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Robbo Robson | 11:20 UK time, Monday, 24 August 2009

Eee, what to say? What to say?

I've been busy trying to find chippy Aussies since 6.00pm yesterday but blow me if there aren't any in the immediate vicinity of the Blue Bell, save the gorgeous barmaid Carly, who has been as resolute as Hussey in not taking any bait.

To be fair, there wasn't much whine in the Strine from Ricky Ponting. In a way the bloke has been the Man of the Series. The boos, the bad calls, the ball-in-the-face and then that run out and he still puckered up that odd little plasticine face of his into a mask of something approaching dignified greatness.

There was a little clump of numpties giving him the bird but the vast majority of us recognise a top bloke when we see him and Punter's right to take his perch alongside Warney now.

He was so composed in the interview for a moment I felt sorry for the bloke. But what a brilliant day it was! I woke up to the stench of delirium and dodgy Aussie sparkly wine on me togs. I'm as happy as a Burnley fan.

Early doors and it was the perfect start but then when Ponting and Hussey got their heads down I got into pacing mode. It's funny - if I'm watching a tight game of footy I just grip my pint harder and pray - but if it's cricket I have to get out my seat and pace about like an anxious fidgety hen.

I must have done as far as that tiny Irish sparrow of a woman of the World Champs walk (What is the point of the Walk any road? Why race at a pace that's less fast than you could go if you ran?)

Then came the great moment - Flintoff's moment. The moment when Fred became the Pratt of the 2009 Ashes. He stooped low, somehow flexing the damaged knee enough, and whanged it into the stumps like he was skimming a stone across a lake (I bet Fred's a good skimmer. I managed an eleven once on a beach in Kent. If Flintoff tried that they'd be ducking in Calais.)

Then there was the gesture, arms outstretched like he was on a vertical sun-lounger. Of course Flintoff had to have his impact somewhere - it was as appropriate as the sponsor on Paul Hart's shirt ('Jobsite' - reckon he'll be needing that soon, don't you?)

Andrew Flintoff

After the potty dismissal of Clarke, which had more ricochets in it than a Lampard thirty-yarder, and North's top stumping by Prior there followed another great bout of pacing by yours truly during Haddin's innings. My antsiness wasn't helped one bit by a pub debate about whether Flintoff was great or just dead good.

I was having none of it. People who only look at record books to find out whether a sportsman did anything much need to remind themselves not of the numbers but of the moments.

I saw Fred's 167 at Edgbaston v the Windies. The opposition were rank but he clonked the ball about the place like a headmaster clipping some idle schoolboys about the ears. Brilliant. And there's that thundering bowling, not least at Lord's this year.

Fact is, he did that thing that very few players ever get to do. He emptied the beer-tents. The amount of times I've seen a local office worker extend a lunch break cos Fred had the bat or ball in his hand. Not sure you'd get that second pint in if, say, Collingwood or Clarke was in.

The point is not that Flintoff is the best cricketer we've ever had - he's not - but he's not one you forget too easily. Sport needs its plodders, its quiet accumulators of runs or caps or goals or titles. But you need your Freds even more.

So you doubters can tot up all the figures you like but if sport was all about accountancy you'd never watch any of it, would you?

Having said that, without the quiet accumulator that is Andrew Strauss, England and Freddie wouldn't be celebrating anything. His batting has been downright brilliant and his captaincy has been top-notch too. To get such a top performance from a side that was so pants at Headingley was pretty remarkable and a big V-sign to them twerps who were touting Ramps and Key for a recall. Ahem. That's me then.

The wife's put the DVD on the Christmas list, I'm pleased to say. It's been a wonderful series. A bit schizoid but brilliant. And the Aussies would still hold them Ashes if they'd only bowled out Monty Panesar in Cardiff, something that most of us could have done. And that, at the end of the day, is HILARIOUS!

So no open-top bus this year. No street parade. No niddled chinking of glasses with the PM. No pie-eyed men-mountains tottering like wounded Godzillas and slurring through the longest post-match party celebration in recent history. Just a thanks to the fates and a hope that a Fredless England can do it over there in 2010-11.

Farewell, Mr Flintoff. As Strauss said - you'll be missed.

Comments

  • 1. At 12:06pm on 24 Aug 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

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  • 2. At 12:17pm on 24 Aug 2009, keanes_little_finger wrote:

    Robbo,

    As a team mate at my ciricket club told me - "Averages are for average people!!"

    Flintoff is an England cricket great, without a doubt!! Nobody since Botham has had that something special that made you think that we could get out of whatever hole we were in!!

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  • 3. At 12:21pm on 24 Aug 2009, PaulMcShane wrote:

    What is this? I click on football blogs and I get a fictional character talking about a cricket.

    Maybe if “Robbo” was even remotely funny it wouldn’t be such a waste of the tax payers hard earned. Of course “Robbo”, yet again, fails miserably on that front.

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  • 4. At 12:22pm on 24 Aug 2009, oldnickyb wrote:

    Spot on Robbo, England's cricket team usually snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!! and for an hour or so yesterday afternoon, well - you said it.

    JDR - you must be a secret admirer of Robbo, every time the same weary old diatribe.

    For the sake of your health, I recommend that you have a dose of Gavascon, cos you are always repeating yourself.

    Cheery bye

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  • 5. At 12:26pm on 24 Aug 2009, Chad Secksington wrote:

    JoeDavisRoach

    Did the bloke pretending to be Robbo once nick your bird or run over your dog or something? every column he writes you turn up in the comments moaning that his columns rubbish, here's a tip, don't read the things, when you see the name Robbo in a link, don't click it.

    As for the cricket, it's kind of like England beating Brazil at foorball if Brazil had a far smaller population than England and had just retired most of their best players, it's an achievement of sorts but let's not overegg it. For all Punter's detractors, if it was a choice of going for a pint with him or Strauss I've got a fair idea of who most would pick.

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  • 6. At 12:27pm on 24 Aug 2009, COVENTRYBRIAN wrote:

    JoeDavisRoach, you really are a very sad individual. I am even starting to feel sorry for you now.

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  • 7. At 12:32pm on 24 Aug 2009, peterstrangelfc wrote:

    Ponting "still puckered up that odd little plasticine face of his into a mask of something approaching dignified greatness."

    I just spat coffee over my monitor!! Spot on description of that little hamster face of his.
    I dont really like Ponting, but I do have a grudging respect for him now. Its not easy having to be interviewed in front of thousands of England fans only minutes after you've become the first Australian captain to lose the ashes twice in over 100 years!


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  • 8. At 12:34pm on 24 Aug 2009, westcoastmarra wrote:

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    Coventrybrian, Don't feel sorry for him. Reading Robbo's blog is all he has to look forward to. First comment this week? Obviously waiting all weekend to offer his usual drivel.

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  • 9. At 12:42pm on 24 Aug 2009, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    I have to say this wasn't one of your worst blogs Niall. Mainly it because it wasn't really about sport and was merely a rather random collection of moments which didn't actually happen. What exactly are these blogs in aid of? Somehow I doubt Freddie Flintoff is that keen on hearing what a totally fictional character has to say about him. It'd probably be quite difficult for him to extract any sense from this blog anyways in between all the jokes stolen from the bbc forums and the verging-on-retarded accumulation of northern colloquialisms. Any road...

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  • 10. At 12:43pm on 24 Aug 2009, lesjar wrote:

    British sport it seems to be getting over the 'its alright boys, we are the best attitude' in that it was previously felt that we would win just by turning up. We can see the beginnings of this change in football with the new regime. We are now winning games because we wantt to rather than we expect to win them. The hunger was there on the last test at the Oval where in one afternoon the will to win drove the team forward. Of course one swallow does not make a summer and we should not go any further in saying that any England team is teh worlds number one at present unless they actually hold the world title. The 2010 World Cup for football will be the next test of this perceived change in playing attitude. England should qualify for south Africa but also go with the knowledge and belief that any team that is there could win the trophy. Forget the usual suspects BRAZIL, FRANCE , GERMANY etc. England need to go there with the attitude that to win we have to beat everyone there, forget the past or 'on-paper' we should beat them, we have to go and play to win.

    Oops diverted onto Football, back to the Cricket, it was very good to see a team play with so much spirit and with that will to win. The Green Baggy Caps were shell shocked by this. How can you play a 5 day test with conviction knowing that a win or a draw will let you keep the Ashes. They went looking for a draw instead of getting stuck into England in the first innings they allowed England to get on top. England put together two good innings and Australia gave us one good innings, alas it was too late.

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  • 11. At 12:50pm on 24 Aug 2009, MegaSpur wrote:

    (I bet Fred's a good skimmer. I managed an eleven once on a beach in Kent. If Flintoff tried that they'd be ducking in Calais.)

    lol...nice comment

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  • 12. At 12:58pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:



    They're all out today aren't they. Just JesusF to come. I wonder if they are actually Australian? But then they wouldn't pay the licence fee.

    Thank Spaghetti Monster that cricket lark is over. Of course it's extremely disappointing to see England win but then as usual the 'England' cricket team is made up of players from those famous London suburbs of South Africa, Zimbabwe and The West Indies so it's not really an English win when you think about it.

    Thankfully us Irish would never do stuff like that and have foreign mercenaries playing for our team. That's what sets us apart from the English, our ability to bury our heads in the sand and call the English names for things we don't think we do.

    Anyway I am sure it will be back to footie next week, with the usual whining from the usual suspects. Please Robbo, tell us what you did to them. Email me, phone me, come round the house, anything, I really want to know!

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  • 13. At 1:01pm on 24 Aug 2009, A Moussa Have wrote:

    lots of hate for robbo this morning, my word.

    i think he is ok, i can always finish his articles, unlike other bloggers on bbc.

    but yes now you have learnt you dont like reading his material then in future i hope you steer clear, so you wont complain anymore. nothing worse then complainers on a monday morning.

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  • 14. At 1:03pm on 24 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Great stuff Robbo, way more than beyond remotely funny whatever #3 says!

    I'm not sure who I'm most pleased for, the England cricketers or JDR being first to slag you off! That's probably bigger than winning the ashes and the Champions League combined for him! Congrats JDR. He sat up all night clicking refresh and is well worthy of the honour.

    Your Boro commentary restraint has not gone unnoticed! There must be something in the works.

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  • 15. At 1:06pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Trotter I was wondering the same myself. For a moment I thought that JDR is actually someone in the BBC office who didn't get the gig.

    Whatever, at least he has something to tell mummy when he gets home today.

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  • 16. At 1:11pm on 24 Aug 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    JDR's very quick off the mark today ... must be his desperation to tot up enough points in the 'Troll or Trolls' league or something like that.

    Credit where it's due though. Robbo's evidently taken a page out of Freddie's book when it comes to the post match drinking, yet he's still lucid enough to provide us a giggle or two in the form of his blog.

    Anyone else think Cricket's lost a lot of it's characters? Australia's more colourful players have moved on. We're losing Freddie now. Who's going to provide the entertainment and swagger the game needs now?

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  • 17. At 1:15pm on 24 Aug 2009, sabre tooth wrote:

    JDR, if you don't like it, don't read it then. If you have the time to comment on "Robbo's" blog every time just to moan about it then you're obviously not working hard enough, which means you can't complain too much. Concentrate on something else, like watching grass grow or doing some work. Then you won't get wound up over something that doesn't matter.

    Robbo, thanks for the blog, loved reading it as usual. Couldn't drink last night to celebrate the Ashes so I have some catching up to do. By now.

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  • 18. At 1:15pm on 24 Aug 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    Firstly, congratulations to England on a very good team performance.

    However, I've got to take issue with the continual feting of Freddie.

    The man simply wasn't anything particularly special. His record speaks for hiself and if it wasn't for newcomers like Broad and Trott he'd be retiring on the back of a test defeat (not to mention his Captains continued consistent form).

    I liked Freddie as a man, for the entertainment he brought and the character he became, but can we please stop lauding him up like some kind of God of English cricket.

    The likes of Trott offers much more hope in the long term where batting is concerned and I fully expect Broad to surpass any record Freddie had in double-quick time.

    Freddie played some stunning matches, but he simply wasn't consistent enough and if we're honest about this test series then it has to be said that he, personally, went out with a whimper and can NEVER be classed as a great. A good player, yes, but no better than a lot of them around him and a nowhere near as good as many that play the game today.

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  • 19. At 1:15pm on 24 Aug 2009, This Is Anfield wrote:

    . At 12:06pm on 24 Aug 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    Well now, what news from the "Blue Bell"?

