MD v England........The Aftermath

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Mighty Maggotdrowners On Tour - coming to a venue near you ! Buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment !

MD's V Europe and then the World Championship ! [:D]

Just sowing the seeds [:D][:D]
 

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Originally posted by rodring

This 30 grand I can expect as official mascot of Drennan Team MD, will it be paid as a bank transfer or cheque?

It's being paid in the "all new" Irn Bru [}:)]


Originally posted by bryanh

Steve Ringer and co have a good sense of humour

Steve has a great sense of humour...Just ask Mickthechippy [}:)][}:)]
 

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Originally posted by bryanh

What a brilliant set of articles; as a former semi-pro photo-journalist, mainly writing for Anglers Mail back in the 1970s and 80s I can fully appreciate the time and effort Dave has put into these pieces. Don't know if you're like me Dave but I always found that writing the article (especially one as complex as yours) was the easy bit; researching and gathering all the relevant facts, names,dates,what happened previously etc was the difficult and time consuming part of the process. You are to be congratulated on a truly absorbing,comical ongoing saga which mixes fiction with facts quite brilliantly; I hope Peter Drennan, Steve Ringer and co have a good sense of humour.
Keep it up, lets have more please.[:D]

Thanks for the compliment mate and welcome to the forum. Yes you are right, the time taken is, predominantly, getting facts and dates straight. Once I have the idea formulated, the articles only take the time it takes to type them. Unfortunately I only type at about 600 words per hour so an article of 6000 words would take about 10 hours.[:W][:W]
 

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600wpm, blimey,I doubt I achieved half that speed, although in my day, long before the advent of modern digital communication, my weapon of choice was a battered Remington portable typewriter. The biggest problem in those days however was getting photos from the week-end matches to the picture desk in time for the Monday print deadline.

Following an increased interest in Scottish coarse fishing by readers of the two angling weeklies during the 1970s, Anglers Mail introduced a Scottish edition and while other contributors were involved,I was responsible for reporting coarse and sea fishing events in the central area,Cumbria and Tyneside.

In most cases I would be participating in the event covered so apart from trying to win or at least frame I would have to stop now and again to take photos, using my Rollieflex T twin lens roll film camera. After the all-out and weigh-in, with the winners photographed and a short brainwashing session on their tactics etc it was quick dash home to despatch the film to AM, a fairly easy task after matches on local venues such as the Forth&Clyde canal,River Forth etc but more difficult if returning from the river Eden in Carlisle or the Tyne at Prudho both of which involved a 100 mile journey up the non-motorway A74.

In those days, the only way to get an urgent package to London was by train so next came a dash to Glasgow Central station to put the film on the overnight Glasgow-Euston sleeper which had a Royal Mail 'Train Bag' hanging on the door of the last carriage but the film had to be deposited by 8.00pm, not an easy task when leaving a Carlisle match venue at 5.30, particularly during the winter months.

Returning home and after a quick bite to eat, it was time to compose the match report, which was then phoned in to an Anglers Mail copy typist before 9.00am the next day.

I only ever missed a couple of deadlines due to blizzad conditions on the A74 returning from a winter match on the Tyne but how mutch easier it would all have been if that guy had only invented the interweb thingy 40 years earlier.

I wonder if I should put in a complaint to somebody.





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Originally posted by bryanh

600wpm, blimey,I doubt I achieved half that speed, although in my day, long before the advent of modern digital communication, my weapon of choice was a battered Remington portable typewriter. The biggest problem in those days however was getting photos from the week-end matches to the picture desk in time for the Monday print deadline.

Following an increased interest in Scottish coarse fishing by readers of the two angling weeklies during the 1970s, Anglers Mail introduced a Scottish edition and while other contributors were involved,I was responsible for reporting coarse and sea fishing events in the central area,Cumbria and Tyneside.

In most cases I would be participating in the event covered so apart from trying to win or at least frame I would have to stop now and again to take photos, using my Rollieflex T twin lens roll film camera. After the all-out and weigh-in, with the winners photographed and a short brainwashing session on their tactics etc it was quick dash home to despatch the film to AM, a fairly easy task after matches on local venues such as the Forth&Clyde canal,River Forth etc but more difficult if returning from the river Eden in Carlisle or the Tyne at Prudho both of which involved a 100 mile journey up the non-motorway A74.

In those days, the only way to get an urgent package to London was by train so next came a dash to Glasgow Central station to put the film on the overnight Glasgow-Euston sleeper which had a Royal Mail 'Train Bag' hanging on the door of the last carriage but the film had to be deposited by 8.00pm, not an easy task when leaving a Carlisle match venue at 5.30, particularly during the winter months.

