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    Reply to: Rugby 2019 – 2020 Season

    6 and 7 generally have the job of being the first defensive positions up to make a tackle following a set piece, and also being first at a breakdown to try to win turnover ball from the tackle. The openside (6) binds on the side of the scrum with the largest area of the field, and tends to be quicker, while the blindside is often bigger and bulkier.

    8 has the job of controlling the ball at the base of the scrum and linking with the 9. They are typically big ball carriers so they can pick the ball from the scrum and make a break.

    Hopefully that is mostly correct…

    It would help if you knew which number the opensides and blindsides are, and what you’ve written was correct about 30 years ago but they all do significantly more these days.. 😉

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    Reply to: Billie Eye Lash

    The price of gigs is a little bit random, I’ve noticed. Locally, I can go to see Whitesnake and Foreigner on the same bill for £64, Stormzy for £50 or Barry Manilow for £64. Simply Red, however, are £75 and Crowded House are the same!

    And I did wonder who would book tickets for the Billy Ocean/Heather Small thing at Burghley last year. £50, with £10 to park. Different tastes…

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    Reply to: My son was mugged yesterday

    I don’t think my 90’s in and around Kingston/Twickers was really very different (including living on the Cambridge estate) … perhaps a bit of spill from London but nothing like today.

    The Cambridge estate – that’s a blast from the past. I lived in New Malden from 89-91 and used to walk past the estate a few times a week. Never saw any trouble but never went into the estate. I don’t think I summoned up the courage to even go into the srippers pub on the main road. 😀

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    Reply to: The agony of a lost tool

    Also, the where did you have it last question, ‘If I knew that, I’d not need to look!’

    That suggests that you have a degree of common sense, unlike my MiL who regularly loses her purse and spend the next hour ringing every shop or café she’s been in that day, ringing my wife to tell her she can’t possibly do whatever they were meaning to do, ringing the bank to cancel cards, and then finds it in her handbag where it’s been since she last used it.

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    Reply to: Orange Five or Santa Cruz Hightower???

    3 mates have them too and all love them, but we’ve all had at least one replacement swingarm.

    According to someone on the thread linked below a cracked Orange is a rarity. 😀

    Orange 4 for small person – better options ?

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    Reply to: Rugby 2019 – 2020 Season

    Adam Jones – the master of “cleverness” at the scrum!

    He’s not part of the WRU coaching team, is he?

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    The team who has made a specialty about being “clever” at scrums and who has a coach to coach “cleverness” at scrums complaining others cheat!

    What now? They have a coach in addition to the normal scrum coach(es)? And I can’t say that I’ve noticed Wales being any more ‘clever’ at scrums than anyone else.

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    Reply to: Flooding (and blame thereof)

    You’ve got a very short memory (or have a very strong definition of proper winter kit).
    2017/2018 winter was the “beast from the east”, even in the sub-tropical south east it was minus double digits.
    Winter 18/19…….. I

    They were very short term events around here – how long did the Beast from the East actually last? All winter, or just a few weeks?

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    Reply to: Nearest mountain biking to south Cambridgeshire?

    We currently live on Anglesey, so most decent mountain biking is 1.5-2 hours drive away despite being in North Wales.

    😀

    You managed to live in the only part of Wales with no decent MTBing!

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    Reply to: Flooding (and blame thereof)

    That Britain has rain isn’t really a new thing, we’re f****** famous for it.

    One of the wettest, warmest winters follows 18 months of abnormally dry weather, with record high temperatures in the UK.

    The rain outside doesn’t suggest that the climate is changing – the fact I haven’t needed my proper mid-winter riding kit for several years just might.

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    Reply to: So then… Top Gear

    Yeah, in the scene in the garage when they were doing the prep I’m sure someone referred to them being a proper professional race team, then the hattery fails on the start line and the GPS doesn’t work. Very professional!

    It did occur to me that maybe the BBC budget didn’t stretch to hiring a competitive car and team, but maybe went far enough to hire a bit of a no-hoper. Ie, they knew that they’d fail, but it would make no difference because they’d still get a film out of it.

    Do the normal teams usually drive in relay? (I haven’t checked, so this is a genuine question.)

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    Reply to: So then… Top Gear

    What’s weird for me is they seem like a couple, they even seem, to me at least, to sell that idea, but they’re not they’re cousins.

    He was quite handsy, wasn’t he. Definitely closer than I am with my cousins – but maybe that’s how posh people keep money in their families. 😂

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    Reply to: Nearest mountain biking to south Cambridgeshire?

    There’s some half-decent trails at Thetford – nothing to test you as such, but they are good for a blast round. There’s a couple of waymarked routes and loads of off-piste stuff.
    Depending on whereabouts you are going to be, you can get to the car park at Brandon in <40mins.

    Sherwood Pines isn’t too far away, nor Cannock Chase – although it’s all a drive away, rather than being on the doorstep.

