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  1. CrystalCastles

    Rugby

    Despite not playing well this year, many England players should be selected. Because a lot of them are very good at playing a highly structured controlled game which is Gatlands style and also because they simply are world class. Additionally many England players playing in the Premiership, who aren't on the English radar for whatever reason, are worth considering. I think the perceived Welsh bias, based on initial Gatland squads is slightly unfair. Based on the initial 2017 squad, there wasn't a perceived bias towards England. However as soon as they took the decision to call up players based on proximity which was a massive mistake, there was this notion that there was a strong Welsh bias. 2017 Initial Squad -41 players 16 England, 12 Wales, 11 Ireland, 2 Scotland (6 additional players called up because of proximity (4 Welsh, 2 Scottish) 2013 Initial squad - 37 players 15 Wesh, 10 England, 9 Irish, 3 Scottish I think it's actually likely to be the most balanced Lions squad in terms of representation for a while.
  2. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    Financially they have taken an awful lot of money out of the club via Dividends. They also leveraged the club with a massive amount of Debt, that had ridiculous interest rates attached to it. For balance, from a financial perspective, i would say that the debt has become more serviceable over time. They have massively increased revenue. The club has spent over a £1 billion in transfers in decade between 2010 and 2020. The reality is that rather than not spending enough they have spent really poorly. The sad bit is that they haven't invested in the clubs infrastructure and facilities, which means they have stagnated and been left behind. I think there financial management of the club has been very poor, but at the same time it is also probably very harshly judged. For me the Glazers have never wanted to engage with the fans. They have been shown to be to scared to actually speak with supporters, and would rather hide in America. Lots of United fans might have grown up with the club being dominant and know that a lot of that has to do with money, but the ESL plan was an attack on England's football pyramid. I think the majority of United want the traditions and the history of the game in England to be preserved. The Glazers have gone to far by trying to destroy that. Peaceful protests haven't achieved a lot, however i think some fans (A minority) went a bit too far. And it could have been deliberately targeted by people who wanted to cause trouble The Glazers, do need removing but i think they have shown that they will not sell.
  3. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Not very good, at least Hampshire weren't the only team to collapse yesterday. Hopefully Glamorgan take advantage of a good 1st today against Kent with the bat today.
  4. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    In terms of ability yes he did, even going through bad spells, he'd be first choice if he wanted to play. However he had played a lot of international cricket in 12 years and nd wanted to do be able to spend more time doing other things with his life. Can't really blame him for taking that decision.
  5. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Yes, great for Billy, he got to his century of Joe's bowling as well. Joe did not look best pleased.
  6. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Great comeback by Somerset!
  7. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Yep pretty much ruined all chances of the win. They managed a snowball fight in the stands. Hopefully Billy gets to a century tomorrow.
  8. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    You are right, you don't really have any openers. At least Leach might hold up an end until the new ball is less problematic. Frustrating really in some ways, as if it wasn't for Robsons innings, you'd have been in the game. Sometimes our lower order makes our top order look terrible. Root & Cooke did well to bat out the day, so if they can get some runs and our lower order chip in, they have a real chance.
  9. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    De Lange and Leach batted well though. Glamorgan had a good start up at Headingley. Hopefully they don't mess it up for me.....
  10. CrystalCastles

    BLM Uk protest marches

    I agree with your post. Kids do get abused and sworn at because of school uniform, but you are quite right if those people abuse you then they aren't worth knowing. However my comment regarding my friends, was poorly worded. To clarify my post should have read that my friends who have decided to go into teaching, quite often get abused and sworn at simply because they have to deal with kids pushing the boundaries with school uniform policy, or simply rebelling against it. The stricter the enforcement, the worse they have found the response. I think that situation is made worse a lot of the time, by completely overhauling school policy or rules. This seems to happen a lot when new head teachers are appointed or governors decide that they want to make an impression.
  11. CrystalCastles

    BLM Uk protest marches

    I wouldn't do away with rules either, but with Uniform, and peoples approach to it, we are talking about something that causes far more problems than it is worth. Interesting that you should mention banks, having worked in a Halifax in branch for 3 years, it really wouldn't bother me what someone looked like or what they chose to wear. I was quite happy to wear a uniform in my time there, because i happened to like wearing suits. But at the same time when the Air Con was broke, and during summer it wasn't very pleasant. When i started i also had the opportunity to work with someone who had worked in Branch at that point for 30-35 years. He started out as a cashier, when he started out it was compulsory to wear a Tophat,a waistcoat and a Blazer. Different generations have very different attitudes towards things but times change, all i wanted to do was try and put a different opinion across. I think i have moved past the age of being able to classify myself as young or young enough to feel that i still represent younger people. Sadly though i think the opinions/views of the youth in our country are pretty much ignored or immediately misunderstood and disregarded. I don't tend to agree with a lot of your or E L Adido's posts, but at the same time i enjoy reading them. I always think that both of you take time about your posts, especially when expressing your views and are willing to have a discussion. Regarding what i view as Education it probably is probably accurate based on what i have posted, but i went to a school that was heavily academic, at a time when that was all that Schools focused on. However I actually fully agree with you regarding the focus on Academic achievement, i think there has been far too much focus on that. I think having watched the Back in Time For School series, looking back at schools in previous era's a lot of things that were fundamentally useful have been stripped away. But i also understand the way our economy has changed has heavily influenced that. I think previous governments have unfortunately taken bad decisions about our Education system as a whole for the last 20-25 years, and have failed to address the problems they have created. I think in the last 10 years they have attempted to rectify that with some new ideas that have just re-invented the wheel but i don't really think they have been that successful. Lots of people can learn on the job, but i don't think there are as many jobs for people to learn on the job anymore and i think employers are actually very hesitant to do that, especially when they can pick up experienced people to do those jobs. Our governments answer for a very long time has simply been to push young people towards any form of studying. A basic use of hand tools would be far more useful to a lot of people, including me (I would have enjoyed the opportunity to do more things like that) i can use a broom though.
  12. CrystalCastles

