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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Blackwhite » Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:46 pm

eric olthwaite wrote:
the flying pig wrote:My new Spanish au pair (get her etc) just asked for the heating on IN APRIL.

I do hope this isn't a sign of things to come.


Figures. My experience from a variety of office environments is that the most nesh nationals are the Spanish, the Portuguese and, bizarrely, the Scots.

Shout out for the Italians. Cranking the dial. Even if the thermostat isn't acktcherly connected. :pig: :thumbl:
You know, I'm sick of following my dreams, man. I'm just going to ask where they're going and hook up with 'em later.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby eric olthwaite » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:03 am

We’ve joined Extinction Rebellion because, well, reasons. Mrs O took part in a live webinar thing with the local branch yesterday. Unfortunately, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it appears that will be some serious fucking acreage of Gaia / earth mother loons to wade through before getting anywhere useful.

Sigh.

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Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Still Hates Gordon Watson » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:04 am

Went to the first practice for a new touch rugby group in my local park. Mixed sex, all abilities welcome it said.

Off work today with badly bruised ribs/shoulder blade ‘cos the main organiser was clearly taking it a bit more seriously than that it seems.

Way to attract new people, guys. Fucksake.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby the flying pig » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:24 am

Still Hates Gordon Watson wrote:Went to the first practice for a new touch rugby group in my local park. Mixed sex, all abilities welcome it said.

Off work today with badly bruised ribs/shoulder blade ‘cos the main organiser was clearly taking it a bit more seriously than that it seems.

Way to attract new people, guys. Fucksake.


touch rugby
badly bruised ribs/shoulder blade
:scratch:

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Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Still Hates Gordon Watson » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:29 am

the flying pig wrote:
Still Hates Gordon Watson wrote:Went to the first practice for a new touch rugby group in my local park. Mixed sex, all abilities welcome it said.

Off work today with badly bruised ribs/shoulder blade ‘cos the main organiser was clearly taking it a bit more seriously than that it seems.

Way to attract new people, guys. Fucksake.


touch rugby
badly bruised ribs/shoulder blade
:scratch:


He ran at the defensive line to draw in the man - i.e. me - then passed, but his momentum took him into me, with a rather ominous crunch. I’d forgotten what being badly winded feels like, and hopefully I’ll forget again before it next happens.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby dirty leeds » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:40 am

Still Hates Gordon Watson wrote:He ran at the defensive line to draw in the man - i.e. me - then passed, but his momentum took him into me, with a rather ominous crunch. I’d forgotten what being badly winded feels like, and hopefully I’ll forget again before it next happens.


He's messing with shit he doesn't understand. If he saw your username on here, he'd realise how long held and deeply felt your grudges can be. Go get him... one day.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Rambo the randy pig » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:43 am

Still Hates Gordon Watson wrote:Went to the first practice for a new touch rugby group in my local park. Mixed sex, all abilities welcome it said.

Off work today with badly bruised ribs/shoulder blade ‘cos the main organiser was clearly taking it a bit more seriously than that it seems.

Way to attract new people, guys. Fucksake.


It happens like that. We started a touch rugby group initially among the dads of the kids' team I coach. It doesn't take much to get a bit "Competitive."

After a few weeks we'd got a good turnout. We brought in a few mates, some ex players, some not and ended up varying the rules to allow a bit of contact because that was what we all wanted. No full tackles but block tackles so you could take the ball into contact and then pass out of the contact area rather than touch and back heel.

It's a bit off to get carried away with people you don't know. They really should stick to the touch rules in those circumstances but I'd have a word coz it will put people off and the idea of most groups is to attract new people. Our group doesn't look to attract new people so if we twat each other it's fine.

Hope you persist with it.

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Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Still Hates Gordon Watson » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:02 am

Rambo the randy pig wrote:
Still Hates Gordon Watson wrote:Went to the first practice for a new touch rugby group in my local park. Mixed sex, all abilities welcome it said.

Off work today with badly bruised ribs/shoulder blade ‘cos the main organiser was clearly taking it a bit more seriously than that it seems.

Way to attract new people, guys. Fucksake.


It happens like that. We started a touch rugby group initially among the dads of the kids' team I coach. It doesn't take much to get a bit "Competitive."

After a few weeks we'd got a good turnout. We brought in a few mates, some ex players, some not and ended up varying the rules to allow a bit of contact because that was what we all wanted. No full tackles but block tackles so you could take the ball into contact and then pass out of the contact area rather than touch and back heel.

