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by Doc Rob
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread
Replies: 30214
Views: 1517530

Re: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread

Just in case people don't see the thread- new link for the new forum: http://notplanetrugby.com/bored/ Thread is here: https://forum.planetrugby.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=99610 A few teething problems initially but quite a few of us moved over now plus our numbers have expanded with a few lurkers. Ho...
by Doc Rob
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread
Replies: 30214
Views: 1517530

Re: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread

Registered, with a change of username (felt like the right time after 15 years!)

I never did quite figure out what was going to happen to the current bored. Is there an executive summary?
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Best Sci-Fi Novels
Replies: 705
Views: 51683

Re: Best Sci-Fi Novels

NK Jemison Claire North Tom Sweterlitsch Robert Jackson Bennett Yoon Ha Lee thanks for these names. any particular favourite titles? I have been doing the afro futurist stuff recently and enjoyed Nigerians in Space by Deji Bryce Olukotun and the sequel after the flare Best places to start are: NK J...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread
Replies: 30214
Views: 1517530

Re: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread

Any update of frillage, TOTM? He's back in intensive care as he needs a lot of monitoring. Doctors and nurses at the Western General amazing as you'd expect. They're being positive but he's a long way to go before he'll be getting out. Bloody hell, tough times Of course you might rather not elabora...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread
Replies: 30214
Views: 1517530

Re: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread

Any update of frillage, TOTM? He's back in intensive care as he needs a lot of monitoring. Doctors and nurses at the Western General amazing as you'd expect. They're being positive but he's a long way to go before he'll be getting out. Bloody hell, tough times Of course you might rather not elabora...
by Doc Rob
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread
Replies: 30214
Views: 1517530

Re: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread

Matt Smith has retired. No injury, just says he no longer enjoys it and found it a chore to get up for training. Real shame, I liked him as a player, best of luck to the guy. Would he have retired, though, if he still had a pro contract? I can’t help but think that if we had a third pro team, he’d ...
by Doc Rob
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Game Reviews
Replies: 8128
Views: 519759

Re: Game Reviews

Very late to the party but playing through TLOU on PSNow to see what all the fuss is about, especially with the review scores of the sequel. Really good fun so far and the story is developing nicely, I think i'm about halfway through. I have had a couple of cracks at it. I think I got about half wa...
by Doc Rob
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread
Replies: 30214
Views: 1517530

Re: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread

Raising a glass to him the now, by the way. :thumbup:
by Doc Rob
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread
Replies: 30214
Views: 1517530

Re: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread

Well he's no deid yet! Out of intensive care now but still a long road to recovery. Thanks for all the messages, hopefully he'll be able to see them soon. Bloody hell. Intensive care? What a fanny. This is very good news, thanks for the update. Hope to hear from you soon frillage! Are you guys rela...
by Doc Rob
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread
Replies: 30214
Views: 1517530

Re: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread

Especially as LS are going part time sending down academy kids who can then maybe do a placement in business so they have some experience post rugby would be astute. The third pro team is down to no cash and mismanagement when the game went pro. And continues to this day to some extent. There's no ...
by Doc Rob
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread
Replies: 30214
Views: 1517530

Re: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread

Shit, just seen about frillage. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. (Not necessarily Covid - I can attest that all the other stuff is still happening!)
by Doc Rob
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

Doc Rob is right. 'Once in a generation' was stated, this is true, however had Brexit not been a thing then we wouldn't be having this conversation. The SNP campaigned fair and square on their Brexit stance, as the result was a fundemental change to Scottish real politik, they were duly elected and...
by Doc Rob
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread
Replies: 30214
Views: 1517530

Re: The Official Scottish Rugby Thread

In reference to a few posts up, I am from Edinburgh and would call them my primary team, but agree that Glasgow are a close second. I would generally want Edinburgh to win the derby, but could live with Glasgow winning if they were in contention and Edinburgh weren’t. The joy I felt at Glasgow winni...
by Doc Rob
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

Doc Rob is right. 'Once in a generation' was stated, this is true, however had Brexit not been a thing then we wouldn't be having this conversation. The SNP campaigned fair and square on their Brexit stance, as the result was a fundemental change to Scottish real politik, they were duly elected and...
by Doc Rob
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

Not sure it's desperation Doc Rob it's just you can't have endless referendums until you get the "right" result. It was said to be the once in a lifetime opportunity. It hasn't been a lifetime. Don't be disingenuous. Why should the SNP be bound by a remark that I expect you know fine well was never...
by Doc Rob
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

The Reform Scotland UBI proposals are a thinly disguised 'soak the rich' scheme. Consolidating benefits get nowhere near the required amount, so 8% is added to all income tax bands, and the upper limit on NI removed. So anyone earning over £50k has an 18% increase in their marginal tax rate. Concep...
by Doc Rob
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

Well, I suppose I should congratulate you on at least attempting to put together a post without personal attacks. Shame you kind of blew it towards the end there. OK, I’m going to try to find some common ground here. You think the SNP have become too establishment and look a bit tired. I’m inclined...
by Doc Rob
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

The Reform Scotland UBI proposals are a thinly disguised 'soak the rich' scheme. Consolidating benefits get nowhere near the required amount, so 8% is added to all income tax bands, and the upper limit on NI removed. So anyone earning over £50k has an 18% increase in their marginal tax rate. Concep...
by Doc Rob
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

