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M j M

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  1. Alan Lomax roamed the world for 60+ years recording folk and gospel music before some of the songs which had previously been handed down from generation to generation died out. Although he largely appears to have made sound recordings, a lot of the videos that he made in later years are now on Youtube; some of the footage here is quite remarkable:


    One of my favourites is Boyd Rivers and his wife Ruth from 1978 who modestly introduce themselves before launching into perfect duet of Come out the Wilderness -


  2. Whilst waiting for McDermott's press conference to appear I was absent-mindedly wandering around the Leeds website and found that they had some interesting stuff on each season going back to the start (although 1895 is perplexingly missing) - perhaps this is from the Ken Dalby books?


    Obviously it is mostly about Leeds but there are a few interesting snippets from NRFU meetings in the early years - such as

    (1903) When the Annual meeting of the Northern Union clubs was held at Huddersfield on July '4th, some eight weeks before the commencement of the season, the delegates voted strongly in favour of a proposal that the Rugby game should be played by twelve players on each side. Indeed, the "ayes" had it by 54 votes to 24, but the necessary three-fourths majority was not obtained and the reformers had to yield to the minority. This question of minority rule was to be the stumbling block to many other reforms half a century later.

    I also like this explanation for our poor performance in the 1904/05 season -

    At the Annual General Meeting of the Football Section the Chairman was most forthright in stating that "we might have held a much stronger position in the table and also done better in the Cup-ties had it not been for matters which had concerned the Committee very much during the season. The club played 36 matches, and on no fewer than 19 occasions referees from Bradford officiated."

  3. How long did Otley stay in the sport for? It looks like they switched then swiftly disbanded? Seems a bit odd for a club with 30 years history to just give up. The current RU club were formed/reformed in 1908, playing on the same ground as the NU one (the one still used today).

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