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  1. Nice one. Yeah the AF club are great, I’m planing to send them the data/info I’ve picked up from the north east, to add to that map. It could be a great tool.
  2. Hope you’re all good. Thought I’d post the following. I’ve been doing a bit of design work with a brewery and there’s a chance I’ll be starting some new and exciting work with them in September. I’ll bring it up at the time providing it all goes to plan. In the meantime, I thought I’d share something I’ve been doing. A few years back I had to give up drinking due to health reasons. At the time I was a full on craft wanker and was fully in to finding new bars, pubs, breweries and craft beer. I loved it and released some craft pales as part of the events I was running, that alongside the fact my dad has worked in the brewery trade for approx 30 years, with me accompanying him as a nipper to his rep calls, helping to fit lines and pythons, spending a lot of time in rural pubs, it’s in the blood. Fir the last 3 years I’ve been purely on alcohol free (AF) beers. When I started drinking it, it was shit, I was gutted by the crap range and quality available, but I had to crack on, and it’s eventually pulling off. I’ve travelled across the north east, parts of the U.K. and some Europe, hunting and sampling AF craft. I’ve been making notes of where sells it, who makes it and my opinion of its quality. It gets a good score if it not only tastes good, but also tastes similar to an alcoholic counterpart. Sons of the discussions I’ve had with bars and bottle shops have lead them to start stocking AF options, which I’m personally chuffed about. You don’t have to be a recovering alcoholic, pregnant, religious, driving etc to want to drink AF. You might just want to break up a day long session without reverting to soft drinks. Everyone has their reasons, but it’s nice that there’s options for quality tasting options now. Long story short, I’ve set up a FB group for people to discuss their findings. You can order loads from websites now anyway, but it’s obviously great to know you can find it when out and about. It’s a spanking new group but people seem keen. So if any of you are interested in AF, or are happy to post, feel free to pop on an check it out. FB - Sans Alc group I’m also posting stuff on Insta too if you’re bothered (IG: sans_alc). I’ll finish off by saying, I’ll be making a best of the month top 5 kinda thing. Both of these will make the list and were supped during the England vs Denmark game. Both high quality. Big Drop’s Double Strike sour (Eng) Mikkeller’s Weird Weather (Den)
  3. Never noticed it properly discussed on here, so this might end up on its arse, either way, I thought I’d post it. I’m a pretty big follower of Sumo Wrestling and have been for years. Watched it as a youngster on Eurosport, and got my head in to it a bit more when I was in Japan in 2006. I became much more of a fan a couple of years ago and now it’s arguably my main sport passion. We’re currently at day of this months Tournament (Basho) and the results so far are pretty crazy to say the least. The Ozeki who won November’s tournament with a record of 13-2 has yet to win a match this month and is 0-4. On top of the the 2 Yokozuna’s are not competing again, this is following formal notice warnings from the Yokozuna Deliberation Council telling them they must compete or it may be suggested they retire. It’s expected that one of them will bow out gracefully and a new sumo will be promoted to Yokozuna ranking. Now really is a great time to get in to Sumo, if you have any interest. So much happening and a bit of a changing of the guard is apparent. I thought I’d post a basic ‘guide to sumo’ in here. I’ve done an audio version here, along with daily results so far here: SUMO DROP but I thought a text version would be useful for those who are interested in Sumo, and are up for some discussion, but don’t really understand the rules, rankings and divisions. For reference, I only really follow the Makuuchi division, which is basically the premier league. I do occasionally catch up with Juryo, mainly to see who’s in contention for promotion to the main stage. Divisions There are several divisions in Sumo wrestling, and the focus of our review shows, will be the top division, the Makuuchi. Sumo wrestlers start out in the bottom division and based on their win/loss record in each tournament, can be gain a promotion up to the next highest division, until they reach the Makuuchi division. Basho Events The Sumo tournaments are called Basho’s. Each Makuuchi division Basho lasts for 15 days and takes place every other month. Each Sumo (Rikishi) will compete in 1 match each day, for a total of 15 fights. They will be pitted against other Rikishi in the division who are at a similar ranking. The aim is to finish a 15 day Basho with as many wins as possible. If a Rikishi is victorious and gains more wins than losses by the end of the 15 day Basho, it is considered an overall win. This