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  • Birthday 01/06/1966

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  1. We don't usually do pinned NRL match threads on the main forum, but as this is the first Rugby League match any of us will have seen in a couple of months and it's on live Sky, it seems daft not to.
  2. I think the survival of the sport itself should be the priority. That will involve clubs and governing bodies worldwide having to honour all manner of financial and legal obligations to other parties. If the domestic leagues collapse, the World Cup will be fatally undermined, far more than it will be by any of these fixture proposals set out by SL, which is one small part of the overall equation.
  3. Whenever and however the sport resumes, it will be on an imperfect model. Everything has changed now. No one would actively choose any of these scenarios in an ideal world, but no one would have actively chosen to have the current season shut down altogether for months on end either. We are where we are. None of this might even happen at all, as it relies on external permissions being granted to restart anything, but at least it is a visible roadmap of how a resumed season could function. It’s a glimmer of hope. That’s all.
  4. I see a lot of criticism here, but not many alternatives. We’re in extraordinary times. Playing a few games in the winter months as a one off exercise to complete a disrupted season seems like the least of our troubles. What the hell else could they do in the circumstances?
  5. Treat yourself to this instead. The EBU/BBC have uploaded the 1974 ESC, hosted in Brighton, in full on YouTube for one week only. Featuring ABBA, Olivia Newton-John, Katie Boyle, a beardy bloke from Netherlands with a fake hurdy-gurdy, a song that started a revolution, another song that influenced a referendum (allegedly), an incomprehensible scoring system and lots and lots of polyester. What's not to like?
  6. Pertwee picks up speed after the first season. Those early seven parters are hard work. I'm currently watching his final season. Not that well regarded by many fans, but it's one of my favourites as it's the time I became absolutely hooked on Doctor Who as a kid, and the opening titles that year are still the best ever, IMO.
  7. I love it all. The old, the new, the good, the bad and the wobbly.
  8. The Beeb went a bit Eurovision mad last night. Not that I'm complaining! For the record, the votes of the Bradford jury would have been going to Iceland (quirky and contemporary), Italy (top notch power ballad), Ireland (Katy Perry inspired Europop), Russia (mad as a box of frogs) and Ukraine (mesmerisingly strange). Shame we didn't get to hear more of them on the main show, there were plenty of good entries this year, but YouTube has them all preserved for posterity.
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