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    Well done Yasmin.

    Well done Yasmin.
  2. Black cards are not "awarded" by the ref. They...

    Black cards are not "awarded" by the ref.

    They are "earned" by the behaviour of the errant party. The ref is merely recording that behaviour accurately and applying the sanction mandated in the...
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    Thanks Paul. You don't have far to go yourself! ...

    Thanks Paul. You don't have far to go yourself!

    Sad old geezers, innit?
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    I think you would be amazed at the amount of...

    I think you would be amazed at the amount of pre-planning that lots of officials already do. Checking with other TMs who have been to the same city/venue is basic stuff, as is having the consulate's...
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    If parents accompanying our trip were drinking, I...

    If parents accompanying our trip were drinking, I asked them as a courtesy if they would mind going to the next door hotel bar, and whilst they may have moaned behind my back, they were always good...
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    I wasn't trying to be successful in sport. I was...

    I wasn't trying to be successful in sport. I was trying to be successful in keeping a couple of dozen teenagers and assorted hangers on, safe from harm, reasonably well organised, and at the right...
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    I don't think I ever had a member of staff on one...

    I don't think I ever had a member of staff on one of my trips complain about not being able to have a drink, and England trips were always dry in my time.

    Back in the day when I smoked, you might...
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    You're right, its a piece of cake booking a...

    You're right, its a piece of cake booking a restaurant for a Friday or Saturday night, for 15 - 20 people, at relatively short notice, in a city you don't know, in a language you don't speak.
    ...
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    Speaking as a (retired) volunteer official, I was...

    Speaking as a (retired) volunteer official, I was very glad of the magic wand with which I was issued at the beginning of every trip.

    Possession of this valuable tool enabled me to brush away...
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    A sad day indeed. Thanks for letting us know...

    A sad day indeed. Thanks for letting us know Keith.
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    I don't see how one statement follows the other. ...

    I don't see how one statement follows the other.

    Just because an international organisation imposes one standard does not mean that national organisations are not free to impose a different...
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    I think that its brilliant that people are...

    I think that its brilliant that people are interested in fencing, and that we should be doing our best to guide and support them, not undermine them.

    :)
  13. Without wanting to specifically have a pop at the...

    Without wanting to specifically have a pop at the author of this post, it exemplifies much of what used to drive me nuts about fencing.

    When running an event, you have to make decisions, and...
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    Apart from the poor facilities at the venue...

    Apart from the poor facilities at the venue (anyone remember those loos?) I quite liked the old Cosford format of Individuals on one day and team the next.

    ME and MF numbers might have to be...
  15. In all my time at England Fencing, I found...

    In all my time at England Fencing, I found persuading the English fencing community that night followed day to be something of a challenge.

    I'm not sure that I have the energy to start on our...
  16. All perfectly reasonable questions. My point was...

    All perfectly reasonable questions. My point was to challenge the apparent assumption in your earlier post that the same solution should somehow be "naturally just" for all events, when I can see no...
  17. Sorry Paul, I should have been less enigmatic...

    Sorry Paul, I should have been less enigmatic with my question.

    I understand both the problem, and the similarity between the events.

    What I wanted to question was the automatic assumption...
  18. Why?

    Why?
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    As CESH says, venues need to be booked well in...

    As CESH says, venues need to be booked well in advance - the best ones often book a year ahead.

    I sometimes think that some people believe that there are an endless supply of workable, affordable...
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    It was me that did that analysis, and you should...

    It was me that did that analysis, and you should be careful drawing conclusions from it. For example, a very good proportion of Eastern members live in what many non Londoners would call "greater...
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    And I would rather run an event...

    And I would rather run an event...
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    Be asked nicely. Be thanked like the organiser...

    Be asked nicely.

    Be thanked like the organiser meant it, if I did it last year.

    Not much else. But then, there are very good reasons that I am not in great demand. :)
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    I take a different view to many. A colleague...

    I take a different view to many.

    A colleague of mine used to affect a brigade of guards tie. Anyone can buy one second hand, and they frequently come up in charity shops. My colleague had never...
  24. Thread: Geoff Griffin

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    RIP Geoff, and my thoughts are with his family...

    RIP Geoff, and my thoughts are with his family and all his friends at Crawley Sword.
  25. Thread: Poole order?

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    Your maths is correct. However, you would...

    Your maths is correct. However, you would probably remark that is was strange if you occupied the same position three times in a row (whether that position was 1st, 4th or 6th or whatever). And the...
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