    None of these places are worth the drive to get there. (IMO of course!) They are ok if you are nearby, but prepare for disappointment if you are used to Welsh riding. (Although, weirdly, I have a soft spot for Thetford on the gravel bike.)

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    Reply to: Billie Eye Lash

    Drac

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    Noise that can induce an emotional response when it’s done in certain ways, make people cry, make people happy, make people dance. All while leaving other people cold at the same time.
    🤦🏻‍♂️

    You’re dead inside, Drac. 😀

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    Reply to: Billie Eye Lash

    It’s all just noise.

    Noise that can induce an emotional response when it’s done in certain ways, make people cry, make people happy, make people dance. All while leaving other people cold at the same time.

    Just noise, innit.

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    Reply to: So then… Top Gear

    with a real world range of 400 miles plus and the benefit of fast charging somewhere in between 240v 13a and 270kw

    That’s a significantly larger range than my relatively frugal diesel.

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    Reply to: Where’s the coronavirus we’re all going to die conspiracy thread?

    20 seems a very high number..I have visions of a home petting zoo.

    He’s got a medium sized aquarium, with a decent stock of Neon Tetras, obviously.

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    Reply to: Darwin Award contenders – Brighton webcam

    We shouldn’t all give up stuff to stop other people taking a risk to help us if we get it wrong.

    Exactly. What’s best? Sitting staring at a phone judging people, or getting outside and doing something? It says a lot for the general sense of people that we are talking about a few individual cases.

    Around Xmas a walker needed to be rescued from Culver Hole on Gower. She’d apparently got caught in the gully by the tide. (I find that difficult to believe because it’s a very easy clamber up to an easy footpath back to the village, but then I’m thinking about it from my POV and I’m mobile and fit!)

    The overwhelming Facebook opinion was that she shouldn’t have been putting herself at risk. It was a normal Welsh December day. She needed rescuing from a place where I’ve been plenty of times, with my kids, alone, etc. There is little risk, but that doesn’t people judging that SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN THERE!!

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    Reply to: Darwin Award contenders – Brighton webcam

    Brighton Beach shelves very steeply at the waters edge.

    It looks like Brighton Beach has a tidal range of about 6m? (From the internet.)

    When you say it shelves steeply at the waters edge, you obviously don’t mean that the steep bit moves?

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    Reply to: Rugby 2019 – 2020 Season

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    It’sI’m boring, and more than a little pathetic.

    FTFY

    That’s about the same level of maturity that your players show. 😘

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    Reply to: Rugby 2019 – 2020 Season

    Potential trivia question – when was the last time anyone scored a try against Scotland without the Scottish players going in for some afters?

    It’s boring, and more than a little pathetic.

    Also, if you kick a penalty three minutes from time, with the aim of scoring a try to win the game in the remaining minutes, you need to keep hold of the ball, not waste it by kicking it poorly.

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    Reply to: Animals you didn’t even know existed

    The Fossa was my most recent WTF off the telly. What an amazing looking thing

    They’ve got one down in Folly Farm, in Pembrokeshire. It’s an astonishingly muscular animal, to the point of looking scarily alien.

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    Reply to: Orange 4 for small person – better options ?

    a cracked orange is a rarity

    No it’s not – loads of Alpines cracked on the swing arm. One of our riding group had two warranty replacements crack. The weird thing is why Orange fanboys get so defensive.

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    Reply to: Does it happen to all of us eventually?

    but serious and fit nuisances regardless of shape or size.

    😂 No! Just wrong.

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    Reply to: Philip Schofield is gay

    Probably did the whole family thing as a career move. Being a homosexual and on kids tv In the 80s, with the beeb banning frankie goes to Hollywood etc probably kept it quiet

    They didn’t ban FGTH for being gay – they banned the single Relax for having an orgasm in the middle of it. If they were trying to ban overtly gay groups they would have had barely any acts on TOTP in the early-mid 80s.

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    Reply to: Does it happen to all of us eventually?

    Road bikes don’t get the same punishment as mountain bikes, do they?
    Mine does as I also ride it off road all year round and the last few months of rain have the bike and me being covered in mud every ride.

    I can’t believe you’ve never mentioned that before! 😀

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    Reply to: Rugby 2019 – 2020 Season

    McNicholl’s also played 10 in NZ, although a while ago.

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    Reply to: Does it happen to all of us eventually?

    He probably rides an aero bike though.

    That’s just the roadie equivalent of those of you who went out and bought a 150mm+ trail or endure bike and live nowhere near anything vaguely MTBish. (Yeah, sure, it gets used once a year in the Alps and for those regular trips to Wales that you make every month. Or three times a year, or whatever. Other than that, you traipse around Swinley, Cannock or Sherwood Pines on it.)

    😀

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    Reply to: Debt collectors leaving cards at the door….

