Diary of a Racketaholic

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Ross K, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. PED

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    Plus one on that. I had my apd pluses close to that setup. I was 345g strung with a 360SW. It pancaked the ball :twisted:

    The weight at 12 vs 3/9 is totally personal pref.

    You nailed it earlier when you mentioned that the Blade is already polarized so maybe 3/9 might be better.

    I've always preferred mine at 12 as the stick seems to swing itself.

    3/9 supposedly doesn't effect SW but it feels really different in my experience and its more stable as well.
     
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    3 and 9 definitely affects SW. It increases it 2 pts per gram, while lead at 12 increases it 3.

    I will be interested in seeing if the balance goes a little more HL.

    Once I get some specs that I can use over time, I am getting everything balanced out and RDC'd. And I will still keep a stock light blade as well.
     
  3. Ross K

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    RHs,

    What with one thing and another no time in last week for proper outing with 99s, just a bit of noodling around today and last week. However, this afternoon there were two frames with me - the 99s, alongside the newly acquired PC Swirly. (A few of you will recall past post/experiences with the PC Swirly + and how much I loved it, though of course struggled with its heft.) A recent opportunity though came to finally be able to have the standard size, and I took it. On today's evidence (which admittedly is not terribly definitive), here's a few random thoughts...

    99s... swings very sweetly indeed (thought the J100 was easy but with the balance and weighting I do really like how this tees off into the ball)... spin a bit more unpredictable for me today... lots of power there, but seems more inherently controllable too... good build and solidness... nice little bit of flex.

    Somewhere between tweener land and player's frame, this could be the frame I've been slowly inching towards for a few years and over a range of racs. It feels very natural in my hands somehow. What I won't get to see until proper match is the spin and the unique groundstroke action or whatever. The 'game-changer' aspect (to quote various TT playtesters), if you will. This could be the determining factor.

    PC Swirly... so lovely and solid... liking that pancakey plowiness.. a bit more old school player's frame vibe to it... love the build and distinct Swirly PC feel... dependable... predictable and 'true'... lower powered than majority of Babs... more demanding than the likes of an APD or a Juice 100... slightly flatter ball (certainly V the 99s)... get it in motion, get your feet and timing right, and all is well with the world.

    Actually PP, I was thinking about you/your Blade here. As you'll recall, I was very interested in checking the new Blade, but backed off eventually thinking it will be too demanding. Yet I certainly liked some of the demands/rewards that seems to come with the PC Swirly. Okay, different frames, I know. But, well, I'm not sure the very powerful tweener frame played very low lbs string idea is my thing (just wasn't quite working with the APD and J100.) Then at the opposite end of the scale, the much more player's frame types like the Fischer silver/red Pro No 1 or the the X Force Pro (had spells with both in last 12 months), for opposing reasons, they didn't quite fit either.

    Anyhow, the point I'm stumbling towards Lindsay Lohan-like here, is that these two do seem slightly closer to where I need to be.

    God... "SIGHS"... it's a long old haul this racketaholic thing eh? :)
     
  4. PED

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    I went looking for you in the Steam room today ;)

    Mine finally came. Paid the extra to get TW matching and they really delivered. Spot on spec and the SW on mine is 321.

    A worry I had coming in was that it was a cousin of the Radical Pro-too much SW and a funky balance.

    Not the case at all, as Ross told me last week, it swings so sweetly and no problems at all being late.

    Can't comment on spin today as it was 34 degrees so the balls weren't exactly jumping but there was plenty of kick.

    I was able to use my normal stroke and drive the ball like I do with the Prestige S. No problems taking it early at all.

    Or...you can wait and catch it at the top of the bounce and really launch it. Tons of depth and it dives nicely at the finish. Take a look at the TW video and you'll see exactly what I mean.


    Stroke wise, the biggest surprise for me is how nice the backhand is for my 2hbh. Great power and you can really smoke it cc or take it nice and early for up the line.

    The slice is so biting with this stick. I've struggled a bit with that shot for the last year or so and it's handy to have to break up play (like watching wawrinka use it vs Djoker last week). This one really dives and I've not had such a nice slicing stick since the YT Prestige Pro.

