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  1. Dingwall has not always been a happy hunting ground for the michty, michty-(me) Dons! In fact I'm pretty sure we had a losing record for a few seasons away to the Staggies (four or five seasons I think)! I see no reason to assume that with the way we are playing, that Ross County can't get a result against us. Yours, a bag of nerves about this one. aDONis
  2. FFS keep your story straight, weren't you listening to the oldco fairy stories. It's got nothing to do with the club, it's the company that is overspending. It's almost as though the old club v company spiel was a pile of made up shit, devised to placate fans of DeadRangers! Shirley, shome mistake! Yours aDONis
  3. It is with a heavy heart, that I write this. Cards on the table I have fallen back in love with the Scottish Rugby team, over the past 6 years. Even after these latest set-backs, I can see glimmers of light, whereas before Stern-Vern there was only darkness. But where to start? The pack. Regarding the front three, not since the days of Tom Smith packing down with the likes of Burnell and Bulloch have I had as much confidence in our scrum. Much of that kudos goes to Nel. I fear for the day he retires. IMHO he has been the biggest influence on our pack. The locks, once again I have high hopes. Jonnie Gray is a tackling machine, Richie Gray is back playing, so hopefully he'll feel the pull of the blue jersey sooner rather than later. Sam Skinner is an immense talent and could probably even be a future No. 8. Cummings looked the real deal. There is much promise there. The back row; It sounds like I'm bigging them up, but I genuinely think we have a lot of talent and competition for flankers, but... I think we need a proper ball carrying No 8. Wales can boast Faleteu, Moriarty & most recently Navidi, England have Vunipola (obviously) but can also call on the likes of Wilson, Armand, Morgan and others. Scotland has Bradbury and erm... To the backs; Scrum half; I think we've seen a changing of the guard. Now I believe George Horne is the answer for a couple of reasons; 1) He likes a quick game (which is what Townsend is trying to create). He is another attacking option, which takes a bit of pressure off Russell. The downside is, I don't know who Scotland's most dependable kicker would be in Laidlaw's absence? (and that will cost us games, see Kenny Logan who was a decent kicker but was no Parks, Patterson or Laidlaw). Fly half; Finn (who I love), being pushed by Hastings. I know a lot of people were ragging on Russell for his performance v Japan, but apart from kicking a bit better, I'm not sure what options he had on... which brings me to where I think our biggest problems are... Inside and Outside centres; I think we need a 'unit' to take the ball into contact and someone more creative to take some of the decision making responsibility. I had hoped that Alex Dunbar would have been fit enough to take to the WC (but he hasn't had the playing time), Could Duhan van der Merwe (once he's had salt and sauce) come in and fill that role? Don't get me wrong, I like Taylor, Johnson, Jones et al but I just feel that they are all 'line runners' and not 'bash' players. I thought Scotland started to get a measure of Japan when the back row started to appear wider out and running at their midfield (had we had a Jamie Roberts a Tuilagi or Aki, I think the result might have been very different). As for the additional playmaker, I'm not sure who the alternatives are at all! (Matt Scott is the type of player I'm thinking about, but he must be getting on now), I like Peter Horne, but he's just not top class international standard. Wings: Darcy Graham is the future (see also Duhan van der Merwe), but on the whole I think we have quite a few good but not exceptional wingers (I'd almost be tempted to start with Kinghorn). Full back; Hogg and Kinghorn are both very good IMHO. But we need to work out how we get Hogg more involved when the opposition aren't kicking the ball to him. In summary Scotland went out because we were the third best team in the group, but Ireland apart, we weren't as outclassed as some would have you believe. We'll never have the playing pool of an England or even a Wales, but we can achieve more than we have. Yours aDONis
  4. This comback is going to be sweeeeeeeeet! 🤗
  5. Another easy win for the mighty Dons on their way to finishing second... Again! Er... Home win, hopefully by less than 4 đŸ˜ĒđŸ˜Ģ☚ī¸ Yours, ever the optimist aDONis
  6. Livin' in the 80's! Do any fellow Done want some auld books. I'm getting rid of a bookcase but before they go to Oxfam, I'll gee others first swik. If interested PM me with details and I'll post (eventually).
  7. I mightn't be able to devote me-self full time to the old racism.
  8. I'd like to see England do well, but Denly has fallen pretty cheaply 😟 I think this is going to be another uphill battle for England. Yours aDONis
  9. Norway seems a strange arrangement to name-check as the way forward? I suspect I'm being trolled. For the record, Norway; 1. Pays the EU for access to it's market 2. Accepts the 'four freedoms' which for emphasis includes the free movement of labour 3. Is a rule taker Of course despite this, it doesn't have a say at the EU itself, so I can see why a Brexiteer would be all for it! Yours aDONis
  10. Absolutely. For all the populist bluster, Hungary is one of the biggest benefactors of EU funding, even more so when you take into account the preferential rates it gets from the European Investment Bank (EIB). After all it wasn't Hungary that 'wun the woar! Yours aDONis
  11. From what I saw it was more than 50%. Apparently it was 118k of 199k were between 18 & 35. In addition if Boris decides he needs a 3rd stab at an early election, SNP and liberals are primed to amend it with a reduced voting age.
  12. Hi Tirso It's a fair question and I can only give why I thought it was a bad deal, and part of that is personal (others with have their reasons). 1) During the WA period we gave up any influence on crafting new regulations/standards etc. (I understand why the EU argued for this, but we should not have agreed, whilst we were still being expected to pay). 2) The deal itself focused on Citizens rights, Trade of goods and weirdly fishing (which it kicked down the road IIRC). All of which remained in a pretty much status quo status, however (and this is where it gets personal), the UK would have had restricted rights to EU markets for services. We would only get equivalence status (similar to say the US), and on the basis many services we currently provide (and make a surplus on) would be restricted. (It's a little technical, but equivalence is effectively where the EU has agreed a set of standards that it will deal with 3rd parties/countries on (i.e. those outside of the EU). The big problem is, that it's rules don't cover all the financial services the UK delivers to the EU. So essentially the WA left the borders open for items where the UK traded at a deficit (goods), but restricted the UKs abilitiy to sell services where it made a surplus (some financial services). IMHO it was an attempt by the EU to attract UK financial services to europe and for some reason we agreed to it. Yours aDONis
  13. I'm not sure I quite agree with your first paragraph. I'm not sure what parliament could have done to 'find common ground'. Theresa May set a course very early on, in which she; a) Set off down a truly jingoistic path of 'Brexit means Brexit', 'Red, white and blue brexit'. b) Set up a set of ridiculous constraints on negotiations with her red-lines. c) Simply refused to even countenance cross party discussions (under pressure from her own party) d) Returned with a terrible deal, which she thought was a fait accompli. She couldn't even convince her own cabinet that it was any good, let alone her wider party and which no opposition party could possibly agree to, because it was at heart a hopeless deal, constrained by her own hubris/red-lines. We are here because the Leave campaign promised things it was impossible to deliver and 52% of the population liked the fairy stories. I don't blame Parliament for this and I don't see it as obstruction. In my opinion many are simply acting as responsible stewards and have so far helped the UK avoid the fvcktastrophie that is a no deal Brexit. Yours aDONis
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