    BLM Uk protest marches

    I would like to find a middle ground i guess. I think uniforms should be retained. But it seems to me the Authoritarian approach to Uniform doesn't work, it just causes confrontation. From my friends experiences it just leads to them getting abused and sworn at. I don't think they are entitled to burn a flag, nor do i understand what it achieves. However these people are going to do it irrespective of what i think or not. Unless we engage with them, and start trying to understand. To change the way they are educated, and perhaps even the way we collectively think as a society. This issue is going to continue to grow. Regarding Education, I agree Parents should shoulder more responsibility. As a subject, i would say History hasn't had enough importance in our Schools. History is about opinions, and opinions on things are changing. Regarding Black History & Slavery, for me I think it's probably more imperative that it is put on the curriculum now. If we taught it as a topic -then maybe all of these young people might have a very different understanding of it's role in British History. They might formulate a different opinion about things and our society as result. Regarding BLM, i would disagree, for me a certain very influential section of people have subverted the movement to solely focus on rebelling against the Police and the Government. Those people shout the loudest, the media cover it and clever people spin it creating further divisions in our society and all that has been achieved by that is pushing people further apart.
  13. CrystalCastles

    BLM Uk protest marches

    Most schools do have a flexible policy these days between 16-18 as the introduction of different type of schools, was meant to bridge the gap between the highly Academic 6th Forms and the Colleges. Sadly I would say school uniform was absolutely no deterrent to people bunking off when i was in school. Undoubtedly, people also do have to learn to follow rules they don't like. But you try telling young people in one school - you can't wear something, and they come back with my mates down the road in another school can. The same as saying at 16 you are now responsible so you can wear what you want. 15 year olds will be like why can't i? I wouldn't want to get rid of school Uniform but at the same time, this seems to happen more and more frequently. Heads/Governors get tough, especially when new Head Teachers or boards of Governors are appointed. Young people question, query, push back. This then escalates into confrontation. The Media get involved. Heads/Governors backtrack because it makes them look bad. And a section of our Society gets upset. I really don't get why Heads/Governors/Teachers overreact to certain issues. t It's about time they tried something different re Uniform. You make a point about being a team player, engage with the kids, engage with parents outside of governors & compromise, use the student council to help decide some aspects of a Uniform policy. As for the rejection of the Union flag, I wouldn't like to say that i understand these people's reasons for that. I would say is that it is abundantly clear to me that not everyone in our society has the same opinion about the flag what it represents, our country, or even our countries values. This next paragraph is purely my opinion. I think the rejection of the Union flag and our nation by these people comes from a perception, that our society doesn't represent them, that the people running our country don't believe that there is anything wrong with our country, and that they don't want anything to change.I think all they see is a government that has done what it always has done. I don't agree with that, but i think as a country if we just continue to take the same approach, then more and more people will reject Unionism, being British and our values.
  14. CrystalCastles

    BLM Uk protest marches

    I agree with the point about rules in schools serving a purpose. However, i really don't think the authoritarian approach to school uniform has achieved anything. Every school year we have young people (Children) and their uniform, being a contentious issue. The people in power in Schools, try to enforce tough rules, children push back and they cave in. All it stems from is Adults on a power trip. To me getting upset about the colour of a hijab, or saying that young people can't have a certain haircut, seems overkill to me. From speaking to friends and family around my age who have gone onto become teachers in Secondary schools in the last 10 years. Having to deal with young people and uniform the more authoritarian the approach, the more confrontation they have - for what benefit? At the end of the day, what young people wear, or what colour it is or what there hair style is has absolutely no effect on their ability to learn. Teachers primary responsibility is to educate.
  15. CrystalCastles

    BLM Uk protest marches

    When i was in secondary school 15 - 20 years ago, the idea of school uniform being used to promote equality still existed. But school uniform then had varying degrees of standards, and a big difference existed between the cheapest and most expensive uniform. The idea of a school uniform utterly failed to promote equality when i was in school, in fact it widened the gap and made children from low income families stand out even more. Having now gone through school, university and work. I fail to see the need for certain hair styles to be banned or specific colours of clothing needing to be worn. Young people have far less tolerance for conformity and tradition of schools these days. When they get to 16-18 they will be off to college or university and can wear whatever they want. The obsession with enforcing rules seem to come from Headmasters/Headmistresses and School Governor's who want to be seen to be making an impact, want to be seen to be Tough. Sadly most of the time, i think they are out of date with modern society, and because they grew up with that being the norm, seem to revel in the power that they have. Trying to enforce rules that they had to tolerate. All that it really achieves, is that young people have even less respect for those people, the rules and it causes resentment. As for the Union flag, what do you expect? We have a very different society, with different people with different outlooks on life, what it means to be British and ultimately the Union Flag. A large part of our society seems to think that they can ignore the problem and that it will go away, it continues to be swept under the carpet. And all it achieves is further division & resentment and makes the problem worse.
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