian Big Bash "model" - they have two teams in Sydney & Melbourne and one each in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Hobart. People keep going on about getting big crowds like they do in the BB but what they seem to forget is that most of the Aus Test grounds are much bigger than ours - MCG has 100,000 capacity. The Aus states only have one big population centre each so it s easier to get behind the city name. Would Liverpudlians watch a Manchester team / Would Bradfordians get behind a Leeds team ?
  8. If he was to move away from NQC but stay in RL, wouldn't the new club have to buy out his contract ?
  9. That scene was so totally shocking, it took a moment to actually work out what was happening. Great film.
  10. Currently, "Rain" & "Paperback Writer". "Don't Let Me Down" is right up there too.
  11. Great tournament, best 20-20 comp in the world. It works so well as so many of the games can be played over the Christmas / New Year holiday period which means crowds are big and boisterous in those big, iconic Aussie cricket/sports stadia. The small number of 1st class State teams means that the "transfer" to "city franchises" and giving Sydney and Melbourne two each works a treat, the derby games are superb. Not a KP fan though.
  12. You've hit the nail on the head here. How many "exciting" SL games were there last year with close results ? Loads - because sides who should have been winning easily effectively surrender their advantage with errors, not necessarily poor play. The number of knock-ons from decent passes, missed tackles when you have an organised defensive line etc is ridiculous. This is what the Australians show us year after after year - mistake-free football or "boring rugby" as so many seem to call it. Remember the last time we had an off-the-cuff halfback, Rangi Chase. Every chance you get, you must take.
  13. What is going on at Mayfield and Hopwood college bodes well for both Rochdale Hornets and the game in general. Well done to all concerned