    I was on the brink of getting one so I'm glad Ross pushed me over the edge. His comments are spot on.

    Ross, this thing has got you written all over it, it ticks all the boxes and does it all.

    Cant wait to play in the upper 50's on Monday. Mine has TB 1.25mm at 45/44 and I had no control issues at all. The only adjustment doing drills today was relaxing my arm a bit more than with the Prestige S and let the extra power do the work. It's got a decent amount of free power over the S it's very controllable.
     
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    Hear, hear!

    Loved how the Melbourne crowed gave Azarenka the good 'ol silent treatment after.
     
  6. Ross K

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    That's superb, H. Great minds think alike eh?!:)

    Seriously, excellent re specs/matching etc.

    About the only thing I'm not so sold on (posted about this also in the football thread) is the Manchester Utd cosmetics! :eek:

    Can't wait to play a proper few hard sets, serve, really check out my FH on this thing (and btw those 2hbh comments of yours have me licking my lips in anticipation.)

    You've got to hand it to drakulie too. He called it right months back... some frame eh? :wink:
     
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    Yep. She's completely contradicting herself in the press. Said she panicked, nearly choked, couldn't breathe. Then tells press that she couldn't breathe because 'my rib was blocking,' and that she was panicking because of that, not the match situation. Then tourney officials confirm that the medical timeout was in fact for two things, a rib and a knee, hence the 10 minutes, though Aza never mentioned her knee being an issue.

    I just want to know how exactly you 'unblock' a rib in 10 minutes. Melbourne doctors must be great.
     
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    azarenka has a rare condition with her rib. in the medical field, it's known as the collapsible rib. the ribcage collapses on the lung. it's a unique condition that happens any time she's close to losing a tennis match that she should have won already. i have a feeling that this condition will become more common now that's it's been correctly diagnosed. ;)
     
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    I played a couple of times with the 2013 Aeropro firt wirh Rpm 18 at 48 tension and then with TCS at 52. The tip of my elbow started to hurt a bit and for me the active cortex is not enough. So, bye APDs and hello Vcore 97, 310 version. Nice specs, lighter rhan the 330 version that is too heavy for me. Im getting two one with Pro Line 2 at 56 and the other Pro Line 2 at 54 and Pacific Classic gut at 57, I am matching them. Already have the white and red Wozniacki bag
     
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    Boricua: Are you hoping to convince Caroline to leave Rory for you? If this idea works, then I going to try matching Maria's PJ racquets and stuff, though she is a little tall for me. :)
     
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    Ross, yes definitley there is a magic to those older frames that you will not find in the steam room. What i am messing with now is if heavier weight is working now because i have progressed to using my body more or if its just a toxic honeymoon.

    Either way, the blade is the only stick i have used that fuses the players stick feel with the baseline goodness of the tweener. At stock, it plays great and only recently began to feel rather light to me. I think the more you stay with a stick, the stronger you get and the more weight you can add.

    The leaded up blade feels absolutley pro stockian and solid beyond belief.

    Between the steam and the blade, many many holics could be rather happy.
     
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    Due to injury the PSL's have been indefinitely retired.

    I have some new sleek puppies to take out, maybe some pictures tonight... ;)

    -Fuji
     
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    ^ooohhhh... the pro-stock mids?! Still want those.

    Pro-Stockian....... word of the day.

    Ross, (lindsay lohan-like?!.. :smile: ) Do those PC swirlys have the woofer grommets? A dangerous area classic/out of production frames are. Fall in love with one and then you're still on the hunt.

    RH's, what's the consesnus on OS frames? Some recent threads I've been reading, PP's avatar and a failed (but short) attempt to groove with the MgRadOs ~year ago, has me itching again.
     
  14. JGads

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    The out-of-production frame hunt is very pro stockian. See what I did there?

    Fuji: I got thumped tonight by a PSL. Great player, smoked the ball, hit line after line.

    Ross: is the PC Swirly a grandfather to the regular Pure Storm, essentially? (Around 11 oz, 16/20 pattern, etc)?

