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Norn Iron

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    A certain team from BS3, golf, speedway and indoor hang-gliding. One of the above is made up!

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  1. Rudolf, I'm sure your wife knows! Wives have this sixth sense!
  2. Countryfile, you're right. The distance from the penalty spot to the edge of the D ( where opposing players congregate) is 10 yards. 12 yards is 10.9 metres so maybe if you're rounding down, then you're right on both counts! It's interesting if you like figures, how important 22 is in British sport. In cricket the distance between wickets is 22 yards. A furlong is 220 yards. Originally golf courses had 22 holes but it was shortened to 18 to save time. There are 22 players on a football pitch. The average IQ of a Bristol Rovers player is.....
  3. There have been times when a groundsman has had to bring on his paint, at the request of the ref , as the original penalty spot had disappeared due to appalling conditions (a televised MOTD Derby County game for instance). However, to shrink the distance from 12 yards to 10 is certainly another talking point!
  4. That's because Pride was in Trafalgar Square.
  5. If it was in grey and black, definitely. We'll know when he takes his first drop kick of the season wearing the shirt. If he immediately afterwards puts his hands over his ears, he'll be thinking he fired a depth charge!
  6. When it's spring again, I'll sing again, Gerty from Amsterdam...
  7. Interesting question that has always been on my mind. I always thought a supporter was someone who watches his/her favourite team by going to the venue and paying money for the privilege. A fan doesn't financially contribute at the turnstile. Over here in Norn Iron, nearly everyone is a fan of either a Scottish or English team (Liverpool, Man Ure and Leeds being the bigguns) and they might attend a match once a season if fortunate. They'll buy a new shirt every year as well. I wouldn't say they're a supporter though as apart from merchandise, they're not really supporting that team financially. Funnily enough, I'd say the biggest supported team outside of the Premier League is Yeovil Town. Their fans wear their green and white hooped shirts with pride throughout the year. There are loads of them over here (although the badge looks different)!
  8. Hi Phil, No I haven't seen the film. I knew at least one had been made. However, I avoid subtitled films like the plague as my wife is registered blind. This means that any subtitled films requires me to read them out. I subsequently miss what's going on. Even if my wife says I have the narrating skills of Richard Burton, I wouldn't do it. BTW, Mrs Norn hasn't and I haven't!
  9. I am very interested in all things World War Two and did a War Walk around the City back in 2006. The tour ended up at the mound which is Hitler's bunker, as Silvio above mentioned. There are plenty of these walks available. If you are interested in this period of history, check out the Museum in the Binderblock, Stauffenbergstrasse which is off the Tiergarten (the park in the centre of Berlin). Klaus Von Stauffenberg is one of my heroes and you can find out more about him and the White Rose Movement (well known in Germany but nowhere else) here... https://www.gdw-berlin.de/home/ I was particularly impressed by the fact that all the WW2 buildings of note are available to see but they haven't publicised them with Brown tourist road signs. Information is often available but low key. It make sense when you're there. We were there for a World Cup match and endured Brazil vs Croatia. The war walk and museum will always stay with me!
  10. It's good to see her on TV again. If Michelle is having a daughter, names to avoid include Sky(e) and Beattie (although Beattie would be funny)!
  11. Michelle is a great broadcaster. Is she pregnant?
  12. My wife survived her cancer. Macmillan was a great help to us especially as I had just become her carer. It's great what you're doing. Happy to contribute but please tell me where a pint costs £10 and I'll avoid that pub next time in BS3! Keep going!
  13. We have just moved but still in Norn Iron. I finally realised when discussing kitchen/diner planning, how much that team from BS3 has affected me. We had to choose tile splashbacks plus blinds. Because my wife is registered blind we have to have plenty of light plus contrast so what little she can see will help. I suggested purple tiles and blinds which will offset beautifully the white and grey kitchen units/floor. Mrs Norn Iron (who was born here- I am what they call a 'blow-in') thought that was a great colour choice and agreed that the purple dining chairs we saw in a local shop were excellent. She said we needed one more colour for the kitchen. You can see where this is going as I then suggested green utensils which could be on a stand by the splashbacks. I got table mats in a choice of two separate colours as well. We also have a red car. The previous one was red and the one before that. I obviously have Robinitis which won't go away. I can't be cured of this. Which leads me onto how many other OTIBers have been affected by BCFC which has led to making decisions because of our Ashton Gate team?
  14. Cull Works.....Birds Fly (whisper to a dream).
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