Ten thousand times ten thousand
In sparkling raiment bright,
The armies of the ransomed saints
Throng up the steep of light:
Tis finished, all is finished,
Their fight with death and sin;
Fling open wide the golden gates,
And let the Victors in.............
Paul Kent: Victor Radley should be applauded, not banned by NRL
The NRL does not seem to understand there is a difference between consistency and fairness when handing out punishments to players, writes Paul Kent.
( Kent's not talking about Radley here but he's such a piss poor writer you don't realise till the end of the paragraph)......
"He is a young man and he remains one of the great parasites of our society.
His cause in life, it seems, is to create misery for others. It is recommended I not name this young man who no longer works and spends much of his insurance payout on poker machines during the week.
Pity, because he is worth avoiding.
After Christmas he took his money and travelled north to Byron Bay where he heard many of the young men he sees around Sydney were holidaying and so, of course, one night he invited himself along to the pub where they were gathered.
He could not help himself once there.
He got into an argument with a young woman and knocked her over. Such acts are okay in this young man’s world. He will probably argue she had it coming.
She got up, though, and here is where it begins to get cloudy.
I cannot tell you what the room count looked like. How many young men were there or what sort of physical shape they were in, or how an act like his is generally received and who even saw.
Some men can handle themselves and many cannot.
But one of them collared him and dragged him down the pub’s stairs and tossed him outside.
This one was more than capable.
His name is Victor Radley.
The young man hung around outside for several minutes, chest out impressively and with who knows what else going on, when Radley decided he needed to remove him for good.
Two versions exist over what happened next. One is that Radley tackled him, the other that Radley headbutted him.
The version heard here is that Radley tackled him in the same style Jimmy Graham hit Sam Burgess in the opening tackle of the 2014 grand final, high and a lot of shoulder, but his forehead collected him in the cheek and closed his eye nicely.
He left soon after that with no more trouble, understandably, but not before rising from the concrete believing he had what was a winning lottery ticket in his hand.
His next piece of business was to contact the Sydney Roosters and request payment for his silence.
The Roosters hung up the phone on him."
This shabby treatment of St Vic reminds me of another bloke who played for Marseille back in 290AD. The judiciary didn't miss him....
Saint Victor of Marseilles
(died c. 290)
Saint Victor is said to have been a Roman army
officer in Marseille
, who publicly denounced the worship of idols
. For that he was sent him to the Emperor Maximian
. He was then racked, beaten, dragged through the streets, and thrown into prison. The emperor ordered that he be put to death by being ground under a millstone, but the millstone broke while Victor was still alive. He was then beheaded.