    Klem: OS frames. I'm mixed. I always feel like I should make the game easier by playing with larger heads, then always veer to the smaller stuff, mids, 95s. Very snobbish RH behavior. Limited experience in the OS game, though.

    All: coffee drinking has begun. T-minus three hours, 30 minutes until epic Fed-Murray showdown. Greatly looking forward to this one.
     
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    Yes, grommets of the finest Woofer!... Sadly true - took me 2 years to hunt down the standard size PC Swirly, ie any proper commitment to this frame would mean eternal frame hunting.

    Hmm, well, it's 330g (unstrung), 66 Flex, 16x20, 335 SW... Not 100% sure but it might well be Stosur's actual frame, I believe. Gonzo, Massu, Ginepri, Becker, others, also used this or other similar Pure Controls.

    QFT... Despite this discovery of the PC Swirl standard, I do a have an inkling that the Steam is it for me.
     
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    Ah ok that's definitely a different beast than the regular Pure Storms. Sounds lovely though.
     
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    Post Removed... McLovin - you may want to delete your post/pic too lol!

    Q. How Long Time-wise Is Someone Meant To Allow To Pass Before Match Results Can Be Referred To? This Match Ended Ages Ago.
     
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    Edited as per request.

    Ahh, the Swirly, how I miss thee...
     
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    Yeah, same here. Appreciate your enthusiasm but a bit ticked off... There is a match results forum...
     
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    Caroline is ok but there are other tennis female pros which I find more attractive. The bag though is quite nice and at least its not light pink.:)
     
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    I now have a 355 gram Blade. This is madness. If I can get grooving with it, I may have a monster weapon. So far groundies have been surprisingly easy, but I have really had some nice technique changes that allow me to use it with less effort than before.

    Saw that Taylor Dent used retail KBlades with gross amounts of lead (377 grams, plus super high SW). It makes sense..this stick feels like a cadillac with lead on it. I am sure Klem knows what I am saying here as we now have very similar setups (19 grams in handle, 6 in head at 3 and 9, balance of 32.5).

    Klem..any idea of what that crappy new grip weighed that you removed for leather? If I ever got a black blade, I'd put on a pro hybrid. I know that weighs 22 grams.
     
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    ^You called?.... :smile:

    14 grams trimmed for the new slime-grips (not a typo), so the same as a prince resi-pro or babo skynfeel.

    I really need a 2nd blade for reference, as you suggest. Still kind of of P.O'd at my bro for destroying the BLX1 I had.

    355 strung is where I'm at without OG, damp. Nice set-up for sure. Only problem is strings seem to lose their tension really, really quick at this weight. Gotta find something softer than 4g as well, yet with the same tension holding capabilities.
     
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    Dude Awesome. So instead of layering 8 grams of lead under the grip, I can just wrap a pro hybrid on.

    I also put a nickle and folded up lead tape under the buttcap so I didnt have to silicone or do anything to the foam in the handle.

    It definitely is nice to have a stock blade in case my experiment fails. The secret is you must do everything the same. Same string setup, same tension, even same dampener. I am pretty much dialed in with the Ice/OGSM setup at 51 #s. Its just awesome and feels perfect in the weighted stick.

    I notice heavier sticks seem to dull out the string job and make it feel less vibratey and more substantial. So the Ice and OGSM retain that crisp ball feel that I love, and the racquet adds in the plushness.

    Ice is probably not softer than 4G but it holds tension rather well. It's a 10 hour setup. String once a week basically. But I was doing that with the 4G as well.

    The main issue for you is that nothing plays like 4g and is softer that I have used. So with that, I would suggest a very nice control setup that I liked (it was just too soft for me). The Volkl Cyclone/OGSM combo.
     
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    Cyclone huh..... I vaguely remember trying that in 16x19 pattern a while back, could be great in the blade. Thanks.
     
  25. Ross K

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    Bumping the QSN... anyone?


    Cheers Dan. Nice one (dear oh dear!)... Yes, what a racket. It's some bizarre twist of fate that just as I finally land one in standard size, the 99s has recently appeared in my orbit. IIRC you used to use the plus-size - is that right, Dan?
     
