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  • Birthday 05/03/1967

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  1. Martyn, I'm more than happy to see responses and reactions in order to create debate, which is what we are doing I believe. So, at what point did I object to your post? I merely gave a response - as you allude to. Anyway. I aree that your point is a valid one and do not disagree to what you were aiming to illicit with the original rhetorical question. However, you may be slightly guilty of overlooking the human factor in this argument. As soon as you asked me about my relationship with my son it became personal and introduced emotion to the discussion - Whilst you are trying to apply cold logic to the situation. The human aspect needs to be considered just as much. I also agree that Falou could light up SL but this won't change my opinion of him. The problem with bigots is they like to show us all that they are! We all have different perceptions when opinions are voiced and different ways of dealing with them. Sometimes opinions are hurtful and cause division and hate, these are the type that should be kept to ones self. Had Falou done this he would still be happily raking in the millions in Aussie RU. The silver lining in all of this is, contrary to what was said on the BBC 2 radio news, is that our sport is getting exposure. There's no such thing as bad publicity after all!
  2. Then why on earth ask it? Was it a bit of rhetoric thrown down merely to provoke a reaction? I won't support the Dragons because I'd rather be able to look my son in the eye. He's suffered the slings and arrows enough from people like Folau, who, in his tiny little mind and his arrogance, believe that their belief in a bunch of bronze age fairy tales allows them the right to spout hate filled rhetoric against a section of society that has already suffered enough. As Keegan Hurst alluded to this morning on TV, have the Dragons sacrificed their values, if they had any in the first place, for the sake of a few extra points or climbing a couple of places up the table? Yet I see the argument you are trying to make. There are many people I admire whose opinion on certain subjects do not agree with my own - the important point is the subject matter to which the opinion is directed and how it is expressed. Plus, it's ironic that you mention the 'art of living' as I am currently studying Arts and Humanities with the OU! However, I'm an atheist and Folau, through his religious based ignorance reminds me why I am.
  3. Or, put another way, the most famous and most infamous! Just sayin'.
  4. Probably the most stupid, ill conceived and pointless question you've ever asked of anyone Martyn. I always thought you were a well informed and educated champion of our sport, engaging and analytical in your writing........until now.
  5. The Dragons are my local team nowadays but I'm going to struggle with my conscience when it comes to attending matches in Perpignan. Y'see, I'm the father of three strapping lads, one of which is gay. He is the one who served on the frontline in Afghanistan as a Royal Engineer attached to the infantry......... probably whilst Falau was spouting his hateful rhetoric in his local church somewhere and enjoying the pampered lifestyle of a professional, high profile sportsman. Ahhhh the irony that religion brings.
  6. Why the fixation with bringing union fans over? The signing of Burgess by Barrrrrth didn't regularly cause traffic jams on the M5 Southbound I'm sure. They have their game, we have ours - some folks enjoy both, that's just the way things are and the signing of one high profile player will not break the paradigm.
  7. A good player, when he can be bothered. The petulant mard-###### in him seems to be the dominant part of his psyche unfortunately. However, he might flourish under a team with a strong coach who won't put up with his ######.
  8. One of the girls who worked in the factory was the girlfriend of One of the girls who worked at our place was involved with a certain John Cogger. She did invite me back to her place one barmy afternoon and although I admit I was tempted by what was offered, the gentleman in me politely declined....... so did the coward in me who remembered who she was seeing at the time. Pity
  9. I don't mind admitting that when watching Rob in the interview the tears were rolling down my cheeks. I just wanted to reach through the screen and join Sir Kev in that hug. This news has really affected me. I wish Rob and all those who love him all the best for the fight ahead....... and I've a feeling he will fight like a tiger, because that's what he does.
  10. Just up the road from me but I'll be in Spain on the 18th. Doh!!!
  11. I finally got to watch it today. - brilliant bit of TV. Isn't it something to be proud of that the most brutal of sports, our sport, is the one that can help build hearts and mend minds, bring people together and and instil a sense of purpose and beloging when it seems lost and unattainable. I got a bo11ocking off the memsahib for not waiting for her to get home and watch it with her. Oh well, I'll have to watch it again
  12. Watching it on catch-up later when the memsahib gets home and really looking forward to it.
  13. I actually prefer the Beeb commentary team over those of sky (even Jiffy at a push) and would much rather see a terrestrial channel take our game and give it a new twist.
  14. Looking forward to seeing how Maloney goes at Catalans but will be interested to see how the reunited Team Tompkins win hearts and minds in the bars and bistros of the Languedoc Rousillion......things can get lost in translation y'know!
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