    Aside from the obligatory fictional nonsense we have an article that yet again has spectacularly failed to qualify as:

    1. Journalism
    2. Comedy
    3. Talent

    Perhaps Im naive in my expectation that some day a "Robbo" blog may actually touch on one of the above and until then I can only despair at the license fees that are going to waste to fund this utter rubbish.

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    Well Mr Roach, if that is your real name - actually I am going to assume it is also a fictional character.

    Judging by your previous posts you have spent way too much time spewing bile on said 'Robbo' blog.

    Your repeated use of 'tired old cliches' and 'same old jokes' are cliche themselves.

    I however also have a tired old cliche especially for you:

    'If you don't like it you can always just not read it'

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  • 20. At 1:20pm on 24 Aug 2009, tj wrote:

    Why are people slating Robbo and his blogs? If you don't like them then don't read them! It's quite simple really. Yet you still click on the link to the blog and then read it and then slate it. Thats ok if the next time you see the link you dont click on it and not click on it then read it and then slate it again only for this circle to start again. Link-Read-Slate. Bothing wrong with Robbos blogs I like them but hey thats why I come back and read more of them again and again.

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  • 21. At 1:21pm on 24 Aug 2009, foxtrot_charlie wrote:

    seriously though, what's the point of sounding off about how crap the blog is??? i wouldn't read anything i didn't like....

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  • 22. At 1:31pm on 24 Aug 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    I actually think that JDR is the bould Robbo himself. I believe he puts these posts on so he can feel the love of his fan club coming on to defend him!!

    In the style of various English journalists who have commented on such things in the past can I ask how Andrew Strauss is qualified to play for England? Did his grandmother once eat a steak and kidney pie? How about Jonathon Trott? Did he sup a pint of ale once?

    I merely ask.

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  • 23. At 1:35pm on 24 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    i must admit, i probably watched 10mins in total of the cricket then swiftly jumped on the 'tease any Aussie you can find' bandwagon. shameful but pleasing nonetheless.

    chucklebrother2. by the sound of your post your definately Paul. He was always a bit of a bully to poor old barry. oh dear oh dear.

    And who is this fictional 'Niall' you speak of? you may be on the wrong blog or possibly all those years of slapstick has knocked all the humour out of you.

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  • 24. At 1:37pm on 24 Aug 2009, sharptosheedy wrote:

    1#

    Hey Joe, you keep saying Robbo is a fictional character; you'll be telling us that Santa's not real next.

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  • 25. At 1:38pm on 24 Aug 2009, Mark wrote:

    Ira_Abu..... Strauss qualifies to play for England as his Mother is English. It's just like Ryan Giggs playing for Wales, and Mick McCarthy and Lawro playing for Ireland! Or Owen Hargreaves playing for England.

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  • 26. At 1:39pm on 24 Aug 2009, Lairdy wrote:

    Thank god this "sporting" marathon is over. Now those who live outwith England but within the British Isles can safely watch the sporting news with out being subjected to.... oh no, hang on - they won. We'll be stuck with it for another 2 weeks now... ARGH! ;)

    Back to football next week. Hopefully.

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  • 27. At 1:39pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    FlyingFinn I think you will find that Ryan Giggs was actually born in Wales.

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  • 28. At 1:40pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:



    Thebignumber2 - 2 weeks? It's been 43 years since 1966 and we are still listening to that!

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  • 29. At 1:43pm on 24 Aug 2009, PaulMcShane wrote:

    At 1:21pm on 24 Aug 2009, foxtrot_charlie wrote:

    seriously though, what's the point of sounding off about how crap the blog is??? i wouldn't read anything i didn't like....
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    I don’t think JDR has a personal vendetta against this Armstrong guy. He probably just thinks it’s an awful blog. He’s entitled to his opinion though and perhaps you should heed your own advice and just ignore him if you don’t like his comments.

    I imagine JDR will stop posting when the standard improves or in the far likelier scenario where someone in the BBC actually reads this blog and has the sense to delete it from the site.

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  • 30. At 1:46pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Don't worry about PaulMcShane, the gingers are mad about everything.

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  • 31. At 1:51pm on 24 Aug 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    People are missing the point. For everyone of you that says "dont read Robbos blog if you dont like it" what you should be really more concerned with is this guy ever going to stop writing it? Burying your head in the sand and pretending it doesnt exist isnt going to solve anything.

    Look I will be more than happy to give "Robbo" his dues when he actually writes something that is worthy of something that isnt a poor tabloid or school newspaper - or even when he can formulate some reply that doesnt involve him replying "in character" that can offer some kind of justification for what is the kind of worn out stereotype that I would expect to exist on a C level Northern based soap (Biker Grove?).

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  • 32. At 1:51pm on 24 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    JoeDavisRoach

    You are a sad strange little man and you have my pity.

    If you don't like Robbo's blogs (and to be fair his football ones are a lot better than his cricket ones) them don't read them, in fact don't look at bbc sport in case you are tempted to click on it actually just cancel your inyternet subscription and then you won't be tempted at all... only you'll probably then go round your mates house and log in aas him to complain..

    While Robbo isn't exactly in the same class as Jasper Carrott, Ben Elton or Billy Connolly he is funny in a lot of people's opinions.

    Just Cheer up fella

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  • 33. At 1:56pm on 24 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    31. At 1:51pm on 24 Aug 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    People are missing the point. For everyone of you that says "dont read Robbos blog if you dont like it" what you should be really more concerned with is this guy ever going to stop writing it? Burying your head in the sand and pretending it doesnt exist isnt going to solve anything.

    Look I will be more than happy to give "Robbo" his dues when he actually writes something that is worthy of something that isnt a poor tabloid or school newspaper - or even when he can formulate some reply that doesnt involve him replying "in character" that can offer some kind of justification for what is the kind of worn out stereotype that I would expect to exist on a C level Northern based soap (Biker Grove?).
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    it's you who is missing the point. I. LIKE. THIS. BLOG. you dont so, DONT. READ.

    do you just have a problem with Northerners?

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  • 34. At 1:57pm on 24 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    FlyingFinn I think you will find that Ryan Giggs was actually born in Wales.

    Aren't both his parents Welsh as well (I think his dad was fom Cardiff). I remeber an interview where he actually confirmed that he was NEVR EVER eligible for the England team. He only played for ENgland schoolboys as that team is picked based on where you go to school not where you are born

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  • 35. At 2:04pm on 24 Aug 2009, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    It seems like everyone has the same idea, just stop reading robbo's blogs. So I'll ask you, if you went out, bought your favourite newspaper, brought it home and twice a week some cretin had written an article that soars the heights from spectacularly poor to at best mediocre what would your feelings be? Most people would probably feel fairly disgruntled that their favourite newspaper is being polluted by some idiot.

    These comment sections are clearly designed as a place for feedback, positive or negative, to be provided. Just because someone doesn't like what was written doesn't mean they're not entitled to voice their opinion. Trying to effectively drown him out with 10 posts that all say exactly the same thing doesn't help either. It just makes you look narrow-minded and desperate. Maybe you can all get jobs writing blogs for the BBC with Niall...

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  • 36. At 2:05pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Adampsb you are correct. He is Welsh, his parents are Welsh and he has always said he was never going to play for anyone other than Wales.


    ""JDR - People are missing the point. For everyone of you that says "dont read Robbos blog if you dont like it" what you should be really more concerned with is this guy ever going to stop writing it? Burying your head in the sand and pretending it doesnt exist isnt going to solve anything.""


    Am I the only one who thinks this makes no sense whatsoever? What point are you on about JDR? The one where you think the blog is rubbish and that Robbo should not be using the pen name? We get that already! Perhaps the point you are missing is that no one cares!

    And what the heck is anyone "burying their head in the sand about"? Apart from not wanting to listen about the great heroes winning the cricket, obviously.

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  • 37. At 2:06pm on 24 Aug 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    PaulMcShane

    Exactly. Finally someone who gets the point. If you check my previous posting history you will see that essentially its only this blog I voice criticism over.

    Ive read many articles on bbc ranging from well written, thought provoking and concise to downright abysmal, ill informed and inaccurate.

    This difference being that none of them senselessy reproduce what for starters is a made up stereotyped character pouring out the same stereotyped opinions on an almost daily basis. This is simply ridiculous on so many levels.

    As PaulMcShane pointed out, if/when the standard improves or even if "Robbo"/Niall or whoever it is writes this can actually produce something other than this exhausted "Robbo" characters take on sport I will be more than happy to disappear. Why not try write a meaningful article every so often instead of resorting to "Robbo" and his backseat stereotype from the "Blue Bell" every single week. Surely it isnt that difficult?

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  • 38. At 2:06pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 39. At 2:08pm on 24 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    35. At 2:04pm on 24 Aug 2009, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:
    It seems like everyone has the same idea, just stop reading robbo's blogs. So I'll ask you, if you went out, bought your favourite newspaper, brought it home and twice a week some cretin had written an article that soars the heights from spectacularly poor to at best mediocre what would your feelings be?

    i wouldn't read that article, but carry on reading the newspaper. to be honest though everyone at the daily sport write good articles so i dont think im in any danger of that.

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  • 40. At 2:09pm on 24 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    So I'll ask you, if you went out, bought your favourite newspaper, brought it home and twice a week some cretin had written an article that soars the heights from spectacularly poor to at best mediocre what would your feelings be?

    I'd by a different paper or just avoid his page. Do that a lot with the Daily Mail as the guy who does teh society page annoys me. I mean who cares what a bunch of posh freeloaders who live off mummy and daddy's hard-earned are doing.. Much more fun to read about what posh freeloaders like Alex Curran and Zoe Lucker are doing while living off their husbands hard-earned (at least Zoe's good looking)

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  • 41. At 2:10pm on 24 Aug 2009, DrakeTed wrote:

    I dont get it... You hate Robbo's blog, yet u come back time after time to read and post comment...
    I dont like Cricket ( and some other sports)- maybe cause i dont understand it - but i ve NEVER opened a link to any cricket page and neither would i attempt to comment on it.

    PS: Robbo, can u pls stop non footie talks...

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  • 42. At 2:10pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    JDR - Roy Chubby Brown has been using the same character spouting the same rubbish for years, yet he still has a following.

    Do you go to his gigs and picket? By your logic you should.

    In fact most political parties spout the same rubbish too, and probably have their fair share of made-up characters.

    What you don't seem to realise is that if the BBC want to have a character here who is a "stereotypical Northerner" then they are perfectly entitled to do so. Del-Boy was a "stereo-typical cockney wide-boy", should we never have had Only Fools as well then?

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  • 43. At 2:11pm on 24 Aug 2009, U14029869 wrote:

    38. At 2:06pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    My favourite newspaper happens to be The Mirror, and they have that moron Brian Reade writing his weekly Scouse love-in column for them. Should I head round the editors house and bash his head in then?

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    Where on earth has anyone proposed physically attacking Niall Ashdown for posting this blog? I'd advise writing a letter into The Mirror to outline your problems with whoever this Brian Reade is and the column he writes.

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  • 44. At 2:15pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    "Where on earth has anyone proposed physically attacking Niall Ashdown for posting this blog? I'd advise writing a letter into The Mirror to outline your problems with whoever this Brian Reade is and the column he writes."

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    Some people really do have a comedy bypass don't they!

    Ok then I will get right on that.

    "Dear Mr. Mirror Editor
    I am afraid I must complain that you continually have a column in your newspaper that I do not like nor agree with.
    I know that other people probably like it but that is not the point, I pay for the paper like everyone else so you should not put in anything that I, as a paying customer, do not like.
    There are people who agree with me on this, these people are very very smart and their opinions outweigh everyone elses.
    Please don't think that you can just have the column written by someone using a nom-de-plume because that has never happened before throughout the course of literary history and if you did it you would just look stoopid.
    Thank you."

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  • 45. At 2:18pm on 24 Aug 2009, dyrewolfe wrote:

    PaulMcShane:

    JDR thinks EVERY Robbo blog is rubbish - regardless of the topics being discussed and is under the illusion that Robbo is not a real person (he obviously has never bothered to read the little box at the top right of the page!)

    Sure, he's entitled to his opiniosn, but I ask you - what kind of moron REPEATEDLY visits the SAME blog, when they must have a pretty good idea they won't like it? I mean, does he expect the author or the style to change from week to week?

    Since you evidently share JDR's view, I suggest you never click on the link again either...unless you wish to become equally ridiculed.

