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  • Birthday 12/01/1962

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  1. Agreed. Some people get their panties in a twist over the smallest of issues. The question of whether the Government will, at some stage, issue restrictions on the sponsorship activities of betting companies is interesting. It's possibly not so straightforward given the existence of the National Lottery. Prior to the launch of the National Lottery in 1994 there were really heavy restrictions on betting shops and the promotional activities of betting companies. For example with the shops it was illegal to provide refreshments, toilets or even chairs and the inside couldn't be visible from the street and opening hours were subject to strict restrictions - no late night or Sunday. The parent companies were banned from advertising on TV and had other restrictions like not being able to sponsor teams/events. The National Lottery changed all that. The betting companies successfully argued that playing the Lottery was a form of gambling, and that they should be able to compete with the new national game. The Government loosened most of the restrictions on betting companies, doing away with the old dingy betting shops and permitting sponsorship. I guess that as in so many other things no one in 1994 would have predicted where we'd be now in terms of gambling companies and even the National Lottery. Both institutions are now a long way from their roots, particularly betting companies. However, the National Lottery is STILL a form of gambling so it could be that any restrictions would have to apply to it also. And maybe even the likes of the Postcode Lottery and Health Lottery. It'll be a can of worms. One thing'll be for sure, the betting companies won't go without a fight. PS And for those of you who say 'Aah, but, the National Lottery is really gambling', you are wrong.
  2. Time really does fly! It's Bob what done the deed. Scary, I know. He's 31 this year.
  3. Trent Robinson is again taking the game seriously. It could be a cracker. https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/01/23/barcelona-and-bushfire-relief-how-wcc-kickstarts-roosters-title-defence/
  4. Yup! That's me as of yesterday. Another soddin' birthday to remember. I'm only 58 so I feel my new status has arrived too soon. Has it? I was given first dibs at my sobriquet and chose Grandad. Good choice? And to all the other grandparents on here... Is it a good gig? On the brightside RL has another budding fan. He qualifies for England and Singapore.
  5. It seems fitting... The 2020 GF winners to play the tourists.
  6. I'd happily give a tenner each month if something was set up. I'm sure others would sign up also. Maybe each quarter we decide who should get the cash. Jamaica this time. Maybe Nicaragua next. Then Nigeria or whoever.
  7. Don't fret... My comment was tongue in cheek.
  8. I quite like the look of their squad, though, admittedly, it's not GF quality. The squad is solid rather than spectacular, but the club has a very good coach and a good work ethic.
  9. Unexplained wealth in Wakefield! What? Did someone find a fiver on the street...
  10. ... We're they even born when Smith made his debut for Storm?
  11. 'Toughness' and the ability to play through pain are key qualities of pro RL players. There are plenty of highly skilled players in the grassroots game, many with abilities greater than many pros. But because they're not as impervious to hurt and maybe lack a degree of resilience, they don't progress all the way.
  12. I feel for the lad. I enjoyed watching him play and he certainly had heaps of potential.
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