Returning home and after a quick bite to eat, it was time to compose the match report, which was then phoned in to an Anglers Mail copy typist before 9.00am the next day.

I only ever missed a couple of deadlines due to blizzad conditions on the A74 returning from a winter match on the Tyne but how mutch easier it would all have been if that guy had only invented the interweb thingy 40 years earlier.

I wonder if I should put in a complaint to somebody.



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Sounds a very hectic, but enjoyable, lifestyle. I always wanted to be a writer but, unfortunately, it never happened. I must correct you though mate; my typing speed is 600 words per hour not minute. At 600 per minute my keyboard would burst into flames.

As an ex journalist you must have some amazing tales to tell and I for one would love to read them.[:T][:T][:T][:T]
 

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Afterwards Grappenall 57 gave an interview to the Angling Times (the first time his name had been in there for nearly four decades) and said "it was my proudest moment for nearly four decades to be bank runner, brew maker and emergency reserve for the MDs team. I have of course waived any remuneration! I'm sure my incessant muttering that I'd won a big open at 16, as I passed behind the England lads pegs, really put off their accuracy feeding all those floaters as they looked round and exclaimed "Oh fook it's HIM"!".
 
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Wonderful, deffo recaptures the Mike Winney up f'ort cup tales and updated for the modern era despite the actual anglers being considerably older in vintage than that heyday era.

Can we have a Div 1. World club Champs decider?

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I am planning another one where the team travel abroad.

I think Grappenall57 deserves a shot now so he will probably fish the next match.
 

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Bryanh -

May I echo Dave Spence's sentiments in requesting more of your memoirs from your times in angling journalism?

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Originally posted by Dave Spence

I am planning another one where the team travel abroad.

I think Grappenall57 deserves a shot now so he will probably fish the next match.

I'll need some coaching from Neilofthenene, I've never greased me bristles. Also I'm possibly the worst feeder angler in the world!
 

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Originally posted by Grappenall 57

Originally posted by Dave Spence

I am planning another one where the team travel abroad.

I think Grappenall57 deserves a shot now so he will probably fish the next match.

I'll need some coaching from Neilofthenene, I've never greased me bristles. Also I'm possibly the worst feeder angler in the world!
you could always try and practise with greased bristles on the canal at Hill Top Road or Ackers Pit, [:T]
 

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If i'm in the next one don't have me fishing..... i prefer the 3 F's feeding, fighting and fu....well you know [;)]
 

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Unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the team on the grounds of ill health.

Cardiac investigation Monday revealed a problem and I have been told not to go fishing until sorted (if it can be sorted).

As Wise Owl would say Fook It!
 

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Originally posted by Neil ofthe nene

Unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the team on the grounds of ill health.

Cardiac investigation Monday revealed a problem and I have been told not to go fishing until sorted (if it can be sorted).

As Wise Owl would say Fook It!
Hope you get right soon Neil [:T]
 

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I reckon he's been poached by the opposition... check his blog for clues [:d]

Seriously, hope everything works out well for you
 

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Originally posted by Neil ofthe nene

Unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the team on the grounds of ill health.

Cardiac investigation Monday revealed a problem and I have been told not to go fishing until sorted (if it can be sorted).

As Wise Owl would say Fook It!

Hi Neil

Obviously whilst still in the investigation stages the medical consultants will do everything to ensure a patients well being
I had a heart scare a while back had the blue lights ride to A & E had an overnight stay rigged up to all sorts of test machine and a couple of three follow up consultations, including no driving etc etc
Touchwood, apart from daily medication and now working part-time ( my choice you certainly take a long look at your life after a major scare ) hopefully alls well ( could do with losing more weight but I think most doctors or consultants tell their patients that )
Finger crossed for you Neil good luck mate
 

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I went through a similar experience a few years ago Neil; the cardiac specialists at my local hospital were absolutely brilliant. They eventually fitted a stent which cured the problem and was a quick,simple procedure. When I attended a physiotherapy session after recovery and told the consultant I was an angler she said 'Oh that's brilliant and excellent for upper body and cardiac exercise, keep it up'
She was less than impressed however when I mentioned that part of the activity involved hauling a trolley loaded with over 100lbs of gear.

I know what you're going through and how you're feeling just now as I was pretty worried and frightened after my initial diagnosis but keep your chin up, I can assure you that the desire to get back on the bank definitely helps the recovery process,
 
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