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    Ahhh.. the Spoiler of Suffolk...... :razz: A general rule of thumb is until the earth makes a complete rotation relative to the time-zone the match started, so 24hrs.

    I don't mind one bit Ross, in fact, I prefer knowing who wins these big matches, even if I haven't seen the match. Doesn't retract from enjoying the replayed match, I can key in on 'the' moment a certain player had the win and why he/she lost it.

    Now if I could find a way to know who wins before the match starts, I'd be a richer man.

    Woke up at 6am in a daze, the TV on (been having tennis dreams lately, cheering,grunting,ball striking, etc..) and remember thinking, 'these guys are hitting the felt off the ball'. Then off to work.
     
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    All I know is, Murray is a totally different player than he was two years ago. The skinnier counterpuncher is now a MUCH bigger, stronger HITTER of the ball. Hitter/counterpuncher roles were reversed last night.

    Enjoyed the match immensely. Loved the fight both players exhibited. Still pretty sure it was the equivalent of a second-place/silver medal match, though. Just don't see the Djoker being very bothered, the way he's making the game look like ping pong right now.
     
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    I wish I was good enough to be playing full time with my pro stock mids, they are my children! Haha!

    Anyway, this should tie me over a few months at least baring no crazy injuries somehow prevent me from using them...

    [​IMG]

    ;)

    Cheers,

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    Hey Klem, just figured I'd let you know that on the other forum there is a pair of 237.2s for sale. 250 euro for brand new and 225 for slightly worn. Just giving you a heads up since they are somewhat hard to come by!

    -Fuji
     
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    ^ Saw those and PM'd the guy. Aimr let me know as well. They're beauties!!!

    25th an on us heh?!.... nice move.
     
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    All good then! They are such nice frames! Pretty hot off the bed though, which felt surprising for a Prestige.

    Oh yeah! I figured "I have the bag, might as well get a couple of frames to match..." :lol:

    -Fuji
     
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    Interesting to see how different/same the frames play. I think I got a bad Ig PresMid+ a year ago, otherwise known as the GadsEffect.

    It was totally off. The balance and feel was strange, 5pts HL I believe and a really low sw and throat heavy. Way under-powered.

    Those 25th editions are very nice lookin'. Superb matte black, sleek look.

    Whatdyastringemupwith?
     
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    That's strange. Throat heavy frames always feel a bit slow to me personally, so I'm not a huge fan of them. I definitely noticed it though when I demo'd it originally too! Mine felt waaaay out of spec, like HH as heck, maybe only 2 points HL, and with a mid swingweight of around 320ish? It just swung horribly. From shadow swinging my 25ths, they are darn near identical in SW / balance / weight. I really like that they don't feel funky at all, and they swing smoothly enough. Plus I love the sexy "suit and tie" look of them over the bold red of the normal PJ's. What can I say? I love the clean looks! ;)

    I've been using Gosen OG 17 natural / Dunlop Ice 17 for over a month now in all my frames. Love the syn gut mains, and since I've been using overly dense patterns breakage is definitely not terrible. I strung the Prestige's @ 50/48, and next time I will probably test a bit lower, maybe 40/38. :razz:

    -Fuji
     
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    Well, if you ever want to get rid of those pro-stock mids, let me know.

    I don't know if you necessarily have to be a better player to play with Mid+'s over the Mids, the Mid+'s just offer a more versatile string bed and a tad more 'pop'.

    But spec-wise, they're almost identical. At least the important specs, balance, static and swing weight.

    In fact, gram for gram the Mids swing so much sweeter than the Mid+'s and at my level, it really doesn't make a difference which one I use. I won't gain/lose that much, ie- I'm not gonna be a 5.0 by using the Mid+ or drop down to a 3.0 by using the Mid.

    I don't know.
     
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    Yes, good call. String those babies low, shouldn't be a problem with such a crispy rig. Forgot about your 'go-to-set-up'. Sounds nice. Ever reverse the M/X's?

    Every time I swing my wife's frames, I'm like, 'ooohh, syn.gut.crispyness'. I gotta leave the multi/poly set-ups I've been stuck on. They turn to mush way to quick. Gotta string like every 3-4days and that's just poo.
     
