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Manchester Chat / Re: weeping willows
« Last post by ExileSteve on Yesterday at 22:02:13 »
I've always fancied the idea of something a little more spectacular. The Vikings, for example, now they REALLY knew how to do a funeral. All those blazing torches setting the barge alight, and all the rest of it. Wow! That sounds idyllic, and it would really draw a crowd to the banks of the River Mersey or the Ship Canal, although I'm not sure about the local council. They might hesitate a little before they issued a permit............. 8)
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Sport & Activities / Re: 2018 World Cup thread
« Last post by ExileSteve on Yesterday at 21:56:05 »
SCORCIO...........................!!!!!!!!!!! :-[ :-[ :-[
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Old Manchester / Re: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys
« Last post by Jc01 on Yesterday at 20:50:14 »
Most memorable, the whole year being banned from Lewis’s for (who?) dropping stink bombs 5 floors down the escalator!
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Manchester Chat / weeping willows
« Last post by ronyrash on Yesterday at 16:48:31 »
There was a wicker[willow) coffin in the undertakers window I passed yesterday.It was realy lovely.thats the way I want to go,tho im in no hurry.
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Sport & Activities / Re: 2018 World Cup thread
« Last post by celeste on Yesterday at 07:41:46 »
Qatar - what sort of temperatures are the players expected to play in?

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Old Manchester / Re: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys
« Last post by charliegarratt on Yesterday at 06:39:27 »
Hi all

I just joined the forum, having found it via Facebook.

I was at MCGS from 1961 to 1968, year one in Whitworth Street then in Kirkhamshulme Lane. I don't remember much about Whitworth Street, except standing above the grill over the kitchens in winter - it stank of cabbage but it did keep us warm! Also, Mr Hale(s) was year 1 form teacher and he ran the recorder group I think.

Found myself singing the school song, Non Nobis Domine, last week for some reason so guess that's what brought me here.

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Sport & Activities / Re: 2018 World Cup thread
« Last post by ExileSteve on 23:53:07, 16/07/18 »

All very true, Celeste, but don't worry because FIFA are already right on the ball when it comes to destroying the greatest sporting contest on earth. Their masterplan to expand it to 48 teams from 2026 will certainly ensure that goose won't be laying any more golden eggs. The poor old goose will be served up on a plate, in fact, and the World Cup will begin its entirely avoidable and completely unnecessary slide into second class status, just like the FA Cup. If FIFA are lucky the decline might even be kickstarted in 2022, when the contest will be staged on a patch of sand in the back end of absolutely nowhere.


We're very lucky that the world's biggest sport is in the hands of such capable and definitely-not-corrupt intellectual giants, aren't we?
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Sport & Activities / Re: 2018 World Cup thread
« Last post by celeste on 22:16:24, 16/07/18 »
2018 World Cup, a summary:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44849930

Four simple words, used variously as a statement or a question across the country during a baking June and scorching July: "Best World Cup ever?"

The 2018 edition of international football's ultimate gathering was not the most-anticipated tournament in the game's long history, for a variety of reasons, but perhaps that was a good thing.

Because from the moment hosts Russia smashed five goals past Saudi Arabia in the opening game, there was barely any let-up in drama and excitement. The group stage, the knockout stage, even the final - so often a cagey procession to extra time in recent World Cups - delivered what they needed to.




In a football world of plenty, the relative infrequency of World Cups - held only every four years - means the tournament retains a fascination and cultural heft that easily outweighs the now technically superior club game.
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Sport & Activities / Re: 2018 World Cup thread
« Last post by ExileSteve on 21:38:40, 16/07/18 »

England performed well, and there is reason to be cautiously optimistic about the future. However, we must keep it all in perspective. The team played seven matches in this World Cup, winning four of them but losing the other three. We beat our weaker opponents (Paraguay, Tunisia, Columbia and Sweden) but were found wanting whenever we came up against anybody who was any good (Belgium twice and Croatia).


Not too bad, then, but plenty more work still to do.
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Sport & Activities / Re: 2018 World Cup thread
« Last post by Parky on 09:34:01, 16/07/18 »
Supporters of the anti Putin pussy riot group who ran onto the pitch during the World Cup final
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