    Rant over
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    Another great article, although possibly a bit too much space devoted to Flintoff. Great character, but as a player he'll only be remembered for a handful of great performances. To be honest I was kind of exasperated when he ran out Ponting. "Typical Fred" I thought. Does very little with either bat or ball, yet still manages to play a crucial role in the match.

    Still, he must be one of an incredibly small number of England players who have won the Ashes twice.

    Also loved the comments about Punter and his plasticine face. Thought he was quite restrained and gracious in his post match interview...raised my opinion of him a few notches.

    Thought the bit about the Aussies' failure to bowl out Monty, costing them the Ashes, was hilarious...if only because it might just be true!

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  • 46. At 2:18pm on 24 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    This difference being that none of them senselessy reproduce what for starters is a made up stereotyped character pouring out the same stereotyped opinions on an almost daily basis. This is simply ridiculous on so many levels.

    WHICH IS WHY WE ALL LIKE READING IT.

    None of us actually believes that this is or tries to be serious journalism (that is more like Phil McNulty - the tries to be bit that is). We like it because it is a nice diversion and reasonably funny

    You are like Alistair McGowns version of Lawro whenn he has him commentating on a match and some guy scores a 30 yard scremer and Lawro goes "yes John great goal but what about global warming and the dolphins getting caught in tuna nets" - anyway how do you know it's not tuna getting caught in dolphin nets so please JDR with all due respect

    GET LOST AND STOP SPOILING EVERYONE ELSE'S FUN

    p.s what's wrong with eating dolphins anyway?




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  • 47. At 2:19pm on 24 Aug 2009, U14029869 wrote:

    GazUtd, do you understand the concept of feedback? Do you understand that if enough people voiced similar opinions changes would actually happen? You certainly seem to waste enough of your time on here, I don't see why you can't spare twenty minutes from your busy day of replying to JoeDavisRoach to do something slightly more meaningful.

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  • 48. At 2:21pm on 24 Aug 2009, Brandyrecovery wrote:

    Witleybay - you don't really address Robbo's point re: Stats vs "Great moments". Robbo concedes that Flintoff doesn't have great numbers, but thinks that his style of play was so entertaining, that he will be remembered as an England great far more so than lots of other players with superior bowling / batting averages.

    I don't actually agree with Robbo - Flintoff has never struck me as a decent batsmen. Possibly in previous eras it was unusual to see players batting so aggresively but since the advent of one-day cricket I hardly think the sight of someone slogging out is particularly amazing.

    Graham Nappier scored a host of runs last year (earning him an international call-up) but he still bats at 9 in the county championship for Essex. For a reason. Any time the batting team is "hitting out" usually makes for entertaining viewing but I suspect most people would rather watch KP bat then Freddie. I agree Collingwood is painful on the eyes!

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  • 49. At 2:23pm on 24 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

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  • 50. At 2:23pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    U14029869 (if that is in fact your real name) can you please go here...

    http://tinyurl.com/prmrk

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  • 51. At 2:27pm on 24 Aug 2009, Sneekesleftfoot wrote:

    Here's a thought for you all. Is it possible that this JoeDavisRoach character is someone from the BBC (or even the writer himself) posting on here to stir up reaction and comment? After all to misquote Oscar Wilde, "the only thing worse that being talked about is not being talked about".

    The alternative is that in a world where there are real things to complain about; war, famine, injustice, the offside rule etc there is a grown adult who sits at home waiting by his (or her I have no idea which) computer for a blog,intended to be a light hearted, amusing comment on sport (which whatever ex Liverpool managers may have said is very rarely a matter of life and death)to appear so that they can spend time when they would otherwise be scanning their copy of the Daily Mail (perhaps Robbo is a swan eating assylum seeker)to write vitriolical "what a waste of my licence fee" nonsense. I hope it's the former because the latter is frankly unimaginably sad.

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  • 52. At 2:28pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    "there is a grown adult"


    Now you are just being ridiculous.

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  • 53. At 2:29pm on 24 Aug 2009, PaulMcShane wrote:

    I can respect the newspaper analogy in #35 ChuckleBrother2. I don’t understand why the BBC are happy to lower themselves with this loutish “journalism”. It’s completely out of synch with the rest of the site. If this blog was on the Sun’s website I wouldn’t mind because it fits in well with the similar lowbrow articles there. It would also more likely appeal to their average reader who I’m sure could find it entertaining.

    However, surely all you “Robbo” defenders must agree that this blog is not appropriate for the BBC and they can do better with the tax payers money?

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  • 54. At 2:30pm on 24 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    47. At 2:19pm on 24 Aug 2009, U14029869 wrote:
    GazUtd, do you understand the concept of feedback? Do you understand that if enough people voiced similar opinions changes would actually happen? You certainly seem to waste enough of your time on here, I don't see why you can't spare twenty minutes from your busy day of replying to JoeDavisRoach to do something slightly more meaningful.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------


    U14029869, if that is your real name, its simple mathematics

    if Robbo writes a blog that attracts 300 fans but also attracts 30 critics, which group of people are in the minority?

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  • 55. At 2:32pm on 24 Aug 2009, U14029869 wrote:

    Dear GazUtd,

    Thank you for that link to the dictionary definition of irony. That was certainly a witty moment and it has enlivened my day no end. In recognition of how utterly side-splittingly hilarious this moment was I have just finished putting together a job application for the BBC blog team on your behalf. Based on this comment and the comedic genius you have repeatedly displayed across many posts throughout this blog I'm sure your application will be approved with the utmost of haste and delight. Unfortunately I, for obvious reasons, don't possess your personal details. If you could e-mail them to me at thisisafakeemailaddressyoucompletemorondidyouactuallythinkiveneverheardofironybefore@whatelsedoyoudobarpostonthisblog.com

    Thanks

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  • 56. At 2:38pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Sorry U14029869 but when I tried sending my details to that address I got the following automated response...

    "We are sorry but U14029869 cannot recieve any emails today because he forgot to take his medication.
    This makes him a little bit annoyed and he can get all righteous and indignant so we here at the hospital feel it is better not to subject you to any unwarranted abuse.
    I hope this isn't too much trouble for you but am sure as an intelligent adult you understand.
    Unlike some people we could mention."

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  • 57. At 2:40pm on 24 Aug 2009, dyrewolfe wrote:

    PaulMcShame wrote:

    "However, surely all you “Robbo” defenders must agree that this blog is not appropriate for the BBC and they can do better with the tax payers money?"


    Have to completely disagree with you there buddy. I think Robbo's blog is entirely appropriate...not to mention a nice light-hearted (or daft, if you like) alternative to all the "serious" news.

    BTW are you that moustached bloke from Hi-de-Hi? I vaguely remember there being a Paul McShane in that... ;-)

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  • 58. At 2:42pm on 24 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    gazutd, did you try his other address?

    imaknob@imaknob.com

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  • 59. At 2:42pm on 24 Aug 2009, quicksesh wrote:

    Flintoff was the height of mediocrity, therefore we should all salute him in his averageness.

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  • 60. At 2:46pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Dyrewolfe I was wanting to use the Hi-deHi reference earlier but that was Paul Shane. Shame, but you will probably have to listen to why you are a complete moron now who doesn't even get simple facts right.

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  • 61. At 2:48pm on 24 Aug 2009, U14029869 wrote:

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  • 62. At 2:48pm on 24 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Oh are we back on cricket now. if so I would just like to say

    WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES, WE BEAT THE AUSSIES,

    Sorry got carried away

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  • 63. At 2:49pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    "No seriously, what else do you do? Are you actually Niall Ashdown's mildly retarded son and all you're allowed to do is post in the comments section in his blog?"


    Clearly you didn't read that irony definition I sent you!!

    Seriously just how stupid are you? Can you really not see what a fool you are making of yourself? Honestly?

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  • 64. At 2:51pm on 24 Aug 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    Does anyone see the irony in people saying that if you do not like something then you should not read it? If you do not like any post from a particular contributor then, by this logic, you should not read it. This is a plainly ridiculous argument.

    I am sure Robbo would prefer any response rather than none. The next time his contract is up for renewal the BBC will only look at the response, in numbers, to his columns and not the tone of such comments. I would, therefore, say that he is delighted with the negative comments.

    The reason the BBC allow us to comment is so that we have a forum for our opinions. For anyone to come on this website and say that only positive contributions are welcome is not a proponent of free speech.

    "I do not agree with what you are saying but I will defend to the death your right to say it"

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  • 65. At 2:54pm on 24 Aug 2009, dyrewolfe wrote:

    GazUtd:

    Oops! I shall go away and quietly die of embarrassment now.

    Still, its fun to feed the trolls now and again.

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  • 66. At 2:54pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:

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  • 67. At 2:54pm on 24 Aug 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    I've always resisted commenting on any of the posts from JoeDavisRoach as I usually adopt the stance that you shouldn't feed trolls.

    However, on this occasion I'm breaking with that stance purely to say to every one else - can't we all just ignore him? Feeding him or attempting to engage in reasoned debate with him never gets anywhere. He's in the miniority and his opinion (from what is written here and in other Robbo blogs) simply isn't reflective of the vast majority. He comes to get attention so I am loathed to give him any more of it. This'll be my first and only post about him. Just ignore him and he'll eventually go away and annoy another blog and its followers.

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  • 68. At 2:56pm on 24 Aug 2009, PaulMcShane wrote:

    54. At 2:30pm on 24 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    if Robbo writes a blog that attracts 300 fans but also attracts 30 critics, which group of people are in the minority?
    __________________________________________________________________

    I highly doubt Robbo has 300 fans. In fact reading the comments above there seems to be as many Robbo critics as supporters. Also you should take into account the fact that the majority of his haters will not go through the effort of posting comments.

    All in all, I say if you sum up the value of Robbo’s blog it has a negative effect on society - and we have to pay for it with our license fees. Shudder

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  • 69. At 2:58pm on 24 Aug 2009, Lineandlength wrote:

    Good stuff Robbo, again another amusing write up and one which I and all lot of others can relate to.

    Good old Fred does it again. And fair play to the selectors as Bell put on a very, very important partnership with Strauss 1st innings as it turns out. I still think Bell's one of life's losers and shouldn't play for England but fair play, he did the job. Trott was an inspired call, and certainly put me (part of the GET RAMPS IN crowd) in my place!

    I'll miss Freddie because he was exciting, you always got the feeling he'd do something, even if he did normally flatter to deceive. Still a very good player, but definitely a total cricketing great in the long run of things. More of the same in the future in ODIs please Fred.

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  • 70. At 2:58pm on 24 Aug 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    Ira_abu

    I agree with you for the most part but I personally would like to think that an organisation such as the BBC would rise above "there no such thing as bad publicity" sentiments which afterall is one of the main things that seperates it from the tabloids.

    To do this I would like to think they take on board peoples comments and opinions. I am aware that blogs such as this will invariably attract the people that enjoy it more than those who dont for obvious reasons however I am encouraged to see that there are a few others out there that can put up reasonably constructed opinions for and against without resorting to name calling and "i dont like your opinion so go away" comments.

    As Ive said before, it may well be that Niall is talented but his staunch refusal to deviate from this repititive and tiresome blog isnt exactly showcasing his skills. Just for one week could there be a "non Robbo" blog and we can all pretend "Robbo" has gone away on holidays or something.

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  • 71. At 2:59pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    "I say if you sum up the value of Robbo’s blog it has a negative effect on society"

    Absolutely. Robbo is single-handedly responsible for the recession, binge-drinking, knife crime, expenses claims and every terrorist attack in history.

    Robbo, hang your head in shame.

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  • 72. At 3:02pm on 24 Aug 2009, trevormctrevor wrote:

    ChuckleBrother2 have you actually read the blog are you just bashing him because hes northern "verging-on-retarded accumulation of northern colloquialisms" what northern colloquialisms are you referring to? I'm from London and all I could see was the eeeeee in the first line.

    Bit serious for a chuckle brother arent you

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  • 73. At 3:02pm on 24 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Is he responsible for the existence of the town of Middlesbrough as that would be a crime to surpass all others

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  • 74. At 3:05pm on 24 Aug 2009, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    67. At 2:54pm on 24 Aug 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    I've always resisted commenting on any of the posts from JoeDavisRoach as I usually adopt the stance that you shouldn't feed trolls.

    However, on this occasion I'm breaking with that stance purely to say to every one else - can't we all just ignore him? Feeding him or attempting to engage in reasoned debate with him never gets anywhere. He's in the miniority and his opinion (from what is written here and in other Robbo blogs) simply isn't reflective of the vast majority. He comes to get attention so I am loathed to give him any more of it. This'll be my first and only post about him. Just ignore him and he'll eventually go away and annoy another blog and its followers.

