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Posts posted by gingerjon

  1. 4 hours ago, M j M said:

    It was abolished in 1950. The deviant Australians, who had no right to change the laws of the game, abolished it under some sort of local change to the sport's rules 1922. Worse still, they for some reason managed to start using the term 'field goal' for the completely different drop goal which is why there is some confusion now about what the field goal actually was.

    Were many points scored this way?

  2. 11 hours ago, Bearman said:

    I was looking at an old Bears programme for 2007 (V Somerset Vikings)

    I wrote the editorial piece and I noted that there were 146 teams in the Rugby League Conference alone.

    I bet there that are not many more across all the whole of the amatuer game in the UK now.

    I hope I am wrong.

    Is it is as simple as finding out how many clubs are registered with the RFL?

    I say 'simple' but I can't actually manage to do that myself.

  3. 4 minutes ago, Damien said:

    Worrying to hear the news of some schools being closed again in South Korea so quickly after opening. If a country, that was in a much better position to open them in the first place and deal with issues as they arise, has been forced to do this then it doesn't bode too well for here.

    This is in addition to new restrictions again on the use of public spaces and tightening of social distancing due to spikes to cases. When South Korea are having these issues you know that things aren't going to be back to normal for a long, long time unless we get a vaccine.

    I'd take it (vaguely) as a positive. For them. Not for us. We're totally screwed.

    It's positive for them because the rates are low so potential spikes are obvious. They also have an effective track/trace/isolate operation in place that isn't backed up by citizens "doing the right thing" but by three month jail sentences if you try to avoid it.


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  4. 6 minutes ago, Bob8 said:

    Balance in all things perhaps. All of the exercises are also bad if there are too many or in bad form.

    Following The Pain last year, I'm pretty much convinced that most running injuries come from running whilst already injured. But I'd get an actual Expert to confirm that,

    Anyway, passed 500k running for the year this week. Pleased with that.


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  5. 51 minutes ago, Saintslass said:

    I've just watched the press conference and I see that part of the announcement was that people would be allowed to go through their houses to get to their back gardens, and that six people from different households would be allowed to gather.  Gosh.  With a daily infection rate of around 8,000 that sounds very risky!  I don't know about anyone else but I feel rather nervous about this releasing of the lockdown.  

    Johnson will have been led by the science and made a decision appropriate to the needs of England at this time.

  6. 3 hours ago, DavidM said:

    Another one is NEW ... which means new to that channel , not new new . NEW Bigfoot Files on History was new on channel 4 in 2013

    Many,  many years ago (I was still in school) ... the Radio Times put on the front cover "Basil's Back!", along with a huge photo of the Fawlty Towers cast.

    Cue *so many* complaints to Points of View that week as all it meant was that the BBC was repeating all of the episodes in sequence for the first time in a while.

  7. 9 minutes ago, tim2 said:

    My daughter works in travel and has had to deal with a lot of cancellations and rebookings. Today she had to help a lady whose husband had died of the virus 2 weeks before his 60th birthday. She has a disabled son she will now have to look after alone. My daughter was in pieces afterwards.

    Is your daughter getting any support? Sounds like she could do with some.

  8. 17 minutes ago, Toby Chopra said:

    So for Superleague, every little helps. They're going to have to pay anyhow to fulfill the TV contract, so even 4,000 fans for 3 or 4 games is something worth having.

    For the Championship and L1, it strikes me that 25% capacity could be enough for most teams to accommodate their average crowds - certainly would be at Leigh, Fev, Halifax, London to name a few. So maybe that does keep alive the prospect of being able to afford to return to play, if the crowds were allowed early enough.

    Any teams stand out for not having enough excess capacity to house their average crowd? 

    The next question is, even if some crowds were allowed this autumn, how many regular fans would actually turn up? Unless you can be sure it's most of them, it's still quite a risk financially.      

    I think there are a couple of issues. What proportion of people who go to rugby league games will feel as if they have enough spare cash to go to a game alongside the wider issue of how many will feel safe going to a game?

    The issue of cost to clubs still includes the unknown about providing testing, infection control etc.

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  9. On 26/05/2020 at 21:33, Bleep1673 said:


    Yes, I've tried all the agencies, Hastings BC, Brighton Housing Trust, CAB

    I need a guarantor none of my mates can do that, because they already are to one.

