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  1. The following email has just dropped into my inbox and I thought some forum members might be interested: QUOTE: "Just dropping in to say that The Rugby Codebreakers is being broadcast again on Sunday - it's on BBC 1 Wales but can be viewed in England, details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_One_Wales Programme details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_One_Wales It'll be on iPlayer for 30 days following transmission. Please pass on to anyone who may be interested - especially if they haven't seen it! Stay safe and very best wishes from Wales Alan Golding" Thanks for that Alan (if you ever visit our Totalrl.com forum). I'm going to watch it on Sunday, feet up and a nice hot cuppatea.
  2. I agree, although I would put the same point slightly differently, by saying - clearly and politely - that, while they respect every person's right to believe (and to believe in) whatever they choose, when it comes to god/s many people do not believe there is a god at all. He or she might also choose to add, that a god might seem to many to be unacceptably unloving and unlovable, who created people to be born in a myriad different shapes, sizes and colours, speak a myriad different languages, enjoy a myriad different pastimes, like and dislike a myriad different people and love a myriad different others, only thereafter to consign some to eternal torment for loving, in one of the myriad possible ways that same god's act of creation had made possible.
  3. Perhaps, as i did, he would expect a lot of people to disagree and would have said so.
  4. Oddly enough, however, the right in a free country to express our own thoughts and beliefs, as we here do and are doing - mostly without thought or question - does not restrict us to expressing any one belief or opinion only once and once only. I frequently read opinions on this website which I think are at best weird (and at worst downright ridiculous) but that is only my opinion, and no matter how sure I am that I am right, I will defend at the ballot box till I die, your right equally to hold and openly express your views and beliefs. The right also, as I have already said, of Israel Falau to hold and express his. no matter how far they differ from my own or those of anyone else on this forum. To do otherwise would make me a pathetic, wannabe, petty dictator.
  5. He should be as free to express it as I am, and hope always to be, to disagree, in this (to date and predominantly) enlightened country.
  6. Indeed. However, nothing I have read suggests that Israel Falau was speaking `from a pulpit' of any kind, religious or secular, nor was he claiming any state or public endowed right to dictate opinion. He was merely stating his own belief. It will be a sorry day indeed, when we here - in what we are proud to call the free world - must cease offering our opinions for fear of official condemnation.
  7. For me, every human being has a right to hold dear whatever religious belief/s he or she chooses; a right which is firmly upheld in the UK and also, I imagined until finding the list below on the website belonging to an online newspaper called `The Week', in most of the rest of the world. (Sadly, I was wrong about that). "Whatever floats your boat" pretty much describes my way of thinking on same sex relationships, in fact on all sexual relationships, with one firm proviso which is, "So long as what you wish or need to do as part of your personal belief is not and in no way involves hurting anybody else". However - here is a list, compiled I gather by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, of all the countries around the world that do still criminalise same-sex relations. IN THE AMERICAS Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Dominica Grenada (male only) Guyana (male only) Jamaica (male only) St Kitts and Nevis (male only) St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines IN AFRICA Algeria Burundi Cameroon Chad Comoros Egypt (de facto criminalisation) Eritrea Ethiopia Gambia Ghana Guinea Kenya (male only) Liberia Libya Malawi Mauritania Mauritius (male only) Morocco Namibia (male only) Nigeria Senegal Sierra Leone (male only) Somalia South Sudan Sudan Swaziland (male only) Tanzania Togo (male only) Tunisia Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe (male only) IN ASIA & THE MIDDLE EAST Afghanistan Bangladesh (male only) Bhutan (male only) Brunei (male only) Indonesia (in some areas) Iran Iraq (de facto) Kuwait (male only) Lebanon (male only) Malaysia Maldives Myanmar (male only) Oman Pakistan (male only) Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore (male only) Sri Lanka Syria Turkmenistan (male only) United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan (male only) Yemen OCEANIA Cook Islands (male only) Kiribati (male only) Papua New Guinea (male only) Samoa (male only) Solomon Islands Tonga (male only) Tuvalu (male only) It says to me that, although my belief on this subject does not in any coincide with what Israel Falau has clearly been brought up to believe (as part of his religion, I assume) it would be very wrong of me to condemn him for holding a contrary religious belief to my own. Heaven and Hell are words naming two concepts which, to most of us are probably beyond describing in words, and for many people are beyond belief. Let us not, therefore, condemn, in our human desire for uniformity (which, as we see in the world around us every day god clearly does not love, if god there be), what was said in honesty, as an expression of one person's religious belief, merely because it does not chime with our own. We are not, thank goodness, living in 1612 when the Pendle Witches were hanged in Britain or in Salem Massachsetts during the witch hunts of 1692.
  8. .............. fat-footed due to threatening storm that won't get on with it. Over sensitive to high atmospheric pressure - it's a pest.
  9. True. Rugby Union there will not give in easily to having a rival code poach their territory. For the (growing) minority who play it theree, it's not just a sport. It's a religion.
