No Quarter Given

Every prediction I have seen for the European Champions Cup quarter finals has been for 4 home wins.

In previous years there has usually been one away triumph and that’s what I am going for – against all the advice from the experts.

I know its April 1st, but I think that Wasps may just pinch it at the Aviva stadium against Leinster tomorrow – by less than 7

Later at Thomond Park Munster should have enough to see off Toulouse – again by less than 10

First game on Sunday has the Champions, Saracens entertaining Glasgow – another close one but Saracens to pull away by 13

Finally the all French affair at Stade Marcel-Michelin where I think home advantage will see Clermont put Toulon out – by 10.

I just hope I’m not an April Fool (again) come 6 o’clock on Sunday.

I’d really like Wasps and Saracens to go through – if they both win they will avoid each other in the semi’s.

I expect Warren Gatland will be watching the first three games nervously – less concerned about the results than the danger of injuries.

 

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Tyrannosaurus Sex

It’s been some time since I took the piss out of blokes in white coats coming up with daft stuff – but this one’s a real corker.

According to researchers at the Carthage College in Wisconsin one of the biggest dinosaurs was a bit of a paramour when it came to getting his end away –

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/tyrannosaurus-rex-sensitive-lovers-dinosaur-scientific-reports-discovery-jurassic-park-a7658451.html

The Tyrannosaurus rex may have been the most fearsome creature ever to walk the Earth, but he was also a sensitive lover, a new dinosaur discovery suggests.

The US researchers wrote in the journal Scientific Reports: “In courtship, tyrannosaurids might have rubbed their sensitive faces together as a vital part of precopulatory play.”

So this is what a sensitive face looks like is it?

Not sure a jump would be first thing on my mind if one of these bastard Doris’ wanted to rub anything of hers ,much less a mouthful of choppers, up against me. And a BJ would be right out of the question!

I just checked the calendar and it isn’t the 1st April until tomorrow!

I prefer the Larson theories about dinosaurs to be honest

Seriously?

I wrote yesterday about the stupidity of some judges – not least the twats who made the Daily Mail Newspaper of the year.

I was pretty sure that this could not be bettered as a monumental piece of stupidity. Once gain I was wrong.

The American Association of Political Consultants have just named Kellyanne Conway their ‘Most Valuable Player of the Year’ at a March conference.

However –

Members of both the Republican and Democratic persuasion voiced concerns that she might have violated the group’s code, which suggests one cannot lie to the press.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/politico-playbook-kellyanne-conway-aapc-236678


Among the political consultant no-nos, organization members pledge to ‘refrain from false or misleading attacks on an opponent or member of his or her family.’ 

Consultants are also instructed to ‘be honest in my relationship with the news media and candidly answer questions when I have the authority to do so.’ 

The pledge ends by saying consultants shouldn’t ‘support any individual or organization which resorts to practices forbidden by this code.’

 

So, to get the award – porkies must be right out of the question then.

There must be two Doris’ with the same name I suspect – the one I know cited a terror attack that didn’t happen, ‘the Bowling Green Massacre,’ as justification for the president’s travel ban of a handful of Muslim-majority nations. She also defended Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s claim that President Trump’s inauguration was the most-watched – she described this as ‘alternative facts.’

My heartiest congratulations go to the other Kellyanne who must be honest, decent and truthful! That’s ‘alternative sarcasm’ in case you were wondering and about to Google ‘Doris’ with the same moniker’– fact!

The mothers’ of those judges must be so proud!

O Solo Mio

I know the title doesn’t work that well but it was all I could think of this morning.

Denny Solomona has now qualified to play for England and has indicated that he would be interested –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39417254

He joins other players who have completed residency requirements as set out in the World Rugby rules.

There is likely to be a change in these rules later this year with the qualification period increasing from 3 to probably 5 years. Augustin Pichot, who is Vice Chairman to Bill Beaumont made it a priority when he was elected.

The RFU and FFR have already indicated that they support the move and the RFU have said that they may introduce their own 5 year rule if it is not approved at the WR council meeting in May

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/38672116

Despite the ongoing problem with Solomona’s move from Castleford to Sale Sharks – the League side are suing for compensation – his try scoring exploits since the move have been impressive. He scored 11 tries in his first 12 matches for the Sharks.

The RFU will no doubt be accused of hypocrisy if he is selected for England – possibly on the Summer tour to Argentina.

I suspect that Eddie Jones will have no qualms in picking him if he decides it’s the right move for his long term plan.

Eddie’s job is to try and win at Japan 2019 – Solomona qualifies for England – it is not his fault that the rules may change.

If you’ve seen him play (and you’re English) I imagine you’ll agree.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ScUgmqnFns

If you’re still not sure here’s 40 reasons why Sale wanted him –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKiSegMZrO8

After all Eddie loves ‘finishers’

The Joy of Six

There are only 7 Super Rugby matches for Round 6 this weekend – with these 4 teams getting byes – BrumbiesJaguaresKingsSunwolves

Under pressure Rebels travel to play the Highlanders and will return with no more points than they set off with! Highlanders by 17

Blues take on another Australian franchise that are worried about next season – the Force will go home with nothing. Blues by 13

The Chiefs are at home to the Bulls. Another home win. Chiefs by 21

The Reds will get no joy when the Hurricanes visit. Reds to go down by 26

Over in South Africa the Stormers take on the Cheetahs and will scrape home by less than 10

A home win for the Lions over the Sharks – but again by less than 10

The table topping Crusaders go to the Waratahs and will stay there courtesy of their 6th win on the bounce. Crusaders by 13.

If I’m right New Zealand will be celebrating and Australia licking their wounds.

The under pressure Australian franchises are naturally worried about their Super Rugby status next season so much so they have started a petition and are considering a player strike over the rumoured changes –

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/rugby-union-players-association-launches-petition-to-keep-five-australian-super-rugby-teams-20170330-gv9tnj.html

I don’t know about Australia, but over here online petitions mostly turn out not to be worth the paper they’re not written on!

 

 

Carole Concert

I was driving home from Lell’s on Tuesday evening and chanced on a programme (The Art of Song) on Radio 2 which was Mika paying tribute to Carole King.

I’ve long been a fan of Carole King – as is anyone who has listened to Tapestry – but I hadn’t appreciated just how many great songs she had written.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NdEIt-W6E8

I even sat in the car listening to the end of the show when I finally arrived home.

She wrote with her husband Gerry Goffin in the early days and the list is incredibly impressive –

Their first success arrived in 1960, when the Shirelles recorded “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” This began a seven-year string of chart-toppers, including “Take Good Care Of My Baby” (Bobby Vee), “Up On the Roof” (The Drifters), “The Loco-Motion” (Little Eva), “One Fine Day” (The Chiffons), “Go Away Little Girl” (Steve Lawrence), “Don’t Bring Me Down” (The Animals), “I’m Into Something Good” (Herman’s Hermits), “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (The Monkees), and “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman” (Aretha Franklin).

At that time they also penned ‘It might as well rain until September’ which gave her a first hit.

Her other song writing included ‘Crying in the Rain’ (Everly Brothers), ‘Chains’ (The Beatles), ‘Oh no not my baby’ (Maxine Brown), ‘Goin’ Back’ (Dusty Springfield, ‘Wasn’t born to follow’ (The Byrds), and ‘Hi de Ho’ (Blood, Sweat and Tears)

She has written more than 400 songs and you can see the full list here –

http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/songs/C15

It was a very good and revealing show and included Mika singing ‘You’ve got a friend’ live in the studio.

Made the journey through driving rain go quicker too!