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Josef K

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  1. 3 hours ago, Jughead said:

    Saints have been heavily linked since we knew Regan Grace was going and had eyed him up for 2024. You can’t blame him for choosing Sydney over St Helens. 

    If Saints had shown him the delights of Fingerpost and a meet-up with the “FPP - Fingerpost Posse” he could’ve been ours.

    I hope he is a revelation in the NRL despite our game losing him. 

  2. On 18/01/2023 at 15:07, Griff said:

    I'd love to know a lot of things but I accept that most of them are none of my business.

    Why shouldn’t the average RL fan know what the RFL are doing with the cash they get from sponsors.

    I do wonder that if they don’t announce the prize fund then it must be a naff sponsorship deal. It may not interest you Griff but it interests me. 

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  3. 9 hours ago, RP London said:

    For me the 4th estate is there to hold people to account. Its there to investigate and make sure that everything in the garden is rosy. Yet we have issues around governance, we have issues around the Refs and the disciplinary. We have questions from fans about IMG. We have questions around the international calendar and what is going on. 

    The RL press don't seem to want to hold RL to account. I very rarely (and I am sure there will be a defence of "but look at this article or this one") see articles that do this, there is a lot of opinion pieces about what the writer thinks is going on or what they would change or what they think is wrong but never with the input and examination that IMHO there should be. 

    Ralph, for example, should not have been allowed to go missing as much as he did. Why did the Refs situation stay where it was without questions being asked of those leaving. 

    I may be wrong but the level of scrutiny the RL press (as a whole) give to RL is no longer what it was and lets its supporters down. 

    I struggle to read a lot of it now as if I want someone's opinion that has no back up then I come on here, I don't expect someone to get paid to spout it. 

    They’re probably afraid of losing their press passes and free entry into grounds, so they just toe the line. 

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  4. I had recorded “Death and the Civil War” & “The Civil War : Remember The Sultana” both of them on PBS. Both of them are amazing documentaries but very sad. The photos from “Death and the Civil War” are remarkable, i often wonder what those soldiers were thinking seconds before their lives ended and what sort of life they had before the war. I also wonder about their families and how long it took them to find out they had lost a loved one.
    It is an incredible sad documentary. 
    But when i told my family & friends that i had recorded two documentaries about people lost in the Civil War, i was told by some “i was obsessed with death and watching documentaries on dead people”. My daughter told me “not to put anything on TV about death or the dying or your other weird stuff if the grandkids call”. I never do that, but it did make me think “perhaps i am a bit of an oddball watching documentaries like that”. 

  5. On 11/01/2023 at 11:56, The Phantom Horseman said:

    One of the frustrating things if you follow the Championship, or League 1, is the difficulty in finding out exactly what funding each club gets.

    It's been like this for years, we kind of knew a few years ago in the Middle 8s era that there were some huge sums being handed out to teams that finished at the top of the Championship but it was really hard to pin down the exact figures for each finishing position because they were never published on any offical website and we were left to rely on piecemeal comments from journalists.

    Fast forward to 2022/23 and I've picked up a couple of comments by Mick Gledhill about funding for the lower league clubs. I know most people's first reaction will be to roll their eyes at the source but that's precisely my point, why would we need to rely on the words of someone who may be hit-and-miss if the information were published by the RFL?

    Anyway, at one point Gledhill was talking about the different amounts received by clubs based on the various"Return On Investment" criteria. As I understand it from things I've read written by journalists, there is still a sliding scale of payments based on finishing position, but with a much smaller difference between positions than used to be the case.

    However, Gledhill has stated that the difference in payments based on crowds and data (social media engagements etc) is more significant than I would have guessed - he cited a range of £45k down to £6k for each of those two categories.

    That's pretty significant, especially when some of those figures might be a bit nebulous and even possible to "game".

