Jeff Stein

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Jeff Stein last won the day on March 17 2017

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  1. Oxford and All Golds to merge?

    Meanwhile here in South Essex quite a lot of press comment and excitement within the town's rugby league club that not one, but two ex-juniors are in World Cup squads and one is making his World Cup debut at the weekend. If only they could realise how they are ruining it all for people north of Sheffield.
  2. Oxford and All Golds to merge?

    I always wondered why York, York Wasps and York City Knights have so often got into financial difficulties in my 30 years of watching the game. Now I know it was all down to Oxford and Gloucester. I presume it was down to Hemel that they couldn't mange to take 17 players to away games and down to South Wales that they were playing a "stadium" with no seats where you weren't allowed to kick to touch on one side.
  3. Lucy Worsley. Just find her gurning at the camera really irritating
  4. Oxford and All Golds to merge?

    Just like to echo Progman. Been to watch the Skolars the last four years at Cheltenham and done a number of trips to Oxford as well. Always really enjoyed them and, if it turns out won't be doing them again, it will be a huge disappointment.
  5. Obituary thread 2017

    Less than a year after Sharon Jones, the other great voice of Daptone Records Charles Bradley
  6. Super League games to KO earlier

    Not sure how starting 15 minutes earlier will stop games from dragging on.
  7. I am glad the op has pointed this event out. I would never have realised it was taking place otherwise. I would hope rugby league fans point out other sport events more worthy of our attention than our own sport more often
  8. 1971: Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth. Went to the launch of his latest book at some trendy pub in Islington but got this instead at it. Always enjoyed his commentary so this did not disappoint, albeit at the back of my mind I thought there was a bit of facts being made to fit a theory. Basically that is 1971 is the greatest year in recorded popular music and everything in the music industry since originates from that year. A few interesting opinions that I would necessary have expected in it too ie Rod Stewart great; Marc Bolan a bit pants.
  9. Beer and Pubs

    Off to the GBBF tomorrow. Looking forward to it, but a little bit of trepidation as it's a Friday
  10. Expansion Clubs.

    Unfortunately League 1 has borne the brunt of the constant changes being made elsewhere in the pyramid. Since the likes of Hemel joined this is the first time the structure has stayed the same for two consecutive years. Yet we hear changes are on the way yet again next year (The League 1 Cup has already been ditched). There are so many challenges facing rugby league, but this constant structural tinkering just seems to me to be the sporting equivalent of Nero fiddling while Rome burns
  11. As he just announced his retirement. Wales' second most famous rocker
  12. Recently read Paul Theroux's Deep South - highly recommended
  13. The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock'n'Roll by Preston Lauterbach - A history of the southern club circuit that spawned some of the greatest musical icons of the 20th century such as BB King, Little Richard, Ray Charles and James Brown. It mainly covers the period from the 30s to the mid 50s and portrays as much as the musicians the promoters such as Denver Ferguson, Sunbeam Mitchell and the scarifying Don Robey, who appear to have generally not been far off gangsters. There are portrayals of the main centres of Houston, Macon and, of course, Memphis, as well as rather more surprisingly Indianapolis. It is always interesting what is left out: not much on New Orleans - in fact more on the great Dave Bartholomew than his most famous employer Fats Domino. Bizarrely little on Ray Charles too - in the notes the author says his story is too well known to go over again! At times I found the author's style a bit dry and overly chronological, but he cuts loose with an essay at the end of the book, which covers the marvellous Hi Records, the almost hidden from mainstream eyes modern circuit of artists such as Marvin Sease and Bobby Rush and the destruction of Afro-American downtowns such as Beale Street after de-segregation in the name of urban renewal.
  14. Not sure Skolars have recovered from the seven beltings in the 8s they took after achieving eighth position last year. Looking forward to the South Wales game tomorrow. Matches against them have been pretty competitive in recent seasons.
  15. Beer and Pubs

    Managed to attend a couple of beer festivals over the weekend. One was a rather more pleasant experience than the other. On the good side was the festival at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. It is a lovely setting with the bars set up in a medieval barn and there being the chance to imbibe on the green between the museum buildings. Somewhat less appetising was the Chelmsford Summer Festival held in one of the city's parks. It is a pretty impressive operation with the bars inside huge marquees and I have always enjoyed it when I have visited before. However, that has generally been on the more sedate earlier days. This time it was a Saturday and after a long sunny day there were quite a lot of groups of lads wandering around some of whom were real pests. Twice I had guys try to pull my Toulouse Olympique cap off my head and run away. When you are just trying to enjoy a pint and a chat, that is beyond tedious and put a bit of a downer on an evening. Beer wise the East Anglian festival mainly featured local beers whereas Chelmsford was more nationally inclined. It did have an international bar as well, but I didn't partake. At the East Anglian I was glad to get a couple of beers from possibly my favourite brewery at the moment: Shortts Farm. I would think it is nigh on impossible to get away from Suffolk, but I like the way they have kept simple and concentrated on a small number of excellent beers (all named with musical connotations) which are really drinkable. Didn't have Strummer this time, but instead Two Tone, a stout, and Rockabilly, an amber ale. The only out of the area beer I tried was Great Newsome Holderness Dark, which, despite travelling all the way from the Humber to the almost as substantial Gipping, was very nice. Also tried Lacons Falcon, a resurrected beer from the resurrected Great Yarmouth brewery, Boudicca Spiral Stout, which apparently is brewed to be vegan friendly, and Fat Cat Verve, an IPA from a Norwich brewpub. I ended with another favourite beer, Colchester Brazilian, a very tasty vanilla coffee stout. At Chelmsford I enjoyed Nene Valley Egyptian Cream, another flavoured stout, but my favourites were Green Jack Trawlerboys from Lowestoft and Iceberg from the always excellent Titanic brewery. Both were very refreshing on a hot day. Mentions in dispatches for Billericay Blonde from an excellent enterprising microbrewery in that, York Guzzler and Moody Goose Cynature from a brewpub in Braintree. Only bad pint was Portobello Market Porter. I had tied this before at an eye watering price in Central London and thought it pretty good. I think we got it on the turn at the festival, however, but fortunately for a rather cheaper price.