    ______________________________________________________________

    Reasoned debate? All I've seen on here is childish name calling and endless repetition of "if you don't like it, go away". Maybe if "robbo" would reply and give us all some insight on why he writes 700 of these blogs a year (god I even cringe just thinking of that number) something might actually get resolved.

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  • 75. At 3:05pm on 24 Aug 2009, EarlThePearl wrote:

    What an absolute humour bypass these people have.

    This blog is meant to be written in a funny way, to put across someones views and have a bit of a laugh. You know every week when there is a new blog by Robbo that it is going to be like this, accept that the BBC has sanctioned this one outlet of laughs on the blogs and leave it be.

    I buy the Mirror everyday (btw I like Brian Reade, even when hes dissing Everton hes funny about it) but it doesnt mean that I love every contributor to it and feel aggrieved when a load of tripe is written. Im not a fan of all that X Factor/Big Brother garbage, and a lot of column inches are dedicated to them when they are on. You know what I do? Write an open letter to the readers of the Mirror telling them how stupid it all is? Nah, skim past it till I get to the content I actually want to read.

    Try it.

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  • 76. At 3:07pm on 24 Aug 2009, PaulMcShane wrote:

    71. At 2:59pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    "I say if you sum up the value of Robbo’s blog it has a negative effect on society"

    Absolutely. Robbo is single-handedly responsible for the recession, binge-drinking, knife crime, expenses claims and every terrorist attack in history.

    Robbo, hang your head in shame.
    __________________________________________________________________

    Obviously I'm not saying that. Just if this blog was to be replaced by something else then more people would be pleased than disappointed

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  • 77. At 3:09pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    "Is he responsible for the existence of the town of Middlesbrough as that would be a crime to surpass all others"

    No, that was created following a failed nuclear experiment in the 50s. Even though the experiement reduced the area to a wasteland surrounded by a weird cloud of smog it was discovered that not only cockroaches survive a nuclear blast. So not a total failure I suppose.

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  • 78. At 3:10pm on 24 Aug 2009, DrakeTed wrote:

    JDR,
    1 question....
    Will you be reading this blog come Friday...
    And will you be hating it irrespective of what it contains...

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  • 79. At 3:15pm on 24 Aug 2009, DyerDunk wrote:

    I was going to tell everyone to stop being childish and bang all your heads together... but then where's the fun in that??

    There's a few comments saying this blog wouldn't be out of place in The Sun, well isn't it part of the job of the BBC to produce material for EVERYBODY? Even white van men need to be provided for you know (Sample post from the transit: "Robbo - your blog didn't have enough t*ts in it - Oh, wait there's one, JDR's just posted").

    While this blog might not be cutting edge BBC4 QI style chin stroking whimsy, it's still not worth bursting a blood vessel over is it?

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  • 80. At 3:17pm on 24 Aug 2009, Andreisgiant wrote:

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  • 81. At 3:19pm on 24 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    Just for one week could there be a "non Robbo" blog and we can all pretend "Robbo" has gone away on holidays or something.



    theres loads! just dont read anythng in the 'fun and games' section on the site and you should find all the 'non Robbo' blogs you could

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  • 82. At 3:21pm on 24 Aug 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Ok JDR.

    I hate Strictly Come Dancing, the National Lottery, Eastenders and Doctors.

    All BBC programmes which my TV license money goes to.

    Do I:

    A. Waste the rest of time screaming and shouting at all who will listen in a vain effort to remove them from the air, knowing I'm in the minority. (What you seem to delight in doing in other words.)

    Or

    B. Change the channel and laugh my head off watching Mock the Week and Top Gear?

    Basically like Eastenders, this blog's going nowhere because it's a crowd puller.

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  • 83. At 3:22pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I have tasted my medicine and it is bitter.

    Am I missing something here or is there a total humour and sense bypass. So you say I am calling people names and should be ashamed but you call me more names than you could shake a name calling stick at.

    I must also look up the definition of the word rant, as I fail to see how I was ranting but the other protagonists were not.

    Maybe I should get one of those job things to pay for a new dictionary.

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  • 84. At 3:26pm on 24 Aug 2009, arundini wrote:

    Dear me some people have got over excited !! Yes - if you dont like Robbo's style dont read his blog or if you get part way through, and think its rubbish - stop reading ! I dont read every article in my favourite newspaper and some are indeed crap !
    I think the point (which has been made)is that Robbo's blog are a more light hearted take on the main stories of the day/week.
    Personally i think they range from mildly amusing to pretty damn funny....

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  • 85. At 3:31pm on 24 Aug 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    Starfire_995

    The nature of this blog lends itself to encouraging people to voice there opinions and give feedback.

    If Eastenders, Big Brother and mindless content of that nature were blogs and not TV shows which were readily accessible on a site that I use frequently then yes I would offer a negative opinion and encourage that the show be placed with something else.

    Im not really sure how the popularity of a "Robbo" blog is measured. If, as some seem to think it is based solely on number of responses then I am aware I am actually shooting myself in the foot so to speak but I would prefer to think that any legitimate and non personal criticism of blog material would be recognised.

    I imagine Niall has some other office in the BBC and is not solely employed to write "Robbo" every few days and I would be more than happy to read a non "Robbo" blog and offer some feedback aswell. Maybe he can witty and talented when outside of his "Robbbo" persona but as I say again hes not providing me with any evidence to comment. As someone mentioned above, he writes close to 700 blogs a year - would it be so bad if he tried writing a non "Robbo" blog every so often?

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  • 86. At 3:32pm on 24 Aug 2009, DyerDunk wrote:

    #83

    Gaz - Jobs are overated, there's always someone watching you while you try to leave comments on blogs.

    And feel free to rant away - at least yours are amusing to read...

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  • 87. At 3:34pm on 24 Aug 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    83. At 3:22pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:
    Maybe I should get one of those job things to pay for a new dictionary.

    That would be a good idea.
    But, this time, try to source one with a little more content than "A is for apple, B is for bear...... Z is for zebra".

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  • 88. At 3:35pm on 24 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    85. At 3:31pm on 24 Aug 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    Starfire_995

    The nature of this blog lends itself to encouraging people to voice there opinions and give feedback.
    -------------------------------------------------

    you mean 'their'.

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  • 89. At 3:35pm on 24 Aug 2009, EarlThePearl wrote:

    "JDR and McShane, for their part, have not attacked you and repeatedly stated it is the content that they take issue with, and not the individual himself. I believe in a previous post JDR did state that he respected Robbo's predictions, but the blog content was poor."

    They have a go every week about it not being up to their standards. Maybe they should consider not reading it then? I think thats the general point the fans of this blog are trying to put across. They know what it is going to be like (colloquial, made-up, etc) yet they persist on reading it every week and then complaining about it. If it wasnt for people posting funny replies on here (Gaz, Trotter, etc) then I would heed my own advice and skip the entire comments section.

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  • 90. At 3:38pm on 24 Aug 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    The nature of this blog lends itself to encouraging people to voice there opinions and give feedback.

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Opinions and feedback are a world away from coming onto Robbo's blog each installment and moaning about who big a waste of the words' resources like a broken record week in, week out.

    The former's a lot more insightful to read to boot.

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  • 91. At 3:39pm on 24 Aug 2009, Chad Secksington wrote:

    Some people like some BBC bloggers and and some people like other BBC bloggers, I don't particularly like the Athletics blog and Mihir Bose's efforts were in my opinion without fail risible, but I am one licence fee payer out of millions, just because i don't like something doesn't make it a waste of licence money (similarly with public services and tax payers money), the sooner individual people realise that the sooner the Daily Mail letters page closes down.

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  • 92. At 3:42pm on 24 Aug 2009, poppyAstonvanilla wrote:

    JDR,

    The ability to hold two contadictory views at the same time is a part of being an adult and helps people to enjoy things that they know not to be real. For example, Ian Beale is not called Ian Beale in real life and Dame Edna Everage is not really a woman. Shocking, I know.
    I bet that you were the sort of child that delighted in telling other children that Santa wasn't real, but still expected a sackload of presents on Christmas Day.

    The sooner that you realise that most people actually couldn't give two figs for your spoilsport opinions, the happier you will be.

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  • 93. At 3:50pm on 24 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Why do people complain about people complaining about things that they have complained about and when such complaints are posted why do people feel the need to complain about this complaint in complaining way? I want to complain about that!

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  • 94. At 3:51pm on 24 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    chad sexington. thats a brilliant name. i hope its real. i wish my name was chad sexington. its not. its 'john thomas'. im not even joking. i think my dad was though.

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  • 95. At 3:52pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    You've asked for it, I'm pressing the complain button. Now you'll be sorry.

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  • 96. At 3:55pm on 24 Aug 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    My word the anti-Robbo brigade are out in force today. I was going to write a comment about the subject material, but my senses have been carpet-bombed so much I can't remember what the hell it was about (something about Ashes to Ashes?).

    So just a quick word on the debate, I like to consider myself (somewhat) intelligent etc etc, and I look forward to the Robbo blogs every time, and I enjoy them for the most part. If the protesters had their way and the blog was removed I would be thoroughly annoyed, as would the rest of the regular readers.

    So why, when there is a conscious choice to read this blog, should such a notion even be entertained for a second?

    I'm all for differing opinions but let's have reasoned debate on the subject matter rather than this constant to-ing and fro-ing on it's right to exist please.

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  • 97. At 3:59pm on 24 Aug 2009, UlsterDave wrote:

    Firstly, I will deal with the blog itself- as that is what we should be commenting on.

    Robbo, excellent blog as usual: Funny, original humour in the style we've come to expect. Just one thing- pretty please go back to football next week? And perhaps drop in a comment about Man Utd to start the wildfires on here going crazy- honestly sometimes the comments section is (almost) as good a read as the blog! Gaz Utd you should have a " Gaz v Robbo" blog one week, with both of you trying to convince us of Man Utd's Failings/Positives. That would be great banter.

    And now, a test of the BBC comments system. As complaints are the only way to remove comments from this particular blog, I suspect that the only way to remove my following statement is if JDR breaches his own set of standards and reports me for having an opionion which, I would hope, is different from his own. Here we go Ladies and Gentlemen- I hope this reaches JDR's standards of upright, Daily Mail-esque, Orwellian journalism that must approach the perfection atop Mount Olympus.


    JDR. Go forth and sodomise yourself with a retractable baton.

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  • 98. At 4:00pm on 24 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    96: The thought police have been called and will be with you shortly to take you away for.... re-programming!

    Such reasonable logic will not be tolerated here!

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  • 99. At 4:07pm on 24 Aug 2009, LtUoTwOnN wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 100. At 4:07pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:



    I've just had 2 comments removed - the complaint brigade is in full swing!!

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  • 101. At 4:07pm on 24 Aug 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    @RedBlueArmy92

    Don't worry, I fully expect my post to be batted away like a Mitchell Johnson custard pie before any of it sinks in!

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  • 102. At 4:08pm on 24 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    The thought police have been called and will be with you shortly to take you away for.... re-programming!

    What you mean our current government with it's "glorious leader" who could get civil liberties lessons from Stalin

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  • 103. At 4:10pm on 24 Aug 2009, DyerDunk wrote:

    #97

    How does that work exactly, doesn't it's retractability hinder said act from being carried out in a fulsome manner? Lovely image though...

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  • 104. At 4:11pm on 24 Aug 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    @ 101

    Too late for the complaint brigade, your fine words of common sense have already been committed to memory.

    Let's see them take it from there.

    */smug mode*

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  • 105. At 4:11pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    " Lovely image though..."

    You may want to re-phrase that.

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  • 106. At 4:12pm on 24 Aug 2009, UlsterDave wrote:

    Dyer Dunk-

    That's the beauty of it. JDR can retract the baton to an appropriate length, depending on how big a rear orifice he is being that day

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  • 107. At 4:12pm on 24 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

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  • 108. At 4:16pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    "you should have a " Gaz v Robbo" blog one week, with both of you trying to convince us of Man Utd's Failings/Positives"

    We had that a while ago with the whole "Why do you hate United" comment furore. I won. Unless Robbo comes along and says he won. In which case I lost. But I still won.

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  • 109. At 4:18pm on 24 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz mate, thats harsh... dont think you said anything too harsh? I thought the BBC were all for the promtion of free ideas and the purpose of these comment fields was so each of us could "have our say"? As such i ask each of you to join:

    Censorship
    Undermines
    Necessesary
    Truths

    And together we can continue benign (yet highly amusing) debates about a BBC blogger and be free to to continue petty name-calling. Isn't this what we went to war for!?

