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Honor James

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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'.
  14. Pitiful ! What a bunch of little fluffies a lot of the once proud, fearless ANZCs have become. My kids and their offspring are all there, one lot in Oz and one in NZ, so I hope their younger generation members don't let their children grow up without a strong, working knowledge of that wise old chestnut "nothing venture nothing gained". Mind you, it's my belief the real reason for this incredibly inconsiderate, late withdrawal from the World Cup, is that the once proud and much admired Australians (in particular), have for many years thought themselves too important to waste time playing against other nations. The only use Australian Rugby League had for their multiple, and highly `Rugby League competent' neighbouring island peoples was to tap their wealth of natural talent, to the benefit of Australia's own ARL and NRL clubs. I guess this is as much about the NRL being peed-off with Britain for encouraging the Pacific island nations to attract their own Oz and NZ, eligible young NRL players, to the idea of representing their own heritage islands instead of bolstering ANZAC teams, as they did for so many years. And what a joy it has been to watch them blossom! Tonga, in particular, is now more than able to field a team of its own, eligible, heritage and local nationals which could probably beat Australia more easily than our own England team are ever likely to. Bad show, bad form. Booo.
  15. If what we see and hear on the TV, radio etc., I think the late Duke of Edinburgh would have enjoyed your last remark.
  16. I doubt it is the family that have either instigated or `need this'. It is the country. It is respect. If he had been the husband of any head of state, world wide, his death would have been suitably recognised, as this is being suitably recognised right now, in countries all around the globe. If he had been the equally long-serving, well known and almost universally recognised (with respect) partner of the head of state of any country in the world, his passing would now be being marked in much the same way. Though not identical - and for different reasons - the closest illustration I can think of, for that, is the death of United States President, John Kennedy. Within minutes of the event the whole world knew, and responded with due respect. I was at a film showing, in the dining hall of my college `res' when that news came in. Everything stopped. And I was miles away on another continent, in the middle of central Africa.
  17. Best move they have made in a long time, in my (not very) humble opinion. Solid as a rock.
  18. Somebody mentioned Magpies a few pages back. Does anyone know a way to discourage them - humanely? A pair of them has taken up residence in the large cherry tree in front of my house, and they appear to have frightened away every other bird. I used to have a blackbird that regularly came down onto my front, handkerchief sized lawn and hopped about, pecking the ground - seemingly unconcerned about the (feral ) cats that pay an occasional, unwelcome visit.
  19. Dear Diary, it was my birthday last week. Another one celebrated after reaching `the age of discretion'. Whoopee! Every birthday after reaching a certain age is a cause for celebration .
  20. too quick ............ I'm not sure modern teachers think small differences in language writing matter, but just for the record, in English we have three words sounding the same but with different meanings. 1. TO ....... as in, "I am going to town tomorrow.," or, "Please give that to me." 2. TOO ..... as in, "Someone twenty years old is too old to be called a teenager, " or, "Ouch, that tea was too hot!" 3. TWO .... as in, "Give him a break, he's only got two sisters whereas you have got four older brothers." (pedantic - sorry)
  21. I know no more than you about anything more than what was in the email circulated to me, and other members of the media fraternity, by the RLEF. For details such as `full-time yea/nay' and an approximate salary, if you are genuinely interested the RLEF Media Manager might be able to supply an email address for your first line of enquiry. He is: Phil Caplan Media Manager Rugby League European Federation Red Hall, Red Hall Lane, Leeds, LS 17 8NB, England M: +44 (0)7850 719412 E: phil.caplan@rfl.uk.com - 'fraid I can't offer anything more useful than that.
  22. My hindsighted view? What was that? At my age it's hard to remember
  23. The RLEF (Rugby League European Federation), governing body for the sport in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, is advertising for a new General Manager. At the heart of the role is the requirement to lead the executive function of the organisation, together with being responsible for implementing its vision statement and planning its strategic direction. There is a strong need to be able to maintain effective relationships, including with the European Commission and other public sector agencies to access grant funding, together with proven leadership ability and excellence in communicating in a multi-cultural environment. The job description also includes a focus on commercial activity including income generation - particularly through the promotion of major events such as the confederation Championships - alongside the need for clear and positive management of the employed and volunteer staff. RLEF board member Graeme Thompson commented: “The position of general manager is a lynchpin in our organisation. Working strategically with the board, the preferred candidate will need to operate in close conjunction with the confederation managers and to provide continual support to our member nations. This is an exciting opportunity for someone wanting to undertake a pivotal executive role in the international development of our sport. We are very keen to hear from all who believe that they can build on the present position and take the RLEF on to the next stage.” To see a full job description and for an informal discussion on the role, please contact Graeme Thompson (graeme.thompson@rlef.eu.com) or see rlef.eu.com. Applications in the form of a CV and covering letter of up to 1000 words are required to be sent to Graeme Thompson prior to 5pm UK time on 31 August 2020.
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