It's a bit off to get carried away with people you don't know. They really should stick to the touch rules in those circumstances but I'd have a word coz it will put people off and the idea of most groups is to attract new people. Our group doesn't look to attract new people so if we twat each other it's fine.

Hope you persist with it.


I’m curious as to what the touch rules are now, as I wouldn’t have expected to have been clattered first time out.

I’d like to persist with it as it’s been set up by the people who run my favourite local brewery (Wild Card) and I’d quite like an ‘in’ in the beer world as it’s something I’m interested in pursuing one day...but I’m really not arsed about competitiveness - I just wanted to get some exercise and run round a bit.

I’m even having to pay the dog walker to take the pup out today as I can’t face taking him out myself.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Rambo the randy pig » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:28 am

Still Hates Gordon Watson wrote:
Rambo the randy pig wrote:
Still Hates Gordon Watson wrote:Went to the first practice for a new touch rugby group in my local park. Mixed sex, all abilities welcome it said.

Off work today with badly bruised ribs/shoulder blade ‘cos the main organiser was clearly taking it a bit more seriously than that it seems.

Way to attract new people, guys. Fucksake.


It happens like that. We started a touch rugby group initially among the dads of the kids' team I coach. It doesn't take much to get a bit "Competitive."

After a few weeks we'd got a good turnout. We brought in a few mates, some ex players, some not and ended up varying the rules to allow a bit of contact because that was what we all wanted. No full tackles but block tackles so you could take the ball into contact and then pass out of the contact area rather than touch and back heel.

It's a bit off to get carried away with people you don't know. They really should stick to the touch rules in those circumstances but I'd have a word coz it will put people off and the idea of most groups is to attract new people. Our group doesn't look to attract new people so if we twat each other it's fine.

Hope you persist with it.


I’m curious as to what the touch rules are now, as I wouldn’t have expected to have been clattered first time out.

I’d like to persist with it as it’s been set up by the people who run my favourite local brewery (Wild Card) and I’d quite like an ‘in’ in the beer world as it’s something I’m interested in pursuing one day...but I’m really not arsed about competitiveness - I just wanted to get some exercise and run round a bit.

I’m even having to pay the dog walker to take the pup out today as I can’t face taking him out myself.


No you shouldn't be clattered at all. Any organised touch shouldn't have any contact unless agreed between all players. What you want is I believe the aim of getting people playing this

Rules depend. If it's an RFU/02 touch rugby team then the rules are on their website. Not sure exactly what they are as we don't follow them.

Generally it's 5 or 6 players on a team. Normal rugger rules of run forward pass back but a tackle is a two handed touch on the body between hips and shoulders. At a tackle the defending team retreats 5/10 yds and the attacking team restarts with a heel back.

In our variation then a tackle can also be a block tackle with body or arms but the tackler is not supposed to hold. Tackled player can then play the ball straight from the tackle or choose a back heel restart. This does lead to more contact and a few mauls being set up but since we all know each other and want this it's ok if there's a few knocks and bumps. Mate of mine who's never played rugby loves coming although he couldn't move after his first session. I'm injured but that's from a game on a 3g pitch where I tried to sell dummy and then side step the other way. Body moved but foot got stuck in the 3g and I went over on ankle.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby the flying pig » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:27 pm

i can think of few things i'd like less than playing even semi-contact rugby... at our sort of ages [i'm even one of the slightly younger posters on here]. just begging for minor ligament damage or worse, & i say this as someone who, 20 yrs ago, would have been well up for it.

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Postby Quiffy » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:44 pm

the flying pig wrote:i can think of few things i'd like less than playing even semi-contact rugby... at our sort of ages [i'm even one of the slightly younger posters on here]. just begging for minor ligament damage or worse, & i say this as someone who, 20 yrs ago, would have been well up for it.

i agree about the rugby, it's a daft game, but in terms of the age and ligament damage, i've just got back to playing 5 a side after 'an episode' 3 months ago with my knackered knee (snapped ACL, unrepaired over 20 years ago).
it was the first nasty tweak i've had in years and it ended up with a trip to A+E and crutches, but the joy of the internet meant that i dug up some new and better knee strengthening exercises. anyhow the main point is that i missed the adrenaline. i took it easy on my first game back but still ran around enough to be blowing through my behind, it felt terrible for 5 minutes but once i came through it and got my second wind i was buzzing and i realised my life had been flat lining in those fallow months. there's not much that someone in their 40's can legally do to provide those moments of pure focus.
increasing doubt, decreasing hope, even my imaginary friend went and changed his mind.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby OWETB » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:45 pm

Been looking at a weekend in London. Train down Friday dinner, back Sunday afternoon and a couple of nights in a hotel. Not including the tube or taxis or anything else like food and drink, entry into anywhere and the cheapest I can do it for is £450 for the 2 of us, FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY FUCKING QUID, can easily add another few hundred notes for spends etc.

