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  1. Ayingerbrau Pils....that brings back (hazy) memories of York Uni RL pub was always the final pint of AP at the Hansom Cab that ensured that not even Ziggy's would let you in....
  2. Correct - to see the whole Brexit fiasco unfold from overseas and to witness the (continual) deadly combination of lies, ignorance and wilful self interest in the face of catastrophic consequences is enough to make me weep. To the outside world even the possibility of Brexit (and the connected subterfuge and underhand dealing) is every bit as bewildering as the rise of Trump.
  3. The highlighted point makes no sense. The judges haven't dictated what the decision is - they have simply stated that parliament is the greatest power and that it cannot be circumvented. This is nothing more than RESTATING the sovereignty of of the British parliament. The biggest irony is that an argument frequently in favour of brexit was that the sovereignty of the government was being that the very same principle has been invoked in this legal decision the brexiteers are crying foul!
  4. I always thought the "pale" referred to the clarity of the beer rather than it's colour. Part of this was iirc happened with the switch to steam engines in the mass production of beer during the industrial revolution (as a side issue the brewing industry is often overlooked as a huge driver in the Ind. Revolution).
  5. This is a massive issue in NZ - the system here (NCEA) allows a ridiculous amount of choice by students (and teachers, departments, management, parents...etc). Theoretically this would be great if all involved were rational, long term decision makers. But they're not. The system is a creaking disaster that generates (and celebrates) mediocrity.
  6. I went through a similar quest for info in the late 1990s and became a bit obsessive about trawling through second hand book shops trying to find stuff. I now own a collection of well over 150 RL/sport history books. I'm probably repeating others but some of the RL books that I'd recommend.... XIII Worlds/XIII Winters -David Hadfield The Grounds of Rugby League -Trevor Delany At the George - Geoffrey Moorhouse From All Blacks to All Golds - John Haynes Rugby League -Robert Gate To Jerusalem and Back - Simon Kelner The Rugby League Game - Keith Macklin Canterbury XIII - John Coffey (a history of RL in Christchurch, NZ) ....there's also the book by the Labour MP.....which I currently have loaned out....I'm sure others will know the name....David Hinchcliffe? There are also many great recommend "born on the wrong side"(Cec Thompson), "Kiwis Wigan and the Wire" (Ces Mountford) What I found fascinating though was to read books about other sports. Once I had a handle on RL history I became intrigued by how RL was written about (or pointedly ignored) in other histories. I own many sports books from the 1890s through to the 1980s and how RL is positioned is very interesting....for example a book about French RU published in 1961 included a chapter on RL.....but above the chapter had a disclaimer that one of the editors had nothing to do with the writing and inclusion of the chapter!!! Other books I'd recommend are ones that deal with UK sport in the late 19th century (as you then understand how/why RL began). Books that cover athletics and rowing - two sports that also experienced Pro/Amateur schisms at the same time as rugby are well worth reading. Football (soccer) also needs looking at Its fairly clear that the rise of the FA is the overwhelming reason for RL/NU coming into existence. There's an excellent book "code war" that deals with the rise of football during this period. There are other books that I'm sure I'll remember and add to the list.....
  7. Chuffed for AFC Wimbledon :-) From bottom of the pyramid in 2002 to Division 1 .....I'll even put aside my usual dislike of playoffs to determine promotion in this case :-)
  8. I'm a teacher and a parent so I do appreciate the arguments on all sides. What I will say is that the situation in the UK system has lost all perspective. My nieces school refused permission for her to have five days off so she could travel to NZ with my sister (tacked onto the Easter holiday meant the journey would be feasible.....two weeks is not enough given jet-lag, etc). By going on the trip she would get to see me, my wife and her three cousins. FOR THE FIRST TIME. That in itself is a hugely important reason. She also got to roam in the countryside of NZ, collect eggs from our hens, feed lambs, see whales an dolphins in Kaikoura, run around in forests, collect firewood and sit around campfires toasting marshmallows with her cousins.....along with a host of other unique experiences so totally different from her day to day life in Walthamstow. We even organised for her to go to school with my youngest son for a few days (the holiday didn't coincide with NZ school holidays) so she could experience both education and other cultures. All this was made clear to the school yet still permission was refused. My niece is SIX....and had 100% attendance until the holiday.....I found it staggering that the benefits of the trip were not self evident and that permission was not granted. Needless to say they came anyway. So I'm pleased to hear about this case as it means they will be able to fight the fine (which went on top of an already expensive trip).
  9. The effect if these heritage teams on the PI community of NZ is huge. I appreciate that in other parts of the world the situation is different. The effect on RL in the PI nations is overwhelmingly positive.
  10. I don't think the rules are weak - they're the same as everywhere else in all other sports. What's wrong is the insistence that SOO depends on only playing for Aus......although the spirit of that rule (selecting Radradrah) is ignored if it benefits the NRL....
  11. I wouldn't go that far. Scratch beneath the surface and it's alive and kicking. It's a dying attitude but still very much in evidence. I doubt when GH was at Auckland Grammar he was ever an advocate of RL!!
  12. This is absolutely true. I can't speak for Pacific Islanders living in Aus but in NZ they are still VERY connected to their culture and heritage. Not only this but the NZ institutions encourage these groups to maintain and celebrate their culture, language and traditions (my own school allows PI students to wear lava-lava and other traditional dress on formal occasions. Traditional tattoos are not banned. Dance groups and language groups are encouraged. NZ Pacific Islanders are not encouraged, either by their own families or wider society, to simply consider themselves as "just NZers". As a consequence it's more than reasonable that they would consider international honours for their "heritage" teams so highly. You only have to witness the support that PI teams get when they're in NZ to realise that it would be foolish (and insulting) to dismiss players/teams playing under heritage rules.
  13. It's a good move. It isn't a coaching role and isn't even the last time a NZRU "name" has had a position with the warriors (Hart). Graham Henry is IMO one of the few sportsman in NZ who could take on this role.... The only one with the experience of systems, player management and pressure. Bringing in an Aussie hasn't worked in the past. In fact the last person who bad success in the role was Graham Hart when he supported Ivan Cleary.
  14. Hope he manages it... but.... as an ex-Reading Raider I'm a bit miffed it's being touted as "the first" club in Reading. Apart from that gripe I wish him every success
  15. NZ$2.50 to send a card overseas...which seemed like a lot to me... Until I read this post!