    My ex, my consultant Dr mate, last ditch RU coach.

    I get £930 in Universal Credit, & Housing Benefit, I get £235 PIP, I get £125 discretionary housing allowance, per month, I am paying £550pcm at the moment, based on my 2017 allowances, & DWP have increased UC//Housing allowance & the numpties at the letting agents say that will only allow me £475 rent, which will not give me a small room, or studio flat anywhere South of Hemel, or within a 250 mile radius of my 11 year old daughter.

    I say Thank you & Gòodbye, because on July 3 I will be homeless.

    Cornwallis Terrace, £425 pcm, https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-to-rent/property-79832917.html - so near to the station and a straightforward bus through St Leonards to Silverhill



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  10. 12 hours ago, THE RED ROOSTER said:

    Surrey CCC planning to reopen the oval to spectators with Social distancing come late august / september



    People who quote Karol Sikora are hilarious. 60,000 dead and he's wanting praise-filled retweets because he said florists might open in June. What a guy.

    But ... anyway ...

    Domestic cricket looks like it's targeting a domestic season that runs from the start of August to the very end of September and into October. The couple of interesting things: firstly, there's no attempt to make this a regular season. Promotion and relegation from 2019 will come into effect in 2021. 2020 will be a filler, albeit a competitive one.

    Second, they are starting on the assumption that there won't be crowds, at least at the beginning, and that if crowds do come then capacities will be massively reduced. Look like, for example, the Oval would go to around 1/4 of its usual capacity at around 6,000.

    So, things that might be of interest to RL: a season where the different tiers (in this case, FT clubs who want to play) come together to play geographically before a final; if there are crowds then social distancing means grounds should expect to run around 25% of usual capacity (so, as an example, the Halliwell Jones might have a capacity of 4,000).

    (Proposal here: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/29230582)

  11. 6 minutes ago, tim2 said:

    Also, home advantage has disappeared overnight. It's a small sample, but interesting.

    The Mainz boys bounced back from a 0-5 thumping to get an away draw at Union Berlin. Fortuna won and so closed the gap so relegation is still a possibility. Relegation fights are fun!

    Those crazy Germans.

    BBC Alba - channel 169, Sky fans - will be showing the women's Bundesliga when it returns on Sunday, should you be needing to start filling up sporting afternoons still.

    "My" Werder Bremen are in the second division in that one - with the good news that the league has been cancelled but results retained so 'we' are Champions and will be in the top division next year. I am retrospectively celebrating after my lifelong supporting investment of a couple of weeks has been repaid so well.

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  12. Just now, scotchy1 said:

    But. Doesnt that highlight the value of the game in London, that one game makes so much money for the RFL?

    You'd think. You'd also think that a sport whose survival depended on the success of that game would put a bit more value on creating knowledge, awareness and participation in that sport in the area the game is played.

    But what do I know?

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  13. 9 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

    So if London had never existed for the last 40 years presumably they would be one of your targeted "Big Globally Recognized Cities"?

    Cities don't come much bigger than London and most definitely there are not many more globally recognised on the planet are there?

    So being that London is the Capital City of the birth place of the game and the country with the second highest support base and player participation on Earth one would believe it had the nucleus to be successful over and above other places that are 'Virgin Territories', BUT London has failed miserably in enticing the natives to get behind them, they have done well with initially the help of Sport England and the RFL in flooding the area with development officer's to introduce the game and nurture player's, but both a support base and infrastructure have to go hand in hand for the game to survive, which I predict will be the demise in North America without any grassroots being established, also  are you envisaging that established clubs will have to give up their player's to populate these new teams, not a cat in hell's chance, firstly the owners and the supporters will not let it happen, they will walk away first, then the game dies.

    OTOH, our one big London game a year not being successful is enough to wipe out the RFL's profits for the year.

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  14. Just now, Damien said:

    I completely agree but to be honest I'm guilty as hell of using them, out of habit as much as anything. I forget about the whole tax and working conditions stuff until it hits the news then its long forgot about by the time I need something again. Finding and getting almost everything you want is so easy with minimal searching compared to shopping around and in a few clicks its got with little thought. I actually must make a more conscious effort to avoid them when I can.

    I can send you, and anyone else who wants one, a link so that every purchase you make gives my charity (we support people with brain injury) a donation.

    It eases the angst a bit.

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