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  1. Thread: Bonn

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    Well done James!

    Well done James!
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    I would suggest a completely different approach...

    I would suggest a completely different approach to sponsorship.

    I hope that our current CEO is following a strategy of ensuring that core services can be delivered by dependable revenue sources....
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    If you want a high standard event, the first...

    If you want a high standard event, the first thing you need is a highly motivated organiser. That might be a single individual, sometimes a partnership, very occasionally a committee.

    With the...
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    I'm a bit confused about the idea of "abolishing"...

    I'm a bit confused about the idea of "abolishing" the BAF.

    The BAF belongs to its members. Since we live in a (moderately) free country, the only people with the power to abolish it, is the BAF...
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    I think you're right, but that's because the NGB...

    I think you're right, but that's because the NGB (including myself) have been guilty of mis-selling the membership product for years.

    All products and services have tangible and intangible...
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    Yes. Stop thinking of membership as being a...

    Yes.

    Stop thinking of membership as being a consumer good. It is not a litre of petrol or a pint of milk. Its not even a sky subscription or a gym membership.

    Even the insurance is a side...
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    With apologies to P G Wodehouse: Jeeves...

    With apologies to P G Wodehouse:



    Jeeves delivered the letter on a silver tray, just as I was enjoying that mornings Es and B.
    As I read the offending missive, I could feel the Wooster...
  8. Hi Jack I agree that its better to "smooth the...

    Hi Jack

    I agree that its better to "smooth the path to addiction" :)

    My preferred way of doing this would be for the club to build NGB membership into the cost of club membership.

    I...
  9. I think it looks like a reasonable and well...

    I think it looks like a reasonable and well balanced scheme.

    Sure, there are more details to be teased out. Thats inevitable in any change of this magnitude.

    There may even need to be some...
  10. Best of luck to all!

    Best of luck to all!
  11. Hi Wolo Perhaps I can offer some insight into...

    Hi Wolo

    Perhaps I can offer some insight into this. I drew up the original selection criteria, I used to run the foil rankings and for several years I was also team manager. I retired a while ago,...
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    Graceless and inaccurate as usual Ronald. I...

    Graceless and inaccurate as usual Ronald. I shan't trouble to defend my own record, but the England board members during my time all made very significant personal contributions to the sport over...
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    Indeed I did. I thought, in my innocence, that...

    Indeed I did. I thought, in my innocence, that someone who always knew what was best might be willing to stand up and be counted.
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    Irony is lost on you Ron, isn't it?

    Irony is lost on you Ron, isn't it?
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    This is regrettably accurate This is less...

    This is regrettably accurate



    This is less true. There has been a great deal of activity, but it has not had a measurable long term effect.

    In retrospect, too much time chasing various...
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    Nor me. Just as an aside, I would hate anyone...

    Nor me.

    Just as an aside, I would hate anyone who was just setting out on their reffing career to be put off by looking at hits like this.

    The overwhelming majority of hits are much clearer...
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    London 2012 No London 2012

    London 2012




    No London 2012
  18. Thread: Lyon WF WCP

    by Baldric
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    Well done Ayesha! :thumbs_up

    Well done Ayesha! :thumbs_up
  19. Thread: Youth Panel

    by Baldric
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    A fair point. Tommy - does the Youth Panel...

    A fair point.

    Tommy - does the Youth Panel have terms of reference, or some other form of written remit?

    That might be a useful starting point for a more constructive conversation.
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    I can watch it a dozen times Alex, and I don't...

    I can watch it a dozen times Alex, and I don't see it. I'm not disagreeing, as I have no pretensions at expertise as a ref, I just don't see what you describe.

    Which is probably why so many...
  21. Thread: Youth Panel

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    This pre-supposes that quibbles lead to progress....

    This pre-supposes that quibbles lead to progress. Would that it were so!

    Back when people felt that quibbling with me might actually change something, I heard a hell of a lot of them. I used to...
  22. Thread: Youth Panel

    by Baldric
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    I'm not suggesting that anyone keeps quiet...

    I'm not suggesting that anyone keeps quiet danKew, and although I haven't been around a lot in the last couple of years, as my post count suggests, I used to be a regular contributor to the forum
    ...
  23. Thread: Youth Panel

    by Baldric
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    That wasn't my point. All competition formats...

    That wasn't my point. All competition formats will present some element in their format that gives one fencer an "easier" route to a high placing.

    However, if you really aspire to international...
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    I gave it as attack right as well, but I always...

    I gave it as attack right as well, but I always was an indifferent ref, even on a good day.
  25. Thread: Youth Panel

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    Yes it is. It simply has a qualifying stage, held...

    Yes it is. It simply has a qualifying stage, held in various regional locations.

    Think of the regions as the pools round, and with a fairly demanding cut before DEs.

    And sure the regions aren't...
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