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  1. 42 minutes ago, unapologetic pedant said:

    Having briefly revived another moribund thread yesterday, thought I`d have another go at this one. Particularly if The Rocket is on a roll, contacting higher authorities with ideas to improve the game.

    Since this question was raised I`ve got ever more dispirited watching players trying to apply kick pressure, whilst taking every care to avoid giving any impression of playing at the ball, lest their team get punished with a repeat set.

    Saw a game on livestream last week where a player successfully charged down a kick, but the opposition regathered, back to one on the tackle count, and they scored a decisive try on their tenth consecutive play. So effectively, the player lost the game through a well-executed piece of good play. Not by accident, but by the design of the rule. There`s something morally wrong in that.

    Also, after the charge down and back to one call, the player looked across at the sideline. Presumably being told off and warned never to repeat it. It`s soul-destroying to see a player make the effort to produce a big play, pull it off, then because of this stupid iniquitous rule, be made to feel they`ve committed a grievous error.

    The announcement of the NRL`s latest trial rules were accompanied with the customary rhetoric about making the game more exciting for fans. Surely it`s axiomatic that charge downs produce excitement, so why keep a rule which makes them a rarity? 

    If it had been well-executed, the other side would not have regathered the ball. A well-executed charge-down should end with a change of possession. In this case, the player got it only half-right and paid the price.

  2. 22 minutes ago, Bleep1673 said:

    Does anybody remember flexi discs, usually given away with magazines? They were usually low profile band trying to make a name for themselves, but I remember getting a Duran Duran Flexi with Girls on Film on it, the discs didnt last long obviously.

    I was also a member of something call the " Stereo Cassette Lending Library ", based in Canterbury, and for a small fee they would take your genre preference and once a month would send you up to 5 tapes. As I had a tape-to-tape recording machine, I amassed a huge collection of some famous, some unheard of, tracks.

    You would then return the tapes, and get a new bunch a week later.

    I used to have quite a few flexidiscs. No idea where they are now, but there were ones from Private Eye, American guitar magazines and UK mags.

    I used to tape any that I really liked, as I assumed the discs wouldn't last many plays, even if they didn't get accidentally creased.

  3. 37 minutes ago, ivans82 said:

    The one thing about Vinyl albums which worked well was the fact that side one gave you the opportunity to put something else on as the album came to a natural end .Studies were done in the 70s where they tested peoples attention span when listening to albums and they came up with 36 minutes as the ideal length , which fitted in well with most albums of that time .Another reason why the 80s was the decade of death for music as most artists/bands didn`t throw away the tracks that weren`t up to the mark and so released everything regardless and often you ended up with albums 80 minutes long .People say just switch off or miss tracks , but back in the day artists took more care with albums , throwing out average tracks , thinking about the running order , etc. , most good albums of that time have no filler , i never skip tracks on my albums .

    Not that there weren't flabby, self-indulgent albums released before the CD era, but the artist had to convince the record company to budget for an extra disc to hold it, which was a form of natural selection in the majority of cases.

  4. Justin Quirk - Nothin' but a good time: The spectacular rise and fall of Glam Metal.

    This is a history of one of history's most reviled, noisy, colourful and ephemeral music genres. There's a lot of outrageous stories, some of which are stoopid fun, some of which are disturbing and sordid.
    The writing is mainly pretty decent, although the fanboy hyperbole clearly ratchets up when the author describes the music of his favourite bands. But that could be said of many music writers covering more "serious" types of music.
    Odd fact plucked from the pages: Vinnie Vincent, who played for KISS and also fronted one of the poutiest, spiky-guitar-est, big-haired-est, make-up slathered bands in his own right, used to write music for the sitcom 'Happy Days' and the spinoff 'Joanie loves Chachi'.
    Just like the genre, this book is good fun, right up 'til it all turns bad.

    Now reading: Geoffrey Household's historical novelisation "The Exploits of Xenophon". Good so far.

  5. Max Magician and the Secret of the Rings (2002)
    An hilariously wretched rip-off of elements of franchises that were the money-spinners at the time.

    Max, a young boy who is bullied at school, practises stage magic before being given a book by a mysterious neighbour, and enters a magic kingdom to battle an evil demon ruler. The magic rings are only fitfully significant. In fact, most of the significant action happens without their involvement. Part of the final battle even rips off 'Bedknobs & Broomsticks'.

    I don't recall a single likeable character in this... thing, which boasts some of the most stilted and amateurish acting you could imagine. The only memorable characters are the obnoxious ones. The talking mouse who makes me want to buy and bait more traps is one. The character Tom T!t Tot (yes, really), who only speaks in (execrable) rhymes is another.

    The main bad guy's face makeup isn't actually too bad, but he hams his part up to the kind of OTT level that even Gary Oldman would balk at. Some of his henchmen can be seen struggling to keep a straight face during his speeches.

