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No need to panic


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Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 27 Feb 2009 at 13:46
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Okay, a lot has been said on the blog since we traded blows with our compatriots, the talented Stormers and the gutsy Lions.

I have to admit that I was also very disappointed that we couldn’t get a try bonus point from the Lions game- but as the adrenaline disappeared from my system I realized that it’s too early to start with the negative thoughts.

Some whispers of the “ugly win syndrome” have resurfaced but for all it’s worth, we were just warming up.

Anyway, most people have experienced their feelings on the blog but I thought it would be interesting to get the views of a non- blogger, just to balance things out.

I posted a few questions to friend and colleague, Calvin Govender, and these were his honest responses. Read on.

What is your general impression of the Sharks based on the first 2 Super 14 games? :

CG: I think the Sharks have had a satisfactory opening two weekends.  Although the Sharks have not played to their true potential in the first two games, they have come away with two wins, minus the bonus points!!!  Lets hope this does not come back to bite them!!!

I don’t think Shark fans can complain too much as it is still early in the competition, but in saying that, the Super 14 is one of the toughest or if not the toughest rugby competitions anywhere in the world.  It is a type of competition where the first two or three games can determine a team’s progression. Bonus points are also a huge factor in this competition.  Along with winning, I hope the Sharks accumulate as many bonus points as possible!!!

Which areas strike you as our weaknesses / requiring immediate attention? :

CG: Definitely at flyhalf!!!  Ruan Pienaar is an immensely talented player.  Most players are born with the natural ability to play in certain positions, and Ruan’s is at scrum half.  However he now has to adjust to play at flyhalf, and mishaps will be expected.  He is a versatile player, and in time will learn the art of playing at flyhalf. Because he is so talented I don’t think we will have to wait too long.  Maybe its just nerves but he needs to practice on his placekicking.  He should hook up with Percy or a former Sharks flyhalf to get some pointers!!!

SA Rugby should be glad we have a player like him.  Jean de Villiers was also versatile when he first started and look at him today!!!

Which aspects of our general play have you been impressed with so far? :

CG: Our front row has been quite good.  Rory at scrum half as been in excellent form!!!!

Whose socks are at their ankles? :

CG: For all the talent that he has, I think Steyn needs to pull up his socks.

Who has kept up with the preseason hype? :

CG: Ryan Kankowski and John Smit.

Who has surprised you – in a good way? :

CG: ADI Jacobs.  I know he is in the Springbok Squad, but I never thought him to be that good.  His time with the Springboks has certainly been beneficial to him.

Your expectations for the upcoming tour games (against Chiefs, Blues, Reds, Force)? :

CG: The Chiefs will put up a fight, but the Sharks will win.

The Blues will be really testing for the Sharks.  I predict a close game with the Sharks winning, without a bonus point.

The Reds.  This should be like taking a stroll around ABSA Stadium.  Sharks to win with a full complement of points.  Sorry REDS!!!!

The Force, will also put up a fight, but in the end a Sharks victory.

Am I being biased or just a TRUE SHARKS FAN?????

Any words of advice for Coach Plum ?

CG: Employ a former Sharks flyhalf to help Ruan Pienaar.  The Sharks have produced some quality springbok flyhalves.  Find out if Henry Honiball is available???  Eddie Jones will be available soon, maybe use his knowledge as Jake White did???

You’re doing a fantastic job, Keep it up!!!



75 Comments

  • Just in time, I was on the verge of a panic… :roll: :grin:

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.09 13:53:55 by McLovin Reply
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  • Interesting piece – adds some perspective.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.09 14:15:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I don’t know about Eddie Jones… :roll: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.09 14:31:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : tee hee Mclovin :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.09 14:39:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • i remember after 2007 S14 Naas Botha saying sth along the lines that we all complained about Sharks missing out on BPs and at the end THEY DID NOT NEED IT :!: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.09 14:40:04 by rekinek Reply
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  • wasn’t this Rugby Leaque guru helping out with RP’s kicking :lol: :lol: can we please not have him come back :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.09 14:42:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • Did MorneN write this article??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.02.09 14:42:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Experienced their feelings??? :razz: :oops:

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.02.09 14:44:53 by blackshark Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 6) : assuming he doesn’t get stopped coming through customs… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.02.09 14:45:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • on whivh way – out or in :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.02.09 14:49:12 by rekinek Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 3) :

    How about asking me some questions…then you will see a whole other perspective! :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.02.09 14:51:31 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 11) : are you panicking? :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.02.09 14:53:51 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :
    Please change the part I mentioned in blackshark (Comment 8) : I think it’s supposed to be “expressed”…