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  • 110. At 4:20pm on 24 Aug 2009, UlsterDave wrote:

    Hmmm....you mean to say that you can change the fact of who won, against the flow of evidence, depending on what suits your version of how events should have gone? Surely someone associated with Manchester United would never do such a thing ;)?

    In any case, Robbo's Teeside Smog of Fury (As I am now calling it) would surely win any argument.....

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  • 111. At 4:23pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I will have a lifetime subscription RBA, no matter what the cost.

    I think the complaint system just rejects everything that is complained about. Given management and lawyers these days there is a whole culture of "Oh, fiddlesticks, someone has complained, quick, delete it before we get sued"

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  • 112. At 4:26pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Dstewart the ref clearly declared me the winner, accusations that I was continually looking at my watch and threatening him with a JDR style report to the BBC bosses are totally unfounded.

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  • 113. At 4:27pm on 24 Aug 2009, UlsterDave wrote:

    As will I RBA......long live freedom of speech.

    No doubt The Fuhrer will realease his own, newspeak friendly version called "1984.gov"

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  • 114. At 4:28pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Oh sorry RBA, being Irish we obviously didn't got to war.
    Apart from with ourselves, obviously.

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  • 115. At 4:37pm on 24 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    109. At 4:18pm on 24 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    Gaz mate, thats harsh... dont think you said anything too harsh? I thought the BBC were all for the promtion of free ideas

    ------------------

    Come now the BBC has never been about freedom of speech It exists to promote the views of the state alongside pravda and the volkisher boebachter

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  • 116. At 4:40pm on 24 Aug 2009, UlsterDave wrote:

    Gaz.... was the "ref" of the govan-branded variety ;)?

    Not that I would in any way suggest that Scotlands future First Minister would be so fickle with the careers of those who are only trying to control a group of overpaid metrosexuals.....
    Wouldn't want him to read such a comment- the BBC might not be invited to his retirement party and then MOTD would not be contractually obliged to give him a proctological exam with its proverbial head every week....

    But I digress.
    Gaz Utd- I agree
    JDR- Change those last 2 initals and go find a grassy Knoll

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  • 117. At 4:49pm on 24 Aug 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    109 RedBlue:

    That is the most unsubtle acrostic in the history of acrosticism.

    1 Joe:

    LICENSE is the verb. LICENCE is the noun. Every bloody time I tell you that. Otherwise, thanks for the fun: barbs as effective as a Carlton Cole passback. But how we rise to the bait.

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  • 118. At 4:55pm on 24 Aug 2009, yajustdonsavethose wrote:

    yay - we won a two team tournament in a match that takes a month to complete, features 5 games, all of which can end in a draw if the weather is a bit nasty or the light is a bit too shady. perhaps like 2005 we can go on an 18 month bender to celebrate. and then get whipped 5-0 next time. silly sport

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  • 119. At 4:58pm on 24 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Zoots, subtlety is your bag not mine!

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  • 120. At 5:00pm on 24 Aug 2009, UlsterDave wrote:

    Someone stick a pin in Joes ego for me. I'm off him for a well deserved tea. JDR, if your wondering how I'm not at home already, it's a new-fangled concept called earning a living instead of being a work-shy tree hugger who has an irrational fear of Northerners.
    See you all next week (Or Friday) same bat-time, same bat-channel.

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  • 121. At 5:01pm on 24 Aug 2009, DangerJones11 wrote:

    JDR..........what a complete and utter bell sniffer

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  • 122. At 5:06pm on 24 Aug 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    I used to think that a bell sniffer was a teasing yorker to England's number 3. Then I discovered Joe...

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  • 123. At 5:10pm on 24 Aug 2009, offtouni wrote:

    i like the way Robbo (yes i know he's fictional), that you've pretty much given up on replying to posts these days, and instead, like I'm sure many people have - as well as myself, get as much amusement out of the incredibly (un)witty banter that takes place in the comments!

    by the bye, anyone who hasn't read the comments, i almost spat out the peach I was eating at post 58. It links back pretty damn far, but you can get the jist if you look at posts 50 and 55 (i think). that email address is pure genius and very funny - maybe when Robbo's career comes to a sad end, "bredtobered-forum troll" can succeed him?

    Nice read as always Robbo, keep up the good work

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  • 124. At 5:16pm on 24 Aug 2009, joey wrote:

    Blog =/= Journalism.

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  • 125. At 5:54pm on 24 Aug 2009, JingleMa wrote:


    Right - all you people who don't like this blog, PLEASE GO AWAY AND LET ALL OF US WHO THOUROUGHLY ENJOY AND LOOK FORWARD TO IT EVERY WEEK POST OUR COMMENTS IN PEACE.

    How sad, lonely and useless are your lives that you feel the need to re-visit time and again something you clearly don't like and vent your spleen against it? The world wide web is spectacularly vast and the beauty of it is that there is something on it for everyone.

    Surely your time would be better spent reading/doing something you DO enjoy and which is upto your eminently higher standards.

    GazUtd - your sad, snide remarks against the English cricket team are equally pathetic. If you don't like cricket or the English cricket team, why are you commenting here? This article is celebrating a great achievement by the English cricket team and your petty digs and chiding are just saying more about your problems than anyone else's.

    I always support Ireland (or the other British/Irish countries) in cricket and football if they are not playing England and was thrilled with their recent success in one day cricket, but it is supporters like you who give your country a bad name.

    I can never understand people of the British and Irish Isles who want England to lose in any sport against another country. We are brothers, sisters and neighbours, why all the hate? We come together with the rest of Europe for the Ryder cup, why all the hate in other sport?

    Anyway, great read as always Robbo, and congratulations to England for a brilliant win, lets hope we can keep it up in the upcoming one day series and champions trophy, and then the tough South African tour in the winter.

    ENGLAND - ASHES WINNERS 2009!!!

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  • 126. At 6:01pm on 24 Aug 2009, Federer=Elegance wrote:

    Great Blog as ever Robbo- Dont let comment#1 and # 3 bother you much...your blod is definitely a treat to read an Hunf for it everday !

    JoeDAvis :
    ""we have an article that yet again has spectacularly failed to qualify as:""
    Question for you : Why do you still come to read Robbo's Blog then ?

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  • 127. At 6:22pm on 24 Aug 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Jeez! where did the parents go?



    Anyway, players like Flintoff are the reasons we follow sports. They excite us. Thats as high a compliment anyone could get who sets out to entertain us while having a bit of fun themselves.

    Like this blog.

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  • 128. At 6:25pm on 24 Aug 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Re. The hate squad.

    At this point in time I'm reminded by a Jeremey Clarkson quote.

    'If you do have an opinion on anything you've just seen, by all means please, keep it to yourself.'

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  • 129. At 6:35pm on 24 Aug 2009, lennye148 wrote:

    FlyingFinn1982

    I understand your general point, but Ryan Giggs name is always trotted out in debates about which country a player is entitled to represent.

    Ryan Giggs was born in Cardiff. Both of his parents are Welsh too. His father, Danny Wilson, played rugby union for Cardiff, but changed codes to sign for Swinton. Hence the family moved to the Manchester area when Giggs was 6 years old. (His parents separated when Giggs was a teenager, and he subsequently changed his surname to his mother's maiden name.) He is, therefore, Welsh and as such has every right to represent Wales.

    Of course Giggs would have qualified to play for England, but only on the grounds of residence. While it's true he played for the English Schools team, I am sure that's because you can only represent the national association which covers the school you attend.

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  • 130. At 7:38pm on 24 Aug 2009, mrshake-speare wrote:

    well gallants all this has been a sprightly exchange forsooth, and I was thinking of signing in as southernsoftee in my defence of robbo robson, but then that would be concealing my real name which as we all know is mrshake-speare, and let it never be said that he wrote
    http://www.shakespeare-oxford.com/
    under a nom de plume - that would be far too french lets try greek a pseudonyum or perhaps a soubriquet - sorry that is french again... anyways whoever I may be I greatly enjoy the northern ranter whoever he may be and I actually think he maketh some good points slipped in with the rants such as that Andrew the Flint may not be a great player but he was a player who when he in the team, things happened... (we DID lose the test when he was not playing after all).... this is a subtle point probably only made by one of those southern softees or perhaps by the Swan of Avon him or herself.... I have to say also I did like the point about Middlesbrough being a post-nuclear disaster area contrariwise. (Perhaps I should sign as Lewis Carroll, another southern softee) Anyway he certainly got us all stirred up this time, like him or not!

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  • 131. At 7:51pm on 24 Aug 2009, Atif_10 wrote:

    Facts don't lie.

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  • 132. At 7:59pm on 24 Aug 2009, Olivarius wrote:

    Re earlier comment saying this blog is not appropriate for the BBC...what, why?
    The BBC is a public Service Broadcaster and should try and cater to all elements of the public it broadcasts to. Sure that should include indepth analysis and true journalism of the highest standard but it should also include blogs and stuff like this....i.e. entertainment.
    Wasn't the original BBC charter made up of 3 things - educate, inform and entertain or something like that....someone out there will probably know better than me.
    Anyway point is that this is an entertaining blog written in a qirky and daftly brilliant way and has as much place on the BBC website as Dirs, Agnew or any other serious blogs or articles. Also, don't go on about the northern stereotyping as a negative thing...I'm from the North as are nearly all my firends and we couldn't give a monkeys if someone spouts off a few "northern cliches" or uses a written version of our dialect after all we take the michael out of our own accent in my local paper.

    Anyway...another ashes test series is at an end and now we have 9 (yes 9....crazy?) limited overs games to look forward to and I frankly can't wait to see where England go from here, how the team builds on this success to try and reach the goal of being number one A.S. outlined in his interview......
    Where and how can we improve?
    Should players be dropped and new blood be given a chance?
    Any ideas for a true all-rounder to replace Freddie or do you think Broady has it in him?
    Should KP have blue hair again?
    Lets concentrate on important things like that rather than the validity of the BBC's inclusion of an entertainment blog (good or bad - I think good btw) on their website.

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  • 133. At 8:06pm on 24 Aug 2009, pablo escobar wrote:

    What people do not get is that this blog gets so many reads. Some of you leave negative some positive comments. In that end none of that matters to the BBC heads. What matters to them is the sheer number of people reading this blog and commenting on it.

    Oh and for the record I am an avid reader of this blog. Its very entertaining.

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  • 134. At 8:24pm on 24 Aug 2009, Manos_de_Piedra wrote:

    Strangely enough I can see both points of view in relation to this blog.

    I wouldnt be a big fan and only read it infrequently at times when theres not much else out there. I would have to agree with the likes of JoeDavisRoach when he says its pretty much an excercise in repetition - Working class Northerner (yes fictional) who spends most of his time in the pub talking sport on a borderline semi ignorant level. I would also agree that it would be better used on longer gaps as inneviteably you have a sense of overkill with it - but like others point out, Im not particularly inclined to read it every time. Is it entertaining? not really in my opinion but its certainly not as despicable as some seem to find it if taken with a generous pinch of salt.

    On the others hand its fairly obvious that it does seem to entertain people ande as such I can see no reason why it should have its "right to exist" questioned. Its intended as a something to be taken rather lightly which is why I find it surprising that it generates so much heat. From reading through the posts its fairly obvious it has its critics aswell as its fans. I find it a passable read in the abscence of other articles and if I didnt I really couldnt imagine puting myself through the torture that JoeDavisRoach does whereby it seems to be physically painful for him to digest the material. But the bbc is a big website and Im sure most would agree that there is room on it for the odd article/blog like this seeing as many people do seem to read it and find amusing in different ranges.

    By the way - where is "Robbo" on all this? I thought he generally comments as well as writes the blogs. It seems a poor time to disappear!

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  • 135. At 8:41pm on 24 Aug 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Phew! Can I come out from behind the sofa now?

    Tons of flak this week. Strikes me that blogs are about opinions. That's all I'm expressing. And mine have about as much value as anyone else's... I won't reply directly to the regular Robbo-Baiters. If I did it would be really ******** direct. But most of us treat this site as a chance for a bit of banter, and a small minority of us treat it as a soft target for a bit of slavering anonymous brow-beating.

    Btw no more cricket - back on message with the footy for the foreseeable.

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  • 136. At 8:41pm on 24 Aug 2009, badalandabad wrote:

    I wonder where is that numpty Geoff Boycott gone now? "Strauss won't be a good captain" / "I don't see England winning the Ashes" - what a prat? I wish no one would entertain that smug anymore.

