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  1. 5 minutes ago, dkw said:

    I disagree, I think Graham had more to his game than Burgess, I still think Grahams ability to pass at the tackle is the best IVe ever seen for a forward.

    I definitely aren't saying Graham wasn't a fantastic player and I agree about your offload comment, he was great at getting impossible passes away. 

    But I think Burgess had more of the 'X Factor' in his overall game. I remember seeing him kick a touchline conversion at Odsal when he had only just broken into the first team. It's hard to say what it is but you sometimes see players and you know they are just a cut above. 

    But of course, these things are subject to things like hating St Helens 😁

  2. Of the people I've known who have committed suicide, the ages range from 18 to mid 50's. It's never 'ok' but if someone is in their 50's, you can at least see some sort of logic to the 'can't take anymore' aspect. Not that it makes it less devastating for those affected of course. But someone who is 18? How low must they feel to not want to go on? 

    So I think the answer is extremely complicated and one of brain chemicals. Many people can be saved from ending it all and we should all try to help if we can. But I think many are simply unavoidable as the person concerned has 100% made their mind up and genuinely cannot take anymore. Not by way of a cry for help or anything but because they are going to do it as they can't go on. 

    All I would say to anyone reading this and feeling like ending it all, is that it will get better. Yes, today might be carp - and tomorrow might be garbage too. And even next week! But it WILL pass.

    Trust me, I'm a doctor. (Ok that bit is cobblers) 

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  3. 20 hours ago, gingerjon said:

    We bought a new build in 2006 - and, thankfully, every move since then we've been able to steer a gazillion miles away from them - but the fad then was for three-pin light bulb fittings and no TV aerial installed. I can't remember the official reason for the latter - we were all going to have cable probably, despite Chesham not being cabled at the time - but the former was some nonsense about energy that actually made no sense once you looked at the various bulb outputs (being very dull, I did).

    A single replacement light bulb, not available in any local shop, cost £13 (in 2006). It was, by miles, cheaper to get 'a man' in to put some proper fittings in. So that's what we, and everyone else, in the road did.

    All these initiatives always seem to only be for new builds and then only for a short time - and all they really do is add value to existing houses.

    My brother has worked in the building trade pretty much all his life and if I had a period of unemployment/skintness I used to work on sites with him occasionally. I didn't like new builds aesthetically anyway but the 'throw em up and don't forget to scrimp on the materials' was a real eye opener.

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  4. 14 minutes ago, MrPosh said:

    Barrie wasn't even the best prop called B McDermott of that time and he wouldn't get in ahead of any of Bradford's four props of that era.

    Fielden was two or three levels above.

    As for Burgess v Graham, that's too close to call. I would say the stronger the players around them, the more I would lean towards Burgess.

    Graham could drag any team along with him, but Burgess always had a moment of magic - attack or defence - in his locker.

    Burgess was much better than Graham. Which is not to suggest he’s not a great player too but Sam Burgess was always a special talent. It was obvious from his early days at Bradford. 

  5. 9 hours ago, Davo5 said:

    Didn’t he lose his mother ?


    9 hours ago, Jughead said:

    Am I right in thinking that Fielden lost a family member around that period of Mason hitting him and the Wigan move? The three combined were massive moments in Fielden’s career. 

    It was his mother IIIRC. I seem to recall the story being that after that Mason punch, he was away with the fairies in the dressing room and seemed to be under the impression his mum was still alive. 

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  6. 6 hours ago, gingerjon said:

    The rates are about the same as always so it's always been there. I think we're a lot more honest now though so there's less pretence that things might not have been suicide.

    I think that's a good thing generally but it can also make individual cases tough on friends and family.

    Sorry to hear your news.

    Thanks but I didn't really know very well them if I'm honest. It just seemed to be more and more. 

  7. Just heard about another suicide. Nobody I really knew, more a friend of a friend. But this makes 3 I've heard of since October (1 I knew, 2 as described above)

    Sinead O'Connors son apparently killed himself too age 17. 

    WTF is going on? Or has it always been like this and mostly unreported? 

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  8. 11 hours ago, Josef K said:

    Halifax Town have gone top of the National League (which i still keep calling the Conference). They have done really well this season. 

    Just looking that division and it’s strange to see so many clubs that I still regard as ‘famous’ clubs no longer in the top 4 divisions. 

  9. There is a current part of Coronation Street where two girls have knocked down an old man, who subsequently died (not their intention) 

    This storyline is a total and exact copy of the Scottish TV  series 'Guilt'. I can't believe they are so blatant about it. 

  10. Yes. We will still be arguing on here.

    Personally, I have a promotion coming up and if nothing goes pear shaped, I will be mortgage free by this time next year. Personal wise I have a trip to Ireland to put my mother's ashes in her family grave plot, (delayed by Covid) which should be a good pee up too. 

    All in all, bring it on I say. 

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  11. 26 minutes ago, Robin Evans said:

    I'm a nurse. I've earned my spurs working nights over Christmas and new year.

    These days I get them off. I haven't been out other than for an early evening meal on new year's eve for over a decade and I reckon I've only celebrated that on only 4-5 times in my entire life. It doesn't excite me enough and I'm usually in bed these days

    Until about 3 years ago I worked pretty much as normal over Xmas, often still working until 6-7pm on Christmas Eve or NYE but never actually Christmas Day. I don't now so really enjoy the time off... even if I did end up going in the other day anyway. 😆

  12. 5 minutes ago, Phil said:

    Would have been out tonight watching my mates band at one of the local pubs but Mrs Phil had her booster yesterday and it’s knocked her for six.

    Looks like it’s Jools Holland and a few bottles then 

    I had a bad reaction to it too, as did my OH. 

    But is it really that bad that you have to resort to Jools Holland? 😆😆

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