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    Haha it's a pretty sweet playing set up for like 3$ worth of string! :razz: When I first started messing around with it, I did Ice/Gosen, but I found that it played a bit too harsh in a closed pattern. In my PDRGT+ however, I do use the Ice/Gosen to help tame down the bed a bit. The Gosen/Ice plays comfortably, with a touch extra spin from the Ice. I generate more then enough top from syn gut alone though, so anything extra is just that, extra! Haha!

    Haha honestly, full syn gut is great. I don't like multi/poly hybrids because I find the durability to be garbage, and they play ultra mushy like you already said.

    -Fuji
     
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    Don't think you're being wholly serious, but if there's some truth in what you say, that's interesting Klem. And not least as, having never heard tell of it ever before, I've never observed this, nor been aware of others abiding by this stipulation. As far as I'm aware, we've all been routinely discussing, praising, lampooning etc, players and referring to matches without censoring ourselves and in regard of any 24-hour time code since 2010 when this little thread of ours began. :confused:

    Anyway, at grave risk of increasing the incriminating evidence now piling up inside my Talk Tennis Stasi case-file, it would somehow be remiss of me and going against the grain of what this thread's all about if I didn't repost the following...

    [​IMG]

    Ah, that's better! :)
     
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    ^That is better.

    No, I wasn't serious in the least bit. Just having some fun. :razz:

    I'm known for illogical, irrational and over-the-top theories among my group of friends. A kind of MontyPython'esque, nothing is sacred and everything is fair game approach.
     
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    ^^^ I salute your good taste klem! You're talking about some of my fav comedy acts ever here...

    [​IMG]

    :)
     
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    The GadsEffect. Ruining lives, one stick at a time... Seriously, I was so perplexed by that whole experience. The demo was just extraordinary. Exactly what I wanted in a stick. Tried two IG MPs thereafter, never found the same feel and performance. Such a ruinous experience, the next time a demo plays that well, would almost be tempted to not give it back and just pay the full stick price for the demo frame. But that's bad form. Anyway..

    Truth. It's all stick and user specific. Like life. I had a dalliance with both the Youtek Mid and MP, had both for two months, used them equally, and was continually playing better with the Mid which went against conventional wisdom. I gotta say, there is just a magic about Prestige Mids. Every frame release, we all want the Mid feel/performance to show up in the MP. I felt like the IG MP finally delivered that for me. And then I sent back the demo and purchased the frame. GadsEffect.

    Recent 4g/ogsm stringbed felt so good for so long before dying on me a few days ago... Made me not just appreciate the 4g but was a reminder that I do in fact love aspects of syn gut. There's a 'pock' kind of sound and feel that's very familiar, old school, satisfying, rather than the 'thud' you kind of get with poly beds. I'm so used to poly string performance now, though. Not sure I could ever go back to syn gut mains.. I actually like syn gut better than natural gut, because I'm a weirdo. Every time I try natural gut, I can't seem to control the ball, it just 'springs' off the bed too much for my taste.. SynGut gives me the feel but the control also.

    Ross, congrats on Muzza. He still bothers me with his wincing at every bad turn, but he's transformed himself into such a solid, steady, heavy thumper of the ball rather than a counterpuncher. And Kim Sears is just adorbs. ... Would love to see Lendl smile once in the box. Just once.
     
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    My name is Dino, I'm a racketoholic. This is a picture of what I got in December.
     
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    You took that pic in December or they are the frames you acquired only in December? If it the latter, you've certainly come to the right place ;)
     
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    There are 31 days in December. You only got 28 frames? Amateur.

    I kid.

    What are the blacked out looking frames towards the middle?
     
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    ^Yes indeed dino!!! 2 rdx500s in great condition there. Spectacular. **ahem~, december collection. :razz:

    Gads?!, I never considered something so diabolical as 'keeping the demo'. Would be much cheaper in the long run. It is 'azarenka-esque' though. Then I'd have to adopt that scream that lasts until my opponent strikes the ball.