Had a look on holiday pirates and can get 10 nights in Corfu, inc flights and transfers for £198 each.

Fucking mental.

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Postby welshwhite » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:07 pm

OWETB wrote:Been looking at a weekend in London. Train down Friday dinner, back Sunday afternoon and a couple of nights in a hotel. Not including the tube or taxis or anything else like food and drink, entry into anywhere and the cheapest I can do it for is £450 for the 2 of us, FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY FUCKING QUID, can easily add another few hundred notes for spends etc.

Had a look on holiday pirates and can get 10 nights in Corfu, inc flights and transfers for £198 each.

Fucking mental.


I know fuck all about London but that place we stayed at for the QPR game was cheap enough, unless of course you plan on having some sort of fancy place?

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Postby the flying pig » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:12 pm

OWETB wrote:Been looking at a weekend in London. Train down Friday dinner, back Sunday afternoon and a couple of nights in a hotel. Not including the tube or taxis or anything else like food and drink, entry into anywhere and the cheapest I can do it for is £450 for the 2 of us, FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY FUCKING QUID, can easily add another few hundred notes for spends etc.

Had a look on holiday pirates and can get 10 nights in Corfu, inc flights and transfers for £198 each.

Fucking mental.


Dunno how flexible your travel times, work patterns, etc are but the train is seriously cheap in say odd little weekday mid morning slots, seriously expensive at anything vaguely resembling a peak time. Or you could try to get advance discounts on the day they come out.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby MightyWhite » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:18 pm

Those Premier Inn hub hotels are meant to be alright if you’re just looking for somewhere to lay your head. You could probably do two nights in one of them for somewhere around £120 if you’re alright not to be in the tourist spots
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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby eric olthwaite » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:40 pm

We use the Premier Inn on Borough High St if we’re there overnight. Quite new, comfortable, just far enough from tourist hotspots to be cheaper but 5 mins from London Bridge station. Price changes but we tend to pay about £110 a night. Also the Premier Inn in Hampstead near Belsize Park tube if we’re in North London, which is cheaper. Mother in law pays £40-£60 from Donny to London by picking cheap trains.

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Postby My grandad was from Leeds » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:08 pm

OWETB wrote:Been looking at a weekend in London. Train down Friday dinner, back Sunday afternoon and a couple of nights in a hotel. Not including the tube or taxis or anything else like food and drink, entry into anywhere and the cheapest I can do it for is £450 for the 2 of us, FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY FUCKING QUID, can easily add another few hundred notes for spends etc.

Had a look on holiday pirates and can get 10 nights in Corfu, inc flights and transfers for £198 each.

Fucking mental.

Parents used a company called Citybreaks or similar got train tickets and 3 star hotel in the West End for what I thought was a decent price.
Not as cheap as Corfu tho'

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby the flying pig » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:46 pm

eric olthwaite wrote:... Mother in law pays £40-£60 from Donny to London by picking cheap trains.


return? doesn't sound ridiculously cheap from doncaster. i just looked at next friday, cheapest friday wakey:london outbound was £29 each [you had to go early afternoon, 12:58-14:58], cheapest return leg was 37 a throw, so total rail bill for two would be 58+74=£132, not exactly peanuts.

then i looked at it for the wekend of fri 24 may i couldn't find less than 29 outbound friday single you'll get, but coming back i can see a lot more 23 return leg singles, at civilised late afternoon times, e.g. 1705.

i suppose it seems that if you book really far in advance, & pick your times carefully, the rail part of the trip might well come in at under £100 for the pair of you.

wonder if i'm a frustrated travel agent?

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby the flying pig » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:53 pm

for the hotel, if you're really open minded about where you stay, i reckon you can get a pretty nice place, just about good enough for a 'romantic weekend' for £100 a night.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Blackwhite » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:54 pm

For accommodation, you might find something decent off Airbnb, assuming you don't mind the highlights of your romantic weekend being recorded for pornhub.
You know, I'm sick of following my dreams, man. I'm just going to ask where they're going and hook up with 'em later.


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