Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

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    near Salisbury
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    sport (RL [obviously!], table tennis [as a player], ice hockey, GAA, shinty), choral music (especially the Anglican tradition), family history (in Shetland), bird-watching

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  1. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    13 Jul: SL: Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity KO 7:45pm TV

    Anyway, as promised, here are the winning lottery numbers in this week's draw. Oh, hang on, the dog wants his walk...back shortly...
  2. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    13 Jul: SL: Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity KO 7:45pm TV

    I predict a draw; I'm on a roll (see Wire v Dracs thread)
  3. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    12 Jul: SL: Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons KO 7:45pm TV

    If you would like this weekend's lottery numbers, just let me know...
  4. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    12 Jul: SL: Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons KO 7:45pm TV

    A draw (reliability warning - I predicted a draw in the Wakey -v- Dracs game last week!)
  5. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    England announce squad for u16 France tour

    I too was confused like Rupert Prince and for the same reason. So when is the second test? Take your point, Futtocks. Maybe he has had training from the Sky team on how to mispronounce the names of players who aren't English!
  6. Thanks for the clarification.
  7. Thanks, DD; a very gracious comment. You are right about regional dialect words becoming the American English norm. I suppose the best example of that is the good old, English word for autumn - 'fall'. An Atlas of English Dialects (Upton and Widdowson) has a map (no 77) which shows the 'autumn'/'fall' split. The latter is noted in common use in the Lincolnshire Fens (whence many early settlers to North America came - hence Boston, Mass.), but also in a good chunk of the west of England and, over the Bristol Channel, in parts of Monmouthshire.
  8. Interesting initial question, MM. Do we know that any non-English side finishing in a promotion position after the Middle 8s would automatically be allowed in SL? If this question has been unequivocally addressed, then I fear the answer has passed me by!
  9. I think you could be on etymologically dangerous ground here, DD. I think '-ize' endings are historically as much English as '-ise' ones, and their use predates American colonisation by English speakers. I suspect it is more likely that American usage has stayed with an option which has declined in use in the UK.
  10. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    Buses

    This gives you a thorough, but not unduly long, answer, Mr T: www.petergould.co.uk/local_transport_history/fleetlists/hebble1.htm
  11. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    How many points needed to finish 8th

    Actually, I now realise my maths wasn't that good, Ant. If the Giants only pick up two more points, as I speculated they might, then they end up on 19. From what I have seen (on TV) and heard, your description of them as being in Jeckyll & Hyde mode is spot on. Nevertheless, as of now, I might be a wee bit more anxious if I was a Wakey fan. They have two of the proverbial 'four pointers' in their last three fixtures. You are absolutely right to highlight their predicament. I thought that this afternoon was almost certainly too soon for Leeds to demonstrate a positive reaction to the coaching changes, especially against opposition of the calibre of the Tigers. But, as I speculated in my longer post, six points from six now looks quite possible for them.
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    How many points needed to finish 8th

    Right so far!!
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    How many points needed to finish 8th

    After today, the last three rounds for the current 6th to 9th teams are as follows: Leeds Rhinos - Wakefield (H), Widnes (H), Salford (A) Wakefield Trinity - Leeds (A), Hull FC (H), Huddersfield (A) Huddersfield Giants - Wigan (H), Castleford (A), Wakefield (H) Dragons Catalans - Warrington (A), Salford (H), Wigan (A) There are plenty of imponderables in that! Including last night, three of Wakefield's last four matches are against competitors for the 7th/8th/9th slots. I think the Sinfield, feel-good factor will kick in next weekend (if not this afternoon), and they will beat Wakefield. I also think they will claim victories against Widnes and Salford (great scope here, by the way, for conspiracy theorists to argue that the RFL powers-that-be planned the fixtures to give the Rhinos a theoretically easy run-in!) So I think they will pick up six points out of six, but having lost this afternoon. That gives them 21 points. Trinity are really up a against it! I think they will lose their two away fixtures, but beat Hull FC. So they end with 20. The Giants look good in the field of play - on occasions - but I cannot see them defeating either Wigan or the Tigers. So two more points for 20. Les Dracs' situation is equally intriguing! I think they will lose at the Wire, but beat Salford. So, it's all on their last game. Depending whether Wigan by then want to rest some players for their play-offs push could well determine this result, but I think Wigan, even if a bit weaker than when at full strength, could edge that. So the Dragons also get two points. That means they would end with 20 also. I assume that there will be no great blow-out scores, so current points difference, roughly speaking, will apply. That would mean that Leeds would be sixth, Wakefield seventh, Catalans eighth and the Giants ninth. Two final thoughts (for now!) First, I have assumed that Hull KR, Salford and Widnes will all the in the middle 8s, but Hull KR are far and away the most likely of those three to prove me wrong! Second, the 'Magic Weekend' effect could be very interesting this season. It is this extra round which introduces imbalance to the final (i.e. after 23 rounds) table. To remind you, the following were the results of the four teams discussed here up on Tyneside: Castleford 38, Leeds 10 Wakefield 22, Huddersfield 25 Salford 12, Dragons Catalans 26. If Les Dracs scrape into the top 8s by a single competition point or on points difference on the field of play, even though I support them from afar, I could understand fans of the 9th placed side feeling decidedly grumpy and hard done by. Magic Weekend may have many characteristics to commend it, but fairness (i.e. equality fixture list) most definitely isn't one of them!
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    Buses

    Buses in the evening? Another strange and exotic land! Next thing is you will be pulling my leg with tales of buses allegedly running on Sundays! The only destination I see on buses round here at times other than during the day, six days a week, is "Not-in-Service" I presume this is an obscure village - a bit like, say, Ashton-in-Makerfield or Sherburn-in-Elmet - but I have yet to pinpoint it on any map of Wiltshire. Nevertheless, I envy them their level of service!
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    Buses

    Thanks for that, Futtocks. it seems ironic that the ever London-centric government, back in Maggie's day, effectively sought to stop local authorities running cheap services, by not allowing them to run bus services at all. Of course, the MPs voting in bus deregulation, back in the 80s, specifically excluded one area from this, where a degree of structure, regulation and order was still thought to be vital. Er, the one including the Palace of Westminster...! Hey ho, one rule for the city slickers and another for us provincial plebs!