    I grew up watching Benny Hill and Monty, 'are you being served? as well, thanks to my step-father. Maybe that's why I got along with all the Brits in Greece? They as well, I'm the only they found on vacation who could tolerate (and understand) their humor :smile:.

    I believe Eric Idle and John Cleese live state-side, not sure about Michael Palin and of course Graham Chapman passed before his time.

    What is it about Brits who leave England once they run into some quid?! Murray and Chris (from TW) come to mind. Hugh Grant and Angela Lansbury? Probably for the best the latter left.
     
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    '.... and Nietzsche has just been booked for arguing with the referee. He has accused Confucius of having no free will and Confucius he say, name go in book..'

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obwKuywM-bc

    Hilarious! One of my favs. Too bad no one does comedy quite like this any more. The depth and wit is other worldly. The end is a frenzied chaos of sheer genius!
     
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    Dino,

    Thank you for supplying that background information. I'm pleased to inform you that the board (please see klem, myself, PP and Gads photographed above) has decided to accept your membership application. Welcome aboard. However, just to give you a proper measure of what is expected, as an example, I'd like to point out that your haul of 28 frames in one calendar month is in fact the very same number JackB acquired in just the very first week of January. We do have certain standards that we like to see maintained. :)


    klem,

    Benny Hill and 'Are You Being Served?'... er, more a Python man myself, but, yes, a fair few comedy greats have originated from these shores, absolutely... Re Greece/UK, I always thought there was indeed a certain affinity (certainly more recently) born of historical events and what have you. There has also always been a large Greek community in England... BTW, Palin certainly used to live about 15 minutes from where I am in N. London. Not sure anymore but he definitely was something of a local community-minded individual a few years back.
     
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    Haha, love this mad s***! Don't get me started now or this thread will descend into a plethora of lumberack sketches, dead parrot vids, and "Always Look on The Bright Side of Life" renditions etc! :)

    Please tell me you've seen 'Withnail and I'?
     
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    Thanks! I feel honored to be part of your terrific group of people. I'll do what I can to maintain your standards, but I must remind you that I'm a binge racquetaholic, diagnosed with "heavy episodic racquet acquisition-syndrome". So sometimes I'll lead my life as a regular law-abiding, tax-paying citizen, and then every so often I change into this racquet reaping creature you all know, recognize and sympathize with. :twisted:

    In conclusion, I feel like I have finally come home. Thank you!
     
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    ^If that law-abiding, tax-paying citizen bit gets old, move to Greece! :razz: Welcome to the club Dino. I fear there are more like 'us' hiding in the shadows, just a tad timid of being exposing themselves.



    Not familiar with 'Withnail and I', but from what I've seen on YouTube this morning, I am truly missing out on some grade A British comedy.

    Yes, agreed, England and Greece have always shared a historical, political and sometimes cultural convergence. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was born and baptized Greek Orthodox on my home island of Corfu, which also has deep relations to Great Britain and presently has a large population of ex-pats. Among Greece's ex-royalty, I believe all were wed with either British or Dutch royalty.

    Now if Greece could only adopt Britain's sense of morality and civic duty, it would be 'heaven on earth', as Cyprus has. I remember a few years back, a member of British parliament was given the 'boot' for allegedly writing off 50 quid worth of laundry bills?! There are Greek parliament members who have stolen millions, if not billions of publicly financed money and are still yet to be reprimanded or detained. This attitude towards law and punishment, taxes and a general disbelief in government and order, has seeped into every aspect of society.

    Anyhoot...... Believe Palin is still alive?, is he not? Wouldn't be surprised if he was still somewhere in N.London. I, myself don't care much for London, great city with plenty to do but the mere fact that my command of the English language is somewhat of a useless skill there, deters me from truly enjoying this great city.

    I spent a lot of time in Weymouth, with my good friend Raymond, or Captain Ray, at the yacht club down there. Sailing the channel and the occasional skip over to Amsterdam, to... uh... practice my Russian?! :smile: If I ever inherit any sizable sum of money, Weymouth (and in general Dorset, southern coast of England) is where I'm headed. Fell in love with sailing and the country during my time there.
     
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