    The last time I tried to edit something it shifted the whole article and I had to ask Oubaas to fix it… :lol:

    @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 11) :
    I’ll have questions for you on Monday… :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.02.09 14:56:09 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Maybe he spent less time with Ruan…

    But seriously this has to be sorted out – the Springboks don’t have Rory…yet…

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.02.09 14:58:01 by blackshark Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) :

    Me?? Panic?? About what?? :lol: I am as COOL as it can get! :cool:

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.02.09 14:58:44 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 13) :

    Looking forward to getting them… :twisted:

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.02.09 14:59:12 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 16) :
    Remember some Q&A we had at Sharksrugby back in the days…that was funny… :grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.02.09 15:03:34 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 14) : and they may not have … i’ve been to a function this week with PdV, DM and Gary Gold as guests and Pdv said about Rory that he is a great player, any national side would be lucky to have him, and how he can engage 3 player but fourie and jano vermaak bring in other players, ruan needs to be brought in …. bleble – sounds like no to me :cry:

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.02.09 15:06:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 18) :

    Rory will just have to play his heart out and turn that NO into a HELL YEAH!

    FdP aka The Chin… is still the best around ….but there’s a gap for Rory to overtake Enrico, Bolla ( :roll: ) and Jano…

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.02.09 15:12:18 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 17) :

    Yeah – that was lekker fun blogging…here too though! :wink:

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.02.09 15:12:49 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 19) :

    I doubt Bolla will still be in the mix for the Boks.

    He is klaar in my opinion. :???:

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.02.09 15:15:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 21) :

    I think so too…

    Anyways – have a good weekend – and GO SHARKSsssss!!!!! :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.02.09 15:25:37 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 19) : just hoping that whilst doing so he will not gorget that he has other 14 guys on the field :roll: he is bit prone to this “doing things on his own” :roll: @wpw (Comment 21) : i think it will be just fdp & ricky…

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.02.09 15:26:42 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 23) :

    I think if Rory continues the way he is currently playing he might just get a call up.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.02.09 15:29:18 by wpw Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 23) :

    Yeah…the other 14 guys can help him look good…

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.02.09 15:36:30 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 25) : and isn’t it the point :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.02.09 15:38:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • Haven’t seen as much of Kanko as I’d like to…hope he’s saving his best for the Kiwis and Aussies…

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.02.09 15:38:11 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 27) : The Kiwi pundits/commentators loooove him. :cool:

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.02.09 15:39:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • would be cool – but i will not hold my breath, as yet

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.02.09 15:39:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 29) : sorry that was in reply to wpw. fridays :!: :roll:

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.02.09 15:42:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 28) : That’s because he was absolutely awesome last season…

    Anyway…enjoy the weekend guys…will catch up tomorrow…

    SHARKS forever… BLACK &WHITE…nothing else matters!

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.02.09 15:45:53 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 31) : Cheers. And remember not to panic. :wink:

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.02.09 15:47:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • My Boss fortunately doesn’t follow rugby so he won’t smell a rat when I come in to the office late tomorrow. :wink:

    I hope :wink:

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.02.09 15:51:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 31) :

    Is that you Charlie?? :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.02.09 15:52:21 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: working on saturday :cry: :cry:

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.02.09 15:55:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 35) :

    i’m in a strange country. My work week is from Saturday to Wednesday, with the weekend being Thursday Friday. :sad:

    Lovely for friday games but it sucks for Saturday morning games. :oops:

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.02.09 16:02:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : or the sunday morning thriller between reds and cheetahs :lol:

    this is indeed strange week – any particular reason :?:

    last week when you commented games – i almost said that i want your job :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.02.09 16:11:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • ok – now there is need to panic.

    Tank Lanning just called a Sharks win

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.02.09 17:17:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 37) :

    I live in KSA, but the whole of the middle East has a Fri / Sat weekend. They just changed to that from a Thu / Fri weekend. (Something about losing to much on the economic front from the Western world. ) KSA has not caught on yet and is the only country to still have the Thu / Fri weekend.

    If KSA catches on i will be super chuffed.

    The reason BTW is because Friday is the Muslim main day of prayer.

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.02.09 17:26:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) :

    Damn right!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That has me worried now.

    Let me go and check what the 365 prediction is.

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.02.09 17:28:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : what’s wrong with that – didn’t he have 7 out of 7 last week :?: :?: :lol: :lol:

    besides I quite like his comments ..

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.02.09 17:38:04 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) : thanks! I am getting quite educated on this blog. that’s so cool :!: :lol: :!:

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.02.09 17:39:35 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 40) : i think fleckie says chiefs, same keo.

