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  1. I watched Reading Raiders vs Swindon A at Reading Rfc Union ground where they will be for the season p, very onesided 96:4 but great to get out and big crowd (guess into 3 figures)
  2. likely 90 may have been 91 - i worked on every gig in the SU for 3 yrs (which was 2 to 3 a week) so all the dates roll into 1
  3. Agree 100% one of the worst gigs i ever saw was The Fall at Reading Uni
  4. Road racing - Joey Dunlop Track - Valentino Rossi/Giacomo Agostini (too far apart in time to really compare like with like as the sport changed so much
  5. Yes i think moneyclaimsdirect is £35 for a sub £5k claim - get a quote for repairs, write back to council telling them having taken advice you are giving them 7 days to respond with why their contractors/employees are not to blame when the evidence is overwhelming before you submit a claim through the small claims court Copy in the legal dept on the email - it would cost them more to fight than pay up so they likely will (as they do with pothole damage if you can prove the hole was theire for a while or previously reported on something like fixmystreet)
  6. i have been made redundant (was told last week) I am likely to get an offer soon from an old business aqauntence which will involve selling a product very tied into a growing trend in homeworking and associated issues. Currently i do tech recruitment and know a lot of controlling companies are still convinced it will be business as usual in a few months so are requiring new recruits to be "based within a sensible commute"
  7. except a lot are "currently work from home" and employers will be looking for people reaosnably local still
  8. Mike Oldfield is from Reading, his dad was a local GP Also although not from Reading (they are from Oxford) Radiohead played lots of their early gigs here, for a while every lampost on the canal tow path had a 2" round flourescent green sticker with an r made of smalled dots on it from their ###### mates walking down there after a gig with a bunch of the stickers from the merchandise table - timing wise i know that was around the time the pentium floating point error was announced as i have meories of stopping a discussion on that when i saw all the stickers Hawkwind also live somewhere local (think a memeber has a farm that they stored gear and rehearsed on) I know this as they did the pre tour rehersal for the Electric teepee tour at Reading Uni when i was working stage crew - wqe had to literally clear straw and muck off some of the gear - their lighting company were anarclighting and when i went to buy my current house in 2000 on the 2nd viewing the owner of anarcligthing was there as it was his sisters house - we both had a "what are you doing here" moment as i had worked with him a few times
  9. My son changed his 3yr BSc into a 4yr MSc so he graduates next yr not this Only thing i can say is don't be tempted into thinking volume is the key, better to apply for 10 roles you know you can and want to do with tailored applications than apply to 1000 with the same generic one - there are no prizes for being "your cv is good but other applicants were closer to our requirements" 250 times. Be aware large organisations (especially on big graduate campaigns) will be using some form of auto sifting software on the bulk applications, make sure your cv mirrors the language on the advert and do not assume knowledge as "obvious" Many years ago i sent a guy for a Unix Pre-sales consultant job and was amazed he did not get an immediate interview - 2 weeks later i got a call from the line manager desperate for candidates (i wasnt allowed to ring him), i asked him and he had not seen the cv. It turned out HR had a new HR administrator, her job was to take cv's off the fax (shos how long ago it was) and check against criteria for each role only forwarding to line manager if they passed a certain score. She has not known the table on the front page of his cv showing all the different versions of HP-UX, DG-UX, Irix, Solaris/SunOS, AIX he had worked on referred to Unix and so she literally binned it - by that point he had an offer on the table so that company missed out. The software is now doing the job of that HR Admin so ensure if the ad says "needs in depth Unix" your cv says it rather than assuming the reader will know Irix was the Silicon Graphics version of Unix etc etc - This can also be used in reverse - if you do not have skill X which is asked for but you know you have something similar there is nothing wrong with putting "i have experience of Y which is similar to X" that will still be picked up by an auto sifter as having X in it and likely passed to the next phase where there is a chance of a human reading it
  10. I meant for the lower leagues to get their product out there - then if they get a bunch of people watching they can go to TV companies in future and say X people watched our stream. PLus if we arent allowed crowds it allows supporters to support and it allows non heartland peeps (like me) to watch lower level games which a lot of the time i only het to watch in the few early rnd challenge cup games the BBC is prepared to let us see
  11. Interestingly - womens RU provides a different solution. As there is basically no money in it the prem 15's clubs are filming themselves with their own comentary and putting it out on YouTube As there are no vested interests to feel they are being diddled out of paying subscribers htere is no backlash and should I so wish I could watch Exeter vs Saracens for nothing either live or after the event. The sound quality can be iffy on a bad weather day but the commentary is generally by someone knowledgeable form the home club at least
