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  1. Alas Pitchford isn't playing - he was on a flight...

    Alas Pitchford isn't playing - he was on a flight from Russia to UK last week and a few passengers had Covid symptoms so he has to self-isolate meaning he'll miss the tournament.
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  2. Well said, yoass. How many times have we seen...

    Well said, yoass. How many times have we seen retiring women players from the CNT going into marriages with fatcats in what is likely a loveless relationship of vacant material convenience.
    One has...
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  3. Christian Martin? He was a lefty defender, played...

    Christian Martin? He was a lefty defender, played for the French national team in the 70s and 80s.Some (good) footage of him at the start of this video:...
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  4. Assume you mean Bobrow, not Shalala 😄 Yes, the...

    Assume you mean Bobrow, not Shalala 😄

    Yes, the loss of Bobrow is a grievous one.
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  5. +1 for return of the Dark Side What's with the...

    +1 for return of the Dark Side

    What's with the TT balls? is it the amount of 'balls' one puts in a post? 😀
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  6. Interesting that YNK, who achieved everything as...

    Interesting that YNK, who achieved everything as a player as a LH penholder, is demonstrating mostly using RH shakehand. What a great coach.
  7. 2010...that was the Women' Team, and you could...

    2010...that was the Women' Team, and you could equally say it was China NT vs. former China NT. Kudos to Singapore though - they didn't have the same supporting infrastructure.

    I think Igorponger...
  8. Amazing, Dan! 5 and a half hours, blimey. I've...

    Amazing, Dan! 5 and a half hours, blimey. I've done similar things (music marathons), and all that concentraton and repetition sure can turn your brains to custard.
  9. A couple for me...1) the semi-final of the...

    A couple for me...1) the semi-final of the European Championships in Paris in 1988 between Appelgren and Waldner (Appelgren won 19 in the 5th). This is a match described as one of the best ever by...
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  10. Presumably the non-changing of ends is a...

    Presumably the non-changing of ends is a consequence of Covid?
    Another consequence - the lack of shit pop songs between games is a real plus!

    Mengel bears an uncanny resemblance to former German...
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  11. Thanks, Jeff! In answer to your question:...

    Thanks, Jeff! In answer to your question: Definitely piano these days, though my income is largely based around singing and running choirs. I'm a jazz pianist- I can play classically too and was...
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  12. Since I make instruments out of bamboo, I'm...

    Since I make instruments out of bamboo, I'm planning to make a shakuhachi when I'm old and wise enough.;)
    Trouble is, living in England, it's hard/impossible to get the right kind of rootstock...
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  13. I'm a pro musician, though I'm almost retired. I...

    I'm a pro musician, though I'm almost retired. I have a music degree, I sing professionally, play jazz piano, compose, arrange, teach, make instruments using bamboo, run two choirs and sing in a male...
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  14. Hang on, he does have a few achievements. SEVEN...

    Hang on, he does have a few achievements. SEVEN times European singles champion (the next most wins is three) - and that doesn't include two European Championships in his prime where he was injured...
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  15. Well, maybe I'm old-fashioned but I'm with...

    Well, maybe I'm old-fashioned but I'm with Waldner.
    I'm writing a book about the history of the WTTC - and in six years time it will be the centenary of the event. What's wrong with a great...
  16. Not to mention He Zhiwen, who reached the quarter...

    Not to mention He Zhiwen, who reached the quarter finals in the World Championships in 1997, further than he went twelve years previously when he was a member of the Chinese team - or even Guo...
  17. Simple answer - Chinese players are under intense...

    Simple answer - Chinese players are under intense pressure from the massed ranks waiting behind them, so the slightest failure or lapse can lose them their spot in the CNT; their moment in the sun...
  18. Hi killiegradge, I think we've chatted before or...

    Hi killiegradge, I think we've chatted before or you bought some TT stuff from me on eBay?
    Anyhow, YES, I am genuinely writing a book about the History of the World Championships; I've been working...
  19. AS a TT historian, primarily, I'm not interested...

    AS a TT historian, primarily, I'm not interested in the coaching manual type of TT book - I like the historical and anecdotal.

    These are the best, IMHO

    ITTF 1926-2001 TT Legends (Zdenko...
  20. Google translation: A quarter before the SM...

    Google translation:

    A quarter before the SM finals in table tennis, Jens Lundquist, 38, was told that he was not allowed to play with his regular racket.


    Then he chose to leave "walk over" in...
  21. Because umpires are invariably a bunch of tossers?

    Because umpires are invariably a bunch of tossers?
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  22. It's a great compilation. It would be better if...

    It's a great compilation. It would be better if 1) you hadn't added the increasingly annoying music 2) there were some English subtitles to say who's playing (apart from the obvious ones like...
  23. Fantastic. Those are like the camera angles that...

    Fantastic. Those are like the camera angles that Reflexsport used to use in their pioneering TT videos. Fabulous play - just a shame for those of us who don't read Japanese that we can't always know...
  24. Very sad - I wonder what his illness was? 59 is a...

    Very sad - I wonder what his illness was? 59 is a young age to die these days...

    His European Championships win was a major surprise: at the time he was only ranked 5th in Sweden and wasn't...
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  25. This is where everyone says 'I told you so'....

    This is where everyone says 'I told you so'. :mad:


    It enrages me that Sharara got away with this sort of thing for so long, and when eg Stefano Bosi tried to expose it when running for the ITTF...
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