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.02.09 17:41:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • i may just sneak home now so bye guys – nice chatting :cool:

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.02.09 17:45:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 44) :

    Cheers enjoy the weekend.

  • Comment 45, posted at 27.02.09 17:51:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 44) : cheerio

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.02.09 17:51:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 44) : Have a good one. I have to go to a meeting. :evil:

    Who in their right mind organises a meeting for 4 o’ clock on a Friday? :roll:

  • Comment 47, posted at 27.02.09 17:52:48 by McLovin Reply

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  • rugby365.com Prediction:
    This is a tough one to call but the Sharks has been in fine form but this will be their first game on the road and Hamilton is not an easy place to get a win. The Chiefs could just sneak it by less than seven points.

  • Comment 48, posted at 27.02.09 18:00:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Question to the Saffa’s in Europe.

    Which countries do we NOT require visas for in Europe.

    I know Switzerland is one. Others?

    trying to plan a vacation.

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  • @McLovin (Comment 47) : a sadist

  • Comment 50, posted at 27.02.09 18:31:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 49) : no – Switzerland has changed… they are now part of Schengen.

    Afraid it’s just Ireland. Oh, and I think you can buy a visa at the border if you’re going to Turkey on holiday

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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : Fortunately it was only 30min. :cool:

  • Comment 52, posted at 27.02.09 18:38:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) :

    oh okay. :sad:

    Okay well then I will HAVE to do a country with a visa then. :sad:

  • Comment 53, posted at 27.02.09 18:46:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 49) : Rob’s right. Unless you’re seeking asylum you won’t be able to move without a visa.

  • Comment 54, posted at 27.02.09 18:47:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 54) :

    Okay well then the next question is which European country is cool to visit this time of year?

  • Comment 55, posted at 27.02.09 18:52:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Home time. :cool:

  • Comment 56, posted at 27.02.09 19:01:05 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 55) : If you don’t mind the weather, anywhere is pretty cool. But I’m not that fussy. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 57, posted at 27.02.09 19:01:51 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 57) :

    I would prefer somewhere COLD. preferably some snow / ice

  • Comment 58, posted at 27.02.09 19:06:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 55) :
    Visit any European country now – they are all falling apart and things are cheaper than usual.

    Just make sure your money is not deposited into the Royal Bank of Scotland…

  • Comment 59, posted at 27.02.09 20:11:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 59) : That’s good news as I am going to the UK soon and would like to cash in on my expenses.

  • Comment 60, posted at 27.02.09 21:25:26 by klempie Reply

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  • Boo.

    :ghostsite:

  • Comment 61, posted at 27.02.09 22:22:21 by Namboer Reply

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  • Anyone watching France v Wales?

    Excellent test match. :cool:

    13 all at half time.

  • Comment 62, posted at 27.02.09 22:49:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 58) : Mik noord meneer. :smile:

  • Comment 63, posted at 27.02.09 22:51:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • Shanklin very very lucky to still be on the field. :evil:

  • Comment 64, posted at 27.02.09 22:52:40 by McLovin Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 60) :
    If you have some extra cash you might be able to buy Iceland or Switzerland. :wink:

  • Comment 65, posted at 27.02.09 22:53:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • 2nd half about to start. :cool:

  • Comment 66, posted at 27.02.09 22:57:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 66) :
    I’m busy doing work. :sad:

    Hoping the Frogs win – even though they still snub Freddie. :evil:

  • Comment 67, posted at 27.02.09 23:23:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Great test match. No quarter given.

  • Comment 68, posted at 27.02.09 23:42:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 67) : Work :?:

  • Comment 69, posted at 27.02.09 23:42:56 by McLovin Reply

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  • French win 18-13.

  • Comment 70, posted at 27.02.09 23:43:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • This is what test match rugby is all about.

    21-16 in fact.

  • Comment 71, posted at 27.02.09 23:44:07 by McLovin Reply

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  • 8 hours, 48 minutes before I have to get up again to watch the Sharks spank the Chiefs. :cool:

  • Comment 72, posted at 27.02.09 23:46:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 69) :
    Doing an MBA – I am discovering a whole other level of busy this year.

    @McLovin (Comment 72) :
    Catch you in the morning then – will surely (I can never use that word without thinking of Charlie) be a great match.

    Good night! :smile:

  • Comment 73, posted at 28.02.09 00:13:35 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 73) : I might do one…

  • Comment 74, posted at 28.02.09 00:38:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 74) :
    But you are a clever balie and will cruise.

    I still need to learn how to use a calculator properly… :wink:

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