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  • 137. At 8:43pm on 24 Aug 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Could Boycs and JoeDavisRoach be the same man?

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  • 138. At 8:52pm on 24 Aug 2009, charlesburgessfry wrote:

    Oh dear me. Flintoff has been an average player for the majority of his elongated England career when fit but the national need to identify a hero over and above the other 10 inconsequential participants lives on. In football, its all about Beckham - still! In cricket, we have to put up with this non-ending drivel about a legendary boozer from Lancashire who is on better terms with journalists and physiotherapists than with the the England team. Did we get his retirement from England test cricket in writing? I hope so because then hopefully we can move on with a team bereft of media constructed "stars". We can hopefully now have bowlers who take a wicket, go back to their mark and prepare to bowl rather than posture like a cross between Chris Eubank and Mr. Blobby. The team does have potential for sure but there are a good too many passengers at present. With the next Ashes now a good distance away, now is exactly the right time to begin to strip away dead wood and bring in the new against less demanding opposition. I would wave goodbye to Harmison, Bell, Collingwood and Panesar. Anderson is either carrying an injury or needs resting from the team - either way he is not performing. There has always been a certain breed of player who turns in the gold star performance only to then sit back on their laurels and I'm afraid Anderson is in this camp. If the Ashes are to be retained 18 months hence, there is an awful lot of work to do both on the current team members and on those knocking on the door to come in....

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  • 139. At 9:01pm on 24 Aug 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    137 Robbo

    No chance. Boycs has achieved a lot and speaks sh*te from a viewpoint of authority. Joe just speaks sh*te.

    Never mind. As Dirty Harry famously said, "Opinions are like assh*les; everybody's got one."

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  • 140. At 9:02pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Could Boycs and JoeDavisRoach be the same man?

    I'm not sure who you are insulting more with that question.

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  • 141. At 9:30pm on 24 Aug 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    It's time to 'fess up. The credit crunch? My fault... I begged the banks to lend way too much and such is my influence that they agreed.

    The rising problems with alcoholism? Me again. I like a pint and such is my influence that I've started a booze-crazed trend across the nation. Before I arrived no one had ever seen a pint of lager.

    The town of Middlesbrough? My idea. Before that it was just Smogville, but I gave it a more acceptable name. Although most numpties across Britain seem to think that cos it's called Middlesbrough it must be in the Midlands.

    But thanks to some of you wise counsellors I have decided to change my ways. After I've finished this pint, I'll be reading a dictionary and coming up with opinions that are nicked from The Guardian rather than the mouths of me fellow topers down the Blue Bell.

    NB Please read the above with a tone of relentless sarcasm.

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  • 142. At 9:57pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    In Rafa we trust!

    You getting worried about my prediction yet Robbo? I can smell the Parmo now!

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  • 143. At 10:26pm on 24 Aug 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    @Brandy - Witleybay - you don't really address Robbo's point re: Stats vs "Great moments". Robbo concedes that Flintoff doesn't have great numbers, but thinks that his style of play was so entertaining, that he will be remembered as an England great far more so than lots of other players with superior bowling / batting averages.

    I don't actually agree with Robbo - Flintoff has never struck me as a decent batsmen. Possibly in previous eras it was unusual to see players batting so aggresively but since the advent of one-day cricket I hardly think the sight of someone slogging out is particularly amazing.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------

    I concede that the sum of his impact is greater than his statistics, but I still can't quite grasp what all the fuss has been about.

    That is....until you look at the British need for a lad about town who makes a clown out of himself and his team on more than one occasion, gets plastered at every opportunity (or inbetween opportunities) and never quite delivers when you need him to. It strikes me that along with Gazza (who possessed more talent in his big toe than Flintoff does on any injuried limb) that we just seem to have a natural draw towards people that demonstrate you can be a star without putting in the dedication and effort that your team-mates, perhaps with less natural ability, do.

    This isn't an anti-Freddie post. I like the guy, but I just don't see the need to bawl my eyes out and rewrite the words 'we'll miss him' so many times that most of the press may as well just copy and paste the same paragraph into the last few column inches of the Bye-Bye Fred epitaph they all seem to be publishing today.

    I wish Freddie the best of luck and hope his Pedalo takes him into the sunset of a caribbean isle where the green monsters are aplenty and knee surgeons on 24 hour call.

    Stuart Broad will turn out to be much better in the long run.

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  • 144. At 10:31pm on 24 Aug 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    p.s. I don my cap to Ponting. Not for his sportsmanship or his turning a cheek to some dodgy decisions - but for taking one fully on the cheek and hardly batting an eyelid.

    I'd have loved to see Warne get that ball in his hey-dey. Hes all nice and charming-like these days. Jesus I used to despise that fell. Never has a man with so much talent been so naturally a wind-up expert. To hear Langer say Anderson was a bit of a wind-up after playing in the same side as Warne for years could become a new definition for rose tinted spectacles!

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  • 145. At 11:07pm on 24 Aug 2009, Olivarius wrote:

    Awesome...robbo responded and he was funny as.....well I'm sure you can fill in the rest.

    Although, get off the midlanders back I lived there for a long time and they're awesome people and if anyone ever needs to go on strike there is nobody better to take a lesson from :-)

    Bring on the abuse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 146. At 11:10pm on 24 Aug 2009, Wengerpore wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 147. At 11:21pm on 24 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    89
    I can't speak for Gaz but that was the nicest thing anybody has said to me since 1 o'clock Sunday morning. However, after reading RBA at 93 it was tempting to complain anyway!

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  • 148. At 11:27pm on 24 Aug 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Gaz Utd, I never thought I'd agree with someone with that name. Makes me feel a bit queasy!

    Good blog as always, Mr Robson. Like the comments on Freddie. Those among us who seek to smear our sporting icons make me think Langer was right in what he said about our national sporting psyche. Not in all cases of course, but reading the live text and the frankly preposterous doom-mongering amongst my fellow Englishmen was almost more frustrating than a Steve Harmison loosener. If you're wondering why I spend so much time on beeb sport blogs then it is because I work in a bookies' and am only allowed access to sporting websites in case myself and my colleagues should seek to educate ourselves and escape their clutches. And to you infuriatingly haughty Daily M*il snobs who endlessly criticise, don't instantly discount me for this. I have a degree in philosophy and once read a book not illustrated by Questin Blake. I can even play the violin in French.

    Keep it up, Robbo!

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  • 149. At 11:30pm on 24 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    How do you play the violin in French, with a white flag attached to the bow?

    Don't feel bad about agreeing with a United fan Tommy but you should feel bad about agreeing with a jobless, useless, belligerent idiot like myself. What does that make you?

    And Trotter you can speak for me all you like. But what were you doing round the neighbours at 1am Sunday morning?

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  • 150. At 11:39pm on 24 Aug 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Gaz, I tend to just hit a guitar with a baguette. Sounds like a Captain Beefheart album played backwards. That's how I'll make my millions

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  • 151. At 11:48pm on 24 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    je ne regrette rien!

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  • 152. At 00:11am on 25 Aug 2009, clickem wrote:

    Bring back the audio.

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  • 153. At 10:26am on 25 Aug 2009, mrshake-speare wrote:

    The rest is silence.

    Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince:
    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

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  • 154. At 11:25am on 25 Aug 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    The lead story on the main beeb footy page is headed "Title bid not over, says Benitez."

    Am I dreaming, or IS this the 25th August?

    Maybe it lost something in the translation.

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  • 155. At 11:28am on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    No Zoot you are not dreaming.

    He is talking about next year!

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  • 156. At 11:43am on 25 Aug 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Gaz - What's going on here? You're giving cryptic clues to a bookie's clerk with a philosophy degree; Irn Bru is quoting Voltaire's "defend to the death" bit, which was never said or written by Voltaire, but probably is attributable to a misquotation by Stephen G Tallentyre, which was the pen name of Evelyn Beatrice Hall; Trotter has become Edith Piaf; and people are still questioning the legitimacy of Robbo.

    Shakespeare's dropping in from time to time, Irn Bru is suggesting purchasing a dictionary with entries for A, B and Z, but nothing in between, and I can't C Y.

    Then along comes Rafa.

    At the moment, Robbo is the only real thing I can find on this blog.

    It's just not cricket.

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  • 157. At 11:55am on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Zoot apparantly Mondays are now care-in-the-community days, or else the funny farms just decided to have a long weekend.

    It was really getting too much for me yesterday what with all the high-brow language and quotes but then that's what happens when you have a blog about cricket I suppose.

    Anyway hopefully it won't just be you and me here today (no offence) because if I can't be belligerent I might have to get a job!

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  • 158. At 12:00pm on 25 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    JDR only blogs on Robbo blogs. Is he Robbo's evil twin in disguise, does he exist, these are questions only marginally more important than is their alien life (and if so did it take over at Anfield as manager a few years ago), Can Phil McNulty admit that Liverpool are never going to win the league ever again as Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Man City and Hull have got more chance. Alright I was being silly with Man City having a chance.

    How do you play the violin in French, with a white flag attached to the bow?

    What a quality comment. SOmetimes the comments bit is every bit as entertaining as the blog itself.

    As for me - Today I have been mostly making sales calls

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  • 159. At 12:23pm on 25 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    by the bye, anyone who hasn't read the comments, i almost spat out the peach I was eating at post 58. It links back pretty damn far, but you can get the jist if you look at posts 50 and 55 (i think). that email address is pure genius and very funny - maybe when Robbo's career comes to a sad end, "bredtobered-forum troll" can succeed him?
    ......................................................................

    it would beat making sales calls. im sure adam would agree. i do however expect that the job would go to zootmac who is quite possibly the funniest person i have never met.

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  • 160. At 1:04pm on 25 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Maybe it could be done on a rotating basis although JDR & Paul McShane's would be short - and then they would post a comment about wasting licence fee money on childish drivel

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  • 161. At 1:13pm on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I would actually like to see a "JDR and friends" blog one week. It could be on the "misuse of public funds to make people laugh" debacle that is currently plaguing the country. We can't have people laughing after all, The Daily Mail would go out of business.

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  • 162. At 1:22pm on 25 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    i would love to read something by jdr.

    but what would the subject matter be?


    the downfall of modern journalism?

    the wasting of public funds?

    or the history of northern Colloquialism?

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  • 163. At 1:31pm on 25 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    We can't have people laughing after all, The Daily Mail would go out of business.


    Not all Daily Mail readers are humourless,

    I read it on Tuesday's and Fridays as Littlejohn is quite funny and in general it's alright. I ssuspect JDR & co read the Guardian as it is essential humourless (much like JDR's bits of the bbc.) I bet his ideal women are Polly Toynbee, Germaine Greer and Harriet Harperson

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  • 164. At 1:32pm on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:



    More probably

    "My life without a girlfriend"

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  • 165. At 1:36pm on 25 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    or boyfriend. i like to think we're a diverse lot on the Robbo forum

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  • 166. At 1:38pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Zoot at 156, class through and through!

    I popped over and had a look at McNulty's blog last night. Some of the posts are longer than the original blog and well, it just makes me appreciate even more, a chap like Zoot who can sum up the state of the entire planet in about eight lines.

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  • 167. At 2:26pm on 25 Aug 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    There is more man love on the comments section of this blog than you would find in a public convenience in San Francisco. Either that of one person is posting comments under several different usernames and giving himself some positive feedback (yes, Gaz that would be you!). Such onanistic tendencies are to be discouraged as they become tiresome to the rest of us.

    Nevertheless, if Robbo is still around I would like to know if he has any problem with people posting negative comments on his blogs or would he prefer if they did not. If he does not have a problem with it then I would suggest his fan club take their own advice and desist from reading any contributions by those persons who do not think this is worthwhile journalism.

    BTW (thats for you Zootmac, some more letters for Gaz's dictionary) I actually do enjoy this blog.

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  • 168. At 2:32pm on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Yes Irn_Bru (sorry Zoot, but plagiarism is a form of flattery) I am so devoid of friends and family that I resort to creating more than one username on t'internet to tell myself how great I am. You've got me.

    Now if only someone would tell you how great you are.

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  • 169. At 2:42pm on 25 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    Yes Irn_Bru (sorry Zoot, but plagiarism is a form of flattery) I am so devoid of friends and family that I resort to creating more than one username on t'internet to tell myself how great I am. You've got me.

    Now if only someone would tell you how great you are.

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  • 170. At 2:43pm on 25 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    Oh dear i just posted that twice.

