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  1. 2 hours ago, Bleep1673 said:

    Go on then, given your antipathy towards me I will do it...

    I don't care about the I don't care thread.

    I expect loads of abuse, but, guess what?

    I Don't Care.

    Here you go, bleep. Which is worse, to suffer loads of abuse or to be completely ignored and suffer none at all?

    And I don't care either.

    Cheer up, pal.

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  2. 1 hour ago, Shadow said:

    We've been through this.

    It's, Glass, Water and Glad pronounced Glahsse, Wawter and Glad. All different pronunciations of the same letter, tricky but not impossible. 

    And another thing

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    You really should have thumped Farage (pronounced Farridge) when you had the chance. His influence on you has been toxic.

    Edit to add a smiley. 😆

  3. 2 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    Grow up? This is a rugby league forum, on it people give their opinions on rugby league. My opinion is Salford, the team that finished 3rd from bottom last season, lack depth in their forwards and will be near the bottom again fighting relegation this year. If anyone can’t handle that opinion it’d be fair to label them a snowflake.

    From one "snowflake" to another, "Enjoy your evening."

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  4. 3 hours ago, Ullman said:

    Sad news, Nantucket Sleighride is still one of my favourite albums and something of an overlooked classic.

    Sad news indeed. I saw Mountain live at Sheffield uni in early (Feb?) 1972. Absolutely brilliant and their live version of Nantucket Sleighride is still one of my favourite tracks ever.

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  5. 5 hours ago, Futtocks said:

    People of a certain age may suffer a slight twitch at this - "écouter et répéter" *BEEP* .

    People of a certain age may suffer a slight twitch at this - "écoutez et répétez" *BEEP* .

    Sorry, Futtocks, but in my day, it was the polite imperative (2nd person plural form), not the infinitive that was used in this context.

    Perhaps this gives a clue as to why I struggle with foreign languages. I'm too bloody pedantic for my own good. My general advice to anyone is to 'go for it' don't wait until you've translated your thoughts perfectly into your target language or you'll never say a word.

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  6. Like Futtocks, I used Duolingo, but for Greek. I found it a good learning environment (mix of text and audio), but I couldn't get the hang of their 'ten minutes a day' claim. I felt a bit held back and wanted to make faster progress, but there was no 'skip ten lessons' button. This was probably because I already spoke a bit of Greek. It didn't cost anything, so I stopped after about four or five weeks. I should go back and try again. We'll see. Review grading - 4/5.

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  7. 2 minutes ago, Johnoco said:

    You honestly think people give Salford a hard time? That people shouldn’t comment about them leaving people in the lurch financially? What was the figure they didn’t pay back again? I’ve never slagged off Salford in all my time on here, it’s not some sort of persecution to raise awkward issues.
    As for the people they didn’t pay the money back to...hey! Right? Who gives a damn.

    To put the tin lid on it, this was a few days after they had a say in whether another club were fit for purpose. You honestly couldn’t make it up. 

    Oh, but you do.

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  8. 52 minutes ago, Oxford said:

    I thought you were about to accuse me of being a virtual SRD fan for a moment then.

    Do you have a view on the fine Tony? I've honestly never seen the Salford fans as angry even though they sort of expect this kind of thing from the RFL to be some kind of bianual  event!


    I believe that Ian Blease and Paul King are quite sanguine about the fine. If that is so, then I'm not going to rise to the bait of those on here who love to pile in on an anti-Salford story.

    AFAIK, the main losers are the Council and Peel Holdings, who still own the stadium and need a tenant whatever, Marwan Koucash, who has gone on record as saying he doesn't want his money back, John Wilkinson, for whom I do feel some sympathy, and, finally, a number of small creditors for whom I do feel sorry, but can do nothing about. But, hey! Check out the headline! Nasty Salford! That's all some people care about. If it makes them feel good, let them fill their boots.

    Sorry, I almost forgot. The fine could have been worse and could have been a whole lot better, so I don't really have a view on it.

  9. Hardly strange to be honest, but sheep's brain. I was invited to a friend's sister's wedding party and the brains are served as a delicacy to close family. My friend insisted I try some of his, so I had a couple of forkfuls. It was not unpleasant, a bit like meaty porridge, but I haven't repeated the experience.

    On a holiday in Egypt, my wife opted for camel while I had the beef (she is much more adventurous than I), but I did sample a bit of the camel. It was very similar to beef, iirc.

  10. 1 hour ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

    Yes, Irish handball has obvious similarities with fives.  Incidentally, there are, i think, three public school based variations of fives, the other being Winchester College.

    Fives, however, has not been solely a pastime of the rich and aristocratic.  It used to be a popular pursuit, played by all.  It is interesting, Tony, that you mention at Eton the buttresses being like those in a church cloister.  Church walls and their surrounding churchyards were much used for this sport, often to the anger and consternation of local clergy and churchwardens.

    Caroe and Partners are a firm of architects with a longstanding reputation for church related projects.  They will have clients all over the country, but have strong links to Somerset, with an office in Wells.  Here is a link to some research on fives in churchyards, which they commissioned some time ago; it is largely, though not exclusively, about Somerset churches.  (I first had it drawn to my attention when I worked for the Diocese of Bath & Wells a few years ago)  I hope you find it an interesting read.

    FIVES RESEARCH (caroe.co.uk)


    I stand to be corrected, Copa, but I think US handball is essentially the Irish sport, taken across The Pond by immigrants.

    Thanks for that. I will read it later.

    The church butress thing, when told to me, reminded me of something I'd seen about Real Tennis and it was that connection that fixed it in my mind.

    Okay, I've read it. Despite the rather opaque language (architectural descriptors such as mullion - I know the word, but not what it means) it was very interesting from a social and historical perspective. It surprised me to learn that mediaeval peasants (presumably) had the time to play such games. That says more about me than it does about mediaeval peasants.

    Thanks again.

  11. May I ask the experts on here a question? The BBC (and others) have reported that United are out of the CL. When I look at the table, it seems that a big win (5-0 or so) for the Turkish team would shift PSG's goal difference enough to put them below United and mean that United go through while PSG are eliminated.

    What am I missing?

  12. 57 minutes ago, Wiltshire Rhino said:

    Sort of squash without racquets (I had to look on YouTube) 

    That sounds like the game called Fives. There were two versions: Eton Fives and Rugby Fives. I played a couple of games of the Rugby version in London about 40 years ago. Played on a court very like a Squash court and, iirc, wearing a 'fingerless' glove on your hitting hand. I was told that the Eton variant was played on a court with wall butresses like a church cloister. It was an interesting exercise but not as much fun as rugby.

  13. Slightly different, but 'related'.

    One of the schools I taught at arranged a 'Christmas Shopping Day' for the staff (I guess it worked for the children, too). How they arranged it was imaginative: they used one of their 'Training' days to give the children (and staff) a day off. They replaced the 'Training' day with a series of two-hour after school 'Training' sessions. That way, everybody got a day off in December to go Christmas shopping but nobody lost any teaching.


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