There’s Plenty of Competition – But What is the Health of the Grassroots Game

Piece put together for the WeegieRugby blog asking the question about the health of rugby in Scotland at a grassroots level.

Looking at West 1, 2 and 3, there’s plenty of challenge at the top and bottom of the leagues, but the number of unfulfilled games in these leagues and in the West Regional leagues, suggest that things are far from healthy. Continue reading There’s Plenty of Competition – But What is the Health of the Grassroots Game

One Win and a Slice of Luck Guarantees 8th Spot at Hamilton 7s

The Murrayfield marketing department have issued their update on the 7s globe trotting adventures under the headline of “Top 8 finish for Scotland 7s in Hamilton”, alas a little digging, and it didn’t take much, reveals that whilst they did finish 8th and pick up 10 points as a result, they only managed to win one game out of five.

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Are We Eradicating Diesel Engines from the UK for a Predominantly London based Issue

The BBC are reporting on an EarthSense project which maps NO2 pollution hot spots in the UK

They report that on a scale of 1-6 (6 being with the highest category of pollution), no places in Britain measured a 6 and, less than 1% measured a 4 or 5. 3/4s of the hot spots with the worst ratings are in London.

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Mt Angung – not headlines news

I’m fascinated by todays coverage of Harry & Meghan. Good for them, but don’t get how it’s the main headline story when as a nation we’re trying to come to terms with things like Brexit, ongoing harassment stories, Catalonia, political turmoil in Germany, whilst things like nuclear war with North Korea could be just around the corner, or perhaps we’ll get a major volcanic eruption in Bali.

When MT Agung erupted in 1963, there were 2000 people killed. But not to worry, we look likes we’ll get a Royal wedding in the spring.

Is Selling Beer A Sustainable Way to Fund Rugby Clubs

For years now (generations), rugby clubs and their social clubs have been synonymously linked, but perhaps now would be a good time to question if there are valid, commercial and sustainable logic behind the reasons for the practice.

 

The argument goes that rugby guys like a beer after the game, so why not have the rugby club run its’ own bar so the money is kept in the rugby club rather to some local hostelry who will keep the profit for itself.

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What Will Leclercq Want from their $6m Investment in Moodle

Founded in 2001, Moodle is a leading light in the opensource movement. By relying on partners (there’s currently 84 of them) to pay royalties for using the software, end-users get the software for free (but paying for support and services) whilst funds are generated for the central project.

But now, Martin Dougiamas, founder and CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd, has succumbed to an outside investor, with France based Education for the Many, injecting $6m dollars into the company.

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League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth

In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research — a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer.