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About WelshpoolMarauder

  • Birthday 16/08/1985

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    Outside of rugby? Music, books, video games.
    But mostly rugby.

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  1. I work in residential care, which is considered an essential service. I went to work on Sunday 3pm and left tonight at 11pm, stopping at a local garage to buy a couple of bottles of wine. One of my colleagues who I’d been working with also came to buy some stuff and without thinking came and stood by me, we got some funny looks from the guy stood behind us. Fortunately, I knew him from school and was able to explain that we’d spent the last 8 hours together so if one of us had it, we’d both have got it by now. He sensibly kept his distance though! We’re in a strange place where I work - we have to keep looking after the kids, but we’ve already got a few people isolating. It’s a rural site, so we’re lucky in that respect, but we’ve got people coming in and out every day, so it’s going to hit us eventually. In a way, we’re better it hitting us sooner and just locking the place down and keeping the same adults there for however long, but most have families and so on, so it’s not practical. I’m single, no dependents, all my gigs have been cancelled, so I can stay there however long if needed, but before long we’re going to be really struggling to get enough people into work..
  2. Whilst I always read a lot as a kid - Dahl, Blyton and the like - it was just something I did through how I was raised, rather than a passion. What changed it for me wasn’t an author, but a band - the Manic Street Preachers. Becoming a fan of them led me to music I’d not heard before, ideas I’d not considered, and also George Orwell, amongst other writers. I remember reading Animal Farm in an evening when I was about 14 and ignoring my friend who’d lent it to me for the duration then devouring everything I could. My favourite is still ‘Coming Up For Air’, which I read about twice a year, though I have a fondness for ‘1984’ as I studied it for A-Level alongside ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, another amazing read.
  3. A couple that I work with live right by the river on Smithfield Road, they cleared out last weekend and I’m not sure they’ve been back since. The first lot of flooding was just underneath their front door, so this last bit has definitely done them damage. I’m down by the Abbey, the warning area came up to the street behind my flat. Got a gig in Frankwell tomorrow night, that could be an interesting walk! I know it’s First World Problems, but I’ve not been able to get to the cheese toastie place at the top of Wyle Cop all week, I’m having serious withdrawal symptoms ?
  4. I live in Shrewsbury, I’m beginning to forget a time when the river wasn’t overflowing!
  5. Last Valentine’s Day I was still with my soon to be ex wife. This Valentine’s Day, I got beaten up by a kid at work and ended up needing a massive gash on my head glued together. Still, Valentine’s Day 2020> Valentine’s Day 2019.
  6. My best friend and bandmate was found dead by his wife early yesterday morning, he’d taken his own life. There had been problems at home, and his health wasn’t great, but no-one thought he was feeling this bad. He could be stubborn, arrogant and condescending, and he was always, always late, but he was also kind and generous and immensely talented. I loved him dearly, and I miss him already.
  7. Looking forward to this so much. Father is driving, which is excellent news, let's hope the bar is well stocked! Got a first-timer coming along with us, who has decided to give the game ago despite his advancing years, so here's hoping for a close game.. in the second match! Knowing first-hand how much hard work Jamie Thomas and his team have done, I'm hoping this will be the first step in vindicating their hard work. Something special and genuine and real is building here in North Wales, and without the likes of Jamie and Clive Griffiths, all we would have is memories of Super League, rather than long-term aspirations.
  8. Well, I know in Mid Wales, we've gone from no clubs to one club. Which can only be a good thing, in my books. We're looking at how to develop the game in the schools, and the like, and we're aware it won't happen overnight, but I think we could end up with quite a lot of enthusiasm for the game in a few years, despite the fact that a lot of rugby players here are also farmers, and therefore work more in the summer..
  9. PLAY?? The lad is a magician! Exhibit A - Crusaders v Salford, big Salford lad smashes it up the middle, hands off Sammut, who then takes the ball from his other hand and runs off...
  10. Well done to the boys. Standing in the ground during the 'final minute' of the Cas game, which seemed to last about 10 years, was one of the most nerve-wracking times of my life!!! After Sammut's try, myself and the missus agreed to name our first-born Jarrod. I suspect she thinks that only applies if it's a boy...
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