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  • 171. At 2:48pm on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Disregard

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  • 172. At 2:54pm on 25 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    on a different note anyone seen the Mirror's pathetic attempt to stir trouble by claiming Anderson is on his way out of Old Trafford. While it is possible that Anderson reacted badly to being left out I can't see Fergie selling someone he paid £18M for especially as Anderson played most of the games last season and has been a regular for United and played in some key matches.

    I would bet he is still at Old Traford for the next few seasons

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  • 173. At 3:01pm on 25 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    i saw it on the gossip page

    i didn't know he paid £18 million for him. quite steep but he is getting better every time i see him so i cant imagine he will go, also cant imagine anyone paying the same for him just yet.

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  • 174. At 3:07pm on 25 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Just wanted to say how much i love everyones comments... Aw shucks, well i just think you guys are all swell... Iraa-bu (oo-va-vooo), i think your posts are neato too!

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  • 175. At 3:43pm on 25 Aug 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    I think I may have come to the wrong place, I thought this was a blog not a 'specialist' website......makes hasty movement towards the close button...

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  • 176. At 3:47pm on 25 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    This board is becoming too cheerful - stop it

    Let's all listen to a Pet Shop Boys or New Order album to get depressed again

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  • 177. At 3:57pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Just 3 points behind Liverpool with a game in hand, normally I'd be so delighted with that scenario that I too would burst into song, something along the lines of 'The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music' but as it stands 'High On A Hill With A lonely Goat' might be more appropriate.

    Ira, did you visit anywhere else in San Fran or just the public toilets?

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  • 178. At 4:37pm on 25 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    as this is about a cricket match is it also going to last 5 days with breaks for lunch and tea?

    I so maybe we could have teams with Gaz and JDR picking

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  • 179. At 4:46pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Adam, it only lasts until Robbo posts again, it could be anything from 1-10 days, depends on the combination of where his thoughts and the world of sport leads him plus another variable : connectivity at the caravan. Any road, I couldn't play, even if selected, due to time zone restrictions and a glut of upcoming tee times.

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  • 180. At 4:58pm on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I pick Zoot for silly mid-comment and Trotter for long-one!

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  • 181. At 5:10pm on 25 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    What about JDTR & PaulmcShane for Silly point or whatever it's called

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  • 182. At 5:16pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    GAZ congrats on that ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY

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  • 183. At 5:35pm on 25 Aug 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    177. At 3:57pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Ira, did you visit anywhere else in San Fran or just the public toilets?

    I've never been. Gaz told me.

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  • 184. At 5:35pm on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    All I need now is double-top and I'll have hit the bullseye. Can I see what I would have won?

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  • 185. At 5:35pm on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Lol, I'm gay, I get it!

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  • 186. At 5:42pm on 25 Aug 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    167. At 2:26pm on 25 Aug 2009, Ira_abu wrote:
    There is more man love on the comments section of this blog than you would find in a public convenience in San Francisco. Either that of one person is posting comments under several different usernames and giving himself some positive feedback (yes, Gaz that would be you!). Such onanistic tendencies are to be discouraged as they become tiresome to the rest of us.

    Nevertheless, if Robbo is still around I would like to know if he has any problem with people posting negative comments on his blogs or would he prefer if they did not. If he does not have a problem with it then I would suggest his fan club take their own advice and desist from reading any contributions by those persons who do not think this is worthwhile journalism.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Look I've got no problems with these vendetta merchants. They've as much right to express their never-changing opinions as any of us. Gives the rest of us summat to moan about any road. And JDR is not some evil twin of mine, though if he carries on like he is I might hire him to stir up extra interest in the blog. He is as a stick to a hornet's nest that lad.

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  • 187. At 6:06pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    There he is, the man, the myth, the legend, nice of you to pop in Robbo! Are you in Nottingham already?

    Gaz, it's been reported that Semenya has a testosterone level 3x that of your average lass. You'll have to start the 8 week test if there's any doubt.

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  • 188. At 6:07pm on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Did you know that Caster Semenya is an anagram of "A secret man"!!

    Coincedence?

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  • 189. At 6:08pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Gaz.....beyond the pale pointed that out last week but you need to add "yes" at the end.

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  • 190. At 6:09pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    or at the beginning!

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  • 191. At 6:09pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    or somewhere in the middle even!

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  • 192. At 6:18pm on 25 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    That's what I get for ignoring BeyondThePale's posts!

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  • 193. At 6:20pm on 25 Aug 2009, madmalcib wrote:

    Top review Robbo (as usual) & I must also agree, Ponting came over as a top bloke and sporstsman.. hope he comes back in 2013

    Keep up the good work
    madmalcib

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  • 194. At 6:26pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    chuckle, chuckle, chuckle

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  • 195. At 6:34pm on 25 Aug 2009, saga mix wrote:

    I'm English but I like Ponting more than Flintoff ... is that very wrong of me?

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  • 196. At 7:03pm on 25 Aug 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    lol, you guys are all nuts.

    Long may you continue :)

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  • 197. At 7:10pm on 25 Aug 2009, shinywillie1980 wrote:

    Please people stop whingeing about the taxpayers money. I do not remember seeing 'robbo' tax on my payslip. Licence fee is wasted on an abundance of crap a lot worse than this blog. no offence robbo I do look forward to reading your take on the recent sporting events. I believe certain gentlemen are jealous that you got past them in the interviews and landed this job, (we presume you get paid for this, you may volunteer)... anyhow I believe some of the hornet baiters are looking for a cut or trying to prove how much better they are. Also what is all this hogwash about bbc lowering their standards - total wipeout..need i say more...yes strictly come prancing too the slightly less ugly sportspersons showpieceThe bbc had very low standards before young robbo.

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  • 198. At 7:21pm on 25 Aug 2009, mweller wrote:

    My oh my--such passion in these comments!

    Personally, I enjoy Robbo's blogs--usually one or two items that give me a chuckle. And when I open the blog, I know what to expect--a satirical comment on sports. Much like if I read a Mark Twain (i.e. Samuel Clemens--don't know why the greats (Robbo?)don't use their given names) novel, I know it won't be the same style as a Dickens novel. Not that I'm putting Robbo on the same level (hope no offense!); but they have different styles and will each have their own following--but two great novelists none the less. I, and again it is my personal feelings, enjoy a bit of variety.

    I can understand some not caring for the satire Robbo uses, and perhaps the character can be off-putting to some at times, but personally think it's a little narrow-minded to suggest all blogs on BBC have to fit a certain mold. Surely there's room for a bit of foolishness now and again--especially about such a serious topic as sports.

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  • 199. At 7:51pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    RBA @109, I meant to ask earlier but it slipped my mind....is there an entry fee?

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  • 200. At 8:15pm on 25 Aug 2009, TommyB wrote:

    197... Total Wipeout? How dare you! It is a fantastic enterprise attracting only the finest from within British society to compete. How these Ashes "heroes" dare to compare themselves to such moist luminaries is beyond me

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  • 201. At 10:58pm on 25 Aug 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    199 Trotter:

    There IS an entry fee. Rates are advertised on Irn-Bru's lavvy wall.

    135 Robbo:

    This sofa you've been hiding behind: is there a caster at each corner? That's a helluva testosterone pile your sitting on, and this could partially explain your impressively butch behaviour.

    You weren't hanging around Upton Park this evening, were you?

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  • 202. At 11:12pm on 25 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    198 Your post stands out as wisdom amongst the otherwise endless drivel.

    201 I'll not be clambering over any girders to get to that rate sheet.

    Always the new angle from the brilliant ZOOTMAC. At least with 4 Casters we can rest assured he'll be getting wheeled out when it's all over. Hopefully Carly won't want to go down under and will serve refreshment without interruption.

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  • 203. At 03:14am on 26 Aug 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    #202. Are you implying that #198 does not belong here?

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  • 204. At 08:36am on 26 Aug 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    202 Trotter

    You'll be quite safe today. Irn-Bru will be otherwise engaged.

    He arranges his George Michael autograph collection in alphabetical order on Wednesdays.

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  • 205. At 08:43am on 26 Aug 2009, beijingren wrote:

    I have to agree with ira_abu #167, this three way orgy of self congratulation that RR blogs inevitably degenerate into these days is getting very tedious.
    Why dont the three of you (you know who you are) exchange e mail addresses then you can conduct your hilarious banter without boring the rest of us.

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  • 206. At 09:12am on 26 Aug 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    theres more than 3 that enjoy the hilarious banter!

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  • 207. At 09:24am on 26 Aug 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    #205. Or, you could show them how its done proper. Shame all the numpties and humour us with your insightful, wittier than RR routines that could bring moisture to eyes and pants all in one go.

    Just a thought.

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  • 208. At 09:55am on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I agree with 205, you guys post way too much!

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  • 209. At 10:03am on 26 Aug 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    207. At 09:24am on 26 Aug 2009, Spitfire wrote:
    #205. Or, you could show them how its done proper. Shame all the numpties and humour us with your insightful, wittier than RR routines that could bring moisture to eyes and pants all in one go.
    Just a thought.

    Talking of witty routines I would refer you to comments #201, #202 and #204. Magnificient examples of public schoolboy humour. A different type of moisture in pants I would wager.

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  • 210. At 10:26am on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Is there really 3 people or is it 3 people who are in fact one person?

    I seem to remember being taught something like this in school, a Holy Trinity was it? Or was that United's front line, I can't remember.

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  • 211. At 10:30am on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    We have a holey back four at Aldershot... If thats any good to you?

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  • 212. At 10:41am on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Holy Moses! That was it, that Remi bloke, he tried to lead United from the desert.

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  • 213. At 11:25am on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    A harder task would be leading Jan Molby from a dessert...

    (oh a jan molby/fat joke... Those were the days, isn't it wasn't it!)

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  • 214. At 11:39am on 26 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    205 I tend to agree with you but where will they go for inspiration? This makes the fact that you made the suggestion as ridiculous as the suggestion itself and there was I, ready to agree! Perhaps it was just a careless whisper from a good friend? You and Ira should really exchange email addresses and .........

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  • 215. At 11:42am on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Perhaps they could exchange their copies of "Gents Toilets Monthly". I think Irn_Bru has the old one.

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  • 216. At 1:22pm on 26 Aug 2009, cricketCarl wrote:

    215 comments !!!!!!!
    Whoa.......that's the most I have seen.....liked the write up too...could have stayed off the Punters bashing a bit "that odd little plasticine face of his..."

    All said and done congratulations to England, cheers to the selectors(really a no-brainer... selecting the highest run getter at county level over guys with no future..but THEY DID IT..) and well done to the 13th man (the public who came to watch the Gladiators go at it....)..brilliant support through out the series...

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  • 217. At 1:23pm on 26 Aug 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Just in. Beijing and Bejeebers!

    May I just say for the rest of us... well, absolutely nothing, because I haven't contacted the rest of us and I'm not a presumptuous, pompous ass.

    Public school? Cheeky blighter. I went to a blog standard comprehensive.


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  • 218. At 1:32pm on 26 Aug 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    As I was saying. Absolutely tremendous banter from the usual suspects.

    We live in a golden age of wit.

    As for Gaz I must say I admire him for "coming out" so publicly in a previous post. His courage is truly what separates the men from the boys in his part of the world (along with a crowbar obviously).

    To continue the toilet theme I would also assume Trotters nickname was not derived from a digestive problem he encountered after a visit to his local curry house.

    And, of course, at the apex of the triumvirate lies Zootmac, who apparently, is aware not only of the contents of my bathroom but also of my nefarious activities on a Wednesday afternoon. That, basically, would make her my wife. If it is you, dear, the washing is done, kids are washed, dinner will be on the table and I have a special surprise for you later.

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  • 219. At 1:33pm on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    217...
    I bet you was a prefect though ay Zoots!

    205: Bojangles
    "you can conduct your hilarious banter without boring the rest of us."

    Who gets bored by hillarioud banter?

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  • 220. At 1:42pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    "I have a special surprise for you later"

    He's going out and sending the milkman round.


    "Who gets bored by hillarioud banter?"

    Daily Mail readers, Right-Wingers (Not the Beckham cariety, although he probably doesn't understand it), the religious, women.

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  • 221. At 2:01pm on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    218: "the washing is done, kids are washed, dinner will be on the table and I have a special surprise for you later."

    Where as i could make one of the thousand "special surprise" jokes i have in my head currently i would rather take the high ground, for once, on this blog... You have had a busy day from the sounds of things and what's she doing??? Tell her you've got a head ache... make her work for it!

    Thats what the wife does to me...

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  • 222. At 2:03pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I took the low ground.

