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Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

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  1. Don't be too hard on yourself, RE. I am sure you would come out with some absolute pearls of wisdom!
  2. Forgive my immodesty, WR, but I am an expert on choirs - I sing in a chamber choir, direct and sing in a church choir and work part-time (when not furloughed!) in choir administration. You are right; choirs have been badly affected; in a nutshell, in this country, they pretty well are not operating. This is arguably another area in which the government's advice has become increasingly incoherent. There now seems to be slightly different advice depending whether your choir is professional or amateur (No, I cannot see the logic either!) Participation in choirs is massive; I have seen an estimate of about two million choir members, of all sorts of choir, throughout the UK. Yet, compared - dare I say on here! - to sport, further research, and easing of lock-down, seems to be progressing at a snail's pace. PHE are allegedly doing research, but this entails testing, in laboratory conditions, the effects of singers singing. Some weeks ago, I saw a report in The Times that the research would involve members of Salisbury Cathedral choir. I subsequently discovered that, in fact, this only meant two of the Lay Vicars (their professional, adult singers) and they were still waiting to be called in for the tests! You mention choirs being 'badly affected', WR. Unfortunately, one of the oft-quoted instances is of an American choir that suddenly reported a significant number of covid-19 cases in its ranks. However, the full story includes that they were predominantly elderly and in many cases with other health conditions, and did not social distance during rehearsal, or in the social breaks, which included eating and drinking together. So who knows the role that the singing itself actually played. Sorry, I have probably gone completely off topic, but your comments, WR, though in themselves wholly valid, touched something of a raw - or rather frustrated and inactive - nerve!
  3. A linguistic pedant writes, "Shouldn't that be 'charges down'?" OK, I'll go for a long walk...!
  4. Thanks, understood. One of the advantages of trying the charge-down is that, if successful, the player who has done so has directional momentum in his favour; he is travelling the same way as the ball now is, whilst his opponents' momentum is collectively in the opposite direction. That will normally give you an extra second or two in which to gather the ball cleanly. As to incentive, well, maybe it is a desperate last throw of the dice for the reason explained in your original post, so it's just a calculated risk, I suppose, a bit like the attempt at a fingertip interception of a long pass down the line of backs.
  5. I didn't know that, SL17. Between or among which parties is the contract, and for how long is it intended to last? it raises interesting issues including whether, if TWP survive but are meant to revert to the championship, the RFL are willing and able to accommodate them there. Also, if TWP are not in SL, how you decide, and when, who takes their place?
  6. I thought the same, DD. I would have thought, as a general rule, that a northern hemisphere website should not have headlines about southern hemisphere sides that don't explicitly indicate that it is the southern side to which a reference is being made.
  7. I don't understand what you are saying, TR. A charge-down is neither illegal nor a simple knock-on. So you can gather the ball having charged down your opponent's kick. Here is the extract of the laws that confirms this: https://www.rugby-league.com/the_rfl/rules_and_regulations/laws_of_the_game/knock_on__forward_pass However, if you have failed to gather cleanly, or indeed at all, after charging down, then it becomes like any other scenario in which a defender has touched the ball during an opponent's set of six. I, for one, am not persuaded that the risk of having the tackle count wiped out should be removed.
  8. You say that Gulliver's World is appealing, Scubby, but I believe it has its travails!
  9. I take your point on derbies, WCL, but like Wollo Wollo Wayoo, I recall the rivalry in the mid-60s between Trinity and Wigan being intense.
  10. Toulouse aren't undecided; they will not be entering. There has been a statement on their website for a few days to that effect.
  11. In the 1960s, when I began watching, Wigan -v- Saints was a very strong rivalry. In February, 1965, almost 40,000 (me included!) packed central park for a cup tie, which Wigan won by 7 points to 2. The crowd paid, on average, 3/5d for the privilege of being there! As a lad, I would have got in for something like 6d (2.5p in that there new fangled money!)
  12. I imagine that between Carcassonne and Limoux is pretty keen, as they are only about 15 miles apart.
  13. Of the hirundine species (swifts, swallows and martins), swifts are the last to arrive and the first to go. In my experience, their departure is pretty much as regular as clockwork. They leave from mid-July onwards and there will be none after either 31st July or 1st August. Sure enough, here in south-west Wiltshire, there were one or two still about yesterday, but none today that I can see. Autumn is here!
  14. I don't know all these, Griff, but agree with you about Buttertubs. Last year in early summer, my wife and I stopped at the Buttertubs themselves and were delighted to discover that we had the company of a newly fledged family of ring ouzels. By contrast, decades ago when I worked for the North Riding County Council, a colleague and I were driving over Buttertubs and the wind and rain were so fierce that the wind was lifting the rain in sheets off the road and its verges. We were glad to reach Hawes, which was very wet but merely breezy, in one piece!
  15. In a sense you are right, Chris22, but arguably the lockdown-induced withdrawal of the Wolfpack benefitted the Giants most in the short-term, as I think I am right in saying that they alone of the then top five teams had not played them. Expunging the Toronto playing record has thus moved Huddersfield up to third.
  16. I am a little surprised that Matthew Shaw's piece, being dated as recently as three days ago, reckons that Toulouse were undecided. Bernard Sarrazain's statement on the club website, which I think pre-dates that, sounds pretty emphatic to me, especially when he says to make up for the shortfall of no TO to watch, try following the reserve team in Elite 1 from November.
  17. So, inter alia, you don't think I know whether or not I take offence when the English cannot pronounce my surname correctly? Gosh, that's terribly clever of you, Griff. Have we ever met? Have we discussed your ability to see into the real and innermost thoughts of complete strangers, of which even they themselves are blissfully unaware? Gosh, what powers you have!
  18. Not according to you, it isn't; you didn't allow the 'it's up to you' option. You said "It nevertheless gives offence" as a simple statement of fact. Dunbar and I have pointed out that we both find ourselves regularly subject to mispronunciation of our names by foreigners - in his case, Italians, in mine English - but we don't take offence. Ergo, your statement is factually wrong. I do wish you would demonstrate a bit of humility.
  19. Who says, Griff? Your statement doesn't allow for a mix of responses, but as Dunbar and I have just demonstrated, taking offence is not obligatory!
  20. It was mostly filmed on Mainland, but with occasional forays elsewhere. The population of all the islands is only about 22,000, but geographically, they are far from 'tiny'. Even leaving Fair Isle aside (technically part of Shetland, but far to the south), it's probably about 100 miles from the southern end of Mainland to the north end of Unst. Of course, in many contexts, maps of Great Britain squeeze Shetland into a small, not to the same scale, box in the map corner. I believe the Scottish parliament has recently outlawed this practice. My daughter once gave me for Christmas a great teeshirt, which was a map of Shetland within a rectangular border, with the rest of the British Isles in a tiny box in the corner - great stuff! In the spirit of DavidM's lighthearted Shetland point, I always worried about the risk of going to Jersey. I presume it's much safer these days, now that 'Bergerac' is no longer filmed there! My own surname - a good Shetland one! - ends in 'ch' and hence is always pronounced in England as 'ck' I don't take offence at that; I accept that 'ch' is not a natural sound for an English person to say. I accept that they mean no offence and probably don't even realise that they have got it wrong. Mis-spelling is another matter. I always correct that, not least of all because my name features in my email address and so must be correctly spelt.
  21. Thanks for taking the time to draw this opportunity the attention of all us posters, Honor. If I was thirty years younger...!
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