Oh, one other thing: an honest question. You seem terrified of the idea that Scotland might vote for Indy by accident and then not be able to reverse the decision afterwards. Can you name one country, anywhere in the world, which has voted to surrender its own independence once gained? Seriously, ju...
by Doc Rob
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

You’re not blinded by hatred of the SNP? I think a little more introspection may be in order there. You tell me I have a chip on my shoulder, but you’re the one trying to deny me my right to an opinion, because you don’t happen to like it. As I said, I don’t get a vote unless I move back home, but ...
by Doc Rob
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

I promised not to interfere with this thread (for NL as much as anyone) Meh, I'm an inclusive sort i don't care who comments on this thread and you and i have certainly had our disagreements over the years athough we do have common ground with a good deal of our views. I confess it does irk me that...
by Doc Rob
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

I promised not to interfere with this thread (for NL as much as anyone) Meh, I'm an inclusive sort i don't care who comments on this thread and you and i have certainly had our disagreements over the years athough we do have common ground with a good deal of our views. I confess it does irk me that...
by Doc Rob
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52980891 You have to scroll through most of this to find it, but it seems that the infamous Nike conference may actually not have contributed to the spread of Covid in Scotland. Which doesn’t mean letting it go ahead was a good decision, but hopefully it will b...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

I see there’s calls for the Dundas statue in St Andrews square to go following the demise of Colston in Bristol. Not sure there’s quite as much traction as there was down South but wouldn’t be surprised if Nicola jumps on the bandwagon should it prove politically astute. Was Dundas an actual slave ...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

I’d agree with this wholeheartedly, but it’s hardly limited to one party, or just to the young. Plenty of older windbags in politics, in all parties, who might have life experience but who don’t appear to have accumulated a shred of wisdom along the way. For some reason Jackson Carlaw sprang to min...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

Not quite sure what the point in this is. It's an opinion piece written by a journalist who doesn't exactly try to hide his bias. Hey, Alex - perhaps if Scotland had voted Yes in 2014, the economy would have been boosted by big businesses relocating to Scotland to escape the economic calamity of Br...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

The mythical hordes of English tourists heading to presumsbly closed hotels and campsites was a dogwhistle that is really not worthy of anyone serious. Besides which the devolved admins control policing and could easily setup traffic checks so the border would stop illegal movements. Its a non issu...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/pie-in-the-sky-ideas-need-a-pinch-of-salt-c802dv83t Pie-in-the-sky ideas need a pinch of salt From Brexit to universal basic income, simple ideals require real scrutiny Alex Massie Sunday June 07 2020, 12.01am, The Sunday Times The late Irish taoiseach Ga...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

Agree Edinburgh01 in my ideal world politicians have had experience in commerce but also experience as teachers or hospitals/carers or another public sector job. Maybe have been in commerce for X years and have to complete a mandatory y years of public sector work before going into politics. Or an ...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

The mythical hordes of English tourists heading to presumsbly closed hotels and campsites was a dogwhistle that is really not worthy of anyone serious. Besides which the devolved admins control policing and could easily setup traffic checks so the border would stop illegal movements. Its a non issu...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

I think they should have. Believe me, I’m not saying that SG’s Covid response couldn’t have been better. The points I was making were: 1. Efforts to pursue a radically different strategy would have been significantly hampered, if not prevented entirely, by the policies implemented by the UK governm...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

I’m amazed you think the border isn’t important. If it wasn’t in March, it certainly will be come July and August. I work in a hospital in North Wales. We have not been badly hit by Covid to date. But if the English lockdown is lifted in time for the summer holiday season, with nobody able to go abr...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

I think they should have. Believe me, I’m not saying that SG’s Covid response couldn’t have been better. The points I was making were: 1. Efforts to pursue a radically different strategy would have been significantly hampered, if not prevented entirely, by the policies implemented by the UK governme...
by Doc Rob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

Clearly announcing a lockdown before furlough and other assistance from the treasury would be difficult but I have no doubt the SG would have gone public with a demand for this had it judged it necessary. Exactly. OK, shall we keep it real here for a second? The Scottish Government were pilloried i...
by Doc Rob
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Your favourite South African music?
Replies: 156
Views: 3221

Re: Your favourite South African music?

I’m fond of Juluka. RIP Jonny Clegg.
by Doc Rob
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

I’m glad we are back to it all being Westminster’s fault and Sturgeon being fantastic. Politics in Scotland writ large, even better when the truest of believers don’t live in the country and are not affected by the decisions being made. So what lockdown steps could we take without Westminster? Genu...
by Doc Rob
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

I’m glad we are back to it all being Westminster’s fault and Sturgeon being fantastic. Politics in Scotland writ large, even better when the truest of believers don’t live in the country and are not affected by the decisions being made. If that’s aimed at me, LN, then please find a real argument. Y...
by Doc Rob
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

Re: establishment/complacency. The Scottish Parliament is heavily weighted to prevent majority governments, meaning that the SNP have to form alliances with other parties to get stuff done. Contrast that with the shitshow down south where Boris's < 45% vote share got him an unassailable majority fo...
by Doc Rob
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff
Replies: 828
Views: 22855

Re: Sturgeon, Covid and Scottish political stuff

The scandal is not that the Nike conference went ahead - it was a small meeting and at the time there would have been countless other meetings of that size that never made Dispatches because no-one got infected. The fact that the SG knew of the outbreak but sat on it could well be a scandal, althou...