    He has said on more than one occasion that Bradford topped the payouts for crowds (Widnes were second, apparently). I presume that's based on season ticket sales, as the actual attendances at Odsal last year were often pitiful - there was one game for instance where Bradford announced a crowd of 2,700 but photographic evidence from all parts of the ground strongly suggested the crowd fell well short of four figures.

    So presumably it's based on season ticket sales, which isn't unusual (I think plenty of clubs include season tickets amongst the announced gates), but you wonder how that and all the other factors that have a direct impact on funding are monitored. 

    But more importantly, why can't the figures just be published, telling us who received how much in each category? Instead we get speculative comments about how team A is much better funded than team B, but if we had the information published, there wouldn't be any need for speculating or hanging on for titbits from what may or may not be unreliable sources.

    I remember the RFL used to give the amounts of cash teams would get for being knocked out of the first round of the challenge cup, all the way up to the winners & losers. Now there is nothing, it’s the same with the GF i haven’t got a clue what the winners get. It’s as if it has nothing to do with the fans and they shouldn’t be asking such questions. Everything in RL seems so secretive when it comes to cash. 

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  6. 20 hours ago, Col81 said:

    Looking at the betting, who do you fancy for top tryscorer and man of Steel markets?

    I haven’t looked at top try scorer or MoS but i did see that Saints are 10/1 to do the double (CC & GF). I usually never put a bet on Saints because i don’t trust them but i might be tempted to put £5 E/W, which will probably cast a spell hoodoo on them. 
    When the pandemic took hold i had Newman as top SL try scorer £5 E/W at either 14/1 or 16/1. He did finish top try scorer but Betfred said it was null & void as the whole season hadn’t been completed. They then at one stage they refused to give me my £10 refund, cheeky buggers. 

  7. On 17/12/2022 at 11:16, The Masked Poster said:

    I remember in the early-mid 90's when he wrote In the Daily Mirror. Always looked a little bizzare in his pic with dreads (or something similar) and had a pretty unique style. 

    Liked him, RIP. 

    I loved VLS and i thought TV Offal was hilarious. When he phoned up Derek Nimmo  to tell him the queen mother has died. 
    My god has she died !!!. 

  8. I apologise if this has already been done. Just ignore if so. 
    what are your favourite christmas songs

    mine are 

    1. Two Fingers of Firewater : Douglas Fir.
    2. Darren Hayman : Christmas Wars. 
    3. HMHB : Cliched To Be Cynical. 
    4. St Etienne : I Was Born On Christmas Day

    If i knew how to use YouTube id put the Darren Hayman tune on here but i don’t. 
    I don’t think Two Fingers Of Firewater released Douglas Fir, but it is a beautiful song even though it’s quite depressing. So i have been told by friends & Da Family. 

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  9. I asked one of my granddaughters to pick two of the teams from the World Cup who she thought would make the final. I told her if either won she could have a massive £10. She said “Oooooo £10” and chose Senegal 80/1 and Denmark 28/1 because she liked the kits.

    The Senegal one is the best kit (in mine & my granddaughters eyes), i haven’t a clue why she chose the Danish kit though.
    I’ve put £5 each way on both, i don’t know what happened to Denmark but i’ll be shouting for Senegal whenever they play next. 

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  10. You don’t have a tree

    And your smile has a fee

    All the same, he’s a card 

    For your boring facade 

    Jingle bells, piney smells

    All the boys and girls 

    Say it’s cliched 

    To be cynical 

    At Christmas, 

    Oh it’s cliched 

    To be cynical 

    At Christmas

    HMHB - Trouble Over Bridgewater. 
    April 2000. 

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  11. I spoke to my little Staffordshire granddaughter this morning to see if she had enjoyed the final and she loved it. She got a half&half scarf and one of those bloody annoying horns. But what was also really good was two of her friends went as well, they had never been to a sporting event before and probably had never heard of RL before. But they also had half&half scarfs and England RL bob-hats, which they needed as i thought it was freezing. 

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