  12. Anyone on here involved n the management of large call centres as I need to pick their brains
  13. I was told it goes with both - you are vetted as an individual for a specific role/organisation The advantage is it shows future employers it is worth the hassle of starting the process as it is likely to come through in the end
  14. Selling short is telling your mates to give you £20 each for grand final tickets in the expectation you can go and pick them up for less, if it is suddenly a sell out, you have to pay the touts >£20 and take the hit yourself
  15. Massive simplification coming up Remember when they sold short Melvin basically sold a bunch a stock at $3 (or whatever it was I havent looked it up) expecting to be able to purchase that stock at £2.50 or whatever thus making a gain. They entered into contracts to deliver those stock on a set date at a price of $3, they now have to purchase those stocks to complete those contracts, even if the price they now have to buy them at is $240 now, at that point they will be buying at $240 and getting $3 for them. That is where Melvin lose money AND unless there are now vastly more shares being traded than Melvin has to purchase the individual micro investors will get their money as well, they are providing the shares for Melvin to buy However it is a bit of a pyramid scheme, you dont want to be one of those left at the end with a share bought at $200 when Melvin has fulfilled all it's contracts and there is no demand left - at that point the price will drop back to it's true value
  16. Just seen this on the BBC - a glimmer of hope MND might be reversible https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-55718363 They discovered in human stem cell models of MND, the axon - the long part of the motor neuron cell that connects to the muscle - was shorter than in healthy cells. And the movement of the mitochondria, which travel up and down the axons, was impaired The scientists showed that this was caused by a defective energy supply from the mitochondria and that by boosting the mitochondria, the axon reverted back to normal. Dr Arpan Mehta, who led the study at Euan MacDonald Centre for MND research said: "The importance of the axon in motor nerve cells cannot be understated. "Our data provides hope that by restoring the cell's energy source we can protect the axons and their connection to muscle from degeneration.
  17. not new kit but Hull have a sale on https://www.hullfcshop.com/collections/isc-sale Silly discounts on the shirts on there if anyone wants one
  18. \\I didnt realise that - but the point stands that if RL does not make a real push now whilst womans rugby is expanding explonentially (well it is in the UK anyway) it will lose the fight before it really gets going. Like soccer in the US getting the female game can be a huge stepping stone to mens expansion
  19. League need to get this sorted ASAP - within 18mths definately. Look at the growth in Union girls/rugby in the last 5 years, if they dont they may as well give up on the female game PS vested interest i have managed (not coached) female union county sides and club sides in the UK for >5 yrs and seen participation grow c 400%, i can't see Aus being that different
  20. From our side wife has taken paracetemol and ibuprofen to control fever I have taken nothing just given up alcohol (didnt really want any anway but decided it would make sense to do nothing to stress the system)
  21. She was at school last on Fri 4th as last week her year group was rostered off due to staff shortages. Late on Wed 9th whilst at her rugby training we found out one of thr girls she had spent significant time with on the 4th had developed a fever on Mon 7th and been for a test on the 8th with positive result late on the 9th. By the time we got back from her training my wife was saying she was feeling cold, by midnight she had a fever which she kept all night. The following day she booked a test at the local drive in and as it allowed to add up to 3 household members she added my daughter and I (although we were actually both asypmtomatic at the time so had to bend the truth), tested 1.30pm on 10th we got notified 5am on Friday 11th all 3 positive Rang her school to inform them and were told they would do nothing - PHE will only allow them to go back 48hrs so as the girl she almost def got it from didnt get symptoms until the Monday they didnt bother telling her contacts from the Friday. Unfortunately I had been to training on Tuesday night for the first itme in well over a month at 1 club and her wed at another, so 12 adults and 10 girls are now self isolating due to that I started to feel muddle headed and spacey yesterday and I had a fever last night - wife has a steady fever and no cough but i am starting to get a bit of a throat tickle.
  22. I am positive currently along with wife and 14yo daughter (the source)
  23. And Loves Labours Lost was about the woldpack
  24. i played a game of union where the ref told us at the begining "it's ok I have an app for all the latest law changes" I thought the exact same thing you said As an aside, St Alban's is a hotbed of Union womens talent, it is where the Saracens Ladies are based and off the back of that OA's girls teams are very strong at u13,15 & 18, so if any of those go to northern unis with ladies league teams they can polish up those skills then, the girls game (of unon) is more about handling and speed than "bosh it up the middle and kick tennis" colts boys so an easier transition to league
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