means they will enter the next Basho event at a higher ranking. If they win several Basho events in a row, they might have the opportunity to be promoted in rank. With that promotion comes a higher pay and higher prestige. Rankings When a Rikishi is promoted up to the Makuuchi division, they start at the rank of a Maegashira. The vast majority, typically around 33 Rikishi, will be ranked as a Maegashira when competing in the Makuuchi division. They can however be promoted in rank to elite levels, based on their performances and win/loss records at Basho events. Their overall aim is to reach the highest rank possible and become a Yokozuna. Glossary There are far more comprehensive glossary’s available online, but these terms will give you the basic understanding required when watching Sumo. Basho – the name for a Sumo tournament, short for Honbasho Dohyō – the name for the ring in which the Sumo’s wrestle Gyōji – the name for the referee in a Sumo bout Hakkeyoi – the crazy phrase the referee constantly shouts during a bout, which means “Put some spirit in to it” in order to encourage the Sumo’s to keep fighting Kinboshi – If a standard Meagashira Sumo defeats a Yokozuna during a bout, they are awarded a Kinboshi gold star, which results in a permanent pay rise, due to beating the highest ranking Sumo Kinjite – The forbidden, illegal moves in a Sumo bout. This includes, hair pulling, eye gouging, punching, choking and grabbing an opponent’s crotch Komusubi – 4th highest Sumo ranking Maegashira – 5th highest Sumo ranking Makuuchi – the name for the highest division, in which the top 5 ranking groups of Sumo’s wrestle Matta – name for a false start to a bout, usually because both fists of each Sumo have not touched the floor, which typically leads to the referee restarting the bout Ozeki – 2nd highest Sumo ranking Rikishi – the name for all professional Sumo wrestlers Sanshō – the name for the 3 different prizes awarded to Sumo wrestlers for exceptional bouts of wrestling Sekiwake – 3rd highest Sumo ranking Senshūraku – the name for the final day of a Basho Shimpan – the ringside judges who give ruling over a disputed decision during a bout Shishō – the name for the master in charge of a Sumo stable Shonichi – the name for the first day of a Basho Yokozuna – highest ranking Sumo Here’s a calendar of the scheduled 2021 Basho events pencilled in. Anyway, yeah, day 4. What a wild ride it has been so far. Only 3 unbeaten by day 4, all from the general pool of fighters, and out of those yet to win a match, one is an Ozeki who was a contender to become a Yokozuna. Not a chance of that now.
  4. This one’s for @Silky Kisser and any others who want to chat about skating. Whether you’re a lapsed skater/BMXer and want to get back in to it, whether you have fond memories of the Tony Hawks & Dave Mirra / Matt Hoffman games, or whether you’re in to in-line skating, feel free to post about it. ........ I bloody loved going skating. Must have started around early-mid 90’s and like lots of kids had a board with a squared off tail and a soap bar. Some kids in my street played on there’s in the summer, over the couple of years they were in to the turtles, but ended up forever locked in the shed, much like their turtles figures once the next fad hit. I couldn't though, I bloody loved my skateboard. I used to take it everywhere, for years and years until it but the dust. It was around 1996 (I was about 12) I was given a proper skateboard by a family friend who had family in the US, so always came back with amazing shit. That’s when I started to find out about the real, propercworld of skating. By the time Tony Hawks came out on the PS1 and the scene became pretty big, I was about 16-17 and was pretty good at skating. There ended up being around 6 of us in our group who properly put the effort and time in, another 2 or 3 who carried decks around, barely skated and just used them to knock joints up on. Then we ventured out of the town, and found others with similar mind frames. Our lot were more hip hop fans than anything else, where as the Spenny lads were more punk & Nu Metal, but we all guot on canny. Always going to be he case when there’s a common enemy being daft cunts in trackies wanting to cause bother with you. We were all a canny good standard in fairness. One lad was really tall, had massive legs and could Ollie fucking huge. We used to stack our boards up horizontally and see what he could clear, 6 was his total, fucking 6... monster. By the time I’d packed it in I was nailing switch 180 flips as my show piece, however, the boss of the group was getting hardflips and 360’s for fun... Nose Manuels and kick flipping out, he was immense. No idea if any photos exist from back then as camera phones weren’t really about, but as I shared in the getting old thread, here’s me pissing about in the back yard from only 3 years ago before knee surgery and here’s one of grandad on his 90th (as posted in the getting old thread).
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