  10. My goodness! That brings back memories. Trevor Lake was one of the heart-throb senior boys at the high school my sister and I went to. A year or two ahead of my sister he was, and therefore way below me daring even to look at such an exalted person - small, cringing first year as I was. But I did know his wife Pam (nee Southey) who lived in the same, nearby village as we did. Pam was in my sister's form and her sister was in mine - very nice girls, very nice family. Their mother Mary was a fabulous gardener who, over the years, became one of my mother's closest friends. That was after Pam disappeard, I think. Well got married actually. We knew that, and that they had come to England so Trevor could play rugby as a career, which you couldn't do there, of course. I suppose my father would have known it was Rugby League (not Rugby Union) but we didn't even know there were two kinds. Just rugby - and what amazing thing it seemed to us that someone from Selukwe was able to do that. Small world, Zimbabwe (or Southern Rhodesia that was). https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/566186984396466037 "Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." David Livingstone
  11. QUOTE: from the link posted above by Deluded Pom FROM "The Zimbabwe’s national rugby league, which was prematurely abandoned in 2014 due to financial constraints, is set to return this year.............................etc. But, clubs, who have been under severe economic pressure, have been funding themselves to fulfill fixtures. The establishment of a national league with corporate sponsors will come as a huge relief for clubs which will be absorbed into the proposed league as they have been teetering on the brink and have been struggling to fulfil some of their matches due to financial constraints. Sportivo, as Harare Sports Club are affectionately known, won the Northern region rugby league last year, ending Old Georgians’ dominance in the region. Old Georgians have been the most decorated team in the Northern region, winning the league championship title in the two previous rugby seasons. But, the Daniel Hondo coached Sportivo, ended last year’s rugby season unbeaten, beating Old Georgians to the title. Bulawayo-based rugby outfit, Matabeleland Warriors, won the 2018 Southern region league. ....... etc." to END OF QUOTE Having lived in Zimbabwe half my life (in two sessions), it seems to me this refers almost certainly to a revival of Rugby Union rather than anything to do with League. Old Georgians is the the `Old Boys' organisation for St Georges, a (very expensive) private school in Harare - UK equivalent: Eton or Harrow. Traditionally for boys only (although that may have changed by now) and originally exclusively `white', the private schools were first in the country to accept black students, which they did long before independence ushered in multiratial education for all. Catering predominantly to the children of rich and influential (say) tobacco farmers, mining magnates, financial supremos, Members of Parliament - and increasingly since independence the main political party `top dogs' - St Georges was always among the top few rugby schools in the country. It is almost certain that any black rugby players from Rhodesia seeking to join a club in the UK, prior to independence, would have been educated at a private school like St Georges. The preferred game at `black' schools was, and I'm sure still is, soccer. Although, important note, there is no such thing there now as a `black' or a `white' school. As it should have been all along, all schools are now open to any child of any colour, class, creed, code or artificial, human division whatever.
  12. This thread is a pleasure to read through; members posting `think things out' contributions, without (apparently) any mere spoiler material. I know little or nothing about the development of a potential (say) League 1 level rugby league player, but I gather there seems to be a general idea that most players drafted into these new clubs would come from the UK. Why is that? Surely there must more players from `down under' than we know of to date, who wouldn't mind a chance to spend a few of their waning years playing in the USA or Canada. Snap your hand off at the wrist for the chance, in fact. How could we know how many, when the opportunity has not been on offer until now? And then there are the RLIF `other nations'. There must surely be the occasional, outstanding individual talent in many an `other nations' team, crying out for an opportunity to achieve its full potential. Jamaica for one is on the rise, South Africa has been a considerable player supplier pool for UK Rugby League in the past. There are options all over the place. It depends on whether or not these clubs are aware of the level they may have to enter at. Are they - fully aware? And will they be prepared to lose a lot before they start winning on any regular basis? If so, the old saying: "cometh the hour cometh the man", or in this case "the men", may turn out to be most interestingly applicable. If you were offering a chance to play in Tierra del Fuego you might find recruitment a bit more difficult ……… although, who knows? Young men are designed by nature for adventure. So, I say good luck to Ottawa and New York, so long as they are fully, and sincerely, serious in wanting to play this game beyond the boundaries of their own, current local potential. But if their main aim is to make money out of this, I hope it flops before it starts. For one thing, they won't make money. To do this will cost money - lots and lots and lots of money. But for the other, and by far the most important reason (in my view), to have "BIG MONEY, BIG PLANS" coming into the game, only to drop out when they realise the going is a lot less cushy than they kidded themselves it would be, has the potential to make a laughing stock of the whole game. Rugby league needs that as much as we all need a hole in the head.
  13. Grenfell? It was on the news. A lot. Which channels do you watch? The BBC for one has also done a Panorama type special on it. As to social injustice and inequalities in general, to some extent these things do still exist in Britain, yes. Some do, in a-semi inevitable state, almost everywhere. But judging by remarks on this forum from time to time, it might do a few people good to get out and about a bit around the world; skip the tourist-trail, cheap booze-up holiday; get load of what social injustice and inequality really can be. You could start with Mexico City (for one example) and Venezuela isn't looking too good these days. Or you could give Zimbabwe a once-over; they would welcome your British pounds or better still, your US dollars. Give them to the people you see though, not to the goverment; that sort of money just disappears into an abyss.
  14. I agree with almost all you say there. Sadly, however (though a woman myself) I am not so sure you have the right adjective when you say "the better gender". This same posting fron Drake, and my first reply (see above) were also posted on the Womens Rugby League section of the Totalrl.com forum, and . . . . . . . wow ? oh my! ? . . . . . they sold 2 tickets overnight. I'm sure the PNG girls will be overwhelmed by this avalanche of support from the women of West Yorkshire.
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