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  1. I think it's probably the same as what you posted - a meeting in March 1900 for a post-season competition would make that the 1899-1900 season. League table from 1901-2 is here: http://www.saints.org.uk/saints.org.uk/home/viewpage.php?page_id=24&tabledate=1901 2 The Widnes fixtures are shown here http://rugby.widnes.tv/searchg.php?q=1899-00&scfield=season&Submit=Search (last two games of the season) http://rugby.widnes.tv/searchg.php?q=1900-01&scfield=season&Submit=Search (game on Nov 3) http://rugby.widnes.tv/searchg.php?q=1901-02&scfield=season&Submit=Search (SWLL games home and away against Warrington, Runcorn & Leigh who were in the division above) I can see some newspaper items too that I can't link to. I had corresponding Warrington fixtures earlier, but seems not to be working now.
  2. Bit more digging suggests that Saints won it in 1899-1900 - beating Runcorn 6-0 in the final and that it ran as a knockout cup for a couple of seasons and there were extra fixtures for this competition, on top of normal league games. In 1901-02, there was a Northern Rugby League with the top 7 clubs from each county and Lancashire & Yorkshire senior competitions below that (the Lancashire comp had 13 teams, including Hull KR). Runcorn, Leigh & Warrington were in the top league, with Saints, Wigan & Widnes in the county league and so extra inter-league fixtures were played to give the final SW Lancs League table, which Warrington won (and Broughton Rangers won the corresponding SE Lancs league.)
  3. Slightly random question. In 1899-1900 and 1900-01, some clubs played extra games in the Southwest Lancs and Border Towns Cup - Warrington, Runcorn, Widnes, St. Helens, Leigh, Tyldesley, Wigan etc. In 1901-02, it seems to have changed to a league format with two groups of four and a play-off. I think the competition was a follow-on from a similar one that had been played before the NU split (mentioned in Tony Collins' book.) The Warrington heritage site here lists them as winners or runners-up right up to 1909-10, which suggests that the competition continued based on normal league games rather than extra fixtures, although possibly only unofficially after 1906/7. https://www.warringtonrugbyheritage.com/honours Anybody know anything more about this competition? Which clubs took part, who were the winners?
  4. I've done a few marathons (and ultras), but still try and do parkrun every week, getting close to the 250 mark. Nice chance to catch up with people, sometimes I run with my wife or kids, sometimes I'll actually race against a friend.
  5. I've been working my way through the 2014 Booker Prize shortlist. Read so far How to be Both (Ali Smith), We are all Completely Besides Ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler), To Rise Again At A Decent Hour (Joshua Ferris) and J (Howard Jacobson). The latter two about Jewish identity. Still to go, The Lives of Others (Neel Mukherjee) and the eventual winner, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan.)
  6. Herod's first son was called "Antipater." Can't help thinking that this was a bad choice of name, as he was eventually charged with trying to kill his pater.
  7. Herod had his first three sons executed for treason.
  8. I'm the one that's responsible for all those idiots walking down the street looking at their phone instead of where they're going.
  9. Having spent my whole working life doing chip design, absolutely loved this old Horizon program from the 1970s - especially the quotes from various Trade Unionists - and the Swiss watch industry being wiped out by Digital watches... https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01z4rrj/horizon-19771978-now-the-chips-are-down# (Those outside the UK can probably find it on Daily Motion.)
  10. Some years, I did hundreds of interviews (hiring a lot of new graduates.) Pretty much all the technical questions I used ended up on Glassdoor and similar websites. The kind of people I'm looking for are the kind of people that will look on Glassdoor and make the effort to prepare for the kinds of things I'm going to ask. Ssoutherner has it spot on. Good luck Spidey.
  11. Bit harsh. I know which side of the mildly eccentric/mental health problem line I think they're on, but they're not really doing any harm, are they? I'm pleased to report that I phoned up the village GP surgery at 8:00am on Friday last week and was given an appointment for 8:35 that morning.
  12. Busted. I eat all of them Although I started eating kale as a kid in the 70s that my dad grew in the back garden because you can pick it right through the winter, at a time when our terraced house had neither heating nor an inside toilet. So I reckon kale has done more social climbing than me...
  13. Almost an unfortunate name, given what followed a few years later. Some interesting other pictures on that thread, including one of Toulouse's ground from the 1930s.
  14. Christ. If we had three qualified candidates turn up for an interview, I'd be on the phone to my boss to get two new jobs created.
  15. Different career, different company, but we give new graduates a payrise every 6 months in their first 2 years and for the typical person I'd expect that to add up to at least a 30% increase over their starting salary as new graduates (in the UK anyway).
  16. Reminds me of a story in the indy. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/edinburgh-street-bellenden-gardens-shaped-like-a-giant-willy-9157348.html
  17. Google turns up the following: https://www.examiner.co.uk/news/dewsbury-10k-runners-free-shirt-14245497
  18. The photo on many scrabble boxes is of the hand of one of my friends. Now there's an uninteresting trivial fact for you. We have played using a Dutch set he took the photos for. Only 4 points for a J.
  19. Read "The road to Nab End" by historian William Woodruff, on a long plane journey this week. It's an account of his childhood growing up in 1920s Blackburn and the poverty experienced in East Lancs during the collapse of the cotton industry, which was a bestseller about 10 years ago. He went on to a place at Oxford and a Fulbright scholarship at Harvard after leaving school at 14, so it's a pretty thought provoking book.
  20. Australia (well Sydney/Melbourne anyway) had a cafe/proper coffee scene a couple of decades before the UK did. Not really a fan of paying £3 or £4 for a load of milky hot water myself. Another vote for the Sainbury's own brand beans though.
  21. The BBC2 continuity announcer's line about hedgehogs before the program started was a good one. Some of the names of the shops and the adverts in the background are worth looking for.
  22. Made teenage sons watch the first couple of episodes beforehand and there was a seriously impressive number of callbacks. I hadn't noticed the Huddersfield dialling code on some of the businesses the first time through, either. I thought it was brilliantly done. I rarely watch tv though.
  23. I have a friend who is a huge Billy Bragg fan, and she didn't realise that the first two lines of the song are taken from Paul Simon's "leaves that are green."
  24. This page has plenty of info about series of relegations in English football. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doing_a_Leeds Doesn't like anyone has done it in three successive seasons though.
  25. I bought that CD in about 2005, when we first got a piano. Don't think I've played it in about 10 years though.
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