    Chuck in the members of the Crownsville ren-fest to bulk out the crowd scenes and you have something almost like a movie, without ever being one. They also had the services of a guy who knew a bit of martial arts for precisely one scene.

    Okay, some of the lighting and cinematography is more competent than the material deserves, but the ADR is extremely hit and miss.

    So, this is both offensively cynical and risibly incompetent. Pretty entertaining with a few drinks inside you, but otherwise to be given the same wide berth that you would a urine-soaked tramp.

  6. 3 hours ago, Cheshire Setter said:

    Surprised that Wales Online printed his opinions on RL. Maybe it wasn’t a sports journalist. Or maybe WO isn’t as partisan as some of the media? 

    Great that he gets up at 6am to watch the NRL! 

    EDIT: On a side note how great was it to see that classic Wales v Samoa World Cup match at Swansea replayed on BBC Wales recently? What a missed opportunity that was, to not capitalise on the positive publicity it generated.

    Wales Online don't seem to have an agenda regarding the two codes. Yes, RU gets more coverage, because it is bigger in Wales. But WO will cover Welsh RL stories and not skew them negatively.

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  7. 7 hours ago, Copa said:

    If you’ve finished, what are your final thoughts?

    Excellent. Maybe it could have gone into more detail about the local leagues, the Foley Shield etc., but there's still a fair amount of information on that. As well as a general history, it also takes time to spotlight particular players or aspects of politics, culture and RL in Queensland, such as racial inclusivity. Most of all, it is very readable and one I will be reading/referring to again in future.

    1 The defeats we suffered: 1974–1980 
    2 Out of the Hicksville days: 1981–1982 
    3 The beacon on the hill: 1983–1986 
    4 A change of culture: 1987–1989 

    5 The Copernican revolution: 1990–1992 
    6 On the shell of a mudcrab and the skin of a mango: 1993–1996 
    7 I’ll miss that feeling: 1997 
    8 My old Lang Park: 1998–2001 

    9 Black and white brothers: 2002–2005 
    10 A sense of belonging: 2006–2010 
    11 Heartland: 2011–2014 
    12 God is a Queenslander: 2015

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  8. 1 minute ago, LeeF said:

    Lured? He wasn’t playing at Warrington and was released early. Anyway good luck to him at least he gave it a go unlike some others 

    Lured, like I was "lured" to the job centre when I was made redundant.

    The tragic thing is that, if this had happened the other way round, so many RL fans would be scrambling over each other to be first to criticise such positive spin in the most hyperbolic terms they could manage.

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  9. 1 minute ago, Scubby said:

    It hasn't always been the case Barry. Go back a decade and the beeb was getting pumped for low effort broadcasts. They have upped their game massively over the last few years and Sky has stood still - doing bare minimum at the moment.

    The Beeb has upped the quality and quantity of RL coverage over the last decade or so.

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  10. 58 minutes ago, John Drake said:

    Never mind vinyl, what about shellac? 🤔

    I have a box of old 78rpm records that belonged to my parents.

    I don't have anything to play them on, but don't want to part with them either.

    I doubt any of them have any value beyond personal. There are no Elvis Presley originals in there. My mum and dad had very old fashioned tastes.

    I can't decide whether to invest in a record player that will bring them back to musical life and allow me to wallow in some of the crackly sounds of my childhood, or just keep them to look at the labels occasionally?

    My favourite was always Albert & The Lion / Albert Comes Back performed by Stanley Holloway.

    My dad has an old gramophone, which he modified with an electric motor and a triple-size horn (the latter he made himself from chickenwire and papier mache). There was a period of several years when he couldn't use it, 'til we moved house and discovered an old bloke in the nearest village who actually still made the required wooden needles (cherrywood, apparently). It actually sounds pretty impressive.

    But a modern turntable that can do 78rpm and fitted with a proper mono stylus can sound startlingly good with a clean shellac disc... at a price. Whether it is worth the investment is up to you. There'll always be some background noise, which will have been cleaned up on most digital re-issues.

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  11. 8 minutes ago, Whippet13 said:

    The Americans, they still use gallons, miles etc.

    Just make things more complicated, some US measures share names with Imperial, but are actually different. The US gallon is about 20% smaller than the Imperial one. Then, if you cook, US recipes use the "cup" measurement a lot, which has to be converted differently for liquids and solids.

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  12. 12 minutes ago, DavidM said:

    Maybe me , probably is , but it always sounds ridiculous to me when someone’s height is described in centimetres . Give me feet n inches please . And kilometres is one other I don’t get . Our roads n stuff is in miles so don’t talk to me in kilometres - endless tv programmes do this . Surely this is why we voted for brexit - enough of this nonsense !!

    Britain's a real mongrel with weights and measures. We never fully abandoned imperial when we officially went over to metric, but we never fully went metric either (miles being the most obvious example).

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