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Honor James

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  • Birthday 03/10/1944

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  1. Thank you. I only work Wednesday to Saturday these days so I only saw your post this morning. Lovely way to work, out in the woods and hills, using only what you find and leaving nothing messy, noxious or toxic behind. I am going to have a look at some more of his work. I assume there will be plenty online.
  2. Fascinating. Does anyone know what the little leaf-shaped pieces are made of? Are they real leaves or petals? Some kind of very light paper perhaps? Although that would tend to make him persona-non-grata in most places. It makes you look, which is good for all of us - looking, I mean.
  3. I don't know what "f****** sp******" stands ..... ..... for but it certainly looks like something that probably belonged unsaid, and in my view another old saying we used to use is: "If can't say anything good don't say anything at all".
  4. Oh, absolutely not. I may have grown up tough (because that was necessary) but I am very glad to say that my two daughters didn't have to, and we should certainly try to help children who are doing it tough - if we know for sure they are and we can help in any way that isn't just poking our noses in with our own opinions on child rearing. There are many different ways of bringing up children that are not unkind.
  5. Odd then, that I personally (as the smallest child in my class by far and the very least self-confident), straight out from England just post World War II, aged just turned five, with a Lancashire accent and (I imagine) a very pale face compared to all the suntanned, sturdy, nearly twice as high as me and very tough indeed, mostly Afrikaans kids in my class, who bullied me mercilessly for being a `Rooineck' (red neck - an Afrikaans intentional insult to British people in general who they hated - even the children hated us, as they were taught to do by parents who still hated the British, many deservedly, as members of their own families might have been among those interned by the British (who invented concentration camps) during the Boer war. I survived it - just - for a whole term, mainly due to my two years older and larger sister's coming regularly to my rescue with small, but very determined fists flying left and right (politicly, I guess, ignored by teachers who, while almost certainly not approving of big kids beating up little ones probably preferred not to take on the possibly violent anger of an Afrikaans parent or parents). Believe me, if had been given the option at the time of being regularly called a "blerry rooineck" right through break-time every day, from an impolite but physically more apparently safe distance, I would have jumped at the chance ........ and thought myself "blerry lucky". My parents moved us to a different school the following term, further away from home but attended by less verbally belligerent children. And at the beginning of the following year we left Johannesburg and went to live in the (almost still primitive) British colony called Rhodesia, where children were pretty much like the children at our little old, walled, local (Chisholme) school back in Bury, Lancashire, England. We wrote on a slate, with chalk of some kind, and bought sherbet with a liquorice stick at break-time from a little sweet-shop across the road. Those were the days!
  6. Tried in public by kangaroo court had long been wiped out in Britain, until this marshmallow-mouthed generation of teacher's pets took to finding cause to be offended by anything they choose to take exception to and expect the whole world to think them (verbally) injured. My advice - grow up! We had a saying when I was was a child, back in Lancashire just after the second world war: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me!" Worked like a dream, the "offender" felt stupid and sloped off to mind his or her own business. This hyper-sensitivity to self-defined verbal offence is the product of a generation in this country, coddled (now there's a good old fashioned Lancashire word), coddled as no generation has ever been before. Tell you what - here's an experiment. Why don't all of you right now who are reading or have read this thread, and any others who read it later, insult me with all the nasty names you can possibly think of. I solemnly promise here and now, not to be offended in any way whatsoever, by any of it. Merry Christmas to you all and a very happy (Covid free, we hope against hope) New Year.
  7. For the benefit of the few, but occasionally harsh negative (amateur) commentators on 'Eddie and Stevo', and in agreement with most comment above, I found the two of them easy to listen to, frequently amusing, clearly in command of the facts and (perhaps above all) unfailingly generous, both in their opinions and in the time they were prepared to give to the game beyond their specific commentating brief. Attending evening and weekend functions may seem fun (nay, very enjoyable) if one does it occasionally, by choice, but to add voluntarily attending 'extra-mural' functions regularly to one's required weekly commitment, is not something everyone is willing to do. And moreover, do with unselfconscious, unaffected, un-pompous (if such a word exists) charm. They were the best of truly professional presenters, and by that token, more worthy of the name `stars' than a hundred of the many self-important, here-today-gone-tomorrow, hop-pop-soap-n-suchlike stars that come and go these days.
  8. Rob's autobiography is now on sale. I'm not sure where else but I have seen it mentioned on the Leeds Rhinos website.
  9. Heart-warming response, as we so often see from the Rugby League community. Izmir - if you email a postal address to me we can send you a couple of black polo shirts with our League Express logo embroidered on left breast which you may be able to auction at some club function or other. We are League Publications Limited. We publish the Monday morning League Express newspaper and also the totalrl.com website and these forums. The shirts won't bring in much money but (as the Scots say) "many a micle macks a muckle" ....... which means, in modern English, "every penny counts". Both shirts are Mens size, Large. The very last two we have, as it happens, of some some we ordered as part of a promotion for the paper a few years ago. honor.james@totalrl.com
  10. All the above taken into account, there is still no excuse for arrogance. At least, not for me. My grandmother used to say 'handsome is as handsome does', and no verbal whitewash can ever change what has just happened in the world of Rugby League, into anything other than an exceedingly unhandsome display of arrogance. Not arrogance, I am sure, within the NRL player community. Rugby League players generally learn, at a very early age, that their game does not easily swallow and move on in the face of on-field arrogance. A lesson which, for the most part, they later carry with them for life. But at NRL owner and administrator level? There are currently athletes in all disciplines, from countries all over the world taking part in an omni-discipline Olympic Games. One must therefore assume - from this almost overnight, unilateral decision - that in Australia and New Zealand there has secretly existed a previously unknown, entirely different interpretation of what was once ubiquitously known (within the English speaking world) as `sporting behaviour'.
  11. Cancelled? Why would we cancel and ###### up every other signed-up country's arrangements, hopes and aspirations just because a bunch of molly-coddled Aussies are too scared to travel. Ignore them. They would probably have won anyway (which can be something of a bore at best), which opens the door at last to Tonga, England, France, New Zealand (if they don't 'toe the Aussie dictat'), and every other mother's son on the planet who plays this game and is happy to get down off 'mummy's lap'.
  12. Scared that the Ozzies will penalise them by refusing to play New Zealand some time in the future, if they don't 'fall in line like good little Australian acolytes! Pooo !
  13. Well done Schoey! What a bunch of wimps they have turned out to be `down under'.
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