    I'm comfortable with it.

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  • 223. At 2:05pm on 26 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    hillarioud? Is that a witty hemmorhoid?

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  • 224. At 2:08pm on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Actually a great discription for the Robbo blog... Funny to us but a pain in th ar*e for others...

    Hillarioud, you heard it here first!

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  • 225. At 2:11pm on 26 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    RBA....chuckle chuckle chuckle, delerioid is setting in here.

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  • 226. At 2:18pm on 26 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    218 "To continue the toilet theme I would also assume Trotters nickname was not derived from a digestive problem he encountered after a visit to his local curry house."

    Your assumption is correct and what's an apostrophe between friends?

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  • 227. At 2:19pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Just wait until JDR comes back, there'll be a vitrioloid abundance.

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  • 228. At 2:21pm on 26 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Where is he? Who shot JDR?

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  • 229. At 2:24pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    The suspect list is long and plentiful, thankfully us Irish don't get the blame for that stuff any more, maybe it was Robbammed.

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  • 230. At 2:39pm on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    God, why do you talk about this JDR like he a real person? With your worn out greek alphabet typed colloquialisms. The same letters used again and again in different combinations to form different words... So predicatable.

    License FEES! Arrrrrrrrrrrgggggh!

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  • 231. At 2:47pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    He'll be back tomorrow.

    Can anyone guess what he will say?

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  • 232. At 2:57pm on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz: My bet (and i'm going out on a limb here!!!) is this:

    Well where to begin?

    With the obvious I suppose - another utterly pointless blog with no style and even less substance.

    Rehashed workingclass northerner stereotype of the week has concluded that Man City should sell Lescott, Tottenham will come fourth and Usain Bolt is fast. Groundbreaking stuff.


    But i could be wrong???

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  • 233. At 3:01pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    You forgot the abundant use of the words "Niall", "license" (sic), and "waste".

    Along with the paragraph going something like...

    "Slim, non-smoking male wltm unfunny, non-drinking and serious person for no fun and friendship. Apply only if you have never been to the North"

    Oh, no, wait, that's from the other website he posts to.

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  • 234. At 3:24pm on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    The over use of "Niall" is a weird one, i can imagine him in the front row of a play shouting out the actors real name as he berates his performance... though i am sure Mr Roach can't be as angry as he is here in all other aspects of his life...

    I think that their all one guy anyway... JDR, IRN BRU, TrulySimple, IntergalacticSam... One very lonely guy who just needs to some attention. But i must say i do find great amusement in their collective postings... Robbo, really is the best catalyst for craziness!

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  • 235. At 3:51pm on 26 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Today I have mostly been reading the Daily Mail.

    I looked at the Guardian but there was something dodgy in there about Ira, George, Toilets probably illegal and got worried that I mey become like JDR. Fortuantely there was a copy of the Sun around and my brain suddenly degenerated into mush.

    Now that I have recovered does anyone find it interesting that Al Fahim has claimed that he has finally bought Portsmouth but the club are saying nothing...

    Is it a bit fishy, could he be a Southampton supporter in disguise ready to wreak revenge after Secret Agent Harry Redknapp successfully relegated themn into oblivion?

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  • 236. At 3:52pm on 26 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    "Slim, non-smoking male wltm unfunny, non-drinking and serious person for no fun and friendship.

    or possibly more

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  • 237. At 3:53pm on 26 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Going back up to the 50's and 60's.... Paul McShane (not of Heidi Hi fame) plays for Sunderland and is linked with a move to Hull according to the BBC gossip (section courtesy of the Daily Mirror). The gossip section, every syllable of Robbo's column and whatever Zoot says, are all we can really believe on here so it must be true!

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  • 238. At 3:59pm on 26 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Apparently he has actually completed that transfer

    How long before Stevie G goes to Man City "for the challenge"

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  • 239. At 3:59pm on 26 Aug 2009, Ged Sweeney wrote:

    #109 Would you care to consider a merger with
    The
    War
    Against
    Tardy
    Scribes

    There could be some good synergies there and if we attack the low hanging fruit, I forsee a win-win situation via this novel paradigm shift (or something like that)

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  • 240. At 4:00pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Is Robbo talking in syllables now? How will JDR react to this news?

    Some bloke just walked passed my window with a permed mullet concoction, not really pertinent to this I know but I felt I needed to share.

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  • 241. At 4:03pm on 26 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Does anyone apart from Gerry Francis and Peter Stringfellow still wear Mullets that's scary - trapped in a 70's timewarp - did he have a mate with a dodgy perm and a moustache

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  • 242. At 4:03pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I am already a member of

    Bards
    Using
    Laboured
    Language
    Saving
    Hordes
    In
    The
    Twittering
    Emergency
    Room
    School

    I will see if they let me have dual-membership.

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  • 243. At 4:11pm on 26 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    230 and 109 It seems as if there might be a real opportunity for vertical integration between these organs.

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  • 244. At 4:12pm on 26 Aug 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Teatime

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  • 245. At 4:18pm on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    239: YES...

    243: Are you suggesting our 2 organisations start "Scissoring"?

    244: What is it? I'm having chicken Kievs with Beans and Chips... Or the council estatre banquet as my wife calls it! And 42 minutes till home time, get in thier!

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  • 246. At 4:22pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    RBA that's very very naughty of you, the spelling police are currently out on another call and will be unable to attend yours before you go home.

    And why does there only have to be a run of the mill twosome, I propose a threesome. May as well get one here as it's never going to happen at home.

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  • 247. At 4:28pm on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    dagnabbit... well as a dislexic man who survived all eleven years of my "education" at a state school in Aldershot... i don't think the spellings to bad, cood bee wurse!!

    Regarding the threesome, ithnk you have actually manage to invent a new form of smut... acrosticism eroticism!

    Finally porn fit for BBC4.

    Well done!

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  • 248. At 4:32pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    So when the Mrs gets home this evening I can tell her that she may have said no all those times but now I am going to be on TV doing it so there!

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  • 249. At 4:38pm on 26 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Well yeah but it has to be acrostic/blue... (which is now the colour i want the lav painted)... go for.

    Telivised
    Intimacy
    Tonight
    So-there!

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  • 250. At 4:41pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 251. At 5:10pm on 26 Aug 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    Boys. Stop all this incredible banter. I have an ache in my side from all the laughing. Robbo had better watch out. It can only be a matter of time before the BBC give you all your own comedy series.

    I have even thought of a name for it. It is the "All Round Scotland & England Having Only Laughter Extraordinaire Series".

    Would suit you perfectly.

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  • 252. At 5:16pm on 26 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Although Ira is obviously a funny unequalled comedy king under pseudenom, I feel geographically neglected.

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  • 253. At 5:19pm on 26 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:



    Imagine how the Welsh feel.

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  • 254. At 8:59pm on 26 Aug 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    217. At 1:23pm on 26 Aug 2009, Zootmac wrote:
    Just in. Beijing and Bejeebers!

    May I just say for the rest of us... well, absolutely nothing, because I haven't contacted the rest of us and I'm not a presumptuous, pompous ass.

    Public school? Cheeky blighter. I went to a bog standard comprehensive.

    Zootquack, for someone who is not a presumptous, pompous ass you are doing a remarkably good impression. Alistair McGowan good.
    But that is not what concerns me. I assumed, by the quality of your posts and the hilarity of your contributions, that you had been public school educated. Now you tell me that you attended a comprehensive and, not just your average run-of-the-mill comprehensive but a bog standard one.

    What could this possibly mean? Did they teach you how to write your name in the snow? Was there an all pervasive aroma of tinkle? Did the canteen just have toilet cake? Did you sit on toilet seats?
    I knew the English educational system was not perfect but this surely spells a new low.

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  • 255. At 9:49pm on 26 Aug 2009, mrshake-speare wrote:

    Its
    A
    Three
    Way
    Textual
    Relationship

    Never
    Never
    Never
    Never
    Never

    Once
    More
    Into
    The
    Breach
    Dear
    Friends

    He
    Will
    Will
    He?

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  • 256. At 00:39am on 27 Aug 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Gentlemen

    I'm shocked - shocked! - to see you resorting to Acronym humour. This Blog is about sport - ok?

    Football
    Unless
    Cricket
    Kicks

    in.... hmmmm

    Crikey - it's harder than it looks.

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  • 257. At 01:46am on 27 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Robbo, Shocked?

    You mean...

    Sport
    Hopefully
    Overcomes
    Conversation
    Killing
    Endless
    Drivel?

    You must be last up over there, don't forget to put that cat out.

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  • 258. At 08:20am on 27 Aug 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Haha, Even Robbo's getting in on the act.

    Show
    Horse
    In
    Trouble.

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  • 259. At 08:39am on 27 Aug 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Eduardo
    Drops
    Under
    A
    Readily
    Duped
    Official

    And this week's contender for the Golden Springboard award makes his mark, albeit with a moderate Degree of Difficulty.

    Mind you, Arsenal are looking really good. Say what you like about last night's opposition, but not too many teams beat them home and away in European competition. I think that Barcelona were the last to do it, some years back. Add to that Arsenal's impressive Premiership displays and you must feel that they're well quoted this season.

    I'm probably still sticking with Chelsea for the Premiership, with Arsenal and ManU the nearest challengers. But we're all bracing ourselves for Robbo's understated triumphalism, in the weeks ahead, if the Spurs revival continues. That fourth place really does appear to be up for grabs.

    Early days yet.

    Over to you, 'Arry.

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  • 260. At 08:48am on 27 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Woo, Zoot chose Golden Springboard over Designated Diver! Robbo won't be happy Zoot. Mind you Eduardo does seem to have a deal with V05 so maybe the gelled tumbler references won't have disappeared.

    I'm sure today's column will have an Eduardo reference somewhere along with the Spurs stuff but when are you all going to give me credit for my Pool out of the top 4 prediction? Mind you they are playing Bolton at the weekend and Bolton are so rubbish that Megson will probably beat Rafa to first managerial casualty of the season.

    Right, I'm short of a few quid this month so I'm off to get my Burkha on and head down the travel agents.

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  • 261. At 09:33am on 27 Aug 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    254: Agger-doo, know one loves a good old wee joke as much as me... Trust! But I think Zoots said "Blog" standard... and not bog. However Kudos for your post, i honestly didn't think thier were that many education/wee-wee jokes. Toilet Seats... Imagine!

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  • 262. At 09:50am on 27 Aug 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    #261 RBA
    I know it said blog but I needed to tie it in with the toilet humour from previous posts. Poetic licence.

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  • 263. At 12:29pm on 27 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Gaz, Liverpool will be top 8 right, give me that much! So, if Bolton are only three points behind them with a game in hand, I have cause to be happy! (Regardless if we haven't got a point or scored a goal this season)!

    The problems Bolton now face stem from flogging Anelka. Our top scorer at the time and he turns out as the Prem's top scorer last season. They made 8 million profit but barely avoided relegation. They spent the profit and more besides on Elmander who can't hit a barn door from 5 yards and is slower off the mark than Michael Owen (he was free). I hope they're about to complete the signing of a striker that can beat my Mother over 3 yards. I think they'll give Megson a good long run as almost everybody there now is his signing, most of them are decent and Gartside doesn't fire at will or based on the demands of the fans. However, unless they arrive in the promised land (top 15 mediocrity) by xmas, he'll be out on his ar*e, you heard it here!

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  • 264. At 3:07pm on 27 Aug 2009, HybridTheorist wrote:

    Must agree about the walking race, whats the point? you may as well put in running backwards, or the egg and spoon/three legged race if walking is a competitive sport

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  • 265. At 7:04pm on 27 Aug 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    That was a good idea Robbo, soon as we start talking about sport the comments dry up! Plumbing supplies draws a crowd, licence fees too but sport? Too radical, it'll never catch on.

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  • 266. At 11:23pm on 27 Aug 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    ~264 Re egg and spoon - running backwards - 3-leeged race. Why the blinking heck not. Sack race too! Only they'll be desiging supertight, streamlined sacks before the decades out.

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  • 267. At 1:10pm on 28 Aug 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    Come on Robbo.
    I'm having to work whilst waiting for a new blog...well ish, I might start after lunch and after reading Phil’s, oh yeah and there’s the seven day quiz to do (I’ve got it down to six now, some of them can be quite tricky).

    Are you out diligently researching your next blog so that JDR and his boyfriends won’t be able to criticise you or have you started early at the Bluebell and you couldn’t give an Olympic flying f….?
    Now there's an idea for 2012.

    Seven days quiz it is then...


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