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Member since Nov 2011 • Last active Jul 2021

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    For sure - could scarcely be much closer! Send me a PM to arrange pick-up, for some reason that link isn't working for me so can't see what you've got but will try again in a bit... cheers!

  • in COVID-19
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    So close schools over winter to allow the rest of us to go to the pub/spend christmas with families? 🙄

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    I think this is why the 'how many nations do something' rationale is flawed - sure, there is probably evidence of horse ownership and horses doing pretty moves in lots of places, but if you looked at numbers involved in the various sports surely Netball/Squash would have to come in. Having said that, it would probably open the door to Cricket and Kabadi! I think the real issue here is, predictably, financial. They wanted football/hockey/softball/golf/skateboard­ing/surfing in because they can attract and accommodate large audiences, large concessions income for host countries, large TV audiences, large corporate 'partnerships' from manufacturers and brands etc. Squash and netball don't offer anything like the financial imperative. Still, I always think when you're putting together such a logistical behemoth would it really take much more to throw in a squash venue and double up the basketball arena for some netball? It just seems perverse, but I guess there are probably loads of niche sports I'm just not aware of that would make the same argument and that does need to be a criteria somewhere...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    This is interesting - I own it, have played it twice, and just haven't found it put any hooks in me. Unlike Everdell, which after first 'getting' the mechanisms involved I was thinking about it for an unreasonable amount of time each week and must have played it 15 times in a 6 week period....

    If anyone wants to borrow Wingspan you're very welcome to - I'm SE23.

  • in General
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    This is what holds squash back too - and as you note, the irony that dressage is in whilst actual sports miss out is nonsense....

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Agree - the lions kick chase was really good I thought last week, although I'm continually worried DVDM is going to get carded for going in too high and hard...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Lions team to face South Africa: Hogg; A Watson, Harris, Henshaw, Van der Merwe; Biggar, Murray; Vunipola, Cowan-Dickie, Furlong, Itoje, AW Jones, Lawes, Curry, Conan.
    Replacements: Owens, Sutherland, Sinckler, Beirne, Faletau, Price, Farrell, Daly.

    I like the look of that. Mako def deserved to start, Murray makes sense for control and kicking and Harris should provide solidity if that's how we're going to play. I like Faletau and Daly on the bench too...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Fair enough. Also hoping for a much better game, I'd like to see a few changes for the Lions, can see a good case made for Harris to come into the centres (the Daly experiment didn't work against the Saffa rush defence), would also like Farrell at 10 (or possibly 12 pushing Henshaw out one), Smith should be on the bench because I can see us needing to chase the score in this one. Mako should make the bench if Wyn-Jones comes straight back in. Sutherland was OK but not offering anything in the loose. I'm not sure Owens offers more than George either. I'd like Faletau or Simmonds on the bench too.

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    I think with current covid protocols it would be 100% unacceptable and potentially tour-ruining if they were found to have sent a player out of the party and back to Wales only to bring him back again for 'theatrics' or game-playing. Also possible leaving themselves open to legal challenge if AWJ got ill. Anyway, my issue was more with your apparent inability to see any value in his playing ability. I'd take him over Mostart and this version of Lood without a moment's thought...

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