    I had similar a few years ago. Adamant I owed nothing to anyone. Turned out BT (eventually confirmed by them and that it was normal) cancelled my direct debit before taking my final payment. 6 or weeks after I’d left BT they mailed out a glossy “come back” envelope (which apparently contained a bill I needed to manually pay) I promptly binned, didn’t email my final bill (despite paperless billing) and sent a few marketing looking bits to tell me I owed them 16 ish.

    And similar for me, but with one of the utilities when we moved 11 years ago. There was about £30 outstanding with the company that we hadn’t been informed about.Can’t remember who it was now..

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    Reply to: Rugby 2019 – 2020 Season

    And Eddie has started poking the hornets nest referring to Scotland as niggly

    Well, he is speaking the truth about that. If Scotland played as well as they niggle they’d be world beaters. 😀

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    Reply to: Solo night riding

    Excellent advice. We found this across the track one night near the bottom of a fast descent:

    Yeah, absolutely. We have a crash test rider who we send down first. He values speed more than safety. We value ourselves more than him. 😁

    Also helps that we have a forum to post blockages, fallen trees, etc, and have good connections with the council so can clear trails quickly.

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    Reply to: UCI Cyclocross world championships

    It might not of been brilliant but it 100% better than having no commentary.

    As I said, I generally have the Flemish stream which is much better than the English one, even though I don’t understand a word. 😂

    How can a professional commentator miss the fact that a competitor from his own country, wearing his own country’s very obvious colours, is sitting in fifth place for over half the race?

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    Reply to: UCI Cyclocross world championships

    hehe you’re new to this aren’t you?
    I think BBC just took a UCI youtube feed. He’s been doing the same rotten job on there for years and years, never improves.

    😀 No, but I’ve normally only heard him on the really poor Eurosport highlights programme. When I watch full races it will be via the first internet video I can find, so with lots of Flemish gibberish. They might be talking just as much nonsense, but I’d have no idea! 😀

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    Reply to: Solo night riding

    I now ride with a tracker and one of those specialized helmets which senses a crash and informs an emergency contact.

    Sensible advice, even if somebody knows where you are. My wife might know that I’m riding in such and such a place, but that doesn’t mean that she’d be able to find me if I didn’t return home, and even my MTBing friends who know all the tracks might struggle.

    However, my gut feeling is also….. you were riding alone at night. Slow down and don’t assume that the track is clear ahead of you, you maniac! 😀 I hope you recovered fully, especially the broken skull bit.

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    Reply to: Rugby 2019 – 2020 Season

    Have to admit Ireland have been shit but your tight five is much better than Wales

    The Welsh front row is getting lots of practice in making puzzled faces at the AR.

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    Reply to: UCI Cyclocross world championships

    I know that sports commentary is a difficult job, and I wouldn’t want to do it myself, but jeez, that bloke (Ant Something?) is rubbish! 😀

    It took 30 minutes of me peering at the TV, trying to work out who the GB rider was, in 5th place in the junior women’s race, before he said her name. She’d been there plainly in view for ages but I guess he was checking his texts.

    No, that rider’s hands aren’t cold – he’s wiping mud off them, you idiot.

    Pidcock was apparently a victim of the Belgian tactics when they made a gap by pulling away from him. No – they just rode away from him, that’s not team tactics.

    And NO I don’t care if Jennifer from Halifax is enjoying the coverage, just get on and tell us a bit about the race.

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    Reply to: Terrorist shot dead in Streatham

    Of course the whole thing may have been allowed to happen to get public support for tougher laws that the likes of Priti Patel would be trying to ge in or maybe the police were trying to see who he contacted as they were trying to catch a bigger group. Neither of those options would be made public of course.

    It’s sad that those were my first thoughts as well – especially the first point.

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    Reply to: Flat bar gravel bike…

    But mainly used by feart roadies, or folk that live in shite biking areas.

    Most of the people I ride with have many bikes, normally including something that can be lumped under the ‘gravel’ banner. We live and ride in south Wales, right in the middle of one of the best MTBing areas in the country.

    BUT…..most of us don’t want to be hitting the techy stuff every day, not when there are great views out in the hills, ice-cream parlours and beaches to ride to, or just those days when you don’t want to wash, lube and service your trail bike yet again.

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    Reply to: Bring on the Celtic Union!

    It’s not for nothing, however, that Pembrokeshire gets called ‘Little England Beyond Wales’. Rich Home Counties folk who buy second homes in Cornwall, then retire there, don’t become Cornish just because of their new postcode either.

    Pembrokeshire is called that because of its history – nothing to do with second home owners.

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    Reply to: Flat bar gravel bike…

    I doubt the French have the same debate as they still use the VTT term too.

    Are you saying that the VTTs that the French ride are different from the MTBs that we ride, which have a direct descent from the Marin County bikes and not the RSF bikes?

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