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  1. I agree with CKN , that is his opinion, my opinion and perhaps the opinion of others. This is a fact, though,: 2,300,000 more people voted Tory in 2017 than 2015 So despite the opinion of many, despite the efforts of Corby and Co, 2,300,000 more people voted Tory in 2017 than in 2015
  2. That is opinion. This is fact: 2,300,000 more people voted Tory in 2017 than 2015
  3. I don't think that Parksider is particularly anti-expansion and I tend to side with him over dreaming. However, it seems that he is more intent on disagreeing with anything anyone else posts, even when those "anyone elses" support his view. All our clubs are small businesses in reality and as such I think its hard to identify common success factors or common failure factors. the evidence base is just too small. If he is genuinely a Hunslet Club Parkside person, it seems there is a lot he should be doing rather than disagreeing with everyone on here, though as a club claiming to be formed in 1999, they are Johnny come lately and in that sense an expansion club. Oh, the irony of "not enough players" and "professional": "Between them the clubs have produced hundreds of players for the proffessional ( for f's sake!) game from the likes of Mick Shoebottom, Alfie Barron, to the modern day greats of Gary Schofield, Jason Robinson, Jamie Lowes, Wayne Heron, Graham King, Dave Creaser, Karl Pratt,Chev Walker. With many other players too many to name individually still playing in the proffessional game both in super league and the championships including Carl Ablett and Paul McShane. Note: apologies if I have incorrectly concluded that the Parksider does have a link to
  4. JohnM


    Nooooooooooooooooooo! 😨😨😨😨😨
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    Thanks, phil. Ckn. Roger McGough The Lesson is great, but less endearing is (was) Poetry Please , Saturday night, Radio 4, 11.30 which to be honest put me off. Once read "Ode", Arthur O'Shaunghnessy, "We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams......" Just revisiting the Penguin Book of Irish Verse ( very largely unread, of course and might remain so) Must look at William Blake, too. Just watched the 1991Wigan season review video. Edwards, Gregory, Hanley, Lydon, Bell, Hampson, Preston, Myers and more. True poetry in motion.
  6. These are outrageous accusations. Dressing them up by use of the word "maybe" just does not cut it. They are accusations by any other name. Why would a referee, trained and experienced in handling 26 of sports most controlled-agressive athletes be influenced aby a few travelling supporters. As for the rest of your points, well, I a can't spake!
  7. Absolutely nailed it there. Spot on.
  8. The hand bone's connected to the arm bone, the arm bone's connected to the shoulder hear the word of the Lord. .😊😊😊
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    where was prince philip going?

    Probably like round here. Taxis.
  10. Given its cropped up on the EU thread, why not move the poetic references under one heading free from Rebrexitmainlining? I, like CKN didn't get poetry at school, though that might be because I went to a technical school and we didn't do English Literature. It was all maths, phyisics, chemistry, engineering drawing and afvanced level bullying. However, maybe thanks to University Challenge, some excellent BBC Four historical progs and of course Wikipedia, I have become acquainted with some really evocative stuff, for example Ozymandias. Having a go at Khubla KHan, too. Anyone else any pointers?
  11. I trust the forum will condemn the racism institutionalised in football. Oh, hang on a minute.'s EUFA. ...
  12. I never thought I'd see the sonnet Ozymandias mentioned on here. It's been my bedtime reading for some months as I try to exercise the little grey cells into being able to recite it.b So, the gov awards a £13.5 million contract (now cancelled without anything being paid) to a ferry company with no maritime assets yet numerous posters on here are prepared to support a man for Prime Minister who has no political assets and who will undoubtedly cost the country thousands of times more. You couldn't make it up.
  13. Do you have anyone specific in mind?
  14. The Transpennine Motorway was constructed between 1971 and 1976, I think. Before it was opened, we'd had 80 plus years of NU/RL. After it was opened we've had 40 odd years of Rugby League. Thus our game predates the M62 by quite some years. Can't blame the M62 for expansion failure. The opening of the M62 made it easier and quicker for people to get to away games, big club games etc. at a time when most games were played on a Sunday afternoon. Local radio coverage and phone ins were interesting and attractive because you could listen to them on the way to and from games. There would be lots to talk about if there were 5 or 6 concurrent games. IIRC local radio coverage lasted from 2 pm to 6 pm. Then TV came along and gradually, game days and times changed to suit the games paymasters and viewers. Few concurrent games, games on Thurs pm, Friday pm, a Saturday etc resulted in a change in the way local radio covered the whole sport and the way paying spectators behaved . Thursday night, St Helens V Hull, wet and windy March. M62? No thanks, I'll catch the game on TV. In any case, not much time for after match phone in when games finish so close to the 10 pm cutoff time. Things have changed, good or bad and we'd better get used to it. The term "expand or die" much loved by economists and politicians as well as by businesses and entrepreneurs applies to our sport as much as anything else.