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ancient mariner

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  1. ancient mariner

    Blimey..speedway on BBC1!

    And from the BBC Sport site: Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: "BBC Sports Personality of the Year is a much-loved BBC show that is constantly evolving. Bringing in these changes allows us to celebrate even further what has been an incredible year of sport whilst also paying tribute to the achievements of individuals. "Announcing the much-anticipated shortlist at the start of the show will add even another layer of excitement to what is set to be a thrilling night for everyone." As has been discussed elsewhere on the forum this is arrant tosh. It is intended to restrict choice to those the BBC want and those only; no sports that they don't televise or regard as worthy of an award. If the BBC were honest about it, it might not be quite so bad, but to pretend it is for 'another layer of excitement' .... It will take at least a fire hose to extinguish your pants Barbara!
  2. ancient mariner

    Thoughts on 2018 Season

    We are probably pretty much agreed that the BSPA doesn't give a rat's backside about the NL. Never has and unlikely to in the future
  3. ancient mariner

    One Big League - Problem Solved

    I didn't realise you are a member of the BSPA
  4. ancient mariner

    German GP Teterow Saturday September 22nd

    Sorry, but I think you misunderstand my post. I'm not suggesting that Natalie Quirk's pit interviews are bordering on the banal; pit interviews conducted by some others are a different matter. Indeed I'm full of admiration for Natalie Quirk's knowledge and professionalism
  5. ancient mariner

    German GP Teterow Saturday September 22nd

    Natalie Quirk is at least as good and probably a better and more knowledgeable presenter than almost all of her male predecessors. I'll agree that most of the pits interviews are bordering on banal, but who really cares if it is a male or female interviewer? All I want is sensible questions from someone who knows what they are talking about
  6. ancient mariner

    St Austell

    There was an application for a track near Bodmin some years ago. There were objections from several people living in Sussex on the basis of the noise :barking:
  7. Was that not also mentioned on the BT commentary?
  8. ancient mariner

    Plan to save the Sport

    How about a figure-of-eight shaped track?
  9. ancient mariner

    Stoke v Kent

    You don't ordinarily use 'NL' and 'rules' in the same sentence. And it has been like this forever, it seems
  10. ancient mariner

    Plymouth v Mildenhall frid 17th aug

    Agreed Waco. But as has been pointed out, only two of the original Devils team remain, all bar one (Cockle) having succumbed to injury (although you could say that Cockle succumbed to self-inflicted injury).
  11. ancient mariner

    Eastbourne v Plymouth (NL)

    I'll say. A guest No1, two second strings and (hoping the riders involved will forgive the expression) a rag-tag collection of 3 pointers. Plymouth's injury list is approaching epic proportions
  12. ancient mariner

    Boxall given 2 year ban refusing drug test

    Perhaps a bit like Danny Bird who never paid his fine and therefore his ban has continued indefinitely. That said, has Boxall been fined? Shocking waste of talent
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    That would mean 7 lap races at Plymouth!
  14. ancient mariner

    Kent vs Plymouth

    What? With the 5 riders available to them?
  15. ancient mariner

    Kent vs Plymouth

    I'd have thought that the curfew kicking in was to Kent's advantage as the home track advantage has maximum effect early in the meeting, surely? I can't see past a comfortable Kent win in any event

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